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Strickland And Harper Suspended, French Open Player Banned

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In an emotionally charged game Monday night between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper received 6 game and 4 game suspensions. Harper believed Strickland intended to hit him with a fastball so charged the mound and punched Strickland in the head. Apparently the bad blood goes back to 2014 when Harper hit two home runs against Strickland in the National League Division Series. Both players will appeal the suspension.

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French Open player Maxime Hamou was banned from the tournament after he forcibly tried to kiss reporter Maly Thomas. Thomas said, “If I hadn’t been live on air, I would have punched him.” Hamou has since apologized for his behavior.

 

 

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All-NBA List, George & Hayward Down $200 Mill, Von Miller Surprises Employees, A-Rod A Shark

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The NBA released its list of All-NBA players on Thursday. Indiana Pacers Paul George and Utah Jazz Gordon Hayward were left off the list, potentially costing them a five-year $200 million contract extension. NBA media members select the top 15 players by position to fill the First, Second, and Third All-NBA teams. Each team consists of two guards, two forwards and one center. LeBron James made the First Team again for the 11th time in his career. For a list of the all three Teams, click here.

The NBA playoffs continue this weekend with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals Friday 8:30 pm ET. The Cavs lead the series 1-0. The Golden State Warriors, who lead 2-0,  will play Saturday 9:00 pm ET against the San Antonio Spurs.

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Broncos’ superstar linebacker Von Miller surprised the more than 200 Bronco employees at their service awards ceremony on Thursday. It was the first time in 18 years a Bronco player joined the ceremony to thank the employees.

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Retired MVP Alex Rodriguez announced he will join the popular reality show Shark Tank as a guest judge in the fall. A-Rod said, “Ever since I was 10 years old, I sat on my father’s lap [and said] I have two dreams: [One was] to be a Major League Baseball player, but that usually never happens, and two was to be a CEO,”

 

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Kawhi Goes Down And Warriors Win, Game 7 Wizards/Celtics, Derek Jeter’s #2 Retired

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The San Antonio Spurs were overpowering the Golden State Warriors until Kawhi Leonard went down with an ankle injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s Western Conference final. The Warriors were down by 25 points during the game, but fought back and then went on a tear and outscored the Spurs 58-33. It was the largest comeback in finals conference history in the last 15 years. Steph Curry added 40 points and Kevin Durant 34 in the win. Kawhi will undergo an MRI today and is doubtful for Tuesday’s game 2. Warriors 113, Spurs 111.

 

The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics face off in Game 7 tonight. The winner will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference final.

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The New York Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s #2 jersey Sunday night. Jeter is beloved by Yankee fans. He played all 20 years of his career with the team and won 5 World Series. Watch Jeter’s emotional speech (with no notes) before the Yankee Stadium crowd.

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Ginobili Blocks Harden For Spurs Win In OT, Oher Uber Assault, Matt Harvey’s Apology

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The San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili had the play of the game when he blocked the Houston Rockets’ James Harden’s shot in overtime. Harden is not used to getting blocked in general, and this was the first time for Ginobili had ever done it. The Spurs now lead the Western Conference semi-final 3 games to 2. Game 6 is on Thursday 8:00 pm. Spurs 110, Rockets 107.

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Michael Oher, the inspiration for the movie “Blindside” and currently a Carolina Panther, turned himself in for allegedly assaulting an Uber driver. According the driver, Oher was upset with him for taking a different route to a restaurant and pushed him to the ground.

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The NY Mets Matt Harvey apologized to the Mets organization, the fans, and his teammates for missing Saturday’s game. Harvey admitted he stayed out too late Friday night, then golfed Saturday morning which led him to miss Saturday’s game. He was also rumored to be upset after his breakup with Victoria Secrets Super Model Adriana Lima and was drowning his sorrows Friday night. Harvey wasn’t scheduled to pitch on Saturday, but he was still expected to be at the Ballpark supporting his team.

