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Heat Vs. Lakers NBA Finals, MLB Playoffs Beginning, Lightning Win Stanley Cup, South Park In Denver Stands, Mahomes Milestone

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The NBA Finals are set! The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers will square off starting on Wednesday with Game 1. If the Lakers win the series, LeBron James will get his fourth NBA championship and a title with his third franchise.

BASEBALL

The 60-game shortened regular season is over, and the Major League Baseball playoffs are here. With an expanded 16-team field (from the traditional eight-team field), the wild-card series begins on Tuesday with the divisional rounds and World Series itself played in bubble locations in Texas and California. The LA Dodgers are the top seed in the National League, and the Tampa Bay Rays are the top seed in the American League. For a full schedule, click here.

HOCKEY

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for only the second time in franchise history. With a game 6 win on Monday over the Dallas Star, the Lightning redeemed their disappointing first-round sweep in last year’s championship.

FOOTBALL

We’re now getting used to very few if any fans in the stands, but the Denver Broncos got our attention by filling 1,800 seats during Sunday’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with character cutouts from the show “South Park”. The Comedy Central show is based on a town in Colorado. Unfortunately for the Broncos, they lost 28-10 to the Buccaneers and are now 0-3 for the season.

On Monday Night Football, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the fastest quarterback to reach 10,000 yards passing in his career. He reached this feat in 34 games. The Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens 34-20 thanks to Mahomes’ five touchdowns.

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Giannis Wins MVP, Yankees Five Homers In One Inning, Browns Win Battle Of Ohio, Burrow Solid, Stanley Cup Finals

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Giannis Antetokounmpo won his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award. The Milwaukee Bucks forward (who also won Defensive Player of the Year this season) joins LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell as back-to-back MVPs.

BASEBALL

The New York Yankees had quite a night in their 10-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Yankees hit five home runs in an inning.

FOOTBALL

In the “Battle of Ohio” teams on Thursday Night Football, the Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-30. Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield threw for 2 touchdowns while Bengals’ rookie QB Joe Burrow threw for 3 TD’s and set a record for completions in a game by a rookie. He also became the first rookie quarterback to throw over 60 passes (he had 61) in a game with no interceptions.

HOCKEY

The Stanley Cup Finals begin on Saturday with the Tampa Bay Lightning facing the Dallas Stars.

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NBA To Resume, Doc Rivers Speaks Of Mental Health In Bubble, NHL Joins Other Leagues In Postponing

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After postponing games on Wednesday and Thursday, the NBA players voted to resume their postseason this weekend.

LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke about the heated emotions coming from the players and personnel this week and attributed some of it to the emotional wear and tear of being in the bubble for more than 50 days. He said, “You forget that being in the bubble is hard. And even some of that came up [around the boycott]. I knew it was hard, but listening to some of these guys speak, just mental awareness, we got to be a little sharper on that as well…I don’t think it’s a coincidence that everyone in this bubble just seems to be a little bit more emotional and I’m not kidding. It’s true. I think part of the effect of being like jammed together every day, it has had that effect on everyone.”

HOCKEY

The NHL postponed the Stanley Cup playoff games scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week after receiving criticism for continuing to play on Wednesday and not joining the NBA, WNBA, MLS, and some MLB teams in protesting racial injustice.

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Big Ten/Pac-12 Cancel Fall Sports, NFL Considering Saturday Games, Rangers First Pick, MLB’s Postseason

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It’s official and historic. The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences have postponed fall sports (including football) due to COVID-19 concerns. No word yet from the ACC, SEC, and Big 12 on whether they’ll be on the field. The Big Ten hasn’t ruled out the possibility of playing spring football, but it’s complicated, and a decision won’t be made for a while.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh released a statement saying, “Our student-athletes and coaches want to compete. They have committed, trained and prepared their entire lives for this opportunity, and I know how much they’re disappointed at this time. I share in their disappointment today.”

With either no (or limited) college football, the NFL is reportedly considering changing its schedule to include Saturday games.

HOCKEY

The New York Rangers will get the first pick in the NHL draft. It’s only the second time in Rangers history (the first was in 1965) the team will have the number one pick. Many believe the Rangers will choose Alexis Lafreniere.

BASEBALL

According to reports, Major League Baseball could move the postseason to a few neutral and warm weather sites with low COVID-19 issues.

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NHL Playoff Plans, Lillard Says He Won’t Play, Dolphins Stadium A Drive-In Movie Theater

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The NHL unveiled tentative plans for returning. As of the latest iteration, 24 of its 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament sometime in late July, with training camp beginning on July 1st. The NHL also said they would test players every evening for COVID-19. Commissioner Gary Bettman explained, however, that there are “no firm dates, and anybody who gives you a date is guessing.”

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The Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard took some heat for saying he doesn’t have an interest in participating in games with his team if they don’t have a real opportunity to secure a playoff berth.  The Trail Blazers are 3.5 games out of the playoffs, but if the regular season is shortened, then Portland won’t have enough time to secure a playoff spot. Lillard is hoping there will be a play-in series instead (similar to the NHL plan).

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced they will postpone the induction ceremony for the Class of 2020 (which included Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and the late Kobe Bryant) until the spring of 2021. The ceremony was originally scheduled for August.

FOOTBALL

The Miami Dolphins converted their Hard Rock Stadium into a drive-in movie theater. The theater can hold 230 automobiles.

