MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY: HARDEN, NFL COMBINE AND MUCH MORE

MB SHOW DAILY

March 3rd, 2019

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  1. Harden’s Scoring Streak

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  • James Harden is on the verge of doing something amazing! The step back three shooting scoring machine will face the same pressures of a major league baseball player trying to catch Joe DiMaggio’s consecutive hit streak or maybe a bowler in the ninth frame of rolling a perfect game.
  • Harden extended his streak of consecutive 30-point games to 22. Harden still trails Wilt Chamberlain, who has three longer streaks, including the record-setting 65-game run he put up in 1961-62 — the season he averaged an NBA record 50.4 points per game.

    2. The Biggest Meat Market, The NFL Combine

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray

Photo: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

  • The NFL Scouting Combine is an event that gives players a path to get selected in the upcoming draft. More than 300 prospects participate in the 2019 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Bucky Brooks NFL.com Analyst, one of the best analysts gives his look at the top five prospects at each position as the 2019 NFL Draft will be soon upon us.
  • Alabama Crimson Tide star lineman 6-foot-3, 303-pounder Quinnen Williams was to stand on a 4.87 unofficial 40-yard dash time on Sunday at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Williams’ agent, Nicole Lynn, told Williams he shouldn’t even run the 40 a second time. “He didn’t listen,” Lynn wrote in a tweet. “Decided to bet on himself …” Williams followed with a 4.83 official time on his second try. His 4.83 clocking is the fourth-fastest by a 300-plus pound defensive lineman at the combine since 2003.
  • Montez Sweat set a modern record for fastest 40-yard dash by a defensive lineman, clocking a 4.41.
  • The down side to any workout is the risk of injury. Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence suffered an injury on his first and only run of the 40-yard dash. Lawrence suffered a minor quad strain and he should be ready for Clemson’s pro day later this month.

    3. The Evolution of Giannis Antetokounmpo into a Global Star

Giannis Antetokounmpo could net a sneaker deal worth $7-10 million a year this summer. Dylan Buell/Getty Images
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (The Greek Freak) is taking over the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks have improved their league-best record to 48-14 thus far. The gym rat has developed in to the future of the Global NBA basketball appeal.
  • Antetokounmpo’s upcoming shoe deal is not only expected to place him among the top 10 NBA players in the league from an earnings standpoint, but shoe deals create the exposure that opens the door for bigger endorsements down the road. Being a foreign player from Greece gives him the European exposure that US players get only if your Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.

    4. What Does Bryce Harper’s deal mean?

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  • Bryce Harper signs a $330 million over 13 years with the Philadelphia Phillies. Just days before Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres.
  • Who’s next, well probably the best player on the planet Mike Trout! The Los Angeles Angel outfielder will be a free agent for the first time in his career at the end of the season. The question is will the Angels extend the superstars contract or the free agent market have to with stand another Harper/Machado negotiation. The Los Angeles Angels have considered offering Mike Trout a 10-year, $350 million extension which would be the highest paid contract surpassing Harper’s $330 million dollar deal.
  • Here are the five largest contracts in baseball history:
  1. Bryce Harper, Phillies: 13 years, $330 million
  2. Giancarlo StantonMarlins: 13 years, $325 million
  3. Manny Machado, Padres: 10 years, $300 million
  4. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 10 years, $275 million
  5. Nolan ArenadoRockies: 8 years, $260 million

    5. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds on Favorite to Win Stanley Cup

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point celebrates the team’s 50th victory of the 2018-19

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THE PROHIBITIVE FAVORITE

Tampa Bay Lightning  4/1

ROUNDING OUT THE TOP FIVE

Toronto Maple Leafs  9/1
Winnipeg Jets  9/1
Calgary Flames  10/1
San Jose Sharks  10/1

 

 

NOLAN ARENADO SIGNS BIG DEAL WITH ROCKIES, MLB NEWS

Photo: Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Nolan Arenado, the four-time all-star and six-time Gold Glove winner, is remaining with the Rockies. The 27-year-old third baseman has agreed to a lucrative contract extension with the club that could keep him in a Rockies uniform for as long as eight years and for more than $255 million, a source confirmed to The Denver Post.

