PLAYER OF THE DAY

Carson Wentz (NFL) is a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, a Prince Harry lookalike, and a now a rich, rich man. On Thursday, the 26-year-old signed a 4-year, $128 million extension that makes his total contract worth $154 million over six years. It’s a bit risky on both sides, though the Eagles main goal was to get him to stay long-term. Wentz played at an MVP level two years ago but he suffered an injury to cut short that potential MVP campaign and then was injured again last year. Even his college days were littered with injuries, so now the Eagles are paying for what they hope will be a solid, injury-free, few years. 

Wentz was a full time participant in this years’ organized team activities (OTAs) and apparently hasn’t looked this healthy since 2017. Let’s see if he can lead the Eagles to another Super Bowl ring, and close it out for the first time, this season. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bruins Feeling the Blues 
No-calls are No-fun…
(NHL) The Bruins are having a hard enough time beating the Blues in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now they might be tasked with beating the refs, too.

The latest of a string of controversial calls this postseason struck in Game 5 last night, when Boston’s Noel Acciari was blatantly tripped by St. Louis’ Tyler Bozak. The refs didn’t call it, and the Blues scored quickly after to take a commanding 2-0 lead in an eventual 2-1 win.

Surprise, surprise: the Bruins, and their fans, were furious. You could compare the fans’ reaction to a time that an 11 year old boy didn’t get his way. They fought each other during the game and trashed the ice after the no call. Goalie Tuukka Rask said it looked like tripping from his view but team president Cam Neely was less civil in his assessment. Let’s just say things got ugly.

It’s not the first bad call this postseason, and not the first involving the Blues OR the Bruins. It’ll add some extra spice to Game 6 in St. Louis, with the Blues leading the series 3-2 and one win away from their first-ever Cup.

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Here’s Cam Neely’s reaction to the no-call

Warriors Owner Gets Banned
Yikes, what’d he do?
(NBA) The 2019 NBA Finals have had plenty of drama on and off the court, but the story that dominated Thursday was the handling of Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens.

Remember that fan who got tossed for shoving Raptors guard Kyle Lowry from his courtside seat? Yeah, that was Stevens, an investor in the Warriors. The NBA decided to ban Stevens for a year from all games and Warriors-related activities and slapped him with a $500,000 fine.

Moral of the story: stay in your seat, don’t hit people. Seems simple enough…

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Here’s the shove heard round the world

Nets turn Crabbe into Prince, cap room
Is that a Disney movie?

(NBA) On Thursday, NBA super-reporter Adrian Wojnarowski announced that the Brooklyn Nets had traded guard Allen Crabbe and two first-round picks to the Atlanta Hawks for forward Taurean Prince and a second-round draft pick.

Crabbe’s contract made him a negative in Brooklyn’s eyes, and Prince is a decent but unexciting player. This is all about cap space. By trading away Crabbe’s $18.5 million contract (which was way too much from the start), the Nets freed up enough money to chase another “max” free agent this summer.

Since all NBA players can make a maximum amount per year, the Nets are guaranteed to be able to pay for at least two top guys. One of them looks like it’ll be Kyrie Irving, a New Jersey native and childhood Nets fan who appears ready to leave the Celtics behind. Could the other be megastar Kevin Durant? It’ll be all the talk in NYC this summer… *eyes emoji*

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ON THIS DAY

In 2009, tennis star Roger Federer won his first and only French Open title in a historic victory over Robin Soderling.

With the win, Federer tied Pete Sampras’ record for the most career Grand Slam titles by a men’s player (he’s since surpassed that) and became the sixth man to win at least one title in all four Grand Slam events.
In 2009, tennis star Roger Federer won his first and only French Open title in a historic victory over Robin Soderling.

The French Open has long been Federer’s bugaboo because his rival, Rafael Nadal, is so great in the event. Nadal is a master on clay courts and has won a record 11 French Open titles. Nadal beat Federer in today’s semifinals to reach this year’s French Open title.


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