Kevin Durant Mesmerizes In Game 5 Win, Lillard & Green Commit To Tokyo Olympics, NFL Signs Diageo

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Thanks to a stunning performance from Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks and are now up 3-2 in the series. Durant played 48 minutes (every minute of the game) and put up 49 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists.

OLYMPICS

Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard and Golden State Warriors Draymond Green are the first NBA players to commit to playing for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics.

FOOTBALL

For years the NFL had a ban on advertising liquor on its broadcast, but now, four years after lifting the ban, the League has signed its first official liquor sponsor, Diageo. The NFL requires liquor companies to have a social-responsibility message and not target underage drinkers.

 

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Hawks/Clippers Even Series, NBA’s All Defensive First Team

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Thanks to the stellar play of Trae Young, the Atlanta Hawks battled back in the second half of their duel with the Philadelphia 76ers to win game 4 and tie the series (2-2).  Hawks 103, 76ers 100.

In the late game on Monday, the Los Angeles Clippers dominated the Utah Jazz midway through the first quarter and cruised to an easy victory. The series is now tied at 2-2. Clippers 118, Jazz 104.

In other NBA news, Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Philly’s Ben Simmons, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo were all selected for the NBA’s 2020-21 All-Defensive first team.

 

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Becky Hammon/Dawn Staley Interviewing For Head Coach, Suns Sweep Nuggets, Irving Injured, Stanley Cup Semis, Playoff Committee Meets On Expansion, French Open Winners

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Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley, Chauncey Billups, Brent Barry, and Mike D’Antoni are interviewing for the head coaching position for the Portland Trail Blazers. Hammon is the current assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. She is also expected to interview for the head coaching position with the Orlando Magic.

Thanks to Chris Paul’s 37 points, the Phoenix Suns swept the Denver Nuggets 4-0 to secure a spot in their first Western Conference Finals since 2010.

In other playoff news, Kyrie Irving had to leave Game 4 of the Nets/Bucks series due to a sprained ankle. The series is tied 2-2.

HOCKEY

The Stanley Cup Semifinals are set. The Las Vegas Golden Knights will face Montreal, and the New York Islanders will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning

FOOTBALL

The College Football Playoff committee is discussing whether to expand from 4-12 teams.

TENNIS

Barbora Krejcikova and Novak Djokovic are the French Open winners.

 

 

 

 

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Jokić Named MVP, Gobert Defensive Player Of Year Again, Alonso Claims MLB Manipulates Baseballs

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Nikola Jokić was named Most Valuable Player this season. He’s the first second-round draft pick to ever win the coveted award.

Rudy Gobert (nicknamed the Stifle Tower) won the Defensive Player of the Year award for the third time. He’s only the fourth player in NBA history to win this award at least three times.

BASEBALL

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso created a stir when asked his opinion on Major League Baseball cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances to juice balls. Alonso said he was “fine with pitchers using aids-but that the bigger issue is that MLB ‘manipulates the baseballs year in and year out, depending on free agency class.”

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Rodgers To Skip Mandatory Minicamp, Saban’s Extension More Than $10Mill Yr, Thibodeau Coach Of Year, LeBron James Most Hated

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MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been shy about expressing his frustrations with the Green Bay Packers and is now expected to make matters even more clear by skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Legendary Alabama football coach, Nick Saban, signed a new three-year contract extension (keeping him through 2028) for more than $10 million a year.

BASKETBALL

The NBA announced Tom Thibodeau as Coach of the year for leading the Knicks to their first playoffs since 2013,

Based on geotagged Twitter data over the last month that included over 70,0oo tweets and hashtags, LeBron James was listed as the most hated player across multiple states. Sports Insider mapped out the areas of the country where players were most hated, and LeBron racked up 24 states while Kyrie Irving came in at 18 and James Harden at 3. Rounding out the map were Kevin Durant (3), Russell Westbrook (1), and Paul George (1).

 

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NBA Playoffs, Julio Jones Traded To Titans, Team USA Qualifies, Logan Paul Goes Distance W/Mayweather, Essential Quality Wins Belmont

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Eight teams remain in the NBA Playoffs. In the West, it’s the Jazz vs Clippers and Nuggets vs Suns. In the East, it’s the 76ers vs Hawks (Hawks lead 1-0) and Bucks vs Nets (Nets lead 1-0).

FOOTBALL

The Atlanta Falcons traded receiver Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans for a selection of draft picks.

BASEBALL

Team USA beat Venezuela and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. They will join Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field on July 27th.

