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Cavs Bring Championship To Cleveland In Dramatic, Historic Fashion, Johnson Wins US Open Amid Controversy

NBA

CavsIn an exciting game from start to finish, the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off what no other team has EVER done in the NBA. They shockingly came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors for the Championship. Most of the time a matchup as anticipated as Game 7 doesn’t live up to the hype, but Sunday nights battle in Oakland exceeded all expectations. With 20 lead changes, the game could have gone either way and fans were on the edge of their seats. With a minute left, Kyrie Irving launched a fadeaway 3-pointer (kind of ironic as that shot was the Warriors’ go-to winning shot all season), to give the Cavs the final lead. The unanimous MVP of the Finals, LeBron James couldn’t stop crying after the win. He said, “I came back for a reason. I came back to bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing.”

The Cavaliers didn’t just win a championship Sunday night in historic fashion, they also delivered the city of Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years. Cleveland 93, Warriors 89.

GOLF

Dustin Johnson played the final few holes of the US Open wondering if he would be penalized for an earlier rule violation. With seven holes left to play, Johnson remained focused to pull out the win for his first major Championship. The USGA is being criticized for how they handled the situation while Johnson got pats on the back from the players (and the fans) for keeping his cool.

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LeBron And Kyrie Show Greatness With Cavs Win, Robinson’s Seattle Tryout

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LeBron James & Kyrie IrvingThe stakes were high Monday night in Oakland for the NBA Finals with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving showing greatness with a stunning 41 points each to force a game 6 in Cleveland Thursday night. Their combined 82 points was the most by teammates facing elimination in an NBA Finals game. The Warriors were without their Center Draymond Green who was suspended for this game due to a flagrant foul he committed against LeBron James in Game 4. The Warriors’ defense had trouble containing LeBron and Kyrie without Green and when the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut went down in the 3rd quarter with an injured knee, the game was essentially over. Cavaliers 112, Warriors 97.

The Warriors blamed LeBron for disrespecting Green by walking over him during the incident in game 4 then heckled him before and during Monday’s game. Instead of rattling LeBron, the chatter just ignited his fiercely competitive nature directing him to deliver not only 41 points but also 16 rebounds and 7 assists.

Emotions will be running high Thursday night for game 6 when Draymond rejoins the team.  What could have been a boring 7 game series is now turning into drama filled must watch TV. Game 6 June 16th 9:00 pm EST.

NFL

In what seems like a huge longshot, 11-year NBA veteran, Nate Robinson is trying out to be a Seattle Seahawks defensive back. Robinson is 32 years old but has stayed in physical shape by playing this past season for Hapoel Tel Aviv. Robinson played cornerback in college but then quit to pursue his basketball career.

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Cavs Dominate Game 3, Von Miller Still Negotiating Huge Contract, Sharapova Banned For Drug Use

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Kyrie & LeBronThe Cleveland Cavaliers dominated game 3 from beginning to end and have now made the NBA Final against the Golden State Warriors competitive. Kyrie Irving stepped up early and finished the game with 30 points while LeBron added his magic with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Compare those stats to the Warriors’ Splash brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson only combing for 35 points. Game 4 is Friday night 9:00 pm ABC. Cavaliers 120, Warriors 90.

NFL

The Denver Broncos organization has more on its mind than Aqib Talib’s gunshot wound. They are now reportedly still trying to sign an agreement with their franchise linebacker Von Miller. The offer on the table is  $114.5 million over 6 years. The issue apparently is the how much of the money is guaranteed. The Broncos have offered $35 million in the first 2 years while Von Miller’s reps have asked for a number closer to $69 million. Even though Von Miller hasn’t attended the Bronco’s off-season practices, he did join the Team in meeting President Obama at the White House this week.

TENNIS

The former #1 player Maria Sharapova plans to appeal her 2 year suspension from tennis for taking the drug meldonium. Sharapova claims she unintentionally took a banned substance and she should have been warned in advance of the drug’s listing. In addition to not playing in tournaments,  Sharapova’s major endorser, Tag Heuer, has cut its ties to her while Porsche says its keeping its distance.

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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

 

NFL

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.

MLB

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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Cavs Clinch Top Seed, LeBron Focused, Gordon Still In Trouble

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LeBron and KyrieThe Cleveland Cavaliers have clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with their victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. LeBron James downplayed the importance of clinching the top seed prior to the game, but he was clearly gunning for a victory Monday night. Ever since he announced he was entering “Post Season Mode,” a sort of magical mental state where LeBron plays consistently like LeBron, he’s been focused. “He’s just taken it to a whole other level the last three or four weeks, playing at a very high level, shooting the ball very well, shooting it with confidence and also getting it to the basket,” the Cavs coach said. “”I hope he can keep it up. If he plays like this, man, we’re going to be tough to beat.” That kind of high caliber performance made a difference against the Hawks. James scored 34 points, and his teammate Kyrie Irving scored 35. It is the third time in team history that the Cavs have clinched the number one seed in the East. Cleveland 109, Atlanta 94

