MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY
April 25th, 2019
Welcome back, have a great time watching the 2019 NFL Draft!
- The team formed Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment to handle all Chase Field events and has found success so far with college football’s Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 26, the WWE Royal Rumble on Jan. 27 and a Billy Joel concert on March 9, all in 90 days.
- While Tiger Woods himself cashed a nice $2.07 million check, sponsors like Bridgestone are having trouble keeping up with demand. Having already sold out of the commemorative pack of the Tour B XS balls that Woods uses, the company had to switch production lines in anticipation of increased demand.
- Seeking the opportunity to drive more revenue and interest in events, the University of Minnesota is planning to expand its beer and wine sales beyond the confines of TCF Bank Stadium.
- Earlier this month, the University of Illinois announced that it too would begin selling beer during athletic events at Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center beginning this fall.
- Clothing retailer Tillys launched its first video game competition targeting teens about a month after announcing a partnership with the High School Esports League (HSEL).
ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS:
- 1964 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: 3-peat for the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-0 Game 7 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-3 series victory
- 1965 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
- 1974 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
- 1985 For 2nd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points in a Cup game (3 goals, 4 assists)
- 2009 NFL Draft: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford first pick by Detroit Lions
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James Harden scored 26 points and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Utah Jazz 100-93 on Wednesday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1. The Rockets advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season and will face the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warriors series. (Read) by Kristie Rieken
Utah Jazz vs Houston Rockets – Game 5 – Highlights
NBA News & Notes
- According to TMZ Sports,a jury convicted the 33-year-old Telfair of “felony criminal possession of a weapon” on April 24. Police discovered guns, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, and marijuana in Telfair’s car during a routine traffic stop in June 2017.
- Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock in a recent segment explored Oklahoma City Thunder with Russell Westbrook versus the Portland Trail Blazers in which Damian Lillard cemented himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA.
- Bill Laimbeer, four-time All-Star and two-time NBA Champion with the Detroit Pistons, has weighed in on his take regarding who he believes is the greatest NBA player of all time.
- Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard has the best winning percentage in NBA history, according to Bryan Kalbrosky of Hoops Hype.
- The Detroit Pistons announced Wednesday that forward Blake Griffin underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in Los Angeles, California.
- The Los Angeles Lakers interviewed Jason Kidd for their vacant coach position on Monday, according to a report from Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Everyone talks about the noise in the playoffs, and there’s no question the Carolina Hurricanes brought it back this year, just like everyone remembered, the triple-digit deficits and earthshaking roars. And at home, they gave their fans every reason to roar. (Read) by Luke Decock
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Justin Verlander (4-0) retired the first 10 batters and pitched eight dominant innings. Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick all homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. (Read) by Joshua Koch
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Rhys Hoskins homered off reliever Jacob Rhame and taunted him with a slow jog around the bases a night after Rhame buzzed him with two fastballs, and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-0 on Wednesday. (Read) by Jake Seiner
News & Notes
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- Not long ago, drafting a tight end in the first round was taboo for NFL teams. On Thursday night, two might go very high — and they come from the same school. T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant of Iowa are projected to go early, and it’s not just because they are versatile, talented players.
- ESPN NFL draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay run us through the gantlet one last time, answering all of the biggest final questions before the Cardinals are on the clock Thursday (8 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN and the ESPN App).
- Former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and projected top overall pick Kyler Murray signed an endorsement deal with Nike just one day before the 2019 NFL draft takes place in Nashville.
- Devin Bush said his Michigan teammate – defensive end Rashan Gary – should be drafted before he is this week.
- The Washington Redskins might look to make a big move in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, which kicks off tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network.
- Drew Lock says he wants to go to the right team, and he thinks he might be better off developing with a good team that has a low pick than ending up on a bad team with a high pick.
- Former Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery hasn’t listened to media criticism in the weeks leading up to the draft, he’s heard questions about his love of the game from teams.
- Will Grier transferred from Florida, were he was a starter but was suspended by NCAA for a positive PED test. He transferred to West Virginia and has been a two-year starter.
- As detailed in a study compiled by researchers at Grand Canyon University, the top college football programs in terms of producing NFL talent is a who’s-who list of national blue bloods — but no team from the SEC ranks in the top eight.
- The New York Giants have locked onto quarterback Daniel Jones, the question becomes when they should pull the trigger on the former Duke quarterback.
- The NFL has sent a warning letter to Tom Coughlin, the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ executive vice president of football operations, about his criticism of players not attending voluntary offseason workouts.
- It’s been 13 years since the Pittsburgh Steelers last traded up in the first round. It’s time they do it again to land Michigan linebacker Devin Bush.
- The Dallas Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option on running back Ezekiel Elliott’s contract, reports ESPN.com’s Field Yates.
- Marshawn Lynch can permanently toss those football spikes back onto the telephone wire. After returning to the NFL to play two seasons for his hometown Oakland Raiders, the club is moving on and Lynch does not plan to play football again for another team.
- Could the Philadelphia Eagles move on from Nelson Agholor before the final year of his contract? NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that teams view Agholor as being available in a potential trade.
- Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, returned to the hospital for overnight observation after struggling to taper off steroids following her brain tumor surgery last week.
- A county prosecutor declined to charge Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill with a crime Wednesday in a domestic incident that involved his fiance and their 3-year-old child.
- On Tuesday, the trial’s first day, Louis Martin Blazer testified that he paid football players from $100 to $3,000 at schools including Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Northwestern, North Carolina and Alabama.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers and the two-time Super Bowl winner agreed to terms on a contract extension Wednesday that will keep Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season.
- The Kansas City Chiefs have made a habit of inciting controversy during the NFL draft in the Andy Reid era by acquiring players that have a history of off-the-field issues.