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Westbrook Surgery, Curry Defends Williams, Red Sox 100 Wins, Allen To Start For Bills

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, the NBA’s MVP from the 2016/17 season, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee this week, forcing him to miss the team’s preseason. No word on whether he’ll be ready for the team’s season opener on October 16th against the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors Steph Curry weighed in and defended Serena Williams on how she handled her loss to Naomi Osaka at the US Open. Curry is friends with Williams and has shot many Chase bank commercials with her. He said, “The way Serena handled the situation, I think she handled it with such grace and class. At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she’s the U.S. Open champion and that’s pretty dope.”

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The Boston Red Sox took only 146 games to reach 100 wins, becoming the fastest team to do so since the Seattle Mariners in 2001. The team has only reached 100 wins four times in their franchise history (with the last one in 1946).

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The Buffalo Bills announced they will replace their rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman with the number seven overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Josh Allen. Allen will start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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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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Knicks Fire Coach, Timberwolves Break Streak, Fultz Youngest Stat, Westbrook Triple-Double Average,Mets Best Start, Thompson Brothers

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The New York Knicks fired coach Jeff Hornacek. The Knicks missed the post-season the last five years, and even though Hornacek had only been Head coach for two years, the team wanted some new blood. Memphis coach David Fizdale and former Cleveland coach David Blatt have been batted about as potential candidates for the job.

With an overtime win over the Denver Nuggets, the Minnesota Timberwolves broke the streak for the longest playoff drought in NBA history. Their last playoff appearance was in 2004.

Rookie Markelle Fultz topped the Philadelphia 76ers night with his first triple-double (and at 19 years old, the youngest player to record that stat), as the Philadelphia 76ers won their 16th straight and clinched the #3 seed in the playoffs.

Speaking of triple-doubles, Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double twice.  He averaged a triple-double last season and miraculously did it again this season.

For the NBA playoff matchups, click here. Games begin Saturday, April 14th.

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The New York Mets won their 8th straight game and improve to 10-1, their best start in franchise history. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Dodgers, they have fallen 4-7 this season, their worst start since 1994.  In their 6-16 drubbing against the Oakland Athletics, Dodgers’ Outfielder Yasiel Puig tried to get his first home-run of the season, but Oakland Athletics center fielder Trayce Thompson, made a perfectly timed catch to keep Puig homerless. What many people might not know is Trayce is the younger brother of the Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson.

 

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Westbrook MVP, Taylor Swifts Congratulatons, McEnroe’s Controversial Comments

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The first ever NBA awards show debuted last night, and the most anticipated award of the evening was for most valuable player. In a landslide vote, Oklahoma City Thunder’s, Russell Westbrook took the prize. This season was memorable for Westbrook, as he was only the second player ever to average a triple-double. Westbrook was emotional during his acceptance speech and graciously thanked everyone around him including his family,  his team, and God. Without you guys, I don’t know where I would be,” Westbrook said. “I can’t be standing here without your support, your sacrifice. Starting with my parents”. A few of the other highlights of the night:

Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)

Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks)

Sixth Man Award: Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)

Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks)

Coach of the Year:  Mike D’Antoni (Houston Rockets)

Check out Taylor Swifts‘ funny congratulations video to Westbrook on his big win.

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John McEnroe has been in hot water the last few days for his comments in an NPR interview about Serena Williams. McEnroe said Serena was the “best female player ever — no question.” He was then asked why he qualified it as just “female” where he replied,  “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.” In a follow up interview,  McEnroe refused to apologize but did mention his comments were unnecessary.  Asked what he’d be ranked if he played right now, he lightheartedly said he’d be ranked 1,200.

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Westbrook Posts 47 But Thunder Fall, Spurs/Jazz Up In Series,

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Russell Westbrook posted 47 points, but it wasn’t enough for his OKC Thunder to stay alive vs the Houston Rockets. Westbrook’s rival James Harden scored 34 points, but unlike Westbrook had help from the rest of the team to propel the Rockets to a 105-99 win. With the win, the Rockets win the series and head to the second round of the Western Conference. Houston will now play the winner of the San Antonio Spurs/Memphis Grizzlies series (Spurs up 3-2 with their win on Tuesday).

The Utah Jazz hit their shots in their 4th quarter giving them a big win over the Los Angeles Clippers and putting them up 3-2 in the series. Utah 96, Los Angeles 92.

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It’s not a done-deal yet, but a group led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter has reached an agreement with the owner of the Miami Marlins to purchase the team. The agreement still needs to get approval from Major League Baseball and 75% of all Major League Teams.

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Gronk Pops In On Press Briefing At White House, Westbrooks Historic But Failed Night, Warriors & Wizards Up 2-0

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 New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski made a cameo at Sean Spicer’s Wednesday press briefing while the Team was visiting the White House. He popped his head in and asked Spicer if he needed any help. Spicer laughed and replied, “I think I got this but thank you. Maybe. All right, thanks man. I’ll see you in a minute.” Then added, “that was cool”.

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It should have been a great night for OKC’s Russell Westbrook. He made history with the highest scoring triple double in playoff history with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets, but the Rockets came on strong in the 4th and Westbrook went cold. The Thunder is now down 0-2 in the series. Rockets 115, Thunder 111.

