Love Stays with Cavs – Millsap stays with Hawks – Butler Stays with Bulls

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5638331a355510a2c21f0a13a1ca7f24In the NBA, free agency was under way, and teams didn’t waste any time making some big moves.  The biggest deal of the day dealt with Kevin Love’s contract. Many speculated that that Love would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and play for the Los Angeles Lakers or his home town Blazers.  There were also rumors throughout the season that Love and LeBron didn’t get along.  Love squashed all those rumors when he signed a 5-year deal with the Cavs worth $110 million.  The Cavs will make another run at the title with LeBron and Love.

LaMarcus Aldridge met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. According to inside sources, however, Aldridge didn’t have a good meeting.  Nobody knows the specifics, but Aldridge wasn’t too impressed with the “basketball” part of their presentation.  Apparently Kobe Bryant said that he wanted Aldridge to play a similar role that Pau Gasol did years ago.  But Aldridge is looking to be the star, and that didn’t sit well with him.  Aldridge will meet next with the Mavericks and Spurs.

In some other major signings, the Atlanta Hawks re-signed their all-star Paul Millsap, but lost one of their key role players, DeMare Carroll to the Toronto Raptors.   Paul Pierce decided not to play for the Washington Wizards again, but rather to close out his career on a 3-year deal with his hometown Los Angeles Clippers.  That also reunites him with his former head coach Doc Rivers.  Finally, the New Orleans Pelicans gave Anthony Davis, arguably the best future player of the league, a 5 year $140 million contract, while Jimmy Butler stayed with the Chicago Bulls for 5 more years on a $90 million contract.  Expect more deals in the next few days.

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Love Signs With Cavs, LaMarcus Aldridge Disappointing Meeting With Lakers, More NBA Moves

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5638331a355510a2c21f0a13a1ca7f24In the NBA, free agency was under way, and teams didn’t waste any time making some big moves.  The biggest deal of the day dealt with Kevin Love’s contract. Many speculated that that Love would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and play for the Los Angeles Lakers or his home town Blazers.  There were also rumors throughout the season that Love and LeBron didn’t get along.  Love squashed all those rumors when he signed a 5-year deal with the Cavs worth $110 million.  The Cavs will make another run at the title with LeBron and Love.

LaMarcus Aldridge met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. According to inside sources, however, Aldridge didn’t have a good meeting.  Nobody knows the specifics, but Aldridge wasn’t too impressed with the “basketball” part of their presentation.  Apparently Kobe Bryant said that he wanted Aldridge to play a similar role that Pau Gasol did years ago.  But Aldridge is looking to be the star, and that didn’t sit well with him.  Aldridge will meet next with the Mavericks and Spurs.

In some other major signings, the Atlanta Hawks re-signed their all-star Paul Millsap, but lost one of their key role players, DeMare Carroll to the Toronto Raptors.   Paul Pierce decided not to play for the Washington Wizards again, but rather to close out his career on a 3-year deal with his hometown Los Angeles Clippers.  That also reunites him with his former head coach Doc Rivers.  Finally, the New Orleans Pelicans gave Anthony Davis, arguably the best future player of the league, a 5 year $140 million contract, while Jimmy Butler stayed with the Chicago Bulls for 5 more years on a $90 million contract.  Expect more deals in the next few days.

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USA Advances To Finals In Women’s World Cup, LaMarcus Aldridge Leaning Towards LA, Calipari Courted By Kings

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Carli LloydIn the women’s World Cup, USA is an exciting team to watch.  They had a very tough test against Germany in the semifinals but they stayed tough. They got a penalty goal from Carli Lloyd and another goal from Kelley O’Hara to give them the win and send them to the World Cup Final.  The US will now play the winner of Japan v. England.  These women look like they’re on a mission, and appear to be a team of destiny.  USA 2, Germany 0.

 

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NBA free agency gets in full swing, and it’s being reported that Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge is leaning toward signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.  Of course at this point, it’s only rumors, but Aldridge would immediately be a great asset to LA.  The Knicks are courting him too, using the weak eastern conference as a sell to get him to come there and dominate. The Spurs have expressed interest as well.  It’s hard to determine where he will go, but Aldridge is a solid player and would add a lot to any team.

