May 25th, 2019
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1. Stanley Cup Finals schedule, news and notes.
Stanley Cup Final schedule
Game 1: Monday, May 27, 8:00 p.m. — St. Louis at Boston — TV: NBC
Game 2: Wednesday, May 29, 8:00 p.m. — St. Louis at Boston — TV: NBCSN
Game 3: Saturday, June 1, 8:00 p.m. — Boston at St. Louis — TV: NBCSN
Game 4: Monday, June 3, 8:00 p.m — Boston at St. Louis — TV: NBC
*Game 5: Thursday, June 6, 8:00 p.m. — St. Louis at Boston — TV: NBC
*Game 6: Sunday, June 9, 8:00 p.m — Boston at St. Louis — TV: NBC
*Game 7: Wednesday, June 12, 8:00 p.m — St. Louis at Boston — TV: NBC
Boston Bruins scoring leader Brad Marchand returned without missing a shift after appearing to hurt his left hand Thursday night when the team held an intrasquad scrimmage to tune up for the Stanley Cup Final.
With 10 days off between their sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals and Monday night’s opener of the best-of-seven Cup final against the St. Louis Blues, the Bruins scheduled the scrimmage to stay sharp.
”It was good to get out there, and we appreciate the support,” forward David Pastrnak said. ”It’s starting to feel real.” Tickets were $20 and the 17,565-seat TD Garden was sold out, with the proceeds going to the Boston Bruins Foundation. Fans chanted ”We Want the Cup!”
Goaltender Tuukka Rask played just one half. Chara, who missed the clincher of the East finals for undisclosed reasons, played the entire game. David Krejci showed up at the arena with an illness and was sent home.
2. Student-athletes in California could be signing endorsement deals in the near future.
College athletes in California would be able to sign with agents and profit from endorsement deals under a bill that cleared the state Senate.
Senate Bill 206 by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) passed the Senate 31-4 and now heads to the Assembly for consideration in the coming months.
SB 206 would allow student athletes at public and private universities and colleges to earn money from the use of their name, image or likeness in endorsement deals starting in 2023. The bill would not allow the schools to directly pay athletes.
Skinner said her bill would treat college athletes the same as those who compete in the Olympics and give collegiate players an opportunity to “earn income from their talent” while retaining their amateur status.
The claim against the NCAA and the 11 conferences that have participated at the highest level of college football was originally brought by former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston and later merged with similar lawsuits, including a notable case brought by former Clemson football player Martin Jenkins.
Plaintiffs argued the NCAA illegally restricts schools from compensating football and basketball players beyond what is traditionally covered by a scholarship. That includes tuition, room and board and books, plus a cost of attendance stipend to cover incidentals such as travel.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has already said it expects to take the case after Wilken’s ruling and it is possible that whatever she rules will be stayed until the Ninth Circuit rules.
The case might not stop there, and could end up in front of the Supreme Court.
3. Clemson players suspended for the season after NCAA rejects appeal on PED tests.
Clemson tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will miss next season after an NCAA panel rejected the school’s appeal of their drug suspension.
The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports upheld the suspensions.
The athletic department had administered 329 tests for performance-enhancing drugs since 2014 and all came back negative except for the three last December.
The department said all supplements are reviewed with its athletics nutrition and sports medicine staff and Clemson’s compliance office to ensure no banned substances are used.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency says ostarine is a substance that “might be effective at treating different health conditions without resulting in the negative side effects of steroids.”
The positive drug tests for Galloway, Giella and ex-Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence were announced in December while the Tigers were preparing to play Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.
They were suspended and missed the College Football Playoff games, including the national championship game when the Tigers beat Alabama 44-16.
Lawrence was a junior who left early for the NFL draft and was taken 17th overall by the New York Giants. He also would’ve faced a yearlong ban had he remained with the Tigers.
Just a Bit More
Earning All-NBA for a second consecutive season now has Giannis Antetokounmpo eligible in the summer of 2020 to sign the largest contract in NBA history. The five-year extension starting in 2021-22 would be worth $247.3M.
After consecutive years of falling television ratings, NFL domestic television audiences increased by five per cent in the recently concluded 2018-19 season.
The Ilitch family is still considering developing a regional sports network for the Red Wings and Tigers. The current deals with Fox Sports Detroit are paying the Tigers and the Red Wings $50 million and $20 million respectively, the current deals are said to be up in 2021.
Netflix is set to discuss its plans to bring “Stranger Things” and other original series from its streaming platform to video game consoles next month during an appearance at the E3 gaming conference.
Just months before the National Independent Soccer Association will kick off its first season, its interim commissioner has stepped down.
Atlanta United FC was named Sports Team of The Year and Mercedes-Benz Stadium was honored as Sports Facility of the Year at the 12th annual Sports Business Awards.
The International Olympic Committee on Friday heaped praise on two remaining candidate cities for the 2026 Winter Olympics, with Italy’s Milan/Cortina bid recording stronger local support than Sweden’s Stockholm/Are proposal.