Jusuf Nurkic’s grandmother dies of COVID-19

Jusuf Nurkic announced on Saturday that his grandmother died.

Less than two hours later, he played one of the best games of his career to help the Portland Trail Blazers secure a playoff spot.

Nurkic’s grandmother died of COVID-19

Nurkic told reporters on July 31 that his grandmother was in a coma with COVID-19. He announced her death on Instagram early Saturday.

Per Google translate, Nurkic’s Croatian message reads: “We are all Allah’s and to Him we return.”

Nurkic plays big with heavy heart

Nurkic announced the news just hours before Portland’s play-in game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland won, 126-122 to secure a berth in the NBA playoffs.

Nurkic tallied a massive line in the high-stakes victory, posting 22 points, 21 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. The Trail Blazers held a moment of silence for Nurkic’s grandmother prior to tip. Head coach Terry Stotts called

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Nuggets star Jamal Murray immediately ran over and consoled Donovan Mitchell after a chaotic final sequence that ended the Jazz’s season

Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray embrace after the Nuggets beat the Jazz in Game 7. 

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Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray embrace after the Nuggets beat the Jazz in Game 7.
  • The Denver Nuggets escaped the first round of the playoffs when the Utah Jazz turned the ball over, then missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the final seconds.

  • After the final buzzer, Nuggets guard Jamal Murray ran to Jazz star Donovan Mitchell and consoled him.

  • Murray and Mitchell had an historic battle, combining for 475 total points, the most by two opponents in a series in NBA history.

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Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray showed some good sportsmanship after the Nuggets squeezed by the Utah Jazz to advance in the NBA playoffs with a wild, 80-78 Game 7 win.

After Jazz guard Mike Conley’s buzzer-beating three-point attempt rimmed out to seal the Nuggets’ win, escaping after a wild final

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Black Athletes Are Not Just Here to Entertain You

“Who makes the game?” former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling asked his girlfriend in 2014. “Do I make the game, or do they make the game?”

The NBA soon answered Sterling by banning him from the league for life shortly after that racist tirade, caught on tape, became public. Six years later, the Milwaukee Bucks have offered a more definitive reply. Before Wednesday night’s Game 5 of their playoff series with the Orlando Magic, Bucks players staged a wildcat strike in protest of police violence. Their focus was acutely on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, located about 40 miles south of their hometown arena.

Other NBA teams effectively canceled all three of the night’s planned playoff games as the strike spread through the sports world. Baseball, tennis, golf, and soccer players and leagues all joined the protest by sitting out games and matches or offering

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Insane four-sport championship bet could pay out $165K if Sixers reach NBA title

With pro sports set to return in July, the U.S.’s burgeoning sports betting industry can only hope fans return to placing bets as often as they did in early 2020.

If one very bold fan is any indication, the industry is still going to see the kind of devil-may-care attitudes that make sports betting fun for so many. 

Nick Swart, a sports fan with a dream, decided to bet on not just one, but all four (!) major North American sports leagues’ championships, placing a truly eye-watering gamble on FanDuel that hinges on the 76ers, of all teams, reaching the title.

It’s a long (long, long, long) shot… and yet I kind of like the picks.

Here’s a look at the monumental wager:

That’s a lot of money, and the outcomes don’t seem too crazy.

Let’s go one by one real quick.

MLB: Yankees

It’s hard to fault this bet.

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