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LeBron Makes History (Again) With Game 4 Win, Capitals Force Game 7, AZ & NO Superbowls, Rippon Wins DWTS

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Cleveland needed a big game 4 to try and even the Eastern Conference finals with Boston, and thanks to a huge game from LeBron who put up 44 points, the Cavs defeated the Celtics 111-102.  This was LeBron’s sixth 40-plus point game in the postseason, and he passed Kareem Abdul Jabbar for most made field goals in the postseason!!! Game 5 will be back in Boston on Wednesday 8:30 pm. ET

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The Washington Capitals force a game 7 vs the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals. This will be an uphill battle for Washington as they’ve only gone 4-11 all-time in game 7’s. Game 7 Wednesday 8:00 pm. ET.

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According to reports, the NFL will announce Glendale, Arizona and New Orleans as the next hosts of Superbowls 2023 and 2024.

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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon won the all-athlete version of Dancing with the Stars. Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman came in second with controversial and recently redeemed skater Tonya Harding rounding out third.

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Justify Favorite In Preakness Stakes Saturday, Foster’s Ex Girlfriend “Lied A Lot”

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Justify, the Kentucky Derby winner, will compete in the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Justify drew the #7 post position in a field of 8 horses (as compared to the Derby where there were 20 horses). Justify is the clear fan favorite with Good Magic, the runner up in the Derby, coming in at 3-1 odds. Justify is trained by Bob Buffert who has won the Triple Crown with 4 of his horses including the most recent Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah in 2015.  Expected post time is 6:20 pm on Saturday.

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San Francisco 49er’s linebacker Reuben Foster has been in the news quite a bit lately for alleged domestic abuse charges brought about by his ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis. Ennis has now come clean and admitted she “lied a lot” and none of the charges are true. She said she was upset with Foster for breaking up with her and wanted to ruin his career. She even admitted to lying about another domestic abuse charge against a former boyfriend back in 2011.

 

 

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Celtics Win Series, Rozier And Bledsoe’s Rosé, Colt’s 1st Rounder Wins Primary, Manning Mulling Ownership

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In another crazy close game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics pulled off the win to finish the series (4-1) and will now take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 1 on Sunday in Boston. Celtics 114, Sixers 112.

After the game, the Cavs’ guard Terry Rozier (who’s having a great series) finally met former New England Patriots’ quarterback Drew Bledsoe. The two athletes had an ongoing discourse during the playoffs thanks to Rozier accidentally calling Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe “Drew Bledsoe”. Eric Bledsoe then pretended he didn’t know Rozier. Rozier responded by wearing a Drew Bledsoe jersey to a game. Fast forward to last night, and Rozier and Drew finally met. In a post-game interview, Drew Bledsoe mentioned he was a big fan of Rozier and jokingly said they’d be developing a wine together (Bledsoe owns a winery in Washington). He said,  “Well he’s going to be developing a wine inspired by Rozier. A “Terry Rosé” and ” it would have a great finish.”

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Former Indianapolis Colts first round pick, Anthony Gonzalez, won the Republican primary for the 16th district in Ohio. He was endorsed by Peyton Manning and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. The former wide receiver, who had his career cut short due to knee injuries, will face off against Susan Moran Palmer in November.

Speaking of Peyton Manning, the future Hall of Famer, has been asked to join an ownership group, led by Ben Navarro, bidding on the Carolina Panthers.  Manning has had many job offers since retiring (including running for office) but has turned them all down.

 

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Jazz Even Series, Redick Canceled GMAT, Wade Surprised Shaw On Ellen, Redskin Cheerleaders, Witten Retiring

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The Utah Jazz evened up the series against the Houston Rockets by taking game 2.  The series is now tied 1-1. Jazz 116, Rockets 108.

Back in December, Philadelphia 76ers guard (and Duke alum) JJ Redick made plans to take the GMAT in April, figuring his team wasn’t likely to make the playoffs. Fast forward to the end of the season, and Redick clearly had other priorities forcing him to cancel the test. He said, “We were really bad in December up until Christmas, I think we lost 10 of 12 games during one stretch. And I signed up to take the GMAT on April 21, which was the first Saturday after the regular season ended. Obviously I had to cancel that because I was in Miami for Game 4.” Redick even scored a team-high 24 points in a win over the Heat.

