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ESPN reporter Maria Taylor addresses her egregious All-NBA voting error

ESPN reporter Maria Taylor addressed her egregious All-NBA voting error via Twitter on Saturday. The NBA on Saturday released the official voting results from all the awards. One voting result that stood out was Taylor’s All-NBA ballot. The ESPN reporter omitted Anthony Davis from her list. She even voted for Joel Embiid and Bam Adebayo… Read More

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Jimmy Butler knows where Heat went wrong in Game 3 loss

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler knows where his Miami Heat went wrong in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Heat lost to the Boston Celtics 117-106 in Game 3 on Saturday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Celtics came out desperate for a win and meant business. They never trailed during the game and led by as many as 20.

According to Butler, the problem was very simple: “We didn’t play hard enough, or do anything we set out to do,” Butler said after the game.

Miami made comebacks in Games 1 and 2 of the series but they were unable to come back in Game 3.

Butler scored 17 points in the game and was actually on the bench for the final 46.9 seconds. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he was hoping to get something different down seven at the end.

Boston had a must-win mentality for the game and that’s why they played harder than Miami. Butler believes that moving forward, the Heat will find out what they are made of.

The Heat and Celtics have played every other day for the first three games of the series, but now they will have two full days off before Game 4 on Wednesday. Miami might need the extra rest to come back energized.

ESPN reporter Maria Taylor addresses her egregious All-NBA voting error

Maria Taylor

ESPN reporter Maria Taylor addressed her egregious All-NBA voting error via Twitter on Saturday.

The NBA on Saturday released the official voting results from all the awards. One voting result that stood out was Taylor’s All-NBA ballot.

The ESPN reporter omitted Anthony Davis from her list. She even voted for Joel Embiid and Bam Adebayo at center over Davis. That made it pretty clear that she had just flat-out forgot about the Los Angeles Lakers big man.

After receiving attention for the issue, Taylor admitted that she had made a “mistake.”

The rest of Taylor’s ballot made plenty of sense. Here is what she had:

1st team: James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic

2nd Team: Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid

3rd Team: Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Pascal Siakam and Bam Adebayo

Leaving Davis off seemed like a clear oversight, because there is no way she would have Adebayo ahead of him otherwise.

This is the second time this week Taylor finds herself in the middle of a controversy. The last one drew some headlines as well.

The Citadel had no interest in Clemson’s charity offer during blowout

Dabo Swinney

The Citadel may have gotten spanked by Clemson on Saturday, but at least they left with their dignity … and a $450,000 check.

Clemson beat The Citadel 49-0 to improve to 2-0 and drop the Bulldogs to 0-2. The Tigers were up 49-0 at halftime and apparently offered to spare The Citadel from further embarrassment.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney offered to switch to shorter quarters in the second half or operate with a running clock. The Citadel head coach Brent Thompson explained after the game why he declined.

“We came here to play 60 minutes of football, and that’s what we were going to do,” Thompson said after the game, via The State’s Greg Hadley. “It didn’t matter whether I was gonna get beat by 100 or I was gonna get beat by 50, we were gonna stand in there and we were gonna play a full 60 minutes of football.

“I believe they wanted to shorten it to 10 minutes or a running clock. That’s not what we came here to do, that’s not what The Citadel’s about, that’s not what we’re about. I’m not gonna cave into that at all. I understand that that’s something that they can certainly offer to me, but it doesn’t matter to me. If I’m gonna get beat, I’m gonna get beat. It doesn’t matter to me.”

You have to respect Thompson and his program for the choice. That’s admirable.

The decision also makes sense in context.

The Citadel plays in the Southern Conference, which canceled the season. That left The Citadel with only four games on its schedule since it decided to try and play. They also have games against Eastern Kentucky and Army remaining. It’s possible they could still add more if teams are looking for opponents.

Also, the final was the same as the score at halftime: 49-0. Keep in mind Clemson has done this in the past and been taken up on the offer.

Bronny James trends after smoking something in video on Instagram

Bronny James

Bronny James became a trending topic on Twitter Saturday over a photo he shared on his Instagram Friday night.

Bronny James, the 15-year-old son of LeBron James, shared a photo on his Instagram Story of him smoking something.

Another version of the photo spread on social media that included a caption about the Nuggets, but it’s unclear whether that was part of the original photo shared by Bronny.

Either way, the jokes were flying on social media as you could expect.

Bronny is a sophomore at Sierra Canyon High School in California. He is a top basketball prospect. His dad’s behavior while supporting Bronny’s teams has been a topic of discussion.

Ron Gardenhire says health issues the reason for retirement

Ron Gardenhire

Ron Gardenhire announced on Saturday his retirement from his role as manager of the Detroit Tigers. The 62-year-old was dealing with health issues that led to the decision.

Gardenhire hasn’t felt well since dealing with a stomach virus a few weeks ago. He also has experienced tremor in his hands.

Additionally, stress and stomach issues were problematic for Gardenhire.

Gardenhire apparently told Tigers general manager Al Avila Saturday that he was planning to retire at the end of the season. He ended up deciding to step down now.

“I’ve got grandbabies and kids and my wife. I’m going to step back and take care of myself,” Gardenhire said.

Lloyd McClendon will take over as the interim manager of the Tigers. McClendon, 61, has previously managed the Pirates and Mariners.

Gardenhire was a longtime manager for the Twins before being hired by Detroit in 2018. He had a .354 winning percentage with a rebuilding Detroit team. Gardenhire is a prostate cancer survivor.

Legendary baseball scout Gary Hughes receives tributes online after his death

Gary Hughes

Legendary baseball scout Gary Hughes died on Saturday at the age of 79, and the tributes began pouring out over Twitter, showing just how beloved he was.

Hughes spent 54 years in professional baseball and worked for 11 different MLB teams. He attended Serra High School in California and was teammates with Jim Fregosi, who later became a six-time All-Star. He signed John Elway and John Lynch, who both chose to play football. He signed All-Stars Delino DeShields, Marquis Grissom, Cliff Floyd and Rondell White with the Expos.

Hughes was voted by Baseball America as one of the 10 best scouts of the 20th century.

In recent times, he worked as a special assistant for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hughes died after a battle with liver cancer. He received the cancer diagnosis in June.

Here are some of the great tributes Hughes received.


Report: Ty Lawson banned for life from Chinese Basketball Association over racy Instagram post

Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson’s Chinese Basketball Association career is reportedly over thanks to a few social media posts.

Lawson’s team, Fujian Sturgeons, said in a statement on Saturday that Lawson had been dropped by the team over “inappropriate comments” on social media, according to ESPN.

Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reported that Lawson was banned for life by the CBA over a pair of Instagram Story posts, including a photo of Lawson in a sexual pose with a woman.

Lawson spent eight seasons in the NBA after Minnesota picked him 18th overall in 2009. The former North Carolina standout averaged 12.7 points and 6.0 assists per game, mostly with the Denver Nuggets. He’s still just 32, so he likely has more basketball in him. That said, he hasn’t received any notable NBA interest in over two years.

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