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Jaylen Brown, DeMar DeRozan, Jru Holiday Highlights, Ohtani’s Blisters

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In Tuesday night’s playoff games, the Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, and Toronto Raptors were all victorious leading 2-0 in the first round.  At 21 years old, the Celtics Jaylen Brown provided one of the highlights of the night by becoming the youngest player in Celtic franchise history to score 30 points in a playoff game. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan also made the highlights with a game-high 37 points, tieing a playoff career high. Rounding out career highs for the night, the Pelicans’ Jru Holiday made a huge contribution with a playoff career high of 33 points.

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The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani has become the most exciting player in Major League Baseball. At 23 years old, the Japanese phenomenom has been wowing the crowds with his pitching and batting. Baseball fans eagerly await his next few games, as he could become the first player to hit three homers and win three games by the end of April. Unfortunately for Angels fans, Ohtani did not accomplish this feat Tuesday against the Red Sox. Ohtani was pulled after only two innings due to blisters on his hand.

 

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Warriors Strong Game 2, Kevin Hart Motivates Dwayne Wade, Aaron Judge Breaks Record

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In game two of the Golden State Warriors/San Antonio Spurs matchup, the Warriors were trailing the Spurs at halftime but came back strong in the 3rd quarter and didn’t look back. Led by Kevin Durant’s 32 points and Klay Thompson’s 31 points (with eight 3’s between them), the Warriors look solid even without star Steph Curry (out for the first round due to MCL injury). Warriors 116, Spurs 101.

Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat snapped the Philadelphia 76ers 17 game win streak with a 2nd round playoff win 113-103. After the game, 36-year-old Wade credited actor and Philly native Kevin Hart (and his trash talking) for motivating him to step up his game. He said, “When you got people like Kevin Hart talking on the sidelines. When you got the crowd going through and saying all the things that they’re saying. I heard a lot of things tonight, and it’s all just used as motivation. To be able to hush a whole crowd, it’s a great feeling.”

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The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge became the fastest player in Major League Baseball to reach 60 home runs (197 games). Judge broke Mark McGwire’s previous record of fewest games needed to reach this milestone.

 

 

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Knicks Fire Coach, Timberwolves Break Streak, Fultz Youngest Stat, Westbrook Triple-Double Average,Mets Best Start, Thompson Brothers

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The New York Knicks fired coach Jeff Hornacek. The Knicks missed the post-season the last five years, and even though Hornacek had only been Head coach for two years, the team wanted some new blood. Memphis coach David Fizdale and former Cleveland coach David Blatt have been batted about as potential candidates for the job.

With an overtime win over the Denver Nuggets, the Minnesota Timberwolves broke the streak for the longest playoff drought in NBA history. Their last playoff appearance was in 2004.

Rookie Markelle Fultz topped the Philadelphia 76ers night with his first triple-double (and at 19 years old, the youngest player to record that stat), as the Philadelphia 76ers won their 16th straight and clinched the #3 seed in the playoffs.

Speaking of triple-doubles, Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double twice.  He averaged a triple-double last season and miraculously did it again this season.

For the NBA playoff matchups, click here. Games begin Saturday, April 14th.

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The New York Mets won their 8th straight game and improve to 10-1, their best start in franchise history. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Dodgers, they have fallen 4-7 this season, their worst start since 1994.  In their 6-16 drubbing against the Oakland Athletics, Dodgers’ Outfielder Yasiel Puig tried to get his first home-run of the season, but Oakland Athletics center fielder Trayce Thompson, made a perfectly timed catch to keep Puig homerless. What many people might not know is Trayce is the younger brother of the Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson.

