Team Wilson’s Brionna Jones, right, tries to get at the loose ball as Team Stewart’s Alyssa Thomas, left, and Emma Meesseman get after the loose basketball in the second half at the WNBA All-Star Game in Chicago on Sun Jul 10, 2022. The players changed jerseys to #42 for the second half to honor Brittney Griner (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:
#1 At the WNBA All Star Game in Chicago on Sunday there was a void with Phoenix Mercury superstar Brittney Griner missing. The players dedicated the second half wearing #42 jerseys in honor of Griner who has detained in Russia for the last 145 days. Tony the second half dedication meant a lot to the players remembering Griner.
#2 The Oakland A’s named their lone player representative for the 2022 MLB All Star Game for July 19th at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles pitcher Paul Blackburn who started out with a flurry at 6-2 and currently is 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA. Blackburn said he’s looking forward to meeting with his American League teammates and also being able to talk with the Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani.
#3 The San Francisco Giants who are coming off a 2-2 split against the San Diego Padres and opened a three game series last night with the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 4-3 loss. The Giants were 6-14 in their last 20 games and after winning 107 games last season are a different team without the presence of former catcher Buster Posey.
#4 Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman was working on his game in the NBA Summer Leagues in Las Vegas. Wiseman who played only 39 games in the last 15 months. When Wiseman first came on the scene for the Warriors he was expected to be an anchor at the center position for him but he had troubles adjusting to the NBA and also his recovery from knee surgery was slow but is looking forward to working hard to get back with the club for the 2022-23 season.
#5 The Pittsburgh Steelers have renamed their Stadium from Heinz Field to Acrisure Stadium. Acrisure is a top ten global insurance broker with revenue exceeding $3.8 billion. Heinz Kraft Company said in a statement that after concluding a 20 year $57 million naming rights agreement that ran from 2001-2021. Acrisure out bided Heinz for the naming rights. Art Rooney the Steelers owner was hoping that Heinz would stay on as the naming rights holder.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Devante Adams takes passes in practice on Thu Jun 2, 2022 at the Raiders training camp in Henderson (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria:
#1 Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Farve says that wide receiver Davante Adams won’t perform as well for the Las Vegas Raiders as he did when he was with the Packers.
#2 On “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Cowherd disagreed with Farve saying Raiders Derrick Carr is a top 10 NFL quarterback and led a dysfunctional Raider team to the playoffs last season and said that Adams will do just fine.
#3 The Raiders will be looking for some help from their top picks first from their 2021 pick offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood and their 2022 pick offensive guard Dylan Parham on offense how effective do you see Leatherwood and Parham being on the offensive line?
#4 Turning to the WNBA Brittney Grier has wrote a personal letter to President Biden to seek his help in getting released from Russian custody. Grier is in for possession of hashish oil in her suit case while at the Moscow Airport. Tony what are her chances of getting the help from Biden?
#5 The Chicago White Sox canceled their fireworks show and held a moment of silence due to the shootings at a Highland Fourth of July Parade killing six and wounding 31. Some fans in attendance were calling for an all out ban on guns at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago.
Full blown melee at the Big A in Anaheim as the Seattle Mariners Jesse Winker charged the Los Angeles Angels dugout that led to full scale brawl on Sun Jun 26, 2022 in the top of the second inning (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:
#1 The Seattle Mariners Jesse Winker once he got plunked on the hip during Sunday’s match up between the Mariners and the Los Angles Angels at the Big A in Anaheim Winker was all about the throw down as he was intercepted by Angels catcher Max Stassi and the home plate umpire when he went tried to go out to the mound but when the a objective comment was made at Winker Winker then charged the Angels dugout and that’s when it became a free for all.
#2 The second inning melee resulted in 12 suspensions as result of the top of the second inning brawl. It all started the night before when Angels star Mike Trout almost get hit in the head with a pitch. Then on Sunday Angels pitcher Andrew Wantz threw at the Mariners Julio Rodriguez on a pitch that was behind his head in the top of the first inning.
#3 Turning to the Sacramento Kings the Kings are trying to make some off season moves on has them trying to acquire the Miami Heat’s Victor Oladipo. The Kings are trying to land two impact players that will help jump start the club going into next season.
#4 Former Oakland Raiders Warren Sapp said that Colin Kaepernick’s try out for the Las Vegas Raiders was a disaster but the Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler and Raider head coach Josh Mc Daniels thought Kaepernick had a good workout. Ziegler said that Kaepernick was in great shape and threw the ball well.
#5 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is still rehabbing his shoulder which was surgically repaired this off season and in camp quarterback Trey Lance has been getting lots of reps and his teammates seemed to think Lance has handled himself despite being in Garoppolo’s shadow.
