Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Five-star recruit Stephen Zimmerman committed to UNLV via Twitter.
The 7-foot Zimmerman, who played high school ball at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High, chose to stay close to home despite being recruited by Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky, and UCLA.
Zimmerman is the No. 10-ranked prospect in the ESPN 100.
UNLV has the chance to have one of the best frontcourts in the NCAA next season if forward Christian Wood decides to return to school instead of entering the NBA Draft. UNLV also brought in Oregon transfer Ben Carter and the No. 27-ranked prospect, forward Derrick Jones.
Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria won't let a bruised hip stop him from playing.
Longoria, who was hit by a pitch in the hip during Thursday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, started Friday night's game against the New York Yankees as the Rays' designated hitter to keep his major league-leading consecutive games played (252) streak alive.
While it's nice that Longoria is still playing, the Rays hope to have him out in the field soon.
"Hopefully a day and he'll be back out there," Rays skipper Kevin Cash said. "But he got squared up pretty good in kind of an awkward spot."
In 11 games this season, Longoria is hitting .235 with one home run, five runs scored, and a .409 on-base percentage.
Len Redkoles/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists to help the Washington Capitals erase a 3-1 deficit to top the New York Islanders 4-3.
The win evens the best-of-seven first-round playoff series at a game apiece.
Washington wins despite not having starting goaltender Braden Holtby, who was sick. The Caps called up Philipp Grubauer from the minors, and he made 18 saves in the victory.
The Islanders got on the board first when Cal Clutterbuck scored 5:14 into the game. Ryan Strome then scored 3:24 into the second period to put the Islanders up 2-0. The two teams then traded goals before Alex Ovechkin scored the 32nd playoff goal of his career to make it 3-2.
Washington took advantage of an early power play in the third period when Backstrom found the back of the net to tie the game. Jason Chimera gave the Caps the lead for good less than four minutes later when he took the rebound off of his original shot and wristed the puck past Jaroslav Halak.
The series now shifts to Long Island, where Game 3 will be held on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET.
Chicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) -- Top prospect Kris Bryant made his much anticipated major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Friday in front of a crowd of 32,138 at Wrigley Field.
Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while batting cleanup in the Cubs 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres.
"Sure, I could have done a little better," Bryant said. "There's two sides to the ball. I felt I did well on defense."
He did. In the first inning he handled a hard-hit grounder by Derek Norris to start a double play. Then, in the fifth inning, he caught a screaming line drive with a runner on first base that possibly saved a run.
Bryant hit .321 with three home runs, 10 RBIs, and two stolen bases for Triple-A Iowa before being called up.
Len Redkoles/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa) -- The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Craig Berube Friday after the team finished 33-31-18, placing sixth in the Metro division.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise as general manager Ron Hextall said he would take a "methodical" approach to evaluating the head coach position.
“I'm not going to make a quick decision to appease people, or to follow along like it's supposed to be done. I'm going to do everything I can to do the due diligence that's appropriate to make the decision. Once I get there, then we'll let people know. I'm not going to make a hasty decision and look back and regret it. I'm going to do everything I can to gather all the information out there and make the right decision,” Hextall said Wednesday.
Berube was hired last season and amassed a record of 75-58-28, with just one playoff appearance.
''I think in the end, a coach's job is to get the most out of his players, and in the end that's the conclusion that I came to, was that that wasn't the case,'' Hextall said.
(DALLAS, Tx) -- Last week, Aqib Talib and his brother drew the attention of the Dallas Police Department for an assault that occurred outside of a nightclub.
The Dallas Police announced Friday that they were suspending their investigation due to a lack of leads.
On April 8, a gun was fired after an altercation outside of Club Luxx. The Talib brothers left the scene and drove to XTC Cabaret. The Dallas police took possession of the brothers Ranger Rover and Jaguar for investigation.
Talib is in the second year of a six-year contract he signed with the Denver Broncos after leaving the New England Patriots.
Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A week after being released from a rehab treatment facility, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has issued a statement to the fans and to members of the Browns organization.
"I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron," Manziel said. "The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I've learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down.
"I take full responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect," the statement continues. "I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there's a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that's been through things like this knows it's an ongoing process.
"I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it," Manziel concludes.
The team has been non-committal regarding Manziel's playing future, but he's expected to join the team for offseason workouts.
Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Milwaukee Brewers will have to keep their head above water in the NL Central without one of their best players for at least a couple of weeks. The team announced they've place outfielder Carlos Gomez on the disabled list.
Gomez will head to the DL with a slight “defect” or “tear” in his hamstring.
"When you talk about a leadoff guy who can do what he can do, and in center field, it's concerning,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We know offensively we need to get things going and we're losing a guy who has a chance to do a ton for you.
"When you lose Carlos, you lose a piece that's got a chance to really get things going," he said.
For the past couple seasons, Gomez has been a dynamic player for the Brewers. He's made the All-Star game the past two seasons, and in 2014, Gomez hit .284 with 23 home runs ,73 RBIs, 95 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases.
Christpher Trottman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Beginning next season, NBA players will be tested for human growth hormone, the league has announced.
This is the first time the NBA has approved blood testing for its players. Owners and players agreed during collective bargaining negotiations in 2011 to determine a process for how HGH testing could be implemented.
Testing will begin during training camp this coming fall and players will be subjected to three random, unannounced tests annually. Players will be tested twice during the season, and once during the offseason.
Players will also be subject to reasonable-cause testing for HGH.
A player will be subjected to a 20-game suspension for his first violation, and a 45-game ban for a second positive test. If a player fails a third test, he will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA.