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Overwatch League: Los Angeles Valiant wins the Stage 4 Finals

  • Brady “Agilities” Girardi after the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship Final at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Brady “Agilities” Girardi after the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship Final at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Dong-Gyu “Mano” Kim during the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship Final at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Dong-Gyu “Mano” Kim during the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship Final at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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  • Los Angeles Valiant won the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Los Angeles Valiant won the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Los Angeles Valiant won the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Los Angeles Valiant won the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Los Angeles Valiant entrance before the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship match held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Los Angeles Valiant entrance before the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship match held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Los Angeles Valiant celebrate after winning the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Los Angeles Valiant celebrate after winning the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Los Angeles Valiant celebrate after winning the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Los Angeles Valiant celebrate after winning the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Los Angeles Valiant win the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Los Angeles Valiant win the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship event held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • New York Excelsior entrance before the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship match held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    New York Excelsior entrance before the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship match held on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Pan-Seung “Fate” Koo of the Los Angeles Valiant enters the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles before the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship match held on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Pan-Seung “Fate” Koo of the Los Angeles Valiant enters the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles before the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship match held on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Scott “Custa” Kennedy of the Los Angeles Valiant celebrates after winning the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Scott “Custa” Kennedy of the Los Angeles Valiant celebrates after winning the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship on June 17, 2018 at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

  • Tae-Hong “Meko” Kim of the New York Excelsior enters the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles before the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship match held on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

    Tae-Hong “Meko” Kim of the New York Excelsior enters the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles before the Overwatch League Stage 4 Championship match held on June 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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The Los Angeles Valiant won the Overwatch League Stage 4 Finals and the $100,000 prize after a 3-1 victory over the New York Excelsior, who had won back-to-back stage titles, at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank.

The Valiant advanced to the final after taking down crosstown rival and No. 1 seed LA Gladiators, 3-2, in the semifinals.

NYXL earned a spot in the final after a win over the Dallas Fuel, 3-2. The semifinal loss ends the season for Dallas.

With the conclusion of the league’s inaugural regular season, six teams will return for the playoffs, which begins July 11 in Los Angeles before switching gears for the Grand Final on July 27 and 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

NYXL and the Valiant earned a first-round bye and already punched a ticket to Brooklyn after winning their respective division during the regular season.

The remaining four teams that qualified for the playoffs will compete in the quarterfinals held in Los Angeles. Winners will advance and play in Brooklyn.

Philadelphia Fusion and Boston Uprising will compete in a best-of-three series. The London Spitfire will take on the Gladiators.

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NBA Draft Updates: LA Clippers enter first round with back-to-back picks

The Los Angeles Clippers have the opportunity to shape its future with a pair of first round picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 21 at 4 p.m. PT.

The Clippers draft class could serve as the backbone of its future. The Clippers have made headlines recently regarding its future home.

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer’s has said he plans to honor the team’s lease to play at Staples Center through the 2024 season. In Inglewood, Ballmer envisions a state-of-the-art arena with 18,000 to 20,000 seats adjacent to a practice facility, team offices and parking.

The Clippers are not the only NBA team looking to turn its organization around for the better.

The Phoenix Suns hold the first overall pick after winning the draft lottery and finishing the season with a 21-61 record.

What will the Suns do if they keep the pick? Phoenix can find a prospect worthy of the No. 1 pick in its backyard.

Deandre Ayton, the popular pick on most mock drafts, played the last two years of his high school career in Phoenix before winning a Pac-12 Tournament Championship with the Arizona Wildcats.

Luka Dončić of Slovenia, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri are expected to  go high in the draft as well.

The Los Angeles Lakers hold the 25th pick in the first round.

  • NBA Draft prospect Deandre Ayton, who may be the Phoenix Suns’ choice with the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s NBA draft, talks to the media after an individual workout with the Suns, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    NBA Draft prospect Deandre Ayton, who may be the Phoenix Suns’ choice with the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s NBA draft, talks to the media after an individual workout with the Suns, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Shaquille O’Neal, JCPenney’s Big &Tall Ambassador, along with NBA draft prospects Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley III, and Mikal Bridges team up with JCPenney to host a day of mentorship for deserving young men from The Y at Barclays Center on Friday, June 15, 2018, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

    Shaquille O’Neal, JCPenney’s Big &Tall Ambassador, along with NBA draft prospects Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley III, and Mikal Bridges team up with JCPenney to host a day of mentorship for deserving young men from The Y at Barclays Center on Friday, June 15, 2018, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

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  • FILE – In this May 17, 2018, file photo, Michael Porter Jr., from Missouri, speaks to reporters during the NBA draft basketball combine in Chicago. Michael Porter Jr. played in three games in college because of back problems, but his talent has long been considered more than NBA-ready. He is the epitome of high-risk, high-reward in this draft. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    FILE – In this May 17, 2018, file photo, Michael Porter Jr., from Missouri, speaks to reporters during the NBA draft basketball combine in Chicago. Michael Porter Jr. played in three games in college because of back problems, but his talent has long been considered more than NBA-ready. He is the epitome of high-risk, high-reward in this draft. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

  • Former USC guard De’Anthony Melton was among six players participating in a pre-draft workout for the Lakers on Friday, June 15, 2018. 
(Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

    Former USC guard De’Anthony Melton was among six players participating in a pre-draft workout for the Lakers on Friday, June 15, 2018. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

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SoCal prospects

Several prospects with Southern California ties in this year’s draft. Here are some of the players to keep an eye on as they start their NBA careers:

  • Marvin Bagley III (Sierra Canyon HS / Duke)
  • De’Anthony Melton (Crespi HS / USC)
  • Aaron Holiday (Campbell Hall / UCLA)
  • Chimezie Metu (Lawndale HS / USC)
  • Elijah Stewart (Westchester HS / USC)
  • LiAngelo Ball (Chino Hills HS / UCLA / Vyautas Prienu)
  • Thomas Welsh (Loyola HS / UCLA)
  • Deandre Ayton (Balboa City School in San Diego as a sophomore) / Arizona)

How to watch:

When: Thursday, June 21 at 4 p.m. PT

Where: Barclays Center — Brooklyn, New York

TV: ESPN & NBA TV

Stream: WatchESPN / NBA

 

First Round:

