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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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Houston/Baylor In Final Four, UConn Beats Baylor After Controversial Call, Mulkey Not Fan Of Testing, Mets Big Offer To Lindor, Sabres Winless Streak

BASKETBALL

Houston and Baylor moved on in the men’s bracket of the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga vs USC and Michigan vs UCLA will battle it out tonight for spots in the Final Four.

In the women’s bracket, UConn narrowly beat out Baylor to clinch their 13th straight Final Four appearance, however, the win was not without controversy. With seconds left Baylor’s DiJonai Carrington attempted a game-winning basket but appeared to be fouled. The refs did not call it, and UConn came away with a 69-67 win.

In addition to the officiating, people are also talking about the post-game press conference where Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey (who wore her face mask under her chin the entire game) stated the NCAA should get rid of COVID testing for the Final Four.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets offered All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor $325 million for 10 years, but Lindor is reportedly asking for $385 million.

HOCKEY

The Buffalo Sabres continue their 18 game winless streak after blowing a three-goal lead against the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

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NHL Fires Ref For Bogus Penalty, Anti-Semitic Audibles, Snyder Spends $1 Bill For 100% Of Team, Lowry Takes Call From Drake, Olympic Torch Lit

HOCKEY

The NHL announced referee Tim Peel would “no longer be working NHL games now or in the future” after he was caught on mic admitting he called an unwarranted penalty because he “wanted to get” a penalty against the Nashville Predators.

FOOTBALL

A high school football coach in Massachusetts was fired for having his team use anti-Semitic slurs such as “rabbi”, “dreidel” and “Auschwitz” while calling audibles.

Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder will spend close to $1 billion to buy out his minority partners’ 40% stake in the team.

BASKETBALL

The Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry took a FacetTime call from the musician Drake during his postgame interview where he spoke about his time in Toronto possibly coming to an end. Lowry has been with the Raptors since 2012, but he will now be an unrestricted free agent with several teams interested in trading for him.

OLYMPICS

The Olympic torch was lit in Tokyo and will begin a 121-day trip across Japan arriving back in Tokyo in time for the July 23rd Opening Ceremonies.

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