PLAYER OF THE DAY

Craig Kimbrel (MLB) is one of the best closers in baseball history and a Chicago Cub as of yesterday. The free-agent pitcher reportedly reached a 3-year, $43 million deal with Chicago to end a bizarre seven-month free agency after winning the World Series with Boston a year ago. Kimbrel’s 1.91 ERA is the lowest in MLB history among closers with least 300 innings, so it sounds like a no brainer he would be signed. The issue is that most teams don’t want to pay for elite closers, who are deemed a “luxury” for winning teams at the end of close games. Now, the Cubs (and their horrendous bullpen) aren’t afraid of paying a steep price for the 31-year-old, who now joins his fourth team in six seasons.

Here’s what MLB Network had to say about the Kimbrel signing

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Hobbled Warriors drop one in Oracle
Just keeping it interesting…
(NBA) 
You know those people that have a new injury like every day? It seems like the same thing is happening to the Golden State Warriors. KD, perhaps the best player on the planet but a no-show these Finals, has been the hot topic of conversations since his calf injury almost a month ago. Then role players Andre Iguodala and Kevon Looney suffered injuries in Game 2, the latter missing Wednesday’s Game 3. And All-Star Klay Thompson, who was dying to play, watched from the bench as his Warriors lost, 123-109, to the visiting Toronto Raptors to fall behind 2-1 in the NBA Finals.

Steph Curry was a one-man show for the Warriors, dropping a playoff-best 47 points. The issue was that only two other Warriors finished with double-digit point totals – Draymond Green with 17 and Andre Iguodala with 11. 

NBA Finals GOAT Danny Green hit six threes to vault up the record books, and was one of five Raptor starters, all of whom scored at least 17 points. Kawhi Leonard led Toronto to the win with 30 points, but unlike the Warriors, this was surely a balanced, team effort. Serge Ibakaor should we say “I-block-a,” was also a key contributor, as he came off the bench and swatted six shots away over the course of the night.

The Warriors have one more game in Oracle Arena before heading back to Toronto for Game 5, and who actually knows which Golden State players we’ll see in either one.

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“I-Block-A” is a well-earned nickname

What To Watch
Stanley Cup Finals Game 5
(NHL) 
The Stanley Cup Finals series is tied at two games apiece heading to Boston for a pivotal Game 5. If you hadn’t heard enough about injuries in the NBA Finals, we have another for ya here. Bruins captain and veteran defenseman, Zdeno Chara, is questionable to play tonight after taking a puck to the face in their Game 4 loss to the Blues. He was diagnosed with a broken jaw and the Bruins are preparing to play without him, but Chara is a tough guy and if he’s not playing in Game 5, you might still see him on the bench providing moral support. 

Teams that have won Game 5 when the Stanley Cup Final is tied have won the Cup 72 percent of the time. Though Chara’s presence is questionable, the Bruins seem confident in this game and in the series — but so do the Blues.

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Bell’s Got 99 Problems
And girls are at least two of them…

(NFL) Be prepared, there’s a LOT to dissect here. Remember Le’Veon Bell? The guy that sat out all of last season waiting for a big contract? The guy that did get a big contract — a 4-year deal worth $52.5 million in base salary with the Jets?

In March, Jets coach Adam Gase said the Jets may have spent more money than they needed to on signing Bell. Yikes.

Then, a chunk of that money went to waste in late May, when Bell says two of his girlfriends took $520,000 worth of jewelry, including two gold chains (with diamonds), a black panther pendant (with diamonds, of course) and a Rolex watch (with diamonds? TBD).

First of all, Le’Veon should be hiding his jewelry better. Second, girlfriendS…? Third, why were they stealing jewelry if they were dating… ?Safe to say Gase won’t be hooking him up with any reimbursement money to buy diamond-studded bling, but Bell should look to get himself together before the start of the season. 

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ON THIS DAY

In 1944, Major League Baseball cancelled all of their games because the U.S. had bigger fish to fry. The Invasion of Normandy was an attack on northern France in an effort to push out the German military. Western allies of World War II joined forces in the largest seaborne invasion in history, more commonly known as D-Day.


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