  1. Phoenix Suns (21–61)
  2. Sacramento Kings (27–55)
  3. Atlanta Hawks (24–58)
  4. Memphis Grizzlies (22–60)
  5. Dallas Mavericks (24–58)
  6. Orlando Magic (25–57)
  7. Chicago Bulls (27–55)
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers (50–32)
  9. New York Knicks (29–53)
  10. Philadelphia 76ers (52–30)
  11. Charlotte Hornets (36–46)
  12. LA Clippers (42–40)
  13. LA Clippers (42–40)
  14. Denver Nuggets (46–36)
  15. Washington Wizards (43–39)
  16. Phoenix Suns via Miami Heat (44-38)
  17. Milwaukee Bucks (44-38)
  18. San Antonio Spurs (47-35)
  19. Atlanta Hawks via Minnesota Timberwolves (47-35)
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves via Oklahoma City Thunder (48-34)
  21. Utah Jazz (48-34)
  22. Chicago Bulls via New Orleans Pelicans (48-34)
  23. Indiana Pacers (48-34)
  24. Portland Trail Blazers (49-33)
  25. Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32)
  26. Philadelphia 76ers (52-30)
  27. Boston Celtics (55-27)
  28. Golden State Warriors (58-24)
  29. Brooklyn Nets via Toronto Raptors (59-23)
  30. Atlanta Hawks via Houston Rockets (65-17)

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2018 NBA Draft Profile: Marvin Bagley III of Sierra Canyon and Duke University

  • Forward Marvin Bagley III, second from right, talks with Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Randive, right, as Vlade Divac, the Kings general manager, left, looks on after he worked out for the basketball team Monday, June 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft and the former Duke star is considered one of the top choices in the draft. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Forward Marvin Bagley III, second from right, talks with Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Randive, right, as Vlade Divac, the Kings general manager, left, looks on after he worked out for the basketball team Monday, June 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft and the former Duke star is considered one of the top choices in the draft. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III scores on a reverse slam dunk early in the game against Bishop Gorman of Nevada. February 4, 2017. (Photo by Michael Kitada for SCNG)

    Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III scores on a reverse slam dunk early in the game against Bishop Gorman of Nevada. February 4, 2017. (Photo by Michael Kitada for SCNG)

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  • Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III puts a soft touch on the ball as he scores against Bishop Gorman at the Nike Extravaganza XXII at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. February 4, 2017. (Photo by Michael Kitada for SCNG)

    Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III puts a soft touch on the ball as he scores against Bishop Gorman at the Nike Extravaganza XXII at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. February 4, 2017. (Photo by Michael Kitada for SCNG)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III, right, dribbles around Bishop Gorman’s Jamal Bey, left, during their game at the Nike Extravaganza XXII at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. February 4, 2017. (Photo by Michael Kitada for SCNG)

    Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III, right, dribbles around Bishop Gorman’s Jamal Bey, left, during their game at the Nike Extravaganza XXII at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. February 4, 2017. (Photo by Michael Kitada for SCNG)

  • Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III, left, and Bishop Gorman’s Chuck O’Bannon, right, battle under the basket at the Nike Extravaganza XXII at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. February 4, 2017. (Photo by Michael Kitada for SCNG)

    Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III, left, and Bishop Gorman’s Chuck O’Bannon, right, battle under the basket at the Nike Extravaganza XXII at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. February 4, 2017. (Photo by Michael Kitada for SCNG)

  • Marvin Bagley III, left, talks with Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, left, after working out for the team, Monday, June 11, 2018. The Kings have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft and Begley III, the former Duke star, is considered one of the top choices in the draft. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Marvin Bagley III, left, talks with Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, left, after working out for the team, Monday, June 11, 2018. The Kings have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft and Begley III, the former Duke star, is considered one of the top choices in the draft. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Shaquille O’Neal, JCPenney’s Big &Tall Ambassador, along with NBA draft prospects Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley III, and Mikal Bridges team up with JCPenney to host a day of mentorship for deserving young men from The Y at Barclays Center on Friday, June 15, 2018, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

    Shaquille O’Neal, JCPenney’s Big &Tall Ambassador, along with NBA draft prospects Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley III, and Mikal Bridges team up with JCPenney to host a day of mentorship for deserving young men from The Y at Barclays Center on Friday, June 15, 2018, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

  • Forward Marvin Bagley III, keeps his eye on the ball during a basketball workout with the Sacramento Kings Monday, June 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft and the former Duke star is considered one of the top choices in the draft. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Forward Marvin Bagley III, keeps his eye on the ball during a basketball workout with the Sacramento Kings Monday, June 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft and the former Duke star is considered one of the top choices in the draft. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Forward Marvin Bagley III, left shakes hands with Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger after working out for the basketball team, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft and the former Duke star is considered one of the top choices in the draft. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Forward Marvin Bagley III, left shakes hands with Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger after working out for the basketball team, Monday, June 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft and the former Duke star is considered one of the top choices in the draft. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Phoenix Suns’ Marvin Bagley III speaks after his individual NBA basketball workout Friday, June 8, 2018, in Phoenix. Bagley thinks he deserves to be at the top of the draft and got a chance to make his case in Friday’s workout. (AP Photo/Bob Baum)

    Phoenix Suns’ Marvin Bagley III speaks after his individual NBA basketball workout Friday, June 8, 2018, in Phoenix. Bagley thinks he deserves to be at the top of the draft and got a chance to make his case in Friday’s workout. (AP Photo/Bob Baum)

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Name: Marvin Bagley III

Position: Forward

Height: 6’11”

Weight: 235 lbs

College: Duke University

High School: Sierra Canyon

Draft Projection: Top 5

Bio: Bagley declared for the NBA Draft after one season with Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils. He was a highly touted recruit coming out of Sierra Canyon and expected to go early in the first round.

He earned ACC player and rookie of the year honors after averaging 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game at Duke.

The athletic lefty is excellent in transition but will need to improve on his defense.

As a senior at Sierra Canyon, he was named the LA Daily News All-Area Player of the Year in 2017.

Bagley recently signed a five-year deal endorsement deal with Puma, the first athlete to sign a deal with the brand since Vince Carter in 1998.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/16/2018-nba-draft-profile-marvin-bagley-iii-of-sierra-canyon-and-duke-university/

Lakers’ fan base wants Kawhi Leonard after reports that he ‘wants out’ from Spurs

On the court, the NBA season is over. Off the court, the league’s offseason is starting to heat up.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kawhi Leonard ‘wants out’ from the San Antonio Spurs organization. The small forward was limited to nine games during the 2017-18 season due to a quad injury. Throughout the season, his relationship with the team soured.

If Leonard wants out, where could he land?

The Los Angeles Lakers are positioned to have a big offseason and that could include Leonard wearing purple and gold. The LA Clippers could also be in the mix but the same report that came out Friday had the Lakers as Leonard’s top destination.

It would be a homecoming for Leonard, who was born in Los Angeles and played high school basketball at Moreno Valley Canyon Springs before transferring to Martin Luther King in Riverside as a junior. He also played college basketball at San Diego State.

