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

 

 

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

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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

Craig Kimbrel

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE OFF SEASON NEWS

Trade talk has gone quiet around the league in recent weeks but, in Faulk and Skinner, the Canes are dangling two players who could turn pretenders into contenders. Continue Reading by Matt Larkin The defending Stanley Cup champions have re-signed restricted free agent forward Tom Wilson to a six-year, $31MM contract extension. This salary over this amount of … Read moreNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE OFF SEASON NEWS

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE OFF-SEASON NEWS & NOTES

There has been speculation around Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty for months, with a trade out of town being the most likely final scenario for the scoring winger. Recently though there had been some who wondered if the Canadiens would re-open talks for an extension, something that now appears completely off the table. Marc Antoine Godin of The … Read moreNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE OFF-SEASON NEWS & NOTES

SPORTS NEWS-BETTING-EAGLES-US OPEN-WORLD CUP-DBACKS-CAPITALS

The line formed at the Borgata casino well before 11 a.m., the designated time that sports betting was set to begin on Thursday. There were a few gamblers who were prepared to wager thousands of dollars, and many others who wanted to make bets that were much more modest, arriving simply to be part of … Read moreSPORTS NEWS-BETTING-EAGLES-US OPEN-WORLD CUP-DBACKS-CAPITALS

WASHINGTON CAPITALS BEAT VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS IN GAME 4 ONE GAME AWAY FROM THE STANLEY CUP

A fast start yielded nothing but frustration for Vegas, as Washington is now a single victory away from winning the Stanley Cup. The Capitals weathered an early flourish from the Golden Knights, got a little help from a goal post and then took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by T.J. Oshie. Tom Wilson extended … Read moreWASHINGTON CAPITALS BEAT VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS IN GAME 4 ONE GAME AWAY FROM THE STANLEY CUP

NHL EXPANSION TEAM LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS HEADED TO STANLEY CUP FINALS

The Vegas Golden Knights advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at Bell MTS Place on Sunday. Vegas will face the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. The Lightning lead that best-of-7 series 3-2. By Scott Billeck   … Read moreNHL EXPANSION TEAM LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS HEADED TO STANLEY CUP FINALS