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The Rangers and the City of Arlington plan to be in a new stadium by 2021.
Globe Life Park
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The Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington, Texas announced Friday a proposed deal for a new $1 billion stadium with a retractable roof to be ready for 2021.
The Rangers have played at Globe Life Park in Arlington since 1994. The stadium, despite the Texas heat, is outdoors. The new proposed stadium will be built on a parking lot across from where Globe Life Park sits now.
The new stadium funding will be split evenly between the City of Arlington and the Rangers. A proposal for the funding will reach taxpayers for a vote in November.
If the ballpark funding is approved, the Rangers will extend the lease to play in Arlington until 2054.
Globe Life Park was mostly paid for with $135 million from the City of Arlington, using a half-cent sales tax model. Globe Life Park was paid off in 2001.
AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, is also funded in part by a half-cent tax in addition to a 2% hotel occupancy tax and a 5% car rental tax. The $325 million in funding provided by the City of Arlington for AT&T Stadium is expected to be paid off by 2028.
The proposed tax for a new Rangers ballpark will be an extension of the half-cent sales tax, hotel occupancy tax, and car rental tax used to fund AT&T Stadium.
The new proposed ballpark will be similar in design to Globe Life park, according to the Rangers and City of Arlington:
The new park is expected to have asymmetrical field dimensions, have natural grass, and be authentically Texas with many of the same design concepts that were featured in the construction of Globe Life Park. It will also include state-of the-art amenities to provide a premiere experience for all fans in terms of comfort, technology and entertainment.
Rangers owner Ray Davis said during a press conference that it was not practical to add a roof to Globe Life Park, and added that the option to close the roof on hot days would help attract players.
In a statement, the City of Arlington said:
According to the Texas Rangers, the options of a retractable roof or a more extensive shade canopy for Globe Life Park have both been studied by the franchise. However, to have to retrofit the ballpark with either one of those solutions would have taken multiple years to accomplish, created major structural changes and had a significant negative impact on the aesthetic of the building. After weighing those choices, the Texas Rangers considered neither to be a viable option.
The City of Arlington says the expected economic impact of a new stadium will be "$77.5 million for Arlington and $137.6 million for Tarrant County."
Sports economists, however, have long questioned the true economic impact of new stadiums on their respective taxpaying communities. Economist Andrew Zimbalist explained it as such in a 2009 interview with Freakonomics:
First, most of the spending at a stadium or arena is from residents of the metro area; as such, it is simply redirected expenditure within the local economy, e.g., from the bowling alley or restaurant to the ballpark. Second, much of the income generated by the team leaks out of the local economy, as owners and players save a substantial portion of their earnings in the world's money markets or spend their income outside the host city. Third, in the typical case, the city and/or state contributes roughly two-thirds of the financing for the facility's construction and takes on obligations for additional expenditures over time.
Preliminary renderings of the proposed new stadium are below.
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A possible suspension for Draymond Green could impact the Western Conference Finals.
The NBA Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors could hang on whether or not one player intentionally kicked another in the balls.
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In the second quarter of Game 3 Sunday, Draymond Green of the Warriors kicked Steven Adams of the Thunder right where it hurts while attempting a field goal. Green was slapped with a flagrant foul for the kick and faces a potential one-game suspension right in the middle of the series.
Green swears he didn't mean it, though who knows how much the NBA will take that into consideration when considering further punishment.
"I'm not trying to kick somebody in the men's section," Green told ESPN. "I'm sure he wants to have kids one day. I'm not trying to end that on the basketball court. That don't make sense. I brought the ball over the top this way [makes motion], he fouled me, and I brought my leg up. I mean, I know my core's not strong enough to stop my leg halfway from wherever it was going."
Green's case isn't helped by the fact that he knee'd Adams — the same player — in the nuts during Game 2 last Wednesday.
The NFL wanted a league-friendly researcher to conduct the study.
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The NFL "improperly attempted to influence" the use of funds for research on football and brain injury, a congressional investigation by the Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commercy has found.
The results of the investigation, first published by ESPN's Outside The Lines, details the methods the NFL used to redirect funding away from Boston University, which criticized the league to an NFL-friendly team of researchers. The committee found the methods were in violation of policies at the National Institute of Health, which was funding the Boston University research.