NFL

Suspended Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly failed his most recent drug test. The player has been suspended the last year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy on multiple occasions. Gordon is seeking reinstatement with the league, but this latest indiscretion may prove problematic. If he’s really trying to turn things around, he may want to reconsider the company he keeps. Gordon has also been linked to troubled Quarterback Johnny Manziel, who the Browns cut earlier this off season. Manziel has been spotted partying in West Hollywood every night in recent weeks. Bizarrely, he recently told reporters that he was living with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, who responded on Twitter, saying that Manziel is “his brother,” but he’s definitely not living with him. Instead, reports indicate that Manziel is actually living with none other than Josh Gordon. And the soap opera continues…

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American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown, Cavs Win Game 2 In OT, Tiger In Slump

HORSE RACING

American PharoahHistory was made this weekend at The Belmont Stakes.  After 37 years, we finally got a Triple Crown.  The Triple Crown is defined as winning the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes all in a period of 5 weeks.  No horse has accomplished this feat since 1978 when Affirmed took the crown.  Before a screaming crowd, American Pharoah raced out in front of his competition and never looked back.  It was an incredible moment for horse racing and long overdue.

BASKETBALL

In the NBA Finals, everyone was writing off the Cleveland Cavaliers after their star point guard Kyrie Irving was ruled out after they lost game 1. What most forgot is that the Cavs have one of the best players in the game:  LeBron James.  On Sunday night, the Cavs hoped to even the series with the Golden State Warriors.  The Cavs played well, with Matthew Dellavedova filling in nicely for Irving.  The Cavs also benefited from an awful shooting night from the Warriors.   With a late and exciting comeback from the Warriors, the game went into overtime.  In OT, the Warriors couldn’t find their shots and the Cavs did enough to hold on to grab Game 2 away from Golden State and steal back home court advantage.  Cleveland 95, Golden State 93.

GOLF

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods has won the Memorial Tournament 5 times before in the past but was off his mark this weekend.  Tiger, at 39 years old, finished 14 strokes over par.  Tiger has been in a slump for awhile now and it’s uncertain whether he’ll ever revive his glory days.

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Cavaliers And Rockets Up By 2, Brady Photoshops Kid Photo In Celtics Uniform

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To their credit, the Boston Celtics didn’t give up Tuesday night in game two against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But it wasn’t quite enough. Lebron James scored 30 points (15 in the last quarter) with Kyrie Irving adding 26 points. The Cavs are now up by 2 and the series heads to Boston. Cavs 99, Celtics 91.

Tom BradyNew England Patriots’ QB Tom Brady wanted to show some support to the Celtics so he tweeted a photoshop of him as a kid in a Celtics uniform. You can’t mistake that Brady smile…adorable photo!

 

In other NBA playoff news, the Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard and Josh Smith went dunk crazy to send their Team to a 2-0 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks. Howard and Smith used to play together as high school buddies on an AAU summer squad. Rockets 111, Mavs 99.

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Tebow Signed By Eagles, Kyrie’s Impressive Debut, Griffin Dunks

FOOTBALL

Tim TebowThe Philadelphia Eagles plan to sign Tim Tebow for next season. Tebow has not played since 2012 when he was with the Jets and spent last season as a correspondent for Good Morning America. Tim’s heyday was in 2011 when he helped quarterback the Denver Broncos to the playoffs.

BASKETBALL

In some key playoff news over the weekend:

In his playoff debut, Kyrie Irving hit on all cylinders with a game high 30 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a win in the first round against the Boston Celtics.  Kevin Love assisted his teammate with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Lebron added 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Watch out for the Cavs the rest of the series.

The Los Angeles Clippers looked fresh and ready for action in their win over defending champs, the San Antonio Spurs. Blake Griffin came out attacking with some memorable dunks who finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Clippers 107, Spurs 92.

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Shaka Smart To UT, Lebron & Kyrie Dynamic, Record Pay Per View For Mayweather/Pacquiao Fight

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Shaka SmartIn college basketball, it’s official, former VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) coach Shaka Smart, a guy who miraculously led a “nobody had heard of them VCU” to the Final Four in 2011 and made the program relevant again, has decided to take the job at the University of Texas.  After Smart got VCU to the Final Four, many large colleges came after him, but he wanted to stay.  But jobs like Texas are just too lucrative and too prestigious to pass up.  He’s already a good coach, and when he gets access to the recruiting in Texas, he will likely make Texas an immediate contender.   VCU will be sad to see him go (even the strip clubs in the area offered free lap dances to Smart and his staff if he stayed), but it was the right opportunity for Smart to move on.

And in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers might be red hot right now, but that doesn’t mean that they’re perfect.  On Thursday, we got a glimpse into their inner-dynamic.  After an early season game where the Cavs lost to the Jazz, LeBron gave Kyrie a lecture.  Kyrie finished the game with 34 points, but didn’t finish with ANY assists.

“He came up to me and was like, ‘One, you can never have another game with no assists,’ ” Irving said, describing James’ words. ” ‘You can damn near have just one, two, three, but you can’t have zero.’ And I was like, ‘All right, cool, it won’t happen again.’ And it hasn’t happened since that game.”

Now the Cavs are in prime position to win the Eastern Conference.

BOXING

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on May 2nd will cost a record-setting $99 on Pay Per View.  Typically, the big fights are between $40 and $60, but they know that everyone wants to see the fight of the century, so they can charge as high as $99.  Alternatively, you you can book your reservations at your favorite sports bar or restaurant but do it now to get a good seat.

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