Tribune News Service
Sports Budget for Monday, May 20, 2019
Updated at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 UTC)
This budget is now available at http://www.TribuneNewsService.com, with direct links to stories and art. See details at the end of the budget.
^’There shouldn’t be any barriers’: Some NBA hopefuls are bypassing college and carving paths less traveled to fulfill dreams<
BKN-NBAHOPEFULS-SPORTSPLUS:TB — Darius Bazley isn’t out to change the college basketball landscape or even inspire other young players.
As a potential preps-to-pros player and former five-star recruit, the 6-foot-9 forward from Cincinnati is a unique athlete trying to win over NBA scouts without having played last season.
He decommitted from Syracuse. He reneged on his initial idea to play in the G League. Unlike other players in the past who skipped college looking for an alternate route to the NBA, he didn’t play overseas for a year either.
1000 by Shannon Ryan in Chicago. MOVED
^Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott cuffed, but not arrested in Las Vegas; interrupts his quiet offseason<
^FBN-COWBOYS-ELLIOTT:FT—< The quiet and incident-free offseason of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has come to an end.
TMZ Sports has released a video of Elliott being handcuffed at a music festival in Las Vegas early Saturday morning after allegedly pushing a security guard to the ground.
Elliott was not arrested or charged and returned to Dallas in time for his youth football camp Sunday afternoon at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas.
500 by Clarence E. Hill Jr. in Frisco, Texas. MOVED
^Bill Plaschke: Magic Johnson makes Lakers situation messier by citing Rob Pelinka’s ‘betrayal'<
^BKN-PLASCHKE-COLUMN:LA—<Magic Johnson has once again performed the seemingly impossible.
He has just made the Lakers messier.
In an interview on ESPN’s “First Take” talk show Monday — mere hours before the Lakers were scheduled to hold a news conference to introduce new coach Frank Vogel — Johnson took a verbal leaf blower to his dysfunctional former employer and stirred up an ugly haze of accusations that left another coat of grime on a once-proud franchise.
900 by Bill Plaschke. MOVED
^Another horse dies at Santa Anita, the 25th since Dec. 26<
^RAC-SANTAANITA-DEATHS:LA—<After six weeks of safe racing and training, Santa Anita had its second horse death in four days when a first-time starter pulled up during a race Sunday and was euthanized Monday. It was the 25th equine death at the Arcadia track since Dec. 26.
Spectacular Music was running in a maiden claiming race restricted to California-breds when jockey Jorge Velez pulled the horse up on the backstretch after leaving the gate in the six-furlong contest. The gelding was vanned off the course and taken to the barns with the hope of saving him after suffering a pelvis injury. However, the extent of the injury was such that it was decided on Monday morning to euthanize the horse.
600 by John Cherwa in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Derrick Goold: Cardinals’ Goldschmidt, Carpenter took similar paths from overlooked prospects to MLB stardom<
BBO-GOOLD-COLUMN:SL — In the months ahead, they and all of baseball would have ample access to Paul Goldschmidt’s numbers as a junior at Texas State — the school-record homers, his thundering OPS, the 88 RBIs, his weight, his height, the vitals — but a Diamondbacks’ area scout wanted his boss to have something earlier than other teams: access to Paul Goldschmidt.
So he invited both of them to lunch.
1700 by Derrick Goold in Arlington, Texas. MOVED
^Yoenis Cespedes fractures ankle in accident at his ranch, Mets say<
^BBN-METS-CESPEDES:HK—<Yoenis Cespedes’ timetable for his return to the Mets just became much more unclear.
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Monday that Cespedes fractured his ankle during an accident at his ranch. Van Wagenen, who was joined in a press conference by Jeff Wilpon and Mickey Callaway, said the team hopes to have an update soon on Cespedes’ status moving forward.
150 by Abbey Mastracco. MOVED
^Brodie Van Wagenen puts support behind Mickey Callaway as Mets manager ‘now and going forward'<
^BBN-METS-VANWAGENEN-CALLAWAY:ND—<Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen put his support behind manager Mickey Callaway in a news conference on Monday, addressing the media ahead of the series opener against the Nationals at Citi Field.
Van Wagenen said Callaway will remain the Mets’ manager despite the current losing stretch, ending speculation that Callaway could be out of a job, at least for the time being.
“Mickey is our manager now, Mickey is our manager going forward,” Van Wagenen said.
