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Steph Curry's Underrated Golf Tour makes its Cog Hill debut

Curry has helped start a new tour to help and provide opportunities for some potential future greats, particularly for those who are underserved and underrepresented in the game of golf. (Author: Gardener)

Steph Curry'sCHICAGO (CBS) -- Steph Curry just revealed he's one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but he also has a passion for golf. While Curry may not be one of the greatest golfers of all time, he has helped start a new tour to help some potential future greats and the first stop was at Cog Hill in Lemont this week. Shyell Lowe, 16, of Oswego East is one of over 60 young girls and boys from across the country teeing off at Cog Hill this week for the opening stop of Steph Curry's new Underrated Golf Tour. "When I was in middle school, I played basketball. So I was like, 'Oh, Stephen Curry is doing this.' It's a good combination of both sports that I like," she said. "I didn't even know stuff like that existed, so I think it's a really good opportunity for me and other people to play." "Underrated is pretty much a by-product of where he [Steph Curry] is from. Underrated began as a basketball tour. Underrated's message gives power and prominence to the underdog," said Underrated Golf Tour Ambassador Will Lowery. You know, if you think about golf at the introductory level, 17% of the black and brown kids are in representation, but when you get to the higher levels, college golf, it's less than 2%. So what do we need to do to raise the level of competition in golf? To this end, the tour covers all expenses for the golfers chosen to play. This is the first of five stops on the tour this year; with trips to Phoenix, Tampa, Houston and San Francisco on the horizon. "I'm super excited because I haven't been to a lot of places like Texas. And there will be college coaches everywhere, so it's going to be fun to have that kind of exposure to different places and to know that those places might be on my radar for colleges," Lowe said. Lowe obviously wants to come out on this tour and have her own success, but she also hopes others can be encouraged by what she does."To inspire other black people or girls in general and to show them that even though you're in a certain sport or something like that, you're a minority, you can still get to the top and be the greatest," she said. Count Lowery among those who are amazed at how much these young golfers, like Lowe, already have what it takes to succeed. I just love the fact what they're doing; they're already getting the it part of it," Lowery said. "I think my ultimate goal would be to go pro or go to a top university and just be able to explore and too rei sen and meet new people and make new connections," she said. "I think that will help a lot."

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Klay Thompson called out Jaren Jackson Jr. and confirmed these Memphis Grizzlies

By insulting Jaren Jackson Jr. and the Grizzlies after winning the NBA Finals, Golden State Memphis' Klay Thompson paid his biggest compliment yet. (Author: Gardener)

Klay ThompsonKlay Thompson thought of the Memphis Grizzlies. On the biggest stage in basketball after winning an NBA championship that cemented his Golden State Warriors as one of the great dynasties in league history, Thompson gave up to the Grizzlies after three injury-plagued years that made this special moment so gratifying perhaps her biggest affirmation yet by thinking of her. Stopping in the middle of a thought to challenge the team, these Warriors won the second round of the NBA playoffs more than a month ago. "There was this one player in the Grizzlies who tweeted 'strength in numbers' after they beat us in the regular season and that pissed me off," Thompson said during his postgame press conference after winning the Boston Celtics eliminated on Thursday night. Damn bum. I thought, "That damn clown." I'm sorry. Tangent soon went viral, and Jaren Jackson Jr. was quickly identified as the culprit who bothered Thompson so much with a March 28 tweet. This was undoubtedly an insult that Thompson deserved given the circumstances. If you win the title, anything goes. When you talk trash, like the Grizzlies did last season, and then get beaten by a team that's been the target of some of the boldest barbs, that kind of backlash is to be expected. This was a validation of how these grizzlies are now viewed across the league. In the mind of one of the Golden State stars, Memphis lived "rent-free," as one might put it on social media. The Grizzlies are a threat Golden State has been able to fend off this season, in part because Memphis has never been quite in this second-round series, and in part because Golden State's championship pedigree is really a driving force that has made it so has driven what trainer Steve Kerr has accurately described as the franchise's "most unlikely" title during its remarkable eight-year run. So ignore for a moment that the Grizzlies may have given these warriors their greatest test of the postseason. Ignore that they may have done so without star point guard Ja Morant for the last three games of the series and without Steven Adams and Dillon Brooks for two games each and with Desmond Bane injured. NBA DRAFT: The hypothetical question the Memphis Grizzlies are facing ahead of the NBA draft MORE BY MARK GIANNETTO: After 10 years, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera is a lot better than the unknown Ignore that Jackson after Thompson's injuries possibly the better player of the two at the moment, contrary to Thompson's "bum" label. Ignore the fact that Thompson waited until the very last game to fire that shot at Jackson, until the Warriors had hoisted the trophy window may have opened. Instead, focus on the fact that Thompson took the time to stab Jackson and Memphis amid the celebrations. That's the only evidence you need to know what Dillon Brooks declared after Golden State eliminated the Grizzlies. "You know we will come every year," he said. "We're young and they're getting old, so they know we're coming every year." The guess here is that Golden State has just had its final hooray of the Steph Curry era, and a particularly glorious one at that. This was the most vulnerable of the Warriors' championship teams, and yet their guile and togetherness and Curry's size propelled them to become the rare group to win titles in two different decades. Part of that accomplishment, however, is what Brooks said: You're not getting any younger. But Thompson rightly basked in the glow of what had just been accomplished Thursday, giving Memphis a taste of its own medicine and adding even more fuel to what appears to be a budding rivalry between the Grizzlies and Warriors. We've called Andre Iguodala at Brooks several times now because he was handling his trade from Golden State to Memphis three years ago. We had Kerr lecture us on how Brooks "broke the code" with his hard foul that injured Gary Payton II, and then we had Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins and Morant Poole called out for the injury that ultimately knocked Morant out of the series . Now Thompson is thinking about the Grizzlies and a tweet Jackson wrote almost three months earlier when he could and probably should have just been thinking about the title he just won. Of course, what he said hurt until you realized it was an insult he would never have inflicted on a team and player that didn't matter.

