PLAYER OF THE DAY
JuJu Smith-Schuster (NFL) is the No. 1 wide receiver on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last season, Smith-Schuster led the team in catches (111) and yards (1,426). He had a little extra time in his off-season since the Steelers did not make the playoffs, and he has used that time wisely. He hosted a water balloon fight at a local park, helped out at a nursing home, and spent time with family and friends. This past weekend, though, he did something pretty unusual. He attended Chartiers Valley High School’s prom after a student, Anthony Molinaro, reached out needing a prom date after a recent break-up. After Molinaro decided to direct-message Smith-Schuster and ask him if he’d join. JuJu was okay with being his second choice, and accompanied him at prom.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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NBA Finals – Game 3
(NBA) The NBA Finals head to the Bay Area for Game 3 tonight with the series tied at one game apiece. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that Kevin Durant is out for tonight, but that he is getting closer to a return. He was at the practice facility last night watching film and getting treatment, but still has not practiced with the team. As for Klay Thompson, his return will be a game-time decision. Klay’s feeling pretty optimistic, though, and he can’t imagine not being on the court for Game 3. The Warriors may be plagued with injuries, but they are ready to prove they have enough depth to pull off another championship.
The Raptors, on the other hand, are looking for a new rhythm on offense and will try to take advantage of the Warriors’ depleted roster. In Game 1, the Raptors scored an efficient 118 points on 77 shots. In Game 2, they scored just 104 points in 93 shots. 16 more shots, and 14 less points — yikes. They need to work on making their shots if they want a chance at their first Finals title.
FYI — the winner of Game 3 in a 1-1 NBA Finals has won the championship 31 out of 38 times in NBA history. This is a big one.
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Teens can be stars too
(Tennis) When Amanda Anisimova was 15 years old, she was playing in the French Open for the first time. Two years later, the American woman’s tennis player is playing in the quarterfinals in Paris. Anisimova is ranked 51st in the world, and just became the first player born in the 2000’s to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal. She is the youngest U.S. player to get to the round of eight in Paris since Jennifer Capriati in 1993, and the youngest from any country since 2006. If you feel old, don’t worry – you are not alone.
She’ll take on the defending French Open champion, Simona Halep from Romania in a tough match ahead. The match was scheduled for this morning, but has been postponed until tomorrow. Check here for updates: www.espn.com/tennis/scoreboard/
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Warren Named Commissioner of the Big Ten
Why does this matter?
(NCAA) Kevin Warren, the Chief Operating Officer for the Minnesota Vikings, has been named commissioner for the Big Ten. This move makes him the first black commissioner of the Big Ten, and of a Power 5 conference (These conferences consist of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, and SEC).
Warren comes with a deep resume, having spent the last 21 years with the NFL. His last 14 were with the Vikings, and after serving as the Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer, he was promoted to COO in 2015. During his tenure, he helped the team go from one of the least financially successful franchises to stable ground and hired four women for executive roles in an effort to promote diversity in the NFL.
He will replace Jim Delany, the longtime Big Ten commissioner who has spent 30 years with the league. Don’t worry Big Ten, Jim is leaving you all in good hands.
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ON THIS DAY
In 1999, Larry Johnson scored an epic four-point play. In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the New York Knicks had possession of the ball and trailed the Indiana Pacers by a score of 91-88 with just under 12 seconds to play. The inbounds pass was tipped, Larry Johnson corralled the ball, stared the defender down, pump-faked, dribbled, and let a contested three-point jumper fly. As the shot went in, the whistle blew, and the Garden erupted. Larry Johnson had tied the game, and was heading to the free throw line to complete a rare, four-point play to put the Knicks in front. He sank the free throw, and the Knicks walked off the court with a dramatic, one-point victory, giving them a 2-1 edge in the series. They rode the momentum of that win to a 4-2 series victory, and a trip to the NBA Finals where they’d ultimately lose to the San Antonio Spurs.
Johnson is a hero to Knicks fans, and this four-point play is one of the most famous moments in NBA history.
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