#SportBits … Weekend WrapUp

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Happy Monday, #SportBits readers!

Here is your weekend sports wrap up.

In what felt more vintage than a 79’ Dead shirt, the Australian Open men’s and women’s final gave everyone the #goodfeels.

I can’t tell you how many texts and comments on my social media I received from people expressing how happy the finals made them feel. Four legends of tennis back in the championships.

I think after a month of crazy political upheaval and uncertainty, having these four familiar players in the finals felt reassuring and safe. I LOVE how sports can do that.

The Williams sisters met for the 28th time for the women’s championship.

Venus, at age 36, is at a stage in her career where she seems to be playing for the pure joy of it. She’s already made her mark. She’s got nothing more to prove.

She could have retired after she fell out of the top one hundred in 2012, or when she was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease. But she didn’t. She battled back. She had faith in herself and her game. #goodfeels

Sister Serena, at age 35, is playing for the numbers. She’s been tied with Steffi Graf at #22 Grand Slam totals which has been an annoying monkey on her back.

Their match was a competitive, awesome display of tennis. Serena won 6-4, 6-4 and not only breaks the tie with Graf, but regains the #1 ranking she lost to Angelique Kerber in September of last year.

I think the best part was their speeches afterward. #goodfeels galore.

On the men’s side, 35-year-old Roger Federer took on 30-year-old Rafael Nadal. These two have played each other 35 times. Sunday’s final was another epic showdown.

Roger, having missed the second half of last season with a knee injury, came back in Federer style by winning the championship in 5 sets. He was down a break in the 5th but somehow found the magic and extended his Grand Slam victories to 18.

Rafa also battled injuries last season with wrist problems. I think I wasn’t alone in wondering if he could return to his top form. He did.

Ultimately, I think his 5-hour semifinal win over Gregor Dimitrov on Thursday took too much out of him.

Never the less, it was a wonderful weekend of tennis, the likes of which we may never see again.

On the NFL Pro Bowl….

The AFC took this one, 20-13, over the NFC. The game was played in Orlando, Florida, instead of its usual Hawaiian destination.

The game wasn’t a TOTAL snooze fest, but it still was the Pro Bowl – where players are playing to NOT get hurt in a game that doesn’t matter one bit.

Maybe this one was a bit more interesting because it had so many newcomers. They weren’t tired of it yet. And the teams actually played some defense.

But if I’m being totally honest, I watched the SAG Awards instead.

I mean, did you SEE Winona Ryder’s face while her costar gave his speech after receiving “Best Drama Ensemble” ~> priceless!

 

The NHL All-Star Game happened here in Los Angeles over the weekend, and there was hockeyness all around the Staples Center.

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-11-35-32-amIt started with the NHL100 on Friday where the top 100 players in hockey were chosen, in no particular order.

On Saturday, there was the skills competition.

The League, in an effort to stay current and hip, had Snoop Dogg perform at the event. And Snoop being Snoop didn’t feel the need to censor his song “The Next Episode” so the FBombs dropped for all of Staples and TV Land to hear. I had to laugh.

Here is a recap of all the winners from the skills competition.

In Sunday’s main event, The Metropolitan captured the All-Star Game title by beating the Pacific 4-3 after toppling the Atlantic 10-6 in the first round of play. The Pacific beat the Central 10-3 in the first round.

There were lots of games in the NBA over the weekend. Here are your scores and highlights.

College hoops are starting to heat up as we inch our way towards March Madness. Here is the latest AP Poll – and scores from the weekend.

In case you hadn’t heard, #SuperBowl51 is next Sunday, February 5th from Houston, Texas. The city will turn into a small-scale Olympic Village in order to host the mass of football fans and media that are expected.

The New England Patriots are playing the Atlanta Falcons.

Here is a schedule of all the events taking place this week and a schedule for game day events.

Country star Luke Bryan will sing the National Anthem. The cast of Hamilton will be performing at the festivities, and Lady Gaga will be the halftime show. CAN’T WAIT!

Ok people, hopefully, this is enough sports info to get you out there and talking with your family, friends, and coworkers!

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NHL:

The NHL has settled on Las Vegas as it’s choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with the $500 million fee. They’re calling them the Black Knights (love it!!) …and they’ll make their debut (most likely) in 2017. Next to Vegas…the Oakland Raiders!

SOCCER:

Copa America continues…here are yesterday’s results.

UEFA Euro results….here.

Team Russia was handed a suspended disqualification yesterday, and a fine of $168,000 for the actions of Russian fans following a 1-1 draw in a game against England in Marseille. Should more violence occur in the stadium, Russia will automatically be disqualified from Euro 2016. Put down your beer and chairs people, and just watch the match fahcrissakes.

NFL:

A lawsuit launched by a group of Patriots fans against the National Football League regarding the handling of the “Deflategate” investigation was dismissed by a federal judge. Major props for trying though..

MLB:

MLB scores and highlights…here.

The NCAA College World Series tournament is set…here is your lineup, game times and TV schedule.

ICYMI:

The 2016 Rio Olympics medals were unveiled yesterday….hmmmmm. #jurysout

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#SportBits … Weekend Recap

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It is with a heavy heart I write my recap today, after the horrific massacre in Orlando, Florida. These tragic and senseless shootings continue to happen at an alarming rate. It’s sad, confusing, and maddening that we cannot figure out a way to battle this epidemic. Watching sports is a way for me to step out of the insanity for a little while. I’m reminded that these games are just that…GAMES…and they offer joy and reprieve during times where joy is hard to find…and I am thankful for that. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families today.

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NBA:

The Golden State Warriors are 1 game away from winning their second consecutive NBA title. The can take it tonight at home – but they’ll have to do it without forward Draymond Green. Green was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul and suspended for 1 game for what the NBA said was a “retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin” of LeBron James on Friday. The flagrant 1 gave Green his fourth flagrant foul point of the playoffs, which carries an automatic suspension. He will be allowed to participate in postgame celebrations if the Warriors win (they will). Draymond has been caught swiping the groinage before…kinda weird.

Russell Westbrook and James Harden have removed their names from consideration for USA Basketball’s 2016 Rio Olympics team. They are the latest star athletes to opt out of the games this summer. While neither mentioned the Zika virus as the reason – that’s the reason. I don’t care what anyone says.

The LA Lakers announced that Magic Johnson is no longer a ceremonial (i.e. non paid) Vice President of the organization. Why? Because he’s often critical of the team on social media – sounding somewhat teenagery at times – and the Lakers want all to know that “his opinions, comments and social media posts are solely his, and do not represent or reflect those of Lakers ownership of management. Hopefully this will eliminate any confusion over this issue in the future.”

This was one of my favs:

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NHL:

The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup with a 3-1 Game 6 win over the San Jose Sharks. This is their 4th title in franchise history. Team Captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

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Gordy Howe, the Hall of Fame forward, also known as “Mr. Hockey” died on Friday. He was 88 yrs. old. Howe scored 975 goals in 2,186 games for four teams in two leagues—during a professional career that spanned 32 seasons from 1946 to 1980. In his final season, he scored 15 goals in 80 games for the Hartford Whalers.

MLB:

The 2016 MLB draft is over…. and here is what should know about that.

Here are the weekend scores and highlights.

In a TOTALLY DRAMATIC FINISH, UC Santa Barbara stunned Louisville with a walk-off home run to earn their first trip to the College World Series. FYI: Louisville was 47-0 this season when leading after 8 innings…and the FRESHMAN pinch hitter (Sam Cohen) had hit only 1 home run all year. I LOVE SPORTS!!!!

 

USCB will be playing Coastal Carolina, who clinched its first-ever trip to the College World Series Sunday night as the Chanticleers were able to earn a walk-off win over LSU in Baton Rouge. Can’t wait for the CWS – and here is what you need to know about it.

 

HORSE RACING:

There was no Triple Crown on the line; but the finish was still dramatic at the $1.5million Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Three-year-old gray colt, Creator, closed the race with a mad rush and caught Destin at the wire in the photo finish. Heavily favored Preakness winner Exaggerator wound up in 11th place. Creator co-owner and celebrity chef Bobby Flay is certainly cooking up celebratory feast for friends today.

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SOCCER/FOOTBALL:

Big sigh of relief for the #USMNT. After a 2-0 loss in their opener v Colombia, a 4-0 rout of Costa Rica put them back on track. On Saturday, the USA team beat Paraguay 1-0 on a Cliff Dempsey goal, which puts them in the Copa America quarterfinals.

#DUMBASSfanalert: English and Russian soccer fans hurled bottles and chairs, clashing with each other and French riot police in Marseille on Saturday ahead of their teams’ opening Euro 2016 match. One person suffered a heart attack while another England fan was knocked unconscious. There were also clashes in the stadium following England’s 1-1 draw with Russia, after Russia fans appeared to rush at England supporters. My suggestion would be to move the 9pm start to earlier in the day…leaving less time for fans to get hammered and act like IDIOTS before, during and after the game. #forfucksake

GOLF:

Canada’s Brooke Henderson claimed her first major title yesterday, beating world number one Lydia Ko in a sudden-death play-off at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

 

That’s its for now folks… enjoy the game tonight (9pm ET on ABC)…lots of drama surrounding it…should be a great one. Follow me on social media, HerDaily.com and right back here for daily sports news, scores and highlights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fifteen thousand people are expected to attend an interfaith service that will be held at the KFC Yum! Center at 2 p.m. today for boxing great Muhammad Ali. Former President Bill ClintonBilly CrystalBryant Gumbel, and Ali’s wife, Lonnie, will give eulogies. Also expected to speak is Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch. The service is open to the public.

NHL:

After wild first period goal-fest in Game 5 in the #StanleyCupFinals, the San Jose Sharks held on to win in Pittsburgh, 4-2, to force a Game 6 in San Jose on Sunday.

Hockey legend Gordie Howe died this morning, the Detroit Red Wings have confirmed. He was 88. The Hall of Famer played on four Stanley Cup championship teams in Detroit during a 25-year stint that began in 1946. He retired from hockey for good when he was 52.

NBA:

After winning Game 3 on Wednesday by 30 pts. without Kevin Love, a game which they were going to win NO MATTER WHAT, word has it the Cavaliers are wondering if they even need the injured star forward in the lineup for Game 4, tonight. He’s got to pass the concussion test before he’s cleared, which will probably be something like riding a unicycle while explaining the Theory of Relativity. …in Mandarin.

MLB:

The Philadelphia Phillies had the No. 1 pick in the MLB draft yesterday and took this guy. Here is more draft news from Day 1.

Manny Muchado was suspended 4 games for taking a swing and a miss at pitcher Yordano Ventura , who got 9 games for nailing Muchado with a fastball.

NFL:

Yahoo Sports reported yesterday that Von Miller could sit out the entire 2016 season. His contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos have hit a snag over what part of the 6yr, $114million will be guaranteed.

#RIPdabbing … Cam Newton announced yesterday the dab is done. We can all go back to living our lives now.

TENNIS:

Rafa Nadal will skip Wimbledon this year because of his recurring wrist injury.

Finally…

Loving the spirit of 7 yr old cancer survivor and Cub fan Beckham Zobrist. Retinoblastoma took his eye, but it couldn’t take his Cub spirit. Check out his prosthetic:

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NBA:

Big sigh of relief… The Cleveland Cavaliers found their shooting arm, LeBron scored 32, and the Cavs walloped the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night. From the start of the game the Cavs dominated, building a 20pt lead in the first quarter. Steph Curry had another off-night with 19pts and 6 turnovers. I just want a flippin’ game where both teams are playing well…this series has been a snoozefest. Through 3 games, the average margin of victory is 26pts. #dramafree

TENNIS:

Five time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was suspended two years by the International Tennis Federation on Wednesday for doping, a ban she called “unfairly harsh.” She plans to appeal. In a statement on her Facebook page Sharapova said:

 “While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension. The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

A two-year ban, when everyone seems to agree that Sharapova didn’t know the substance, Meldonium, had been banned, seems a little harsh. Nike agrees…and they are sticking with her. Porsche is awaiting the appeal decision. Tag Heuer cut ties but MAY work with her again, and Avon said “see ya – wouldn’t want to be ya.”

MLB:

The MLB Draft starts tonight…is 40 rounds.. and lasts for of 3 days. You can watch on MLB Network and MLB.com. #yawn

A day after Yordano Ventura zinged a 99mph fastball at Manny Muchado – causing a bench-clearing brawl – the Kansas City Royals are reportedly reaching out to other teams to trade the controversial pitcher. Apparently Ventura’s attitude and immaturity seem to be the catalyst for the trade talk..that, and the series of on-field altercations he’s created over the last couple of season by hitting opposing batters. #thehell

Snoop Dogg threw out the first pitch at the Padre game yesterday. God love him…

 

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COPA AMERICA:

In a make-or-break game for the #USMNT last night, Cliff Dempsey had a goal and two assists, and the U.S. rebounded from its opening loss with a convincing 4-0 victory over Costa Rica. The Americans are now in a position to advance to the knockout stage when playing Paraguay in its group finale on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

NBA:

Speaking of make-or-break games….the Cleveland Cavaliers MUST win Game 3 at home tonight. No team in history has come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA Finals. Good news  for Cavs fans: the team is 7-0 at home this playoff season.

Hours after interviewing for an assistant-coaching job with the New York Knicks on Tuesday, former NBA center Sean Rooks  collapsed and died in a Philadelphia restaurant. Rooks had a 12-year NBA career, including stops with the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, New Orleans and Orlando Magic. He had been a player-development coach for the past two years with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Score one for #TeamNike. Projected No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Ben Simmons announced Tuesday that he has signed an endorsement deal with the company…why? Well, Simmons hired agent Rich Paul, who is a longtime friend of, and now agent for, LeBron James => #NikeGod ..and every shoe deal Paul has negotiated for his clients has been with Nike.

GOLF:

Tiger Woods announced yesterday he would miss the US Open and the Quicken Loan Invitational due to his continuing rehab on his surgically repaired back. The 14-time major champion hasn’t played a competitive round on the PGA Tour since finishing in a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship last August. I’m thinking that just like the Bernie Sander campaign – it might be time for Tiger to throw in the towel – and start designing courses.

NFL:

Rookie Mistakes: (paging D’Angelo Russell)… Minnesota Vikings’ top draft pick Laquon Treadwell is feeling the wrath of his new fan base. Dude was snapped wearing an Oakland Raiders hat, and when that pic hit snapchat? Ooooooh, fans let him have it. I get it…. cause I’ll tell you right now, if some #Cuse freshman showed up on campus wearing a Duke hat? #doneski

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The NFL twitter account was hacked and the culprits falsely tweeted out that ‘ding dong the commissioners dead’.  Roger Goodell took it all in stride, tweeting out his own response. We can’t get rid of him that easily folks.

The drama filled off-season for the SuperBowl champs continues…The NFL said yesterday they are investigating a shooting incident involving Bronco Aqib Talib. What we know for sure is Talib must have had quite a buzz going early Sunday morning when he to accidentally shot himself in the leg. What is unclear is whether it happened at a park while he was hanging with some friends, as he told police – OR – if it happened at a nightclub where an unknown suspect shot two people in a disturbance around the same time. Does Talib actually have a permit to carry a gun? Will he de disciplined by the team? Dunno…but the NFL is investigating it all.

MLB:

I mean really…no one likes getting hit by a 99 MPH fastball… Baltimore Royals starter Yordano Ventura hit Orioles shortstop Manny Machado with a wicked pitch.. and a big ole bench clearing brawl ensued. Both guys were ejected.

 

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NHL:

The Pittsburgh Penguins moved within a game of winning the Stanley Cup yesterday by defeating the San Jose Sharks, 3-1, in San Jose. They now lead the series 3-1. There have been 4 games so far, and the Sharks have not held the lead in regulation in one of them. Not good…because you definitely play differently when you have the lead. Game 5 is Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

COPA AMERICA:

The #USMNT take on Costa Rica today…and it’s an effin must-win for the men’s team.

NBA:

In the NBA Finals, The Golden State Warriors have won both games at Oracle, effectively keeping home court advantage. They now lead the series 2-0 heading to Cleveland for Game 3 Wednesday night. I’m a little worried for #KingJames… it’s looking and feeling like #TeamUnderArmour might be taking his crown, again.

Yesterday Steph Curry announced he would NOT play for the Olympic team this summer so he can rest his knee and ankle for the 2016-17 NBA season. He and Ayesha seem to be in baby making mode, so I’m thinking Zika played a role in this decision. #justsayin

MMA:

Professional mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice died Monday at age 42 of undisclosed causes. Slice, (AKA Kevin Ferguson) was never really embraced by the MMA world as it went mainstream, but due to his immense popularity, his third professional fight in May 2008, aired on CBS, making it the first MMA fight on prime-time network television. #RIPSlice

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The MMA reporter that was banned on Sunday from covering the MMA  has now been reinstated … but not before spilling some juicy beans on his employers. #oopsiedaisy. Ariel Helwani was banned for scooping the UFC on a story, and the UFC didn’t like it…so they kicked him out. Not too smart for a sport that is working hard to become more mainstream. My fav ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols put it best:

“Those of you spending your dollars on UFC should be concerned. I’m not pretending sportswriters are producing the Pentagon Papers here. But sport is a central part of American life … if you create a system where the only people who are allowed to cover a sport are people who do or say exactly what the league wants them to, then you don’t have a media who can question things when they go off the rails. And as we’ve seen … they do sometimes.”

