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Weekly Top 10 Sports News Headlines and Major Events: June 5, 2022

The top 10 headlines to know heading into the week of June 5, 2022, with the big stories and major events in sports news in MLB, NFL and NBA.

This Week in Sports Talk (TWIST) is our weekly report on the big sports news headlines and major events, plus a preview of what’s up next. For June 5, 2022, here are the weekly top 10 sports news headlines to know: the big stories and major events in sports news this week in the NHL, the NBA, the French Open, MLB and more.

weekly top 10 big sports news headlines and major events: June 5, 2022

We know that like us, lots of you have been up all night partying along with the Brits for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration. As pet parents of a precocious year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, we’ve had quite a weekend so far. And it’s not over yet! The Queen has been Mum to over thirty Corgis, and they’ve played an outsized starring role in the pageantry across the pond this weekend.

The top 10 headlines to know heading into the week of June 5, 2022, with the big stories and major events in sports news in MLB, NFL and NBA.

The top 10 headlines to know heading into the week of June 5, 2022, with the big stories and major events in sports news in MLB, NFL and NBA.

Nevertheless, as dawn approaches we’re shaking the glitter off our clothes and turning our attention to the world of sports. A few quick bits to start this week’s report: Marcus Ericsson won the Indianapolis 500 last Sunday.

And for the 34th anniversary of the beloved video game, EA Sports has announced that John Madden himself — the late Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster — will serve as the cover for “Madden NFL 23.” The former Super Bowl champion died at the age of 85 last December.

Here are 10 other top headlines from the world of sports to know this Sunday.

1. the NBA Finals start with a bang

Eastern Conference Game 7

Before we launch into updates on the current state of the NBA Finals, a quick word about Game 7 in the Eastern Conference. You may recall that the No. 1 seeded Miami Heat had been expected to fall to the Celtics rather quickly. Instead they battled their way to a Game 7. But the Celts ultimately prevailed, beating Miami 100-96 on Sunday night.

NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

Now on to the Finals: it’s the Golden State Warriors trying to revive their legendary dynasty versus the Boston Celtics, who are trying to start a new dynasty.

Boston has the second-best defensive rating for this season’s playoffs, while Golden State has the postseason’s top offensive rating.

The consensus among the experts is that this is going to be epic – and that it will take at least 6 games. FiveThirtyEight and ESPN both gave the Celts an 80% chance of victory heading into the finals.

Top sports headlines heading into the week of June 5, 2022.

Top sports headlines heading into the week of June 5, 2022.

Personally, we always root for Golden State – and in football and baseball we root for the Boston teams. So we’re gonna be good whoever wins this one. Let’s just pop some popcorn and settle in for some fantastic basketball, shall we?

Game 1: Celtics 120, Warriors 108.

Game 1 in San Francisco started this series off with a bang. After absolutely dominating for the first three quarters, the Warriors were outplayed in the final quarter by the Celts. The Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the fourth quarter, tying the largest margin in any quarter in NBA Finals history.

Game 2 is tonight.

2. NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Western Conference Finals: Avalanche 3, Oilers 0.

On Thursday night, the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 to take a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 was last night and the Avalanche’s momentum continued, with a 4-2 win in Edmonton.

The hockey experts have believed all along that this one is going to go Colorado’s way, explaining it this way: “Colorado has been one of the better defensive teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as it was during the regular season. Edmonton has not. The Oilers win with offense and an outstanding power play. The problem is that Colorado scores more goals and is nearly as good as the Oilers on the power play. And Colorado’s offense is even more dangerous at home.”

There you go: defense beats offense and when you are brilliant at one and at parity on the other, you win!

NHL Tampa Bay Lightning fans celebrate winning the 2021 Stanley Cup.

Eastern Conference Finals: Rangers 2, Lightning 0.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Stanley Cup each of the last two seasons. But you have to give it up for the New York Rangers, who are perpetually the underdogs but somehow keep advancing this postseason.

