Best 15 Minutes

Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Thursday


Hacksaw’s Thursday Podcast…1pm
You Tube Channel-Lee Hacksaw Hamilton

Lakers..NBA mourns passing of legendary Hall of Fame player-GM-Jerry West..passed away (86Y)…14-year career (27P) average…Won only 1-ring as a player…As GM-built teams that won 8-NBA rings as GM-Lakers-Advisor Golden State-Memphis-Clippers…Recommended Lakers hire Pat Riley-Phil Jackson as coach…Team adopted his silhouette as league logo.


NBA Playoffs
..Boston-W-Dallas. (106-99)…Celtics lead series (3-0)…Boston wins 7th in a row on road in playoffs……Comeback win…held off 4th quarter challenge
..Dallas had 13-point lead in 1st quarter
..Boston exploded shooting (15-of-22) in the 3rd quarter
..Celtics fired away on a (35-19) run to start 2nd half
..Boston built a 21-point lead
..Mavs ripped off (20-2) run trying to climb back in 4th quarter
..Luka Doncic (27P) fouled out with 4-minutes left
..Kyrie Irving (35P) in loss
..Mavs cut lead to 1-point
..Jaylen Brown (30P) in Boston win..24-in 2nd half
..Boston (13-14) ib free thtows




Caitlan Clark…WNBA-Indiana Fever bench her for poor defensive play…Fever (3-10) benched 4-starters this weekend in blowout loss to Connecticut Sun

USA Olympic…Leadership says Caitlin Clark was left off roster because she lacks experience…Roster has 8-veteran players returning.

Cavaliers..Interview Kenny Atkinson-ex Nets for 2nd time for head coaching job

NIL-Players Festival Tourney…Announces matchups for 8-team tourney in November in Las vegas…Each team to get 1M-NIL fees
..Aztecs-Texas AM..Houston-Alabama..Notre Dame-Rutgers..Oregon-Creighton



Padres-W-Athletics …(5-4)…Walkoff win for 2nd day in a row…sweep series against awful A’s…Wednesday…Friars (37-35)

..Jackson Merrill walk off HR in 9th..2nd HR of game
..Donovan Solano 2-HRs
..Michael King 12-strikeouts in 5-innings before bullpen melts down
..A’s struck out 18-times in game
..Padres end homestand with 15-home runs in final 6-games

Padres..SS-Jurickson Profar out with knee patella tendon inflammation…Does not appear he tore meniscus or bruised a bone in knee when it buckled on a swing.

Padres..Travel day-Thursday…open road trip vs Mets-Friday
Dodgers-Texas…LA led 1-0 in 4th at Press Time…Wednesday game…LA (42-26)

Dodgers-Tesas…Thursday game..Yosh Yamamoto-vs-Michael Lorenzen

Dodgers..Staff meeting to consider moving Mookie Betts back to SS-because of wear-tear factor.

Dodgers-Blue Jays..TRADE…LA acquires 2B-3B-Cavan Biggio for a AA-pitcher.
Dodgers..Option OF-Miguel Vargas to AAA-Oklahoma City
Angels-Arizona..Halos had (7-0) lead in 6th at Press Time..Wednesday…Halos (25-41)
..Jo Adell 3R-HR-Halos
..Zach Neto solo HR

Angels-Arizona..Thursday…Griff Canning-vs-Brandon Phaadt

Angels-Orioles…Baltimore interested in trading for reliever Carlos Estevez
Angels..Sign FA-!B-Keston Hiura-ex Brewers-Tigers
Angels..OF-Taylor Ward-back issue…C-Logan O’Hoppe-bruised groin