NFL:

Aaron Rogers, QB for the Green Bay Packers, is cuttin’ the cheese. In an attempt to get healthier with the hopes of extending his career, the Wisconsin team leader will be going  vegan …eliminating all dairy and crappy food from his diet. #goudaluck

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As I’m sure you know by now, Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued legendary boxer, who proclaimed himself “The Greatest,” died Friday, June 3rd after being admitted to a Phoenix-area medical facility for respiratory complications. He was 74 years old. Ali battled Parkinson’s disease for 32 years, which had slowly robbed him of both his verbal artistry and physical aptitude. I could spend the whole article writing about the Louisville Lip, and what his legacy means, but I already did that over on HerDaily.com … Instead, I’ll let Ali speak for himself. Here is an except from his 2013 autobiography, The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey:

 “I would like to be remembered as a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous, and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him, and who helped as many people as he could. As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love. And if all that’s too much, then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people. And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.”

 

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NBA: In the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors C R U S H E D the Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-77, in Game 2 in Oakland last night. The Warriors lead the series 2-0 heading to Cleveland for Game 3, Wednesday. Warriors’ Draymond Green scored 28 points and Cleveland lost star forward Kevin Love to “concussion protocol.” Here’s hoping LeBron and Co. can GET IT TOGETHER and take care of business at home. I’m not counting him out yet…but … #laststand

TENNIS: I bet Andy Murray is feeling a bit like the Cavs because no matter what he does, he can not beat Novak Djokovic at the Slams. World No. 1 Djokovic beat Murray in four sets at the French Open and became the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive Grand Slam Tournaments. In his 12th appearance and fourth final, the Joker finally captured the one title that has eluded him. Next up: Wimbledon.

On the women’s side, World No. 1 Serena Williams was upset by Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, 7-5 6-4 in the women’s final on Saturday. Muguruza won her first career Grand Slam while denying Williams the opportunity of tying Steffi Graf’s record of 22 majors.

NHL: The Stanley Cup Final continues tonight in San Jose. The Pittsburgh Penguins lead the series 2-1. In a nutshell, the Penguins need to capitalize on their speed, and the Sharks need to take more shots! All the while, the beards keep growing…

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MLB: Check here for weekend scores and highlights. In the meantime:

  • Giant pitcher Madison Bumgarner REALLY wants to participate in the Home Run Derby at the All Star game. After watching the show he put on at battling practice Sunday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, I can see why. But it ain’t gonna happen…Giant manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t want ANYTHING happening to that arm…or legs…or hands..or … #riskybusiness
  • The LA Dodgers cut ties with  Carl Crawford and must eat the remaining $34.6 million left on the under-achieving outfielder’s contract. That is one expensive meal. #stomachache
  • Those sneaky Dodgers…after being accused last week of using lasers to mark spots on the outfield for defensive purposes, they hoped to supply some sweet music to umpire Joe West’s ears on Sunday. West, the longtime umpire who has two country albums to his credit, was behind the plate for Sunday’s game between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. Dodger players used his songs as walk-up music for their first at-bats. Hilarious…and what’s even better? It was Chase Utley’s idea. #sneakiest

MMA: I had a ticket dropped in my lap last night to see the Zac Brown Band at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood. Didn’t know one song, but man, he was good. Twenty-four hours earlier, the Forum hosted UFC 199 where 37-year-old Michael “The Count” Bisping shocked the MMA world by knocking out defending champ Luke Rockhold in the first round. Even more exciting was the announcement that a welterweight rematch between UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will headline UFC 202 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 20. #BookItDano

Copa America: After losing their opening match, 2-0, to Columbia, the #USMST travels to Soldier Field in Chicago to take on Costa Rica on Tuesday. Check here for all results, matchups, and upcoming schedule.

In other soccer news, a federal district court in Chicago ruled in favor of the U.S. Soccer Federation, saying the women’s national team is subject to a contract that prevents players from striking. The previous agreement expired in 2012,but, according to U.S. Soccer, it was modified and extended to last from 2013 to 2016. The modification included a no-strike clause. U.S. Soccer brought a lawsuit against the players’ union after the union’s lawyer denied that there was a valid contract and the federation saw that as a threat to strike.  Basically, now that they can’t strike, their bargaining chip is gone in their battle for equal pay.

I’m going to end with more Muhammad Ali. One of the things I remember most as a kid watching Ali was his wacky and unlikely friendship with sportscaster Howard Cosell. To this day, I don’t think I’ve seen another relationship like it in the world of sports and sports media. Take a look:

 

Have a great week everyone. Remember to check in with me on social media for scores and highlights during the week, and with #SportBitsDaily for daily news, scores and TV schedules.

 

 

 

 

 

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MLB:

The Boston Red Sox are leading the majors in runs scored with 308. Yesterday, Sox right fielder Mookie Betts added to the mix with 3 home runs v. the Orioles..dude is on FIRE and on pace for a 37-home season…which would make him just the third player under 5’-10” to hit 30 by age 23. It is VERY refreshing and GREAT for the game to see a small guy pounding the ball. #Mookie

The Chicago Cubs are in second place in runs scored with 275… but yesterday they were shutout, 5-0, by the boys in Blue. Cub pitcher Jake Arrieta’s impressive 23-game win streak came to an end. Wasn’t his fault though. He pitched 7 scoreless innings  – but the Dodgers took apart the bull pen scoring 2 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th.

FYI: Dodgers are calling the teenager back up to the big boy table after pitcher Alex Wood was sent to the DL because of elbow soreness.

More MLB scores…here.

NBA:

The NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers START TOMORROW. Here is a quick rundown on the matchup and TV schedule for your convenience.

Meanwhile, the Durantula has a stressful summer ahead…as if losing Game 7 wasn’t enough. Durant has spent his entire nine-year career with the OKC Thunder organization and is a seven-time All-Star. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and he is expected to be one of the most coveted free agents in league history. Will he or won’t he leave OKC? That’s the ???million dollar question. My advice? Sign a 2-year deal for beaucoup bucks with an option to leave after one. You gotta give it JUST ONE MORE TRY…

FRENCH OPEN:

Serena Williams storms in French quarters…Venus loses.

Djokovic ousts Bautista Agut to reach quarters.

Andy Murray beats Richard Gasquet for a spot in the semi’s.

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Sweet Jesus…did you see the massive alligator walking across a Sarasota, FLA. golf course on Monday? Not really earth shattering sports news…but really, really freaky anyway…”2 guys in an alligator suit.”

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NBA: Led by 36-points by NBA MVP Steph Curry, the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 96-88, in Game 7 of the #WCF for a berth in the NBA Finals v. the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors, who won a record 73 games during the regular season and came back from a 3-1 deficit against the Thunder, and Cavaliers will meet for the title for the second season in a row. The Warriors won the championship last season in six games.

Game 1 of the Finals is Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks in Pittsburgh last night. Sharks draftee Nick Bonino and his very big beard scored the winning goal for the Penguins. Game 2 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh, 8pm ET on NBCSN.

French Open results… here.

MLB scores…here.

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#SportBits … Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Day #SportBits readers! I hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Today I am very thankful for all the women and men in the military who bravely serve this country. Their commitment affords my kids and me the freedoms we experience every day – and often take for granted. Thank you.

You know what else I’m thankful for? Sports! Following my teams and chatting about it on Twitter, at work, or with my family is fun. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to a great museum, or hitting up that killer Memorial Day Sale at Nordstrom’s, but knowing that I get to watch Game 7 tonight between #OKC and #GSW really makes my day. What about you? What’s making YOUR Memorial Day?

There were so many games, tournaments, and races to keep up with this weekend…I gave it my best-shot people….here we go.

NHL: The Stanley Cup Final is set. The Pittsburgh Penguins will battle the San Jose Sharks for the coveted trophy. The Sharks are in the finals for the first time in franchise history, while Sidney Crosby and the Penguins return for a 5th time. Game 1 is TONIGHT in Pittsburgh (8pm ET. on NBC) . There are many interesting storylines in this one…but I’m just excited to watch the fast and frantic pace that is expected in this series, along with the playoff beards that just keep-a-growin’.

NBA: Thank goodness for the Sharks because the Golden State Warriors have put the #NoCal fans in a tizzy. Over the weekend, the Warriors went to #OKC facing elimination in Game 6, and came out with an improbable win. Only 9 times in NBA history has a team come back from a 3-1 deficit. We’ll see if the Warriors can do it TONIGHT in Oakland for Game 7. Watch this game folks (9pm ET. TNT) – or if you have $29,000 – you can get a floor seat. If it’s anything like the last one, it might just be worth it!

Waiting in the wings from the East Conference is #KingJames and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Having beaten the Toronto Raptors in 6 games, the Cavs are hoping to bring the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy to Cleveland, where no professional sports team has won a championship in nearly 52 years. #Ouch. James is back to the NBA Finals for a record 6th straight time. THAT’S impressive…but it won’t mean squat if he doesn’t win the title. Finals begin Thursday.

