Zion, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett Round Out Top 3 Picks In NBA Draft, Wrong Team Hats, US Women’s National Soccer Beat Sweden

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To no one’s surprise, Duke’s Zion Williamson, Murray State’s Ja Morant, and Duke’s RJ Barrett rounded out the top three picks in the NBA draft on Thursday night. They will be heading to the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks respectively. The Atlanta Hawks chose Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter with the 4th pick and the Cleveland Cavaliers grabbed Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland with pick #5.

In an odd set of circumstances, some players were handed the wrong team hats when their names were announced. The NBA rules state that a trade can’t go through until the official start of the basketball season, so a player such as De’Andre Hunter, had to awkwardly get his picture taken in an LA Lakers hat instead of a Hawks hat.

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The Women’s U.S. national team beat their rival Sweden on Thursday and wrapped up their third group match with three wins in three games. It was the first time the U.S. has completed a group phase without giving up a goal. The U.S. will now face Spain on Monday in the round-of-16.

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NBA Draft Tonight, Grizzlies Trade Conley, Kraft Receives Israel’s Genesis Prize, Ortiz Not Target

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The much-anticipated NBA draft kicks off at 7:00 pm ET tonight. It is widely agreed the New Orleans Pelicans will choose Duke’s Zion Williamson with the #1 pick, and Murray State’s Ja Morant will go to the Memphis Grizzlies at #2. The New York Knicks are expected to pick Duke’s RJ Barrett at #3.

The Memphis Grizzlies made a big trade this week by sending point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, and Jae Crowder plus the 23rd pick in the draft.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is in Israel to receive the Genesis Prize, called the “Jewish Noble Prize”. Kraft takes past and present pro football players to Israel to celebrate his love and passion for the country. The trips are affectionately known as “Touchdown in Israel”. The Genesis Prize comes with a $1 million dollar award which Kraft said he’ll be donating to organizations fighting anti-semitism.

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David Ortiz, former Red Sox superstar known as Big Papi, is recovering from getting shot in his back while hanging out at an outdoor cafe in the Dominican Republic. According to authorities, Oritz was not the intended target of the attempted murder. The Dominican Republic’s attorney general reported that Victor Hugo Gomez, an associate of the Mexican Gulf Cartel, ordered the murder of his cousin, whom he suspected of turning him into drug investigators in 2011. The gunman mistook Ortiz for the intended target because the lighting in the cafe made it appear that both were wearing white pants.

 

 

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Shots Fired At Raptors Parade, LaMelo Ball To Play In Australian NBL

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Three people were arrested at the Toronto Raptors celebration on Monday. Four people were shot and wounded at the rally, but no motive was announced, and the investigation is ongoing. The shooting took place at City Hall square where a crowd of thousands gathered to celebrate the Raptors NBA title.

17-year old LaMelo Ball will play in the Australian National Basketball League for a season in hopes of using his “one-and-done season” between high school and the NBA to get drafted high in the NBA next year. The NBL’s Next Stars program and the G League have become training grounds for high school players who choose not to play in College. Ball told ESPN, “They have a really strong league, with excellent coaches and great players, including former and future NBA players, and great strength and conditioning programs. My goal is to be the top pick in next year’s draft, and I feel they can help me reach that goal. Also, the timing of the season works well with the timing of next year’s draft.”

 

 

 

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Lakers Get Anthony Davis In Deal With Pelicans, Gary Woodland Wins U.S. Open Pebble Beach

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The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a trade for superstar Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. In exchange, the Pelicans will get Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks. LeBron James will now have another star on the team to help him compete in the Western Conference. James didn’t waste time showing his excitement and posted on Instagram, “AD on da way!! Let’s get it bro! Just the beginning….”New Orleans has the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday and is expected to choose Duke’s Zion Williamson.

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Gary Woodland, a 35-year old American, won his first major championship at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach over the weekend.

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Raptors Win First Ever NBA Final, Kawhi Earns MVP, Klay Tears ACL

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The Toronto Raptors won their first championship in their 24-year history by beating Golden State 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. To no one’s surprise, Kawhi Leonard earned the Finals MVP, making history by becoming only the third player to win the award with a team from each conference (Spurs, Raptors). He is joined by Kareem Abdul-Jabber (Bucks, Lakers) and LeBron James (Heat, Cavaliers). As exciting as this win is for the Raptors franchise, it was a sad Finals stretch for the Warriors. Not only were they without Kevin Durant, but during Game 6 their other superstar Klay Thompson went down with a torn ACL.

Raptors guard Danny Green summed up the big win by saying, “There’s no words, really. Brought one home, not just for us, but for the 36 million people watching. A whole country. Special, special to be a part of.”

