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    The Golden State Warriors sensation said he needs to spend the offseason preparing for the 2016-2017 NBA season.

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    Steph Curry will not play in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, he announced Monday.

    As many athletes have publicly debated withdrawing from the Olympics over concerns regarding the Zika virus, Curry says his choice to withdraw is due to a need to recover and prepare for the next NBA season.

    The Warriors are currently in the midst of the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers. The Warriors lead the series 2–0. Earlier in the playoffs, Curry injured his ankle, then his knee, causing him to miss playing time.

    "After a great deal of internal thought and several discussions with my family, the Warriors and my representatives, I've elected to withdraw my name from the list of eligible players on Team USA's preliminary roster for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil. I recently informed [director of USA Basketball] Jerry Colangelo of this decision," Curry said in a statement.

    "My previous experiences with USA Basketball have been incredibly rewarding, educational and enjoyable, which made this an extremely difficult decision for me and my family. However, due to several factors — including recent ankle and knee injuries — I believe this is the best decision for me at this stage of my career. It's an incredible honor to represent your country and wear 'USA' on your chest, but my primary basketball-related objective this summer needs to focus on my body and getting ready for the 2016-2017 NBA season."


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    I mean, naturally.

    Last week the Italian football team posed for their official team photo ahead of the UEFA European Championship.

    Last week the Italian football team posed for their official team photo ahead of the UEFA European Championship.

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    The official set of photos included shots of the players relaxing and gathering before the shoot. Just doing *footballer* things, y'know.

    The official set of photos included shots of the players relaxing and gathering before the shoot. Just doing *footballer* things, y'know.

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    Some of the photos of the team caught the attention of Japanese Twitter users, where they've now become the source of major thirst. Much love was given to the suited-up team.

    Some of the photos of the team caught the attention of Japanese Twitter users, where they've now become the source of major thirst. Much love was given to the suited-up team.

    "The Italian national team is cheating, all suited up."

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    "I guess they're cheating because they're too handsome? Lol"

    Claudio Villa / Getty Images


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    Actually, he’s still alive.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is very much alive, despite a tweet sent from the NFL's official Twitter account Tuesday that claimed he had died suddenly.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is very much alive, despite a tweet sent from the NFL's official Twitter account Tuesday that claimed he had died suddenly.

    Twitter

    The tweets were quickly deleted, and an NFL spokesperson confirmed that Goodell is alive, the NFL's account had been compromised, and that the league is "looking into it."

    The tweets were quickly deleted, and an NFL spokesperson confirmed that Goodell is alive, the NFL's account had been compromised, and that the league is "looking into it."

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, very much alive.

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    The apparent hacker got a few tweets off before the NFL managed to change its password, or something like that.

    The apparent hacker got a few tweets off before the NFL managed to change its password, or something like that.

    Twitter


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    The tennis star immediately said she will appeal.

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    Tennis star Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Foundation (ITF) for doping.

    Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, a World Anti-Doping Agency-banned substance, following a Jan. 26 urine test. Sharapova admitted to the ITF and to the press in March that she had used the substance.

    Sharapova said she had been taking a medicine known to her as mildronate, which she said she did not know is also called meldonium, for 10 years, and that the WADA had only added meldonium to the list of banned substances starting January 2016. She characterized the doping as unintentional.

    The tennis player had a hearing in May in front of an independent tribunal, after which it was determined she should be suspended for two years retroactive to Jan. 26 and have the results of her Australian Open "disqualified."

    On Facebook, Sharapova said she would appeal the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, calling the two-year suspension "unfairly harsh."

    In the tribunal's report on Sharapova's suspension, it said she is the "sole author of her own misfortune":

    The contravention of the anti-doping rules was not intentional as Ms Sharapova did not appreciate that Mildronate contained a substance prohibited from 1 January 2016. However she does bear sole responsibility for the contravention, and very significant fault, in failing to take any steps to check whether the continued use of this medicine was permissible. If she had not concealed her use of Mildronate from the anti-doping authorities, members of her own support team and the doctors whom she consulted, but had sought advice, then the contravention would have been avoided.

    The tribunal's full report and Sharapova's notice of appeal are below:

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    Props.

    Now you can get a tee with your favorite team's logo AND show your support for the LGBT community.

    Now you can get a tee with your favorite team's logo AND show your support for the LGBT community.

    The shirts are the result of a partnership between the NBA and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and are available exclusively from Teespring. All the proceeds go to GLSEN.

    Twitter: @nbacares

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    The series is now 2–1.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers ain't dead yet. LeBron James and his squad responded to the Warriors' Game 2 blowout with a hammering of their own.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers ain't dead yet. LeBron James and his squad responded to the Warriors' Game 2 blowout with a hammering of their own.