The Golden State Warriors were without Kevin Durant Wednesday night but still managed to pull out a game 2 win at home against the Portland Trailblazers. Coach Kerr hasn’t decided if KD will play on Saturday when the series heads to Portland for game 3. Warriors 110, Trailblazers 81.

Rounding out the night, the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks to go up 2-0 in the series.

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Westbrook’s Friend Is Spalding Not Harden, Emotional Night For Isaiah, Draymond’s 4th Q, Manning’s Memorabilia

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The first games of the first round of playoffs did not disappoint!

Houston’s James Harden had 37 points in a route of OKC.  Harden looked like he was he was on a mission for MVP of the league as he outscored fellow MVP favorite Russell Westbrook by 15 points. Harden and Westbrook are good friends off the court, but during the playoffs, Westbrook said he won’t communicate with Harden. His philosophy is,“When I’m on the floor, I only have one friend and it’s the basketball. I’ve been like that since I was a little kid. My dad taught me that when I was younger. When you get on the floor, you have one friend — and your friend is Spalding.”  Rockets 118, Thunder 87.

The Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics in an emotional game for Celtic’s point guard Isaiah Thomas.  Thomas’s sister tragically died on Saturday in a car crash, and even though completely distraught Thomas played on Sunday and scored 33 points. Players from around the League poured out their sympathy for Thomas and expressed their awe in how Thomas focused his energy on the court to support his team. The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler said,”He’s a helluva player. It just goes to show the type of player and man he is to go out there and battle through what he was going through for his organization and team.” Bulls 106, Celtics 102.

The Golden State Warriors were neck and neck with the Portland Trailblazers until the 4th quarter when Draymond Green put on a show. Warriors 121, Trailblazers 109.

The Cleveland Cavaliers barely topped the Indiana Pacers with a 109-108 win. The Pacers’ Paul George looked upset at the end as he wanted to shoot the ball on the last play to try and give his team the win.

 

For the rest of the playoff picture, click here.

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New York Giants QB Eli Manning is in hot water for allegedly selling non-game used memorabilia to collectors through dealer Steiner Sports. One email from Manning stated he has “two helmets that can pass as game used.” Manning has a stellar reputation on and off the field, so if this story is true, Manning’s reputation will take a big hit.

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Romo To Replace Simms On CBS, Amazon $50 Mill Livestream Deal, Westbrook’s 41st Triple-Double

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Former Dallas Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo is officially leaving the game and will replace Phil Simms as a color analyst on CBS. Romo commented on the transition to broadcasting saying, “I don’t think it’s going to be easy. I expect it to be difficult, [but] no different than when I came into the NFL to be a quarterback.”

Amazon signed a $50 million dollar deal with the NFL to livestream Thursday night football games this season. Amazon prime members will have exclusive access to these games.

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OKC’s Russell Westbrook scored his 41st triple-double of the season, tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. On Westbrook’s historic night, the OKC Thunder dominated the Milwaukee Bucks posting a 110-79 win.

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Westbrook Triple Double History, Warriors Comeback Win, Venus Defeats #1, NC Bathroom Law

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Russell Westbrook continues to make history. Recording his 38th triple double Wednesday night, he topped James Harden and Wilt Chamberlain with a triple double score that included a whopping 57 points. Westbrook helped his Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic in overtime 114-106.

After suffering losses to the San Antonio Spurs this season, and trailing by 22 points early in the game, the Golden State Warriors came back strong to record an impressive win.  The Splash brothers (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) led the team with 29 and 23 points respectively to close out a 110-98 win.

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At 36 years old, Venus Williams became the oldest women to defeat a #1 ranked player when she beat Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open.

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The NCAA is supposed to decide today whether North Carolina is eligible to host NCAA events in 2018-2022. North Carolina Lawmakers proposed a change Wednesday night to the controversial HB2 “bathroom bill”. The NCAA moved the 2017 All Star Game from Charlotte, NC  to New Orleans due to what they felt was a discriminatory law. It’s not yet clear if the LGBTQ community accepts the compromise, and if the NCAA thinks the new bill goes far enough to warrant re-instating NCAA events.

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Dirk Nowitzki Scores 30,000th, Westbrook’s 58 Points Not Enough, LeBron Jr’s Highlights

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38 year old Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki joined an exclusive group Tuesday night by scoring his 30,000th point in the NBA. Dirk now joins only 5 other players to accomplish this feat: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Karl Malone. Many former and current NBA players took to social media to congratulate Dirk on this historic accomplishment. And, Commissioner Adam Silver wrote, “Throughout his 19 seasons with the Mavericks, Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game. The latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA’s greatest players.”

OKC’s Russell Westbrook went on a tear Tuesday night with a career high 58 points against the Portland Trailblazers, but shockingly it wasn’t enough for the Team to pull out a win. Portland 126, Oklahoma 121.

LeBron James Jr is only 12 years old and getting interest from college basketball powerhouses like Duke and Kentucky. After Jr’s participation in this year’s John Lucas All Star Weekend,  LeBron commented that his son has more skill than he did at that age. He may not be wrong. Here’s his latest highlight reel.

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