400 by Tim Healey. MOVED
^Rangers Hall-bound Hamilton talks life without baseball<
^BBA-RANGERS-HAMILTON:FT—< Josh Hamilton will be inducted to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, along with former Arlington, Texas mayor Richard Greene, on Aug. 17 before a game against Minnesota Twins, so get tickets now.
Now to the important stuff, catching up with one of the best players in Rangers history.
Hamilton, who hasn’t been seen at Globe Life Park in three years, said on Monday that he is continuing to win his daily battle with addiction while trying to catch up on missed time with his daughters.
850 by Jeff Wilson in Arlington, Texas. MOVED
^Mets’ Robinson Cano sits vs. Nats lefty for rest, not running out grounders<
BBN-METS-CANO:ND — The never-ending story of Robinson Cano not running out ground balls — which premiered in the Bronx more than a decade ago and now is getting a revival in Queens — got another episode Monday.
Manager Mickey Callaway benched Cano against the Nationals, in part, he said, because of eight-time All-Star second baseman’s lack of hustle over the weekend, when he failed to run out a pair of double-play grounders in Miami.
250 by Tim Healey in New York. MOVED
^A’s power their way past Indians in 6-4 loss<
^BBA-ATHLETICS-INDIANS:AK—< The Indians spent nearly all of Monday night trying to play catch-up. In the end, they inched their way to within striking distance but fell short nonetheless in a 6-4 loss to the Oakland A’s at Progressive Field.
The A’s beat up Carlos Carrasco’s slider early on. Carrasco (4-4) was getting enough sings-and-misses with that pitch, but it was also taken deep for a home run twice in the first three innings.
Jurickson Profar in the second inning drove a slider below the zone for a solo shot to right.
500 by Ryan Lewis in Cleveland. MOVED
^Mets snap five-game skid with over Nationals<
BBN-NATIONALS-METS:HK — Washington’s outfield turned and watched Pete Alonso’s bomb fly into the seats in left-center field. His homer was the second in the first inning for the Mets, who showcased the pop that had largely been missing throughout their recent skid.
It came hours after New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Mickey Callaway would be the team’s manager for the “foreseeable future.”
Callaway’s team flopped in Miami, but returned home and took a positive step, beating the Nationals 5-3 on Monday at Citi Field.
700 by Justin Toscano in New York. MOVED
^Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres power Yankees to comeback win over hapless Orioles<
BBA-YANKEES-ORIOLES:HK — Gleyber Torres belted two more home runs against the Orioles, putting the Yankees in reach of another late victory.
Gary Sanchez belted a go-ahead three-run homer in a four-run ninth, lifting the Yankees to a 10-7 win before just 16,457 fans at Camden Yards.
Winners of 11 of their last 14 games, the first-place Yankees (29-17) opened a full game lead on the idle Tampa Bay Rays atop the AL East.
Against the division’s cellar dwellers, the Yankees came all the way back from a 6-1 deficit, due to another ineffective outing by J.A. Happ.
700 by Pete Caldera in Baltimore. MOVED
^Dodgers’ Julio Urias to be activated Tuesday, eight days after accusation of domestic battery<
^BBN-DODGERS-URIAS:LA—<Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias is expected to be reinstated from paid administrative leave and activated Tuesday, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, eight days after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery.
The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly on Urias. The decision was made by the commissioner’s office in coordination with the Major League Baseball Players’ Association as outlined in baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. Once Urias is reinstated, the Dodgers must place him on the active major league roster. They cannot option him to the minor leagues.
500 by Jorge Castillo and Richard Winton in Tampa, Fla. MOVED
^Anthony Rieber: Whether Mets sink or swim, GM Brodie Van Wagenen built the boat<
^BBN-RIEBER-COLUMN:ND—<There’s a theory going around that one reason the Mets didn’t fire the very fireable Mickey Callaway on Monday is he provides cover for general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and chief operating officer Jeff Wlipon — i.e., that if Callaway is gone and the team continues to struggle, people will focus their attention on the front office’s mistakes.
I rejected that theory even before I heard Van Wagenen address the media on Monday afternoon with Wilpon standing nearby in front of a poster of the 1995 Mets yearbook.
650 by Anthony Rieber. MOVED
TNS expects coverage from the following games:
Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.
Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Atlanta at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.
Minnesota at LA Angels, 10:07 p.m.
Arizona at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.
