Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Warriors Thompson wants to win it badly; Giants surprise with weekend sweep of LA; plus more

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.

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Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: NBA Playoffs-Warriors can finish off Mavericks tonight in Dallas; Celtics and Heat head to Miami tied 2-2

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.

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Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Will US exchange Griner for Russia’s Merchant of Death? Plus NBA Conference Final predictions

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.

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Headline Sports with Tony Renteria: Will Brown be the answer for Kings improvements? How physical will the rest of the Warriors-Grizzlies series get?

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.

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Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Taking a look at Raiders, 49ers, and the NFL No.1 draft pick

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.

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Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Samuel looking for an extension; FTC looking to investigate Commanders for improprieties

On Headlines with Tony R:

#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.

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Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Westbrook confronts reporter in post game presser; Gruden sells his $7 million mansion; plus more

Los Angeles Lakers Russell Westbrook left the podium to confront Los Angeles Times writer Brian Turner regarding Westbrook’s question to Turner about what needed to change and when Turner said “winning” Westbrook went to confront Turner (photo from TMZ)

On Headline Sports with Tony R:

#1 Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Lakers was questioned Los Angeles Time reporter Brad Turner who asked Westbrook “what changes going forward?” Westbrook said “Nothing man Nothing” then asked Turner “What do you think needs to change?” Turner responded “winning” Westbrook got off the podium and confront Turner where he was standing and the two went back and forth before Westbrook asked the members of the media there present if they videoed the interaction.

#2 Westbrook has been struggling badly, he has been heckled by fans on the street and in the stands, the Lakers have struggled all season long and he and his family members have been called “the Westbricks” by fans. Were does Russell Westbrook go from here?

#2 Tony, former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden sold his Las Vegas mansion for over $7 million. Gruden was fired by the Raiders for sending racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails to former Washington Commanders team president Robert Allen which were uncovered in an NFL investigation. The $7 million Gruden mansion sold quickly.

#3 Talks between former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the Seattle Seahawks have not progressed. Kaepernick who had filed a grievance with the NFL over collusion which settled with him privately. It looks smells like a rat again as the Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll likes what he sees in Kaepernick but the Seahawks won’t sign him. Are the Seahawks management getting marching orders from the league not to sign Kaepernick?

#4 Rory McIlroy said it would be phenomenal if Tiger Woods could participate in next week’s Master’s at Augusta National Golf Club. It’s been over 500 days since Woods has participated in official PGA tour event. McIlroy and the sport would like to see him come back.

#5 Former Los Angeles Angels superstar Albert Pujols has joined the St Louis Cardinals for his last year of playing ball. Pujols formerly played first base for Cards before leaving for the Southland and played for the Angels for ten years and is back for a last hurrah with the Cards before retiring.

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Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: NYC to lift Covid 19 protocols will allow Irving back at Nets home games; Things get Heated after Miami drops game to Golden State

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving goes one on three against Memphis Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton (0), forward Dillon Brooks (24), and center Steven Adams, right, on Wed Mar 23, 2022 in Memphis. Irving on Sun Mar 27, 2022 will be allowed to play in Brooklyn his first home game this season as New York is lifting it’s Covid 19 protocols. Irving is still not vaccinated and refuses to be. (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has lifted the Covid 19 protocols effective today (Thursday) and that will allow Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving to play this Sunday. Without Irving in the line up for 35 home games how much did the team miss his talents as the Nets are in eighth in the Eastern Conference and hold the last and final playoff spot.

#2 The Miami Heat lost their second straight game and their were words exchanged and fingers were pointed between Heat star Jimmy Butler and Udonis Haslem on the bench and head coach Eric Spoelstra threw his clipboard down in frustration. Heat players were trying to keep the peace as the Heat lost to the Golden State Warriors in Miami on Wed Mar 23rd 118-104. In the post game press conference players expressed it was just passion and getting some frustration out from losing games.

#3 UFC star Jorge Masvidal who was booked into custody for hitting UFC rival and former friend Colby Covington at the Papi Steak Restaurant in Miami. Masvidal said in a tweet “You talk that s—, you got to back it up. That’s how my city rolls, man.” Masvidal is being charged with aggravated battery with bodily harm and criminal mischief. Covington lost a tooth was punched in the mouth and left eye.

#4 Well lower the temperature with a discussion on the sport of baseball. The Oakland A’s signed Stephen Vogt who formerly caught for the A’s and was a fan favorite not to mention a media favorite for four years 2013 to 2017. After Vogt left the A’s he caught for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves. Tony what’s it going to be like having a guy like Vogt in the A’s clubhouse.

#5 Tony, the Miami Dolphins haven’t had a top ten offensive team in ten years but they have a shot at getting one now with a major deal getting the wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange of five draft picks on Wednesday. Hill’s line from the 2021 season 111 receptions for 1239 yards, was tied for ninth in touchdowns with nine. How does this improve the Dolphins offense?

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Headline Sports with Tony Renteria: Hertl signs 8 yr deal with Sharks; Manaea and Montas gets interest from multiple clubs; plus more

San Jose Sharks Tomas Hertl skates against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Raleigh, N.C. on Jan 30, 2022. Hertl signed an eight year deal with the Sharks on Wed Mar 16, 2022 (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports with Tony R:

#1 Tony the San Jose Sharks Tomas Hertl signed a eight year deal with the Sharks worth $65.1 million. Hertl was about to be a unrestricted free agent but Sharks General Manager Joe Will knew that the Sharks needed to get a deal done to keep their star forward.

#2 The Oakland A’s are dealing they traded Matt Chapman to the Toronto Blue Jays and the A’s are now shopping pitchers Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas. The Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees have indicated that their interested in Manaea and Montas’ services.

#3 The San Francisco Giants have picked up Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. Pederson agreed to a $6 million one year deal. Pederson bats and throws left handed. Pederson in 2021 playing for both clubs hit .238, 18 home runs, and 61 RBIs.

#4 The Las Vegas Raiders agreed to terms with Chandler Jones who is a pass rusher. Chandler signed a three year deal worth $51 million with $34 million guarantees. Chandler’s 2021 record 10.5 sacks, 41 tackles 12 of those tackles were for a loss which six of resulted in fumbles. How big of a move and how much help will Chandler provide at pass rusher for Vegas?

#5 Finally the money just keeps growing and for Kris Bryant he signs a huge deal worth $182 million for seven years with the Colorado Rockies. Bryant played the first six years of his career with the Chicago Cubs and then moved onto the San Francisco Giants in the 2021 season and now the Rockies are his third club.

Tony Renteria does Headline Sports Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: How Russian NHL players are impacted by war in Ukraine; plus more news

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is one of some 50 Russian players in the NHL who are saying very little about their country’s invasion of Ukraine (AP file photo)

Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, talk about how this war in the Ukraine will effect professional sports now that the NBA and the NHL have cut off ties with Russia in obtaining Russian players?

#2 On the flip side who this will effect Russian players who are playing the NHL whose country who has invaded the Ukraine or players waiting to leave Russia to come to play in the NHL.

#3 Tony first two weeks of the Major League Baseball season canceled by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred because the players declined MLB’s latest offer. The owners raised the MLB minimum from 650,000 to 700,000 but other issues the players were not agreeing to revenue sharing and player arbitration.

#4 Manfred said that the cancelation of the first two weeks of the season is a result of a “disastrous decision” of having to cancel games but the players have said that the offer did not only seem right but it didn’t earn the trust of the players.

#5 The Sacramento Kings were trounced by the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night at Smoothie King Arena 125-95 and the Pelicans Brandon Ingram led with 33 points. The Kings have dropped four of their last five games.

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