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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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

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^Making their point(s): They produced in the NBA, but how good were their college teams?<

^BKN-BKC-POINTS-SPORTSPLUS:KC—<Kansas fans will remember the moment. The Jayhawks had been battling uphill throughout the game against Purdue in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. About a minute remained and the Jayhawks trailed by three when they got a steal: The transition ended with Elijah Johnson tossing a long lob to Tyshawn Taylor, who finished at the rim.

Work remained for the Jayhawks, but this was a mood-swing moment between players with a combined seven years of college experience.

1300 by Blair Kerkhoff. MOVED


^Gabriele Grunewald, former national distance champion, dies after decade-long battle with cancer<

OLY-GRUNEWALD:MS — On the day she learned she had cancer, Gabriele Grunewald made a decision that would define the rest of her life. Though she had a track meet the following afternoon, her coaches with the Gophers told her she could sit out the 1,500 meters, thinking she might need time to process the devastating news.

She wouldn't hear of it. "It was important to me to run," Grunewald said. "It's important to do what you love when you have the opportunity to do it. This is what I love to do."

Grunewald, who died Tuesday evening at age 32 after a decade of fighting a rare cancer, awed her teammates with her courage that weekend. Her unwavering hopefulness would later inspire thousands more around the world.

950 (with trims) by Rachel Blount in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Kevin Durant: 'I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK' following Achilles surgery<

BKN-WARRIORS-DURANT:SJ — Though there is not an official timetable outlined for his recovery, Kevin Durant revealed on his Instagram page that he had surgery on Wednesday to treat a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

The Warriors did not have an official update following Wednesday's practice. Durant traveled to New York on Tuesday to receive an MRI and seek more medical opinions, an area that is typical for NBA players to receive additional medical support. It has typically taken NBA athletes anywhere between 8 to 12 months to recover from an Achilles injury, with factors ranging on the players' age, their talent, their role and the quality of the organization's medical staff.

450 by Mark Medina in Oakland, Calif. MOVED


^Gene Frenette: Fatherhood leads me to Red Sox, being a Yankees traitor<

^BBA-FRENETTE-COLUMN:JK—<There's no point being in denial about my unanticipated baseball transformation, Benedict Arnold-ish as it may seem to a lot of people.

I blame being a father for the weird loyalty switch of going from the most diehard New York Yankees fan in my youth and most of my adulthood, to spending the last decade — forgive me, Mickey, Scooter and Reggie — doing the inexplicable and rooting for the Boston Red Sox.

1000 by Gene Frenette. MOVED


^Braves' Josh Donaldson given one-game suspension for Monday fracas, will appeal<

^BBN-BRAVES-DONALDSON:AT—<To the mild surprise of his manager, Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson was handed a one-game suspension by Major League Baseball for his Monday altercation with Pittsburgh pitcher Joe Musgrove.

Pending an appeal, Donaldson was written into the Braves lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Pirates (in which he homered).

According to reports from Pittsburgh, Musgrove was told he will not face any suspension.

250 by Steve Hummer. MOVED

^Rays fall out of first with 6-2 loss to A's<

BBA-ATHLETICS-RAYS:PT — After the Rays battled back to tie Oakland in the seventh inning, Wednesday afternoon's game came down to execution in the eighth.

Oakland got the hit it needed. The Rays didn't.

That was the difference in Tampa Bay's 6-2 loss, which gave Oakland the series and dropped the Rays (41-26) out of a tie for first place with the Yankees in the AL East.

Ramon Laureano's game-winning grand slam also spoiled another fine start from Yonny Chirinos, who followed eight shutout innings at Boston with seven solid innings against the A's (35-34).

600 by Matt Baker in St. Petersburg, Fla. MOVED


Wednesday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Texas at Boston, 4:05 p.m.

Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

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

Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Detroit at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.


^Bears waive Chris Blewitt, leaving kicker competition down to 2<

FBN-BEARS-BLEWITT:TB — It's difficult to know whether the Bears are any closer to finding a kicker they can count on for the 2019 season.

But the team made another roster move on that front Wednesday morning, cutting Chris Blewitt.