And in Sacramento, the Kings have floated the idea to University of Kentucky’s John Calipari of possibly becoming the next Kings’ coach.  No official offer has been made, and Calipari has publicly stated that he’s staying at Kentucky, but you never know.  It’s hard to imagine Calipari bolting the #1 college program in the nation to coach a small-market team in Sacramento.  Although it’s possible he would be coaching a talented starting line up with DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, and possibly even free agent Rajon Rondo.

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Dwayne Wade Opts Out Of Heat Contract, Bo Ryan To Retire, Oscar De La Hoya Box No More

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Dwayne WadeIn the NBA, long time Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade is opting out of his contract.  The Heat could still have him back, but Wade is likely hoping to get a big contract and play for a contender (even thought the Heat are still actually a pretty good team).  Team president Pat Riley is going to try to bring him back, but Wade is 33 years old and injury prone.  It may be time to let him go.  A lot of people are speculating that Wade may join LeBron in Cleveland to help him snag a ring for the city. After all,  LeBron helped Wade in Miami.
And in college basketball, the Wisconsin basketball program has been a force under head coach Bo Ryan the past few seasons. On Monday, Ryan said that he will coach one more season and then retire.  Badger fans are disappointed as Wisconsin looked poised to be highly ranked for the foreseeable future, but Ryan has done such a great job for their recruiting reputation that Badgers fans will still likely have a lot to cheer about.

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Oscar De La HoyaOscar De La Hoya, the champ and celebrity before Money Mayweather become the most talked about name in the sport, has been pondering a comeback for some time now.  He even tweeted out last month that he was 50-50 on his decision to step back into the ring.  But on Monday, De La Hoya made it official that his boxing days were behind him.  He praised many of the current fighters and said that he enjoys watching them carry on the greatness of the sport he will always love.  One has to assume De La Hoya’s thoughts of a comeback may have been at least partly fueled by money, seeing that Floyd Mayweather made $100 million in just one night.  De La Hoya probably wanted/needed a pay day.

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LeBron Opts Out Of Contract, Baseball Home Run Derby Changes

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LeBron JamesIn the NBA, the lead story of the weekend was LeBron James opting out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  But, hold on, don’t panic, this doesn’t mean what you might think.  This was actually expected by the Cavs, as opting out gives LeBron a chance to make a lot more money in the long-run.  While LeBron is technically a free agent now, he is not expected to visit other teams this off-season, as that would severely hurt his reputation and the story he’s selling of “coming home” to help Cleveland to win a championship.  LeBron is just waiting a bit to see what Cleveland does in free agency, and that will help him determine the type of long-term contract he may chase after.

Elsewhere in the NBA, even though the Los Angeles Lakers are excited about their new draft pick, D’Angelo Russell, Lakers brass have reported that they would still consider trading him for the Kings’ superstar center DeMarcus Cousins.  Of course it would have to be the right deal, but bringing that kind of immediate star power to LA is something they probably couldn’t refuse.

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The baseball all-star game is around the corner and there have been significant changes in the format of the home run derby.  This year it will be an eight player tournament bracket single elimination tournament.  Gone is the American Leauge vs. National League element.  The players will be seeded by how many home runs they have by the all-star break, and this year, instead of “outs” (meaning swings that did not result in home runs), they will be on a 5-minute time clock.  And, in the last minute, the clock will stop after each homer, meaning that there is still a possibility for unlimited home runs.  Should be a nice little twist that will be more fun for the fans.

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NBA Draft Highlights, Karl-Anthony Towns Goes #1, Russell #2

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The NBA Draft finally arrived. The night is always exciting as teams hope to draft future all stars and avoid the inevitable draft bust.

Karl Anthony-TownsThe Minnesota Timberwolves had the #1 overall pick, and not surprisingly used it to grab Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns. At #2, the Lakers shocked everyone by passing on Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, and selected point guard D’Angelo Russell from Ohio State.  Russell is likely a better fit for the Lakers, as they are expected to make a run at big men Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge or DeAndre Jordan in free agency.
Jahil OkaforJahlil Okafor dropped to the Sixers, who definitely need a star to build around.  They were probably hoping to grab Russell since they traded away their rookie of the year point guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Milwaukee Bucks last year, but that plan didn’t work out.  The Knicks were up next, and they took the draft night’s biggest gamble selecting the internationally hyped player Kristaps Porzingis.  Knicks fans booed, but this guy could actually be good.  It just might take a year.

