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TSF’s 2014 Holiday Lookbook…

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Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve got no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!

The holiday season is here! November, December and January are my favorite months of the year…they are all about family, food, FOOTBALL and FASHION! From Thanksgiving, to Christmas…New Years Day and my Birthday, my heart is filled with joy during this time of year. I think I love all things about the holiday season except for the cold and snow :-/. It is already frigid in Washington, DC…as I am currently sipping a cup of Swiss Miss…YUM!

Ok, so for today’s lookbook I decided to focus on my favorite time of year, the holiday season. This season is all about sequin, fur, metallics, and sparkle! These looks can take you from a company holiday party to a New Year’s Eve extravaganza.With these looks, I made sure to pull my hair back to let the outfits do the talking. I made major statements with my accessories, from dangling earrings to show stopping necklaces. My makeup was shimmery with gold and bronze, and I had a blast with my bold lipsticks. This season is about stepping out of your comfort zone and being the fabulous fashionista that you are. So, sit back relax, check out my lookbook and get to RSVPing for some of those hot holiday parties in your area.

***I provided links to some items from the looks, I hope this is helpful***

Click below to see some of my favorite holiday looks this season….

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TSF’s Fall 2014 Leather Lookbook…

Leather LookbookHello strangers, oh how I miss thee! I am coming to you all today with a Fall 2014 Lookbook featuring leather. I know it has been a minute and I can’t promise that I’m all the way back, but I will be posting more often. This doctoral program got your girl crazy! LOL!

Ok, back to the lookbook, I love the Fall, who doesn’t, so this one was easy for me. Leather is fun and you can do so much with it as you can see below. From leather caps to thigh high boots, I went all out for my fashionistas! I love and miss you all! Shout out to my co-star in this lookbook…THE WIND! UGH! LOL!

Click below to see how I will be rocking leather this season….

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Fanatics MLB Challenge…

Fanatics Baseball Challenge

Hello all!!!! I was challenged by the lovely folks at Fanatics, the premier spot for all things in sporting apparel…t-shirts, MLB hats, jerseys, even cowboy boots (Hello Texan fans!). For the challenge I created a eight piece look, utilizing one of their MLB hats, and of course I choose my wonderful Houston Astros…Woot! Woot! My look is all about sporty chic, I wanted a well put together luxurious look, all while rocking a baseball cap.

I paired a white Rag & Bone shirtdress, with a pair of Rag & Bone distressed boyfriend destroyed jeans. For my accessories, I picked a New Era Houston Astros Pinch Hitter 9FORTY Adjustable Hat in black, along with an orange crossbody Hermes bag, some spicy suede thigh high boots by Christian Louboutin, and a bold orange and black statement necklace. I love the classic shape of the hat and you can’t go wrong with black and the cool ‘Stros logo.   thumb.aspx

Styling the look is simple, unbutton the last four buttons of your shirtdress to reveal your shorts, button the shirtdress to the top and place the statement necklace on top. The final addition to the outfit, is the OPI MLB Collection nail shade in “Orange You Going To The Game”. This look is fun, flirty, and just in case you want to keep the party rolling after leaving Minute Maid Park, it is ready for a night on the town. Make sure to check out Fanatics for all your sporting apparel needs!

FYI: The blog will be back very soon, but it will not be as consistent as before since I am writing my dissertation. We will get a three day schedule going, and we be sure to inform you when we develop it. There will still be a sports and fashion balance, just not as many post. Thank you all for your patience…MUAH!

BREAKING NEWS: “I’m Coming Home”…

According to SI.com, Lebron James has made “A DECISION” and he is returning home to Cleveland!!!!! I am so happy to hear this news…Congrats to the Cavs, your boy is coming back! You all can now return to your lives, since we’ve all been glued to ESPN for the last few days. Oh, and be on the lookout for Chris Bosh heading to my Rockets (wink).

Sidenote: Please get Chris Broussard and Brian Windhorst off my tv now! Thanks management! #sources

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Duncan To Stay With Spurs:

Tim Duncan

Uh, duh! If you even thought for a minute that San Antonio Spurs forward/center Tim Duncan would leave, you must be crazy! Duncan came off an amazing performance in the NBA Finals, pretty much demolishing the Miami Heat at home and on the road.

