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The Friday 5: April 19th

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Friday 5 – April 19, 2024

Caitlin Clark

Women’s basketball star Caitlin Clark has had a heck of a week. 

After being drafted No. 1 overall by the Indiana Fever in Monday’s WNBA draft, it is being reported that Clark is nearing a deal with Nike.

Per reports, it will be an eight-figure deal and will include a Caitlin Clark signature shoe. Clark had a deal with Nike while at the University of Iowa and it seems the brand wants to keep that relationship alive. 

Clark’s first WNBA game will be on May 3, when the Fever head to Dallas to take on the Wings.


Stanley Cup Playoffs

The quest for the Stanley Cup – not the one you’re currently drinking water out of, but the NHL one – begins this weekend, and we don’t want you to miss a goal. So, here’s the schedule. You’re welcome!

New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes – 5 pm ET/2 pm PT on TBS
Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins – 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on TBS/NESN

Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers – 12:30 pm ET/9:30 am PT on ESPN
Washington Capitals at New York Rangers – 3 pm ET/Noon PT on ESPN
Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets – 7 pm ET/4 pm PT on ESPN2
Nashville Predators at Vancouver Canucks – 10 pm ET/7 pm PT on ESPN


NBA Play-In Tournament

The NBA’s final playoff teams will be determined Friday as the play-in tournament wraps up. 

In the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls take on the Miami Heat at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT on ESPN. While Chicago’s Alex Caruso (ankle) expects to play, Miami will reportedly be without its star Jimmy Butler, after he suffered a MCL injury Wednesday night.

Meanwhile in the Western Conference, the Sacramento Kings are coming off a decisive win over the Golden State Warriors and now head to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans, who will be without Zion Williamson (hamstring). The game tips off at 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT on TNT.


NBA Playoffs Schedule

And for a number of NBA teams that are already in the playoffs, the games begin on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the weekend schedule.

Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers – 1 pm ET/10 am PT on ESPN
Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves – 3:30 pm ET/12:30 pm PT on ESPN
Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks – 6pm ET/3 pm PT on ESPN
Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets – 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT on ABC

Chicago Bulls/Miami Heat at Boston Celtics – 1 pm ET/10 am PT on ABC
Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers – 3:30 pm ET/12:30 pm PT on ABC
Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks – 7 pm ET/4 pm PT on TNT
Sacramento Kings/New Orleans Pelicans at Oklahoma City Thunder – 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT on TNT

Zach Wilson

“You can trade me if you want to, but I’m not coming to your voluntary workouts,” Zach Wilson, probably. 

As the New York Jets opened Phase 1, which is voluntary, of their offseason program, they did so without quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson is on the trading block, with the 2021 NFL draft’s second overall pick, relegated to QB3 on the Jets’ roster. Tyrod Taylor will backup Aaron Rodgers. 

Wilson was told he could seek a trade at the start of the NFL offseason, and all parties seem perfectly happy to move forward. Stay tuned.

Tracy Sandler

Tracy Sandler

I created Fangirl Sports Network as a place for female sports fans to follow their favorite teams with content and coverage that speaks directly to females. It started with one and then eight and now 32 NFL Fangirls and 15 NBA Fangirls.