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July 9th, 2018

It was another great week in sports.

Wimbledon saw a ton of upsets as nine of the top 10 seeded women made it through the first week. Serena Williams moved on as she is alive in the hunt for a 24th Grand Slam title. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still going strong on the men’s side.

The World Cup Final Four is set. France, Belgium, England and Croatia are still in the hunt.

The NBA summer league got underway as DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Trae Young and a solid rookie class got under way. Don’t get carried away with all the stats from NBA summer league action.

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July 2nd, 2018

It was another great weekend in sports.

The big news broke on Sunday night. King James decided to sign with the Lakers. LeBron agreed to a four-year deal, and the Western Conference got even stronger. The Warriors-Lakers rivalry will intensify with four regular-season meetings between James and Kevin Durant.

The World Cup saw two Sunday games got to penalty kicks. Talk about drama, baby! Who would have thought Russia would make the quarterfinals and Germany, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Italy would not.

Baseball has been heating up. The Rays did a great job vs. the defending World Series champion Astros. Tampa Bay even beat Justin Verlander. The Yankees and Red Sox renewed the best rivalry in sports.

There was more NBA news as free agency got under way. Kevin Durant, Chris Paul. And Paul George re-signed with their respective teams. Trevor Ariza went to Phoenix, DeAndre Jordan to Dallas. 

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June 25th, 2018

A lot of things from last week.


The NBA draft had few surprises. Michael Porter fell to Denver at 14. Robert Williams dropped to Boston at 27.

Roger Federer saw his 20-match grass court streak end when he was upset at a Wimbledon warmup by Borna Coric.

The Tampa Bay Reds swept the Yankees. The Cincinnati Reds swept a for-game series against the Cubs.

The World Cup rolled on. Germany rallied to beat Sweden. Argentina fell to Croatia and was in trouble.

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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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April 23rd 2018

The NBA playoffs have provided a lot of 3exciting moments already.

Anthony Davis scored 47 points as the Pelicans swept the Blazers. San Antonio got a win over Golden State to avoid a sweep. Miami and Philadelphia have battled it out.

One surprise is the 1 vs. 8 matchup in the East. John Wall has beendoing it all. What looked like a blowout series is now 2-2. Big Blue Nation had to be proud of Wall on Sunday. Washington had a strong finish and now we have a tight series.

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April 16th, 2018

The NBA playoffs are under way. Stars are shining like Ben Simmons, Klay Thompson and Victor Oladipo.

The Cavaliers were disappointing in putting up 80 points vs. the Pacers.

Golden State was impressive against the Spurs. The Pelicans beat Portland. The Celtics snuck past Milwaukee.

This is a great time of the year.

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April 9th 2018

College basketball season ended a week ago, but there has been plenty of news.

Players declaring for the NBA draft. Coaching changes. A lot going on.

There are players transferring, grad transfers landing at Division I schools. There is not much of an off-season with recruiting and so much news.

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April 2nd, 2018

What a memorable college basketball weekend.

Notre Dame edged Connecticut and Mississippi State to win the national title. Villanova and Michigan advanced to the men’s title game.

Excitement galore, baby!

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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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March 12th, 2018

The field is set and March Madness will be special.

I feel for some of the teams r\that were left out. They could sate their case, but the committee thought otherwise. I was surprised that Oklahoma State did not make it. Forget about numbers, the Cowboys beat Kansas twice, won at West Virginia, beat Texas Tech and Florida State. That shoud have been enough to get in. 

Now comes the fun. Looking for a first-round upset, I think Charleston of the CAA will battle a shorthanded Auburn team. Bruce Pearl did a great job but his team could be vulnerable.

March Madness is here. Arizona State and Oklahoma struggled down the stretch and got in. We will see if someone can make a run like VCU and George Mason in the past.

My picks to make the Final Four: Villanova, Virginia, Michigan State and Gonzaga. I like the Spartans to cut down the nets.

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March 5th, 2018

I love Championship week!

Teams that have had a tough season get another opportunity to make a run at the big dance. Favorites get the chance to work on their resume and improve their seed. Winning a conference tournament is something you remember the rest of your life. Nobody can take that experience away from you and you become a hero for years.

This has been a 3acky season , so you never know which tea, can surprise. We already saw a buzzer beater getting Radford in. Lipscomb made it to the tourney for the first time. Michigan had a special run to win the Big Ten tourney.

I am excited to be calling the WCC in Las Vegas and the SEC in St. Louis. It should be awesome with a capital A! Gonzaga hasn’t missed the WCC final since 1997! That is an amazing stream of conference final appearances.

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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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Quote of the Week

"Don’t get carried away with all the stats from the NBA summer league action."

 -Dick Vitale