Plus, with a coach like Gregg Popovich at the helm, would you really leave the team? I think not! Duncan, who is a tender 38 years of age, didn’t even look like it during the post season. Like, not at all. Excuse me, but what fountain of youth are you and Derek Fisher drinking from? I’d like to know, please and thank you.

But anyhow, back to Duncan’s decision to stay. According to Bleacher Report,

The newly crowned NBA champion San Antonio Spurs face an offseason of big decisions. None was more pressing than that of future Hall of FamerTim Duncan, who decided to accept his player option for the 2014-15 season.

The team reported the decision Monday night: “The San Antonio Spurs today announced that forward Tim Duncan has exercised his player option for the 2014-15 NBA season.”

Duncan’s player option came as part of a three-year, $30.4 million contract extension he signed with the Spurs following the 2011-12 season. He is due to make just under $10.4 million in 2014-15,according to Spotrac.com.

Duncan’s decision also impacts what the Spurs will do, and are financially capable of doing, with key free agents Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard also becomes eligible for an extension this summer.

This is just my opinion, but I’d like to think that Diaw and Mills would stay with the team. Why pass up the chance to play for another title?

Click more to read about Altidore’s status against Germany, which American tennis star is returning home early from Wimbledon, why a professional soccer star was in court, which player has been drafted a third time and how a high school pitcher fared against major league players…

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Breaking News: James Opts Out of Contract…

LeBron James

After a less than stellar showing against the San Antonio Spurs during the recent NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are now dealing with more than just recovering from that loss. Heat forward LeBron James, who was expected to remain silent regarding his current contract with the team until next week, has chosen to opt out of his contract. According to ESPN,

LeBron James‘ agent, Richie Paul, has informed the Miami Heat that James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent.

James had June 30 to decide whether to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Heat. He was scheduled to make $20 million next season.

James did indicate that he welcomed the opportunity to become a free agent and have the same level of flexibility he was afforded in 2010, when he signed with Miami after spending his first seven years in Cleveland.

No suspense this time around! Talk about causing a frenzy in not just the Heat front office, but all front offices across the league who are probably making moves at this hour to be able to afford a player like James.

Welp, looks like we’re on LeBron watch 2014. Let the bidding begin!

 

Afternoon Sip…

USA Draws Against Portugal:

USA Portugal

Oh. My. Gosh. If you did not watch the USA take on Portugal in the World Cup yesterday, you missed a thriller. Seriously. If you were ever an athlete growing up, you know every minute–in fact, every second–counts. And that’s exactly how things went down yesterday.

After falling behind early to the Portuguese and star player Cristiano Ronaldo, the US managed to not only tie the game, but take the lead. And then with ten seconds, Portugal took everyone’s breath away. Fox Sports has more on the gasp heard round the world,

Portugal and Clint Dempsey traded goals on as the United States men’s national team were held to a 2-2 draw in Manaus on Sunday night.

Silvestre Varela scored with the final kick of the game to deny the Americans a famous win. The result denied the Americans an early berth into the knockout round — and left all teams in the Group of Death with a chance to advance on the final day of group play.

“We had one foot in the door,” Tim Howard said after the match. “It hurt when that [goal] goes in, but the game is cruel, and we will try to be positive. We’ll give ourselves 24 hours to see what we did wrong.”

With Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo still misfiring and the Americans’ Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley buzzing, it was the Yanks who had the better chances and looked more likely to win the game — but while this draw will feel like a punch in the stomach after the late dramatics we saw — in the end it is a result that the United States will take.

The Americans controlled their own destiny heading into the match on Sunday–win and they advance to the knockout stage. But now with the draw against Portugal, the Americans need to either win or draw against Germany on Thursday.

Simple enough, but with the way the Germans have been scoring goals, this could be a much trickier task. *Sigh*.

Catch the US/Germany game on Thursday at 12PM/EST on the ESPN family of networks.

Melo Opts Out of Contract:

Carmelo AnthonyHere we go again! We all know Carmelo Anthony is the cornerstone of the New York Knicks franchise, however, he has chosen to opt out of his contract with the team. And who can blame him?

Though he left college early, it’s not because he wasn’t talented or didn’t play for a great team. He entered the league after spending one year at Syracuse University, where he led the team to the NCAA tournament and the title.