Other notable first round picks:  Duke star Justise Winslow landed in Miami, Arizona star Stanley Johnson found a home with the Detroit Pistons, and the marquee name of the NCAA Tournament, Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky is going to Charlotte.   Also, the reigning champion Golden State Warriors may have nabbed a steal in Kevon Looney out of UCLA with the last pick of the first round.

All in all, a seemingly solid draft but we’ll see what happens when the season starts.

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Kevin Love Opted Out Of Contract, NBA Draft Tonight, University Of Virginia Wins National Title

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Kevin LoveIn the NBA, an interesting development out of Cleveland as Kevin Love has opted out of his contract. Cleveland was afraid of Love leaving when they shipped their #1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, to Minnesota in exchange for Love hoping it would help them win.  But Love still had the option to opt out and pursue other teams in free agency, which is exactly what he decided to do.  The Cavs will still try and sign Love, but he is likely also going to be pursued by the likes of Boston, the Lakers and even Portland.  It will be interesting to see what happens this summer.

The NBA Draft is tonight.  After much speculation and anticipation, we get to finally see where some of the young stars will go.   Minnesota is expected to pick Karl-Anthony Towns from Kentucky with the #1 overall pick, but you still never know.  Plus, the Lakers at #2 and the Knicks at #4 are reportedly trying to move their picks in exchange for assets.  The Lakers are making a huge move trying to get DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings.  Anything can happen on draft night, and no player should feel safe on his own team, as he could be dealt at any second (Steph Curry and LeBron James probably excluded from that concept, however).

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In college baseball, the University of Virginia has captured their first national championship.  They were a bit of an underdog coming into this tournament, but last night, they had an incredible win over Vanderbilt to seal to the deal.   Virginia 4, Vanderbilt 2.

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Tom Brady Takes 10 Hours To Appeal Suspension, Jeter Goes Dutch Over Pizza

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Tom BradyTom Brady took a trek to the NFL offices on Park Avenue on Tuesday to appeal his four game suspension. After 10 hours, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell still hadn’t decided Brady’s fate. Training camp opens for the Patriots in 5 weeks and the team needs to know whether Brady will be their starting QB for the first month of the season.

 

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Derek JeterDerek Jeter is causing a buzz this week as he went “dutch” on a pizza check with his girlfriend of a year, Hannah Davis. While in Rome, the cute couple shared a pizza and asked to split the check….with their Amex black cards. Twitter feeds are lighting up with opinions on whether going dutch (especially when you’re worth over $400 mill) is appropriate.

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P Diddy Arrested At UCLA For Kettlebell Incident, USA Women’s Soccer Headed To Quarterfinals

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Sean CombsSean Combs (“Diddy”) was arrested Monday night after an incident in the UCLA weight room. Combs’ son, Justin, is a redshirt junior on the UCLA football team. According to TMZ, UCLA’s strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi, was screaming at Justin during a practice while Combs was watching from the sidelines. According to reports, Combs then confronted Alosi in his office and assaulted him with a kettlebell in the locker room. No one was hurt in the incident but Combs is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of making a terrorist threat. He is currently out on bail and police are still investigating the incident.

 

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USA Women’s soccer is heading to the World Cup quarterfinals. USA beat Columbia in the round of 16 with a 2-0 shutout, it’s third consecutive shutout of the tournament.

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Jordan Spieth Wins US Open, Johnson’s Epic Collapse, Richardson Donates 100K To Victims Of Charleston Church Shooting

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Jordan SpiethJordan Spieth won the US Open on Sunday.  At only 21 years old,  he is the first player (since Tiger Woods in 2002) to win the Masters and US Open trophy in the same season.  As impressive as Spieth was, everyone is talking about the epic collapse from Dustin Johnson on the 18th hole. Dustin had chance to win tournament  with an easy eagle putt but missed then missed the birdie which would have tied the tournament.  It just shows how humbling this sport can be.

 

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The owner of the Carolina Panthers, Jerry Richardson, donated 100K to the victims of the Charleston church shooting. Richardson gave 10k to each family and 10k to the church.

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