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Leonard won two CIF-SS championships with ML King including one during his senior season with Tony Snell, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.

At 22-years-old, Leonard became the first Riverside County player to earn an NBA championship ring when the Spurs defeated LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2014. He was named the NBA Finals MVP after the series ended in five games.

In order for Leonard to bring a championship to the Lakers, general manager Rob Pelinka and president of basketball operations Magic Johnson will have to make a deal with the Spurs. Leonard can become a free agent, in July 2019, if he opted out of his deal with the Spurs.

A trade to acquire Leonard this offseason could mean the Lakers trade away parts of its young core, including Lonzo Ball, who is from Chino Hills, or Kyle Kuzma.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/15/lakers-fan-base-wants-kawhi-leonard-after-reports-that-he-wants-out-from-spurs/

2018 World Cup: live player updates, game scores and schedule

Russia will host 32 soccer teams representing their respective countries for the 2018 World Cup, which begins June 14 and ends on July 15 with the finals in Moscow.

Notable players competing include Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Neymar of Brazil.

Other players to watch include Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Mohamed Salah of Egypt and England’s Harry Kane.

  • Iran’s Masoud Shojaei, second left, trains with his teammates during a training session of Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Iran’s Masoud Shojaei, second left, trains with his teammates during a training session of Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Iran’s national football team Head coach Carlos Queiroz speaks his players during a training session of Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Iran’s national football team Head coach Carlos Queiroz speaks his players during a training session of Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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  • Germany national soccer team leave the plane upon their landing at the Vnukovo international airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Germany national soccer team leave the plane upon their landing at the Vnukovo international airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

  • In this June 12, 2018 photo, Peruvian fans Jose Jimenez, second left, his childhood friend Jorge Oxa, left, Oxa’s father Rolando Ubillus, center, and two friends pose for a photo at the Moscow Airport, Russia, while waiting for a connecting flight to Saransk, where Peru will play Denmark on June 16, on its inaugural World Cup game.

    In this June 12, 2018 photo, Peruvian fans Jose Jimenez, second left, his childhood friend Jorge Oxa, left, Oxa’s father Rolando Ubillus, center, and two friends pose for a photo at the Moscow Airport, Russia, while waiting for a connecting flight to Saransk, where Peru will play Denmark on June 16, on its inaugural World Cup game.

  • A woman sings karaoke in a public park in the rain, a day prior to the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Ramenskoye, outskirt Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The red banner on top reads in Portuguese: “Welcome!” as the Portuguese national soccer team’s base camp is located nearby. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    A woman sings karaoke in a public park in the rain, a day prior to the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Ramenskoye, outskirt Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The red banner on top reads in Portuguese: “Welcome!” as the Portuguese national soccer team’s base camp is located nearby. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

  • A youngster fixes fake rifles in a shooting gallery of a fairground stall, a day prior to the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Ramenskoye, on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    A youngster fixes fake rifles in a shooting gallery of a fairground stall, a day prior to the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Ramenskoye, on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

  • A woman sings karaoke in a public park in the rain, 2 days prior to the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Ramenskoye, outskirt Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The red banner on top reads in Portuguese: “Welcome!” as the Portuguese national soccer team’s base camp is located nearby. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    A woman sings karaoke in a public park in the rain, 2 days prior to the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Ramenskoye, outskirt Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The red banner on top reads in Portuguese: “Welcome!” as the Portuguese national soccer team’s base camp is located nearby. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

  • Russian artist Azamat washes his hands with rain water as he works on clay sculptures two days prior to the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Ramenskoye, on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Russian artist Azamat washes his hands with rain water as he works on clay sculptures two days prior to the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Ramenskoye, on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

  • England national soccer team disembark the plane as they arrive at the Pulkovo international airport in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo)

    England national soccer team disembark the plane as they arrive at the Pulkovo international airport in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo)

  • England’s national soccer team coach Gareth Southgate, foreground, disembarks the plane at the Pulkovo international airport in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 after arriving with his team to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo)

    England’s national soccer team coach Gareth Southgate, foreground, disembarks the plane at the Pulkovo international airport in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 after arriving with his team to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo)

  • England’s national soccer team coach Gareth Southgate, disembarks the plane at the Pulkovo international airport in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 after arriving with his team to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo)

    England’s national soccer team coach Gareth Southgate, disembarks the plane at the Pulkovo international airport in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 after arriving with his team to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo)

  • England national soccer team players sit on a bus after arriving at the Pulkovo international airport in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo)

    England national soccer team players sit on a bus after arriving at the Pulkovo international airport in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo)

  • France’s Antoine Griezmann gestures during a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Istra, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Antoine Griezmann gestures during a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Istra, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • France’s Antoine Griezmann smiles as he answers to journalists during a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Istra, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Antoine Griezmann smiles as he answers to journalists during a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Istra, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • France’s Antoine Griezmann / Steven Nzonzi answers to journalists during a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Istra, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Antoine Griezmann / Steven Nzonzi answers to journalists during a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Istra, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • France’s Antoine Griezmann dribbles the ball during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Antoine Griezmann dribbles the ball during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • France’s Antoine Griezmann controls the ball ahead Benjamin Pavard during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Antoine Griezmann controls the ball ahead Benjamin Pavard during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • France’s Ousmane Dembele challenges for the ball with Olivier Giroud during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Ousmane Dembele challenges for the ball with Olivier Giroud during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • France’s Ngolo Kante and Blaise Matuidi applause their supporters at the end of a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Ngolo Kante and Blaise Matuidi applause their supporters at the end of a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • France’s Nabil Fekir challenges for the ball with Paul Pogba during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Nabil Fekir challenges for the ball with Paul Pogba during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • France’s Antoine Griezmann and Blaise Matuidi smile during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Antoine Griezmann and Blaise Matuidi smile during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • France’s Kylian Mbappe grimaces after being injured during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    France’s Kylian Mbappe grimaces after being injured during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

  • German national soccer team head coach Joachim Loew, center, disembarks the plane as the German national soccer team arrive at the Vnukovo international airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday when the hosts Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    German national soccer team head coach Joachim Loew, center, disembarks the plane as the German national soccer team arrive at the Vnukovo international airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday when the hosts Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

