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Nakken Makes History, Nationals Sale, Howard Selected #1, Raiders Sign Carr, Jones & Blockchain, Venmo For Middle Finger

BASEBALL

Alyssa Nakken made history this week by becoming the first female Major League Baseball coach to make an on-field appearance. Nakken also made history when she became the first woman to work full-time in the big leagues. During the Giants/Padres game, Nakken replaced the Giants’ first base coach after he was ejected.

In other baseball news, the Lerner family is considering selling the Washington Nationals.

BASKETBALL

Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard was selected with the first pick in the WNBA draft. The season begins on May 6th, and for the first time, the teams will play 36 regular-season games.

FOOTBALL

The Las Vegas Raiders signed quarterback Derek Carr to a three-year extension worth $121.5 million and overall compensation of $141.3 over the next four years.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced his team will partner with Blockchain, the first time an NFL team has partnered with cryptocurrency. Jones blazed a trail in the 1990s when he became the first owner to insist on stadium sponsorships.

HOCKEY

Minnesota Wild’s Ryan Hartman got fined $4,250 for flipping off controversial and widely disliked Evander Kane (among other actions was accused of gambling on NHL games and faking a COVID vaccination card) on Tuesday night. Fans of Hartman (and haters of Kane) started pouring money into his Venmo account to pay off the fine.

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Corona Protocols In NHL, NFL, NBA, Football Player Using COVID Benefits To Defraud CA

COVID

The National Hockey League is dealing with a new outbreak in COVID cases by suspending its season until Sunday. The NHL also announced its players won’t participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics due to the outbreak.

The National Football League and National Basketball League, however, are choosing to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in a completely different way. The NFL will only test fully vaccinated players if they show symptoms, while the NBA is considering shortening the number of days a player has to sit out if he or she tests positive.

FOOTBALL

In an odd story out of the college football world, Jackson State linebacker Abdul-Malik McClain has been accused of defrauding the state of California by using bogus COVID-19 unemployment benefits to file for $903,688 in assistance.

 

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Gruden Quits Amid Email Scandal, NHL Returns, A-Rod In Bid For Trump Hotel

FOOTBALL

Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden has quit after a series of emails were leaked exposing homophobic, misogynistic, and racist comments. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Caitlyn Jenner, and NFL Players’ Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith were all mentioned in the emails collected from 2011-1028 when Gruden was a broadcaster at ESPN.

HOCKEY

The NHL returned Tuesday night and is anticipating a full 82 game season. Up first were the defending champs, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who got destroyed 6-2 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Then the Seattle Kraken lost their first NHL game 4-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights.

OTHER

CGI Merchant Group and retired baseball player Alex Rodriguez are reportedly in negotiations to buy the lease for the Trump Organization’s Washington hotel. The deal could be worth more than $370 million.

 

 

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Cost Of Tokyo Olympics, Welcome Seattle Kraken, LeBron Earns $1 Billion, Warner Signs Record Deal W/49ers, NFL’s New Vaccine Policy

OLYMPICS

According to reports, the Tokyo Olympics will cost approximately $28 billion, and with no spectators, revenues will take an automatic $1 billion hit from lost ticket sales.  To put the financials in perspective and to showcase what a financial loss Tokyo will likely endure, the 2008 Beijing Olympics cost $45 billion with revenues of only $3.6 billion.

HOCKEY

The Seattle Kraken is the NHL’s newest franchise. They held an expansion draft this week and tonight will have the second pick in the amateur draft.

BASKETBALL

LeBron James made history again by becoming the first NBA player to earn $1 billion in his career.

FOOTBALL

Fred Warner is now the highest-paid inside linebacker in NFL history after signing a five-year $95 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers.

In other NFL news, the League is coming down hard on unvaccinated individuals stating that “If a game can’t be played due to an outbreak among unvaccinated players/staff this upcoming season — and the NFL can’t find a suitable date to reschedule — the team responsible will forfeit and both teams will lose their game checks.”

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Alonso Wins Home Run Derby, Lightning Dent Stanley Cup

BASEBALL

Pete Alonso defended his crown by winning his second straight Home Run Derby beating out Trey Mancini.

