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June 6th, 2019
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1. What’s New
The 3-point line is moving back in men’s college basketball. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced Wednesday that the arc will be moved to 22 feet, 1 ¾ inches for the 2019-20 season, matching the international distance. The change will not go into effect in Division II and III until 2020-21 due to the potential financial impact on schools.
Bill Snyder, 79, sat down with ESPN and talked at length about life after football in his first extensive public comments since the Kansas University announced last December that Snyder would retire.
Major League Soccer, once shunned by the international football community, is gaining respect thanks to its steady growth in popularity and new stadium projects.
Three years into its new stadium, Orlando City has its first-ever naming rights partner thanks to a new deal struck between the club and Exploria Resorts.
Las Vegas renewed push for MLS has gotten an additional boost with the interest of Vegas Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley. Recent discussions have focused on the MLS team potentially playing a renovated Cashman Field. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Foley would like to place the team at the new Oakland Raiders NFL stadium.
The PGA Tour will add the island of Bermuda to its 2019-20 schedule. The Bermuda Championship is scheduled for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Port Royal Golf Course.
With the final, best-of-seven series between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors gridlocked at a game apiece, marketers at the NBA and its broadcast partners ESPN and Turner are still grappling with the unpredictability of planning their media during the postseason.
Live sports streaming service FloSports has raised $47 million from investors including current partner Discovery Inc. to grow its coverage of new and existing sports.
Professional sports leagues and players came out with their wish list of conditions they would like to see imposed on legal sports betting in Massachusetts.
Jeopardy had never seen a contestant like James Holzhauer before. During his 32-game win streak, which ended Monday night, the 34-year-old professional sports gambler piled up nearly $2.5 million in prize money.
NASCAR and Amazon Web Services have teamed in a new deal that will see the cloud computing company become NASCAR’s preferred cloud computing, cloud machine learning and cloud artificial intelligence provider.
The update provided by Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner in a statement Wednesday night on the 57-year-old Gilbert, who remains hospitalized after falling ill and suffering a stroke on May 26.
2. Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Oakland seemed like the Warriors didn’t want to win the game. Raptors go up 2-1 with a 123-109 victory over the Warriors.
Photo:Tony Avelar/Associated Press
Six Raptors scored in double figures. Kyle Lowry had 23 points and nine assists for the Raptors, who are making their NBA Finals debut. Pascal Siakam had 18 points, while Marc Gasol finished with 17, and Fred VanVleet had 11.
Stephen Curry recorded an NBA Playoffs career-high 47 points (14-31 FG, 6-14 3pt FG), alongside 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
Draymond Green‘s streak of double-doubles ended at a career-best six games.
Game 4 is set to take place on Friday, June 7th at 9:00pm ET on ABC at Oracle Arena.
The series returns to Toronto for Game 5 on Monday. A Game 6, if necessary, would be back in Oakland.
Miami forward James Johnson and guard Dion Waiters are considered available on the trade market. The team is looking to move at least one contract with multiple years remaining this summer. (READ) by E.Jay Zarett
Darius Bazley’s trail is one never taken, but it appears he’s blazed it unerringly. A year ago Bazley was ticketed for Syracuse as a five-star forward out of Cincinnati when it was announced he would bypass college to play in the G League. (READ) by Keith Langlois
The Crossover presents its fully-updated list of the top 100 prospects. Between our own in-person evaluations, break downs of statistics and film, and intel from ongoing conversations with NBA personnel, these rankings aim to present an accurate picture of each player’s value. (READ) by Jeremy Woo
The New Orleans Pelicans are set to make the first pick in the NBA Draft for the second time in franchise history. In 2012, the Pelicans selected six-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis with the top pick. (READ) by NBA.com
The Washington Wizards will work out six 2019 NBA Draft prospects on Thursday: Marques Bolden (Duke), Armoni Brooks (Houston), Tre Campbell (South Carolina), Matur Maker (Australia), Nick Perkins (Buffalo), and LaGerald Vick (Kansas). Tremount Waters (LSU) will also be in the building for a visit on Thursday but will not work out. (READ) by NBA.com
The calendar has turned to June, meaning the next destination for a few Tennessee Volunteers will become clear a little later this month. The Vols are likely set to see at least two players drafted this year, with both Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield popping up in mock drafts everywhere. (READ) by
Esports are no longer a “new thing.” The esports industry is firmly established now, and it’s still growing a rapid rate.