Blewitt earned an opportunity to compete for the Bears' kicking job in March. He was signed after showing signs of promise during a group tryout at Halas Hall. But his inconsistency from rookie minicamp through organized team activities and now into minicamp convinced the Bears to move on.

300 by Dan Wiederer in Chicago. MOVED



^Mike Sielski: Let the Kevin Durant incident be a lesson: Injuries aren't character flaws<

^BKN-SIELSKI-COLUMN:PHI—<Kevin Durant had been cleared to play. It made what happened Monday night, early in the Golden State Warriors' 106-105 victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, all the more excruciating to watch. It made the sight of Durant planting his right foot and pulling up lame and limping with an injury to his Achilles tendon — after he'd missed a month because of a calf injury — all the more sickening.

And it is the paradox inherent in pro sports, in the never-ending debates and discussions about athletes and injuries: When should they play if they're hurt?

1000 by Mike Sielski. MOVED


^Mike Bianchi: Kudos to Magic for getting rid of all-woman dance team<

^BKN-BIANCHI-COLUMN:OS—<So long, Magic Dancers.

You did your job and you did it well, but your time has passed.

Which is why the Orlando Magic announced earlier this week that they are having open tryouts for a new hip-hop dance team that will be made up of both women — and men. Why?

Because the Magic and a few other progressive teams are starting to realize that having all-women dance teams shaking, shimmying and gyrating for the entertainment of a mostly male fan base seems a bit sexist.

600 by Mike Bianchi. MOVED


^Anthony Davis would be a good fit with the Knicks, agent Rich Paul and John Calipari say<

^BKN-KNICKS-DAVIS:ND—< As rumors drift through the NBA of the asking price it would take for a team to acquire Anthony Davis in a trade with the Pelicans, it's hard to imagine the Knicks having the pieces to be in play. But some of the most prominent power brokers around Davis think New York would be the right place for him.

The starting point, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, is a package with one All-Star player, a potential All-Star and a pair of first-round picks.

600 by Steve Popper in Oakland, Calif. MOVED

^Kings announcer on DeMarcus Cousins: 'For him to be talking about the fans, shame on him.'<

BKN-WARRIORS-COUSINS-FANS:SA — Kings play-by-play announcer and KHTK radio host Grant Napear responded angrily Tuesday after DeMarcus Cousins criticized fans who cheered Golden State Warriors' star Kevin Durant's injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in Toronto.

Napear, 59, has long been a vocal critic of Cousins, who spent six-plus seasons with the Kings. Cousins became an All-Star in Sacramento and was known for his charitable work in the community, but his brooding demeanor and constant clashes with fans, officials and reporters were regular storylines.

450 by Jason Anderson in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED



Wednesday's game

TNS expects coverage from the following game:

St. Louis at Boston, 8 p.m. EDT


^Transferring within the ACC is much easier than it used to be<

^FBC-ACC-TRANSFERS:RA—<Bryce Watts, a football player at Virginia Tech last season, announced his decision to transfer to North Carolina on Sunday.

Under the old transfer rules, that would have been a problem for Watts.

Under the new transfer rules, that's not a problem for the cornerback who started 12 games as a sophomore for the Hokies. He has to sit out the 2019 season and will have two seasons of eligibility left with the Tar Heels.

400 by Joe Giglio. MOVED



^Duke's new freshmen can't match Zion Williamson's hype, but can they bring another ACC title?<

BKC-DUKE-FRESHMEN:RA — The next wave of Duke basketball freshmen arrived on campus earlier this month amid little fanfare compared to the program's previous crew.

That's no knock on Cassius Stanley's 451,000 Instagram followers. But Zion Williamson soared past the 1 million mark months before he arrived at Duke a year ago.

The accounts of Stanley, Vernon Carey, Matthew Hurt and Wendell Moore combined are still in six figures.

850 by Steve Wiseman in Durham, N.C. MOVED


^A Kentucky streak is on the line in the 2019 NBA draft<

BKC-KENTUCKY-DRAFT:LX — With next week's NBA draft quickly approaching, John Calipari's streak of nine years with a lottery selection coming out of the Kentucky basketball program might be in jeopardy. Calipari has had 19 lottery picks during his tenure at UK, more than any other college program during that time.

