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Warriors Win At Wire, NBA First Team Announced, Bumgarner Hits HR Off Kershaw

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Steph CurryIn the NBA, it was Game 2 between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.  Dwight Howard was a game time decision, and it turned out that he WOULD play.   Howard actually had a fantastic game.  This game, however,  was a battle of the MVP, Step Curry, and the MVP runner up, James Harden.  As they were trading baskets, there were at least 10 ‘Oh-My!’ highlights.  The game actually came down to the wire, with the Rockets having a chance to win on the last possession. A stellar defensive effort by the Warriors caused Harden to turn it over, and the Warriors snag a 2-0 lead.  Golden State 99, Houston 98.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the “NBA First Team” was announced.  The “First Team” is a make up of the ideal best starting line-up this year. It consisted of Stephen Curry and James Harden in the backcourt, LeBron James at small forward, Anthony Davis at power forward, and Marc Gasol at center.  It would be fun to see this team play!

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Madison BumgarnerAnd in some crazy baseball news, the top two pitchers in the League are arguably the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner.  You typically see pitching duels between these players, but it’s rare that one of them hits a homerun off the other, but that’s exactly what happened on Thursday. Bumgarner smashed one off of Kershaw.  Bumgarner likely studied Kershaw’s  pitching style and knew exactly what was coming, but pitchers are typically not the best hitters, so this was quite rare. Even more rare was that it was a homer off of Kershaw.   Now Bumgarner has extreme bragging rights over Kershaw.   San Francisco 4, LA Dodgers 0.

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Giants Win World Series, Maddon To Coach Cubs, Kobe Takes Lakers Under Wing

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The main story  — Game 7 of the World Series.  162 games of the regular season and a grueling post-season comes down to just one game.  Anything can happen in one game.  Baseball, probably better than any sport, can create dramatic situations, as every pitch is extremely important.  Plus, in Game 7, teams can unleash all of their star pitchers if necessary.  There is no reason to rest them… they have all winter to rest.

Madison BumgarnerIt all came down to Thursday night. Would the Kansas City Royals, who haven’t even been to the playoffs since 1985 pull it out, or would the San Francisco Giants win their 3rd World Series in 5 years. The Giants got the early edge, but the Royals came back to tie.  Then, in the 4th inning, the Giants got a one-run lead, and that’s when the Giants manager decided to put his ace Madison Bumgarner back in on only 2 days rest.  Bumgarner wanted the ball, and he got it.  And, of course, Bumgarner was practically unstoppable.  He was perfect this post-season, and already 2-0 in the World Series.  With 2 outs in the 9th, Bumgarner actually gave up a triple, but he was able to close out the game and cement the San Francisco Giants dynasty.   What a post-season for the underdog Royals, but a big congratulations to the Giants!  San Francisco 3, Kansas City 2.

Elsewhere in baseball, the best manager in the game, Joe Maddon, decided last week that he would opt out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.  And now it looks like the Chicago Cubs have secured his services.  It’s possible that Maddon can actually turn the Cubs’ franchise around.

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In the NBA, nobody expected much from the Lakers this season, but Kobe Bryant was still looking forward to taking this young team under his wing.  He was hoping his leadership skills could really help the team. One of the key components of that goal was their top rookie, Julius Randle from Kentucky.  Sadly, in just the first game of the season, Randle broke his leg on a non-contact play and will likely miss the remainder of the season.  Hopefully this doesn’t derail his career too much, and he will be ok when the Lakers get him back next year.  He will also only be 20 years old.

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