Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki walks off the court in a preseason game against the Beijing Ducks

Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki has double-double in finale

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NBA great Dirk Nowitzki ended his playing career on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. He had 20 points in the contest.

In addition, the Dallas Mavericks legend also had 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal in 32 minutes. He also made two three-point baskets.

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki walks off the court in a preseason game against the Beijing Ducks
Dirk Nowitzki walks off the court in a preseason game against the Beijing Ducks (Getty Images)

Nowitzki scored his final basket in his career in a fadeaway jumper.

Before the game, the Spurs honored their longtime rival before the contest with a video tribute. That made Nowitzki emotional before being introduced.

“I can’t say enough about what the Spurs did for Dirk [Wednesday night],” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said.

He goes out as the NBA’s sixth-leading scorer. The Wurzburg, Germany native changed the game for big man being a knock-down shooter.

The 40-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft. He was traded by the Bucks with Pat Garrity to the Mavericks for Robert “Tractor” Traylor.

In his final season of his career, he made 51 appearances, including 20 starts. In his final two games of his career, he had 50 points, as he had a season-high 30 points on Tuesday night in his finale in Dallas, Texas.

Pelicans fire Stan Van Gundy after one season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired head coach Scott Van Gundy. He led the team for one season.

The team went 31-41 this past season. The Pelicans did not make the Western Conference’s play-in tournament for the final two playoff spots.

Stan Van Gundy (Getty Images)

The Pelicans are now looking for their third head coach in three seasons.

The Pelicans had high expectations going into the season despite a young roster. New Orleans also has one of the best young players in the league in Zion Williamson.

Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball make up the team’s young core. There was some distractions around the trade deadline, as Ball was being mentioned in trade rumors.

He is a free agent this summer.

“We were a very young, developing basketball team. While we have players with incredible talent, we don’t have the winning mettle yet,” Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin told reporters on May 17, the day after the regular season ended. “We know that to some degree. We know this is a process and it takes time. But we also have to take a look at ourselves, front office, coaching, players. Is what we are doing working? Are we doing enough for the group to create winning? That’s what our focus is going to be.”

New Orleans was the 11th-best team in the Western Conference this past season. They were two games behind the 10th-best San Antonio Spurs, who received the final spot in the play-in tournament.

With Van Gundy’s departure, the Pelicans are the second team to fire their head coach after one season. The Indiana Pacers were the other, as they fired Nate Bjorkgren.

The Pelicans are the sixth team looking for a head coach this off-season. They join Indiana, Boston, Orlando, Portland, and Washington.

“On behalf of Mrs. Gayle Benson and the Pelicans organization, I would like to thank Stan for the integrity and professionalism that he demonstrated during his time in New Orleans, as well as the commitment and work ethic he brought to our team,” Griffin said. “This was a difficult decision as I have tremendous respect for Stan both personally and professionally, but we agreed it is in the best interest of our team to move forward in a different direction. We wish Stan, Kim and their family all the best in the future.”

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Former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts reacts during a game against the Phoenix Suns

Trail Blazers, Stotts agree to part ways after nine seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Portland Trail Blazers have mutually agreed to part ways with long-time head coach Terry Stotts. He led the team for nine seasons.

Stotts departs the team after the Trail Blazers were eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs. This was the fourth time in five years that the Trail Blazers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts reacts during a game against the Phoenix Suns
Terry Stotts reacts during a game against the Phoenix Suns (Getty Images)

“I have the utmost respect for Terry and what he has accomplished these past nine seasons,” President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey said in a statement. “This was a difficult decision on both a personal and professional level but it’s in the best interest of the franchise to move in another direction. Terry will always hold a special place in the Trail Blazer family and the Portland community.

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“We relied on the integrity, professionalism, and consistency he brought to the job every day and we wish he and Jan nothing but the best.”

Stotts has the second-most wins in team history behind Jack Ramsey. As the Trail Blazers head coach, he went 402-318.

This season, he guided the Trail Blazers to a 42-30 record. Under Stotts, the team made the playoffs eight straight times.

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With Stotts no longer the coach, the team will look for their new head coach. The new leader may face a new roster, as the current Trail Blazers team will likely face changes that may include Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the team’s two stars.

“We are all grateful for Terry’s contributions and his nine years with the Trail Blazers,” Trail Blazers Chairwoman Jody Allen said. “I appreciate his steadfast dedication to the players, the game, and the broader Portland community. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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Former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer walks on the field before Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers

Jaguars’ Meyer, Strong appear at 2021 AEW’s Double or Nothing

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

During the main event of the All Elite Wrestling‘s Double or Nothing pay-per-view, two Jacksonville Jaguars made a cameo appearance at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. As Chris Jericho was fighting Maxwell Jacob Friedman, the two wrestlers went into a coaching room.

In this segment of the match, Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer and assistant coach Charlie Strong looked shocked when the two began to fight in front of them, as the fight went into an office at TIAA Bank Field. While Meyer was startled at first, Strong decided to be a part of the action.

