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LeBron Taking Talents To LA, Durant And George Remain With Teams, Russia & Croatia Advance To Quarterfinals

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After months of speculation, the wait is over and LeBron James has made his decision. He is taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers. The press release read,  “LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three time NBA finals MVP, fourteen time NBA All Star, and two time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.” According to reports, LeBron’s family is excited to be in LA. The transition should be easy for him as he already has two homes there. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert posted a classy letter in response to LeBron leaving the team, saying  “We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line.”

In other NBA news, the Warriors Kevin Durant agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors (with a second-year option) for $30 million for 2018/19 and $31.5 million for the option year. And rounding out the weekend’s high profile news, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George agreed to stay with the team for a four-year $137 million deal.

WORLD CUP

Russia and Croatia advance to the World Cup quarterfinals after exciting penalty kick shootouts. Both countries goalkeepers prevented Spain and Denmark from advancing to the quarterfinals. Russia is the host country but also the lowest ranked team in a field of 32, so the win over Spain is a huge victory. Russia will now play Croatia on Saturday.

 

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Kevin Durant Can Sign Any Contract, Dwayne Wade Weighs In On LeBron

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The basketball world continues to speculate on where many players will end up this off-season. Back to back Finals MVP Kevin Durant can become an unrestricted free agent after June 29th if he declines his current $26.3 million player option. The Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers told reporters  Durant can sign any contract he wants to stay with the team. He said, “Sometimes you don’t negotiate. I’d love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year, he did us a great service, so he’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants.”

Landing LeBron James would be a huge coup and a few teams seem to be early favorites to sign him: LA Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Houston Rockets. LeBron’s buddy Dwayne Wade (who insists he doesn’t have any inside info) spoke about LeBron’s decision and said , “I think at this point in his life, it’s more so of a lifestyle thing of where my family is going to be the most comfortable and where I’m going to be the happiest. Because basketball wise, he’s so great, he can bring along and take along whoever.”

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LeBron Says No One Wants White House Invite, Wentz On Track For Opener, J.J. Wilcox Shocks Niners

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The Cavs host the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night for game 3 of the NBA Finals. We still have a few games left to determine the NBA Champion, but talk has already started on whether the winning team will be invited (and will agree to go) to the White House. LeBron (no fan of President Trump) weighed in by saying,  “I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyways. It won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going. Let’s not let someone uninviting you to their house take away from that moment. Because I think the championship – winning a Super Bowl or winning a Stanley Cup or winning a World Series or winning an NBA championship or national championship – is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in there.”

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In some NFL news, Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL last December, is reportedly doing well rehabbing and could be ready to play in the season opener.

Free-agent backup Safety, J.J. Wilcox shocked the San Francisco 49ers when he decided not to sign with the team (even though he agreed to a one year contract), and stated he’ll sign with the New York Jets instead.

 

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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.

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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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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.

HORSE RACING

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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LeBron’s Buzzer Beater, Westbrook Rallies, Josh Allen’s Racist Tweets

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There’s a reason LeBron is called the King! With the Cavs/Pacers game 5 tied a 95-95 Wednesday night, LeBron showed why he’ll go down as one of the greatest players of all time. With three seconds left, he blocked Victor Oladipo’s layup (some say it was goaltending), called time-out then grabbed the ball and shot a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game. After the game, LeBron said, “As a kid, you always have those 3, 2, 1 moments. When you’re a kid and being able to have one of those moments, that’s what it kind of felt like. It felt like I was a kid all over again, just playing basketball at my house. With makeshift hoops and my socks as a basketball and making the noise. So, that’s what it felt like.” If you didn’t see the play, watch the highlight here.

In another exciting game 5, Russell Westbrook rallied in the 3rd quarter, scoring 20 of his 45 points and eliminating the Utah Jazz’s 25 point lead. It didn’t hurt that likely defensive player of the year the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (the “Stifle Tower”) was benched for his 4th foul, allowing Westbrook and Paul George to do their thing.

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The NFL draft is tonight, and all eyes are on which players get picked in the first round. Particularly of interest, after months of speculation is which player goes #1.  The Cleveland Browns have the #1 pick, and former Wisconsin quarterback Josh Allen was considered a front-runner until racially offensive tweets surfaced from his days in high school. Allen has apologized for the tweets (many of which contain the “n” word) saying he was young and dumb. It will be interesting to see if this has any effect on Allen’s draft status.