  • Colombian singer Maluma, center, waves at Mexico’s national soccer team, at the end of a training session of Mexico for the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Colombian singer Maluma, center, waves at Mexico’s national soccer team, at the end of a training session of Mexico for the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Mexico’s Hector Herrera, left, embrace his teammate Andres Guardado, during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexico’s Hector Herrera, left, embrace his teammate Andres Guardado, during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio walk on the soccer field, during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio walk on the soccer field, during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, catches a ball during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, catches a ball during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio gives instructions to Diego Reyes during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio gives instructions to Diego Reyes during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio gesture during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio gesture during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A fan of Mexico wears a traditional Mexican hat during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A fan of Mexico wears a traditional Mexican hat during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • FIFA’s Director of Refereeing Massimo Busacca gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    FIFA’s Director of Refereeing Massimo Busacca gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Referee Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Referee Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • South Korea’s national soccer team players arrive at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korea’s national soccer team players arrive at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • South Korea’s head coach Shin Tae-yong arrives at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korea’s head coach Shin Tae-yong arrives at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • A bus carrying South Korea’s national soccer team, is escorted by police upon arrival at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    A bus carrying South Korea’s national soccer team, is escorted by police upon arrival at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • South Korea’s national soccer team players Go Yo-han, front left, Lee Yong, center, and Jung Woo-young arrive at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korea’s national soccer team players Go Yo-han, front left, Lee Yong, center, and Jung Woo-young arrive at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • South Korean soccer fans hold signs as they wait for South Korea’s national soccer team’s arrival at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korean soccer fans hold signs as they wait for South Korea’s national soccer team’s arrival at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Two employees from the team hotel, carry soccer ball-shaped balloons before South Korea’s national soccer team’s arrival at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Two employees from the team hotel, carry soccer ball-shaped balloons before South Korea’s national soccer team’s arrival at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • South Korean soccer fans hold soccer ball-shaped balloons upon South Korea’s national soccer team’s arrival at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korean soccer fans hold soccer ball-shaped balloons upon South Korea’s national soccer team’s arrival at the team hotel for the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • The England soccer team arrives by bus at their hotel Repino near St Petersburg, Russia, ahead of the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    The England soccer team arrives by bus at their hotel Repino near St Petersburg, Russia, ahead of the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • A policeman wait next to a young boy for the arrival of the England soccer team by bus outside their hotel Repino near St Petersburg, Russia ahead of the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    A policeman wait next to a young boy for the arrival of the England soccer team by bus outside their hotel Repino near St Petersburg, Russia ahead of the start of the 2018 soccer World Cup Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • The setting sun is reflected in church towers reflect in central Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The World Cup 2018 starts on Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    The setting sun is reflected in church towers reflect in central Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The World Cup 2018 starts on Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

  • A fan of Mexico wears a traditional Mexican hat during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A fan of Mexico wears a traditional Mexican hat during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A Mexico fan wearing a tradition Mexican hat, cheers as his team, the Mexico national soccer team, boards a bus after training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A Mexico fan wearing a tradition Mexican hat, cheers as his team, the Mexico national soccer team, boards a bus after training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A Mexico fan wearing a tradition Mexican hat, cheers as his team, the Mexico national soccer team, boards a bus after training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A Mexico fan wearing a tradition Mexican hat, cheers as his team, the Mexico national soccer team, boards a bus after training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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Team Preview:

    • Group A – Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay
    • Group B –  Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain
    • Group C (coming soon)
    • Group D (coming soon)
    • Group E (coming soon)
    • Group F (coming soon)
    • Group G (coming soon)
    • Group H (coming soon)
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UC Irvine wins the 2018 League of Legends College Championship

  • UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

    UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

  • UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

    UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

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  • UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

    UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

  • UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

    UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

  • UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

    UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

  • UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

    UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

  • UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

    UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

  • UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

    UC Irvine celebrates after winning the League of Legends College Championship at the NA LCS Arena in Los Angeles on June 10, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Riot Games)

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Los Angeles >> Coach James “Coachman” Bates had little doubt about UC Irvine’s successful outing in the League of Legends College Championship game Sunday at the NA LCS Studio but even then admitted he stayed up the night before.

His team proved why he wasn’t wrong to have confidence in the No. 2 seeded Anteaters, who put on a dominant performance with a 3-0 sweep of Colombia College.

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“I been coaching a long time and I don’t think I ever had five people I enjoyed as much as I have this year,” he said. “I could talk forever about this team. We have the best team here and that is why we won.”

Success was not always easy for Bates to find.

Early in his career and prior to coaching at UCI, doubt slightly entered his mind about regarding ability to lead a team.

“Anytime I have been the head of anything it has never worked out that well,” Bates said. “At a certain point I had to ask myself is it because I don’t know what I am doing or is it because I never had the resources. I always worked for a small organization… that’s where my heart always was.”

That is now behind Bates as UCI becomes the fifth team to win the college crown.

The support of UCI, which is one of over 30 schools offering scholarships to League of Legends players, and the competitive nature of its five varsity players served as the recipe for success while outlasting a field of over 300 other college teams.

“In hindsight, we knew we would come out ahead 3-0 especially after winning the first game,” said UCI player Lyubomir “Bloodwater” Spasov. “The way Colombia College plays is similar to our style. We had them figured out.”

Despite the victory, the Anteaters still found aspects of the game that could have worked better.

“We shot ourselves in the foot in Game 2 with our draft but we still closed out that game,” Spasov said. “We don’t necessarily need to lose a game to reflect back and see what our mistakes were. That is why I am thankful for the support staff we have to point things out like that and remind us what went wrong.”

Working on mistakes during the tournament is not the only thing the UCI players had to focus on this week.

When they did have down time, they were studying for final exams.

“I just had a final on Thursday morning and that took away from my time to rest and practice,” Spasov said. “I have another final tomorrow and I am not looking forward to that. I may have to pull an all-nighter… just because I won a championship doesn’t mean I cannot take my final.”

The College League of Legends playoff tournament was made up of the right best teams in North America.

None of UCI’s players are graduating this year and are expected to come back next season for a chance to defend its title.

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Triple Crown Reaction: Justify wins the 150th Belmont Stakes

  • Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

  • Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith  crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.  (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

    Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

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  • Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith leads the field to the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith leads the field to the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

  • Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

  • Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith  crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.  (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

    Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)

  • Jockey Mike Smith celebrates atop of Justify #1 the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    Jockey Mike Smith celebrates atop of Justify #1 the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith heads into the first turn during the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.   (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith heads into the first turn during the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • Jockey Mike Smith celebrates atop of Justify #1 the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    Jockey Mike Smith celebrates atop of Justify #1 the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Justify is horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner after winning the Belmont Stakes. It is the second time in four years that a horse has won the Triple Crown. American Pharaoh accomplished the feat in 2015.

Gronkowski, the horse named after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finished second behind Justify.

