Month: June 2021

CJ McCollum, Kristaps Porzingis and more

As we get closer and closer to crowning the 2020-21 NBA champion, a bunch of teams are already preparing to set themselves up to make a run at the trophy next season through the trade market.

Various teams are also getting ready for the future, but the more distant one, in that their interest in the trade market is related to unloading big contracts and preparing to rebuild.

As such, the trade rumors in the NBA have been hot and heavy recently even though the season isn’t even over yet.

Below, check out the new installment of our Trade Rumor Rankings series, which ranks the five players who have appeared most on our Trade Rumors Page over the previous seven days.

CJ McCollum (Portland)

With the Portland Trail Blazers’ most recent disappointing playoff exit, it’s only natural that speculation about the team’s immediate future would be almost instant. And that’s

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Indiana sweeps Kentucky All-Stars in opening games of classic series

Frederick Douglass standout Dashawn Jackson led all scorers in Friday night’s opening game of the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Classic series at the Owensboro Sportscenter, but the hosts could not overcome their rivals to the north in a 90-73 loss.

The Kentucky team included Mr. Basketball Ben Johnson (Bellarmine) from Lexington Catholic, Sweet 16 MVP Sam Vinson (Northern Kentucky) from Highlands, St. Xavier’s Ayden Mudd (Bellarmine) and DeSales standout Sekou Kalle (Akron). Jackson (Eastern Kentucky) scored 20 points, Kalle had 12 and Mudd addeded 10 for Kentucky.

Indiana’s All-Stars placed five players in double figures, led by 18 from Luke Brown (Stetson). Shamar Avance scored 14, Blake Wesley (Notre Dame) 13, Caleb Furst (Purdue) 12, and Pierce Thomas (Butler) 11 .

Kentucky scored the game’s first two points but quickly fell behind 12-2 at the first media timeout. Indiana led 44-31 at halftime.

Friday’s game was part of a doubleheader with the

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Suns’ Chris Paul asks referee to hit Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic with technical foul, promptly gets his wish

Chris Paul doesn’t have the best relationship with every single NBA referee, but he was definitely on the same page with the officiating crew for Friday night’s game between the Suns and Nuggets.

During the fourth quarter of Phoenix’s 116-102 win, Denver star Nikola Jokic, who had formally accepted his MVP trophy before the start of Game 3, erupted in anger after a drive to the basket against Suns center Deandre Ayton. Jokic seemed to think he had been fouled, but referee Ben Taylor watched the sequence play out and felt that Jokic simply lost control of the ball.

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“The Joker” was . . . not in a laughing mood.

Paul inserted himself into the picture and pushed for a technical foul on Jokic, the most CP3 thing he could possibly do in that moment. Taylor then quickly pulled the

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MMA Community Reacts to Claressa Shields at PFL 4 [LOOK]


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Claressa Shields won her MMA debut at PFL 4.

Boxing champ Claressa Shields made her MMA debut for the Professional Fighters League (PFL) on Thursday night at PFL 4, and her debut in the new sport went all sorts of wrong until she completed an epic comeback victory in the final round.

Shields, 26, from Flint, Michigan, defeated veteran MMA fighter Brittney Elkin by TKO at 1:44 of the third round.

Shields was in trouble multiple times during the first two rounds. Elkin managed to get the boxing champ down to the ground early and often, but the 35-year-old just couldn’t finish the job from top position.

Shields appeared to hurt Elkin at the end of the second round after almost getting finished herself.

Then, Shields beat up Elkin in the third round until the fight was stopped due to punches.

You can watch Shields finish the job below.

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