I Spy With My Little Eye ….

I Spy With My Little Eye   …..

So last night within the world of sports  the big  news’  story  was  that of the  NBA Draft   and  the  Lottery  Pick , with  the   New  Orleans Pelicans obtaining  the  top  pick  in the  2019  NBA  Draft  Class  , with the franchise  taking    Duke   player  Zion  Williamson  as  the  number  one  overall  pick.  Williamson   is  seen  as  the  best  player among  the draftees  and  his  case was  made  all  the  more  emphatic,   with  the  statistics  seen during  the NCAA Tournament  , even though   the program’s  appearance  was short-lived.  With  the  drafting rights   of  Williams  ,  there  is the belief that the front office  of the  Pelicans  might now  be  in a strong  position to  convince  their   All  Star  forward   Anthony  Davis  to  re-sign  with  the  franchise rather   than  pursue free  agency .

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Zion Willliamson , second from the right is seen here as the announcement is made that the New Orleans Pelicans will have the number one overall draft pick for the upcoming NBA Draft .

All signs do seem to be pointing to the fact that Anthony Davis’ seven-year career with the New Orleans Pelicans will come to an abrupt end as the player wishes to seek new challenges elsewhere. There would be a litany of teams certainly interested in a player of Davis’ prowess, with his all-round undoubted skill-set . Davis is not due to become a free agent until 2021 and with his apparent unwillingness to remain with the Pelicans, it would be in their best interest to trade the center to another franchise , who could perhaps offer something of merit in return.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James just happen to share the same agent and sports’ management company with Rich Paul as the CEO of Klutch Sports . It is widely known that during the season , James sought out Davis as a potential teammate , with him joining the Los Angeles Lakers . With Magic Johnson still having some influence within the organization , albeit , that he’s no longer Head of Basketball Operations. It remains to be seen if Johnson can still persuade the Pelicans’ forward to join the Lakers’ franchise , with them having to give up a considerable amount of talent in order to acquire the All Star in a trade.

The NBA Playoffs are now in full swing and the respective conferences are now set with their Conference Finals now underway. Within the East , the top two seeded teams will meet with the Milwaukee Bucks playing host to the Toronto Raptors in the best of seven-game series. In the West , reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors will meet the surprisingly resilient Portland Trailblazers , who will be led by their talented point guard Damian Lillard . His performances throughout this postseason have been scintillating to say the very least.The game-one opener saw the Warriors overcome the Blazers to take a 1-0 lead, winning the contest, 116-94 . Game two of the series will take place once again at the Oracle Arena , in Oakland , California on Thursday night, 16th May , 2019 . The Eastern Conference Finals Series’ opener will be on Wednesday evening as previously stated and it will be interesting to see how these two teams will fare .

Away from the NBA Playoffs, other than the Draft Lottery Pick having taken place, the surprising news which made the headlines , was the hire of Michigan Head Coach John Beilein as the latest hire of the Cleveland Cavaliers , to succeed Tyronn Lue as the franchise’s latest Head Coach. It is being revealed , Beilein will be signed to a five-year deal , with Cavaliers’ GM Kobe Altman set to make the formal announcement . This also seems to have the blessing of team owner , Dan Gilbert . Beilein’s ascension to the position would make him also one of the oldest Head Coaches in the NBA , while also being a rookie in the position. Suffice to say , as the Cavaliers seek to rebuild , the learning curve for the coach will be a considerably tough one .

Call it cynicism or just plain awkwardness , but when an athlete believes himself to be something special , while having not having proven themselves in the field of battle , you just have to wonder what is going on in their mind ? Josh Rosen the recently acquired Miami Dolphins’ quarterback is aggrieved that his former team’s GM Steve Keim , failed to offer him the opportunity to prove his worth with the Arizona Cardinals . Rosen claims, he wasn’t consulted by Keim , as the general manager chose to take Kyler Murray as the number one overall pick in the recent NFL Draft (2019) . Last I looked , it wasn’t Steve Keim’s position to consult a player over personnel decisions for a team , much less the fact , Rosen’s play for the Cardinals was far from overwhelming .

Josh Rosen should consider himself lucky , that he was given the chance to move on to the Miami Dolphins , where he will succeed another failed quarterback , Ryan Tannehill , whose tenure with the franchise , proved to be a very unsatisfactory one. From my own perspective the Miami Dolphins will need all the help they can get this upcoming season , as too will the Arizona Cardinals , as each failed miserably last season within their respective divisions and conferences .

When it rains , it certainly does pour and for the New York Jets , this franchise is now beset by a deluge, as the Jets fire their GM Mike Maccagnan , with his being replaced by Adam Gase , current Head Coach , who for the moment will be fulfilling both roles within the Jets’ organization. It is abundantly clear that after last season, the Jets were in need of some radical changes within the front office , coaching staff and among the player personnel. Well the NFL Draft took care of their needs , as did some timely trades. Yet the belief remains , Maccagnan’s tenure and the failure in 2018 , played a big part in his ouster. Far be it for me to suggest, but the Jets are still a long way from where they need to be and they will be in a for a long haul if they’re to make it back to the NFL postseason , given the fact that their last appearance
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during the 2010 season , when they reached the the conference championship where they faced the Pittsburgh Steelers .

From here-on in, it will be interesting to see how Adam Gase seeks to improve the fortunes of the New York Jets.

The next couple of games within the world of baseball could prove to be very interesting to say the least. I’d like to think at this point of the season should be very interesting in the lead-up to the 2019 All Star Game . With the divisional standings being what they are , the teams are now gearing up to really play with some zeal. . Wednesday and there are several games of real interest to the fans who will be in attendance .

While I believe that the New York Yankees are capable of winning the AL East this season , there are still some doubts as to the veracity of this team and manager Aaron Boone . Since ,2009 when their last World Series’ victory came about , it would be prudent to suggest that team ownership are somewhat exacerbated , having not added to their tally of world championships. The New York Yankees will be in action today when they are due to face the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York. This will be part of their regular season meetings during 2019 , with their meetings over the last decade being very eventful.

New York Yankees’ veteran pitcher CC Sabathia , having been the most recent starting pitcher to have hit the plateau of 3,000 strikeouts . Sabathia’s next projected start could take place on the 17th May , when they are due to meet divisional leaders the Tampa Bay Rays . His record against the Rays is a commendable one , since his debut in the Majors came in 2001. If CC Sabathia is to become a Hall of Fame bound player , it will be interesting to see how his statistics will match up against a number of his peers and contemporaries .

It’s hard to fathom how embarrassing the state of baseball continues to be within the State of Florida . Attendance at the Miami Marlins’ Ballpark as well as Tropicana Field , home to the Tampa Bay Rays continues to be truly appalling , by anyone’s standards . Both of these teams will be in action throughout this week and their weekend series will see the Rays face the New York Yankees, whereas , the Miami Marlins will be matched against the New York Mets at home . The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays will continue their in-state series as of Wednesday, with a game being played at the Marlins Ballpark in Miami, Florida . Between now and the All Star Break , I believe that Derek Jeter as the Head of Baseball Operations for the Miami Marlins in conjunction with Michael Hill will have some serious decisions to make concerning the long-term and short-term direction of this franchise. This season certainly hasn’t helped with the Marlins currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East , with one of the worst records in all of baseball. The future does seem bleak for this baseball franchise, given the real absence of competitiveness.

Another loss was suffered by the Miami Marlins , further making their season all the more plausible, as their being on the way to another losing season. At no point during their game against the Tampa Bay Rays was there any sense of urgency by the players , seeking to make this match-up competitive even from the fans’ viewpoint. Instead , the team wasted a chance to show any form of resilience. The Marlins will be back in session for their next game when they face off off against the New York Mets in a divisional game this Friday , as part of their regular season meetings , with this being a home-based series. The opposing pitchers in this contest will be Jacob DeGrom of the Mets against Trevor Richards of the Marlins.

Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers is certainly proving himself to be a player of value and all the more so, given the salary being paid to the player . He has a become a staple for the Dodgers’ fans this season, as the team blusters into their schedule , slaying many of their opponents with ease in many cases. The Dodgers will be in action over the next few days and it will be interesting to see how they will fare through the month of May as exhibited last season by this Dave Roberts’ managed roster. Roberts and his players will prepare for a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds on the road , in the three games to be played at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati , Ohio . The first game of this series will take place on Friday evening with the opposing pitchers being Rich Hill of the Dodgers and Anthony DeSclefani of the Reds.

If the Los Angeles Dodgers are to make it back to another postseason appearance, then their play will have to rise to even greater heights than previously seen over the last eight years.

With it still being early in the season , but there are grumblings that several teams might be seeking the upgrade to their rosters , with the MLB Postseason being their clear main motive and the chance of winning the World Series . One player considered to be atop of every contenders’ list, might well be starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel . The pitcher who’s yet to make to make his debut for the Houston Astros this season. His wish is to sign with a big-market team , of which is the New York Yankees, might be the one ball-club with an inside track to land the starter , Also said to be in the mix among starting pitchers who might well be with a new team at the trade deadline , Craig Kimbrel . This season will be an interesting one during the upcoming months as witnessed during 2018.

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  1. The NBA Playoffs continued last night with another game being played in the conference finals . Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors have now taken a 2-0 lead in their best of seven-game Western Conference Series’ Finals , with the Warriors being half-way to their target of sweeping the Portland Traiblazers in the series. Curry led the Warriors as they downed the Trailblazers , 114-111 in Thursday night’s game . Friday night will see the resumption of the Eastern Conference Finals , with the Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Toronto Raptors in game two of their best of seven-game series .

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  2. There will be some great games on the schedule for this weekend within the world of baseball and the standings might well be reflective of the changes that should come about. It seems in spite of their presence , the Chicago Cubs can find ever increasing reasons to lose games with errant plays defensively . The Cubs will be in action this weekend as they face the Washington Nationals in a three-game series as part of their regular season meetings . On the mound for Friday’s game will be opposing pitchers Cole Hamels of the Cubs against Max Scherzer of the Nationals in what could prove to be one of the best pitching duels on the day if not the entire weekend.

    If the rumors are to be believed , then former World Series’ MVP and starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants , Madision Bumgarner could very well be a prime target for the New York Yankees who see Bumgarner as an ideal fit for their starting rotation of pitchers. Madison Bumgarner’s heroics in the World Series’ contest was among the best seen in recent history of baseball. Both the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees will be in action today as and over the weekend , with the Giants facing off against the Arizona Diamondbacks . The New York Yankees will be up against the Tampa Bay Rays .

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  3. So the Conference Finals within the NBA Playoffs for 2019 seem to be creating the certainty that we’ll likely see the two best teams in the Finals . The Golden State Warrriors (3-0) are now blowing the Portland Trailblazers (0-3) out of the water , having taken a 3-0 lead in their best of seven-game series’ Finals . Game four of the series is set to take place at the Center in Portland , Oregon as the Portland Trailblazers play host to the Golden State Warriors on Monday evening. Within the Eastern Conference the Toronto Raptors (1-2) are seeking to make their series a competitive one against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks (2-1) having come back to win game three. Game four will take place on Tuesday night as the Toronto Raptors host the Milwaukee Bucks at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto , Ontario , Canada .

    With two-time Finals MVP , Kevin Durant missing from the Golden State Warriors’ lineup , it has been left to Steph Curry to lead the team in their postseason foray especially in this series against the Trailblazers .

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  4. Another weekend of results within Major League Baseball , with the standings having not really changed . Three teams now have notched thirty wins on the season , with the best record in baseball belonging to the Houston Astros , with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins being the only other teams to have hit that mark (30 victories) . All three teams will be in action over the next three days in some very interesting games . The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to increase their divisional lead when they face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Tampa on Tuesday evening . Meanwhile the Houston Astros will be facing off against the Chicago White Sox at home on Monday afternoon. For the surprisingly resilient Minnesota Twins they will be taking on the Los Angeles Angels on the road as part of their regular season series in 2019.

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  5. Inasmuch as the NFL season is said to be one of seventeen regular weeks of games along with the postseason and the Superbowl itself . There can be no denying the off season is one of more news and the usual array of transactions along with the NFL Draft itself . There has been an abundance of movement among the playing staff of the teams along with front office upheavals. Yet for several teams this off-season will be one where the salary cap and the salaries will be something to truly make the fans wonder what’s in store for this upcoming season . Kirk Cousins will be the among the highest paid players in the league for 2019 and it will be interesting to see how he and the Minnesota Vikings will fare this upcoming season under the coaching staff of Mike Zimmer . It is clear that even with the draft class and that of the past five years , there are still things needed to be done for the Vikings.

    From an offensive standpoint the struggles of the Minnesota Vikings were clear as too were their defensive frailties of last season. In their season opener given that their preseason schedule will likely be as usual just be three or four games , the real rest for the Minnesota Vikings will come during the first four weeks of their schedule. That regular season opener will see the Vikings face the Atlanta Falcons at home in a conference game . I certainly believe if the Vikings are to win the NFC North , a division which they have not won in two years , then it will be predicated on the team getting the best out of Kirk Cousins as a player over the course of the season.

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  6. This season within Major League Baseball , we’ve had no one hit for the cycle or seen a triple play or have a perfect game . We have seen Mike Fiers pitch a no hitter in 2019 . This was in a game for the Oakland A’s against the Cincinnati Reds on the 7th May , 2019. It was one of the quickest “no-hitters” in recent Major League Baseball History , with Fiers throwing having thrown the second no-hitter of his career . The A’s starting pitcher will be on the mound for his next game when he pitches against the Seattle Mariners on the 25th May , 2019 .

    There have been some remarkable feats in Oakland A’s history and the ball-club is lucky to have seen Mike Fiers add to that exclusivity for the organization during it’s time within baseball.

    I am still trying to figure out where the Detroit Tigers can now go from here . At 18-26 , it’s becoming extremely difficult to see how they can contend within the AL Central and still have the wherewithal to be considered a serious threat within the AL altogether. This week they will have a considerably tough schedule , starting on Tuesday , as they face the Miami Marlins at home in a game being played at Comerica Park , in Detroit , Michigan . For Tigers’ All Star slugger , Miguel Cabrera , this provides the player a chance to go up against an NL ball-club and former team.

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  7. Last night within the NBA another game resulted in the Golden State Warriors (4-0) having swept the Portland Trailblazers (0-4) and will now make their fifth NBA Finals’ appearance in the last six years. Step Curry was once again the hero of the series , with the non-appearance of Kevin Durant , as the Warriors’ point guard led the team in scoring during this conference finals’ series against the Blazers. Golden State will now await the winner of the series between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors , with the Bucks currently holding a 2-1 series’ lead over their conference finals’ opponent. Game four of that series will take place on Tuesday evening at the Scotiabank Centre in Toronto , Ontario, Canada.

    Away from the NBA Playoffs , there has been a growing environment of ill-will and discontent within the Los Angeles’ Lakers’ organization, with former front office operative Magic Johnson now stating , he felt betrayed by the actions and comments made by the Lakers’ GM Rob Pelinka who questioned Johnson’s work ethic and attitude within the organization. It was widely known that Johnson wanted to fire Luke Walton , now the franchise’s former Head Coach. Walton reluctantly stepped down offering his resignation team owner and President Jeanie Buss .

    Magic Johnson accuses Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka of betrayal weeks after resigning

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    Magic Johnson on Monday accused Los Angeles Lakers’ general manager Rob Pelinka of betraying him before Johnson’s surprise decision last month to step down as the team’s president of basketball operations.

    Magic Johnson , left, is seen here with Rob Pelinka . Johnson , a former Lakers’ player has now stepped down from his role within the organization.

    Johnson appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” to discuss what led to his stunning departure in April. He said he was tired of all the “backstabbing” going on in the organization and some people were telling him Pelinka was talking about Johnson behind his back.

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    “If you’re going to talk betrayal, it’s only with Rob,” Johnson said. “But, again, I had to look inside myself. I had been doing that for months. Because I didn’t like that Tim Harris [Lakers executive] was too involved in basketball. He’s supposed to run the Laker business, but he was trying to come over to our side. Jeanie [Buss has] gotta stop that. You gotta stop people from having those voices.”

    Then, Johnson said, he started to hear rumors that he wasn’t “working hard enough.”

    “Things got going in the right direction, and then I start hearing, you know, ‘Magic, you’re not working hard enough. Magic’s not in the office,'” Johnson said. “So people around the Laker office was telling me Rob was saying things — Rob Pelinka — and I didn’t like those things being said behind my back, that I wasn’t in office enough and so on and on.”

    He added: “So I start getting calls from my friends outside of basketball saying those things now were said to them outside of basketball. Now not just in the Laker office anymore, now it’s in the media and so on.”

    Johnson said the final straw came during the firing of coach Luke Walton. Johnson said he wanted to fire Walton, but then realized he didn’t have the power he thought he had to fire him.

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    There is no doubt that during this off-season the Los Angeles Lakers will have a great deal to contemplate by way of their free agents , the salary cap and the long-term future of their most prominent player , four time League MVP , LeBron James . It is not known if James was consulted with regard to the upheavals within the organization , but it has become abundantly clear , the franchise itself is now in the midst of more turmoil , far more than anyone would willingly care to acknowledge .

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  8. So call me naive , but at this point last season , there was no indication as to what the fans would be witnessing within the world of baseball as the season came to an end . The MLB Postseason itself was something of an understatement with the Boston Red Sox winning it all with relative ease . This season the Red Sox have struggled , with them not being able to get their traction as their season has progressed. Alex Cora and his team will be in action over the next few days as they begin first a series with a game against the Toronto Blue Jays as of today . On the mound for the home team Blue Jays will be their starting pitcher , Marcus Stroman as he faces off against Eduardo Rodriguez of the Red Sox . Last to date the series between the two teams have been rewarding to date . It could very well be that the Red Sox might seek to upgrade their playing staff with several trades that might come down to not only pieces on the roster but also within their farm system .

    It has been several years since the Minnesota Twins were dominant within the world of baseball and the team was seen as one of the pre-eminent ball-clubs within the AL . Postseason appearances have been sporadic and the front office has never seen fit to acquire the players to make the ball-club truly competitive . This season under Twins’ manager Rocco Baldelli , this is a team which has surprised several around the game of baseball with them now seated atop of the AL Central . Over their next ten games the Minnesota Twins will be facing several teams but as of today they will be facing Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels . This should prove to be competitive game between both of these AL teams. It will be interesting to see how Mike Trout will fare in this game, with the Angels already struggling at this point of the season .

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  9. There’s still a great deal to play for after last night’s thrilling game-four in the Eastern Conference Finals of this NBA Playoffs . The Toronto Raptors (2-2) crept their way back into this series with a thoroughly scintillating victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (2-2) to square the series now at two-games apiece. Game five should prove to be a pivotal contest with the each team seeking to gain the upper hand and be just one game away from an NBA Finals’ appearance.

    The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed in principle to offer a three year deal to new Head Coach Frank Vogel . Vogel will succeed Luke Walton who chose to resign rather than remain with the franchise , after former front office executive Magic Johnson stepped down as SVP & Head of Basketball Operations for the Lakers.

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  10. Last night , the Milwaukee Bucks (2-3) performed like a deer caught in headlights as they fell to the Toronto Raptors (3-2) in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs . What was so exacerbating about the game was not the lackluster portrayal by the Bucks’ players , but the fact at no point during the game, did the coaching staff seek to make any changes to negate the play of the Raptors during the contest. Toronto now takes a 3-2 series’ lead needing only to win game six to make their way to their very first appearance in the NBA Finals.

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  11. Last night , the Milwaukee Bucks (2-3) performed like a deer caught in headlights as they fell to the Toronto Raptors (3-2) in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs . What was so exacerbating about the game was not the lackluster portrayal by the Bucks’ players , but the fact at no point during the game, did the coaching staff seek to make any changes to negate the play of the Raptors during the contest. Toronto now takes a 3-2 series’ lead needing only to win game six to make their way to their very first appearance in the NBA Finals . Game seven, if the series is forced to a final contest , then the game would take place back in Milwaukee on the 27th May, 2019 .

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  12. So the Miami Marlins are having a truly abominable season with the team now vying for the worst record in all of baseball . The Marlins will be facing off against the Washington Nationals as they will be road team when facing Washington at Nationals Ballpark in Washington , DC . The starting pitchers on the mound for today’s game will be Pablo Lopez of the Marlins as he faces Kyle McGowin of the Nationals .

    With the Miami Marlins having the worst record in the NL , the team with the worst record in the AL , just happens to be the Baltimore Orioles . Baltimore’s managing staff is led by Brandon Hyde . He and his playing staff will be in action this weekend when the Orioles face off against the Colorado Rockies as part of their regular season meetings between intra conference teams .

    Over the past week the players who’ve performed above and beyond the call of duty , are Frankie Montas among the starting pitchers along with Xander Bogaerts . Montas and the Oakland A’s will be in action when they face the Seattle Mariners at home . Xander Bogaearts and the Boston Red Sox will be up against the Houston Astros on the road , where Red Sox starting pitcher , Chris Sale (1-5) will be looking for his second win of the season .

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  13. So the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to allow the departure of Gerald McCoy and acquired Ndamokung Suh as his replacement on the team’s roster. Last season , Suh was on the Los Angeles Rams’ roster as they made their way to the Superbowl , where they would fall to the New England Patriots . For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and in particular their quarterback Jameis Winston , this could be the very last chance for this five year player to truly prove himself to the fans and organization alike. In 2018 , with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers failing so miserably on all levels , it could be said that this team in it’s current guise will be hard pressed to show an overall improvement in 2019. Winston and this team will find it hard to get through their first five games of the season on their schedule. Week one , will see the Tampa Buccaneers face the San Francisco 49ers in an all conference match-up of two teams , seeking a change in both their long-term and short-term fortunes .

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  14. We now know , who our two participants will be in this season’s NBA Finals , with the Toronto Raptors having come through the Eastern Conference Finals , overcoming a two-game deficit to close out their series against the Milwaukee Bucks with four straight victories to win the Conference Championship , 4-2 . Hero of the series and throughout much of the NBA Playoffs for the Raptors , has been the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA All Star , Kawhi Leonard . He clearly has made the Raptors a much better team throughout much of the regular season and into the Playoff themselves. It will be very interesting to see with his rise in value , how much the front office of the Toronto Raptors might be willing to pay the player to secure his future with the franchise long-term .

    There would be a countless list of teams willing to sign Kawhi Leonard to a long-term deal , giving him a max-contract that would equate to at leat $35 million a year at a minimum over a five years . At the top end , Leonard could expect to earn at least $225 million from a five year deal . The NBA Finals itself will see the Toronto Raptors play host to the defending champions , Golden State Warriors for the first two games of the series . With game one taking place on Thursday evening at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto , Ontario , .
    The match-up of Kawhi Leonard against the Warriors should prove to be very interesting as should the competitive nature of the series , with his going head to head with Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

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  15. So there were several great series played in Major League Baseball over this past weekend . Several teams are actually playing well and proving their worth at this juncture. The Los Angeles Dodgers with their litany of stars and high priced players are a team with something to prove . They sit atop of the NL West with a comfortable lead over their closest rivals and will next be in when they face the free-falling New York Mets , whose record has been truly an abomination . If the Mets fail this upcoming season , then I believe there will once again, there will be some drastic changes made within the organization among the playing staff and managerial staff also . GM Brodie Van Wanegen has been entrusted to turn things around for a ball club which hasn’t seen much success over the last ten years. The team’s best players this season have proven to be starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and Pete Alonso .