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Long Beach’s Jordan Bell wins NBA Championship as a rookie with Golden State

  • Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell holds the championship trophy after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals to win the NBA championship, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell holds the championship trophy after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals to win the NBA championship, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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  • LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket defended by Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket defended by Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket defended by Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

    Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket defended by Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

  • Jordan Bell #2 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors react against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    Jordan Bell #2 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors react against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Jordan Bell celebrate at the end of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 and swept the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Jordan Bell celebrate at the end of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 and swept the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. reach for a rebound during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

    Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. reach for a rebound during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

  • Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, vie for a rebound during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

    Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, vie for a rebound during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) vies for a rebound against Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, and Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) vies for a rebound against Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, and Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

  • Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Jordan Bell celebrate following Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 and swept the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Jordan Bell celebrate following Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 and swept the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell in the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell in the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell in the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell in the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, center, shoots between Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and forward Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, center, shoots between Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and forward Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James is fouled by Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James is fouled by Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, pool)

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, pool)

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Long Beach Poly alumnus and University of Oregon basketball player Jordan Bell was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft and was quickly traded to the Golden State Warriors.

Bell spend a majority of his rookie season as a role player off the bench for the Warriors but found himself in the starting lineup in 13 games this season at center.

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While most players spend their entire career trying to win an NBA Championship, Bell and the Warriors finished the season with a sweep of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

During the series, Bell had 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

With valuable experience under his belt, Bell’s teammate Kevin Durant expects to see more from the rookie next season.

“I want to see Jordan Bell come back a better player. I want to see Quinn Cook come back a better player,” Durant said after Game 4’s post game press conference. “To have two young guys that contributed and helped us out throughout the whole season, I am excited to see how they come back next year.”

 

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Former USC Trojan / Laker Nick Young wins NBA Finals with the Warriors

  • LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Nick Young #6 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

    LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Nick Young #6 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

  • Nick Young #6 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles with the ball defended by JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

    Nick Young #6 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles with the ball defended by JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, left, shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, left, shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney, left, Klay Thompson, center, and Nick Young run a drill during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney, left, Klay Thompson, center, and Nick Young run a drill during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Nick Young in the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Nick Young in the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Nick Young has spent a lot of time playing basketball in the Los Angeles area.

He played high school basketball at Cleveland High School in Reseda, played college basketball with the USC Trojans and spent time during his professional career with the Lakers and the Clippers.

It wasn’t until his first year with the Golden State that Young won a championship as the Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals.

While Young was limited to five points and two rebounds during the series, he did hit a wide open 3-pointer during the first half of Game 4.

Following the game, he spoke with reporters in the locker room at the Quicken Loans Arena.

“I went from getting snitched on to putting a ring on,” Young said.

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It’s safe to say Young was excited about the victory.

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Cavaliers swept in NBA Finals, what’s next for LeBron James?

  • Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue talks with LeBron James during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue talks with LeBron James during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots as Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green defends during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots as Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green defends during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

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  • Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry shoots next to Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

    Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry shoots next to Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts after getting called for a foul as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James gives him a bump during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/Cleveland.com via AP)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts after getting called for a foul as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James gives him a bump during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/Cleveland.com via AP)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/Cleveland.com via AP)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/Cleveland.com via AP)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots as Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee watches during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots as Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee watches during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks to move past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks to move past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)

  • Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) looks to regain possession between Cleveland Cavaliers forwards LeBron James (23) and Jeff Green during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (Kyle Terada/Pool Photo via AP)

    Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) looks to regain possession between Cleveland Cavaliers forwards LeBron James (23) and Jeff Green during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (Kyle Terada/Pool Photo via AP)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James takes questions at a press conference after the basketball team’s practiced during the NBA Finals, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors lead the series 3-0 with Game 4 on Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James takes questions at a press conference after the basketball team’s practiced during the NBA Finals, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors lead the series 3-0 with Game 4 on Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers fan Seth Lapray poses for a photo in front of a poster featuring Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, before Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers fan Seth Lapray poses for a photo in front of a poster featuring Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, before Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers fan Seth Lapray poses for a photo in front of a poster featuring Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, before Game 4 of the basketball’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

    Cleveland Cavaliers fan Seth Lapray poses for a photo in front of a poster featuring Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, before Game 4 of the basketball’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

  • Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James questions a call during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James questions a call during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee, right, defends Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James in the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

    Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee, right, defends Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James in the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Pool)

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were unsuccessful after being swept in the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

LeBron finished with 23 points in the 108-85 Game 4 loss to the Warriors. He also recorded eight assists and seven rebounds.

With free agency approaching, what’s next for LeBron?

If he decides to opt out of his contract, several teams are expected to woo the superstar to wear their respective uniform next season.

While any decisions from LeBron would have to wait until July, NBA Twitter has shared its reaction as Game 4 of the Finals played out Friday.

After the game:

During the game:

At halftime, LeBron had 16 points with five assists and three rebounds.

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Taking the temperature of the Lakers fan base:

Don’t forget about the billboards in LA.

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OWL Podcast: LA Valiant carry Stage 4 momentum in match with New York Excelsior

The LA Valiant have won the first five matches in Stage 4 of the Overwatch League including its most recent victory over Los Angeles based rival, the Gladiators.

The Valiant will face another tough test against the New York Excelsior, who are back-to-back stage champions.

In this episode, James H. Williams of the Southern California News Group talks with Scott “Custa” Kennedy and Indy “Space” Halpern about the Valiant’s Stage 4 performance, language barriers and the goal of playing in the Grand Finals at the Barclays Center.

Grand Final sold out:

The Overwatch League Grand Final, which will be held at the Barclays Center July 27-28, is officially sold out. Fans purchased more than 20,000 tickets for the event, which is the largest esports event held at the venue.

Six Overwatch League teams will compete in the playoffs, held at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, to punch its ticket to Brooklyn. The two teams that reach the grand finals will compete for a share of the $1.4 million prize pool, the league trophy and the title of the league’s inaugural champions.

All-Star Game voting

Players from each division will compete in the 2018 Overwatch League All-Star festivities at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles on August 25.

The starting lineup for each team will be decided by the fans vote, along with the league’s players, coaches and staff.

