May 21st, 2019
- Some NBA teams near the top of the 2019 draft board are reportedly willing to part with their picks if the price is right. There are at least four teams willing to unload their draft picks the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and Boston Celtics.
- Formula One has received $30 billion from sponsors over the past 15 years.
- Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced its partnership with DEFY, a CBD-based sports performance drink.
- Is Deontay Wilder a Top-5 fighter in the world? It’s a serious question, and it’s not one that was drummed up because of Wilder’s first-round destruction of Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night in Brooklyn.
- Kevin Durant’s production company Thirty Five Media is set to debut an outstanding new documentary titled “Q-Ball” that will air on FS1 on May 28th at 9 p.m. ET and is a joint production with HEIST and Hunting Lane Films.1.
- Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed by police, but not arrested, after a scuffle involving event staff at a Las Vegas music festival.
- More than 200 of the world’s top women’s hockey players have formed a union, saying they must “stand together” if there is to be a sustainable professional league.
Brooks Koepka worked hard to get to the top golfer in the world.
Photo: by Harry How
- Brooks Koepka has won four of the last eight majors.
- 2018 PGA TOUR Player of the Year Brooks Koepka captured his fourth major victory, and sixth career TOUR win, at the PGA Championship with a two-shot victory over Dustin Johnson.
- Koepka jumped to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 2 in the FedExCup standings.
- He is the first player since Tiger Woods (2006 and 2007) to win the tournament in consecutive years.
- He entered Sunday with a seven-stroke lead at 12 under par.
- Koepka already held the record for lowest 72-hole score in the championship after shooting a 264 (16 under) at Bellerive a year ago en route to his victory.
- But with a 63 in the opening round at Bethpage he grabbed a share of the low 18-hole score, and when he followed it up with a 65 on Friday, his 128 total became the lowest first 36-hole score not just in the PGA but in any major championship
- Winning on the PGA TOUR is the only way to qualify for the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions. Courtesy of their recent victories, Brooks Koepka, Sung Kang, Max Homa, Jon Rahm, Ryan Palmer and C.T. Pan became the latest players to qualify for the winners-only event and join the 17 other TOUR winners this season on Maui when the Sentry Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua in January.
Thing to know…
- Koepkas great uncle was Dick Groat. Groat won two World Series as a shortstop with the Pittsburgh Pirates, claimed the 1960 National League MVP award and earned a spot on eight National League All-Star teams.
- Brooks’s father, Bob, also played baseball; he was a pitcher at West Virginia Wesleyan.
- At age 13, he ended his father’s five-year club championship streak at Sherbrooke Golf and Country Club in Lake Worth, Fla., by taking him down in the finals.
- Koepka finished inside the top 25 in the seven majors prior to the 2017 U.S. Open, including four top-10 finishes since 2014. In all, including his four major titles, he now has 10 top-10s in majors, including his T-2 at the Masters in April.
2. Golden State Warriors sweep Portland Trail Blazers in remarkable fashion!
Photo: Bleacher Report
- The Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 119-117 in overtime in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. They’ll advance to their fifth straight NBA Finals.
- This is the first time a team has made five straight Finals appearances since the Boston Celtics went 10 straight times, from 1957 to 1966.
- Steph Curry is now just the sixth player in NBA history to score 35 or more points in each of the first four games of a series, joining Elgin Baylor, LeBron James (twice), Michael Jordan (twice), Bernard King and Jerry West.
- Curry, the two-time MVP finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists joining Dryamond Green as the only pair of teammates to each record a triple-double in a playoff game.
- Draymond Green had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, and made a key 3-pointer in overtime.
- The Golden State Warriors’ season has not been a straight line. They have coped with injuries, behind-the-scenes squabbles, fatigue and even complacency.
- Steph Curry is the best shooter the NBA has ever seen, and he’s put that ability on display all series long against the Trail Blazers. In the Warriors‘ first three wins in the Western Conference finals, Curry shot 19 of 45 from downtown, good for 42 percent.
- Meyers Leonard led the Blazers with 30 points while Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 54 points on a combined 21-46 from the field. Portland has not reached the Finals since 1992.
3. Major League Baseball results, plus Yankees set to get injured players back soon.
Gleber Torres – Topps Card
- Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to cap a New York rally fueled by Baltimore gaffes, and the Yankees pulled out a 10-7 victory. Gleyber Torres homered twice for the Yankees.
- The New York Yankees made a series of positive steps on the injury front Monday, with encouraging news about outfielder Aaron Judge, shortstop Didi Gregorius and infielder Troy Tulowitzki.
- The Boston Red Sox, who are 19-9 in their past 28 games, will continue their quest to prove that their early-season struggles are behind them when they oppose the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. The Red Sox took the opener of the four-game series Monday afternoon at Toronto, 12-2, outhitting the Blue Jays 16-3.
