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NHL Playoff Plans, Lillard Says He Won’t Play, Dolphins Stadium A Drive-In Movie Theater

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The NHL unveiled tentative plans for returning. As of the latest iteration, 24 of its 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament sometime in late July, with training camp beginning on July 1st. The NHL also said they would test players every evening for COVID-19. Commissioner Gary Bettman explained, however, that there are “no firm dates, and anybody who gives you a date is guessing.”

BASKETBALL

The Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard took some heat for saying he doesn’t have an interest in participating in games with his team if they don’t have a real opportunity to secure a playoff berth.  The Trail Blazers are 3.5 games out of the playoffs, but if the regular season is shortened, then Portland won’t have enough time to secure a playoff spot. Lillard is hoping there will be a play-in series instead (similar to the NHL plan).

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced they will postpone the induction ceremony for the Class of 2020 (which included Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and the late Kobe Bryant) until the spring of 2021. The ceremony was originally scheduled for August.

FOOTBALL

The Miami Dolphins converted their Hard Rock Stadium into a drive-in movie theater. The theater can hold 230 automobiles.

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Leipsic In Trouble With Capitals, Tyson Back In Ring

HOCKEY

Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic is in trouble with his team and the NHL for comments he made in what was supposed to be a private chat online. Screenshots of the chat were leaked revealing insults to his current teammates as well as “misogynistic and reprehensible remarks” aimed at women, including pregnant women and girlfriends/wives of his former teammates.  The Capitals released a statement saying they would handle the situation internally.

BOXING

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson released footage of his training routine. The footage caught the attention of a boxing promoter in Australia who offered the 53-year old $1 million dollars to fight either an Australian football star or retired rugby player in a charity promotion. All parties are hoping the match will take place early next year.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bucks Earliest Team To Clinch Playoff Spot, Zamboni Driver Is Emergency Goalie, 8 Hour Plank Contest

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The Milwaukee Bucks clinched a spot in the playoffs and became the earliest team in NBA history to achieve this feat. The Bucks are on pace to win 70 games this season. Only two teams have reached that milestone in NBA history; the 1995-96 Bulls with 72 wins and the 2015-16  Golden State Warriors with 73 wins. The playoffs begin on April 18th.

HOCKEY

In a great story out of the hockey world, the Carolina Hurricanes called up 42-year old Zamboni driver David Ayres as an emergency goalie. He stopped 8 out of 10 shots on goal and earned $500 for his efforts. The Hurricanes went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3.

OTHER

Former 62-year old Marine George Hood set a new record for the longest time spent in a plank position. With a time of 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, Hood reclaimed his title in the Guinness World Record book. I once held a plank position for 8 minutes and 10 seconds with 50 lbs on my back to win the plank title at my gym, but this puts my accomplishment to shame.

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Blues Win Stanley Cup For First Victory Ever, Durant Undergoes Achilles Surgery, Kyrie Switches Agents

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The St. Louis Blues made history. In January, the Blues were ranked last in the NHL and now, with their Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins, they will be celebrating their first ever Stanley Cup victory. Congratulations!

BASKETBALL

Kevin Durant took to Instagram to post a picture after his surgery on his torn Achilles. Durant suffered the injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Durant could become a free agent this offseason if he opts out of his $31.5 million player option for next season with the Warriors. The Achilles injury complicates the situation, as he could take up to a year to recover.

The Warriors, down two games to three, face a must-win situation at home tonight in Game 6 to stay alive in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

In other NBA news, Kyrie Irving announced he his switching agents with just a few weeks to go before the beginning of free agency. Irving will now be represented by Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation Sports. It’s been reported that both the Brooklyn Nets and NY Knicks have an interest in signing Irving.

 

 

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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

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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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