The findings further the perception that the NFL has gone to great lengths to conceal the link between playing football and long-term brain injury — which did not go unnoticed by the league's own players.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers retweeted the ESPN report on the congressional findings without comment.
He is the first action-sports athlete to be diagnosed with the brain disease.
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BMX legend Dave Mirra, who died in February 2016 of a self-inflicted gunshot, has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
CTE, the degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repetitive hits to the head, has been diagnosed in 90 former NFL players and in former hockey players and wrestlers, among others, but Mirra is the first action-sports athlete to be diagnosed with the disease. It was not immediately clear how advanced Mirra's CTE was at the time of his death.
The Mirra family first spoke to ESPN The Magazine about Mirra's diagnosis.
Mirra was age 41 at the time of his death. According to ESPN, he "endured countless concussions during his BMX career, beginning at a young age."
Mirra began riding BMX professionally in 1992 at 18. At age 19, he was hit by a car, which fractured his skull. He went on to medal in 24 X Games appearances, including consecutively from 1995 to 2005. He retired in 2011.
His wife, Lauren, had his brain examined by Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hazrati returned a positive diagnosis for CTE for Mirra in March. Currently, CTE can be diagnosed only post-mortem.
"Leading neuropathologists from the U.S. and abroad unanimously confirmed the diagnosis of CTE," according to a spokesperson for the Mirra family.
In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Lauren Mirra said in the last months of his life, Mirra's personality changed drastically. He became moody and forgetful, and, according to Lauren, "he would repeat conversations and topics to the point where it was obvious to the person he was talking to but not to him. He would dwell on a subject and not want to move on from it."
Common symptoms of CTE include memory loss, irritability, and, eventually, dementia-like symptoms.
Shortly before his death, Mirra watched Concussion, the 2015 film starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennett Omalu, the Nigerian pathologist who first discovered CTE in the brain of a football player, but watched only half of the movie, according to Lauren.
Lauren had not heard until CTE until "the last week or two" of Mirra's life, but she doesn't believe Mirra knowing he had CTE while he was alive would have helped him much: "Knowing Dave, he probably wouldn't have chosen to be tested for it. He wouldn't want to sit and dwell on a problem. That's not what he did. He kept moving and progressing in life."
In a statement, Lauren Mirra said:
"We would like to thank our family, friends and the overwhelming number of Dave's fans who have supported us during this difficult time. We ask for your continued support in honoring Dave's legacy and for your patience as we plan to create a platform for CTE awareness and research."
Jed York also donated $75,000 to an LGBT advocacy group.
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San Francisco 49ers owner and CEO Jed York has called for a repeal of HB2, the North Carolina law that strips LGBT nondiscrimination protections and bans transgender people from restrooms that match their gender identity in government buildings.
NFL owners met in Charlotte this week to discuss rule changes and Super Bowl logistics. York spent time in Charlotte — whose own mayor, Jennifer Roberts, has denounced HB2 — meeting "with advocates and transgender North Carolinians and learn more about how this bill has negatively impacted them," according to a statement from Equality North Carolina, an LGBT advocacy group.
York made a $75,000 donation to Equality NC, which says it is "the state's biggest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender rights advocacy group."
In a statement, York spoke on behalf of the football franchise:
The San Francisco 49ers are deeply concerned about North Carolina's recently-enacted House Bill 2, which overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across the state. HB 2 does not reflect the values of our organization, of our country, or the majority of North Carolinians.
We firmly believe that discriminatory laws such as HB 2 are bad for our employees, bad for our fans, and bad for business. We believe that HB 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation's best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the country. It will also diminish the state's draw as a destination for sporting events, tourism and conventions, and new business activity.
Discrimination is wrong, and we believe it has no place in North Carolina or anywhere in our country. As an organization that prides ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to all, we strongly urge Governor Pat McCrory and the leadership of North Carolina's legislature to repeal this law in the current legislative session.
Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro said:
"We at Equality North Carolina are so appreciative of the continued support of fair-minded organizations and people across the state, nation, and world, who are joining this call to action. Our heartfelt thanks are with Jed York and the San Francisco 49ers for their support and leadership at this critical time. It is clear that leaders at the General Assembly must act quickly to salvage our state's reputation."
The 49ers did not return an immediate request for additional comment, but York and the 49ers appear to have gone further publicly than the NFL and the Carolina Panthers with the call to repeal.
