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NBA Draft Tonight, Grizzlies Trade Conley, Kraft Receives Israel’s Genesis Prize, Ortiz Not Target

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The much-anticipated NBA draft kicks off at 7:00 pm ET tonight. It is widely agreed the New Orleans Pelicans will choose Duke’s Zion Williamson with the #1 pick, and Murray State’s Ja Morant will go to the Memphis Grizzlies at #2. The New York Knicks are expected to pick Duke’s RJ Barrett at #3.

The Memphis Grizzlies made a big trade this week by sending point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, and Jae Crowder plus the 23rd pick in the draft.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is in Israel to receive the Genesis Prize, called the “Jewish Noble Prize”. Kraft takes past and present pro football players to Israel to celebrate his love and passion for the country. The trips are affectionately known as “Touchdown in Israel”. The Genesis Prize comes with a $1 million dollar award which Kraft said he’ll be donating to organizations fighting anti-semitism.

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David Ortiz, former Red Sox superstar known as Big Papi, is recovering from getting shot in his back while hanging out at an outdoor cafe in the Dominican Republic. According to authorities, Oritz was not the intended target of the attempted murder. The Dominican Republic’s attorney general reported that Victor Hugo Gomez, an associate of the Mexican Gulf Cartel, ordered the murder of his cousin, whom he suspected of turning him into drug investigators in 2011. The gunman mistook Ortiz for the intended target because the lighting in the cafe made it appear that both were wearing white pants.

 

 

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Ortiz Shot In Back, Will Durant Return For Game 5, Nadal Makes History

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Former Boston Red Sox superstar David Ortiz, affectionately known as Big Papi, was shot in the back while at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The bullet went through his stomach, but he’s reportedly in stable condition.  As of Monday morning, the police do not know the motive of the shooter.

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After a big win over the weekend, Toronto now leads the NBA Finals 3-1 over Golden State. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether Warriors star Kevin Durant will return for Game 5 Monday night at 9:00 pm ET in Toronto. Durant has missed 9 straight games and hasn’t played since May 8th. If the Raptors are victorious, they will capture their first championship in franchise history.

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Rafael Nadal made history by winning his 12th French Open title. Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in four sets and became the only person to ever win the same major tournament 12 times.

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NBA Finals Tonight, Drake’s Conduct On Court, Almora Distraught Over Foul Ball Hitting Child

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The NBA Finals begins tonight at 9:00 pm where the Toronto Raptors will try and unseat the champions for the past two years, the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, with or without Kevin Durant, will be tough to beat even though the Raptors have home court advantage and….Drake!  Yes, the rapper Drake has been attracting attention at Raptors games this season. Drake is listed as the Global Ambassador for the team but has frustrated opposing teams with his antics on the court, from mocking, yelling and even giving the Raptors coach a shoulder massage. The Warriors’ Steph Curry laughed when asked about Drake, saying, “It’s been entertaining. I know it’s a tricky situation with him being right there on the court, but at the end of the day, he’s having fun, having — you can’t hate on nobody having fun. Well, I guess in this life everybody hates on people having fun. So it’s par for the course on that one.” Earlier this season, NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a memo reminding the league’s franchises to enforce fan-conduct policies.

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During the Chicago Cubs 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, Cubs outfielder Albert Almora was distraught after the foul ball he hit struck a young girl in the stands.  Almora, the father of two children, was on the verge of tears when he said, “Right now I’m just praying and I’m speechless. I’m at loss of words. Being a father, two boys … but God willing I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now and that’s all I really can control.” Many fans have been hit by foul balls over the years, so in 2018 Major League Baseball required all 30 teams to expand their protective netting around home plate. Unfortunately, however, the protective netting doesn’t cover the entirety of the lower bowl in all stadiums.

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Legendary Bart Starr, Raptors Defeat Bucks And Face KD-Less Warriors, Infamous Bill Buckner

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The legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback and coach, Bart Starr, passed away over the weekend at the age of 85. Starr led the Packers to three straight championships (the only quarterback in NFL history to do so) and earned MVP honors at the first two Super Bowls. He also received the NFL’s most valuable player award in 1966. After retiring as a quarterback in 1971, he became Green Bay’s head coach a year later and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night and will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Raptors host game 1 of the best of seven series on Thursday night. Golden State’s Kevin Durant is not scheduled to play in game 1, and Center DeMarcus Cousins has been listed as questionable.

