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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Monday, June 10, 2019

Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC)

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^Arrest made in David Ortiz shooting, second suspect still at large<

^BBN-ORTIZ-SHOT:NY—<An arrest has been made after David Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo when two people rode up on a motorcycle, approached and shot the former Red Sox All-Star in the lower back at "nearly point blank range," according to TMZ and Diario Libre.

250 by Sarah Valenzuela. MOVED


^Baby boomer managers are forced to find new ways to connect with millennial players<

^BBO-MANAGERS-COACHING-MILLENNIALS-SPORTSPLUS:LA—<Ron Washington signed his first baseball contract in 1970. He played his final game in the major leagues in 1989. He became a coach in the 1990s. The Texas Rangers hired him to manage their team in 2006. He persists in this, his fifth decade in the sport, as a coach for the Atlanta Braves and a sage noted for connecting with players.

Earlier this year, Washington turned 67. He is a baby boomer surrounded at the ballpark each day by millennials. He traverses the generational gap by seeking to impart wisdom and unlock the potential of his pupils.

1700 by Andy McCullough. MOVED



^Paul Sullivan: Cubs closers come and go, but Williams, Marmol, Wendell and others will never be forgotten<

^BBN-SULLIVAN-COLUMN:TB—<There has been little job security for Cubs closers over the years, though Craig Kimbrel may be the exception to the rule after signing a three-year, $43 deal with an option for 2022.

With 12 blown saves in 26 opportunities, the Cubs hope they have found the guy who can close out games with consistency and ease the minds of their jittery fans.

We've seen closers acquired, bought and groomed over the years, though few have stuck around long.

1150 by Paul Sullivan. MOVED


^Wainwright goes on injured list; Cardinals bring back Helsley<

BBN-CARDINALS-WAINWRIGHT:SL — As expected, the Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day injured list Monday with a left hamstring strain. Right-hander Ryan Helsley, who had been optioned to Class AAA Memphis on Sunday, was recalled from that team to take Wainwright's place on the roster.

The 37-year-old Wainwright was hurt running out a double in the fifth inning in Sunday night's game and he returned to St. Louis on Monday to be examined by doctors.

200 by Rick Hummel in Miami. MOVED

^Indians win both series in crucial week, but difficult road in standings awaits<

^BBA-INDIANS-ALCENTRAL:AK—< The Indians entered last week staring at the possibly that a weak showing on the current homestand could tip the scales toward the team becoming sellers at the trade deadline.

A worst-case scenario in a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins could have gone a long way toward fueling the perception that the American League Central Division race is all but over.

A similar outcome against the New York Yankees and the Indians might have found themselves with a nearly insurmountable deficit with the All-Star Game in Cleveland still a month away.

750 by Ryan Lewis in Cleveland. MOVED

^Marcus Hayes: Phillies saved some of their 'stupid money' by not signing Dallas Keuchel<

^BBN-HAYES-COLUMN:PHI—<John Middleton might have been willing to "be a little bit stupid" with his money this offseason, as he told USA Today, but the Phillies' principal owner drew the line at starter Dallas Keuchel and his audacious demands. Keuchel reportedly wanted six or seven years and $120 to $140 million; this, for a pitcher showing signs of decline, and who would be 36 or 37 when the deal expired.

Middleton ended up giving Bryce Harper "stupid money," but avoiding Keuchel looks like a smart-money decision.

900 by Marcus Hayes. MOVED


^Giants' window to trade Madison Bumgarner opens for the first time<

^BBN-GIANTS-BUMGARNER:SJ—< Madison Bumgarner has worn the San Francisco Giants uniform for the last 10 seasons, but his days of donning the orange and black could soon be numbered.

Fewer than 24 hours after Bumgarner, 29, dominated the best team in the National League, the Giants' window to trade one of their franchise pillars is open for the first time.

After tossing seven innings of one-run ball against a Dodgers lineup that at times appeared overwhelmed against the veteran lefty, Bumgarner is a target of nearly every club around the league with playoff aspirations.

