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Curry brothers to battle it out in NBA Western Conference finals

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Tar_Heel_Rob/iStock(DENVER) — Brothers Seth Curry and Stephen Curry are set to face off against each other in the Western Conference finals.

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Denver Nuggets 100-96 on Sunday to advance to the next round, setting the stage for the match between both brothers as their teams duke it out for a chance to make it to the NBA Finals.

Seth’s Trail Blazers will take on Stephen’s Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.

Per Elias Sports Bureau research, the game will mark the first time in NBA history that two brothers will go up against each other in a conference finals.

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Mavericks say Porzingis involved in incident in native Latvia

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Joshua Gateley / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — The Dallas Mavericks say Kristaps Porzingis was involved in an altercation at a nightclub in his native Latvia.

After video showed the 7-foot-3 forward with a bloody forehead, the Mavericks said Sunday: “It is our understanding that Kristaps was jumped and assaulted outside of a club,” without providing further details.

Video of the aftermath of the incident obtained by TMZ showed an agitated Porzingis in a torn shirt, pushing someone out of the way and approaching a group of men before several people stopped him and urged him to calm down.

The 23-year-old Porzingis was acquired by Dallas in a blockbuster deal with the New York Knicks before the trading deadline but hasn’t played for the club. He missed the 2018-19 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in what turned out to be his final game for the Knicks in February 2018.

Porzingis will be a restricted free agent July 1, and the Mavericks have said they intend to sign him to a long-term contract.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/12/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 6 Kansas City 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 5 LA Angels 1
Boston 11 Seattle 2
Chi White Sox 5 Toronto 1
NY Yankees 7 Tampa Bay 1
Houston 15 Texas 5
Detroit 5 Minnesota 3
Cleveland 5 Oakland 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 10 St. Louis 6
Colorado 10 San Diego 7
San Francisco 6 Cincinnati 5
LA Dodgers 6 Washington 0
Atlanta 5 Arizona 3
Chi Cubs 4 Milwaukee 1
Miami at NY Mets 1:10 p.m., postponed

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Game 7: Portland 100 Denver 96
Game 7: Toronto 92 Philadelphia 90

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Boston 6 Carolina 2 (Boston leads series 2-0)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Atlanta 1 Orlando 0

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/10/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
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   INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Kansas City   5  Philadelphia   1
   ——
   AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  L-A Angels    8  Baltimore       3
 Final  Toronto       4  Chi White Sox   3
 Final  N-Y Yankees   4  Tampa Bay       3
 Final  Boston       14  Seattle         1
 Final  Houston       3  Texas           0
 Final  Minnesota     6  Detroit         0
 Final  Oakland       4  Cleveland       3, 12 Innings
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   NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Milwaukee     7  Chi Cubs        0
 Final  N-Y Mets     11  Miami           2
 Final  Pittsburgh    2  St. Louis       1
 Final  Colorado     12  San Diego       2
 Final  Atlanta       2  Arizona         1
 Final  L-A Dodgers   5  Washington      0
 Final  Cincinnati    7  San Francisco   0
   ——
   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
 Final  Golden State  118  Houston  113
   ——
   WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
 Final  Minnesota   86  Washington   79
   ——
   MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Final  Vancouver    1  Portland    0

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Chicago Cubs ban fan who made seemingly offensive hand gesture on TV broadcast

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smontgom65/iStock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs have indefinitely banned a man from Wrigley Field after the individual was caught on camera this week appearing to make an offensive hand gesture, the team announced.

The incident took place during the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast of the Cubs’ May 7 game against the Miami Marlins. A man in a Cubs sweatshirt sitting behind the booth where NBC Sports Chicago analyst Doug Glanville was speaking on camera was observed making an upside-down OK gesture with his hand, which is construed by many as a white supremacist symbol.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said in a statement Wednesday that the team reviewed the broadcast and “concluded this individual’s actions violated the Guest Code of Conduct.” Kenney said the team was unable to reach the unnamed individual by phone but sent him a letter stating that he would “not be permitted on the grounds of Wrigley Field or other ticketed areas indefinitely.”

He added that the man could be prosecuted for criminal trespass if he attempts to re-enter Wrigley Field.

Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, called the fan’s actions “truly disgusting” and said it “gave [him] shivers to watch” the incident.

“I think, appropriately, we’ve made clear how egregious and unacceptable that behavior is, and there’s no place for it in our society, in baseball, and certainly no place at Wrigley Field,” Epstein said.

Kevin Cross, senior vice president and general manager for NBC Sports Chicago, said in a statement Wednesday that the fan’s behavior was “reprehensible” and said that it did not “represent the great Cubs fans of our city and those around the country.”

Glanville, a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played two stints for the Cubs, said he found out about the gesture after the end of his segment.

“I applaud the responsiveness of both the Chicago Cubs organization and NBC Sports in investigating this matter,” Glanville said in a statement. “They have reached out to me and are supportive of my role in the broadcast and continue to have a desire to uphold an inclusive environment at Wrigley Field. They have displayed sensitivity as to how the implications of this would affect me as a person of color.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that while the hand gesture is usually associated with the word “okay,” members of the website 4chan created a hoax in 2017 that claimed the gesture represented the letters W and P for “white power,” hoping that “the media and liberals would overreact by condemning a common image as white supremacist.”

For a time, the symbol was a “popular trolling tactic”, but the ADL says that by 2019 it had also become “a sincere expression of white supremacy.” The Southern Poverty Law Center also noted that “a number of alt-right figures” had been photographed using the symbol before the 4chan hoax.

ADL officials said that the gesture can still be used to mean “okay” and for other contexts, including for the “circle game,” where participants attempt to trick others into looking at a similar gesture below one’s waist, and as a symbol for the Three Percenter movement, a pro gun rights militia group.

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