Messi Retires From National Team, Summitt’s Health Declining

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Lionel MessiAfter Argentina’s emotional loss to Chile in the Copa America final, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi announced he’ll retire from the National Team. Messi expressed his disappointment in trying for years to win a national title with Argentina and said he’s finally given up. “I tried my hardest. It’s been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen.”

 

BASKETBALL

The legendary University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt’s health has been deteriorating.  Summitt has been suffering from Alzheimers and according to her family, her condition in the last few days has declined. Summitt took Tennessee to 8 National Championships and 22 Final Fours. She also boasted 1, 098 victories which is a record for any coach.

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NBA Draft Update: Simmons, Ingram, Brown, Bender And Dunn Go Top 5, Ben Affleck’s Rant On Deflategate

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Ben Simmons 3It’s official. The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Ben Simmons with their #1 pick. Duke’s Brandon Ingram went to the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick and the Boston Celtics took University of California’s Jaylen Brown with #3.  With the #4 pick, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Dragan Bender went to the Phoenix Suns. To round out the top 5, Kris Dunn from Providence went to the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The big surprise of the draft was the Oklahoma City Thunder sending Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyaysova in addition to their 11th pick. Social media went crazy with this trade. Many believed the Magic gave up too much claiming Ibaka has never made an all-star game in his 7 seasons with OKC. For complete draft coverage, click here.

NFL

If you haven’t already heard Ben Affleck’s profanity filled interview on HBO’s Bill Simmons show, it’s a very passionate defense of Tom Brady filled with multiple f’bombs and slurred words.  Clearly he’s passionate about his Patriots.

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Bulls Trade Derrick Rose To Knicks, NBA Draft Thursday Night, Manziel More Trouble, No Olympics For Rory McIIroy

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Derrick RoseIn more trading news, the New York Knicks traded away Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon with the Chicago Bulls to get Derrick Rose. Many are confused by the trade as Rose blew out his knee in 2012 and hasn’t been the same superstar player he once was.

Watch the NBA draft Thursday night at 7:00 pm EST on ESPN to see who goes #1. Will it be LSU’s Ben Simmons to the 76ers? And with the #2 pick, will the Los Angeles Lakers pick Brandon Ingram?

 

NFL

Former Cleveland Browns’ QB Johnny Manziel can’t seem to stay away from problems. According to Dallas police, Manziel reported he was involved in a hit-and-run accident this week. No one yet seems to know the full story.

OLYMPICS

The Zika virus seems to be having more of an affect. Golfer Rory Mcllroy has now decided not to travel to Brazil for the Olympics because of fears of the virus. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but LeBron James may not go as well. Already Steph Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook have decided to forego Olympic Gold.

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Free Cavs Tattoos, 76ers Tell Ben He’s #1, Warriors Interested In Kevin Durant

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Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 7.57.52 AMThe celebration continues in Cleveland. In fact, some fans have made the Cavs win permanent. A tattoo parlor offered free Cavalier tattoos a day after the big win.

In other NBA news, the Philadelphia 76ers told Ben Simmons he will be their #1 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. Simmons is from LSU and if he is indeed picked #1, he and Shaquille O’Neal will be the only LSU players to date selected No. 1.

Now that the Finals are over, there is considerable chatter about free agency moves. According to League rules, teams aren’t officially allowed to pursue players until July 1st but there’s a lot of talk concerning the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs showing interest in OKC’s Kevin Durant.

 

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Steph Curry’s Advice To Riley, Clayton Kershaw Strikes Again

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Stephen CurryFor all the Warriors fans (me included), hearing Steph Curry talk about his conversation with his daughter Riley after losing the NBA Championship, was a class act. He told Riley how disappointed he was but “it was a moment to appreciate all the good things that have happened along the way on and off the court.” He continued saying, “you can still win at life”.

MLB

Pitcher Clayton Kershaw did it again. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 14-1 when Kershaw pitches. In a big win over the Washington Nationals (4-1), Kershaw struck out 8 batters in 7 innings in the midst of a brutal heat wave in Southern California. Thankfully they weren’t playing a day game as the the evening started out at 96 degrees and didn’t cool down until the sun went down.

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Cavs Bring Championship To Cleveland In Dramatic, Historic Fashion, Johnson Wins US Open Amid Controversy

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CavsIn an exciting game from start to finish, the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off what no other team has EVER done in the NBA. They shockingly came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors for the Championship. Most of the time a matchup as anticipated as Game 7 doesn’t live up to the hype, but Sunday nights battle in Oakland exceeded all expectations. With 20 lead changes, the game could have gone either way and fans were on the edge of their seats. With a minute left, Kyrie Irving launched a fadeaway 3-pointer (kind of ironic as that shot was the Warriors’ go-to winning shot all season), to give the Cavs the final lead. The unanimous MVP of the Finals, LeBron James couldn’t stop crying after the win. He said, “I came back for a reason. I came back to bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing.”

