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NBA Warriors’ Curry wins his first Finals MVP award
Golden State Warriors sniper Stephen Curry won his first NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award by unanimous decision after the team’s 103-90 win over the Boston Celtics in Game Six on Thursday. The Finals MVP award was one of the few major honors eluded to the eight-time All Star, who has won two league MVPs and four championships.
NBA warriors celebrate ‘least likely’ championship of the dynasty
The Golden State Warriors players and coaches said winning their fourth NBA championship in eight years was very special given the lows the team had sunk to over the past two seasons. The Warriors ended the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with the NBA’s worst 15 wins, and after failing to make the playoffs last year, some thought it was time to disband the team.
Golf-Daffue Takes US Open Lead Early Second Round
South Africa’s MJ Daffue capitalized on a quick start to take the lead on court early in the second round at Friday’s US Open, while six-time runner-up Phil Mickelson is among a number of prominent players at risk of making the cut miss. With the wind expected to pick up at The Country Club outside of Boston, the day could be ripe for drama, especially considering Round 1 ended with exactly half the 156-strong field at or within six strokes of the lead.
NBA Golden Dynasty: Warriors win fourth NBA championship in eight years
The Golden State Warriors cemented their place as one of the NBA’s great dynasties with Thursday’s 103-90 win in game six over the Boston Celtics, sealing their fourth championship in eight seasons. The 4-2 victory in the Finals series gave the Warriors their seventh championship title and broke a tie with the Chicago Bulls for sole possession of third place in the all-time winners list behind the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, both 17th have titles.
British Gymnastics Athletes Victims of ‘Child Abuse’ Says Former Gymnast Pavier
Former gymnast Nicole Pavier said British athletes had been subjected to “child abuse” and that the results of an independent review showed physical and psychological abuse in clubs was more common than first thought. The review, led by Anne Whyte QC, was commissioned by UK Sport and Sport England in August 2020 following allegations of mistreatment within sport in the UK.
Soccer-Infantino says soccer will be the top US sport by the 2026 World Cup
FIFA President Gianni Infantino expects football to be the biggest sport in North America in time for the 2026 World Cup, as the tournament’s host cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico were announced on Thursday. World football’s governing body FIFA announced the 16 cities – 11 in the United States, three in Mexico and two in Canada – that were successful from the 22 bids submitted at a special event at Rockefeller Center in New York.
MLB recap: Guardians complete Rockies
Amed Rosario drove in two runs, Triston McKenzie gave up a six-inning run and the visiting Cleveland Guardians ended a three-game win over the Colorado Rockies with a 4-2 win in Denver on Thursday. Emmanuel Clase recorded the last three outs to make his 14th save for Cleveland. The Guardians are now perfect after three games of a nine-game, three-city road trip and have won four games in a row, along with seven of the last eight.
Racing Leclerc faces penalty as Ferrari says engine is beyond repair
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc may face a starting penalty at Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix after a failed engine that ruined his race in Azerbaijan last weekend was declared defective. Ferrari said the unit was damaged beyond repair and the problem may have been linked to an earlier one at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Soccer-Capital Snub: Washington, DC was passed over for 2026 World Cup hosts
From Vancouver to Mexico City to Miami, the 2026 World Cup is poised to take over North America, with one notable exception: the capital of the United States. The joint bid by Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, was one of six that didn’t make it Thursday as FIFA announced the 16 cities that will host games in the global sporting spectacle four years from now.
Tennis-Nadal intends to play Wimbledon as foot injury improves
Rafa Nadal said Friday that he intends to compete at Wimbledon later this month when he will attempt to win a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title. After winning both the Australian Open and the French Open this year, Nadal, who turned 36 earlier this month, told a press conference that the pain in his injured foot had eased and that he would travel to London on Monday to start preparing for the tournament.
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