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Raptors Take Lead Over Sixers, Denver Blows Out Trailblazers, JPP Suffers Neck Injury

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Thanks to a huge second quarter, the Toronto Raptors were able to steamroll over the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. Raptors 125, 76ers 89

In the Western Conference Semifinals, Denver blew out the Portland Trail Blazers 124-98 putting them one game away from getting to the Western Conference Finals.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman, Jason Pierre-Paul, could possibly miss the entire season after he suffered a neck injury in a recent car crash. According to reports, JPP was not accused of any crimes associated with the accident. Pierre-Paul was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft with the #15th overall pick in 2010 by the New York Giants. The Giants traded JPP before last season to the Buccaneers.  This is the second major accident for Pierre-Paul. Back on July 4th, 2015, JPP had to have his finger amputated after a fireworks incident.

 

 

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Celtics Lose Another, Rockets Tie Series, Tiger Woods Receives Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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The Boston Celtics are going to need to some help (particularly from Kyrie Irving) as they lost their third straight game and down 1-3 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. The Bucks could put the series away with a win in game 5 on Wednesday. Bucks 113, Celtics 101

James Harden helped the Houston Rockets even the Western Conference Semifinal on Monday night against the Golden State Warriors. After falling 0-2 to begin the series, the Rockets have rallied back and are now giving the Warriors a bit of a scare. Game 5 is Wednesday night. Rockets 112, Warriors 108

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Tiger Woods received the Presidential Medal Of Freedom from President Trump, the highest civilian honor. On Monday night, President Trump described Woods as a “true legend” for transforming golf and fighting through injuries. At 43 years old, Wood is the youngest golfer to receive this honor.

 

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Controversy At Derby-Country Horse Wins, Raptors And Nuggets Even Series

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The controversy over the disqualification of Maximum Security in the145th running of the Kentucky Derby grabbed headlines over the weekend. With 150,000 people in Churchill Downs on a rain soaked day, Maximum Security appeared to cross the finish line of the 1 1/4 mile race, called the ‘fastest two minutes in sports”. A foul was called by a two jockeys who claimed Maximum Security veered in their lanes and the Stewards at the track, declared the 65-1 odds Country Horse the winner. This is a big deal as it’s the first time in the history of the Derby, the winning horse was disqualified for an in-race foul.  The co-owner of Maximum Security said, “I think this is the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing”. 

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Thanks to Kawhi Leonard’s 39 points, the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Semifinal with the Philadelphia 76ers to two games a piece. Game 5 is on Tuesday in Toronto. Raptors 101, 76ers 96

The Denver Nuggets came back from losing an historic quadruple-overtime to Portland on Friday night to beat the Trail Blazers 116-112 on Sunday and tie the Wesern Conference Semifinal series 2-2. Game 5 is on Tuesday in Denver.

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76ers Dominate Raptors In Game 3, Ainge Suffers Heart Attack, Russell Caught With Marijuana In Iced Tea Can

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The Philadelphia 76ers dominated the Toronto Raptors to take a game 3 win on Thursday night in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Thanks to a healthy Joel Embiid and his 33 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 assists, the Sixers came out strong and never fell behind for a 116-95 trouncing. Philadelphia leads the series 2-1.

Danny Ainge, the 60-year old Boston Celtics General Manager and President of basketball operations, had a mild heart attack on Tuesday in Milwaukee. The Celtics were in Milwaukee for games 1 and 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup with the Bucks. Game 3 will be in Boston Friday night. Ainge, who is expected to make a full recovery, played with the Celtics and won 3 NBA championships with the team (two as a player and one as the GM/President).

The Brooklyn Nets point guard, D’Angelo Russell, was caught with marijuana in a hidden compartment of a fake Arizona Iced Tea can at LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday night. Russell was given a citation but not arrested.  The NBA collective bargaining agreement states, “a player who violates the league’s marijuana policy enters a ‘marijuana program’ upon the first violation, can be fined $25,000 upon the second violation and can be suspended five games upon a third violation.”

 

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Trailblazers Even Series, Craig Plays Through Broken Nose, Sean Miller’s Trial, Ball Brand’s Summer Camp, Kluber’s Broken Arm

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The Portland Trailblazers evened their Western Conference Semifinal on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets thanks to C.J. McCollum’s aggressive play. The highlight of the night was watching the Nuggets’ Torry Craig, who accidentally broke his nose (technically a nasal contusion), in the first half. He came back wearing a plastic mask and contributed to his team’s attempt at a comeback. Portland 97, Denver 90

Arizona coach Sean Miller has been accused of paying center Deandre Ayton $10,000 per month during the school year. Federal prosecutors played a recording of a phone call where the Wildcats’ assistant coach was speaking with an agent about how to recruit Ayton. The transcript of the phone conversation appears very damaging to Miller and those involved in this case.

Big Baller Brand is back in the news. LaMelo Ball unveiled an ad on his Instagram page announcing summer camps in Qatar, Australia, Belgium, and Switzerland for $450 for two days to have “an opportunity to build on fundamental basketball skills with the Ball Family.”

These camps are set to take place in Qatar, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. And even after everything that has unfolded with the company, Big Baller Brand still hopes that people will pay $450 (or 400 euros) for two days of basketball instruction from unspecified members of the Ball family.

This was the ad that LaMelo Ball shared on his Instagram page Wednesday.