In April, the NFL said in a statement to ESPN that "we embrace diversity and inclusiveness in all of our policies" and that "the Panthers have made clear their position of non-discrimination and respect for all their fans. The city of Charlotte also has made clear its position."
At the time, there was debate over whether this week's owners meetings would be moved out of Charlotte.
An April statement from Panthers spokesperson Steven Drummond to ESPN said: "As the NFL noted, our organization has a long history of non-discrimination and treating all of our patrons at Bank of America Stadium with dignity and respect. Anyone who loves football and the Panthers is and will continue to be welcome at our stadium."
On Tuesday, Drummond told BuzzFeed News: "As we stated last summer, after 20 years of operations, we undoubtedly have had transgender persons attend events here and, presumably, they have used the restroom of the gender with which they identify. Our organization is against discrimination and has a long history of treating all of our patrons at Bank of America Stadium with dignity and respect."
The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
Hector Olivera was arrested in April after a woman told police he assaulted her at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.
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Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivia will be suspended until Aug. 1 for his arrest in April after a woman accused him of assaulting her at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.
The woman notified police of the alleged assault the morning of April 13. Officers noted bruising when they arrived at the Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Virginia, where the Braves were staying for a series against the Washington Nationals. Olivera was subsequently arrested and placed on paid administrative leave.
Olivera's unpaid suspension by Major League Baseball will be 82 games, retroactive to April 30. He will not appeal.
Olivera's suspension is the third issued under MLB's Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy. On May 13, Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was suspended until May 31 for a total of 52 unpaid games following an arrest for an alleged domestic violence incident in Hawaii. And New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman was suspended 30 games in March following an incident at his home in Florida in 2015.
MLB's announcement of Olivera's suspension did not note why his suspension is significantly longer that Reyes' and Chapman's.
Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Olivera violated the policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on Aug. 1, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Mr. Olivera has also agreed to make a significant charitable contribution to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.
MLB Players Association released the following statement:
Hector Olivera announced that he will not appeal the suspension levied against him today by Major League Baseball. The suspension will expire on August 1, 2016, after which Mr. Olivera will be fully reinstated.
Pursuant to the Confidentiality obligations in Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, the Players Association and Mr. Olivera will have no further comment on this matter.
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NFL Players Association President Eric Winston told BuzzFeed News on Friday that players are not surprised by this week's revelation that the NFL interfered with the direction of funds for CTE research.
On Monday, a report by the Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce found NFL officials tried to steer "unconditional" funding for the National Institutes of Health away from a Boston University researcher who has been critical of the league's response to CTE. The Boston University study, which is researching CTE, was instead funded by taxpayers.
CTE is a degenerative brain disease has so far been found in the brains of 90 deceased former NFL players. CTE is believed to be caused by repetitive sub-concussive hits. Right now there is no method to diagnose CTE in the living.
A few NFL players spoke up on Twitter about the report on Monday, but Winston — an offensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals who has been in the league for 11 seasons — said, "you're not going to see this outcry of condemnation from players because their attitude is like, 'Yeah, what did you think [the league was] doing?'"
On the subject of concussions, there "has always been a lot of mistrust in it," Winston told BuzzFeed News Friday. "Even before this, there was a lot of mistrust. The league says, 'Hey we're really looking out for your health, but we want you to play 18 games,' or, 'We want you to practice more in full pads.' They have a lot of contradicting statements. Those are things you reconcile as a player, that those things can't really exist together."
"It's a situation where I don't think it's that surprising for a lot of guys, frankly. They've seen the contrast and action already."
Winston, who has been NFLPA President since March 2014, says the league now is "totally different" than when he was a rookie in 2006.
Players and their families are more aware of the risks to their health, and Winston says he's seen an increase in players voluntarily removing themselves from games when they're injured. At one time, he remembers players would go get the smelling salts and head back onto the field, but now, there are "a lot more guys who raise their hands, say 'I'm not ok, and take themselves out."
"A lot of the young players understand it better than the older players because they've come into the league with awareness. The younger you are, the more sensitive you are to it," Winston says about long-term effects of injuries.
The topic of concussions and long-term cognitive health is not exactly an everyday locker room conversation, Winston says, but after the report on the NFL's involvement with the NIH, a few players in the Bengals locker room asked him to break it down for them.