- Jake Marisnick and Tyler White homered and Brad Peacock had another solid start to lead the Houston Astros over the Chicago White Sox 3-0.
- On a hectic day at Citi Field, the slumping New York Mets announced they are sticking with embattled manager Mickey Callaway “for the foreseeable future” — and that sidelined slugger Yoenis Cespedes broke his right ankle in an accident on his ranch.
- Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the first inning as the New York Mets, after learning embattled manager Mickey Callaway is staying around, broke out of their offensive funk a bit to beat the Washington Nationals 5-3.
- Few pitchers have performed better at Wrigley Field than Phillies starter Jake Arrieta, and with all that the right-hander accomplished in Chicago, it’s no surprise he pitched well yet again, in front of a sellout crowd.
- J.T. Realmuto hit a solo homer in the 10th, Jake Arrieta allowed one run over six innings in his return to Wrigley Field and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4.
- Brett Anderson left in the sixth inning with a cervical strain, and the Oakland Athletics hung on to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4.
- Indians pitcher Corey Kluber will have an X-ray on Thursday to evaluate his right arm, broke when hit by a line drive on May 1.
- Asdrubal Cabrera hit two of the five Texas homers, Mike Minor struck out 11 over six innings and the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 10-9 in a series opener.
- The Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) and Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) played a wild one on Monday. The game featured 33 runs on 39 hits and 16 walks with 10 homers. Four of those homers were hit by Yasmany Tomás. Matt Szczur hit for the cycle while Kevin Cron knocked in six runs and hit a pair of homers, giving him 21 on the season. Reno won 25-8, by the way.
- Beat the Streak presented by MGM is back for its 19th season, and you can take home $5.6 million and achieve legendary status by topping Joe DiMaggio’s hallowed 56-game hitting streak from 1941.
4. Let’s look at the National Football League news and notes.
- In his third year as Indy’s GM, Chris Ballard has learned that less is more on the draft board, pricey free agents don’t solve all your problems and the best thing for any team is to be unified behind a long-term plan. Without making any big splashes, the Indianapolis Colts may have set themselves up for a major statement in 2019.
- New initiatives announced Monday by the NFL and the NFLPA will require every team to employ a mental health professional to work in its building and could conceivably lead to a change in the league’s attitude toward marijuana as a pain management treatment.
- Adam Gase, head coach and, as of Wednesday, interim general manager of the New York Jets, spoke for the first time Monday since New York fired general manager Mike Maccagnan last week. Gase denied to reporters that Maccagnan’s axing was the result of a power struggle between the tenured GM and the first-year head coach.
- Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the field with a left leg injury during the team’s first organized team activity period.
- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, in Las Vegas this past weekend for a music festival, ran into a bit of trouble with security. TMZ Sports posted video showing Elliott arguing with his girlfriend in a parking lot early Saturday morning.
- Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Cordy Glenn is kicking inside to make room for the team’s first-round pick. He’s moving to left guard, the eight-year pro is embracing the change after discussing the decision with offensive line coach Jim Turner.
- Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, update the top 101 NFL free agents.
- Prosecutors at the rape trial of Kellen Winslow Jr., a former first-round NFL draft pick and the son of a Hall of Famer, said Monday he was a man with fame and riches who “took what he wanted” — raping three women and exposing himself to two others.
- The New England Patriots re-signed run-stuffing defensive tackle Danny Shelton.
- Ben Roethlisberger says he went too far in using his weekly radio show to criticize former Steelers teammate Antonio Brown during the 2018 season.
- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning watched the NFL draft like everybody else. He just didn’t have much of a reaction to the team selecting Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft.
- South Carolina legislators are expected to clear the final hurdle to giving the Carolina Panthers up to $120 million in tax breaks to move their practice fields and team headquarters out of North Carolina.
- Coach Freddie Kitchens has consistently said that he and the Cleveland Browns would support running back Kareem Hunt.
- Former Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey will accomplish a very rare feat in 2019. The Broncos announced Monday that Bailey was selected for induction to the team’s Ring of Fame, making him the first Bronco to be elected to the Ring of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the same year.
- Most free agents angle for multi-year deals or guaranteed dollars on the open market. Matt Barkley was just hoping for more cryptocurrency.
- After a seven-year period of hibernation, the Chicago Bears finally returned to the playoffs in 2018 with a 12-win season that made for
- After three seasons wearing No. 99, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is returning to comfort zone and his college No. 97.
- Receiver Cooper Kupp worked through individual drills on the sideline Monday as the Los Angeles Rams opened organized team activities. Kupp tore his ACL in a victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 last season.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to release veteran defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy.