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Popovich clearly believed the play was dirty

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is hoping to become only the second NBA coach ever to win titles in each of his first two seasons. The other guy? Minneapolis Lakers coach John Kundla, who won back-to-back championships in 1949 and 1950 behind the NBA’s leading scorer in both seasons, Hall of Famer George Mikan.

It wasn’t always pretty in Cleveland and Oakland. At the end of the 2011-12 season (LeBron’s second year in Miami), both the Cavs (21-45) and Warriors (23-43) finished 13th in their respective conferences. We’ve come a long way.

Four of the top five best-selling NBA jerseys will be seen in this year’s NBA Finals. In order: Curry, James, Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving.
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Popovich clearly believed the play was dirty, even comparing the foul to manslaughter. That sort of exaggeration is what has Pachulia so upset.

I have a lot of respect for him (Popovich), Pachulia said. In today’s basketball world, he’s a very, very respected person. So when Pop says something like that, calling me out … it’s understanding that (your words) will have an effect.
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I’m going to do defend my team, but I’m not going to send a message saying this guy killed (a player), is a murderer or whatever, manslaughter, because people take it differently. We live in a society where not everybody has intelligence, or understanding or is thinking of what’s right and what’s wrong. We’re going to move on.

Hopefully (the fans) can let it go. But you know, I’m sure that a year later, 10 years later, (his family is) still going to remember this moment 鈥?and not in a good way. It’s something where your heart breaks, and even though life goes on you still feel it in a bad way. I think that’s going to be the case.

The Spurs are just one loss away from playoff elimination, while the Warriors have their sights set on reclaiming their NBA throne.

Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving renovates dad’s house for Father’s Day

Kyrie Irving surprised his father, Drederick, with a home renovation for Father’s Day.

The upgrades to the New Jersey home were filmed in an online episode of Houzz.

When Irving realizes his dad saved all of his sports trophies.

“Dad, I didn’t know you were keeping all this, everything in here,” Irving said as he tried to fight back tears (around the 19-minute mark).

Portland (from Cleveland) — P.J. Dozier, SG, South Carolina. Again, the Blazers might not actually make this pick, but if they do, they might have a chance to focus on a particular weakness — their inability to defend the perimeter. Dozier is a big guard (6-6.75 with a 6-11 wingspan) and an intense defender, something the Blazers need.

Brooklyn (from Boston) — D.J. Wilson, F, Michigan. Wilson has gotten some late buzz heading into draft week, and could yet secure a first-round spot. He is a 6-10 forward who has nice touch around the basket and can shoot from the perimeter. He is active defensively, though he needs to improve his rebounding. The Nets have holes everywhere, and are hoping to get lucky with this pick.

LA Lakers (from Houston) — Bam Adebayo, C, Kentucky. The Lakers will have a huge decision to make with the No. 2 pick, but they’re hoping to find a gem at 28. Adebayo has flashed improvement in his predraft workouts, and that’s caused teams to give him a second look. He is likely to be a first-rounder, and could get into the top 20 if a team is convinced that Adebayo has the speed and footwork to develop offensively. But if he slips, he could be a worthy risk for the Lakers.nike_vikings_1273

LeBron James passes Michael Jordan as all-time NBA playoff scoring leader

Limited Dwight Clark Jersey LeBron James told reporters before Thursday’s Game 5 that it was a personal goal of his to become the all-time NBA playoff scoring leader.

Goal accomplished.

James, who came into the game against the Celtics only 28 points shy of Michael Jordan’s career postseason mark of 5,987 points, passed Jordan with a 27-foot 3-pointer with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter.

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But perhaps the most interesting part involves McGee’s cat, Raja.

Raja, who owns his own Instagram account, was with McGee during his stay at this apartment even though pets were forbidden. McGee admitted to this and was willing to pay the fee, which came out to an insane $9,350 in cat-related fees.

In addition to the cat fees, McGee also agreed last week to pay $12,000 in repairs, $10,000 for legal fees, which came out to $26,000 once his security deposit was subtracted. McGee denied, however, that he caused the significant damage to the property as the landlord claims.

While McGee has agreed to pay the $26,000, the former landlord has yet to respond. If the agreement isn’t settled, then a non-jury trial is currently scheduled for November.

NBA Finals odds, Game 1 line: Warriors open as big favorites over Cavs

The Golden State Warriors opened as substantial favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals, listed at -260 odds to win the series (a price that requires a $260 wager to win $100). The Cavaliers opened at +220 to win the best-of-seven series, meaning a winning $100 bet would net a $220 profit.

