Raptors Roll Over Cavs To Even Series, Brady Appeals Suspension

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Cleveland wasn’t around offensively in Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors. They scratched their way back in the 4th quarter, but too little too late and the Raptors have now tied the series. LeBron James scored 21 points in the 3rd quarter but only 8 points in the 4th quarter. On the other hand, the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 67 points! Raptors 105, Cavaliers 99.

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Tom BradyThe Tom Brady Deflategate saga continues. The New England QB appealed his 4 game suspension from Roger Goodell by contending it was “biased, agenda-driven, and self-approving.” There is a scenario where his attorneys could ask for a stay and Brady could continue to play during the freeze. There’s also a scenario where Brady could take his appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. This story will not be going away anytime soon.

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Cavs Lose Game 3 To Raptors, Warriors Get Trounced, Exaggerator Wins Preakness,

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Everyone was predicting a Cavaliers sweep of the Raptors in game 3, but Cleveland was held to just 35.4% shooting and went down pretty decisively to the Raptors.

Bismack BiyomboOn the final play of the game with only seconds left, Cavaliers’ Dahntay Jones hit the Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo in the groin. “I got hit in an area that I wasn’t supposed to get hit on, or a private area, so to speak,” Biyombo said after Game 3. “Whenever the league has a chance, they probably want to take a look at that. That’s all I can say on that one.” And in more officiating news, Toronto Head Coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials. Raptors 99, Cavs 84.

In the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the Golden State Warriors. The game was essentially over by the end of the first half. At one point in the second half the Thunder was even up as much as 41 points. Kevin Durant had 33 points and Russell Westbrook 30 points with only 5 turnovers between them. OKC is now up 2-1 in the series. Thunder 133, Warriors 105.

HORSE RACING

Unfortunately Horse Racing fans won’t see another Triple Crown winner this year as Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, was defeated by his rival, Exaggerator in the Preakness this weekend. It was a devastating start to the day, however, when two horses died. 9 year old Homeboykris won the first race of the day but then collapsed on his way back to the stables and on the 4th race of the day, Pramedya broke her front leg and was immediately euthanized.

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Cavs Cruise To Win In Game 2, Mickelson Pays $1 Mill For Insider Trading

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Lebron JamesThe Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to victory again over the Toronto Raptors in game 2 of the NBA Eastern finals. LeBron had his 15th career postseason triple double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. The Cavs seem unbeatable at this point and unless the Raptors pull it together, we may see the Cavs sweep the series. Towards the end of the first half, Toronto Point Guard, Kyle Lowry left the bench to go into the locker room to “decompress”. He said he needed to “relax my body and relax my mind” before getting back on the court for the second half. If the Raptors have any shot of giving the Cavs a run, they will need Lowry back in form. For the series he’s only made 1 in 15 three-pointers and has more turnovers than assists.  The series heads to Toronto for game 3 Saturday night. Cleveland 108, Toronto 89.

GOLF

Pro golfer Phil Mickelson is in hot water. The SEC is requiring him to pay back more than $1 million he made in profits on an alleged insider trading tip. No criminal charges have been filed against Mickelson but his association with Billy Waters, a shady sports gambler, is being called into question.

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Curry On Tear For Warriors Win, Hornacek To Be Named Knicks Head Coach, Oatmaha Beer

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Stephen CurryStephen Curry stepped it up again when he needed to. Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals was neck and neck until Curry went on a tear during the middle of the 3rd quarter posting 15 points in just under 2 minutes. And, that was all the Warriors needed to keep their 20 plus point lead against the Oklahoma City Thunder throughout the rest of the game. There was one very scary moment in the first quarter when Curry was chasing a loose ball and fell over a number of fans in the first few rows. Fortunately, Curry was fine but did have a swollen elbow that according to Curry looked like a tennis ball. The Warriors now head to OKC for game 3. Warriors 118, OKC 91.

Former Phoenix Suns Coach Jeff Hornacek was reportedly hired by the New York Knicks. The Suns fired Hornacek in February after a disappointing season.

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A brewery from Indianapolis and one from Denver collaborated and designed a beer to honor NFL great Peyton Manning. The beer will be called “Oatmaha” but for legal reasons, Manning will not be featured on the can.

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76ers 1st Pick In NBA Draft, Cavs Demolish Raptors, Bad News For Crimson Tide, Madden Helps Petty

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76ersThe Philadelphia 76ers secured the first pick in the NBA lottery. After three losing seasons, the 76ers have been mocked for deliberately tanking their seasons in order to get top prospects in the draft. Regardless of what you believe they did the past few years, the Sixers now have a chance to truly rebuild. The top prospects in this years’ draft are Duke’s Brandon Ingram or LSU’s Ben Simmons. The Los Angeles Lakers will pick 2nd and the Boston Celitcs pick 3rd. The NBA draft will take place on June 23rd in NYC.

In the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers demolished the Toronto Raptors by 31 points. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving put on a show with 27 and 24 points respectively. According to ESPN’s Power Index, the Cavs have a 78% chance to win the series.  Cavs 115, Raptors 84.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

In some very bad news for Alabama fans, all SEC left tackle and the anchor for the team, Cam Robinson, with fellow teammate Hootie Jones, were arrested for drug charges and possession of a stolen firearm. More details to come but if Robinson is arrested, the Crimson Tide will be in a tough position to repeat as Champions next season.

