May 22nd, 2019
- Nearly $99.9 million was bet on Pimlico’s 14-race card this past Saturday. $54.4 million of that was bet on the Preakness alone.
- ‘ESPN Mode’, as it is called, is part of the network’s push to provide more differentiated viewing opportunities for fans through its digital offering.
- Tish Guerin, 35, is one of the first and currently believed to be the only active in-house psychological clinicians in the NFL. Guerin works with the Carolina Panthers.
- One small part of the massive deal between the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox included the stake in daily fantasy sports and sports betting company DraftKings.
- NFL Network and Conference-USA announced today that 10 Conference-USA games a year will air on NFL Network for each of the next four seasons.
- Joe Tsai, a founder of the Alibaba Group, has turned his attention to improving the financial outlook of his new team, the Liberty, and the W.N.B.A. as a whole.
1.The St.Louis Blues advance to the National Hockey League Stanley Cup to face the Boston Bruins.
- San Jose Sharks beat the San Jose Sharks, 5-1, in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.
- St. Louis won three consecutive games to advance to the franchise’s first Cup finals since 1970.
- Jordan Binnington made 25 saves, picked up his 12th playoff win.
- Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn both scored power-play goals
- San Jose played without injured forwards Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl and defenseman Erik Karlsson.
- The Blues were swept by the Boston Bruins in the 1970 Stanley Cup series.
- The Blues are the only remaining team from the league’s first expansion in 1967-68 not to have won the Stanley Cup.
- Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final takes place in Boston at 8 p.m. ET on Monday.
2. Raptors even up series 2-2, headed back to Milwaukee.
- The Toronto Raptors posted their most impressive performance of the Eastern Conference finals to secure a critical 120-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks to tie the series at 2-2 and avoid a trip to Milwaukee facing elimination.
- Kawhi Leonard is clearly not right. The mysterious left leg injury he suffered in Game 3 visibly plagued him throughout Game 4.
- Kawhi Leonard (19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks) matched Giannis’ offense with some stout defense and savvy midrange makes…when he wasn’t getting some extra rest.
- Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet combined to score 48 points and outshine a Bucks reserve unit that tallied 23 points among six players.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks) got himself started early with a Euro-step, a dunk, and another dunk.
- Khris Middleton (30 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds).
3. Zion Williams would benefit if Anthony Davis would stay in New Orleans.
- David Griffin said he is “certain that’s a false narrative” that Zion Williamson or any other potential No. 1 pick in the NBA draft would need to be convinced to play for the New Orleans Pelicans.
- NBA executives are calling this one of the most talent-rich free-agent classes in recent years. Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Khris Middleton, Kristaps Porzingis, Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler headline the group of a projected 200 players who could hit free agency on July 1.
- Los Angeles Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss listened to the news conference in which Magic Johnson abruptly resigned as president of basketball operations on April 9 and felt like she was in a time machine.
- There’s a queue of Portland Trail Blazers who are in line to be paid, and it isn’t clear if ownership will foot the bill or even keep the team. Among those who are in position for an extension are Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, coach Terry Stotts and maybe even president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Then there are free agents Al-Farouq Aminu, Rodney Hood, Enes Kanter, Seth Curry and Jake Layman.
- The NBA announced today that 66 players are expected to attend the 2019 NBA Draft Combine powered by Under Armour.
4. Major League Baseball news and results.
- Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 12 to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
- Ron Gardenhire was ejected from the Detroit Tigers‘ game against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night after the Tigers’ manager came out to argue following a replay reversal in the bottom of the ninth inning. Miami Marlins went on to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 in 11 innings.
- Rowdy Tellez had two homers and five RBI and Randal Grichukalso homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 10-3.
- Lance Lynn allowed two runs over seven innings and Shawn Kelley earned the save hours after learning that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign. Gutty pitching performances came in different sizes for the Texas Rangers in their 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.
- It wasn’t exactly Kirk Gibson-esque, but not long after getting an MRI on his right heel, Chicago Cubs shortstop Javy Baez helped his team to victory with a walk-off single in their 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Pete Alonso drove a fastball from Tanner Rainey down the left-field line, well over the foul pole. The New York Mets rallied from deficits three times to beat the Washington Nationals 6-5.