You can vote for your favorite players here

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NBA Finals: Reaction to final moments of Warriors’ Game 1 victory over Cavaliers

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors exchange words in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors exchange words in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors get involved in a altercation in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors get involved in a altercation in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors forward David West during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors forward David West during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts between guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts between guard Jordan Clarkson (8) and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gestures during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gestures during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles past Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles past Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers go for a loose ball in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers go for a loose ball in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended by Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended by Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket defended by LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket defended by LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended by Kevin Durant #35 and Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended by Kevin Durant #35 and Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a shot by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a shot by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers directs his team against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers directs his team against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors attempts to pass around LeBron James #23, Jordan Clarkson #8 and Larry Nance Jr. #22 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors attempts to pass around LeBron James #23, Jordan Clarkson #8 and Larry Nance Jr. #22 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half  in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors attemps a layup defended by Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors attemps a layup defended by Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31:  A general view of ORACLE Arena as actress Nayah Damasen performs the national anthem prior to Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA – MAY 31: A general view of ORACLE Arena as actress Nayah Damasen performs the national anthem prior to Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Warriors guard Steph Curry celebrates a 3-pointer during their overtime victory over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Warriors guard Steph Curry celebrates a 3-pointer during their overtime victory over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to a call during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to a call during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson remains on the floor during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson remains on the floor during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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The face of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and the Twitter reaction directed at J.R. Smith summarized the various emotions that made up the final moments of Game 1 in the NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors would manage to win the game in overtime, 124-114, after a long delay in the action and a 51-point performance from James.

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Curry finished with 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

Going into overtime:

With 2.6 seconds left in overtime, words were exchanged between James and Stephen Curry of the Warriors.

During the delay that followed the war of words, Tristan Thompson of the Cavaliers was ejected from the game.

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Overwatch League: Los Angeles Valiant earn Pacific Division victory over the Gladiators

  • Scott “Custa” Kennedy and his teammate Kariv celebrate on the Blizzard Arena stage during the Overwatch League Stage 4 match against the LA Gladiators on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Scott “Custa” Kennedy and his teammate Kariv celebrate on the Blizzard Arena stage during the Overwatch League Stage 4 match against the LA Gladiators on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • A fan of the Los Angeles Gladiators leading the crowd in a cheer in the Blizzard Arena May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    A fan of the Los Angeles Gladiators leading the crowd in a cheer in the Blizzard Arena May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

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  • Queen Valla leads the Los Angeles Valiant players into the Blizzard Arena before the Overwatch League Stage 4 match against the Los Angeles Gladiators on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Queen Valla leads the Los Angeles Valiant players into the Blizzard Arena before the Overwatch League Stage 4 match against the Los Angeles Gladiators on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • A fan of the Los Angeles Gladiators in the Blizzard Arena on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    A fan of the Los Angeles Gladiators in the Blizzard Arena on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Indy “Space” Halpern of the Los Angeles Valiant on the Overwatch League Stage May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Indy “Space” Halpern of the Los Angeles Valiant on the Overwatch League Stage May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • A fan of the Los Angeles Gladiators in the Blizzard Arena on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    A fan of the Los Angeles Gladiators in the Blizzard Arena on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • A fan of the Los Angeles Valiant holds up a “Wings Out” sign in support of the team at the Blizzard Arena on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    A fan of the Los Angeles Valiant holds up a “Wings Out” sign in support of the team at the Blizzard Arena on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Fans of the Los Angeles Gladiators hold up signs in support of the Overwatch League team at the Blizzard Arena on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Fans of the Los Angeles Gladiators hold up signs in support of the Overwatch League team at the Blizzard Arena on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • The starting line up for the Los Angeles Valiant prior to the Overwatch League Stage 4 match against the Los Angeles Gladiators on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    The starting line up for the Los Angeles Valiant prior to the Overwatch League Stage 4 match against the Los Angeles Gladiators on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Fans look on inside the Blizzard Arena as the Los Angeles Valiant play the LA Gladiators in the Overwatch League’s Battle for LA rivalry on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Fans look on inside the Blizzard Arena as the Los Angeles Valiant play the LA Gladiators in the Overwatch League’s Battle for LA rivalry on May 30, 2018. (Photo by Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

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BURBANK >> The Los Angeles Valiant made a statement with its ‘Battle for LA’ series clinching victory over the Los Angeles Gladiators, 3-0-1, at the Blizzard Arena on Wednesday.

The Valiant remain undefeated in Stage 4 of the Overwatch League and the top seed in the Pacific Division. The Gladiators suffer its first loss of the stage.

Despite a perfect record from both teams coming into the match, the Gladiators were considered by many to be the favorite against the Valiant.

“I don’t disagree because the Gladiators have played very well,” said Scott “Custa” Kennedy of the Valiant. “I don’t think they showed up 100 percent today but the more important thing is that we punished them for that.”

Both teams started the match in a stalemate on Blizzard World and the map was eventually ruled a draw. The outcome of the first map provided a confidence boost for the Valiant, who haven’t had the best luck against league competition on the map.

“We are terrible at Blizzard World and they are really good at it,” Custa said.

The Gladiators were 7-0 against opponents on Blizzard World.

The Valiant continued to chipped away at the Gladiators throughout the remainder of the match and eventually swept the final three maps.

“We just played like we usually do,” said Indy “Space” Halpern of the Valiant. “We communicated really well and focused as a team… I think this win has definitely changed people’s perspective on us. The Gladiators are one of the best teams and beating them convincingly is good for us.”

The Valiant’s Terence “Soon” Tarlier was named player of the match for his performance against the Gladiators.

Playing as the Widowmaker character, Soon dealt 36,959 in hero damage while recording 53 eliminations and 36 final blows.

The Valiant will need to hold on to that momentum during its two days off before returning to competition Saturday against the New York Excelsior, who are back-to-back stage champions and considered as the league’s best team.

“This next match will be our hardest so far,” Space said. “We are going to try and make it as competitive as possible and really go for that win.”

“I think the match with New York, win or lose, will be a feeling out period,” Custa said. “We need to beat New York to win this league… we are going into this match focused on playing our best and seeing where we stand.”

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2018 NBA Finals ticket prices are the lowest since 2015 Warriors-Cavaliers match up

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will meet for a fourth consecutive NBA Finals series.

The average price of tickets sold for the Golden State Warriors vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals over the last four seasons. (Graphic and data courtesy of Vivid Seats)
The average price of tickets sold for the Golden State Warriors vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals over the last four seasons. (Graphic and data courtesy of Vivid Seats)

The Finals start 6 p.m. PT Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Tickets are available to watch the game live but it will be up to the fans to find the best value.

The good news for fans interested in the 2018 series, early sales data from Vivid Seats has shown that the average ticket price is the lowest since 2015.

What’s still available?

An upper level seat will cost at least $485 each on StubHub but if you are looking for something closer to the court, individual ticket cost at least $3,000.

If you don’t mind standing in the upper level throughout the game, tickets were on sale for as low as $409 on StubHub.

If you are looking to treat yourself, a single VIP courtside (row BB) ticket is available for $11,703.

For the big ballers looking to attend Game 1, the most expensive ticket available on Vivid Seats is a pair of VIP courtside (row AA) tickets worth $47,723 each.

