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Avalanche Win Stanley Cup, NBA Draft, Trumpet Wins Best Of Show, Arch Manning To UT

HOCKEY

The Colorado Avalanche put on a 3rd quarter defensive show and triumphed with a 2-1 road win over the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightening to take Game 6. The Avalanche now hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001.

BASKETBALL

The NBA draft is in the books with a few surprises. The Orlando Magic took Paolo Banchero (Duke) with the first overall pick, while Jabari Smith (Auburn) who was expected to go #1 landed at #3 with the Houston Rockets.  The Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed Chet Holgrem (Gonzaga) with the second pick leaving Keegan Murray (Iowa) landing in the 4th spot with the Sacramento Kings and Jaden Ivey (Purdue) rounding out the top five and going to the Detroit Pistons.

WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW

A Bloodhound named Trumpet won Best of Show in the prestigious annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Trumpet, who made history as the first Bloodhound to ever win the top prize), triumphed over 3,500 dogs and more than 200 breeds. Westminster is the second oldest continuously running sporting event in the U.S. (the Kentucky Derby is the oldest).

FOOTBALL

The highly sought after top recruit Arch Manning has committed to play quarterback at the University of Texas. Manning is the nephew of Peyton and Eli and the son of their brother Cooper.

 

 

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Warriors NBA Champions, Blitzer Minority Stake In Cleveland Guardians

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions. The Warriors cruised past the Boston Celtics on Thursday night (103-90) to win their fourth championship in eight years. Steph Curry was the unanimous pick for Finals’ MVP after averaging 31.2 points, 6 rebounds, and five assists in the series.

With just seconds left in the game, Curry collapsed on the floor and wept. In an interview after the game he said, “This one hits different for sure knowing what the last three years meant, what it’s been like. … Injuries, the changing of the guard, rosters, the young guys. … Now, we got four championships. Me, Dray, Klay and Andre.”

BASEBALL

David Blitzer, the global head of tactical operations at Blackstone Group, has taken a minority stake in the Cleveland Guardians. Major League Baseball has approved the sale and has given Blitzer the ability to increase his stake to a controlling interest within the next 10 years.

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Celtics 4th Q Surge To Take Game 3, Kupp Extension W/Rams, Angels Losing Streak

BASKETBALL

The Boston Celtics needed a big fourth-quarter surge over the Golden State Warriors to take Game 3. The Celtics are now up 2-1 in the Series with all eyes on Steph Curry who twisted his ankle in a collision with the Celtics’ Al Horford. Boston 116, Golden State 100

FOOTBALL

The Los Angeles Rams gave wide receiver Cooper Kupp an extension worth $110 million over five years.

BASEBALL

The Los Angeles Angels losing streak continues. After a loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, the team has now gone 14-games without a win.

 

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Celtics Thrilling Game 1 Win, LeBron Worth $1 Bill, Gore Retires A Niner, Coco In French Open Final, Girardi Fired, Rodgers/Brady Win The Match

BASKETBALL

Game 1 of the NBA finals was a come-from-behind thrilling victory for the visiting Boston Celtics. The Celtics outscored the Golden State Warriors 40-16 in the fourth quarter for a 120-108 win. Game 2 is Sunday night in San Francisco.

LeBron James became the first active NBA player to reach a net worth of $1 billion. Michael Jordan became a billionaire but only after he retired.

FOOTBALL

Frank Gore signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers then officially retired. The 39-year-old running back played for 16 years (which is unusual for a player at this position).

TENNIS

Coco Grauff celebrated her graduation from high school two weeks ago in Paris and is now in the French Open final. Gauff is the youngest woman (18 years old) to reach a Grand Slam final since 2004 when 17-year-old Maria Sharapova played on center court.

BASEBALL

After losing 12 of the last 17 games, the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi. Bench coach Rob Thomson will step up as interim manager

GOLF

Thanks to an impressive birdie putt by Aaron Rodgers on the 12th hole, Rodgers and Tom Brady beat Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes to win The Match.

 

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The Pham Slap, Nadal Defeats Djokovic, Cavs Hire Luke Walton

BASEBALL

The baseball world is still talking about the big slap. Here’s the recap: Last week Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham slapped SF Giants outfielder Joc Pederson over a fantasy football disagreement. MLB gave Pham a three-game suspension, but Pham isn’t letting it go and has now brought LA Angels All-Star Mike Trout into the dispute claiming Trout was a horrible commissioner of the league and should have dealt with the issue.  Here’s Pham explaining his actions.

TENNIS

In the much anticipated French Open quarterfinal, Rafael Nadal defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic. Nadal (#5 seed) will face Alexander Zverev (#3 seed) in the semifinals.

BASKETBALL

The Cleveland Cavaliers hired Luke Walton (former Sacramento Kings/LA Lakers head coach) as their new assistant coach.