While UK doesn't have a player guaranteed to be picked inside the top 10, there is still a good shot that at least one of the three Wildcats projected for the first round will be taken with a lottery pick, which is one of the top 14 choices in the draft. Those picks are owned by the teams that didn't make the playoffs — unless they chose to trade the selection.

600 by Matt Stahl in Lexington, Ky. MOVED



^Tiger Woods' 2000 US Open win was stunning, but Pebble Beach is always tough puzzle to solve<

GLF-USOPEN-WOODS-PEBBLEBEACH:SD — Blame the expectations on the U.S. Open in 2000.

The images of Tiger Woods carving up Pebble Beach Golf Links with freakish accuracy with his irons and otherworldly putting is the lasting impression of how dominant Woods can be while playing on the Monterey Peninsula.

In arguably his greatest triumph among 15 major wins, Woods seized that national championship by a record margin of 15 strokes and had his foes conceding he'd found a competitive gear none of them possessed.

900 by Tod Leonard in Pebble Beach, Calif. MOVED



^Mark Zeigler: Women's soccer's journey from promise of 1999 to reality of 2019<

^SOC-ZEIGLER-COLUMN:SD—<The opening game of the 1999 Women's World Cup between the United States and Denmark was at the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home to a pair of NFL teams. There was a massive traffic jam on the Jersey Turnpike that afternoon.

I know. I was stuck in it, wondering how bad the accident was ahead and whether we'd miss kickoff.

Except there was no five-car pile-up. The U.S. team's bus was caught in it, too, with players able to look out the elevated windows and see the cause.


1200 by Mark Zeigler. MOVED


^Alex Morgan encourages Thailand player, fellow Berkeley grad after US victory<

SOC-WORLDCUP-US-MORGAN-NILDHAMRONG:OS — Thailand forward Suchawadee Nildhamrong, better known as Miranda Nild, spoke with tears rimming her eyes after the match. Her team had just lost — not only defeated, but completely destroyed 13-0 by the United States — and she felt overwhelmed by the moment of playing in her first World Cup match.

The 22-year-old University of California, Berkeley graduate received words of support from the one person who caused the most heartache to her team on the field: fellow Golden Bear Alex Morgan.

250 by Alicia DelGallo in Reims, France. MOVED


^Greg Cote: US women's national team should not have to apologize for being too good in World Cup<

^SOC-COTE-COLUMN:MI—<The telling difference between men's and women's soccer at the U.S. national team level:

The men need to apologize for never being good enough.

And the women are supposed to apologize for being too good?

So the Americans begin their FIFA Women's World Cup run by beating Thailand 13-0 on Tuesday in France, setting Cup records for most goals and biggest goal differential as Alex Morgan tied the individual record by scoring five times.

900 by Greg Cote. MOVED


^Mark Zeigler: For US women's soccer team, problem is less the 13 goals than the 13 celebrations<

^SOC-ZEIGLER-COLUMN-THAILAND:SD—<After Alex Morgan scored her third goal, on a sweet pull-back in the box and sizzling shot past poor Thai goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, cameras cut to a slow-motion shot of teammate Julie Ertz on the bench, screaming, pumping her fist.

That made it 8-nil.

Five minutes later, after a rare Thai foray across midfield, the Americans launched a furious counterattack that was finished off by Megan Rapinoe with a shot most American high school keepers would save.

1050 by Mark Zeigler. MOVED


^Kevin Baxter: US rout of Thailand proves that FIFA still has work to do to level the playing field<

SOC-BAXTER-COLUMN:LA — The U.S. national team's 13-0 shellacking of Thailand in its Women's World Cup opener earlier this week revealed several truths.

It proved Alex Morgan, who had five goals and three assists, is not just really good but may be in the best form of her stellar career. It showed the Americans, in addition to their other talents, are really good at celebrating goals even when they come in the final minutes against an already humiliated opponent.

1000 by Kevin Baxter in Paris. MOVED



^John Clay: If horse racing keeps messing around, it may not be around<

RAC-CLAY-COLUMN:LX — The 2018 Triple Crown series was pure magic. In a span of 111 days, Justify went from debut to immortality. The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont all fell under Justify's meteoric spell. Just 13 horses have accomplished that feat. None quite like Justify. Ah, those were the days.

