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Harvard Soccer Suspended Lewd Remarks, Cavs 5-0, Durant Dominates

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harvardThe Harvard Crimson reported members of the Harvard soccer team were suspended for the season because they continued to make inappropriate comments (including rating attractiveness) of the Harvard women’s soccer team. The team is now no longer able to compete for the NCAA championship and will forfeit the rest of its games.

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Even though Cleveland lost the World Series they still have LeBron and the Cavs as their reigning champions. It’s still early in the season, but the Cavs are now out to a  5-0 start.

Everyone was anticipating the now Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant’s reunion with his old team the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant played for OKC for 8 years so returning to play against them was emotional. Prior to the game he said, “The 405 (Oklahoma City’s area code) has a special place in my heart,” he said. “Those fans, no matter what they call me or how they feel about me, they know, that if you see me anywhere, that you’ll feel like I was your friend. That’s how you made me feel, and how I made them feel. Those memories are never going to fade. I feel a certain away about that city, that state, that organization. And I look at that as – I’m going to put (those years) on my trophy case. That eight years is going to go in my trophy case. Not in the trash.” Durant didn’t dwell on these sentiments during the game however. With 39 points and 7 three-pointers, he dominated his former team and gave the victory to the Warriors. Warriors 122, Thunder 96.

 

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Fitzpatrick Thinks Less In Jets Win, Cubs Clinch NL Title, Rapinoe Kneels While Representing USA

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Last season NY Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had a tough time against Coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills, but on Thursday night, the Harvard grad stated “Going into the game, I just wanted to think less”. It worked as he threw for 374 yards and one touchdown. It wasn’t just about the passing as Fitzpatrick had a lot of help in the running game with Matt Forte’s three rushing touchdowns (tying a career high).  Jets 37, Bills 31.

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screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-7-41-35-amThe Chicago Cubs left Wrigley Field Thursday night after a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, but waited hopefully for the results of a West Coast game where the SF Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals. With the Giants win, the Cubs clinched their first National League Title since 2008. Fans poured into the streets celebrating their National League Central Division Title. The Cubbies haven’t won a National League Pennant in 71 years and haven’t won the World Series in 108 years so even inching towards those milestones is a big deal for Cubs fans.

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Megan Rapinoe created another level of controversy Thursday night when she refused to stand during the National Anthem while representing Team USA in a friendly match against Thailand. As the midfielder for the US Women’s National Team, Rapinoe deliberated about the issue and ultimately decided not to stand. US Soccer did not agree with her decision and released a statement saying, “As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the national anthem is played.”

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Messi Retires From National Team, Summitt’s Health Declining

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Lionel MessiAfter Argentina’s emotional loss to Chile in the Copa America final, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi announced he’ll retire from the National Team. Messi expressed his disappointment in trying for years to win a national title with Argentina and said he’s finally given up. “I tried my hardest. It’s been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen.”

 

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The legendary University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt’s health has been deteriorating.  Summitt has been suffering from Alzheimers and according to her family, her condition in the last few days has declined. Summitt took Tennessee to 8 National Championships and 22 Final Fours. She also boasted 1, 098 victories which is a record for any coach.

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Sharks Out Skate Penguins Game 5, Euro 2016, NBA Finals Game 4

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The San Jose Sharks out skated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh to force the series back to San Jose for game 6 Sunday night of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins lead the series 3-2. The Sharks goalie, Martin Jones, made a remarkable 44 saves, the most of any finals regulation game. Sharks 4, Penguins 2.

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Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 8.47.45 AMThe Euro 2016 tournament kicks off this weekend. The European Championship takes place every 4 years so it’s a big deal. Plus, France is hosting the tournament and with the terror attacks in Paris last November, security will be tight. They are expecting over 100,000 security officials working the tournament.  Super Victor is the official mascot of the tournament, but unfortunately for event organizers, the name (which was chosen in a poll) is the same name as a sex aid.

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The NBA Finals’ Game 4 is Friday night in Cleveland. 9:00 pm EST. The Golden State Warriors lead the best of seven series 2-1.

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Curry Scores 37 & Warriors Continue To Win, Beckham Named Sexiest Man Alive

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The Golden State Warriors keep on winning and Steph Curry keeps on scoring. The Warriors recorded their 12th straight win with a 115-110 defeat over the Toronto Raptors. Curry recorded an unbelievable 37 points while Klay Thompson and Andrew Bogut added 19 and 13 respectively.  The Warriors need 3 more wins to tie the NBA record of best opening of a team (held by the Washington Capitals in 1948 and the Houston Rockets in 1993).

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David Beckham Former soccer superstar David Beckham has been named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. Beckham played for four different countries in his 20 year career and won 19 titles.

 

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Bills QB Purgatory, Messi’s Headbutt, Jimi Hendrix Art

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Drew BreesIn the NFL, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that the Bills are in “Quarterback Purgatory”.  Currently, the Bills are an average team.  They don’t seem to be good enough to lock up a playoff spot, but they can also reel off 7 or 8 wins a season, which doesn’t secure them a top draft pick where they could select a potential franchise QB.  Plus, as Whaley says, franchise QBs rarely become available free agents.  One of the few franchise QB’s that switched teams successfully was Drew Brees going from the San Diego Chargers to the New Orleans Saints.  The Bills currently have 3 quarterbacks on their roster: Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, and Tyrod Taylor. Neither one has locked up a starting role so all three could see some action this season.  Despite that conundrum, they have a very good receiving corps, anchored by their top draft pick last season, Sammy Watkins.  And with coach Rex Ryan, anything can happen.

