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Cavs Big 3 Not Playing In Memphis, Wake Forest Scandal

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The Cleveland Cavaliers play the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, but don’t expect to see their three big stars, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.  After the Cavs beat the Grizzlies at home 103-86 on Tuesday, Coach Tyronn Lue announced his Big Three needed some rest and would not travel to Memphis for the game tonight. The players are taking a bit of heat for not joining the team and disappointing fans who bought tickets intending to see the stars, but LeBron fired back stating, “My coach wants me to rest. I don’t buck my coach.  I’ve been in this league 14 years. I shouldn’t have to explain me sitting out a game or not playing games.”

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wake-forest-2Tommy Elrod, a former Wake Forest football player, football coach then radio announcer, is under investigation for providing game plans to the teams’ opponents.  Elrod was fired as a coach in 2013 then took a job as the University radio announcer, giving him access to the team’s game plans.  The University sent out a statement saying,  “Based on emails, text messages and phone records,  Elrod provided or attempted to provide confidential and proprietary game preparation on multiple occasions.” The university believes Elrod began to betray his alma mater back in 2014. It’s not clear if Elrod accepted money for the information he provided or if he was just bitter for his firing in 2013.

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Cavs Decisive Win Over Raptors, Kobe’s Inspirational Text To Draymond, Bill’s GM Says Humans Not Made For Football

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LeBron & Kyrie IrvingThe Cleveland Cavaliers came back strong Wednesday night with a decisive win over the Toronto Raptors to take a 3-2 lead. Kevin Love posted a game high 25 points while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving added 23 each. The Cavs can clinch their second straight Conference Title if they win Friday night back in Toronto. Cavaliers 116,  Raptors 78.

Watch game 5 of the Golden State Warriors hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC up 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals) Thursday night. Draymond Green has been criticized for his play during games 3 and 4 of the series and in an interview with UNINTERRUPTED, he spoke the pressure. He mentioned an inspirational text he got from Kobe Bryant which said, ‘If making history was easy, why bother?’ I Love this!!!

These games are now do or die for the Warriors.  9:00 pm EST on TNT

 

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The NFL has been in hot water for the perception they are mismanaging concussion research. In addition, many people are concerned about the rising injuries in the game. The Buffalo Bills GM, Doug Whaley,  didn’t make the case for the game any easier when he responded to a question about receiver Sammy Watkins’ being injury prone. On WGR 550 radio, he said, “This is the game of football. Injuries are part of it. It’s a violent game that I personally don’t think humans are supposed to play.” He retracted the statement saying he used a poor choice of words but still not a smart way to alleviate people’s fears about injuries in the game.

 

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Cavs Good Playoff Start, Olympic Torch Lit, Schilling Fired For Offensive Remarks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a good start this postseason. In their first playoff game against the Detroit Pistons, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving put up 81 combined points for the victory. In Game 2, the team made a combined 20 three-pointers, matching the NBA playoff record for threes in a game. J.R. Smith had 7 of those. The Cavs are 2-0 in their series against Detroit. Cleveland 107, Detroit 90.

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The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are still a good three and a half months away, but the torch was lit at 5 a.m. Thursday morning.  About 12,000 athletes will eventually carry the torch. Next week the torch arrives in Brazil and will be taken through almost 600 cities and towns, reaching about 90% of Brazil’s population. The Opening Ceremony will take place on August 5th.

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Curt Schilling 2Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and ESPN baseball analyst Curt Shilling was fired by the network after making controversial remarks on Facebook. Shilling’s post was in reference to recent laws in multiple states that prevent transgendered people from using the public restroom of their choice.  “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves… Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic,’’ Shilling posted on the social network. This didn’t sit well with ESPN or Disney, its parent company. “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated,” the network said in a statement.

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Love Signs With Cavs, LaMarcus Aldridge Disappointing Meeting With Lakers, More NBA Moves

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5638331a355510a2c21f0a13a1ca7f24In the NBA, free agency was under way, and teams didn’t waste any time making some big moves.  The biggest deal of the day dealt with Kevin Love’s contract. Many speculated that that Love would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and play for the Los Angeles Lakers or his home town Blazers.  There were also rumors throughout the season that Love and LeBron didn’t get along.  Love squashed all those rumors when he signed a 5-year deal with the Cavs worth $110 million.  The Cavs will make another run at the title with LeBron and Love.

LaMarcus Aldridge met with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. According to inside sources, however, Aldridge didn’t have a good meeting.  Nobody knows the specifics, but Aldridge wasn’t too impressed with the “basketball” part of their presentation.  Apparently Kobe Bryant said that he wanted Aldridge to play a similar role that Pau Gasol did years ago.  But Aldridge is looking to be the star, and that didn’t sit well with him.  Aldridge will meet next with the Mavericks and Spurs.

