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Shaq, Dwyane Wade Bet Finals MVP Trophies on Lakers-Heat Series

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Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal made a friendly bet ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, each wagering one of their Finals MVP trophies.

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  • The two legends talked about the Finals on NBA TV and made the bet for their Finals MVP trophies. Shaq is riding with the Lakers and Wade is sticking with the Heat. Dwayne Wade is arguably the best player in Miami Heat history and won Finals MVP with the team in 2006. Shaq spent his prime years with the Lakers winning three Finals MVP’s from 2000 to 2002.
  • Although it’s easy to see why Wade and Shaq are so loyal to their teams, they both have history with the other team. Shaq of course spent three years playing with Wade in Miami and was a part of their 2006 championship team. For Wade, the Lakers are led by his former teammate and best friend, LeBron James.
  • Based on Game 1, it looks like Shaq will be adding another trophy to his case. The Lakers entered the series as heavy favorites, but I don’t think anyone was ready for the annihilation that took place.
  • The Heat started out great and got out to a 23-10 lead early in the first quarter. However, the Lakers got hot from three and ended the quarter on a 21-5 run. From that point on, the game was pretty much over. The Lakers shot 11-17 from three during the first half, which is surprising because shooting is their main weakness.
  • Lakers coach Frank Vogel made the adjustment early to move Anthony Davis to center and the Heat had no answer. The only word to describe Davis last night was “devastating.” The Lakers outscored the Heat by 35 points in the minutes Davis was playing center. The Lakers were up by 30 at one point and won the game 116-98. Davis scored 34 points and LeBron ended with a near triple-double of 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists.
  • The Heat will have a chance to bounce back, but they sustained some unfortunate injuries. Jimmy Butler rolled his left ankle twice, Bam Adebayo left the game with a shoulder strain, and Goran Dragic suffered a left foot injury. Butler stayed in the game, but Dragic’s injury turned out to be a plantar tear. Adebayo and Dragic are doubtful for Game 2 and Dragic could be done for the series. Dragic has been the Heat’s leading scorer during these playoffs and his absence could lead to a quick ending for this series.

Wade and Shaq were among the virtual fans for Game 1. The fan wall was full of NBA legends like Dirk Nowitzki, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and many others. Fans watching from home were delighted to see one virtual fan in particular: President Barack Obama.

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Sagar is a Digital Intern at UnmutedCo. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance and Economics. Sagar writes for Black News Alerts and the BNA Daily Podcast. He also produces the BossFM Morning Show.

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Olympics: Simone Biles out of team gymnastics final ‘due to medical issue,’ officials say

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((BREAKING NEWS))

Biles withdrew due to a medical issue, according to a statement from USA Gymnastics.

“She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions,” officials said in the statement.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist competed in Team USA’s first rotation on vault Tuesday, bailing out of her Amanar and only completing a 1.5 twist on a 2.5-twisting Yurchenko, then taking a big stumble backward on the landing.

She scored a 13.766 and was seen walking off the floor with her bag and a trainer.

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Maria Taylor Signs with NBC after Parting Ways with ESPN

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ESPN announced Maria Taylor would begin work with NBC Sports by covering the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The news comes after she and ESPN could not reach an agreement about her contract extension.

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  • In light of her departure, ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro celebrated Taylor’s “ability and work ethic;” additionally, he mentioned he was proud of the work she did for the company. Pitaro stated the network remains determined to build a “deep and skilled talent roster” to reflect the athletes and topics they report and fans they serve.
  • In regards to leaving her former position, Taylor expressed gratitude for her time at ESPN; she thanked Pitaro and others for encouraging and motivating her, and declared she would “make them proud.”
  • Taylor began at ESPN by working for the SEC Network covering college sports and hosting College GameDay. Her skills and screen presence eventually landed her as the host of NBA Countdown. With NBC, she will work as a host and contributor at Football Night in America and the Super Bowl. Taylor will also co-host Prime Plus with Mike Trico.
  • When asked about her new position, Taylor said she was excited to start. She said she always dreamed of hosting events like the Olympics and the Super Bowl. Taylor added that the opportunity would be impossible without “standing on the shoulders of all those” who came before her.
  • Taylor’s future at ESPN entered limbo earlier this month after racist comments made by colleague Rachel Nichols. In released audio footage, Nichols is heard on a phone call complaining to Lebron James’ adviser Adam Mendelsohn about Taylor hosting the NBA Finals. She implied that the network only chose Taylor to improve diversity. After footage surfaced, Nichols quickly apologized but was pulled from sideline coverage.

Taylor covered Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals as her last assignment with ESPN.

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Olympic Opening Ceremony Director Fired for 1998 Holocaust Joke

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Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto announced the news a day before the Olympics’ July 23 Opening Ceremony.

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  • The organizing committee dismissed director Kentaro Kobayashi due to a joke about the Holocaust made during a 1998 comedy act. Throughout his performance, Kobayashi includes the use of the phrase “Let’s play Holocaust.”
  • Hashimoto stated that when the committee learned Kobayashi used a phrase mocking a historical tragedy, they were extremely disappointed. He also apologized for “causing such a development” just a day before the Olympics began; Hashimoto proceeded to express remorse for troubling the involved parties and people across Japan. After the news was released, footage of Kobayashi’s skit appeared on the internet.

  • Many expressed disdain at the sketch. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and global social action director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said nobody holds the right to mock victims of Nazi genocide. Cooper further mentioned how Nazis gassed disabled Germans, stating that any association of Kobayashi with the Tokyo Olympics would mock the Paralympics and insults the memory of 6 million Jews.
  • The 2021 Tokyo Olympics has been at the center of many scandals. These include banning Namibian female athletes for testosterone levels, removing Sha’Carri Richardson for marijuana, and more. According to Hashimoto, the postponed Games were supposed to send a positive message; however, the many incidents will give the Tokyo event a negative image.
  • In addition, Japan faces global criticism for proceeding with the Olympics against medical experts’ advice. Recently, Japan declared a state of emergency due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. However, ESPN reports the country partially feels pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC); if the Games were not held, the IOC would lose an estimated  $3 billion to $4 billion in television rights. Alongside this, government audits suggest this year’s Olympics cost more than $15.4 billion, with all but $6.7 billion being public money.

The Tokyo Olympics will continue until August 8.

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