For example, everyone expected the Carolina Hurricanes to win Sunday’s Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Rangers. They were playing at home and had a 7-0 record at home for the postseason. But the Rangers dominated Game 7, breaking that streak, earning a 6-2 win and advancing to their first Eastern Conference Final since 2015.

Game 1

The Rangers got off to an incredible start in their series against the defending champions. Playing at home, they dominated all night, finishing with a 6-2 victory that set Gotham alight with joy.  Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy had been unstoppable throughout the playoffs until this game.

Game 2

Was Game 1 a fluke? Well, apparently not. On Friday night, Game 2 at Madison Square Garden also went to the Rangers, with a final score of 3-2. They’re now just 2 wins away from playing the Stanley Cup Finals.

Game 3 is this afternoon in Tampa Bay – and we can’t wait to see what happens next. It’s a truly fine time to be a New York sports fan. We’ll take it as long as it lasts!

3. French Open Women’s Final: Swiatek wins

Coco Gauff, 18, made it to the French Open women’s final after beating Martina Trevisan 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday. CBS Sports notes that Gauff became the youngest woman to reach a Grand Slam final since Maria Sharapova did it at 17 in 2004. It was Gauff’s first career Grand Slam final, and her achievement is particularly notable for American fans. She’s the youngest American woman to reach a Grand Slam final since Serena Williams, 17, in 1999.

As thrilling as all of that was for Gauff’s fans, her opponent had overwhelmingly impressive stats going into the final. World No. 1 Iga Swiatek had won 34 consecutive matches, easily beating Daria Kasatkina in her semifinal match 6-2, 6-1. She was also the defending champion at the French Open, having won it for the first time as an unseeded player at age 19.

Top sports headlines heading into the week of May 29, 2022. Iga Swiatek, No. 1 seed at French Open.

Top sports headlines heading into the week of June 5, 2022. Iga Swiatek, world No. 1 seed, wins her second French Open title.

And Swiatek did it again yesterday, easily topping Gauff, 6-1, 6-3. She’s now on a 35-match winning streak, and she’s won her last six straight tournaments. Holy. Toledo.

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4. French Open Men’s Final: Nadal v Ruud.

Rafael Nadal took a huge step in his quest for his 14th French Open title when he beat top seed Novak Djokovic in four sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to advance to the semifinals.

In the semifinal round, he took on world No. 3 Alexander Zverev (it also just happened to be Nadal’s 36th birthday). It was a long match that ended abruptly: late in the second set, after almost three hours, Zverev rolled his right ankle and the injury was too serious for him to continue.

The top 10 headlines to know heading into the week of June 5, 2022, with the big stories and major events in sports news in MLB, NFL and NBA.

The top 10 headlines to know heading into the week of June 5, 2022, with the big stories and major events in sports news in MLB, NFL and NBA. Nadal at last year’s French Open.

So, Nadal now holds an incredible career record of 111-3 at Roland Garros. And he could become the oldest man ever to win the title if he defeats the No. 8 seed, Casper Ruud, in the finals this morning.

5. MLB AL: Yanks still on top.

At 38-15, the New York Yankees remain the best team in baseball. They lead the AL East by 6.5 games, and with some key players returning from the injured list, things may only get better. For instance, Giancarlo Stanton returned for the Yankees’ series against Detroit on Friday.

This week, the Pinstripes had two perfect games going: Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole each pitched perfect games through 6 innings. Taillon retired the first 21 hitters on Thursday against the Angels, and Cole repeated the feat with the first 20 batters on Friday night against Detroit. The Yanks are the first team since 1970 to have two pitchers do that back-to-back. Neither made it to the end, but it was a display of great pitching.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is still on fire. He’s the first player in the league to hit over 20 home runs this season. He’s now at 21 after hitting a lead off, first pitch home run against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. With Luis Severino on the mound, the Yankees won their 5th in a row with a 3-0 win in the Bronx yesterday.

6. MLB NL: LA Dodgers lead, NY Mets a close second

The Philadelphia Phillies announced that they were firing manager Joe Girardi on Friday afternoon. The Phillies spent a lot in the hopes of being competitive in the NL East, but they’ve lost 12 of 17 and are 24-29 for the season. It’s their worst start since 2017.