Former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer walks on the field before Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers
Urban Meyer walks on the field before Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers (Getty Images)

Strong decided to throw several footballs that were in the office to Jericho, who then threw them at Friedman. Meyer also got into the action, as he gave Jericho a computer to hit Friedman with.

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This was likely a staged cameo by the two coaches. Shad Khan and Tony Khan, the owners of the Jaguars, are also the owners of All Elite Wrestling. Meyer and Strong are in their first years with the Jaguars.

The new coaching staff is going to hope that their team will have enough fight as the Inner Circle and The Pinnacle on Sunday night at this pay-per-view. The Inner Circle won the match and retained together, as the stipulation was if they lost, they would have had to dismember.

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Auto Club of Southern California Funny Car pilot Robert Hight celebrates with the Wally after winning the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil

Hight defeats Capps for 52nd win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

John Force Racing has won the past two Funny Car races. First, it was living legend John Force.

Robert Hight won the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil on Monday. He defeated Ron Capps in the final round.

Auto Club of Southern California Funny Car pilot Robert Hight celebrates with the Wally after winning the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil
Robert Hight celebrates with the Wally after winning the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

The Auto Club of Southern California sponsored driver went 3.916 at 327.19 mph to get the win. The NAPA Auto Parts sponsored driver went 4.684 at 179.25 mph in the loss.

“The (Force) car has been the class of the field the last few races and they helped us on Monday after Charlotte,” said Hight, who picked up his fourth win at Houston. “That got us back on track, and (crew chief) Jimmy Prock and this Auto Club team just did their job. These races are hard to win and there’s a lot of good cars out there. This place has a special place in my heart — my first win came here — and after sitting out last year you wonder if you’re ever going to get another one of these.”

Before the rain-delayed final round, Hight held a 36-33 advantage over Capps in previous events. Hight also held a 6-2 advantage over Capps in their previous final round meetings.

Hight picked up his 52nd career win as he never trailed in the race. This is his first Wally of the 2021 season.

Capps had problems near the 330-foot mark. After that, he just clicked it off.

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Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence competing at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil

Torrence defeats Kalitta in Texas for 43rd win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence is the first Top Fuel Dragster competitor to win multiple Wallys in a row this season. He won the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil on Monday.

He defeated Doug Kalitta in the final round of the rain-delayed national event outside of Houston, Texas. This is Torrence’s third win this season, including back-to-back wins.

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence competing at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil
Steve Torrence competing at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

The Kilgore, Texas native went 4.001 at 260.06 mph to claim the Wally. The Michigan native went 5.706 at 168.26 mph in the losing effort.

“We’ve run well here in the past, but we get to the final round and something always seems to happen. We’ve been snake bit,” Torrence said. “I don’t know if I’ve had win repellant on me or what. The Kalitta boys did an awesome job. This is also the first race I’ve ever won on Monday other than Indy. I just think it’s unbelievable to have the success we’ve had this year and to win in Texas in front of our Capco crew and fans is even more special.”

Before Monday’s showdown in the Lone Star State, Torrence held a 19 – 17 advantage over Kalitta in prior events. The Texan was also 6-3 against the Kalitta Motorsports driver in their previous final round appearances.

Both drivers had problems. Torrence hazed the tires at mid track. Despite that, he was able to hold on for the win.

Kalitta, on the other hand, went up in smoke shortly after the hit. He then pedaled it down the track.

With the win, Torrence now has 43 career wins.

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New York Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers

Yankees’ Corey Kluber throws no-hitter against Rangers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New York Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber threw a no-hitter on Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers. The Yankees defeated the Rangers 2-0.

Kluber — who signed a one-year, $11 million deal in the off-season — threw the sixth no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season. It was the second straight day with a no-hitter.

New York Yankees pitcher Corey Kluber celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers
Corey Kluber celebrates after throwing a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers (Photo by the New York Yankees/Instagram)

Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

“It was a lot of fun, I think it was a special night,” Kluber said. “I’ve never been part of one, witnessed one, yet alone thrown one.”

Kluber threw a no-hitter against the team he played for during the 2020 season. His time with the Rangers was limited due to an injury.

He is the 12th Yankees pitcher to throw a no-hitter. Kluber’s no-hitter was the first since David Cone’s no-hitter in July 1999 against the Montréal Expos.

Allie Reynolds is the only Yankees pitcher to throw two no-hitters. George Mogridge, Sad Sam Jones, Monte Pearson, Don Larson, Dave Righetti, Jim Abbott, Dwight Gooden, and David Wells also threw no-hitters for the team.

This was the Yankees first road no-hitter since 1951 when Reynolds no-hit the Cleveland Indians.

“I had butterflies in that ninth inning,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I’m getting a little emotional now, even just getting to witness that was was really, really special. And to see his teammates and the excitement of everyone for Corey and just the excitement for themselves being a part of such a thing. What a performance.”