So what’s happened between then and now? Well, let’s just say some of the teams he’s played for just haven’t measured up. And the Knicks are no different. According to ESPN,

“Carmelo loves being a Knick, he loves the city and he loves the fans,” Rose said. “At this stage of his career, he just wants to explore his options.”

Anthony can sign a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years with the Knicks. He can sign a maximum deal worth $96 million over four years with another team.

Anthony has discussed the possibility of accepting less than a max contract to help the team that he signs with attract additional free agents. Anthony would consider signing with the Chicago Bulls,Houston Rockets or Dallas Mavericks, sources say.

The Miami Heat have also explored their available options in trying to pursue Anthony, ESPN.com reported earlier this month.

Teams can’t begin talking or pursuing Carmelo until July 1, when free agency officially begins. Sit tight y’all. It’s only a week away. And by then, we’ll also know what LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have decided about their futures as well.

The NBA offseason could prove to be one for the books.

Wie Wins First Major:

Michelle WieI’m sure there are some readers wondering why I’m discussing golf but give me a minute and I’ll tell you why. Remember Michelle Wie? She was all of 13 when she first stepped on the scene and we all remember how much people discussed her potential.

Well, it seems like she’s finally starting to capitalize on it. Wie can add US Open champion to her resume, as she proceeded to win the event over the weekend. As CBS Sports reports,

Wie shot a scarier-than-it-sounds 70 on Sunday to beat Stacy Lewis by two and win the first major championship of her career: The 2014 US Women’s Open.

How cool does that sound?

On Sunday, Wie made a mess of the 16th hole as a double bogey dropped her to a one-stroke lead over Lewis. But then she recovered with a huge putt on No. 17 for birdie to seal the deal.

On Saturday Wie said that despite her long, winding journey, she was nonplussed.

“Yeah, I mean this is exactly where I wanted to be. That’s why I work hard, I want to be in positions like this,” she said.

“I want to be in the final pairing of the US Open and it’s just great. It’s really, I think it’s more and more motivating that when I play well that I want to work harder.”

Her day-by-day scores from Pinehurst: 68-68-72-70 to finish 2 under for the championship. It’s the first time in four years an American has won this tournament.

Seems like Wie wasn’t playing any games this weekend. She had a goal and mind so she was all business. Congratulations to her for winning the US Open title.

Austin’s Dream Dashed:

baylor-isaiah-austin-021314_0You may or may not know or remember the story of this young man. Regardless of your familiarity, or lack thereof with him, you will definitely be cheering for him. Allow me to introduce you to former Baylor University basketball play Isaiah Austin.

Austin, who has played basketball despite being blind in one eye since he was young, was expected to enter the NBA draft. However, those dreams are now derailed after he received some disappointing news, per USA Today,

On Sunday, Baylor announced that Austin had been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which was discovered during a pre-draft physical. The rare genetic disorder affects 1-in-5,000 people, and it will end his basketball career.

Austin was expected to be a second-round pick in the draft, following a solid sophomore year with the Bears. The 7-foot-1 center averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disease that affects the heart, circulatory system and skeleton.

While many of us would break down from such devastating news, Austin has done his best to keep his faith and spirit alive and well,

Austin, a spiritual man, tweeted his thanks to the thousands of fans and players that have reached out to him over the last few days. On his Instagram account, Austin wrote the following message:

“This game. It is a platform for anyone and everyone who comes in contact with it. I was blessed enough to play it on one of the highest levels despite the odds that were stacked against me. Blessed is all I can say. Thankful is all I can be. The love from you all is greatly appreciated! I know God has a plan! If I can say one to to anyone, it would be please, please do not take the privilege of playing sports or anything for granted. #NewBeginningsFollow”

 

 

Afternoon Sip…

Riley Addresses Future of Heat:

Pat Riley

Well, well, well. Mr. Pat Riley, president of the Miami Heat, addressed the media yesterday regarding the team’s ‘Big Three’. Talk about not wasting any time. Riley had things that needed to be said, especially given the fact that all three players–Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James–have the option to opt out of their contracts and pursue free agency July 1.