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What does the Juneteenth flag look like? It's complicated

A Virginia town faced some backlash for merging the July 4th and June 16th decor. Here's what one expert says about honoring the holiday. (Author: Gardener)

JuneteenthJune 16 represents black independence, and since its recognition as a federal holiday in June 2021, the holiday — like its flag — has sparked conversations about how people celebrate it. One such conversation took place this week in Newport News, Virginia, when a handful of Facebook users called on the city to merge decorations for July 4th and June 16th. A city employee hid social media comments on the post opposing the move before the city restored it. June 16, only recently established as a federal holiday, has many nuances that will need to be worked out by both Black people and the wider community in the years to come, said Tim Goler, assistant professor of sociology and urban affairs at Norfolk State University and Director of Research at the Center for African American Public Policy. The proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, to the liberation of enslaved blacks in secessionist states, but news of the change was relayed almost two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the June 16 National Independence Day legislation establishing June 19 as a federal holiday. June 16 is known as Black Independence Day, Goler said. Most blacks celebrate June 16 with a red, green, and black flag, similar to the Pan-African flag or the Black Liberation flag, he said. The original Juneteenth flag was designed in 1997 by Ben Haith, activist and founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation. The flag has a blue and red stripe, a white star in the center, an outline, and an arc that spans the width of the flag. Some cities have chosen to celebrate June 16 and July 4 together in the colors red, white, and blue, which doesn't sit well with some black people. Goler of Norfolk State University said the problem is much more complicated than red, white, blue, black and green. "They have this church problem compared to the church," he said. "It's true that Ben Haith designed and patented this Juneteenth flag in 1997... But if you just do a simple Google search and google Juneteenth, just click on images and scroll as far as you can, (most of) the colors will turn red , be black and green." Goler said that while he thanked Haith for creating the red, white, and blue Juneteenth flag, even Haith himself said the purpose of choosing the colors was that he wanted them to be used as a reminder serve to ensure that black Americans descended from slavery are American. But for some black people, the American flag doesn't represent liberty, equality and liberty, Goler said. Just look at the failure of Reconstruction, the Jim Crow laws, the right to vote, the mass shootings, and "the ongoing injustices and discrimination against black people that we deal with on a daily basis," he told USA TODAY. "You can see why cities (the v on 1997)," Goler said. "Some cities use the colors red, white, and blue because they have a larger constituency than just African Americans, which they're trying to appease. Oftentimes (with red, black, and green) there can be problems, but if you look closely at most community-based organizations, pretty much every single black organization, they all use red, black, and green. Goler also said celebrating July 4th and June 16th together was "imprudent," "disrespectful," and an "oxymoron" since July 4th commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. "Black people were still slaves in 1776," he said. The Pan-African flag is really the most appropriate flag for Juneteenth. It is the Black Liberation flag and was designed to represent the people of the African diaspora. This flag also symbolizes black freedom.” June 16 and how it is celebrated has become a political issue, and places that try to celebrate it with other holidays are trying to play with both hands, he said . "They need to figure out how to appease not just the black people but the larger community," he said. They can make sure they quell any kind of opposition to celebrating or commemorating a black holiday." "We have a lot to do," Goler said. Discussion over how to honor June 16 came to light this week in Virginia, which declared it a national holiday in 2020. Social media users urged the city of Newport News to merge decorations for July 4th and June 16th. In response, a city worker hid social media comments on the post opposing the move, but the comments were restored Thursday morning. City spokeswoman Kim Lee said the comments on the post were "hidden by an employee who shouldn't have." "The comments have now popped up," she told USA TODAY on Thursday. City officials reported on the decorations on Facebook on Wednesday. The post included a photo of the city signature "LOVE NN", decorations with red, white and blue flowers. "The Love NN letters are now decked out in red, white and blue for the summer honoring both June 16th and July 4th," read the original post. On Wednesday and Thursday, at least 14 social media users criticized Newport News officials for their post claiming that red, white and blue represent both July 4th and June 16th. Some argued that the colors did not reflect the June 16 holiday. The city commented on the post to address the backlash. "We have seen many concerns about the colors of these letters not accurately representing June 16 and would like to address the confusion," the comment read. “The red, white and blue color scheme is taken from the 16th of June flag created by Ben Haith in 1997. You may have seen this flag all over town as we honor June 16th this week." One of the updates to the Facebook post read, "These colors not only represent the American flag, but also the official Juneteenth flag, the was created in 1997.” Saleen Martin is a reporter for USA TODAY's NOW team.

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Will Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving be traded? Zion Williamson to get the maximum deal?

And are Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert on the road to divorce? Is Deandre Ayton done in the desert? (Author: Gardener)

Will Russell WestbrookThe Golden State Warriors won the 2022 NBA championship, their fourth title in the past eight years. It seems like a good time for a breather, but the NBA isn't stopping these days. The draft is Thursday June 23rd and free agency opens at 6pm. on June 30th. Honestly, it feels like the Warriors title is already old news. So let's do it. The Lakers have a new coach in Darvin Ham, but they still have an old issue in Russell Westbrook, who is expected to settle for $47.1 million for the final year of his contract. There is no way around the Westbrook problems in L. A few smarter people will always try to sell the idea that it's just a role issue for Westbrook, who could still thrive with an offense befitting his strengths. Could Westbrook still put up big numbers if a team dumb enough to just hand him the ball and say do what you want? But this team will stink. Alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, you can't reasonably put the ball in Westbrook's hands, and he's failing to assert himself as one of the worst position shooters in history. That's not going to happen, and you can't survive on a transitional diet alone. So the Lakers just have to get rid of him. In theory, Westbrook should have some value on an expiring contract for a team not trying to win next season and could use an extra draft pick, but the Lakers, of course, say they won't give up a first. Round pick as Westbrook tax. On Monday, Shams Charania reported that contract talks between Irving and the Nets were "stalled," which "paves the way for the seven-time All-Star to consider the open market." Irving has a $36.9 million player option on the table. The Lakers are among three teams that Charania should list as potential Irving contenders. The Lakers and Clippers would need Irving to sign up and then act for him by matching salary, given their inability to create the kind of cap needed to fully sign Irving. The Knicks could clear the space if they wanted to go that route. The Lakers could bring in a third team for Russell Westbrook to facilitate an Irving deal. The Clippers have some players the Nets might want (Robert Covington, Norman Powell). I think the Heat are a team to watch. Would Miami want to deal with all the drama and uncertainty from Irving? And where are the Heat behind closed doors when they finally act for Bradley Beal? Dallas and New Orleans also strike me as teams that would have a high incentive to consider an Irving swap. Of course, keep an eye on this story. Darius Garland should be close by to get the most out of Cleveland. In his third season, he was an All-Star. After that, there are four players from the 2019 draft class with a maximum overtime opportunity: Zion Williamson (New Orleans), R.J. Barrett (Knicks), Tyler Herro (Miami), and Jordan Poole (Golden State). From the 2018 class, Anfernee Simons, DeAndre Ayton (whom we'll talk about later in this article), Miles Bridges, and Jalen Brunson could line up for maximum extension or something similar. It seems a nigh conclusion that the Pelicans would offer a maximum extension to Williamson, who has said he would sign such an offer immediately... The catch could be that New Orleans might not be willing to guarantee the entire contract as a precaution against Williamson's already long and troubling injury history. "From what I've been told, the Pelicans are not prepared to offer a full five-year warranty contract at this time. Gayle Benson, the owner, is also the owner of the New Orleans Saints. And I was told, "We're going to adopt a football-Saints-style mentality in these contract negotiations. They're going to offer him a huge contract, but they won't guarantee everything." Williamson is eligible to sign for up to $195 million, a number that would top $200 million if he makes an All-NBA team next season, but Windhorst mentioned $100 million as one number that New Orleans could guarantee. Embiid had to complete certain game minutes to get all his money. As for Barrett, he played extremely well throughout the season, but he was terrible in his only playoff series and was a volume scorer for the most part. The Knicks could wait and see, like the Suns did with Ayton. If they don't sign Barrett for a renewal by October, they can still match any offer he gets as a limited free agent next summer. Poole, Herro and Simons are all about defense. Pat Riley, in a not-so-subtle message to Herro and his stand-in at his season-ending press conference, said: "The next step for [Herro] -- and I think we're seeing that in the league -- is if you win a championship and be a starter If you want to, you really have to become a two-way player today." In other words, Riley won't even commit to playing Herro as a starter for the Heat, much less give him a maximum contract extension worth up to $190 million to grant as Herro is only playing at one end of the pitch at the moment. That could very well triple for Poole and the Warriors and Simons and the Blazers. Poole, Herro and Simons can all be electrifying scorers/creators of offense but what Riley is concerned, in the playoffs we are seeing more and more how detrimental poor defenders can be.Poole has been jumped into the rotation at times by Gary Payton II purely for defensive reasons.It w It would have been interesting if Erik Spoelstra would have caught up against Herro in tight conference finals if he had been healthy. Despite Kyle Lowry's descent on offense, he remains a defender who can carry his weight, which means he won't be targeted, and that can be worth more than a guy who can shoot in a league that isn't . It's not exactly short of one-way bucket getters, especially when that bucket getter will cost you nearly $200 million and spent much of last season getting off the bench, as did both Herro and Poole Simons before McCollum Handel/Lillard injuries. It feels like the end of this jazz era is near. When Quin Snyder resigned, Donovan Mitchell was reportedly "unnerved" about what it "means for the future of the franchise." There have been multiple reports of growing speculation, whatever that means, in the league that Mitchell may favor a larger market than Utah. Mitchell is under contract for over $97 million over the next three years. But we know that contracts are of minimal importance these days. When a star wants out, they usually get out. If the Jazz didn't feel like they'd been outdone with this list, I don't think Mitchell's desire for a bigger market, while perhaps still true, would not be such a factor. But it feels like the jazz is being surpassed. Gobert seems like the type that gets traded more, but Mitchell would likely yield a bigger return. Gobert gets a lot of flak for his alleged inability to defend smaller lineups, but that's way overkill. Rim protection and rebound are still important components of a championship equation, and it's okay on the edge. Where Gobert is a problem is on offense where he can't punish teams that play small and therefore has to defend him with small boys. He's a great roller and an elite screener, both of which go a long way towards an elite offense. Arm him with a decent group of full-backs who can at least get their job done by keeping drivers up front and not forced into constant over-revs, and Gobert will give you a championship defense. But Utah isn't built that way, and again, it feels like the beginning of the end there. Will trading happen around the draft or closer to the season or deadline? Jazz CEO Danny Ainge, a notoriously one-sided dealer, and GM Justin Zanik will not rush things. Utah is among the best teams that could look significantly different in a few months. The Trail Blazers lost a second lottery win as the Pelicans scraped into the playoffs, and their own tank job only earned them the No. 7. But that's what they have, and most people would be very surprised if they didn't package that pickup and ship it in exchange for a player who can bring them closer to the competitor conversation. A sign and trade with Phoenix for Ayton seems unlikely. Portland needs perimeter and perimeter defense, as well as off-court shooting and playmaking. Lu Dort has been hinted at as a possible target for the Blazers, who are prioritizing Toronto's Anunoby in exchange for the No. 7, according to Jake Fischer OG. Toronto, which is interested in the deal, could be a different story. I know he says he loves it there and wants to win there and that's all true I think. But more than one thing can be true, and Lillard wants a honest shot at a title. That only counts if the blazers do something with it. Atlanta accelerated its schedule with its surprise run to the 2021 Conference Finals, making its first-round jump this season all the more disappointing. Travis Schlenk and recently promoted GM Landry Fields will be looking to make a move, and they have a wealth of intriguing assets to work with. There have been reports that the Hawks plan to sign De'Andre Hunter on a long-term basis. Atlanta would likely want to stick with Onyeka Okongwu and create a bigger role for her. Fischer reported that "there has been a lot of talk among league staff" that Atlanta is a prime contender for Utah's Rudy Gobert should he become available. Kevin Huerter, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari can all get in a deal -- so can Hunter and Okongwu if it's truly a home run -- and Atlanta has all of its draft picks in motion. Like Irving, Harden is eligible for a maximum extension this summer. The Sixers won't give him that, and neither will any other team. Harden already appears to be on the way down, maybe a steep one, and the Sixers or anyone else who ties into him for the next four or five years at a number north of $200 million could and likely would have disastrous effects on the Need - too distant future. "All signs point to Harden returning to the 76ers with a shorter-term contract extension," Fischer recently reported. Whether Harden exercises his $47 million player option this season with an extension for the next two years at a lower year number, or opts to start fresh, say with a three-year contract for maybe $100 million to $120 million, makes that approach from much more sense. If Harden agrees to lock more guaranteed years at a lower year number, an exit this season would give the Sixers more flexibility as it would lower his cap hit from the player option number and give them access to the full mid-level exception. If Harden truly wants to do his part to help the Sixers fight for a title, he'll opt out and sign for less. That's good because nobody's going to give him the maximum money anyway. Zach LaVine has been open about "wanting to enjoy a free hand," but a recent report suggests LaVine intends to re-sign with the Bulls, who would be accused in the case, LaVine and DeMar DeRozan with so much defense to have surrounded as possible . It will help bring Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso back together. They were one of the best defensive duos in the league when healthy last season. That means Williams could be Chicago's best negotiating tool for landing a true defensive whale. We were just talking about Rudy Gobert's probable availability. Chicago would be one of the teams perfect for him as a roll and rim guard, and a package headlined Williams and future draft picks could almost certainly start a conversation. We know Coby White would be available, but he wouldn't do anything for Utah's full-back, and the Jazz already have enough ball-controlling scorers who are better than White. Nikola Vucevic has an expiring contract. Would Chicago move Dosunmu and Williams? But DeRozan isn't getting any younger. It might be a stretch to expect him to repeat last season's performance. If the Bulls want to maximally re-sign LaVine and start fighting for championships right away, some of the future plays may need to be compromised. The Athletic reported that it was "more likely" Ayton's time at Phoenix is ​​up, and Marc Stein named Ayton as the most likely high-profile player to switch teams this offseason. Ayton is a restricted free agent after Phoenix decided not to grant him a rookie extension last summer. Ayton certainly didn't like that. The Suns have the right to match any offer Ayton gets in the open market, but the most likely scenario seems Ayton leading a mark and a trade. Phoenix won't watch him walk for nothing. It drafted him through Luka Doncic and it could have traded him on the deadline. The suns won't end with nothing. Detroit, Indiana, Orlando, Portland, Atlanta, maybe Toronto, all of these teams would make varying degrees of sense for an Ayton sign-and-trade. What if Jazz part ways with Gobert to bring in Ayton? Phoenix would likely need to attach more to entice Utah into this hypothetical deal. Whatever the outcome, it would be surprising if Ayton stays with the Suns. Bradley Beal, who is expected to turn down his $36.4 million player option next season to enter free agency, told The Athletic that he's made up his mind about his player future, his decision but not announced yet. All signs seem to point to Beal staying with the Wizards, who can pay him nearly $250 million over five years. Let's be serious: Beal has stayed with Washington for as long as he could have asked for a trade at any time. At least the wizards we know Beal tends to could have gotten something for him. At that point, take the money and then call for a trade on the street if things don't improve in Washington. But until we know for sure, there will, as always, be a lot of relocation speculation surrounding Beal's name.

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Scott Van Pelt talks about the awkward interview with Draymond Green on New Media vs. Media during the NBA Finals

He talks about Green's weird new media vs. media theory. (Author: Gardener)

Scott Van Pelt1. After Game 5 of the NBA Finals a few weeks ago, Warriors forward Draymond Green came in for an interview with SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt. During the conversation, Van Pelt asked Green how he deals with criticism and all the "noise" around him. As part of his response, Green naturally blamed the media. Van Pelt tried to interject that the good news is Green, who has his own podcast, is now part of the media. Green was quick to correct Van Pelt, saying he was part of the "new media". Van Pelt tried to continue and changed the subject in his next question, but Green brought it back to his Schtick New Media vs. Old Media. "And by the way," said Green, "go watch the Draymond Green Show. I said Stephen A. acts like new media sometimes. That's up to you, but still don't make me conflate with media, baby. It's the new media.” Van Pelt appeared on the SI Media podcast this week, and I asked him about the awkward exchange with Green and this new media vs. media narrative that Green is trying to sell. "I didn't get that," Van Pelt said of Green's resistance to being associated with the word "media." "He's the one who said it. Isn't he the one who said he was a new medium? I was just trying to give him credit when I said, 'Look, you're now in control of your narrative and you can do your podcast now.'” I asked Van Pelt to explain to us what he felt during the exchange Green went through my head. are also new media. That was the comment I think was said. And all I was trying to say as he and I had this conversation over the noise and chatter was that you now have autonomy and responsibility for your message to do your thing. Something came up about Stephen A. and I said, 'Well, he's New Media too, right?' I think what Draymond actually said was that he's New Media sometimes. 'Cause here's the thing, Jimmy. And I think the people in the more traditional alleys were initially the tired joke about the people in their parents' basement. Now they do what they want and you can argue about whether they should do the things they do and what the limits are. It's just us And I think now, as far as media goes, there's no new and old because people who are in old media are doing new media and people who are in new media are asserting themselves in a way that's the People in the old media didn't think they ever were many years ago. I think all I'm saying is whatever Stephen A. is, he exists on both tracks and Draymond, clearly his content cuts through on his podcast or mine. I didn't take it like he was mad at me. However Draymond frames what Stephen A. Smith is or what each of us is, it doesn't feel important. I think it's important that he has that place where he wants to do his thing. And I think people are interested in hearing from the guy who was just out there just after he said what he had to say.” Other topics Van Pelt discussed on the SI Media Podcast this week: * Why he was happy the NBA Finals ended in six games * Why it's impossible not to like Steph Curry Google. 2. Derek Jeter, who now appears to be Mr. Media, appears on Thursday night's Showtime episode Desus & Mero. Here's a quick look where Jeter says his career would have lasted three years had social media existed when he was active. 3. My heart must be black because when I saw the video, which is supposed to be a healthy feel-good moment, all I could think about was how ridiculous the announcer sounded. It's a cute moment and all, but the announcer calls it "amazing," "so amazing," "so cute," "amazing," "enormous," and "absolutely gorgeous." Grab it. 5. One part of Chris Russo's performance with Howard Stern on Wednesday that I didn't include in yesterday's Traina Thoughts was Howard asking Russo about his desire to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. It's completely nonsensical that Russo isn't there yet, but hopefully it will happen to him this year. 6. If you've always wanted to know what happens when a baseball player needs to use the bathroom during a game (rather than No. 1), you can watch this clip of Mets first baseman Pete Alonso explaining everything in great detail. If you're disgusted by bathroom habits, don't watch this video. 7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: If you're a regular reader of Traina Thoughts, you know I'm a huge fan of the MenWithPot TikTok account and featured it on Tuesday. Be sure to catch up on previous issues of Traina Thoughts and watch the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Google. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

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Obituaries updated Friday afternoon

The following obituaries were provided by local funeral homes. Read our daily updates at 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm and our full obituaries in The Herald-Dispatch on Saturday and (Author: Gardener)

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Daily selection, advice for Friday 24.06

Daily MLB Tips, Betting Advice for Friday June 24th (Author: Gardener)

FridayThese are the days I really like because I don't feel rushed or pressured to get the article out and can take the time to dig deep, which is what makes me most comfortable with picks. I have a Saturday commitment so I will do my best to get the item out but there may not be an item on Saturday or Sunday this weekend. I'll see how much I can write about it tonight to try and get something out, even if it's a shorter version. I'll be on the Sunday edition of The Run Line with my buddy Ben Wilson from 8pm to 10pm. ET. Rockies/Marlins: The Road Rockies only managed two runs in the series finale as we've seen that some high-scoring series have prototypical escape day games. Miami won that game 3-2 with a run in the eighth inning by Alex Colome. If you take anything away from that series, remember those L/R splits for those two teams. The Rockies had nine hits ahead of Braxton Garrett but only scored two carries in 4.2 innings. Colorado hits lefties well and can't really hit righties, especially on the streets. Miami hits righties well and can't really hit lefties. Giants/Braves: The teams combined for 24 hits and 13 runs, which was NOT a traditional daily result. Alex Wood lasted an inning and gave up six runs on four hits, while Kyle Wright gave up four runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings. The Giants' bullpen just gasped right and Monday's rest day can't come soon enough. At least the Reds are in town now, but Alex Cobb hasn't digged too deeply into the games and Anthony DeSclafani will make his second start on Sunday before Monday's day off. Dodgers/Reds: The Dodgers scored 26 runs at Great American Ball Park in a three-game sweep to start this road trip. Tonight is Freddie Freeman Night in Atlanta, so it's going to be an emotional day for him. This is a class jump for both teams, so I'm very interested in seeing how this Dodgers/Braves series plays out with some solid pitching matchups. Cubs/Pirates: Some of the positive regression I wrote about with the Cubs and runners in the goalscoring position has taken hold over the last two days. This is an offense that should score more points, but as we've seen time and time again, this pitching staff is pretty bad. The Cubs have allowed 154 runs in 21 games this month. They lost games at 9, 3, 2, 6, 1, 8, 14, 3, 7, 14, 2, 6, 11, 6 and 1 in June. Since the script was flipped on offense it sure feels like we've seen a lot more run line cashes and even games that would make money on the alternate run lines. Teams like the Cubs and A's help those records a lot. Cardinals/Brewers: The Redbirds and the Beermakers share this four-game set and remain in first place. The games were all pretty competitive and interesting framed by Josh Hader. It feels like the Brewers are really trying to keep going with their incipient pitching injuries and the concerns I mentioned regarding Eric Lauer. If these guys don't play because the team is behind, you can bet live against the Cardinals. Guys like Drew VerHagen and Nick Wittgren are no good. They will secure wins, but I don't see too many comebacks because their lesser helpers continue to allow insurance runs. Daily MLB Betting Trends, Insights and THE BAT X Predictions for Friday June 24th We have my kind of card on Friday. We have my kind of card on Friday. Fifteen games and all of them are at night. Fifteen games and all of them are at night. Those are the days I really like because I don't feel rushed... In the 2022 NBA draft: A mispriced No. 1 betting market, why bettors won and a woj bomb defused In the end, bettors got it right located. Duke's Paolo Banchero was the Orlando Magic's No. 1 overall in Thursday's NBA draft, reflecting... The chatter has been heard in the gaming community for the past few years: It's only a matter of time before golf starts dominating the summer. Getting off to a good start isn't always important. In 2003, after watching Daniel Snyder as the owner of the Washington Football Team for just four years, Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins concluded: ... Before the Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA title in eight years , the chances of the 2023 NBA championship were already good. NHL Betting Market Report for Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Welcome to the Daily NHL Betting Market Report, your source for comprehensive and dynamic hockey betting analysis. Thursday was another long day away from Tuley's Take's home office. NBA draft odds drama: Jabari Smith back as No. 1 favorite this morning as Duke's Paolo Banchero became favorite... It's a Thursday that feels kind of like a Sunday, with most of the schedule starting bright and early , at least out here in Pacific time...

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A Knicks fan tries to justify what the Knicks did in the draft and why it's bloody risky

This is the online version of our daily newsletter, The Morning Win. Sign up to receive irreverent and concise sports stories delivered to your mailbox every morning. As some rea (Author: Gardener)

Knicks© Provided by For The Win As some readers may know, I am a die-hard New York Knicks fan who has spent some time writing about For The Win and writing about the franchise and the roller coaster life it comes with brings to support this franchise. So naturally I came into the 2022 NBA draft with hopes that with the #11 pick they could find a hidden gem, maybe at least a future key rotation piece. A LOT happened and it was confusing for a while. Did they trade FOR Memphis big man Jalen Duren, a player they didn't really need? It was kind of weird and our trading notes reflect that. New York ended up with some future protected first-round players and picked a second-round player (Duke's Trevor Keels) and -- here's the fun part -- Cap Room. In recent years, the Knicks have struggled to make room for a notable free agent or two. What happens then? Guys like Kevin Durant say no thanks. Then they sign some second and third tier free agents and it's the second verse just like the first. It's a frustrating approach to team building because there's no longer that "play in New York, win a title and you'll be king of the world" draw. Here's the big caveat: This cap room is supposed to be throwing a lot of money at Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, which isn't a terrible move at all! The Knicks are in desperate need of a point guard, and his breakout with Dallas proved he could be a starter. So maybe IF he signs and IF he stays with the Mavericks as he was, it would all be worth it. But there are many more what-ifs to this situation that could mean more years of struggle. It would have been nice to pick a young player to add to a core with RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin. And hell, if Brunson doesn't want to sign, then what? Are they going to throw a bunch of cash at an angry Kyrie Irving? Smith reacts like today. The way they fooled us all deserves a standing ovation. Paolo Banchero is moving in exactly the same direction that the modern NBA is moving. After the success Jayson Tatum had in Boston, it makes sense they'd want to repeat that with a good goalscorer around a nice core of Orlando's emerging talent. RATING: A+ - We rated every first-round pick and rated all 30 teams after Thursday's draft. The developer of Sonic Origins is today "disappointed" by Sega with the latest game Wordle: Answer, Notes for Friday 24th June 2022 Word of the Day PlayStation Plus exceeds expectations with its list of games

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Knicks make a risky move

New York sidestepped picking in the NBA draft to make room for the cap and make a splash in the free hand. Will the decision backfire? (Author: Gardener)