Photo: The 23-year-old Miguel Andujar, left, and the 22-year-old Gleyber Torres, right, with Didi Gregorius at George M. Steinbrenner Field last week.CreditCreditEve Edelheit for The New York Times

 When the Yankees’ young slugger Aaron Judge looks up and down the team’s roster, he sees many players like him. There’s the soon-to-be-24-year-old third baseman, Miguel Andujar, who was the runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year Award last season — just ahead of a teammate, second baseman Gleyber Torres, 22. Continue Reading By James Wagner New York Times

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The Cardinals and starting pitcher Miles Mikolas have agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension, MLB Network reported.

The deal — after Mikolas went 18-4 in his first season with the Cardinals in 2018 — is expected to be announced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Continue Reading By Bob Hille, Omnisport

FILE – In this Monday, May 14, 2018, file photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Nevada regulators have rejected a request from Major League Baseball to ban betting on spring training games. The Nevada Gaming Control Board says the state has the proper controls in place to minimize the league’s integrity concerns. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Photo: People make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Nevada regulators have rejected a request from Major League Baseball to ban… (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada gambling regulators have rejected a request by Major League Baseball to ban betting on spring training games.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a letter to MLB that casinos in Las Vegas and elsewhere have taken bets on exhibition baseball games for decades without problems.

The league asked for the ban on Wednesday last week, the day before the first scheduled spring training game between the Mariners and A’s, which was rained out. Bryan Seeley, MLB’s deputy general counsel, said in the request that wagers on spring training games carry “heightened security risks.” The league says the games are “more vulnerable to manipulation” because teams are focused on getting players ready for the season, not on winning.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Morgan responded Thursday saying sportsbooks have the proper controls in place to minimize concerns about players potentially fixing bets.

MLB acknowledged the tardiness of its request and said it planned to make similar requests in other states where sports betting has become legal since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow expansion last year. From

MLB NEWS & NOTES

Photo: Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black waits to be introduced during pregame at Wrigley Field before playing the Chicago Cubs in the NL West Wild Card playoff game Oct. 2, 2018.

Manager Bud Black signs 3-year contract By Denver Post

Adorable: Rob Manfred thinks the Braves are taking out the Tomahawk Chop By Craig Calcaterra Hard Ball Talk

Aaron Hicks gets $70 million deal from Yankees By Joel Sherman New York Post

Manny Machado, Padres have a clear path to long-term contention if they follow these four steps By CBS Sports

Addison Russell returns to field, braces for fan wrath over domestic-violence suspension By Gordon Wittenmyer

MLB’s Instagram Claps Back At User Calling Mookie Betts ‘Overrated By NESN

Clayton Kershaw to resume throwing on Monday By Jesse Reed Sportsnaut

Aaron Boone doesn’t rule out Yankees using an ‘opener By George A. King III New York Post

‘I felt uncomfortable’: Reacclimation process begins for Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera By , The Detroit News

MLB to Celebrate Jackie Robinson 100th Birthday in 2019 By , USA TODAY

 

 

 

 

NBA TRADE DEADLINE IS GONE TEAMS MUST PULL IT TOGETHER

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart had a PRP injection to treat tendinitis in his right knee today. Hart will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin is finalizing a contract buyout, clearing the way for him to sign with the Toronto Raptors.

Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Mark Lasry has reportedly been fined $25,000 for violating the NBA‘s tampering rule for comments on Anthony Davis, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.

Nik Stauskas was briefly with the Cavs, who acquired him from the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal for forward Rodney Hood. He never appeared in a game before Cleveland sent him two days later to the Houston Rockets, who promptly traded Stauskas at the deadline to Indiana. The Pacers then waived him, allowing the rebuilding Cavs to pick him up.

The New York Knicks used an image of rookie center Mitchell Robinson playing alongside the Golden State Warriors‘ Kevin Durant in a pitch to season-ticket holders, then deleted the picture to avoid the perception that the organization had an ulterior motive in including Durant, who will be a 2019 free agent, in the pitch. From Ian Begley

Here’s our breakdown of the 2019 NBA buyout market:

Veterans who have been bought out or released and are free agents:

Note: Players marked with an asterisk were injured at the time of their release. Players marked with a double asterisk remain on waivers.

Veterans who have been bought out or released and joined new teams:

Other candidates to be bought out or released:

From NBA Rumors

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

The Cleveland Browns have signed running back Kareem Hunt just months after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs for his involvement in a video that showed him shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February 2018.

Daniel Jones is one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2019 draft class. Experts say he’s 6′ 5″, 220 lbs, he’s accurate, he’s shown an ability to read defenses and manipulate coverage with his eyes, and he’s resilient.