Speaking of the Heat, future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade surprised Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw on the Ellen show. Ellen asked Shaw who his hero was, and when he said Dwyane Wade, Wade walked on stage to greet Shaw. Wade told Shaw he was his hero and handed him a $20,000 check to continue his work on behalf of the victims of the shooting.

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The NFL has faced criticism for how they treat cheerleaders. The complaints range from sexual harassment, gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and low pay for long hours. The New York Times recently reported on a Washington Redskins trip to Costa Rica where big donors watched the cheerleaders nude photo shoot and then mandated some of the women accompany the donors (all men) to a nightclub. According to one of the cheerleaders, “It’s just not right to send cheerleaders out with strange men when some of the girls clearly don’t want to go. But unfortunately, I feel like it won’t change until something terrible happens, like a girl is assaulted in some way, or raped. I think teams will start paying attention to this only when it’s too late.”

In other football news, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten announced he will retire from the Cowboys and will become an ESPN analyst on Monday Night Football.

 

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Tatum & Rozier Career Highs In Celtics Win, Brady’s Controversial Comment, All-Athlete Cast Of DWTS

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The Boston Celtics took game 1 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night. The Celtics first-year forward, Jayson Tatum had a career-high 28 points and Terry Rozier added to the mix with his own career playoff high of 29 points. Rozier walked into the arena with a Drew Bledsoe jersey (saying he’s got love for his man Drew even though they haven’t spoken). It’s also the continuation of a moment he had in the prior series against Milwaukee Bucks Erik Bledsoe (whom he accidentally called Drew).

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Many people were trying to analyze New England QB Tom Brady’s comments on Monday at the Milken Institute when asked if he was appreciated by the Patriots. Brady replied, “I plead the fifth”. Tom Brady smiled then reaffirmed his commitment to the Team. Who knows if this was really a jab or just Brady’s way of having some fun.

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The all athlete cast of the new season of Dancing with the Stars is underway. The show will only air for 4 weeks, but they have an intriguing array of athletic talent including the Hall of Famer and all-time NBA leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the figure skater everyone used to hate, Tonya Harding.

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Browns Select Mayfield, Giants Grab Barkley, Allen To Bills, Greek Freak Saves Bucks, Curry Questionable

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After months of speculation, we can now rest easy knowing the first round picks in the NFL draft.  The Cleveland Browns shocked many when they selected Heisman trophy winning quarterback from Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield. The New York Giants grabbed running back Saquon Barkley with pick #2.  The New York Jets moved up three spots to take USC quarterback Sam Darnold. The Browns were up with the #4 pick and added Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. Rounding out the top 5, the Denver Broncos contributed to their defense by selecting defensive end, Bradley Chubb. For a full analysis of the first round picks, click here.

After QB Josh Allen spent the day before the draft apologizing for offensive tweets he made when he was in high school, his high draft prospects looked questionable. The Buffalo Bills, however, traded up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to grab Allen with the #7th spot.

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With 31 points and 14 rebounds from the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics and forced a game seven. After Antetokounmpo couldn’t get a table at BelAir Cantina earlier this week, the restaurant chain is offering free tacos today at any of their Wisconsin locations.

Steph Curry participated in his first full practice after sitting out from an ACL injury. If all goes well in practice, coach Steve Kerr said Curry could be back for game one of the Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night.

 

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LeBron’s Buzzer Beater, Westbrook Rallies, Josh Allen’s Racist Tweets

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There’s a reason LeBron is called the King! With the Cavs/Pacers game 5 tied a 95-95 Wednesday night, LeBron showed why he’ll go down as one of the greatest players of all time. With three seconds left, he blocked Victor Oladipo’s layup (some say it was goaltending), called time-out then grabbed the ball and shot a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game. After the game, LeBron said, “As a kid, you always have those 3, 2, 1 moments. When you’re a kid and being able to have one of those moments, that’s what it kind of felt like. It felt like I was a kid all over again, just playing basketball at my house. With makeshift hoops and my socks as a basketball and making the noise. So, that’s what it felt like.” If you didn’t see the play, watch the highlight here.