Rockies-L-Twins..Minnesota 17-run outburst..5R-7R innings vs Rockies
Blue Jays-L-Milwaukee..Willy Adames 446′-HR
Astros-L-Giants..Austin Slater 3H-2RBI-SF.
Orioles-W-Braves..Colton Cowser 2RHR-O’s…Balt (45-22)
Detroit-L-Nationals..CJ Abrams HR-RBI double..Nats won 5-in a row
Cubs-W-Rays..Cody Bellinger 3R-HR-Chi
Cleveland-L-Reds…Jeimer Candalario 2HRs-Cinn..Guardians (43-23)
Mets-W-Marlins..NY hits 3-home runs..Ty Taylor 4H-NY
Pirates-L-Cardinals..Nolan Arenado RBI-double-StL
Yankees-W-Royals..Yankees 3HRs…Gleyber Torres 3R-HR..NY (49-21)
White Sox-Mariners..
Phillies-L-Boston…Bosox 5R-in-8th..Phi (46-21)

Washington..DL-OF-Joey Gallo-hamstring
Tigers..SS-Javy Baez to see spine specialist
Reds..3B-Christian Encarnacion Sand-needs hand surgery
Pirates..C-Elias Diaz-calf issue
(Roster Moves)

Phillies..Workout FA-C-Omar Narvaez-ex Mets
Pirates..Sign FA-P-Luis Cessa-ex Reds-Yankees
Pirates..Sign FA-P-Dennis Santana-ex Yankees
Mets..DFA-C-Tomas Nido
Brewers..Sign FA-P-Joel Kuhnel-ex Astros-Toronto
Twins..DFA-P-Diego Castillo
Seattle..DFA-PMatt Bowman..P-Kirby Sneed



NY Jets…QB-Aaron Rodgers travelling abroad when supposed to be at Jets mandatory veterans camp this week…NY media criticizes Rodgers for not showing up for workouts in final week off season workouts….Team says it was aware of travel plans…Rodgers been at all 5-weeks of other OTAs

Rams..QB-Matthew Stafford not at mandatory camp…NFL sources say Stafford wants guaranteed money added to the final 2-years of his contract in 2025-2026…has guaranteed money in 2024 season.

Giants..Coach Brian Daboll says veteran Daniel Jones is the starting QB and there will be no open competition.

Falcons..Rookie QB-Michael Penix has taken every snap with #1-offense..but QB-Kirk Cousins cleared to take part in all preseason camp workouts and is fully recovered from Achilles injury.

New Orleans..TE-Jimmy Graham contemplating retirement-not at camp…working out to prepare for rowing competitions in Arctic Ocean.

Bills..QB-Josh Allen confirms he is reworking mechanics and footwork to get better accuracy
(Roster Moves)

Giants..Sign FA-CB-Trey Herndon-ex Jaguars
Titans..Sign FA-OT-Geron Christian-ex Browns



(NHL Playoffs)

Edmonton-Florida…Game 3-Thursday night…Panthers lead (2-0)…Oilers have scored 1-goal in 6-periods of hockey.

Florida..C-Alex Barkov returns to full practice-cleared concussion protocol
Edmonton…LW-Evander Kane..D-Darnell Nurse removed from practice
Edmonton..Demote C-Corey Perry..C-Adam Henrique to 4th lines

LA Kings..Deny team is considering buying out 7Y-of contract for C-Pierre Luc Dubois.

Calgary…Hire Brad Larsen-assistant coach..ex-Columbus Blue Jackets

Minnesota Wild…Considering rebrand of uniform-colors..might adopt North Stars ‘Green-Yellow’ color scheme.



US Open-Pinehurst…1st round-Thursday..high heat-humidity-Tee Times PST

..(10:14am)..Scottie Scheffler..Rory McIlroy..Xander Schauffele
..(10:25am)..Bryson DeChambeau..Victor Hovland
..(4:40am)..Brooks Koepka-Collin Morikawa-Patrick Cantlay
..(4:19am)..Tiger Woods

Jon Rahm..withdraws with foot infection

TV ratings last Sunday…Memorial Tourney (2.8M)…LIV (148,000)

USGA…Will consider special ‘Exemptions’ for players in LIV based on how they are playing yearly for slot in US Open