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  16. It has been several years since the Chicago Bears last made a real name for themselves in the NFL Postseason and it certainly has been decades since the triumph that perhaps seen as their greatest in franchise history , which produced several players of hallowed status for the Bears’ franchise and the Hall of Fame . They have languished while Jay Cutler sought to guide them during his tenure and now it’s left to Mitch Trubisky to prove his worth . There’s also been a turnover in the coaching staff as well as the front office and the playing staff over the last eight years at least. During the 2018 NFL season , the Chicago Bears fared miserably in the NFC North and were of no real significance within the NFC and league in general .

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    Quick Hits: Trubisky clearly in comfort zone

    23rd May , 2019

    By Larry Mayer , Bears Senior Staff Writer

    A year ago at this time, Mitchell Trubisky was beginning to learn a new offense and familiarize himself with new receivers Allen Robinson II, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller.

    Six weeks into the Bears offseason program this spring—and after two OTA practices Tuesday and Wednesday—the quarterback’s comfort level with the system and his teammates is evident.

    “Last year I kept talking about 101,” said coach Matt Nagy. “Now, without a doubt, I can say with pure conviction we’re in 202 right now. And we don’t need to have a live game to see mentally where he’s at with calling the plays. I mean, he’s doing things in the last two days that last year at this time he wasn’t even close to. So that’s exciting.”

    After Trubisky earned his first Pro Bowl invitation last season, the Bears are hoping that his familiarity with the system will enable him to perform even better in 2019. Last year the North Carolina product completed 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,223 yards with 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 95.4 passer rating.

    New defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano also has been impressed with what he’s seen from Trubisky, who was selected by the Bears with the second pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

    “Mitch is a really good leader,” Pagano said. “Mitch is a smart guy. Mitch puts a tremendous amount of time in. He’s really the first guy in the building and the last to leave.

    “I can just tell from an efficiency standpoint, accuracy standpoint, arm talent, he can make all the throws. He’s making great decisions out here. He’s getting the ball into open receivers’ hands. It looks like he’s real comfortable with the system right now and where he’s at and only going to get better.”

    Huge advantage: Trubisky isn’t the only one feeling more comfortable this offseason. Entering his second year as coach, Nagy believes that he understands what makes his players tick—unlike last spring when he was just getting to know them.

    “The biggest thing for sure is the fact that I know every one of these players inside-out right now,” Nagy said. “Last year at this time was when I was trying to learn who they are. Now I know how they react to different situations. I think that’s a huge advantage for me.”

    Before he was able to work with players last offseason, Nagy spent a lot of time explaining his expectations to his assistant coaches.

    “That gets taken for granted,” Nagy said. “Where do they stand in practice? How do you teach this? What do you do here, what do you do there? And that was taking up a lot of time last year at this time. Finally now, I’m standing out here at practice in group install and I almost feel bad because I’m not saying much with our offense. It’s like a car that knows how to kind of drive itself.”

    Fun and games: Nagy was asked for his biggest takeaways from the “Monday Funday” he orchestrated earlier this week at Halas Hall. The Bears coach rewarded his players for their hard work this offseason by replacing regular weightlifting and conditioning drills with fun activities such as an obstacle course, dodgeball tournament and pizza lunch.

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    The NFL Draft for the Chicago Bears was an eventful one with the belief that it could prove to be very productive for the franchise , perhaps not viewed as the best of recent history for Chicago , but still good enough to give the fans hope. Bears’ Head Coach Matt Nagy will enter his second full season coaching the team . If the Bears are to do really well in 2019 then they will have to play at a heightened level especially against their divisional opponents in 2019 . Week one of their regular season schedule will see the Bears face off against the Green Bay Packers in a divisional contest .

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  17. Hard to understand the inconsistency shown by the Chicago Cubs during the month of May as the team has seen their fair share of ups and downs. Injuries asides , there is no good reason for this team to have performed so badly . This Joe Maddon managed team will begin a series of games this week where they will be truly tested by their opponents . The first of which will be on the road game where they will face the Houston Astros .

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  18. It’s been several years since the Oakland A’s were a really dominant force within the league and their owners were really ready to make the team competitive to the point where a World Series’ title was a certainty each year. A triumph for the Oakland A’s came in 1989 when they triumphed over the San Francisco Giants . This season and the A’s are struggling within the AL West , a division they haven’t won in several years . A year in which they made the postseason advancing to the ALDS where they fell to the Detroit Tigers . The A’s managerial staff will have the players prepare for their home game against the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Coliseum , in Oakland, California . It will also be interesting to see which of the A’s players are at the top of their game as these two teams meet as part of their regular season series . Marcus Semien is proving to be an invaluable asset for the A’s this season and so too is starting pitcher Mike Fiers .

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  19. If the upcoming 2019 NFL season can be as productive as last year , then the fans should be in for a great treat. The preseason itself should also be an interesting one and the preseason opener will pit the Denver Broncos face the Atlanta Falcons in a non-conference match-up between these two franchises . If nothing else the preseason , is simply an anomaly for the players to get themselves acclimatized to the long haul of the regular season .

    For reigning Superbowl champions the New England Patriots will open up the defense of their title in the preseason when they face the Detroit Lions . Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady will be looking to have a winning start to the preseason for the Patriots .

    Losing Superbowl opponent the Los Angeles Rams will begin their preseason with a game against the Oakland Raiders .

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  20. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is now doing the rounds , having been released by the franchise , now as a free agent. McCoy will be visiting several teams around the league, hoping to be signed by one of them either to a league veteran deal or something long-term . The player was one of their most productive defensive players during his time with the Buccaneers , but yet during that time , neither he or the Buccaneers managed to really shine when it mattered the most and that was during the postseason .

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    Free agent Gerald McCoy, who was reportedly deciding between two teams, is now visiting a third

    McCoy has visited the Browns and Ravens this week, and will now visit the Panthers

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    Longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was cut by the only team he’s ever played for earlier in May, has been taking free-agent visits this week. According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, McCoy wrapped up his visit with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, and will now decide whether to sign with the Ravens or Cleveland Browns — unless neither team offers him an agreeable contract.

    It appears that McCoy was not satisfied with the offers from Cleveland and/or Baltimore, because according to Joe Person of The Athletic, he’s taking a visit to the Carolina Panthers’ facility later this week.
    The Panthers have Kawann Short and Dontari Poe up the middle on defense, as well as 2016 first-rounder Vernon Butler. The team added Bruce Irvin via free agency and Brian Burns in the draft as they look to replace Julius Peppers on the edge. Perhaps McCoy can find in Carolina what he apparently did not on his earlier visits.

    McCoy had visited Cleveland earlier in the week but left the Browns’ facility without a deal and headed over to Baltimore. The Ravens can likely offer a clearer path to playing time than can the Browns, who have already added to their stacked defensive line this offseason by acquiring Olivier Vernon via trade and Sheldon Richardson earlier in free agency. Add those two to Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi, and they appear to have one of the best defensive fronts in football. That’s not to say he wouldn’t get playing time there, just that it might be somewhat more limited by the rotation.

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    It will be interesting to see where Gerald McCoy will end up and of what value he can be to a team in desire of a player with a real defensive prowess.

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  21. So far this week within baseball has provided us with several results . The play of several players have been very consistent . With a weekend schedule beginning as of Friday , these upcoming games should prove to be eventful . However, before those series begin , there are scheduled games for Thursday afternoon and into the evening. Given the inconsistency shown by the San Francisco Giants and their struggles within the NL West there’s a strong possibility that the there will be some major changes upcoming within the next few months as the trade deadline nears . One player who could be departing from the Giants’ roster is starting pitcher Madision Bumgarner , a former World Series’ MVP for the San Francisco Giants. This season for the Giants Bumgarner has performed adequately in his role . The team will be in action when they face off against the Miami Marlins , another struggling NL franchise this season .