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Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber, the former two-time American League Cy Young Award winner, suffered a fracture in his arm after getting hit by a ball from his pitch to Miami Marlins Brian Anderson. According to reports, the ball hit Kluber at 102 mph. No word yet on how long Kluber will be out. Unfortunately for the team, their other starter, Mike Clevinger, is out of c0mmission until mid-July with a back injury.

 

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Harden & Curry Minor Injuries As Warriors Take Game 2, Bucks Even Series, End Of ESPN The Magazine

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Houston’s James Harden and Golden State’s Stephen Curry both suffered minor injuries in game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals where the Warriors jumped to a 2-0 lead. Harden left in the first quarter after getting hit in both of his eyes, resulting in a laceration in his left eye. Harden returned in the second quarter and contributed 29 points, but it wasn’t enough for the win. Curry also left the game for a few minutes after he dislocated his finger in the first quarter. Warriors 115, Rockets 109

Kyrie Irving had a rough night with the Boston Celtics as the Milwaukee Bucks took game 2 to even the East Conference Semifinals. Kyrie only had 9 points, which marks his second playoff game with fewer than 10 points. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo helped his team with a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bucks 123, Celtics 102

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ESPN announced the end of the print edition of ESPN The Magazine. In the official statement describing the change, ESPN said, “Consumer habits are evolving rapidly, and this requires ESPN to evolve as well. The only change here is that we are moving away from printing it on paper and sending it in the mail.” ESPN The Magazine had a 21-year run, but Sports Business Journal announced the Magazine has recently been losing money for the company.

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76ers Even Series, “My Name Is Literally Jimmy”, Jokic Helps Nuggets Win Game 1

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The Philadelphia 76ers played strong to even the series with the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. 76ers Center, Joel Embiid, only scored 12 points, as he was suffering from a stomach issue and had to have intravenous fluids administered after the game, but Greg Monroe, James Ennis III, and Jimmy Butler delivered for a 94-89 win. After the game, Sixers Coach Brett Brown gave credit to Butler who had 30 points and 11 rebounds. Only thing is he got Butler’s name wrong. He said, “This was James Butler. That was the adult in the gym. … He was a stud.” At the news conference later, Butler responded by saying, “My name isn’t James. It literally is Jimmy.”  Game 3 is on Thursday back in Philly.

The Denver Nuggets had only 48 hours to rest up and take on the Portland Trailblazers in round 2 of the West Semifinals, but thanks to Nikola Jokic’s 37 points, the Nuggets owned the night and took game 1 with a 121-113 win. Game 2 is Wednesday in Denver.

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Raptors, Celtics, Warriors Win Game 1, Nuggets Advance To Semifinal, Dolphins Acquire Josh Rosen

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In game 1 of the East Semifinal on Saturday night, Kawhi Leonard posted a career playoff-high of 45 points to propel the Toronto Raptors over the Philadelphia 76ers 108-95.

In the other East Semifinal, the Boston Celtics came away with the win over the Milwaukee Bucks by shutting down their star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Celtics 112, Bucks 90

The Denver Nuggets fought hard to advance to the West Semifinal round by beating the San Antonio Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 on Saturday. They will now face a well-rested Portland Trailblazer team Monday night.

The Golden State Warriors took the first game of their much-anticipated West Semifinals matchup with the Houston Rockets. The game ended with a bit of controversy, however, as the Rockets complained of biased officiating, particularly in the last few seconds of the matchup. With nine seconds left, the Rockets’ James Harden attempted a 3-pointer to tie the game. The Warriors’ Draymond Green collided with him (appearing to cause a foul), but no foul was called, and after an outburst from the Rockets Chris Paul, the game ended with the Warriors winning 104-100.

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In the second round of the NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins acquired quarterback Josh Rosen in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals. Rosen was taken in the first round of the 2018 but had a rough outing in Arizona last year. When the Cardinals selected QB Kyler Murray with the first pick in this year’s draft, it wasn’t a surprise that the organization traded Rosen away.

 

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Clippers Avoid Elimination In Win Over Warriors, Rockets Advance To 2nd Round, NFL Draft

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The LA Clippers avoided elimination in a hard fought win over the Golden State Warriors on their home court Wednesday night. The series is now 3-2 with game 6 on Friday back in Los Angeles. Clippers 129, Warriors 121

James Harden’s 26 points helped the Houston Rockets put away the Utah Jazz to win their first round of the playoffs 4-1. Rockets 100, Jazz 93

The Rockets will face the winner of the Clippers/Warriors series in the second round of the playoffs.

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After months of speculation, the NFL draft is finally here. Tonight, we’ll find out where the top ranked college players will start their NFL careers. All eyes will be on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray who is expected to be the #1 pick by the Arizona Cardinals. For more predictions, click here. The live draft will begin at 7:00 pm EST.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lillard’s 37-Ft Buzzer Beater, Trailblazers, 76ers, Raptors Heading To Second Round, Nuggets Pull Ahead

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Three more teams are heading to round 2 of the playoffs. Thanks to an inspired 50 points from Damian Lillard, the Portland Trailblazers put away the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lillard’s 37-foot three-point buzzer beater to seal the game is worth watching. Click here.

The Philadelphia 76ers made their game 5 look easy. The Sixers came out strong from the beginning and never looked back, trouncing the Brooklyn Nets 120-100.

The Toronto Raptors are also heading to round 2 after beating the Orlando Magic 115-96. The Raptors and Sixers, who will play each other in the second round of the playoffs, have something in common. They both lost their first game of the series before rebounding strong and winning their next four.

The Denver Nuggets pulled ahead of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night with a decisive 108-90 win. They could head to round two if they win Thursday night in San Antonio.

 

 

 

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