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Heat/Warriors Win Game 1, Curry Graduates Davidson, Women’s Soccer Achieves Equality

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Thanks to Jimmy Butler’s 41 points, the Miami Heat turned around a bad first half to grab a decisive game 1 over the Boston Celtics. Miami 118, Celtics 107

In game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Steph Curry posted 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-87.

Speaking of Curry, the NBA superstar graduated from Davidson College last week. When Curry turned pro in 2009 (after his sophomore season at Davidson), he promised his parents he’d return to graduate. Curry didn’t attend the commencement, but his name was in the program, and now the school can officially retire his jersey (they won’t retire jerseys of players unless they’ve graduated).

The Orlando Magic will get the first pick in the NBA draft, followed by Oklahoma City, Houston, and Sacramento.

SOCCER

After many years of pushing for equal salaries and bonuses, U.S. Women’s soccer has finally achieved its goal, and the new collective bargaining agreements will put the Women’s and Men’s teams on equal footing.

 

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Rich Strike Wins Derby, Boehly Buys Chelsea, Sixers/Mavericks Even Series, Verstappen Wins FI

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In the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby, Rich Strike (who wasn’t even eligible to run until Friday morning) won at 80-1 odds. It was the second-biggest upset in Derby history with a payout of $163.60 on a $2 bet.

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A group of investors led by Todd Boehly edged out the other bidders to buy Chelsea FC for $3.1 billion, setting a new record. Steve Cohen, who bought the Mets in 2020 held the previous record when he spent $2.4 billion.

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A recap of the weekend games:

With Joel Embiid back after sitting out due to injury, the Philadelphia 76ers won games 3 and 4 to even the series with the Miami Heat.

The Dallas Mavericks also evened the series with the Phoenix Suns after winning games 3 and 4. Luka Dončić has now scored 655 points in his first 20 playoff games. The only other players to accomplish this feat is Michael Jordan (718) and Wilt Chamberlain (705).

The Milwaukee Bucks are up 2-1 vs the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors are up 2-1 on the Memphis Grizzlies.

FORMULA 1

In the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) held off Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) for the win.

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Grizzlies, Celtics, Suns, Heat Win Game 2’s, Simmons Microdiscectomy, Herro Sixth Man, $9.3 Mill For Maradona’s Jersey

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Matching his playoff career-high of 47 points, Ja Morant led the Memphis Grizzlies to a Game 2 win over the Golden State Warriors. Morant joins Kobe Bryant and LeBron James as the only players in the NBA who have scored multiple 45-point playoff games at an age younger than 23 years old. The semifinal series is tied at 1-1.

The Boston Celtics also evened their series with the Milwaukee Bucks and are now 1-1.

Thanks to the stellar play of Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the Phoenix Suns blew out the Dallas Mavericks to take a 2-0 lead.

The Philadelphia 76ers are clearly hurting without injured star Joel Embiid (facial fracture and concussion) and are now down 2-0 to the Miami Heat.

In other NBA news, former 76er and current Brooklyn Net, Ben Simmons, will have a microdiscectomy for his back pain.

Miami Guard Tyler Herro was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.

SOCCER

The shirt Diego Maradona (considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the League) wore when he scored the “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup against England sold at auction for $9.284,536 million, making it the highest price ever paid for an item of sports memorabilia.

 

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Curry Scores 30 For Win, Bucks Face Celtics, NFL Draft, Tunsil Sells Gas Mask, Henry/Witherspoon Soccer Owners

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Stephen Curry came off the bench for his first start of the postseason (due to injury) and scored 30 points in a Golden State win over the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors will now advance to the next round and face either the Memphis Grizzlies or the Minnesota Vikings.

The Milwaukee Bucks also moved to the next round with a huge win over the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks (defending champions) will face the Boston Celtics.

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The NFL draft begins Thursday night with 262 players drafted across 7 rounds over 3 days.

Six years ago, Laremy Tunsil fell from a top spot in the NFL draft to the 13th pick (which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but with the sliding draft scale, cost him around $7 million dollars), because a video surfaced showing him wearing a gas mask bong. Tunsil, who has since made over $52 million, is now selling the gas mask as an NFT and will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Last Prisoner Project whose mission is to set free prisoners incarcerated for cannabis.

SOCCER

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up to join Nashville SC’s ownership group. According to Henry, “As a kid growing up in Florida, I imagined being a professional sports owner and the opportunity to do that with a Major League Soccer club is truly a dream come true.”

 

 

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Bruce Arians Retiring, Sudden Death Gone, Dalton Signed, NFL Minority Hire Rules, Laser Pointers, Men Qualify For World Cup

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach Bruce Arians is retiring and will join the front office. Todd Bowles will replace him. Tom Brady reacted on Instagram by stating, “Thank you, BA for all that you have done for me and our team. You are an incredible man and coach, and it was a privilege to play for you. You are a true NFL legend and pioneer for all the work you have done to make the league more diverse and inclusive.”

