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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.


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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Russell Wilson Reportedly Becomes Highest-Paid NFL Player

At the end of the NFL's season earlier this year, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson expressed his desire to remain in the Rain City but only if his deal could be renegotiated. As of April 15, it appears that Wilson, with the help of his agent Mark Rodgers, received exactly what he asked for.

According to ESPN, Wilson and his team of seven years signed an agreement of a $140 million extension, plus an added $65 million signing bonus, currently making the 30-year-old the highest paid player in the NFL.

With this renegotiation, Wilson not only takes the spot as the richest athlete in the league from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he also set a record with his signing bonus being the highest ever.

Wilson took to his Instagram page to announce the good news with a video featuring his wife, R&B singer Ciara. "Hey Seattle, we got a deal," he said in the clip while lying in bed with Ciara. "Go Hawks. But I'mma see y'all in the morning. Time for y'all to go to bed."


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SEATTLE. Let’s get it. @Seahawks #GoHawks

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News of Wilson's deal comes after four days of negotiating between the quarterback's agent and the Seahawks. Wilson and Rodgers had a deadline for midnight for the Seahawks to make a suitable decision. On Tuesday (April 16), prior to the negotiation being set in stone, Rodgers stated that "at the end of the day my guy wants to live, work, thrive in Seattle. Loves this town and its fans. He compromised to stay here. I respect that."

Wilson's move was welcomed with open arms from Ciara, who took to his Instagram comments to say "So proud of you baby! God is so good! #GoHawks."

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Tiger Woods Wins The 2019 Masters

Sunday afternoon (April 14) Tiger Woods has won the Masters tournament, his first major win in 11 years. The win marks an official comeback for the athlete after more than a decade of scandals and career lows.

The 43-year-old golf pro walked up to the 18th hole as the crowd cheered, reminiscent of years prior when Woods dominated the sport.

After clinching the title, Tiger smiled and threw his fist in the air. He then hugged his son in the same place he once hugged his father after a Masters win.

WATCH: The moment Tiger Woods makes a historic 11-year comeback as he wins #TheMasters 2019

— The Speaker (@TweetTheSpeaker) April 14, 2019

Shortly after his win, Twitter erupted.

“Tiger Woods’ playing career is over. He will never win another major. It’s dead. Bury it.”

Tiger Woods at the 2019 Masters:

— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) April 14, 2019

Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2019

However, Tiger's win was also met with mixed reviews by those who remember the player's past offenses, comments, and association.

nothing displays america’s collective ability to compartmentalize quite like a tiger woods victory. we don’t even really like this dude but this feels amazing.

— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) April 14, 2019

Caniblasian golfers winning today. This y’all mans? #TheMasters

— Alvin aqua Blanco (@Aqua174) April 14, 2019

Trump gonna tweet congrats to Tiger and the whole TL gonna be like

— Justin Tinsley (@JustinTinsley) April 14, 2019

This is Tiger Woods' fifth Masters and after the game, he briefly spoke about the importance of the moment 22 years after his first win.

“It’s come full circle,” Woods said after the win. “It’s a special feeling.”

Congrats to Tiger Woods.

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Students At Lebron James' "I Promise" School Exceed Test Score Expectations

It's been nearly a year since Lebron James opened the "I Promise" school in Akron, OH, and so far, the results and impact has been tremendous. According to a new report from The New York Times, the students' test scores have exceeded all expectations.

There are reportedly just 240 students in the inaugural third and fourth grade classes at the school, but their test scores in math and reading have shown a huge improvement. Before the school year started, the students' reading scores were in the one percentile. After taking the district-wide exams one year later, however, the third graders scored in the ninth percentile and the fourth graders in the 16th percentile.

The same improvement was reflected in their math scores. The third graders jumped from the one percentile to the 18th, while the fourth graders moved up from the second to the 30th percentile. Overall, test scores increased at a rate higher than 99 out of 100 schools, according to the Northwest Evaluation (NWEA).

"These kids are doing an unbelievable job, better than we all expected," Lebron told The Times. "When we first started, people knew I was opening a school for kids. Now people are going to really understand the lack of education they had before they came to our school... People are going to finally understand what goes on behind our doors."

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