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June 18th, 2018

It was another great sports weekend.

The World Cup got underway and there was a lot of excitement. Mexico stunned defending champion Germany. Argentina and Brazil had to settle for ties in their openers.

Brooks Koepka was great during the final round, making several clutch putts. He won his second straight U. S. Open title.

The Houston Astros stayed hot, extending a win streak to 11 games.

I also hope all the fathers out there had a Happy Father’s Day!

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June 11th, 2018

It was time to crown champions.

The Golden State Warriors won their third title in four years as Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were too much for King James and the Cavaliers. Steve Kerr earned another ring coaching this talented  team to the winner’s circle.

The Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup. It was great to see the enthusiastic response of Alexander Ovechkin and company.

Justify made history by winning the Triple Crown, capturing the Belmont. Congrats to Jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert.

The French Open saw Rafael Nadal add to his trophy case, beating Domenic Thiem in the finals. Simona Halep finally won a Grand Slam singles title, rallying from a set down to beat American Sloane Stephens.

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June 4th, 2018

It was a super weekend in sports.

The Golden State Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the NBA finals. The Cavaliers had a great chance to win game 1 but fell short.

The Washington Capitals took a 2-1 lead over Las Vegas in the Stanley Cup finals.

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova moved to the round of 16 showdown on Monday at the French Open.

Injuries took a toll in the majors. Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Josh Donaldson, Rhys Hoskins and Noah Syndergard all went on the DL.

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May 28th, 2018

Wow, both NBA conference finals going to seven games. That is the first time that has happened since 1979.

King James showed why some feel he is the GOAT, going to his eighth consecutive championship series. This is not a vintage Cavs team and they won game seven over Boston without Kevin Love.

Cleveland won at Boston, handing the Celtics their first home loss of this playoff season. A salute to Brad Stevens, who got so much out of this young team. They simply struggled shooting the trifecta in game seven.

Golden State and Houston were battling in game seven out west.

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May 21st 2018

What a weekend in sports.

Justify won the Preakness. Now there will be excitement galore in New York in three weeks. Will the Belmont Stakes produce a Triple Crown winner?

The Las Vegas Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup finals in year one of existence. That is an incredible story.

The Tampa Bay Lightning won three straight to take the lead in the eastern Conference final.

The NBA playoffs rolled on, and baseball had some exciting moments too. The Dodgers swept the Nationals, Oakland swept the Blue Jays in Toronto.

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May 14th, 2018

Sarasota was the sports capital of the world on Friday night. Thanks to everyone involved in the 13th annual Dick Vitale gala.

We raised over $3.7 million for cancer research. Over the 13 years, we have now gone over $25 million for kids battling the dreaded disease.

Our honorees gave great speeches. Thanks to Jim Harbaugh, Mike Greenberg, Leonard Hamilton, Chris Berman and Shelley Smith. There were over 80 sports celebrities, including all of the Final Four coaches, David Robinson and Grant Hill, to name a few.

We need to beat the disease. It was a special evening for the V Foundation.

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May 7th, 2018

It looks like Boston and Clevland will go to the NBA Eastern Conference finals, barring a miracle comeback.

LeBron James showed why he is The King with another game-winning shot. Brad Stevens is showing why he is one of the best young coaches in the sport.

Jayson Tatum is showing why I said last year that he should go numero uno in the draft.

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April 30th 2018

King James showed why he is one of the best of all-time.

He put up 45 points as the Cavaliers edged the Pacers in game seven. For Cleveland, it was more than just James. Tristan Thompson put up a double-double. George Hill came back from injury to contribute. Kevin Love hit a couple of big threes in the fourth quarter.

Now Cleveland faces a challenge against Toronto.

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March 26th, 2018

We have an exciting final Four ahead next weekend.

Loyola of Chicago meets Michigan, the first time the MVC and Big Ten have met in the Final Four since 1979. That year was Magic Johnson and Michigan State beating Larry Bird and Indiana State.

Villanova and Kansas meet in the other semifinal. Jay Wright's team is looking for a hattrick vs. the Big 12 after beating West Virginia and Texas Tech. This contest features Jalen Brunson vs. Devonte Graham.

Should be fun in San Antonio.

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March 19th, 2018

March Madness is in full swing and it has been awesome!

We have seen new stars shine, upset city like never before in UMBC, buzzer beaters like Michigan's Jordan Poole against Houston. 

The cream has been rising to the top. Villanova, Kansas, Duke, Kentucky have all advanced to the Sweet 16.

i"m enjoying my hits  on SportsCenter, covering the tournament.

The road to San Antonio will be interesting. One week til we know which teams are in the Final Four!

 

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February 26th, 2018

I love college basketball, but the past few days were very tough for the sport.

First there was the Yahoo Sports report dealing all sorts of allegations involving former and current NCAA players. Pat Forde detailed all sorts of things, and it left a major black cloud. Two players — Eric Davis of Texas and Malik Pope of San Diego State—were held out of weekend games pending further investigation.

I was crushed reading this, but not shocked at these alleged happenings. The sleazy characters prey on these kids when they are in eighth grade. This is a nightmare for the NCAA and college basketball. 

Then came the ESPN bombshell that Arizona coach Sean Miller was caught on a wiretap talking about a $100,000 payout to star center DeAndre Ayton. Miller and the school mutually agreed that the step away from the team for Saturday’s game at Oregon, with the Wildcats lost in overtime. Ayton played in that contest.