    Madison Bumgarner’s next projected start is likely to take place on the 4th June, when the team will be taking on the New York Mets on the road in a game which will be played at Citi-Field in Flushing , New York . There would be an array of teams willing to acquire Madison Bumgarner with a possible destination being the New York Yankees , who would be willing to take on the remainder of the player’s current contract .

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  22. So what should we expect from game one of tonight’s NBA Finals’ opener when the Toronto Raptors play host to the Golden State Warriors ? Last season the opening game saw the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State face off in what proved to be an entertaining match-up between the two teams. As we know the Warriors would go on to sweep the Cavaliers , 4-0 in that series .

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  23. So while idiots continue to make excuses for the behavior of Magic Johnson and the fact he wasn’t given the chance to wield his power within the Los Angels Lakers’ organization , it should be noted that the former Lakers’ great at no point sought to really address the issues that still existed within the franchise as to the hierarchical makeup . Instead , he felt once in , he sought no need to deal with the owners , much less the coaching staff at the time, led by the now departed former Head Coach Luke Walton who has since been succeeded by Frank Vogel in that role . It seems also petty that Johnson would seek to attack the man he also hired , Rob Pelinka to be the general manager , claiming betrayal by Pelinka .

    From my own perspective , I believe the Los Angeles Lakers are a mess from top to bottom with no clear definitive role for the executives let alone among the coaching staff. The fact LeBron James is now caught up in this mess , playing on a team that is really bereft of actual talent , should tell you a great deal about the franchise during this past season . From here-on in , I am not so sure that anyone can have real faith in the so called coaching ability of Frank Vogel , let alone the executive decision making of Rob Pelinka when it comes to the playing staff moving forward. With the upcoming NBA Draft , the Lakers will have the fourth pick in the first round of this Draft. Last season’s draft for the Lakers wasn’t an overly impressive one at all .

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  24. Last night the opening salvos were fired in game one of the NBA Finals , with the home team , Toronto Raptors (1-0) securing their victory over the Golden State Warriors (0-1) . Pascal Siakam was the hero of the night for the Raptors as he led the scoring for his team . Meanwhile , Steph Curry maintained his Playoff heroics , but it was all to no avail , as the Warriors fell to their opponents by a thin margin . Game two of the series will be taking place on Saturday evening , 1st June at the Scotibank Arena , in Toronto , Ontario. It will be interesting to see what changes might be made by Warriors’ Head Coach Steve Kerr as the team prepares for this game.

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  25. In the lead-up to the month of June , will be some trying times for the teams seeking to improve their play as well as their divisional positions within Major League Baseball . On the schedule for Friday , 31st May , there will be a full set of games as several weekend series will begin.

    Bryce Harper will have a great deal to prove over the course of the season for the Philadelphia Phillies , as the ball-club is undoubtedly is hoping to make a return to the postseason. The Phillies are riding high within the NL East and will no doubt seek to win their upcoming series against the Los Angeles Dodgers . With the first game taking place this Friday at Dodgers Ballpark in Los Angeles , California , where the opposing pitchers will be Jake Arrietta of the Phillies and Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers. This should prove to be a game, where there’s likely to be a great deal of offense from both teams. It will also be interesting to see how Bryce Harper will fare in this game against the Dodgers.

    With Giancarlo Stanton having been missing from the New York Yankees’ lineup , it has been left to Luke Voit to lead the offense of the roster as they prepare for their weekend schedule of games against the Boston Red Sox , in a series , which provide a change to the top of the AL East as the weekend closes out. Both teams are vying to take a hold of the division as the month of June approaches. On the mound for today’s game will be Chris Sale of the Red Sox against JA Happ of the Yankees . .

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  26. This upcoming NFL season and it will be interesting to see if the Seattle Seahawks can jump back to prominence within the NFC West , while challenging the rest of the NFC in seeking to become a dominant force. Much of that will come down to the form of their starting quarterback Russell Wilson and his teammates . Head Coach Pete Carroll still remains in charge and his coaching staff is in tact. The preseason for the Seahawks should prove to be an interesting one as they will begin that jaunt with a against the Denver Broncos . Wilson witnessed the drafting of several good players should prove to be productive for the Seahawks . As to their acquiring some free agents well that is paramount to the front office . Week one of the regular season will pit the Seattle Sehawks against the Cincinnati Bengals of the AFC.

    For Russell Wilson having signed his multi-year , multi million dollar deal , this now sets him up as a franchise player for the Seattle Seahawks . How the Seahawks fare will be determined also as to how quickly they start out of the gate during their first four games.

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  27. The NBA Finals is now turning into a real series , with the first two games of the series being split at one game apiece . The Golden State Warriors (1-1) were reawakened , taking game two by a narrow margin on the road , defeating the Toronto Warriors (1-1) . Once again , it was Steph Curry stepping up to the plate as he has been consistently doing throughout the Playoffs for the Warriors in particular during this NBA Finals’ series . Game three of the series will be played at the Oracle Arena in Oakland , California , on Wednesday evening with the Warriors seeking to take advantage of being at home .

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  28. Some great games were played over the course of the weekend within the world of baseball. The standings were a reflection of this all , as the season slowly meanders to its halfway point and towards to 2019 All Star Game . There will be a slate of games being played today , Monday , 3rd June, with several players looking to perform to the best of their ability . Struggles all round for many of the teams at present
    and it will be interesting to see how the Houston Astros will fare through the month of June as they face off against several of their opponents through their schedule . On the schedule for today, as the Astros will prepare to face a divisional rival the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field , in Seattle, Washington . On the mound for the Astros , will be Corbin Martin , as he faces Wade LeBlanc of the Mariners.

    It might well be some considerable time , before the New York Yankees see the return of Giancarlo Stanton to the team’s lineup . So far they have fared without him fairly well , but I do get the feeling over the next few months he will be needed if the Yankees are to make a real play for the AL East divisional crown and another appearance in the MLB postseason .

    At present the New York Yankees have a healthy lead within the AL East and they will be in action today as manager Aaron Boone prepares the team to face the Toronto Blue Jays as part of their regular season series . It will Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees will be facing Clayton Richard of the Blue Jays .

    The highest paid team in baseball for the 2019 season just happens to be the Boston Red Sox with a $226 million payroll . Whole the Red Sox have their issues , but there is a belief the team can play themselves back into contention. Boston will be in action for their next game when they will be taking on the Kansas City Royals . The Red Sox will have Eduardo Rodriguez of the Red Sox facing Glen Sparkmann of the Royals .

    They may not have the best record in baseball , but the Los Angeles Dodgers are certainly playing like a team with something to prove. They will be in action for their next game when they will be facing the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix , Arizona , in a road game which will be part of their regular season meetings in 2019. The Dodgers will have Walker Buehler on the mound against Robby Ray of the Diamonbacks in this NL contest .

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  29. Anthony Joshua , in one of the most improbable displays of sheer incompetency managed to lose all three of his world title belts , when he lost Andy Ruiz Jr , and along the way a possible big money payday in a unification bout against Deontay Wilder . Joshua having scored the first knockdown, was then caught napping as the challenger Ruiz , dictated this title fight , winning by seventh round TKO. While there is a clause for a rematch it is by no means a certainty that the newly crowned champion will seek a rematch , perhaps seeking to face Deontay Wilder instead. This result sent shock waves around the world of boxing as it commonly felt that the champion would come through the fight unscathed .

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    As humble as Anthony Joshua was in his post-fight interview , it was clear he and his promoter Eddie Hearn , clearly underestimated Andy Ruiz , with both the fighter and promoter setting their eyes on a much bigger fish.

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  30. So there were a number of games which took place within Major League Baseball yesterday , shedding some light on how the season might well progress. Today, Tuesday , 4th June and there will be several scheduled games that will be of real interest to the fans. Among those in action will be the Chicago Cubs , as they face the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in Chicago , Illinois . On the mound for the Cubs will be their starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks as he faces the Rockies’ Jeff Hoffmann .

