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With the 2018 MLS season kicking into high gear about a month before its nine-day World Cup hiatus, now is an ideal time to reflect on what we’ve seen thus far. Here’s a round-up of the 2081 MLS season up to this point.

A Rivalry Is Born

It didn’t take long for a rivalry to be born between the L.A. Galaxy, winner of five MLS Cups, and their new neighbors, Los Angeles FC. The first meeting between the two teams, dubbed El Tráfico, at the end of March was an instant classic. LAFC held what they thought was a comfortable 3-0 lead after 60 minutes, only to give up four goals in the final half-hour of the game and lose to the Galaxy 4-3. LAFC will host the second meeting between the clubs in July, and the atmosphere should be incredible.

The Swedish Superstar

The biggest difference maker in the Los Angeles Derby was Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who made his MLS debut in El Tráfico, scoring twice to lead the Galaxy to victory. Ibrahimovic is one of the biggest European stars to play in MLS and to say that it’s a big deal that he’s playing in Los Angeles would be an understatement. He has quickly made the Galaxy a must-watch team.

Champions League Runner-Up

Only two MLS teams have ever won the CONCACAF Champions League title, and earlier this year, Toronto FC came painfully close to making it three. The reigning MLS champs lost their home leg against Guadalajara, only to fight back in the away fixture and force a penalty kick shootout. Alas, the Reds lost the shootout in heartbreaking fashion.

South is King

There have always been doubts about whether soccer could succeed in the south, but Atlanta United FC is answering all of those questions. The team draws massive crowds to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the fanbase has quickly become one of the most raucous in MLS. More importantly, the Five Stripes are currently the best team in the league. Atlanta is at the top of the Eastern Conference standings and averaging an astounding 2.27 points per game, winning eight of their 11 matches. At this point, Atlanta United FC has to be considered the team to beat in MLS.

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MLB Check In: Dodgers Suck, Braves On The Come Up http://jocksandstilettojill.com/mlb-players/mlb-check-in-dodgers-suck-braves-on-the-come-up/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/mlb-players/mlb-check-in-dodgers-suck-braves-on-the-come-up/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 16:06:52 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120418 The Major League Baseball season is roughly one-quarter the way through. Let’s check out some of the top headlines from the season thus far,...

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The Major League Baseball season is roughly one-quarter the way through. Let’s check out some of the top headlines from the season thus far, including who’s hot and who’s not.

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Dodgers Are A Disaster

After coming up one game short of a world championship last year, the Dodgers have been one of the worst teams in the National League early in 2018. Amidst a slew of injuries to the likes of Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, and others, the Dodgers recently dropped 10 games below .500. There is time to get things turned around, but the Dodgers are in a deep hole inside the competitive NL West.

 

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Upstart Braves

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Braves have turned heads this season on their way to the top of the NL East standings. Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the two youngest players in the majors, have looked like superstars in the making. With veterans Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis also having productive years, the Braves look like they’re for real this season.

 

Cano Hurt and Suspended

In the span of a few days, Seattle Mariners star Robinson Cano broke a bone in his hand and then got slapped with an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The suspension will keep Cano out until the middle of August, a huge blow for the Mariners, who are trying to keep pace with the Astros and Angels atop the AL West standings.

 

Living Up to the Hype

Through the early part of the season, two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani has more than lived up to the hype with the Los Angeles Angels. While he only serves as a DH a few times a week, Ohtani has six home runs and 17 RBIs in just 81 at-bats. Only two of his teammates who are playing every day have more home runs and only four have more RBIs. He’s been nearly impressive as a pitcher, going 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA in his first six major league starts.

 

Rivalry Renewed

The rivalry between Yankees and Red Sox appears to have been reignited. There has already been a benches-clearing incident between the teams. More importantly, they are the two best teams in baseball right now, and it looks like they’ll be fighting it out for the AL East division title all season.

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Next 2 Games Of The 2018 NBA Conference Finals http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/look-ahead-next-2-games-of-2018-nba-conference-finals/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/look-ahead-next-2-games-of-2018-nba-conference-finals/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 11:27:22 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120411 Both NBA Conference Finals series are just two games deep, but we’ve seen enough to give us an idea of how the rest of...

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Both NBA Conference Finals series are just two games deep, but we’ve seen enough to give us an idea of how the rest of the playoffs may proceed. Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned so far and what lays ahead.

