13) New sports book opened in Las Vegas Saturday, at the Golden Gate Casino downtown. Circa Sports is running this book; there will be a new Circa hotel/casino being built downtown soon, which looks like it will be really nice.
12) Friday, someone bid more than $4.5M in a charity auction for the opportunity to have dinner with famed investor Warren Buffett. Wonder what was on the menu?
11) Alex, I’d like Bad Baseball for $500:
Bottom of 3rd inning in Chicago, White Sox have runners on 1st and 2nd, one out, with Yoan Moncada up, the #2 hitter in order. TV analyst Steve Stone predicts a pickoff attempt at 2B, because the shortstop took his glove off. Sure enough, they pick the guy off second, but not only that, they throw to first and pick that genius off, too.
Pitcher is dying on the mound and he gets a double play without throwing a pitch.
Stone is one of the best TV analysts; very smart.
10) Jacob deGrom’s last three starts were against Scherzer, Kershaw, Greinke. Lot of high profile pitching matchups.
9) Baseball stuff:
— Milwaukee put P Gio Gonzalez (arm) on IL.
— Red Sox put 1B Steve Pearce (back) on IL.
— Texas OF Joey Gallo (oblique) left Saturday’s game early
8) Twins 6, Rays 2— Minnesota is now 39-18; last year, they got their 39th win on July 8.
7) College basketball transfer portal:
— Texas A&M–Corpus Christi G Kareem South bolted to California.
— American F Sam Iorio bolts to South Alabama.
— Tennessee Tech grad transfer G Chris McNeal is poached by Cincinnati.
6) Toronto Raptors’ big man Pascal Siakam didn’t start playing basketball until he was 17; imagine that?
5) In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Golden State was +2 in the 14:52 when Steph Curry was on the floor and Fred VanVleet wasn’t; they were -11 in the 25:24 with Curry/VanVleet both on floor. VanVleet has done a better job of defending Curry than anyone else in the NBA.
4) Murray State G Ja Morant, who is expected to be the #2 pick in the NBA Draft, is having minor surgery on his right knee, which should sideline him 3-4 weeks and likely means he won’t play in the Las Vegas Summer League in July.
3) Kid on Baylor hit three homers, knocked in 11 runs in a 24-6 rout of Omaha Saturday in the NCAA baseball tournament. 11 RBI in one game doesn’t happen much, at any level.
2) Brewers 12, Pirates 10 (13)— Both closers blew their first save of the year in this 5-hour game; Arcia homered in the 13th for the game-winning runs.
1) There were 1,135 home runs hit in May, breaking the all-time record for a month by 16.