LeBron James engineered one of the biggest comebacks in NBA playoff history, fighting back from a 25-point halftime deficit to win Game 3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first round series against the Indiana Pacers. James finished with a stat line of 41 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and two blocks in one of the most impressive games he’s had this season.
Fellow Cavaliers stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were not called upon at all in the fourth quarter, and they were just as awed as NBA fans. “He still amazes me… Tonight was unbelievable, down 25, tied for the biggest playoff comeback right there. Another historic win for the Cavs organization. He does unbelievable things. I’m always very excited and always happy, especially when he leads us to a win like that. I mean a 40-point triple-double and the win, we’ll take it,” Irving gushed after the game. Love and Irving were only 8 for 29 in the previous three quarters, and Love expressed his understanding at the decision to let James push the comeback with the second-team lineup. “[Coach] Ty Lue looked at both of us and asked us if we were prepared and ready, and I shook my head yes. But that team was rolling, man. That was a hell of an effort by those guys, and it can do so much for us and our confidence. So many guys hit big shots and made big plays on both ends of the floor. You have to tip your hat to them,” Love said after the game.
On the Pacers’ side, a wave of disappointment was palpable in the locker room, especially compared with the exuberance Lance Stephenson and Paul George were displaying in the first half when they accumulated such a substantial lead. The Pacers are now facing elimination, with Game 4 coming on Sunday. Coach Nate McMillian reportedly told the team after the game: “Sunday’s game will be a test of our character. It just comes down to that: Who’ll show up and fight to win a game?”
German police have revealed that the attacker behind the bombing of Borussia Dortmund’s team bus two weeks ago was not a terrorist, but rather a scammer. The 28-year-old Russian reportedly took out a 10,000-euro loan and used the money to bet on Borussia Dortmund’s stock falling. He then took matters into his own hands and bombed the bus in an effort to manipulate the market, disguising himself as an Islamic terrorist in an effort to win millions. He used three explosives packed with shrapnel and waited as the bus followed the expected route to their home stadium for their April 11 match against AS Monaco.
The bomber, only identified by German prosecutors as Sergej, was arrested on Friday after a week-long manhut. He was found near the city of Tuebingen in Baden-Wurttemberg state. No evidence was found indicating he had accomplices in the plot. He currently faces charges of attempted murder and causing serious bodily harm. Police identified him as a target once they noticed “suspicious options purchases” made by the man on the same day as the April 11 attack. He was also found to have a hotel room booked for the week of April 16 in the area of Dortmund’s home stadium, presumably in case his first attempt was unsuccessful.
Frauke Koehler, spokeswoman for the prosecutors involved in the case, said that “a significant share price drop could have been expected if a player had been seriously injured or even killed as a result of the attack.” She then explained that the type of options he purchased meant that “His profit would have increased all the lower the stocks would have dropped. We can’t say right now how high the profit could have been exactly.” Ralf Jager, the minister of the interior, was more blunt in his assessment: “The man appears to have wanted to commit murder out of greed.”
The National Football League released its full 2017 regular season schedule yesterday night, and football fans excitedly began to pore over the most important matchups of the year and when they’d occur.
The Opening Night game will be a September 7 night matchup between the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the upstart Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs overachieved last year with a 12-4 record, so this could be a more interesting matchup than casual fans may realize. Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Patriots coach Bill Belichick are some of the top strategists in the game, and they faced off in the Super Bowl back when Reid coached the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2004 season. This does the break the recent tradition of having a Super Bowl rematch in the opening game of the season.
The first Sunday Night Football game of the season will be, for the third time in the last five years, the New York Giants visiting the Dallas Cowboys. Some fans are a little miffed that the league is forcing this matchup on the country so repeatedly, but others are excited to see the Dallas trio of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant on the big stage facing up a Giants defense that improved over the course of the 2016 season.
The long-awaited Super Bowl LI rematch will wait until Sunday Night Football in Week 7, when the Atlanta Falcons make an attempt to avenge their 25-point choke in the championship game. By then, both Tom Brady of the Patriots and Matt Ryan of the Falcons will be midway through another year of MVP campaigns, so people are expecting another shootout like what we saw in the final box score in February.
Other intriguing matchups that NFL fans are excited for include Week 4 Sunday Night Football between the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks, which pits young superstar quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, and the final Monday Night Football game in Week 16 between the Oakland Raiders and the Philadelphia Eagles, which may have late playoff implications in a guaranteed primetime game.
