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Lebron James IS Human…He had a bad game…

The Cleveland Fav’s lost to the  Boston Celtic last night….

The odds of this happening I heard was 45 to 1 in Vegas …

Shit Happens….

Lebron James just didn’t have it….

Boston pulled the rabbit of the hat in the last minute of the game to win by a 3 pointer….

Anybody think  tomorrows game will play the same way?

It wasn’t LeBron’s night. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Boston Celtics’ best player was unable to take the floor, and the Cleveland Cavaliers just needed theirs to show up.

With point guard Isaiah Thomas out with a hip injury, the Celtics’ 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals seemed ever deeper heading into Sunday’s Game 3, especially in Northeast Ohio. With LeBron Jamesenjoying perhaps his greatest statistical postseason, a third straight sweep for the Cavs seemed inevitable.

But then the Cavs stepped off the gas.

Boston overcame a 21-point deficit in a 111-108 victory when Avery Bradley sunk a decisive three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left. It not only marked Cleveland’s first postseason loss, but the first time in 50 games James has blown a 20-point lead in the playoffs.

In 23 second-half minutes, James registered just three points, one rebound and one assist. He shot 1-of-8 from the floor, including 0-of-2 from deep. But it wasn’t his poor shooting that was surprising. It was the lack of killer instinct.

“I had a tough game, period,” James said as he finished with just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 45 minutes….

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Nike Air Max 1 Jewel “White/Red”…

…from Nicekicks

Nike Air Max 1 Jewel "White/Red"

The Nike Air Max 1 Jewel is an interesting shoe, much like new versions of the Air Force 1 of the same moniker. The Jewel Swoosh, although an elder design element of the 80s centric silhouette, is as modern-day as it gets. Due largely to the fact that these 90s style aesthetics where far ahead of their time, the Nike Air Max 1 Jewel retro is as timely as any release today.

Originally debuted back in 1996, this White/Red colorway looks to be the first Jewel enthused Air Max 1 due in stores this summer….

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Derek Jeter Day ….The Captain’s Mother’s Day tribute

I’m a NY Mets fan, but Jeter deserves the day for his selfless time with the NY Yankees and his ability to help the team win during his time with them….Jeter was wildly popular during his playing days…And the team picked Mothers Day to retire the guys mother and have him honor her…

Except, perhaps, for Derek Jeter’s mother, Maureen Zusi was the happiest mom in the place.

To celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, Zusi’s daughter, Meghan, took her to Yankee Stadium to see the Bronx Bombers retire Jeter’s number. Zusi, 59, said she was moved by Jeter’s decision to honor his mother by having the ceremony on Mother’s Day.

“He’s a classy guy, he’s a great ballplayer, he’s a fine son,” Zusi said. “I mean, he picked today, Mother’s Day, to honor his mother. How do you go wrong with that?”

Zusi, of Union, N.J., said she was also in the Bronx with her daughter to see Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium at-bat in 2014, when he hit a walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles to win the game.

Yankees retire Derek Jeter’s No. 2, unveil Monument Park plaque

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Derek Jeter speaks at Sunday’s ceremony in Yankee Stadium.(ANDREW SAVULICH/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“I have never felt the Stadium rock like it did that night,” Zusi said. “The amount of love in the Stadium that night for him. The guys today, they just play the game. He honors the game, it means so much to him.”

Fans cheered like Jeter had just hit a grand slam when the retired shortstop unveiled his pinstripe plaque in Monument Park….

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Girls’ Soccer Team Join’s Boys’ League….Wins Championship!

…from the NY Times….

Members of AEM Lleida after winning the championship of a junior regional boys’ league.
CreditSamuel Aranda for The New York Times

“To push these girls, we felt they had to play against boys because you need strong opponents to make real progress,” said José María Salmerón, the club’s general director. AEM took advantage of a Spanish soccer federation rule that allows clubs to field players of any sex — including mixed teams that combine boys and girls — for junior league competitions until age 14.

Back then, not everyone was convinced the decision was a wise one.

“A few parents called us crazy when we registered the team,” said Sergio González, AEM’s president. “If this had gone very wrong, we would have been held responsible for humiliating the girls.”

The transition was not easy. The girls finished 12th in an 18-team league in their debut season. But as the team improved, and began to beat boys’ teams with more regularity, its progress generated unpleasant reactions.

“It’s really been more a problem for parents rather than their boys,” Salmerón said of comments directed at the team during matches. “It’s strange, but most of the macho comments and insults have come from the mothers of some of the boys we play.”….

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Adam Jones will not ‘let up’ on calls to MLB for tougher rules against racist behavior, agent says

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…from ESPN….

Adam Jones‘ agent says the Orioles outfielder will not “let up” on his call for Major League Baseball and its teams to eliminate racially intolerant behavior from fans at stadiums.

Jones’ agent, Nez Balelo, released a statement to Fox Sports on Wednesday, two days after Jones heard racial taunts during the Orioles’ game in Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

“We are not going to let up on this one until we see implemented policies put in place in every city to protect these players and stop this type of reckless behavior,” Balelo said in his statement….

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Politico knocking ESPN?

Politico magazine is out with a piece that goes in tow different directions….

With a image of Caitlyn Jennings on the top of the piece?

Ben Strauss paints to the sports networks loss of some viewership and staff cuts as based on its showing support and human interset stories on the behind the scenes lives of athletes…

That means gay, transexual ,  and black and brown  athletes along with white guys….

Strauss then mentions conservative media outlets to support his story….

But then Strauss writes this?

‘None of this is to say that politics was the direct cause of ESPN’s layoffs. It wasn’t.’….

The whole piece is kinda stupid to me….

Athletes , like everyone  else?

Come in differant sizes, shapes and colors…

They have their own sex lives….

And YES they DO have problems….

I appauld the sports channel for featuring people in front of their camera’s that of all colors , shapes and both males and females….

As a matter of fact?

Double props for having the ball to feature women talk about sports and NOT having the problems Fox is having with their guys comments and actions…

If your politics gets in the way of your sports?

You need to go some place else beside’s ESPN…..

If you have a problem with the fact that a LOT of atletes ARE of color?

You need to stick to certain sports and stay away from others….

The achievement of sports is it for me and whole lot of other people…

ESPN is doing  cost cutting, that IS the reason given for the layoffs…..

They’ll figure out a way to keep making money…

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The First Round of the NFL Football Draft…Quarterbacks!…

The first day of the million dollar men sweepstakes in Philly surprised the sports pundits…

The Bears went all-in for a quarterback. The Chiefs went all-in for a quarterback. The Texans went all-in for a quarterback.

And the Browns passed. Three times.

The first round of the NFL Draft proved once again Thursday night why it is the best reality show on TV. None of the draft experts had the quarterbacks ranked with first-round grades back when the process began in January, but three signal-callers went in the top 12 picks in the first round, with all of their teams making big plays to trade up and snag their future franchise quarterbacks.

The Bears got the party started, trading up from No. 3 to No. 2 to snag North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. The Bears, needing to make a bold move at quarterback after failing to find a quarterback for the better part of the last 30 years, gave up picks in the first round (third overall), third round (67th), and fourth round (11th), as well as next year’s third-rounder to San Francisco for the right to draft Trubisky, the draft’s most accurate passer who also started just 13 games in college.

The Chiefs made the next big move of the night, trading picks 1-27, 3-91, and next year’s first-rounder to the Bills for the 10th overall pick, which they used on Texas Tech gunslinger Patrick Mahomes. The book on Mahomes: He has a big arm, a cocky demeanor, and likes to make risky throws. Sounds a lot like a guy that Chiefs Andy Reid coached for seven years in Green Bay, including two as quarterbacks coach: Brett Favre.

And with two quarterbacks off the board, the Texans knew they had to strike quickly to find their next QB. They traded picks 1-25 and next year’s first-rounder to Cleveland for the 12th pick and the rights to draft Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, the national championship game hero who has the best chance of the top three quarterbacks to start as a rookie. While Trubisky will almost certainly sit behind Mike Glennon for a year, and Mahomes will do the same ….

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image of North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky…. Ben Solomon for The New York Times…He went to Chicago Bears…

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Russell Wesbrook can’t do it alone….The Houstan Thunder are out of the NBA Playoffs…

Photo credit: David J. Phillip/AP

He just ran of gas last night….
Thatb he lasted as long as he has is a miracle in itself….

I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to swear off basketball forever after watching the fourth quarter of Game 5 between the Rockets and Thunder, which was defined by ill-advised foul calls and ill-advised shots, most of them coming from the Thunder’s star player, Russell Westbrook.

 Westbrook went 2-of-11 from the field and 0-of-5 from three-point range in the fourth, seemingly doing everything in his power to hasten his team’s exit from the playoffs. That was pretty much the story of the series, which the Rockets won rather easily and in which Westbrook shot a combined 14-of-49 in the fourth quarter.

It would be a total misread, though, to see Westbrook’s fourth-quarter bricklaying as the result of some egotistical spasming. Westbrook was only doing what he’d been doing all throughout the regular season, in which he became the best clutch player in the league and singlehandedly won almost too many games to count. Sponging up as many fourth-quarter possessions as possible is precisely how Westbrook got his team 47 wins and a sixth seed.

 Maybe that record doesn’t impress you, and maybe you think the Thunder could have actually won more games and been more prepared to meet the Rockets in the playoffs if Westbrook had spent less time gathering triple-doubles and more time enabling Andre Roberson, Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, and Enes Kanter. Maybe you should think a little harder about that.

The reason Westbrook’s formula worked in the regular season but yielded failure in the postseason isn’t all that hard to explain….

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Islanders NHL Hockey team makes offer for Belmont Race Track stadium….

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      While some local hockey fans have talked about the Islanders Hockey team coming back from Brooklyn to the renovated Nassau Coliseum?…..

THAT is unlikely….

The Nassau Coliseum just isn’t where the team wants to return to…

The team owners are moving ahead with submitting plans to have a new stadium built on New York State property at the Belmont park southern parking lot that currently is being used to park hundreds of new cars for island car dealers…

The property is state property and would NOT need ok’s from local Republican politicians who have their own problems….

Building a new stadium would allow the Islanders to have a stadium that would have amenities that could provide them more revenue than the Coliseum would….It would also be built as bigger faculty, more in line with new venues being constructed for the National Hockey League teams…The site has major highway access and train access, something the Coliseum does NOT have even though it sits next to parts of eastern Queens that has few if any hockey fans…But neither did Brooklyn….

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New York Governor Cuomo is running for re-election next year and probably will make a try for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination…

He ‘s been going around the state starting construction (Read Jobs) projects …Bringing the Islanders back the Nassau County at Belmont wouldn’t hurt his efforts one bit….

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed on Friday that the Islanders’ owners plan to officially submit a bid to New York state officials with the hope of building a new arena for the hockey team at the Belmont Park racetrack site.

Speaking to a group from The Associated Press Sports Editors at the league’s midtown office, Bettman added that Isles owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin still are “reviewing their options” to procure a new local arena for the Islanders, who have encountered numerous problems in their two seasons at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015.

“Yes, there is an RFP (request for proposal) for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that,” Bettman said. “I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there, if not at Willets Point (in Queens), to create a more hockey friendly environment for the Islanders, which is something Scott (Malkin) is committed to do.”

Bettman also reiterated that the renovated Coliseum, which reopened earlier this month, is “not a long-term option” for the Isles….

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Boston Marathon 2017…


The field of elite women’s runners is off in Hopkinton, Mass. (Paul Rutherford/USA Today)

The 121st running of the Boston Marathon — and the fourth since the bombings — takes place Monday, beginning at 8:50 a.m. when the mobility-impaired competitors set out from Hopkinton, Mass.

The elite women’s runners will set out at 9:32 a.m., with the elite men’s field at 10 a.m. After that, the rest of the field of 32,000 competitors will be off and running.

Among the notables in this year’s field is Kathrine Switzer, who will have a much easier time of it than she did 50 years ago when she was the first woman to officially compete in the race. Bobbi Gibb, who competed unofficially the year before Switzer, will be the grand marshal for the Patriots’ Day race.

Fifty years ago, Switzer’s boyfriend had to fend off a race official who sought to physically stop her from running. “I wasn’t there to prove anything,” she said (via the Boston Globe). “It wasn’t until Jock Semple attacked me did everything change.”

Switzer won the 1974 New York City Marathon and has done TV commentary of the Boston race for 37 years. In 2015, she created 261 Fearless, a nonprofit that wants to use running to empower women. (The 261 comes from her bib number in 1974; the BAA has since retired the number, but Switzer is wearing it Monday.)

“What happened to me was a radicalizing experience. And it was one that made me bound and determined to change things for women,” she said. “Running had given me everything, and I wanted other women to feel that as well.

“Women who are empowered can change the whole society around them for the better and running — I know it sounds crazy — but one foot in front of the other, it’s a transformational experience.”…

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Nike Air Jordan 2 Decon “Bordeaux”

…from Nice Kicks….

Often overlooked yet pivotal in Jordan Brand’s global expansion, and the continued progression of high-end sneakers, the Air Jordan 2 looks to take its rightful place in the sun with a new modern iteration — the Air Jordan 2 Decon.

Debuted earlier today in “Mint Foam,” the slimmed silhouette is removed from excess padding and weighty leather. Instead, the deconstructed model features a lightly textured suede fabrication with traditional midsole tooling below…..

Air Jordan 2 Decon "Bordeaux"

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More ‘Big Apple’ Fans are Mets fans …NOT Yankee fans…

Count me in as with the Mets…

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For the first time since 1998, a Quinnipiac Poll found that more New York City fans would root for the Mets over the Yankees in a Subway Series. To find out what’s behind the shift, Morning Edition’s Richard Hake spoke with Harry Enten, a senior writer at FiveThirtyEight.com.

“Wins and losses are a big part of it,” Enten said. In recent years, the Mets have just been better.

The other reason, he said, is that many younger fans never got to see the Yankees in their prime: “The Derek Jeter Yankees. The Darryl Strawberry Yankees. The Paul O’Neill Yankees. They have no real memory of that.”

….from WNYC….

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North Carolina Wins the NCAA College Mens Basketball Title…

It was an ending for eternity, one that North Carolina will want to relive frame by frame only one year removed from a finish to its season that made the Tar Heels hit the off button.

They can pause their screen on forward Kennedy Meeks’ hand stretching to block a shot by Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss. They can zoom in on the wide-bodied Meeks stepping in front of an outlet pass for a steal. And they can switch to slow motion for forward Isaiah Hicks’ drive for a one-handed leaning jumper.

Every angle will be pleasurable after North Carolina zipped past Gonzaga over the final 100 seconds of the national championship game Monday night, scoring the game’s final eight points on the way to a 71-65 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.

As colorful confetti descended from the rafters, the Tar Heels could savor redemption alongside the very player who had broken their hearts last season. Kris Jenkins, the Villanova hero whose buzzer-beating shot had sunk North Carolina in the championship game, was seated in the Tar Heels’ cheering section. He had once been taken in by the parents of North Carolina guard Nate Britt, making him a Tar Heels fan for life…

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South Carolina Defeats Mississippi State in Womens NCAA College Basketball Final…

My sister and family members will be VERY proud!

For the Gamecocks it’s the first!

South Carolina won its first women’s N.C.A.A. basketball title on Sunday with a victory that represented a diversity of opportunity both for coaches and for teams playing for a championship.

With a 67-55 win over Mississippi State, a fellow member of the Southeastern Conference, Dawn Staley became the second African-American coach to win a title since the N.C.A.A. began sponsoring a women’s basketball tournament in 1982. Carolyn Peck coached Purdue to the 1999 championship.

Staley was a fierce point guard from Philadelphia and one of the most renowned players in the history of women’s basketball as a collegian, professional and Olympian. She became a coach only reluctantly.

But now, as an N.C.A.A. champion and the recently named Olympic coach for the 2020 Tokyo Games, Staley has a chance to become a standard-bearer for women’s basketball as Geno Auriemma of Connecticut and Tara VanDerveer of Stanford move closer to retirement.

“The game is a gift,” Staley, 46, said during the Final Four. She added, “I’m one that thinks basketball is a place of utopia and fairness.”

On Sunday, South Carolina (33-4) became the first N.C.A.A. women’s champion in five years not to be named UConn. For the third time this season, the Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs. Mississippi State (34-5) appeared to be tired, or anxious, after Friday night’s epic upset of UConn in overtime…..

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CBS computer picks NY Mets as World Series Winners….

Lets Go Mets!

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Ya gotta believe — the computer!

The Mets will claw their way to a World Series title this year, at least according to a CBS Sports simulation of the entire season using the newly released video game “MLB The Show 17.”

But the squad will have a tough road to get to the Canyon of Heroes, according to the simulation.

After collecting 90 wins, the Mets will squash the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card game, dispatch with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series and knock off the Washington Nationals to win the pennant.

The victory will set up a rematch of the epic 1986 World Series, with the Mets defeating the juggernaut 106-win Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in seven games. In the finale, Steven Matz will outclass Drew Pomeranz, 7-1, in a battle of lefties.

The pipe dream is apparently enough to make Sawx fans nervous….

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FiveThirtyEight has the Cubs winning the World Series as the season begins…

image of NY Mets starting pitchers…Baseball Hot Corner

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North Carolina lawmakers announce deal to repeal transgender bathroom law…

The Republican majority lawmakers law against transgender bathroom access staying on the books could eventually cost North Carolina OVER $3 Billion in lost business from boycotts including  popular NCAA Sports events….

North Carolina state legislators announced late Wednesday they had reached a deal with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal the controversial HB2 law, which restricted transgender bathroom access in the state.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, according to local reports, said at a late-night press conference that House Bill 142, which would repeal House Bill 2, would be introduced to the Senate floor Thursday morning.

“We have reached an agreement with the governor,” said Berger. “We have agreed with the governor that we will take no questions tonight.”

The pair of legislators gave no further details of the repeal measure, but asserted that the bill “will pass” when it hits the floor of the legislature Thursday.

If the repeal is successful, it would shutter a hotly contested law enacted under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that prevented individuals from entering government facilities that matched their gender identity. The law also limits discrimination protections on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals….

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