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April 16th, 2019

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  • Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  • The silhouette on the NBA logo is Hall of Fame Laker Jerry West. Mr. Clutch is literally cemented in professional basketball lore.
  • At one point in August 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first professional team to field nine players who were either black or Latino. Coincidentally, this was the same year they won the World Series.
  • Speaking about Pittsburgh, it is the only American city with three sports teams that wear the same colors.



  • Lou Williams was the LA Clippers’ leading scorer despite coming off the bench in 74 of his 75 games this season. At 6 feet 1 inch and 175 pounds, he has embraced his identity as a butterfly among a herd of cattle. (Read) by Scott Cacciola New York Times
  • Thirty-one points. That’s what the Warriors blew Monday night in Game 2. The biggest blown lead in playoff history. They had a 31-point lead midway through the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers. And with 15.9 seconds left in the game, Landry Shamet hit a three-pointer to give the Clippers their first lead since the early first quarter. And the Warriors lost 135-131. (Read) by Ann Killion  | San Francisco Chronicle
  • Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins made an early exit from Monday’s Game 2 against the LA Clippers, suffering a left quadricep injury while tumbling after a loose ball with 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the first quarter. From NBA media reports
  • Despite a new coach plus several additions to the roster, the same old playoff Raptors showed up in Game 1, losing outright to the Magic. Will they bounce back in Game 2? (Read) by The Action Network Staff | The Action Network
  • If you haven’t heard of the zig-zag theory in the NBA playoffs before, it’s exactly how it sounds: Bet against whatever just happened in the previous game. The Nets covered as an underdog? Bet the 76ers in Game 2. (Read) by Bryan Mears | The Action Network
  • Joe Harris was one of the many feel-good aspects of this Nets season, a marksman who was integral in the franchise’s first playoff berth in four years. A second-round pick who appeared in just five games three years ago, and became one of the league’s premier 3-point shooters this year. (Read) by Zach Braziller | New York Post
  • Sometimes, it takes time. Sometimes it actually takes four years, which, in a sporting world ruled by instant gratification, can seem like a career and a half. Sometimes there is genuine value to waiting, to patience, to letting talent bloom and allowing confidence to grow. Sometimes, you get D’Angelo Russell, right in front of your eyes. (Read) by Mike Vaccaro | New York Post
  • Ben Simmons seethed about 76ers fans booing the team Saturday. Yesterday, Simmons held his hand to his ear calling for more noise from the Philadelphia crowd. (Read) by Dan Feldman | NBC Sports
  • Despite playing through pain in his knee that clearly limited his lift, Joel Embiid had a big night for Golden State in its series-tying win Monday night — 23 points and 10 rebounds and he was a +26. That’s not what people are talking about with Embiid. (Read) by Kurt Helin | Pro Basketball Talk
  • Los Angeles Lakers team officials are reportedly traveling to meet with Sixers assistant Monty Williams this week, and an interview with Heat assistant Juwan Howard is also expected to take place at some point this week. General manager Rob Pelinka is scheduled to meet with Tyronn Lue this Friday in Los Angeles to discuss the team’s head coaching position. Luke Adams | Hoops Rumors



  • The first pitch of the first three-homer game in Christian Yelich‘s career was still nearly four hours away Monday when the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner stepped into the batter’s box at Miller Park. (Read) by Adam McCalvy |
  • Nothing much was going on at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. Just Jackie Robinson Day, with the Robinson Family the guests of honor receiving a special escort from Vin Scully. Just the Yasiel Puig act returning to L.A., the showman crushing a two-run homer and punctuating it with a bat flip. Just Clayton Kershaw’s 2019 debut, shaking off Puig’s first-inning homer to deliver seven strong and welcome innings off the injured list. Oh, and just Cody Bellinger leaving the game injured. (Read) by Ken Gurnick |
  • Just in the last year, the Yankees tried Greg Bird, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin and even some Brandon Drury before trading for Luke Voit. And remember when Miguel Andujar was supposed to switch corner positions? The Yankees are out of reasons to say no to Mike Ford. (Read) by Mark W. Sanchez New York Post
  • Free agent Craig Kimbrel is moving “closer” to a decision on where he will sign his next contract, one source said Monday, but the situation remains sufficiently fluid that there is no clear favorite to sign the seven-time All-Star closer. (Read) by Jon Paul Morosi |
  • If football is the undisputed king of betting, baseball is the sweet, under-the-radar, value prince. Unlike football, which is predominantly a spread sport, baseball bettors only need to pick who wins the game, not who covers. This is called betting the moneyline. (Read) by Josh Appelbaum | The Action Network
  • The Red Sox are set to designate catcher Blake Swihart for assignment. Swihart wasn’t off to an inspirational start at the plate, with a .231/.310/.385 slash, but it seems likely that the move was driven primarily by the club’s broader pitching issues. The Boston staff has been among the worst in all of baseball thus far. | MLBTR
  • Star Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger exited last night’s game early after being hit by a pitch near his right knee. As’s Ken Gurnick reports, x-rays were negative and it seems that Bellinger has escaped any kind of serious injury. | MLBTR



