Koepka shoots 63, Bruins 4-0 Stanley Cup Ahead, Warriors Up 2-0, Greinke Gets MRI

May 17th, 2019

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1. Why don’t we see the ping pong balls selected live in the NBA Draft?!

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  • The NBA draft lottery is an annual event held by the National Basketball Association (NBA), in which the teams who had missed the playoffs the previous year participate in a lottery process to determine the draft order in the NBA draft.
  • The NBA Draft lottery started in 1985. In the NBA draft, the teams obtain the rights to amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The lottery winner would get the first selection in the draft.
  • The ping pong balls that will ricochet at about 90 mph inside the clear cast acrylic hopper.
  • Smartplay International, the company that leases the equipment to the NBA.
  • Smartplay International provides state-of-the-art equipment for clients that include Powerball, Mega Millions and the state lotteries in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • “They’re three-star ping pong balls,’’ Markert said. “There’s single-star, two-star and three-star. That is the standard that is developed by the International Table Tennis Association. We import them directly from Taiwan.
  • The balls weigh approximately 2.5 grams, about the same weight as a penny. The so-called hopper in which the balls get blasted before coming to rest during each of the 14 “drawings” stands 18 inches tall and measures 11 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • The first time the NBA decided to hold a draft lottery to determine the No. 1-overall pick it was held at the Felt Forum in New York City.
  • Everyone knows the Knicks are supposed to get a high pick, but the pressure is still on. The Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers both had worse records, but represent much smaller markets compared to New York.
  • Stern knows the Knicks have to land the No. 1 pick, not only to prove the concept of the NBA Draft lottery and the unpredictability that anything can happen.
  • Georgetown standout Patrick Ewing can anchor the Knicks in the NBA’s premier market for the next decade and he did.

  • So if your wondering why you don’t see the ping pong balls this example is one of seven others that might give you an idea why we don’t see those balls drawn. (Read) by James Dator.

2. Warriors take 2-0 lead in Western Conference Finals.

Portland Trail Blazers’ Maurice Harkless (4) tries to block a shot by Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) during the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

3. Boston Bruins sweep the Carolina Hurricanes and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.


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  • A 4-0 sweep by the Boston Bruins over the Carolina Hurricanes gives the Bruins a berth to the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • Tuukka Rask posted his seventh career playoff shutout.
  • Rask made 24 saves in his second straight series-clinching shutout.
  • Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter.
  • The Bruins won their seventh straight postseason game — their longest playoff winning streak in nearly half a century.
  • Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves for the Hurricanes, whose first playoff appearance since 2009 ended precisely the same way their previous postseason trip did — by being swept in the conference finals.

4. Detroit Tigers struggles continue, Greinke leaves game in the eight inning.

The Associated Press

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke leaves the field with a trainer during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Phoenix, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt York) 

The Oakland Athletics hammered the Detroit Tigers 17-3 on Thursday, handing Detroit its fourth straight loss all at home. The A’s hit five homers and rapped out 16 hits while improving their road record to just 6-15.

Jason Kipnis homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs as the Cleveland Indians hammered the Baltimore Orioles 14-7.

Rougned Odor and the rest of the Texas Rangers had been using the Kansas City Royals beleaguered pitching staff.

Christian Yelich took advantage of the few pitches he saw in the zone. Yelich hit his major league-leading 17th and 18th homers to help Zach Davies and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-3.

The Washington Nationals survived a dramatic ninth inning to secure their first series win in a month. Gerardo Parra hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth and Sean Doolittle stopped the New York Mets late rally by striking out Keon Broxton with the bases loaded for the final out of the Nationals’ 7-6 win

Eugenio Suarez singled home the go-ahead run during a fifth-inning downpour and added another RBI single Thursday night as Cincinnati Reds pulled away to a 4-2 victory that slowed the Chicago Cubs momentum.

Yolmer Sanchez raced home from third base with the tiebreaking run on Ryan Cordell‘s suicide squeeze in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox topped the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.

Austin Riley went 3 for 4 and drove in a run, Julio Teheran pitched five-plus scoreless innings, and the Atlanta Braves won for the fifth time in six games with a 10-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired journeyman catcher Erik Kratz in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. The 38-year-old Kratz hit .125 (4 for 32) in 15 games for San Francisco. He was designated for assignment.

5. National Football League News & Notes

A creative split image of Joe Flacco, Kyler Murray, Cam Newton, Daniel Jones, and Antonio Brown

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