Archive for June, 2017

NCAA Suspends Pitino, 18 Pro Football Hall Of Famers Arrive In Israel

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The NCAA suspended Louisville basketball legend Rick Pitino for five games for failing to monitor an escort scandal involving recruited athletes. The school may have to forfeit their 2013 championship as well as their winning record during the time the “sex-for recruits scandal” took place. The story came out in 2015 when Katina Powell wrote a book about Louisville’s basketball program claiming she was paid to provide women (including her daughters) to entertain the recruits.

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Interest in American football is growing rapidly in Israel, and the arrival this week of a group of Hall Famers certainly made a splash. New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft and the President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, David Baker are leading the delegation which includes Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Jim Brown, Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis, Chris Carter, Joe Green, Bruce Smith and Jerome Bettis. 18 Hall of Famers embarked on the weeklong trip to the Holy Land called “Touchdown in Israel II-We are All Patriots”.  Kraft told the Associated Press, “I love football. I love Israel. I love America. I think kids in America would die to have this group of players come and view them. The game of football teaches you lessons in life that nothing else does.”

(photo credit:ALLON SINAI)

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Mickelson Missing Open For Daughter’s Graduation, Mayweather/McGregor Fight On

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It’s official, Phil Mickelson will drop out of the US Open. Mickelson had a scheduling conflict with his daughter’s high school graduation in California, but was hoping there might be a rain delay in Wisconsin allowing him to jump on his p plane and get there in time. Unfortunately for him, the weather looks great at the Open and his tee time is on schedule, forcing him to have to withdraw from the tournament (for the first time since 1993). He said he’ll have no regrets though, as his daughter is not only graduating, but also giving the commencement address.

BOXING

After years of trash talking, two of the biggest fighting champions will face each other. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will match up against UFC champion Conor McGregor on August 26th in Las Vegas. As a mixed martial arts competitor, McGregor will compete in the boxing ring against Mayweather who is an undefeated 49-0 and 12 years older than McGregor. After the fight was announced, McGregor took to social media and mocked Mayweather’s age by posting a photo of himself next to Mayweather’s father.

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Lonzo Claims He Can Beat Jordan One On One, Luck’s Shoulder Surgery

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Now that the NBA Finals are over, basketball fans are focusing on the upcoming NBA draft. And, of course, you can’t think of the draft without hearing about Lonzo Ball (and his controversial dad, LaVar). The Balls have been in the news the last few months (crazy statements about how great LaVar was and how unstoppable his sons are, the outrageous $495 dollar Baller shoes etc, etc). Recently LaVar and Lonzo were on Jimmy Kimmel stating they could both beat the LEGENDARY Michael Jordon one on one. Lonzo is hoping to become a Los Angeles Laker on June 22nd when the draft officially begins.

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Indianapolis Colts fans are anxiously waiting to see when QB Andrew Luck will be ready to play. Luck had much needed shoulder surgery in January and is still unsure when he’ll be back on the field. He missed the first mandatory mini-camp, and said there’s no timetable yet for his return.

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Warriors Win NBA Championship, Durant MVP

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The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night to win their second NBA Championship in three years. After their devastating defeat last year against the Cavs (when Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit and beat Golden State), the Warriors were determed not to lose their lead. Not surprisingly, Kevin Durant was the unanimous choice for the Finals MVP. He averaged 35 points, eight rebounds and 5 assists during the Series. Durant had to deal with many critics when he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to play for the Warriors this season, but he was on a mission. He wanted an NBA title and he got it Monday night. As Durant reflected on his move to Golden State, he said “the camaraderie, just the togetherness of the whole organization. That’s what it was about. We just kept — I kept building on that from day one. So that’s what I found when I came here, and I definitely appreciate just the type of people we have here from the top to bottom. So a championship is just a cherry on top.” In one of the niceest moments right after the victory, Durant embraced LeBron in a show of respect, then couldn’t stop hugging his mom Wanda. Warriors 129, Cavaliers 120. CONGRATULATIONS GOLDEN STATE!

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Penguins Repeat Stanley Cup Champs, Warriors/Cavs Game 5, Tapwrit Wins Belmont, Nadal Makes History

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The Pittsburgh Penguins won the coveted Stanley Cup by beating the Nashville Predators in 6 games (4-2). With the win, the Penguins become the first team to repeat as Champions since the 1997 Detroit Red Wings.  Future Hall of Famer, Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe (most valuable player) award and is only the third player in NHL history to win the trophy in back to back seasons.

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On Friday night the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Golden State Warriors 15 win playoff streak and staved off elimination. The best of seven series is now 3-1 with game 5 back in Oakland Monday night, 9:00 pm ET

Horse Racing

The first four finishers of the Belmont Stakes all ran in the Kentucky Derby, but skipped the second leg of the Triple Crown (the Preaknes) then came back for a strong showing in the Belmont on Saturday. Tapwrit (who finished 6th in the Derby) edged out Irish War Cry to win the 1 1/2 mile race.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal made history on Sunday by winning the French Open and his 10th Grand Slam Title. The significance of the occasion was not lost on Nadal. He said through tears, “The adrenaline and nerves I feel on this court I can’t describe. This is the most important event in my career, without a doubt.”