So what did Riley say to the media? As ESPN reports,

Part of Pat Riley’s pitch to get LeBron JamesDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to extend their largely successful run together with the Miami Heat won’t involve throwing his collection of championship jewelry on a table to remind them what they can accomplish.

“I don’t think we’ve got to recruit Chris, Dwyane or LeBron,” Riley said Thursday. “I’m not dropping rings on the table for those guys. They could drop their own.”

With that said, the Heat team president remains optimistic his core players will eventually regroup from a dominating defeat against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals and realize there’s still a prosperous future in Miami should they return intact.

Riley said he has met with all three players over a two-day span this week and relayed that he and team owner Micky Arison are willing to do “whatever it takes” for them to move forward and contend for championships for several more seasons.

Ah, classy move Riley. We know you’re a decorated veteran in the NBA with all your player, coaching and front office experience, so you didn’t need to bring out your championship rings, banners, etc. However, can the Big Three see all that you have to offer them and the organization?

To hear what else Riley had to say about their future, check out highlights of the presser below.

Altidore Out Against Portugal:

USP SOCCER: WORLD CUP-GHANA VS USA S SOC BRA RIAwww man, say it ain’t so!! I wish I could say I was lying to y’all, but unfortunately, I’m not. US Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore will be unavailable to play on Sunday against Portugal–hey Cristiano! ;-) Oops, let me get back on track.

Despite being a key to the offense for the team, Altidore is being withheld from competition after he suffered an injury during Team USA’s opening round win against Ghana. According to CBS Sports,

News first leaked Thursday morning as a few players confirmed suspicions that Altidore’s injury would indeed keep him out.

Altidore injured his left hamstring chasing down a pass from Michael Bradley just 20 minutes into the US’s opening-match win over Ghana. He laid on the field in obvious pain before he was stretchered off. Aron Johannsson replaced him at striker and barring a formation change, he figures to see significant time against Portugal’s shorthanded defense.

Although it would be lovely to see Altidore out on the field on Sunday, it’s best that he not play, as the US must face Germany in their final match of group play. With the way Germany has been manhandling defenses, it would be great if Altidore is available to help balance the scoring attack.

USA will take on Portugal Sunday evening at 6PM/EST–that’s 3PM and right after church, PST, on ESPN.

Warriors Propose Deal To Wolves:

Lee LoveI think this is not a good decision on the part of the Golden State Warriors, but hey, what do I know?! I’m just a student and a professor and I don’t get paid to make these type of decisions.

What am I talking about?? The fact that the Warriors are offering up two of their good players in exchange for one Kevin Love (pictured, blue jersey) from the Minnesota Timberwolves. As USA Today reports,

With more than half the NBA interested in trading for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, the Golden State Warriors might be in the lead.

If, that is, they’re willing to pull the trigger on the Timberwolves’ latest proposal.

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Minnesota’s asking price of the Warriors includes veteran forward David Lee, third-year shooting guard Klay Thompson and a future first-round draft pick. In return, the Warriors also receive would veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin.

Give up Thompson, Lee and a future first round pick? I’m not too sure about that. The Warriors need to keep in mind that the Western Conference, especially their division, is tough. Is it truly worth it to barter two players plus a future pick for one man? How much of a difference would it make to add Love?

If this deal goes through, we’ll find out once the season starts if this trade was truly worth it.

Embiid To Undergo Surgery:

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at KansasJust when we all thought the NBA draft was figured out, we’re thrown this curveball. One of the most highly touted players in this year’s draft may see his stock fall. Former University of Kansas center Joel Embiid, who missed playing in the NCAA tournament due to a back injury is expected to undergo foot surgery, per SI.com,

The news that Kansas center Joel Embiid has a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his right foot will have a significant impact on next week’s NBA draft. Embiid, the projected No. 1 pick in SI.com’s latest mock draft, is expected to slip several spots, maybe more.

“With that type of injury,” said a Western Conference executive, “I wouldn’t take him in the top-ten.”

The injury information was supplied to reporters by Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem, who added that Embiid will undergo surgery to repair the injury on Friday.

The navicular bone, which is located at the top of the foot, above the arch, is a critical bone for anything that requires power, running or jumping. And it is a familiar one in the NBA.

