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Stephen Curry becomes first player with 500 playoff 3-pointers

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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is already the NBA’s all-time 3-point king and he added another accomplishment to his historic résumé.

Curry, 34, sank a 3-pointer in the second quarter of Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies, bringing his career total in the playoffs to 500. 

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Maple Leafs sign defenseman Mark Giordano to two-year, $1.6M extension

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed an extremely team-friendly extension with defenseman Mark Giordano, paying him $800,000 per season for two years.

Toronto acquired Giordano, the 2019 Norris Trophy winner, at the 2022 trade deadline from the Seattle Kraken. The first captain in Kraken history had new life breathed into his game upon joining Toronto. While he saw more limited ice time, the ageing defenseman showed that he could get back to his elite game given less pressure and minutes. Averaging under 20 minutes per game in Toronto for the first time since 2009, Giordano had a very respectable 12 points in 20 regular-season contests. He added on two assists in seven playoff games.

While broken up in the playoffs, he and Timothy Liljegren looked absolutely spectacular for Toronto post-deadline. With similar playing styles, Giordano seemed to be the appropriate mentor for the young Liljegren. It’s hard to imagine that they won’t see some more time together in 2022-23.

The 50-plus-point seasons of yore certainly aren’t in the cards for Giordano moving forward. However, he’s shown the ability over the past few seasons to maintain his defensive game even as his point totals fall. He’s still much more valuable than a standard seventh defenseman, immediately making his contract a steal. If he’s able to maintain that level of defensive play or even just limit its decline, this becomes an extremely valuable signing to add defensive depth on the left side while Rasmus Sandin continues to develop his game.

Giordano was also the recipient of the 2020 Mark Messier Leadership Award, evidencing his long-standing reputation of being a strong voice in the room. Over 1,024 career games, the 6-foot-1, 200-pund defenseman has 151 goals, 393 assists and 544 points.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was first to report the deal.

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“It didn’t look good” – Klopp delivers hammer injury blow for Liverpool ahead of UCL final with Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has raised doubts over the fitness of Thiago Alcantara ahead of their UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28.

Klopp’s side were narrowly pipped to the Premier League title on the final day (May 22) of the season by Manchester City. However, it wasn’t without a host of twists and turns.

The Reds conceded early on in their game against Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, they staged a spirited comeback that has been synonymous with the side this season and won 3-1.

Meanwhile, Manchester City all fought back against Aston Villa, having been 2-0 down to win 3-2 and claim the title on a memorable final day.

Thiago’s brilliance got Liverpool back into their game against Wolves after Pedro Neto had scored the opener for the visitors. The Reds midfielder sent a delightful flick pass through to Sadio Mane in the 24th minute, who finished off clinically.

However, Liverpool fans would have been concerned when Thiago limped off down the tunnel at the end of the first half.

The Spanish midfielder was then replaced by James Milner in the second period. Many fearing for his availability in the European cup final in just under a week.

Klopp has now confirmed those fears by saying that the injury doesn’t look to be a good one.

He told reporters following the 3-1 win over Wolves (via Anfield Watch):

“It didn’t look good. We have to see.”

Klopp on Thiago:”It didn’t look good. We have to see.” #awlive [bein sports]

That doesn’t bode well for the Reds’ huge Champions League final against Real Madrid, given that Thiago has been instrumental in midfield.

His creativity has opened up defenses on so many occasions and should he miss the final in Paris, there will be concerns over his replacement.


Liverpool are pipped to the Premier League title and now all eyes are on the Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp's focus turns to Paris
Jurgen Klopp’s focus turns to Paris

Liverpool headed into the season’s final day knowing that it would take an unlikely Manchester City slip-up to give them any chance of Premier League glory.

However, City did just that as a first half to forget for Pep Guardiola’s men saw Aston Villa take a 1-0 lead.

The Villans bettered it in the 69th minute through Philippe Coutinho with Anfield starting to believe that an unprecedented quadruple was within their sights.

When Coutinho scored at the Etihad, it was 1-1 at Anfield as Mane’s equalizer had got the Reds back into things.

🚨 NEW: Thiago has a right hamstring injury and is a major doubt to be fit for Real Madrid next Saturday. #awlive [sky]

City then staged an unbelievable comeback and despite Liverpool’s own fightback, it was the Cityzens who would claim the league title.

Now, all attention turns to Paris for Klopp and his side as they look to avenge the 2018 Champions League final. They were despairingly beaten 3-1 by Madrid back then.


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Matt Fitzpatrick’s brilliant birdie from the rough

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Matthew Fitzpatrick puts himself back in contention with a spectacular chip shot for the birdie to get back within two of the lead.

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