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Bam Adebayo’s block propels Heat to Game 1 win over Celtics

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jayson Tatum thought he had a dunk to tie the game.

Bam Adebayo had other ideas — and in the biggest moment of his young NBA career, Miami’s All-Star big man more than rose to the occasion.

Jimmy Butler’s three-point play with 12 seconds left put Miami ahead for good, Adebayo finished it off with a stunning rejection of Tatum at the rim on the ensuing Boston possession, and the Heat struck first in the Eastern Conference finals with a 117-114 win in Game 1 on Tuesday night.

“When you have great competition like this, you just have to make plays that you can’t even really explain,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And that was Bam tonight.”

The Heat were down by 13 in the opening minutes, down by 14 in the final quarter and felt like a bad call took the lead from them in the final seconds. They found a way in overtime, improving to an NBA-best 9-1 so far in these playoffs.

Goran Dragic scored 29 points, Jae Crowder scored 22, Butler had 20 and Adebayo had 18. But even after a night when Butler made a go-ahead 3-pointer late in regulation and had the go-ahead-for-good points again in overtime, he pointed at Adebayo for his favorite moment.

“Bam. That seals the game for us,” Butler said. “I love how he does any and everything that you ask him to do. I really do. You ask him to pass the ball, he does that. Score, he does that. Come up with a huge defensive stop, block, he does that. He’s a huge part to our winning. I’ve been saying it all year long and I’ll repeat it again.”

Bam Adebayo blocks Jayson Tatum's dunk attempt in the final possession of the Heat's 117-114 Game 1 win over the Celtics.
Bam Adebayo blocks Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt in the final possession of the Heat’s 117-114 Game 1 win over the Celtics.EPA

Kemba Walker’s basket with 23.2 seconds left in overtime put Boston up by one, before Butler muscled his way to the rim for a score while getting fouled by Tatum. The Celtics went to Tatum on the ensuing possession, only to watch him get denied by Adebayo.

“He made a great play,” Tatum said. “That’s all it is. … Can’t do anything about it.”

Tatum scored 30 points for the Celtics, Marcus Smart had 26 points, Walker had 19 and Jaylen Brown added 17. The Celtics had been 156-1 since the shot-clock era started 65 years ago — winners of 92 straight — when leading by 12 or more points going into the fourth quarter of a playoff game.

They’re 156-2 now.

“Got to make better decisions,” Walker said.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens tipped his cap to Adebayo afterward.

“He is a tremendous defender,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to figure out, again, better ways to attack, especially late. I thought we really moved it at times, then we did get stagnant.”

Miami’s Tyler Herro was one assist shy of a triple-double — finishing with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. He would have been the second-youngest player in the last 40 years to have a postseason triple-double, one day older than Magic Johnson was when he got his first.

Johnson weighed in postgame on Twitter, lauding Miami.

“Bam Adebayo’s block on Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt was the best defensive play I’ve seen ever in the playoffs!!!!” Johnson tweeted.

Boston led 85-71 early in the fourth and kept the lead for almost all of the final period — until Butler connected on a 3-pointer from the right corner with 22 seconds left for a 106-105 Miami edge.

The Celtics tied it before the clock even started again. Derrick Jones Jr. was called for an away-from-the-play foul while Miami defended the inbounds pass, a call where the Heat argued to no avail that he got shoved instead. Tatum went to the line, tied the game with the free throw, and Boston all of a sudden went from needing a score to being able to run out the clock.

Tatum’s 3-point try at the end of regulation was short, and to overtime they went.

“Made a hell of a block,” Adebayo said. “That doesn’t dictate the series, though. We’re only up 1-0.”

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Daria Gavrilova Pokes Fun At Serena Williams’ Outfit at French Open 2020

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When you’re sailing along with the winds of success, you’ll often find opportunities to have fun. Specifically, when you’ve successfully ousted one of the seeded players, you are free to do so. Daria Gavrilova engaged in light humor with Serena Williams after she won her French Open 2020 tie against Dayana Yastremska.

The 20-year-old Ukrainian lost her way against Daria in the opening round of the Roland Garros. The weather in Paris is different this time. Owing to the delay because of the COVID-19 situation, players miss the hot and humid Paris afternoon as the weather is on the colder side. Occasional rainfall and winds are causing the temperature to linger low.

Playing in these conditions, the players are forced to wear covered outfits. Daria went into the match wearing an all-black attire.

23 time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams also played her first match at the French open 2020. Similar to the outfit of Daria, Serena was wearing an all-black outfit. The Australian, therefore, lost no time in throwing a bit of humor owing to the similarity in the two dresses.

“Serena copied my outfit,” the tweet read.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France -Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her first round match against Kristie Ahn of the U.S. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Serena Williams starts off with a bang

Williams had an adventurous start to her French Open 2020 campaign today. Up against compatriot Kristie Ahn, she struggled in the first set. At one point, it seemed like Ahn was going to pocket the first set owing to a few service breaks. However, Serena Williams held on to her fight to go all the way to the tiebreaker and clinch the first set.