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The twitter world is a buzz commenting on NY Jets QB Bryce Petty (who is competing for the #1 spot this season) noticing how the video game, Madden, has improved his game. As Petty stated,  “Just watching film, I’m seeing things. I played Madden the other day, and it’s not just picking run plays anymore. It’s like, ‘Oh, they’ve got an under front (on defense).’ You start picking up things differently. That’s exciting for me.” While maybe it’s true on some level, it’s probably not the best thing to say if you want to be taken seriously.

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OKC Beat Warriors In First Round Of West Conf Finals, Ravens Investigated For Padded Practice

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Kevin DurantThe Oklahoma City Thunder stood their ground against reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors in their first matchup of Round 3, the Western Conference Finals. Thunder players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put their skills on display, scoring a combined 53 points. The win wasn’t entirely without controversy, with officials missing a traveling call on Westbrook in the final 20 seconds. Stephen Curry, who is still not 100% after injuring his knee earlier in the postseason, scored a respectable 26 points in the loss. Oklahoma City 108, Golden State 102.

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The Ravens reportedly had an illegal padded practice during their Rookie Minicamp. Players wearing pads during practice is illegal in the NFL offseason. The rule is meant to protect players from excessive tackling. Yet the Baltimore Ravens reportedly had a five minute punt protection drill. Reps claim the team was unclear that the offseason rule applied to Rookie Minicamps as well. The NFL is investigating and, as all practices are filmed, the transgression should be easy to confirm. It could end up being a costly mistake for Baltimore.

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Raptors Beat Heat Advance To Eastern Finals, Bautista & Odor Fist Fight

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With everything on the line, the Toronto Raptors pulled through, beating the Miami Heat in Game 7 and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals. The victory was thanks in large part to Kyle Lowry, who had 35 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. Now the Raptors will take on heavyweight LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Toronto 116, Miami 89.

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Bautista & OdorThe Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays became intense rivals last fall when Blue Jay’s Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer and flipped his bat into the air emphatically. The seemingly small incident was not forgotten, and tensions came to a head Sunday during the Blue Jays and Rangers seventh and final match up of the regular season. It started when Rangers pitcher Matt Bush threw a 96mph fast ball straight into Bautista. Shortly thereafter, Bautista hit second baseman Rougned Odor with a late slide into second. That slide resulted in a fistfight, with Odor punching Bautista hard enough to knock his helmet and sunglasses off.

Both players were ejected from the game. When order was finally restored, the very next pitch went straight into a Ranger. Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez hit Ranger Prince Fielder with his pitch, throwing the field back into chaos, with both teams leaving their dugouts. This time, no punches were thrown. Chavez and Blue Jays coach DeMarlo Hale were then both ejected from the game.

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OKC In West Conf Finals, Gronkowski Cover Of Madden NFL ’17

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are heading to the Western Conference Finals to take on the Golden State Warriors. Beating the tough San Antonio Spurs in 6 games seemed like a dream early on as the Spurs only lost one game at home all season and were considered almost unstoppable. But Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant did not give up and now have their eye on the mighty Warriors. Thunder 113, Spurs 99.

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GronkowskiThe New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski was selected to grace the cover of the insanely popular Madden NFL ’17. Twenty-six year old Gronk told ESPN, “It’s a dream come true, going into my seventh season and being on the cover.” Gronk is having an exciting off-season as he’ll also be featured on the cover of GQ magazine.

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Warriors In Western Conf Finals, Silver Missed Curry Handshake, Raptors 3-2, Serena Williams Eats Dog Food

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The Golden State Warriors are back in the Western Conference Finals with their win over a competitive Portland Trailblazers in game 5.  Steph Curry and fellow Splash brother Klay Thompson had a impressive night scoring but the talk in the sports world was NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presenting Curry with his unanimous MVP trophy. Curry went in for a handshake and Silver missed the cue, leaving Curry hanging. Curry awkwardly (but adorably) danced off the unintentional snub. After the game, Silver made up for the mistake and gave Curry a proper dap. Warriors 125, Trailblazers 121.

In other playoff news, the Toronto Raptors took a lead in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals with a game 5 win over the Miami Heat. Raptors 99, Heat 91.

TENNIS

Tennis superstar Serena Williams posted her whole eating dog foot experience on snapchat. While in Rome before a match, Williams decided to eat a spoonful of the salmon and rice dog food she ordered on her special doggie room service menu. After getting sick, she issued a warning to anyone else thinking of eating dog food…don’t!

 

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Curry First Ever Unanimous MVP, Westbrook A Maniac

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Steph CurryGolden State Warriors Guard not only won his second consecutive MVP award but won it in unanimous fashion. With all 131 first place votes, Curry became the first player in NBA history to win the award unanimously. The San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard came in 2nd place with the Cavs’ Lebron James coming in 3rd. Adorable 3 year old Riley Curry stole the show again when she gave reporters the “I have my eye on you look”.

The Oklahoma City won again on the road to take a 3-2 lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semi-finals. Russell Westbrook put on a show with a fourth quarter intensity to win the game 95-91. Teammate Kevin Durant called Westbrook a “maniac tonight, keeping us in it”.

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