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Jalen Rose has apologized after making a racist comment about Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love.

Rose made the comments last week on his Jalen & Jacoby podcast.

The ESPN analyst lit up Twitter when he said Love was a token on the USA men's basketball team.

During the podcast last week, Rose declared the USA Basketball governing body should send an all-Black team to Tokyo to represent the U.S. in the Olympics next months.

"Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism. Don't be scared to make an all-Black team representing the United States of America."

Rose justified his comments by saying Love was not qualified to earn a spot on the Olympics team.

"Anybody that watched the league this year knows Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad," Rose said.

He claimed USA Basketball only saw Love's white skin color, even though the entire 2016 USA men's basketball team was Black.

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Love won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 London Games. Additionally, the Cavaliers, with Love and LeBron James, won the 2016 NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors.

Rose, a former NBA player, apologized on Monday, saying, "But you know why I'm apologizing right now? To the game. Because I'm what the game made me. I was raised by the all-time greats, and you know what I would never want to do? Disappoint [Rose's late mother] Jeanie Rose or disappoint the all-time greats that raised me."

Twitter accused Rose of jealousy because he was never an all-star, he never won an NBA ring and he was never on the Olympic team.

In the 2000 NBA Finals, Rose intentionally tried to hurt Kobe Bryant by putting his foot under Bryant, when the Lakers star went up for a jump shot.
 

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Former NCAA track & field champion CeCe Telfer was ruled ineligible for the Olympic trials due to higher than normal testosterone levels.

Testosterone is a male sex hormone produced in the testicles that stimulates male secondary sex characteristics such as facial and body hair, deep voice, and muscular upper body build.

Biological women produce tiny amounts of testosterone in their ovaries.

Under World Athletics guidelines released in 2019, athletes can't compete for the USA in international women's events if their testosterone levels are high.

Testosterone levels must be below 5 nmol/L for a span of 12 months. In biological women, the normal testosterone range is 0.06 to 1.68 nmol/L.

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Telfer, a Jamaican-born male-to-female transgender, is the first openly transgender male bodied person to win an NCAA women's title.

While a student athlete at Franklin Pierce University, Telfer first competed in the men's track and field division from 2016 to 2017 before transitioning, and winning first place in the women's 400-meter hurdles event in June 2019.

Helfer, who was raised by a single mother, is one of three children. The family moved from Jamaica to Canada when Telfer was 12.

Telfer's lawyer, David McFarland, said Telfer would respect the decision.

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The Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers 103-96 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Atlanta is headed to its first Eastern Conference finals since 2015.

Hawks star guard Trae Young scored 21 points despite dismal 5-of-23 shooting from the field.

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Joel Embiid scored 31 points in a losing effort for the No. 1 seed Philadelphia.

This marks the first time since 1973 that both No. 1 seeds will not make the East conference finals. The No. 4 seed Los Angeles Clippers defeated No. 1 seed Utah Jazz 131-119 at Vivint Arena in Game 7 on Friday, June 18.

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Atlanta takes on No. 3 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the conference finals. The Bucks eliminated No. 2 Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in overtime in Game 7 at Barclays Center on Saturday.

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Trade rumors ran rampant on Twitter.com after star point guard Ben Simmons phoned in another dreadful game on Sunday.

Philly had coach Doc Rivers seemed to second guess his star's skills during the post-game conference. Rivers has lost nine Game 7s in his career.

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Philadelphia blew a 26-point lead as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the 76ers 109-106 to take an improbable 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Philadelphia collapsed in the 4th quarter, as Atlanta - led by scrappy guard Trae Young (pictured), began their incredible comeback.

The Hawks trailed by 22 points at halftime of Game 5 at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday. The 76ers led by 26 points three minutes into the third quarter.

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The Hawks outscored the 76ers 40-19 in the 4th quarter. Young scored 25 of his 39 points in the 4th to give the Hawks a 3-2 series lead.

Young scored 13 of his fourth-quarter points in the final 4:30 to silence the crowd for good. Young hit five free throws in the final seconds to seal the win and hand Philly its worst playoffs choke in team history.

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Philadelphia's star power forward Joel Embiid was hobbled by a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. But Philly head coach Doc Rivers wasn't concerned about Embiid's knee prior to Game 5.

