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What is up with Kyrie Irving?

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The Cleveland Cavaliers basket ball player wants out from the NBA winning team that stars Lebron James?

Please understand….

Lebron James IS the franchise….

Every player in the NBA would do just about anything to play alongside LeBron James and experience the accompanying trips deep into the playoffs.

Every player, that is, except for Kyrie Irving.

News broke Friday — first reported by ESPN.com and later confirmed by The Washington Post and others — that Irving has demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and, in doing so, is willing to step away from that coveted role of playing next to LeBron.

So what gives? First, it should be noted that this isn’t exactly a surprise. There has been tension among the Cavaliers since James returned to Cleveland — a move that came less than two weeks after Irving committed to a five-year max contract extension on the opening night of free agency in 2014. When Irving signed that deal, both he and the Cavaliers envisioned him being the face of the franchise.

Then James decided he wanted to go back to Northeast Ohio, and the plans to feature  Irving understandably were set aside. It has worked out beautifully — Irving has thrived playing next to James, winning a championship, becoming a shoe-selling star and being the face of the upcoming version of NBA 2K.

But what’s clear now is that Irving’s desire to be the face of a franchise has never gone away, and after three years biding his time, he doesn’t want to wait any longer……

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Will the Knicks Anthony end up playing with Lebron in Cleveland?

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According to ESPN, Anthony has told the New York Knicks he would be open to waiving his no-trade clause to go to northeast Ohio.

Anthony, the ten-time All Star, found himself the target of ex-Knicks President Phil Jackson’s frustrations. Jackson said in April that the Knicks had been unable to win with the 33-year-old and that Anthony would be “better off somewhere else.”

Anthony is reportedly keen on joining James, in a move that would make the Cavaliers even more of an overwhelming favorite to advance out of the East.

But it may not be as easy as James clicking his fingers. The Rockets’ bold move for Paul has put the NBA on notice and Anthony would also be interested in joining Paul and James Harden….

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The NY Mets’s will probably be changing faces…

They start off as they usually do….

Strong based on a good crew of pitchers…

But one by one those guys have bit the dust….

Added to the teams problems is their bats have silent, leaving tons of people hanging out on base unable to score…

So coach Terry Collins is probably gonna have to change it up on the Rooster….

The season has officially shifted on the Mets from one that had spring training talk of the World Series to now talk about selling veteran assets at next month’s trade deadline. While it’s not being said out loud, it’s clear it’s time to start over. With a farm system that is thin and veterans that are in their walk-year, they are ready to listen for offers on player like Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce, an industry source confirmed an ESPN report.

They are looking to flip veteran players for prospects to rebuild from the minor leagues up, the industry source confirmed Friday.

“They aren’t out there shopping them yet,” the source said, “but they are open to listening to offers.”

They have to because this season is all but over.

Curtis Granderson, in final year of his 4-year deal with Mets, is a strong candidate to be dealt.

Curtis Granderson, in final year of his 4-year deal with Mets, is a strong candidate to be dealt. (MARK J. TERRILL/AP)

Thursday night, the Mets dropped to 10 games below .500 when they were swept by the Dodgers. They went into Friday night’s game with the Giants 12 games behind the Nationals in the division and 14.5 games out of the second wild card spot.

With three of their starters on the disabled list and Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey not expected back until at least late next month, the idea of a Mets’ turnaround has faded….

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2017 NBA first round Draft picks….

The night of the tall Million Dollar Men….

16  Freshmen picked….

A few players from Europe and Africa….

4 Duke players picked….

The 2017 NBA draft is being held today on June 22, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be televised nationally in the U.S. by ESPN. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players….

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  1. Markelle Fultz
  2. Lonzo Ball
  3. Jayson Tatum
  4. Josh Jackson
  5. De’Aaron Fox

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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Advantage Emirates Team New Zealand after Day 1

Evening all!
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Emirates Team New Zealand lead Defender Oracle Team USA 1-0 after the first Day on Bermudas Great Sound on Saturday afternoon. Having to start at – 1 on the Scoreboard the Kiwis won two Races to put them up 1-0 in this first to 7 Points Series.
In the first Race Kiwi Helmsman Peter Burling managed to push Oracle Skipper & Helmsman James Spithill early over the Starting Line. The Americans had to slow down and let Emirates pass a lead Emirates Team New Zealand wouldn’t relinquish to the Finish although they made a big mistake at Gate 6 when they fell off their foils.
The second Race was quite similar. Burling won the start and building up a substantial lead only to see it evaporate shortly before Gate 5. Both boats had to do a quick gybe after the Mark rounding. Oracle fell off their foils, Emirates didn’t and that was it.
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Emirates Team New Zealand seems to have a pretty big speed Advantage in light winds. If that stays until tomorrow expect the Kiwi Team to chalk up another 2 Points. For Oracle they must hope for more wind on Sunday otherwise things go downstream pretty fast.
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Odell Beckham Jr. back in camp and wants to be a Giant for life

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NY Giants are gonna have to do the ‘Right Thing’ and pay the man….

