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Ayton, Bailey Go #1,#2 In Draft, Atlanta And Dallas Big Trade, LeBron’s Dialogue With Cavs, Winston Suspended

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Mock drafts are now irrelevant and the wait is finally over.  The NBA draft rolled out last night with the first two picks as expected. Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bailey III went #1 and #2 to the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings respectively. Then, the night got interesting. The Atlanta Hawks picked Luka Doncic, but  minutes later traded him to Dallas for Trae Young (the 5th pick in the draft) along with a 2019 first-round pick. Michael Porter Jr (formerly a #1  prospect) provided the other big surprise of the night when he fell to #14 due to concerns about his injuries. For a list of all the trades, click here.

In addition to analyzing the best and worst picks of the draft, we’re still focused on what LeBron James will do. He has until June 29th to decide to become an unrestricted free agent or exercise his $35.6 million contract option.  The Cavaliers GM Koby Altman has been communicating with LeBron and trying to keep him in Cleveland. He told reporters  “We continue to have good dialogue with his management team. I think LeBron has more than earned the right to approach his contracts the way he does.” Alabama guard Collin Sexton, the Cavs 8th pick in the draft, immediately started lobbying for LeBron to stay.

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After an 8th month investigation, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for 3 games at the start of the NFL season for reportedly groping an Uber driver in March of 2016. As a quarterback at Florida State in 2012, Winston was accused of rape but no charges were filed, and he became the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft in 2015.

 

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Kawhi Meets With Popovich, Mock Drafts, Brady Posts Cuarenta y cinco

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The basketball world has been talking about Kawhi Leonard wanting out of San Antonio. To add to the rumors, Leonard met with coach Gregg Popovich on Tuesday to speak about his future.  Kawhi suffered from a quadriceps tendinopathy injury this season causing him to miss 73 regular season games and playoff games and creating a divide with the team. At 26 years old, Leonard will be a free-agent next year and has expressed a desire to head to his hometown of LA and possibly sign with the Lakers (or even the Clippers).  With the NBA draft on Thursday (and everyone also wondering where LeBron ends up), the Leonard situation remains fluid and interesting.  LeBron, for his part, isn’t likely to announce what he’ll do until after the draft. He has until June 29th to decide if he’ll exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season or become an unrestricted free agent.

After weeks of mock drafts, the actual draft takes place Thursday night at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN. Many draft experts expect Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Luka Doncic to go to Phoenix, Sacramento and Atlanta respectively.

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With the basketball world focused on the mock draft, the football world seems focused on when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plans to retire. In an interview with Oprah on Sunday, Brady said,”As long as I’m still loving it. As long as I’m loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it’s also, I think what I’ve alluded to a lot in the [‘Tom vs. Time’] docuseries was there’s other things happening in my life, too. I do have kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there driving my kids to their games,” And, then adding to the speculation, Brady posted on Instagram “Cuarenta y cinco” which means 45 in Spanish.

 

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Lakers Told To Tone Down Roasting, Kemp And Chirinos Ejected

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The Lakers’ Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are friends and are known to roast each other on social media. The Laker organization has now decided this “friendly” roasting needs to be toned down as it’s getting personal.  If the two teammates are friends, why would the Lakers care? Some speculate the organization is courting LeBron and doesn’t want the appearance of any discord on the team, although Ball and Kuzma (with Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart) insist they’re just having fun. Ingram said, “Whether it is talking off the court, whether it is talking on the basketball court, we really have had a bond.”

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Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp collided at home plate in the third inning with Texas Ranger Robinson Chirinos causing both players to be ejected. Kemp was tagged out, but not before lowering his shoulder and running into Chirinos. Chirinos shoved him causing both benches to clear. According to Chirinos, “he leaned into me and put his shoulder into me. That’s when I rushed him. Everyone knows the rule, they preach it to us in spring training. It was emotional.” Dodgers won the game 3-2.

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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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Warriors Sweep Cavs For NBA Championship, KD Wins MVP, Justify Wins Triple Crown Amid Controversy

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After a much-anticipated matchup (with the battle raging for 4 straight years), the Golden State Warriors handily swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in 4 games to win the NBA Championship. Steph Curry posted 37 points and Kevin Durant followed up his game three 43 points with his first triple-double in an NBA Finals (20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists). Durant’s solid performance throughout the Finals earned him the series MVP.  The Championship is Golden State’s third title in 4 years and places them in the history books as one of only six teams winning three titles in four years. The Lakers were the last team to accomplish this feat in the years 2000-20002.

In the off-season, expect many stories on whether LeBron James will stay with the Cavs or move on to continue his career elsewhere.

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Justify, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, emerged as the 13th Triple Crown winner in history 0n Saturday after winning the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. Bob Baffert trained Justify as well as the last Triple Crown winner from four years ago, American Pharoah. After an initial celebration of this tremendous feat, the owner of two other horses in the field, Mike Repole, wants the Belmont Stewards to investigate Florent Geroux, the jockey riding Restoring Hope, Justify’s stablemate (who is also trained by Bob Baffert). Watching the race, it looked as if Restoring Hope was “blocking” for Justify to give him a better trip. Repole said,  “It definitely seemed to me he was more of an offensive lineman than a racehorse trying to win the Belmont and Justify was a running back trying to run for a touchdown.”