    Kyrie Irving

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    This dunk by LeBron in the 3rd quarter pretty much sums up the Cavs' 120-90 win over the Warriors in Cleveland.

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    Heading into Game 3, the Cavs were down 2-0 in the rematch series against the Warriors. After two blowout games in Oakland, the Cavs' dominant Game 3 performance shows the outcome of this series is far from certain.

    The Cavaliers held the Warriors to 42% shooting percent from the field, and a shocking 9-33 on three-pointers.

    LeBron finally got some support in Game 3, despite Kevin Love being ruled out before Game 3 with concussion symptoms. Kyrie Irving shot 12-25 from the field and 3-7 on threes for 30 points; J.R. Smith went 7-13 from the field and went 5-10 on threes for 20 points.

    The Cavs took the lead early, finishing the first quarter 33-16. The Warriors never led at any point in the game. So far, the first three games of this Finals series have resulted in a 15-point victory for the Warriors, a 33-point victory for the Warriors, and now a 30-point victory for the Cavaliers.

    Game 4 is Friday night in Cleveland, starting at 9 p.m. ET.


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    The National Basketball Players Association and the NBA need to study concerns – “in a meaningful way that produces real data” – that the grueling pace of the 82-game season poses a risk to players' health and safety before any major decisions can be made regarding protocol or shortening the season, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts said.

    Player health and the risk of injury has been a popular topic of discussion during recent NBA seasons but the discussion was reignited this week following an extensive report released by ESPN detailing player concerns about the lengthy season.

    Recently retired Lakers star Kobe Bryant said that with a more player-friendly schedule, fans would get a better show on the court:

    "We can give the fans a greater show. If guys were able to get more rest and were healthier and all this other stuff, you wouldn't have players sitting out games, back-to-backs and all this other shit," Bryant said. "So everyone would get a maximum performance because players would be extremely well-rested and coming in looking to kick ass every single night and looking to put on a show for [the fans] every single night. The product that the fans would get would be better."

    In an interview Wednesday afternoon in her office at the NBPA office in Manhattan, Roberts said she sympathizes with fans who buy tickets for games on a night when the star player happens to be sitting out for rest.

    "I can sympathize with those fans who buy that one ticket to see LeBron [James] play, and his coach, of course doing the right thing, gives him some rest. We need to figure out ways to not disappoint our fanbase, yet at the same time get players the rest they need," Roberts said. "I applaud all the efforts by reporters to keep the story going, but frankly, we need to get to the bottom of producing some real meaningful data that can help us reconstruct the parameters of our season."

    Roberts noted that the NBA — "with our blessing and cooperation" – has reduced the number of back-to-back games and 4-in-5 series, "so there have been efforts to do something about the rest."

    An extra day of rest has been added to this year's NBA Finals, something Roberts herself noticed as a necessity when flying back and forth between Oakland and Cleveland last year.

    "I went to all the Finals games last year and I was completely exhausted — and I was flying commercial! There have been efforts to try to build in more rest days and frankly it's because the players are saying, 'You're impacting the quality of our work.' And fans are demanding that they not go to games and not see the stars."

    Whether or not the NBA should shorten the 82-game season is something Roberts says she can not discuss because it "could be the subject of negotiation," but in a statement provided to ESPN, the NBPA said it would "continue to work with the league to identify potential modifications to the schedule to keep our players rested and healthy so they can perform to the best of their ability for their fans."

    "If we need to reduce the season," Roberts said Wednesday, "then everyone knows that impacts money, but let's do it."

    In an accompanying report, ESPN says, "The NBA has quietly been gathering mountains of injury data since the 2012-13 season, according to sources with direct knowledge."

    "In 2014-15, the league started working with Quintiles, a Durham, N.C.-based health-care company that focuses on data analytics and has recently worked directly with the NFL's medical committees. Quintiles' mission: break the data down."

    David Weiss, vice president and assistant general counsel for the NBA, told ESPN that "no trends have been discovered so far."

    Roberts says she believes the issue of player health and rest during the season is "actually one I think we're gonna work out," but adds, "I want to do it right. I don't want to do it and then realize that we are relying on anecdotal evidence."



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    LeBron James was not happy about it, understandably.

    It took four games, but we finally got a close game in the NBA Finals. After a tense, scrappy game, the Warriors pulled off a 108-97 win over the Cavaliers to go up 3–1 in the NBA Finals.

    It took four games, but we finally got a close game in the NBA Finals. After a tense, scrappy game, the Warriors pulled off a 108-97 win over the Cavaliers to go up 3–1 in the NBA Finals.

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    Through the third quarter, Game 4 looked like anyone's game. Throughout the game, there were 18 lead changes.

    Warriors point guard Steph Curry finally had his first significant appearance in the Finals, finishing with 38 points with seven threes. Klay Thompson finished with 21 points — neither of the Splash Brothers had topped 23 points in the first 3 games of the Finals.

