LeBron feels 'a sense of calmness' ahead of Game 5

After winning the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals by a combined 50 points, the Cleveland Cavaliers looked to be cruising to a second straight Finals berth. Six days later, they improbably find themselves in a best-of-three dogfight with an indefatigable Raptors squad that found another gear at home in Toronto.
With the series swinging back to Cleveland for Game 5 Wednesday night, LeBron James isn't sweating over missed opportunities; he's savoring the opportunity he still has in front of him. 
"A sense of calmness, that's all," James told reporters at shootaround Wednesday morning, describing his mentality going into Game 5. "This is a very calm moment for myself, personally. I relish this opportunity to just be a part of the postseason once again, and be 2-2 on my home floor, so, just a sense of calmness."
James has never lost a series (17-0) in his career when his team wins the first two games, but he's just 6-6 in in Game 5s when the series is tied 2-2.
Source: Joe Wolfond

Tom Brady filing appeal

The attorneys for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Bradyconfirmed to ABC News on Monday that they will file an appeal to have his suspension case reheard in the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brady's four-game suspension, initially imposed as a result of the NFL's "Deflategate" investigation, was reinstated by a three-person appeals panel in April.
The "en banc" hearing Brady's representation is now pushing for would involve the entire 2nd Circuit bench.
"The facts here are so drastic, and so apparent, that the court should rehear it," said Brady's lawyer, former solicitor general Ted Olson.
Brady and the NFLPA will make the petition official Monday. What remains unclear, though, is whether the court will agree to a rehearing.
A denial would likely see the quarterback's lawyers attempt to take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Source: Dan Wilkins
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Canada wins gold at World Championship



For the second year in a row, and 26th time in the history of the tournament, Canada has won gold at the World Championship, defeating Finland 2-0 Sunday in Moscow.
Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid - who was named player of the game - scored 11 minutes into the first period, which ultimately held up to be the game-winner. Matt Duchene added an empty-netter in the final seconds.
Canada suppressed Finland's dynamite attack, allowing only 16 shots, as McDavid's Oiler teammate Cam Talbot posted his fourth shutout of the tournament.
The Canadians avenged their preliminary-round loss to the Finns, and handed them their first loss of the tournament.
Canadian captain Corey Perry joined the illustrious Triple Gold club, having now earned a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal and a world championship.
Source: Sean O'Leary

British Open under delay


Moving day has been moved.

The third round at the 144th Open Championship is scheduled to play out in its entirety Sunday - with the final round shifted to Monday - as blustery conditions at the Old Course will prevent a full round from being contested Saturday.

Players yet to complete their second rounds, including co-leader Dustin Johnson, will record a 36-hole score late this afternoon, and determine the third-round pairings.

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Max Scherzer blames Taylor Swift


Max Scherzer is now the odds-on favorite to be victimized in Taylor Swift's next hit song.

The Washington Nationals righty is blaming the pop star for the lighting issues at Nationals Park that resulted in the suspension of Friday's game with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning.

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Anze Kopitar contract is priority


The Los Angeles Kings are ready to begin negotiations with Anze Kopitar.

After signing the remainder of their pending restricted free agents to contracts Thursday, the Kings will now focus on locking up their star forward long term according to Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.

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