Houston Baptist University forward Darius Lee jumps for a lay up against Arizona State during NCAA action on Nov 29, 2022 in Tempe AZ. Lee was shot and killed on Mon Jun 20, 2022 while eight others were wounded in the Bronx NY (AP file photo)
On Headline Sports with Michael Roberson:
#1 Darius Lee a 21 year old soon to be graduate at Houston Baptist University was shot and killed on Monday morning sometime after 12:30 AM EDT. Lee was home from school break in the Bronx in New York when he was killed and eight others were wounded. The shooting happens while there is a national concern about gun violence. Shootings in New York were down by 11% and murder was down by 12%.
#2 WNBA and Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner tried to call her wife on Saturday from the US Embassy but the call never made a connection because the phone line at the Embassy was not staffed. Griner could be released as early as July Griner wife Cherelle didn’t get a call from Griner and that there was speculation that the Russian authorities prevented the call.
#3 Daniel Snyder the owner of the Washington Commanders refused to testify before congress on June 22 regarding a toxic work environment. Carolyn Maloney NY-D chairman of the hearing committee gave Snyder a chance to testify virtually. Snyder’s council said that his appearing virtually does not address having council physically present with him. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will testify.
#4 Defense lawyers in the Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs case are asking that his blood evidence showing he was twice the legal amount to drive when he crashed his car into a Las Vegas woman’s car killing her and her dog. Ruggs lawyers say there was no probable cause to extract blood from Ruggs saying the mere fact that he had an accident didn’t give probable cause to withdraw his blood therefore it was taken from Ruggs unlawfully.
#5 Tony the Raiders Hunter Renfrow is coming off a 103 catch season and two seasons ago Darren Waller caught 107 passes and Davante Adams who caught 111 passes in three of the last four seasons will be on board for the Raiders. Do you see the receivers making up a bulk of the scoring for the Raiders this season?
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) says he wants to win the NBA Finals badly after being laid off the last two NBA seasons with injuries (file photo by USA Today)
On Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria:
#1 Tony, I know you have a lot to say about the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors in game 5 of the NBA Finals last night at Chase Center in San Francisco. Warriors series tied up at 2-2 the Warriors Andrew Wiggins who at one time contemplated taking a Covid 19 vaccine shot or stay off the team that was nine months ago Wiggins thought the better of it and where he is now? He led the Warriors with 26 points last night to go up 3-2 in the series.
#2 Game six is in Boston is on Thursday night the Warriors Klay Thompson was quoted as saying “I want to frigging win” remarking on his long three year wait after sitting out two straight seasons with an ACL and Achilles injuries.
#3 Tony have to ask you about the recent sweep of the San Francisco Giants over the Los Angeles Dodgers there are a lot of people in baseball who are shocked about three straight over a Dodger team like this.
#4 The Oakland A’s will try and pick up a win in Boston tonight. They won only one game on the current road trip which started in getting swept in two games in Atlanta and then getting losing three of four games in Cleveland needless to say it’s been tough sledding for Oakland as they open for three games tonight in Boston.
#5 Tony, Phil Mickelson met with the media on Monday at the US Open and he was needless to say very uneasy in the meeting. He was evasive, dodged some of the questions, he wasn’t nervous but it was obvious that he didn’t want to be at the podium and afraid of questions regarding his book in consideration about joining Saudi Super Golf League.
In second half action from Sun May 22, 2022 the Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins (22) throws down on the Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (11) in game 3 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas the two teams match up for game 4 tonight in Dallas (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports with Tony R:
#1 Golden State Warriors who lead the Western Conference playoffs by a commanding 3-0 lead head into game four tonight in Dallas there seems to be a confidence that the Warriors will finish off the Dallas Mavericks tonight but over confidence could be a dangerous thing.
#2 As in past post season games the Warriors relied on Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green but they’ve been getting strong support from players like Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Otto Porter Jr.
#3 Turning to the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs the Boston Celtics who were down 2-1 came back on Monday night and evened up the series against the Miami Heat with a 102-82 win.
#4 It was a lopsided game 4 of sorts as the Celtics commanded a 29-11 lead after the first quarter and took a 57-33 lead into half time. The Heat came out with a 49-45 second half effort but just came up 20 points short none the less.
#5 It’s back to Miami on Wednesday night for game 5 and it’s been a series that’s been that kind of a series that’s been back and forth the Celtics were able to keep the Heat’s Jimmy Butler down to just six points in game 4 but in Miami Butler has lead Miami in scoring consistently it could be a series changer Wednesday night.
WNBA and Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner is led away in handcuffs by Russian authorities as seen here Fri May 13th is up for prisoner exchange for The Merchant of Death Viktor Bout. The deal is up for consideration between the Russian and US governments. (photo from the Toronto Globe and Mail)
On Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:
#1 Tony, could you talk about the chances that you see in a prisoner swap Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner for Russia’s The Merchant of Death Viktor Bout?
