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Antetokounmpo Lead Bucks To Second Round, Jazz Stave Off Elimination, Wilson Gifts $12K Amazon Stock To Linemen

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Thanks to a career high 41 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to a game four 127-104 win over the Detroit Pistons. Milwaukee will now move on to round two of the playoffs, the first time since 2001 the Bucks have won a first round playoff series. The Bucks will face the Boston Celtics in Round 2.

The Utah Jazz fought hard in game 4 Monday night to  stave off elimination with a 107-91 win over the Houston Rockets. The Jazz can thank Donovan Mitchell for the win, as he scored 19 of his 31 points in the critical fourth quarter. Wednesday night, Houston will host game 5.

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A few weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks made Russell Wilson the highest paid player in the NFL with a $140 million contract extension. To show his gratitude to the guys on the offensive line who protect him every week, Wilson gifted all 13 of them $12,000 in Amazon stock. He wrote, “You sacrifice your physical and mental well-being to protect me, which in turn allows me to provide and care for my family. This does not go unnoticed and it is never forgotten.” He went on to say, “You have invested in my life. this is my investment into yours.”

 

 

 

 

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NFL 100th Season Schedule, Falcons’ ‘Game Of Thrones’ Reveal, Gronk Leaves Mark On Lombardy Trophy, Harden’s Triple-Double

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The NFL published the schedule of games for their 100th season. The season kicks off with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 5th. For a breakdown of winners and losers in the matchups for all 32 teams, click here.

The Atlanta Falcons got creative in how they revealed their 2019 schedule. The team unveiled the schedule in a video set to the iconic ‘Game of Thrones’ opening. Watch the video called “Football is Coming” and notice the not so subtle dig at the Los Angeles Rams playoff win over a blown call against the New Orleans Saints. The video shows a Ram leveling a Saint, and the referee ruling the play incomplete.

Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the Patriots, but left his mark (literally) on the Vince Lombardy trophy when he used the trophy to “bunt” on a warm-up pitch from teammate Julian Edelman. Gronk and the Patriots were honored at the Red Sox home opener for their Championship win, and Gronk, Edelman and Stephon Gilmore were on the mound to throw out the first pitch.  According to Brian Hoyer, “Rob’s parting gift to the organization was leaving his mark on his last Super Bowl trophy.”

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Boston, Milwaukee, and Houston all won their Wednesday night playoff games for a 2-0 game lead over their opponents (Indiana, Detroit, and Utah) respectively.  One of the highlights of the night was watching Houston’s James Harden put on a show for the fans with his triple-double (32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists) in another route of the Utah Jazz.

 

 

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Warriors Fall Apart, Sixers Add 51 Points In 3rd For Win, Zion Declares, Willson Highest Paid Player

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The Golden State Warriors uncharacteristically fell apart in the 4th quarter Monday night, blowing a 31-point in the second half to lose 131-135 to the LA Clippers in game 2 of the playoffs. When the Warriors were up in the 3rd quarter, they had a .01 percent loss probability. As Steph Curry said after the game, “The wheels fell off.” The Warriors and Clippers are now tied 1-1 with game 3 in LA on Thursday.  In other bad news for the Warriors, center DeMarcus Cousins could potentially have a season-ending injury after he tore his left quad during the game Monday night. He’ll have an MRI to determine the severity of the non-contact injury.

In game 2 of the Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets series, the Sixers only led by 1 at the half, but then, thanks to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, added 51 points in the third quarter to tie a playoff record. With the games split at 1-1, the Sixers travel to Brooklyn for Thursday’s game 3. Philadelphia 145, Brooklyn 123

To no one’s surprise, Duke freshman Zion Williamson officially declared for the NBA draft. Williamson will almost assuredly go #1 in the draft in June. The lottery to determine the teams’ drafting order takes place on May 14th.

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The Seattle Seahawk five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Russell Wilson, agreed to a contract extension making him the highest-paid player in the NFL. At 30 years old, Wilson signed a 4-year extension worth $140 million including a $65 million signing bonus.

