Mike Budenholzer Reaches Agreement With Milwaukee Bucks To Be New Head Coach

Mike Budenholzer and the Bucks have reportedly reached an agreement to hire him as their head coach. In early May, it was reported that Budenholzer was on the list of coaching candidates for the Bucks. The Hawks hired Budenholzer, 48, in 2013, but he and the team agreed to part ways in April. The Hawks went 24-58 this season.  During Budenholzer’s tenure, the Hawks made the playoffs four times, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2015. Budenholzer was voted as the NBA Coach of the Year that season. Prior to that, Budenholzer worked as an assistant coach for the Spurs for 17 years.

Report: Bucks hire Mike Budenholzer as head coach

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Potential No. 1 Overall Pick Luka Doncic Not Certain About NBA Decision

Slovenian basketball star Luka Doncic of Real Madrid is the No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA draft, but says he is unsure about committing to the NBA. Real Madrid is in the EuroLeague Final Four, which ends with the championship game on Sunday. When he was asked during a news conference if these will be the last two games he plays in Europe, Doncic kept his options open. “I’m not sure if these are the last two games,” Doncic said in Serbian. “We are yet to make this decision. Perhaps after the season.” Doncic reportedly declared for the draft last month and is expected to be drafted by either the Phoenix Suns at No. 1 or the Sacramento Kings at No. 2. 19-year-old Doncic has played in EuroLeague since 2015, and is one of the top European prospects ever. Early entry draft candidates have until 10 days before the draft to withdraw, which would fall on June 11.

Doncic unsure if he’ll join NBA next season

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Diamondbacks A.J. Pollock To MIss 4-8 Weeks With Fracture Of Left Thumb

Diamondbacks’ outfielder AJ Pollock has an avulsion fracture in his left thumb and is expected to miss four to eight weeks, manager Torey Lovullo announced.  Pollock sustained the injury diving for a ball in centerfield against the Brewers on Monday night.  “Obviously not great news,” Lovullo said. “But we know that AJ is going to be doing everything he possibly can to get back as quickly as possible. Everybody heals differently so obviously it’s a big range there, but we’re going to stay as optimistic as possible.” Pollock will be in a soft cast. Surgery will not be necessary, Lovullo said. “It’s an occupational hazard with baseball players a lot of times,” Hazen said. “It’s tough…like I said it’s just a hazard for playing the game the way he plays the game.”

Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock out 4 to 8 weeks with broken thumb

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Twins Catcher Jason Castro Out For Season Due To Knee Surgery

Twins catcher and noted defensive specialist Jason Castro will miss the remainder of the 2018 after major surgery on the meniscus in his knee. Manager Paul Molitor made the announcement Wednesday. Team medical staffers originally thought Castro would be out for 4-6 weeks, but during Tuesday’s procedure surgeons discovered the tear was far larger than originally thought. Second-year catcher Mitch Garver and veteran Bobby Wilson will handle the catching chores in his absence.

Twins C Jason Castro out for season following knee surgery

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Phoenix Suns Win NBA Draft Lottery

The Phoenix Suns have won the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery. They came into the night with the best odds; as the Sacramento Kings were slated to pick eighth and the Atlanta Hawks fifth but both moved into the top three. That meant that the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks got bumped from the top three.  Marvin Bagley III, DeAndre Ayton and Luca Doncic are all potential first overall picks, with Ayton looking like the favorite. Jaren Jackson and Mohamed Bamba are also seen as top prospects.  

NBA Draft Lottery 2018 results: Suns win No. 1 pick; Kings, Hawks round out top three

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Seattle Mariners ​Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games By MLB​

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Cano received the 80-game ban after testing positive for Furosemide, more commonly referred to as a “water pill.”  Furosemide helps to flush the body of liquid, thus causing more urine and diluting a drug test sample. Cano’s 80-game suspension is effective immediately. The Mariners released a statement following today’s announcement that reads, “Robinson made a mistake. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge.” Cano also released a statement, saying he was unaware that he took a banned substance. 

M’s Cano gets 80-game ban after positive test

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Sports Betting Law

The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits sports gambling Monday in a landmark decision that gives states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court ruled in New Jersey, opening the doors for states to introduce legislation for legalized sports betting. The court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. The court ruled in favor of New Jersey and against the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, capping a nearly six-year legal battle and overturning a federal statute that the sports leagues had adamantly stood by for more than 20 years.

What it means: Supreme Court strikes down PASPA law that limited sports betting

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Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall Retires After 14 Seasons

Veteran defensive back DeAngelo Hall is officially retiring from the NFL. The three-time pro bowler played 14 seasons in the NFL, 10 of those with the Washington Redskins, making him the longest-tenured player on the team. Hall, 34, was drafted by the Falcons in 2004 and then played for the Raiders before moving on to Washington, where he started in every game between 2010 and 2013. He recorded 43 interceptions during his career, including four in one game against the Bears in 2010.

Three-time Pro Bowl DB Hall says he’s retired

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Celtics Take Game 1 Of East Finals, Beating Cavaliers 108-83

The Boston Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead and scorched the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 boards. Al Horford scored 20 points for the Celtics, who ran off 17 consecutive points in the first quarter and never allowed the Cavaliers within single digits again. Boston led by 28 when Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue pulled LeBron James for good with 7:09 left.  Game 2 is Tuesday night.

Celtics open East finals by ripping Cavaliers

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Greg Hardy To Face Former NFL DE Austen Lane In Pro MMA Debut

Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy will take on another ex-NFLer when he squares off against Austin Lane on June 12 in his professional MMA debut. Hardy — who was suspended for 10 games in 2014 for assaulting his girlfriend — has not played in the league since the 2015 season and won his amateur fighting debut with a first-round knockout last November. Hardy’s professional MMA debut against Lane will be on the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series. Lane has won his first four fights as a professional MMA fighter. He last played in the NFL in 2014, with the Chicago Bears.

Hardy to face ex-NFL player in pro MMA debut

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