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Mavs Force Game 7, Heat Win Series, NFL Schedule Reveal & New Intern, No Triple Crown

BASKETBALL

Thanks to Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks had a hug win over the Phoenix Suns to force a Game 7. (Mavs 113, Suns 86)

The Miami Heat had no trouble closing out the series and ending the Sixers season. (Heat 99, Sixers 90)

FOOTBALL

The official NFL schedule ”reveal” has become a social media opportunity, and Peyton Manning and “new intern” Russell Wilson had some fun with it. Check it out.

HORSE RACING

There’s now no chance of a Triple Crown winner this year after it was announced that Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t be running in the Preakness Stakes on May 21st. Rich Strike is still scheduled for the Belmont Stakes, but the decision not to run the Derby winner is disappointing for many racing fans.

 

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NBA Playoff Recap, Williams Coach Of Year, Jokic NBA MVP, Brady Signs Biggest Contract In Broadcasting History

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The Golden State Warriors managed to pull ahead with just 45.7 seconds left to grab the win against the Memphis Grizzlies 101-98. The Warriors now have a 3-1 series lead. Warriors coach Steve Kerr had to sit the game out due to testing positive for COVID-19, and in an interesting twist, Mike Brown (who took over for Kerr) was hired on the same day to be the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

The Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks to even the series 2-2.

The Miami Heat trounced the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5 (120-85) to go up 3-2 in the series.

And, finally, the Dallas Mavericks face elimination (down 3-2) to the Phoenix Suns.

The NBA awards continue with the Sun’s Monty Williams named Coach of the Year. Reports have confirmed Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic will win the NBA MVP award. The award will be officially announced next week.

FOOTBALL

Tom Brady will call games for Fox Sports after he retires for a reported whopping $375 million over 10 years, the biggest contract in sports TV history.

 

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Rich Strike Wins Derby, Boehly Buys Chelsea, Sixers/Mavericks Even Series, Verstappen Wins FI

HORSE RACING

In the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby, Rich Strike (who wasn’t even eligible to run until Friday morning) won at 80-1 odds. It was the second-biggest upset in Derby history with a payout of $163.60 on a $2 bet.

SOCCER

A group of investors led by Todd Boehly edged out the other bidders to buy Chelsea FC for $3.1 billion, setting a new record. Steve Cohen, who bought the Mets in 2020 held the previous record when he spent $2.4 billion.

BASKETBALL

A recap of the weekend games:

With Joel Embiid back after sitting out due to injury, the Philadelphia 76ers won games 3 and 4 to even the series with the Miami Heat.

The Dallas Mavericks also evened the series with the Phoenix Suns after winning games 3 and 4. Luka Dončić has now scored 655 points in his first 20 playoff games. The only other players to accomplish this feat is Michael Jordan (718) and Wilt Chamberlain (705).

The Milwaukee Bucks are up 2-1 vs the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors are up 2-1 on the Memphis Grizzlies.

FORMULA 1

In the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) held off Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) for the win.

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Grizzlies, Celtics, Suns, Heat Win Game 2’s, Simmons Microdiscectomy, Herro Sixth Man, $9.3 Mill For Maradona’s Jersey

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Matching his playoff career-high of 47 points, Ja Morant led the Memphis Grizzlies to a Game 2 win over the Golden State Warriors. Morant joins Kobe Bryant and LeBron James as the only players in the NBA who have scored multiple 45-point playoff games at an age younger than 23 years old. The semifinal series is tied at 1-1.

The Boston Celtics also evened their series with the Milwaukee Bucks and are now 1-1.

Thanks to the stellar play of Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the Phoenix Suns blew out the Dallas Mavericks to take a 2-0 lead.

The Philadelphia 76ers are clearly hurting without injured star Joel Embiid (facial fracture and concussion) and are now down 2-0 to the Miami Heat.

In other NBA news, former 76er and current Brooklyn Net, Ben Simmons, will have a microdiscectomy for his back pain.

Miami Guard Tyler Herro was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.