MLB: It was a great weekend for me because I was able to watch 2 Dodgers games on TV. Don’t get me started on the Dodger/TimeWarnerCable BS that we are STILL experiencing out here in Los Angeles. Just … don’t.

The Dodgers traveled to New York to take on the World Series runner-up NY Mets, and this rivalry is officially ON. It began with the Mets accusing the Dodgers of cheating with lasers. The Mets contacted Major League Baseball about the possibility of the Dodgers using lasers to gain an unfair advantage in their defensive positioning. Next there was the Dodger debut of 19-year old lefty phenom pitcher Julio Urias. The Mets didn’t appreciate all the hype surrounding the kid, and made his first outing a rough one. Over the course of 2.2 innings, Urias allowed three earned runs and five hits while walking four batters and striking out three. He’s been sent back to his room Triple-A, Oklahoma City team and can not come out to play (in the majors) for a bit…

Oh, it doesn’t end there…things got really chippy on Saturday night. Mets Thor-esque pitcher Noah Syndergaard was given the quick boot for throwing a pitch behind Dodger Chase Utley. The 99-mph fastball appeared to be in retaliation for Utley’s leg-breaking slide to former Mets infielder Ruben Tejada in the NLDS last season. Twitter went nuts and Mets fans were M A D as many felt Thor should have been given a warning first.

In other baseball news, USA softball star Jennie Finch became the first woman to manage a professional baseball team on Sunday. Finch was a guest manager for the Atlantic League’s Bridgeport Bluefish. Her aggressive base running strategies helped lead the Bluefish to a 3-1 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Finch is now 1-0. #girlmode

Check here for MLB scores and highlights.

Soccer: The 100th anniversary of the oldest international soccer tournament kicks off this Friday at Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara, CA when the U.S. meets Columbia in the first round of the Copa America Centenario. The 16-team competition will be played in 10 U.S. cities over the next month. It’s a great test for the USNMT going into the summer Olympics…and who doesn’t want to win the 100th anniversary title? Here is a complete TV guide for upcoming matches. If you’re a soccer fan, you’re in for a treat.

In NCAA news: so many tournaments… lacrosse, baseball, softball, ultimate Frisbee .. too many to cover. Sorry folks. Check here for final scores and updates on what’s happening in college sports sports.

Tennis: It’s been a nightmare year in tennis so far, and the hits just keep on coming. A match-fixing scandal began the year at the Australian Open. Maria Sharapova is out of tournament play due to a drug suspension. Roger Federer skipped the French because of an undisclosed injury. Clay King Rafa Nadal withdrew on Friday because of a wrist injury. And on Sunday, home favorite 6th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired after pulling his groin. Add all this to the ongoing bickering over equal pay, and the announcement by several high profile players that they are skipping the Olympics. #noreliefinsight

Speaking of the Rio Olympics, more than 100 prominent physicians, bioethicists and scientists from around the world posted a letter Friday urging World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan to exert pressure on Olympic authorities to move the Olympics from Rio de Janeiro or delay the Games because of public health concerns over the Zika virus, according to the Washington Post. In the open letter posted Friday on Twitter and Facebook, the authors said evidence shows that “Brazil’s Zika strain has more serious medical consequences than researchers previously knew, that Rio de Janeiro is one of the hardest-hit areas of the epidemic, and that Rio’s mosquito-killing efforts are not meeting expectations.” #ongoing

Golf: Texas native Jordan Spieth won his first PGA tournament in his home state on Sunday. A sure cure for his Master’s meltdown blues, Spieth birdied the last three holes in front of family and friends to win the Dean and Deluca Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. Spieth is the reigning U.S. Open champion and will try to defend that title at Oakmont in three weeks. #cantwait

The Russian doping scandal continues. According to the Associated Press, 8 more Russian athletes tested positive in the retests of doping samples from the 2012 Olympics. The IOC is using newer methods to test samples. Russia has already been banned from competing in track and field, including at the Rio Olympics, by the international track and field federation. The IOC said Friday that 23 athletes from five sports and six countries tested positive in retests of 265 samples from 2012.

A very sad story from the NFL: New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment early Saturday morning. Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend for his daughter’s first birthday. According to police, the resident of the apartment, who had been asleep, retrieved a handgun and called out to Dejean-Jones but did not get an answer. Dejean-Jones kicked the bedroom door and the resident fired his gun through the door, striking and killing Dejean-Jones. It’s not clear at this time whether any substance played a part in this horrific tragedy.

Let’s end with the great underdog story from the Indianapolis 500! In what has to be one of the biggest upsets in the Formula-One sport, 24 year old California native Alexander Rossi won the 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle In Racing” on Sunday. The 66-1 long shot used super speeds and a savvy fuel strategy to take the checkered flag, giving the Andretti family the biggest win of their storied careers. Columbian runner-up (for the 2nd time in 4 yrs) Carlos Munoz was not happy it all came down to fuel consumption – but a win is a win…#dealwithit. Rossi, on the other hand, had the best quote of the day: “The emotional roller-coaster of this race is ridiculous,” he said. “There were moments I was really stoked, really heartbroken, really stoked. I was like, ‘Wow, I’ll need to see a psychiatrist after this.” #pagingDr.Phil

That’s is for #SportBits this week. Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day. Fire up the BBQs and watch some of great games tonight. Don’t know about you…but I’m stoked! Check in with #SportBitsDaily for TV schedules and quick updates…and don’t forget twitter, Facebook and instagram. #socialmediaOVERLOAD

 

 

 

 

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#SportBitsDaily … Friday

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The NBA defending champs live to see another day! Last night in Game 5 of the #WCF, the Golden State Warriors, lead by MVP Steph Curry, beat the OKC Thunder 120-111, in Oakland. Curry had 31 points and Kevin Durant had 40 for the Thunder. I’m digging the rivalry between Curry and Russell Westbrook though…keep an eye on that. Game 6 is going to be goooooood, Saturday night in Oklahoma.

It will be the Pittsburgh Penguins v. the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Finals. Last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins advanced with a thrilling Game 7 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Penguins dominated possession on their home ice, outshooting the Bolts 30-17, but the game was filled with tension from start to finish. The best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals begins Monday night in Pittsburgh.

In an effort to keep the “dopers” away from the Rio Olympics, the IOC continues to reanalyze samples from athletes from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The latest tests have turned of 23 more athletes with doping in their samples. An earlier sweep revealed 31 doping athletes. #cheatersbeware

My Dodgers pitching rotation is in need of some HELP. And hopefully that’s what they’ll get today as 19year old Julio Urias gets his first MLB start. Dude has been ripping it up in the minors – time to see how he plays with the big boys. Heck, he’s younger than many of the players the Dodgers will be drafting in two weeks. Lord have mercy! I’ma rootin’ him on, and hoping his mom will be there incase things don’t go well.

Baylor fired football coach Art Briles yesterday amid the controversy over the school’s handling of sexual assault allegations involving players on his team. #BoutTime

Happy Memorial Day weekend folks…you’ve got all kinds of sports to watch this weekend: NBA, NCAA tourneys, MLB, French Open, Indy 500, Golf, NASCAR…fire up the DVR along with the BBQ.  Enjoy!

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#SportBitsDaily … Thursday

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NBA: The Cleveland Cavaliers lead 65-34 at halftime and went on to rout the Toronto Raptors, 116-78, to take a 3-2 lead in the #ECF. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both had 23 points in the win. Game 6 will be Friday night at Air Canada Centre. If there is a Game 7, it will be back at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday.

In the NHL, the San Jose Sharks will be heading to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history after their 5-2 win in Game 6 last night in San Jose. They await the winner of tonight’s Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Baylor University is under scrutiny for how it has handled sexual assaults involving student athletes, including several members of the Baylor football team. ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported in January several examples in which school officials either failed to investigate, or failed to adequately investigate, allegations of sexual violence. In many cases, officials did not provide support to those who reported assaults, in apparent violation of Title IX federal law. A new report details that at least some Baylor officials, including coaches, knew about many of the incidents, and most players did not miss playing time for disciplinary reasons. None of the incidents has been widely reported in the media. Shocking => not. This is an ongoing story… BREAKING: According to multiple reports, Baylor has fired head coach Art Briles in wake of sexual assault scandal. Formal announcement is expected later today.

If you haven’t heard the latest about Hulk Hogan, and who actually funded his invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker…you should, because it’s pretty awesome.

