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Justify Wins Preakness, Knights Advance To Finals, Cavs Regroup, Curry Explodes & Scolded For Cursing

HORSE RACING

Justify held off some tough competition on another sloppy track to win the Preakness Stakes and capture the second leg of the Triple Crown. On June 9th at Belmont, Justify, trained by Bob Baffert, will attempt to become only the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown. At a distance of 1/2 mile, the Belmont is the longest of the 3 races and can prove challenging for a horse having raced hard the last 5 weeks. American Pharoah (also trained by Bob Baffert) won the Triple Crown in 2015, but before Pharoah, the last Triple Crown winner was in 1978.

HOCKEY

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 4-1 series win over the Winnipeg Jets. The Knights are only the second expansion team from either the NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL to reach a championship in an inaugural season. The Knights will play the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning/Washington Capitals series. The Lightning are up 3-2 with game 6 on Monday.

BASKETBALL

The Cleveland Cavaliers were outplayed by the Boston Celtics in the first 2 games of the Eastern Conference finals but regrouped for game 3, came out with a 19 point first quarter lead and never looked back. LeBron helped the Cavs blow out the Celtics with 27 points and 12 assists, while Kevin Love added 14 rebounds. Cavaliers 116, Celtics 86.

In the Western Conference finals, Steph Curry exploded with 35-points and 7-7 FG’s in the 3rd quarter to propel the Warriors to a 2-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets. With Curry on fire and the hometown crowd going crazy, Curry uncharacteristically shouted out “This is my f—ing house!” after a successful drive.  Even though the crowd loved his enthusiasm, his mom scolded him after the game. According to Curry, “She already sent me two home videos, showing me the clip and playing it back. She was telling me how I need to wash my mouth out, saying to wash it out with soap. It’s a message I’ve heard before.” He went on to say, “She’s right. I gotta do better. I can’t talk like that.” Warriors 126, Rockets 85.

 

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76ers Avoid Elimination, Cavs Sweep Raptors, Capitols Advance First Time 20 Years, Tom Brady’s Attire At Met

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In a do or die game Monday night, the Philadelphia 76ers fought back and avoided elimination. T.J. McConnell turned it up in his first career playoff start for the Sixers and finished the night with a career high 19 points. The Sixers trail 3-1 in the series but have not given up and will play game 5 on Wednesday night.  Teams that trail 3-0 have never come back to win a series, but Sixers Joel Embiid said “We’re playing our hearts out and just trying to be that one team.” Philadelphia 103, Boston 92.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers  swept the Toronto Raptors for the second consecutive season. The Cavs will now head to the eastern conference finals. Cavs 128, Raptors 93.

HOCKEY

With a win in overtime agains the Pittsburgh Penguins, and for the first time in 20 years,  the Washington Capitols advance to the Eastern Conference finals where they will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The winner of that series heads to the Stanley Cup Finals.

OTHER

Tom Brady lit up social media with his choice of attire for the annual Met Gala. The theme for the gala this year was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Brady wore a black tux adorned with gold to match his supermodel wife, Giselle Bundchen’s, gold Versace dress.

 

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Cavs Win With Fresh New Look, Fitzgerald Wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Crosby Scores 400th Goal

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The Cleveland Cavaliers traded six players away at the NBA trade deadline last week.  The Cavs debuted their new-fresh look featuring Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr and Jordan Clarkson Sunday night.  The blowout 121-99 win over the Boston Celtics was their first win over a current top 5 team since the season opener. Even with Kevin Love still out with a broken hand, the Cavs chemistry seems to have improved.

GOLF

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am with pro Kevin Steelman. He’s the first professional athlete since Dan Marino in 1988 to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament. No word yet on whether Larry will continue his football career and return to play for the Cardinals next season.

HOCKEY

Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, scored his 400th career goal. Mario Lemieux and Jeromir Jagr are the only other 2 players scoring this many goals with the Penguins.

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Crosby Slams Subban & Team Up 3-2, Girls Cut Hair In Solidarity, NBA Finals Tonight

HOCKEY

The Pittsburgh Penguins are up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals after a fired up Sidney Crosby led his team to a 6-0 rout. Crosby took out his anger during the game against rival P.K. Subban and slammed his head multiple times on the ice. Subban responded by putting Crosby in a head lock. Both received minors, but many were upset as they thought Crosby’s violation was much worse.   Game 6 is Sunday 8:00 pm.

SOCCER

Earlier this week, a story about a girl on a 11 year old Nebraska soccer team was disqualified from playing in a nearby tournament because tournament directors thought she looked like a boy. Soccer stars Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach weighed in on this controversy and sent the their support. On Thursday, the girls’ teammates cut their hair to show their solidarity.

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors will try and lock up the NBA Championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. The Cavs’ LeBron James will bring his “A” game in order to avoid an embarrassing sweep. Friday night 9;00 pm ET.

