Conn Smythe Watch – Which Round 2 players have MVP cases?

10:26 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN As we clear the rubble from millions of busted brackets, and survey the surprising entrants in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, we begin to get a sense of the playoff MVP race and the players currently on track for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Please keep in mind that goalies have won playoff MVP five times since 2000, while a defenseman has won it once since 2007 and three times since 2000. Here are some early MVP candidates in the Stanley Cup…

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Murray remains No. 1 favorite, but odds dipping

Kyler Murray remains a heavy favorite at sportsbooks to be the No. 1 overall pick, but his odds were on the move as Thursday’s NFL draft approached. The odds of the Oklahoma quarterback to be taken first overall by the Arizona Cardinals had been listed at -1,200 in previous weeks at FanDuel’s New Jersey sportsbook, but were down to -400 as of Wednesday morning. Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa is next at +350, followed by Alabama defensive end Quinnen Williams at +500. When: Thursday-SaturdayWhere: Nashville, TennesseeHow to watch: ABC/ESPN/ESPN…

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No. 2 prospect Anthony commits to Tar Heels

Cole Anthony, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the 2019 class and the top unsigned senior, announced his commitment to North Carolina on Tuesday morning. “We ended up going with North Carolina,” Anthony said on ESPN’s Get Up! “We really pushed this decision back a lot. We really just kept looking at all our schools, and I just always ended up winding up going back to Carolina. It felt like a family to me. I love Coach [Roy] Williams, Coach [Hubert] Davis. If it was up to me, I’d be on…

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Bills add former Jags RB Yeldon to backfield

The Buffalo Bills signed former Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon to a two-year contract on Monday. He joins a Buffalo backfield that already includes veteran running backs Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy. The Bills have been active in free agency, adding several new offensive players, including Gore, wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley, tight end Tyler Kroft and offensive linemen Mitch Morse, Spencer Long and Quinton Spain. T.J. Yeldon becomes the latest offensive addition in free agency made by the Bills this year. Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire Yeldon’s…

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Harden starts 0-for-15, carries Rockets in clutch

SALT LAKE CITY — James Harden claimed he had no clue that he missed his first 15 field goal attempts in Saturday’s Game 3, the most consecutive misses from the floor in any game of his career. It certainly didn’t impact the reigning MVP’s confidence. Harden scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three of his last five field goal attempts, to help put the Houston Rockets on the brink of sweeping the Utah Jazz with a not-so-pretty 104-101 win. “Keep shooting, keep being aggressive,” said…

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