The One Where LeBron Wins One for Cleveland

Fun Fact of the Day: Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is the first player in NBA history to lead all players on both teams of a playoff series in all 5 categories of points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.


Today's Rundown

NBA

Do you believe in miracles?  Yesterday, the Cleveland Cavaliers gave us all the feels when they won the NBA Finals, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89.  They made history by becoming the first team to ever come back from a 3-1 series deficit to win it all and not only that—they did it against the defending NBA Finals champion Warriors, who had just made history with their 73-win regular season.  If you see a lot of emotional but confused Cleveland sports fans today, it’s probably because they are experiencing this new feeling called “winning”! This victory was a looooong time coming for Cleveland, which hadn’t won a championship in 52 years.  But what King James promises, he delivers!  LeBron was unanimously named the Finals MVP, for leading the Cavs back from the brink of elimination and putting up a triple double in Game 7 finishing with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Kyrie Irving assisted with another brilliant performance, and even Kevin Love got a little love.  Way to go, Cavs!

 

GOLF

Popping a major cherry.  Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open yesterday, marking his very first victory in a major tournament! He has come close to winning a bunch of times, including last year’s U.S. Open when he collapsed on the final hole and handed Jordan Spieth the title on a silver platter. This time around he finished with a comfy 3-stroke lead, even after he was penalized a stroke for accidentally causing his ball to move on the 5th hole.  What else should I know about Johnson?  Johnson has overcome a troubled past, including a 6-month leave of absence in 2014, when he tested positive for cocaine. He celebrated yesterday’s Father’s Day win with his son and fiancé Paulina Gretzky—yep, you guessed it, she’s the daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. 

 

OLYMPICS 

The war on drugs. The IAAF (psst—it’s the international track and field governing body) voted to ban all of Russia’s track and field athletes from this year’s Olympics, because the country isn’t doing enough to clean up its anti-doping program. Recap, please?  Earlier this year, news broke that Russia had been running a state-sponsored doping program since the 2008 Beijing Games. Russian officials gave athletes banned drugs and helped them swap out tainted urine samples. More than a few bad apples.  Now, Russians are whining that the ruling isn’t fair because it also bans innocent athletes that have never been accused of doping. This week, the International Olympic Committee will review the IAAF decision and decide whether to uphold the complete ban.

 

SOCCER

Chile con carnage. On Saturday, Chile gave Mexico the on-field equivalent of an atomic wedgie, beating them 7-0 in the Copa America quarterfinals.  Before the game, everyone was picking Mexico to win because they had tons of talent and they were in the middle of a 22-game undefeated streak.  Now, folks are pinning the blame for the embarrassing loss on Mexico’s coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who was hired earlier this year.  He’s been criticized for changing up the team’s starting lineup every game and not letting the team get into a groove.