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The OKC Thunder went postal and routed the defending champs for a second consecutive time in the NBA #WCF. The 118-94 win puts Golden State on the brink of elimination heading into Game 5 in Oakland on Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins came out with a 5-2 win  in their elimination Game 6 last night in Tampa.  They force  Game 7 v. the Lightning to be played on Thursday in Pittsburgh. G A M E 7  – winner goes to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Serena Williams breezed through her first round match at the French Open 6-2, 6-0, and probably had a great night sleep after her two main threats to the title were ousted from the tourney. N.3 Angelique Kerber, who beat her at the Australian in January, lost to number 58th ranked  Kiki Bertens, and No.5 Victoria Azarenka, one of only two other women to beat Williams this year, bowed out in the first round due to a knee injury. #sweetdreamsSerena

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won’t race at the Belmont Stakes due to illness, and the much anticipated rematch with Preakness winner Exaggerator, will not happen after all. #Dangittohell

It sounds like the Oakland Raiders are pretty serious about moving to Las Vegas. Owner Mark Davis says he’ll move his team if the city comes through with financing needed to relocate (how much is that??). Another concern is whether the city has a strong enough fan base to justify the move. The Raiders on the Strip?? I mean who’s not coming watch that!!

Well, it’s Under Armour’s world, and we’re just living in it! Yesterday, the company announced a $280million apparel deal with UCLA. This ranks as the largest shoe and apparel sponsorship in college sports history. FYI: the athletes are NOT part of the payout..in any way.  #UA wanted a bigger west coast presence…and they got it. #DressToExcess

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#SportBitsDaily … Tuesday

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Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the #ECF finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 last night. Game 5 is tomorrow in Cleveland. Don’t think it’s panic time for LeBron & Co, but things sure did get a bit more interesting.

Golden State Warrior Draymond Green avoided suspension for his “accidental” kick in the crotch to Thunder’s Steven Adams on Sunday. It’ll cost him $25grand and an upgrade to a flagrant-2 foul. Plus, it’s provided mega-motivation for all in Toronto. I’m thinking fans are going to let Green hear it tonight in Game 6.

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The San Jose Sharks are one win away from going to the Stanley Cup Finals with their 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 5. Game 6 of the #WCF is tomorrow in San Jose.

At the French Open, defending men’s champ Stan Warwrinka avoided an historic first round upset, and No. 2 seed Andy Murray dropped 2 sets before taking out Stepanek in 5. Both No. 1 seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic play their first round matches today. Security is uber tight this year at Roland Garros in wake of the Paris attacks.

Deflate-gate goes on… The NFL Players Association has filed a petition with a federal appeals court asking for Tom Brady’s case to be reheard by a panel of judges. In April, a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL in the Deflate-gate case, effectively reinstating the New England Patriots quarterback’s original four-game suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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#SportBits… Monday Recap … #jumpin

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Hello #SportBits reader! Thanks for stopping by. It tells me you DO want to know a little bit of what’s happening in the world of sports…for whatever reason. Now if you would just leave me some comments below, I could fine-tune this bad boy to make #SportBits even more enjoyable for YOU! #jumpin

It was a beautiful weekend here is Southern California…one of those weekends where it was really hard to be inside watching sports. But for you loyal readers, I made sure to catch the noteworthy contests.

First up in Maryland, we had the running of the 141st Preakness. After a decisive win at the Kentucky Derby, undefeated Nyquist hoped to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. It was a day of rain and fog, which many felt favored Nyquist’s main competitor, Exaggerator. Jockey Kent Desormeaux ran a beautiful race and guided Exaggerator to a 3-½-length victory over Cherry Wine on the sloppy track. Nyquist finished third. If you missed it, you will get a chance to watch these two compete again in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes. It will be their 6th time running against each other, with Nyquist up 4-1. #rivalry

At the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in Irving Texas, Spaniard Sergio Garcia made par on the first playoff hole on Sunday to beat Brooks Koepka for his ninth career PGA Tour victory, matching the late Seve Ballesteros for the most by a Spanish-born player. #vamonos

The 2016 French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, kicked off at Roland Garros stadium this week. Sunday started with cloudy and soggy conditions, forcing play to stop. Rain continued to fall today/Monday, causing additional delays after only 10 of 32 scheduled matches were completed on Sunday. The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that plays on a clay court, and so weather conditions can have a huge impact. This year, top seed Serena Williams will be playing for her 4th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title, which would tie her with Steffi Graf. Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic will be playing for the only Grand Slam title missing from his impressive résumé. Check in HERE for scores and match schedules. And for more French Open analysis, see my article on HerDaily. #crosspromotion

The NBA playoffs continue. In the east, the Toronto Raptors won Game 3 at home on Friday, 99-84. Cleveland leads the series 2-1. Game 4 is tonight in Toronto, 8:30pm ET on ESPN.

In the West, the OKC Thunder clobbered the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 in Oklahoma City on Sunday night, 133-105. The Thunder leads the series 2-1. Game 4 at OKC, Tuesday, 9pm ET on TNT.

ICYMI: the NBA lottery took place last week and the Philadelphia 76ers won first pick. The LA Lakers got second and the Boston Celtics took third. The draft is June 23rd in New York, with LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram considered the top two picks.

The WNBA season is just underway, and the league is getting great PR from some of their NBA counterparts. Golden State Warrior Draymond Green said last week: “In the NBA there’s always a guy who is only around because he can jump. He doesn’t have a clue about the fundamentals. I learn more from the WNBA. They know how to dribble, how to pivot, how to use the shot fake.” And when Clipper star Blake Griffin guested on Broad City last month, he said the WNBA was, “So good. I literally steal moves from them all the time.” He then went on to say, “Some of the moves they do, I can’t even — like — I can’t even think of in my head. It’s just like the best version of basketball there is.”

The WNBA is where it’s at, people. Check it out. Here is a great place to start.

The NHL playoffs continue with the Western Conference series tied at 2 after a strong performance by the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 on Saturday. Game 5 v. the San Jose Sharks is tonight, in St. Louis, at 8pm ET on NBCSN.

In the #ECF, the Tampa Bay Lightning staged comebacks scoring two tying goals, the second of which forced overtime with 3:16 to go in regulation in what became a 4-3 overtime victory over the Penguins in Game 5. They lead the series 3-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and can advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a win in Game 6, Tuesday night in Tampa Bay.

In MLB news… a few interesting rule changes are in the works. At the owners meeting last week, the Competition Committee approved a change in the strike zone, which now starts below the knee. The change move the zone to the top of the hitter’s knee. Also, if a pitcher wants to walk a batter, he will soon be able to signal the umpire instead of having to throw the old-fashioned 4 pitches to a standing catcher. Both these changes could go into effect next season and are meant to pick up the pace of the game, which is a priority for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

A crappy thing happened at Petco Park on Saturday night, and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is calling for an investigation. A mix-up occurred at the Padres v. Dodgers game, when a recording of a woman’s voice was played over 100 male chorus members who had taken the field to perform the national anthem. No attempt to stop the recording or usher the singers off the field was made, so the chorus stood there looking embarrassed and humiliated. Donald Trump Fans were heard yelling, “you sing like a girl” as they walked off afterwards. Padre officials said it was a mistake and have fired the person responsible for the error. I hope it was a mistake because that sh*t ain’t cool.

Here is a link to all the scores and current team standings.

In college sports, there are a bunch of tournaments happening, but I’m going focus on lacrosse and softball this week.

In the women’s lacrosse, the tournament final four is set: #1 Maryland will play #4 Syracuse, and #3 North Carolina takes on Penn State in the semifinals on Friday. The championship game will be 12pm ET on Sunday.

On the men’s side: #1 Maryland plays #5 Brown, and North Carolina takes on #7 Loyola (Md) on Saturday, with the championship game on Monday. College lax is fast past, exciting to watch and becoming more and more popular by the day. You should try and catch some if you get chance. Most games are televised on the ESPN networks.

In women’s softball, the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) is the final portion of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The tournament format consists of two four-team double-elimination brackets. The winners of each bracket then compete in a best-of-three series to determine the Division I WCWS National Champion.  The top 4 seeds this year are: Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Auburn. Teams are currently competing in the best-of-three Regional Series. Check here for teams, scores and schedules.

In other news…

Our old pal Johnny Manziel is in the news again. On Friday, Manziel got kicked out of a Las Vegas club for punching a patron in the face at an impromptu Drake concert. Now there is word the NFL is investigating the Cleveland QB’s role in a car crash that happened on the Sunset Strip last month. Manziel was a passenger in the rental car which was heavily damaged. The owner now claims Manziel refuses to pay for repairs – and he is PO’d. TMZ reports the car crash probe is part of a “larger Manziel investigation, which is ongoing.” #staytuned

Today is the deadline for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to appeal his deflate-gate case, and it’s looking like he is going to proceed. Lord have mercy, when will it end? I’m tired of it…You can read more about it here.