Authentic Mens Ernie Stautner Jersey Both teams have been excellent bets so far this postseason. The Warriors are 8-4 against the spread and have covered five of their last six. The Cavs are 8-4-1 ATS in the 2017 playoffs.

The over has cashed at a healthy clip for both clubs as well. Nine of Golden State’s 12 games have gone over the total, including five in a row and six of the last seven. Cleveland is 9-4 O/U in the postseason. Neither team, however, has seen a total as high as Game 1’s opening number.

Meanwhile, William Hill earlier this week became the first sports book in Nevada history to post odds on the NBA Finals MVP Award, installing Kevin Durant as the 7-to-5 favorite. Stephen Curry is the second betting choice at 8/5, while LeBron James opened at odds of 2/1.
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Some of this can be contributed to the fact James simply played less minutes in the second half after the Cavs pulled their starters late in the fourth, but you can’t just ignore it. When you consider what the players outside of The Big 3 have done, you understand why James needs to use up so much energy.

Tristan Thompson has scored eight points in 44 minutes, and has been out-rebounded by Stephen Curry. Sharpshooter Kyle Korver has just eight points in 43 minutes, Deron Williams has no points in 33 and starter J.R. Smith has scored just three in 43. And that’s just on offense.

I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary

Twelve games were enough to convince Tom Brady’s peers of his greatness. In other words, his fellow NFL players said, deflate that.

Brady, the Patriots’ legendary quarterback, is Sporting News’ 2016 Offensive Player of the Year, winning for the third time and becoming only the fourth player to win at least three, joining Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas and Jim Brown.

The 49ers finished 2016 with a 2-14 record, with both wins coming against the listless Rams. Baalke, who has been the GM since 2011, was largely blamed for San Francisco’s devolution since going to the Super Bowl in 2012.

Trent gave this organization every ounce of effort he had over the last 12 years and his contributions were integral to the team reaching three straight NFC championship games and a Super Bowl, team owner Jed York said, via the team’s release. I will forever be grateful for his dedication to the 49ers, and his friendship to me and my family. I wish Trent, Beth and their daughters the very best in whatever the future holds for their family.

Chip has my gratitude for the job he did this year, navigating the team through some adverse circumstances. I look forward to watching his career continue to unfold, and wish him and Jill great success in life.

Despite my feelings for Trent and Chip, I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary. The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing. We all expected to see this team progress and develop as the season went on, but unfortunately that did not happen. That is why now is the time to find a new direction for this team.
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49ers’ Torrey Smith slams Joe Theismann for Colin Kaepernick take

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49ers receiver Torrey Smith didn’t appreciate Joe Theismann chiming in on Colin Kaepernick winning the team’s Len Eshmont Award.

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Sporting News reported last week that McCoy was mulling several coaching opportunities and was including family considerations in the evaluation process. McCoy also must be comfortable working with someone with whom he has no previous experience.

Following the Steelers’ 18-16 divisional playoff win over the Chiefs, Brown posted 17 minutes of raw footage from the team’s locker room to Facebook Live, inadvertently capturing Tomlin’s postgame speech and broadcasting it to millions.

Tomlin, who was heard in the video referring to the Patriots as thoseholes, also apologized earlier Tuesday and said he regretted his remarks. He called Brown foolish and selfish and said the star wideout would be punished in-house this week.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he was a little disappointed in Brown’s decision to violate the Steelers’ sacred place inside the locker room, but he downplayed the video having any impact when the Steelers travel to Gillette Stadium to play the Patriots for the AFC title on Sunday.

It’s possible the NFL could also fine Brown if it finds him to be in violation of the league’s social media policy, which prohibits players from posting to social media until after media interviews are conducted.

Cowboys fan completely destroys TV after loss to Packers

Elite Youth Tyler Boyd Jersey Sports fans destroying their TVs after a tough losses is nothing new. However, one Cowboys fan took things to a whole new level after Sunday’s loss to the Packers. As Mason Crosby’s last-second, 51-yard field goal soared through the uprights to win the game, the angry fan started running towardhis TV.

And I’m not going to make any promises other than what I told you earlier. We will compete, we will play hard and we will make you proud on and off the field. That’s what we’ll strive for. We’re not going to be perfect, but we’re going to give every effort towards doing that and making 49ers fans proud, making Jed York, the DeBartolo family, everybody associated really, really proud and getting this place back to where it belong.
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It’s another thing, and I’ll just finish with this, is people say, What attracted you to this job I understand this isn’t just any organization. This is the San Francisco 49ers and it’s a proud franchise. It’s had a couple rough years and I’ve been there before as a player in Tampa. There’s no better feeling than taking something that’s fallen, now in Tampa, we had never been to the top, but I can tell you when we won a Super Bowl I’ve got to believe it was a little sweeter because of where we came from and I’m looking very forward to working towards that goal so we can all feel that again and we can make the 49er community proud of their team and proud of their organization.