 

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Villanova Wins National Title, Backup Guard Donte DiVincenzo Shines, Greeny’s Evil Empire Good For Baseball

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Villanova earned their second National title in 3 years in a big win Monday night over Michigan. The hero of the game was Donte DiVincenzo who scored 31 points off the bench. DiVincenzo is a backup guard, and when he came off the bench and scored 18 points in the first half, the tide of the game turned. DiVincenzo’s career-high 31 points is the most for a non-starter in a championship game. To no one’s surprise, Donte earned the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.  The Wildcats became only the 8th school to win 3 or more titles (1985 and 2016 and now 2018). Villanova 79, Michigan 62.

Philadelphia has now become the first city to win a Super Bowl (Eagles in February) and an NCAA basketball title in the same year.

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Baseball season officially began last Thursday, and the last thing anyone thought would happen is a game would be postponed due to snow, but that’s exactly what happened in the NY Yankees home opener on Monday. The Yankees will now play their home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays today at 1;05 pm. For more on the Yankees and why it’s good for baseball to hate them, watch Mike Greenberg’s “Return of the Evil Empire”. 

 

 

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Rams Male Cheerleaders, LeBron Matches Jordan, Kemba Walker Leading Scorer, MLB Season Begins

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The Los Angeles Rams are breaking ground by having the first male cheerleaders in the history of the NFL. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies went through the same grueling 3-week audition process as all of the prospects and will now join the 40 person squad.

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Adding yet another record to LeBron James outstanding career, on Wednesday night the future Hall of Famer matched Michael Jordan’s run of 866 consecutive double-digit scoring games. Asked about the feat, LeBron said, “Anytime I’m mentioned with some of the greats, and arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time in Mike, it’s just another feat for me to be just appreciative and humbled by what I’m able to do.”
Also making history Wednesday night was Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker who became the all-time leading scorer in franchise history, passing Dell Curry.

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Major League baseball season begins today. As with any opening day, everyone has an opinion on which teams will make it to the post-season and which teams have a chance of winning the World Series. For an early analysis click here, but important to remember it’s unlikely for teams to repeat as World Series champs (last time was the NY Yankees in 1998), and the season is 162 games spanning 6 months.
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Tyronn Lue’s Health Issues, Justin Timberlake’s Half-Court Shot, Justin Turner’s Wrist

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In a statement to the press, Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue announced he’s taking a leave of absence due to health issues. He said he’s been suffering all season from “chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep”. He went on to say, “I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season.” Lue believes he can be back in a week and is working to improve his health by taking medication, hiring a new chef, getting some exercise and rest.

Is there anything Justin Timberlake can’t do? Timberlake stopped in DC on his concert tour and spent the afternoon before his performance shooting baskets at the Washington Wizards practice court. Timberlake showed off his skills including this shot from half-court. Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel are minority owners of the Memphis Grizzlies.

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For the first time in 50 years, all Major League baseball teams will play their official first game of the season on the same day, March 29th. The reigning National League Champs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, suffered a slight setback to their season after finding out their star third baseman Justin Turner suffered a broken wrist after getting hit with a ball in a spring training game. According to experts, a broken wrist can mean missing 6-9 weeks.

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Rockets Win 14 In Row, Warriors Visit DC, Martinez Uses Camels To Motivate

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The Houston Rockets are on fire. They’ve now won 14 games in a row putting them 1/2 point ahead of the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA. James Harden scored 25 points while Clint Capela and Eric Gordon each scored 22 points in the win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

The NBA Champions traditionally visit the White House the following season when they are scheduled to play the Washington Wizards. This year was a bit different, however. After their Championship win last June, the Golden State Warriors discussed the idea of not visiting the White House, because they didn’t agree with President Trump’s policies. Trump then disinvited the team. The Warriors decided not to politicize their trip further by meeting with any politicians, so they took a bunch of kids to the National Museum of African American History and Culture instead. According to the official statement, the team will “constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.”