"I have no more [concern]," Rivers said on Tuesday. "I really don't. Obviously, he's not going to be exactly what it was all the time with the injury, but I'll take what we have. So I have no concern."

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NBA expert Jack Maloney praised Hawks veteran Lou Williams (#6) who came off the bench to score 13 points in just over four minutes.

"Williams did what he's been doing his whole career, and got hot in a hurry," Maloney wrote, "there's no way the Hawks win this game without him. This was a big time performance from the veteran."

"Nobody was hanging their heads. Nobody was pouting on the bench," Williams said. "You couldn't tell from the body language that we were down big throughout the majority of this game."

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NBA legend Allen Iverson watched as his beloved 76ers let Game 5 slip away on the 76ers home court.

"These guys just don't give up. They continue to fight," head coach Nate McMillan said in the post-game press conference.

Atlanta can close out the series in Game 6 at home on Friday, June 18, at Philips Arena (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Watch Game 5 highlights below.
 

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Chris Paul entered the NBA's health and safety protocol after testing positive for Covid-19, according to the Phoenix Suns.

Paul received both Pfizer mRNA vaccine shots, said a source speaking anonymously to The Associated Press.

Covid mRNA vaccines do not protect against contracting the virus or transmitting the virus. However, the CDC continues to urge people to take the still experimental shots.

Paul could be cleared to return quicker than someone who tested positive for the virus but didn't take the shots.

In March, after all teams chose to receive the vaccines, the NBA said "if an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the previous protocols apply” — meaning anyone with those symptoms “may be subject to quarantine” regardless of their vaccination status.

Phoenix practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday without Paul, in preparation for the start of the Western Conference finals next week.

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Paul embraced Head coach Monte Williams after scoring 37 points in Game 4 to help the Suns sweep the Denver Nuggets in the Conference semifinals on June 13 at Ball Arena in Denver.

The Suns will take on the winner of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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Retired boxing champ Floyd Mayweather returned to the ring on Sunday night, June 6, for an exhibition fight with YouTuber Logan Paul.

The two pugilists went toe-to-toe for eight rounds without a knockout at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, and Floyd confessed that Logan surprised him with his skills.

"I was surprised by him tonight. He's a great young fighter - strong and tough. He's better than I thought he was."

However, fans who paid $50 to watch the bout were not impressed with either fighter. Many fans demanded their money back after it appeared that Floyd held Logan up to prevent him from slumping to the canvas in the sixth round.

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They hollered that the fight was fixed - and that the 44-year-old champ deliberately went easy on Logan to avoid knocking him out.

Prior to the Logan boxing match, Floyd expressed concern that fans would demand their money back if the Logan fight ended with an early knockout.

He had good reason to be worried.

The undefeated champion boxer retired as a professional fighter in 2017 with a pristine 50-0 record. But he grew bored with retired life, so he agreed to participate in exhibition fights if the money was right.

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On New Year's Ever 2018, he fought 20-year-old Japanese kick boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Tokyo. The three-round exhibition ended with three first-round knockouts.

Tenshin was seen crying on camera -- and boxing fans howled over what they believed was a rigged fight.

Floyd is now considering another easy exhibition fight -- maybe against Paul's brother, Jake Paul, who loudly challenged the fighter to a match earlier this year.

Watch highlights from the fight below.
 

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The Phoenix Suns eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 113-100 in Game 6 on Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

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The Suns won their first NBA playoff series since 2010, eliminating the Lakers 4 games to 2.

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Lakers forward LeBron James (#23) finished with 29 points, nine rebounds, 7 assists, two blocked shots and 1 steal in a losing effort.

James was eliminated in the first round for the first time ever in his 18-year career, which includes 4 championships.

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The Lakers didn't have their eight-time All-star center Anthony Davis (#3) who suffered a groin injury in Game 4 and missed all of Game 5 of the series.

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The team doctor gave Davis the OK to return to the starting lineup in Game 6. However, Davis was in obvious pain and struggled in the opening minutes. He headed to the locker room after playing less than 5 1/2 minutes of the 1st quarter.