Based on the information, it’s impossible to predict a league-wide reaction to Embiid’s injury. There are too many variables: The success of the surgery, the estimated time for recovery, the projected long term prognosis. To date, Embiid’s only reported injury has been his back, an injury that caused him to miss the Big 12 tournament and the NCAA tournament. Tellem told ESPN that the foot injury occurred within the last few days.

It’s not like people plan on being injured, but it seems injuries have bad timing! We see what happened with Altidore straining his hamstring–he’s out for Sunday and possibly next Thursday against Germany.

With Embiid and his injury and the upcoming draft, his potential to be selected as the number one overall pick now has many wondering just where he will end up.

Find out which NBA team will take a chance and select Embiid during the draft on Thursday, June 26 on ESPN.

Bills Accepting Bids For Team:

Buffalo BillsSeems like this is the season–or perhaps the latest trend–of buying and selling in the professional sports world. Already this year we’ve seen the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers sold. Last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers were on that list.

But now, we can add the Buffalo Bills, who are officially for sale by the family, just months after the passing of Ralph Wilson, the man responsible for bringing the team to Buffalo. According to Pro Football Talk,

If anyone has an extra billion or so laying around, they’re in luck.  The Buffalo Bills have officially pushed a For Sale sign into the front lawn.

According to John Kryk of the QMI Agency, the team mailed to prospective buyers on Wednesday a non-disclosure agreement and “teaser” sale documents.

The materials went to those who expressed an intention to make an offer.  It’s possible that the documents were sent to other potential buyers identified by Morgan Stanley, hired by the Bills to get the deal done.

The expected bidders include former Sabres owner Tom Golisano, former New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump, current Sabres owner Terry Pegula, and a Toronto-based group including Jon Bon Jovi and Larry Tanenbaum.

Anytime you hear Donald Trump, you should already know this is serious business. The man has money to spare and what better way to spend it and add to your already large empire than by buying a sports team?! Seriously, I’d think REAL hard before entering into any deal where Trump is my competition, but that’s just me.

There is no projected timetable for the selling process, but be on the lookout for the latest on the situation with us here at TSF.

 

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Spurs Celebrate Latest Title:

Spurs parade

Ya know, when a team wins a championship, fans love to celebrate almost as much as the players do. Yesterday’s parade in San Antonio was no different. Thousands of people lined the streets on the River Walk to cheer on their hometown team in the Spurs, who, for lack of a better term HUMILIATED the Miami Heat. Do I really need to remind y’all how bad it was?? I didn’t think so.

Back to the parade. I can’t speak for anyone else, but me personally, I don’t do crowds. I get irritated quickly by all the people gathered in my personal space. As for the Spurs fans, it sounds like they had a great time, as USA Today reports,

Fans screamed “Go Spurs Go!” in unison at the slightest glimpse of a San Antonio Spurs’ player or coach floating down the River Walk.

It was reminiscent of last season when the Spurs walked off their team charter to those chants, except the tone Wednesday night was much sweeter.

The victory parade for Spurs’ fifth NBA title was part celebration and part exorcism.

“It is soaking in, but I’m still going to live it up for about the whole summer,” NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard said. “(I haven’t slept) very much. I’ve been trying to live the moment. It’s been hard to sleep still. Thought I would get some sleep after we won the finals, but I’m still celebrating. ‘Go Spurs Go! San Antonio!'”

So Kawhi actually spoke?! My goodness, I would have loved to have been there to witness that. But you know what would have been even more exciting to watch?? Head coach Gregg Popovich mocking LeBron’s infamous “not 1, not 2, not 3, etc.” talk from four years ago,

As if you needed another reason to admire this man. What am I going to do without a summer full of his short answers to reporter questions?! This will just have to do.

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LeBron Staying Silent on Future:

LeBron James, Savannah Brinson

Yup, don’t ask him ANYTHING because he won’t respond. Actually, he may respond, but he very well could say something you don’t want to hear. After a long season–this man played WAY too many minutes, and that can hurt a body–Miami Heat star LeBron James is taking a vacation for some much needed quality time with his family. Good for him because he has a lot to think about.

James has the option to become a free agent this season or he can choose to wait until next season to determine where he should spend the next few years–which very well could be his final destination–playing. That’s a difficult decision to make, regardless of which way he chooses to go. As CBS Sports reports,

LeBron James said Tuesday that he will not make any decisions about his future until after he vacations with his family, according to an ESPN report.

