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For The NYC Title, Brooklyn Tech’s Team Will Step In The Arena (Documentary)

If you cannot wrap your head around ‘step team’ as a sports/athletic activity, look at this and reconsider. Just saying. They go in as hard as any team on the court (or anywhere else).

You won’t find the most successful team at Brooklyn Technical High School on the basketball court or on the football field. You’ll find them stepping in the cafeteria – sweating, laughing and striving to keep their crown as NYC’s regional champions. In this VICE Sports exclusive, we met up with the all-female Lady Dragons step team to see their pressure-packed final days of preparation for NYC regionals.
– VICE SPORTS

Great story, regardless of what you ‘decide’ about the nature of the competition.

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Changing The Game: Lacrosse Comes To Harlem (Video)

Up top, it’s all about the blacktop. The lyric, “Basketball is my favorite sport,” not lacrosse… right? Well, these kids are into it AND it’s helping them level up to a better shot in life.

Basketball courts may still dominate north of 125th Street in New York City, but more kids than ever are taking up lacrosse as their sport of choice. We followed Javon to hear what his friends think about lacrosse and how he plans to make his mark on the game.
– VICE SPORTS

Watch. Might have to change that lyric.

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SlamBall, Born In The USA, Has Been Reborn In China (Documentary)

Just to review, or introduce… SlamBall is a bouncy-bouncy version of basketball played on floors with embedded trampolines to facilitate super-high leaps and bounds. As described in the above doc vid, the game is pretty ‘video gamish’ and due to business and sports culture trending downfalls, SlamBall got ‘slammed’ in the U.S. However, it has found life in China.

“We never left, we just needed to take the best path for us,” says SlamBall’s creator Mason Gordon. After years with little exposure other than showcases and bar conversations between nostalgic fans, Slamball is now experiencing a resurgence in China. With a focus on bringing programs to universities before securing any TV rights, the sport is finding a foothold in a basketball-obsessed nation. VICE Sports traveled to China to check out the nation’s first facility and take in the scene.
– VICE SPORTS

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Season 4 Of “Ballers” Debuts This Weekend On HBO (Trailer)

Is it just us or are they teasing some #TakeAKnee moments for this season of “Ballers?” Televise the revolution then!

Spencer is ready to change the world. Get ready for the revolution. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry. Season 4 of Ballers premieres Sunday, August 12 at 10PM.
– HBO.

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Boogie Cousins Speaking On His Path To Joining Golden State Warriors For The League Veteran Minimum (Video)

And they’re doing the interview from Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr’s office.

DeMarcus Cousins sits down with ESPN’s Chris Haynes to discuss his tumultuous 2018 offseason NBA free agency, signing with the Golden State Warriors, fan backlash, and more.
– ESPN

Watch. With all that’s going on, Boogie is looking beyond ‘laid back’ in this sit-down; like he popped half a bottle of f**k pills. Gonna be interesting to see how this whole situation plays out on the court.

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Discovery Channel’s Cage Match: Shaq Vs. Sharks (Video)

He thought it was ‘Shaq Week’ but nah, son, it is “SHARK Week” on Discovery Channel… every year. But props to the Big Shaqtus for leaving the land and braving the depth to do a face-to-face the potentially vicious fishes, mano y (um) shark-o.

Shaq faced his fears and conquered them. Turns out that there wasn’t much to fear… until A SHARK GOT INTO THE CAGE THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT HIM!!

Yeah. That happened. Hit the jump and see.

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African-American Cowgirls Are Breaking Stereotypes (Video)

Had a Black cowboy story the other day (bull rider Neil Holmes), right? But what do you know about these Black cowgirls though… That’s right! Click play and learn.

@ojones1

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Neil Holmes Might Be The Last Black Bull Rider In The South (Documentary)

In case you didn’t know, roughly a fourth of the cowboys of old were Black. Today though, the world of professional bull riding, a sport rooted in ranching culture, is predominantly White. And when Neil Holmes leaves… even more so.

On this episode of ‘MINORITY REPORTS,’ VICE sent Lee Adams to Texas to meet Neil Holmes and Ezekiel Mitchell—two Black bull riders at different points in their careers—to find out what it’s like as a person of color trying to make it in the predominantly White world of professional bull riding. Holmes—an accomplished pro on the eve of his retirement—explains how he got into bull riding and talks about leaving the sport as the only Black pro ranked in the top 100 bull riders. Desperately trying to fill Holmes’s shoes is Mitchell, who’s struggled with the funds to travel, and has experienced racism in the sport first-hand.
– VICE

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Paul George: My Journey (Documentary Series)

ESPN SportsCenter’s three-part series on Paul George’s free agency. Puts perspective on his career ‘road’ with all the curves, bumps, and straightaways. Start with Part 1 above, then get the rest after the jump.

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Comedy: QB Tavaris Jackson Caught The Gun Charge, But Wifey Fired The Shots (Video)

Yeah, yeah. Sure it was a dangerous situation. But as KevOnStage will tell you, everyone lived, so we could laugh at THIS! Maaaan, Jackson’s woman’s petty level is SAVAGE… even at gunpoint! Bwaaaaahhh!

