Tiger Woods shot 2-under 70 Monday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time and reclaim world No. 1.
Real-life Kirk Cousins was certainly pleased that the Redskins drafted football-snatcher Josh Doctson, but you know who else is feeling good about the selection? Virtual Kirk Cousins.
Both versions of Washington's signal caller will benefit from Doctson's presence, but while the actual wideout's pro debut is still months away, his counterpart in Madden has already been assigned a rating for the next edition of the game. Therefore, it's already known how much he'll help out on gridirons across the world's Xbox's and Playstations, even though he won't play in a real contest for a while.
And, judging by the aforementioned attributes that the folks at EA Sports gave Doctson, they expect him to be quite productive in the NFL.
The TCU product checks in as an 80 overall, a nice grade for a rookie pass catcher. Alongside that 80 is a 92 in the speed category, plus a 94 in agility. In other words: When you use the Burgundy and Gold, get this guy the rock with space around him.
For comparison's sake, Cleveland's Corey Coleman boasts the highest overall mark for an incoming receiver (82), while Houston's Will Fuller and Minnesota's LaQuan Treadwell are tied with Doctson. Meanwhile, Scot McCloughan's first pick from last year, Brandon Scherff, also was initally ranked as an 80.
As of now, those are the only three metrics that Madden's developer released, meaning Doctson's jumping ability is still unknown. If it's anything less than a 106, though, it may be time to boycott the successful franchise. Doctson can get up, and that better be appropriately reflected in the numbers.
How weird would this be?
The Atlanta Braves are not likely to keep manager Fredi Gonzalez around long with the team holding the worst record in baseball through 26 games, and a new report has Bud Black as the prohibitive favorite to replace him. That's Bud Black, as in the guy who nearly became the Nats' manager this past winter before they turned to Dusty Baker.
While the debate rages in Atlanta whether #Braves should fire Fredi Gonzalez, Buddy Black is the heavy favorite to be their manager in 2017.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 4, 2016
Choosing Baker has proven to be smart so far as the Nats are atop the NL East after a month of games, but Black isn't expected to be sitting out long. If he were to land in Atlanta, that could make for some interesting matchups between the teams and debates among those who had strong opinions about either candidate during the Nats hiring process.
PITTSBURGH -- Quick hits from Wednesday’s morning skates here at Consol Energy Center:
Soccer for Mojo: Caps left wing Marcus Johansson (upper body injury) did not participate in the Capitals’ optional morning skate but he was seen playing soccer in the hallway with forward T.J. Oshie and defenseman Matt Niskanen.
Johansson left Game 3 after taking an open-ice check from Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, but returned to the game and saw 18:20 of ice time while recording nine hits.
Letang’s take: Letang said he “respects” the NHL’s decision to suspend him for tonight’s Game 4 for his hit on Johansson.
“The game is fast and I respect their decision and I have no other choice,” Letang said. “I tried to step on the guy. There’s no malicious intention there.”
The Penguins went 2-8-1 without Letang in the lineup this season.
“It’s going to be tough (to watch),” he said. “We’ve been battling through (injuries) all year long. We missed Geno (Evgeni Malkin) for a long stretch. Guys were banged up all year long. Guys stepped up and guys will rise to the occasion.”
Sestito in?: With Bryan Rust sidelined with a lower body injury, the Penguins the Penguins recalled 6-foot-5, 228-pound left wing Tom Sestito, who told reporters he has been told to be ready to play tonight. Sestito had 104 penalty minutes in 41 games for AHL Wilkes-Bare Scranton.
“I just need to finish my hits, play hard, play physical,” Sestito said. “People are going to be hitting everybody. Maybe the hands slip out (for a fight) maybe they don’t. But I’ll be out there dishing them out the same.”