The Cavaliers didn’t just win a championship Sunday night in historic fashion, they also delivered the city of Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years. Cleveland 93, Warriors 89.

GOLF

Dustin Johnson played the final few holes of the US Open wondering if he would be penalized for an earlier rule violation. With seven holes left to play, Johnson remained focused to pull out the win for his first major Championship. The USGA is being criticized for how they handled the situation while Johnson got pats on the back from the players (and the fans) for keeping his cool.

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Cavs Dominate Warriors And Force A Game 7

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LeBron JamesThe Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Golden State Warriors all night long, clinching a victory that forces what’s sure to be an entertaining game 7. For the second game in a row, LeBron James racked up 41 points to help bail the Cavs out from the threat of elimination. With James and Kyrie Irving heading the charge, the Cavs took the lead out of the gate and never let it up.

Steph Curry was fierce and determined, but it wasn’t enough. He ended up scoring 30 points, then fouled out in the last six minutes of the game. Immediately after fouling out, a frustrated Curry threw his mouthpiece, hitting a fan, and was ejected from the game. Let’s hope the fan held onto the mouthguard, as it’s probably worth a pretty penny. This was the first time Curry has fouled out since December 2013. Cleveland 115, Golden State 101

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Von Miller Wants To Be Bronco, Curry’s Used Mouthguard For Sale

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Chelsea HandlerGood news for Denver Broncos fans worried about the stalemate between linebacker Von Miller and team management. The Super Bowl MVP appeared on Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show recently and said that he wants “to be a Bronco forever.” The Broncos applied the franchise tag to Miller during the offseason, giving them until July 15th to hammer out a contract with the player. Negotiations have been rocky, and Von Miller has rejected the current offer on the table. If there’s no agreement made soon, Von Miller will likely end up playing one season with the annual salary guaranteed him by the franchise-tag- about $14 million.

NBA

If you watch the Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry play, you see a lot of things. His unorthodox jump shot, his knack for sinking three pointers, and yes, of course, his staple mouthguard. You may not have Curry’s talent for basketball, but now you can have one of his game-used mouthguards. The mouthguard, recovered from the floor near the Warrior’s bench after a game, is being put up for auction and is expected to net at least $5,000. The item is a staple of Curry. His mouthguard sometimes seems to be going in and out of his mouth more than air. “I just chew on it like crazy,” Curry said in a TV appearance earlier this year. “It kind of calms me down, especially when I’m at the free throw line.” Let’s just see if it has the same calming effect on the auction’s winning bidder when the bill arrives.

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Brady Gears Up To Appeal Suspension

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Tom BradyIt’s not really about deflated footballs anymore. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is gearing up to appeal his four game suspension to the highest court in the nation.

“Deflategate” has been going on for 17 long months, but it’s still not quite over. For a quick recap- the Patriots were accused of deflating game balls before the AFC Championship game last January. Brady was suspended for four games. He appealed and the case slowly made its way through the court system. Most recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the NFL’s suspension of Brady, calling the evidence against him “compelling.” Now his only chance to play every game of the 2016 season is to get the Supreme Court to hear his case. This would, at the very least, postpone his suspension another year.

Whether or not the Supreme Court will actually hear the case is another matter. The case won’t really be about whether or not Brady is guilty, but how his punishment and appeal were handled by the NFL. Brady’s lawyer will argue that the NFL piled on additional charges against Brady when he went to appeal his suspension, effectively creating a moving target. But for the Supreme Court to hear the case, he must convince them this sets a dangerous precedent for the arbitration process and threatens unionized workers all across America.

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LeBron And Kyrie Show Greatness With Cavs Win, Robinson’s Seattle Tryout

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LeBron James & Kyrie IrvingThe stakes were high Monday night in Oakland for the NBA Finals with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving showing greatness with a stunning 41 points each to force a game 6 in Cleveland Thursday night. Their combined 82 points was the most by teammates facing elimination in an NBA Finals game. The Warriors were without their Center Draymond Green who was suspended for this game due to a flagrant foul he committed against LeBron James in Game 4. The Warriors’ defense had trouble containing LeBron and Kyrie without Green and when the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut went down in the 3rd quarter with an injured knee, the game was essentially over. Cavaliers 112, Warriors 97.

The Warriors blamed LeBron for disrespecting Green by walking over him during the incident in game 4 then heckled him before and during Monday’s game. Instead of rattling LeBron, the chatter just ignited his fiercely competitive nature directing him to deliver not only 41 points but also 16 rebounds and 7 assists.

Emotions will be running high Thursday night for game 6 when Draymond rejoins the team.  What could have been a boring 7 game series is now turning into drama filled must watch TV. Game 6 June 16th 9:00 pm EST.

NFL

In what seems like a huge longshot, 11-year NBA veteran, Nate Robinson is trying out to be a Seattle Seahawks defensive back. Robinson is 32 years old but has stayed in physical shape by playing this past season for Hapoel Tel Aviv. Robinson played cornerback in college but then quit to pursue his basketball career.

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