Jerry Jones still wants head coach Jason Garrett to succeed at all costs. Dallas is actually well-fixed on cap space and could fit a new deal under the ceiling without wreaking too much havoc.

Patrick Mahomes had the greatest season in this history of fantasy football quarterbacks.  Mahomes, who finished with 50 touchdown passes and a record-breaking 417.08 fantasy points, also ranked among the top five quarterbacks 43.8 percent of the time.

Kansas City Chiefs and NFL MVP QB Patrick Mahomes are getting oddmakers’ respect. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened odds to win Super Bowl LIV in early January. The Chiefs had the second-best odds at 7-1, with the Rams as the favorite at 6-1. However, in the weeks since, Kansas City has shifted to the 6-1 favorite there and at multiple other Las Vegas sportsbooks.

The Eagles want to maximize their return for Nick Foles. GM Howie Roseman has options? Franchise Foles then trade him, or let him go. Foles future should be a top priority.

Andy Reid expressed the biggest difference between Steve Spagnuolo and Sutton—this is actually one of the things that sets Spagnuolo apart if we’re to go off of how he coached with the Giants a few years ago, his second stint with the Giants—is when he does bring pressure, he keeps two safeties deep a lot of the times, which is unusual.

Andrew Luck Comeback Player of the Year Luck was also a top-five fantasy quarterback in 31.3 percent of his starts. His shoulder injury is a non topic anymore for the Indianapolis Colts.

Former NFL referee Red Cashion, known for his vociferous calls of “First down,” has died. He was 87. NFL Referees Association executive director Scott Green called Cashion “the kind of man everyone wanted to emulate both on and off the field, and he gave so much of his time to all of us.”

Quarterback Baker Mayfield said Wednesday night that the hype about 2019 is warranted, and the team’s new coordinators both said they chose to come to Cleveland because of the Browns’ situation.

Pro Football Focus put out it’s top 101 players from 2018. BY PFF ANALYSIS TEAM

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

The Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Eric Young Jr.

The Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Tyler Cloyd.

The Athletics have signed veteran catcher Nick Hundley to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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MLB should consider a lottery in their proposal to change the amateur draft. It’s no secret that the draft needs to be fixed, and maybe this is the way to spice things up a little more.

While many fans have focused on the fates of its current players of late, nearly all of them mourned the passing of Frank Robinson who died last week at the age of 83. Frank Robinson was one of the absolute best to ever play the game and was also the league’s first African-American manager. We at MLB Daily Dish send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans. The world lost a giant.

Ramón Laureano deserves more attention.

The Marlins finally parted ways with their star catcher J.T. Realmuto as they traded him to the Phillies in a deal that was highlighted by flamethrowing pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez. The Phillies were late entrants into the Realmuto sweepstakes, but they closed the deal and the National League playoff race next year continues to look very, very interesting.

Bryce Harper is still a free agent, but the star outfielder has recently met with the Giants about possibly signing with them.

The Hartford Yard Goats are turning themselves into the Screaming Goat meme for one night only. Get your tickets now, folks.

The Nationals brought back Jeremy Hellickson to a one-year deal.

Beloved veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson will look to play another season in the big leagues, as he’s inked a minor-league deal with the Marlins and will try to win a job this spring. If he does end up making Miami’s roster, it’ll be interesting to see if he’s flipped to a contender down the stretch for a third straight year; he seems to be somewhat of a good luck charm, as he’s played on nine playoff teams in 15 seasons, including three that have advanced to the World Series.

Yankees’ Zach Britton has changed his name … to Zack Britton, you know for those of you who were about to make your fantasy picks and be like, “Wait, is this the same guy? Is this a typo?”

Our Andersen Pickard broke down the offseason moves in the NL West, which have been few and far between with just about a week before pitchers and catchers report.

These names will soon be known all around the National League. Check out these young stars who will be heading to a baseball broadcast near you.

Andersen Pickard continued his look at the first half of this offseason (with the second half seemingly looking like it will extend into the last week of spring training) with a look at how well the NL Central has done for itself so far.

Peter Alonso could be in for a big rookie year.

Nolan Arenado and the Rockies made history as they agreed on a one year, $26 million contract to avoid arbitration. That $26 million is a most given to an arbitration eligible player and frankly, Arenado deserves it.

More bad news for Orioles fans: It doesn’t look good for Chris Davis.

The Padres have made a bit of a surprise entrance to the top of the free-agent market, as they are showing interest in some of the top names including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. San Diego may not look the part of a contender right now, but they have one of the league’s best farm systems and could become good in a hurry.