 

 

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UConn, Notre Dame, Baylor & Oregon In Women’s Final Four, Calipari Signs Lifetime Contract, Murray Dines With Raiders

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The Women’s Final Four is set, and to no one’s surprise, UConn made the semis for the 20th time. In fact, UConn has been in the Final Four for the past 12 years in a row. Making their ninth trip to the semis, Notre Dame will face their rival UConn. UConn and Notre Dame have played each other 50 times with UConn leading 37-12.  Notre Dame, however, holds bragging rights in Final Four wins at 4-3.  The other matchup features Baylor (4th trip to the semis) taking on Oregon who is playing in the Final Four for the first time.

Tune in Friday, April 5th, 7:00 pm Baylor vs Oregon, 9:00 pm UConn vs Notre Dame on ESPN2

In other NCAA news, Kentucky’s longtime coach John Calipari signed a contract extension to stay with the school for the remainder of his career. According to reports, UCLA was interested in speaking with Calipari for its head coaching position, but Kentucky offered a financial extension and a promise to “serve as an ambassador for the university after his retirement”. At $9.2 million, Calipari is listed as the highest-paid coach in the country.

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Top quarterback prospect for the NFL draft, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, had a workout and dinner with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, raising eyebrows on whether they would trade up from their 4th pick to take him.  Their interest in Murray could also be part of a ploy to make sure other talent is available for their pick. Expect some interesting maneuvers in the next few weeks in anticipation of the April 25th NFL draft.

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Michigan State Ousts Duke, Auburn OT Victory Over Kentucky, Texas Tech & Virginia Round Out Final Four, Luck Marries College Sweetheart

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An exciting weekend and some big upsets in the NCAA tournament.  Michigan State beat #1 seed Duke and advanced to its first Final Four appearance since 2015 (their 10th all-time).  Michigan State’s Kenny Goins, a redshirt senior who was a walk-on, shot the three-pointer that sealed the win. According to NBA Legend and Michigan State alum, Magic Johnson, “College basketball won today. You see the team that’s been together for a long time win, and maybe that will help guys to say ‘well, I’m OK to stay, maybe I’ve got to work on my talent and my game.’ Because Michigan State (has) got a team full of those guys, and they did OK today.” Michigan State 68, Duke 67

In other NCAA Final Four news, #5 Auburn overcame #2 Kentucky 77-71 in a thrilling overtime victory, clinching its first final four berth in school history.

Rounding out the semis is Texas Tech and Virginia.

On Saturday, April 6th In Minneapolis, Virginia will face Auburn at 6:09 pm EST and Michigan State vs Texas Tech at 8:49 pm. EST.

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Over the weekend in Prague, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck married his longtime girlfriend Nicole Pechanec. Luck and Pechanec were both elite athletes and classmates at Stanford University. Pechanec was captain of the gymnastics team and represented the Czech national team in the World Games and European Championships.

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Expanded Instant Replay, Mets Sign DeGrom For $137.5 Mill, Avenatti Indicted For Nike Extortion

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After last year’s NFC Championship game where the New Orleans Saints lost to the LA Rams after the Rams cornerback was not called for a pass interference penalty in the final two minutes of the game, the NFL owners voted to allow expanded instant replay allowing offensive and defensive pass interference penalties to be challenged. Coaches can now “challenge any flags or missed penalties until the final two minutes when such instances are subject to booth review only.”

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The New York Mets signed reigning National League Cy Young Award Jacob DeGrom to a contract extension for five years, $137.5 million.  According to Mets COO Jeff Wilpon,  “This is a tremendous day for Jacob, his family, our fans and the entire Mets organization. Mets fans can celebrate knowing their ace will remain in Flushing.” The season begins on Thursday against the Washington Nationals.

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New York attorney Michael Avenatti, most famous for representing porn star Stormy Daniels, was indicted for allegedly trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike. Avenatti claims he has evidence against Nike that will “disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal” and even name-dropped two Phoenix Suns rookies, Deandre Ayton and Bol Bol. According to prosecutors, Avenatti “threatened to release the evidence in an attempt to damage Nike’s reputation and market capitalization unless the company paid them at least $22.5 million.”

