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Volume 24 No. 112

Sunday, June 18, 3:00pm ET

Weekend Rap .... Latest News .... Milwaukee's Best

Bucks Promote Dir Of Basketball Operations Jon Horst To GM

The Bucks named Dir of Basketball Operations Jon Horst GM. The team will hold an introductory press conference tomorrow at 10:00am CT. Horst began his NBA front office career with the Pistons in '05 and joined the Bucks in '08 (Bucks). Horst "wasn't one of the six executives the team interviewed" June 5-6 in N.Y. He also "wasn't one of the three finalists the team brought to Milwaukee last week for further conversations." It looked like Bucks Assistant GM Justin Zanik was the "last finalist remaining and in best position to take the job" (, 6/16). Horst was a finalist last summer for the Bucks Assistant GM position that went to Zanik. The Bucks are "expected to pursue a well-connected and experienced" Assistant GM to assist Horst in his transition (, 6/16).

Source: Warriors' Pledge To Fund Championship Parade Costing $4M

The staging the Warriors' championship parade on Thursday will cost team co-Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber "roughly" $4M, according to a source. Typically, a team's city "will help cover the costs of the championship parade." But after discussing the matter with City of Oakland officials, who are facing a massive budget shortfall, Lacob and Gruber "volunteered to cover the entirety of parade production costs" (, 6/16).

USGA Hands Out Pin Honoring Palmer's '60 U.S. Open Victory

Those who attend the final round of the U.S. Open today "will receive" a pin from the USGA honoring Arnold Palmer. The pin is an "exact replica of the players pin" that Palmer received at the '60 U.S. Open, where he "stormed from seven shots back to claim the title" (, 6/18). 

Wisconsin tourism officials are "delighted with the coverage of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills." The sights and sounds of golf in the "American heartland have reached viewers, and golfers, around the world." Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett said, "The bottom line is the video footage has been so incredible and the coverage of the event itself, why, literally we cannot pay for this kind of advertising" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL, 6/18). Meanwhile, health officials in a release said that evidence of E. coli bacteria was "found at a hydration station at Erin Hills." However "no incidents of illness had been reported" (, 6/15).

Coyotes' Restructuring Continues As LeBlanc, Drummond Resign

Coyotes President & CEO Anthony LeBlanc and President of Hockey Operations Gary Drummond "stepped down from their roles" on Friday, continuing the restructuring of the team's front office. While the Coyotes have "not decided to hire" a new President of Hockey Operations "at this time," they appointed GM John Chayka and General Counsel Ahron Cohen as the club's new Alternate Governors. Cohen has also been named the team's new COO. The two will "report directly" to Managing Owner & Chair Andrew Barroway and "oversee operation until a new CEO is hired" (, 6/16).

NFL, Charity Reach Settlement Over Enforcement Of Gambling Policy

The NFL has "reached a settlement with a youth charity that sued the league for fraud over how the league enforced its gambling policy" at a casino near Las Vegas in '15. The agreement to close the federal court case "comes about a week after the charity asked for a federal judge to compel" NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to "testify under oath about the league's gambling policy." The charity, Strikes for Kids, sued the league last year, saying it was "misled by the league and lost revenue after being forced to relocate a bowling event for kids." More than 100 boys and girls were invited to the event at a bowling alley that was to "feature more than 25 NFL players as the star attraction" (USA TODAY, 6/16).

Reds Unveil Statue Honoring Pete Rose At Great American Ball Park

The Reds yesterday "unveiled a bigger-than-life sculpture" of former MLBer Pete Rose at Great American Ball Park for the "latest tribute to their favorite baseball son." Baseball HOFers Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Joe Morgan "were among those attending the festivities" (AP, 6/18). With the Reds "still in a rebuilding phase on the field," the weekend honoring Rose with a sculpture "became their biggest promotion." They "drew 36,613 fans" for Friday's game against the Dodgers that kicked off the weekend festivities, their "largest crowd since Opening Day." Yesterday's game following the statue unveiling "drew the Reds' first capacity crowd since Opening Day" despite it being 90 degrees (, 6/17).

The statue is the "unprecedented effort of 74 designers, thinkers and makers" from across Cincinnati and Ohio (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 6/18). The CINCINNATI ENQUIRER examines the science and math behind the Rose statue.

MLB, MLBPA Expected To Partner With Negro Leagues Museum

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in K.C. on Wednesday, and Negro Leagues Museum President Bob Kendrick said that Manfred and MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark are "expected to announce a partnership with the museum including a significant donation." Kendrick was "mum on discussing a donation figure." However, he said that support from the league is being "significantly raised to a new level" (K.C. STAR, 6/17). 