In some other major signings, the Atlanta Hawks re-signed their all-star Paul Millsap, but lost one of their key role players, DeMare Carroll to the Toronto Raptors.   Paul Pierce decided not to play for the Washington Wizards again, but rather to close out his career on a 3-year deal with his hometown Los Angeles Clippers.  That also reunites him with his former head coach Doc Rivers.  Finally, the New Orleans Pelicans gave Anthony Davis, arguably the best future player of the league, a 5 year $140 million contract, while Jimmy Butler stayed with the Chicago Bulls for 5 more years on a $90 million contract.  Expect more deals in the next few days.

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NBA Draft Highlights, Karl-Anthony Towns Goes #1, Russell #2

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The NBA Draft finally arrived. The night is always exciting as teams hope to draft future all stars and avoid the inevitable draft bust.

Karl Anthony-TownsThe Minnesota Timberwolves had the #1 overall pick, and not surprisingly used it to grab Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns. At #2, the Lakers shocked everyone by passing on Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, and selected point guard D’Angelo Russell from Ohio State.  Russell is likely a better fit for the Lakers, as they are expected to make a run at big men Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge or DeAndre Jordan in free agency.
Jahil OkaforJahlil Okafor dropped to the Sixers, who definitely need a star to build around.  They were probably hoping to grab Russell since they traded away their rookie of the year point guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Milwaukee Bucks last year, but that plan didn’t work out.  The Knicks were up next, and they took the draft night’s biggest gamble selecting the internationally hyped player Kristaps Porzingis.  Knicks fans booed, but this guy could actually be good.  It just might take a year.

Other notable first round picks:  Duke star Justise Winslow landed in Miami, Arizona star Stanley Johnson found a home with the Detroit Pistons, and the marquee name of the NCAA Tournament, Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky is going to Charlotte.   Also, the reigning champion Golden State Warriors may have nabbed a steal in Kevon Looney out of UCLA with the last pick of the first round.

All in all, a seemingly solid draft but we’ll see what happens when the season starts.

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Kevin Love Opted Out Of Contract, NBA Draft Tonight, University Of Virginia Wins National Title

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Kevin LoveIn the NBA, an interesting development out of Cleveland as Kevin Love has opted out of his contract. Cleveland was afraid of Love leaving when they shipped their #1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, to Minnesota in exchange for Love hoping it would help them win.  But Love still had the option to opt out and pursue other teams in free agency, which is exactly what he decided to do.  The Cavs will still try and sign Love, but he is likely also going to be pursued by the likes of Boston, the Lakers and even Portland.  It will be interesting to see what happens this summer.

The NBA Draft is tonight.  After much speculation and anticipation, we get to finally see where some of the young stars will go.   Minnesota is expected to pick Karl-Anthony Towns from Kentucky with the #1 overall pick, but you still never know.  Plus, the Lakers at #2 and the Knicks at #4 are reportedly trying to move their picks in exchange for assets.  The Lakers are making a huge move trying to get DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings.  Anything can happen on draft night, and no player should feel safe on his own team, as he could be dealt at any second (Steph Curry and LeBron James probably excluded from that concept, however).

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In college baseball, the University of Virginia has captured their first national championship.  They were a bit of an underdog coming into this tournament, but last night, they had an incredible win over Vanderbilt to seal to the deal.   Virginia 4, Vanderbilt 2.

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Stanley Cup Finals-Lightening Vs Blackhawks, Kevin Love Staying In Cleveland

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This weekend all eyes were on the hockey world, as we were treated to TWO Game 7s with Stanley Cup Finals on the line.   First up, it was the Tampa Bay Lighting heading to New York to take on the Rangers.   The Lightning brought all they had and upset the Rangers on their home turf.  Tampa Bay fans haven’t had this much to cheer about in a long time so they are ecstatic that they get to see their ‘Ning (the Team nickname) in the Finals.  Tampa Bay 2, NY Rangers 0.

The Mighty DucksThen, it was the surging Anaheim Ducks against the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Ducks may be the hot surprise team now, but it’s hard to count out a highly experienced Blackhawks team that has 2 Stanley Cup Championships in the past 4 years.  The Hawks were just way too much for the Ducks, and despite a Ducks’ comeback, the Hawks were simply… more mighty (no pun intended from the Ducks’ original team name ‘The Mighty Ducks’ — yes, after the Disney film.)   We now have an exciting Stanley Cup Finals between the Blackhawks (Goliath) and the underdog Lightning (David).   Chicago 5, Anaheim 3.

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In the NBA, even though the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love won’t be playing in this year’s Finals, the talk shows are still discussing his future.  Many think he is going to leave Cleveland and head to Los Angeles (where he went to college).  Kevin Love, however,  says that things are progressing well with his shoulder recovery, and he plans to be playing opening night of the 2015-2016 season wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.