    With Robinson Cano having left the Seattle Mariners , having been traded ? by the AL organization , having joined the New York Mets . It will be interesting to see how the Mariners will fare without their former All Star. The Mariners for their part will face a fairly tough schedule during the month of June . Their team will be in action today as they face the Houston Astros at home .

    Robinson Cano is having something of a down year with the New York Mets , with the team faring not so well within the NL East . They are sub.500 and clearly not maintaining a pace which would see them as a viable candidate for the MLB postseason . Cano and his teammates will be facing the San Francisco Giants . This match-up of starting pitchers could prove to be one of the best we have seen at this point of the season as Madison Bumgarner of the Giants will face Noah Syndergaard of the Mets . These two players have been at the forefront pitching within baseball over the last four seasons .

    From an offense standpoint the team which seems to be the most impressive just happens to be the Minnesota Twins and with Rocco Baldelli as the team manager , there’s the expectation that this team could be competitive to make a postseason appearance , which would be their first since 2017 when they made it the AL wildcard . The Minnesota Twins are in action today as they head out to face the Cleveland Indians on the road at Progressive Field in Cleveland , Ohio .

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  31. With the retirement of Dwyane Wade as a member of the Miami Heat , a new era for this franchise will begin. Last season was one of the worst on record for the Miami Heat as a franchise. Wade along with his teammates failed to meet expectations . In the aftermath of it all the Heat’s coaching staff along with the front office headed by Team President Pat Riley will have to make the changes necessary to the player personnel in order to put the Miami Heat back on track .

    With the upcoming NBA Draft , it will be interesting to see how the Miami Heat will seek to bolster their roster. Last season the Heat drafted prudently as they sought to get the best out of their players . While I believe that the Heat can improve , I am not sure it will be on a level where they can compete against the best that the Eastern Conference will likely throw at them . Dwyane Wade’s retirement will bring about an end to an era where he was the face of the organization , while he was a player and that is with all due respect to his former teammate LeBron James .

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  32. Robinson Cano is being asked to do a great deal to lift the New York Mets out of the doldrums. Last season in spite of their pitching heroics, this was a team far from being impressive over the course of the season. This year , once again the Mets are off to a rocky start . The team in it’s current guise will be in action today as they face the San Francisco Giants . Yesterday when the two teams met , Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy was able to obtain the 1,000th victory of his managerial career as his players got the better of their NL counterparts .

    For Robinson Cano this season will be about having to justify his salary and the faith shown in him by Brodie Van Wanegen and the York Mets’ front office . The organization has had high priced players in the past who’ve failed to meet expectations all round . If Cano can avoid those comparisons and get this team playing with more consistency , then there is a possibility they could make another postseason appearance.

    There indeed has to be something wrong when several desirable free agents still remain unsigned by a team in Major League Baseball . Among that grouping are players such as Hanley Ramirez , Dallas Kuechel , Craig Kimbrell , James Shields and Matt Holliday . Granted , several of these players are thirty-five or older , but experience should count for something when it comes to baseball .

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  33. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ player Gerald McCoy has now found a new home, after he was released by his former team during the off-season. McCoy has been signed by divisional rival the Carolina Panthers , where he joins a former League MVP , Cam Newton . The Panthers needed to reload their secondary , after they became a flaw to the team’s defense during last season , but that was not the primary reason why there had been a downturn for the Carolina Panthers as this team failed to execute when it mattered most. This season the coaching staff of Ron Rivera will be hoping for a great deal more from McCoy as a Pro Bowl player, being able to add to their resilience defensively. For Cam Newton, it will be also interesting to see if he can regain the form when he’s been at his very best for the franchise.

    The Carolina Panthers will open up their season with a number of exhibition games , before embarking on their regular season schedule , with their opener in week one being against the Los Angeles Rams at home . This contest has all the makings of being a high-scoring game . And for Cam Newton it will be interesting to see how he fares against the Panthers .

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  34. In game three of the NBA Finals , it was once again a tale of two teams , with the Golden State Warriors (1-2) falling short as only Steph Curry came to play , with the rest of the team barely seen by way of their productivity. Granted , they were without Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant , but it cannot hide the fact the Warriors were adrift without any guidance.

    Kawhi Leonard is now proving that not only can he lead a team , but the Toronto Raptors (2-1) would be foolish to let him go at the end of this postseason. He has more than prove his worth to this team . Masai Ujiri uri , Head of Basketball Operations for the Raptors must know that he has a major decision to make and that is to offer Kawhi Leonard a max contract befitting a player of his status. Leonard can become a free agent once the postseason is over and it is my belief he will weigh out all of the options possible. The Raptors to my mind having completely outplayed the Milwaukee Bucks (2-4) in the Eastern Conference Finals , now have to be seen as a legitimate force not just within the conference but also around the NBA . Their regular season record speaks for itself and the addition of Leonard to their roster was clearly an upgrade over last season’s players.

    Game four of the NBA Finals will take place on Friday night at the Oracle Arena , in Oakland , California will be the venue for the game .

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  35. OK , the MLB season continues with some erstwhile play by the teams and players in particular . There will be several games today which should whet the appetite of the fans . The Los Angeles Dodgers will be in action as they face the San Francisco Giants on the road . On the mound for the Dodgers will be their starting pitcher , Clayton Kershaw against the Giants’ Drew Pomeranz . Within the AL the season is proving to be an interesting one with teams looking to position themselves over the coming months , but in particular during the month of June . The Miami Marlins continue to have a disastrous season and it remains to be seen if the team can bounce back from all of their on-field problems . Miami will be in action over the next few days . Manager Don Mattingly will have the team in action when they face the Milwaukee Brewers on the road .

    The last of their multiple World Series’ titles came in 2009 , but that dry spell has been one of the longest in the franchise’s history. With Aaron Boone having succeeded Joe Girardi , the team in it’s present guise is now in pursuant of another title. Having one of the highest paid rosters in baseball will always prove to be an issue for the organization and ownership group . While they remain one of the most valuable teams in baseball as well as being one of the most profitable will always be one of the things which makes the Yankees all the more alluring . The Yankees are in the midst of an engaging month of June , where their schedule will prove to be a competitive one. Aaron Boone will have his players prepared to end with the final game of the three-game trilogy against the Toronto Blue Jays . This is part of their year-long regular season series of games against their AL East divisional rivals . It will be J A Happ of the Yankees on the mound against his former team, when he face the Blue Jays’ Edwin Jackson .

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  36. I’m having a hard time believing that the Miami Dolphins are considered a team capable of winning the AFC East much less challenge the rest of the NFL over the course of this season , given the fact their draft class and trades are barely of consequence . The Dolphins have moved on from Adam Gase as their Head Coach with Brian Flores . This will be Flores’ first season as a coach in the league and he will be one of several rookies this season. The Dolphins’ preseason will consist of four games with their preseason opener being against the Atlanta Falcons . The departure of former starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill , gives cause for concern as to which player on the Dolphins’ roster can now step up to the plate for the franchise this season . I believe that Brian Flores will have to assess the qualities provided by Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick before coming to a decision as to who the starting quarterback will be for the regular season. That regular season opening game in week one will pit the Miami Dolphins against the Baltimore Ravens .

    Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen are quarterbacks with general experience drafted within the last fourteen years. Rosen was drafted in 2018 and Fitzpatrick in 2005 .

    It looks as if Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles will be given a contract extension likely to make him one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL . Wentz’s current contract is a very lucrative one and it begs the question , can the player live up to those lofty expectations. It should be noted that Carson Wentz was not the player who guided the Eagles to their Superbowl victory in 2017 . It was Nick Foles who guided the Philadelphia Eagles to that now highly entertaining victory over the New England Patriots . Foles is now with the the Jacksonville Jaguars , having replaced Blake Bortles .

    Courtesy of ESPN

    Source: Eagles sign Wentz to $128M extension

    The Philadelphia Eagles have signed franchise quarterback Carson Wentz to a four-year extension through the 2024 season, the team announced Thursday.