950 by Kerry Crowley in San Francisco. MOVED

Monday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Oakland at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. EDT

NY Mets at NY Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Washington at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

LA Dodgers at LA Angels, 10:07 p.m.


^Jeff McLane: No-brainer or not, is Carson Wentz worth the Eagles' investment?<

^FBN-MCLANE-COLUMN:PHI—<While there are valid arguments on both sides of the public debate over the merits of the four-year, $128 million contract the Eagles and Carson Wentz agreed upon Thursday, the climactic line from the film "Unforgiven" springs to mind for those who don't believe the quarterback has done enough to warrant the blockbuster deal.

Deserve's got nothing to do with it.

Nothing may be too severe a term in this case, as Wentz has already accomplished a significant amount in his first three seasons.

950 by Jeff McLane. MOVED


^Marla Ridenour: LeBronification of Browns begins with Odell Beckham Jr. joining Baker Mayfield<

FBN-RIDENOUR-COLUMN:AK — The LeBronification of the Browns has begun.

Soon the parking lot across from team headquarters at 76 Lou Groza Blvd. will be filled an hour before media availabilities like the driveway leading to the Cleveland Clinic Courts for Cavaliers' shootaround, when since-departed star LeBron James always spoke.

Soon selfie sticks will be jerry-rigged with rubber bands to get voice recorders inside locker room scrums, a trick Steve Aschburner of NBA.com employed and saw copied during the James-led Cavs playoff runs.

850 by Marla Ridenour in Berea, Ohio. MOVED

^Malcolm Jenkins to report for Eagles minicamp<

^FBN-EAGLES-JENKINS:PHI—<Malcolm Jenkins, who has missed all of the Eagles' offseason program this spring, will report for the start of a mandatory three-day minicamp Tuesday, NFL sources said.

While workouts and practices over the last two months were voluntary, Jenkins' absence was uncharacteristic. He hasn't spoken publicly, but the 31-year old safety had wanted to have his contract reworked, per sources. But he will show for minicamp without a new deal, a source close to the situation said.

250 by Jeff McLane. MOVED



^Mark Bradley: The Hawks hold three Round 1 picks. Is that good or bad?<

^BKN-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT—<The draft lottery could have gone worse for the Hawks — but not much worse. Had the percentages regarding Ping-Pong balls held, at worst they'd have had the fifth and ninth choices overall. They wound up with Nos. 8 and 10. Their only consolation was that the pick they were owed by Dallas didn't land in the top five, which would have meant the Mavericks got to keep it.

There are some drafts where having two top-10 picks is a fine thing. This isn't one.

800 by Mark Bradley. MOVED

^Tony Parker won't be back with the Hornets; he's retiring<

^BKN-HORNETS-PARKER:CH—<The Charlotte Hornets have a decision from one of their point guards; no, not All-Star free agent Kemba Walker.

Tony Parker, a Hall of Fame lock from his years with the San Antonio Spurs, told The Undefeated website Monday that he is retiring after 18 NBA seasons.

Parker said he felt good enough physically to play two more years, but "I was like, if I can't be Tony Parker anymore and I can't play for a championship, I don't want to play basketball anymore."

300 by Rick Bonnell. MOVED


^Greg Cote: Kevin Durant, back from injury, must now rescue Golden State to save his legacy<

^BKN-COTE-COLUMN:MI—<Kevin Durant has spent his entire NBA career as the dispensable superstar. He can change that, beginning Monday night. He can change that for all time.

But there is only one way.

Durant, reportedly medically cleared to finally return from his calf injury and rejoin the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Finals Monday night in Toronto, must be the difference. The oxygen. He must heroically rescue his team from a 3-1 series hole — something done only once before in Finals history — and carry it to a third consecutive championship.

450 by Greg Cote. MOVED


^Dwyane Wade wins NBA's Magic Johnson Award after final Heat season<

BKN-HEAT-WADE:FL — Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade went out a winner in the eyes of those who vote for the Magic Johnson Award.

