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June 19th, 2019

The NBA draft is Thursday and everyone has an opinion on what to expect.

 

I am excited because there is a lot of talent available. Zion Williamson will go number ne and the top three appears to be set. After that, it is a crapshoot.

 

Here are my projections of what I think should happen on Thursday. Enjoy the draft, baby!

 

  1. New Orleans Zion Williamson, Duke
  2. Memphis Ja Morant, Murray State
  3. New York RJ Barrett, Duke
  4. New Orleans DeAndre Hunter, Virginia
  5. Cleveland Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
  6. Phoenix Colby White, North Carolina
  7. Chicago Cam Reddish, Duke
  8. Atlanta Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
  9. Washington Sekou Doumboya, Limonges
  10. Atlanta Jaxson Hayes, Texas
  11. Minnesota Nassir Little, North Carolina
  12. Charlotte Romeo Langford, Indiana
  13. Miami Kevin Porter Jr., USC
  14. Boston Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
  15. Detroit Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
  16. Orlando Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
  17. Atlanta Goga Bitadze, Mega Bemax
  18. Indiana Bol Bol, Oregon
  19. San Antonio Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State
  20. Boston Tyler Herro, Kentucky
  21. Oklahoma City PJ Washington, Kentucky
  22. Boston KZ Okpala, Stanford
  23. Memphis Matisse Thybulle, Washington
  24. Philadelphia Carsen Edwards, Purdue
  25. Portland Bruno Fernando, Maryland
  26. Cleveland Nickel Walker-Alexander, Virginia Tech
  27. Brooklyn Cameron Johnson, North Carolina
  28. Golden State Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
  29. San Antonio Naz Reid, LSU
  30. Milwaukee Ty Jerome, Virginia
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June 17th 2019

I celebrated my 80th birthday last week and the sport world celebrated several championships.

The Toronto Raptors beat injury-plagued Golden State to win the NBA title. Kawhi Leonard was brilliant. Guys like Pascal Siakam and Fred Van Vleet stepped up their games. Congrats to first-year head coach Nick Nurse on the championship.

The St. Louis Blues won th Stanley Cup title, winning game seven in Boston. Ryan O’Reilly won the Conn Smythe as Playoff MVP, and Jordan Binnington was brilliant in goal.
Gary Woodland made a number of clutch shots in winning the US Open golf tourney.
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June 10th, 2019

I celebrated my 80th birthday and was treated to great sports action. 

Rafael Nadal continued to show his dominance on clay, winning his 12th French Open

Kawhi Leonard showed his greatness as the Raptors won twice at Golden State.

Rory McIlroy showed his greatness with a 61 to win easily in Canada.

Sir Winston won the last triple crown race of the year at the Belmont.

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June 3rd, 2019

The Golden State Warriors showed heart on Sunday. The fought to a road win despite injuries to Key Thompson and Kevan Looney. They already were without Kevin Durant. The Finals are now tied 1-1.

The heavyweight boxing division has had several big names dominating. Deontay Wlder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury were the three big names.

Fans wanted to see Wilder-Joshua or a rematch of Wilder-Fury, which was a wild draw.

So much for a Deontay Wilder-Anthony Joshua heavyweight mega-fight. Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world by beating the previously-unbeaten Joshua at Madison Square Garden. Back to the drawing board for the Brit.

Ruiz Jr. was like Buster Douglas against Mike Tyson. He came in as a huge underdog. He shook up the heavyweight division.

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May 27th, 2019

The NBA and NHL finals are set. The Warriors are in the finals for the fifth straight year. Only the Celtics had more consecutive finals appearances. They take on the Toronto Raptors, who rallied from 2-0 down to win four in a row to send the Bucks home.
The St. Louis Blues are in the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1970. They will face the Boston Bruins from the Stanley Cup.
The Minnesota Twins have dominated the AL. Rocco Baldelli is doing a great job in his first season as manager.
The French Open got underway. Rafael Nadal is the King of Clay.
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May 21st, 2019

A night I will treasure, receiving the Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement award. Thanks to my loving family, my second family at ESPN. I also want to thank so many special people, a la the late Scotty Connal and Jim Simpson for getting me started, Bob Ley in helping me in the studio and the Montag group for representing me.

It was quite an honor when you think about some of the prior winners. Joining the likes of Jim McKay, Curt Gowdy, Howard Cosell, Vin Scully, Brent Musberger and many others is special.
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May 19th, 2019

Well we now know where Zion Williamson is heading.
The Knicks, Suns, Cavaliers and Bulls were left disappointed.
Congrats to David Griffin, Alvin Gentry and the Pelicans. Now the big question is, will Zion and Anthony Davis team up?
Davis said he still wants to be traded. New Orleans fans can dream about the dynamic duo.
Brooks Koepka dominated and then hung on to win his fourth major in 23 months. He is putting up a Tiger Woods-type resume!
I also want to thanks the fans in Lubbock (TeamLukeHopeForMinds) and Ann Arbor (ChadTough) who came out to support two great charities last week.
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May 12th, 2019

Sarasota was the sports capital of the world on Friday night. The Dickie V gala raised millions of dollars for cancer research.

It was a a great night at the Gala. We raised over $4.3 million for kids battling cancer. Reaching our goal was an incredible feeling, and it is a year-long project. The event is top-shelf at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, and the grant money raised has made a big difference.

Each year I present the All-Courageous team, and you see the Dollars paying off, saving young lives. Over 14 years, we have totaled just under $30 million.

Thanks to our special honorees, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, former Alabama coach Avery Johnson and ESPN’s Chris Fowler. Also receiving the John Saunders courage awards were Lee Corson and Holly Rowe. A social grant was given in the name of courageous Purdue student Tyler Trent, who died of bone cancer in January.

Thanks to all of the guests in attendance. Over 77 celebrities came on their own dime to support the cause. This was a night I will always treasure.

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May 7th 2019

The Kentucky Derby ended in so much controversy.

Maximum Security crossed the line first. Then two jockeys protested the race. Twenty minutes later, 65-1 shot Country House was awarded the Derby win.

It was one of the biggest upsets in the races history.

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April 29th, 2019

The NFL draft, the NBA playoffs, the NHL playoffs, baseball…a great sports weekend.

Kyler Murray went first overall to the Cardinals, not a surprise. Dwayne Haskins going 15th to the Redskins was a bit shocking.

The Warriors and Celtics were impressive Sunday, going out to 1-0 leads.

Carolina is a surprising 2-0 leader over the Islanders in their series.

The Rays saw Tyler Glasnow move to 5-0 with a win over the Red Sox.

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April 24th 2019

We need your help! Join us in supporting the legacy of Tyler Trent and have your donation matched until my gala on May 10!

Donate at jimmyv.org/matchfortyler.

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April 22nd, 2019

This is an exciting week as the NFL draft starts Thursday.

Will Kyler Murray go number one? Will the Giants pick up a QB at 6? What will the Raiders do with multiple early picks?
 
The coaching carousel of college basketball is almost finished spinning. St. John’s hired Mike Anderson as its next coach.
 
The NBA and NHL playoffs roll on. I’m sad that the Lightning, after winning 62 games in the regular season, was swept by Columbus.
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April 15th, 2019

Congrats to Virginia on winning the national championship.Tony Bennett’s team responded after losing in the first round last year to UMBC, the first 1-seed fell to a 16.
 
The Cavaliers found ways to win over Purdue, Auburn and Texas Tech. Congrats to Kyle Guy, DeAndre Hunter, Ty Jerome and the entire team.
 
The Tiger Wood won his fifth green jacket at The Masters. What a performance by Woods, his first major title in 11 years. He was brilliant in the final round, looking like the Tiger of old. It’s amazing because many thought he would not play competitive golf again. Now he is a major champion again.
 
What a week in sports.
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April 8th 2019

The national championship should be special s Virginia battles Texas Tech. I will call the game on ESPN International.
 
It has been a busy week for me representing a number of groups in Minneapolis at the Final Four, including Coke. 
 
Congrats also to Kimm Mulkey and Baylor as they won the women’s title, edging Notre Dame in a thriller.
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April 1st 2019

The Final Four is set and I cannot wait to go to Minnesota.

There are so many great storylines. Texas Tech, picked seventh in the preseason Big 12 poll, is going to its first Final Four. Chris Beard has done an incredible job leading the Red Raiders. Defense got them to Minnesota, stopping Michigan and Gonzaga.

Virginia made up for last year's disappointing first-round loss to UMBC. Tony Bennett is a class act who is making history. His father, Dick, led Wisconsin to the 2000 Final Four, meaning the Bennetts are the second father-son duo at the Final Four, joining John Thompson and JT III.

Michigan State knocked off Duke to send Tom Izzo to his eighth Final Four. Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett were sent home short of a Final Four.
 
Auburn continued its Cinderella run. Bruce Pearl’s team beat blue bloods Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky en route to Minnesota.
 
Should be a fun Final Four.
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March 25th 2019

The field of 68 has been trimmed to the Sweet 16, baby!
 
The first week of the big dance saw upsets. Cal-Irvine beat Kansas State. Liberty knocked off Mississippi State.
 
Stars shined. Purdue's Carsen Edwards scored 42 vs. Villanova. Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke had 36 vs Baylor. 
 
I was on SportsCenter breaking down games and dancing, baby!
 
 
 
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March 17th, 2018

The field of 68 is set. It is time to start dancing.

Congrats to the top four seeds: Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke and North Carolina.

The bubbles burst for: Texas, TCU, Indiana, NC State and Alabama.

Let the fun begin, the best three weeks in sports.

It was also a busy week in the NFL as free agency and a numbers of trades happened too. The Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr.


The Jets landed LeVeon Bell and CJ Mosley. The Ravens added Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram. The Jaguars signed Nick Foles. The Redskins signed Landon Collins. The Lions added WR Danny Amendola. The Bills signed Frank Gore. The Eagles acquired DeSean Jackson. The Chiefs landed Tyrann Mathieu. The Cardinals landed Terrell Suggs. The Niners acquired Dee Ford.


The Titans got Cameron Wake.

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March 11th 2019

I had a great time calling the Tennessee-Auburn game. It was a great win for Bruce Pearl’s team and it was a great environment.

Championship Week should be special. I am excited to call the WCC and SEC tournaments.

It will be interesting to see how the bubble teams fare and see which teams earn the !-seeds.

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March 4th, 2019

I enjoyed another super college game on Saturday. Florida State edged NC State in an ACC showdown.

There were plenty of upsets. Indiana stunned Michigan State. UCF knocked off Houston. Utah State beat Nevada.
 
One of the best performances came at Tebbessee. Jordan Bone scored a career-high 27 points as the Vols dominated the Wildcats of Kentucky.
 
It was a great week for Bryce Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies.
 
Roger Federer added to his illustrious career, earning his 100th career title.
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February 25th 2019

It was another great week in college hoops. I got to call a thrilling game between Tennessee and LSU. It was an overtime thriller, with the Tigers pulling out the win with a pair late free throws. 
 
North Carolina had a big week, beating Duke and Florida State, two ranked teams.
 
Jeremiah Martin of Memphis came up huge, averaging 40 ppg. In a pair of wins.
 
Mike Daum of South Dakota State joined the 3000-point club.
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