The Angels owe it to Mike Trout to at least make an effort to be better.

Is Isiah Kiner-Falefa the future of roster management?

The Diamondbacks are taking a chance on reliever Greg Holland after signing the three-time All-Star closer to a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

A modest proposal: the Twins should sign Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel. Just bear with us here.

Do free agents lose value when they remain on the market deep into the offseason? We took a look at the data, and let’s just say it usually helps them to sign sooner than later.

What if Bryce Harper ditched the commitment and signed a one-year deal somewhere?

Our Stephen Tolbert took an in-depth look at how the qualifying offer system has affected players’ value in free agency.

 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

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 The NHL’s Feb. 25th trade deadline just two weeks away, general managers are evaluating their rosters to determine which players to move and which ones to pursue.

My NHL Trade Rumors Lyle Richardson writes the Penguins GM Jim Rutherford‘s been among the busiest in this season’s trade market. In addition to swapping Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson, he sent Daniel Sprong to Anaheim for Marcus Pettersson followed by Derek Grant to the Ducks for Joseph Blandisi, traded Jamie Oleksiak back to Dallas for a draft pick, and shipped Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and two draft picks to the Panthers for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann.

Sergei Bobrovsky the two-time Vezina Trophy winner is struggling through his contract year. Most teams are waiting for the off-season the  Panthers could try to acquire him before the trade deadline.

The Senators are attempting to re-sign 27-year-old Matt Duchene and Mark Stone. If Duchene isn’t signed he could be shopped for an offensive skilled center.

American center Jack Hughes, an unbelievable playmaker with hockey in his blood and jaw-dropping skill, is the expected No. 1 pick this summer in Vancouver. Hughes is listed at 5-10, smaller in stature than recent first-overall predecessors.

Major League Soccer

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 ​Wayne Rooney the ​DC United forward was arrested and charged with public intoxication last month at Washington’s Dulles Airport. He was released that same day and paid a $25 fine.

​Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam decided to take ownership of the Columbus Crew, ensuring that the long-time ​MLS franchise will remain in Ohio for the near future.

FC Cincinnati‘s revealed its Adidas home jersey, or kit as it’s called in soccer circles. The jersey is a primarily blue top with blue shorts and socks. Each separate piece has elements of orange, most noticeably on the jersey top with its vertical orange striping and orange trim along the sleeves and neck.

The Fire could have a free-wheeling attack in 2019, with Aleksandar KataiPrzemysław FrankowskiDjordje MihailovicNemanja Nikolic and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but they’ll need Dax McCarty energy and grit in the middle to get the most out of them.

 

DIAMONDBACKS PROVING TO BE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE MLB NL WEST

The Arizona Diamondbacks moved to 12 games over .500 and have a 0.5 game lead over the Colorado Rockies. The Dbacks have taken two of three from the San Diego Padres in hopes of taking three of four games in the four game series at a crucial time in the season. Paul Goldschmidt is definitely … Read moreDIAMONDBACKS PROVING TO BE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE MLB NL WEST

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SUNDAY COLUMN, MLB, NBA, NFL REVIEW

Sunday column is some of the best of the week in sports. Starting with baseball, then basketball and finally some NFL. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL There has been a lot of movement this week in major league baseball. Pretty much all the contenders in both leagues have made a move to strengthen themselves for a down … Read moreSUNDAY COLUMN, MLB, NBA, NFL REVIEW

MLB TRADE DEADLINE NEWS & NOTES STRASBURG ON DL, OH JOINS ROCKIES, DBACKS ACQUIRE ANDRIESE

The Washington Nationals will select the contract of southpaw Tommy Milone, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier (via Twitter). He’ll start for the team tonight in place of Stephen Strasburg, who was just sent back onto the disabled list. After helping the Nationals salvage a split of their rain-shortened series against the Braves on Sunday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer said … Read moreMLB TRADE DEADLINE NEWS & NOTES STRASBURG ON DL, OH JOINS ROCKIES, DBACKS ACQUIRE ANDRIESE

EOVALDI SENT TO BOSTON AFTER YANKEES PICK UP BRITTON, MLB NEWS

The Boston Red Sox have officially struck a deal to land righty Nathan Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported (via Twitter). Young lefty Jalen Beeks will go to Tampa Bay in return, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Nine teams are said to be “in discussions” with … Read moreEOVALDI SENT TO BOSTON AFTER YANKEES PICK UP BRITTON, MLB NEWS