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LeBron Passes Kareem, Parker’s Leg Injury, Craziness At Fenway, Romo’s Golf

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With 39 points in another big win over the Toronto Raptors, LeBron James recorded another milestone by passing Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become #2 on the NBA all-time playoff scoring list. Michael Jordan currently holds the #1 spot, but LeBron could pass him if the Cavs continue winning. Cleveland is now up 2-0 in the series. Cavs 125, Raptors 103.

The San Antonio Spurs evened up the Western conference semifinal 1-1 with the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, but Tony Parker suffered a leg injury which got him carried off the court. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Parker will undergo an MRI today and determine if/when Parker will be able to return. San Antonio 121, Houston 96.

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The Boston Red Sox/Baltimore Orioles series is getting out of control and causing some craziness at Fenway Park.  It all started on April 21st when Orioles player Manny Machado slid into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox players tried to hit Machado in retaliation. Then Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale hit a batter with a 98 mile fastball but didn’t get in trouble. Just a one day later, Kevin Gausman was ejected, without any warning, for hitting a batter with a curveball.

An even bigger issue coming out of this series is the fan behavior at Fenway. The Orioles Adam Jones was taunted with racist remarks on Monday night. Another racist incident happened Wednesday night as well, and the fan was immediately banned from the Park.

GOLF

Newly retired Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will test his skills in golf. He is scheduled to compete in a US Open qualifier on Monday in Texas. Romo is not new to the game, but reportedly had to pull out of other qualifiers due to conflicts with football.

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Jazz Cut Clippers Playoff Hopes, Pierce To Retire, Toothless Thomas Big Game, Bormann Lives Dream, Oilers Belt National Anthem

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The Utah Jazz/Los Angeles Clippers 1st round matchup came down to a game 7 where the Jazz simply outlasted the Clippers to take the win and head to round 2. The game marked the end of future Hall of Fame’s Paul Pierces’s basketball career. He announced earlier in the year he’d retire after the season and sign a symbolic contract with the Boston Celtics to officially retire with the team who picked him #10 overall 19 years ago. Jazz 104, Clippers 99. The Jazz will now head to California to take on the Golden State Warriors for game 1 of the second round.

With 33 points, a tooth-less Isaiah Thomas helped lead his Boston Celtics over the Washington Wizards in game 1 of round two.  In the first quarter of the game, Thomas hit the Celtics’ Otto Porter Jr’s elbow and his tooth came flying out. Thomas took it in stride and continued to play. With everything else Thomas has had to deal with over the past week, a flying tooth was nothing. Thomas insisted he’ll get his tooth fixed soon, but his teammates wanted him to keep the “tough” look through the playoffs. Celtics 123, Wizards 111.

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Catcher John Bormann lived the dream on Sunday when he woke up as a Single A Bradenton Marauder then got called up to the Majors and had to drive across the state of Florida to make his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates (who were playing the Miami Marlins). When he heard the news, he admitted he thought it was a joke. He said, “I’m thinking, ‘Maybe he misspoke. Maybe I’m going to Altoona. But he said, ‘No, we’re serious. You’re going to Miami.'” Bormann struck out as a pinch-hitter in the game, but at least he got to debut in the big leagues.

HOCKEY

My favorite moment in sports on Sunday came during the Edmonton Oilers/Anaheim Ducks Semifinal Game 3 when Canadian country singer Brett Kissel prepared to sing the US National Anthem but then realized the mic wasn’t working. He held the microphone in the air and the Oiler fans belted out the Star Spangled Banner.

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Westbrook Posts 47 But Thunder Fall, Spurs/Jazz Up In Series,

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Russell Westbrook posted 47 points, but it wasn’t enough for his OKC Thunder to stay alive vs the Houston Rockets. Westbrook’s rival James Harden scored 34 points, but unlike Westbrook had help from the rest of the team to propel the Rockets to a 105-99 win. With the win, the Rockets win the series and head to the second round of the Western Conference. Houston will now play the winner of the San Antonio Spurs/Memphis Grizzlies series (Spurs up 3-2 with their win on Tuesday).

