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NBA Draft Tonight, Grizzlies Trade Conley, Kraft Receives Israel’s Genesis Prize, Ortiz Not Target

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The much-anticipated NBA draft kicks off at 7:00 pm ET tonight. It is widely agreed the New Orleans Pelicans will choose Duke’s Zion Williamson with the #1 pick, and Murray State’s Ja Morant will go to the Memphis Grizzlies at #2. The New York Knicks are expected to pick Duke’s RJ Barrett at #3.

The Memphis Grizzlies made a big trade this week by sending point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, and Jae Crowder plus the 23rd pick in the draft.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is in Israel to receive the Genesis Prize, called the “Jewish Noble Prize”. Kraft takes past and present pro football players to Israel to celebrate his love and passion for the country. The trips are affectionately known as “Touchdown in Israel”. The Genesis Prize comes with a $1 million dollar award which Kraft said he’ll be donating to organizations fighting anti-semitism.

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David Ortiz, former Red Sox superstar known as Big Papi, is recovering from getting shot in his back while hanging out at an outdoor cafe in the Dominican Republic. According to authorities, Oritz was not the intended target of the attempted murder. The Dominican Republic’s attorney general reported that Victor Hugo Gomez, an associate of the Mexican Gulf Cartel, ordered the murder of his cousin, whom he suspected of turning him into drug investigators in 2011. The gunman mistook Ortiz for the intended target because the lighting in the cafe made it appear that both were wearing white pants.

 

 

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Death Threats To Warriors Owners Wife Over Beyoncé, Thompson Returns, Wentz Signs $128 Mill Extension With Eagles

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Social media went crazy after the Golden State/Toronto Game 3 when Nicole Curran, wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, leaned over Beyoncé to say something to Jay-Z. Beyoncé didn’t look happy with the interaction, and fans took to Curran’s Instagram account and sent her death threats. Curran canceled the account and issued a statement saying,

“Listen, Beehive, I respect Queen B. I love her! I talked to her husband twice tonight. First, to take a drink order for them both when they arrived as they were our guests. Second, to explain why I gave his wife a rose from a fan. All of this has been taken out of context. I am a happily married woman. Telling me to kill myself? Somehow I don’t think she would support this.”

The Warriors Klay Thompson is expected to return to the lineup for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night against the Raptors. Fans hoped Kevin Durant would also return, but coach Steve Kerr said Durant was still recovering from his calf injury suffered on May 8th.

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KD Will Miss And Klay Thompson Questionable For Game 3, Le’Veon Bell At Jets, Serena Williams On Forbes’ List

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Warriors forward Kevin Durant will miss his 8th straight game (calf) heading into Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors may be without Klay Thompson (hamstring) as well. The series is tied at 1-1 with game 3 at 9:00 pm tonight.

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Running back Le’Veon Bell looked excited to be at his first NY Jets practice. Bell missed all of the 2018 Season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers then signed as a free agent with the Jets.  In other Jets news, the team is still searching for a GM since firing Mike Maccagnan in mid-May.

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Serena Williams recorded another place in history by becoming the first athlete to appear on Forbes’ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. With a net worth of $225 million, she ranks 80th on the list. At 37 years old, Williams made $88 million on the court and the rest through minority ownership in UFC and the Miami Dolphins, as well endorsement deals, a clothing line, and an investment company.

 

 

 

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Warriors Heading To NBA Finals, Manning Not Interested In Jets GM Job

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The Golden State Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazer in the Western Conference finals and earned their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The Warriors came back from a 17-point deficit and forced overtime on Monday night to secure a 119-117 victory. Steph Curry was on fire again racking up a triple-double with 37 points, his fifth straight postseason game scoring at least 30 points. The Warriors are the first team since the 1957 Celtics to reach the NBA Finals five years in a row. The Celtics had 10 straight appearances from 1957 to 1966. Head coach Steve Kerr had this to say after the game, “I hope it doesn’t go unnoticed or underrated. It hasn’t been done (since then) for a reason, it is really, really difficult. I can’t say enough about the competitive desire and the group of the players and the culture they have built together. The group have a fiber to them. When guys go down they find a way to come together and compete and win. I just think the experience of winning titles helps you in these moments.” The Warriors will play the winner of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks lead the best of seven series 2-1.

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Rumors are flying around the NY Jets are interested in hiring Peyton Manning to run their football operations. Jets CEO Christopher Johnson announced he wants a “great strategic thinker” for the position. According to reports, even if Manning is at the top of the list, he’s not interested.

 

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Bucks Take Game 1, Jets Fire GM

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Through three quarters, the Toronto Raptors led the Milwaukee Bucks and looked like they would take game one of the Eastern Conference Final. Kyle Lowry scored 30 points for the Raptors, but the team couldn’t hold on, and the Bucks’ Brook Lopez took control in the fourth quarter for a 108-100 win.

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The New York Jets fired General Manager Mike Maccagnan and VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger. The timing of the firing seemed odd. Maccagnan had two years left on his contract, and he had just signed running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley in free agency. Coach Adam Gase will act as interim GM while the team searches for his replacement.

 

 

 

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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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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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Kyler Murray #1 Pick By Cardinals, Bosa, Williams, Ferrell, White Round Out Top 5

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Recap of the first round of the NFL draft:

To no one’s surprise, the Arizona Cardinals chose Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the number one pick. At 5’10”, the Heisman trophy winner, Murray, will be the shortest quarterback in the NFL. Murray also has the distinction of being the only player to be drafted in the first round of both the NFL and Major League Baseball drafts.

The San Francisco 49er took defensive end from Ohio State, Nick Bosa, with the second pick, while the New York Jets grabbed the other highly touted defender, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, with the third pick of the draft.

At #4, the Oakland Raiders surprised everyone by choosing defensive end Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson. Everyone assumed they’d pick Kentucky’s Josh Allen (who went to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the #7 pick).

Rounding out the top 5, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose inside linebacker Devin White from LSU.

The other major surprise in the early part of the first round was the Giants picking Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. By choosing Jones, the Giants are signaling they are looking for a future franchise quarterback to replace 38-year old Eli Manning. Draft analysts, however, seemed skeptical that Jones could live up the role of franchise player.

For the rest of the first round pics, click here.

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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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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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