Ayton, Bailey Go #1,#2 In Draft, Atlanta And Dallas Big Trade, LeBron’s Dialogue With Cavs, Winston Suspended

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Mock drafts are now irrelevant and the wait is finally over.  The NBA draft rolled out last night with the first two picks as expected. Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bailey III went #1 and #2 to the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings respectively. Then, the night got interesting. The Atlanta Hawks picked Luka Doncic, but  minutes later traded him to Dallas for Trae Young (the 5th pick in the draft) along with a 2019 first-round pick. Michael Porter Jr (formerly a #1  prospect) provided the other big surprise of the night when he fell to #14 due to concerns about his injuries. For a list of all the trades, click here.

In addition to analyzing the best and worst picks of the draft, we’re still focused on what LeBron James will do. He has until June 29th to decide to become an unrestricted free agent or exercise his $35.6 million contract option.  The Cavaliers GM Koby Altman has been communicating with LeBron and trying to keep him in Cleveland. He told reporters  “We continue to have good dialogue with his management team. I think LeBron has more than earned the right to approach his contracts the way he does.” Alabama guard Collin Sexton, the Cavs 8th pick in the draft, immediately started lobbying for LeBron to stay.

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After an 8th month investigation, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for 3 games at the start of the NFL season for reportedly groping an Uber driver in March of 2016. As a quarterback at Florida State in 2012, Winston was accused of rape but no charges were filed, and he became the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft in 2015.

 

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Kawhi Meets With Popovich, Mock Drafts, Brady Posts Cuarenta y cinco

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The basketball world has been talking about Kawhi Leonard wanting out of San Antonio. To add to the rumors, Leonard met with coach Gregg Popovich on Tuesday to speak about his future.  Kawhi suffered from a quadriceps tendinopathy injury this season causing him to miss 73 regular season games and playoff games and creating a divide with the team. At 26 years old, Leonard will be a free-agent next year and has expressed a desire to head to his hometown of LA and possibly sign with the Lakers (or even the Clippers).  With the NBA draft on Thursday (and everyone also wondering where LeBron ends up), the Leonard situation remains fluid and interesting.  LeBron, for his part, isn’t likely to announce what he’ll do until after the draft. He has until June 29th to decide if he’ll exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season or become an unrestricted free agent.

After weeks of mock drafts, the actual draft takes place Thursday night at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN. Many draft experts expect Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Luka Doncic to go to Phoenix, Sacramento and Atlanta respectively.

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With the basketball world focused on the mock draft, the football world seems focused on when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plans to retire. In an interview with Oprah on Sunday, Brady said,”As long as I’m still loving it. As long as I’m loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it’s also, I think what I’ve alluded to a lot in the [‘Tom vs. Time’] docuseries was there’s other things happening in my life, too. I do have kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there driving my kids to their games,” And, then adding to the speculation, Brady posted on Instagram “Cuarenta y cinco” which means 45 in Spanish.

 

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Caster Semenya Challenges Testosterone Ruling, World Cup Schedule

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South Africa’s Caster Semenya, a two-time gold medalist in the women’s 800 meters, will challenge  the “Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification” of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).” The regulations require women to submit to testing in order to reduce or limit their testosterone levels to maintain an even playing field for all athletes.  Semenya had to undergo gender testing in 2009 but was cleared to run 11 months later.

WORLD CUP

Not sure what to watch and when to watch it, click here for the schedule and everything you need to know about the 32 teams competing in the World Cup.

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Crazy Saturday At Shinnecock, Mickelson Runs After Putt, Koepka Wins US Open, Iceland & Mexico Stuns

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Saturday was a crazy day at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY leading many golfers to vocally criticize the USGA about the conditions of the course and the unfairness of playing early in the day vs late in the day when the winds from the Long Island Sound swept in and wreaked havoc. Daniel Berger and Tony Finau cruised to the top of the leaderboard partly because they played a different course then those heading into the day on top. Berger and Finau teed off before the winds swept in and went from 11 shots down to 3 over. The most stunning part of the day came on the 13th green when Phil Mickelson ran after his putt (which looked like it was going to roll off the green) and hit it before it stopped moving (which is a big no-no). He received a two-stroke penalty. The golf world was stunned. Listen to the commentators as they are watching the shot!

On Sunday, Brooks Koepka scored a final round 68 to win the 118th U.S. Open, making him the first back-to-back champion since 1988 when Curtis Strange held the honor.

WORLD CUP

In World Cup news over the weekend, a couple of big surprises. Newcomer, Iceland tied powerhouse Argentina, and Mexico stunned the world by beating reigning champion Germany.

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Bear Plays Vuvuzela, Russia Wins First Match, Open Underway With High Winds

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World Cup madness has officially begun, and for the next month, fans will celebrate or cry, and we’ll hear that annoying vuvuzela (in fact, during a pre-game parade in Moscow, an actual Bear was playing the instrument while riding a float, creating an angry outpouring on twitter). The Russian National team, ranked last among the 32 teams in the tournament, kicked off the first day with a 5-0 win over an equally low ranked Saudi Arabia. President Putin was clearly happy and interrupted the coach’s post-game conference with a congratulatory call. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov said Putin asked him “to share his thanks with the team for their performance we put on. And he asked the team to continue playing like this.”

GOLF

The 118 U.S. Open is underway and after the first day with brutal 20 mph winds, some of the golfing greats including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy had a rough start. The final round of the Open at Shinnecock Hills, NY is always scheduled to fall on Father’s Day. Follow all the action by clicking here.

