May 18th, 2019
Welcome back and have a great weekend!
- Damian Lillard says Golden State did its job and protected home court. Now it’s time for the Trail Blazers to do the same. The Western Conference finals between the upstart Blazers and the defending champion Warriors shifts to Portland on Saturday with Golden State holding a 2-0 advantage.
- Naming-rights sponsors wanting to expand their global presence, such as Orlando Magic partner Amway, are seen as likely candidates to buy the new international rights.The NBA has come up with another groundbreaking strategy to increase its global presence.
- The New York Knicks (down 38 percent on MSG) and Chicago Bulls (down 24 percent on NBC Sports Chicago) had two of the four biggest local TV ratings decreases this season. The Bulls’ 1.36 rating is the team’s lowest in 13 years.
- The Eastern Conference doesn’t belong to Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks — yet. But they’re two wins away, after Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to add 17 points and the Bucks never trailed on the way to a 125-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night and a 2-0 lead in the East finals. (Photo from AP Photo/Morry Gash)
- One things for sure, Anthony Davis will not be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason or even the 2019-2020 season. Why? Because the New Orleans Pelicans are completely opposed to sending him to the Lakers, which is his preferred destination.
- Jordan Binnington made save after save to pull off yet another playoff victory — and make some team history — for the Blues. The rookie goalie stopped 29 shots to set a franchise record with his 10th postseason win this year and St. Louis edged the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday night to even the Western Conference final at two games apiece.
- The San Jose Sharks have been quite good in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. They hold a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues. They have won two Game 7s, are averaging 3.29 goals per game and have the playoffs’ leading scorer, Logan Couture.
- The Carolina Hurricanes, each of the team’s playoff home games brought in $200,000 of merchandise sales, a new record for the team.
- A former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager and the NHL team were sued Friday for negligence over allegations he harassed a hotel shuttle bus driver last year in Buffalo.
- CC Sabathia shouted salty insults at the Tampa Bay Rays and said he tried to hit one of their batters. A little while later, it was Gio Urshela who had the last word for the New York Yankees.
- Jim Harbaugh is in a New York sports state of mind this weekend. Michigan’s football coach visited Yankee Stadium for the first time Friday, joined by his father and 6-year-old son to watch the Bronx Bombers take on the Tampa Bay Rays with first place at stake in the AL East.
- Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs saved their best for last — bad news for a Nationals bullpen that’s having a hard enough time as it is. Bryant matched a career high with three home runs and drove in five while the Cubs piled on against Washington’s bullpen in a 14-6 win.
- Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run triple and David Peralta homered, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.
- Matt Harvey who signed an $11 million, one-year deal with the Angels in the offseason, pitched two-run ball for five innings, and Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had two hits each as Los Angeles beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2.
- Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo homered in a seven-run second inning and the Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3.
- It’s been nearly three years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have had a pitcher strike out 12 batters in a game. That’s how good Jordan Lyles was Friday night, when he dominated his former team for seven innings and helped the Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego Padres.
- Max Kepler drove in three and the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. third career home run, part of a Toronto Blue Jays offensive barrage that battered the Chicago White Sox 10-2.
- Brooks Koepka has it all at this PGA Championship, along with the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history and the largest lead by anyone at the halfway point of a Grand Slam event in 85 years.
- Jordan Spieth making five birdies over his last 11 holes for a 4-under 66 and his lowest 36-hole score in a major since he won the British Open two years ago
- John Rahm was in the midst of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black when nature began to call at the wrong time. Not wanting to leave the course to use the restroom, the 11th ranked player in the world decided to run over to a tree and release the dragon right there. Unfortunately, he had no clue that it would be broadcasted for millions to see because TNT cameras caught him as he ran over, unzipped his pants, and peed on live TV.
- Juncos Racing will work overnight if needed to have a car ready to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Kyle Kaiser crashed the car early on “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the near-airborne wreck destroyed the entry. (Photo from Indy Star)
- WarnerMedia is bringing All Elite Wrestling (AEW) to prime time. While the promotion is not looking to challenge WWE directly, AEW believes that its emphasis on analytics will offer a differentiation factor when it comes to the two. According to a poll on this article, 87% of people said they were very interested in watching the AEW.
- Carli Lloyd scored twice and Alyssa Naeher got the shutout, helping the United States beat New Zealand 5-0 in a World Cup series send-off match on Thursday. (Photo from Elsa Garrison / Getty Images)
- Maximum Security owner Gary West has issued a multimillion dollar challenge to the owners of four horses that benefited from his horse’s historic disqualification in the Kentucky Derby.
NEWS & NOTES
- Patrick Peterson has Type 2 diabetes, feeling sluggish in 2015 he took something to help “pick him” up. What ever it was contained banned substance he didn’t know until it was too late.
- Ohio State University’s president says it’s not clear whether anyone ever went to authorities to report a former doctor now accused of sexually abusing more than 150 male students.
- ACE Media, a subsidiary of the NFLPA, is showing a considerable ability to showcase athletes both on and off the field. The company’s CEO, Scott Langerman , says the company is looking toward the next steps in athlete-centric content.
- Matt Hong was one of Turner Sports’ top executives, will be leave the company in the coming weeks. Hong is stepping down as Turner Sports COO after 11 years at the company comes three months after AT&T officially took control of Time Warner.
- Riot Games is creating a stand-alone governing body for collegiate “League of Legends” esports, according to a source. The move comes weeks after the NCAA BOG decided not to establish a framework for esports governance.