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1. CARDINAL FEVER: Day two of the 2012 NFL Draft was held on Friday. Stanford had four offensive players taken in the first 50 picks (1. Andrew Luck, 24. David DeCastro, 34. Coby Fleener, 42. Jonathan Martin). That matches the third-most offensive players to be selected from one school within the first 50 picks in the common draft era.
2. WHITNEY LIFTS COYOTES: Ray Whitney’s goal at the 14:04 mark of overtime lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. It was Whitney’s second-career playoff OT goal. His first came in 1995 against the Flames. According to Elias, Whitney now holds the NHL record for the longest gap between playoff overtime goals (17 years), breaking the mark of 14 years held by Teemu Selanne.
Hairston3. SLUGFEST IN DENVER: In a slugfest, the Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Mets, 18-9. The game featured the Mets’ Scott Hairston hitting for the cycle. The star of the show was Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, who knocked in six runs. Five of his RBI came in the fifth inning. According to Elias, he is the first player in Rockies history to drive in five runs in one inning.
4. PASTRANA MAKES DEBUT: Travis Pastrana finished 22nd in his long-awaited NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Richmond. NEXT LEVEL: A closer look showed that he had an eerily similar performance to that of Danica Patrick during her first race at Richmond last season. Each of them spent most of the race in the middle of the field yet neither were able to crack the top 15.
5. PLAYOFFS START: The NBA playoffs begin Saturday with four games. The schedule features the Miami Heat hosting the New York Knicks (3:30 ET, ABC). The Heat are seeking back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals. LeBron James is averaging 30.4 PPG in the first round, the highest average of any round in his playoff career.