James met with Miami coaches Tuesday for his exit interview following the Heat’s loss to the Spurs in the NBA Finals. He can opt out of his contract, or exercise the early-termination clause, for next season — which would make him a free agent and set up a another decision.

“I haven’t even begun to wrap my mind about it,” James said of possibly testing free agency. “I need to get away with my family before I start to think about what will happen next.”

James said he and his family love Miami, adding their input and his desire to win will factor in making up his mind, per the Miami Herald.

“For me, I just want to win,” he said, “and that’s all that matters to me.”

If winning is all LeBron cares about, is there a good chance that he could bounce and head to another city who has the pieces necessary to get him his third championship ring?

LeBron has until June 30 to make his decision. Guess we can say LeBron watch begins now?

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USA Defeats Ghana:

Team USA

U-S-A! U-S-A! I guarantee no matter where you were yesterday, this is one chant that you heard consistently. How could not help but to chant along? I was at a bar for the World Cup match featuring the US Men’s Team and Ghana, and boy was it a great time! There’s nothing better than beer, peanuts and hundreds of soccer fans cheering in unison.

Everyone was excited by the game because it was the third matchup between the two teams and in those two previous matches, Ghana got the best of the US. However, last night, history would not repeat itself thanks to the play of a US substitute player, as CBS Sports reports,

A little known sub, possibly the least likely man to score for the US, may have changed the team’s fortunes this World Cup.

John Brooks was thrust into the backline after Matt Besler went down with a hamstring injury and his 86th-minute goal gave the US a decisive 2-1 lead that it wouldn’t give up. Off a Graham Zusi corner, Brooks rose up and pounded the ball into the ground and it one-hopped into the net past Ghana’s keeper.

Brooks’ goal came just four minutes after Ghana had tied it up, and it appeared that this Group G thriller was headed for a draw. But despite relentless pressure from Ghana’s wingers, the US managed to fend off a ceaseless attack and work the ball up for the game-changing (hell, World Cup changing, if you’re America) corner.

Brooks goal may have been the one to seal the deal for the US against Ghana, but it was Clint Dempsey–hey boo!–whose fast start got the US going early on in the match,

Clint Dempsey got the US on the board a mere :32 seconds into Monday’s match, but for the next seventy-odd minutes, it was all Ghana. Tim Howard was outstanding, as was center back Geoff Cameron. The defense, which came into the World Cup with so many doubts, stood stall even as exhaustion and injuries took their toll.

The lasting image from this game will be Brooks’ header, but Dempsey stayed in even after taking a foot to the face. With the win, he’ll take a possible broken nose.

And that possible broken nose is a definite broken nose. My boo Dempsey may have to wear a face mask to protect his face. :-(

But aside from Dempsey’s broken nose, the US are also concerned about the health of forward Jozy Altidore, who pulled up with a hamstring injury in the first half of the match. Needless to say, he did not return to the match and is scheduled to undergo an MRI.

Despite the injuries, I’m proud of the US team for getting the win! Team USA is definitely letting it be known they have come to play.

Their next match is Sunday against Portugal at 5:30PM/EST on ESPN.

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Spurs Rout Heat, Win NBA Title:

Spurs

Yeah, there’s not much else to say. Anyone who witnessed the game last night will tell you that the San Antonio Spurs had one goal in mind: to win the NBA title. And that they did after they overcame a double digit deficit in the first quarter against the Miami Heat.

After opening with a strong performance, mostly by Heat star LeBron James, the Heat literally slipped off the radar. I don’t know where they disappeared to, but they were nowhere to be found. A search and rescue operation should have been started to find the life that left the Heat players and their bench.

Their effort was minimal after the first 12 minutes, to say the least. ESPN has more on how the Spurs were able to get the job done,

The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat’s two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games.

“We had a great first quarter, but from that point on they were the better team, and that’s why they’re the champions in 2014,” said LeBron James, who led the Heat with 31 points and 10 rebounds.

San Antonio erased an early 16-point deficit and routed Miami for the fourth time in the series, denying the Heat’s quest for a third straight championship. A year after the Spurs suffered their only loss in six Finals appearances — a heartbreaking seven-game defeat — they turned the rematch into no match at all.

