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

HOCKEY

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.

BASKETBALL

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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Holtby’s Big Save And Capitals Even Series, Klay Thompson’s Chess Obsession

HOCKEY

Everyone is talking about Washington Capitals’ goalie Braden Holtby who saved the day with his third-quarter save in game 2 of the Stanley Cup. The Capitals tied the series against the Vegas Golden Knights one game each. Game 3 is on June 2nd at 8:00 pm ET.

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first game of the NBA Championship at 9:00 pm tonight. There are many articles and stats about which team has the advantage and what players are doing to prepare for one of the biggest series of their career. The Wall Street Journal just came out with an article about Klay Thompson’s off-court obsession: Chess! Thompson plays chess every day (starting in grade school) and according to his childhood friend, “One thing about Klay is that he’s at his best when you back him into a corner. He’ll be playing loose, but once I show I’m a threat, he can really lock in.” According to the reporter, “Thompson plays basketball the way he plays chess”.

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Rockets 27 Missed 3’s, Warriors Vs Cavs In NBA Finals, VGS Leads Capitals 1-0

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An exciting weekend of basketball determined the NBA Finals matchup. For the 4th straight year, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors will face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While the Cavs seemed to cruise into the finals in their game 7 win over the Boston Celtics, the Warriors struggled in the first half against the Houston Rockets (who were without Chris Paul). As they’ve been known to do during the playoffs, the Warriors came back strong in the third quarter, and the Rockets melted (missing 27 straight 3’s). According to Elias Sports, the game featured the most consecutive missed 3s in a playoff game in NBA history.

The Finals begin Thursday 9:00 pm. ET at Golden State.

HOCKEY

In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Vegas Golden Knights took game 1 with a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals.  According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first game in Stanley Cup playoff history featuring 4 lead changes.

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Capitals Advance To Stanley Cup Finals, Cavs Look Tired, NFL’s New Anthem Policy

HOCKEY

The Washington Capitals are in the Stanley Cup Finals! With a 4-0 game 7 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals will compete for the Cup for the first time since 1998. Captain Alex Ovechkin scored just over a minute into the game and didn’t look back. After 13 years in the League, Ovechkin is finally going to the Finals. In his news conference after the win, Ovechkin said, “I think everybody is happy, but we still have unfinished, you know what I mean. I don’t know, I’m emotional right now. I think we’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. We understand what it has to take to be in the final. You can see this game was unbelievable. Everybody was all in.”

The Washington Capitals will be in Vegas taking on the Golden Knights for the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday at 8:00 pm. ET

BASKETBALL

The Cleveland Cavs looked tired and off in their game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The Cavs missed opportunities and looked sloppy, while the Celtics continued their perfect postseason win on home court. Celtics’ Rookie Jayson Tatum added 24 points making this his 9th 20 point game of the postseason and one 20 point game away from tieing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s rookie record. Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday 8:30 ET.

FOOTBALL

The NFL owners voted on a new national anthem policy requiring players to stand for the anthem if they are on the field but allowing them to stay in the locker room if they choose not to stand. ESPN’s Adam Schefter posted the highlights here.

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LeBron Makes History (Again) With Game 4 Win, Capitals Force Game 7, AZ & NO Superbowls, Rippon Wins DWTS

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Cleveland needed a big game 4 to try and even the Eastern Conference finals with Boston, and thanks to a huge game from LeBron who put up 44 points, the Cavs defeated the Celtics 111-102.  This was LeBron’s sixth 40-plus point game in the postseason, and he passed Kareem Abdul Jabbar for most made field goals in the postseason!!! Game 5 will be back in Boston on Wednesday 8:30 pm. ET

HOCKEY

The Washington Capitals force a game 7 vs the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals. This will be an uphill battle for Washington as they’ve only gone 4-11 all-time in game 7’s. Game 7 Wednesday 8:00 pm. ET.

FOOTBALL

According to reports, the NFL will announce Glendale, Arizona and New Orleans as the next hosts of Superbowls 2023 and 2024.

OTHER

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon won the all-athlete version of Dancing with the Stars. Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman came in second with controversial and recently redeemed skater Tonya Harding rounding out third.

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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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