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Mickelson won't be involved with Padres ownership

Mickelson won't be involved with Padres ownership

SAN DIEGO (AP) All that happy talk about Phil Mickelson becoming part owner of his hometown San Diego Padres was just that - talk.

Mickelson will not be involved with the group that bought the Padres in August, his spokesman, T.R. Reinman, told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Reinman said the pro golfer told friends of his decision before a meeting at Torrey Pines Golf Course on Tuesday night to discuss renovation of the North Course.

Mickelson feels the O'Malley and Seidler families, which bought the Padres along with local businessman Ron Fowler, have the depth of commitment the city needs. Reinman said Mickelson feels he can't match that level of commitment, at this point.

``While we have had productive and enjoyable discussions with Phil, I respect his decision and appreciate his sincere approach,'' Peter Seidler said in an email to the AP early Wednesday. ``We share a passion for San Diego, a commitment to the community and I look forward to a long friendship.''

Mickelson had spoken excitedly about the possibility of joining the ownership group.

On Oct. 15, after taking a charity wedge shot at halftime of the Denver-San Diego NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium, he said: ``It looks pretty promising and hopefully here in the next few days we'll have something to announce. I think we're getting it worked out.''

On the day the Seidler-O'Malley group announced the $800 million sale had closed, Peter Seidler said there was one spot left in the ownership group and it was being held for Mickelson.

Seidler said then that due to conflicting schedules and the closing of the deal, he hadn't had a chance to sit down with the golfer to finalize his involvement, but hoped to do so in the following weeks.

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When is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery? Date, Time, TV Channel, Online Stream, Draft Order

When is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery? Date, Time, TV Channel, Online Stream, Draft Order

Amid the longest regular season in NBA history, the offseason shenanigans begin (for some). The NBA Draft Lottery! 

Now granted, no players will be selected during the lottery and no team's future is decided. There will be no trades and not even every team will participate. It simply states the draft order based on a flurry of ping pong balls. Still, it is one of the most intriguing dates on the NBA's calendar.

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery tips off the offseason's festivities on Thursday, August 20, even though a lot of teams will still be starting playoff competition. Teams will then know their fate and can begin preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft. 

Only the 14 teams that did not play in the postseason will partake in the NBA Draft Lottery — the final lottery slot will be determined at the conclusion of the Portland Trailblazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA playoffs play-in tournament which begins Saturday, August 15th at 2:30 p.m.

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be televised live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

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When is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery?

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery is Thursday, August 20. This event sets up the draft order for the 2020 NBA Draft on October 16. 

This year's draft lottery will be hosted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What is the NBA Draft Lottery?

The NBA Draft Lottery is a process to determine the draft order for the non-playoff teams in the upcoming NBA Draft. Based on a team's record in the 2019-20 regular season, they receive odds to land certain picks in the draft. 

This year there is a new system factoring in the pick order. The worst three teams in the NBA all will have the same odds (14 percent) to get the top pick in the draft. This is the first year under this structure is used to prevent teams from entirely tanking at the end of the year. The odds descend from there as the teams' records get better in relation to their placement in the standings. 

How to watch or stream the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery:

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will be held virtually on Thursday, August 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

You can also stream the draft on the ESPN or WatchESPN apps. 

What are the Wizards Lottery Odds?

Washington has the ninth-best odds in the lottery, which means they have a chance to select anywhere from 1-4 and 9-13. The most realistic scenario would be the team selecting ninth overall with their odds at 50.7 percent in said slot.

It's worthy to note that if any of the five teams below them jump, there is a chance they could slide below nine. Washington has a 25.9percent chance of picking 10th, 3.0 percent chance of picking 11th and a 0.1-or-less percent chance of picking either 12th or 13th.

