Sports That Matters
June 24th, 2019
1. What’s New
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles during batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
After the New York Mets fined their manager and pitcher Jason Vargas for their expletive-filled confrontation with a reporter following a weekend loss, Mikey Callaway stopped short of saying he was sorry for the incident during his first meeting with the media on Monday.
Callaway cursed at Newsday beat reporter Tim Healey and Vargas had to be restrained from charging him in the cramped Wrigley Field clubhouse after a 5-3 loss on Sunday. There was no physical contact.
In other New York Mets‘ news the front office has dictated at least some pitching moves during games this season. The New York Post was the first to report the unusual machinations, citing a specific incident on June 1, when Jacob deGrom was removed from a game while dealing with a hip cramp.
Los Angeles Dodgers say they’re studying how to improve the protective netting after a young girl was hit in the head by a liner from slugger Cody Bellinger. The fan was hit Sunday and taken to a hospital for precautionary tests.
On Monday, the team said in a statement that it began looking last offseason into how the netting at Dodger Stadium could be reconfigured. The team said it will put the recommended changes into effect and extend the netting. The Dodgers provided no timeline or details on possible changes.
St. Louis Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks has a torn elbow ligament and the team says it’s determining what to do with the hardest-throwing pitcher in the majors.
The Cardinals said Monday the right-hander has a torn ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that usually leads to Tommy John surgery. The rocket-armed Hicks has hit 105 mph with fastballs this season and routinely reaches triple digits with his heater.
Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead two-run homer, Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura and Jay Bruce also went deep and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 13-7 Monday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak.
Jimmy Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, and Michigan beat Vanderbilt 7-4 in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals Monday night.
The Wolverines (50-20), who barely got into the NCAA Tournament after a poor finish to the regular season, are seeking the school’s first baseball championship since 1962. Ohio State is the last Big Ten school to take home the title, winning it all in 1966. Game 2 is Tuesday night.
Golden State general manager Bob Myers plans to meet with both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson ahead of the start of free agency this weekend.
With less than a week to go to the start of free agency, the Boston Celtics have seen enough to know that Kyrie Irving isn’t going to re-sign with the franchise, so they have already made his number 11 available to rookies.
A former top Sacramento Kings executive was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for siphoning $13.4 million from the team. Jeffrey David, 44, the team’s former chief revenue officer, pleaded guilty in December to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith hasn’t abandoned hope of playing football again after suffering a devastating leg injury in November — even though he will have an external fixator on his right leg for at least another month.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who has been banned from the team’s training facility amid a child abuse investigation, is scheduled to meet with NFL officials in Kansas City on Wednesday.
The 2028 Summer Games will see host city Los Angeles record a profit of at least $1 billion, mayor Eric Garcetti told a sports summit on Monday.
Former UFC champion Jose Aldo, arguably the greatest featherweight in the history of mixed martial arts, will not retire in 2019 after all.
2. National Basketball League post-season honors, calling the ceremony the NBA version of the Golden Globes!
The biggest names in pro basketball are gathering for the annual NBA Awards show. Shaquille O’Neal presides over the festivities Monday night from Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.
Shaquille O’Neal, who is hosting the NBA Awards, planted a kiss on Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss on the red carpet.
Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during the two-hour show airing on TNT.
Giannis Antetokounmpo finally received his official coronation as one of the premier talents in the league as the 2019 Most Valuable Player.
Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz has won Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season at the NBA Awards. The 26-year-old center from France beat out Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee and Paul George of Oklahoma City.
Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer has won Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career at the NBA Awards. He guided the Bucks to a 60-22 record in the regular season in his first year with the franchise, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to eventual NBA champion Toronto. Budenholzer beat out Denver’s Mike Malone and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards has received the NBA Cares Community Assist honor at the NBA Awards. The guard accepted the award accompanied by two young boys he has worked with in the Washington area.
Beal urged his fellow NBA players to give back to youth, calling them the future. He reminded the league that kids look up to the players as role models “whether we like it or not.”
Lou Williams has won the Sixth Man of the Year at the NBA Awards for the second season in a row and third time in his career. The guard also won last year with the Los Angeles Clippers. His first honor came in 2015 with Toronto.
Williams beat out teammate Montrezl Harrell, with whom he formed the highest-scoring bench duo in NBA history last season, and Domantas Sabonis of Indiana.
Mike Conley Jr., newly traded to the Utah Jazz, has won Teammate and Sportsmanship of the Year honors at the NBA Awards. Conley earned the awards for his 12-year tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Conley called the awards the result of respect from his peers in the league. He thanked his parents for the way he was raised.
Pascal Siakam of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors has won the Most Improved Player at the NBA Awards.
The 25-year-old from Cameroon averaged 16.9 points and started 79 of 80 regular-season games for the Raptors in his third year with the team.
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks has won Rookie of the Year at the NBA Awards. The 20-year-old small forward from Slovenia accepted his trophy from RJ Barrett, who went to the New York Knicks as the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft last week.
3. WNBA news, notes and results.
The Indiana Fever had quite an adventure getting back home after finishing off a three-game road trip in Seattle this weekend. Suffice to say, Fever veteran Natalie Achonwa didn’t expect the trip would involve an 8 ½-hour bus haul.
Daniel Escott and Max Abrahams, both partners at the New Media Group advertising agency, have been developing the bid for a WNBA team in Toronto for several months and have been boosted by the Raptors’ recent success.
When Los Angeles Sparks coach Derek Fisher posted a photo on Instagram of his players waiting at the Minneapolis airport after a win over the Minnesota Lynx earlier this month.
Jewell Loyd scored 21 points, including the go-ahead basket with 24.6 seconds left, to lift the Seattle Storm to a 65-61 win over the Indiana Fever on Sunday.
Leilani Mitchell scored 22 points in her first start of the season and the Phoenix Mercury handed the Los Angeles Sparks their fourth-straight loss with an 82-72 victory Sunday.
Cheyenne Parker scored 22 points and the Chicago Sky ended the Connecticut Sun seven-game winning streak with a 95-73 victory Sunday.
Elena Delle Donne scored eight of her 21 points in a game-changing 14-0 run to start the second half and the Washington Mystics rolled to an 89-73 win over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.
Reserve Dearica Hamby scored 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting and Las Vegas’ strong second quarter propelled the Aces past Dallas, 86-68 on Saturday night.