May 17th, 2019
- Brooks Koepka had a record-setting start to his title defense in the PGA Championship. Koepka shot a 7-under 63 to break the course record and become the first player to shoot 63 in the same major twice.
- From the time the New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery till 1 a.m Wednesday, the team took orders for approximately 2,000 new season tickets, twice as many as they did after earning the No. 1 pick in 2012 (Anthony Davis).
- The Big Ten saw revenue of $759 million in fiscal 2018. That number was the highest in college athletics, followed by the SEC at $660 million.
- The Portland Pickles, whose new two-year partnership with Portland CBD brand Lazarus Naturals is believed to be the first of its kind in baseball.
- Miller Lite is next up after signing a deal with Complexity Gaming that makes the beer brand the “exclusive alcohol brand” for the team.
- According to a new study from Ampere Analysis, the NBA is the most popular league in China.
1. Why don’t we see the ping pong balls selected live in the NBA Draft?!
- 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)
- The Portland Trail Blazers led Golden State through most of the fourth quarter, but the Warriors pulled ahead in the final minutes to grab the win. The Warriors take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals.
- The Blazers dominated the first half and entered the halftime break with a 65-50 lead.
- The Warriors outscored the Blazers 39-24 in the third quarter, including a 24-6 run at one point, and the teams headed into the fourth tied 89-89.
- Warriors put the game away with a 25-22 fourth quarter.
- Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 37 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
- Klay Thompson added 24 points.
- Draymond Green provided 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
- Dame Lillard paced Portland with 23 points and 10 assists.
- CJ McCollum added 22 points and five assists.
- Jakob Poeltl blocked McCollum ‘s driving lay-in. McCollum’s legs then got tangled up with Poeltl’s after the block and McCollum fell awkwardly to the ground. He was helped off the court to the locker room.
- Steph’s brother, Seth, added 16 points off of the bench for Portland.
- Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will miss Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
3. Boston Bruins sweep the Carolina Hurricanes and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Photo: Jamie Kellner
- 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.
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.
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.
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
- Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock told TMZ on Wednesday that Joe Flacco has “been great to me” when asked about Flacco’s comment earlier in the week that it wasn’t his job to mentor the rookie.
- Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie middle linebacker Devin White had plenty of hype coming out of LSU as one of the top players eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 237-pound White impressing at this early stage of offseason workouts is not surprise.
- Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli has resigned. Pioli did not specify which opportunities he plans to pursue. He was the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs and vice president of player personnel with the New England Patriots before working for the Falcons.
- It didn’t take long for New York Jets interim general manager Adam Gase to make his first trade. He sent linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2020 sixth-round pick.
- Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway had a solid rookie season as a fourth-round draft pick last year, catching 43 passes for 586 yards and five touchdowns. Coach Freddie Kitchens thinks Callaway may be even better this year.
- Dallas Cowboys Jaylon Smith entrenched in the middle linebacker spot and Leighton Vander Esch becoming a Pro Bowl weakside ‘backer, Sean Lee will move to the strong side of the formation, making a solid unit.
- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has stayed quiet this offseason despite criticism from several ex-teammates, including Antonio Brown hosted the team’s offensive skill players at his lake house in Georgia this week for some R&R and on-field work.
- When NFL owners meet next week, they will be asked to consider a change to overtime and to the possibility of tweaking the new rule to allow challenges of pass interference penalties.
- The Cincinnati Bengals officially have their top two draft picks. The Bengals announced the signings of offensive tackle Jonah Williams, the 11th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, and tight end Drew Sample, whom the Bengals selected in the second round 52nd overall.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Canadian Football League receiver Bryant Mitchell. Mitchell, 26, went undrafted out of Northwestern State in 2016. He signed with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos and spent three years in Canada.
- As New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft moves toward the potential dismissal of pending solicitation of prostitution charges or (if the case actually goes to trial with most if not all of the key evidence against him suppressed) an acquittal, an important question looms.
- Bob Stoops has hired Hal Mumme, architect of the Air Raid offense, to be his first offensive coordinator of the Dallas XFL team.