Ugh. According to documents obtained by ESPN’s Outside The Lines, a new congressional report is out implying that the NFL sought to “improperly influence” a major government study on connections between football and brain disease. The report says the NFL gave the National Institutes of Health a $30 million unrestricted gift in 2012, but later sought to pull $16 million in funding from that gift away from one researcher, and reroute it to researchers working on the league’s own brain injury committee. When the NIH declined to redirect the funding, the NFL “balked at paying for the study, despite having signed documents it would do so.” Taxpayers were then on the hook to pay for the study. Not cool NFL…not cool at all. The brain injury study begins next week in Boston.

The Olympic doping scandal continues. Over the weekend, Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva accused anti-doping and Olympic bosses of discrimination against Russia and violating her human rights. Russia’s athletics team has been suspended from international competition since November, after the publication of an independent report into systemic doping in Russian athletics. A decision on whether to lift that ban in time for Rio will be made by the International Association of Athletics Federations on June 17.

L A S T L Y…. and let’s see if you made it to the end of this VERY long article… I want you to check out this video from last nights #OKCvGSW game and tell me if you think the kick in the crotch by Draymond Green on Steven Adams was intentional. He was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul which is being reviewed today. Opinions are falling on both sides. I have no question what I think. What do YOU think? #owie

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#SportBitsDaily … Friday

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In the NBA: The Toronto Raptors’ better effort still wasn’t enough against LeBron James and his undefeated Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night. James had a triple double with 23 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds to power the Cavaliers 108-89 past Toronto, sending the Raptors home trailing 2-0 in their #ECF debut. Game 3 is Saturday in Toronto.

NHL: Shark goalie Martin Jones recorded his second consecutive shutout in San Jose last night to give his team a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the #WCF. Game 4 is Saturday in San Jose.

Roger Federer pulled out of the French Open on Thursday, ending his record streak of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments – every one since the start of 2000.

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NHL: A three-goal first period powered the St. Louis Blues to a 6-1 win in Game 7 over the Dallas Stars last night to send them to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001. They await the winner of Thursday’s Game 7 between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks.

NBA: DeMar DeRozan matched a playoff high with 34 points and Kyle Lowry had 25 for the Toronto Raptors in their 99-91 victory over the Miami Heat . Raptors take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Game 6 is Friday night in Miami.

With their  125-121 win, The Golden State Warriors eliminated the Portland Trailblazers in five games to reach the Western Conference Finals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#SportBits…NHL Playoffs..Part 1

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Hello HerDaily readers. Last week, #SportBits gave you a look inside the NBA playoffs. This week, we’ll focus on the NHL. I’ll be honest, I don’t follow hockey very closely during the season, except for my hometown team, the Los Angeles Kings. But playoff time is different, and as in any playoff race, teams raise their level, because the stakes are high. This makes for an energized and exciting atmosphere. Anything can happen! So if you haven’t checked in with the NHL all season long, now is a good time to give it a look. Plus, people are talking about it, and you don’t want to be left out of the conversation.

NHL 101: There are two conferences in the NHL, the East and the West. In the playoffs, the eight teams from each conference that have the highest earned points from the season, play a best-of-seven series. There are four rounds, and the winner of the fourth and final round, wins the Stanley Cup. Each series is played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, meaning the team with home-ice advantage hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while their opponent hosts games 3, 4, and 6, with games 5–7 being played if needed.

Today we’ll focus on the Western Conference, which has two divisions: the Pacific and the Central.

In the Pacific division, the 4 teams are:

#1 Anaheim Ducks v. (wildcard) Nashville Predators: Ducks lead series 3-2

  • On Saturday, the Ducks won 5-2 in Nashville, putting the Predators on the brink of elimination.
  • Game 6 is Monday (TONIGHT!) in Nashville, 8pm ET on CNBC.
  • Game 7, if necessary, is Wednesday (check local listings) in Anaheim.

#2 Los Angeles Kings v. #3 San Jose Sharks: Sharks win the series 4-1

  • Two years ago, the Sharks held a 3-0 lead over the Kings in the playoffs, and lost it. #MAJORchoke
  • This year, they made sure that didn’t happen, beating the Kings 6-3 in LA on Friday, to win the series.
  • Sharks await the winner of the Ducks v. Predators.

In the Central division:

#1 Dallas Stars v. (wildcard) Minnesota Wild: Stars win the series 4-2

  • The Stars put their fans at ease and closed out the series with a 6-5 win in Minnesota on Sunday.
  • They await the winner of St. Louis v. Chicago.

#2 St. Louis v. #3 Chicago Blackhawks: Series tied 3-3

  • Game 7 is TONIGHT in St. Louis, 8:30pm on NBCSN.
  • This is where the home-ice advantage comes in.
  • GAME 7’s ARE ALWAYS EXCITING! #winORgohome

That’s it. This is only the first round, so we have a ways to go. But if you start paying attention now (just like in the NBA playoffs), you’ll be all-kinds-of-knowledgeable by the time the Stanley Cup Finals come around. And you know what? It’s FUN to be all-kinds-of-knowledgeable. #SportBits

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#SportBits…BREAKING NEWS

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Hello… and welcome! If this is your first time visiting #SportBits, let me let explain my mission. Simply put, I want everyone on the planet to know a little bit about what is going on in the world of sports. Why? Well, why not? People talk about sports all the time. Sports news is happening 24/7. It crosses over with politics. It’s entwined with pop culture. It even touches upon social and religious issues. It’s a smart move to know what’s going on in the world of sports, so when you’re in that business meeting, or cocktail party, or commute to school with your kids, and someone asks, “You think the Warriors can win the title this year,” you will:

  1. Know who the Warriors are, and
  2. Have an answer for her/him.

And you will feel empowered by having that answer! I promise. And WHY will you have that answer? Because you read #SportBits every week! #yay

Let’s start off with the NBA playoffs and that above-referenced Warriors question.

In the Western conference:

  • The No. 1 Golden State Warriors lead No. 8 Houston Rockets 3-1 in their first round, best-of-seven series. The big news here is that superstar badass Steph Curry, who sat out game 3 with a tweaked ankle, sprained his knee at the end of the first half on Sunday. Curry was visibly upset on the bench, and took his tears to the locker room at halftime. He didn’t return in the second half, but his teammates responded and got the win without him.
  • BREAKING NEWS: CURRY COULD BE OUT FOR 2 WEEKS WITH A GRADE 1 SPRAIN OF HIS KNEE.
  • Can the Warriors beat the LA Clippers or the San Antonio Spurs with out Curry? Hmmmm…. it would be VERY tough. There are some anxious fans up in #NoCal for sure.
  • Game 5 is set for Wednesday at 7:30pm in Oakland.
  • No. 2 San Antonio swept the Memphis Grizzlies, and awaits the winner of the No. 3 Oklahoma City Thunder v. No. 6 Dallas Mavericks series. #OKC seemingly have control in this one with a 3-1 lead.
  • Game 5 is TONIGHT, 8pm ET on TNT.
  • No. 4 LA Clippers lead No. 5 Portland Trailblazers 2-1.
  • Game 4 is TONIGHT in Portland at 10:30pm ET, on TNT.

In the East:

  • No. 1 Cleveland Cavs closed out their series with No. 8 Detroit Pistons with a sweep on Sunday in Detroit. 
  • They await the winner of the Atlanta v. Boston matchup.
  • No. 2 Toronto Raptors are tied 2-2 with the No.7 Indiana Pacers.
  • Game 5 is Tuesday in Toronto.
  • No. 5 Boston Celtics won Game 4 in overtime on Sunday to even the series at 2-2 with No. 4 Atlanta Hawks.
  • Game 5 in Atlanta is Tuesday – check local listings for time/channel.

Meanwhile, the first round of the NHL Playoffs continues:

In the West Conference, Pacific division:

  • No. 1 Anaheim Ducks v. (wildcard) Nashville Predators: Ducks lead series 3-2
  • On Saturday, the Ducks won 5-2 in Nashville, putting the Predators on the brink of elimination.
  • Game 6 is Monday (TONIGHT!) night in Nashville, 8pm on CNBC.
  • Game 7, if necessary, is Wednesday (check local listings) in Anaheim
  • No. 2 Los Angeles Kings v. #3 San Jose Sharks: Sharks win the series 4-1
  • Two years ago, the Sharks held a 3-0 lead over the Kings in the playoffs, and lost it.
  • This year, they made sure that didn’t happen, beating the Kings 6-3 in LA on Friday, to win the series.
  • They await the winner of the Ducks v. Predators.

In the Central division:

  • No. 1 Dallas Stars v. (wildcard) Minnesota Wild: Stars win the series 4-2  
  • The Stars put their fans at ease and closed out the series with a 6-5 win in Minnesota on Sunday.
  • They await the winner of St. Louis v. Chicago.
  • No.2 St. Louis v. No. 3 Chicago Blackhawks: Series tied 3-3
  • Game 7 is TONIGHT in St. Louis, 8:30pm on NBCSN.
  • GAME 7’s ARE ALWAYS EXCITING. #winORgohome

In the East, Atlantic division:

  • No.1 Florida Panthers v. (wildcard) New York Islander: Islanders win series 4-2.
  • Islander fans are rejoicing as their team had not had a chance to clinch a playoff series at home since 1993, when its current captain, John Tavares, was 2 years old. That also was the last time the Islanders won a playoff series.
  • They now play No.2 Tampa Bay Lightening, who won their series 4-1 over No.3 Detroit Red Wings.

