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Houston Rockets Beat Golden State Warriors 98-94 In Game 5 Of Western Conference, Lead Series 3-2

The Houston Rockets took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win in close Game 5 against the Warriors. Eric Gordon scored a team-high 24 points, and Chris Paul had 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.  The Warriors got 20-plus points out of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, but wasted possessions cost them in the end. Golden State turned the ball over 16 times and finished with just 18 assists. Check out the highlights from Game 5 in the link below.  ...Read more

First Black Heavyweight Champ Jack Johnson Pardoned By President Trump

President Donald Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson on Thursday, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case. Trump said Johnson, the “Galveston Giant,” was the victim of what “many viewed as a racially motivated injustice”. Johnson held the heavyweight title from 1908-15, and was convicted by an all-white jury in 1913 of taking a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes”. The consensual relationship with a white woman was seen then by many as taboo, and Johnson fled to Europe, but returned in 1920 and spent a year in prison. Johnson died in a car crash in 1946 at the age of 68. Trump signed the pardon at a ceremony in the Oval Office attended by “Rocky” actor Sylvester Stallone, current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Lennox Lewis. ...Read more

ESPN To Broadcast 30 UFC Events Per Year: Agree To $1.5B, 5-Year Deal

ESPN and the UFC have agreed to a five-year deal that will bring the mixed-martial arts league’s entire rights package to ESPN in 2019, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The new agreement follows a deal announced earlier this month between ESPN and UFC. The entire package will cost $1.5 billion over five years. The agreement was announced early Wednesday morning. The deal consists of 30 UFC Fight Night events per year, including 10 main cards on ESPN’s television networks. The other 20 will stream on ESPN+, the company’s newly launched streaming service. ...Read more

NFL Announces New National Anthem Policy Which States Players Must Stand On Field

NFL owners approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta. Any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team — not the players. “A club will be fined by the league if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem,” Goodell said in a statement. ...Read more

Mariners’ Dee Gordon Placed On 10-Day DL After Toe Injury Diagnosed As Fracture

The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday they placed center fielder/second baseman Dee Gordon on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured toe on his right foot. Gordon came to the Mariners in a December trade with the Miami Marlins during the offseason. Gordon has played well through the adjustments, producing a line of .304/.330/.386 to go with an American League-leading 16 stolen bases in just 45 games.  ...Read more

Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum Headline NBA All-Rookie 1st Team

The NBA announced the members of the 2017-18 All-Rookie teams Tuesday.  Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz were named unanimous selections. Simmons and Mitchell received the maximum 100 first-team votes, while the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum received 99. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma and Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen rounded out the first-team selections. Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins, Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson make up the All-Rookie second team. ...Read more

LeBron James Scores 44 Points To Take The Cavaliers To Win Over Boston: Series Even With Celtics

LeBron James scored 44 points on 17-of-28 shooting to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games each.  Kyle Korver scored 14 points for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 13 points and Kevin Love collected 11 rebounds while scoring nine points. Game 5 will be on Wednesday in Boston ...Read more

Fox Reportedly Reaches Agreement With WWE To Air SmackDown Live

WWE has reportedly agreed to make Fox the new home of “SmackDown Live.” The Hollywood Reporter says that the five-year deal has a total value of more than $1 billion. Sources said the deal will begin in October 2019, and that the show will move to Friday nights on Fox’s broadcast channel. On Thursday, NBC Universal declined its right of first refusal to hit the numbers that WWE proposed on “SmackDown.” NBC instead focused its efforts on “Monday Night Raw.” “SmackDown Live,” which airs on Tuesdays, has averaged 2.59 million viewers per week in 2018, while “Raw” has averaged about 3 million viewers. A representative for WWE declined to comment. A Fox spokesperson could not immediately be reached. ...Read more

Cavaliers Overpower Celtics 116-86 In Game 3 Of Eastern Conference Finals

LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. The Cavs used a three-day break in the series to regroup after being beaten by the Celtics in the first 2 games. They built a 19-point lead in the first quarter, pushed it to 30 in the second half and overpowered the Celtics, who fell to 1-5 on the road in the postseason. Game 4 is Monday night before the series returns to Boston. ...Read more

Justify Wins Preakness 2018, Setting Up Triple Crown Attempt

Two weeks ago, Justify took the victory at the Kentucky Derby, and this past weekend Justify won the Preakness by half a length in 1:55.93.  He now heads to the Belmont Stakes on June 9 with a chance to win the Triple Crown. Bravazo finished second; Tenfold took third. “It was a hard race today on him, probably the hardest race he’s had, but he’s getting fit,” trainer Bob Baffer said after. Justify ran the race at 2-5 odds, with only Good Magic coming anywhere close at 7-2. No other horse was under double-digit odds; Bravazo went off at 15-1, and Tenfold was 25-1.  Only four horses from the Kentucky Derby field were in the mix at Pimlico.  ...Read more