HOCKEY

The Tampa Bay Lightning dented the Stanley Cup during their celebratory boat parade. Thankfully it’s a traveling Stanley Cup, as the real one is sitting at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

 

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Lightning Wins Stanley Cup, Saric Out W/Torn ACL, England in Euro 2020 Final

HOCKEY

The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions again for the second year in a row. Tampa Bay now has its third championship in less than a year (with the Lightning winning the Cup 10 months ago, and the Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl in February).

BASKETBALL

The NBA Finals resume Thursday night with the Suns’ Dario Saric out after tearing his right knee ACL.

SOCCER

England beat Denmark and will now face Italy in the Euro 2020 Final. This will be England’s first Euros final since winning the World Cup in 1966.

 

 

 

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Becky Hammon/Dawn Staley Interviewing For Head Coach, Suns Sweep Nuggets, Irving Injured, Stanley Cup Semis, Playoff Committee Meets On Expansion, French Open Winners

BASKETBALL

Becky Hammon, Dawn Staley, Chauncey Billups, Brent Barry, and Mike D’Antoni are interviewing for the head coaching position for the Portland Trail Blazers. Hammon is the current assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. She is also expected to interview for the head coaching position with the Orlando Magic.

Thanks to Chris Paul’s 37 points, the Phoenix Suns swept the Denver Nuggets 4-0 to secure a spot in their first Western Conference Finals since 2010.

In other playoff news, Kyrie Irving had to leave Game 4 of the Nets/Bucks series due to a sprained ankle. The series is tied 2-2.

HOCKEY

The Stanley Cup Semifinals are set. The Las Vegas Golden Knights will face Montreal, and the New York Islanders will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning

FOOTBALL

The College Football Playoff committee is discussing whether to expand from 4-12 teams.

TENNIS

Barbora Krejcikova and Novak Djokovic are the French Open winners.

 

 

 

 

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Rombauer Wins Preakness, NBA, NHL Playoffs, SNL Parody Last Dance, Nadal Wins Italian Open

HORSE RACING

Rombauer, an 11-1 underdog who did not run in the Kentucky Derby, won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, beating out controversial Medina Spirit and favorite Midnight Bourbon. The third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, is June 5th.

BASKETBALL

The NBA regular season is complete and the playoffs begin this week with the play-in rounds. Here’s a link to everything you need to know about the teams. In other NBA news, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry became the NBA’s scoring leader for the 2020-21 season.

Check out the hysterical Saturday Night Live parody of Michael Jordan (played by Keegan-Michael Key) losing a quarter’s game against bodyguard John Michael Wozniak from the wildly successful documentary Last Dance.

HOCKEY

The NHL playoffs began over the weekend. Here’s a link to the teams and matchups.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal won his 10th Italian Open by beating Novak Djokovic.

 

 

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Tebow Signs W/Jaguars As Tight End, Stanley Cup Playoffs Set, Westbrook Sets Triple-Double Record

FOOTBALL

Tim Tebow is returning to the NFL after a six-year retirement. The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to sign him to a one-year deal as a tight end. Yes, a tight end….the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who set records at the University of Florida and started for the Denver Broncos will rejoin his former coach Urban Meyer for a one-year stint with the Jaguars.

HOCKEY

The 16 Team field is set for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The seeds haven’t been completely confirmed yet, but here are the teams in each division.

Central: Hurricanes, Panthers, Lightning, Predators

East: Penguins, Capitals, Bruins, Islanders

North: Maple Leafs, Oilers, Jets, Canadiens

West: Golden Knights, Avalanche, Wild, Blues

BASKETBALL

The Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook set an NBA record for career triple-doubles (182), passing Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.

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MLB Opening Day, Lindor’s Massive Contract W/Mets, Sabres Finally Win

BASEBALL

Today is Major League Baseball’s opening day! Stadiums are planning to welcome a limited number of fans with coronavirus protocols including enforcing the wearing of masks. According to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, less than half of Americans feel comfortable attending a live sporting event, so it will be interesting to see how many fans show up.

In other MLB news, the NY Mets agreed to a massive contract extension with shortstop Francisco Lindor. The 10-year $341 million deal is the largest contract ever signed for a shortstop and the third-largest contract signed in MLB history.

HOCKEY

Congratulations to the Buffalo Sabres who finally snapped an 18-game losing streak. With their win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, they avoided the embarrassment of holding the longest winless streak in NHL history.

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