June 4th, 2019
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- Two major sponsors announced that they have ended their relationship with the Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team in the fallout from a Memorial Day tribute video that depicted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., as “an enemy of the people.”
- The Minnesota Twins are winning on the field and at the box office. Their midweek sale saw 65 percent of buyers hadn’t bought a ticket to a game in three years.
- The Detroit Tigers jumped into the flash sale action this past weekend with their Super Summer Sale that offered tickets to all June home games for as little as $9 per game for only 72 hours. The Tigers already sold more than 20,000 tickets as of Sunday morning.
- The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated his stance of wanting to reduce the preseason schedule at a time when the league and players’ association have begun preliminary talks on a new collective bargaining agreement.
- National Basketball Coaches Association president Rick Carlisle spent several minutes praising the winner of this year’s Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, former Utah Jazz coach and executive Frank Layden.
- The SEC has lifted its ban on stadium-wide alcohol sales, leaving it up to the schools to choose what they will sell.
- Iowa and Iowa State have extended their annual football rivalry two more seasons through 2025.
- ESPN unveiled a stream of the NBA Finals that was designed with 12 to 17-year-old viewers in mind. Featuring Katie Nolan, Jay Williams, Gary Striewski and Mike Korzemba, a YouTube influencer who specializes in basketball-related content, the stream is part of the network’s efforts to deliver a differentiated viewing experience for that demographic.
- ESPN announced that they would be experimenting with another alternate broadcast for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. ESPN (and other networks) has been dipping their toe into these waters over the last few years, trying to figure out if different broadcast options can better serve fans, drive up viewership, and increase sponsorship dollars.
- Reports have suggested over the past week that Cam Newton’s shoulder has been progressing quite well as he continues to rehab and make his way back to being 100% after his 2018 season ended prematurely.
- Caster Semenya won an interim ruling in her battle against the IAAF when the Swiss supreme court ordered athletics’ governing body to suspend its testosterone rules.
- Josh Heupel was the Heisman Trophy runner-up for Oklahoma in 2000, and former North Carolina pass-rushing star Julius Peppers are among 12 players making their first appearance of the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year.
- Kyle Busch won at Pocono Raceway on Sunday to move into a tie for ninth on the NASCAR Cup Series victory list.
- Qatar will host the final two of the old-style seven-team Club World Cup tournaments before the competition is expanded to 24 teams from 2021.
- Ferrari have decided to join Formula One’s esports for the first time, thus ensuring all 10 teams will line up on the virtual grid in this year’s world championship.
- The NBA 2K League will host its second road event of the season at Full Sail University’s new esports arena outside of Orlando, Fla. The Ticket, which will be held on June 13-15, follows the staging of The Turn in Las Vegas in May.
- Shares of Dick’s Sporting Goods jumped after the company reported quarterly earnings that topped analysts’ estimates and raised its full-year outlook.
1. Major League Baseball 2019 Draft, loaded with talent that will build many teams for the future. Below is the complete first round.
2. National Hockey League Stanley Cup Finals Game 4
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- St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 in Game 4, that ties the Stanley Cup Final at two wins apiece.
- The Blues came out strong at the start of the game, scoring 43 seconds in on a wrap-around goal by O’Reilly.
- Boston’s Charlie Coyle had tied the game 1-1 when he scored on a rebound after a shot by Chara.
- The Blues had claimed a 2-1 lead at 15:30 of the first period when Vladimir Tarasenko fired a rebound past Rask after he had stopped Alex Pietrangelo’s shot.
- The Bruins tied the game 2-2 on a short-handed goal by Brandon Carlo at 14:19 of the second period.
- Ryan O’Reilly scored his second goal of the game at 10:38 of the third period.
- Brayden Schenn sealed the win with an empty-net goal.
- Blues goalie Jordan Binnington is now 13-2 this season in games after a loss.
- After being penalized 17 times in the first three games, the Blues largely stayed out of the penalty box in Game 4 and killed off both of Boston’s power play opportunities.
- Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was struck in the face by Brayden Schenn’s shot early in the second period and didn’t play again.
- The best-of-seven series returns to Boston for Game 5 on Thursday night, with the Bruins still holding the home-ice advantage.