"These are complicated issues and I think a lot of guys are confused by it, and I totally get that, so I definitely try to convey the bullet points: This is what happened, this is what it means, this is what you can do. It lends them to not only understand it but to ask more questions and be more involved. The worst thing we can do at the union is make it overly complicated."
Winston, who is an offensive tackle, a position particularly vulnerable for head injuries, says he hopes he does not face long-term consequences and hopes to have a long life. "But to say I'm 100% sure I'm fine is a little silly considering what has happened with other guys," he said.
"I think if you play this game today and you don't have some fear for your long term health, you're probably a little blind to what's happened already."
LeBron: “Drake, this a place for families.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers finished off the Toronto Raptors, 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night, advancing the Cavs to their second straight NBA Finals.
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After the game, LeBron James headed to the locker room and was greeted by none other than Raptors team ambassador Drake, who embraced the NBA star in an encounter captured on live TV:
25-year-old Alan Pulido was kidnapped by armed men early Sunday morning after leaving a party near Ciudad Victoria.
Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido was kidnapped by armed men on Sunday outside of his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.
Pulido at the World Cup in Brazil in June 2014.
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Pulido is a forward for Greece's Olympiacos football club and was part of Mexico's 2014 World Cup team.
Ismael Quintanilla, state prosecutor in Tamaulipas, told reporters the 25-year-old player was kidnapped as he left a party near Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, a state with high crime rates.
"We have information that he was intercepted by armed people and since then, his whereabouts are unknown," Quintanilla said.
The prosecutor said law enforcement agencies have no indication that the kidnappers have contacted Pulido's family so far.
The Tamaulipas Coordination Group, which includes state and federal agencies, is leading a search effort to locate the young star, it said on Twitter.
The player's brother, Armando, told website Medio Tiempo on Sunday that the soccer star had been kidnapped in the early morning after attending a party.
"We have all the support of the governor," he added.
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Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol may not compete at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to concerns he has over the Zika virus.
Gasol, who plays for the Chicago Bulls and has represented Spain on the court in the past three summer Olympics, told the Associated Press on Monday that he was currently considering the risk of playing in Rio and contracting the virus.
'"I'm thinking about [whether or not to go],'' he said. "'Just like every athlete, or any other person considering going to Rio, should be thinking about it.'"
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus a global health emergency. The mosquito-borne disease, which is known to cause serious birth defects, has shown up in 28 countries, including Brazil.
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Gasol said other Spanish athletes were also debating whether to compete in Brazil.
''It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk,” he said.
“Some of these athletes are planning to have children in the near future and this could affect them. It could affect the health of their kids and their wives,'' he added.
More than 150 public health workers and scientists recently signed an open letter to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan urging her to advocate for a postponement or relocation of the Olympics.
The WHO on Sunday dismissed the call, arguing that “canceling or changing the location of the 2016 Olympics will not significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus.”
Gasol referenced the open letter on Monday, and said he wanted to play an active role in seeking out the most up-to-date information on the virus so that he and other athletes could make informed decisions about whether or not to play.
''I feel responsible to know more about the situation and to inform everyone about it,'' he said. ''It's important to talk openly about this. It's a very delicate situation.''
Gasol is just one of several athletes throughout the world who have expressed concerns about competing in the games this August.
U.S. Women's National Team soccer players Alex Morgan and Hope Solo at the SheBelieves Cup on March 9, 2016.
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U.S. Women’s National soccer player Alex Morgan, who says she plans to have children one day, called the virus “kind of scary” in an interview with Health magazine on May 10.
“You don't know how long the virus lasts in your system, and that's an issue for someone who's trying to get pregnant,” she said. “I am concerned, but I really do trust the International Olympic Committee about traveling in Brazil.”
Morgan’s teammate, goalkeeper Hope Solo, “begrudgingly” decided to play after some consideration, but told CNBC that she would not likely leave her hotel room outside of practice to protect herself from the mosquitos.
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy told the AP that he had planned to get vaccinated before heading to Rio to combat the disease, despite the fact that no such vaccination yet exists for Zika.
Some competitors, like Australian golfer Marc Leishman, have already decided to pull out of the games.
"It was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate," said the 32-year-old, according to the BBC.
The Dubs came back from 3–1 against the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals on Monday.
The Warriors' unimaginable season will continue on to the NBA Finals following a Game 7 win Monday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who at one point were up 3–1 in the series.
