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ALEX RODRIGUEZ TO RETIRE FROM BASEBALL ON FRIDAY

After two decades in the public eye, Alex Rodriguez says goodbye to baseball next Friday. The New York Yankees held a press conference this morning to break the news. Rodriguez will be released and then serve as a special advisor to the team following Friday…

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ALEX RODRIGUEZ TO RETIRE FROM BASEBALL ON FRIDAY

After two decades in the public eye, Alex Rodriguez says goodbye to baseball next Friday. The New York Yankees held a press conference this morning to break the news. Rodriguez will be released and then serve as a special advisor to the team following Friday.

The Yankees are still obligated to pay the remaining $27 million of his contract that lasts through 2017. According to ESPN, the Yankees reached out to other teams for trade value but none showed interest.

Since the age of 18, Rodriguez has seen the highest highs and lowest lows of Major League Baseball. He was the prototype five-tool-player joining as a Mariner. His star would continually rise as he joined the Texas Rangers on a 10-year deal worth $252 million. At the time it was the most lucrative contract in MLB history. His power numbers increased rapidly during his time in Texas, as we now know would be with the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

But his star continued to rise as he was traded to the New York Yankees, moving to third base because the Captain Derek Jeter was already at the position (shortstop). Rodriguez would win two of his three MVP’s in a pinstripe uniform. But as the playoffs approached every year, Rodriguez stats would decline in painful fashion. In the regular season Rodriguez was one of the most feared batters. In the playoffs, he failed to achieve the same level of success.

There is the outlier of the 2009 postseason. After the Yankees acquired a slew of key free agents, they would again find themselves in the World Series. Rodriguez bat began to click in those playoffs for his best postseason run of his career. His performances at the plate would win him the postseason MVP as he and the Yankees would capture their 27th championship (Rodriguez one and only title).

Age began to catch up with the ball player, but tabloids and allegations would paint a dark shadow on his career. After lying about steroid use on public tv, Rodriguez admitted to his use throughout his career. Things changed for the worst as he was suspended for a full 162 games during the 2014 season. In a sad ending to his otherwise illustrious career, Rodriguez will be missed by some. A three-time-MVP and 14 time All Star with a smile that lit up the tv since 1995. His own insecurities would be his undoings. His staggering numbers would still be all time impressive without the PEDs, and would result in a first-ballot Hall of Fame bid. Rodriguez, now 41, will most likely not receive a Hall of Fame bid, and will be missed by only Yankees fans.

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Pelicans Agree To Trade Anthony Davis To Los Angeles Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks — including the No. 4 overall selection in next week’s draft, according to woj.

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Pelicans Agree To Trade Anthony Davis To Los Angeles Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks — including the No. 4 overall selection in next week’s draft, according to Woj.

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Toronto Raptors Win First NBA Title by Defeating The Warriors in Game Six

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the the first time in franchise history. They secured the title with a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, taking the series 4-2.

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Toronto Raptors Win First NBA Title by Defeating The Warriors in Game Six

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the the first time in franchise history. They secured the title with a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, taking the series 4-2.

An instant classic in every sense of the word, the two teams went back and forth from the opening tip until the final buzzer.

There was once again another significant injury as Klay Thompson went down with a knee injury late in the third quarter, and left the arena on crutches. Golden State kept fighting, but shorthanded as they were, they couldn’t quite find enough buckets down the stretch.

Kyle Lowry came out firing, and he couldn’t miss in the opening minutes, racking up 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting to start the game.

Pascal Siakam soon chipped in, and the Raptors built a quick nine-point lead, thanks to five early 3s. The Warriors weren’t going to just give up in the final game at Oracle, though, and hung around due to some nice shooting from Klay Thompson and a boost off the bench from DeMarcus Cousins.

The exciting back-and-forth action continued in the second quarter as both teams used mini bursts to temporarily take control of the game.

Lowry and Siakam continued to play well for the Raptors, which was important because they weren’t getting quite the usual production from Kawhi Leonard. Despite playing shorthanded, the Warriors were able to hang around thanks to some nice minutes from Andre Iguodala, who threw down two big alley-oops to pump up the Oracle crowd.

Plus, Thompson was happy to knock down free throws after being fouled twice on 3-pointers.

Early in the third quarter, the Raptors once again built themselves a decent lead, but the Warriors had yet another answer. It didn’t help Toronto that Lowry had to leave the game early in the quarter after he picked up his fourth foul on a questionable call.

From there, Game 6 Klay Thompson built on his legacy with a number of huge shots — at least until he landed awkwardly on his leg following a dunk attempt late in the frame. He immediately went to the locker room, but came back to shoot the free throws, making both to a huge ovation. He then returned to the locker room to be evaluated.

Despite Thompson’s absence, the Warriors kept battling, and were able to stick with the Raptors until the final seconds, finding baskets here and there from pretty much everyone that was still healthy to play.

After a late turnover by the Raptors, they even had a chance to win it in the closing seconds, but Steph Curry’s 3 didn’t go down. A bizarre sequence in the aftermath led to the Warriors calling a timeout they didn’t have, which effectively ended the game.

Kyle Lowry finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Raptors. Pascal Siakam also went for 26, while Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet each added 22 of their own. Thompson led the Warriors with 30 points, and Andre Iguodala chipped in 22 points.

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VIDEO Kevin Durant Returns, Re-Injures Right Leg in Game 5 of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals. A big reason that they’re facing a 3-1 deficit in the series is the various injuries that they’ve dealt with.

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VIDEO Kevin Durant Returns, Re-Injures Right Leg in Game 5 of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors have been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals. A big reason that they’re facing a 3-1 deficit in the series is the various injuries that they’ve dealt with.

Most notable among them is the calf injury that has kept Kevin Durant on the sideline since Game 5 of their second-round series against the Houston Rockets.

However, after over a month on the shelf, Durant returned to action for Game 5 against the Raptors on Monday night. He got off to a great start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. Unfortunately, his return was cut short in the second quarter when he appeared to re-injure his calf.

Durant practiced with the Warriors on Sunday for the first time since sustaining the calf injury, and he also participated in shootaround on Monday morning.

“He looked good,” Warriors head coach Kerr said of Durant to media members on Monday morning. “We’ll see where it goes.”

Kerr has previously stated that Durant could potentially play in the series after just one practice.

“It’s feasible,” Kerr said. “But again, it’s really a day-to-day thing. If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with. It’s just an injury; there’s been a lot of gray area. So literally it’s just day to day and how the progress is coming. And at this point he’s still not ready.”

With Durant set to return for Game 5, one has to wonder about the level of rust that he will be dealing with after being sidelined for over a month. But, Durant at even 60 or 70 percent would provide a big boost to the Warriors, who have looked lost without him at times against the Raptors.

“You worry about the conditioning … the skill obviously is undeniable and he’s a guy who can get his shot off any time he wants,” Kerr said. “He’s Kevin Durant. So, if we have him out there, he’ll be a threat, we know that.”

Now that he’s finally set to return, Durant has a legacy-altering opportunity in front of him. His team dug themselves into a 3-1 hole without him, and if he can lead them out of that hole and to a third straight title, it would be viewed as an all-time accomplishment.

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