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Toronto Rappers Defeat Golden State Warriors To Win First NBA Championship

The Toronto Raptors just made sports history! For the first time in the franchise history, the Canadian team won an NBA Championship Thursday (June 13), and became the first NBA team outside of the U.S. to earn the title.

After being up 3-2 going into game six, the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 114 -110 in the final game to be played at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

The feat was an extra-special win for the Raptors as noted by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “The first NBA game was in Toronto and now an NBA Championship,” Silver said.

Despite trailing the Raptors up until the last 9 seconds of the game, the Warriors were ultimately unable to recover from losing Klay Thompson to an injury in the third quarter. Thompson scored 30 points before leaving the game. Teammates Andre Iguodala put up 22 points in game six, followed by Steph Curry with 21 points, and Draymond Green with 11 points. The Warriors were also short Kevin Durant who ruptured his achilles in game five.

Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard earned the 2019 Bill Russell Finals MVP Award joining the likes of LeBron James and Karreem Abdul Jabar as a two-time finals MVP. Leonard scored 22 points, six rebounds and three assists in game six, following a career-high performance of 36 points in game four. Leonard wasn’t alone in having an impressive performance. Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam both scored 26 points during the game.

And of course, Drake took a moment for a post-game interview. "It's over," the Toronto native told reporters. "We did what we had to do!"

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Serena Williams Won't Stop Fighting For Equality Anytime Soon

In the event you thought Serena Williams was going to do the tennis equivalent of "shut up and dribble" the 37-year-old athlete told her naysayers not to hold their breath.

Thirty-nine time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King recently commented on Williams' conduct off the tennis court and said: "Quite frankly if I were Serena, I would give up being a celebrity for a year and a half if she wants to win titles."

"I don't know what she wants. No more Met Galas. Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to be everything,” King said.

"She’s got business, a baby, she’s trying to help gender equity, particularly for women of color. It makes it much harder. I would like her to put everything else aside because she's got people working on those things.”

Following Williams 6-2, 6-2 defeat against Simona Halep, a reporter asked Williams how she felt about King's comments, and Williams boldly said she won't stop advocating for the disenfranchised anytime soon.

“The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I'm in my grave.”

Sounds like Ms. Williams will be fighting both on and off the court for a little while longer.

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Lamar Odom Kicked Out Of BIG3 Basketball League

Lamar Odom was ready to start his professional basketball career back up, however, he will have to postpone that dream.

According to reports, the former Lakers star will no longer be playing in the BIG3 League. Per TMZ, Odom is one of four players who the league believes aren't ready to play just yet. The other players who have been deactivated from the Ice Cube-founded league are Baron Davis, Jermaine O'Neal and Bonzi Wells.

"Odom was nervous about being embarrassed on the court because he wasn't prepared to compete with his fellow ex-NBA hoopers ... and there was little hope it would work out," reports the site. "As the league stated in the news release ... the org wanted to "maximize competition," so it was an easy decision to part ways with the Lakers champ."

"You know, as a league we want players that are actually playing," Ice Cube said to TMZ about the dismissal of the players from the league. The site writes, "[Cube] added that players who aren't playing or who 'can't play' or have 'health issues' that prevent them from playing really don't have any business being on a BIG3 roster."

The two-time NBA champ hadn't played basketball in several years due to health and wellness concerns, brought on after a near-death experience at a Nevada brothel in 2015. He's reportedly hoping to be back and better than ever to play next year, but there is still no word on whether he will be invited to play again.

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Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi References Nicki Minaj, Cardi B In ESPYs Acceptance Speech

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi won the hearts of millions after her show-stopping floor routine, which earned her (yet another) Perfect 10. Her entertaining display of athleticism and showmanship earned her an ESPY Award for "Best Play," and during her acceptance speech on Wednesday night (Jul. 11), she called for the end of women being pit against each other in sports and the media.

"The objectification of our bodies is making me sick, pinning women sports against each other, acting as if they can't co-exist," she stated. Her entire acceptance speech flowed effortlessly, as she rhymed throughout the entire thing. "It's like saying Chedda Da Connect can't go with flick of da wrist, or what about Nicki Minaj or Cardi B? Two thriving females rappers everyone should see."

As it's been drawn out, the two New York-bred rappers have had a longstanding beef that is hopefully, officially squashed. While many brands and other entertainers seem to keep bringing up the rappers' past, Ohashi seems to use the past to call for unity among women.

Check out her speech below.

Speak on it, @katelyn_ohashi 👏 pic.twitter.com/uydZMV4tSq

— ESPN (@espn) July 11, 2019

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