Sports That Matters
June 26th, 2019
1. What’s New
Once free agency starts on Sunday, the Rockets are planning to recruit Jimmy Butler to push the Philadelphia 76ers for a sign-and-trade deal that would allow the All-Star forward to join James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston.
Kumar Rocker struck out 11 while pitching 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball, and Vanderbilt got to Michigan’s shaky bullpen in a 4-1 win in Game 2 of the College World Series finals Tuesday night.
Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten said discussions have been ongoing since last year when the netting was extended to the far ends of the dugouts and plans will be announced “in the next couple weeks” to extend the netting even farther.
The principal owner of the Tampa Bay Rays says it’s unrealistic for his team to play full time in the Tampa Bay area, and a shared season with Montreal is the best option.
The St. Louis Blues made official Tuesday what everyone had expected the moment Craig Berube led St. Louis to a remarkable turnaround capped by the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.
Hayley Wickenheiser was a lock to make the Hockey Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility and is the headliner of the induction class of 2019.
The Canadian hockey star was announced as part of the six-member class Tuesday that includes former NHL players Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Czech hockey star Vaclav Nedomansky and sport builders Jim Rutherford and Jerry York.
In 2018, Tom Brady and Dak Prescott were the only players in the NFL to break $2 million in royalties.
While the prospect has been on investors’ radar for sometime now, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is now aggressively positioning itself to be the “Netflix for Games,” a move which puts the +$1 trillion tech giant squarely within investors’ crosshairs.
Budweiser’s sponsorship of the US Women’s National Team has already earned over $180,000 in social impression value for the brand.
The organizers of the Olympic Games have signed a sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola and China Mengniu Dairy worth a combined $3 billion The two brands will jointly sponsor the event between 2021 and 2032, covering six summer and winter games.
UCLA softball player junior pitcher from Palmdale, California, Rachel Garcia has earned the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award. Garcia was presented with the Honda Cup on Monday night in a ceremony at Galen Center on the USC campus.
Gino Gigante opened the Lower East Side’s Waypoint Café, which has become the hub of New York’s community of video-gamers.
NCAA president Mark Emmert recently lobbied two California State Assembly committees to postpone a bill that would allow college athletes to profit off of their names, images and likenesses (NIL). The bill, voted out of the committee Tuesday with five in favor, one not voting and one absent, would be implemented in 2023 if passed.
2. Major League Baseball news, notes and results.
DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back homers to begin the bottom of the first inning, giving the Yankees a major league-record 28 straight games with a long ball, and New York held off the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Tuesday night.
Manny Machado turned his butterflies into a big fly. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a walk in San Diego’s 8-3 win. The San Diego Padres star received a roaring, 40-second ovation from the crowd of 21,644, nearly double the average Tuesday night draw at Camden Yards this season.
Hunter Dozier‘s grand slam capped Kansas City’s five-run rally in the ninth inning off Brad Hand, Cleveland’s previously perfect All-Star closer, as the Royals rallied for an 8-6 win over the Indians on Tuesday night.
Max Scherzer had his worst outing of the season the last time he visited Marlins Park. Scherzer struck out 10 in eight innings and won his fifth straight start, leading the Washington Nationals over the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Jesse Chavez pitched into the seventh in his longest outing in over two years, and the Rangers became the latest visiting team to win in Detroit, beating the Tigers 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Madison Bumgarner struck out 11 batters in six innings and also drove in a run with an RBI single that helped lead the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Steven Wright veteran knuckleballer remains focused on helping put his Boston Red Sox teammates in the best position possible for another World Series run. Wright is ineligible to pitch in the playoffs after testing positive for growth hormone releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2) last offseason and serving an 80-game suspension.
Reigning American League Cy Young winner Blake Snell was knocked out in the fourth inning of the Tampa Bay Rays‘ 9-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, the third straight outing in which the ace lefty has failed to get past the third inning.