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The infamous Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner died at the age of 69 after battling Lewy Body Dementia. Buckner played for five different Major League Baseball teams over the course of 22 years, although he is most remembered for messing up a play (as a member of the Boston Red Sox) in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets. His error allowed the winning run to score. The Mets then went on to win Game 7, and Buckner had to endure years of death threats and public humiliation. Eighteen years later when the Red Sox finally won the World Series, fans stopped harassing him. And, when the Red Sox won again in 2007, Buckner even threw out the first pitch the next season and received a four-minute standing ovation.

 

 

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NFL TV Changes, Rajai’s Amazing Day With Mets, Michigan Hires Juwan Howard

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The NFL made a few changes to their TV schedule heading into the new season. The most significant for anyone living in two-team markets like New York, LA, Bay Area, and Washington/Baltimore, is the modification to what’s called the single-header. The single-header rule previously only allowed these two-team markets to watch their home teams on a Sunday afternoon. With the new rule, there will three Sunday afternoon games (in addition to a Sunday evening game)  in every market.

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In a scene that could be right out of a movie, 38-year-old Rajai Davis was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday around 5:00 pm to join the NY Mets in the 3rd inning of their game against the Washington Nationals. Davis thought his manager was joking when he got the call, but then realized it was happening and jumped in an Uber which took him 2 hours to get to the stadium. Davis proceeded to hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat to help propel the Mets to a 6-1 win. Davis thanked his Uber driver after the game and said, “Me and Jason, we got to know each other.” According to Mets manager Mickey Callaway, “I think I saw him in the fifth or the sixth for the first time. He got here about the third. He Ubered over, got ready, came out, hit a homer, came inside, didn’t know where the clubhouse was, how to get back in, had to ask some people, ‘Which way do I go to get back in the clubhouse?’ And just slapped high-fives going into the line. Yeah, whirlwind day for Raj; great at-bat.”

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The University of Michigan hired former star Juwan Howard as their new head coach. Howard was part of the 1991 legendary Michigan Fab Five which included Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. After helping the Wolverines to two national championships, Howard played for 19 seasons in the NBA. In 2013, he joined the Miami Heat as an assistant coach, where he’s been for the past 6 years. Howard replaces John Beilein, who was recently hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

 

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Trailblazers Even Series, Craig Plays Through Broken Nose, Sean Miller’s Trial, Ball Brand’s Summer Camp, Kluber’s Broken Arm

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The Portland Trailblazers evened their Western Conference Semifinal on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets thanks to C.J. McCollum’s aggressive play. The highlight of the night was watching the Nuggets’ Torry Craig, who accidentally broke his nose (technically a nasal contusion), in the first half. He came back wearing a plastic mask and contributed to his team’s attempt at a comeback. Portland 97, Denver 90

Arizona coach Sean Miller has been accused of paying center Deandre Ayton $10,000 per month during the school year. Federal prosecutors played a recording of a phone call where the Wildcats’ assistant coach was speaking with an agent about how to recruit Ayton. The transcript of the phone conversation appears very damaging to Miller and those involved in this case.

Big Baller Brand is back in the news. LaMelo Ball unveiled an ad on his Instagram page announcing summer camps in Qatar, Australia, Belgium, and Switzerland for $450 for two days to have “an opportunity to build on fundamental basketball skills with the Ball Family.”

These camps are set to take place in Qatar, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. And even after everything that has unfolded with the company, Big Baller Brand still hopes that people will pay $450 (or 400 euros) for two days of basketball instruction from unspecified members of the Ball family.

This was the ad that LaMelo Ball shared on his Instagram page Wednesday.

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Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber, the former two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, suffered a fracture in his arm after getting hit by a ball from his pitch to Miami Marlins Brian Anderson. According to reports, the ball hit Kluber at 102 mph. No word yet on how long Kluber will be out. Unfortunately for the team, their other starter, Mike Clevinger, is out of c0mmission until mid-July with a back injury.