 

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Capitals Win Stanley Cup, 76ers Colangelo Resigns, Terrell Owens Declines Invite To HOF Ceremony

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For the first time in 43 seasons, the Washington Capitals  finally achieved their goal-National Champions and winners of the Stanley Cup. The win also marks Washington’s first national title since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992. After scoring 15 goals during the playoffs, Alex Ovechkin was named MVP.  Even though the Capitals played game 5 in Vegas, their fans came out in droves yelling “We want the Cup”and they got it! Congrats Capitals!

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After a tumultuous week, the Philadelphia 76ers Bryan Colangelo resigned as the team GM. Colangelo denied he was responsible for the twitter accounts denigrating the team. Apparently the burner accounts (which disparaged certain members of the team) belonged to Bryan’s wife, Barbara. While this crisis has been difficult for the organization, it’s unlikely it will affect their draft prospects or the team in general. As head coach Brett Brown said in a news conference, “We’ve all been doing this long enough to understand that this too shall pass.”

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Former SF 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens announced he will not be in attendance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Owens said, “While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere.” A representative from the Hall of Fame said this was “unprecedented”.

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KD On Fire For Warriors Game 3 Win, LeBron Passes Michael Jordan For Most 30 Point Games

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Golden State’s Kevin Durant’s 43 points propelled the Warriors to a big game 3 win over the Cleveland Cavs Wednesday night. If it wasn’t for Durant’s shooting (24 points in the first half), the Cavs could have blown out the Warriors. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were both cold in the first half going 1 for 8 and 2 for 7 respectively. LeBron passed Michael Jordan’s record with his 11oth playoff game with 30 or more points, but it wasn’t enough, and now the Cavs face a 3-0 deficit. No team has ever come back to win the Finals after being down 0-3. Game 4 is Friday night. Warriors 110, Cavaliers 102.

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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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Warriors Up 2-0, Curry’s Historic Nine 3’s, Capitals 2-1 Lead, GM Exec Crashes Pace Car

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After a big win on Sunday night in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors are up 2-0 in the NBA Finals. Steph Curry had a historic night with 33 points and an NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers in a game (9). After the game, Draymond Green spoke about Curry to USA Today Sports and said, “One thing that stood out to me was his activity on the defensive end to start the game. When he’s like that, the offense will come. He’s probably one of the greatest scorers, if not the greatest scorer, we’ve ever seen. But when he’s locked in on the defensive end, I know it’s coming.” LeBron had a solid night of scoring with 29 points (13 assists,  and with 1,327 points overall in NBA Finals, passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 2nd most points in NBA Finals history. He now only trails the 1,679 points held by Jerry West. Warriors 122, Cavs 103.

Next up, Warriors at Cavs on Wednesday at 9:00 pm. ET

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The Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin scored a franchise record 14th goal this postseason to bring his team to a 2-1 lead over the Vegas Golden Knights.  Vegas has now lost consecutive games for the first time this postseason.  The Knights will try and even the series Monday night at 8:00 pm ET.

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After a 3 year drought, Ryan Hunter-Reay won the IndyCar race in Detroit on Sunday, but that wasn’t the most memorable part of the day. GM Executive Mark Reuss was driving the pace car to start the race when he crashed into a wall on the second turn. The race was delayed for 30 minutes, but no one got hurt (other than Reuss’s ego). Apparently, Reuss joins a long list of experienced drivers crashing pace cars.

 

 

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LeBron’s 51 Points Not Enough For Game 1, Thompson And Love Could Get Suspensions

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If game one of the NBA Finals is a preview for the rest of the series, we’re in for a wild ride. LeBron scored a playoff career-high 51 points…that’s 51 points and the Cavs still lost in overtime. After a controversial charging call was overturned with 36.2 seconds left giving the Warriors’ Kevin Durant the opportunity to score on two free throws, and then the Cavs’ J.R. Smith dribbling away from the basket instead of shooting before time expired during regulation, the Cavs went into overtime looking dejected. The Warriors came out strong and finished the game 124-114. Game 2 on June 3rd, 8:00 pm ET.

With 2.6 seconds remaining in overtime with the Warriors up by 10, the Warriors’ Shaun Livingston took a jump shot and Tristan Thompson felt it was unnecessary saying,”I contested a shot that shouldn’t have been taken. I mean, it’s like the unspoken rule in the NBA: If you’re up by 10 or 11 with about 20 seconds left, you don’t take that shot.” Thompson fouled Livingston, appeared to shove a ball in Draymond Green’s face and got ejected from the game. The refs will now review the play, and it’s possible Thompson could face a suspension in game 2. In addition, the Cavs’ Kevin Love (who was on the bench at the time) could get a suspension in game 2 as well because he left the bench during the mini-brawl.

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