NBA Draft Lottery Probabilities:

1. Golden State Warriors (15-50) - 14 percent
2. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-46) - 14 percent
3. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-45) - 14 percent
4. Atlanta Hawks (20-47) - 12.5 percent
5. Detroit Pistons (20-45) - 10.5 percent
6. New York Knicks (21-45) - 9 percent
7. Chicago Bulls (22-43) - 7.5 percent
8. Charlotte Hornets (23-42) - 6 percent
9. Washington Wizards (25-47) - 4.5 percent
10. Phoenix Suns (34-49) - 3 percent
11. San Antonio Spurs (32-39) - 2 percent
12. New Orleans Pelicans (30-42) - 1.3 percent
13. Sacramento Kings (31-41) - 1.2 percent
14. Memphis Grizzlies (34-39)/Portland Trailblazers (35-39) - 0.5 percent

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Why this year is different than 2018, Ovechkin's big game and the Caps are in trouble

Why this year is different than 2018, Ovechkin's big game and the Caps are in trouble

The Capitals find themselves in a 2-0 series hole after an ugly 5-2 loss in Game 2 against the New York Islanders on Friday.

Check out a recap of the game here.

Observations from the loss

This is different than 2018

You are going to hear a lot of talk about 2018 until Sunday's game. With the Caps down 2-0 in the series, the comparisons are inevitable.

In 2018, Washington lost its first two games of the first round series to the Columbus Blue Jackets and rallied back to win it 4-2.

The problem is that in 2018, the Caps were the better team in both games. They had confidence they could win because they should have won both of those games, plus they got a confidence boost from starting Braden Holtby in Game 3. Philipp Grubauer had started Games 1 and 2. In 2020, they just look bad. Both losses were bad losses and, unless Nicklas Backstrom is ready to go for Sunday, they don't have anyone waiting in the wings that they can plug into the lineup to provide the same kind of spark.

Don't be fooled by the 2018 comparisons. This team is not going anywhere unless it dramatically improves its play from the first two games.

Coming unglued

If you wanted to encapsulate this game in a single moment, it was in the second period when Garnet Hathaway was called for boarding just 21 seconds after Washington gave up a breakaway, go-ahead goal to Brock Nelson in the second period. Hathaway was hauled off to the box by the linesman with his gloves off looking for someone to fight. It was one of five power plays Washington gave up on the night.  Jakub Vrana continued his rough postseason with an early slash and Tom Wilson hit Ryan Pulock before giving him an unnecessary elbow, which sent him to the box. The team also took two too many men penalties. In addition, New York's second goal came off a defensive zone turnover as Lars Eller was attacked by two forecheckers behind the net and no one reacted to give him a target to pass to. The game-winner was scored on a breakaway as Vrana tried to corral the puck at the offensive blue line with his back turned to the pressure. Brock Nelson stole it away to launch himself on the breakaway.

The Islanders deserve credit for the way they have played, but all of these are self-inflicted mistakes by the Caps who look like they have completely lost their composure.

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They have to change something

After how badly the team has played in the first two games, you cannot come back with the same lineup for Game 3. Something has to change beyond just Backstrom returning - if he does in fact return. Whether this means changing lines, defensive pairs or putting in the black aces, the Caps cannot take a wait-and-see approach as they already trail 2-0.

Turning point

Alex Ovechkin had just scored his second of the game to tie it at 2. With the Caps in the offensive zone, Vrana grabbed the puck at the blue line and, with his back towards the goal, tried to swing around and pass the puck off. But with his back turned, Vrana did not see Brock Nelson coming. Nelson stole the puck away and was off to the races, scoring the breakaway goal just 15 seconds after Ovechkin tied the game.

That goal proved to be the game-winner. It was horrible puck management from Vrana who did not play again in the second period.

Play of the game

Ovechkin deflected in a shot from Brenden Dillon to tie the game at 2 in the second period, Ovechkin's second goal of the game.

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Stat of the game

Another milestone for Ovechkin who deserved one as he tried to single-handedly carry the team on his back.

Quote of the game

Despite how bad this game looked, Ovechkin very nearly tied it at 3 in the third period with an open net opportunity on a power play. He won't miss many of those, but this time he hit the side of the net. When asked about the miss after the game, he was blunt.


Fan predictions

Score was off, but you were right about Ovechkin and the Caps still losing.

Close. Let's hope you're right about the second part.

Three people sent me this exact same GIF so kudos to you, Ryan, for getting there first. And, unfortunately, you were right....

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