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

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  • 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

 

 

WILT CHAMBERLAIN’S 100 POINT GAME, TRAE YOUNG’S GAME HEATING UP

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Five things you don’t know about Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game Jordan Greer | Sporting News

PJ Dozier Has Evolved Into Elite G-League PG Dakota Schmidt | Ridiculous Upside

Randle’s Search For Stability William Guillory | The Athletic

Harkless Is In A Better Place, Mentally & Physically Joe Freeman | Oregon Live

PG Rotation Of Augustin & Briscoe Is Paying Off Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel

Kokoskov & Gentry Have A Bigger Bond Than Basketball Ashley Nevel | Bright Side Of The Sun

NBA Coaches Will Take A Good Play From Anywhere Andy Larsen | Salt Lake Tribune

op 5 Euro NBA 2019 Draft Prospects Antonis Stroggylakis | The Basketball Writers

Trae Young

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The Element of Surprise Will Shape Trae Young’s Path to Stardom Rob Mahoney | Sports Illustrated

Rumor: Marcin Gordat and Raptors have mutual interest Ashish Mathur | Clutch Points

Three Lineup Combinations That Work Best Dylan Carter | Air Alamo

Allonzo Tier busts through rookie wall he insists he didn’t hit Marc Berman | New York Post

Here come the Magic and they’re ready to end their playoff drought  | SB Nation

LeBron James gets Crushed by Twitter For Walking Off the Court Before the Bucks-Laker Game Was Over Jorge Alonso | Brobile

 

NBA NEWS: HARDEN, LEBRON, WARRIORS, DONAGHY

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James Harden is chasing the NBA record book, but he’s only doing it to help his team chase a championship.

The Rockets star is in the midst of a 31-game stretch in which he’s scored at least 30 points in each contest, providing extra offense as Chris Paul and Clint Capela have dealt with injuries. Continue Reading By Kirstie Chiappelli

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors are bracing for the departure of Kevin Durant in the summer, a move that could range from possible to inevitable, depending on one’s sense of pessimism. If he does, it won’t be long before the Warriors reload, though, as they could well target Giannis Antetokounmpo in the summer 2021, according to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. Continue Reading By 

 

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Jimmy Fallon issued a hilarious challenge to Stephen Curry during the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend.

The TV host asked the NBA star to secretly drop three weird phrases (“Energizer Bunny,” “Flipping Pancakes” and “Wham, Bam, Can of Ham”) into his interviews over the three-day event. Continue Reading By Sara Jane Harris

 

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are just two members of Team LeBron who interest the Knicks.

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It would take a professional lip-reader to truly find out, but Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were definitely cooking up some kind of scheme at the All-Star game Sunday night. Whether they were actually talking about the Knicks is up for fans to believe…or pray for. Continue Reading By 

 

Khris Middleton goes up for a dunk during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

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As the Knicks attempt to best use their $74 million in cap space, they could do worse than unsung Bucks swingman and free-agent-to-be Khris Middleton, who is coming off a breakout All-Star Game on Sunday in Charlotte.

While the 27-year-old is not regarded in most circles as a max-contract player, he is coming close. In becoming the first G-League graduate to play in the All-Star Game, Middleton racked up 20 points, hitting four straight 3-pointers in the first half. He was 6-of-10 for the night for Team Giannis as he continues to raise his free-agent profile. Continue Reading By Marc Berman

 

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Rudy Gay is calm. Dribbling, waiting, readying himself. The clock continues to dwindle down. Eight, seven, six …

With 5.5 seconds left, LaMarcus Aldridge sprints towards half court as Gay switches hands with his dribble. Josh Jackson, fresh off a game-tying tomahawk slam, concedes a switch to his partner, Kelly Oubre, as Aldridge sets the screen. Continue Reading By 

 

Anthony Davis and Lebron James

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Eyebrows were raised this weekend when LeBron James and Anthony Davis were spotted hanging out together in the midst of Davis’ fraught trade drama. Continue Reading By Page Six Team

 

Sacramento Kings v Dallas Mavericks

ACT 1: A CONVENIENT HALF-TRUTH

James “Jimmy” “Bah-Bah” “The Sheep” Battista was a stressed-out, overweight, Oxy-addicted 41-year-old, in the hole to some underground gamblers for sums he’d sort of lost track of, when he settled in to watch an NBA game for which he believed he’d just put in the fix. It was January 2007. A month or so back, not long before Christmas, he’d done something audacious: He’d sat down and cut a deal with an NBA referee. Now he feared the scheme had become too obvious. Continue reading By Scott Eden

 

 

NBA WEEKEND DOESN’T DISAPPOINT, SPRING TRAINING, NHL NEWS

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As usual, the NBA trade deadline provided all kinds of entertainment for both casual and die-hard fans of the league. There was plenty of actual player movement in addition to the (still ongoing) Anthony Davis saga and teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks strengthened their rosters with an eye toward legitimate title contention. In fact, much has been made of the wildly intriguing race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, with four teams jockeying for position and the prospect of an all-out brawl for a Finals spot in May. Continue Reading By 

