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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Saturday, June 22, 2019

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

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^'An unstable roller coaster': 50 years later, the Seattle Pilots remain a fun fascination<

^BBO-SEATTLEPILOTS-SPORTSPLUS:SE—<The Seattle Pilots lasted just a single, solitary season — a blink of an eye in the 150-year history of major league baseball, a blur on the sports ledger of this region, a mere footnote in athletic annals.

And yet they made such an indelible mark in that turbulent year of 1969, were so zany and quirky, that they are remembered vividly, and ever so fondly, 50 years later. They built a dream, all right, and it still resonates to this day.

The Seattle players — 34 of whom are still alive of the 53 who stepped on the field, most now in their 70s and some having hit their 80s — learned long ago that once a Pilot, always a Pilot.

2650 by Larry Stone in Seattle. MOVED


^Devils acquire defenseman P.K. Subban from Predators<

HKN-DEVILS-SUBBAN-PREDATORS:HK — In the last 24 hours the New Jersey Devils have added a generational talent in top draft pick Jack Hughes and one of the most popular defensemen in the NHL. The Devils have acquired defenseman P.K. Subban in a trade with the Nashville Predators, sources told USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey and NorthJersey.com.

Just hours after general manager Ray Shero said he was in the market for a defenseman the Devils picked up the controversial blue-liner in exchange for two second-round picks, defensemen Jeremy Davies and Steven Santini, one second-round draft pick (No. 34 overall) in this year's draft and one in 2020.

550 by Abbey Mastracco in Vancouver, British Columbia. MOVED

^UConn on verge of joining the Big East, football likely in need of a landing spot outside AAC<

FBC-BKC-BKW-UCONN-BIGEAST:HC — UConn is on the verge of joining the Big East for all sports that the conference sponsors including basketball, sources confirmed Saturday. Though the university is awaiting and fully expecting an official invitation from the Big East, an announcement of the Huskies' move is forthcoming.

This move will return UConn to its storied basketball roots and trigger long-term security and better opportunity for its two programs in that sport. However, UConn must figure out what to do with its football program because the primary Big East schools do not play that sport. Dropping the program is not being considered.

1550 (with trims) by Mike Anthony in Hartford, Conn. MOVED


^USWNT, US Soccer agree to mediation in equal pay lawsuit<

SOC-USWOMEN-LAWSUIT:OS — The United States women's national team's lawsuit for equitable pay took a step forward Friday, when the United States Soccer Federation and players for the women's national team tentatively agreed to enter mediation after the 2019 Women's World Cup.

The USWNT is competing for its second consecutive World Cup title and just beat Sweden, 2-0, Thursday night to advance to the round of 16. The World Cup ends with a July 7 final in Lyon.

A representative for U.S. Soccer confirmed the mediation agreement.

400 by Alicia DelGallo in Reims, France. MOVED



^Remembering the trade that brought manager Gil Hodges to the Mets<

BBN-METS-HODGES:ND — The best trade in Mets history did not bring them a player, but it provided the architect of the 1969 world championship.

On Nov. 27, 1967, the Mets acquired Washington Senators manager Gil Hodges for $100,000 and Bill Denehy, a right-handed pitcher whose otherwise claim to fame is being pictured with Tom Seaver on Topps' "1967 Mets Rookie Stars" card. That card, in good condition, is valued well over $100,000. Hodges' value to the '69 Mets? Priceless.

Denehy, who had a brief, injury-riddled career, has spent the last half a century being the subject of his very own trivia question.

1500 by Steven Marcus in New York. MOVED

^Cubs pitcher Adbert Alzolay to make first major league start Tuesday against Braves<

BBN-CUBS-ALZOLAY:TB — Cubs fans will have to wait a few days for their next glimpse at Adbert Alzolay. But those attending Tuesday's game will get a big payoff.

Alzolay will make his first major league start that night, against the Braves.

The Cubs are switching to a six-man rotation for now, starting Jon Lester on Monday, Yu Darvish on Wednesday and Tyler Chatwood on Thursday.

Alzolay was dazzling Thursday in his Cubs debut.

200 by Teddy Greenstein in Chicago. MOVED


Saturday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

LA Angels at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. EDT

Minnesota at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

NY Mets at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Toronto at Boston, 4:05 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m.

San Diego at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Oakland, 4:07 p.m.

Detroit at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Washington, 7:15 p.m.

Colorado at LA Dodgers, 7:15 p.m.

Houston at NY Yankees, 7:15 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Texas, 9:05 p.m.

San Francisco at Arizona, 10 p.m.


^Mike Preston: Ravens enter new era lacking star power, seeking new faces of the franchise<

FBN-PRESTON-COLUMN:BZ — The Ravens are a team in transition, and one of the toughest jobs this season belongs to the franchise's marketing department. That group has to sell this football team.

It doesn't sound difficult because the NFL is the No. 1 sport in America and several major networks broadcast games every weekend during the fall and winter. The Ravens also have tradition on their side, having won two Super Bowls since moving to Baltimore in 1996, while several longtime organizations, such as the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, have never won the coveted Lombardi Trophy.

