May 9th, 2019
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- FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), one of the nation’s top athletic and academic collegiate conferences, announced a four-year, seven-figure annual partnership to provide live and on-demand coverage for the league’s 22 sponsored sports, highlighted by extensive coverage of the conference’s football and basketball programs.
- Over the last 25 months, Brooks Koepka has won three major championships – the 2017 U.S. Open, 2018 U.S. Open and 2018 PGA Championship. He also won the CJ Cup last October. He’s held the World No. 1 ranking four times for a total of nine weeks. In 2018, he was the PGA Tour Player of the Year. So Michelob ULTRA announced a partnership with a 26-year-old golfer.
- The $1 billion NFL concussion settlement nearly six years in the making yet still to deliver a penny to former players and their families for brain injuries stemming from football — is revealing the underbelly of the legal system to former players and their families.
- Huge drops in two of the NBA’s three biggest television markets contributed to an overall 4 percent decline in the league’s local ratings this season.
- Golden State Warriors have won three of the last four NBA titles and are favored to win the championship again this season. The IRS ruled that the Golden State Warriors do not have to pay taxes on what amounts to an estimated $300 million, interest-free loan for the construction of the Chase Center, the $1 billion, privately financed arena slated to open next season.
On This Day In Sports:
- 1945 New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier
- 1961 Baltimore Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minnesota Twins
- 1973 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game
- 1987 Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive game
- 1989 NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop
- 1989 NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher
- 1997 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
1. National Basketball Association Results
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks to shoot against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) during Game 5. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks routed the Boston Celtics 116-91 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final.
- It’s the first Eastern Conference final for Milwaukee since 2001.
- Brad Stevens’ most talented team was disappointing Wednesday night with a 116-91 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
- The Boston Celtics reached the East finals each of the previous two seasons.
- Kyrie Irving shot badly in Game 5, finishing with 15 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal, three turnovers, two fouls, and a lot of missed assignments. He took one free throw and went 1-for-7 from behind the arc.
- Irving is the first Celtic to go four straight playoff games taking 15 or more shots and making them at a rate lower than 40 percent since Sam Jones in 1966.
- Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe combined for 37 points to close out Game 5.
- The Golden State Warriors the Houston Rockets 104-99 in Game 5, Warriors lead 3-2 in the series. Golden State has won all three games at Oracle Arena in the series.
- Kevin Durant limped off the court following a noncontact injury in the third quarter. He didn’t return with what the Warriors announced was a right calf strain.
- Durant had 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes before leaving the game.
- Draymond Green dropped 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 8 points. Two points short of a triple double.
- Klay Thompson scored 27 points, including a key layup with 4.1 seconds left to seal the victory.
- The Warriors shot 13/37 for 35% from three, while the Rockets were 12/41 for 29%.
- James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets.
2. National Hockey League Results
Photo: Josie Lepe (AP)
- The San Jose Sharks advance with a 3-2 win that vaults them into the Western Conference Finals.
- The Sharks will face the St. Louis Blues in the west final in a series that will begin later this week in San Jose.
- Colorado Avalanche all-star center Nathan MacKinnon exited Wednesday’s Game 7 against the Sharks early in the first period with an apparent upper-body injury. MacKinnon returned to the ice with just under four minutes remaining in the opening period.
- Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost scored for the Avalanche, who were trying to make their first conference final since 2002. Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves.
- The team captain Joe Pavelski who has been out since a hit in Game 7 of the previous series returned to the ice. He immediately made an impact scoring the first goal of the game. He ended up with a score and an assist in his return.
- Sharks goalie Martin Jones finished with 27 saves, including 14 in the third period.
- The Sharks won multiple Game 7’s in the same postseason for the first time in franchise history.
- The last team to advance to the conference finals with two Game 7 wins was St. Louis in 2016.
3. The Fighting Irish May Be The Sleeper Team in 2019-2020.
- The Sporting News released its best 25 quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2019 season, and Notre Dame senior Ian Book was named in the list. In fact, Book checked in as the No. 7 quarterback in the country.