    The extension is for $128 million and includes $107.9 million guaranteed, including $66 million due at signing, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The extension can escalate to a max of $144 million. Wentz’s total deal is now six years for $154 million and can grow to a max of $170 million.

    The extension is similar to the one the Seattle Seahawks gave Russell Wilson, who signed a four-year, $140 million extension with $107 million in guarantees in April.

    The Eagles have been open about their desire to lock Wentz into a megadeal. Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations, said at the owners meetings in March that “having Carson here long-term is our goal” and the organization will “work toward that.” Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie added he would “absolutely” be comfortable extending Wentz this year, even though Wentz is coming off two significant injuries and was under contract through 2020.

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    Whatever the decision made behind this all, I believe that the front office of the Philadelphia Eagles simply didn’t want to be put in a position where they would be forced to break the bank with their quarterback . Yet a four-year $128 million deal does seem overly expensive for a player who’s get to prove himself in the postseason , let alone the regular season .

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  37. So here we are as the MLB season has actually begun to hit it’s stride there’s a thinking that the teams will have to raise the level of their play. It will be interesting to see how Mike Trout can make the Los Angeles Angels perform better. This weekend should be proof of that as the team goes ahead when they face the Seattle Mariners . Game one of the weekend series begins on Friday, 7th June . On the mound for the Angels will be starting pitcher Andrew Heaney of the Angels against Marco Gonzales of the Mariners .

    On the match-up of starting pitchers for today there’s an intriguing duel between Miles Mikolas of the St Louis Cardinals as he faces Cole Hamels of the Chicago Cubs when the two teams meet today as the beginning of their three-day trilogy. Also in play the Tampa Bay Rays’ starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos , as he takes on Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox . This series could shape the season moving forward for both teams .

    Domingo German of the New York Yankees is having an excellent season for team , with his leading the Yankees’ starting pitchers in victories for the season . German will be on the mound when the Yankees face the Cleveland Indians and their starting pitcher Zach Plesac .

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  38. Tonight will be make or break as the Golden State Warriors (1-3) look to stave off a game-five defeat and series’ loss when they take on the Toronto Raptors (3-1) , who will be seeking their first ever NBA championship title. Should they prove to be victorious , then in all likelihood Kawhi Leonard of the Raptors will be named the Finals’ MVP . Leonard has been one of the primary reasons why Toronto is on the verge of winning their first ever series’ title. For Kawhi Leonard , should this come to fruition , it would place him among the elite players within the NBA this stage of his career .

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  39. One of the most disturbing news’ items as it relates to the world of sports and socially was the reported story of former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz being shot while being in the Dominican Republic this past weekend. Though not fatally wounded, Ortiz came within an inch of losing his life as he and members of his entourage while visiting the country. Over the past eighteen months American tourists have lost their lives to what appears to be an uptick in violent crimes.

    On the field of play over this past weekend the Boston Red Sox were in action against the Tampa Bay Rays , where they lost three of four in their four-game series against their AL East divisional rivals . Up next for the Red Sox as they struggle with their form will be a game against the Texas Rangers at home , Fenway Park , in Boston , Massachusetts , On the mound for Boston will be Chris Sale as he faces Mike Minor of the Rangers.

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  40. We’re still more than two and a half months away from the start of the NFL preseason never-mind week one of the regular season . Around the league , the news continues unabated. Latest big reveal, has been the dismissal/ firing of now former Houston Texans’ former general manager Brian Gaine . The executive had been in the position a mere two years and overseen the franchise’s most recent drafts, which saw them make perhaps the biggest acquisition with DeShaun Watson . However. this might not have been enough to fulfill the ambitions of CEO Cal McNair . While the shakeup within the front office was something of a surprise the coaching staff and roster have seen their share of movement . For DeShaun Watson , the quarterback will certainly have to prove his worth this upcoming season . The Texans having had what could be best described as a moderately successful draft will be looking for their rookies and veterans to be productive during their preseason .

    In their preseason opener the Houston Texans will be facing the Green Bay Packers on the road in a non-conference match-up on the 8th August , 2019. DeShaun Watston has proven himself to be a refreshing breath of air for the Houston Texans and it will be interesting to see how he’ll fare with something of a revamped team under the coaching acumen of Bill O’Brien . In their regular season opener DeShaun Watson and his teammates will face the New Orleans Saints on the road in week one of the regular season schedule. That should prove to be an enthralling game between these two teams .

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  41. Golden State Warriors’ (2-3) Head Coach Steve Kerr brought Kevin Durant back for game-five of the NBA Finals . However, the two-time Finals’ MVP and League MVP did not last long in the contest . Durant would unfortunately re-injure the calf muscle which has waylaid him for much of this Playoff season . And although the Warriors were able to pull off a victory over the Toronto Raptors (3-2) , it still leaves them facing an uphill battle in game six which will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland , California as they will have to stave off defeat in that particular match-up with the Raptors needing only one victory to secure their very first as an NBA franchise . History would be made were the Toronto Raptors able to pull off that victory , It would be first time in league history that an NBA champion would be a franchise outside America . One should also bear in mind that the Raptors are the only non American franchise in the NBA .

    Game six will take place on June 13th and it is imperative that the Golden State Warriors get off to a fast start and dictate the pace throughout the contest with all of their players contributing in some way.

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  42. Christian Yelich seems to be on pace for a sensational season , perhaps the best of his career to date , but it will be interesting to see if he can guide the Milwaukee Brewers to another and perhaps a prolonged appearance in the MLB Postseason . Yelich seems to have taken over from Ryan Braun as being the face of the franchise . Having joined the Brewers in a deal that saw him leave the much beleaguered Miami Marlins as Derek Jeter sought to pare down the team’s payroll . Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers are in the midst of challenging the Chicago Cubs for the divisional dominance of the NL Central , a division which has been very competitive over the last two years.

    The NL Central has now become a tight race with the Chicago Cubs having recently relinquished the lead within the division. Both the Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers are in action today , with the Chicago Cubs taking on the Colorado Rockies on the road , while Milwaukee will be facing the Houston Astros . Christian
    Yelich and his teammates will be looking to see how well they can do against an AL ball-club , while looking to increase their slender lead in the division. .

    Of late , Bryce Harper seems to have cooled off after an explosive start to the season for the Philadelphia Phillies . Harper , along with his contact , was expected to be a major impact for the Phillies over the course of this season. The expectations remain high with the managerial staff and front office hoping that the team can make another run at the postseason. Their last visit to a postseason berth came in 2011 when they didn’t fare that well against the St Louis Cardinals .

    So far in the month of June the Philadelphia Phillies have shown some inconsistency and over their last ten games they have posted 4-6 record . The team will be in action for their next game when they face the Arizona Diamondbacks at home . Phillies’ starting pitcher Jake Arrietta will be on the mound for this contest when he faces his opposite number Jon Duplantier of the D’backs . Bryce Harper’s record against the Diamondbacks hasn’t been overly impressive . Yet he and his teammates will have to show some wherewithal if they are to do well over the remainder of the season. The NL East still has something to offer and there remains a great deal to play for .

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  43. Rafael Nadal
    won his twelfth French Open title , with a thoroughly convincing win over Domenic Thiem who beat world number one, Novak Djokovic in the Semi-Finals of the tournament. Nadal’s sternest test may well have came when he met Roger Federer in what turned out to be an exhilarating Semi Final clash. The ATP Rankings as they now stand will lift Nadal further up the standings .

    History was also made in the Women’s Finals at the French Open as Barty became only the second Australian Aborigine of female descent to claim a Grand Slam title with her victory over Marketa Vondrousova .

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  44. Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals has never been viewed as one of the elite quarterbacks within the NFL M . Granted , given his experience and having been drafted by the franchise during 2011 NFL Draft . It now begs the question where the Bengals go from here ? Last season the team didn’t fare so well within the AFC North . where they certainly fell short of expectations all-round . Andy Dalton certainly under-performed and the back-ups on the roster fared no better . Cincinnati’s draft was one of real needs in a variety of places on the team’s depth chart.