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Penguins Win Game 1 With Only 12 Shots On Goal, Tiger Arrested DUI, Legend Deford Passes

HOCKEY

The Pittsburgh Penguins barely came away with a win in the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins fell behind the Nashville Predators 3-0 early but rallied late and pulled out 5 goals. With only 12 shots all game, the Penguins record the fewest number of shots by a winner of a Stanley Cup Final. Tune in for game 2 on Wednesday 8:00 pm ET. Penguins 5, Predators 3.

GOLF

Tiger Woods was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence, but claims alcohol wasn’t involved. He said, “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.” Tiger has had 4 back surgeries since 2014, with the most recent surgery on April 19th.

OTHER

Frank Deford, the legendary Sports Illustrated writer and NPR commentator passed away over the weekend. Deford was 78 years. Deford was well known in the sporting world for his storytelling. In 2013, President Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal and described him as, “A dedicated writer and storyteller, Mr. Deford has offered a consistent, compelling voice in print and on radio, reaching beyond scores and statistics to reveal the humanity woven into the games we love”

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Cavs To Face Warriors In NBA Finals, Lonzo May Work Out W/76ers, Penguins And Predators Stanley Cup

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The Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs were determined to close out this series. LeBron brought his “A” game and made history by surpassing Michael Jordan for most career points in the playoffs. Cleveland is now heading to the Finals to face the Golden State Warriors for an unprecedented third straight year. In NBA history no 2 teams have met in the Finals three years in a row. The best of 7 Championship begins June 1st, 9:00 pm ET. Cavs 135, Celtics 102.

The rumor mill has Lonzo Ball, considered one of the top picks in the NBA draft, potentially working out with the Philadelphia 76ers before the June 22nd draft. The Boston Celtics have the first pick in the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers the second with Philly picking third. Lonzo has already declined to work out with Boston, and Lonzo’s controversial Dad, LaVar, stated he only wants his son to play for the Lakers, so it will be interesting to see how this develops.

HOCKEY

It took two overtimes for the Pittsburgh Penguins to triumph over the Ottawa Senators in the playoffs. They will now face the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins are the first team since 2008 to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in consecutive seasons. The best of 7 series will begin on Memorial Day.

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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.

BASEBALL

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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Kings Hire Robitaille As President And Blake As GM/VP, Cavs Lose In OT, NFL Players Fined For Wrestling

HOCKEY

The Los Angeles Kings fired their coach and President/GM on Monday after another losing season. Hall of Famer and Kings’ royalty Luc Robitaille will take over as the new team President. The Kings love Robitaille. They even built a bronze statue of him (along with Wayne Gretzky) near the entrance to the Staples Center where they play. Fellow Hall of Famer, Rob Blake will become the new Vice President/GM.

BASKETBALL

With an overtime loss to the Miami Heat on Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers are now one game behind the Boston Celtics for the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference.  What’s got to be even more upsetting to the team is it’s the second time in a row they’ve blown a 4th quarter lead. On Sunday, the Cavs blew a huge 26-point lead to lose to the Atlanta Hawks.  The Heat breathed a sigh of relief as the win kept their postseason hopes alive. They are currently tied with the Chicago Bulls for the 8th seed in the East. Heat 124, Cavs 121.

FOOTBALL

The NFL has a strict policy of no gambling, which is why a number of NFL players are in trouble for participating in a “Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship” in Las Vegas over the weekend.  Among the players fined are: Kenny Stills (Dolphins), James Harrison (Steelers), Navorro Bowman (49ers), Patrick Chung (Patriots), and Lucky Whitehead (Cowboys).

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Women Reach Deal With USA Hockey, Red Wings End Playoff Streak, Warriors Record 60th Win Again

HOCKEY

Just days before the World Championship, the US women’s national hockey team reached an agreement with USA Hockey. Among the changes in the agreement, USA Hockey agreed to an increase in salary to $70,000 per player with bonuses for winning medals. The Women’s Team has won 6 of the last 8 World Titles and will compete on Friday to defend their legacy in the first round of the World Championship against the Canadians.

It’s the end of an era for the Detroit Red Wings. With their loss on Tuesday, they will miss the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 25 years.

BASKETBALL

In a win over the Houston Rockets, the Golden State Warriors recorded their 60th win for the 3rd straight season, becoming only the 5th franchise in history to do this. The win was also a milestone for coach Steve Kerr as it notched his 200th victory.

 

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USA Women’s Hockey Boycott, March Madness Begins

HOCKEY

The US Women’s Hockey Team has decided to boycott the World Championships taking place March 31st-April 7th in Michigan due to a wage dispute over compensation and support equal to the mens’ team. The women currently make $1000 per month for 6 months leading up to the Olympic Games, so esssentially just $6000 for 4 years, as they need to train during the 4 years between Olympic Games. USA Hockey responded to the boycott and issued a statement expressing their commitment to the team and an increase in pay, however the players expressed through their lawyers that the USA Hockey statement was “dishonest” and they are still in dispute.

 

BASKETBALL

March Madness officially kicks off today, which means if you haven’t filled out your bracket yet, you have until around noon ET today. It’s easy to fill out. Just go on any sports site and pick your own teams or have them auto fill for you. The next few weeks will be all NCAA basketball all day.

 

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