In Stephen Curry‘s homecoming, Kevin Durant stole the show. Durant scored a team-high 31 points for Team LeBron, helping to lead his team of All-Stars back from a 20-point deficit in a 178-164 win over Team Giannis and winning All-Star MVP for the second time in his career. Continue Reading By Dave McMenamin

Trae Young, Hawks

NBA TV held a discussion with some of the top rookies of this season, but Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Trae Young wasn’t invited. Continue Reading By  

Jalen Rose, LeBron James, Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers may or may not reach the postseason this 2018-19 season. Despite signing superstar forward LeBron James over the summer, the slumping Western Conference franchise has been forced to play most of this season without “King James” due to a groin injury. Continue Reading By 

60 Pairs Of Sneakers Players Wore During NBA All-Star Weekend Events

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NBA All-Star Weekend is pretty much the mecca for sneakerheads as so many of the league’s superstars break out extra special kicks, many that we’ve never seen before, and in several cases will never see again. Continue Reading By 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

The hot stove is heating up with rumors of teams making offers to the biggest free agents on the market.

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still unsigned, and with spring training underway and the regular season beginning in about four weeks, teams are still struggling to set their rosters as there are still quality free agents still waiting to ink deals.

Here are all the latest rumors and news around baseball: Continue Reading By SCOOBY AXSON

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For Red Sox fans hoping the team will have a change of heart and bring back ace closer Craig Kimbrel, team chairman Tom Werner put some long odds on that Monday.

“I think it’s extremely unlikely,” Werner said (via MLB.com). Continue Reading By Arthur Weinstein

Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That’s what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings.

The next five weeks will see lots of shuffling on Major League rosters. Here are the most intriguing positional battles on each of the 30 MLB clubs. Continue Reading By MLB.com

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 Even on a day when Commissioner Rob Manfred broke a bit of news — spring training games will soon begin in Florida and Arizona with a 20-second pitch clock, as a possible precursor to implementing the pace-saving devices in the regular season — he could not escape the predominant story line of Major League Baseball’s offseason: the continued unemployment of some of the sport’s highest-profile free agents with the first exhibition games just days away. Continue Reading By Dave Sheinin

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

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There was only one thing Jake Gardiner wanted to do with the only night his Toronto Maple Leafs would spend in this city all season long. Drop in on old friend Tyler Bozak.

“Check out his house and say hi to his kids,” said Gardiner, of how he intended to cap a busy Monday that included practice in Glendale, Ariz., and a two-plus-hour team flight to St. Louis. Continue Reading By 

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After a 44-year wait for their first Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals finally hoisted the coveted trophy and celebrated throughout the summer with parties and keg-stands. This season, the Caps have returned with very much the same team, managing to re-sign pivotal defenseman John Carlsson and ready to embark on the franchise’s first ever defense of the Cup. The team is strong in all areas, boasting many of the best players in the game. Continue Reading By Ben Chopping

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Ryan Miller is one of the best goaltenders in Buffalo Sabres history; there’s no doubt about that. But on Sunday, Miller also solidified his place in NHL history, become the winningest US-born goaltender in the league’s history as the Anaheim Ducks powered to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Continue Reading By 

Every week, we’ll mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your fantasy hockey squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format, and we’ll also toss in some tips for daily fantasy sports players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued — either in the short or long term — for one reason or another. Continue Reading By Victoria Matiash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NBA TRADE DEADLINE IS GONE TEAMS MUST PULL IT TOGETHER

 

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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.

 

SPORTS BUSINESS NEWS, TIGER & PHIL, NBA 2K, NBA, NHL

The much-anticipated showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson now has a TV place to call home. According to sources close to the event, the made-for-TV exhibition match will be shown via Pay-Per-View through DirecTV and B/R Live. As of this time, a cost for the package has not yet been disclosed. According to Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report, … Read moreSPORTS BUSINESS NEWS, TIGER & PHIL, NBA 2K, NBA, NHL

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES CARMELO, LEBRON, BEN SIMMONS

“They say I never show any emotion. It’s just who I am,” Frank Mason III told the Kansas City Star. “I’ve got a lot more to prove, a lot more work to get in…I’ll definitely have a better season next year.” Mason was selected with the No. 34 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES CARMELO, LEBRON, BEN SIMMONS

NEWS AROUND THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

The Los Angeles Lakers were unquestionably the winners of free agency. How could they not be after signing LeBron James, the best player on the planet? But the margin of their victory in this subjective game has been lessened by some of their follow-up moves, which included signing JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo. Neither of those three are bad players, necessarily — … Read moreNEWS AROUND THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

MONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Something has been gnawing at me about Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Both are practically perfect hitters, and in practically identical ways. It’s not just that they both hit the ball hard and far, but that they control the construction of each plate appearance: Los Angeles Angels center fielder Trout has a phenomenal batting eye — his chase rate is … Read moreMONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SPORTS BUSINESS NEWS

Dan Gilbert, who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, made his fortune with his mortgage company Quicken Loans and now runs all his companies under Rock Ventures. Phil Long/AP Dan Gilbert runs an empire. He makes many of his public appearances as the billionaire owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, but he’s also the chairman and founder … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE SPORTS BUSINESS NEWS