    The Cavaliers took a five-point lead into the halftime, and held on through the third. In the fourth quarter, the Warriors came alive on offense, and the Cavaliers fell apart defensively, leading to some late-game tension. LeBron James got into spats with both Draymond Green and Steph Curry in the last five minutes of the game.

    No team has ever come back from a 3–1 deficit in the Finals, according to the ABC broadcast.

    The Warriors will look to close out the Finals at home in Oakland on Monday.


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    The man did not appear to make any statements on his body about Bernie vs. Hillary.

    A shirtless court-stormer interrupted a tense fourth quarter during the NBA Finals when he attempted to make a statement with his "TRUMP SUCKS" chest paint.

    A shirtless court-stormer interrupted a tense fourth quarter during the NBA Finals when he attempted to make a statement with his "TRUMP SUCKS" chest paint.

    A man is escorted by police after running onto the court during the second half in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

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    Officers immediately took the man into custody, and the ABC broadcast did not show the event. The announcers noted that they did not want to give the antics any attention.

    The man appeared to be Russian comedian and prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, known for his YouTube videos. Zdorovetskiy also ran shirtless onto the field during the 2014 World Cup Final.

    He did not appear to make any statements on his body about Bernie vs. Hillary.


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    Despite being brothers, footballers Granit and Taulant Xhaka play for different countries. Their mum dressed perfectly for the occasion.

    What's a football-loving mum to do when you've got one son playing for one country, and your other son playing for another?

    What's a football-loving mum to do when you've got one son playing for one country, and your other son playing for another?

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    If you're Elmaze Xhaka, mother of Granit Xhaka, who plays for Switzerland, and Taulant Xhaka, who plays for Albania, you wear one T-shirt for both teams, that's what.

    If you're Elmaze Xhaka, mother of Granit Xhaka, who plays for Switzerland, and Taulant Xhaka, who plays for Albania, you wear one T-shirt for both teams, that's what.

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    The Xhaka brothers went head-to-head when Albania played Switzerland at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, France, in the teams' opening game of Euro 2016.

    Basel-born Granit, 23, plays for the county of his birth. But his 25-year-old brother, Taulant, plays for Albania, the country where their Kosovo-Albanian parents were born.

    Elmaze, therefore, wore a T-shirt showing half a Swiss flag and half an Albanian flag when she turned up to support her sons during Saturday's group A match.


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    It’s their fourth Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins are the Stanley Cup Champions. The Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks in six games to win their first Cup since 2009.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins are the Stanley Cup Champions. The Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks in six games to win their first Cup since 2009.

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    The Penguins pulled off a 3-1 win over the Sharks in San Jose Sunday night to claim the championship.

    The Penguins took an early lead in the first period of Game 6 with a goal by defenseman Brian Dumoulin. The Sharks tied the game briefly in the second period with a goal by center Logan Couture, but within a minute the Penguins answered with a goal by defenseman Kris Letang to go up 2–1. The Penguins put the dagger through the Sharks' hopes late in the third period with an empty net goal by winger Patric Hornqvist.

    The Penguins held the New York Rangers in the first round of the NHL Playoffs, then won the second round against the Washington Capitals 4–2. They pushed the Tampa Bay Lightning to seven games in the Conference Finals before going on to face the Sharks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    It was the Sharks' first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in franchise history.

    The Penguins will head back to Pittsburgh with their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.


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    What exactly is going on here???

    This is Joachim Löw. He's the coach of the German football team currently playing in the 2016 Euros. Some very disturbing footage of Löw was taken during Sunday's game between Germany and Ukraine.

    This is Joachim Löw. He's the coach of the German football team currently playing in the 2016 Euros. Some very disturbing footage of Löw was taken during Sunday's game between Germany and Ukraine.

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    OK, so, if you play this Vine, you'll probably notice that it appears that Löw decided to scratch his balls and then smell them.

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    1) He scratches his balls.

    1) He scratches his balls.

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    The series will now go back to Cleveland for Game 6.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers made a statement Monday night in Oakland with a 112-97 win over the Golden State Warriors, forcing Game 6 of the NBA Finals and sending the series back to Cleveland.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers made a statement Monday night in Oakland with a 112-97 win over the Golden State Warriors, forcing Game 6 of the NBA Finals and sending the series back to Cleveland.

    Kyrie Irving

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    The Cavaliers broke open Game 5 in the third quarter after Warriors' big man Andrew Bogut went down with a gruesome knee injury.

    LeBron James finished with 41 points, but Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving put on a show to close it out with 41 points as well.

    It was the first time two players on the same team scored 40 points each in an NBA Finals game.

    vine.co

    Early on, the Warriors appeared to be heating up, with Klay Thompson knocking down 6 three-pointers early in the game. They were without Draymond Green, who was suspended for a game by the NBA for a flagrant foul after hitting LeBron James in the balls in Game 4. Green watched from an Oakland A's game at Oakland Coliseum, which shares a parking lot with the Warriors' Oracle Arena.

