Warriors Up 3-0, Raptors Fight In Double Overtime Win, War Of Will Wins Preakness, Jockey-less Bodexpress

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In the Western Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs, the Golden State Warriors cruised to an easy win over the Portland Trail Blazers to take a 3-0 series lead. Steph Curry added 36 points, and Draymond Green recorded his seventh career post-season triple-double. If the Warriors win game 4 on Monday, they will be heading to the NBA Finals for the 5th straight year. Warriors 110, Trail Blazers 99

In the Eastern Conference Finals, despite guards Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell fouling out, and the team squandering an opportunity to finish off the game in regulation, the Toronto Raptors fought hard to take a crucial game 3 from the Milwaukee Bucks in double overtime. The Bucks lead the series 2-1 with game 4 on Wednesday. Raptors 118, Bucks 112

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War of Will won the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown series. All anyone could talk about, however, was another horse, Bodexpress, running the entire race without his jockey John Velazquez, who fell off the horse when the race began. A jockey-less horse is automatically disqualified, but fans loved the enthusiasm of Bodexpress trying to outrun his fellow horses.

 

 

 

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Warriors Take Game 2, Durant Out For Series, Bruins Advance To Stanley Cup

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The Golden State Warriors came back strong to erase a 15-point deficit and beat the Portland Trail Blazers in game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Steph Curry scored 37 points while battling it out with his little brother, Portland guard Seth Curry. The parents of Steph and Seth, Dell and Sonya Curry, have been wearing alternate Trail Blazer and Warrior jerseys to each game so as not to play favorites. The Warriors are up 2-0 with game 3 on Saturday night in Portland. Golden State 114, Portland 111

Golden State’s Kevin Durant will likely miss games 3 and 4 of the series due to a strained calf, but could return by the Finals if the Warriors advance.

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In the NHL playoffs, the Boston Bruins advance to the Stanley Cup by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes. This will be their third trip to the finals since 2011. The Bruins will take on either the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks lead the series 2-1.

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Bucks Take Game 1, Jets Fire GM

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Through three quarters, the Toronto Raptors led the Milwaukee Bucks and looked like they would take game one of the Eastern Conference Final. Kyle Lowry scored 30 points for the Raptors, but the team couldn’t hold on, and the Bucks’ Brook Lopez took control in the fourth quarter for a 108-100 win.

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The New York Jets fired General Manager Mike Maccagnan and VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger. The timing of the firing seemed odd. Maccagnan had two years left on his contract, and he had just signed running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley in free agency. Coach Adam Gase will act as interim GM while the team searches for his replacement.

 

 

 

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Pelicans Win First Pick In NBA Draft Lottery, Steph Curry Unstoppable In Warriors Game 1 Win

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New Orleans fans are celebrating today as the Pelicans won the first pick in the NBA draft lottery. The Pelicans only had a 6% chance to win the lottery. The team will now almost certainly take the most celebrated basketball player in years, Duke’s Zion Williamson, in next month’s draft. The Memphis Grizzlies will have the second pick with New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers choosing at #3, #4, and #5.

Steph Curry looked unstoppable in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. With 7 of 9 uncontested 3’s from Steph and 36 points overall, the Golden State Warriors rolled over the Trail Blazers 116-94. Portland will need to work on ball control in game 2, as they had 31 points scored on turnovers, tying the most points scored on turnovers in a playoff game in the last three years.

 

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Tiger And Girlfriend Face Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Sixers Coach Brett Brown To Return

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Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, the general manager of his restaurant called The Woods, face a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of one of the bartenders at the restaurant.  Nicholas Immesberger died from a car accident caused by a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, and the lawsuit claims Immesberger was overserved even though “Tiger knew, or reasonably should have known, that Immesberger was habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages, and/or was a habitual drunkard.” Woods is playing in the PGA Championship in Farmingdale, NY this week.

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown will continue to coach the team next season. Reports had circulated that if the Sixers did not advance to the Conference Finals, Brown would be fired. The Sixers managing partner, Josh Harris, confirmed with ESPN that Brown will return even though the team lost a devastating game 7 to the Toronto Raptors (thanks to a historic buzzer beater). According to the Sixers star center Joel Embiid, “I don’t think he should have anything to worry about. He’s an amazing coach, a better person, and obviously, I’ve got a lot of love for him. If there is someone to blame, put it all on me.”

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Crazy Shot, Raptors & Trail Blazers Take Game 7, Curry Brothers, Rodgers Cameo GOT

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It’s called the shot heard round the world! With Philadelphia and Toronto’s game 7 Eastern Conference Semifinal tied, the Raptors Kawhi Leonard launched a shot at the buzzer that literally bounced around the rim four times before falling in for the win. Leonard’s shot will go down in history as the first winning game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history. With the 92-90 win, the Raptors head to the Eastern Conference Final against the Milwaukee Bucks.

In Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Portland Trail Blazers finished off the Denver Nuggets 100-96 and will head to their first conference championship in 19 years. The Trail Blazers will take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday where Portland’s Seth Curry will play against his older brother, Steph Curry.

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In Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, had a small cameo. Rodgers is a huge GOT fan and last year had hinted an appearance was in the works.

 

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76ers & Trail Blazers Force Game 7, Durant Out, Kim Jong Un Requests Famous Basketball Players

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After a disappointing game 5 loss, the Philadelphia 76ers came out strong and never looked back, forcing a game 7 against the Toronto Raptors in the East Semifinals. Jimmy Butler (nicknamed Jimmy Buckets) and Ben Simmons led the Sixers, scoring 25 points and 21 points respectively. Philadelphia 112, Toronto 101

The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets will face off in a decisive Game 7 West Semifinal thanks to a big third quarter from Damian Lillard, who scored 17 points in the third quarter (32 overall) in the 119-108 Trail Blazer win. Game 6 was not without some drama when the Blazers’ Seth Curry and Denver’s Will Barton shoved each other. Barton then looked as if he poked Curry in the eye, and a full scuffle broke out where four players received technical fouls.

The Golden State Warriors will try and close out their Western Conference Semifinal on Friday night against the Houston Rockets but will have to do so without their leading scorer, Kevin Durant. An MRI confirmed Durant has a strained right calf and will be out all week. The Warriors lead the series 3-2.

It’s been reported that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un made a request for the US to send over “famous basketball players” to help normalize relations with the country. North Korea made the request ahead of the second summit between President Trump and North Korea’s dictator earlier this year. Kim is known to be an enthusiastic basketball fan and has developed a relationship with former player Dennis Rodman.

 

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Durant’s Calf Injury, Splash Brothers Step Up, Bucks Heading To Finals, Lakers Disarray

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Kevin Durant left in the third quarter with a calf injury, but Steph Curry and Klay Thompson (the Splash Brothers) stepped up to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 104-99 win over the Houston Rockets for a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Semis. Durant will get an MRI on Thursday to determine the seriousness of his injury, but it appears unlikely he’ll play game 6 on Friday in Houston.

The Milwaukee Bucks are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2001. After losing their first game of the series against the Boston Celtics, the Bucks came back strong and won the next four thanks to their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks will play the winner of the Philadelphia/Toronto series where the Raptors are up 3-2 with game 6 on Thursday. Milwaukee 116, Boston 91

The Lakers franchise appears to be in disarray. Most recently, the team is having a problem hiring their next head coach. Tyronn Lue seemed to be the best bet, but according to reports, the negotiations have ended. According to ESPN, negotiations “may have also hit an ‘impasse’ over the team preferring certain assistant coaches, namely former Bucks coach and NBA star Jason Kidd.”

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Raptors Take Lead Over Sixers, Denver Blows Out Trailblazers, JPP Suffers Neck Injury

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Thanks to a huge second quarter, the Toronto Raptors were able to steamroll over the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. Raptors 125, 76ers 89

In the Western Conference Semifinals, Denver blew out the Portland Trail Blazers 124-98 putting them one game away from getting to the Western Conference Finals.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman, Jason Pierre-Paul, could possibly miss the entire season after he suffered a neck injury in a recent car crash. According to reports, JPP was not accused of any crimes associated with the accident. Pierre-Paul was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft with the #15th overall pick in 2010 by the New York Giants. The Giants traded JPP before last season to the Buccaneers.  This is the second major accident for Pierre-Paul. Back on July 4th, 2015, JPP had to have his finger amputated after a fireworks incident.

 

 

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Celtics Lose Another, Rockets Tie Series, Tiger Woods Receives Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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The Boston Celtics are going to need to some help (particularly from Kyrie Irving) as they lost their third straight game and down 1-3 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. The Bucks could put the series away with a win in game 5 on Wednesday. Bucks 113, Celtics 101

James Harden helped the Houston Rockets even the Western Conference Semifinal on Monday night against the Golden State Warriors. After falling 0-2 to begin the series, the Rockets have rallied back and are now giving the Warriors a bit of a scare. Game 5 is Wednesday night. Rockets 112, Warriors 108

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Tiger Woods received the Presidential Medal Of Freedom from President Trump, the highest civilian honor. On Monday night, President Trump described Woods as a “true legend” for transforming golf and fighting through injuries. At 43 years old, Wood is the youngest golfer to receive this honor.

 

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