    The Cincinnati Bengals will begin their preseason schedule of four games with their opener being against the Kansas City Chiefs led by Patrick Mahomes , last season’s League MVP . In week one of the regular season the Benals will begin their schedule in a match-up against the Seattle Seahawks . Previous meetings between the two teams have proven to be very entertaining .

    For Andy Dalton this could very well be a make or break season for the player. His postseason appearances for the Cincinnati Bengals have been underwhelming to say the least. If he can’t get the team across the finishing line , then in all likelihood the front office may well seek to make a change concerning the franchise’s long-term future . Dalton isn’t set to become a free agent until 2021 . So in essence there is now a two-year window for the player to show his worth. It will be interesting to if the coaching staff led by Zac Taylor can get the best out of him .

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  45. So in essence anyone now seeking to trade for disgruntled center and All Star player Anthony Davis has told his agent Rich Paul , he is only interested in being with a team for one year, This might well also be a great displeasure to Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers . It’s clearly known with Davis and Lakers’ player LeBron James both being represented by Rich Paul , there’s something to possibility that these two superstars are unlikely to be teammates unless the Lakers are prepared to give up some pieces in order to get the star center.

    There are hard issues in play for the New Orleans Pelicans who still hold the rights to Anthony Davis and with the franchise having won the Draft Lottery in having their first pick in the upcoming NBA Draft . It seems only right that their front office led by newly incoming GM David Griffin might try to retain the services of Davis . With the Pelicans holding the number one overall pick , it seems likely they will take Duke player Zion Williamson as the top pick from this Draft. This past season the Pelicans did play with a great deal of zeal but their efforts were simply not good enough to make the NBA Playoffs , where they are now on the outside looking in.

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  46. So what now for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts ? Luck a first round draft pick from the 2012 NFL Draft . The Colts have been lucky enough to have drafted a player who has become to epitomize the great achievements of the franchise down the years . The player was one of several quarterbacks in 2012 . Andrew Luck has since been able to provide the franchise with some success , but they have fallen short of their ultimate goal.

    Last season in particular , Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts fared well during the regular season , but would fall short during the divisional round of the postseason , falling to the Kansas City Chiefs . Indianapolis’ coaching staff led by Frank Reich will certainly be looking to get the very best out of this team , which on paper looks to be a very good roster. The front office which is still led by GM Ryan Grigson , having gone through their draft class as well seeking to make a number of acquisitions seem set for the start of the preseason as well as the regular season . Statistically, the Colts were were not where many believed they should have been, although they made the the postseason .

    In week one of the preseason the Indianapolis Colts will open up their schedule with a game against the Buffalo Bills . Their regular season opener will see them match-up against the Los Angeles Chargers .

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  47. There were some very interesting games played yesterday within Major League Baseball and a number of results were rather surprising . The Subway Series between the New York Yankees and their crosstown rivals the New York Mets , brought along the spectacle one would expect of such a series . Both teams will be back in action over the next few days , with the New York Mets taking on the St Louis Cardinals at home , while the New York Yankees will be facing the Chicago White Sox on the road .

    Ron Fowler , managing partner in the ownership group of the San Diego Padres has seen the ball-club struggle over the last decade or more barely being able to compete against their rivals . This season within the NL West the Padres aren’t even competitive within the division much less the NL or league overall . The managerial staff of the Padres led by Andy Green will prepare his team for their meeting against the San Francisco Giants today. It will be interesting to see how the Padres will fare through the rest of June in the lead-up to the MLB All Star Game .

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  48. Tonight , will be a make or break night for the Golden State Warriors (2-3) as they seek to even this series in the NBA Finals . For much of the Finals itself they have been without their best player , Kevin Durant and it has to be said , in his absence the team has performed poorly with the exception of Steph Curry . The front-line starters have fallen short of expectations and the bench has been woefully inept in this series as well as during the Playoffs .

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  49. There was an interesting pitchers’ duel which took place yesterday at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas , as the Houston Astros played host to the Milwaukee Brewers . There were several All Stars on the field as well as a former Cy Young Award winner and two League MVP’s . The duel between Justin Verlander of the Astros and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich was something to behold . Verlanders’ opposite number in last night’s duel was Brandon Woodruff . The two teams will be back in action over the next two days .

    There will be in an interesting match-up on the mound today , Thursday , 13th June as Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs will face off against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers , with both teams riding high within their respective divisions and the NL .

    Last night the Miami Marlins had their young pitching phenom on the mound as the team took on the St Louis Cardinals . The Marlins had Jordan Yamamoto on the pitchers’ mound as he faced Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals . Miami would end up blanking the Cardinals , 9-0 .

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  50. So all of a sudden , it’s not the New England Patriots being suspected of foul play but the Houston Texans who are now under suspicion of tampering , with the Texans having illegally approached Nick Caserio to become the general manager of the Texans. If that were not enough , certain sources are citing the fact that Robert Kraft and the front office of New England are extremely angry at the situation . I’m not saying this all has anything to divert us away from Kraft’s own legal problems , but how coincidental is this ?

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    Patriots accuse Texans of tampering over Nick Caserio

    By Jeremy Bergman , NFL Writer

    Houston’s search for a new general manager has hit a legal snag.

    The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Texans related to their attempted GM hire of Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. ESPN first reported the news.

    The NFL’s definition of tampering reads as follows: “The term tampering, as used within the National Football League, refers to any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissibly induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL.”

    Houston’s firing of general manager Brian Gaine on June 7, one day after New England’s Super Bowl ring ceremony, “set off some alarm bells” at Patriots Place, Rapoport added.

    Houston’s search for a new general manager has hit a legal snag.

    The New England Patriots have filed tampering charges against the Texans related to their attempted GM hire of Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. ESPN first reported the news.

    The NFL’s definition of tampering reads as follows: “The term tampering, as used within the National Football League, refers to any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissibly induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL.”

    Houston’s firing of general manager Brian Gaine on June 7, one day after New England’s Super Bowl ring ceremony, “set off some alarm bells” at Patriots Place, Rapoport added.

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    It was something of a naive and asinine move to believe that the New England Patriots would allow Nick Caserio leave his post to join the Houston Texans in a similar capacity. Texas’ front office has fallen on hard times since the death of Robert H McNair . It will be interesting to see what the ramifications might well be from an investigation by the NFL .

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  51. Over his last six games Hy Jin-Ryu of the Los Angels Dodgers has proven to be a tremendous pitcher . Ryu’s 1.36 ERA and 9 wins are among the leading reasons why the player might be the leading candidate for this season’s NL Cy Young Award at this point of the season. Hy Jin-Ryu’s next projected start will likely see him face the Chicago Cubs and their starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks in a game being played at Dodgers Ballpark in Los Angeles , California on Friday evening.

    It will be interesting to see if Hy Jin-Ryu can break any of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team records over the course of this season .

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  52. The NBA has a new champion for the 2018-19 season with the Toronto Raptors securing their very first title in the franchise’s history. The Raptors secured their victory on the road by taking down the Golden State Warriors in a well-deserved win. It was an all round effort by this Raptors’ team both defensively and offensively. For the Head Coach Nick Nurse this was his very first NBA title and likely to secure him a big contract increase with the organization. Kawhi Leonard secures his second Finals’ MVP award having won his first as a member of the San Antonio Spurs when they won the last of their five championship titles .

    As close as this game six contest appeared to be on paper , it was clear that the Toronto Raptors wanted this victory more , while for the players of the Golden State Warriors this was a game of missed opportunities and with certain front-line players failing to show up when it mattered the most. Suffice to say Draymond Green failed steer his team , in the ways many have claimed that he could .

    With the free agency period set for the 30th June it will be interesting to see what moves will be made by the likes of the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors. One would also have to bear in mind the NBA Draft is just over a week away .

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