New leagues, teams, and channels are popping up constantly. This is proving to be very attractive to investors such as big brands and media.
Just a one-year period between 2016 and 2017 saw more than 600 esports sponsorship agreements made. For now, technology, gaming, and consumer electronics seem to be dominating the market. (READ) by Elias Wagner
eSports can trace its roots back to groups of friends hosting LAN parties and playing video games into the late hours of the night. But today, it has become a full-fledged industry, an official network of professional gaming tournaments and leagues.
The eSports market is currently valued at approximately $900 million, and that number will only grow in the coming years. With every passing tournament, the prizes get richer and the views increase. (READ) by Andrew Meola
As many sports betting enthusiasts know, you can bet on anything and for anything. In the world of eSports (electronic sports), that “for” includes “skin betting,” a form of wagering for virtual currency that just recently became legal and regulated in the Isle of Man, which is located between England and Ireland. (READ) by Brett Smiley
5. Craig Kimbrel signs deal with the Chicago Cubs after a seven month long hold out and the days highlights.
The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a three-year, $43 million deal, ending a seven-month-long free agency for one of baseball’s best bullpen arms. Craig Kimbrel will earn $10 million this season and $16 million in 2020 and 2021. There is a $1 million buyout on a club/vesting option for the fourth year.
Andrew Haseley and Andrew McCutchen shared a quiet moment in the Philadelphia clubhouse on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Heasley made his big league debut a day earlier because of McCutchen’s season-ending knee injury. Phillies rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the San Diego Padres 7-5.
Trea Turner saved the Washington Nationals after another bullpen meltdown. Turner homered with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Nationals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Wednesday to extend a winning streak to four for the first time since early September.
Chris Sale tossed a three-hitter for his third career shutout, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Devers drove in three runs apiece, and the Boston Red Sox trounced the woeful Kansas City Royals 8-0.
Jason Vargas pitched his first shutout in two years, Amed Rosario hit a three-run homer and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 7-0 Wednesday night despite losing Robinson Cano hours after his return from the injured list.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Zack Britton in a five-run eighth inning, Randal Grichuk had a pair of homers and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Yankees 11-7 on Wednesday night and send New York to its first three-game losing streak since early April.
The Toronto Blues Jays has selected Florida high school pitcher Braden Halladay, a son of the late Roy Halladay, in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball draft the round matching his father’s Blue Jays uniform number.
6. National Hockey League 2019 Stanley Cup Finals tied 2-2 moves to Boston for Game 5.
Photo: Boston Herald
Matt Grzelcyk, who suffered a concussion on a bad head shot from the Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist late in the first period of Game 2, was on the ice at the Garden. And while he took the sheet wearing a red no-contact jersey, it quickly became apparent he wasn’t going to be limited. (READ) by Steve Conroy
Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t speculate whether injured captain Zdeno Chara is out for Thursday’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Chara, 42, suffered what appeared to be a significant injury early in the second period of Game 4 when he was struck in the face by a shot by Blues forward Brayden Schenn. (READ) by Kevin Allen
With the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs reaching a crescendo, there are plenty of betting opportunities for each game. Our experts — Emily Kaplan, Chris Peters, Ben Arledge and Greg Wyshynski — will be here each day throughout the Stanley Cup Final, giving their best bets for each game. (READ) by Emily Kaplan, Chris Peters and Greg Wyshynski
Coming into the Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins had an edge on the St. Louis Blues in just about every statistical category. You name it, it leaned toward the Bruins: power play, goaltending, scoring and more. (READ) by Sachin Dave Chandan