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Game 7 Reaction: LeBron James and the Cavaliers hold off the Celtics to reach NBA Finals

  • Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue hoists the trophy after beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue hoists the trophy after beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James salutes after his team was presented the trophy for beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James salutes after his team was presented the trophy for beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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  • Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, rear, celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-point basket during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, rear, celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-point basket during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, front left, loses control of the ball as he drives in front of Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, front left, loses control of the ball as he drives in front of Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, loses control of the ball past of Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, loses control of the ball past of Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, front left, and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, right, fight for the ball during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, front left, and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, right, fight for the ball during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown passes the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown passes the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Boston Celtics forward Al Horford, right, during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Boston Celtics forward Al Horford, right, during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball as Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) and guard Terry Rozier, right, defend during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball as Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) and guard Terry Rozier, right, defend during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives through the defense of Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, forward Marcus Morris, rear, and center Aron Baynes, right, during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives through the defense of Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, forward Marcus Morris, rear, and center Aron Baynes, right, during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) react in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) react in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, reacts in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, reacts in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates as his team pulls away from the Boston Celtics near the end of the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates as his team pulls away from the Boston Celtics near the end of the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) chase a loose ball during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) chase a loose ball during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) makes a pass in front of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) makes a pass in front of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens signals from the sideline during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens signals from the sideline during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gives instructions from the sideline during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gives instructions from the sideline during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives between Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) and center Aron Baynes (46) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives between Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) and center Aron Baynes (46) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives into Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, front, during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. James was charged with an foul. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives into Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, front, during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. James was charged with an foul. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green, rear, knocks the ball away from Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green, rear, knocks the ball away from Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Players on the Cleveland Cavaliers bench cheer their teammates during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Players on the Cleveland Cavaliers bench cheer their teammates during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, center, drives between Cleveland Cavaliers forwards LeBron James, left, and Larry Nance Jr., right, during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, center, drives between Cleveland Cavaliers forwards LeBron James, left, and Larry Nance Jr., right, during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, left, defends against Boston Celtics forward Al Horford during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, left, defends against Boston Celtics forward Al Horford during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, right, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James react after James didn’t cross the half court line in the allotted time during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, right, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James react after James didn’t cross the half court line in the allotted time during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill, left, and forward Jeff Green, right, fight for position with Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill, left, and forward Jeff Green, right, fight for position with Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the 2018 NBA Finals after a 87-79 victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics in Boston.

The Cavaliers will await the winner of the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets series. Cleveland will start the series on the road.

The loss was the first for the Celtics at home during the postseason.

Reaction:

LeBron James was one assist shy of a triple-double performance after finishing the game with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavaliers. Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum had 24 points and seven rebounds.

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Stanley Cup 2018: Ticket prices likely to reach a new high as the Vegas Golden Knights host Washington Capitals

  • Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights passes under pressure from Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals during the second period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights passes under pressure from Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals during the second period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals skates against Nate Schmidt #88 of the Vegas Golden Knights behind the net as Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Golden Knights looks on during the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals skates against Nate Schmidt #88 of the Vegas Golden Knights behind the net as Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Golden Knights looks on during the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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  • Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Brayden McNabb #3 of the Vegas Golden Knights fall into the boards behind the net during the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Brayden McNabb #3 of the Vegas Golden Knights fall into the boards behind the net during the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • James Neal #18 of the Vegas Golden Knights and John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals fight for the puck during the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    James Neal #18 of the Vegas Golden Knights and John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals fight for the puck during the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates with the puck against Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates with the puck against Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 3-0. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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The 2018 Stanley Cup Finals matchup is set as the Vegas Golden Knights will attempt to conclude its inaugural season as the NHL’s champion while the Washington Capitals look to play the spoiler.

The series will have a lot to offer considering Vegas’ storybook season and the veteran players on the Capitals’ roster such as Alex Ovechkin.

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A limited number of single game tickets for Golden Knights’ home games in the T-Mobile Arena will go on sale Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m. PT.

According to VividSeats, the 2018 Stanley Cup could be the most expensive ever with the average ticket price of $1,087.

The average price for a ticket to a 2018 Stanley Cup game, according to VividSeats.
(Illustration by VividSeats)

Here is the Stanley Cup schedule and where to watch:

  • Monday, May 28, 5 p.m. PT: Capitals @ Golden Knights on NBC.
  • Wednesday, May 30, 5 p.m. PT: Capitals @ Golden Knights on NBCSN.
  • Saturday, June 2, 5 p.m. PT: Golden Knights @ Capitals on NBCSN.
  • Monday, June 4, 5 p.m. PT: Golden Knights @ Capitals on NBC.
  • *Thursday, June 7, 5 p.m. PT: Capitals @ Golden Knights on NBC.
  • *Sunday, June 10, 5 p.m. PT: Golden Knights @ Capitals on NBC.
  • *Wednesday, June 13, 5 p.m. PT: Capitals @ Golden Knights on NBC.
* - if necessary

If there was ever a reason to travel to Las Vegas, the first two games of the series may be it.

Hockey fans from Maryland and Virginia are two of the Top 5 states in terms of visitors on the Golden Knights’ ticket page. While the Golden Knights have home ice advantage, expect Washington fans to travel well on the road.

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Overwatch League: Void makes debut as LA Gladiators win, Space leads LA Valiant over Mayhem

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GLADIATORS 3, OUTLAWS 1 >> The Houston Outlaws managed to take the first game of the match against the Los Angeles Gladiators, who used the game as an opportunity to try a new player in the starting lineup.

Jun-woo “Void” Kang, who signed with the Gladiators on April 2nd but remained away as he awaited visa approval, made his Overwatch League debut and was reunited with Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek.

Void and Fissure were teammates on Team KongDoo Panthera in the Overwatch APEX circuit of South Korea.

Void had a limited role in his first match, playing Games 1 and 3 while Aaron “Bischu” Kim would sub in and play Games 2 and 4.

The Gladiators would make a statement in Game 2 with a defensive stand on the Hanamura map.

Big Goose, Fissure, Hydration and Shaz did not suffer an elimination on defense as they held Houston’s attack to 47 percent.

The Gladiators would compliment its defensive stand with a strong attack to secure a quick Game 2 victory.

The team carried that momentum throughout the rest of the match by winning the final two games.

Hydration was tabbed as the player of the game for his work as the Junkrat character. He had 37 eliminations and 12 deaths. Among his 37 eliminations were 10 rip-tire kills and 11 concussion mine kills.

The Gladiators remain in the hunt for a spot in the season playoffs but cannot look to far ahead as they return Thursday to play the Mayhem.

