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June 29th, 2019

Welcome back, hope your weekend is a great one!

1. On this day in sports.

  • 1950 US beats England 1-0 in a world cup soccer game (next win in 1994).
  • 1958 FIFA World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Vavá & Pelé each score 2 goals as Brazil beats Sweden, 5-2.
  • 1984 Pete Rose plays in record 3,309th game, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski.
  • 1986 Sparky Anderson is 1st to win 600 games as manager in both leagues.
  • 1994 NBA Draft: Purdue small forward Glenn Robinson first pick by Milwaukee Bucks.

2. What’s New.

Magic Johnson says he received word that Kawhi Leonard had an interest in speaking with him as the free agent prepares to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers but that he is not permitted by NBA rules to be part of official team meetings with prospective free agents.

Golden State’s Kevin Durant is planning to engage four teams in discussions upon the opening of NBA free agency on Sunday — the Brooklyn NetsLA ClippersNew York Knicks and Warriors,

The Golden State Warriors are planning to offer All-Star guard Klay Thompson a five-year, $190 million maximum contract when free agency opens Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

The Brooklyn Nets have extended a qualifying offer to D’Angelo Russell, making the point guard a restricted free agent.

Ersan Ilyasova will likely be one of possibly multiple casualties for the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason. The Bucks are looking to move the 6-foot-10 power forward in order to clear up cap space, which they’ll need to re-sign impending free agents Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton.

The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly extended a qualifying offer to big man Ivica Zubac, Zubac now becomes a restricted free agent. The center can sign an offer sheet with another team if he wants to and then the Clippers would have 48 hours to match the deal or let Zubac walk.

A sports radio host has lost his job after a comment he made about Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid and his family stirred outrage.Union Broadcasting announced that it had reached a mutual agreement to part ways with Kevin Kietzman.

Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Aaron Neary has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata, who had 6.5 sacks over the past two seasons, is being suspended one game for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso, whose 28 home runs rank second in the majors, said he has accepted an invitation to take part in the Home Run Derby on July 8 in Cleveland.

The Milwaukee Brewers made a flurry of roster moves before Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, including recalling top prospect Keston Hiura and sending down veteran Travis Shaw.

The Chicago Cubs watched their best pitcher in June walk off the mound after throwing a warm-up pitch before the bottom of the second inning on Friday, as veteran Cole Hamels left the game with an injury to his “left side,” according to the team.

The Chicago White Sox placed shortstop Tim Anderson the 10-day injured list with a right high ankle sprain and designated first baseman/designated hitter Yonder Alonso for assignment before Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

The Cincinnati Reds  activated Scooter Gennett from the injured list Friday and had him in the lineup at second base for the opening game of a series against the National League Central-leading Cubs.

The Houston Astros have placed right-hander Brad Peacock on the 10-day injured list with shoulder discomfort.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested the man behind the shooting of baseball great David Ortiz in an apparent case of mistaken identity. Police said Víctor Hugo Gómez was detained in the Caribbean country. Gómez was living in the U.S. and described him as a dangerous fugitive, adding that he was an associate of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have extended the contracts of impending restricted free agents Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, shoring up a second and third line that helped the Maple Leafs net a triple-digit point total for consecutive seasons.

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired defenseman Colin Miller from the Vegas Golden Knights for a pair of draft picks, the Sabres announced.

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic to a two-year contract.

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Thursday that they have bought out the final year of veteran forward Patrick Marleau‘s contract.

The St. Louis Blues have re-signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a two-year, $3.5 million contract, the team announced.

P.K. Subban and Patrick Marleau were both traded during the 2019 NHL draft last weekend. Or, perhaps you know them by their more popular names: Nine Million Dollars Against the Cap Through 2022 and Six Point Five Million Dollars Against the Cap Through 2020. They are human beings, virtually converted into currency. They are treated like commodities. This is what a salary cap does.

Michigan added its seventh commitment in four days when ESPN 300 wide receiver A.J. Henning announced for the Wolverines on Wednesday. Michigan held an important recruiting weekend that began Saturday, as some of its top targets visited Ann Arbor. Entering the weekend, the Wolverines were outside the top 15 in the class rankings, sitting at No. 17 overall.

Mick Cronin recently sat in his Santa Monica living room, feet up and cigar in mouth, the Pacific Ocean visible through a window and the NBA playoffs airing on a large TV in his new digs.

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