Eastern Conference

 

After breezing past the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the playoffs, the Boston Celtics haven’t missed a beat in the Eastern Conference Finals, taking a quick 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. By halftime of Game 1, the Celtics had built a commanding 26-point lead, which allowed them to cruise to a 25-point win behind Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, and Marcus Morris, who all scored 20-plus points.

Of course, things were not that easy in Game 2. LeBron James exploded for 42 points, half of which came in the first quarter, as he attempted to single-handedly keep the Cavs in the series. However, James was forced to the locker room late in the second quarter after taking a shot to the chin from Jayson Tatum. His absence for that brief period helped Boston stay within striking distance at halftime. With more defensive intensity in the second half, the Celtics took control and won by 13 points.

At the moment, the Celtics appear to be in complete control of the series. However, heading back to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 won’t be easy. The outburst from James in Game 2 showed that he won’t go down without a fight, although he will need a little more help from his teammates. At this point, Boston is a safe bet to win the series.

Western Conference

The Western Conference, meanwhile, is tied at one game apiece between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. The Rockets were widely criticized for their isolation style of play in Game 1. Houston was also turnover prone and struggled to get going offensively, causing them to drop the series opener at home.

The Rockets showed few adjustments in their style Wednesday night in Game 2. However, they passed the ball much better, helping them build a 14-point halftime lead that turned into a comfortable 22-point win. It helped that while Houston had five double-digit scorers in Game 2, Golden State had just two, one of which was Steph Curry, who was made just one of his eight three-point attempts. Kevin Durant’s 38 points were not nearly enough to keep the game close.

Despite Houston’s win in Game 2, the Warriors are still favorites to win the series, as they come home for the next two games. However, the Rockets proved in Game 2 that their style can be effective at times, indicating this series could easily go the distance. That being said, the Warriors are still poised to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals.

 

 

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Donald Glover, Thandie Newton & Billy Dee Williams Talk Solo: A Star Wars Story http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/donald-glover-thandie-newton-billy-dee-williams-talk-solo-a-star-wars-story/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/donald-glover-thandie-newton-billy-dee-williams-talk-solo-a-star-wars-story/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 05:31:30 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120406 Jill Munroe hit the premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” on behalf of EURWeb to talk about the film with Donald Glover, Director...

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Jill Munroe hit the premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” on behalf of EURWeb to talk about the film with Donald Glover, Director Ron Howard, Thandie Newton and the original Lando, Billy Dee Williams

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Gabrielle Union and Jada Pinkett-Smith Had a 17-Year Beef http://jocksandstilettojill.com/professional-athletes/gabrielle-union-and-jada-pinkett-smith-had-a-17-year-beef/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/professional-athletes/gabrielle-union-and-jada-pinkett-smith-had-a-17-year-beef/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 20:05:39 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120400 Jada Pinkett-Smith and Gabrielle Union recently put an end to a 17-year-old feud. The subject came up while Jada was promoting her new Facebook...

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Jada Pinkett-Smith and Gabrielle Union recently put an end to a 17-year-old feud. The subject came up while Jada was promoting her new Facebook talk show, Red Table Talk that debuts May 7th.

Jada revealed that one of her upcoming guests on the show was Gabby and that it was a special episode because the two reconciled. Both claim they can’t remember the cause of their beef.


I have a really touching episode with Gabrielle Union. We haven’t been on the best of terms for 17 years, and we have a reconciliation.

When the producers said we want to do a girlfriends show…her name just kept coming up…it just couldn’t be anything else.

When Jada was asked if she and Gab were good, she responded, “Oh, definitely. We don’t even know how it started!”

Union discussed the topic while appearing on “The Today Show” promoting her new film, “Breaking In”

“Jada nor I ever used the word feud, so it just became more of a media creation. Kind of like back in the day, neither one of us actually knows what originally took place back then.”

Gabby also partially blames people that surrounded the two actresses, saying they fed the beef.

“The people we had around us were like, ‘Well, you know how she feels about you,’ and they were like, ‘Well, you know how she feels about you,’” Union recalled. “And then it was like ‘girl bye’ for 17 years. Even though we’re both very outspoken women, both activists, our husbands are friends, I worked with her husband, we both had too much pride and too much insecurities to just say, ‘Hey, did that ever actually happen or was that just a creation of someone who didn’t want to see two women rise together?’

