Rats on the ice!
Florida Panthers fans were responsible for two delay of game penalties against their team last night because they refused to stop throwing toy rats on the ice after goals. You're probably too young to remember, but this is a thing Panthers fans used to do back in 1996, when the Panthers advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Legend has it that the tradition started when winger Scott Mellanby killed a rat with his stick in the locker room and then scored two goals.
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Back in 1985 — long before internet pranks — Sports Illustrated pulled a classic April Fools' Day gag when they published "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch." According to the story, from George Plimpton, the Mets were trying out a pitcher who could throw the ball 168 mph, played the French horn, and had studied in Tibet. Believe it or not, many people were fooled.
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it's been a great run with Steeler Nation, I will always have love 4 all my former teammates, coaches, & for all my fans! but gotta move on!— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) April 1, 2016
The Denver Broncos are reportedly interested in trading for Colin Kaepernick, but only if the 49ers quarterback accepts a pay cut, reports Mike Klis of KUSA.
Kaepernick’s $11.9 million salary became fully guaranteed on Thursday afternoon, meaning the 49ers can no longer release their five-year signal caller. However, the Broncos are still interested in acquiring the quarterback, assuming he is willing to accept a lower contract of $7 million for the 2016 season, reports Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole.
On Wednesday, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the 49ers do not plan on trading Kaepernick unless they are presented with an offer that blows them away. New head coach Chip Kelly has said he would love to have Kaepernick on the team and that he is a big fan of him.
Kaepernick has been with the 49ers since they selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. He played in only nine games in ’15 due to a shoulder injury that landed him on injured reserve, and threw for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions with a 2–6 record.
In five years in San Francisco, Kaepernick has thrown for 10,030 yards with 56 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
LeBron James has moved into 12th place on the NBA all-time scoring list after scoring 24 points in the Cavaliers’ 107–87 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
James passed Dominique Wilkins’s 26,668 points with a three-point shot in the first quarter. By the end of the night James’s career total had reached 26,689 points, edging closer to Oscar Robertson in 11th place on the all-time list with 26,710 points.
James has been averaging 25.0 points per game this season, and reached 24 on Thursday night despite sitting out the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers next play the Atlanta Hawks at 8 p.m. ET on Friday.
- Erin Flynn