The 2019 Triple Crown series was pure chaos. Included was a first-ever Derby disqualification, lawsuits and three different winners in three different races. Actually four, if you count Maximum Security, first across the wire at Churchill Downs before the DQ. Trainer Mark Casse won the Preakness and Belmont with two different horses. Magic, this was not.

700 by John Clay in Lexington, Ky. MOVED


^Baltimore withdraws lawsuit aimed at seizing Pimlico racetrack, says talks to begin with owners<

RAC-PIMLICO-BALTIMORE:BZ — Baltimore officials withdrew a lawsuit against the owners of the Pimlico racetrack Wednesday, saying the two sides had a productive discussion during the Preakness and have "discussed the resumption of good faith negotiations."

The city filed the suit against track owners The Stronach Group in March, asking a judge to block any attempt to move the Preakness to a track in Laurel and allowing the city to seize Pimlico.

300 by Ian Duncan in Baltimore. MOVED



^Dennis Anderson: BWCA conflict of the 1970s left many in its wake<

OTD-ANDERSON-COLUMN:MS — Notices of the recent death of former Minnesota U.S. Rep. and longtime Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser at age 95 necessarily emphasized his extensive political career and public policy accomplishments, which were many.

Noted generally only in passing was his entanglement in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness conflict of the late 1970s.

Yet that conflict, which ended in what many politicos call the "Minnesota Massacre" of the state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and its key leaders, including Fraser, introduced Fraser to the rough-and-tumble world of statewide politics, and in many ways helped define his remaining years of public life.

950 by Dennis Anderson in Minneapolis. MOVED


^John Myers: Hunting for answers on forest bird decline<

OTD-MYERS-COLUMN:DU — In a dense forest of young alder, aspen and maple trees north of town, Debbie Petersen hollered for her dog, Riley, to slow down.

She didn't want him to stomp on any baby woodcock chicks, the "little puffballs" as she calls them, the reasons we were here.

"Easy!" Petersen bellowed in a voice used only by hunters trying to get through to their dogs. "Whoa! Slow down!"

Riley, a smart-nosed Gordon setter pointing dog, complied. And soon he was off again, at a slower pace, sniffing the air for any sign of woodcock. It didn't take long until he was locked-up on point.

1500 by John Myers in Warba, Minn. MOVED


^Brad Dokken: Cedar waxwings bring flowering crab tree to life during early June encounter<

OTD-DOKKEN-COLUMN:GF — I don't know as much about birds as I should, but I enjoy seeing and hearing the songbirds that roll through the region every spring en route to points farther north. With help from others who know more than me, I've learned to recognize a few of the less obvious species by the calls that emanate from the woods of the family getaway in northern Minnesota.

My favorite is the veery thrush, a small songbird with a call described by the "Audubon Guide to North American Birds" as "a rich downward spiral with an ethereal quality."

650 by Brad Dokken in Grand Forks, N.D. MOVED

^Dennis Anderson: Southeast Minnesota has its own treasures<

OTD-ANDERSON-COLUMN-MINNESOTA:MS — Home to steep bluffs and pastoral valleys, this picturesque region of the state often takes second billing to the lakes and piney woods of "Up North" Minnesota. But the southeast is no less beautiful or enchanting. Its oaks and aspens, basswoods, maples and elms are as inspiring as any northern coniferous forest.

Plus — and it's a big plus — the southeast is a geologic spectacle that boasts a latticework of cold-water rivers, streams and creeks that bend beautifully through welcoming state parks.

850 by Dennis Anderson in In Southeast Minnesota. MOVED


^Commercial turtle harvesting in Minnesota remains a worry for some<

^OTD-TURTLE-HARVESTING:MS—<A movement to abolish commercial turtle harvesting in Minnesota will continue to inch along despite a setback at the Legislature this year.

A measure to revoke the licenses of trappers who still target the animals passed the Minnesota House this year but got dropped in conference committee for the 2019 Fish & Game bill. Supporters are concerned that the turtle trade will further harm declining populations of the slow-to-mature animals. It's a cause worth fighting for, they say.

500 by Tony Kennedy. MOVED

^Best times for anglers<



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