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THE DALLAS MAVERICKS & THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
The No. The No. 1 seeds from both conferences were speeding towards the conference finals four days ago. The weekend arrived. The Mavericks & 76ers tied their conference semifinal series with the Suns & Heat at two games each.
We'll begin in Dallas, where Friday's victory was followed by a 111-101 win yesterday.
Surprisingly, Doncic scored 52 points in both Game 3 and 4, after scoring 80 points in Games 1 and 2. Both losses. What was the big difference? James Herbert, NBA guru, says that the supporting cast has stepped up.
The 76ers in Philadelphia were revived by Joel Embiid's return and won Game 4 yesterday, 116-108.
However, even if Harden steals the show, there is no guarantee that he can replicate his performance in the series. Sam Quinn, our NBA writer, says.
JA MORANT and THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
We added another injury to an already full NBA postseason. Ja Morant will miss Game 4 tonight due to a controversial knee injury sustained Saturday night. Six minutes left in Game 3, the Grizzlies' superstar was hurt when Jordan Poole, a Warriors guard, pulled on his knee.
Our NBA expert Brad Botkin says it's obvious that Poole, who will not be disciplined by the league, pulled Morant's leg.
This is a big disappointment for Morant and his Grizzlies. They will have to put in a great performance tonight to prevent a 3-1 loss in the series.
Dillon Brooks was suspended for one game after he committed a Flagrant 2 foul against Gary Payton II. He fractured his left elbow and received a one-game suspension. This series has been drastically altered by another non-basketball foul. It has made the Grizzlies, and basketball in general, worse off.
Rich Strike was not even in the Kentucky Derby field on Friday morning. He was the most impressive Churchill Downs champion in recent history on Saturday night.
Rich Strike was not the winner of the longest longshot, it was also how he won. Rich Strike was far behind the leaders at this final turn, but he maneuvered his ways out of a group and chased Epicenter and Zandon in an incredible finish. You can see it right here.
Let me tell you, a person who knows very little about horse racing but enjoyed the race immensely: You will want to watch it (or rewatch it). Rich Strike was not the only underdog to have a great weekend.
Canelo Alvarez was defeated for the first time in more than eight years. In his return to light heavyweight, the undisputed champion of super middleweight failed to find any momentum and was defeated by Dmitry Bivol unanimously.
Alvarez expressed optimism about a rematch. But Brent Brookhouse, a boxing expert, wonders if it's a good idea.
Max Homa turned pro in 2013 and it took him nearly eight years for his first two PGA Tour victories. After winning the Wells Fargo Championship by just two strokes, Max Homa has now won two more PGA Tour wins.
Homa was awarded an A+ by Patrick McDonald, our golf expert.
Rory McIlroy placed fifth after a slow start. This was his second consecutive top-five finish. This is encouraging news ahead of the PGA Championship says Kyle Porter, a golf reporter.