May 15th, 2019
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
- The Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the 2019 Western Conference Finals by a final score of 116-94.
- Stephen Curry tied his career-high for three-pointers made in an NBA Playoffs game with 9 as he led all scorers with 36 points (12-23 FG, 9-15 3pt FG), to go with 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
- Klay Thompson added 26 points (10-24 FG), 3 steals and 2 blocks in the victory.
- Damian Lillard led the way for the Trail Blazers with 19 points (4-12 FG), 4 rebounds and 6 assists in the losing effort.
- With the victory, Steve Kerr passed Erik Spoelstra (71) for 14th all-time in playoff wins as a coach.
- New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry apologized for cursing in the NBA draft lottery room Tuesday night. But it was for good reason. Gentry learned that the Pelicans won the right to draft Duke sensation Zion Williamson despite the team having just 6 percent odds to land the No. 1 pick.
- Plans are being made to ensure Portland Trail Blazers starting center Enes Kanter can safely participate in all the games with the Toronto Raptors.
- Retired Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has been honored by Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas lawmakers for his outstanding 21-year career with the same NBA team.
- Depth could make the difference when the well-rested Milwaukee Bucks host the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors, who were extended to the last possible second before winning a dramatic seventh game Sunday.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
- Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out a career-high 17 batters in just seven innings against the Colorado Rockies, then was pulled after 108 pitches on a chilly Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Sale left the game with a 3-2 lead, but the Rockies rallied against Boston’s bullpen to win 5-4 in the 11th.
- Roger Clemens first set the record with 20 strikeouts in a nine innings in 1986, he threw 138 pitches. Kerry Wood threw 122 pitches, Randy Johnson 124 and Max Scherzer a relatively efficient 119 pitches when he fanned 20 in 2016. How many Colorado Rockies could Chris Sale have punched out? Would he have set the record? Would he have fanned at least four batters with six outs to play with?
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first major league home run Tuesday, becoming the youngest player in Toronto Blue Jays history to touch ’em all. It took him just two more plate appearances to go deep again. Guerrero homered in the first inning of the Blue Jays’ 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants.
- The Milwaukee Brewers received homers from Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Braun in a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Daniel Vogelbach, Tim Beckham and Mitch Haniger homered, Roenis Elias pitched out of a bases-loaded jam and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3.
- Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger hit two-run homers, Clayton Kershaw threw seven solid innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 6-3.
- Tampa Bay Rays blanked the host Miami Marlins 4-0 to open the brief two-game series.
- Josh Bell homered twice and Joe Musgrove allowed one hit through seven strong innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2.
- Yu Darvish hopes to get back to throwing the ball the way he did when he was a four-time American League All-Star from 2012-17. The right-hander knows what he needs to fix to reach that level again, and he’ll take another shot for the Chicago Cubs when they visit the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
- Nicky Lopez rewarded the few thousand Kansas City Royals fans that stuck around through a game that stretched well past 3 hours with his first career hit, an RBI single late in their 11-5 rout of the Texas Rangers.
- The Houston Astros are making these games pretty enjoyable for their starting pitchers. Carlos Correa started another Houston onslaught with a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Astros routed the Detroit Tigers 11-4.
- Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer and tagged out Shohei Ohtani trying to score the tying run in the eighth inning before leaving with a left high ankle sprain during a 4-3 victory.
- The attorney for John Wetteland says the former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher is “completely shocked” and innocent of charges accusing him of child sex abuse.
- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was arrested for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
- Quarterback Colt McCoy is back with the Washington Redskins for OTAs, his recovery from his fractured fibula is going well, and he is expected to participate to some extent by minicamp and be fully ready by training camp.
- Odell Beckham Jr. participated in his first on-field practice with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday as they started organized team activities. OTAs consist of 10 voluntary days over the next three weeks. It is not known yet whether Beckham plans to participate in all 10 practices.
- More than one team is likely to have a new quarterback calling signals when the 2019 season begins. The Miami Dolphins moved on from Ryan Tannehill and signed Ryan Fitzpatrick but then traded for Josh Rosen. And then there are the rookies. Will Ryan Finley, Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, Drew Lock and Kyler Murray see significant time this season?
- Joe Horn Jr. had an underwhelming season for Division II Missouri Western last season. He caught 15 passes for 246 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games. Horn Jr. signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
- A judge set bail at $50,000 for a former New England Patriots player accused of violating a protective order. Greg Spires says he is innocent in a video arraignment Monday from jail in Concord, New Hampshire.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
- Tuukka Rask made 35 saves as the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1
- The series is 3-0 and looks like the Bruins will have a shot at the Stanley Cup.
- The Canes were 5-0 at home heading into Game 3 against the Bruins and they were hoping to improve on that record after dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final in Boston.
