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THERE was an extended break between Game 5 of the Cavs/Celtics series and the NBA Finals, meaning there was plenty of time for us to overanalyse EVERYTHING. Any thoughts we had (myself included) of a close series have been blown out of the water thanks to Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the Warriors utter dominance in Game 1 & Game 2. If there is even the slightest chance the Cavaliers can make this thing competitive, they need to ball out in Game 3.
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SADLY doctors confirmed that the health issues Chris Bosh has been dealing with for the past few years are likely to end his career. The 11x All-Star hasn’t played since February of 2016 and with the Miami Heat and he agreeing to part ways, it’s likely we have seen the last of Bosh.
- DEREK Fisher was arrested on DUI charges this week after flipping his car while driving along U.S. Route 101 in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.
- BAD news for anyone hoping the Warriors part ways. Before the Finals started Durant addressed the fact that he will opt out of his $27 million player option for next year and potentially take a pay cut to keep their core together. Great.
- THE 76ers announced that Bill Simmons and Joel Embiid won’t take part in Summer League play, instead focusing on their health for next season.
- GOLDEN State head coach Steve Kerr returned to the sidelines of Game 2. Kerr hasn’t been on the sidelines since Game 2 of the Warriors first round series against the Blazers.
TWO seasons with Kansas City was enough for Jeremy Maclin according to the Chiefs front office. The wide receiver posted over 1500 yards in his two seasons as a Chief and is scheduled to meet with the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens this week.
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EVEN though he has strongly been linked to the Seattle Seahawks it seems like Colin Kaepernick won’t be moving there after all. The former Pro Bowler is still without a home, after the Seahawks opted to sign former Steeler and Browns QB Austin Davis. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll stated that he believed Kaepernick was ‘too good’ to be playing a reserve role and they already clearly have a starter in Russell Wilson. The search for a new home continues for Kaepernick.
- THE New York Jets continued to clean house agreeing to part ways with WR Eric Decker and LB David Harris.
- Texan head coach Bill O’Brien has said rookie QB Deshaun Watson is steadily getting better everyday. Could he steal the opening day start?
- JJ Watt disagrees with his ranking in the 2017 Top 100. After playing just three games last year and still earning the 35th best ranking Watt called the voting ‘a joke’.
IT was a big week for milestones in baseball, but none were bigger than Albert Pujol’s 600th career home run. The LA Angels stud raked his milestone mash for a grand slam, becoming the 9th player in MLB history with 600 or more homers on his resume.
ANOTHER impressive feat from Clayton Kershaw, should we be surprised? The LA Dodgers ace became the 2nd fastest player (277 games) to bring up 2,000 career strikeouts in just 15 more games than Randy Johnson (262). There are 79 players in the 2K strike club, but it’s fair to say Kershaw is far from done striking out batters.
JUST last night a dude named Scooter etched himself into MLB folklore. The lesser know Scooter Gennett blasted four home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, adding 10 RBI’s and going 5/5 at the dish. He is one of only 17 players to hit four homers in one outing. No one has more than four.
- AT 42-17 the Houston Astros are f*cking rolling right now. There are questions emerging as to wether they can challenge the all-time record of 116 W’s.
- THE sixth no-hitter in Miami Marlins history was thrown by Edinson Volquez on Saturday. The 33 year old dedicated the performance to the late Yordano Ventura and Jose Fernandez, both MLB pitchers who died last year.
The Best Of The Rest
REAL Madrid were crowned the Champions League winners after a dominant Ronaldo led his squad to a 4-1 win over Juventus. Real Madrid now have 12 Champions League titles (more than any other club), including three of the last four.
AS the French Open continues we are close to determining a new mens and ladies champ. Literally minutes ago Nadal booked his spot in the semi-finals against Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros, after Thiem upset Novak Djokovic in straight sets. In the ladies bracket Simon Halep plays off against Elina Svitolina soon with the winner likely to clash with #2 seed Karolina Pliskova.
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THAD Matta’s legendary career at Ohio State ended abruptly on Monday. After nagging health issues the Buckeye’s mens basketball head coach announced his retirement effective immediately. The search for his replacement is now underway.
UFC 212 saw perhaps the end of Jose Aldo’s peak and the confirmation of Max Holloway’s rise. Holloway became the undisputed Featherweight champion of his division after TKO’ing Aldo in the 3rd round. Holloway has now extended his winning streak to 11 fights, tied for the 5th best W streak in UFC history.
AND finally the Stanley Cup is locked up at 2-2 after the Nashville Predators equalled the series against the reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins by winning Games 3 & 4. Game 5 is on Thursday night, just in can you feel like distracting yourself from that bloodbath that is the NBA Finals.