^’Doesn’t have to make sense to anybody but you’: How Panthers’ Cam Newton operates as a mentor<
^FBN-PANTHERS-NEWTON:CH—<The tall, veteran quarterback peered down at the reporters awaiting his thoughts on his team’s recently drafted player at his position.
The politically correct move would be for him to take on a mentorship role with the just-drafted, young quarterback. So when asked about his role in developing the rookie, he responded candidly.
“I’m not worried about developing guys or any of that,” Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco said.
1550 by Marcel Louis-Jacques. MOVED
^Jets’ Adam Gase responds to Mike Maccagnan’s firing: It wasn’t a power struggle<
^FBN-JETS-GASE:HK—<Jets coach Adam Gase made his first public remarks on Monday since general manager Mike Maccagnan was fired last week.
It has been widely reported that Gase and Maccagnan did not get along after only four months on the job. And the perception is that Gase won a power struggle, leading to Maccagnan’s dismissal.
Gase was asked what he thought about that notion.
“I disagree, as far as a power struggle because whoever’s getting hired is going to have the same role,” Gase told reporters.
250 by Andy Vasquez. MOVED
^Eli Manning has ‘no inside scoop’ on Peyton Manning to Jets as GM rumors<
^FBN-GIANTS-MANNING:ND—<New York is the city so nice they named it twice. And when it comes to football, that name could be Manning.
While Eli Manning holds onto his job as the starting quarterback for the Giants, his brother Peyton has been floated in some reports as a candidate to fill the vacant general manager job with the Jets. Adam Gase, the Jets’ head coach and acting general manager, coached Peyton Manning as a player. Peyton Manning vouched for Gase when the Jets asked for his input during their coaching search.
250 by Tom Rock. MOVED
^Brandon Marshall calls new NFL policies to improve pain management and mental health, ‘a start, but not the finish line'<
^FBN-NFLPOLICIES-PAINMANAGEMENT-MARSHALL:FL—<The NFL and NFLPA have created a series of policies to improve the league’s pain management practices, and address the mental health treatment of active players on every team.
The new policies and practices are initiatives NFL receiver Brandon Marshall, who has spent the past decade serving as an advocate for mental health since he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011 while playing for the Miami Dolphins, has spent years advocating for.
800 by Omar Kelly. MOVED
^Bucs release defensive tackle Gerald McCoy<
^FBN-BUCS-MCCOY:PT—< On Monday, the Bucs informed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy he will be released, ending his nine-year career in Tampa Bay.
It came down to two choices for the Bucs and McCoy: pay him or release him.
No hometown discounts. No restructuring his $13-million contract for 2019. If he was going to take less money, it would be to chase a championship with another team.
The final decision was left to the Glazer family which owns the Bucs.
850 by Rick Stroud in Tampa, Fla. MOVED
^Report: After one play, linebacker Reuben Foster suffers season-ending ACL injury<
^FBN-REDSKINS-FOSTER:SA—< Reuben Foster’s 2019 season ended after just one practice rep.
The former 49ers linebacker sustained a season-ending ACL tear, as first reported by NFL Media, during his first play of offseason team activities Monday with Washington.
Washington, of course, claimed Foster just days after he was released by San Francisco last November following his second arrest relating to domestic violence allegations involving his on-again, off-again girlfriend.
250 by Chris Biderman in Santa Clara, Calif. MOVED
^Bob Ford: Doug Pederson will like the Carson Wentz questions for a change when OTAs begin on Tuesday<
^FBN-FORD-COLUMN:PHI—<When last we heard from Eagles coach Doug Pederson, at the team’s rookie minicamp earlier this month, he got so ticked off there was almost steam coming straight up out of his visor, a virtual halo of frustration at the questions he was fielding.
Incredibly enough, the first question — and the second, third, fourth, and probably fifth — were not about whether he thought Sua Opeta could crack the guard rotation this season.
900 by Bob Ford. MOVED
^Julio Jones does not report at start of Falcons’ OTAs<
^FBN-FALCONS-JONES:AT—< Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who was promised a contract extension this offseason, did not report Monday to the start of the team’s organized team activities.
The Falcons, like much of the NFL, were closely monitoring Antonio Brown’s renegotiated contract ($54.1 million with $30.1 million guaranteed) as the likely new bar for wide receivers after he was traded to the Raiders.