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- St. Louis native Jon Hamm, has been enjoying the heck out of the Blues’ run to the Stanley Cup Final and on Monday night he was able to see the team win their first-ever Stanley Cup Final game at home.
3. Liverpool has put itself back at the head of European soccer with a sixth Champions League.
- Liverpool won its sixth European Cup by beating Tottenham 2-0 in Saturday’s final.
- Club owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) want to ensure manager Jurgen Klopp “stays for as long as he likes.”
- In February 2019, Liverpool announced record profits after tax of $134 million and saw its annual turnover increase by $113 million to $575 million.
- Liverpool’s Chairman Tom Werner is a key figure within Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group (FSG) ownership structure and has been since its majority shareholder John W. Henry purchased Liverpool in 2010 for £300 million (379 million).
- FSG — which also owns Major League Baseball world champions the Boston Red Sox has since seen its investment in the English Premier League soccer team increase to be worth an estimated $2 billion.
4. National Basketball League’s 2019 Draft will have Zion Williamson picked first by the New Orleans Pelicans but what will happen next.
- The second pick the Memphis Grizzlies should be Ja Morant from Murray State. The 6-3, 175 lbs., sophomore guard, who averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game. Drafting Morant will give the Grizzlies an answer after the move Mike Conley Jr.
- The New York Knicks with the third pick will select RJ Barrett. Barrett projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. But he lost that label shortly after Williamson came on the scene. Barrett is 6-7 202lbs, freshman from Duke who averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 35.3 minutes per game and scored more points (860) than any freshman in ACC history.
The rest of my 2019 NBA Mock Draft 1.0
- LA Lakers – De’Andre Hunter | Virginia | So. | 6-7 | 225
- Cleveland Cavs – Jarrett Culver | Texas Tech | So. | 6-7 | 194
- Phoenix Suns – Darius Garland | Vanderbilt | Fr | 6-2 | 175
- Chicago Bulls – Coby White | N. Carolina | Fr | 6-5 | 191
- Atlanta Hawks – Nassir Little | N. Carolina | Fr | 6-6 | 224
- Washington Wizards – Sekou Doumbouya | France | 6-9 | 209
- Atlanta Hawks – Jaxson Hayes | Texas | Fr | 6-11 | 220
- Minnesota Timberwolves – Cam Reddish | Duke | Fr | 6-8 | 208
- Charlotte Hornets – Romeo Langford | Indiana | Fr | 6-6 | 215
- Miami Heat – PJ Washington | Kentucky | Soph | 6-8 | 230
- Boston Celtics – Brandon Clarke | Gonzaga | Jr | 6-8 | 207
- Detroit Pistons – Tyler Herro | Kentucky | Fr | 6-6 | 192
- Orlando Magic – Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Va. Tech | Soph | 6-5 | 204
- Brooklyn Nets – Bol Bol | Oregon | Fr | 7-2 | 208
- Indiana Pacers – Rui Hachimura | Gonzaga | Jr | 6-8 | 230
- San Antonio Spurs – Keldon Johnson | Kentucky | Fr | 6-6 | 216
- Boston Celtics – Ty Jerome | Virginia | Jr | 6-5 | 194
- OKC Thunder – Cameron Johnson | N. Carolina | Sr | 6-9 | 205
- Boston Celtics – Kevin Porter Jr. | USC | Fr | 6-6 | 216
- Utah Jazz – Admiral Schofield | Tennessee | Sr | 6-5 | 241
- Philadelphia 76ers – Luguentz Dort | Arizona St. | Fr | 6-4 | 222
- Portland Trailblazers – Grant Williams | Tennessee | Jr | 6-7 | 240
- Cleveland Cavs – Goga Bitadze | Georgia | 6-11 | 245
- Brooklyn Nets – KZ Okpala | Stanford | Soph | 6-9 | 210
- Golden State Warriors – Carsen Edwards | Purdue | Jr | 6-0 | 199
- San Antonio Spurs – Dylan Windler | Belmont | Sr | 6-8 | 196
- Milwaukee Bucks – Eric Paschall | Villanova | Sr | 6-7 | 254