BOXING

YouTube star Logan Paul lasted eight rounds with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in a pay-per-view exhibition match at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The match was purely for entertainment, as there were no judges. Paul weighed in at 189.5 pounds and Mayweather clocked in at 155 pounds.

HORSE RACING

Essential Quality, the betting favorite, won the Belmont Stakes.

 

 

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Lakers Eliminated, LeBron Will Play For Tune Squad, Nuggets Beat Trail Blazers And Move On

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LeBron James and the LA Lakers lost Game 6 to the Phoenix Suns and have been eliminated from the first round of the playoffs, marking the first time LeBron has been eliminated in the first round (and only the second time since 2010 that King James won’t be playing in an NBA Finals). Devin Booker was the star of the night, scoring 47 points in the Suns’ big win.

After the game, LeBron was asked if he’ll now consider playing in the Olympics and he joked, “Nah, I think I’m gonna play for the Tune Squad this summer instead of the Olympics. That’s my focus on, on trying to beat the MonStars, or the Goon Squad I guess they’re called now. Didn’t have much success versus Suns, so now I’m giving my attention to the Goon Squad in July. Imma let the ankle rest for a month… Hope we see y’all at the match.”

In another game 6, the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers and will move on to play the Phoenix Suns in the semis.

 

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Coach K Retiring, Eastern Conference Semis Set, Medina Spirit Tests Positive Again

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The legendary college basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire after next season. At 74 years old and with 1,179 wins, 5 national titles, and 12 final fours under his belt, Coach K is known as they winningest coach in college basketball. Jon Scheyer, the current associate head coach, has been named the coach-in-waiting.

In the NBA playoffs, Portland Trailblazer Damian Lillard became the first player in NBA history to score 50 points with 10 assists and 10 three-pointers in a game in a double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Lillard ended the night with 55 points and 12 threes, but the team still lost and fell down 3-2 in the series.

In other playoff news, in the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks move on to the second round.

HORSE RACING

Medina Spirit failed a second drug test and could get disqualified as the Kentucky Derby winner.  Trainer Bob Baffert has also been suspended from Churchill Downs and won’t be able to enter any horses at the track for two years.

 

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Castroneves Wins Indy 500, Osaka Withdraws From French Open For Causing Distraction, Bad Fan Behavior At Wizards/76ers Game

INDIANAPOLIS 500

Helio Castroneves won the Indy 500. The 135,000 fans in attendance mark the largest crowd assembled for a sporting event since the pandemic began.

TENNIS

After playing only one match at the French Open then refusing to answer questions in the post-match press conference (and getting fined $15,000 and a threat of expulsion from the tournament), Naomi Osaka announced she is withdrawing from the rest of the tournament because she doesn’t want to create any more distractions. She said on Twitter, “This isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris. I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly.”

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In yet another example of fans gone wild, a man ran out on the court during the 3rd quarter of the Washington Wizards/Philadelphia 76ers game on Monday. After the game, Wizards coach Scott Brooks reprimanded the behavior of the fans this year saying, “But it’s unfortunate one fan here and there, it ruins it for everyone. There’s great fans in Boston and New York and Philly and DC, Utah. But there’s some that just need to, you know what, stay home. Your thinking is barbaric. Stay home. We don’t need you. We don’t need your dollars. Just stay home. Get away from us.”

The Playoff Update: Lakers and Suns series tied 2-2, Nets lead Celtics 3-1, Trail Blazers and Nuggets tied at 2-2, 76ers lead Wizards 3-1, Hawks lead Knicks 3-1, Jazz lead Grizzlies 3-1, and Mavericks and Clippers tied at 2-2.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fans Bad Behavior, Team USA To Try Qualifying For Olympics, Adam Vinatieri Retires

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Sporting arenas are gradually filling with fans, but a year off of in-person events hasn’t necessarily improved some spectators behavior. On Wednesday night, a 76er fan threw popcorn at Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook, who did not take it lightly and had to be held back by security. The Sixers went on to win game 2 and are up 2-0 in the series. And, then in another arena, a New York Knicks fan spit on the Hawks’ Trae Young. Knicks won the matchup to even the series 1-1.

BASEBALL

The Tokyo Olympics will occur during the Major League Baseball season, so Team USA will have to attempt to qualify for the games with a group of former big league and unknown players instead of working with anyone currently on a MLB roster. Only six nations will compete in the Olympics, and four countries have already qualified (Israel, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea).

FOOTBALL

Four-time Super Bowl champion Adam Vinatieri announced his retirement. After 24 seasons, he holds the NFL’s all-time record for most points scored (2,673), most field goals made (599 including 44 consecutive field goals), and most total games played (397).

 

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