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Steph Curry’s hardware drought ends with first Magic Johnson Trophy

SAN FRANCISCO — Steph Curry added to a dusty trophy case Thursday night as the Western Conference Finals’ MVP. What comes with that is the NBA’s inaugural Magic Johnson Trophy, named after the Los Angeles Lakers’ legend. “This is special,” Curry said upon receiving his prize from former teammate Shaun Livingston. And what may be surprising is that Curry’s trophy case is not as filled as you might suspect for a Warriors legend who’s closing in on his fourth NBA championship. This is the first year that the NBA is awarding a trophy to conference-finals MVPs, and the Larry Bird Trophy will go to whoever emerges from the Eastern Conference finals (Boston leads Miami 3-2). By virtue of Thursday night’s wire-to-wire, 120-110 win over Dallas in Game 5, Curry and the Warriors hoisted the Oscar Rob

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When will the NBA Finals start for the Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals for the sixth time in the last eight seasons — and will get to host Game 1, too. The Warriors earned their way back to the NBA’s biggest stage by defeating the Dallas Mavericks in five games, finishing the series with a 120-110 win on Thursday night. While there is more work to be done, reaching this point alone puts the Warriors’ core players in elite company. Only the 1990s Bulls, the 1980s Lakers and 1950-60s Celtics have made six Finals appearances in an eight-year span. The Warriors will be making their 12th appearance in the NBA Finals, and four more wins would give them their seventh championship — surpassing the Bulls for the third-most for any NBA franchise and only leaving the Lakers and Celtics ahead of them. Related Articles

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Warriors beat Mavericks to advance to NBA Finals

SAN FRANCISCO — After a two-year playoff absence, the Warriors are back in the NBA Finals. This marks Golden State’s sixth trip to the title series in eight years, making the Warriors one of four NBA teams to accomplish such a feat and the first franchise to do it since the Michael Jordan-led Bulls in the 90s. A 4-1 series victory over the Dallas Mavericks capped off by a 120-110 win on Thursday at the Chase Center came after many had written the team off. Following Klay Thompson’s career-altering injury and Kevin Durant’s departure after a 2019 NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors, Golden State finished with the worst record in the league in 2020. The next season, an injury to Stephen Curry compelled the Warriors to shift their focus to the future, developing the next generation of play

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High school girls lacrosse: Last minute score makes Olympus the 5A state champion

Olympus celebrates their 5A championship win against Park City in the 5A girls lacrosse state championships at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman on Thursday, May 26, 2022.Laura Seitz, Deseret News The 5A girls lacrosse championship pitted Olympus against Park City. Heading into the title game, Park City was the heavy favorite. The Miners hadn’t lost a game all season and had always been able to handle Olympus fairly easily when facing them in the past. As the saying goes, however, there is a first time for everything. With the game tied 9-9 with two minutes to go, Olympus sophomore Hazel Baker scored to help the Titans complete the upsets of all upsets, securing the 10-9 victory and 5A state championship.  “I kept looking over at the clock tick down and once it hit zero I just started

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CIF state track & field preview: How Bay Area News Group’s best stack up

After a two-year absence because of the pandemic, the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field meet returns this weekend to Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis. Dozens of athletes from the Bay Area News Group’s coverage area who survived league and sectional meets this month will be among those competing on the state’s premier stage in the 102nd edition of the showcase. Los Altos distance runner Lauren Soobrian and Dublin pole vaulter Jathiyah Muhammad are BANG’s only top qualifiers. Soobrian, a junior, ran 10:17.17 to win the 3,200 at the Central Coast Section championships. Nobody in the field of 26 that will compete Saturday night — there are no Friday trials in the 3,200 — ran faster than Soobrian in section finals. Muhammad cleared the pole vault bar at 14 feet

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Texas Lieutenant Defends Uvalde Cops Waiting for Backup: ‘They Could’ve Been Shot’

Fox NewsIn the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, state law enforcement has been receiving widespread criticism as the public learns more about what officers did and did not do to end the active shooter situation. While Department of Public Safety officials initially said the gunman, Salvador Ramos, was confronted by an armed officer outside the school, those same authorities denied that version of events at a press conference Thursday. The Wall Street Journal reported that the gunman fired shots for 12 minutes after crashing his truck outside the school before walking in “unobstructed.” Police arrived on scene four minutes later “and exchanged gunfire with Ramos, who locked himself in a fourth-grade classroom.” According to the story, it was around 12:40 p.m.—about...

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China and Russia veto new UN sanctions on North Korea

China and Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution sponsored by the United States on Thursday that would have imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea for its spate of intercontinental ballistic missile launches that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons. The vote in the 15-member Security Council was 13-2 and marked a first serious division among the five veto-wielding permanent members of the U.N.’s most powerful body on a North Korea sanctions resolution. A united Security Council imposed sanctions after North Korea’s first nuclear test explosion in 2006 and tightened them over the years in a total of 10 resolutions seeking -- so far unsuccessfully -- to rein in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and cut off funding. But China and Russia told the Security Council after the vote that t

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BYU basketball: Kanye West played hand in Braeden Moore landing at BYU

BYU basketball newcomer Braeden Moore hopes to be on campus this fall and taking classes. The former Rutgers commit is excited about becoming a Cougar and competing in the Big 12.Courtesy Braeden Moore While some college basketball recruits could be turned off by BYU’s strict honor code, that certainly wasn’t the case for newly signed forward Braeden Moore. Moore isn’t a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he is a devout Christian. If anything, the honor code was a positive factor that attracted him to BYU. “The school is different. A lot of people have mixed feelings about the honor code,” said the 6-foot-8, 215-pounder from Nashville, Tennessee. “For me, what I believe in as a Christian, it aligns with my standards and the person I am. That’s the way I g

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49ers Steve Young writes “The Law of Love” available at Deseret Book

Steve Young, former BYU and NFL player and founder of the Forever Young Foundation, speaks at the Human Trafficking Policy and Education Summit in Logan on April 17, 2021. Young has written a new book, “The Law of Love.”Spenser Heaps, Deseret News The first question I had for BYU legend and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young wasn’t the most obvious, but sent our conversation off in the right direction: “Steve, you were quarterback of the 49ers and were the most eligible bachelor in the Bay Area. How did your teammate Charles Haley not know you were single?” Young was at the time struggling to replace the great Joe Montana in San Francisco as quarterback of the 49ers. Haley was one of the greatest defensive players in the NFL, a career that would earn him five Super Bowl rings

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What does the U.N. do? This Latter-day Saint thinks the U.N. does a lot

Felipe Queipo, a communications officer in the Civil Society Unit, is photographed at the United Nations Assembly Hall in New York City on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.Laura Seitz, Deseret News On July 4, 2001, a group of residents of La Verkin, a small rural town on the edge of Utah’s southern border, met for a special City Council session. The mayor and City Council members debated a burning issue in the community — the growing influence of the United Nations on U.S. land and national sovereignty. One city councilor displayed a U.S. map with color-coded areas which, he claimed, were under U.N. control. Others contended that the global organization was “evil,” “anti-God,” “anti-family” and “is not for peace but for war,” according to the minutes of the meeting. The meeting culminated in

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Mitty topples Serra, will play for CCS Division II baseball championship

SANTA CLARA — In what resembled a classic West Catholic Athletic League contest, top-seeded Archbishop Mitty advanced to the Central Coast Section Division II baseball championship game after a fast-paced 2-0 victory over No. 4 Serra. The opening game of Thursday’s semifinals doubleheader at Washington Park took less than two hours to complete as runs proved hard to come by. Mitty left-hander Luka Pintar was a big reason why. The sophomore used a mix of his fastball, change-up and slider to toss a three-hit shutout with one strikeout and three walks. “I was able to throw everything in the zone and trust my defense,” Pintar said. Run support for the Monarchs (20-10) came courtesy of a two-out RBI double from junior Danny Scudero in the bottom of the second, while Alijah Ramos was plunk...

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I-TEAM: Rowing club once shuttered by city planning new St. Johns County location

Evans Rowing has secured a waterfront site along Julington Creek in St. Johns County, and plans to build the first recreational rowing center in the county, according to a news release sent Thursday. In April 2019, the News4JAX I-TEAM spoke to Cory and Ronnie Evans — the owners of the rowing club, which at the time had shut down following a battle with residents over traffic congestion in Mandarin. The owners told the I-TEAM they followed all of the city’s rules, but a Judge decided not to allow their attorneys to appeal the city’s decision to stop the club from operating along Hillwood Road. PREVIOUS STORY: Owners speak to I-TEAM after rowing club shutdown by city Long before they set up shop, the owners said, they say sat down and spoke with code enforcement — who informed them that the

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China’s FM visits Kiribati, where fishing ground is at stake

China's foreign minister was due Friday to visit the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake. The four-hour visit by Wang Yi was his second stop on an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing concerns about Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the South Pacific region. Kiribati closed its borders this year as it tries to stamp out an outbreak of COVID-19. But its government made a rare exception to allow Wang and his 20-strong delegation into the country for face-to-face discussions. At stake in Kiribati is the future of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, a stretch of ocean the size of California that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. In November, Kiribati President Taneti Maamau announced the government planned to end

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Trashes Bizarre, Viral Massacre Claim

Jordan Vonderhaar/GettyGov. Greg Abbott’s team slapped down a viral Twitter claim that his staff approached a Uvalde massacre victim’s family with a threatening offer of payola for propping up a pro-gun message. As of Thursday evening, more than 32,000 users have retweeted the account @MyCancerJourne3’s description of an supposed encounter with a representative from Abbott’s office, which the anonymous Twitter user claimed occurred just after their family identified his nephew’s body. But the embattled Republican governor swiftly denied the exchange ever took place. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Seth Meyers Nails ‘Bearded Coward’ Ted Cruz for Fleeing Reporter After Texas Shooting

NBCWhile it should be “blindingly obvious to anyone with clear eyes and a conscience” that the United States has more gun deaths than any other country because we have way more guns, the “craven ghouls who refuse to even acknowledge America’s gun crisis” have other ideas about how to stop mass shootings, Seth Meyers explained Thursday night. The Late Night host was specifically talking about Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who in the same Fox News appearance the night before both accused Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke of “empty political posturing” and suggested eliminating doors as the best way to stop school shootings. “I’m sorry, you don’t want gun control, but you want door control?!” an incredulous Meyers asked, before adding that fire marshals might have some conc...

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