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Clippers Taken Seriously, Wizards And Cavs Sweep

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Blake GriffinIn the NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers faced potential doom and an early exit against the San Antonio Spurs, but on Sunday, the Clippers bounced back. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin played marvelously and took back home court advantage. The series is now tied at 2 games a piece with Game 5 heading back to LA. Chris Paul and the Clippers are out to prove that they should be taken seriously in the playoffs. LA Clippers 114, San Antonio 105.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Washington Wizards were playing terrible basketball after the all-star break. They went on several long losing streaks and appeared to lose all their mojo. They dropped from #2 in the East all the way down to #5. Plus, they were expected to get crushed by a Toronto Raptors team that had their number all season. The Wizards seem to have found their rhythm in the post-season, however, and over the weekend they completed their sweep of Toronto in convincing fashion, absolutely crushing the Raptors. The Wizards now await the winner of the Atlanta/Brooklyn series. Washington 125, Toronto 94.

Kevin LoveFinally, in Boston, the Cleveland Cavaliers may have taken care of business and swept their series against the Celtics. They didn’t come out unscathed, however. Their 6th man J.R. Smith was ejected for a flagrant foul, and likely faces at least a one game suspension. And, even worse, Kevin Love, who is playing his best basketball of the season, dislocated his shoulder. He could conceivably be out for the remainder of the post-season, if not at least a few games. If they do in fact get a surging Chicago Bulls team in Round 2, the Cavs would be at a serious disadvantage. Reports on Kevin Love should come out soon. Cleveland 101, Boston 93.

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Love & Lebron Evolving, Redskins’ New QB, Bears Sign McDonald, Deep Fried Nachos On Stick

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Kevin LoveIn the NBA, there is a bit of controversy within the Cleveland Cavaliers’ organization.   In the off-season, the Cavs traded their #1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love in order to try and win championships right now.  Since that trade, his relationship with the Cavs’ Lebron James has been “evolving”. LeBron and Love are not enemies, but they’re not exactly best friends either — as Kevin Love hinted in an interview on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike”.  Love also said that he thought Russell Westbrook was having a better season than LeBron.  Not exactly the best thing to say about your teammate.  Then again, Love was former teammates with Westbrook at UCLA.

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And in the NFL, the historic Washington Redskins are a mess right now.  They are a super popular organization that simply can’t field a good team.  Now their GM is saying that they might pick a quarterback with their #5 overall draft pick.  This certainly sends a mixed message to Robert Griffin III. Earlier this off season, head coach Jay Gruden said that Griffin would be the team’s starting quarterback.  This may not end well.

In a controversial move, the Chicago Bears signed defensive end Ray McDonald. McDonald was released by the SF 49ers in December while he was under investigation for sexual assault. He has not been officially charged in that case and he is suing the woman that accused him.  He was also implicated in a domestic abuse case last August involving his fiancee. He did not face charges in that case either. Many are questioning the Bears’ organization for bringing in McDonald while others are saying that since he hasn’t been found guilty of either charge, he has been unfairly targeted.

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mlb_cornts_600x600The Milwaukee Brewers seem to think there is no limit for what could be considered unhealthy in their ball park  And now, it looks like they are offering deep fried nachos on a stick.  This is their quest to become the most talked about food stadium in the league.

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Cavs Top Bulls, Knicks Grab Home Win Over Pelicans, Patriots Accused Of Using Less-Inflated Balls

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Kevin LoveIn the NBA, everybody knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been struggling lately, but on Monday it looked like they were back in decent form.  They took on a Chicago Bulls’ team that is having their own woes, and the Cavs played like a solid unit.  They got Kevin Love more into the mix, and their new big man addition, Timofey Mozgov, gave them some solid rebounding.  The Cavs easily topped the Bulls, and look to be getting back on track.  Cleveland 108, Chicago 94.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Knicks have been arguably the worst team in the NBA this season, but on Monday they showed marked improvement and did their best to try and grab the home win against the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Pelicans were without their star big man Anthony Davis, and the Knicks took advantage.  The game came down to the wire, but an unselfish Carmelo Anthony hit Jose Calderon in the corner for the game winning three-pointer.  This was a great win for the Knicks in front of their fans in a packed Madison Square Garden.  NY Knicks 99, New Orleans 92.

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deflated footballFinally, the NFL is investigating the Patriots for something very strange.  It’s being reported that the Pats MAY HAVE, emphasis on MAY because this sounds pretty ridiculous, used slightly less-inflated balls.  It’s hard to know why they would do this or how it would adversely affect the Colts, but the Colts are sounding some alarms.  All the Pats players have been laughing this off in media interviews, but if the NFL finds out this was true, then the Pats could lose draft picks.  The Pats highly covet their draft picks and this would be a huge blow for them.  We shall see shortly what the NFL discovers.

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