Raptors Blazers Move On, Bruins Look Dominant, Serena At The Italian Open


May 13th, 2019

Welcome back have a great week ahead!

What’s New:

1. Raptors move on to play the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was the first winning buzzer-beater in a Game 7 in NBA history. (Read) by Ian Harrison

3. Nuggets chock at home, Trail Blazer move on to play the defending champions!

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CJ McCollum scored 37 points and added a crucial chase-down block in the closing minutes that helped the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 100-96 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to their first conference championship since 2000. (Read) by Arnie Stapleton

4. Looks like the Boston Bruins are going to be playing for the Stanley Cup soon!

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 With a five-goal, third-period lead and the Boston Bruins still not done scoring, the crowd in the new Boston Garden began a throaty chant of “We want the Cup!” The next time they see their team, the NHL’s championship trophy might be on the line for real. (Read) by Jimmy Golen

5. Serena Williams clawing her way back to top of WTA in Italian Open.

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Serena Williams, of the United States, serves the ball to Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May, 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Serena Williams opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday in the first round of the Italian Open.
  • Williams was playing for the first time since withdrawing ahead of her third-round match at the Miami Open in March because of a left knee injury.
  • The last time Williams had played in Rome was when she won the last of her four Italian Open trophies in 2016.
  • Lengthy layoffs have had minimal impact on Williams, as she’s been quick to get back in a groove. The greatest example of this has been her most recent comeback last year. Upon returning to the tour after taking time to become a mother and focus on family, Williams reached two Grand Slam finals, at Wimbledon and the US Open.
  • It’s been nearly two months since Williams has competed in a tournament, and now the WTA our is in the home stretch of clay-court warm-up events before the year’s second Grand Slam at Roland Garros.
  • If Venus Williams wins her match against Elise Mertens, the Williams sisters will meet in the second round.

6. Olympic runner Caster Semenya barred from competition over her testosterone levels.

The Associated PressSouth Africa’s Caster Semenya sticks out her tongue prior to the women’s 800-meter final during the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

  • The International Association of Athletics Federations effectively barred Olympic runner Caster Semenya from competition over her testosterone levels.
  • Athletics Kenya director of competitions Paul Mutwii cited the IAAF’s decision in explaining why the team dropped Maximila Imali and Evangeline Makena.
  • Imali, 23, holds Kenya’s record in the 400-meter race and was sidelined at the world championships in 2015 when a blood test showed she had hyperandrogenism, a condition that causes the body to produce more androgens than average.
  • Imali told the East African that she and her teammates took the blood tests the Friday before the IAAF’s May 1 decision.
  • She also said, “This is a scheme to demoralize us,” she said. “I am not ready to quit athletics nor to take a suppressant treatment. I am so happy the way God made me to be.”
  • High testosterone levels may be attributable to a number of biological factors, like polycystic ovary syndrome, which affects an estimated one in ten U.S. women.
  • Semenya, a South African runner and two-time Olympic champion, has been pushing back against the IAAF’s hormone guidelines for a decade.
  • Athletics South Africa, the governing body of track and field in the country, was one of two parties alongside Semenya to take the IAAF to court to challenge its testosterone regulations in female competitions.
  • The IAAF won the case and last week rules came into effect requiring the Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa and other female athletes with “differences of sex development” conditions and high levels of natural testosterone to medically lower them to be eligible to compete in events from 400 meters to one mile.
  • At a Diamond League track meet in Qatar two days after losing the case, the 28-year-old Semenya said she would not take medication and follow the rules.
  • Athletics South Africa declined to comment Monday on any appeal and Semenya’s lawyers have also not confirmed any appeal.
  • Still, sports ministry spokesman Vuyo Mhaga insisted that ASA made the decision to appeal and the ministry had merely been informed by ASA of the move.
  • Parties can appeal a CAS decision on a very limited number of grounds. They include a lack of jurisdiction, a violation of procedural rules, or a ruling that’s incompatible with public policy.
  • An appeal would be heard by the Swiss Federal Tribunal. ASA or Semenya must lodge an appeal by May 31 within 30 days of the CAS ruling.

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