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August 19, 2019

On this day in sports…

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2018 Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Cincinnati Masters to become the first player to win all 9 Masters 1,000 tennis tournaments since the series started in 1990

2016 Kiley Neushul scores 3 goals as the US women’s water polo team routs Italy 12-5 to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and retain their Olympic title

2004 American swimmer Michael Phelps wraps up the 200/400m individual medley double at the Athens Olympics when he wins the 200m (1:57.14 OR) ahead of team mate Ryan Lochte

1997 NY Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs Anaheim

1995 Mike Tyson returns to the ring & DQs Peter McNeeley in 38 seconds

1984 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Shoal Creek: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd PGA C’ship by 4 shots from Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins

1983 LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting

1980 George Brett ends hitting streak at 30

1969 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0

1969 Happy Birthday Kirk Herbstreit, American football analyst (College GameDay)

1960 Happy Birthday Morten Andersen, NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons)

1957 NY Giants vote 8-1 to move their franchise to SF in 1958

1921 Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits

1909 Indianapolis 500 race track opens

What’s new…

Content creation for today’s athletes is what owning a bar was years ago. An investment platform, hopefully managed by people who know what they are doing. (READ MORE)

“Friday Night Stripes,” the livestreaming series of high school football games on Twitter, is coming back for a second season later this month. (READ MORE)

As ESPN gets back to basics under relatively new network president Jimmy Pitaro, it means its NBA coverage is more like 24/7/365 scoopmeister Adrian Wojnarowski than it is like punching-the-clock host Michelle Beadle. That is the main reason Beadle no longer fits in at ESPN. (READ MORE)

ESPN is making some further moves to emphasize their sports gambling content. Back on March 11, they launched the Monday-Friday gambling show Daily Wager, hosted by Doug Kezirian. Now, with football season around the corner, the network is adding a Sunday version of the show and also shifting the show to higher-distribution ESPN2. (READ MORE)

Brett Yormark, chief executive of the Brooklyn Nets and its Barclays Center home arena, is stepping down, the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise has confirmed.

Yormark’s decision comes with the Nets set for new ownership with Joseph Tsai, co-founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, having agreed to buy the remaining 51 per cent of the franchise. (READ MORE)

Six years after leaving the Lakers, Dwight Howard may be about to return, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. L.A. is expected to seek permission to talk to the veteran center, and there is reportedly “mutual interest” in a reunion. (READ MORE)

The perfect roster is an elusive thing. Prioritize one area of your team and you might end up shorthanded in another. This is especially true within the constraints of the salary cap, where you are naturally restricted in the types of players you can pursue. Still, trying to construct the perfect NBA roster is a worthwhile endeavor, and just as we did last year, we are going to attempt the feat again. (READ MORE)

Just a few months ago, Emily Parslow was wrapping up a superb basketball career at Sage College, where her shooting exploits thrust the guard to the top of several record lists. This season, Parslow will be teaching some of the techniques that got her there. The recently turned 22-year-old is part of a basketball youth movement at Gloversville High School that includes both players and its new varsity girls’ head coach. (READ MORE)

PHOTO: Titans QB Marcus Mariota, scoring Saturday against New England in a preseason game, is a superb runner. Since entering the league, he has rushed for 1,270 yards, the fifth-best total among QBs since 2015. Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Who is Marcus Mariota? Is he a dynamic talent capable of lifting a franchise to the next level? Or is he merely a serviceable game manager with a limited ceiling? These are the questions the Tennessee Titans must answer in 2019. (READ MORE)

Lamar Jackson might be scrambling up fantasy football players’ draft boards. Your fantasy football draft is quickly approaching. Study up! (READ MORE)

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