Russell Westbrook, NBA superstar, did his best to drag his Oklahoma City Thunder along with a historic 51-point, 13-assist, 10-rebound performance, but that was still not enough to get a win against the Houston Rockets in this first round playoff series. Down 2-0, the frustrated Westbrook was buried in his phone after the game receiving consolation from friends and family. When a reporter informed him that he scored the most points of any player ever to record a triple double in a playoff game, he responded curtly, “I don’t give a f*** about the line. We lost.” Basketball Hall of Famers Charles Barkley, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and LeBron James are the only players to ever score at least 40 points in a playoff triple double.
Westbrook usually rests at the beginning of the fourth quarter to keep him fresh for the final stretch of the game. However, due to a 12-3 run by Houston at the end of the third quarter, Thunder coach Billy Donovan felt forced to play Westbrook through the entire fourth quarter, which caused his performance to suffer. Westbrook was 4 for 18 from the field, and the Thunder were outscored by seven points in the fourth quarter. Westbrook denied that his fourth quarter disappointment was a symptom of fatigue, simply saying, “We can’t give away leads like that on the road, man.”
This series is pitting the two leading candidates for Most Valuable Player, Westbrook and James Harden. While the voting results will not be announced until June 26, voters have made their decision, and point to this series as the main difference between the two. Supporters of Westbrook will point to his sheer statistical dominance. Meanwhile, supporters of Harden will say that this series proves that slightly lesser statistics are acceptable if you are able to make your team better.
The NFL’s New England Patriots made the traditional trip to the White House on Wednesday as a reward for winning the Super Bowl in a memorable February comeback against the Atlanta Falcons. However, the biggest news that came out of the meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump was how small the contingent of Patriots was compared to previous Super Bowl visits by the team hailing from Boston.
In one embarassing exchange, Trump praised wide receiver Danny Amendola in his speech but he had to be informed that Amendola was not present at the ceremony; Amendola later clarified he had to attend a funeral. Additionally, quarterback Tom Brady, perhaps the biggest star on the team, declined to join the Patriots’ trip to Washington, D.C. citing family reasons. Other players on the team, such as running back LeGarrette Blount, tight end Martellus Bennett, and secondary man Devin McCourty, were clearer about their political reasons for not attending. McCourty, a team captain, told Time magazine, “With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”
Patriots spokesman Stacey James said that the turnout of 34 players was similar to the attendance for the 2004 and 2005 ceremonies when George W. Bush was in office. The biggest turnouts for post-Super Bowl victory meetings at the White House occurred in 2002, when 45 players made the trip to the Bush White House, and in 2015, when 50 players went to see Barack Obama. James speculated that the number was smaller this year because many players on the team had already come in 2015 and did not feel like visiting the same place twice in the relatively short three-year span. James also believes that the public perception of the turnout size is influenced by more support staff being invited to the White House for the 2015 ceremony.
Bayern Munich is furious at Spanish police and has filed a complaint with UEFA on Wednesday following their loss to Real Madrid. According to Bayern, “completely misplaced and excessive” action was taken by the police at Santiago Bernabeu against rowdy Bayern fans. Video began to circulate after the game of police officers beating spectators with batons. These officers sported riot gear, including masks and body armor, when facing Bayern fans. The reason behind the police’s infringement on the Bayern section is unclear, although eyewitnesses say that some officers appeared to be focused on removing a banner. Madrid was aware of the tension that would be palpable between the two sides, which may be why 1800 police officers were hired on to “ensure that the match is held normally and that security is reinforced in and outside the stadium,” according to City Hall.
This situation was exacerbated by controversy on the field that angered Bayern fans. For example, Bayern’s Arturo Vidal was red carded in the 84th minute due to what analysts considered a weak foul. Then, once the game went into extra time to break the aggregate tie, Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals, both of which should have ruled offside according to video review after the game. “It’s quite remarkable how many decisions they got wrong today,” said Owen Hargeaves, former Bayern player and current BT Sport football analyst, following the match.
Vidal himself was furious in a post-game interview, saying, “This robbery cannot happen in the Champions League, it was clearly noticeable and it starts to make you doubt a bit. We wanted to qualify and this gives us a lot of rage, that a match of such intensity can be decided by the referee. He was very wrong and that has knocked us out of Europe.” Police even had to remove Vidal and his teammates, Thiago Alcantara and Robert Lewandowski, when they attempted to enter the head referee’s dressing room after the game.
One of the biggest stars in tennis history dropped a bombshell on Wednesday: Serena Williams, 35 years old, posted on Snapchat the news that she is 20 weeks pregnant. She will be expecting the child with her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the popular news aggregator Reddit. The news was announced with a selfie of Williams sporting a yellow one-piece swimsuit highlighting her pregnant belly. Curiously, Williams decided to delete the post a couple of minutes afterward, but the news quickly spread through social media regardless. This would be the first child for both Williams and Ohanian.
