May 10th, 2019
- A $100 million dollar donation from an anonymous donor gives Baylor University the opportunity to move forward with plans to build a new $105 million basketball facility.
- Adidas and Real Madrid announced an extension of their deal until 2028, no financial figures were disclosed.
- With LeBron James not in the playoffs this year could be one reason why through the first 48 games of the NBA postseason, telecasts are averaging 2.92 million viewers and a 1.9 household rating, a 14 percent decline compared to last year.
- Lakers fans are fed up! That prompted a fan on Reddit to announce that he is organizing a protest outside Staples Center on either Friday or Saturday with the hope of garnering media coverage. Something may happen this Friday.
- Greg Olsen the Carolina Panthers tight end foundation donated a whopping $2.5 million to the Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. All of his funds will be allocated to a pediatric cardiovascular and congenital heart outpatient clinic.
- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is not the highest-paid NFL player, he isn’t even in the top 10. Brady is okay with that partly because his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, happens to make a pretty good salary.
On This Day In Sports:
- 1967 Hank Aaron only inside the park HR (vs Jim Bunning)
- 1973 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
- 1993 Bill Walton is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- 2015 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Rickie Fowler wins beating Kevin Kisner and Sergio García by 1 stroke in a playoff
- 2018 Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe‘s record for successive set wins on a single surface (49 on carpet) with 6-3, 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman at the Madrid Open (clay)
1. National Basketball League results.
- Philadelphia 76ers cruised by the Toronto Raptors to a 112-101 win and even the series at 3-3 heading to a game 7.
- Jimmy Butler led the Sixers with 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting, eight assists and six rebounds.
- Joel Embiid had 17 points and 12 rebounds and finished a plus-40 in 36 minutes.
- Ben Simmons said that most of the time, he is too focused on slowing down Kawhi Leonard, who has been the biggest problem for the Sixers in the series.
- Kawhi Leonard continued to carry the Raptors offensive with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Pascal Siakam added 21 points of his own, but no other Raptor scored more than 13 points.
- Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant will not play in the rest of his team’s Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets because of a right calf strain.
- With Durant out for Game 6 on Friday against the Rockets, the two-time defending champions are now consensus 7.5-point underdogs in Houston.
- Frank Vogel, 45, will interview for the Lakers head coaching position. He last coached for the Orlando Magic, going 25-57 in 2017-18 before being fired. In eight seasons with the Indiana Pacers and Orlando, his teams went 304-291 (.511) in the regular season and 31-30 (.508) in the playoffs.
- Marcus Smart was adamant Thursday that Kyrie Irving isn’t to blame for the Boston Celtics‘ failure to meet expectations this postseason. The Celtics were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-91 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night.
- In the wake of the Boston Celtics seeing their disappointing season end with a 116-91 obliteration at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of this Eastern Conference semifinal, Boston coach Brad Stevens pointed to one man as the reason for his team’s failures: himself.
- The arrival of David Griffin to the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly hasn’t changed Anthony Davis’ trade stance. He has a close relationship with Davis’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.
2. National Hockey League results.
- Carolina Hurricanes lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final 5-2.
- The Bruins got off to a quick start thanks to Steven Kampfer goal, who was only in the game because Charlie McAvoy was serving a suspension.
- Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron scored power-play goals 28 seconds apart, and Boston scored four times in the third period.
- Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for Boston.
- Mrazek made 23 saves for the Hurricanes. Curtis McElhinney finished off New York, but coach Rod Brind’Amour went back to Mrazek when he was clear by doctors after the five-day break between series.
- Sebastian Aho and Greg McKegg scored for Carolina.
- The franchises met in the playoffs for the fifth time, with two of those coming before the Hartford Whalers moved to Raleigh in 1997. Boston leads playoff series 3-1 all time.
- Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares will miss the world hockey championships for Team Canada after suffering an oblique injury during practice in Slovaki.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially signed Niclas Almari to a three-year entry-level contract. The 20-year old defenseman has played in Finland’s top league for the last several years, but is now expected to come to North America and compete for a spot on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
- The NHL Seattle expansion franchise is interviewing Columbus Blue Jackets assistant general manager Bill Zito.
- The Carolina Hurricanes have far exceeded expectations as the lovable underdogs in their 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs run. Ten players on the Carolina playoff roster were drafted by the team, but only two were first-round picks.
3. Major League Baseball results.
- Albert Pujols is the third player with 2,000 career RBIs, putting him in a group with Hank Aaron (2,297) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086).
- President Donald Trump honored the World Series champion Boston Red Sox — well, some of them — at the White House on Thursday, but made no mention of the controversy that shadowed the visit. The team’s manager, Alex Cora, did not attend the ceremony after citing his frustration with the administration’s efforts to help his native Puerto Rico recover from a devastating hurricane.
- Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a great start. Dbacks general manager Mike Hazen has gotten some excellent early results from somewhat unheralded offseason pickups, Adam Jones, Greg Holland, Merrill Kelly, Luke Weaver.
- The San Francisco Giants have placed catcher Buster Posey on the seven-day concussion list after a foul ball hit his helmet on Sunday.
- Former major-league pitcher Bobby Jenks has agreed to accept a $5.1 million settlement from Massachusetts General Hospital and a doctor he says caused his career-ending spine injury.
- The White Sox have added veteran lefty Ross Detwiler on a minor-league arrangement. Detwiler, 33, had turned in three solid starts in Atlantic League action to earn his way back into the affiliated ranks.
- The Washington Nationals signed outfielder Gerardo Parra to a one-year deal. The left-handed hitter was available off the bench for the opener of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs and Dexter Fowler had three RBI, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 17-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Tanner Roark and three relievers combined on a six-hitter, Derek Dietrich continued his power surge with another home run, his fifth in six games, and Cincinnati blanked the Oakland Athletics 3-0
- Josh Reddick hit the tiebreaking RBI single and preserved Houston’s lead with a leaping grab over the wall in right field, and Wade Mileystruck out seven in six solid innings as the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 4-2.
- Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered and Chicago won for the 10th time in 11 games, beating the Miami Marlins 4-1.
- Bryant and Rizzo homered and Chicago won for the 10th time in 11 games, beating the Miami Marlins 4-1
- J.A. Happ gave the New York Yankees a great getaway. Happ and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, Cameron Maybin contributed with his bat and glove, and the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1.
- Nolan Arenado went deep among his three hits and Chris Iannetta hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning to lead the Colorado Rockies over the San Francisco Giants 12-11.
- Carlos Carrasco held Chicago to two hits, Jordan Luplow hit his first two home runs of the season and the Indians defeated the White Sox 5-0 in a game that was called after five innings following a rain delay of 2 hours, 34 minutes.
4. Here are some NFL news and notes.
- The New England Patriots intend to sign 38-year-old veteran tight end Benjamin Watson one of their first-round draft choices in 2004 to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million.
- The New England Patriots plan to sign veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheerto a one-year deal. Veldheer, who turns 32 next month, provides veteran insurance behind 2018 first-round draft pick Isaiah Wynn (who is coming off an Achilles tear) and Yodny Cajuste (who is coming off a calf injury). The Patriots lost two offensive tackles in free agency starter Trent Brown to the Raiders and backup LaAdrian Waddle to the Bills.
- Attorneys Alex Spiro and William Burck for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft are accusing prosecutors of misconduct in his misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution case.
- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be appearing in the hit show Game of Thrones and the HBO mega-hit. It was not indicate which episode it would be though. Rodgers won’t be the first NFL star to appear in Game of Thrones, though. Los Angeles Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa had a brief cameo in an earlier episode.
- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continues to travel the comeback trail from a torn ACL suffered in September 2018. Garoppolo got advice from Brady last weekend at the Kentucky Derby, but as to what was shared between the two former New England Patriots teammates?
- The Jacksonville Jaguars released quarterback Cody Kessler, which helps clear a path for sixth-round draft pick Gardner Minshew to win the backup job behind Nick Foles.
- Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith announced he will sit out the 2019 season. Smith had not reported to Jaguars voluntary workouts this offseason, but the five-year veteran said recently he did not want to play anywhere else.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a potentially season-ending fractured neck in a single-car crash last week in South Florida.
- Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team is “off and running” in contract talks with quarterback Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, and Jones also mentioned the desire to sign Ezekiel Elliott to an extension.
- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will pay for the funeral expenses of Jaylon McKenzie, a promising eighth-grade football player who was killed by a stray bullet as he left a party near St. Louis on Saturday night.
- Suspended former Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant told ESPN that he’s planning to apply for reinstatement in the coming weeks. Bryant has been suspended three times in the past four years for violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
- The Detroit Lions announced that they signed their first-round selection T.J. Hockenson to his rookie contract, along with second-round linebacker Jahlani Tavai and fifth-round cornerback Amani Oruwariye.
- The Chicago Bears have acquired Eddy Pineiro from Oakland, adding another kicker to the mix to replace Cody Parkey.
- The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of first-round tackle Kaleb McGary. In addition to McGary, the club also inked fourth-round cornerback Kendall Sheffield.
- The average listing price for the Oakland Raiders tickets on the secondary market dropped 7 percent after the draft. The average price before the draft was $285.12, but they are now at $266.04. Take a look at the average ticket price for a home game by team, heading into 2019.
- The average listing price for Arizona Cardinals tickets has increased 31 percent since the NFL Draft. That’s the largest movement positive or negative for any NFL team. Prior to the draft, the average listing price sat at $193.22 but moved to $253.74 in the days since.