SOCCER

The shirt Diego Maradona (considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the League) wore when he scored the “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup against England sold at auction for $9.284,536 million, making it the highest price ever paid for an item of sports memorabilia.

 

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Heat, Suns Grab Game 1, Emmert Steps Down As Pres Of NCAA

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The Philadelphia 76ers, who were playing without Joel Embiid, could not muster enough to beat Miami. The Heat take Game 1 in the series.

The Phoenix Suns grabbed Game 1 over the Dallas Mavericks.

NCAA

Mark Emmert announced he is stepping down as the President of the NCAA. The new NIL policy (student athletes having the ability to profit off their name, image and likeness) has significantly changed the organization in the past 3 months. Emmert was the President for 12 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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Curry Scores 30 For Win, Bucks Face Celtics, NFL Draft, Tunsil Sells Gas Mask, Henry/Witherspoon Soccer Owners

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Stephen Curry came off the bench for his first start of the postseason (due to injury) and scored 30 points in a Golden State win over the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors will now advance to the next round and face either the Memphis Grizzlies or the Minnesota Vikings.

The Milwaukee Bucks also moved to the next round with a huge win over the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks (defending champions) will face the Boston Celtics.

FOOTBALL

The NFL draft begins Thursday night with 262 players drafted across 7 rounds over 3 days.

Six years ago, Laremy Tunsil fell from a top spot in the NFL draft to the 13th pick (which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but with the sliding draft scale, cost him around $7 million dollars), because a video surfaced showing him wearing a gas mask bong. Tunsil, who has since made over $52 million, is now selling the gas mask as an NFT and will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Last Prisoner Project whose mission is to set free prisoners incarcerated for cannabis.

SOCCER

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up to join Nashville SC’s ownership group. According to Henry, “As a kid growing up in Florida, I imagined being a professional sports owner and the opportunity to do that with a Major League Soccer club is truly a dream come true.”

 

 

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

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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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Affleck/Damon Teaming Up On Nike-Jordan Story, Wright Retires, Mike Tyson Punches Passenger On Jetblue

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Co-writers and actors of the classic movie “Good Will Hunting”, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, are teaming up again to star in a movie about Nike having the foresight and creativity to sign Michael Jordan before he entered the NBA as the #3 overall pick in the 1984 draft. Affleck will play Nike founder Phil Knight, and Damon will play former Nike executive Sonny Vaccarro. According to Forbes, Jordan has made an estimated $1.3 billion from his Nike endorsements since 1984.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright shocked the college basketball world this week when he announced his retirement. At 60 years old, Wright has received interest from the NBA for potential head coaching positions but has reportedly stated he’s done with coaching for now.

For the latest updates on the NBA playoffs, click here.

BOXING

Mike Tyson, considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, was captured on video punching a passenger seated behind him on a Jetblue flight out of San Francisco. The passenger was reportedly intoxicated and harassing Tyson. The investigation is pending.

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Wimbledon Bans Russia, Broncos For Sale, Brady/Rodgers Vs Mahomes/Allen, Smart Defensive Player Of Year

TENNIS

In a move that hasn’t happened since World War II, Wimbledon plans to ban athletes from certain countries. Russian and Belarusian competitors will no longer be able to compete in the tournament, which begins on June 27th.

FOOTBALL

Five remaining bidders are looking to purchase the Denver Broncos for an estimated record $4 billion-plus.  Rob Walton, an investor group led by 76ers/Devils owner Josh Harris, and a group led by Todd Boehly (minority owner of the Dodgers and Lakers), are among the final bidders. Harris and Boehly are also bidding against each other on Chelsea F.C.

GOLF

The highly entertaining “The Match” is returning, but this year will not feature any professional golfers. The Match is an exhibition golf tournament (kicking off June 1st) featuring big-name athletes competing against each other with prize money going to charity. The most anticipated matchup will be Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers facing off against Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. According to golf experts, Rodgers is the best golfer of the bunch.

BASKETBALL

While the Playoffs are in full swing, the NBA announced their first big award going to Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart for winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

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