The NFL is getting rid of sudden-death overtime in the playoffs. The League approved an overtime rule ensuring both teams get at least one overtime possession.

In NFL player news, the New Orleans Saints signed former Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year $6 million deal. Dalton will likely be the backup to Jameis Winston who re-signed for $28 million.

The NFL is now requiring all 32 teams to hire a “female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority” as an offensive assistant for the 2022 season (for a one-year deal paid by the league).

SOCCER

Egypt was eliminated by Senegal from the World Cup after fans shined green laser pointers at one of the best players, Mo Salah, during a penalty kick causing him to miss.

The U.S. men qualified for the National Team at the World Cup in Qatar after failing to do so in 2018,

 

 

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Curry’s Sprain, Kentucky Upset, Hoosier Cheerleaders, Chelsea Franchise For Sale, Davante Traded, Mayfield Wants Out

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Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry sprained a ligament in his foot during the Boston Celtics 110-88 win over the Warriors on Wednesday. No reports on how long he’ll be out.

March Madness is underway, and already we have the first big upset. Number 15 seed Saint Peters upset #2 seed Kentucky. The Wildcats became only the 10th #2 seed in history to ever lose to a #15 seed in the first round.

Indiana lost their matchup against St. Mary’s 82-53, but the Hoosiers cheerleaders made headlines when one of the members of the team jumped up on her teammate’s shoulders and flawlessly recovered a ball stuck behind the backboard.

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Bids are due to purchase the lucrative Chelsea franchise from Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. According to the Wall Street Journal, bids are expected to be in the range of $2.5-3.5 billion. Abramovich won’t be able to make a profit on the sale (proceeds expected to go to charity).

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers lost his favorite target when on Thursday the Green Bay Packers traded Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams to the Los Angeles Raiders for two 2022 draft picks.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield has officially asked Cleveland for a trade, so he can make a fresh start somewhere else. According to reports, the Browns aren’t convinced he needs to go and might not honor his request.

 

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Harden Scores 26 In Home Debut, Abramovich Selling Stake In Chelsea, IPC Banning Russian Athletes

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MLB Delaying Spring Training, Roy Kent Hangs W/Oscar The Grouch, NFL Hires Lynch In Discrimination Lawsuit

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Major League Baseball will delay the start of spring training while it’s continuing to speak with the owners and players union on labor talks. The lockout began in December and opening day is still set for March 31st.

SOCCER

Ted Lasso’s Roy Kent (played by Brett Goldstein) will appear on Sesame Street and hang out with his fellow grump Oscar the Grouch.

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The NFL hired former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to defend the organization in the racial discrimination lawsuit filed by Brian Flores.

 

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Saints Hire Dennis Allen, Texans Hire Lovie, Kamara Under Investigation, Murray Scrubs Social Media, Reynaldo 400 Mill Followers, Team USA Wins 1st Gold

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The last two head coaching positions have been filled. The New Orleans Saints hired their defensive coordinator for the last six years, Dennis Allen. Prior to the Saints, Allen worked as a head coach from 2012-2014 for the Raiders. Finally, the Houston Texans hired Lovie Smith.

In other NFL news, the Saints running back Alvin Kamara is under investigation for beating up a man outside an elevator at the Cromwell Casino in Las Vegas after the Pro Bowl.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray scrubbed his social media of Arizona associations in anticipation of his upcoming negotiations with the team now that he’s in the final year of his rookie contract.

SOCCER

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first person to amass 400 million followers on Instagram

OLYMPICS

Lindsey Jacobellis won gold in the snowboardcross competition, giving Team USA its first gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

 

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Curry Best Shooter Ever, $380 Mill Settlement By Olympic Committee, No Boycott From S.Korea, Nike Signs First-Ever Student Endorsement

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At only 33 years old, Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry is now the best shooter to ever play in the NBA. On Tuesday night against the Knicks, Curry secured his place in history with his 2,974th 3-pointer, leaping over Ray Allen’s previous record. Allen was in attendance at the Garden to cheer on Curry and see his record eclipsed.

GYMNASTICS

USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee agreed to a $380 million settlement for failing to protect athletes from sexual predators such as those abused by Larry Nassar, the gymnast’s former team doctor. The settlement is one of the largest sex abuse settlements in history.

OLYMPICS

Many countries (including the U.S.) have announced diplomatic boycotts of the Beijing Winter Olympics, but South Korea has refused to join the other countries claiming they don’t want to jeopardize “their strategic ties to China.”

SOCCER

Nike signed UCLA women’s soccer star Reilyn Turner to its first-ever endorsement contract. The deal comes after NCAA recently changed the rules to allow student-athletes to profit from their names and likeness.

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