So naturally, I did the math… 17 years ago would be around the time that Gabby and Jada’s husband, Will Smith were filming “Bad Boys 2.”

 

I can’t imagine having a beef with someone in a small industry for that amount of time and not being able to recall why… but it’s good the two worked it out and now are Girl Power allies.

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Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Allege Escort-like Treatment http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sporting-news/washington-redskins-cheerleaders-allege-escort-like-treatment/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sporting-news/washington-redskins-cheerleaders-allege-escort-like-treatment/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 19:20:20 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120396 The #MeToo movement has reached the NFL. But it’s not the executive arm that is bringing issues to light, instead it’s a part of...

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The #MeToo movement has reached the NFL. But it’s not the executive arm that is bringing issues to light, instead it’s a part of the franchise that is often forgotten. The Washington Redskins cheerleader program is currently under the microscope following a  New York Times expose.

In the piece, former Washington cheerleaders alleged that they were forced to pose topless with male suite holders at FedExField during a 2013 photo shoot in Costa Rica. The cheerleaders said that while no sex was involved, at least one described the feeling as being “pimped out.”

“They weren’t putting a gun to our heads, but it was mandatory for us to go,” one of the cheerleaders told Times reporter Juliet Macur. “We weren’t asked, we were told. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what [squad director Stephanie Jojokian] was doing.”

In a follow up interview with NPR, Macur said she didn’t name the cheerleaders because of a confidentiality agreements they signed with the team. Most professional cheerleader contracts require outside appearances which can include charity events,  “But what was evidently unsaid was that these women would be mandated to go out with sponsors and entertain them.”

The report also outlined several other instances of the cheerleaders forced into uncomfortable positions, such as a mandatory boat trip with sponsors in 2012 that was described as “a wild gathering, where men shot liquor into the cheerleaders’ mouths with turkey basters. Below the deck, men handed out cash prizes in twerking contests.”

This is not the first group of cheerleaders to allege improper actions, in March of this year, a New Orleans Saints cheerleader filed a lawsuit against the NFL citing an unfair double standard over the rules for the team’s female and male employees after she was fired for violating a cheerleader-specific social media policy.

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Jill Munroe Interviews the Cast of ‘Dear White People’ Vol. 2 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/jill-munroe-interviews-the-cast-of-dear-white-people-vol-2/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/jill-munroe-interviews-the-cast-of-dear-white-people-vol-2/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 21:35:42 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120390 Dear White People, the hit Netflix series returns for Season 2 on May 4. Jill Munroe hit the red carpet on behalf of EURWeb ....

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Dear White People, the hit Netflix series returns for Season 2 on May 4. Jill Munroe hit the red carpet on behalf of EURWeb . Jill spoke with Logan Browning (Samantha White,) Brandon P. Bell (Troy Fairbanks,) Antoinette Robertson (Coco Conners,) Marque Richardson (Reggie Green) and more of the cast about what to expect in this season, clapbacks and Kanye West.

 

 

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Hall Of Fame Former NBA Coach Don Nelson Grows His Own Weed Strain http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/hall-of-fame-former-nba-coach-don-nelson-grows-his-own-weed-strain/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/hall-of-fame-former-nba-coach-don-nelson-grows-his-own-weed-strain/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 19:28:27 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120384 There have been a lot of conversations about weed and the sports community as of late. Former NBA coach Don Nelson is another name you can add...

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There have been a lot of conversations about weed and the sports community as of late. Former NBA coach Don Nelson is another name you can add to the mix.

The retired head coach who made his name coaching the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks from 1976 through 2010 has a “green” pastime while living in Hawaii, growing cannabis.

In an interview with the New York Times, Nelson revealed he his strain is “Nellie Kush.”

“Oh, it’s great. Great stuff. It’s called Nellie Kush,” he explained, per Williams. “It’s O.G. and Hindu Kush. Hindu Kush is really good. It comes from India and the guy that brought it over mixed the two of them, so we’ve got Nellie Kush now.”

Nelson said he no longer drinks alcohol and prefers cannabis because “you don’t have the aftereffect. There’s no hangover.”

When any athlete gets old, every injury you have sustained seems to resurrect. It helps me deal with the pain without pain pills, and helps with that stress.

