May 20th. 2019
Welcome back hope you had a great weekend!
- New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway is on the hot seat as his slumping team returns home to play NL East rival Washington. New York (20-25) has lost five straight and was swept in three games at lowly Miami over the weekend, totaling only three hits in consecutive shutouts. The reeling Mets are 11-21 in their last 32 games.
- The former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson erased all but one stroke of a seven-shot deficit in the final round of the PGA Championship — not quite good enough to stop Brooks Koepka from winning the tournament for the second straight year.
- Lucas Bjerregaard, a 27-year-old Dane, made the first hole-in-one in the tournament on Sunday, one-bouncing a 6-iron into the cup on the par-3 206-yard hole.
- Harold Varner III, the 174th-ranked player in the world shot an 11-over 81 and went from sole possession of second place to finishing tied for 36th with a 6-over score.
- Kyle Larson got a thrilling push from Kevin Harvick after slipping between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano on a restart in the final stage to hold on for the win Saturday night.
- Simon Pagenaud keeps finding new ways to impress his team owner. Last weekend, he rallied in the rain to end a 21-race drought. On Sunday, he put Roger Penske back on the pole for the Indianapolis 500.
- The Chicago Cubs have dropped their protest over the pitching delivery of Washington reliever Sean Doolittle. Joe Maddon came out twice in the ninth inning of a 5-2 loss Saturday night to complain to plate umpire San Holbrook about Doolittle.
- Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey and coach Freddie Kitchens attended Kareem Hunt‘s baptism ceremony Sunday in support of the running back, who is trying to turn his life around in his hometown of Cleveland.
- The Houston Rockets and coach Mike D’Antoni have had preliminary discussions on the framework of a contract extension that would keep the two-time NBA Coach of the Year from entering the final year of his deal.
- Dylan Larkin scored midway through the third period to help the United States beat Germany 3-1 Sunday at the world championships.
1. Raptors make the Eastern Conference Finals a series with 2OT victory over the Bucks.
- The Toronto Raptors found a way, thanks to Kawhi Leonard’s clutch performance. Leonard scored 19 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter and overtimes as the Raptors defeated the Bucks 118-112 in double-overtime.
- Kawhi Leonard wasn’t going to let an injury slow him down.
- The 27-year-old, Leonard appeared to injure his leg after finishing a layup and was walking with a noticeable limp during the first half.
- Despite the injury, Leonard scored 36 points on 11-of-25 shooting in a game-high 52 minutes which was an NBA Playoffs franchise record.
- Marc Gasol added 16 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3pt FG), 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocked shots.
- The Raptors had to overcome poor shooting from key players (Danny Green, Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka) and play through Kyle Lowry’s foul trouble.
- Lowry fouled out with 6:12 left in the fourth quarter with the Raptors ahead 88-82. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Lowry’s teams were 1-17, including 0-4 in the playoffs, when he fouls out of a game before Sunday’s game.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 12 points, 7 assists, 4 blocks and an NBA Playoffs career-high 23 rebounds for the Bucks in the losing effort, becoming the 7th player to record 10 PTS/20 REBS/5 ASTS/4 BLKS in an NBA Playoffs game (T. Duncan, B. Wallace, S. O’Neal, P. Ewing, B. Walton and K. Abdul-Jabbar).
- Pascal Siakam finished with 25 points, having shot 9-of-18 from the field, and Norman Powell added 19 points off the bench.
- George Hill led the Bucks with 24 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Brogdon added 20 points, and center Brook Lopez finished with 16 points.
- The Bucks lead the series 2-1; Game 4 is Tuesday (8:30 p.m., TNT) in Toronto.
2. St. Louis Blues take 3-2 lead in Western Conference Finals with a 5-0 win over the San Jose Sharks.
- The St. Louis Blues controlled play from the second period onward to take a 3-2 series lead with a 5-0 win over the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals.
- The Sharks had a number of injuries that left them without key players Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski and Erik Karlsson in the third period.
- By the end of the game, the Sharks’ bench was six players short: Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, and Joonas Donskoi with injuries, and Micheal Haley and Evander Kane for misconducts.
- The Sharks won Game Four after referees missed a hand pass which led to the overtime game-winning goal. Sharks fans were less pleased with the refereeing this time around
- Jaden Schwartz recorded his second hat trick of the playoffs.
- Jordan Binnington stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn his first career playoff shutout.
- The Blues ended up with twice as many shots as the Sharks (40-21) while the Sharks had six times as many penalty minutes (36-6).
3. Brooks Koepka wins back to back PGA Championships.
- Brooks Koepka won the 2019 PGA Championship, picking up his fourth major.
- Koepka shot 70 on Saturday to keep his seven-shot advantage. It’s the largest 54-hole lead in this tournament’s history, one that would require a historic collapse for Koepka to not leave Bethpage Black with the Wanamaker Trophy in hand.
- After holding a seven-shot lead at the beginning of the day, Brooks Koepka’s lead was cut all the way down to one from Dustin Johnson before holding on to win the 2019 PGA Championship.
- Koepka leads the field in greens hit (43 of 54) and proximity (26 feet, 1 inch). His Strokes Gained: Approach is +11.16, four more than the next-best player.
- Brooks Koepka finished Sunday with a par on 18 to capture back-to-back PGA Championships.
- Brooks Koepka addresses the media and takes questions after his second straight PGA Championship victory. Koepka now has 4 major victories.