 

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Russell Wilson Star Power At Yankee Training Camp, NFL Seeking Millions From Jerry Jones

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Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson joined the New York Yankees in spring training and, according to Wilson, it’s not just a publicity stunt. He’s training hard, and in honor of his father who took him to Yankee games growing up, wants to play for the team. Either way, the team feels he’s a great influence on the younger players. Even AL rookie of the year and reigning home run champ, Aaron Judge, is excited to have him on the field. He told reporters he asked Wilson, “Hey man, did you bring a football?’ He says he’ll have one by the end of the week, so you might catch us out on a back field running some routes.” Even though Judge is participating fully in spring training, he says he won’t be 100% healthy from his shoulder surgery until opening day.  The Yankees regular season opens on March 29th against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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The NFL is seeking reimbursement of $2 million dollars in legal fees from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Last season, Jones famously defended his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott against domestic abuse violations, and also threatened to sue other owners over the renewal of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract. Some viewed this fine as Goodell’s revenge against Jones, but according to a rule that’s been on the books for over 20 years “if an owner participates in bringing litigation against other owners, he must reimburse them for the legal fees”. Goodell claims there’s no animosity between the two men.

 

 

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National Signing Day, Mom Walks Out, Wilson To Yankees, Girardi Joins MLB

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With new rules allowing for an early signing period in December, Wednesday’s National College Signing Day didn’t provide the same excitement as in year’s past. At the end of the day, the following teams were ranked in the top ten for their recruitment classes: Georgia, Ohio State, Texas, Alabama, Penn State, Clemson, Miami, Auburn, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame.  The most cringe-worthy moment of the day came when receiver Jacob Copeland chose the Florida Gators while his mom (sitting right next to him in an Alabama shirt and Tennessee hat) walked out, clearly looking disappointed. She eventually came back to hug her son, but as one ESPN reporter noted, “she took the attention away from her son on his big day”.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will join the New York Yankees training camp this spring. No, he’s not retiring from football, but he used to be a baseball player and has always said his dream was to play for the Yankees. Many believe this is just a publicity stunt, but even if it is, Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman admitted, “This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession.”

In other Yankee news, former manager Joe Girardi joined MLB Networks as a studio analyst. Girardi won 4 World Series rings (three as a player and one as a manager). The Yankees let him go after 10 seasons with the team, but even though Girardi will now be in studio, he still hopes to get back on the field some day as a manager.

 

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Indians Remove Chief Wahoo, Brady Leaves Interview Over Daughter, Brady’s Man Crushes

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Major League Baseball announced the Cleveland Indians will remove the controversial Chief Wahoo from the uniforms beginning in the 2019 season. The logo has been used since 1947,  but over the last few years the public outcry against the logo has become intense. Indians owner Paul Dolan said, “While we recognize many of our fans have a long-standing attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019.” Many fans were pleased with the announcement, but some felt it wasn’t enough. They want the team to remove “Indians” from the name. With the logo change-up, the NFL and the Washington Redskins are now receiving renewed attention for their name and logo.

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Tom Brady abruptly left an interview on Monday when the radio host said a disparaging remark about his daughter, but claims he doesn’t want the host fired. On “Kirk & Callahan” on WEEI radio, guest host Alex Reimer was commenting on the “Tom vs Time” documentary on Facebook.  Reimer said, “It was fine. It was okay. All right, I thought the first scene was so staged, where Brady’s like in the kitchen, his kid’s being an annoying little pissant…”.Tom clearly didn’t like his little girl being called “an annoying little pissant” so he left the show and said he wasn’t sure he’d come back anytime soon. Reimer has been suspended indefinitely but Brady doesn’t want him fired. He said, “Look, I think we all go through our life and sometimes we say things we shouldn’t say or make mistakes, and that happens. I can express it and you move on.”

On a lighter note, Brady was mobbed by the media on Monday and answered some fun questions such as “who is his man crush”. Brady replied, “Man. I’d say Jules (Julian Edelman), Danny (Amendola) and Gronk (Rob Gronkowski). Those guys are pretty good looking guys. None of them are married, either. Can you imagine that? Justin Timberlake. I love Justin a lot, too.”

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