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Cleveland Cavaliers Show Life At Home, Smash Golden State Warriors To Take Game 3

It was "home sweet home" for the Cavaliers as they dismantled the Warriors, 120-90 Wednesday Night (June 8) to make series 2-1.

LeBron and Co. pounced early and often on a tentative looking Golden State Warriors team, scoring the game's first nine points. The lead ballooned up to 20 in the first quarter, as the Cavs coasted to a 30 point blowout victory at home, 120-90 Wednesday night (June 8).

Kyrie Irving set the tone early, scoring 16 of his 30 in the first quarter after getting hot from downtown. He played like a man possessed, and his teammates fed off of his energy. LeBron James called this game "do or die" for Cleveland. Before the game, Bron' fired up his teammates with a clear message: "Look the man in front of you and do your f--king job, and follow my lead." His lead was a cool 32 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, including an electrifying tomahawk alley-oop dunk in the third quarter. Check it out below.

For the first time in the finals, his teammates responded. Tristan Thompson (14 points, 13 rebounds) finished around the rim as well as I've ever seen him in his career. J.R. Smith came to play, after only eight combined points in the first two games, the flamethrower exploded for 20 points, including five three-pointers. Richard Jefferson, who started an NBA finals game for the first time in 13 years, filled in nicely for the concussed Kevin Love, adding nine points and playing solid defense. The Cavs' starters combined for 105 of the 120 points on the night.

The Splash Bros continue to struggle here in the Finals, combining for only 29 points, eight turnovers, and shooting 4-16 from downtown. Unanimous MVP, Steph Curry, was much worse than the stats indicated. He picked up careless fouls, lacked intensity on the defensive end and turned the ball over consistently. Something does not look right with the back-to-back MVP. Klay Thompson finished with 10 points, but left the game briefly and returned after a reported thigh contusion from an illegal screen collision with Timofey Mozgov. Draymond Green was as quiet as we've seen this year, as he was held to six points on 2-8 from the field.

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Cleveland responded by taking care of business at home where they are undefeated this post-season, but can they sustain the intensity and shooting from Wednesday night? Golden State is sure to play better, and Kevin Love should be able to return from his concussion, assuming he passes protocol today. The stage is set for an electric environment for game 4 from "The Q" at 9 p.m. Friday night (June 10).

Will the Cavaliers even things up, or do the Warriors take a commanding 3-1 series lead?

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LaVar Ball Is Requesting $3,500 From Anyone Planning On Recording Son During Tournament

As we know, LaVar Ball goes above and beyond in terms of making sure his sons become the superstar basketball players he wants them to be. His youngest son LaMelo is currently playing for SPIRE Institute in Ohio, and they have an upcoming tournament taking place in Kentucky. Mr. Ball is reportedly asking outlets to pay $3,500 at the door to videotape his son playing.

"All games are free to film except for the Spire Institute games,” an email reportedly sent by LaVar read. “To film either of the 2 Spire Institute games, you will have to present $3,500 at the gate, as per rules of the Big Baller Brand media credential… If you accept these conditions, you may present this email at the gate as proof of our approval where you will be given a media pass.”

While a few Internet folks are scoffing at the idea of having to pay that sort of money, others are pointing out the fanbase of LaMelo, stating that there are outlets who certainly would (and have) paid the fee for the chance to record LaMelo and SPIRE moments from the game. According to Forbes, this is one of many revenue streams for the Ball family.

"The Ball Sports Group in November entered into a partnership with FloSports Inc. to live stream five SPIRE games featuring LaMelo, beginning with one on Tuesday (Jan. 14) at Brush High School in Ohio," the site reports. "FloSports Inc. agreed to pay $5,000 per game, according to the contract which was signed by Foster."

Here's the email telling video outlets they must pay $3,500 to film LaMelo and @SpireBasketball this weekend in Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/XoiiorNxVr

— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 17, 2019

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Louisville International Airport To Be Renamed After Muhammad Ali

Louisville, Kentucky's hometown hero will have an airport named after him.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that the Louisville International Airport will be renamed after Muhammad Ali.

"Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville," Fischer said.

"Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people."

The city is hoping to finalize the renaming of the Louisville International Airport to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport by June. The news was shared a day before the two year anniversary of Ali's 2016 death. Ali would've been 77.

Officials with the Louisville airport are currently working on receiving approval from Ali's family, however, they say an agreement is near. The decision for the rename to hopefully increase tourism.

"It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ's legacy," the mayor added. "And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step."

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Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl LIII

As reported by the National Football Leauge (NFL) and CBS, Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem at the 53rd Super Bowl event. The Motown legend will usher in the final game of the season in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

In more recent years, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, and many more have performed the anthem on this stage.

Alongside Knight, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), will have a performer and deaf activist by the name of Aaron Loggins sign the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful."

Super Bowl LIII will take place Feb. 3 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The playoffs are currently underway.

Atlanta, I’m coming home! #NFL #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/8rH0O5OAAo

— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) January 17, 2019

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