• Jonathan Brannan

5-POINT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th, 2019

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

This article was originally published on October 4th, 2019.


Here is this week's dose of “5-Point Friday”. A weekly round-up of the sports news and stories that I find most interesting and enjoyable.


Baseball news I am interested in -


After years of dealing with the Texas heat, owners of the Texas Rangers believe that the sweat-inducing weather is depressing attendance. This has lead to the decision to build the new $1.2 billion Globe Life Field, with a retractable roof and climate control.


Formula 1 news that caught my eye -


Mercedes Formula 1 team confirmed that four staff members had been sacked over "breaches of our diversity and equality policy". No details have been released about the incidents, but they are understood to be of a racist or religious nature. "We condemn this behavior in the strongest terms and acted immediately," a Mercedes team statement added.


Golf story I have been following -


Korean golfer Kim Bi-o received a three-year ban from the Korean Tour after making an obscene gesture to a spectator.


Mid-swing on the 16th tee, at the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Open, the shutter from a phone camera went off. Kim decided to flip off the crowd and slam his club into the ground. Despite going on to win the event Kim felt the ramifications of his meltdown immediately receiving the ban and a fined £ $8,350 by the Korean Professional Golfers' Association. "Kim Bi-o damaged the dignity of a golfer with etiquette violation and inappropriate behavior," the Korean Tour said in a statement.

Basketball news that is exciting -


Discussions have taken place between Sacramento Kings, Indian-born American, owner Vivek Ranadivé (@Vivek), and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver about the possibility of launching a twelve-team league in India in the next five years. The concept would be similar to the NBA-run Basketball Africa League, which has been in the works for years and is set to begin play in 2020.


App that I have been using -


Over the past few weeks, I have been studying how to improve my basketball skills. To do this I have been using the MasterClass app to take Steph Curry (@StephenCurry30) Teaches Shooting, Ball-Handling, and Scoring class. Curry's masterclass offers the ability to receive lectures on the best way to approach different aspects of the game, directly from the six-time NBA All-Star.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!


Jonathan