The Utah Jazz hit their shots in their 4th quarter giving them a big win over the Los Angeles Clippers and putting them up 3-2 in the series. Utah 96, Los Angeles 92.

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It’s not a done-deal yet, but a group led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter has reached an agreement with the owner of the Miami Marlins to purchase the team. The agreement still needs to get approval from Major League Baseball and 75% of all Major League Teams.

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Aaron Hernandez Dead In Prison Cell, #8 Bulls 2-0 Lead Over #1 Celtics, Clippers & Raptors Even Series

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Former Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez was found dead after hanging himself in his prison cell. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder, and days ago was acquitted of a separate double murder. Hernandez was 27 years old. He took his life on the same day his former teammates will be visiting the White House after their championship win.

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The 8th seeded Chicago Bulls, thanks to Jimmy Butler, Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo, pulled out to a 2-0 lead over the top seeded Boston Celtics. Unfortunately for the Celtics, the series now heads to Chicago.  If the Bulls can pull out the series win, it will be the first time in 5 years an 8th seed beat a #1 seed. Bulls 111, Celtics 97.

Without star defender Rudy Gobert (who injured his knee just 17 seconds into the first game), the Los Angeles Clippers were able to stay aggressive offensively and power over the Utah Jazz. The Clippers never fell behind the entire game leading them to even out the series. Clippers 99, Jazz 91.

Kyle Lowry came back from a disappointing game 1 to lead his Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and tie the series. Lowry had only 4 points in game one, but posted 22 points Tuesday night including a game-defining basket with less than 10 seconds to play. Raptors 106, Bucks 100.

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UNC Should Get Death Penalty According To Loh, Romo Suits Up For Mavs, Cespedes Belts 3HR’s

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The University of Maryland President, Wallace Loh, commented recently on NCAA’s  3 year investigation of the University of North Carolina for an academic scandal. Loh said, “For the things that happened in North Carolina, it’s abysmal. I would think that this would lead to the implementation of the death penalty by the NCAA. But I’m not in charge of that.” The NCAA investigation is looking into over 3000 (mostly student athletes) from UNC taking “no-show” classes and getting good grades. No word on when the investigation will conclude or what the consequences could be.

Newly retired Dallas QB Tony Romo suited up and hung out on the bench with the Dallas Mavericks in their Tuesday night game against the Denver Nuggets. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wanted to sign Romo to a one-day contract so Romo could come off the bench and play in the game, but NBA Commissioner Adam Sliver wouldn’t allow it. Romo made some shots with the team during warmups and couldn’t have looked happier!

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Yoenis Cespedes and the NY Mets had a great night Tuesday when Cespedes belted in three home runs, becoming the only player in franchise history to have two three home-run games (the first was in August of 2015). The Mets came away with a big 14-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

 

 

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Tebow Hits Homer In Minor League Debut, LaVar Ball Says White Guys Foot Speed Too Slow, DJ Misses Masters

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Tim Tebow mesmerized the crowd with a 2-run homer in his first official at-bat in the minor leagues. The former Heisman trophy winner and NFL QB, Tebow is playing for the Mets’ A team in hopes of making it to the Majors. Tebow hasn’t played baseball since high school, but has been working hard with a great attitude and fans are certainly behind him.

 

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LaVar Ball is making news again. Two weeks after UCLA (his son Lonzo’s team) lost in the NCAA Sweet 16 round, he told the Orange County Register, “Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow.” Lonzo is projected to go high in the NBA draft, but some are worried about LaVar’s influence and outspokenness.

 

GOLF

Unfortunately current #1 player Dustin Johnson is missing The Masters due to a freakish accident on Wednesday. He was walking down the stairs, slipped and landed on his back. It looked like he might actually tee-off yesterday, but then felt too stiff in his back to compete so at the last minute withdrew from the tournament.

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