Avalanche Win Stanley Cup, NBA Draft, Trumpet Wins Best Of Show, Arch Manning To UT

HOCKEY

The Colorado Avalanche put on a 3rd quarter defensive show and triumphed with a 2-1 road win over the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightening to take Game 6. The Avalanche now hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001.

BASKETBALL

The NBA draft is in the books with a few surprises. The Orlando Magic took Paolo Banchero (Duke) with the first overall pick, while Jabari Smith (Auburn) who was expected to go #1 landed at #3 with the Houston Rockets.  The Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed Chet Holgrem (Gonzaga) with the second pick leaving Keegan Murray (Iowa) landing in the 4th spot with the Sacramento Kings and Jaden Ivey (Purdue) rounding out the top five and going to the Detroit Pistons.

WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW

A Bloodhound named Trumpet won Best of Show in the prestigious annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Trumpet, who made history as the first Bloodhound to ever win the top prize), triumphed over 3,500 dogs and more than 200 breeds. Westminster is the second oldest continuously running sporting event in the U.S. (the Kentucky Derby is the oldest).

FOOTBALL

The highly sought after top recruit Arch Manning has committed to play quarterback at the University of Texas. Manning is the nephew of Peyton and Eli and the son of their brother Cooper.

 

 

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Auston Matthews Wins Big, Avalanche Up 3-1, Gronk Retires Again, “THE” Ohio State Trademarked

HOCKEY

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Center, Auston Matthews, won his first Most Valuable Player award, the Hart Trophy. Mathews also won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to Hockey’s most outstanding player.

The Colorado Avalanche are one game away from hoisting the Stanley Cup after an exciting 3-2 overtime win over Tampa Bay. The Avalanche are now up 3-1 in the series.

FOOTBALL

Iconic superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski announced he’s retiring (again). He wrote on Instagram, “[I’m] walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field.” Gronk retired the first time in 2019, but then got the call from his buddy Tom Brady (who has won four Super Bowl titles in 11 seasons with Gronk) to come back for the 2020 postseason and the 2021 season as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Brady summed it up best…”Teammate, friend, brother, just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Gronk. Nobody has ever embodied the idea of ‘leaving it all on the field’ like Rob has throughout his entire career. Every single snap, I knew that no matter how many people you put in front of him, he was going to get to his spot. Even more important is the person he was on and off the field. Focused when he had to be, and FUN the rest of the time. Having Gronk in your locker room was every NFL players dream. I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished together, and even more excited for all you have in front of you.

MISC

To the annoyance of everyone who isn’t a Buckeye Fan, THE Ohio State University trademarked the word “THE”.

 

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Fitzpatrick Wins US Open, Koepka Strips PGA From Bio, Avalanche 2-1 Stanley Cup, Cryptocurrency & Sports Marketing

GOLF

Matt Fitzpatrick grabbed his first major PGA Championship and his first professional win in the US by winning the U.S. Open.

In other golf news, Brooks Koepka has stated he’ll be playing in LIV tournaments and has even “stripped ‘PGA Tour’ from his Twitter bio.

HOCKEY

The Colorado Avalanche blew out the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, but on Monday night the Lightning came back and cruised to a 6-2 victory. The series goes to Game 4 on Wednesday night.

MISC

The cryptocurrency company FTX will stop providing jersey patches to professional sports teams. This development could be a sign of things to come for crypto companies’ investment in sports marketing.

 

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Warriors NBA Champions, Blitzer Minority Stake In Cleveland Guardians

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions. The Warriors cruised past the Boston Celtics on Thursday night (103-90) to win their fourth championship in eight years. Steph Curry was the unanimous pick for Finals’ MVP after averaging 31.2 points, 6 rebounds, and five assists in the series.

With just seconds left in the game, Curry collapsed on the floor and wept. In an interview after the game he said, “This one hits different for sure knowing what the last three years meant, what it’s been like. … Injuries, the changing of the guard, rosters, the young guys. … Now, we got four championships. Me, Dray, Klay and Andre.”

BASEBALL

David Blitzer, the global head of tactical operations at Blackstone Group, has taken a minority stake in the Cleveland Guardians. Major League Baseball has approved the sale and has given Blitzer the ability to increase his stake to a controlling interest within the next 10 years.

