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Kings Hire Robitaille As President And Blake As GM/VP, Cavs Lose In OT, NFL Players Fined For Wrestling

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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!

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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

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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

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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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Penguins Beat Sharks In OT In Game 2, LeBron And Curry Born In Same Hospital

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The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks thanks to great play-calling in overtime from their superstar Sidney Crosby. The Penguins are now up 2-0 in the best of seven series with games 3 and 4 back in San Jose .

NBA

LeBron & Curry 2The NBA Finals begin Thursday night at 9:00 pm ET with the Golden State Warriors hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers. There are so many story lines in this rivalry (one of which is the Warriors beat the Cavs in last year’s Final). Another great story is the two superstars were born in the same hospital. The Cavs’ LeBron James and the Warriors’ Steph Curry were born 39 months apart in the same hospital, on the same floor in Akron, Ohio. At a press conference this week, Curry told reporters “if scouts were smart, they’d be patrolling the hospital’s maternity ward looking for young players”.

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Ovechkin/Kirilenko Romance No More, Coach K To Trade Wiggins, Dungy’s Controversial Remarks About Sam

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Alex OvechkinThe Russian dream romance between hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin and tennis star Maria Kirilenko… is no more.  They were recently engaged, and everybody rejoiced in the idea of the toothless wonder (Ovechkin) marrying Russian tennis royalty.  But on Monday the wedding was called off by Kirilenko citing there were “a lot of reasons” for her decision.  

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, with a potential trade still looming between the Cavs and the Wolves (i.e. Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love), other basketball personalities are weighing in.  On Monday, Coach K (Duke’s coach, and coach of the United States National Team) said he would “definitely trade Wiggins for Love).  Sure, Wiggins has potential, but Love is about to enter his basketball prime, and he is the type of teammate LeBron needs to win rings.

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Tony DungyIn the NFL, former coach Tony Dungy is making some controversial news. He said that he would NOT have drafted the first openly gay football player, Michael Sam. Dungy said it wasn’t because Sam shouldn’t get to play, but rather all the media attention around him.  Dungy said he wouldn’t want to deal with all of that, and would find the media circus a nuisance.  Then again, some believe that Dungy’s comments make the St. Louis Rams look that much more brave and impressive for drafting Sam.
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WATERCOOLER CHAT: KINGS WIN GAME 3, FISHER TO COACH KNICKS, CALIPARI DECLINED 80 MILL FROM CAVS

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Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Quick

In the NHL, it was an important Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.  The Kings led 2-0 coming into this series, having just won two overtime games — both of which when the Rangers originally had a 2-0 lead.  The Kings are just extremely resilient and good at coming back.  But now the Rangers got the Kings in Madison Square Garden.  Unfortunately, in hockey, home ice advantage doesn’t really matter that much.  These guys are tough and come to play.  They can’t be rattled by a crowd, and crowds really only build momentum on goals (unlike basketball where each basket can cause a crowd to go wild and swing the momentum in the home team’s favor).  The Kings boast the best goalie in hockey, Jonathan Quick, and he absolutely shut down the Rangers offense.  The Kings easily cruised to a Game 3 victory, and are now one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.  LA Kings 3, NY Rangers 0.

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Jason KiddAnd in the NBA, the Knicks were shafted by Steve Kerr last month, as he wound up opting for the Golden State Warriors coaching job.  So the very coveted head coaching position of the Knicks was open.  The Knicks didn’t want just anybody… they wanted to take a chance.  So their new President of Basketball Operations, Former Knick and Hall of Fame Coach Phil Jackson, reached out to one of his former players:  Derek Fisher.  Fisher is actually still a player for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Jackson forced his retirement and hired him as the head coach of the New York Knicks.  It will be interesting to see if Fisher will be a head coach, but if Jason Kidd can do somewhat well, a smart basketball mind like Fisher should be ok too.  

Finally, John Calipari may not have gotten the Lakers job, and opted to go back to Kentucky for the next 7-years, BUT he did get an extremely lucrative offer to be the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Reports said that the Cavs offered him nearly $80million to be their coach.  Calipari declined, most likely because he knew that he would have a much better media reputation as the king of the college basketball’s most storied program.  This is seemingly a much better decision than essentially being an after thought in Cleveland, with a young team still trying to find its way. 

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: HEAT BOUNCE BACK, CALIF CHROME CONTROVERSIAL OWNER, NADAL STILL TOP OF GAME, RANGERS DOWN 2-0.

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James, Wade, and BoshIn the NBA, it was Game 2 of the Finals.  San Antonio took Game 1 in what is no being known as the Heat Game (no pun intended), and LeBron James and the Heat needed to bounce back in Game 2 in the hope of stealing home court advantage.  This game was neck and neck most of the way, with the teams still looking fatigued from the effects of Game 1.  But, late in the 4th quarter, LeBron turned it up into high gear again.  The Spurs kept it close, but a late 3-pointer from Chris Bosh sealed the deal for the Heat.  The series is now tied heading back to Miami.  Miami 98, San Antonio 96.

HORSE RACING

In horse racing, all eyes were on California Chrome to win the coveted Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.  No horse has won the Triple Crown since 1978.  It’s extremely difficult, and while many horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, they tend to slip up at The Belmont Stakes on account of its length.  Also, California Chrome is the underdog story of the year.  The owners bought this horse for $10,000, and have already won a couple million dollars off of him.  Unfortunately, the joyous adventure came to an end, as California Chrome finished in 5th place.  The winner, Tonalist, did not race in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness so after the race, Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn complained on national TV that it’s not fair to his horse that fresh horses who didn’t run in the other two major races get to run against his more fatigued horse.  His comments created a huge controversy particularly as he made an insensitive and utterly ridiculous analogy that a horse not running in the two prior races is like him (at over 6 feet tall) playing basketball against a boy in a wheelchair. 

TENNIS

Nadal and FedererWe are witnessing some truly masterful play from Rafael Nadal.  This guy is currently proving that he is one of the greatest of all time. On Sunday, he won his 5th straight French Open title.  This is also his 14th Grand Slam title, and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.  New stars are emerging in the tennis world, but it’s still Nadal typically at the top. 

HOCKEY

The New York Rangers are down 2-0 to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Series shifts to Madison Square Garden for game 3, Monday the 9th at 8:00 pm.

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