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    Thursday, August 20, 2020

    📰 What you need to know
    1. Happy Lottery Thursday 🏀

    While you’ve been all wrapped up in the action and drama provided by the first few days of the NBA Playoffs, there’s a chance that maybe you forgot the NBA Draft Lottery will be held tonight. While some of the league’s best teams vie for a shot at the title, some of the league’s worst teams will be vying for the No. 1 pick.
    This may not be the very best year to win the lottery considering there’s no obvious consensus top pick like, say, a Zion Williamson. But according to our Gary Parrish, there are at least four players (LaMelo Ball, Obi Toppin, Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman) that could be selected first overall, depending on which team wins the lottery. That means that tonight’s lottery results could have a major effect on what the draft looks like.
    So, who’s got the best chance, you ask? The Warriors, Cavaliers and Timberwolves all sit atop the odds board with an equal 14.0% chance of landing the pick. Here’s the full list of lottery odds:
    Warriors – 14%
    Cavaliers – 14%
    Timberwolves – 14%
    Hawks – 12.5%
    Pistons – 10.5%
    Knicks – 9%
    Bulls – 7.5%
    Hornets – 6%
    Wizards – 4.5%
    Suns – 3%
    Spurs – 2%
    Kings – 1.3%
    Pelicans – 1.2%
    Grizzlies – 0.5%
    Just because we don’t know the official order of the draft just yet doesn’t mean that Parrish isn’t out here grinding and delivering mock drafts for your consumption. This week, he’s published his final mock draft before the lottery and he has LaMelo Ball going as the first overall pick. However, without knowing where teams will pick in the draft just yet, it’s impossible to know which prospects may jump ahead of others based on team needs.
    If you want to know what you should keep on your radar in terms of storylines tonight, go ahead and check out Kyle Boone’s piece in which he highlights six stories to monitor ahead of tonight’s lottery draw.
    And, as always, make sure to keep your eye out for any potential conspiracies going on. There’s almost nothing NBA fans love more than investigating the lottery for shady behavior and then drumming up conspiracy theories for everyone to chew on.

    2. Bayern Munich dominates Lyon, advances to Champions League final ⚽

    The Champions League final is officially set. To little surprise, Bayern Munich are through to the final after dominating Lyon by a 3-0 scoreline on Wednesday afternoon. They’ll meet Paris Saint-Germain in the winner-take-all final on Sunday.
    It’s a bit of redemption for Bayern already, as the Champions League semifinal round has not been kind to them in recent years. They lost four straight Champions League semifinal ties from 2014-2018 and haven’t advanced to the final round since 2013.
    That being said, they’ve been the most dominant team in the world for a little while now and they should be considered favorites heading into Sunday. Here’s what Roger Gonzalez had to say about their performance on Wedenesday.
    Serge Gnabry was a standout stud: Gnabry opened the scoring less than 18 minutes into the match when he delivered an absolute rocket from just outside the box. He would go on to add a second goal just 15 minutes later
    Robert Lewandowski finally gets his: In the final minutes of the match, Lewandowski got himself on the score sheet thanks to a brilliant header off a set piece. Not only did the goal help break a dry spell for Lewandowski, it also got him to 55 goals in all competitions this season, which ties a Bayern Munich club record
    Manuel Neuer comes up big: Lyon was able to generate chances but never convert, and that’s partially because German goalkeeper Neuer was so good
    It’s shaping up to be a very interesting and star-studded final. Bayern has made it through to the final round 11 times in club history, winning five titles. (A sixth would tie them with Liverpool for third-most Champions League titles ever.) Meanwhile, PSG is making its very first final appearance and they’re not going to have an easy time trying to turn that into a title against a red-hot opponent.
    3. Tony Stewart says NASCAR should ‘do the right thing’ and let Kyle Larson return

