Here are the top headlines from March 31st.
Yelich ties record with homer in 4th straight game | ESPN
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich hit a home run in his fourth consecutive game to open the new season, tying the MLB record in the process. Yelich faced St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha and drilled a homer to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
The reigning National League MVP became the sixth player in MLB history to start a season with home runs in four games in a row after Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013), and Trevor Story (2016).
YELICH WITH THE BOMB!!@ChristianYelich is now the 6th player in MLB history with a HR in each of his team's 1st 4 games of the season 😮
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 31, 2019
Canadian Women’s Hockey League to fold in May | ESPN
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced in its statement this morning that it will fold on May 1, stating that from the business point of view, it’s economically unsustainable.
Today the hockey league we played in and relied on to improve as players, folded. The support we felt throughout these years was tremendous & we would love to keep this momentum going. The future generations need to be able to see their role models on the ice. #noleague #cwhl
— Natalie Spooner (@natspooner5) March 31, 2019
The CWHL was founded by players and members of the community in 2007 and had six franchises, including one based in Shenzhen, China, which was independent. Even though it was believed that the deal with China will improve the league’s status and boost it financially, the CWHL will have to close its doors.
Edwards’ 28 3s in 4 games a tournament record| ESPN
The Purdue Boilermakers failed to make it to the Final Four as they lost to the Virginia Cavaliers, but their junior guard Carsen Edwards put his name into the record books. Edwards hit 10 triples to break the record for three-pointers in an NCAA tournament, making 28 triples in four games. The previous record stood for 30 years and it was set by the Michigan Wolverines Glen Rice, who had 27. Still, Edwards’ 42 points didn’t help Purdue to make it to the Final Four.
“Just had a good rhythm, felt good for me, a lot of shots I took felt good for me,” Edwards said. “Just didn’t turn out the way that we wanted it to, but for the most part it felt good.”
What a tournament from Carsen Edwards 👏 pic.twitter.com/3cxaSLjjBx
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 31, 2019
Ovi has 8th 50-goal season, joins Gretzky, Bossy | ESPN
Washington Capitals legend Alex Ovechkin became only the third player in the NHL history with 50+ goals in the season for the eighth time, joining Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky, who recorded nine a piece. Ovechkin contributed with a goal in the third period of the Capitals’ 6-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, while he added 51st just less than two minutes later.
“I’ve had a couple of chances in previous years to score 50, but I didn’t,” Ovechkin said. ”You always want to do something special, obviously, but sometimes it’s hard. I’m happy to get it done.”
Alex Ovechkin of the @Capitals is the third player in NHL history to record eight or more 50-goal seasons – a list topped by Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky, who each had nine. https://t.co/jLZ0j0CRPO #NHLStats #WSHvsTBL pic.twitter.com/PDdNMItztM
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 31, 2019
Hall of Famer Irvin: Tests show I’m cancer-free| ESPN
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Famer, Michael Irvin, announced on his Instagram profile that the throat cancer test came back 100 percent clean.
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Thank you God for continuing to answer Prayers and Thank you ALL for Praying. I spoke with Dr St John at UCLA Medical and she has informed me that all test have come back 100!% clean. NO CANCER!!!!!! It is impossible to express my family and my appreciation for the overwhelming out pour of love, support and prayers. I was on my threshing floor dealing with the stronghold of fear. You all covered and encourage me. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 To God be the Glory🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Irvin’s father died of the same disease when he was 51, and considering that Michael is 53, he had reasons for concern, especially after having problems with his voice for two months. Luckily, a three-time Super Bowl Champion is cancer free and his former teammate Emmitt Smith was among the first who celebrated the news.
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) March 31, 2019