 

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Crosby Slams Subban & Team Up 3-2, Girls Cut Hair In Solidarity, NBA Finals Tonight

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals after a fired up Sidney Crosby led his team to a 6-0 rout. Crosby took out his anger during the game against rival P.K. Subban and slammed his head multiple times on the ice. Subban responded by putting Crosby in a head lock. Both received minors, but many were upset as they thought Crosby’s violation was much worse.   Game 6 is Sunday 8:00 pm.

SOCCER

Earlier this week, a story about a girl on a 11 year old Nebraska soccer team was disqualified from playing in a nearby tournament because tournament directors thought she looked like a boy. Soccer stars Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach weighed in on this controversy and sent the their support. On Thursday, the girls’ teammates cut their hair to show their solidarity.

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The Golden State Warriors will try and lock up the NBA Championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. The Cavs’ LeBron James will bring his “A” game in order to avoid an embarrassing sweep. Friday night 9;00 pm ET.

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KD Helps Warriors Win Game 3, Bob Stoops Retires

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Kevin Durant came out strong in the 4th quarter and helped the Golden State Warriors win a close game 3 over the Cleveland Cavaliers. For most of the game, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson dominated the action with 26 and 30 points respectively, but the Warriors were still down by two with only 50 seconds left on the clock.  KD then grabbed a rebound ran down the court and shot a beautiful 3-pointer to put Golden State up by one. The Warriors didn’t look back and closed out the game 118-113.  The Warriors are now only one win away from capturing the NBA Championship, and considering no team has ever overcome an 0-3 deficit to win the series, the odds look good for Golden State. Game 4 on Friday night 9:00 pm ET.

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The big news out the college football world is Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops announcing his decision to retire after 18 years as head coach of one of the top ranked teams. At 56 years old, Stoops decided to walk away at the top of his game. 33 year old Offensive Coordinate Lincoln Riley takes over the program as the youngest FBS (formerly called Division 1-A) head coach.

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Odell Beckham Skips OTA’s, Wright Takes Uber, Dak Prescott Wants PhD

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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. skipped this week’s “organized team activities” in order to make clear he’s interested in a new contract. He’s reported to make $1.8 million this season and $8 million in 2018. Beckham claims he won’t miss minicamp which begins on Tuesday.

This is the time of year when players need to show coaches and teams their dedication and commitment. Cornerback Shareece Wright certainly made a statement when he took an Uber from Chicago O’hare to the Buffalo Bills voluntary training camp in New York. According to Wright’s tweet after the trip, he paid $632.08 plus a $300 tip for the 8 hour trip. Wright will be competing for a starting spot on the Bills’ roster.

Dallas Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott is planning for life after football. Prescott already has a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degrees in workforce leadership and plans to pursue a doctorate when his playing days are through. He said, “Even though I had all the confidence in myself in making it to the NFL or in the game of football, I knew that it could be taken away from me at any moment. I never wanted to be that guy saying, ‘What if I’d have gotten my degree or something, then I would’ve had something to fall back on.'”

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Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is tonight 9:00 pm ET, ABC.  Warriors up 2-0 in the best of seven series.

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Kaep Not Signed By Seahawks, Qatar Host To 2022 World Cup But No Diplomatic Ties

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Former SF QB Colin Kaepernick is still not signed for next season. The Seattle Seahawks appeared interested in signing him as a backup to Russell Wilson, but now that’s no longer an option, as they recently signed backup former Denver Bronco Austin Davis. Seahawks coach Peter Carroll explained his decision not to sign Colin,  “he’s a starter in this league, and I can’t imagine that someone won’t give him a chance to play.”

SOCCER

In 2010 FIFA voted Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup, but they didn’t anticipate the recent political upheaval when 7 countries recently cut diplomatic ties with the country due to its support of terrorism. Five Arab States (Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and United Arab Emirates) accuse Qatar of “supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region”. No word yet on what FIFA plans to do.

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Warriors Dominate Game 2, Manning Plays Golf With Trump

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The second game of the NBA Finals was close through the first half, but then Kevin Durant and Steph Curry brought their A game and led the Warriors to a 19 point rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  After a sloppy start with too many turnovers, Curry came out strong after the half and ended the game with his first triple-double in post-season play. With the win, the Warriors record the longest win streak in playoff history (14 games so far). Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113.  Game 3 is in Cleveland on Wednesday June 7th 9:oo pm. ET.

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Former Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning denies he’s interested in politics and won’t run for office, but many are speculating about his intentions after his round of golf with President Trump and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

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