    You remember Kyle Larson, right? He’s the NASCAR driver that was released from his racing team after being caught saying a racial slur while on a hot mic during a virtual iRacing event in April.
    Larson, who was considered one of NASCAR’s rising stars at the time of his firing, still remains without a team. It’s still unknown what the future holds for him — he remains suspended and essentially exiled by NASCAR — but but he’s now got one of the sport’s biggest names (and no stranger to controversy himself) in his corner.
    Our NASCAR writer Matt Mayer spoke with Tony Stewart this week and the Hall of Famer emphatically endorsed a second chance for Larson.
    Stewart: “NASCAR has gotta get off their ass and do the right thing and give this kid an opportunity to get back in a car. I think he’s paid his penalty and he’s served the penalty long enough where you know we’ve had similar instances in the sport that have happened and the penalties didn’t last as near as long as this has lasted with Kyle.”
    NASCAR has spent the last several months making a concerted effort to clean up its brand and promote a more inclusive environment/community, particularly when it comes to minority drivers and fans. They banned the Confederate flag from all events and had a strong, unified response to the Bubba Wallace “noose” ordeal. As such, it’ll be interesting to see how/if/when Larson will be welcomed back into the fold following the racial slur incident.
    Larson hasn’t officially requested to be reinstated, though NASCAR is reportedly reviewing the possibility of his reinstatement. On Wednesday, Larson came forward once again and admitted fault.
    Larson: “I was just ignorant. And immature. I didn’t understand the negativity and hurt that comes with that word. That’s not a word that I had ever used. I grew up in Northern California, all I ever did was race and that’s all I was focused on. There’s probably a lot of real-life experiences I didn’t get to have and I was just ignorant to how hurtful that word is.”
    Larson has been keeping his competitive juices flowing by competing independently on the dirt circuit, where he’s won 31 times since his exile from NASCAR. If you’re a connect-the-dots sort of person, you might say the pieces are aligning for Larson to join Stewart’s team at Stewart-Haas Racing, where they could have two vacancies to fill next season. At this point, it certainly sounds like Stewart would be on board.
    4. Reds announcer Thom Brennaman suspended by team after using slur ⚾️

    Thom Brennaman is one of the more respected veteran broadcasters in sports, working MLB and NFL games at the local and national level since the 1980s. However, he may have lost a lot of that respect (and perhaps his place in the booth) last night when a hot mic caught him using a homophobic slur on air during a Cincinnati Reds broadcast.
    A clip of the broadcast was spread online and, during the Reds’ second game of a doubleheader, Brennaman addressed it and apologized before leaving the booth
    Brennaman: “I made a comment tonight that I am deeply ashamed of. I am so very, very sorry. I pride myself as a man of faith… I don’t know if I’ll be putting on this headset again. That is not who I am and never has been. I’d like to think I have some people that can back that up. I am very sorry and I beg your forgiveness.”
    As a really awkward twist on this whole thing, Brennaman actually paused mid-apology to deliver a play-by-play call of a home run hit by Nick Castellanos. It was super bizarre.
    After the game, the Reds released a statement denouncing Brennaman’s remark and revealing that he’s been suspended effectively immediately.
    Reds: “The Cincinnati Reds organization is devastated by the horrific, homophobic remark made this evening by broadcaster Thom Brennaman. He was pulled off the air, and effective immediately was suspended from doing Reds broadcasts. We will be addressing our broadcasting team in the coming days. In no way does this incident represent our players, coaches, organization, or our fans. We share our sincerest apologies to the LGBTQ+ community in Cincinnati, Kansas City, all across this country, and beyond. The Reds embrace a zero-tolerance policy for bias or discrimination of any kind, and we are truly sorry to anyone who has been offended.”
    We’ll see what ultimately comes of this suspension but this is probably a good time for Brennaman to take some time for self-reflection. A person can say “that’s not who I am” all they want but if they’re comfortable enough to use a slur in the workplace and in front of other people while wearing a microphone (even if they believe it’s off), then that makes it a little bit harder to believe.
    📝 Odds & Ends

    The Mavericks finished strong on Wednesday night to even up their series with the Clippers
    Arch Manning, son of Cooper Manning and nephew of Peyton and Eli, has been ranked as the top QB prospect in the Class of 2023
    Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren finally shed some light on the decision to cancel the 2020 football season and said the matter ‘will not be revisited’
    Video emerged from Cowboys practice showing exactly how Gerald McCoy’s season-ending injury happened
    Two women claim former NFL running back Derrius Guice raped them while at LSU

    📺 What to watch tonight

    ⚾️ Rays vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. | NYY -177 | TV: MLB.TV
    🏀 Thunder vs. Rockets, 3:30 p.m. | HOU -2.5 | TV: ESPN
    🏒Islanders vs. Capitals, 8 p.m. | WASH -115 | TV: NBCS
    🏀 Trail Blazers vs. Lakers, 9 p.m. | LAL -6.5 | TV: ESPN

    📝 Top scores from last night

    🏒Lightning 5, Blue Jackets 4 (Final/OT)
    Columbus’s season ended when Brayden Point scored the game winner 5:12 into overtime. It was the second massive goal of the series for Point, who scored the winner in the fifth overtime of Game 1.
    💵 Winning wagers: Lightning (-175), Over (5)
    🏀 Raptors 104, Nets 99
    Fred VanFleet finished with 24 points and Norman Powell had 24 off the bench to help the Raptors jump out to a 2-0 lead in the series over Brooklyn.
    💵 Winning wagers: Nets (+11.5), Under (226)
    ⚾️ Padres 6, Rangers 3 (10 innings)
    Manny Machado ended it with a walk-off grand slam in the tenth. It is the third straight game San Diego has hit a grand slam, which is a team record. Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 12th home run — more than anyone in the league — earlier in the game.
    💵 Winning wagers: Padres (-140), Over (8)

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