College World Series Opening Ceremonies Canceled Due To Lightning

All opening ceremony events for the College World Series in Omaha "were canceled" Friday night, as "bolts of lightning flashed through the sky" around 6:30pm CT. Singer Aloe Blacc's performance was "moved to Creighton's Rasmussen Center." Due to space constraints, the event "was for players and their friends and families only." The fireworks "went on as scheduled" at 10:00pm, but fans had to "make do with watching from elsewhere," as TD Ameritrade Park remained closed (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 6/17). The weather forecast for today's Louisville-Texas A&M and Florida-TCU games is sunny with a high of 81 degrees and no rain (THE DAILY).

In the opening game of the 71st CWS yesterday, Oregon St. rallied to defeat Cal State Fullerton 6-5 "in front of 22,656" at TD Ameritrade Park (, 6/17). LSU then rallied for a 5-4 win against Florida St. in the second game "in front of 25,305" (, 6/17).

Andre Ward Bests Sergey Kovalev Before "Roaring" Crowd In Las Vegas

Boxer Andre Ward beat Sergey Kovalev to win the light heavyweight title by way of eighth-round TKO last night in front of a "pro-Ward crowd of 10,982 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center" (, 6/18). The crowd was "roaring at every punch landed by Ward and chanting his nickname." Ward was paid $6.5M for the rematch, while Kovalev "got a percentage of the gate and the pay-per-view" (AP, 6/18). The crowd "wasn't cheated because both fighters brought their 'A' game and was willing to lay it all on the line" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/18). Ward "deserves the top spot on the sport's pound-for-pound list" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/18).

Speed Reads....

Patriots QB Tom Brady's tour of Asia with Under Armour "begins in Beijing" today. Brady "plans to engage fans around the excitement of football and training for the sport with a focus on recovery" (, 6/18).

Director John G. Avildsen, whose resume includes "Rocky" and "The Karate Kid," died Friday at 81 from pancreatic cancer (AP, 6/16).

Quick Hits....

“The brand is something that is ours, and a brand is one of the biggest things you can get. Whether it's a lot or a little bit, it's still mine” – LaVar Ball, on owning the Big Baller Brand (“Sunday Today with Willie Geist,” NBC, 6/18).

"They’re breaking their own rules to try to punish North Carolina because they don’t like this ... You can’t just violate the rules because you don’t like something. ... A rules-based organization cannot break its own rules to get the result that it wants" – ESPN's Jay Bilas, describing the NCAA's treatment of UNC (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/18).

"ESPN is basically the Titanic. They’re the first one to hit the iceberg to show how damaging this greed of theirs has been over the years, to overpay for sports rights and to force that down to consumers whether they wanted to watch it or not" – American Cable Association President & CEO Matt Polka, on the effect EPSN has on the media rights landscape (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 6/18).

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Weekend Hot Reads....

The L.A. TIMES writes under the header, "How Jeanie Buss Became The Most Powerful Woman In Sports." Buss is also one of the most "powerful people in sports." Now, she faces her "greatest test: reviving the NBA’s glamour franchise, which has stumbled badly since her father’s death" in '13.

The AP wrote under the header, "Tigers GM, Catcher Among Father-Son Duos In Sports." C Alex Avila was the "best player available" when the Tigers and GM Al Avila selected him in the '08 amateur draft. Al Avila "suggested" picking someone else as to not show favoritism, but now the Avilas are "one of the fortunate father-son duos in sports."


Sunday Comic....

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Today's Back Pages....

The Weekend Rap offers today's back page sports covers from some of North America's major metropolitan tabloids:

 N.Y. Post  N.Y. Daily News Newsday   Boston HeraldChicago Sun-Times

Hit The Ground Running: The Week Ahead

THE DAILY’s Week Ahead: June 19-25

• ATP Gerry Weber Open begins (Halle, Germany)
• ATP AEGON Championships begin (London)
• WTA AEGON Classic Birmingham begins (U.K.)
• WTA Mallorca Open begins (Spain)

• PGA Travelers Championship begins (TPC River Highlands)
• Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (Rogers, Ark.)
• NBA Draft (Barclays Center)

• NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200 (Iowa Speedway)

• NASCAR Xfinity Series American Ethanol E15 250 (Iowa Speedway)

• Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Save Mart 350 (Sonoma Raceway)