Out of the Shark Zone, Sept. 8, 2017

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Former Yankees executive dies at 79

Gene “Stick” Michael, former Yankees general manager known for shaping the teams that won the World series in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000, died Sept. 7 from a heart attack, according to ABC News. In a statement expressing his condolences, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Michael “did it all in this industry,” as he was a player, coach, manager, general manager and scout.

Flooding in Texas on Aug. 31 as result of Harvey. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez; retrieved from Wikipedia as the photo is part of Public Domain.

Houston Rockets’ James Harden pledges $1 million to Harvey relief

According to ESPN, Harden said he will donate the money to the city of Houston to aid in Hurricane Harvey recovery. Although Harden went to high school in California and college in Arizona, he said Houston is his home. Other celebrities said to have pledged $1 million to the cause include Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio.

NBA draft lottery reform could be voted in before start of season

According to ABC News, the NBA is pursuing a draft lottery reform to potentially increase better teams’ chances of making a jump into the draft lottery while decreasing worse teams’ chances of gaining top picks in the draft. The proposed draft is meant to even the odds between the worst record to the fifth-worst record, whereas right now the gap is 25 to 8.8 percent. While the reform could go into effect before the 2017-2018 season begins, the NBA claims the reform will be gradually phased in.

According to ABC News, the NBA is pursuing a draft lottery reform to potentially increase better teams’ chances of making a jump into the draft lottery while decreasing worse teams’ chances of gaining top picks in the draft. The proposed draft is meant to even the odds between the worst record to the fifth-worst record, whereas right now the gap is 25 to 8.8 percent. While the reform could go into effect before the 2017-2018 season begins, the NBA claims the reform will be gradually phased in.

Michael Bennett claims racial profiling; Las Vegas police deny it

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett claimed on Sept. 6 that he was subjected to racially motivated police brutality in Las Vegas on the night of the Mayweather – McGregor fight, according to CBS Sports. According to Bennett, Las Vegas police used excessive force to detain him following reported gunshots in the area. Las Vegas police, however, officially responded and claimed that his detention was not racially motivated and only detained him due to allegedly “suspicious” behavior.

Tweet by Colin Kaepernick in response to letter by Michael Bennet.
Tweet by Colin Kaepernick in response to letter by Michael Bennet.

 

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