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The Suns' star guard Devin Booker (#1) led all scorers with a playoffs career-high 47 points, 11 rebounds and eight 3-pointers. He made all six 3-point attempts in the 1st quarter.

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"I've been working my whole life for this moment... so it wasn't time to shy away from it," Booker told reporters after the game.

Booker and teammate Jae Crowder were ejected from the game in the final minute for a flagrant foul and a technical respectively.

Chris Paul scored 8 points and had 12 assists for the Suns.

Fans were angry that LeBron James walked off the court without shaking hands with the Western Conference champs after the game.

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He made up for his unsportsmanlike conduct by gifting a signed jersey to Booker, who sought him out in the arena tunnel after the game.

The Suns next face Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in game 1 of the second round on Monday, June 7, in Phoenix.

The Nuggets eliminated Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers 126-115 to clinch game 6 in Portland on Thursday night.

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Serena Williams dropped a set in her 3rd round victory against Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu on day 4 of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris.

Williams beat Buzarnescu 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to advance to the 3rd round, where she faces 27-year-old Danielle Rose Collins, of St. Petersburg, Florida.

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The 38-year-old mom-of-one is seeded 7th in the Grand Slam tournament. She is chasing an elusive record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.

Williams hasn't won the French Open since 2015 and hasn't made it past the quarterfinals at Roland Garros since giving birth to her daughter in 2017.

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She supported tennis superstar Naomi Osaka who withdrew from the tournament on Monday after she was fined $15,000 for refusing to speak to the press.

Osaka, 23, beat Patricia Maria Tig in the first round on Sunday, and was scheduled to face Ana Bogdan in the second round on Wednesday.

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"I feel for Naomi," Williams told reporters on Monday. "I wish I could give her a hug because I know what it's like. I've been in those positions. We have different personalities.

"People are different and not everyone is the same. I'm thick [skinned] and other people are thin. Everyone is different and everyone handles things differently. You just have to let her handle it the way she wants to and the best way she thinks she can. I think she's doing the best that she can."

Her sister, Venus Williams, was more blunt.

The former No. 1 women's tennis player told reporters:

"I know every single person asking me a question can't play as well as I can and never will. So, no matter what you say or what you write, you'll never light a candle to me."

 

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Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open after she was fined $15,000 and threatened with disqualification for refusing to take part in a press conferences.

The 23-year-old tennis champ, who plays for Japan, was a no-show during her post-match press conference on Sunday, May 30, after defeating Romania's Patricia Maria Tig.

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Tournament officials at Roland Garros threatened Naomi and warned her that higher fines and a possible suspension could be issued if she refused to speak to the press.

Osaka made headlines last week when she issued a statement saying she would skip post-match press conferences at the French Open, citing mental health concerns.

"I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.

"We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I'm just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me."

And in an email to French Open officials Naomi insisted her actions are "100 percent nothing against the French Open or even the press members themselves."

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In a statement posted on social media on Sunday, the world's No. 2 women's tennis player wrote:

"Hey everyone, this isn't a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.

"I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that."

Tournament bosses released a statement that read: "We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations, she would be exposing herself to possible further code of conduct infringement consequences."

Officials said "repeat violations" could result in "tougher sanctions including default from the tournament and the trigger of a major offense investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions."

Naomi was scheduled to play against Romania's Ana Bogdan during the French Open on Wednesday.

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The New York Knicks have banned a rude fan who spit on Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs at Madison Square Garden.

The fan, who was in the second row, spit over those sitting in the front row -- including rapper 50 Cent and his girlfriend.

The ball club investigated the incident and concluded the fan was not a season ticket holder.

"We investigated the matter and determined that this patron, who is not a season ticket holder, did indeed spit on Trae Young, and for that reason, he is now banned from The Garden indefinitely."

The statement continued:

"We apologize to Trae and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for this fan's behavior. This was completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our venue. We have turned the information over to the appropriate authorities."

The team did not address reports that Knicks fans received handouts instructing them to chant "Trae Young is balding!"

Young responded to a video of the spitting incident on Twitter Thursday morning.

"Damn Crazy! @50cent y'all good?! Crazy ! Keep ya mask on my boy "#ThatsJustChildish."