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June 18th, 2019

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1. What’s New

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Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday’s championship parade and rally. For now, however, the two-way star and two-time NBA Finals MVP isn’t saying whether he’ll use it to keep a door open or close it behind him and move on.

Police in Canada are looking for a fourth person and haven’t recovered the gun involved in a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors that left four people wounded and sent thousands fleeing less than a block from where the players and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat on stage.

The Celtics’ prospects for improving their roster this summer don’t appear as promising as they used to be. But Boston still has a valuable collection of assets that other teams could covet in the offseason, which makes a blockbuster trade possible. But who should the Celtics trade for, now that Davis is headed to Los Angeles?

When Kyrie Irving declared a week before the trade deadline that he didn’t owe anybody, he inadvertently provided the Los Angeles Lakers leverage in their trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans surrounding Anthony Davis.

Reddit’s go-to source for streaming video links to NBA games is no more. On Monday, the site quietly killed the popular r/NBAStreams subreddit, which gave basketball fans links to streaming video for all NBA games. There was no immediate explanation, but visitors to the page were met with a message that read “This subreddit was banned under Reddit’s Repeat Copyright Infringement Policy.”

During a recent appearance at the New England Patriots’ home field of Gillette Stadium, Rob Gronkowski commented on the various rumors suggesting that he would soon be returning to the Patriots and ending his retirement.

An enormous amount of money was poured into the professional sports market in 2018. One-hundred and six sports franchises worldwide are valued at more than $1 billion each and profit millions of dollars every year.

Police in South Carolina have put out a missing person advisory for former Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers running back Rod Smart. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says that Smart — perhaps best known for his “He Hate Me” jersey in the XFL — was last seen Wednesday in Indian Land, South Carolina.

Noah Syndergaard has reportedly suffered a strained right hamstring — an injury that could keep the New York Mets ace out for up to two months. Syndergaard was yanked from Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals after hurting his right leg. The Mets pitcher rubbed the back of his thigh as he was looked at by trainers, then left for the clubhouse in the middle of an at-bat.

Later this month, on June 20th, Gatorade will debut a new augmented reality lens on Snapchat. A follow up to the PepsiCo beverage brand’s current creative, “Sisters in Sweat,” a short film that follows a young girl through a fantastical animated world where her sole focus is her soccer ball, the AR lens will allow Snapchat users to immerse themselves in that world, too.

Forbes recently released its list of the highest-paid athletes in the world, Opens a New Window, but some of the most well-known players actually make more from endorsements than the sports they play.

Tennis star Roger Federer, whose fifth on the list, took in $7.4 million in salary/winnings but $86 million in endorsements. Federer has partnerships with Rolex, Credit Suisse and Mercedes-Benz. He recently signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with Uniqlo, proving he’s a force in marketing.

The governing body of track argued in court that Caster Semenya is “biologically male” and that is the reason she should reduce her natural testosterone to be allowed to compete in female competitions.

Venus Williams is joining forces with Shop with Golf, NBCUniversal’s first-of-its-kind content commerce platform with GOLF Channel, to bring her EleVen by Venus Williams line to female golfers everywhere beginning today.

In the three years after the U.S. women’s soccer team won the 2015 World Cup, U.S. women’s games generated more total revenue than U.S. men’s games, according to audited financial reports from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to the desert nation of Qatar took former soccer superstar and top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning.

A 5-year-old horse died of a suspected heart attack during a race at Laurel Park, the 12th racehorse to die in Maryland this year. The Baltimore Sun reports the mare named Follow the Petals collapsed on Sunday immediately after she had taken the lead in her race. The jockey was unharmed.

The Major League Soccer Players Association has released the salaries for players for the 2019-2020 season. With an average base salary of $345,867 for senior roster non-designated players in 2019-2020, the league has seen the average base salary for its players grow by 150% in the last five years.

The D.C. Lottery on Friday posted its proposed sports betting regulations and if there is any news, it is this: Betting on D.C. college teams or events, in the District or out, would be prohibited. Whether or not college sports could be bet on was not addressed in the law.

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Kansas head coach Bill Self watches over practice on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Teams practiced and gave interviews to media members before Thursday’s opening round games.

Count Kansas basketball coach Bill Self in the group of people unsure of whether KU will be one of the programs receiving a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA later this summer.

Speaking with reporters at Monday’s Bill Self Basketball Camp, Self offered his input on last week’s report from CBS Sports that quoted NCAA vice president for regulatory affairs, Stan Wilcox, as saying, “at least six Division I men’s basketball programs” would be receiving notices this summer in the wake of a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting.

Wichita State has dismissed Teddy Allen after he was arrested last week following a disturbance at a woman’s home. Athletic director Darron Boatright said Tuesday he and Coach Gregg Marshall wished Allen well but decided his dismissal was best for the basketball program.

Bellarmine University, a private Catholic college in Louisville, is moving to NCAA Division I and joining the Atlantic Sun Conference. The move will elevate most of the university’s athletic programs to Division I status beginning in the summer of 2020.

Revenue generated by UConn’s athletic department covered less than half of the department’s expenses during the 2018 fiscal year, according to the school’s annual NCAA financial statement.

The athletic department incurred $80,905,645 in expenses in 2018, down slightly from 2017, while generating $40,418,969 in revenue, also down from 2017. The school’s sports programs were once again heavily subsidized by the university, receiving more than $8.5 million in student fees and more than $30 million in additional institutional support.

Joe Curtatone’s feud with Barstool Sports is headed to court. The Somerville mayor announced Monday afternoon that he had filed a civil lawsuit against podcaster Kirk Minihane and his new employer, Barstool, after the former WEEI radio host recorded a telephone interview with him while pretending to be a Boston Globe columnist.

Wouldn’t your life be easier if you were a millionaire or a multi-millionaire? Maybe not. It hasn’t worked for some of the most highly-paid professional athletes in recent history. Some partied too hard. Some had big hearts for their friends and families. Most had little to no experience managing large sums of money. These and more challenges caused havoc in the personal and professional lives of athletes.

India and Pakistan have a fraught relationship at the best of times, but when it comes to cricket, the competition takes on a whole different agenda, where it stands unrivaled at the biggest fixture the world has to offer.

Political and diplomatic tensions will be put to one side on June 16 when the two nations meet at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England in a match which could be watched by more than one billion people.


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