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Matt Harvey cautiously confident after Memorial Day masterpiece

Matt Harvey was slow to celebrate his shut down of the White Sox on Memorial Day after his slow start to the season.

Harvey was a major factor in the New York Mets one to nothing victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday. He allowed two hits in seven innings and also hit 98 miles per hour with a pitch for the first time in the season.

Harvey and New York Mets manager, Terry Collins, were both surprisingly cautious in claiming that Harvey had turned a corner from his sub par first 10 starts in the season.

Before the game Harvey had not won a game since May 8 and had a season earned run average of 6.08. With the win and the scoreless turn, Harvey lowered his ERA to 5.37.

Collins, earlier in the season, said that all Harvey needed was confidence. After the stellar performance from Harvey, however, Collins staidly referred to it as simply a “first step” toward returning to the form that had made Harvey an ace for the Mets pitching staff.

Harvey was also very hesitant to acknowledge any turn of fortune for himself.

“This isn’t going to really mean anything unless I continue it,” said Harvey after the game.

Harvey went on to say that his confidence was shaken during the game when he allowed Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu to get on base in the seventh inning. He also admitted that negative thoughts crept into his mind before retiring the next three batters he faced.

Harvey walked off after the seventh inning to a standing ovation from New York fans.

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Jacob deGrom placed on family emergency leave due to complications in birth of his son

New York Mets starting pitcher, Jacob deGrom, has been placed on family emergency leave because of medical complications.

Mets head coach, Terry Collins, respected the privacy of deGrom, simply saying that his newborn son was having “complications”.

The right handed pitcher, deGrom, will be inactive for up to a week, but will continue to work out at the Mets Florida complex approximately two and a half hours away from his home in DeLand, Florida. The Mets believe that as long as he continues to throw, deGrom could be available to pitch as soon as their series against the Atlanta Braves beginning Apr. 22, 2016.

“I’ve spoken to him every day,” said Collins. “He’s where you would expect him to be. He’s not sleeping much. We’re certainly rooting for him and Stacey and the baby to hang in there. … It’s a real-life situation. Certainly we take the game of baseball very seriously. This changes a lot of things. He’s such a good guy. Stacey is outstanding. You sit here the last few days — and those guys in [the clubhouse] can all tell you — they do the best they can to stay in touch with him. We’re all praying and pulling for him. Unfortunately it’s part of life and we’ve got to take care of business.”

Before the 2016 MLB season, deGrom was slated to be a large part of the young starting pitching core of the Mets. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2014 and was an All Star in 2015.

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Terrible shooting by Kevin Durant allows Mavs to tie up series 1-1

Kevin Durant shot a woeful 7-33 from the field in an 85-84 Game Two Thunder loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Apr. 18, 2016.

Durant would contribute 21 points and nine rebounds for his Oklahoma City squad, but shot 2-11 from three point range and accrued seven turnovers. As for shooting, this was the worst postseason outing for Durant in his career. Durant had never missed 26 shots in a game before.

“It was a bad shooting night for me,” reasoned Durant. “It’s part of it. I wish it didn’t happen tonight, but it’s a part of it. I got some great looks all night and I just didn’t knock them down. It was just one of those nights.”

Durant was not alone as the Mavericks held the Thunder to 33.7 percent shooting on the night. Russell Westbrook shot 8-22 from the field and 1-6 from three and finished the game with 19 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.

Oklahoma City obliterated the Mavericks 108-70 in the series opener on Apr. 16, 2016. After the loss, many of the Mavericks claimed that they would not linger on Game One and that they would redeem their poor play in Game Two.

“I’m very proud of our guys and the way they responded after one of the most disappointing games in franchise history,” remarked Dallas Mavericks head coach, Rick Carlisle. “It’s a group with a lot of pride, and obviously, a lot of resilience.”

Star performers for the Mavericks included Raymond Felton, who contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 17 points.

The Mavericks now welcome the series to Dallas where they can possibly take a series lead.

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Adrien Broner indicted on felony aggravated robbery and assault and robbery charges

Former WBA lightweight champion, Adrien Broner, was indicted Apr. 14, 2016 on charges of assault and robber charges.

The incident from which the indictment stems occurred at a Cincinnati, Ohio bowling alley in early 2016.

“I just spoke to someone at the Cincinnati bowling alley where [email protected] incident allegedly took place. He said that Broner and a man who owns a bar in the area were gambling with large amounts of money the night the incident took place, said Broner is a reg. there,” tweeted Mitchell Abramson of RingTV, reporting specific details via a source.