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Gronkowski Retires, Duke Barely Survives

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It’s now official. The fun-loving future Hall of Fame Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, announced his retirement. In an Instagram post, Gronk stated, “It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today.” Patriots coach Bill Belichick called Gronk “one of the most complete players at his position” and said, “His production spoke for itself, but his daily attitude, unmistakably positive energy wherever he went and toward whoever he touched will never be forgotten. Rob will leave an indelible mark on the Patriots organization and the game as among the best, most complete players at his position to ever play.”

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In many NCAA brackets, Duke is projected to win the whole tournament (and at the very least make it to the Final Four), but on Sunday night, Duke barely escaped a loss to ninth seeded Central Florida. If it wasn’t for a shot that bounced off the rim but not into the basket, Duke would be out of the tournament. Duke 77, Central Floria 76.

For the rest of the teams making it to the Sweet 16, click here.

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Machado, Harper, Trout’s $1 Billion, Clay Matthews To Rams, 8-Year Old Homeless Chess Champ

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Three baseball superstars have transformed the baseball world with their astounding contracts. In just over a month, these players as a trio have amassed $1 billion dollars in commitments. It all started with Manny Machado who agreed to a 10-year $300 million agreement with the San Diego Padres. Not long after, Bryce Harper signed a 13-year $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Not to be outdone, this week, Mike Trout signed an extension with the Los Angeles Angels creating a 12-year  $426.5 million deal.

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Clay Matthews, the accomplished Green Bay Packers linebacker, agreed to a 2-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams. Matthews grew up in LA and walked on at USC, becoming a standout player. In the 2009 draft, Matthews was selected in the first round (26th pick) by Green Bay where he excelled and made the Pro Bowl six times. Matthews, a self-proclaimed rom-com fan, had a memorable scene with some of his Packer buddies in Pitch Perfect 2. Check it out!

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Tanitoluwa Adewumi (goes by Tani), an 8-year-old Nigerian refugee who lived in a homeless shelter, won the New York State chess championship in his age group. The New York Times reported Tani and his family left Nigeria in 2017 fearing attacks on Christians and moved to New York where he learned to play chess in school. Tani’s coach at PS 116 in Manhattan, Russell Makofsky, said, “It’s unheard of for any kid, let alone one in a homeless shelter.” Tani stated he wants to be the youngest grandmaster. Makofsky created a GoFundMe page for Tani and his family after the tournament, and with the success of the crowdfunding, Tani and his family were able to move into an apartment.

 

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March Madness Brackets Set, Duke Heavy Favorite, Dolphins Sign Ryan Fitzpatrick

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March Madness brackets are set. 68 teams will compete for the NCAA 2019 championship. The Big Ten landed eight spots, the most bids of any region, followed by seven for the  ACC and seven for the SEC. Teams will battle it out over the next three weeks with finals on April 8th in Minneapolis. According to the American Gaming Association, 47 million Americans will bet $8.5 billion during the tournament with 29% of those surveyed favoring Duke. The second most favored team is Gonzaga at 9%. If you’re looking to fill out your brackets, here’s some helpful info on every game.

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36 year old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick agreed to a 2-year deal with the Miami Dolphins just days after the Dolphins traded Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans. Fitzpatrick began his career in 2005 when he was drafted out of Harvard by the St. Louis Rams. He has since been on seven other teams.

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Zion Back With New Shoes, Golden Tate To NY Giants

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Zion Williamson is back and better than ever. After missing six games due to a freak shoe exploding incident, Zion came back to help Duke beat Syracuse 84-72 in the ACC tournament quarterfinals, scoring 29 points on 13-for-13 shooting with 14 rebounds, five steals and a block. Of course, the big question on everyone’s mind was what shoes did Williamson wear in his comeback debut? He laced up in Nike’s Kyrie 4s. According to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Nike has been very focused on figuring out what happened to Zion’s shoe and even sent their top executives to China to come up with a more stable alternative. After the game, Williamson said, “The shoes were incredible this game.”

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The New York Giants signed 30-year old wide receiver Golden Tate to replace superstar Odell Beckham Jr, who was recently traded to the Cleveland Browns. Tate was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles last season and finished the year with mediocre stats.

 

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