PLAYER OF THE DAY
Carl Gunnarsson (NHL) is a defenseman for the St. Louis Blues. In the third period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night, Gunnarsson had the chance to win it for the Blues in regulation. His shot hit the post, though, and the game went into OT. During the break before the overtime period, Gunnarsson chatted up coach Craig Berube in the bathroom. Gunnarsson told his coach he needed “just one more chance.” Turns out he knows himself pretty well — he ended up scoring the game winner from the blue line, three minutes into overtime. That goal marked the first of Gunnarsson’s postseason career, which has spanned 57 games, and it also notched the first win in a Stanley Cup Finals contest in St. Louis Blues franchise history. The Blues will return home for Game 3 vs. the Bruins on Saturday with the series tied at one game apiece.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The NBA Finals Begin Tonight
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(NBA) The Golden State Warriors are in the final stage of their quest to a three-peat and their fourth title in five years. Warriors star Kevin Durant has been plagued with a calf injury, and one of the biggest questions is whether or not he will return in the Finals. The Warriors have lost only one game in their last 32 (including postseason) with Steph Curry and without KD — an astonishing statistic considering Durant is widely considered as one of the best players in the NBA. The Warriors recent record and KD’s questionable return does not make them a sure thing to win, though. The Toronto Raptors will make their first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, and they are not taking it for granted. Kawhi Leonard will be a big threat for the Warriors, but Drake won’t be.
Drake is pretty excited for the Finals, and the NBA is well aware. The NBA had to talk to the Raptors about their global ambassadors’ court-side antics. Drake drew attention for giving Toronto coach Nick Nurse a shoulder massage during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer was simply not pleased with his actions. The Warriors, on the other hand, are not concerned. They think Drake is more entertaining than a distraction. I guess we will see what God’s Plan is, with Drake sitting court-side at Scotiabank Arena for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
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Chelsea Gets A Trophy
(Soccer) After a scoreless first half of the Europa League championship, Chelsea led a huge offensive charge to beat fellow English Premier League club, Arsenal, 4-1 on Wednesday. This win earned Chelsea their second Europa League trophy. Chelsea’s leading goal scorer, Eden Hazard, scored two goals in the second half in what could be his last game for the club. There are rumors of a transfer to Real Madrid, and yes, the drama extends to off the field in soccer, too.
The Europa League is a tournament that is secondary to the Champions League, with the winner of the Europa League automatically qualifying for the Champions League in the following year.
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More (Money) Moves
(Basketball) Two days ago, LeBron James welcomed his son and high school basketball star Bronny James, aka @bronny to Instagram. Bronny already has 1 million followers, but thats nbd. What is a big deal, is that LeBron also announced yesterday that Bronny will be joining forces with Dwyane Wade’s son, Zaire, in a move that will take them both to Chatsworth, California. Bronny, 14 and little brother Bryce, 11, will be heading to the Sierra Canyon School in the fall. Zaire Wade will be transferring from American Heritage High School in South Florida to complete his senior year at Sierra Canyon. Bryce won’t get a chance to play with Zaire, but you can only imagine the clinics the three will be putting on in practice in Cali.
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ON THIS DAY
In 1911, “Ol’ Ray” Harroun won the inaugural Indianapolis 500. He was one of the top drivers in the early days of automobile racing, and the Indy500 was one of the last he competed in. Nonetheless, he proved to be a legend in racing, and such a legend, in fact, that people continue to go to his gravesite, especially in May. Every year someone places a checkered flag by his headstone. This year, the Speedway held the 100th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and Harroun’s headstone has been visited even more than usual.
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