 

 

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Heat, Celtics, Warriors, Mavs In Conference Finals, 1,001 Diff Combos In NBA Lottery, Stephen A Tagged Wrong Booker, Alexander’s Record Extension

BASKETBALL

The Eastern and Western Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs begins Tuesday night, with the Miami Heat vs the Boston Celtics, and the Golden State Warriors vs the Dallas Mavericks.

Prior to the start of the Conference Finals, the NBA will hold a lottery for the coveted top picks in the NBA Draft in June. In case you’re looking to predict which teams will get the top picks, there are 1,001 different combinations of teams landing in the top 14 spots.

ESPN’s Stephen A Smith has never been shy about expressing his opinion, but when he criticized the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker for his performance in their Game 7 loss, he tagged the wrong Devin Booker on Twitter. The Booker he tagged plays basketball in Turkey and had a great response. Click here.

FOOTBALL

The Green Bay Packers extended their Pro Bowl cornerback Jaire Alexander’s contract making him the highest-paid defensive back in the NFL ($84 million over 4 years).

 

 

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Steelers 4 Pairs Brothers, Draymond Ejected In Warriors Win, Bucks Over Celtics, Bauer Suspended

FOOTBALL

The NFL draft is over. For grades on how each team fared, click here.

After the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers now have the distinction of having 4 pairs of brothers on their roster: The Edmunds Brothers (Terrell and Trey), the Watt Brothers (T.J and Derek), the Davis Brothers (Carlos and Khalil) and the Hayward Brothers (Cam and Conner).

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors pulled out a  Game 1 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Everyone is talking about Draymond Green today as he was ejected in the second quarter due to a controversial foul and then taunted the crowd.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (triple double-24 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists) led the Milwaukee Bucks to a massive Game 1 win (101-89) over the Boston Celtics.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball suspended LA Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer for two seasons and a potential loss of $60 million over accusations he violated the league’s domestic violence policy. Bauer claims he’s innocent and will appeal the suspension.

 

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Celtics Sweep Nets, Simmons On Bench, Barnes Rookie Of Year, Morant Most Improved, Cabrera 3,000 Hits

BASKETBALL

The Boston Celtics move on to the next round of the playoffs after an embarrassing sweep of the Brooklyn Nets who were playing without Ben Simmons. The Nets had a tumultuous season with an unvaccinated Kyrie Irving sitting out home games and then a massive trade with the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons, who never made it on the court due to an injury.

For more NBA playoff highlights, click here.

The NBA awards keep rolling in. Toronto Raptors guard Scottie Barnes won Rookie of the Year and Ja Morant won Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL

Detroit Tigers first baseman and designated hitter Miguel Cabrera became only the 33rd player in MLB history to have 3,000 career hits.

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Nakken Makes History, Nationals Sale, Howard Selected #1, Raiders Sign Carr, Jones & Blockchain, Venmo For Middle Finger

BASEBALL

Alyssa Nakken made history this week by becoming the first female Major League Baseball coach to make an on-field appearance. Nakken also made history when she became the first woman to work full-time in the big leagues. During the Giants/Padres game, Nakken replaced the Giants’ first base coach after he was ejected.

In other baseball news, the Lerner family is considering selling the Washington Nationals.

BASKETBALL

Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard was selected with the first pick in the WNBA draft. The season begins on May 6th, and for the first time, the teams will play 36 regular-season games.

FOOTBALL

The Las Vegas Raiders signed quarterback Derek Carr to a three-year extension worth $121.5 million and overall compensation of $141.3 over the next four years.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced his team will partner with Blockchain, the first time an NFL team has partnered with cryptocurrency. Jones blazed a trail in the 1990s when he became the first owner to insist on stadium sponsorships.

HOCKEY

Minnesota Wild’s Ryan Hartman got fined $4,250 for flipping off controversial and widely disliked Evander Kane (among other actions was accused of gambling on NHL games and faking a COVID vaccination card) on Tuesday night. Fans of Hartman (and haters of Kane) started pouring money into his Venmo account to pay off the fine.

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Tiger Will Play In Masters, Diggs $104 Mill, AG’s Address Workplace Harassment In NFL, MLB Opening Day

GOLF

The Masters golf tournament begins today, and Tiger Woods will play. It’s been just over a year since Woods was involved in a serious car crash and had to spend months recovering. He said his biggest hurdle for the tournament wasn’t the golf but walking the course.

FOOTBALL

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs got paid a $104 million extension to stay with the team.

Six attorney generals have expressed “grave concerns” regarding workplace harassment of women and minorities and have demanded the NFL “take steps to address the problem.” The letter from the AG’s highlighted the recent scandals the NFL has had to confront including Jon Gruden emails, voyeurism of Cowboy cheerleaders, and the exorbitant contract for quarterback Deshaun Watson who is still defending 22 civil cases involving sexual misconduct.

BASEBALL

After a tumultuous off-season and a delayed pre-season, today marks the official Opening Day for Major League Baseball with a full 162-games on the docket.

 

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