News & Highlights From The NBA, NHL, MLB


April 18th, 2019

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  • The Big 12 Conference has inked a 5-year $40 million pact (SBJ) with ESPN that will give the cable network (or ABC) the exclusive broadcast rights to the conference’s football championship games in ’19, ’21 and ’23 – they already owned the rights to the ’20, ’22 and ’24 games.
  • The Alliance of American Football has filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The league claims assets of $11.3 million and liabilities of $48.3 million. According to the documents, the league has $536,160.68 in cash.
  • A Supreme Court decision opened the way for states to allow sports betting, but some have moved slower than expected. West Virginia, for instance, has collected only one-fourth of the monthly tax revenue it projected. Pennsylvania and Mississippi have received only about half of the tax revenue they had anticipated, according to data from those states. Rhode Island has done even worse: State budget officials had assumed that sports betting would bring in nearly $1 million a month, but only about $50,000 is coming in each month.
  • The San Francisco Giants averaged 32,165 paid fans during the first homestand, a 10-gamer that ended Sunday, compared with 38,733 after 10 games last year. At this juncture in 2018, the Giants ranked fourth among the 30 teams in average attendance. This year they are 13th. After 98 losses in 2017 and 89 more last year, the Giants will be hard-pressed to reach 3 million in attendance this year, a threshold they have achieved in all but two seasons since the doors to their downtown stadium opened in 2000.
  • NFL rules prohibit players from entering the draft until their high school class is 3 years removed from graduation, but as of 2020 football players who wish to turn pro sooner will have a viable option besides the Canadian Football League; the XFL.
  • NFL players, as well as everyday Americans, are trying to “keep up with the Joneses,” says Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland. Copeland, who saves 90% of his income, is making it his mission to educate people on how to manage their money. “A lot of this stuff kids don’t know, don’t understand because no one has ever sat down and talked to them about it.”


  • 1908 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1910 14th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Fred Cameron in 2:28:52.4
  • 1918 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play
  • 1921 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna in race record 2:18:57.6


The Boston Celtics outscored the Indiana Pacers in the 4th quarter, 31-12, including a 16-0 run from 10:54 to 5:04 in the quarter to earn a 99-91 victory in Game 2 of this best-of-7 series.

Kyrie Irving led the way for the Celtics with 37 points (15-26 FG, 6-10 3pt FG), 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks, while Jayson Tatum contributed 26 points (11-20 FG) and 4 rebounds in the victory. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 23 points (9-21 FG, 4-8 3pt FG), 8 rebounds and 3 assists, while Thaddeus Young totaled 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in the losing effort.

The Celtics hold a 2-0 lead in the series with Game 3 taking place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday, April 19th at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Charles Barkley react to the Boston Celtics beating the Indiana Pacers 99-91 in Game 2; Kyrie Irving drops 37 points.

Behind 26 points (11-18 FG), 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks from Giannis Antetokounmpo and a game-high 27 points (11-19 FG) from Eric Bledsoe, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Detroit Pistons in Game 2 of this best-of-7 series, 120-99. Luke Kennard led the Pistons with 19 points (6-13 FG), 4 rebounds and 2 assists, while Andre Drummond totaled 18 points (8-15 FG), 16 rebounds and 2 blocks in the losing effort. The Bucks take a 2-0 lead in the series.

NBA GameTime crew about the Milwaukee Bucks beating the Detroit Pistons 120-99 in Game 2.

The Houston Rockets defeated the Utah Jazz, 118-98 tonight in Houston.James Harden led the Rockets 32 points to go with 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets, while Chris Paul contributed 17 points and 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Ricky Rubio finished with a team-high 17 points along with 9 assists 4 rebounds and 4 steals for the Jazz in the losing effort. The Rockets lead the series 2-0.

Inside The NBA, Charles & Shaq SURPRISED “Rockets BLOW OUT Jazz 118-98; Harden triple-double.”



The Boston Bruins countered on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena after falling behind in the series, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 to tie the best-of-seven 2-2.

The Dallas Stars get to the Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne early with four goals in the first period as they cruise to a win and tie the series at 2-2.


There has been no shortage of emotions between the two AL Central Division rivals the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox over the past few years and they boiled over again on Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

It started in the fourth inning when Tim Anderson had an animated bat flip following a homer run to put the White Sox up 2-0.

When the shortstop came back up in the sixth, Kansas City had a response. Starter Brad Keller threw a pitch  at the backside of Anderson and hit him.  It started off a small ruckus between the clubs.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Highlights

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