@ojones1

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10 Essentials Kyrie Irving Can’t Live Without (Video)

Kyrie listed his notebook as his first essential, right off the top. When we posted Pusha T’s list on here, did anybody hear him say ‘notebook’ as part of his Essentials list (asking… would be interesting if the basketballer said ‘notebook’ but the emcee did not… just saying)?

From his notebook full of ideas to a Rolex Sky-Dweller, here are 10 items Kyrie Irving can’t live without. Kyrie stars in “Uncle Drew,” out in theaters June 29th.
– GQ

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Prince Moved Into Carlos Boozer’s Mansion And Tricked It Out (Video)

Really Boozer? Prince turned it into a nightclub… “wiggy wiggy” though?? Bahaaaa!

The year Boozer rented his home to Prince. Carlos Boozer recounts his memories from the year he rented out his L.A. mansion to Prince.
– NBA

Great story, expertly told. RIP Prince. Guess when you rent a mansion for $95K a MONTH, you’re not just making it rain, you’re making it Purple Rain (with new decor and more)!

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Have A Look At The Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Scale Model (Video)

Behind the scenes video on the making of the new Las Vegas Raiders Stadium scale model. It’s on display now at the Raiders preview center at Town Square in Las Vegas. Looks cool! A trip to Vegas to see it up close might need to happen. Soon!

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BeingSean: Friday Night Races And A Happy Father’s Day Weekend

Thank you, Andrea and Syd, for an AWESOME WEEKEND!!! I loved every minute of it. AND Happy Fathers Day guys!!!!!
– BeingSean.com

The realest talk. Give Dad what he really wants on Father’s Day, and he’ll be head-over-heels. Not because it’s required (real Dads don’t need a ‘day’ to recognize that), but just because… and out of real love. Awesome piece from the homie Sean. Check it out.

Father’s Day weekend was a little different for me this year in that Syd is spending the entire summer with her mom versus one month. See I’m used to Syd being at the house for most of the summer and this year I had to do the “I’m the summer dad” pickup for the weekend. It was… weird. 

Andrea and Syd both asked me what I wanted to do well in advance but as most dads know, we don’t need a special day to tell us we are great dads. Syd suggested we go to the Friday night drag races which is something we both enjoy doing. Andrea has never been so this was a first for her. Side note… (more)

(Keep reading at BeingSean.com)

Tiger Woods $20 Million Dollar Yacht (Video)

So this li’l gem allows Tiger to tuck away but stay close to the course. He’s pretty much got a mini-MANSION on the water! Don’t hate the player…

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Pittsburgh Steelers Star Antonio Brown Goes Sneaker Shopping (Video)

They do manage cover a bit more ground than what they wanna walk the ground in. Like Joe does with all his interviewees. Check this ep out though.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown goes Sneaker Shopping with Complex’s Joe La Puma at Kith in Miami and talks about his mom lining up for Air Jordans, his friendship with Odell Beckham Jr., and his custom cleats.
– Complex

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Stephen A. Smith Speaks On How He Made His Way Into Sports Journalism And On Marijuana Use (Video)

Stephen A. gets a ‘loose’ as his situation will allow. You know, can’t really get smoked out on camera even when he is off work. Must maintain the rep. But he does tell The DoggFather about his body part preference on a woman (i.e. that he is a ‘bottom feeder’).

On the latest episode of GGN, Smith chopped it up with Uncle Snoop in the studio and told stories about climbing from New York City to the top of the sports media food chain, bringing Snoop on his early shows and, of course, the reasoning behind his famously anti-cannabis tagline, “stay off the weeeed” (“I got family members that do it, I got friends that do it, but it’s not about the weed, it’s about the fact that it’s costing you money!”)
– Westfest TV

Ohhhh and wait until you see the Stormy Fronts weather forecast (wow)!

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Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant Confesses That He Was ‘Happy’ About J.R. Smith’s Game 1 Blunder, But Not Laughing About It (Video)

Made the Cavs look like the Browns. Man, that’s COLD! Kimmel and KD sit down and chat about a few things.

Kevin talks about winning the NBA Finals two years in a row, JR Smith’s infamous mistake, the possibility of LeBron James going to Golden State, re-watching his great plays after games, and he reveals who on the team partied the most after they won.
Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Jalen Rose Vs. Jay Williams Debating Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James (Video)

C’mon! Are you kidding me?? It’s not even close! We know who’d win, head-up, one-on-one, right? Yeah, you already know… Alright then. That’s all I gotta say.

You cannot tell me in a one-on-one game though that LeBron James wouldn’t dominate Mike.
Jay Williams

Okay. And that’s all that Jay is gonna say. Hahaaa!

@ojones1

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Lebron James Historic Game 7 Highlights In Eastern Conference Finals (Video)

You see the headline. You’ve likely seen the game or heard cheers/lamentations about it by now. Well, relive the joy and/or pain of Game 7 (starring The James Gang aka Cleveland Cavaliers).

The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics, 87-79 tonight in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to win the series 4-3 and advance to the NBA Finals. LeBron James led all scorers with 35 points (12 in 4th quarter) to go with 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 blocks for the Cavaliers.
– NBA

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