“[Broner] retrieved a handgun from his vehicle, approached the victim, demanded money, then struck [the victim] in the face with a closed fist a second time, this time causing the victim to be rendered unconscious,” read a report from TMZ, who retrieved official court documents from the case.

“[The indictment is] the next step in [the] prosecutors’ case against the former [World Boxing Association] lightweight champion,” explained Associated Press reporter, Joe Kay, via Yahoo Sports.

According to the Associated Press report, the Broner indictment of second degree felony assault and robbery charges carry sentences ranging two to eight years. He was also indicted on a first degree felony aggravated robbery charge that carries a max sentence of three to 10 years.

Broner last fought Apr. 1, 2016 when he defeated Floyd Mayweather fighter, Ashley Theophane, via a ninth round technical knockout, but was stripped of his belt after he failed to make weight for the fight.

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The Warriors break the wins record with a blowout win in Memphis

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies Apr. 13, 2016 for win number 73 in the 2016 NBA season.

With the win, the defending champion Warriors dethroned the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls for the record of most wins in an NBA regular season. That Bulls team featured three hall of fame players, the consensus greatest basketball player ever, and possibly the greatest coach in NBA history.

Where those Bulls went 72-10, the Warriors defeated the Grizzlies in the last game of the season by a score of 125-104 to end the season 73-9.

The Warriors had cruised through the season without much doubt in mind that they would obtain the record, but in the end, breaking the two decade old record came at the final buzzer. They lost Apr. 1, 2016 by three to Boston and Apr. 5, 2016 in an overtime thriller to the Minnesota Timberwolves to bring their loss total to nine games a week before the season ended.

“It’s a great way to finish off what was an amazing regular season,” said Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, who also played for the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls team as a role player. “I just told our guys I never in a million years would have guessed that that record would ever be broken. I thought it was like DiMaggio’s hit streak, really. I was wrong, but I will say the same thing now that I said 20 years ago, I don’t think this one will ever be broken. Somebody’s got to go 74-8. I don’t see it, and I hope our fans aren’t expecting that next year.”

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Cleveland Browns wideout, Josh Gordon, fails another drug test

It has been reported that suspended Cleveland Browns star wide receiver, Josh Gordon, failed yet another drug test in March, 2016.

Via a source first cited by Fox Sports, two samples from Gordon, samples A and B, both returned from the lab positive for marijuana and a diluting substance. According to Fox Sports, the amount of marijuana in both of he Gordon samples was below the 36 nanogram level, but the diluted sample is equal to a positive test result by National Football League standards.

The National Football league has yet to comment on the positive Gordon tests and the Cleveland Browns have remained mum as well, but Gordon did not seem phased by the reports.

“Call me if u need a real story worth writing..,” tweeted Gordon in response to the buzz the story had garnered.

A report from ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, has a source from within the Cleveland Browns saying that Gordon might not be reinstated by the NFL. The Browns recently cut another high profile player in Johnny Manziel for not being able to curtail his substance use.

It has been reported that Gordon and Manziel have been living together off of Sunset Boulevard during the off season. Manziel has reportedly stepped up his partying since being cut by the team.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with partying, bro,” said Manziel. “There’s a difference between partying and being out of control.”

Gordon did not play at all in 2014 because of multiple failed drug tests.

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Three at the fore as FIFA presidential election begins

Voting for a new FIFA President has begun Feb. 26, 2016 with three candidates in serious contention for the position.

The election comes as a result of the ban of former president, Sepp Blatter, whose regime was fraught with accusations of corruption and money mismanagement, and who was brought up on international charges.

Afghanistan was the first to vote and all votes of the first round should be counted as of afternoon, Friday.

There are three at the fore in this race, with South African businessman, Tokyo Sewale, dropping out and Frenchman, Jerome Champagne, being hampered by his association with the aforementioned Blatter.

Gianni Infantino, UEFA General Secretary, runs on a campaign of inclusion, suggesting that over 40 nations be eligible and considered to host the world cup.

Infantino switched between English, French, Spanish, and Italian in his address to the voters, promoting the idea of spreading the FIFA money to all federations; more than just leadership.

Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, Bahraini FIFA Vice President, totally disagrees with Infantino, citing the recent Sepp Blatter financial troubles FIFA has undergone.