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Avalanche Win Game 1 Stanley Cup Finals, Warriors Vs Celtics Tonight Game 6, Fitzpatrick Highest Paid Safety In NFL

HOCKEY

In a thrilling Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Colorado Avalanche pulled out a 4-3 win in overtime. Andre Burakovsky scored the winning goal, his first in a Stanley Cup Final.

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors face the Boston Celtics Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. If the Warriors prevail, they will have won their seventh NBA championship in franchise history and their fourth title in 8 years.

FOOTBALL

The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to a new five-year contract with Minkah Fitzpatrick that will pay him $73.6 million with $36 million guaranteed. Fitzpatrick is now the highest paid safety in the NFL.

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Wiggins Helps Warriors Win Game 5

BASKETBALL

Andrew Wiggins was the man of the hour in the Golden State Warriors Game 5 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Wiggins had 26 points and 13 rebounds while teammate Klay Thompson added 21 points. Game 6 is Thursday, and according to the stats, teams that win Game 5 when the Finals are split 2-2 have won the series 73% of the time. Golden State 104, Boston 94.

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Curry’s 43 Pts Leads Warriors To Even Series, Lightening Vs Avalanche In Stanley Cup, PGA Tour Suspends Players, Mo Donegal Wins Belmont

BASKETBALL

Steph Curry put on a show Friday shooting a remarkable 43 points to help the Golden State Warriors cruise past the Boston Celtics 107-97. With the NBA Finals tied at two games a piece, the Celtics now head to San Francisco for game 5.

HOCKEY

The Tampa Bay Lightening finished off the New York Rangers and will head to the Stanley Cup Finals to take on the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche has had 9 days off and is the betting favorite to win, but the Lightening has been looking tough. It should be an exciting series.

GOLF

The PGA Tour suspended players who took part in the inaugural LIV event, which was funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. The winner of each LIV event will get at least $4 million with last pace earning $120,ooo. In comparison, the winner of the most famous event on the PGA tour, the Masters, took home $2.7 million with 39 players (who missed the cut) going home with nothing.

HORSE RACING

The favorite (going off at 5- 2 odds) Mo Donegal, won the Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown.

 

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Celtics 4th Q Surge To Take Game 3, Kupp Extension W/Rams, Angels Losing Streak

BASKETBALL

The Boston Celtics needed a big fourth-quarter surge over the Golden State Warriors to take Game 3. The Celtics are now up 2-1 in the Series with all eyes on Steph Curry who twisted his ankle in a collision with the Celtics’ Al Horford. Boston 116, Golden State 100

FOOTBALL

The Los Angeles Rams gave wide receiver Cooper Kupp an extension worth $110 million over five years.

BASEBALL

The Los Angeles Angels losing streak continues. After a loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, the team has now gone 14-games without a win.

 

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Broncos Sold For Record $4.65 Bill, Skating Min Age 17, Game 3 NBA Finals Tonight

FOOTBALL

The Walton-Penner family has reached a deal with the Denver Broncos to purchase the team for $4.65 billion-the highest price ever paid for a sports franchise.

SKATING

The International Skating Union voted to raise the minimum age for competing from 15-17 years old. The issue came to a head when Russian figure skater Kamala Valieva (who tested positive for a banned substance at the Winter Olympics) caused a debate on how best to protect young athletes. The new rule will go into affect at the 2026 Winter Olympics.

BASKETBALL

Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics is Wednesday night at 9:00 pm ET. The Series is tied 1 game a piece.

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Warriors Even Series, Iga Swiatek & Rafael Nadal Win French Open, Fitzpatrick Retires

BASKETBALL

With a dominant win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors evened the series one game a piece with the Boston Celtics. Steph Curry scored 29 points and Jordan Poole recorded 17  in the 107-88 win. The Series now heads back to Boston for Game 3.

TENNIS

Iga Swiatek beat Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 in the French Open. She has now won 35 consecutive matches.  In the men’s final, Rafael Nadal won his 14th French Open by defeating Casper Ruud. With the win, Nadal has secured his 22nd Grand Slam title, two more than Djokovic and Federer for most men’s singles titles.

FOOTBALL

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is retiring after 17 seasons and nine NFL teams.

 

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