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The Warriors will face the Cleveland Cavaliers once again as LeBron James and his teammates try to bring finally a championship home. Cleveland hasn't won a championship in any sport since 1964.
LeBron James & Steph Curry during the 2015 NBA Finals
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The university also announced the hiring of an interim head football coach.
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Baylor University Athletic Director Ian McCaw resigned Monday night following an investigation into the university's handling of sexual assault complaints against athletes.
The resignation came four days after Baylor had announced McCaw would be "sanctioned and placed on probation" in the wake of the findings by an outside law firm that some members of the football coaching staff had dealt with alleged victims of sexual assault by football players themselves – a flagrant violation of Title IX. Baylor allowed and assisted players accused of sexual assault to quietly transfer to other schools in order to continue their football careers.
The investigation found that Baylor was not adequately equipped in general to handle sexual assault complaints. Some members of the Title IX staff believed "sexual violence doesn't happen here" and were found to have victim-blamed complainants.
Baylor President Ken Starr was removed from his position, but will remain with the school as Chancellor and as a professor.
Football coach Art Briles was recommended to be fired upon the release of the investigation.
In a statement, Athletic Director McCaw said:
After much reflection and prayer, I have decided that a change in athletics department leadership is in Baylor University's best interest in order to promote the unity, healing and restoration that must occur in order to move forward. I have always sought to put the University's needs ahead of my own. My time at Baylor has been an incredible journey filled with some of the most remarkable people I have ever known. I am grateful to Baylor Nation for its support and dedication, and to all who have done so much to advance the athletics program.
McCaw has served as AD at Baylor since 2003.
The Baylor Board of Regents said:
We understand and accept this difficult decision by Ian McCaw to resign as Athletic Director and are grateful for his service to Baylor University. We also appreciate Ian's commitment and involvement in bringing a person of integrity such as Jim Grobe to the University before making this decision.
Baylor also announced Monday that former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe had been hired as interim head football coach. Grobe was named AP Coach of the Year in 2006 following Wake Forest's 11–3 season and ACC Championship.
McCaw said in a statement, shortly before his resignation:
Jim Grobe is the right leader at this time to move Baylor University and the football program forward. He has successfully led two FBS programs during his career," McCaw added. "Coach Grobe enjoys an impeccable reputation within the intercollegiate athletics community and is a man of great integrity and faith.
It is an honor for me to have the opportunity to join the Baylor football program during this important time. I am looking forward to getting to know and working with the coaches and players in the coming days, and I have great respect for Baylor as an institution and its long-standing heritage. As a coach, winning is important. At the same time, I want to assure the Baylor family that every decision we will make in this football program will be made with Baylor University, her students and our student-athletes in mind.
See ya next year, OKC.
Last night, the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 96-88, in the NBA Conference Finals.
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They were understandably thrilled, because now they're officially heading to the NBA Finals.
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ESPN signed NBA announcer Mike Breen to a "long-term deal" ahead of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, he told BuzzFeed News. The deal is expected to take Breen well into the next decade.
This will be Breen's 11th NBA Finals series, the most ever for a play-by-play announcer. Breen will be on the call with Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Doris Burke — the crew's seventh season together.
The Warriors are attempting to seal the deal on their historic year — they broke the NBA record for most wins in season — with a back-to-back NBA Championship. The Cavs, led by LeBron James, are looking to bring a championship to Cleveland for the first time since 1964. They lost to the Warriors in the finals last year.
Breen has called all seven of James' NBA Finals appearances. He said with all the attention on Steph Curry and the Warriors this season, James is "almost flying under the radar."
"His numbers are magnificent and historic and we have taken him for granted," Breen said. James last year led the injury-plagued Cavs to six games against the Warriors, often looking like he was doing it all himself.
This year, the Cavaliers are healthy as they prepare to face the Warriors, who rebounded from a 3–1 deficit against the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last series to get to the finals.
Breen also said Steph Curry's meteoric rise to superstardom from the backcourt "has such appeal because of the way he’s built."
"He’s this thin, almost weak-looking guard who is as tough and as strong as anybody and plays the game in a way we’ve never seen. I think people can relate to him because anyone who plays pickup basketball on the weekend can look like Steph Curry, maybe a couple inches shorter," Breen said. "His skill level — when you combine his ball-handling and his shooting — is the best I’ve ever seen."
