Roundup: Isaiah Thomas drops 53 on late sister's birthday

Continuing to do the amazing under heartbreaking circumstances, Isaiah Thomas scored 53 points on what would have been the 23rd birthday of his late sister, Chyna, to lead the Boston Celtics to a 129-119 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Thomas scored 29 in the fourth quarter and OT alone.

Former Cal running back Justin Forsett announced his retirement from the NFL Wednesday after nine seasons, amassing 3,890 career rushing yards and 19 touchdowns with the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos. Sports Spectrum has the announcement.

Bill Bender writes that USC quarterback Sam Darnold is the No. 1 pick in the Sporting News 2018 NFL Mock Draft, with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley going second.

Along these lines, Brian Howell gives us a preview of which Colorado football players could be selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. He thinks cornerback Isaiah Oliver has the potential to be a first-round pick.

Oregon softball’s Megan Kleist was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after racking up a couple of win against the Beavs, striking out 11 in 12 scoreless innings of work.

Check out the Pac-12 Networks recap from Oregon State baseball’s 4-1 win over Oregon Tuesday in Corvallis.

Washington State football coach Mike Leach believes the undrafted Gabe Marks is a better player than others who were drafted, believing that his measurables were what kept him from being selected (The Seattle Times).

From last week – Jon Wilner explains why Christian McCaffrey will succeed with the Carolina Panthers. He’s a guy Cam Newton needs to help revive the offense, Wilner believes.

Kyle Goon features Utah pitcher Jayson Rose in this article. Rose, the Utes’ ace, is five strikeouts away from breaking Utah’s career record total.

Jeff Borzello of ESPN writes that Lorenzo Romar’s addition to the Arizona men’s basketball staff will make the Wildcats that much tougher to beat because of his recruiting prowess.

Jeff Metcalfe gives us some areas of concern for Arizona State football now that spring practice has wrapped up.

Thuc Nhi Nguyen gives us four things we learned from UCLA football spring practice.