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Jaguars sign free agent Tim Tebow

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free agent Tim Tebow. He has agreed to a one-year deal with the team.

Tebow will attempt to make the roster as a tight end. This is a position he has not played before.

Tim Tebow (Getty Images)

The move reunites Tebow with Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, who previously coached the college football legend at the University of Florida. With Tebow leading the team, the Gators won two national championships in 2006 and 2008.

“I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team,” Tebow said. “I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace. I am dedicated to taking the direction of our coaching staff and learning from my teammates. I appreciate everyone’s support as I embark on this new journey.”

Tebow retired from a minor league baseball career this year. He spent five years in the New York Mets organization.

He last played in the NFL during the 2012 season with the New York Jets. He also spent two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

With the Jaguars, Tebow will be the fourth tight end on the depth chart. Chris Manhertz is the projected starter with James O’Shaughnessy and Luke Farrell backing him up along with Tebow.

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Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull no-hits Mariners

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull has no-hit the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. The Tigers won the game 5-0 over the Mariners.

This is the first no-hitter by a Tigers pitcher in a decade.

Spencer Turnbull celebrating his no-hitter against the Mariners (Photo by the Detroit Tigers/Instagram)

The Mariners have been no-hit twice this month. And both of them came at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means threw a no-hitter against the Mariners on May 5th. The no-hitter by Means and Turnbull happened less than two weeks apart from one another.

This is the fifth no-hitter in Major League Baseball in the first two months. Three of the no-hitters came in May.

With the five no-hitters, this is the second time in MLB history that there were five no-hitters before June. The last time this happened was in 1917.

“I don’t know how to think of it from a historical perspective,” Turnbull said. “Just for myself it’s the greatest achievement in my life so far, or at least my baseball career. It’s by far the best night of my life. And it’s one of those landmark stamps on my career up to this point.”

Turnbull is the eighth pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the organization. Justin Verlander was the last Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter before Tuesday night on May 7th, 2011, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

“The whole night, I was like, ‘I am not going to be afraid to make any pitches. I’m not going to second-guess or doubt or have any fear about anything. I’m just going to attack,’” Turnbull said.

Verlander has two of the eight no-hitters in team history. Virgil Trucks also has two no-hitters for the team.

George Mullin, Jim Bunning, and Jack Morris have also thrown no-hitters for the team.

Report: Keselowski could be owner/driver at Roush-Fenway Racing

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to Motorsport.com, Brad Keselowski could become the next driver, who owns an ownership stake in a racing team. His current deal with Team Penske ends at the end of the season.

He signed a one-year extension with Team Penske last season.

Brad Keselowski (Photo by Brad Keselowski/Instagram)

The report says that Roush Fenway Racing could add the former champion. If the deal becomes official, Keselowski would drive the No. 6 car that is currently driven by Ryan Newman on a full-time basis in 2022.

Also, the team would be renamed RFK Racing (Roush-Fenway-Keselowski Racing).

At this time, numerous factors are still unclear. How much would the ownership stake be?

What will happen to Newman? Would he stay with the organization in another ride? Or leave in the off-season?

Keselowski has previous ownership experience. He was the owner of Brad Keselowski Racing in the Truck Series before the team was shut down.

If this deal comes true in September — it cannot happen earlier according to the report — Keselowski would be the latest NASCAR Cup Series driver to enter into an ownership stake.

There were reports that Bubba Wallace was offered an ownership stake in Richard Petty Motorsports last summer to remain in the legendary No. 43 Cup Series ride. He turned down that opportunity.

Instead, he became a driver for a new NASCAR Cup Series team led by NBA legend Michael Jordan and Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin called 23XI Racing. Hamlin is the minority owner of the team.

Keselowski is the biggest name on the free-agent market during the upcoming silly season. He has 35 NASCAR Cup Series wins, including one this season at the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.

New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar raises his hand after hitting a double against the Atlanta Braves

Mets’ Pillar takes fastball to the face, left bloody

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar was hit in the face on Monday night against the Atlanta Braves. He left the game after being bloody.

Pillar needed medical attention on the field before departing the game. He tweeted out after the game that he was fine.

New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar raises his hand after hitting a double against the Atlanta Braves
Kevin Pillar raises his hand after hitting a double against the Atlanta Braves (Photo by the New York Mets/Instagram)

He took a 94 mph pitch to the face by Jacob Webb in the seventh inning. Pillar was transported to a local hospital once he left the game to receive a CT Scan.

“This guy is a warrior,” Rojas said, via News12’s Kevin Maher. “He shows up every day to play hard. You guys saw him, he got up on his feet and he left. There’s no chance I thought he’d be able to do that after I saw the ball hit him in the face. He got up and he left, that’s at least one positive to see.”

This season, Pillar — who signed with the Mets in the off-season after spending last season with the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies — has a .250 batting average with two home runs and eight RBIs. He has 20 hits in 28 games.

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