In other NL news, the Pittsburgh Pirates swept the LA Dodgers in Los Angeles for the first time since 2000 on Wednesday night.

But the New York Mets had no such luck, losing the first two games of their West Coast visit to the Dodgers. With a 36-19 record, the Mets are still way out front in the NL East. And they’re thisclose to the NL-leading Dodgers, who as of this posting are at 35-18.

7. Rodgers and Brady win “The Match.”

Two-time reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers nailed a birdie putt on the 12th and final hole of “The Match 2022.” Making the team of Rodgers and Tom Brady 1-up winners over Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes.

The top 10 headlines to know heading into the week of June 5, 2022, with the big stories and major events in sports news in MLB, NFL and NBA.

All four NFL quarterbacks seemed to have a good time. Our Sports Desk notes that Josh Allen brought a golf ball with an unflattering picture of Brady at his draft year combine. Brady countered with a golf ball with a picture of the Lombardi Trophy on it, asking Allen if he knew what it was and if he’d ever seen it (Allen is the only one of the four not to have won a Super Bowl).

Which made us wonder: do you think Tom Brady ever gets tired of winning? Yeah, you’re right – probably not.

8. College basketball: NBA draft deadline has passed.

College hoops fans should note that with the passing of Wednesday night’s NBA Draft deadline, some teams are feeling great while others are nursing disappointments. The deadline to officially remain in the draft or withdraw was 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night, and some players created drama by waiting until the last possible minute to make a move.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are considered the winner this week, with most of their best players opting to stay in college at least one more year. Drew Timme, Julian Strawther and Rasir Bolton are all returning — and new transfer Malachi Smith will join them. That puts them at the top of many lists for the upcoming season.

Defending champion Kansas is also sitting pretty, with Jalen Wilson and new teammate Kevin McCullar Jr. both opting out of the draft. They’re not the favorite to repeat, given that they’ve lost others from their winning roster. But it could have been a lot worse.

9. Fitzmagic is no more.

Free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick announced this week that he’s retiring from the NFL. And unlike Tom Brady, he actually seems to mean it. After 17 NFL seasons, the 39-year old told his former teammates that he’s done.

The top 10 headlines to know heading into the week of June 5, 2022, with the big stories and major events in sports news in MLB, NFL and NBA. Ryan Fitzpatrick announced his retirement this week.

The Harvard graduate was a seventh-round pick for the St. Louis Rams. CBS Sports notes that his 223 career touchdown passes are the most for any player to graduate from an Ivy league school. Low bar, but still impressive.

Over the course of his career, Fitzpatrick started for nine different teams – the most by any quarterback in NFL history.

10. King James has a lot of coin

It’s official: LeBron James is a billionaire. Forbes reported this week that the LA Laker earned $121.2 last year as the league’s highest-paid active player. James also makes an estimated $900 million in income via endorsement deals and business ventures, according to the publication. That makes him the first and only active player to reach this milestone.

James has a minority stake in Liverpool of the Premier League and owns an estimated one percent of Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Liverpool. He owns three real estate properties that are reportedly worth $80 million. In addition, James has made an estimated $30 million from Blaze Pizza, a restaurant chain with more than 300 locations in North America.

Michael Jordan is the NBA’s only other billionaire. But he didn’t reach that mark until 2014, years after he stopped playing.

Weekly Top sports news headlines and major events to know: June 5, 2022

That’s our take on the big sports news headlines and major events, and a preview of the week ahead, including what to know about basketball, baseball, hockey and more. Stay well and safe out there, dear reader. See you next week.

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Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. A Detroit native, she has 3 Harvard degrees and has written 3 mystery novels. After serving as a senior corporate executive, CEO of CNBC and partner at McKinsey, she now serves on the boards of several tech companies. She’s all in with the Pats, the Warriors, the Red Sox and the Wolverines. Also Naomi and Coco. And Roger. She would like to thank her advisors on the Sports Desk, without whom this column definitely would not be possible. 

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