“We have to act responsibly … I am not ready to mortgage the future of FIFA for election purposes,” reacted the Bahraini royal to the Infantino-suggested “spreading” of the money.

Sheikh Salman claims that he is the most fiscally prepared to run FIFA. As FIFA Vice President, he is the front-runner to win the election.

Prince Ali Bin Hussein is possibly the antithesis to Sepp Blatter. He was the Vice President to Blatter but ran against him in the presidential election in 2015.

Now Prince Ali runs on a platform of love for the sport, global inclusion and leadership, and absolute integrity and visibility.

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A disappointing season in New Orleans incurs yet another setback

Add two more setbacks to a disappointing New Orleans Pelicans season as Jrue Holiday and Alonzo Gee join the mounting injury list.

The Pelicans confirmed Mar. 29, 2016 that All Star guard, Jrue Holiday, suffered a fracture to his right inferior orbital wall and that Alonzo Gee ruptured his right quad during a Mar. 28, 2016 victory over the New York Knicks. Both players will sit out the rest of the season.

The Pelicans also confirmed that Forward, Ryan Anderson, who missed his fifth straight game against the Knicks, was diagnosed with a sports hernia that may require surgery. Anderson will seek a second opinion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Guard, Norris Cole, has missed the past 11 games with a lower back injury.

The Pelicans have already shut down superstar big man, Anthony Davis, top draft picks Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon, and role players Quincy Pondexter and Bryce Dejean Jones for the season.

After reaching the playoffs last season and heading into the 2015-2016 NBA season with high hopes, injuries and poor play have kept these Pelicans from taking flight.

Pelicans players have missed 262 games altogether this season due to injury and that number is growing. They have utilized a league high 36 starting lineups this season.

“I am gonna send out an all points bulletin to anybody in the French Quarter or anywhere else,” remarked head coach, Alvin Gentry. “We need a voodoo doctor or something here. We’ve gotta find the bones under this place. We’ve got to do something, because this is becoming comical.”

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Nike cuts ties with Manny Pacquiao after he says gay people are worse than animals

Nike cut ties with Manny Pacquiao after the boxer says gay people are worse than animals.

Pacquiao, the most beloved son of the Philippines, is an eight division world champion and was named Boxer of the Decade (2000s) by the WBC and the WBO. He is also running for one of 12 seats in the Filipino Senate.

“It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve of male on male and female on female then man is worse than animals,” explained Pacquiao in a televised interview.

The statement has hurt the Pacquiao campaign as Filipino celebrities such as Vince Ganda and Aiza Seguerra have called for major social movements and boycotts of the athlete turned politician.

“You might have done our country proud but with your statement, you just showed the whole country why we shouldn’t vote for you,” exclaimed Seguerra, who also called Pacquiao an “ignorant, bigoted hypocrite”.

Pacquiao, who was cited by Forbes Magazine as the second highest paid athlete in 2015, has also had his pockets hurt by the controversy as Nike has pulled him from their endorsement list.

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent. Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community,” stated Nike in a statement.

In the recent past Nike has also severed relationships with other infamed athletes such as Lance Armstrong, Adrian Peterson, and Oscar Pistorius.

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Russell Westbrook continues dominant triple double play

Russell Westbrook notched his 16th triple double this season in a Thunder victory over the Toronto Raptors.

With eight games remaining in the season, Westbrook needs only one triple double to tie the NBA single season record of 17 set by “Magic” Johnson.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are undefeated when Westbrook achieves a triple double and some have mentioned his name in the Most Valuable Player race.

“I tried to tell you guys that when we were going through it, but it was kind of blinded with the fourth-quarter losses and back-to-back losses. But I tried to tell you guys,” said superstar Thunder Teammate, Kevin Durant. “Glad you see it now. It was good to kind of figure ourselves out and what we need to do. It was kind of like a splash of water on your face — just knowing you’ve got to wake up and know the second half of the season is important.”

The Thunder have seen their low points in the season, which have overshadowed the play of Westbrook.

“I think sometimes you’ve got to go through some wounds and some scars and some hurt,” said Thunder head coach, Billy Donovan. “You’ve got to get calloused a little bit. I think as you go through a season, you’ve got to get calloused. Sometimes, the harder and the more difficult the struggle, the more calloused you get, the more hardened you get. I think the more you have a chance to learn and grow — I’ve said this about this team — I don’t think it ever needs to be easy for them. It’s got to be hard.”