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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.

 

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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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Team USA Wins WBC, Goodell Makes Changes, Kristi’s Unfortunate Tweet To Kerrigan

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Team USA Beat Puerto Rico to win its first ever World Baseball Classic. The Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman pitched a 7 inning no-hitter to lead Team USA to an eventual 8-0 shutout. Congrats!

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NFL TV ratings dropped last season, so Commissioner Roger Goodell is looking to make some changes. He is planning on instituting fewer commercial breaks (although potentially longer ones) and standardized timing in the clock for when players go out of bounds and after touchdowns and extra points. Goodell wants to make the game more enjoyable for the fans and will meet with the competition committee to potentially loosen “up the celebration rules to allow the players a little more expression of their enthusiasm,”

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Social media blew up after former Olympic Gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi innocently tweeted for fellow former Olympic skater, Nancy Kerrigan, to “break a leg” during her upcoming “Dancing With the Stars” appearance. The reason her choice of words was so bad (in case you don’t remember this infamous incident) was in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan’s rival Tonya Harding’s husband hired someone to club Nancy in the leg in order to take her out of competition.

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USA Finals Of World Baseball Classic, LaVar Ball Upsets LeBron, Newton Surgery, Soccer Star’s Blunder

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The USA Team will face Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. This is the first time Team USA has made it to the finals and the game is winner-take-all. Good luck!

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LaVar Ball, the outspoken dad of the three Ball brothers, has gone too far and made LeBron James upset. LaVar said the 12 year old LeBron Jr (who is already getting attention from many top college basketball programs) will have a tough time because his dad is so famous. He implied that as a dad, he gets to spend more time working with his sons (and not just hiring them a trainer). He said, “Whereas the fact that I wasn’t all that, allows me to take the time to make my boys all that.” LeBron is very protective of his family and wasn’t too happy having anyone talk about his son. He responded by saying, “Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”

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Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton will undergo rotator cuff surgery next week. He’s expected to start working out with the team 16 weeks after the surgery, but fans are nervous he might not be the same next season.

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Ghanian soccer star Mohammad Anas interview after his recent game where he was named Man of the Match went viral when he thanked his wife (and girlfriend!). Oops. Watch here for what NOT to do in an interview.

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Israel In World Baseball Classic For First Time, Cuban Doesn’t Believe Westbook MVP

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The World Baseball Classic begins today. The Classic brings the world’s best baseball players together to compete while representing their home countries. For the first time ever, Israel is fielding a team and playing in the first round against South Korea. In order for a player to be eligible to play for a country, they need to be able to apply for citizenship of that country, so in order to qualify for the Israeli team (Israel offers citizenship to anyone Jewish), officials had to track down parents’ birth certificates and Bar/Bat Mitzvah certificates. The Israeli mascot is called “Mensch on a Bench“. Players from around the world celebrate this tournament. According to Carlos Beltran, who is playing for Puerto Rico, “As a player, you play for your country, and no one wants to lose. So every player that has the opportunity to play in a [meaningful] game, we’re always going to give what we have.”

 

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For some reason, Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban is telling people OKC Superstar Russell Westbrook should not be considered in the mix for MVP. The only players he’d consider are James Harden and LeBron James. Westbrook has been leading the League in scoring, but Cuban apparently has a bias against Westbrook as he still doesn’t believe he’s MVP status.

 

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Tebow’s Spring Training With Mets, Lakers & 76er Moves, Seth Curry Finding Stride

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All eyes are on former Heisman Trophy winner (and former Denver Broncos and NY Jets QB) Tim Tebow at spring training for the NY Mets. Most agree Tebow, at almost 30 years old (and not having played on a baseball team since his junior year in high school),  has no chance of making it to the Majors, but he’s creating a sensation in Florida. Tebow knows he’s got an uphill fight, but seems to be enjoying the challenge. He said, “Obviously, I knew it’s a big challenge. You’re picking up a sport after 12 years of not playing it, but I understood it. I think part of the challenge in it being so hard is part of why it’s something I’m enjoying and loving. Hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things in sports, but I’m enjoying it very much.’’

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In some player moves, the Los Angeles Lakers released Jose Calderon who is expected to go to the Golden State Warriors. The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be high on the list to grab Andrew Bogut, who was released by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Seth Curry (not a typo, he is Steph’s brother) is finding his stride with the Dallas Mavericks. As a shooting guard, Seth is averaging 16 points per game with a game high 29 points in Monday’s win over the Miami Heat. If the Mavs keep it up, they could secure the final playoff spot in the West and play Steph’s Golden State Warriors. That would be a fun matchup to watch!

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Magic Johnson Lakers New President, Baseball HOF Honors Simpsons

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Hall of Famer and basketball royalty, Magic Johnson announced he is the LA Lakers new President of basketball operations. Magic won championships for the Lakers in the ’80’s, served as their head coach in 1994 and even part owner for a few years after that. Johnson is known for his business acumen and will bring his expertise to try and turn around a struggling franchise. Magic didn’t waste any time in his new job. Hours after accepting his new position he traded Lakers’ Guard Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for their 2017 first round pick and Forward Corey Brewer.

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On May 27th, the Baseball Hall of Fame will honor the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons’  “Homer at the Bat” episode where Mr. Burns stacked his power plant team with major league players in order to win a bet. Among the greats lending their voice to this classic episode were: Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Canseco, Ozzie Smith and Don Mattingly.  The producers and directors of the episode will be joined by Boggs and Smith for a panel discussion at the Hall on the 27th.

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Kushers Won’t Buy Marlins, Green Claims Dolan Slave Master, Anthony All Star Game

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Jeffrey Loria, the current owner of the Miami Marlins, looks like he’ll be nominated as the next US Ambassador to France. Loria is interested in selling the team,  and one of the rumored buyers was the Kushner family. According to reports, the Kushners have now bowed out expressing a conflict of interest (Jared Kushner is married to Ivanka and is the Senior advisor to Trump).

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NBA Commish Adam Silver tried to mediate and put an end to the Charles Oakley vs James Dolan feud, but the Warriors Draymond Green brought the topic front and center again. Green, on his podcast, called Dolan’s treatment of Oakley a “slave master mentality”. He said, “It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines, and all this stuff for your organization.But now all of a sudden, when he say something that he feels, it’s a problem. I disagree with that. I definitely think, like I said, that that’s a slave master mentality.”

Carmelo Anthony will play in his 10th All Star Game on Sunday. He was offered the injured Kevin Love’s spot in the Eastern Conference. The ironic part of this swap is that there has been talk the last few weeks of a Anthony/Love trade before the NBA trade deadline. The All-Star swap, however, was not exactly the big trade people were talking about.

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