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Lakers Told To Tone Down Roasting, Kemp And Chirinos Ejected

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The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are friends and are known to roast each other on social media. The Laker organization has now decided this “friendly” roasting needs to be toned down as it’s getting personal.  If the two teammates are friends, why would the Lakers care? Some speculate the organization is courting LeBron and doesn’t want the appearance of any discord on the team, although Ball and Kuzma (with Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart) insist they’re just having fun. Ingram said, “Whether it is talking off the court, whether it is talking on the basketball court, we really have had a bond.”

BASEBALL

Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp collided at home plate in the third inning with Texas Ranger Robinson Chirinos causing both players to be ejected. Kemp was tagged out, but not before lowering his shoulder and running into Chirinos. Chirinos shoved him causing both benches to clear. According to Chirinos, “he leaned into me and put his shoulder into me. That’s when I rushed him. Everyone knows the rule, they preach it to us in spring training. It was emotional.” Dodgers won the game 3-2.

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US/Canada/Mexica Win Bid For 2026 World Cup, Luck’s Shoulder Healed, Cabrera Out For Season

WORLD CUP

The World Cup is just about underway in Russia with 32 teams competing in the most watched sporting event in the world. The United States did not qualify this year (the first time in three decades), but they did secure (with their neighbors Canada and Mexico) the bid to host the 2026 tournament. In 2026, the tournament will expand to 48 teams (including the host countries). No other World Cup has split hosting duties three ways, but the US, Canada, and Mexico agreed to have 60 games played in the US with 10 played in Canada and 10 in Mexico. The Final match will be played at New York’s MetLife Stadium.

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The Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck appears to be healed from his shoulder injury and ready to compete. He recently threw in front of the media and claims he is “absolutely” ready to play in week 1 vs the Cincinnati Bengals

BASEBALL

Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera (known as Miggy) ruptured his left bicep and will be out the remainder of the season. Cabrera was the AL MVP in 2012-2013, and his absence will be a huge loss for the team. Tiger manager Ron Gardenhire captured the feeling of the team when he said, “Definitely a big blow for our ballclub and that young man. Very sad day for our baseball team though. He’s a special player, a special person to have around here. That’s a blow. I feel terrible when I saw him do that.”

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Kevin Durant Can Sign Any Contract, Dwayne Wade Weighs In On LeBron

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The basketball world continues to speculate on where many players will end up this off-season. Back to back Finals MVP Kevin Durant can become an unrestricted free agent after June 29th if he declines his current $26.3 million player option. The Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers told reporters  Durant can sign any contract he wants to stay with the team. He said, “Sometimes you don’t negotiate. I’d love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year, he did us a great service, so he’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants.”

Landing LeBron James would be a huge coup and a few teams seem to be early favorites to sign him: LA Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Houston Rockets. LeBron’s buddy Dwayne Wade (who insists he doesn’t have any inside info) spoke about LeBron’s decision and said , “I think at this point in his life, it’s more so of a lifestyle thing of where my family is going to be the most comfortable and where I’m going to be the happiest. Because basketball wise, he’s so great, he can bring along and take along whoever.”

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Warriors Sweep Cavs For NBA Championship, KD Wins MVP, Justify Wins Triple Crown Amid Controversy

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After a much-anticipated matchup (with the battle raging for 4 straight years), the Golden State Warriors handily swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in 4 games to win the NBA Championship. Steph Curry posted 37 points and Kevin Durant followed up his game three 43 points with his first triple-double in an NBA Finals (20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists). Durant’s solid performance throughout the Finals earned him the series MVP.  The Championship is Golden State’s third title in 4 years and places them in the history books as one of only six teams winning three titles in four years. The Lakers were the last team to accomplish this feat in the years 2000-20002.

In the off-season, expect many stories on whether LeBron James will stay with the Cavs or move on to continue his career elsewhere.

HORSE RACING

Justify, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, emerged as the 13th Triple Crown winner in history 0n Saturday after winning the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. Bob Baffert trained Justify as well as the last Triple Crown winner from four years ago, American Pharoah. After an initial celebration of this tremendous feat, the owner of two other horses in the field, Mike Repole, wants the Belmont Stewards to investigate Florent Geroux, the jockey riding Restoring Hope, Justify’s stablemate (who is also trained by Bob Baffert). Watching the race, it looked as if Restoring Hope was “blocking” for Justify to give him a better trip. Repole said,  “It definitely seemed to me he was more of an offensive lineman than a racehorse trying to win the Belmont and Justify was a running back trying to run for a touchdown.”

 

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Capitals Win Stanley Cup, 76ers Colangelo Resigns, Terrell Owens Declines Invite To HOF Ceremony

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For the first time in 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals  finally achieved their goal-National Champions and winners of the Stanley Cup. The win also marks Washington’s first national title since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992. After scoring 15 goals during the playoffs, Alex Ovechkin was named MVP.  Even though the Capitals played game 5 in Vegas, their fans came out in droves yelling “We want the Cup”and they got it! Congrats Capitals!

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After a tumultuous week, the Philadelphia 76ers Bryan Colangelo resigned as the team GM. Colangelo denied he was responsible for the twitter accounts denigrating the team. Apparently the burner accounts (which disparaged certain members of the team) belonged to Bryan’s wife, Barbara. While this crisis has been difficult for the organization, it’s unlikely it will affect their draft prospects or the team in general. As head coach Brett Brown said in a news conference, “We’ve all been doing this long enough to understand that this too shall pass.”

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Former SF 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens announced he will not be in attendance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Owens said, “While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere.” A representative from the Hall of Fame said this was “unprecedented”.

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