In the Metro division:

  • No.1 Washington Capitols wrapped up their series on Sunday winning it 4-2 over the  (wildcard) Philadelphia Flyers.
  • They will play No.2 Pittsburg Penguins, who won  4-1 over No. 3 New York Rangers.

Last night in baseball, the Washington Nationals beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5, but it took 16 innings and 6 hours to get it done. Bryce Harper tied it with a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning, pitcher Oliver Perez put down a bunt in the 15th that kept the game going, and Chris Heisey homered in the 16th to end it.

In another Sunday marathon game, the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 7-5 in a 12 inning, 5-hour game.

In Denver, the LA Dodgers blew a 7-1 lead in the 8th to the Rockies (I’m blaming it on the altitude), but then scored 5 in the ninth to win it. Crazy stuff. Going to the ballpark is a crapshoot. Spending $$$$ on tickets is a given. Knowing what kind of game you’ll get is not. It could be a low scoring snoozer…or a marathon outing filled with exciting plays. But what you can ALWAYS count on? Good food and frosty beers.

Check in here for all scores and current standings in the MLB.

In other news:

The Los Angeles Lakers fired their coach Byron Scott on Sunday. Poor guy did all that he was supposed to: guide the young team through the end of the Kobe Bryant era including the season-long #FarewellTour. But the minute that was over, so was Scott. Probably for the best. Can’t wait to see whom they hire.

SUCH DRAMA IN THE #MMA! It’s better than highschool… Conor McGregor, arguably the biggest draw for the sport, and the UFC featherweight champion, was scheduled for a rematch with Nate Diaz in the main event of the card of UFC 200. But last week, out of the blue, McGregor tweeted he had retired. A a few hours later, UFC president Dana White explained that McGregor had been pulled from UFC 200 because he wouldn’t fly to Las Vegas to perform promotional obligations. THEN McGregor clarified his tweet saying he wanted to focus on training and would do some promotional duties now, and some later. But White followed that up with press conference, saying McGregor was DEFINITELY OFF the UFC 200 card, and the UFC was looking for a new opponent for Diaz. Still with me? Well last night, McGregor took to twitter again (WHAT IN THE WORLD DID WE DO BEFORE SOCIAL MEDIA??) :

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UPDATE: Dana White now says McGregor’s tweet in “inaccurate.”  Yeah, MUCH better than high school.

Sports & Politics… Last week, NBA Commissioner David Silver made it perfectly clear that if the North Carolina “Bathroom Bill” isn’t changed, the league will find a host other than Charlotte for next year’s All-Star Game.

“We’ve been, I think, crystal clear a change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event,” Silver said at the Associated Press Sports Editors’ commissioner meetings.

I’m not a big fan of David Silver (advertising on NBA jerseys!! ugh) but at least he got this one right.

BREAKING NEWS: The U.S. Court of Appeals  has ruled in favor of the NFL in the ongoing Deflategate case against the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association. Brady’s 4-game suspension has been reinstated….for now.

That’s it for me. Like Conor McGregor, I’m all over social media => follow me! Have a great week and I’ll see you back next Monday. Or maybe not…I’m heading to the Big Easy for some Jazz Fest next weekend. Then again, sports and music often intersect..so you never know what I might be reporting on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#SportBits…Monday News

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It’s Monday, and #SportBits is here to give you the 411 on what’s happening in fashion, entertainment and politics. Ha! Just seeing if you are paying attention. A lot is happening out there in the world of sports. I’m sure most of you know what’s going on, since you follow me on social media, but incase you don’t (and you may want to rethink that), here is this week’s sports roundup. #yeehaw

It’s PLAYOFF time in the NBA and NHL.

In the NBA, the top eight teams in each conference battle in their best of seven, first round seri. I could write a whole article about the matchups, the key players, and the schedule, but why should I when this article does it for me. I’m picking Golden State to win it all, because Superman Steph Curry will be the first to tell you that their record breaking 73-win season doesn’t mean SQUAT if they don’t win the Championship. #MAJORincentive. Plus, he’s Superman.

Ditto for the NHL. Their 4-round, best of seven series got underway last week, and HERE is what you need to know about THAT. It’s still early .. and I promise to go into more #SportBits detail as we get a little deeper in.

In baseball news, the Washington Nationals have a franchise-best 9-1 start. Bryce Harper looks to repeat last season’s MVP, and their off-season acquisitions are performing very well, so things are looking cherry-blossomy in DC. But man, it’s a loooong season, so does all this really mean anything? Who the heck knows. Time will tell.

In Tampa Bay, a female fan was struck by a foul ball and hospitalized over the weekend. The fan was sitting in the lower box seats next to the Tampa Bay’s dugout on the first base side, when she was struck in the seventh inning by a ball off the bat of Rays designated hitter Steven Souza Jr. The ball went through a small gap in the protective netting behind an area for photographers. Baseball games can be long and boring at times. But you have to pay attention because apparently, even the protective netting won’t always keep you safe.

MLB teams are still trying to get used to the new slide rule implemented this season. This issue rose to the forefront during the 2015 postseason when LA Dodger Chase Utley broke up a potential double play in Game 2 of the National League Division Series with a controversial slide that ended up injuring Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. In the past, runners were given wide latitude coming into second base as long as they were close enough to touch the bag. Under the new rule, a runner will have to make a “bona fide slide,” which is defined as making contact with the ground before reaching the base – meaning the runner can’t just take out the 2nd baseman in order to mess up his flow. Players aren’t happy since they’re used to plowing down the second baseman if needed. But this is a good thing….because change is good…yada yada yada. #safetyfirst

Let’s talk some fashion and design. The Chicago Cubs have a new clubhouse, and I ain’t talking Mickey Mouse. Take a look:

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Bye bye traditional locker room-feel. Hello multiple flat-screen TVs, circular bar, and swanky lounge, strength and conditioning area. And let’s not leave out the futuristic training room and saltwater hyperbaric deprivation chamber. All they need now is a disco ball and D-Jay and Cub Nightclub will be ready for business.

Here are the MLB scores and highlights from the previous week. Give a glance…

It’s the off-season in football..college and pros..so why has there been so much football news lately? Can’t we go one day without some Johnny Manziel, blockbuster trade, new NCAA rules or scheduling story? Can’t the OTHER sports have their time in the spotlight? Man, I think football can be so selfish sometimes.

So we’ll move on to soccer, which of course is called FOOTBALL over in England, where the  English Premiere League  is played. We are coming to the end of the 9month League season. In the European League, each of 20 teams play each other twice. A team is given 3-points for a win and 1-pt for a tie (draw). If two or more teams have the same number of points at the end of the 38game season, there are factors used to separate them. It’s pretty straight forward…whichever team has the most points at the end, wins it all. There are no playoffs –  so this is the juicy part of the season. Here is an update on League leaders and remaining games.

In MLS, soccer commissioner Don Garber confirmed the league’s plans to expand from 20 to 24 teams by 2018, and to 28 teams by an unspecified timetable. Sacramento, Detroit, St. Louis and San Diego are all in the running.

For all MLS soccer scores and updates…check here.

In other news….

It was a great night in the NBA and the state of California last Wednesday. In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his last NBA game. It was an amazing ending to an amazing 20yr career. Up in Sacramento, The Golden State Warriors ended an amazing season with their 73rd win, surpassing the 1995-96 Bulls.

In women’s basketball, Loyola University Chicago announced Friday they will be investigating complaints made against women’s basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes following a mass exodus of players from the program. According to the Chicago Tribune, 10 of the team’s 12 returning players have transferred, or put in requests to be released from their scholarships – this, after 5 players transferred after last season. Sources say team members were not happy with Swoopes’ treatment of individual players. Swoopes, a four-time WNBA champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist, who was hired by Loyola in 2013 with very little coaching experience, is said to be cooperating fully.  Hmmmm….as Colonel Clink would say, “Veeeery interestink.”

And because I want to hit that #SportBitsFashion theme again, let’s check out a couple NBA stars and their “Game 1 Arena Arrival Outfits” or #G1AAO :

Russell Westbrook, from the Oklahoma City Thunder, made a bold choice going with the simple white T and wide-leg fisherman pants for his arrival. Gotta have some stones to rock this one…and he does…rock it that is.

