I’m going with a different approach for the WWLLW articles now, addressing more topics in more sports in less detail. The debut of the Stanley Cup finalists, Beckham’s record breaking shoe deal and potential curtains for Manu Ginobili the biggest storylines from last week.
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SOMEHOW even though Boston was without Isaiah Thomas, they scraped out a HUGE upset win in Game 3. Lebron James turned in one of his worst playoff performances of his career and didn’t exactly bounce back in Game 4. Although he was bailed out by Kyrie Irving who poured in 42 points.
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THE All-NBA teams were announced headlined by Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Lebron James. Paul George, Chris Paul and Karl-Anthony Towns headlined the guys most unlucky to not crack the list.
2017 continues to be the Golden State Warriors years, as they swept the Spurs in dominant fashion. There was a touching moment where the San Antonio fans farewelled Manu Ginobili after what could be his last NBA game.
ODELL Beckham Jr will continue his partnership shoe deal with Nike in record fashion. The Giants wide receiver’s five year deal is in the neighbourhood of $5mil a year, which would be the richest shoe deal for an NFL player ever. In the final year of his rookie deal Beckham is slated to make to $1.8mil from his contract, meaning Nike is paying him almost three times as much.
A notable presence was absent at the first day of OTA’s for the Los Angeles Rams. Aaron Donald and the organisation are currently workshopping a new massive extension for the superstar defensive end. Until a contract can be resolved he will likely continue to miss OTA’s.
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TRUE story Ryan Fitzpatrick has signed a contract before the likes of Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III. The former Jet QB will join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one year deal worth $3mil. #1 pick Myles Garrett (4 years/$30mil) signed his contract with the Cleveland Browns and SuperBowl champ LeGarrette Blount (1 year/$1.25mil) also joined the Philadelphia Eagles.
CHICAGO Cubs manager Joe Maddon chalked up win #1000 last Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Maddon becomes the 63rd manager in history to reach the milestone and is the eighth active manger with 1000+ wins.
WE have a new best home run in 2017 after Oakland shortstop Chad Pinder mashed a 483 foot bomb against the Red Sox. Noe Ramirez earned the dubious honour of being the pitcher who delivered the pitch that set the season record.
AFTER superstar Freddie Freeman’s broken wrist the Atlanta Braves acted swiftly to find his replacement. They made a trade with the St Louis Cardinals for Matt Adams to fill the void left at first base.
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I refuse to believe that there is a fight between both Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather until a date has been set and both fighters confirm it. We may be closer than ever to seeing that happen though with McGregor apparently signing a record breaking deal and is now just waiting of Mayweather’s signature.
THERE is one win standing between the Ottawa Senators and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL playoff series between the two is set for a Game 7 to decide the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals. They will play the Nashville Predators, who beat the Anaheim Ducks in six games to advance to the first Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history.
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THIS time last week I was ready to hand Rafael Nadal the Roland Garros trophy to save us all two weeks of tournament at the hands of the Spanish master. However, all hope is not lost with Dominic Theim getting revenge against Nadal, eliminating him in straight sets of the Italian Open. With Theim pulling off the upset and then young gun Alexander Zverev beating Novak Djokovis in the final, expect the unexpected at the upcoming French Open.
THE end of the La Liga and Premer league season ended with Real Madrid and Chelsea claiming the title in each respective league. It took until the last day for Real Madrid to secure the trophy over Barcelona while Chelsea has had the award sewn up for a few weeks now.