- Robert Bortuzzo wasn’t the only star for the St. Louis Blues in their 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
- Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo scored his first career postseason goal late in the second period that helped the Blues overcome another big game from San Jose’s Logan Couture with a 4-2 victory over the Sharks.
- Sharks goalie Jordan Binnington (24 saves), who improved to 10-2-0 in games after a loss this season, with a .934 save percentage and a 1.80 goals-against average.
- Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has signed a six-year contract extension through 2024-25.
- Kevin Fiala scored his fourth goal of the tournament to help Switzerland beat Austria 4-0 on Tuesday for its third straight win at the hockey world championship.
- In early 2020, the FOX network will be bringing to life “Ultimate Tag,” an obstacle course endurance show executive produced and hosted by JJ Watt, TJ Watt, and Derek Watt.
- The two US media giants have entered a call agreement which gives Comcast the option to cash in on NBCUniversal’s interest in Hulu from as early as January 2024, while agreeing to relinquish control of its stake to Disney with immediate effect.
- FUBOTV, the sports streaming platform, which carries some major sports in the US including rights to Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Basketball Association (NBA) matches in Houston, will launch a new channel this year.
- As part of a partnership with streaming service StreamAMG, the platform, which is available now via pro14.tv, will show live match coverage to paying subscribers, while also allowing free access to highlights and full-match replays behind a registration wall.
- The launch of an official Dongtu channel marks the latest Chinese venture for the NHL. The North American ice hockey league has already established WeChat and Weibo channels and recently launched accounts on news aggregator Jinri Toutiao and Bytedance-owned Douyin, known as TikTok internationally.
- The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is set to have a new name. Thanks to a three-year, $3 million deal, the Coliseum will now be known as the RingCentral Coliseum.
- The parents of a drunken driver who died in a car crash last year are suing Tiger Woods. They blame the golfer and his girlfriend for allowing their son to drive home from their Florida restaurant while intoxicated.
- Brooks Koepka then immediately entered the room. Koepka is the titleholder of the PGA Championship and has won the last two U.S. Open.
- Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open on Tuesday ahead of her second-round match against sister Venus because of a previously injured left knee.
- Major League Soccer is now the first pro sports league to feature a dedicated channel on Pluto TV. The league’s agreement with Pluto TV will see the new channel feature premium soccer content, classic matches, highlights and more.
- The New England Revolution have hired five-time MLS Cup winner and former U.S. national coach Bruce Arena as its coach and sports director.
- It wasn’t the way Roma captain Daniele De Rossi imagined leaving his hometown club. De Rossi’s contract expires at the end of the season and, while a director’s role was offered to him, the 35-year-old midfielder believes he still has much to contribute on the field.
- Manchester City has not been cooperating with investigators and is facing a one-season ban from the Champions League for violating financial monitoring rule.
- The NCAA is forming a working group to consider how its rules can be modified to allow college athletes to be compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses.
- This season’s Orange Bowl is moving to Dec. 30, with a prime-time kickoff, after originally being scheduled to be played the afternoon of New Year’s Day.
- The College Football Playoff Championship heads to New Orleans next season, while the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host the semifinals. Here’s a quick look at all the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowls schedule for 2019-20 postseason.
- The number of transfers has increased significantly over the past few years, and with the introduction of the transfer portal, the practice has moved to a different level.
- Faced with a program that has missed six consecutive NCAA tournaments, UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois selected T.J. Otzelberger as the next head coach of the Runnin’ Rebels at the end of March.
- Penny Hardaway and Memphis landed their third impact recruit in a four-day span on Monday night, as top-40 recruit Rejean “Boogie” Ellis committed to the Tigers. They also added Lester Quinones, the ninth-ranked shooting guard in the nation, to his 2019 recruiting class.
- The anniversary of New Jersey’s victory in a U.S. Supreme Court case clearing the way for legal sports betting across the nation was a happy one for the state’s casinos and racetracks, which reported taking in more than $300 million worth of sports bets for the sixth month in a row.
- Bleacher Report is set to ramp up its betting content starting later this summer. The company, which is a unit of AT&T’s WarnerMedia division, has seen its sports betting category grow three times faster than any other category.
- As part of the agreement, ESPN will open a branded studio in 2020 inside Caesars’ Linq Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The studio will be a hub for the creation of sports betting content and the filming of segments for ESPN’s newly launched sports betting programme, Daily Wager.
- NBC Sports will broadcast 7,000 hours of coverage across 17 days for next years Olympics in Tokyo. The company expects its Olympic coverage to reach 250 million people.
- Polish Sports Minister Witold Banka is the choice to be the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
- Monday Night RAW is the longest running weekly episodic program in U.S. history.
- WWE SmackDown Live is displacing Fox’s live-action comedy block.