#2 Griner no doubt is the face of basketball was stopped at the Moscow Airport for alleged drug possession of vape cartridges that contained hashish oil. Griner has been detained in Russia since February. Talk a little about her mental state and how she’s holding up through this process?
#3 Tony NBA playoffs Western Conference Finals are about to tip off starting on Wednesday night at Golden State with the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors. All the talk has been about the Mavericks Luka Doncic. Will he be and the Mavericks be enough to get by Golden State in this third round?
#4 The Mavericks had a rather close series against the Phoenix Suns who had the best record in the NBA regular season and overcame adversity with a 4-3 series win. How much of a force would you say Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jalen Brunson have been for the Dallas offense?
#5 Turning to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals the Boston Celtics are coming off a best of seven series win over the Milwaukee Bucks and tip off against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in game 1 tonight in Miami.
Sacramento Kings newly hired head coach Mike Brown shown here as an assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors against the Portland Trailblazers on Nov 4, 2021 at the Chase Center in San Francisco (AP file photo)
On the Sac Kings podcast with Tony Renteria:
#1 Tony, the Sacramento Kings who just recently hired former Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown how skeptical are you about Brown or any coach coming in and trying to improve this team?
#2 Tony, will coach Brown and Kings General Manager Monte McNair be able to rework the foundation of this basketball team and be able to remake and redo the roster.
#3 One other thing are the Kings willing to spend money to bring in some front line talent that would almost assuredly give the Kings a chance at making the playoffs?
#4 Tony, Dillon Brooks said at the Memphis Grizzlies practice today that he didn’t intend to hurt the Golden State Warriors Gary Payton II and that if he could he would take back the flagrant 2 foul he would.
#5 Tony let me ask you a question we got to ask Barbara Mason on this morning’s Warrior podcast after the Warriors Draymond Green pulled down on the jersey of the Grizzlies Brandon Clark in game 1 for a flagrant 2 foul the jury said it was not Green’s intent to hurt Clark going forward though this series since then has turned into a physical series of flagrant 2 fouls.
The Las Vegas Raiders in the NFL draft selected in the third round No.90 offensive linebacker Dylan Parham out of Memphis University (file photo from Icon Sportswire)
Headline Sports with Tony R:
#1 Tony taking a quick review regarding some the NFL draft picks. We’ll start with the Las Vegas Raiders their Round 3 No.90 overall the Raiders selected offensive linebacker Dylan Parham out of Memphis. The Raiders were really looking for help on their offensive line how much does Parham compliment John Simpson and Alex Leatherwood.
#2 The Raiders in round 4 selected No.122 overall pick Zamir White a running back out of Georgia. The Raiders who refused to pick up Josh Jacobs fifth year option and the Raiders having Kenyan Drake, Brandon Bolden, and Ameer Abdullah. The Raiders selecting White has speed at 4.49 in 40 time.
#3 Tony, wanted to ask you about the San Francisco 49ers selecting Mr. Mr. Irrelevant quarterback Brock Purdy out of Iowa. Purdy threw for 12,170 yards, 993 completions, 81 touchdowns Purdy was the 49ers final selection at the No.262 overall pick. Will the 49ers look to Purdy as backup hopeful in the event that they could deal quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
#4 In the second round No.61 overall pick the 49ers selected Drake Jackson a defensive end from USC. The 49ers are looking to make Jackson an effective pass rusher with Nick Bosa. Both Bosa and Jackson will command speed and that’s something that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch were looking for.
#5 Tony wanted to talk to you about the first round No.1 NFL draft pick from Georgia, outside linebacker Travon Walker who was selected by the Jackson Jaguars last Thursday. Walker with 9.5 sacks for an average of 13 yard loses. Talk about how big Walker will be for the on the Jaguars line.
#1 The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel who is up for an extension is sitting out on field workouts which starts this coming Tue Apr 26. Samuel is looking for a new deal.
#2 Samuel knows it’s a bidding war as NFL wide receivers are at a premium. For example the Raiders signed wide receiver Davante Adams to a five year deal for $140 million.
#3 Samuel has a $50,000 bonus if he shows up for workouts. If he doesn’t he could be fined up to $100,000 for not attending mandatory mini camp.
#4 Tony, the Washington Commanders have denied allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they were involved in financial impropriety which included, deceptive business practices over a ten year period, withholding ticket revenue from visiting teams, and refundable deposits from fans.
#5 The Commanders also are not cooperating in the FTC investigation. The FTC has over 80 pages of signed affidavits, emails, text messages as evidence against the Commanders.