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Celtics Rally To Beat 76ers In Game 2, Another Amazing Game From LeBron, Kentucky Derby Favorites This Weekend

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The Boston Celtics rallied from a 22 point deficit to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier added 21 and 20 points respectively, while the Sixers J.J. Redick and Joel Embiid contributed 23 and 22 points to their team’s efforts. Unfortunately for Philly, their rookie phenom Ben Simmons only scored one point (the first time he hasn’t scored a field goal this entire season). After the game Simmons reflected on his disappointing night saying, “Mentally, just thinking too much. I’m going to have bad games. It happens. Obviously, it’s bad timing.” Celtics are now up 2-0 with game 3 back in Philly on Saturday night.

With an astounding 43 points, 14 assists and 8 rebounds from LeBron James and a big 31 points from Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors.

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The Kentucky Derby, often called the greatest two minutes in sports, takes place on Saturday at 6:46 pm ET. The two favorites for Saturday’s Run for the Roses, are Justify and Mendelssohn (both sired byScat Daddy, but for equines, they’re not considered related as they have different Dam’s (Mothers). For a recap of the 20 horses running, click here.

 

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DeRozan And Kevin Love Admit To Depression, Rockets Streak Continues, McCaffrey Saves Life

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Last week Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan gave an interview about his mental health issues and how he has had to deal with bouts of depression. DeRozan’s admission influenced Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love to admit he had a panic attack during a game this season and now sees a therapist to deal with any issues that arise. His message to his colleagues and fans was, “So if you’re reading this and you’re having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you’re not weird or different for sharing what you’re going through. Just the opposite. It could be the most important thing you do. It was for me.”

The Houston Rockets streak continues with a win Tuesday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder, They’ve now recorded their 16th straight victory. This is the franchise’s longest streak since they won 22 games in the first quarter of 2008.

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Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey (son of Denver legend Ed McCaffrey), his brothers and a friend are credited with saving a man’s life last weekend while hiking in Colorado. Dan Smoker Sr fell while hiking with his 13-year old grandson Eli. The McCaffrey group saw the fall and immediately rushed to the 72-year-old Smoker Sr. They called 911 and gave him chest compressions until paramedics survived. According to reports, Smoker Sr is in critical but stable condition, and according to the family, the McCaffrey’s saved his life.

 

 

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Alex Smith To Redskins, James Harden Highest Scoring Triple Double In History, Love Out

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NFL free agency officially begins on March 14th, but big trades are already going down. The Washington Redskins reached a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith for a reported $71 million. Smith turns 35 in May but had a career high in passing yards this season. Current Redskins QB Kirk Cousins indicated he wasn’t likely to sign a long term deal with the team, so they’re investing in Smith to lead the team for the next few years. The trade isn’t official until free agency begins. No word yet on where Kirk Cousins will end up, but there’s speculation he could become the highest paid player in the League for the 2018 season.

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Houston Rockets James Harden had one for the books by posting the highest scoring triple double in NBA history with 60 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Even LeBron James was impressed by Harden. He tweeted, ” That’s insane G! 60 point Triple Dub. Sheesh!!!” The Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 114-107.

In other NBA news, the Cleveland Cavaliers got more bad news when Kevin Love fractured his left hand during Tuesday’s game against Detroit. It’s likely Love will miss at least a month of playing time. He’ll also miss the February 18th All-Star game

 

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Kushers Won’t Buy Marlins, Green Claims Dolan Slave Master, Anthony All Star Game

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Jeffrey Loria, the current owner of the Miami Marlins, looks like he’ll be nominated as the next US Ambassador to France. Loria is interested in selling the team,  and one of the rumored buyers was the Kushner family. According to reports, the Kushners have now bowed out expressing a conflict of interest (Jared Kushner is married to Ivanka and is the Senior advisor to Trump).

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NBA Commish Adam Silver tried to mediate and put an end to the Charles Oakley vs James Dolan feud, but the Warriors Draymond Green brought the topic front and center again. Green, on his podcast, called Dolan’s treatment of Oakley a “slave master mentality”. He said, “It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines, and all this stuff for your organization.But now all of a sudden, when he say something that he feels, it’s a problem. I disagree with that. I definitely think, like I said, that that’s a slave master mentality.”

Carmelo Anthony will play in his 10th All Star Game on Sunday. He was offered the injured Kevin Love’s spot in the Eastern Conference. The ironic part of this swap is that there has been talk the last few weeks of a Anthony/Love trade before the NBA trade deadline. The All-Star swap, however, was not exactly the big trade people were talking about.

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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.

OLYMPICS

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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