 

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Sixers, Warriors, Spurs Up 2-1, Yankees Replace Smith’s Version of “God Bless America”

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The Philadelphia 76ers blew away the Brooklyn Nets, thanks to a career-high 31 points from Ben Simmons. Joel Embiid sat out the game with a sore left knee, but with Simmons on fire and another 29 points from Tobias Harris, the Sixers take a 2-1 lead over the Nets. Philadelphia 131, Brooklyn 115

Next up, Keven Durant was on fire with 38 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to an easy win over the LA Clippers. Steph Curry added 21 points, and the Warriors take a 2-1 lead in the series. Golden State 132, LA 105

Rounding out the night, the Spurs’ Derrick White posted a career-high 36 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25 points (19 in the 3rd quarter), to help the team overcome a sloppy first half and emerge with a 2-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets. San Antonio 118, Denver 108

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According to the New York Daily News, the New York Yankees replaced their version of “God Bless America” this season with other versions of the song when it was revealed to them that Kate Smith, whose rendition they had been using for 18 years during the seventh-inning stretch, had recorded other songs with racist lyrics. Smith’s top hits in the 1930s were “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” and “Pickanniny Heaven”. A spokesman for the team said, “The Yankees have been aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information. The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

 

 

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Virginia Overcomes A Year Of Heartbreak To Become National Champions, Trump Rescinds Cuba Deal

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With an 85-77 overtime win over Texas Tech, Virginia becomes the NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion. The win marks a year of redemption for the Cavaliers after last seasons embarrassing loss to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (the first time a #1 seed lost to a #16 seed). After last season’s loss, the team received death threats, and according to UVA’s Kyle Guy, “It was humiliation, embarrassment for ourselves and our families and the program. To be able to redeem all that and get this program something that’s never happened before is all that I could ever want.” Monday’s final started off slowly, but then the teams came alive and battled it out forcing overtime where Virginia surged ahead for the win. Congrats to Virginia for winning their first national championship in school history.

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The Trump administration is rescinding a deal made during the Obama administration allowing Major League Baseball to sign Cuban players without having them defect first (which made them targets for human traffickers). The deal had separated Cuba’s baseball league from the Cuban government, making an agreement with MLB and the Cuban Baseball Federation much easier. According to the Treasury Department, “A payment to the Cuban Baseball Federation is a payment to the Cuban government.”

 

 

 

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Harpers Memorable Return To DC, Lonzo Ball Suing BBB Co-Founder, AAF Folding

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Bryce Harper had a memorable return to Washington on Tuesday night. Harper played for the Washington Nationals his whole career (selected in 2010) until he signed a whopping $330 million 13-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018. The Nationals fans booed him throughout the game, but after two early strikeouts, he came back with vengeance. After a couple of hits beginning in the 5th inning, Harper made his big statement in the 8th with a massive 458 ft home-run (and cool looking bat flip). After the game, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said, “It was pretty powerful, for him to do what he did tonight. In the dugout, (the booing) made us all want to step up and support Bryce.” Phillies 8, Nationals 2

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LA Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is suing his Big Baller Brand (BBB) co-founder Alan Foster for conspiring to embezzle money and divert funds for his personal use. According to ESPN, Ball and his family did not know Foster had a criminal past, and when he was released from prison, he “embarked on his plan to target Ball and his family and fleece them of millions of dollars.”

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Well, that didn’t last long. The Alliance of American Football (AAF) has folded with two weeks left in the regular season. The AAF was founded last year with the goal of becoming a feeder league for the NFL.  According to reports, when the NFL Players Association announced that sending their young players to the AAF would violate terms of their collective bargaining agreement, the AAF decided to suspend operations.

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Virginia, Texas Tech, Purdue, Gonzaga Advance, Dodgers Historic Opening Day, “Baby Shark”

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Four teams so far are heading into the Elite Eight. Virginia is on a redemption tour after falling to a much lower seed last year and beat Oregon to advance and take on Purdue on Saturday. In other games, Texas Tech demolished Michigan,  Purdue barely squeaked out an overtime win over Tennessee, and Brandon Clarke was the difference maker in Gonzaga’s win over Florida State. The rest of the Elite Eight teams decided on Friday.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed opening day headlines with their eight home runs (an Opening Day record) in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In other opening day news, 30-year old Texas Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus debuted his new walk-up song, and it’s a bit out of the ordinary. Andrus’ 20-month old son loves the song “Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo” and according to Andrus, “If you don’t like it, you better get used to it, it’s not going away. Hopefully ‘Baby Shark’ can hit well. … At least get me one hit a day, it’s going to stay.” So far the song seems to be working, as he hit two singles and a home run in a loss to the Chicago Cubs.

 

 

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