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By Tessa Jackson

I managed to drag our esteemed editor, Carl Butz, out of his dungeon at the paper on Tuesday night to watch Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics take on Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in the first game of the NBA’S Eastern Conference Finals with me at the St. Charles. Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics take on Jimmy Butler and the Heat.

The Celtics looked amazing in the first half, and then proceeded to play their worst third quarter of this year’s playoffs and the Heat won by 11. It was a fun game to watch though, and that’s really all we wanted.

I’m still hoping Tatum and the Celtics can pull out the win! I’m not a big Jimmy Butler fan. But, don’t get me wrong, the man is good and when he’s winning he seems like a fine guy. However, when he loses he goes into blame mode and can be pretty harsh towards his teammates. They better hope they don’t give him something to whine about!

Meanwhile, what in the world happened to the Phoenix Suns? How does the number one team in the league, a team with 64 regular season wins, who made it to the Finals last year, lose by 33 in a Game 7 of the playoffs? No one really has an explanation, besides maybe some internal conflict with the team and coaches. Did they just choke under pressure?

Unfortunately, not enough people are talking about how great Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks played in order to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals starting on Wednesday, May 18. It should be a good series against Steph Curry and the Warriors. Curry just hit his 500th 3-pointer in playoff history, is playing in his eighth playoffs, and has won three championships.

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By Tessa Jackson

When is Tom Brady going to retire? Well, at 44, he is currently the oldest active player in the NFL and you’d think that would be motivation enough to retire. However, Brady just got a little more incentive to call it quits, a 10-year $375 million deal from Fox Sports to become their lead analyst whenever he retires. Brady is currently under a one year contract with the Buccaneers. and according to a tweet from Brady he has “a lot of unfinished business on the field with the Buccaneers.” I’m not sure what unfinished business he is talking about, he already won the Super Bowl. Brady also lead the league in passing yards last year and shows no signs of slowing down. Who knows, he could just finish this year and be done, he could have a few more years left in him. The dude already retired one time and decided to change his mind, so who knows what is going to happen. The 2022 NFL schedule comes out Thursday, May 12, so we can all get a little excited for the new season.

Checking the MLB standings, things are not looking good for the Oakland A’s; they are in dead last place in their division. But, things are really looking interesting over in the National League West, the five teams in that division, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Rockies are all within four wins of each other.

The WNBA season started last Friday, May 6th, and the Phoenix Mercury lost to the Las Vegas Aces, 106-88, without their star center, Brittney Griner, who is still stuck in a prison in Russia after being detained in February by Moscow police for allegedly having a vape cartridge containing hashish oil in her bag. The U.S. State Department reports that Griner was “wrongfully detained” and the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs is working on getting her released. She is scheduled to have a hearing on May 19th and could face a decade in prison if convicted. It’s unfortunate the WNBA pays so little the players had to go overseas to supplement their income. Not only are they scared for their friend and colleague, they also don’t know how they are going to make money now that playing in Russia is not really an option.

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By Tessa Jackson

First of all, I would like to apologize for only caring about basketball, but it is the playoffs and I can’t help it. We are in the conference semifinals right now and things are getting interesting.

In the West, we have Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies vs Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. This series has gotten pretty dirty. Warriors’ shooting guard, Gary Payton II left the second game with a broken elbow on a dirty play by Grizzlies’ small forward, Dillon Brooks, who got ejected. Then one of the Warriors’ main defenders, Draymond Green, ended up with an eye laceration and then flipped off the Memphis crowd on his way to the locker room. When you are watching it feels like maybe the referees want Memphis to win. In the first game Green got ejected for something completely ridiculous, and then in the second game a last-minute foul and a questionable traveling call on Klay Thompson sealed the win for the Grizzlies, 106-101. But also, Ja Morant is pretty freaking good. The series is now tied, 1-1.

The other series we have in the West is the No. 4 Dallas Mavericks vs the No. 1 Phoenix Suns. This series hasn’t been quite as exciting, with the Suns winning Game 1, 121-114, after leading by as many as 21 points at one time. But in basketball you never can tell how things are going to go, and while I think the Suns will win this series handily, I think the Mavericks will win one game.

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By Carl Butz

With Tessa off to Disneyland this week, I have an opportunity to highlight baseball, a sport I’ve loved play, watch, or listen to for close to 70 years. Fortunately, there’s some excellent local news to cover: Feather River College’s Golden Eagles baseball team took both games played against Butte College last Friday (W, 8-0) and Saturday (W, 8-2) in Quincy and the team clinched the 12th Golden Valley Conference (GVC) baseball championship in Coach Terry Baumgartner’s 14-the year tenure at the school.

In Saturday’s game, lead-off hitter and second baseman, Garret Damico, and second in the batting order, right fielder Cooper Kitrel led the offense. Each collected three hits in five at bats, and Damico scored three runs while Kitrel scored one and drove in four. As for pitching, the starter, Dylan Cabral, gave up only four hits over his five innings on the mound and didn’t allow any Butte College Roadrunners to cross home plate. Cabral’s relievers, Dakota Todd and Jake Christianson, followed suit over the final four innings of the game to complete the shutout.

On Sunday, FRC’s starting pitcher, Bridger Holmes struck out four, walked one, allowed five hits and one run over his six inning stint. Seven relievers closed out the game, conceding only three hits and one while recording nine outs. For Sunday’s offense, the team’s shortstop, Cooper Thacker led the team, hitting two triples while getting four hits in five at bats, driving in three, and scoring once. Jerry Thomas, hitting third, with two doubles and two runs, and Ryan Blanchard, hitting clean-up, scored twice after slugging both a double and a triple.

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By Tessa Jackson

Something crazy happened last week. I was having so much fun watching basketball at the St. Charles on Tuesday night, I forgot I write a sports column for the newspaper. Sorry, Carl! I guess NBA playoffs will do that to me. I absolutely love NBA playoff time, there are so many exciting moments and you never know what will happen – any team can win on any given day. Like you can think a bet on the Memphis Grizzlies to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves would be a sure thing, but you would be wrong. The Timberwolves could shock everyone and beat the No. 2 seeded Grizzlies by 13 (!), only to lose to the Grizzlies by 28 in Game two (why couldn’t I have bet on that game instead?) I watched an amazing game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics that came down to the last second – check out the rest of the series between those two if you want to see some exciting basketball. And this Tuesday it was a shootout between the number one team in the league, the Phoenix Suns and the No. 8 seeded New Orleans Pelicans. There were eight ties and 20 lead changes in that game, it seemed like neither team could miss. How many times can a person yell “Oh!” in 30 minutes? Let me tell you, it’s a lot. Unfortunately Suns guard, Devin Booker, injured his hamstring in the 3rd quarter. I can’t say that is the only reason the Pelicans ended up winning, because they were making all their shots, but it can’t have hurt. I really hope Booker ends up being ok, because the playoffs wouldn’t be as great without him. One way or the other, you will not catch me at the St. Charles or in this space next week because I will be Disneyland then!