In another exciting game 5, Russell Westbrook rallied in the 3rd quarter, scoring 20 of his 45 points and eliminating the Utah Jazz’s 25 point lead. It didn’t hurt that likely defensive player of the year the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (the “Stifle Tower”) was benched for his 4th foul, allowing Westbrook and Paul George to do their thing.

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The NFL draft is tonight, and all eyes are on which players get picked in the first round. Particularly of interest, after months of speculation is which player goes #1.  The Cleveland Browns have the #1 pick, and former Wisconsin quarterback Josh Allen was considered a front-runner until racially offensive tweets surfaced from his days in high school. Allen has apologized for the tweets (many of which contain the “n” word) saying he was young and dumb. It will be interesting to see if this has any effect on Allen’s draft status.

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Romney Taunts Westbrook, Rockets Record 50 Points, News Anchor Steals From Warriors, 49ers May Let Foster Go

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The best part of Monday night’s Utah Jazz 113-96 rout of Oklahoma City Thunder was seeing former Presidential candidate and current Senatorial candidate Mitt Romney taunting Russell Westbrook for his four first half fouls. The Thunder is now down 1-3 in the series.

James Harden and Chris Paul combined to help the Houston Rockets score a franchise playoff record 50 points in the 3rd quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves to propel the Rockets to a 119-100 win. Houston is now up 3-1 in the series.  The only other team to score more points in a quarter was in 1962 when the Los Angeles Lakers scored 51 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.

A news anchor who covers the Golden State Warriors, Mike Shumann, has been suspended for stealing a jacket from the director of Warriors’ security. The incident occured at the AT&T center and was caught on video. Shumann, was a former receiver for the San Francisco 49ers.

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With the NFL draft later this week, the 49ers may be looking to fill a spot at linebacker if Reuben Foster is found guilty of domestic abuse. Foster has been charged with three felonies from an incident in February where he’s accused of rupturing the eardrum of his girlfriend. 49ers general manager, John Lynch, said, “We want to be abundantly clear that if Reuben did in fact hit this young lady, he will not be part of the team.” The NFL has been under intense scrutiny over the last few years for how they’ve dealt with domestic abuse so stay tuned for what happens in this case.

 

 

 

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Kaepernick Refuses To Comment On Kneeling, 49ers’ Foster Charged With Domestic Violence

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Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick has been a free agent for more than a year, and now that the Seattle Seahawks recently postponed his workout with the team, it appears he’ll continue to be unemployed. Before working out with the team, the Seahawks asked Kaepernick if he’d continue to kneel during the National Anthem. Kaep responded he couldn’t guaranteed what he would or wouldn’t do. The Seahawks then cancelled his workout. Kaepernick is 30 years old and hasn’t been on the field since 2016. Last year, he filed a grievance with the NFL claiming he’s being discriminated against because of his stand on police brutality and racism.

Reuben Foster, the 49ers linebacker, was charged with three felonies for domestic violence. The incident occurred in their Los Gatos home, and if found guilty, he could face up to 11 years in prison. The NFL will also be conducting its own investigation. The 49ers were warned about Foster’s character before grabbing him in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.

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MSU Lawsuit In Rape Allegations, Andrew Luck No “Duke”, Mariota Makes The Day

 

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A female student at Michigan State is suing the University for how it responded to rape allegations against 3 basketball players from an incident in April of 2015. If the allegations are true, the recount of the incident and how the University Counseling Center responded is horrifying. The lawsuit states “MSU has fostered a culture in which female victims are discouraged from reporting sexual assaults when those assaults are perpetrated by male athletes, thus protecting the university, the male athletics programs, and the male athletes at the expense of the female victims.” The University currently has no comment on the case.

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Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck, who has missed 26 games over the last 3 seasons, admits he hasn’t picked up “The Duke” (the official NFL game ball) and thrown a regulation-size ball yet. He told the media his timetable for his return is unknown, but he’s confident he’ll be back and better than ever.

In some feel-good news, Tennesse Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota made the day of every kid attending the Special Olympics event at the Stadium. Mariota did not leave until every kid caught a pass. One child struggled a bit to make the catch, but Mariota patiently stayed until he was successful. After the event, Mariota said, “I just like seeing their faces light up.”

 

 

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