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi played a “friendly” match yesterday (which means an exhibition game that doesn’t count), but things got a little heated between Messi and an opponent.  It’s hard to detect exactly what happened, but Messi became enraged and grabbed the throat of his opponent and head-butted him.  Soccer is definitely a sport where tempers flare, but it’s rare to see it happen in such a meaningless match.  Here is a video of the event — you can make your own judgment.

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Jimi HendrixFinally, if you love Rock N’ Roll and you love sports, then you’ll love these drawings.  Apparently, Jimi Hendrix was a big football fan.   And, in 1958, a 15-year old Jimi Hendrix drew football players and uniforms from USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Cal.  These signed childhood drawings (signed James Hendrix) are now going for high prices at art auctions.   Take a look at the drawings:

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NBA Rule Changes, USA Men’s Soccer Lose To Jamaica, Lebron’s Solid Debut In Trainwreck

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In the NBA, a major rule change is in the works.  Most casual fans are not familiar with the divisions in basketball (like they are in the NFL because of the rivalries), but currently in the NBA, a division winner secures a spot in the playoffs.  Unfortunately, not all division winners deserve a spot.  The NBA is now looking into allowing the top 8 teams in each conference into the playoffs, regardless of their division standing.  For example, the Spurs and the Clippers had a first round match-up last year, simply because the Blazers (a mediocre team) got a better seeding.  This rule change should lead to a more competitive playoff experience.

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The US men’s team was looking for glory in the Gold Cup, and were hoping to show the world that they are an improved team since the last World Cup.   Unfortunately, in the semifinals on Wednesday, the USA got caught sleeping and Jamaica pulled a huge upset.  Thankfully, the United States’ superstar goalie Tim Howard (who had taken a sabbatical since the 2014 World Cup) said he is ready to return to the team.  Jamaica 2, USA 1.

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TrainwreckIf you’re looking to see a movie this weekend, critics are all saying that superstar LeBron James is quite funny in the movie Trainwreck.  According to the most revered critics in the nation, Lebron does a solid job even though he had never acted before.

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USA Wins Women’s World Cup With Carli Lloyd’s Historic Hat Trick, Matt Stonie New Hot Dog Eating Champion

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Women's SoccerThe USA beat Japan in the Women’s World Cup in stunning fashion Sunday evening. Carli Lloyd scored three goals (called a hat trick) including one from midway up the field to lead the USA to a commanding 5-2 win. Lloyd earned the Golden Ball (equivalent to MVP) of the tournament. In a classy move, Lloyd took off her captain armband in the last few minutes of the game and gave it to Abby Wambach. Wambach came on the field as a substitute in the 79th minute of the game. Wambach is considered one of the greatest players in Women’s soccer. She is a two time Olympic Gold Medalist, 2012 FIFA Player of the Year and with 183 goals to her name, holds the record (male or female) for the most international goals in history. This is the USA’s third women’s world cup victory.

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In other sporting news, Matt Stonie beat the legendary Joey Chestnut over the weekend in the annual Nathan’s Famous Coney Island hot dog eating contest. Stonie wolfed down 62 hot dogs and buns to claim the title and upset Chestnut’s goal of a 9th straight victory. Both Stonie and Chestnut are from my hometown, San Jose, CA….cool!!!!

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Happy 4th of July – United States And Japan Meet In Finals Of Women’s World Cup Sunday

Happy 4th of July from the Female Fan

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Laura BassettThe United States will face Japan in the finals of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday at 7:00 pm. Japan advanced to the title game in a heart-wrenching semi-final. The game was tied 1-1 with under a minute remaining in stoppage time. The Japanese were driving to the goal when Laura Bassett stuck out her foot to deflect the ball.  In an unlucky twist, she accidentally sent the ball into her own goal and the Japanese won 2-1. Bassett was inconsolable after the game and needed help from her teammates to leave the field. Her coach and other athletes have been sympathetic and expressed their support. Former player, Brandi Chastain tweeted, “you’ve been amazing. UR fight&determination are your true character.I know the pain of an own goal but it won’t define U.”

The US and Japan met in the finals of the World Cup in 2011 when Japan won the title on penalty kicks.

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USA Advances To Finals In Women’s World Cup, LaMarcus Aldridge Leaning Towards LA, Calipari Courted By Kings

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Carli LloydIn the women’s World Cup, USA is an exciting team to watch.  They had a very tough test against Germany in the semifinals but they stayed tough. They got a penalty goal from Carli Lloyd and another goal from Kelley O’Hara to give them the win and send them to the World Cup Final.  The US will now play the winner of Japan v. England.  These women look like they’re on a mission, and appear to be a team of destiny.  USA 2, Germany 0.

 

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NBA free agency gets in full swing, and it’s being reported that Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge is leaning toward signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.  Of course at this point, it’s only rumors, but Aldridge would immediately be a great asset to LA.  The Knicks are courting him too, using the weak eastern conference as a sell to get him to come there and dominate. The Spurs have expressed interest as well.  It’s hard to determine where he will go, but Aldridge is a solid player and would add a lot to any team.

And in Sacramento, the Kings have floated the idea to University of Kentucky’s John Calipari of possibly becoming the next Kings’ coach.  No official offer has been made, and Calipari has publicly stated that he’s staying at Kentucky, but you never know.  It’s hard to imagine Calipari bolting the #1 college program in the nation to coach a small-market team in Sacramento.  Although it’s possible he would be coaching a talented starting line up with DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, and possibly even free agent Rajon Rondo.

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