- Sonny Gray and three Cincinnati relievers held down the Brewers, who were missing Christian Yelich because of back spasms, in the Reds’ 3-0 victory.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers just keep winning when Clayton Kershaw is on the mound. Kershaw took a shutout into the seventh inning in his first start at Tropicana Field and the Los Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3.
- Clint Frazier homered twice and had a career-high five RBI, Gary Sanchez contributed a three-run drive and the Yankees kept up their assault on Baltimore pitching in an 11-4 rout.
- German Marquez could sense his delivery speeding up. So the Colorado Rockies pitcher made a concerted effort to slow things down. The 24-year-old struck out seven over eight dominant innings in a 5-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- The Oakland A’s extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.
- Eric Hosmer‘s two-run, opposite-field home run off Zack Greinke highlighted the three-run sixth inning that carried the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers beef up there defense with recent moves and more NFL news.
- Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a one-year deal.
- Quarterback Matthew Stafford said Tuesday that learning a new offense heading into his 11th season with the Detroit Lions has helped him compartmentalize during a scary few months for his family.
- Washington Redskins safety Landon Collins believes that the New York Giants allowed him to walk earlier this year in part because of the organization’s “culture change” and also because he didn’t fit their scheme.
- Veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who had signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots on May 13, has informed the team of his intention to retire.
- The New England Patriots have signed star receiver Julian Edelman to a two-year contract extension that includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million in guaranteed money.
- Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been cleared to fully participate in OTAs.
- Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft broke his foot Monday during the opening of organized team activities and will need surgery.
- The No. 32 has been put back in circulation by the Buffalo Bills for the first time since 1977, the last season O.J. Simpson wore the number.
- Josh Jones, a second-round pick just two years ago, is skipping the Packers‘ OTAs because he’s hoping to force a trade.
- Jon Gruden wasted hardly any time in his first season back with the Oakland Raiders last year publicly criticizing Derek Carr for his poor play, but apparently the coach is planning to take a new approach in 2019.
6. News and notes from the world of college sports.
- The “Chasing Ghosts” series continues with the Indiana Hoosiers, who have had moments of success over the past 19 years but have yet to fully emerge from the shadow of the controversial Bob Knight.
- Prosecutors in Arizona have filed criminal charges against a couple that accused Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner of sexually assaulting the woman in a hotel room in February 2016.
- Point guard Jordan Bohannon is out indefinitely with a hip injury that could put his senior season at Iowa in jeopardy.
- New Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse has added Memphis high school coach Faragi Phillips to his staff.
- Providence coach Ed Cooley has opted to remain with the Friars after meeting with Michigan officials on Monday, agreeing to a multiyear contract extension.
- Tennessee has signed 7-foot Arizona State transfer Uros Plavsic. Plavsic graduated from Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before redshirting with Arizona State last season.
- Five-star senior Trendon Watford announced his commitment to LSU on Monday. Watford chose the Tigers over Alabama, although Memphis and Indiana were also on his final list.
- Jim Burch, the first black man to officiate a basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference, died at his home in North Carolina at the age of 91.
- The recruiting race between Alabama and Clemson got a little tighter Monday when the Crimson Tide landed ESPN 300 wide receiver Thaiu Jones-Bell. The commitment gives Alabama 14 ESPN 300 commitments in the 2020 class, which again ties Clemson for most of any program.
- ESPN 300 defensive tackle Jalen Carter announced his commitment to Georgia on Monday. The No. 34 ranked recruit overall, Carter chose the Dawgs over Alabama and Clemson, the other two schools in his top-three.
- Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead has a little more job security now.
- Jim McElwain lives in a barn and works in a trailer. The new digs at Central Michigan suit him just fine.
- Illinois defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree suffered a severe spinal injury in a swimming accident Saturday near his home in Florida.
- Pac-12 revenue fell by $12 million in 2018 to $497 million because the conference could not make up for lost Rose Bowl revenue from when the game hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal after the 2017 season.
- Michigan has hired Toyelle Wilson as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for its women’s basketball team. Wilson spent the past six seasons as an assistant at Baylor and was the head coach at Prairie View A&M for three seasons.
- The NCAA is not willing to wade into the world of esports not yet anyway. The organization’s board of governors voted unanimously late last month to table the possibility of overseeing and holding championships for esports.