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#KingJames sticks with the all-business attire. He’s focused (and reportedly off social media for the playoffs..thank goodness) and his outfit reflects that. #allbiz

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That’s it folks. As I write this, I have Pro Bowling on in the background. Clearly I need help. Please post any advice or comments below – or on facebook, twitter and instagram. Thanks for stopping by…see you next Monday. #SportBitsOut

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#SportBits….#QuickChat with Phil Jackson

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Hello #SportBits readers! How are you handling the #madness? It certainly was a great weekend of college basketball- both men and women’s. Bummed I have to wait until Thursday before it starts up again. We’ll get to the scores and highlights in a minute. But first, I want to pass along some interesting information and insight I got from NY Knick president and former Laker and Bulls coach, Phil Jackson. That’s him in the cover photo. It was the only shot where he’s smiling, so I had to use it! He came into the vintage watch store I work at with a couple beautiful timepieces to be repaired – one was a gift from Jerry Buss, given to him when he was kicked out of a game for defending Kobe. Naturally, I took the opportunity to chat him up. His son Charlie was with him, and it was fun quizzing them both on some #SportBits topics.

We started out with a little tourney talk and it turns out that, like me, they both have Kansas winning it all. #greatminds

Next came a quick question on the state of the Knicks head coaching position. Former Laker and Knicks head coach Derek Fisher was let go in February, and veteran assistant (and former Laker) Kurt Rambis was named interim coach. According to an ESPN.com article, Jackson took some blame for Fisher’s performance. He said he could have done a better job mentoring him. I asked PJ (that’s what Charlie calls him) if Rambis was his permanent pick, and if there was any truth to the rumors he might step back into the coaching arena and coach some Knick home games? “At this point, I haven’t made any decisions,” Jackson said. The Knicks are 5-11 under Rambis and near the bottom of the Eastern division. I mentioned my theory on Kobe’s coaching aspirations, as it seems he’s doing a lot it from the bench this season. I jokingly suggested to Phil he might want to hire him for the job. He smiled and said, “No comment.”

Next was my standard question on concussions in sports. I asked Coach if he knew then, what we know now, would Charlie be able to play football as a kid? He looked at Charlie and said, “Well, ask him about that.” Charlie told me he was NOT allowed to play football growing up. “My mom saw too many injuries in the game and didn’t want us getting hurt,” Charlie said. “We weren’t allowed to play.” I asked him if he was bitter about that and he responded, “Not at all. I’ve got two young boys and I’m not sure what I’ll do when they get old enough to play. Hopefully, they will have figured out proper safety measures by then.”

The last topic I touched on was the Adam LaRoche controversy. If you haven’t heard, Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche retired from baseball last week because the team president asked him to “dial back” his son’s time in the clubhouse and on the field. LaRoche walked away from $13 million dollars remaining in his contract to put #familyfirst. Charlie Jackson answered this one too. He explained that growing up in Chicago while his dad coached the Bulls, and here in Los Angeles with the Lakers, he was rarely allowed in the locker room. “Kids and wives were not on the team planes or in the same hotels even. That’s not the atmosphere Dad wanted. It was business. But I think things are a little different now. It’s a different generation.” Phil agreed. “I’ve got to think there is some kind of compromise here,” Charlie said. I agreed with them both. Surely, there must be a better way to work this one out. Lots of support coming on both sides of the issue, and I’m hoping there can be an amicable resolution before the boycotts begin. The whole thing is ridiculous if you ask me. Kids in the workplace…yes or no?

That was all the time I had with Phil. I was surprised he let me snap a picture (photocred: Charlie). I thanked him and asked permission to post. I then told him it was his friend Jeannie Buss who I REALLY wanted to interview, and asked him to put in a good word. #workit

On to the #madness… It was a fun weekend of hoops filled with some wicked upsets and bracket busters (HELLO Middle Tennessee State (men’s side),  U of Albany in the women’s); a phenomenal half court buzzer beater, tip-ins and those Cinderella teams no one expected to advance. So much happened over the four days, it’s just too much to cover here. If you want to get all the details, check this article. Here are a few of my take-aways from the men’s side:
• The Sweet 16 round is made up teams mostly from the power conferences. Other than Gonzaga, the mid-majors melted away.
• The biggest upset of the weekend had to be No. 2 seed Michigan State falling to Middle Tennessee State in the first round. It killed my bracket.
• The ACC conference is the big winner with 6 teams heading to the Sweet 16.
• There are zero African American coaches in the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row. #S16sowhite

Here is a look at the bracket going in to the second weekend. How have your teams done?

In the women’s tournament, the two big stories are Syracuse advancing to its first Sweet 16 in program history, and powerhouse Tennesee advancing after a hugely disappointing regular season. Other teams moving on: No. 5 Mississippi State, No. 1 South Carolina, No. 3 Ohio State. Check here for the full bracket. If you haven’t watched any of the women’s games, you should check them out. They are just as entertaining and exciting as the men’s games.

In the NBA there were a few noteworthy games over the weekend.

LeBron and the Cavaliers were pummeled by Dwayne Wade and the Heat on Saturday, 122-101. Down 20 at the half, the Cavs fell behind by as much as 30 in the 3rd quarter. Let’s keep an eye on LeBron’s twitter and instagram feeds this week to see if he’s posts anymore cryptic messages. His latest instagram had everyone in a tizzy once again.

San Antonio held Steph Curry to 14 points and defeated the Golden State Warriors 87-79 to stay perfect at home this season.

One night after dominating the 76ers in Philadelphia, the OKC Thunder were back in action on Saturday against the Indiana Pacers and came out with a 115-111 win. Kevin Durant had 33 points while Russell Westbrook put in14. Paul George of the Pacers had 45 in the losing effort.

In what could be a first round matchup in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers came up short against the Grizzlies 113-103 in Memphis. Former Clipper Zack Randolph has his way with his former team, scoring a triple double (28pts/11 rebounds/10 assists). On Sunday, the Clippers fell 109-105 to the New Orlean Pelicans. It’s panic time in Clipperland.

Check here for all NBA scores.

NHL News:

Last Monday, the NFL made news when the league’s vice president of health and safety, Jeff Miller, acknowledged a link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The NHL did NOT follow suit however. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said:

“Well, first of all, I don’t feel that it’s either necessary or appropriate for me to comment on what the NFL says or does,” Bettman said. “Secondly, I think it’s fairly clear that playing hockey isn’t the same as football. And as we’ve said all along, we’re not going to get into a public debate on this.”

Good luck with that Mr. Commissioner. Currently, over 100 NHL players are involved in lawsuits claiming the league did not do enough to educate or protect them from the long-tem effects of concussions. The League says players could have done research and figured out the connection on their own. #whatheWHAT? Looks like a resolution is nowhere in sight.

Last week, the League leading Washington Capitols became the first team to clinch a playoff sport with their overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. On Sunday, they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins who extended their win streak to 6.

On Saturday, LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick helped his team win its fourth in a row and clinch a playoff berth in the West. They beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 at the Staples Center.

Anaheim Ducks beat the Winnipeg Jets in OT.

Check here for all NHL scores.

In college hockey, the 16 teams were announced on Sunday for the Division-1 NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. If you’ve never watched college hockey, you should check it out. It’s very fast paced and exciting. Here is a look at the bracket. Games start March 25th with the Frozen Four meeting in Tampa on April 7th. Championship game is April 9th, 8pm ET on ESPN.

On the women’s side, Boston College was attempting to cap off only the second undefeated season in NCAA history against the Minnesota Gophers in the championship game on Sunday. The Gophers came up with the upset winning 3-1 in Durham, NH.

In tennis, the BNP Paribas at Indian Wells came to a close, but not without some major controversy. Event CEO Raymond Moore spoke at a press conference before the women’s final on Sunday, and made some remarks that we’re outright sexist. Moore claimed that both the Women’s Tennis Association and its players ride on the coattails of men, used the term “lady player,” and commented on the physical attractiveness of a couple of the tour’s best young athletes. He quickly tweeted a hasty apology but I’m thinking his days are numbered.

Meanwhile, in the women’s final, No. 13 seed Victoria Azarenka dominated the early stages of the match before holding off a second-set fightback to defeat Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 . Serena commented on the controversy after the match and she didn’t mince words.

On the men’s side Novak Djokovic dominated Milos Raonic 6-2 6-0 to cliam his 5th Indian Wells title. After the match he added to the controversy by stating men should be given more prize money because they bring in more TV viewers. Guess Novak was unaware that at last years US Open, the women’s final sold out before the men’s. #Joker

I’m going to end with my #HOLYCRAP moment of the week. F1 racecar driver Fernando Alonso should definitely play the lottery after walking away from this one. Check it out.

That’s it for #SportBits. I’ll be following the Knick head coaching story closely because something tells me this decision is going to make or break Phil Jackson’s tenure with the team. And hey, if you’re ever down in the South Bay, stop by MB Watch Repair and Vintage Watches. We’re always talking food, sports and of course, classic watches! Follow me on social media for more news and updates. See you back here next Monday. #out

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