Arizona must clean house, starting with Sean Miller. There is no place for making efforts to buy players. I believe the Wildcats must be banned from March Madness if all of this is true and the wiretap is pretty amazing proof. Ayton should be declared ineligible if he took the alleged cash mentioned in FBI report.

It is simple. Ban them for using an ineligible player. Miller has now ruined his coaching career.

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February 12th, 2018

The NCAA committee has come out with their rankings.

Villanova, Virginia, Xavier and Purdue are the 1-seeds.

Michigan State, which beat Purdue Saturday, was a 3-seed. Are there 10 better teams than the Spartans in America?

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February 5th, 2018

There were several great sports stories over the weekend.

Duke was stunned by St.John’s. Texas knocked off Oklahoma. Washington beat Arizona on a buzzer-beater.

I enjoyed calling the Alabama-florida game.

The highlight of the weekend took place in Minnesota. Eagles over Patriots. Congrats to coach Pederson, Nick Foles, Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and the entire team. Underdogs through the playoffs, they beat Tom Brady and company.

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December 18th, 2017

It was another wild and wacky weekend in college hoops.

Notre Dame los to Indiana. NC State fell to UNC-Greensboro. Florida State lost to Oklahoma State. 

I had a blast calling the Virginia Tech-Kentucky showdown at Rupp Arena. Big Blue Nation got 11 trifectas in getting to the winner's circle. It was a big test for John Calipari's young Wildcats. They passed it and rewarded the passionate fans. 

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December 11th, 2017

What a week in college basketball.

For those who like surprises in college basketball, just look at last week. Boston College stunned then #1-Duke. Florida State and Loyola-Chicago both upset Florida. Kansas was shocked by Washington. Notre Dame was stunned at home by Ball State. Minnesota lost to Nebraska. Georgia Tech lost to Wofford.

That is what makes the sport so great. An five-star player has a rough night and plays like a three-star performer, Then you have a three-star player raising his game up to a different level. That is how upsets occur.

College basketball has parity. It is in for a wild ride at times.  

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December 4th, 2017

I am excited to be going to Madison Square Garden for the Jimmy V Classic this week. It is always special and we raise awareness in the battle against cancer.

I will be calling the renewal of former Big East rivals Syracuse and Connecticut. The other game features Villanova against Gonzaga. The Garden should be rocking and rolling and it will be an emotional night.

I am sure Jimmy V will be looking down from heaven. His legacy lives on through the V Foundation as wwe must be this dreaded disease. I'm excited to watch two coaches that have cut down the nets, Jim Boeheim and Kevin Ollie, do battle. Tysu Battle, Oshae Brisett, Jalen Adams, there will be plenty of young talent on display on a special evening, 

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October 23rd, 2017

What a great sports weekend.

We had a blast cheering on Notre Dame during its big win over USC. The Irish are back in the top 10 of the AP poll.

Penn State had a big win over Michigan. Alabama continued to roll on, blasting Tennessee.

The Cowboys blew out the Niners. The Bucs lost a tough one to the Bills. Speaking of surprises, the Rams blew out the Cardinals in London. The Jaguars dominated over the Colts. The Browns lost again.

The Astros beat the Yankees to make it to the World Series.

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October 16th, 2017

College football continues to be unpredictable.

Syracuse over Clemson. Arizona State over Washington. California clobbered Washington State. LSU rallied to stun Auburn. Boston College won at Louisville.

That's the beauty of the sport. Howard beat UNLV, Iowa State stunned Oklahoma. You just never know what to expect. Last week there were no top 25 head=to-head match-ups, but there were plenty of surprises.

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October 9th, 2017

Just when you thought it was easy to figure things out in sports...

Iowa State wins at Oklahoma. The Cyclones had been dominated in the series before scoring this stunner.

Michigan loses to Michigan State.

The Steelers are blown out at home by the Jaguars. Jacksonville was coming off a loss to the Jets. Oh yes, the Jets are now 3-2; many people thought they could go 0-16 this season.

The Giants were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders. Now they are 0-5.

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September 28th, 2017

It has been a sad week for the sport I love, college basketball.

 

The news of an FBI investigation leading to numerous arrests involving individuals associated with college basketball was alarming. Four assistant coaches of Division I schools -- Chuck Person of Auburn, Tony Bland of USC, Book Richardson of Arizona and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State were all suspended immediately. Then came Rick Pitino's farewell at Louisville. 

 

Yes, a cesspool exists in the college hoops scene. Recruiting is a nightmare as AAU coaches can have an impact. Shoe companies get involved too 

 

College basketball has given me a great life. It is my heart and soul. This news really broke my heart. I was crushed.

 

People are innocent until proven guilty, but it is a different ballgame with the FBI involved. Wiretapping, allegations of fraud, money laundering, etc. Criminal charges make a difference.

 

Agents and shoe companies are making situations out of hand. You have kids reclassified and becoming one-and-done stars. They gain eligibility out of nowhere. Are they suddenly Rhodes Scholars?

 

If the charges are valid, I hope the FBI gets everyone that is involved. I know a lot of people feel this is just the tip of the iceberg and that is sad. The game needs to be cleaned up. Perhaps it is time to have a czar in charge of the sport. 

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Quote of the Week

“Brooks Koepka handled the pressure in winning back-to-back U. S. Open championships.”

 -Dick Vitale