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SNL’s LaVar On Inside the NBA, LeBron Calls Philly Rumor “Disgusting”

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The Saturday Night Live version of LaVar Ball (played by Kenan Thompson) made a guest appearance on Inside the NBA. Charles Barkley is hosting SNL this week, so the Inside the NBA co-hosts filmed their show on the SNL set. Keenan played a great version of the ridiculous Ball.

LeBron James could be a free agent this summer and rumors keep spreading as to where he may end up if he leaves the Cavaliers. The most recent rumor has him checking out schools in the Philadelphia area for his kids. James vehemently denied this rumor calling it “disgusting”, but he did say he was flattered that other teams (and fans wanted him).  He said,  “It is actually very flattering that I’m sitting here at 33 and in my 15th year and teams or guys – I don’t want to say teams because that becomes tampering. But people in their respective city want me to play for their team. That’s cool I think. That’s dope.”

 

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Shaq’s Son Decommits Arizona & Commits To UCLA, LeBron’s New Greatness, Papa Johns And NFL Over

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The FBI has been on a two year investigation of corruption in college basketball recruiting.  Arizona is currently in the hot seat after a wiretap revealed the coach, Sean Miller, discussing a $100,000 payment to top high school prospect  Deandre Ayton.  The news kept getting worse for the school when Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef, announced he decommitted from Arizona over the illegal recruiting scheme. Shareef committed to play for UCLA, and both Dad and Son posted his announcement on social media.

There’s no one who can dispute LeBron James greatness as a basketball star. And now he has added to that dominance by creating his own statistical category. On Tuesday night, LeBron became the only player in NBA history to record 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists. LeBron reflected on this accomplishment by saying, “With the long list of so many great players that have come through this league, in the history of this league, for me to be the only [person] in a category, I think it’s pretty cool.” He went on to say, “I always wanted to be labeled as just an all-around basketball player; and I get more gratification out of the assists more than anything, because to get my guys great looks or they’re knocking down shots, that means a lot to me.”

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Papa Johns Pizza and the NFL have mutually agreed to end their sponsorship relationship. Papa Johns made news a few months ago when the former CEO blamed declining sales on the NFL national anthem protests. The company said it will still work with specific teams in the League.

 

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LeBron Youngest To Score 30,000 Points

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LeBron James joined an exclusive group of superstars on Tuesday night by recording his 30,000th career regular season point. He’s also the youngest player to reach this milestone. LeBron joins  Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki in the 3o,000 club. LeBron described the feeling by saying,”Just a special moment. I just started thinking about everything. My journey from being a kid who first picked up a basketball when I was 5 years old to first playing organized basketball when I was 9 all the way up to this point.  I give a lot of thanks to a lot of people. This is a special moment. It’s something I never set out to do. I’m not even a score-first guy when it comes to playing basketball. I love getting my teammates involved and seeing my teammates be excited about scoring and me getting the assist and things of that nature.” The Cavaliers put out a video with a number of people congratulating LeBron. Towards the end of the video, LeBron’s kids share how proud they are!

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LeBron And Lonzo’s Matchup, Kerley’s Ghosts Of Christmas Past

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LeBron James wowed the crowd on Thursday night posting his 59th career triple-double against the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Lakers also had a solid night with 13 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds from Lonzo Ball and a helpful 26 points from Brandon Ingram. Unfortunately for the LA,  that wasn’t enough to fend off the might Cleveland Cavaliers. The most talked about part of the game was after the buzzer when LeBron searched out Lonzo for a quick chat. LeBron pulled up his jersey so no one could understand what he was saying to the famous Ball brother, and both players refused to reveal the conversation in post-game interviews. Lonzo grew up idolizing LeBron, and LeBron seems to have taken a liking to the rookie.  To add intrigue, LeBron will be a free agent this summer and there’s talk of where he takes his talents next. Maybe to LA?

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In the category of “now we’ve heard it all”, New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley actually blamed failing a drug tests on ghosts (specifically ghosts of Christmas past). No joke, he said, ” I don’t know, a lot of ghosts around here. Ghost put it in. You know the ghost of Christmas past.”

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