Another vote to make medicinal marijuana – or at least CBD’s – legal in the NBA. Nelson’s former player Stephen Jackson shared a story during an appearance on Michael Rapaport’s podcast in 2017 about Nelson being ok with his players smoking.

“We’re in Utah and the drug test people are around, you know, to get our last drug test so we can smoke, right? Don Nelson, we talked about weed all the time, he was cool with talking about weed. We got our last test in Utah, right? So me and Baron [Davis] are coming out the locker room just screaming, excited with our last pink slip saying we could smoke for the rest of the season and Don Nelson hauls ass down there giving us high-fives like, ‘yeah, we can smoke now!’ It was cool, the fact that he knows what’s going on off the court with his players, which was great man. We enjoyed it. That’s why we were a great team.”

The former coach also revealed he plays high-stakes poker games against the likes of Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson and shared the story of meeting a daughter he had out-of-wedlock after 29 years, after she wrote him a letter while coaching the Dallas Mavericks.

Nellie still holds the record for most winningest coach in the NBA. During his playing career, he suited up for the Chicago Zephyrs, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.

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NBA Playoffs Semis Round 2 Rundown http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/nba-playoffs-semis-round-2-rundown/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/nba-playoffs-semis-round-2-rundown/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 01:08:03 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120379 The first round of the NBA playoffs has finally come to an end. Here is a quick rundown of what to watch out for...

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The first round of the NBA playoffs has finally come to an end. Here is a quick rundown of what to watch out for during the four second-round matchups.

The Eastern Conference

Lebron James and the Cavaliers survived a tough test by the upstart Pacers, but do they have enough firepower to defeat the top-seeded Toronto Raptors?  The word here is no, but the road to the NBA Finals still goes through Cleveland until someone proves otherwise.

James will need all the help he can get (attention: Kevin Love) to defeat DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and the Raptors’ second-ranked defense.  If his supporting cast repeats the performance it gave against Indiana, James might miss the Finals for the first time in what feels like decades.

In the other Eastern Conference matchup, role reversal might well prove to be the dominant theme. The Celtics are the Number Two seed and have home-court advantage, but the 76ers have to be considered the favorites. They finished the regular season on a tear and dispatched with the Heat in five games, while the Celtics were pushed to the limit by a so-so Bucks team.

The Celtics are marvelously well-coached and play stout team defense, but they’ll continue to struggle without the scoring and leadership of Kyrie Irving. On the flip side, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and JJ Redick seem poised to challenge for a Finals appearance regardless of who they face.

The Western Conference

The Utah Jazz hope to provide the top-seeded Rockets a bit more resistance than the overmatched Timberwolves did, but Houston is so good at both ends of the floor that a showdown with the Warriors almost seems inevitable.

With an offense that features MVP candidate James HardenChris Paul, and Eric Gordon, it’s easy to forget that the Rockets had the league’s top-ranked defense during the regular season.   They might only be down 1-0, but this is a truth the Jazz are likely to remember all too well.

We’re only one game into the New Orleans/Golden State series, but things are already looking a bit grim for Anthony Davis and the rest of the Pelicans. Even without All Universe guard Steph Curry, the Warriors offense was versatile, fluid, and almost unstoppable. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green combined for almost 70 points, and the Pelicans just didn’t have an answer for the Warriors’ unselfishness.

On defense, The Warriors threw a variety of looks at Anthony Davis and begged the other Pelicans to try and beat them. Davis played well enough considering, but he’ll likely need more help than the rest of the Pelicans’ roster can give.

photo via Instagram: @NBA

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LaVar Ball Pulls Melo & Gelo From Lithuanian Team http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sporting-news/lavar-ball-pulls-melo-gelo-from-lithuanian-team/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sporting-news/lavar-ball-pulls-melo-gelo-from-lithuanian-team/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 04:06:55 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120373 The Ball show has returned to the United States. Per reports, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have quit their Lithuanian team BC Vytautas just three short months after joining...

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The Ball show has returned to the United States. Per reports, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have quit their Lithuanian team BC Vytautas just three short months after joining the team. The reason why, LaVar Ball is allegedly upset with their treatment.

Per local journalist Donatas Urbonas, LaVar stated he is bringing his sons back home to Los Angeles because LiAngelo is dealing with an ankle injury and LaMelo was spending much of his time on the bench.

“We’re not going to waste our time no more,” Ball said.

LiAngelo’s agent has submitted paperwork for the 2018 NBA drat taking place in two months per Yahoo News. Seems like its time to come home and see how much clout the Ball name carries.

In 14 games with Vytautas, LiAngelo ranked second on the team with 12.6 points per game. He shot 41.5 percent from three-point range.

LaMelo averaged just 12.4 minutes per game in eight contests. He averaged 6.5 points and 2.4 assists but shot 26.8 percent overall (15-of-56).

LaVar also has a new business venture to tend to, his JBA league has obtained sponsorship with Wilson, and former NBA and UCLA stars Earl Watson and Ed O’Bannon are involved as an advisory board.

 

Tryouts began in early April in eight cities. Selected players will be flown to LA in mid-June for the start of training camp. All lodging and meals will be paid for by the JBA. The tour will start off in the U.S. over the summer and then the plan is to go international. I’m sure LaVar picked up an idea or two while spending time in Europe with the younger Ball brothers.

The Ball Family Facebook show did numbers too, the second season had 12 million viewers for episode one. So did the Vytautas games featured. Expect the JBA to have some sort of streaming deal with Facebook as well.

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Where You Can Catch Jill Munroe http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/where-you-can-catch-jill-munroe/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/where-you-can-catch-jill-munroe/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 03:37:28 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120367 Hey! Just checking in to let you know about some of the fun things I’ve been doing lately. Here are two podcasts I recently...

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Hey! Just checking in to let you know about some of the fun things I’ve been doing lately. Here are two podcasts I recently appeared on.

First up, I dropped in on The Cheat Code with Chellz.  Host @chellzevette and I discuss my cheat code to success.

I also dropped by a new NBA podcast, The Dime with Josh Rodriguez to discuss the first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs and Josh’s beef with Russell Westbrook averaging a triple-double.

 

 

Also be sure to check me out on The STAR and Empire after shows on AfterBuzz TV

 

And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to check out my latest interviews.

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Jill Munroe Hit The Purple Carpet For The Premiere of “Avengers: Infinity Wars” http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/jill-munroe-hit-the-purple-carpet-for-the-premiere-of-avengers-infinity-wars/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/jill-munroe-hit-the-purple-carpet-for-the-premiere-of-avengers-infinity-wars/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 23:04:42 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120362 Jill Munroe hit the purple carpet on behalf of EURWeb this week for the premiere of Avengers: Infinity Wars.  Check out interviews with the...

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Jill Munroe hit the purple carpet on behalf of EURWeb this week for the premiere of Avengers: Infinity Wars. 

Check out interviews with the cast including Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Don Cheadle and more. Infinity Wars opens Friday, April 27.

 

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Saquon Barkley Has Highest Selling Jersey On Draft Night http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/saquon-barkley-has-highest-selling-jersey-on-draft-night/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/saquon-barkley-has-highest-selling-jersey-on-draft-night/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 22:56:02 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120355 Newly drafted Saquon Barkley is certainly on an emotional high this week. On Tuesday, Barkley’s Girlfriend Anna Congdon gave birth to their first child....

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Newly drafted Saquon Barkley is certainly on an emotional high this week. On Tuesday, Barkley’s Girlfriend Anna Congdon gave birth to their first child. Thursday night, he was drafted with the 2nd pick to the New York Giants.

When being interviewed by Suzy Kolber on draft night, Barkley seemed a little shy when the topic of his boo was brought up.

 

The two have only been together a year, which means she got pregnant after three months. Is it wrong if my next words are, “secure the bag sis.”

 

Giants fans are certainly excited for the addition of Barkley, his Giants jersey was the best seller on draft night. He also made history, selling better than any first rounder in the draft’s history according to a report from ESPN. His new teammate Odell Beckham Jr. agrees, he tweeted this out on Thursday night.

 

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Gloria Govan and Derek Fisher Are Engaged http://jocksandstilettojill.com/professional-athletes/gloria-govan-and-derek-fisher-are-engaged/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/professional-athletes/gloria-govan-and-derek-fisher-are-engaged/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 21:40:01 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120347 Gloria Govan might be the queen of Basketball Wives. Earlier this week, Govan said YES to former NBA star Derek Fisher. Fisher, 43, proposed...