Breen calling Curry's overtime winning shot over the Thunder in February
Breen noted the tough position his colleague Mark Jackson was in last year when he called the Warriors' success just one season after he'd been fired as the team's head coach. Fans have wondered about Jackson's objectivity.
"I know it wasn’t easy last year for him but there’s also an immense sense of pride because he was a big part of building" that championship team, Breen said of Jackson. "I think it can’t be easy for him, but I don’t know if there’s anybody on the planet who could handle it as well."
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Ken Starr will resign as chancellor at Baylor University one week after resigning as university president following an investigation into the school's handling of sexual assault complaints.
Starr will stay at Baylor as a law professor, according to ESPN.
On Tuesday, Baylor Athletic Director Ian McCaw announced he would resign. Initially, McCaw was only to be "sanctioned and suspended" following the investigation that found football coaches often handled complaints of sexual assaults by players themselves.
Head football coach Art Briles was "placed on indefinite leave with intent to terminate" last week. Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe was hired as interim head football coach on Monday.
The university has not made public any additional changes to the football coaching staff following the investigation.
Starr became university president in 2010. He is best known for leading the investigation into Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment vote in the House of Representatives.
The findings of law firm Pepper Hamilton's investigation into Baylor's handling of sexual assaults showed a football coaching staff that actively concealed complaints and a Title IX department that was inadequately equipped to handle complaints.
In 2015, former Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty of sexually assaulting a female soccer player at Baylor in 2013. He was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of probation.
In March, former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez filed a Title IX lawsuit against the university claiming the school mishandled her 2012 report that she had been raped by former Baylor football player Tevin Elliott. Elliott was convicted of raping Hernandez in 2014 and will serve a 20-year sentence.
It don’t mean a thing without the ring.
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The game’s biggest drama happened when a player was accidentally hit in the nuts.
The 2016 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers began with a mostly drama-free 104-89 blowout by the Warriors in Oakland.
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The most tension in the game came in the third quarter, when Matthew Dellavedova accidentally hit Warriors' Andre Igoudala in the nuts, which is emerging as a common theme during this year's NBA playoffs.
Despite the Cavaliers' loss, they managed to hold the Warriors' Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to 11 and 9 points, respectively.
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“I am the greatest.”
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest."
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"Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn't choose it, and I didn't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name, and I insist people using it when speaking to me and of me."
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"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, your hands can't hit, what your eyes can't see."
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“The great man has done it! This is the most joyous scene ever seen in the history of boxing!”
Ali remains the only three-time world heavyweight champion. He won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978.
Between February 25, 1964 and September 19, 1964 Muhammad Ali reigned as the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion.
Here are some of his most memorable moments in the ring:
Ali (still known as Cassius Clay at the time) v. Henry Cooper in 1963.
The fight was Ali's first fight as a pro outside of the United States. Henry Cooper was the reigning Commonwealth and British heavyweight champion.
Late in the fourth round Ali was floored by Cooper. Cooper eventually lost but was one of only three men to ever drop Ali in his 61-fight career.
World heavyweight champion — Ali v. Sonny Liston in 1964
Liston was convinced he would beat Ali within the first two rounds and trained minimally for the bout in Miami Beach, Florida. At the time Ali was disliked by the press and widely dismissed.
The fight between the pair was one of the most anticipated, watched and controversial fights in the sport's history.
Ali won when Liston gave up at the opening of the seventh round. When he realized he had won, Ali ran to the ropes and shouted at the media "Eat your words!"
"I'm the greatest!" he yelled. "I shook up the world." Ali took the title of world heavyweight champion.
The Rematch — Ali v. Liston in 1965
Ali knocked out Liston in the first round of their rematch in Lewiston, Maine — there was significant debate over whether Liston took a dive. Ali retained his title.
C’mon, guys. We wanted a good, long series.
If the Golden State Warriors keep this up, the NBA Finals will be over this week. Another blowout in Oakland put the Warriors up 2–0 in the series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Sunday night's 110-77 loss to the Warriors meant another frustrating night for LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
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The Cavaliers struggled to contain the Warriors on defense and get the offense going for themselves.
Fortunately for the Cavaliers, the next two games will be in Cleveland. Unfortunately, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was diagnosed with a concussion after taking an elbow to the head from the Warriors' Harrison Barnes in the first quarter.