Warriors await NBA to reschedule draft lottery, combine
While teams at the top of the NBA standings await the league’s plan to restart the season, teams like the Warriors, at the bottom of the standings, are more curious about what the draft lottery and combine will look like when they are rescheduled.Since the NBA season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, league operations have been at a standstill. Not only were games postponed indefinitely, the NBA draft lottery and combine — which were supposed to take place this week in Chicago — have yet to be rescheduled.Because they are officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Wa...
The Mercury News
Dennis Anderson: Minnesota environment loses again if GOP has its way with trust fund money
MINNEAPOLIS — Now again on a fine spring day we must consider anew the complexities that politics can make of simplicity, referencing here what should be the straightforward process of distributing money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF.)Recall that at or about this time last year and also in 2018 I wrote columns suggesting that Republican legislators had made a banana republic-like laughingstock of the ENRTF appropriation process.The heart of the matter then is not so different now: Senate Republicans, hesitant to fund through bonding much-needed rural wastewater t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Scratch-off lottery sales soar
WASHINGTON — At a time when cooped-up Americans are looking for entertainment and hoping for a windfall more than ever, scratch-off lottery ticket sales have skyrocketed.It’s a rare bright spot for state budgets, since most states’ tax revenue has dropped and spending is up because of the coronavirus.For example, in Oklahoma, total lottery sales were just over $7.7 million for the week ending April 25, up about 75% compared with the same time last year, driven almost entirely by scratch-offs. That included nearly $5.9 million in scratch-off sales, up from $2.5 million last year.“The numbers ar...
Stefan Bondy: There's no point in having NBA lottery teams finish the regular season. Here's what to do instead.
NEW YORK — It’s early May, normally the time of the conference semifinals, and the NBA still has no idea when or if it will play again.There are all kinds of proposals floating around about location and format, but conflicting interests are the giant flaw for anything involving the resumption of a regular season. Nets owner Joe Tsai acknowledged disagreements at the highest level.“Think about this: the Los Angeles Lakers or the Milwaukee Bucks, they’re in first place when the season got suspended. There’s a chance of them going for the championship. Of course, they want to play,” Tsai said at ...
New York Daily News
Yes, the Sonics traded Scottie Pippen for Olden Polynice — but there's a lot more to the story
Seattle-area basketball fans tuning in to the opening episodes of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” Sunday night hoping for a much-welcomed sports diversion were instead dealt what might have seemed like an unnecessary and unexpected dagger to the heart.Or, depending on your age, maybe even an entirely new lesson in some unfortunate Seattle basketball history.Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen was really a Sonic for a little while?Yes he was, as the second episode of “The Last Dance,” which details Michael Jordan’s final season with the Bulls, made painstakingly clear a few minutes in, showing the famous (inf...
The Seattle Times
Steve Hummer: It's come to this: You ready to cheer for virtual Dale Earnhardt Jr.?
During a SportsCenter interview not long ago, Dale Earnhardt Jr. recalled the day in the mid-1990s when he brought home his first computer-generated racing game. His daddy, so adept at racing the real things that he would win seven NASCAR series championships, emitted a mighty harrumph.There was nothing about the original Dale Earnhardt to suggest he’d accept any version of his sport that didn’t include, oh, let’s say, actual cars, for one thing. And actual speed. And, sadly enough to say for someone who died racing, real consequences. There was nothing virtual about the man.“When dad saw that...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Cote: How a longtime Herald sports writer came to own a top contender in Saturday's no-fans Florida Derby
“This all started the day I got hit in the (crotch) my last day on the job.”And thus begins the unlikely tale of a South Florida man who retired after a long career, bought a small share of a racehorse on a whim and on Saturday will watch his thoroughbred run in the prestigious Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park with a chance to qualify for the postponed Kentucky Derby and a shot at winning the Triple Crown.Clark Spencer is the man who played the lottery for the first time and won. A gamble that almost always proves to be a losing proposition and major money drain — owning a racehorse — has a ch...
Due to coronavirus threat, winnings can no longer be claimed at Florida Lottery offices
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The games are continuing, but people who win $600 or more from the Florida Lottery will have to claim their winnings by mail or wait for offices around the state to reopen.As of Monday, Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee and its nine district offices around the state are closed to the public, “to help protect our employees and players during the COVID-19 outbreak,” the agency announced.People with a prize-winning lottery ticket that exceeds $600 can either mail them to a lottery office to make their claim or wait for the state offices to reopen.Additionally, th...
Next logical step in the Ant Man conundrum: Hawks win draft lottery
Anthony Edwards reserved his quickest move yet for Friday, when he declared for the NBA draft more than a month in advance of the deadline. In leaving Georgia, he demonstrated the kind of lightning, decisive first step that was sometimes absent while on-court for the Bulldogs.And now we wait to see which NBA team wins the top spot in the draft lottery and must first deal with the enigma that is the Ant Man.Don’t you just have that gnawing feeling that will be the Hawks.Last year, with a 10.5% chance to claim that first pick and the no-doubt, any-fan-in-his-mom’s-basement-could-do-this option o...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution