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NBA Draft: Markelle Fultz And Lonzo Ball #1 & #2, Jimmy Butler Trade

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The NBA draft took place Thursday night, and the first two picks went off as expected. The Philadelphia 76ers chose Washington’s Markelle Fultz with the #1 pick, the Los Angeles Lakers grabbed UCLA’s Lonzo Ball with pick #2, and the Boston Celtics selected Duke’s Jayson Tatum at number 3. With Phoenix taking Kansas’ Josh Jackson and the Sacramento Kings picking up Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox at #4 and #5 respectively, the 2017 draft marked the first time in NBA history the top 5 spots went to college freshmen. For the rest of the draft, click here.

The big trade of the day went to the Minnesota Timberwolves who landed Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls and a #16 pick in exchange for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and a #7 pick.

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NBA Draft Tonight, Cavs Offer Billups Job

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The NBA draft is tonight with the Philadelphia 76ers owning the first pick. It’s been widely reported they will take Washington’s Markelle Fultz. All eyes will then be on Lonzo Ball (and his controversial dad LaVar) who will likely get picked picked #2 by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made news this week by firing their GM David Griffin. According to reports, former NBA star Chauncey Billups has recently been offered the job of head of basketball operations. In addition to the front office disarray surrounding the team, rumors are flying about LeBron James either heading to the Los Angeles Lakers or LA Clippers when he becomes a free agent next summer.

 

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NBA Last Minute Trades, Petition To Remove Rodman From HOF

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Expect lots of action prior to tomorrow night’s NBA draft. One such development is the New York Knicks are discussing offers to trade their center Kristaps Porzingis. In other trade news, Dwight Howard is leaving the Atlanta Hawks (his third team in 3 seasons) and heading to the Charlotte Hornets. And, the LA Lakers are expected to send D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in tomorrow’s draft. Expect much more drama before Thursday night.

Former Hall of Famer, Dennis Rodman, traveled to North Korea again in hopes his trip will open a door for Donald Trump. Members of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation are disgusted by Rodman’s praise of Kim Jong-un (North Korea’s brutal dictator) and have started a petition for the NBA to remove Rodman from the Hall of Fame. Rodman has called the dictator his “friend for life”. According to the petition, “Individuals that praise murderers have no place being idolized by America’s youth or in any Hall of Fame in the United States”. No word yet on what the Hall of fame intends to do.

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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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Koepka Wins US Open, Celtics Trade #1 Pick To Sixers, George Leaving Pacers In 2018

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Brooks Koepka won his first major championship this weekend by winning the US Open.  At 27 years old, Koepka finished 16 under par to edge out a close field and take home the $2.16 million earnings.

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The Boston Celtics shook things up this weekend by announcing they were trading their #1 pick in the upcoming draft to the Philadelphia 76ers (who have the #3 pick). The Sixers are expected to use their #1 pick for University of Washington Guard Markelle Fultz. The draft takes place Thursday the 22nd, 7 pm ET.

In other trade news, Indiana Pacers Paul George reportedly told the team he will leave in 2018 to become a free agent and will play instead for the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, “George can sign a four-year deal worth as much as $130 million with Los Angeles next year. George is a Southern California native and playing for the Lakers would represent a homecoming for him. George plans to play out the 2017-18 season with Indiana, but wants to give the organization the chance to plan appropriately for its future – which George told the team won’t include him”. If George does go to the Lakers in 2018, the team should be in good shape as they’re expected to use their #2 pick in this year’s draft for Lonzo Ball.

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Lonzo Claims He Can Beat Jordan One On One, Luck’s Shoulder Surgery

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Now that the NBA Finals are over, basketball fans are focusing on the upcoming NBA draft. And, of course, you can’t think of the draft without hearing about Lonzo Ball (and his controversial dad, LaVar). The Balls have been in the news the last few months (crazy statements about how great LaVar was and how unstoppable his sons are, the outrageous $495 dollar Baller shoes etc, etc). Recently LaVar and Lonzo were on Jimmy Kimmel stating they could both beat the LEGENDARY Michael Jordon one on one. Lonzo is hoping to become a Los Angeles Laker on June 22nd when the draft officially begins.