Injured Mariners win again to keep hot streak going

The Mariners have been one of the most cursed teams in baseball this season, losing some of their top players to injury.

But as the Mariners keep loading up the DL, they keep doing something else — winning. Their latest victory, a 7-1 win over the Padres Sunday, is their seventh victory in eight games. They’re now 28-30 on the year.

That’s impressive for a team that has some of its best players watching from the trainer’s room.

Jabrill Peppers Womens Jersey The latest Mariners star to go down was shortstop Jean Segura, who suffered a sprained ankle Thursday and could miss extended playing time. He joined fellow Mariners Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Mitch Haniger, Drew Smyly and Shawn O’Malley who are in various stages of recovery on the DL.

At least, not yet.

Early in spring training, Fowler made waves for having turned on music while he and other players worked out. Playing music on the field or in the clubhouse isn’t something the Cardinals have been known for, but it’s just one little thing that can make work a bit more fun. Whether it can be attributed to their new outfielder is debatable, but there is a positive vibe among the players despite a disappointing 26-28 record.

So what else has Fowler done to bring his Cubs influence to St. Louis?

You’ll have to ask the guys, Fowler said. I don’t know how influential I’ve been yet.

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Schefter’s entire interview with Garoppolo is worth a listen.

“I will tell you from the bottom of my heart that this union will tell every potential free agent player, if this bill passes, to not come to the Bears,” Smith told 670-AM The Score in Chicago (via ESPN). “Because, think about it, if you’re a free agent player and you have an opportunity to go play somewhere else where you can get lifetime medical for the injury you’re going to have, isn’t a smarter financial decision to go to a team where a bill like this hasn’t passed?”

The Chicago Tribune, however, notes that workers’ comp laws are different state to state, and in several cases, athletes are excluded from receiving benefits.

A letter sent last month by the Bears, as well as the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks, to state senators Christine Radogno – who sponsored the bill – and John Cullerton (D-Chicago) explained why the teams support the change in Illinois.

“According to Ram Financial Group, the average career of professional athletes is: 3.5 years for an NFL player; 4.8 years for an NBA player; 5.6 for an MLB player; and 5.5 years and an NHL player,” the letter stated. “Therefore, even without injuries, the average player in any professional sport will be done playing before he or she even turns 30 years old.”

All this, of course, could be for nothing. The Patriots could call Tom Brady’s I-want-to-play-forever bluff and keep Garoppolo. It’s their obligation to do so if they think he’s a franchise-caliber quarterback. Pats wide receiver Julian Edelman certainly believes that’s the case.

But Brady’s insistence makes Garoppolo the NFL’s hottest trade commodity, as SN’s Vinnie Iyer explained last week. To him, San Francisco makes the most sense as a trade partner for New England.

Schefter’s entire interview with Garoppolo is worth a listen. You can access it here.
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NFL free agency: Salary cap space not a problem for 49ers, Patriots

The 2016 NFL season is over, which means it’s time to start looking to the 2017 offseason.

The NFL estimates the salary cap in 2017 will be between $166 million and $170 million, which means there will be plenty of teams with big cap space in 2017.

Using a $168 million salary cap limit, we look at the teams who project to have over $60 million in cap space.

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“It’s a commitment that I know is shared by Eli, Greg, all the other 2016 Man of the Year nominees and countless others throughout the NFL. I accept this honor with immense gratitude and humility but also in full recognition that it is on behalf of all of them as well.”

Manning, whose brother, Peyton, won the award in 2005, said he just wants to make a difference in people’s lives.

“I think I speak for all of us when I say that anytime you’re mentioned in the same breath with Walter Payton, it’s a tremendous honor,” Manning said. “None of us do what we do on behalf of charity or in our communities to get recognized. We do it because we truly care. You want to make a difference in people’s lives and in our communities. But to be recognized and know that that people do notice your work is nice.”

After famously being absent from Patriots games over the last year in the wake of the Deflategate saga, the commissioner was asked point-blank if he was avoiding Foxborough and Gillette Stadium. He, of course, denied that he was and stood by his decision to fine the Patriots, strip them of draft picks and suspend quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the 2016 season.
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“We went through a process and applied discipline according to rules,” Goodell said. “We’re moving on from it.