 

 

 

 

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Blues Win Stanley Cup For First Victory Ever, Durant Undergoes Achilles Surgery, Kyrie Switches Agents

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The St. Louis Blues made history. In January, the Blues were ranked last in the NHL and now, with their Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins, they will be celebrating their first ever Stanley Cup victory. Congratulations!

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Kevin Durant took to Instagram to post a picture after his surgery on his torn Achilles. Durant suffered the injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Durant could become a free agent this offseason if he opts out of his $31.5 million player option for next season with the Warriors. The Achilles injury complicates the situation, as he could take up to a year to recover.

The Warriors, down two games to three, face a must-win situation at home tonight in Game 6 to stay alive in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

In other NBA news, Kyrie Irving announced he his switching agents with just a few weeks to go before the beginning of free agency. Irving will now be represented by Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation Sports. It’s been reported that both the Brooklyn Nets and NY Knicks have an interest in signing Irving.

 

 

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Routs Thailand, Defends Celebrations

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U.S. Women’s soccer is creating quite a stir. They not only routed Thailand 13-0 on Tuesday in the World Cup opener but caused some to question their sportsmanship for their celebrations after each goal. Striker Alex Morgan, who scored a record-tying five goals, defended the team ratcheting up the score and said, “we knew that every goal could matter in this group stage game.” Scoring differential does matter in World Cup play as it could be used as a tiebreaker for seeding purposes. As for the excessive celebrating, veteran player Abby Wambach weighed in to say “It’s the World Cup folks. Would you say this about the men? Didn’t think so. For all that have issue with many goals: for some players this is (their) first World Cup goal, and they should be excited. Imagine it being you out there.This is your dream of playing and then scoring in a World Cup. Celebrate.Would you tell a men’s team to not score or celebrate?” For the World Cup Schedule, click here.

 

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Warriors Survive Thrilling But Devastating Game 5, Raptors Ugly Cheers For KD Injury

 

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The Warriors survived an exciting but devastating Game 5 against the Raptors. With the Raptors up by six points with only three minutes left, the momentum of the game appeared to be in Toronto’s favor, and the fans were going wild with anticipation. The team then called a timeout, which is all the Warriors needed to sink a few 3-pointers and come out on top with a 106-105 win. The win was overshadowed though by the devastating site of Kevin Durant collapsing on the court in the second quarter with a right leg injury (which is likely an ACL tear).  After the game, coach Steve Kerr said, “I just told the team I didn’t know what to say, because on the one hand I’m so proud of them, just the amazing heart and grit that they showed, and on the other I’m just devastated for Kevin. So it’s a bizarre feeling that we all have right now. An incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time.”

Another upsetting incident from Monday’s game was hearing Toronto fans in the arena clapping and cheering when Durant went down. Steph Curry told reporters, “Very confused around that reaction. It’s not my experience with people of this city. I commend [Raptors players] Danny Green and Kyle Lowry for signaling to the crowd. I hope that ugliness doesn’t show itself again.” Klay Thompson had even sharper words saying, “It was bulls–t. That was freaking ridiculous. I can’t even put into words how mad I was about that.”

Game 6 is on Thursday night at Oracle Arena at 9:00 pm ET. This will be the Warriors last game in the arena before moving across the Bay next season to Chase Center.

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Ortiz Shot In Back, Will Durant Return For Game 5, Nadal Makes History

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Former Boston Red Sox superstar David Ortiz, affectionately known as Big Papi, was shot in the back while at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The bullet went through his stomach, but he’s reportedly in stable condition.  As of Monday morning, the police do not know the motive of the shooter.

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After a big win over the weekend, Toronto now leads the NBA Finals 3-1 over Golden State. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether Warriors star Kevin Durant will return for Game 5 Monday night at 9:00 pm ET in Toronto. Durant has missed 9 straight games and hasn’t played since May 8th. If the Raptors are victorious, they will capture their first championship in franchise history.

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Rafael Nadal made history by winning his 12th French Open title. Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in four sets and became the only person to ever win the same major tournament 12 times.

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Death Threats To Warriors Owners Wife Over Beyoncé, Thompson Returns, Wentz Signs $128 Mill Extension With Eagles

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Social media went crazy after the Golden State/Toronto Game 3 when Nicole Curran, wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, leaned over Beyoncé to say something to Jay-Z. Beyoncé didn’t look happy with the interaction, and fans took to Curran’s Instagram account and sent her death threats. Curran canceled the account and issued a statement saying,

“Listen, Beehive, I respect Queen B. I love her! I talked to her husband twice tonight. First, to take a drink order for them both when they arrived as they were our guests. Second, to explain why I gave his wife a rose from a fan. All of this has been taken out of context. I am a happily married woman. Telling me to kill myself? Somehow I don’t think she would support this.”

The Warriors Klay Thompson is expected to return to the lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night against the Raptors. Fans hoped Kevin Durant would also return, but coach Steve Kerr said Durant was still recovering from his calf injury suffered on May 8th.

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