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Indianapolis Colts fans are anxiously waiting to see when QB Andrew Luck will be ready to play. Luck had much needed shoulder surgery in January and is still unsure when he’ll be back on the field. He missed the first mandatory mini-camp, and said there’s no timetable yet for his return.

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Warriors Win NBA Championship, Durant MVP

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The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night to win their second NBA Championship in three years. After their devastating defeat last year against the Cavs (when Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit and beat Golden State), the Warriors were determed not to lose their lead. Not surprisingly, Kevin Durant was the unanimous choice for the Finals MVP. He averaged 35 points, eight rebounds and 5 assists during the Series. Durant had to deal with many critics when he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to play for the Warriors this season, but he was on a mission. He wanted an NBA title and he got it Monday night. As Durant reflected on his move to Golden State, he said “the camaraderie, just the togetherness of the whole organization. That’s what it was about. We just kept — I kept building on that from day one. So that’s what I found when I came here, and I definitely appreciate just the type of people we have here from the top to bottom. So a championship is just a cherry on top.” In one of the niceest moments right after the victory, Durant embraced LeBron in a show of respect, then couldn’t stop hugging his mom Wanda. Warriors 129, Cavaliers 120. CONGRATULATIONS GOLDEN STATE!

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Penguins Repeat Stanley Cup Champs, Warriors/Cavs Game 5, Tapwrit Wins Belmont, Nadal Makes History

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The Pittsburgh Penguins won the coveted Stanley Cup by beating the Nashville Predators in 6 games (4-2). With the win, the Penguins become the first team to repeat as Champions since the 1997 Detroit Red Wings.  Future Hall of Famer, Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe (most valuable player) award and is only the third player in NHL history to win the trophy in back to back seasons.

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On Friday night the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Golden State Warriors 15 win playoff streak and staved off elimination. The best of seven series is now 3-1 with game 5 back in Oakland Monday night, 9:00 pm ET

Horse Racing

The first four finishers of the Belmont Stakes all ran in the Kentucky Derby, but skipped the second leg of the Triple Crown (the Preaknes) then came back for a strong showing in the Belmont on Saturday. Tapwrit (who finished 6th in the Derby) edged out Irish War Cry to win the 1 1/2 mile race.

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Rafael Nadal made history on Sunday by winning the French Open and his 10th Grand Slam Title. The significance of the occasion was not lost on Nadal. He said through tears, “The adrenaline and nerves I feel on this court I can’t describe. This is the most important event in my career, without a doubt.”

 

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Crosby Slams Subban & Team Up 3-2, Girls Cut Hair In Solidarity, NBA Finals Tonight

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals after a fired up Sidney Crosby led his team to a 6-0 rout. Crosby took out his anger during the game against rival P.K. Subban and slammed his head multiple times on the ice. Subban responded by putting Crosby in a head lock. Both received minors, but many were upset as they thought Crosby’s violation was much worse.   Game 6 is Sunday 8:00 pm.

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Earlier this week, a story about a girl on a 11 year old Nebraska soccer team was disqualified from playing in a nearby tournament because tournament directors thought she looked like a boy. Soccer stars Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach weighed in on this controversy and sent the their support. On Thursday, the girls’ teammates cut their hair to show their solidarity.

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The Golden State Warriors will try and lock up the NBA Championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. The Cavs’ LeBron James will bring his “A” game in order to avoid an embarrassing sweep. Friday night 9;00 pm ET.

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KD Helps Warriors Win Game 3, Bob Stoops Retires

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Kevin Durant came out strong in the 4th quarter and helped the Golden State Warriors win a close game 3 over the Cleveland Cavaliers. For most of the game, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson dominated the action with 26 and 30 points respectively, but the Warriors were still down by two with only 50 seconds left on the clock.  KD then grabbed a rebound ran down the court and shot a beautiful 3-pointer to put Golden State up by one. The Warriors didn’t look back and closed out the game 118-113.  The Warriors are now only one win away from capturing the NBA Championship, and considering no team has ever overcome an 0-3 deficit to win the series, the odds look good for Golden State. Game 4 on Friday night 9:00 pm ET.

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The big news out the college football world is Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops announcing his decision to retire after 18 years as head coach of one of the top ranked teams. At 56 years old, Stoops decided to walk away at the top of his game. 33 year old Offensive Coordinate Lincoln Riley takes over the program as the youngest FBS (formerly called Division 1-A) head coach.

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