Raptors Take Game 3, Curry 47 Points, Warriors Investor Ejected

 

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The Toronto Raptors easily beat the Warriors on Wednesday night to take Game 3. Even with Steph Curry’s playoff best 47 points, Golden State had a difficult time rallying without their stars, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kevin Looney on the court. Toronto now leads the series 2-1 with game 4 on Friday. Durant has been ruled out for Friday’s matchup, but Thompson is expected to be healthy enough to play. Raptors 123, Warriors 109

Golden State Warriors minority investor Mark Stevens caused a scene on Wednesday night in the 4th quarter of the game when he shoved Raptors Kyle Lowry after the guard fell into a row of seats. After the incident, Stevens was ejected from arena and the NBA subsequently announced, he will not be permitted to attend NBA games. The statement read,   “A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard, and the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league. As the review of this matter continues, Mr. Stevens will not be permitted to attend NBA games.”

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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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Jeopardy Phenom Finally Loses, Kawhi’s Lawsuit Against Nike

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Jeopardy phenom James Holzhauer’s run is finally over. On Monday night, Holzhauer answered his Final Jeopardy question correctly but didn’t wage enough money and lost to Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher. Holzhauer explained his strategy, “I knew I could only win if Emma missed Final Jeopardy, as there was no way she wouldn’t bet to cover my all-in bet. So my only concern was getting overtaken by third place, and I bet just enough to make sure of locking him out. Betting big would have looked good for the cameras, but now I turn my straight bet (Emma misses) into a parlay (Emma misses and I get it right).”

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard recently filed a lawsuit against Nike. He is claiming the company committed fraud by using a logo Leonard designed (called “Klaw”), falsely taking credit for the design, and applying for copyright registration. Leonard’s endorsement deal with Nike expired at the end of September 2018. He is now currently working with New Balance. Kawhi is currently in California preparing for Wednesday’s game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

 

 

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Warriors Go On Spree And Take Game 2, Dwayne Wade Surprises HS Graduates

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The Golden State Warriors defeated the Toronto Raptors in game 2 of the NBA Finals thanks do a scoring spree in the second quarter and a dominant second half.  The Warriors looked stale in the first quarter, but came alive in the middle of the second and went on a 37-12 run. The game remained close until the final seconds when the Warriors Andre Iguodala shot a three-pointer to secure the win. With the series tied at one game apiece, the Warriors head home for the next two games of the series. Game 3 is Wednesday night at 9:00 pm ET. Golden State 109, Toronto 104

Former Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade showed up as a surprise speaker at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduation. Wade has taken a special interest in the Parkland, Florida school since the mass shooting there last March which killed 14 students and three staff members.  Wade closed his graduation remarks by having the students join him in a cheer he used to recite while playing for the Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals, “to the last man, to the last minute, to the last second, we fight, we fight, we fight!”

 

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Raptors Take Game 1, Drake Doesn’t Disappoint, Scripps Spelling Bee Crowns 8 Co-Champs

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The Toronto Raptors took game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors thanks to 32 points from 24-year old Raptors’ forward Pascal Siakam. Siakam had an interesting journey to the NBA. Before stumbling in to a summer basketball camp in his native Cameroon, Siakam was on a path to priesthood.  Game 2 will be on Sunday night in Toronto at 8:00 pm. Raptors 118, Warriors 109

Raptors super-fan Drake continued his court-side antics. At one point Drake took a piece of lint from Steph Curry’s hair (and attempted to sell it on ebay). Drake also had a visible exchange with Draymond Green at the end of the game. In his post-game interview, Draymond said, “We talked. We barked a little bit.”

In other basketball news, Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni ended extension talks with the team. D’Antoni has one more season on his contract, and at 68 years old believes he can coach for at least 3 more years.

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned 8 co-champions for the first time in its 94-year history.  After 20 rounds and 557 other contestants, the 8 winners were called “the most phenomenal assemblage of spellers in the history of this storied competition.”

 

 

 

 

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NBA Finals Tonight, Drake’s Conduct On Court, Almora Distraught Over Foul Ball Hitting Child

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The NBA Finals begins tonight at 9:00 pm where the Toronto Raptors will try and unseat the champions for the past two years, the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, with or without Kevin Durant, will be tough to beat even though the Raptors have home court advantage and….Drake!  Yes, the rapper Drake has been attracting attention at Raptors games this season. Drake is listed as the Global Ambassador for the team but has frustrated opposing teams with his antics on the court, from mocking, yelling and even giving the Raptors coach a shoulder massage. The Warriors’ Steph Curry laughed when asked about Drake, saying, “It’s been entertaining. I know it’s a tricky situation with him being right there on the court, but at the end of the day, he’s having fun, having — you can’t hate on nobody having fun. Well, I guess in this life everybody hates on people having fun. So it’s par for the course on that one.” Earlier this season, NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a memo reminding the league’s franchises to enforce fan-conduct policies.

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During the Chicago Cubs 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, Cubs outfielder Albert Almora was distraught after the foul ball he hit struck a young girl in the stands.  Almora, the father of two children, was on the verge of tears when he said, “Right now I’m just praying and I’m speechless. I’m at loss of words. Being a father, two boys … but God willing I’ll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now and that’s all I really can control.” Many fans have been hit by foul balls over the years, so in 2018 Major League Baseball required all 30 teams to expand their protective netting around home plate. Unfortunately, however, the protective netting doesn’t cover the entirety of the lower bowl in all stadiums.

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Damon Sheehy-Giuseppi Is Real Life Willie Mays Hayes, Top NFL Players

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Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi took a circuitous route to earn a spot on the Cleveland Browns’ roster this season. After not receiving a scholarship to college, he showed up uninvited for an NFL workout in Miami, where he pretended to know the Vice President of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns. Sheehy-Guiseppi’s speed impressed the group, and he was invited for an official workout for the team a week later (where he spent nights in 24-hour fitness facilities and sleeping outside). He again impressed the personnel and earned a spot on the roster. His story reads like a scene from the movie “Major League” where Willie Mays Hayes shows up uninvited at the fictional Indians spring training and runs a blistering 40 in his pajamas to earn a spot on the team.

CBS Sports puts out the top NFL players under 25 list every year and to no ones’ surprise, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes claimed the #1 spot. Rounding out the top five is LA Chargers Joey Bosa at #2, Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett at #3, the Texans Deshaun Watson at #4, and the Browns Baker Mayfield at #5. For the full list, click here.

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Legendary Bart Starr, Raptors Defeat Bucks And Face KD-Less Warriors, Infamous Bill Buckner

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The legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback and coach, Bart Starr, passed away over the weekend at the age of 85. Starr led the Packers to three straight championships (the only quarterback in NFL history to do so) and earned MVP honors at the first two Super Bowls. He also received the NFL’s most valuable player award in 1966. After retiring as a quarterback in 1971, he became Green Bay’s head coach a year later and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night and will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Raptors host game 1 of the best of seven series on Thursday night. Golden State’s Kevin Durant is not scheduled to play in game 1, and Center DeMarcus Cousins has been listed as questionable.

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The infamous Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner died at the age of 69 after battling Lewy Body Dementia. Buckner played for five different Major League Baseball teams over the course of 22 years, although he is most remembered for messing up a play (as a member of the Boston Red Sox) in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets. His error allowed the winning run to score. The Mets then went on to win Game 7, and Buckner had to endure years of death threats and public humiliation. Eighteen years later when the Red Sox finally won the World Series, fans stopped harassing him. And, when the Red Sox won again in 2007, Buckner even threw out the first pitch the next season and received a four-minute standing ovation.

 

 

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Kawhi Puts On Show In Raptors Game 5 Win, All-NBA Teams Announced

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Kawhi Leonard put on a show Thursday night in game five of the Eastern Conference final. He scored a game-high 35 points and a career-high nine assists to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 105-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Raptors now lead the series 3-2 with game 6 on May 25th.

The All-NBA team selections were announced on Thursday. Players care about making one of the three All-NBA teams as they can be eligible for what’s called a “supermax” which helps determine how much they’ll make on their contracts. Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Paul George, and Nikola Jokic made the First Team. Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Joel Embiid comprise the Second Team, while LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, Blake Griffin, and Rudy Gobert round out the Third Team. Unfortunately for Klay Thompson, he wasn’t selected to an all-NBA team, so he’s not eligible for a five-year $221 million supermax contract in free agency.

 

 

 

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NFL TV Changes, Rajai’s Amazing Day With Mets, Michigan Hires Juwan Howard

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The NFL made a few changes to their TV schedule heading into the new season. The most significant for anyone living in two-team markets like New York, LA, Bay Area, and Washington/Baltimore, is the modification to what’s called the single-header. The single-header rule previously only allowed these two-team markets to watch their home teams on a Sunday afternoon. With the new rule, there will three Sunday afternoon games (in addition to a Sunday evening game)  in every market.

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In a scene that could be right out of a movie, 38-year-old Rajai Davis was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday around 5:00 pm to join the NY Mets in the 3rd inning of their game against the Washington Nationals. Davis thought his manager was joking when he got the call, but then realized it was happening and jumped in an Uber which took him 2 hours to get to the stadium. Davis proceeded to hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat to help propel the Mets to a 6-1 win. Davis thanked his Uber driver after the game and said, “Me and Jason, we got to know each other.” According to Mets manager Mickey Callaway, “I think I saw him in the fifth or the sixth for the first time. He got here about the third. He Ubered over, got ready, came out, hit a homer, came inside, didn’t know where the clubhouse was, how to get back in, had to ask some people, ‘Which way do I go to get back in the clubhouse?’ And just slapped high-fives going into the line. Yeah, whirlwind day for Raj; great at-bat.”

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The University of Michigan hired former star Juwan Howard as their new head coach. Howard was part of the 1991 legendary Michigan Fab Five which included Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. After helping the Wolverines to two national championships, Howard played for 19 seasons in the NBA. In 2013, he joined the Miami Heat as an assistant coach, where he’s been for the past 6 years. Howard replaces John Beilein, who was recently hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

 

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