The second set saw Serena in her usual form. In the first half, Kristie had ample opportunities to take the set. In the second set, Serena completely dominated the show. Ramming in lethal services and returns, she clinched the second set without letting her opponent claim a game. Proceeding to the second round, she will face Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

Daria Gavrilova had a great match as well. Unlike Serena, she showed complete domination in both the sets. Sweeping away Yastremska in straight sets, she set up her second-round clash with Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

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Conor McGregor, Dana White feud escalates after exposed messages

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It may just be Conor McGregor vs. Dana White in the octagon soon.

On Sunday morning, McGregor tweeted that White should “stop lying,” in reference to comments White has previously made about the former double champion’s desire to fight in a potential boxing match against Manny Pacquiao.

Just two days earlier, McGregor took to Twitter to post several screenshots of Instagram direct messages between him and White from earlier this year. The screenshots, which have since been deleted, revealed that McGregor wanted to stay active this year and schedule at least three fights.

The 32-year-old McGregor brought up potential 2020 fights with top lightweight contender Justin Gaethje, as well as Diego Sanchez. White dismissed the notion of a Sanchez fight in one of his replies.

Having fought just once this year, a knockout victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January, McGregor said coming into 2020 that he wanted to have a “season” with three fights. That obviously did not happen in part due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as disagreements with the UFC.

In an Instagram post Saturday, McGregor wrote that it was “borderline criminal” that he has been kept on the sidelines. McGregor did announced on Twitter in June that he was retired from the UFC. He also tweeted Friday that he plans to fight Pacquiao in boxing next. And on Monday night, he exchanged tweets with Dustin Poirier in which the two discussed a potential charity exhibition fight.

“The biggest number generator in the game asking for four fights since February this year and getting left on seen,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “It’s pretty f–ked up when I keep thinking of it. I’ve been right here this whole time.”

White responded to the McGregor drama — and specifically the screenshots of their messages — at the UFC 253 post-fight news conference early Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi.

“This is some man-code stuff,” White told reporters at UFC 253 over the weekend. “It’s just something you don’t do. It’s one of the dirtiest things you can do.”

As far the Pacquiao fight is concerned, White said, “I have no idea.”

“You guys have been asking me about Conor McGregor forever,” White told reporters. “Did you see Conor McGregor’s tweet? The retirement tweet. ‘I’m retired.’”

McGregor, who is still under contract with the UFC, continued to blast White Sunday, tweeting that it was White who violated the code when he lied about him “turning down fights” earlier this year. McGregor also claims that White is aware of the potential Pacquiao fight and that he has the “legal letters” to prove it.

In order to go through with the boxing match against Pacquiao, McGregor would need the promotion’s approval.

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“The Inner Bi**h Has Been Conquered” – Joe Rogan Keeps His Fans Updated With His Workout Regime

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In our fast-paced lives, finding the time to keep yourself motivated for achieving your daily fitness goals can be a tough task. However, if you ever need motivation regarding the same, Joe Rogan is out here to help you out.

The UFC commentator loves to keep his followers updated on his workout regimes. Not only does he dive into the specifics of his drills, but also discusses the mental aspects surrounding the workout.

A while ago, Rogan discussed how he conquers his ‘inner bit*h’ every day in an Instagram post. In a sort of a continuation of the same thread, Rogan updated his fans regarding how his ‘inner bit*h’.

The inner bitch has been conquered… for today. Tomorrow that motherf****r is probably going to act up again and convince me I need a rest. Luckily my @whoop strap will keep me honest and let me know that it’s all bulls**t and that I’m good to go,” Joe Rogan wrote on Instagram.

Today I did 10 rounds of Tabata on the @roguefitness echo bike. 20-second sprints, followed by 10 seconds of rest. I do that for 8 reps, and repeat the process 10 times for 40 minutes of work…..

How did the term ‘inner bit*h’ get linked with Joe Rogan?

The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the biggest names in the podcast industry. Rogan’s willingness to hear and learn from people coming from different backgrounds has made it a massive success.

UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera credited the UFC commentator for providing him with regular doses of motivation. It was during the post-fight interview of  Vera’s massive win over Sean O’Malley that he thanked Joe Rogan for taking him to the next level.

You’re the perfect example. I learned that from you when you talk on your podcast, the things you say about ‘Push yourself’ and ‘Don’t be a bitch,’ ‘Conquer your inner bitch.’ All these f**king things, Joe, you make a big level to another step. So thank you for that,” Marlon Vera said.

Along with providing people with motivation, the podcast has also helped Joe Rogan make a fortune. Earlier this year, the podcast became a Spotify exclusive following a licensing deal worth about $100 million.

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