850 by Mike Preston in Baltimore. MOVED


^Vahe Gregorian: Overheated Chiefs fans should chill and embrace Tony Gonzalez<

FBN-GREGORIAN-COLUMN:KC — When Tony Gonzalez went to Utah last month to sit and be measured and otherwise probed for his Pro Football Hall of Fame bust by artist Blair Buswell, he understood that Buswell sought to convey his essence instead of his mere appearance.

Part of that meant simply asking Gonzalez what expression he wanted to project on a representation that Gonzalez figures "could be there for 1,000 years." He considered the options presented by Buswell, who has molded some 100 of these for the Hall of Fame as its primary sculptor since 1983 and has been known to dissuade open-mouthed smiles for the bronzing.

1800 by Vahe Gregorian in Beverly Hills, Calif. MOVED



^Mark Story: 'New-employee kits' for latest batch of NBA draft picks with Kentucky ties<

^BKN-STORY-COLUMN:LX—<Mark Story provides a new-employee kits for some recent state of Kentucky college students who entered the workforce Thursday night — by hearing their names called in the 2019 NBA draft.

1000 by Mark Story. MOVED


^Mark Bradley: The Hawks' goal now is to become buzz-worthy<

BKN-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT — The Hawks' draft appears to have inspired a feeling rarely — heck, almost never — inspired by a Hawks' draft. The constituency seems almost giddy at the notion of De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish in well, whatever colors the team decides suits the latest season. (Me, I'm still wondering whence the lime green came.)

And me being loath to rain on anyone's parade — that's a joke; I've spent 35 years raining on Hawks' parades, not that there have been many — but there's reason for tempered enthusiasm.

950 by Mark Bradley in Atlanta. MOVED

^Rockets believe they have a chance at landing Sixers' Jimmy Butler, per report<

BKN-76ERS-BUTLER-ROCKETS:PH — A week doesn't go by without some report about 76ers swingman Jimmy Butler's possible free agency destinations.

The latest came Friday, when ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon reported on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast when MacMahon said "The Rockets think they have a chance" at signing Butler.

Butler is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract before the June 29 deadline. The Sixers could offer him a five-year, $189 million contract due to having his Bird rights. Another team can only give him $141 million over four years.

300 by Keith Pompey in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Steve Popper: Knicks, Kevin Durant have some big decisions to make<

BKN-POPPER-COLUMN:ND — When 6 p.m. arrives on June 30, officially opening the floodgates on free agency, the Knicks remain hopeful that the huge pile of salary-cap dollars they can wave will entice the top players to consider becoming part of their rebuilding plan.

And that's no small feat, convincing a star with his choice of suitors to head into the pressure cooker that is Madison Square Garden and join a team that hasn't won a championship since before he was born. Actually, before his parents were born.

After the Knicks shambled through a 17-65 season and traded their best player, Kristaps Porzingis, with this free-agent market as the prize at the end of it, reality has set in — on both sides.

800 by Steve Popper in New York. MOVED


^Hurricanes obtain 2020 first-round pick, Marleau from Maple Leafs<

HKN-HURRICANES-MAPLELEAFS-TRADE:RA — While not a blockbuster deal, the Carolina Hurricanes worked out a trade Saturday with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the NHL draft in Vancouver.

The Canes received a conditional first-round pick in the 2020 draft, Toronto's seventh-round selection in 2020 and veteran forward Patrick Marleau in exchange for Carolina's sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL draft.

If Toronto's first-round selection in 2020 is a top-10 pick, the Hurricanes would receive Toronto's first-round selection in the 2021 NHL draft.

200 by Chip Alexander in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED



^Brendan Marks: With Darrell Waltrip retiring, here are 5 who could replace him in Fox's NASCAR booth<

^CAR-MARKS-COLUMN:CH—<Don't think of this weekend as saying goodbye to Darrell Waltrip. Rather, it's more of a "see you soon."

Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma will be Waltrip's final broadcast call for Fox. The Hall of Famer has been with Fox since the tragic 2001 Daytona 500, injecting race broadcasts with the same Southern twang and vibrant personality that made him a famous driver so many years ago.

But with Waltrip retiring, a question presents itself: Who replaces him in the booth?

1050 by Brendan Marks. MOVED



^After another horse death at Santa Anita, Hall of Fame trainer Hollendorfer is banned<

RAC-SANTAANITA-HOLLENDORFER:LA — Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was ruled off the Santa Anita track after a fourth horse in his care died while racing or training.

American Currency on Saturday suffered a life-ending leg injury to his left-front fetlock (ankle) while running over the training track, according to Rick Arthur, chief equine veterinarian for the California Racing Board. It was the first fatality this meeting on the training track, which sits between the turf course and infield area and is not used for racing. It was the 30th horse fatality since the meeting opened on Dec. 26.

650 by John Cherwa in Los Angeles. MOVED



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