300 by D. Orlando Ledbetter in Flowery Branch, Ga. MOVED
^David Murphy: Sixers’ free agency wish list should prioritize a backup center that allows Joel Embiid to play significantly less<
^BKN-MURPHY-COLUMN:PHI—<If you are someone who spent any part of last summer questioning the wisdom of the Sixers’ decision to enter free agency without a full-time general manager, you might have found some validation in a moment that occurred during an end-of-season press conference featuring Josh Harris and Elton Brand last week.
Brand not only acknowledged that the Sixers suffered from a lack of depth down the stretch, but suggested that such a dilemma might have been avoided with a different offseason approach.
900 by David Murphy. MOVED
^Clippers’ brain trust continues to meld in preparation for huge offseason<
BKN-CLIPPERS-FRONTOFFICE:LA — When the Minnesota Timberwolves received permission on April 16 to interview Los Angeles Clippers general manager Michael Winger, it was an unseasonably warm 68 degrees in Minneapolis.
For all Winger could tell, it might well have been another frigid day in the far north.
In the hours after news broke he was a candidate for the Timberwolves’ top front-office job, many close to Winger wanted to talk with him, and not only about what it would mean to run a team.
1150 by Andrew Greif in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Ryan Saunders gets Timberwolves coaching job<
^BKN-TWOLVES-SAUNDERS:MS—<Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas has made one of his most pressing decisions in his new job — and he is keeping Ryan Saunders as head coach.
A source confirmed that Rosas and Saunders are finalizing an agreement for Saunders to be the permanent head coach.
Rosas also made another move in the front office, bringing in Nets director of global scouting Gianluca Pascucci as an assistant general manager, a source confirmed.
550 by Chris Hine. MOVED
^Sixers’ James Ennis to decline player option, become free agent<
^BKN-76ERS-ENNIS:PHI—<The 76ers’ James Ennis will decline his player option for $1.8 million next season and become a free agent, his agent Scott Nichols confirmed.
The news was first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Ennis’ decision was an unsurprising one.
“The 76ers expected this,” Nichols said.
Nichols expressed hope that Ennis could remain with the Sixers.
“He really loved Philly and we are hoping to work something out on a multiyear deal,” Nichols said.
150 by Marc Narducci. MOVED
^Dieter Kurtenbach: The Warriors are not better without Kevin Durant, you just want them to be<
BKN-KURTENBACH-COLUMN:SJ — The Warriors are not better without Kevin Durant.
Anyone who is pushing that narrative is, in essence, saying that the Warriors are better off with an amalgamation of minutes from Jonas Jerebko, Alfonzo McKinnie, and Shaun Livingston instead of 35-plus from perhaps the greatest scorer in NBA history.
No offense to those reserves, who have played well in this series against the Blazers, but that’s a downright a laughable sentiment.
1200 by Dieter Kurtenbach in Portland, Ore. MOVED
^Warriors’ Andre Iguodala to miss Game 4 vs Portland<
BKN-WARRIORS-IGUODALA:SJ — In hopes to improve his health for a presumed NBA Finals run, Andre Iguodala will sit out when the Warriors play the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday because of tightness in his left calf.
“He has a sore left calf,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “So he’s not going to play.”
Iguodala received an MRI on Sunday, and the result came out clean. Still, the Warriors have handled the 35-year-old Iguodala with care all season.
350 by Mark Medina in Portland, Ore. MOVED
TNS expects coverage from the following games:
Golden State at Portland, 9 p.m. EDT
^Hurricanes captain Justin Williams put ‘everything’ into last season, now he has a decision to make<
HKN-HURRICANES-WILLIAMS:RA — The Carolina Hurricanes’ oldest player, and their youngest, both talked about the future Monday.
Justin Williams, team captain, 37 years old, was freshly shaven and freshly energized, the wear and tear of three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs no longer so apparent.
Andrei Svechnikov, 19 years old, again was fresh-faced, his meager attempt at a playoff beard gone as the Canes held their end-of-season media interviews at PNC Arena and packed up to leave.
850 by Chip Alexander in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED
^Staring at elimination (again), Sharks unwavering in their belief<
HKN-SHARKS-ELIMINATIONGAME:SJ — The Clarence Campbell Bowl will be inside Enterprise Center on Tuesday when the Sharks face the St. Louis Blues with their season on the line in Game 6 of the Western Conference final.
The last time the Sharks saw the trophy after a game, they were standing on the ice at SAP Center in 2016, posing for a photo with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after dispatching of the Blues in six games to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final.
800 by Curtis Pashelka in San Jose, Calif. MOVED
^Dismissed FSU quarterback Deondre Francois plans to transfer to FAU<
^FBC-FSU-FRANCOIS-FAU:FL—<A troubled quarterback situation at Florida Atlantic may have found a potential solution: ex-Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois.
Francois plans to transfer to FAU, a source told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Monday.
Francois was dismissed from FSU in February after domestic violence allegations were made against him — and an up-and-down career on the field.
The Francois transfer was first reported by 247 Sports on Monday. Neither FAU nor coach Lane Kiffin have made official comment. Another source denied the transfer was a done deal.
450 by David Furones. MOVED
^Shawn Windsor: In Michigan basketball’s coach search, winning shouldn’t be top priority<
^BKC-WINDSOR-COLUMN:DE—<Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel isn’t just trying to replace a winning basketball coach. He’s trying to find a coach who will keep the program’s established culture intact.
Winning, obviously, is important. But sleeping is more important.
For many U-M alumni and for much of the school’s basketball community — including many former players — the best part of John Beilein’s tenure was that it afforded restful nights.
No one worried about the police blotter. Or the NCAA policing committee. Or whether Beilein would say the wrong thing after a tough loss.
750 by Shawn Windsor. MOVED
^Mark Herrmann: Bethpage Black shined as ‘a special place’ for PGA Championship<
^GLF-HERRMANN-COLUMN:ND—<Bethpage Black will host more PGA Championships if the chief executive officer of the association that runs the tournament has his way. Seth Waugh, the former Long Island resident who is in his first year as head of the PGA of America, said, “It is just a special place.”
When he was asked, on the 18th green Sunday after Brooks Koepka’s victory, whether he would like the major championship to come back to the Black, Waugh did not hesitate for an instant in saying, “Oh, sure. Absolutely.”
650 by Mark Herrmann. MOVED
^Tod Leonard: Get used to it: Brooks Koepka will be majors beast in foreseeable future<
^GLF-LEONARD-COLUMN:SD—< Don’t be a hater.
If there was something we learned from Brooks Koepka’s dominating and then nerve-jangling victory in the PGA Championship on Sunday, it is to step back, put away our biases, and appreciate the history we are seeing.
Koepka is never going to be as eloquent in sharing his thoughts at Rory McIlroy. He doesn’t possess Jason Day’s all-out candor, or Jordan Spieth’s entertaining nervous chatter.
1250 by Tod Leonard in Farmingdale, N.Y. MOVED
^John Clay: Belmont Stakes next for War of Will, but will Derby winner(s) join him?<
^RAC-CLAY-COLUMN:LX—<Of the 450 or so messages trainer Mark Casse received after War of Will won the 144th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, one might have been a bit unexpected.
“I got a very nice email from Gary West,” Casse reported.
West is the owner of Maximum Security, the 3-year-colt who hit the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby only to be disqualified for impeding the path of first War of Will.
700 by John Clay. MOVED
^RECEIVE TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE SPORTS BUDGETS BY EMAIL<
You can now have the Tribune News Service Sports Budget emailed to you each day. Just send an email request to Sports Editors Brian Rene at email@example.com or Sammie Kiesel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to add other recipients, or need a user ID and password for our website, please let us know.
To unsubscribe from this group and to stop receiving emails from it, send an email to email@example.com.
^TCA VIDEO NETWORK<
Tribune News Service distributes video of news, entertainment, business and sports stories. For help with a video, please contact our newsroom at 312-222-4196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some new Web browsers and add-ons to existing Web browsers that are designed to block pop-up advertising may be conflicting with a la carte purchasing on Tribune News Service websites. For more information on this problem and how to prevent it, please visit http://www.mctdirect.com/guide/use/blockpopups.htm
Tribune News Service is available on our Web site ( http://www.TribuneNewsService.com ). Subscribers can access 30 days’ worth of budgets with clickable links to stories and art; stories searchable by subject and category with links to images; and an easy-to-search archive of more than 1 million items — stories, photos, graphics, illustrations, paginated pages and caricatures.
Subscribers who now receive the News Service via AP DataFeature can also have access to these Internet features. To obtain a user ID and password, please call Rick DeChantal at Tribune Content Agency, 1-866-280-5210, Ext. 4544 or email email@example.com.
Tribune News Service Sports Editors: Sammie Kiesel, 312-527-8532, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tribune News Service News Desk: 312-222-4131, email@example.com.
Tribune News Service Photo Service: 312-222-4194, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019, Tribune Content Agency