- Chase Claypool will have all eyes on him as the top receiver for the Irish. The 6-4, 228-pounder, arrived in South Bend as a potential-laden raw talent. He broke into the Notre Dame starting lineup three games into the 2017 season.
- Jafar Armstrong, 6’1, 218-pounder has the opportunity to jump into a role Dexter Williams left behind. “He’s healthy finally. He’s back to where he was,” said head coach Brian Kelly. Armstrong had been limited by knee and ankle issues last season. Armstrong looked like a true top running back in the Notre Dame Spring Game.
- Defensive end Khalid Kareem was a breakout player for Notre Dame last season. The 6-4, 265-pound junior finished the 2018 season with 42 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks and five pass break ups. He also registering 36 total pressures, including 28 hurries and four quarterback hits.
- Avery Davis the 5’11” Cedar Hill, Texas native committed to Notre Dame as a 4-star QB in the 2017 recruiting class, coming to South Bend as an undersized but well-thought-of signal caller in terms of both his ability to sling it all over the field and his athleticism/running ability.
- Rylie Mills the 6’5,” 280-pound defensive end is extremely physical. He has outstanding strength, especially in his lower body, for a senior in high school and because of that he’s above and beyond his competition in terms of his physical tools.
- Tosh Baker announced his commitment to the Fighting Irish. The 6-8, 275-pounder from the class of 2020 pulled the trigger and chose the Fighting Irish over scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Stanford, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington and many others across the country.
- With Mills committing to the Irish there are now 9 verbal commitments in Notre Dame’s 2020 class. Four of those are on the defensive side of the ball, while five are on offense.
4. Major League Baseball Taking Back Seat With NBA and NHL Playoffs, But There Are A Few Teams That Are Surprises.
Photo: Kathy Willens, AP
Yusei Kikuchi pitched brilliantly into the eighth inning and Ryon Healy had four extra-base hits as the Seattle Mariners routed the New York Yankees 10-1 on Wednesday night. The rookie left-hander from Japan allowed only three soft hits in 7 2/3 innings.Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was aware cameras showed a dark substance perhaps illegal pine tar smudged under the brim of Kikuchi’s cap.
Andrew Benintendi delivered the tiebreaking home run, and Boston received a masterful pitching performance from Chris Sale and a game-saving catch from Bradley in a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
For the second straight night, the surging Chicago Cubs walked off with a victory. Jason Heyward homered leading off the 11th inning to lift Chicago over the Miami Marlins 3-2 Wednesday in Addison Russell‘s return to the majors.
The Chicago Cubs said they have identified and now banned the fan who was observed on camera making what appeared to be a hand gesture associated with racism during Tuesday night’s broadcast of a home game.
Jorge Polanco had five hits, including a two-run home run, Kyle Gibson struck out a career-high 11 and the Minnesota Twins beat Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 on Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep of the struggling Blue Jays.
Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, giving the Cleveland Indians a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox that snapped an Indians’ losing streak that felt like more than three games.
Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo earned a place in baseball’s history books. Gallo hit a two-run shot into the Allegheny River in the third inning of the Rangers’ 9-6 win at the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the first player in major league history to hit 100 home runs before reaching 100 singles (he has 93).
Running out of options in a 13 inning game and an expended bullpen, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo turned to Archie Bradley and Zack Godley. Bradley and Godley turn in shut down performances in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in 13 innings. Wilmer Flores drove in the winning run with a two-out RBI single.
Philadelphia Phillies chairman David Montgomery is dead at age 72 from cancer, the team announced Wednesday. Montgomery had surgery in 2014 for jawbone cancer. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “David was a first-class representative of his hometown team, the Philadelphia Phillies, for nearly half a century. He never forgot his days as a fan at Connie Mack Stadium, and he carried those lessons to Veterans Stadium and Citizens Bank Park.