“We wanted to redeem ourselves. I’m just glad we were able to do that,” Parker said.

The Spurs head coach, who is well respected by his players, added his two cents about the Spurs dominating performance,

“I’ve said many times, a day didn’t go by where I didn’t think about Game 6,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the turning point in last year’s finals. “So I think, just in general, for the group to have the fortitude that they showed to get back to this spot, I think speaks volumes about how they’re constituted and what kind of fiber they have.”

And to show his respect for the competition, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was also humble in defeat,

“They played exquisite basketball this series and in particular these last three games and they are the better team. There’s no other way to say it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

And just like that, another NBA season is over. Such a shame that the Spurs are getting no respect for their win though, because some experts are already calling for the Heat to win the title next year.

Can the Spurs get at least 24 hours to enjoy their title before predictions start for next year?! Sheesh!

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Kings Clinch the Cup!!!:

Kings Cup 2014

For the second time in three years, the Los Angeles Kings have claimed victory! Yeah buddy, I was EXCITED when I saw that puck go into the back of the net. Couldn’t tell me NOTHIN’ boy!

Oops, my fault, got a little sidetracked there. The Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in double OT. Yes, double OT. The game was on for what felt like forever. Like seriously, I was watching post game coverage until at least 12:35 this morning. Yeah, it was that serious.

The Rangers didn’t make the win easy for the Kings. The Rangers took an early 2-0 lead and despite the comeback efforts of the Kings in the past, I was actually nervous they wouldn’t be able to score in this game. ESPN has more on game five and the newly crowned champs,

The longest postseason for the Los Angeles Kings led into the longest game they had ever played. After 94 minutes of impossibly tense hockey, Alec Martinez could scarcely believe it when a rebound off Henrik Lundqvist‘s pads came straight to his stick.

“After it went in, I think I blacked out,” Martinez said. “I’m just so happy for these guys.”

From their first elimination game seven weeks ago to Martinez’s championship-winning goal, these Kings were resilient, relentless and remarkable.

And now they have the Stanley Cup. Again.

Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night.

Martinez (pictured) may have scored the game winning goal, but the win required a complete team effort,

Marian Gaborik scored a tying power-play goal in the third period for the Kings, who rallied from yet another deficit before finishing off the Rangers in the finals’ third overtime game at Staples Center.

Jonathan Quick made 28 saves and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams scored an early goal as Los Angeles added a second title to its 2012 championship, the first in the franchise’s 47-year history.

I’m so proud of my hometown team. It’s amazing what can happen when you play with a purpose. The Kings did not fall short of accomplishing their mission.

Now if only I could get home in time for the parade on Monday!

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Evening Dose…

Spurs Rout Heat, One Win From Title:

USP NBA: FINALS-SAN ANTONIO SPURS AT MIAMI HEAT S BKN USA FL

Umm, so let’s see, where do I even start with this one?! The game, if you can call it that, was slightly more than embarrassing for the Miami Heat. Seriously. The San Antonio Spurs came to Miami with one goal in mind–to wrap up this series as quickly as possible. And they are well on their way after blowing out the Heat on their home court in game four.

I don’t know if the Heat can recover from this loss, y’all. It was bad. Like I thought I was watching college basketball the way the score was looking. The Spurs definitely dominated in every aspect of the game, especially Kawhi Leonard aka the quiet assassin! According to ESPN,

The Miami Heat would have to make the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history.

“They’re the two-time champs, they’re a great team and there is still one more game,” Spurs guard Tony Parker said. “We have to win one more game.”

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs routed the Heat again, winning 107-86 on Thursday night to open a commanding 3-1 series lead.

The Spurs can win their fifth NBA championship with a victory at home in Game 5 on Sunday and avenge their seven-game loss to Miami last year. They have three chances, and the way they’re dominating the Heat, they might need just one.

“I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.”

No team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, and the way the Heat were outclassed twice on their home floor makes it hard to imagine the two-time champions being the first.

I don’t think it will be an issue for the Spurs to play up to par. They’ve done well so far so I doubt going home would hurt the Spurs, unless they just fail to show up. But with the way the Heat have been playing lately, I find that hard to believe.

Game five is on Sunday at 8PM/EST on ABC.

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