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Lakers Told To Tone Down Roasting, Kemp And Chirinos Ejected

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The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are friends and are known to roast each other on social media. The Laker organization has now decided this “friendly” roasting needs to be toned down as it’s getting personal.  If the two teammates are friends, why would the Lakers care? Some speculate the organization is courting LeBron and doesn’t want the appearance of any discord on the team, although Ball and Kuzma (with Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart) insist they’re just having fun. Ingram said, “Whether it is talking off the court, whether it is talking on the basketball court, we really have had a bond.”

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Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp collided at home plate in the third inning with Texas Ranger Robinson Chirinos causing both players to be ejected. Kemp was tagged out, but not before lowering his shoulder and running into Chirinos. Chirinos shoved him causing both benches to clear. According to Chirinos, “he leaned into me and put his shoulder into me. That’s when I rushed him. Everyone knows the rule, they preach it to us in spring training. It was emotional.” Dodgers won the game 3-2.

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US/Canada/Mexica Win Bid For 2026 World Cup, Luck’s Shoulder Healed, Cabrera Out For Season

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The World Cup is just about underway in Russia with 32 teams competing in the most watched sporting event in the world. The United States did not qualify this year (the first time in three decades), but they did secure (with their neighbors Canada and Mexico) the bid to host the 2026 tournament. In 2026, the tournament will expand to 48 teams (including the host countries). No other World Cup has split hosting duties three ways, but the US, Canada, and Mexico agreed to have 60 games played in the US with 10 played in Canada and 10 in Mexico. The Final match will be played at New York’s MetLife Stadium.

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The Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck appears to be healed from his shoulder injury and ready to compete. He recently threw in front of the media and claims he is “absolutely” ready to play in week 1 vs the Cincinnati Bengals

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Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera (known as Miggy) ruptured his left bicep and will be out the remainder of the season. Cabrera was the AL MVP in 2012-2013, and his absence will be a huge loss for the team. Tiger manager Ron Gardenhire captured the feeling of the team when he said, “Definitely a big blow for our ballclub and that young man. Very sad day for our baseball team though. He’s a special player, a special person to have around here. That’s a blow. I feel terrible when I saw him do that.”

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Lindor Shaves Head For HS Team, Yankees Finally Lose But Still Energized

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Cleveland Indians’ All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor made a bet with his former high school that he would shave his head if the Montverde Academy’s baseball team finished the season undefeated. When the team went 25-0, he held up his end of the bet and showed up at their high school assembly ready to be shaved.

The Yankees have been on fire this season earning 10 come from behind wins. The streak ended with a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday night (only their second loss in 19 games), but their attitude remains confident and strong. Yankees right fielder, Aaron Judge described the feeling among team members “It’s just go out there and get the job done. When the crowd starts getting a little crazy and gets behind us, it’s just go up there, have quality at-bats and see what happens.”  The Red Sox and Yankees are tied for first place in the American League East with 26 wins 11 losses.

 

 

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West Technical For Exercise Bike, Antetokounmpo Waits For Tacos, Manaea’s No-Hitter

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The Golden State Warriors lost a disappointing game 4 (now up 3-1) to the Indiana Pacers, but David West is getting all of the attention for getting off the bench and hopping on an exercise bike.  The ref wasn’t amused and gave him a technical foul which comes with a $2000 fine.

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics on Saturday night thanks to 27 points and a thrilling tip-in at the end of the 4th quarter by Giannis Antetokounmpo “the Greek Freak” to give them the 104-102 advantage. After the game, social media lit up when a fan noticed Antetokounmpo waiting for more than 10 minutes for a table then leaving because no one was helping him. The restaurant, BelAir Cantina,  apologized and announced they will give away a free taco (with the purchase of another item) at all their locations if the Bucks win the series Thursday night.

For more weekend NBA highlights, click here.

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The Oakland Athletics Sean Manaea threw a no-hitter (the 12th in franchise history) in Saturday’s win over the Boston Red Sox. Manaea didn’t even realize he was on the verge of a no-hitter until the 8th inning when he looked up at the scoreboard. He told reporters, “Until the eighth, I thought it just like was a one-hitter. I looked up in the eighth and saw there were still zeros and was like, whoa, weird.”

 

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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.

BASEBALL

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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