    The Finals will now head back to Cleveland for Game 6 on Thursday.


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    The series will go back to Oakland one last time.

    The Cavaliers are now one win away from winning the NBA Finals — and bringing Cleveland their first professional sports championship since 1964 — following a 115-101 win over the Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

    The Cavaliers are now one win away from winning the NBA Finals — and bringing Cleveland their first professional sports championship since 1964 — following a 115-101 win over the Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

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    The Cavaliers subjected the Warriors to yet another stomping in Game 6 in Cleveland Thursday, pushing the series to 3-3 and pushing the series to a do-or-die Game 7 in Oakland.

    The stakes are high for each team, obviously: LeBron James is looking to realize his goal of winning a championship for The Land, and the Warriors want to defend the sanctity of their record-breaking 73-9 regular season by capping it off with a win.

    For NBA fans without strong allegiances to either the Cavaliers or the Warriors (or to LeBron or Steph Curry), a Game 7 that means so much to either party is a dream. For long-suffering fans of the Cavaliers and the Warriors fans who watched their team look invincible all year long, well, make sure you have a barf bag handy Sunday night for Game 7.

    Anyway, Game 6 went a little something like this:

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    The Cavaliers jumped out early to an unbelievable 31-9 lead, holding the Warriors to a total of 11 points in the first quarter, and heading into the second quarter down 20. The Warriors later outscored the Cavaliers in the second and third quarters, but the Cavaliers never lost the lead.

    As expected, James was the game's leading scorer with 34 points, but once again was helped immensely by point guard Kyrie Irving.


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    Warning: You’ll be hearing about this theory for a couple days.

    Ayesha Curry tweeted that the NBA Finals are "rigged for money" after her husband, Warriors point guard Steph Curry fouled out of Game 6 Thursday night and threw his mouthguard into the stands, earning a technical foul and an ejection.

    Ayesha Curry tweeted that the NBA Finals are "rigged for money" after her husband, Warriors point guard Steph Curry fouled out of Game 6 Thursday night and threw his mouthguard into the stands, earning a technical foul and an ejection.

    Twitter: @ayeshacurry

    Ayesha eventually deleted the tweet — 82,000 retweets later. She later explained that she had "tweeted in the heat of the moment because the call was uncalled for" and that "Police racial profiled my father and told him to remove credentials and tried to arrest him. It's been a long night for me. I apologize:"

    Twitter: @ayeshacurry

    Twitter: @ayeshacurry


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    Where’s Riley when you need her?

    Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 115–101 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

    Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 115–101 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

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    And after Steph Curry got ejected from the game for a technical foul because he hit a fan with his mouthguard, his wife Ayesha tweeted (and deleted) that the series is "rigged."

    And after Steph Curry got ejected from the game for a technical foul because he hit a fan with his mouthguard, his wife Ayesha tweeted (and deleted) that the series is "rigged."

    Twitter: @ayeshacurry

    She went on to apologize and clarify herself, but it was too late. The internet was already having a field day.

    She went on to apologize and clarify herself, but it was too late. The internet was already having a field day.

    Twitter: @ayeshacurry


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    Ballin’.


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    The Cavaliers will bring the city of Cleveland its first professional championship since 1964.

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    The Cavaliers are the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3–1 deficit in the seven-game series.

    The Cavs' win ends the city of Cleveland's championship drought, dating back to 1964 with a Cleveland Browns NFL Championship win (preceding the first Super Bowl by three years).

    This is LeBron James' third championship, and his first for Cleveland. The Cavs' previous two Finals appearances — 2007 and 2015 — were led by James, who left Cleveland for the Miami Heat in 2010. James returned to the Cavaliers in 2015 with the goal of winning a championship for his home state.

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    The Cavs brought home the NBA Championship, winning a nail-biting Game 7 on Sunday.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers became the NBA champions for the first time in franchise history on Sunday, and everyone was totally overwhelmed.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers became the NBA champions for the first time in franchise history on Sunday, and everyone was totally overwhelmed.

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    It only took James two seasons to bring a championship to his home team.

    LeBron James broke down crying after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA Championship in franchise history and Cleveland's first professional sports championship since 1964.

    LeBron James broke down crying after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA Championship in franchise history and Cleveland's first professional sports championship since 1964.

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    The win comes nearly two years after James announced in Sports Illustrated that he would return to Cleveland after four seasons with the Miami Heat, where he won two championships. James, a native of Akron, Ohio, spent the first seven seasons of his career in Cleveland, during which they made one Finals appearance in 2007, losing to the San Antonio Spurs.

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    In Sports Illustrated in 2014, James said:

    When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.


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