  • It was just over four months ago when Adam Pelech was made a healthy scratch for the third time this season, as the Islanders defenseman was trying to find his game. Now, coach Barry Trotz has entrusted him with one of the Islanders’ biggest responsibilities at the biggest time of year — being a shutdown pair with partner Ryan Pulock, tasked with stopping Sidney Crosby. (Read) by Brett Cyrgalis | New York Post
  • It also means that for the next few weeks we’ll get involved in the most fascinating betting market on the planet. I already think betting on the NHL is thrilling, and I’ve found a way to have some success speculating on hockey, but I’m of the opinion that betting on the NHL postseason is the best way to lay a foundation for good gambling habits, even if you don’t watch or bet on hockey normally. (Read) by Michael Leboff | The Action Network
  • The news on Andrei Svechnikov is that “everything checked out,” according to Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour, and he’s in concussion protocol and did not suffer any further injury. That means 19-year-old rookie forward will likely miss Thursday’s game (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN) following his Game 3 fight with Alex Ovechkin. (Read) by Sean Leahy | NBC Sports




  • It appears Russell Wilson will be staying in Seattle. The Seahawks and their star quarterback have agreed to terms on a contract extension, Wilson tweeted early Tuesday morning. The new deal is for four years and $140 million, with $107 million guaranteed and includes a no-trade clause, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. At $35 million per year, the extension would make Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL, surpassing Aaron Rodgers‘ deal with the Green Bay Packers.
  • Each day, I publish 1-2 pieces on props I like. See my master list of 2019 prop bets for more information. After the NFL combine, some props for the 2019 draft were released at various sportsbooks, but now a whole new round of props has entered the market. The draft is less than two weeks, and for the first time ever it will be held in Nashville, TN. (Read) by Matthew Freedman | The Action Network
  • From 2013 through 2016, the quarterback market stagnated. From 2017 through now, the quarterback market has exploded. (Read) Mike Florio | Pro Football Talk
  • After watching Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham head elsewhere this offseason, the San Francisco 49ers are undoubtedly in the hunt for receiver help in the draft. The 49ers will host Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown and South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel. Neither player is in the mix for the Niners at No. 2 overall, but both could be an option further down the line. Zach Links | NFLR



  • Jack Nicklaus was fishing in the Bahamas on Sunday as Tiger Woods resumed circling him in the quest for Nicklaus’s record of 18 major golf championships. But in his news conference after winning the Masters for his 15th major title, Woods didn’t sound exactly bloodthirsty. (Read) by Karen Crouse | New York Times
  • As James Adducci watched Tiger Woods’ pursuit of history in the final round of the Masters on a 23-inch TV screen in a “tiny, jail cell-sized” room in his parents’ house in a rural Wisconsin town, he had to continually wake up his father. His father, at age 82, and with significant health issues, maybe didn’t fully grasp the gravity of what he was watching. Tiger was on his way to perhaps completing the best comeback story in sports history, but more importantly to the Adduccis, it would determine the outcome of a $85,000 wager he placed on Tuesday at a William Hill casino. (Read) by  | Golf Digest
  • President Donald Trump was so moved, in fact, that he’s decided to award Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, tweeting out on Monday afternoon that he had just spoken to Woods over the phone to congratulate him and inform him of the news. (Read) by  | Golf Digest



  • It was 22 ½ hours until the start of the biggest event of Dmitriy Salita’s career as a boxing promoter, the homestretch when he needed to make sure all of the kinks were ironed out: contracts, tickets, paychecks. (Read) by John Eligon | New York Times

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