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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Sherman Out With Torn Achilles, CA NAACP Bans Anthem, LeBron Interested In Buying Cavs

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This is continuing to be a tough season for injuries in the NFL, and on Thursday night Richard Sherman became the latest casualty. The Seattle Seahawk’s cornerback ruptured his achilles tendon in the team’s 22-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Sherman entered the League in 2011 and hasn’t missed a game until this injury. Many players, including Sherman, have criticized the NFL for adding games on Thursday night claiming it’s too hard on their bodies to play on only three or four days of rest. Sherman even referred to Thursday Night Football as a “poopfest”.

Colin Kaepernick continues to remain in the news. The California chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) passed a resolution at their state conference banning the Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem. Part of the impetus for removing the song is to help Kaepernick’s chances of playing again in the NFL. According to NAACP California chapter president, Alice Huffman,  “We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick, I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”

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LeBron James said if the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, decided he ever wanted to sell the team, he’d be interested. According to Forbes, the latest valuation of the team is $1.2 billion. LeBron is listed as the second highest paid athlete at $86 million (and that’s not including his lifetime Nike contract estimated at more than $1 billion). LeBron stated, “If this thing opened up and I’m in a position financially, and I’ve got the right team around me, obviously. But who’s to say Dan will (sell)? I’ve always kept it just player/owner at this point. I guess once I come down to that point, if the conversation needed to be had, I’ll have it. But I don’t have it right now.”

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Cavs Fire GM, LeBron Rumors, KD Prioritizing Winning

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are making headlines this week for some interesting developments. After only 3 seasons, the team decided to part ways with GM David Griffin. Griffin brought the Cavs to three consecutive NBA Finals (and their first Championship in 2016), so the move is widely considered bizarre.

LeBron James tweeted his disappointment in the move saying, “If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland!” Speaking of LeBron, rumors are flying that the new Clippers’ consultant, Jerry West, will try and lure LeBron to LA when he becomes a free agent next summer.

NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant, appears to be prioritizing winning by signaling he’ll opt out of his player option but will re-sign with the team in order to free up money for players like Andre Iguodala, Zaza Pachulia and Shaun Livingston. By giving up the big payday this year, KD is expected to sign a longterm deal after next season. Steph Curry is also a free agent and could sign a 5 year $207 million dollar deal, the largest in NBA history.

 

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KD Stands Out In Rout of Cavs, Rihanna Shout Outs

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By all accounts, Kevin Durant was the key to the Golden State Warriors rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Thursday night’s game 1 of the NBA Finals. KD has been known to try and dominate a game, but with the Warriors he’s had to learn to move the ball around, and he showed he can do it. In addition to his 38 points, he also recorded 8 assists and 8 rebounds. When LeBron was asked about the game and who or what stood out, he immediately replied “K.D.” Then continued, “No ifs and buts. It is what it is. We (have) got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us.” Watch Game 2 Sunday at 8:00 pm ET. Golden State 113, Cleveland 91.

Grammy award winner Rihanna also stood out during game 1. Social media went crazy late in the 4th quarter when KD shot a three-pointer and KD looked like he was “staring down” Rihanna. When asked about his intent during his post-game press conference, KD laughed and said he wasn’t going to “fall into that trap”. Rihanna got another shout-out when during the game, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy excitedly mentioned Rihanna walking in front of him instead of calling a LeBron dunk.

 

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