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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

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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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Revis Charged With Assault, Crosby Scores 1000th Point, NBA All Star Weekend

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NY Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was charged with robbery, aggravated assault and terroristic threats. According to reports, a man approached Revis, asked his identity, then followed him while continuing to record him on his cell phone. When Revis tried to throw the phone away, the man’s friend appeared and attempted to retrieve the phone. A fight erupted and both men were left unconscious. Revis disputed this account and claimed he thought the phone was a weapon. Either way, the timing of this incident isn’t great as Revis had one of his worst seasons with the Jets and needs to show the team he’s serious about next season.

HOCKEY

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th career point, the 86th player in history to record that many points, and at age 29, the 12th fastest player to reach that mark. Congrats!

BASKETBALL

NBA All Star Weekend is here with an exciting array of events. New Orleans took over hosting the big weekend after Charlotte, NC refused to overturn a controversial “bathroom” law deemed to discriminate against transgender, gay and lesbian people. For a lineup of all the activities including the 3-point contest, slam dunk contest, skills challenge and celebrity game (unfortunately Kevin Hart’s not playing this year), click here.

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Kaepernick Replaces Gabbert, Auston Matthews Historic Debut, Do-Or-Die NLDS Game

FOOTBALL

SF 49ers Coach Chip Kelly announced QB Colin Kaepernick will replace Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers are 1-4 and desperately need help to salvage their season. In 2012 Kaepernick helped the Niners get to the Super Bowl, but his career has slid since then. Kaep has also signed a restructured deal with the 49ers shifting from a 4 year contract to a 2 year deal. Kaep can void the last year of the deal after March if he chooses.

HOCKEY

auston-matthewsThe first pick in this year’s NHL draft, Auston Matthews, made an historic debut against the Ottawa Senators. The Toronto Maple Leafs new star scored 4 goals in his first game, an NHL record since 1917 according to ESPN stats. Even with his amazing game, the Maple Leafs ultimately lost in overtime to the Senators. 5-4.

BASEBALL

The Washington Nationals and the LA Dodgers play a do or die game 5 Thursday night to determine the winner of the National League Division Series. The winner will take on the Chicago Cubs on Saturday in the first game of the National League Championship.

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Team USA Eliminated, Belichick Quiet On Garoppolo’s Start, Cutler’s Thumb

HOCKEY

Canada eliminated Team USA from contention in the World Cup of Hockey. Team USA was not favored to win the tournament, but fans were extremely upset about the quality of play, the coaching style and the players chosen to represent the best of USA Hockey. Canada 4, USA 2.

FOOTBALL

Bill Belichick is staying quiet on whether backup (to Tom Brady) Jimmy Garoppolo will start on Thursday Night Football against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo, who has completed 70% of his passes with no interceptions and 4 touchdowns, injured his shoulder last weekend. If Garoppolo isn’t ready to play, backup to the backup, Jacoby Brissett will lead the Team.

Jay CutlerChicago Bears’ QB Jay Cutler got some bad press after Monday Night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles when he took himself out of the game. Cutler hurt his thumb during the game, kept himself in, but then immediately threw an interception. He was replaced by Brian Hoyer. On ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” former player, Ryan Clark, criticized Cutler for leaving the game, “This isn’t the first time. We’ve seen [Cutler] do this before. We’ve seen him sit on the sideline himself and take himself out of games. When you take yourself out of a game when it’s going bad, you know what that’s called? It’s called a ‘loser limp.’ … That’s the loser limp. That’s because ‘I’m not playing well, this isn’t going the way I want it to go, there is something a little bit wrong with me, so let’s blame it on that.'” According to reports, Cutler won’t need surgery but is still considered day to day to start this week’s game.

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