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PGA Championship, Beilien To Cleveland, NFL News & Notes, NHL Playoffs

May 14th, 2019

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What’s New:

  • John Beilein is leaving Michigan after 12 seasons to become the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ coach. Beilien has never been an assistant and climbed almost every level of basketball coaching high school, junior college and Division III, II and I. The final step in an odyssey that has brought him an 829-468 college record has been the NBA, and now Beilein makes the leap.
  • “A judge has granted Robert Kraft’s motion to suppress video evidence in his solicitation of prostitution case, according to multiple reports. Investigators have said they have video evidence of the New England Patriots owner receiving sexual acts for money. Those videos, which will remain sealed, were a key form of evidence in the state’s case against Kraft.
  • The 45-year old Frank Vogel worked for the organization before as an advance scout during the 2005-06 season. He did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic. Vogel went to Orlando following five-plus seasons leading the Indiana Pacers, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and ’14. He has a career record of 304-291.
  • Rumors have a Ben Simmons-LeBron James swap becomes tricky because Simmons makes $8.1 million next season, before his rookie extension kicks in beginning in 2020-21 (he will be eligible for extension this summer). Because of that comparatively low salary, Simmons will have to be packaged with another max-level player, or near it, to match James’ huge $37.1 million salary for 2020-21.
  • The New York Knicks are also interested in two Boston Celtics more notable teammates backup point guard Terry Rozier and forward Marcus Morris as potential offseason acquisitions.
  • Stephen A. Smith claims that there’s a very good chance Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are indeed New York-bound. Smith shared that based on “everything [he’s] heard,” there’s a “95 percent chance” that the two will leave their respective teams and sign with the Knicks.

1. Tiger Woods was layered in clothing for an early nine holes of practice to beat the rain, with a knit beanie over his cap.

Tiger Woods flips his ball as he walks along the ninth green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • The PGA Championship has moved to May for the first time since 1949, and for the moment, everyone is feeling it.
  • Temperatures were still in the upper 40s when players headed out for the first official day of practice on the Long Island public course, already soaked from weekend rain with more falling in the afternoon.
  • Bethpage Black is a course that Tiger Woods has seen success on, as he captured a win at the 2002 U.S. Open and finished tied for sixth at the 2009 U.S. Open.
  • Overall, Woods has a scoring average of 70.17 through 12 tournament rounds played at the course, which also includes the 2012 Barclays.
  • Tiger did not compete during the last PGA Tour event that was staged at Bethpage. He was recovering from a procedure on his back.

2. National Football League news and notes.

3. St. Louis Blues even series 1-1 with the San Jose Sharks.

  • After a solid dismantling of the St. Louis Blues in Game 1, the San Jose Sharks face something they’ve yet to conquer this postseason: Game 2. Both the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche were able to even out their series against the Sharks early.
  • St. Louis Blues’ 4-2 victory at SAP Center in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.
  • Games 3 and 4 are in St. Louis on Wednesday and Friday, respectively, and the Sharks are going to have to win one game on the road in this series to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four years.
  • They are 2-4 on the road in the playoffs and the Blues are 3-4 at home.

 

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