New YorkNew York sidestepped picking in the NBA draft to make room for the cap and make a splash in the free hand. New York entered Thursday with the No. 11 choice, briefly held the No. 13 choice, and exited the draft with zero selections. Instead, through a series of moves, the Knicks traded the No. 11, four second-rounders, and guard Kemba Walker for three future first-round picks. New York will receive the 2023 Pistons and Wizards premieres, protected by 18th and 14th picks, respectively. The Knicks also get a protected top-four pick from Milwaukee in 2025. Elsewhere in the trade, Detroit received Kemba Walker and the 13th pick used for Jalen Duren. Charlotte received a first over Denver and four second-round picks in 2023. And Oklahoma City used the 11th pick acquired by the Knicks to select Ousmane Dieng. This is an entirely New York-driven salary cap move, and a risky one at that. New York has made about $18 million worth of space by moving out its first-rounder and Walker, and it's expected to make more by trying to shed more deals. This gives the Knicks an opportunity to pursue Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson in free agency and possibly even Kyrie Irving depending on how much money the front office can lose over the next week. The added first-round picks, while not exactly coveted choices, should help the Knicks sideline players like Evan Fournier and Alec Burks, and possibly even Derrick Rose or Nerlens Noel. Brunson, a long-rumored Knicks target, isn't an all-star but the kind of steady, rising veteran New York has been looking for as a point guard. The trades really only make sense if New York at least gets away with Brunson during free agency. While the Knicks have consistently been burned by the cap-space plan, the team is clearly in need of upgrades following the postseason failure in 2022. The risk is that the Knicks may end up unable to sign an Impact player in free agency. The Hornets had two first-round picks. They picked the center they wanted (Mark Williams) and traded majors for another first and a few extra seconds. Oklahoma City will field him alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey and Chet Holmgren at the perimeter, giving them plenty of size, skill and versatility (along with Jalen Williams, whom they selected 12th). The Pistons are expected to buy out Walker, who will become a free agent. “Duren was known for being a sought-after player from Detroit GM Troy Weaver, but it was clear the Pistons would need another first-round pick to get him. The details of that deal are still being released, but Detroit worked with the Knicks to facilitate Duren's acquisition of Charlotte. I had Mark Williams on the board as my personal favorite center, but Duren actually fits better in Detroit, with more potential to develop ball skills and where he can clean up the color for Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey. I have my own concerns as to where Duren is actually maxing himself out, but this suits him well and this gives him a great opportunity to fulfill his own potential."

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A Knicks fan tries to justify what the Knicks did in the draft and why it's bloody risky

Charles Curtis stands in for Andy Nesbitt. As some rea (Author: Gardener)

KnicksThis is the online version of our daily newsletter, The Morning Win. Sign up to receive irreverent and concise sports stories delivered to your mailbox every morning. As some readers may know, I'm a die-hard New York Knicks fan who has spent some time writing for For The Win about the franchise and the roller-coaster life that comes with supporting this franchise. So naturally I came into the 2022 NBA draft with hopes that with the #11 pick they could find a hidden gem, maybe at least a future key rotation piece. A LOT happened and it was confusing for a while. Did they trade FOR Memphis big man Jalen Duren, a player they didn't really need? It was kind of weird and our trading notes reflect that. New York ended up with some future protected first-round players and picked a second-round player (Duke's Trevor Keels) and -- here's the fun part -- Cap Room. In recent years, the Knicks have struggled to make room for a notable free agent or two. What happens then? Guys like Kevin Durant say no thanks. Then they sign some second and third tier free agents and it's the second verse just like the first. It's a frustrating approach to team building because there's no longer that "play in New York, win a title and you'll be king of the world" draw. Here's the big caveat: This cap room is supposed to be throwing a lot of money at Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, which isn't a terrible move at all! The Knicks are in desperate need of a point guard, and his breakout with Dallas proved he could be a starter. So maybe IF he signs and IF he stays with the Mavericks as he was, it would all be worth it. But there are many more what-ifs to this situation that could mean more years of struggle. It would have been nice to pick a young player to add to a core with RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin. And hell, if Brunson doesn't want to sign, then what? Are they going to throw a bunch of cash at an angry Kyrie Irving? Smith reacts like today. The way they fooled us all deserves a standing ovation. Paolo Banchero is moving in exactly the same direction that the modern NBA is moving. After the success Jayson Tatum had in Boston, it makes sense they'd want to repeat that with a good goalscorer around a nice core of Orlando's emerging talent. RATING: A+ - We rated every first-round pick and rated all 30 teams after Thursday's draft. The developer of Sonic Origins is today "disappointed" by Sega with the latest game Wordle: Answer, Notes for Friday 24th June 2022 Word of the Day PlayStation Plus exceeds expectations with its list of games

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