Archive for May, 2016

Warriors Heading To NBA Finals, Kevin Durant’s Future, Penguins Win Game 1 Stanley Cup Finals

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WarriorsThe Golden State Warriors continued their incredible season and beat the OKC Thunder to win the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors pulled off what many thought was impossible to come back from a 1-3 series deficit to win the best of 7 game series. They are only the 10th team in playoff history to accomplish this feat. Steph Curry contributed 36 points (and 7 3’s) while his splash brother Klay Thompson added 21 points. The Finals will be a rematch of last year when the Warriors took 6 games to beat the Cavs. The Finals begin Thursday June 2nd at 9:00 pm EST (ABC). Warriors 96, Thunder 88.

The big question on everyone’s mind now that the Thunder’s season is over is whether unrestricted free agent, Kevin Durant, will stay with the team. Durant has spent his entire 9 years with the Thunder and if he stays, he could potentially sign a 5-year contract worth up to $149 million.

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In a fast-paced exciting game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins came out on top with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.

 

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Cavs Advance To NBA Finals, Warriors Force Game 7 Monday Agst Thunder, Rookie Rossi Wins Indy 500

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LeBron JamesThe Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season with their win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night. LeBron James will be competing in his 6th finals (4 with Miami and 2 with the Cavs). In game 6 on Friday, LeBron scored 33 points (first time over 30 points in this postseason), Kyrie Irving added 30 and Kevin Love posted 20 points in a 113-87 win. The Cavs will take on either the winner of Monday’s game 7 between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the Western Conference Finals, OKC lost a game 6 home court advantage to the Golden State Warriors to tie the series 3-3. With an inspired performance from Klay Thompson (41 points and a playoff record of 11 3-pointers) the Warriors came back in the 4th quarter from a 7 point deficit with only 5 minutes to go. Watch Monday night at 9:00 pm ET on TNT to see which team will face the Cavs in the Finals! And if you were looking for floor seats, 2 were sold for $29k each (that’s $29,000!!!) Warriors 108, OKC 101.

INDY

In the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, 24 year old rookie Alexander Rossi won the big race. He passed the finish line while running on fumes. In fact he didn’t have enough gas to get to the Victory Circle so had to be towed. Rossi is only the 10th rookie to win this historic race.

 

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Warriors Pull Out Game 5 Win, Curry Example In Spelling Bee, Penguins/Sharks In Stanley Cup Final

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The Golden State Warriors pulled out a game 5 win at home to pull the series with the Oklahoma City Thunder to 2-3. As satisfying as the win was for the Warriors now they head back to OKC for game 6 and home court advantage for the Thunder. Curry had 31 points with Klay Thompson putting up 27. Game 6 is Saturday night at 9:00 pm. Golden State 120, Thunder 111.

 

Steph CurrySteph Curry certainly transcends sports. His name was even used as an example during the Scripts National Spelling Bee to describe “giallolino” which according to Merriam-Webster means “any of various yellow pigments.”

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The Pittsburgh Penguins came back from a 3-2 series deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Lightening and reach the Stanley Cup Finals. They will face the Western Conference Champs, the San Jose Sharks, on Monday night in the game 1 of the Stanley Cup.

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Cavs Decisive Win Over Raptors, Kobe’s Inspirational Text To Draymond, Bill’s GM Says Humans Not Made For Football

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LeBron & Kyrie IrvingThe Cleveland Cavaliers came back strong Wednesday night with a decisive win over the Toronto Raptors to take a 3-2 lead. Kevin Love posted a game high 25 points while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving added 23 each. The Cavs can clinch their second straight Conference Title if they win Friday night back in Toronto. Cavaliers 116,  Raptors 78.

Watch game 5 of the Golden State Warriors hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC up 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals) Thursday night. Draymond Green has been criticized for his play during games 3 and 4 of the series and in an interview with UNINTERRUPTED, he spoke the pressure. He mentioned an inspirational text he got from Kobe Bryant which said, ‘If making history was easy, why bother?’ I Love this!!!

These games are now do or die for the Warriors.  9:00 pm EST on TNT

 

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The NFL has been in hot water for the perception they are mismanaging concussion research. In addition, many people are concerned about the rising injuries in the game. The Buffalo Bills GM, Doug Whaley,  didn’t make the case for the game any easier when he responded to a question about receiver Sammy Watkins’ being injury prone. On WGR 550 radio, he said, “This is the game of football. Injuries are part of it. It’s a violent game that I personally don’t think humans are supposed to play.” He retracted the statement saying he used a poor choice of words but still not a smart way to alleviate people’s fears about injuries in the game.

 

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Thunder Outplay Warriors, Fun Facts About Westbrook

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Russell WestbrookThe Oklahoma City Thunder outplayed the Golden State Warriors throughout most of the game Tuesday night. By halftime, the Thunder were up by 19 points and even though the Warriors’ Klay Thompson came out strong in the 3rd quarter but it wasn’t enough to contain Russell Westbrook’s determination to steamroll over Golden State. Westbrook finished the game with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. There’s a great article on ESPN.com featuring facts about Russell Westbrook you did not know. One of which is he only wears his outfits once then gives them away. He’s also a math wiz and eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before every game. Check it out!

The Thunder is now up 3-1 in the series with game 5 going back to the Bay Area on Thursday night. OKC 118, Warriors 94.

 

 

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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.

FOOTBALL

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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