Williams and Ohanian are known for dropping news with little buildup, because of the private nature of their social lives. For example, it was a surprise when Williams announced that the couple was engaged in December, even though the two had been linked on the down low since the fall of 2015. The announcement was made when she posted a poem on Reddit. The poem expressed in literary terms how Ohanian invited her to Rome, where they first met, to present her with an engagement ring.
Williams is a legendary tennis player in her own right. She holds the record for most Grand Slam titles of any player in the Open Era. Her most recent major was her Australian Open victory over her sister Venus in January, marking her 23rd Grand Slam title. She is currently nursing a knee injury she sustained before the BNP Paribas Open in March.
Ohanian, two years younger than Williams, is less known in the mainstream, but has had a great influence on the Internet. He co-founded Reddit with Steve Huffman in 2005 before leaving the company in 2010. He later helped launch a travel search website, has defended net neutrality, and has invested in several tech upstarts.
Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell today just days after being found not guilty for a double homicide. Hernandez was however serving a life sentence for the First Degree murder of Oden LLoyd. Reports state that Hernandez jammed the entrance to his cell and hung himself with a sheet from the window in his cell. Emergency procedures were attempted on Hernandez and he was transferred to the hospital , but he died at 4:07 am. It is unquestionably a sad end to a once promising career.
Below is a statement from The Massachusetts Department of Correction
“On April 19,2017 Aaron Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m., lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez and he transported to UMASS Leominster where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. by a physician at the hospital. Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items. The Massachusetts State Police are on the scene and the investigation continues. Mr Hernandez’s next of kin have been notified”
Authorities are saying that there was no suicide note found.
Aaron Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots as a highly talented tight end coming out of the University of Florida. Despite red flags in his college career, The New England Patriots drafted Hernandez.
The sports world was shocked when Hernandez was implicated in the murder of his friend Oden Lloyd in 2013. He was later found guilty of the murder of Oden Lloyd. The sports world was shocked further when Hernandez was implicated another double Murder which he was just acquitted form.
More info to come.
We have our latest coach rant going viral courtesy of Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, who was furious after his team’s playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The most soundbite-y parts of the rant that are being extracted are his phrases, “They’re not going to rook us!” and “Take that for data!”. The Grizzlies were huge underdogs coming into the series, but Fizdale was annoyed that the officiating was largely in favor of the Spurs. “It was a very poorly officiated game. Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws, but somehow Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws. First half we shot 19 shots in the paint and we had six free throws; they shot 11 times in the paint and they had 23 free throws. I’m not a numbers guy, but that doesn’t seem to add up.” After explaining his grievances, he expressed his belief that referees were treating the Spurs favorably because of their reputation, and that led to his anger, which produced the two soundbites later in the conference.
Fizdale’s rant is the latest in a long tradition of annoyed coaches giving soundbites that are perfect to use at any time. Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora provided sports television with the famous “Playoffs?!” retort in a 2001 press conference, while New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards in 2002 gave the popular “You play to win the game!” in an exasperated tone that has since been replayed hundreds of times over in sports analysis. Some of the earliest rants in the YouTube era that went viral were “I’m a man! I’m 40!” by Oklahoma State football head coach Mike Gundy, who was defending his quarterback at the time, and “They are who we thought they were!” by Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green, who was responding to a question if they had underestimated the opposing defense going into the game.
The newest rumor coming out of the split between NBA star Carmelo Anthony and aspiring actress/entrepreneur La La Vasquez is that Anthony may have gotten a gentleman’s club dancer pregnant. According to a report by TMZ Sports, there is a woman who claims she is 6 months pregnant with Anthony’s child and expects to receive some form of child support and financial compensation for medical expenses from the New York Knick.
Anthony and Vasquez’s separation was first reported on Monday, after being in a relationship for over a decade and seven years of marriage. They first met in 2004 on an episode of Total Request Live, an MTV show hosted by Vasquez that day. It appears that this revelation about Anthony’s relationship with a dancer contributed to the separation, and sources say there is “virtually zero chance” of reconciliation at this stage. It doesn’t seem that this incident was the inciting event, but more of a final straw. A source close to the couple told Daily News, “They have been fighting for about a year. The marriage has always been a rocky one.” Vasquez has already moved out of Anthony’s home and into her own New York City apartment. They have a ten-year-old son, Kiyan, and it is unknown how custody will work yet.
It’s been a bad past couple of weeks for Anthony, as he has led the Knicks to yet another disappointing non-playoff season. Furthermore, Knicks president Phil Jackson once again expressed his disdain for Anthony, saying that he “would be better off somewhere else.” Anthony has a no-trade clause and had refused to accept a trade proposal for years, although some theorized that was because of Vasquez’s preference for staying in New York City. As a result, it is worth paying attention to the possibility that Anthony could finally accept a trade out of New York this offseason if the separation between him and Vasquez lasts.