Odell Beckham Jr. came back to the Giants and said he never wants to leave.

About a week ago, co-owner John Mara told a Town Hall assemblage of fans that he wanted Beckham to be a Giant for the rest of his career. On Tuesday, Beckham’s first day back on the field with the team since his conspicuous absence from voluntary OTA workouts, the receiver said that would be fine with him.

“I think we’re on the same page there,” he said after the first practice of the three-day mandatory minicamp. “Obviously, this is one of the best organizations in the league and I would love to be here for the rest of my life.”

Good. That’s settled.

In an abstract way, at least. The reality is that Beckham has two seasons remaining on his rookie deal, will be underpaid compared to similarly productive wideouts in 2017, and was absent from voluntary OTAs the past three weeks. That last part caused many to connect dots — some of which Beckham seemingly placed there himself on social media — and assume he was angling for a new deal by staying away from the team…..

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Penguins beat Predators to claim second straight Stanley Cup title…

The Pittsburgh Penguins have become the first NHL team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in nearly 20 years.

Patric Hornqvist corralled the rebound of a shot that had bounced off the end boards and banked it off the left arm of Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne with 95 seconds left in the third period Sunday to lift the Penguins to a 2-0 win and a six-game triumph in the Stanley Cup Final.

The goal by Hornqvist — formerly a member of the Predators — was challenged by Nashville on the basis of goaltender interference but the call on the ice was upheld and the goal was good. Carl Hagelin added an empty-net goal to clinch the victory.

It was the second straight game in which the Penguins shut out the Predators, who began the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the West but won hearts and respect around the NHL for their resilience and grit as well as the exciting atmosphere created in Bridgestone Arena and around the city by fans who have fallen in love with the sport….

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Game 4 NBA Finals…Warriors Up 3 to Zip….

The Cleveland Cavaliers MUST form up behind Lebron James and somehow last long enough to ick out a win or it’s OVER!

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The 2017 N.B.A. finals may not have been particularly competitive so far, but the rubber match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors has certainly captured the public’s interest, with ESPN reporting that the series has had the highest viewership for an N.B.A finals since 1998. With the Cavaliers on the brink of being eliminated on their home court, all eyes will be on Golden State to see if they can finish a perfect postseason.

■ The Warriors are trying to be the ninth team to complete a sweep of the N.B.A. finals and the first to do it without having lost a single playoff game. In his long career, LeBron James has only been swept out of the playoffs once, and that was in 2007 when Tim Duncan’s Spurs crushed James’s inexperienced and dramatically outgunned team in the finals.

■ Coming back from a 3-1 deficit last year was unprecedented, but the Cavaliers have an even bigger task this year, down 3-0. No N.B.A. team has ever come back from such a deficit in a seven-game series. It has been accomplished just four times in the N.H.L. and once in major league baseball.

■ The Cavaliers proved once again in Game 3 that when LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are at their absolute peak, they are able to keep up with or even surpass the Warriors. Unfortunately for Cleveland, they were only able to do that for 45 minutes, rather than all 48, with Coach Steve Kerr of the Warriors reassuring his players all game that they simply had to wait for the Cavaliers to wear down. For an upset in the game, or the series, Cleveland will have to find a way to have its stars go all out without running out of gas….

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Warriors Win Game 3 118 to 113 over Lebron and the Cav’s….

The Garden State Warrior’s fell behind in the 3rd and 4th Quarters….

But in the end?

They came back….

It was a back and  forth game that  kept ya on the edge of your feet…

But despite Lebron and Irving trying to hold on?

The Warrior’s held on to pull it out in the end…

Kevin Durant is the difference this year…

No NBA team has come back from being 0-3  in the finals…

And Golden State did it on the road….

NBA FINALS – GAME 3GS LEADS 3-0

Warriors take 3-0 lead on Cavs

A late 3 from Kevin Durant helped push Golden State past Cleveland as the Warriors win their 15th straight playoff game.

Kevin Durant: 3rd player to score at least 25 points in his first 8 NBA Finals games. The other 2 are Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal.

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NBA Warriors beat the Cav’s for the second time 132-113…

The Warriors simply outplayed the Fav’s for the second game in a row….

Lebron James is one of the best Pro Basketball players ever, but?

The Golden State Warriors with Kevin Durant is just better….

Even when working at full capacity, the Golden State Warriors made basketball appear effortless in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, whipping the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Warriors are a team constructed to attack their opponents relentlessly in the open floor, and every time the Cavaliers looked up — off a miss, off a turnover, off a make or even a dead ball — Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston or Klay Thompson was driving the ball down their throats. In a game that featured more than 100 possessions, the Warriors used pace as lighter fluid. At one point or another, each of Golden State’s principals functioned as a ball handler, shooter, slasher or drag screener, keeping a beleaguered Cavs’ defense on its heels….

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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.

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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!

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“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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