LA Valiant 3, Florida Mayhem 1 >> Indy “Space” Halpern lead the way for the Los Angeles Valiant in the win over the Florida Mayhem and remain unbeaten after its first three Stage 4 matches.

Playing as the Zarya character, Space recorded 18,522 in hero damage and 43 eliminations over four maps played. Despite 10 total deaths during the match, he did have 33 high energy kills and 10 final blows while maintaining an average of 51.36 percent of his energy. He had 21 of his 43 eliminations on the Gibraltar map in Game 4.

The Mayhem did take the first game of the match on King’s Row but it would serve as the wake up call for the Valiant, who went on the sweep the final three maps.

The Valiant will return to the Blizzard Arena for its second match of Week 2 Friday against the Boston Uprising.

The Uprising, who finished as the Stage 3 runner-up, are looking for its first win of Stage 4 and were swept Wednesday by the Dallas Fuel.

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Watch Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hit another home run during batting practice

Prior to the road game against the Blue Jays, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hit a home run that reached the upper deck during batting-practice at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Sound familiar? Ohtani hit a 513 foot home run during batting-practice last Saturday at Angel Stadium.

And yes, the question of whether Ohtani would compete in the Home Run Derby is being asked.

Scioscia said he wouldn’t object if Ohtani is chosen to participate in the All-Star competition in July.

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“That’s a player’s decision,” Scioscia said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of things that go into it, as far as what a player decides, but it’s always been the prerogative of the player if he wants to participate.”

If you need another reason to get you excited about Ohtani this week, he is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the New York Yankees.

Ohtani’s scheduled counterpart is fellow Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees.

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Overwatch League: New York Excelsior dominates Boston Uprising in Stage 3 final

BURBANK >> The next chapter in the New York – Boston sports rivalry has been written with the title “esports.”

The New York Excelsior spoiled the undefeated Boston Uprising in the Stage 3 finale, 3-0-1.

A story similar to Super Bowl XLII.

The Excelsior have back-to-back stage titles and a $100,000 bonus while ending the Uprising’s 15-game win streak at the Blizzard Arena: Los Angeles.

“I personally watched many videos of (Los Angeles) Valiant vs. Boston,” Yeon-Jun Hong (Ark), a player for Excelsior, said about his team’s preparation. “I think those are our playoff enemies.”

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New York already clinched a spot for the season playoffs and can approach the Stage 4 competition as a chance to experiment with different strategies.

While Boston did not capture the crown, the team did pick up valuable experience in its first playoff appearance and can only hope to carry that into the fourth and final stage of the season.

“I know for me at least it was mostly just a difference in attitude,” Lucas Meissner (Note) of Uprising said about the difference in Stage 3 compared to the first two stages of the season. “A lot time going into a game with any sort of mindset that is not a positive ‘we can win this’ (attitude) … is detrimental to the team.”

The final match was not the only dominate performance of the evening, as both Boston and New York swept the two Los Angeles based teams in the semifinal.

The Uprising defeated the Los Angeles Gladiators, 3-0,  while the Valiant were swept by New York.

It was also the first time either Los Angeles team reached a stage playoff.

All of the league’s teams will take a short break before returning for the first day of Stage 4 competition on May 16 with a fresh start and a new chance to compete in a stage playoff. The stage will feature at least one new hero, Brigitte, for the players to choose from.

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Overwatch League: Los Angeles based teams advance to Stage 3 playoffs

  • Overwatch League fans greet London Spitfire players entering the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Overwatch League fans greet London Spitfire players entering the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Shanghai Dragons and London Spitfire went head-to-head in an Overwatch League Stage 3 match at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Shanghai Dragons and London Spitfire went head-to-head in an Overwatch League Stage 3 match at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

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  • Shanghai Dragons fans react during the team’s head-to-head match against London Spitfire at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Shanghai Dragons fans react during the team’s head-to-head match against London Spitfire at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Overwatch League fans enter the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Overwatch League fans enter the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • The Blizzard Arena host the Overwatch League Stage 3 event May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    The Blizzard Arena host the Overwatch League Stage 3 event May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • The Boston Uprising select the Los Angeles Gladiators as its Overwatch League Stage 3 semifinal opponent at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    The Boston Uprising select the Los Angeles Gladiators as its Overwatch League Stage 3 semifinal opponent at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Reperesents from the New York Excelsior, Los Angeles Valiant, the Los Angeles Gladiators wait for the Boston Uprising’s playoff announcement at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Reperesents from the New York Excelsior, Los Angeles Valiant, the Los Angeles Gladiators wait for the Boston Uprising’s playoff announcement at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Pan-Seung “Fate” Koo leads the Los Angeles Valiant into the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Pan-Seung “Fate” Koo leads the Los Angeles Valiant into the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Los Angeles Valiant defeat the Philadelphia Fusion in a Overwatch League Stage 3 match at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Los Angeles Valiant defeat the Philadelphia Fusion in a Overwatch League Stage 3 match at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Sang-Beom “Munchkin” Byun of the Seoul Dynasty at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

    Sang-Beom “Munchkin” Byun of the Seoul Dynasty at the Blizzard Arena May 5, 2018. (Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)

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It came down to the final day of scheduled matches to determine the Overwatch League’s Stage 3 playoff field and how it would all shake out.

The Philadelphia Fusion, who were required to sweep the Los Angeles Valiant to keep its playoff hopes alive, had its dreams shattered following a Game 1 loss that knock the team out of playoff contention. As a result, the Los Angeles Gladiators were locked in as the fourth and final seed to compete on Sunday.

In prior stage playoffs, the top seed was given a bye into the final match while the second and third place teams would compete for the other spot.

For this stage, the perk for being the top seed was the option to choose its semifinal opponent. The Boston Uprising, who went undefeated throughout Stage 3, decided to challenge the Gladiators as its semifinal opponent.

This leaves Valiant and the New York Excelsior as the other head-to-head semifinal match.

It will be a tough hill to climb for both LA teams but playing in front of the home crowd at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank may provide a small advantage.

What’s on the line in the Stage 3 finals? The winner will earn $100 thousand while the runner-up will earn $25 thousand.

Schedule (Sunday, May 6, 2018):

Semifinal Match (1 p.m. PDT) – Boston Uprising vs. Los Angeles Gladiators

Semifinal Match (3 p.m. PDT) – Los Angeles Valiant vs. the New York Excelsior

Stage 3 Final (5 p.m. PDT) – Winner of semifinal No. 1 vs. semifinal No. 2

 

Ticket information:

General Admission is $30 per ticket and can be purchased here.

How to watch:

If you can’t make it out to the arena, you can watch the event on Twitch.

Live updates:

You can follow @JHWreporter on Twitter or follow along below for live updates.

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