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Leipsic In Trouble With Capitals, Tyson Back In Ring

HOCKEY

Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic is in trouble with his team and the NHL for comments he made in what was supposed to be a private chat online. Screenshots of the chat were leaked revealing insults to his current teammates as well as “misogynistic and reprehensible remarks” aimed at women, including pregnant women and girlfriends/wives of his former teammates.  The Capitals released a statement saying they would handle the situation internally.

BOXING

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson released footage of his training routine. The footage caught the attention of a boxing promoter in Australia who offered the 53-year old $1 million dollars to fight either an Australian football star or retired rugby player in a charity promotion. All parties are hoping the match will take place early next year.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bucks Earliest Team To Clinch Playoff Spot, Zamboni Driver Is Emergency Goalie, 8 Hour Plank Contest

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The Milwaukee Bucks clinched a spot in the playoffs and became the earliest team in NBA history to achieve this feat. The Bucks are on pace to win 70 games this season. Only two teams have reached that milestone in NBA history; the 1995-96 Bulls with 72 wins and the 2015-16  Golden State Warriors with 73 wins. The playoffs begin on April 18th.

HOCKEY

In a great story out of the hockey world, the Carolina Hurricanes called up 42-year old Zamboni driver David Ayres as an emergency goalie. He stopped 8 out of 10 shots on goal and earned $500 for his efforts. The Hurricanes went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3.

OTHER

Former 62-year old Marine George Hood set a new record for the longest time spent in a plank position. With a time of 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, Hood reclaimed his title in the Guinness World Record book. I once held a plank position for 8 minutes and 10 seconds with 50 lbs on my back to win the plank title at my gym, but this puts my accomplishment to shame.

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Blues Win Stanley Cup For First Victory Ever, Durant Undergoes Achilles Surgery, Kyrie Switches Agents

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The St. Louis Blues made history. In January, the Blues were ranked last in the NHL and now, with their Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins, they will be celebrating their first ever Stanley Cup victory. Congratulations!

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Kevin Durant took to Instagram to post a picture after his surgery on his torn Achilles. Durant suffered the injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Durant could become a free agent this offseason if he opts out of his $31.5 million player option for next season with the Warriors. The Achilles injury complicates the situation, as he could take up to a year to recover.

The Warriors, down two games to three, face a must-win situation at home tonight in Game 6 to stay alive in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

In other NBA news, Kyrie Irving announced he his switching agents with just a few weeks to go before the beginning of free agency. Irving will now be represented by Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation Sports. It’s been reported that both the Brooklyn Nets and NY Knicks have an interest in signing Irving.

 

 

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NHL Expansion Team In Seattle, Redskins No Kaep, Fultz Has TOS

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The NHL is adding an expansion team in Seattle. With this addition, the League will now consist of 32 franchises. The group is co-owned by David Bonderman, the founding partner of TPG Capital (formerly Texas Pacific Group).  The Seattle franchise will be ready to compete in the 2021-22 season.

FOOTBALL

The Washington Redskins have lost two quarterbacks to injuries in the past few weeks and have a somewhat shaky Mark Sanchez now at the helm. The team is still in the playoff mix so considering some other quarterback options, but according to coach Jay Gruden, Colin Kaepernick is not part of the discussion. Kaepernick is still pursuing a collusion case against the NFL and has been unsigned since 2016.

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Philadelphia 76ers Markelle Fultz, the #1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, announced he has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) which, according to his agent, “affects nerves between the neck and shoulder resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, thus severely limiting Markelle’s ability to shoot a basketball.” Fultz will begin physical therapy and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks. Many critics believed Fultz’s shooting issues were psychological, but with this new diagnosis, it appears Fultz really has some physical issues and can hopefully get healthy soon.

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Warriors Up 2-0, Curry’s Historic Nine 3’s, Capitals 2-1 Lead, GM Exec Crashes Pace Car

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After a big win on Sunday night in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors are up 2-0 in the NBA Finals. Steph Curry had a historic night with 33 points and an NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers in a game (9). After the game, Draymond Green spoke about Curry to USA Today Sports and said, “One thing that stood out to me was his activity on the defensive end to start the game. When he’s like that, the offense will come. He’s probably one of the greatest scorers, if not the greatest scorer, we’ve ever seen. But when he’s locked in on the defensive end, I know it’s coming.” LeBron had a solid night of scoring with 29 points (13 assists,  and with 1,327 points overall in NBA Finals, passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 2nd most points in NBA Finals history. He now only trails the 1,679 points held by Jerry West. Warriors 122, Cavs 103.

Next up, Warriors at Cavs on Wednesday at 9:00 pm. ET

HOCKEY

The Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin scored a franchise record 14th goal this postseason to bring his team to a 2-1 lead over the Vegas Golden Knights.  Vegas has now lost consecutive games for the first time this postseason.  The Knights will try and even the series Monday night at 8:00 pm ET.

INDYCAR

After a 3 year drought, Ryan Hunter-Reay won the IndyCar race in Detroit on Sunday, but that wasn’t the most memorable part of the day. GM Executive Mark Reuss was driving the pace car to start the race when he crashed into a wall on the second turn. The race was delayed for 30 minutes, but no one got hurt (other than Reuss’s ego). Apparently, Reuss joins a long list of experienced drivers crashing pace cars.

 

 

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