Lots of basketball today. Let's hoop.
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The NCAA men's basketball rules committee will gather this week to vote on some 54 proposals, the most significant being whether the free throw lane should be widened from 12 to 16 feet — the dimension used in the NBA.
Why it matters: If the change is made, it would allow more room for drivers and cutters. But it would also require players to post up two feet further from the basket, which could eventually lead to the disappearance of the traditional center.
The big picture: In addition to having the world's best players, the NBA also has just 30 teams. In Division I alone, there are 353 — and those teams feature a much wider range of talent levels and coaching styles.
What they're saying:
The bottom line: The rules committee votes on proposals every other year, and thanks to the analytics boom and three-point revolution happening in the pros, most of their recent decisions have come down to one simple question:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tiger Woods received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony at the White House yesterday. Full list of all recipients.
DUBAI, U.A.E. — The Ladies European Tour held the world's first professional day-night golf tournament at Emirates Golf Course in Dubai. 23-year-old Nuria Iturrios of Spain (10-under-par) came out on top.
SAN FRANCISCO — Sailing teams from France, Great Britain, China, Japan, Australia and the U.S. raced against each other in the San Francisco Bay this past weekend during SailGP, with Australia winning the international competition.
MERZOUGA, Morocco — Competitors ride their bikes during Stage 4 of the 14th edition of Titan Desert 2019 mountain biking race. Josep Betalú of Spain made history, becoming the first rider to win the race four times in a row. Highlights.
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As the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars prepare for tonight's Game 7 (8pm ET, NBCSN), the question is: who has the advantage?
The backdrop: The Blues were one of six teams added to the NHL in 1967, along with the Minnesota North Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and California Seals. The North Stars would, of course, relocate in 1993 and become the Dallas Stars.
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From Mike Sykes: The esports industry figured out how to create crossover stars and form partnerships with major leagues. Some organizations are even diving into content. Yet, no one has been able to create the industry's equivalent of Little League Baseball.
The problem: No matter a player's skill level, marketability is just as essential for turning pro. Without it, great players can be overlooked. When great players are overlooked, the industry loses.
The big picture: The same infrastructure esports is trying to create already exists in traditional sports. The industry just hasn't figured out how to copy it yet.
Driving the news: That infrastructure is coming and it's happening right now.
The bottom line: Esports has been able to build immense value without a proper professional path. Once a true pipeline is built, the industry's growth could skyrocket.
25 years ago today, the Nuggets became the first No. 8 seed in NBA history to upset a No. 1 seed when they beat the Seattle SuperSonics 3-2 in a best-of-five first-round series.
Details: The 63-win Sonics (best record in the league) won the first two games handily but dropped the next three, including a 98-94 Game 5 loss on their home court.
Watch: Game 5 footage
This past weekend, Nikola Jokic became the seventh player in NBA history with four triple-doubles in a single postseason.
Answer at the bottom.
Yup, it's a real thing. Brussels hosted this year.
"On 4 May 2019, tram drivers from all over Europe celebrated the 8th European Championship in Brussels with a record number of 25 teams from 21 European countries."
"The competition was based on the daily challenges of the tram pilots. For example, when estimating the lateral distance, the aim was to correctly assess obstacles such as parked cars in order to ensure an accident-free crossing. Further disciplines: speed estimation with covered speedometer, target braking ... and the popular tram bowling."
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Need more tram bowling in my life" Baker
Trivia Answer: LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Jason Kidd and Oscar Robertson.
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