The Professional Basketball Writers Association on Monday named the now-retired Miami Heat guard winner of the annual award that "honors the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public."

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic also were finalists.

450 by Ira Winderman in Miami. MOVED


Monday's game

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Golden State at Toronto, 9 p.m. EDT


^How the Big 12 went from a dysfunctional conference into one enjoying a 'period of prosperity'<

^FBC-BIG12-IMPROVEMENT:DA—<In case you missed the recent happenings at Big 12 meetings in Irving, don't feel too bad.

Just two news organizations covered the final day, down from a high of three earlier in the week. So much for the overkill media coverage of the last decade — where dozens of reporters covered the expansion sweepstakes and even more once threatened to crush former Commissioner Dan Beebe against a bank of elevators in Kansas City.

The media spotlight has seldom been friendly to the Big 12.

750 by Chuck Carlton. MOVED


^Jerry Tipton: Individual workouts no substitute for actual basketball<

^BKC-TIPTON-COLUMN:LX—<Last week, Kentucky Coach John Calipari reminded us that basketball is art as well as science. Pardon the pun, but for all the hoopla about vertical leaps, shuttle run times and textbook execution, the game also rewards instinct, anticipation and improvisation.

With seemingly the latter in mind, Calipari said of the players on UK's 2019-20 team, "I want this group to be playing pickup three days a week, maybe more."

Calipari suggested that there is an overemphasis on skill development and what can be measured. "Kids are starting to just be about individual workouts," Calipari said.

900 by Jerry Tipton. MOVED



^World Cup bubble of isolation helps USWNT focus<

SOC-WORLDCUP-USWOMEN-FOCUS:OS — Did you see Hope Solo's comments about Jill Ellis?

The first question of the day left blank stares on the faces of United States women's national team players Alyssa Naeher and Julie Ertz.

Naeher, the person charged with following Solo as the starting U.S. goalkeeper, answered by saying she hadn't seen the comments made to BBC — that the U.S. coach "cracks under pressure" and doesn't have a leadership quality — so she couldn't respond.

"I haven't been on social media since we left New York, so I'm not really sure what all is going on," Naeher said, trailing off.

550 by Alicia Delgallo in Reims, France. MOVED


^Defending champion USA has plenty to prove in 2019 Women's World Cup<

SOC-WORLCUP-USWOMEN-THAILAND-PREVIEW:ND — Despite being defending world champions, the top-ranked team on the planet and tournament favorites, the United States doesn't begin the Women's World Cup as a complacent side.

The Americans still believe they have plenty to prove after their poorest showing in 13 FIFA-sponsored competitions with an embarrassing quarterfinal elimination from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

So, this team enters Tuesday's Group F match against unfancied Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune motivated.

500 by Michael Lewis in Reims, France. MOVED


^Michelle Kaufman: Why you and your kids should tune into US Women's World Cup game vs. Thailand<

^SOC-KAUFMAN-COLUMN:MI—<Every four years they dribble onto the American sports radar and captivate the nation, these strong, confident, athletic, tough-as-nails players of the U.S. Women's World Cup team.

The quadrennial summer fling will be rekindled on Tuesday, as the defending champion United States plays its World Cup opener at 3 p.m. Eastern against Thailand in Reims, France.

U.S. soccer fans have been eagerly anticipating this day after spending last summer feeling like outsiders because the American men failed to earn an invitation to their World Cup in Russia.

1100 by Michelle Kaufman. MOVED



^US Open betting odds: Coming off three straight top-10s, Jordan Spieth among favorites to win at Pebble Beach<

^GLF-USOPEN-BETTINGODDS:DA—<Jordan Spieth enters this week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach playing the best golf he has played all season. After 11 straight finishes outside of the top 10 to start his season, Spieth has posted three consecutive top-10s as he heads into the third major of the season.

Last month at the PGA Championship, Spieth was in the final group on Saturday — though he trailed leader Brooks Koepka by a significant margin. Spieth ultimately finished in a tie for third place, his best finish of the season.

300 by Scott Bell. MOVED


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