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Gloria Govan might be the queen of Basketball Wives. Earlier this week, Govan said YES to former NBA star Derek Fisher.

Fisher, 43, proposed to Govan on April 7 in front of their children and other family members per TMZSports. The two began dating in 2015. It will be the second marriage for both. Govan was previously married to Fisher’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Matt Barnes. And Fisher was married to ex-wife Candice.

In late 2016 there were rumors Govan was pregnant which she quickly shut down, at that time, I noted that the relationship was getting serious and marriage was absolutely in the future.

The history of Govan and Barnes was well documented, first during their seasons on VH1’s hit show, “Basketball Wives” and later the interesting intersecting connections that Fisher, Govan, her sister Laura who was engaged to Gilbert Arenas – who has a daughter with Lindsay Faulk. Who is Rams football legend Marshall Faulk’s ex-wife. Faulk also happens to the father of Fisher’s first wife Candice’s oldest son… you can read more about that HERE or in my book, PostGame Pass: access into the life

For his part, Matt Barnes is taking the new engagement in stride. He congratulated the couple on Instagram, but has since deleted the post.

Barnes said that he has “two beautiful boys” from his ex-wife, Gloria Govan, and that they are focusing on “co-parenting” and “providing the best atmosphere & childhood” for the children. On his ex-teammate Fisher, who has been dating Govan in 2015, “They love him, so I love it.”

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2018 1st Round NFL Draft Recap http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nfl-players/2018-1st-round-nfl-draft-recap/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nfl-players/2018-1st-round-nfl-draft-recap/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 20:56:19 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120338 The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft brought us plenty of drama and intrigue with just a little bit of history. It started...

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The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft brought us plenty of drama and intrigue with just a little bit of history. It started when the Cleveland Browns took quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick.

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While rumors circulated earlier in the day that the Browns were leaning toward Mayfield, it was a shocking pick nonetheless, as most pundits ranked Mayfield well below the quarterback trio of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen. But Browns GM John Dorsey went with his gut and tapped Mayfield as the team’s quarterback of the future.

Speaking of Rosen and Allen, they were the focal points of draft night trades. First, the Bills moved up to 7th overall to take Allen, despite drama earlier in the day when offensive tweets made by Allen years ago were made public. But that did not stop Buffalo from making him their franchise quarterback.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals did the same with Rosen, trading up to 10th overall to get him. With Rosen’s selection, this became the first draft to have four quarterbacks taken within the first 10 picks in NFL history.

Of course, it’s important not to forget about the fifth and final quarterback taken in the first round, former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. The Ravens drafted tight end Hayden Hurst 25th overall and then traded with the Eagles to get the final pick of the first round, which they used to take Jackson. Joe Flacco appears to be in decline, and while he may still have another decent year or two left in him, the Ravens clearly feel as if Jackson could eventually be Flacco’s successor.

 

The opening night of the draft also took on a bit of a family feel with brothers Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds both having their names called. It was the first time in NFL history two brothers were selected in the first round of the same draft. Of course, after sharing a household growing up and playing alongside one another at Virginia Tech, the brothers will be on different teams next season. Tremaine, a linebacker who was the 16th overall pick, will play for the Bills. Meanwhile, Terrell, a safety who went 28th overall, went to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

However, Thursday’s biggest highlight may have been the man who called Terrell’s name, former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier. Shazier officially announced his retirement from football last week following a spinal contusion he suffered during a game in December. However, Shazier showed the world just how far he’s come in his recovery by walking across the stage at AT&T Stadium to announce Pittsburgh’s draft pick. To call the moment inspirational would be a drastic understatement.

 

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NBA Teams On The Bubble: How To Make The Top 16 Next Season http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/nba-teams-on-the-bubble-how-to-make-the-top-16-next-season/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/nba-teams-on-the-bubble-how-to-make-the-top-16-next-season/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 20:34:20 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120334 NBA teams that missed the playoffs always have several reasons for optimism. There are a number of ways for teams to improve in the...

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NBA teams that missed the playoffs always have several reasons for optimism. There are a number of ways for teams to improve in the offseason.

For instance, take a look at the Detroit Positions, the number 9 seed in the Eastern Conference. They will get back Reggie Jackson from injury (they sat in the 4 seed before he got hurt). Also, Blake Griffin, their new mid-season addition, will have a year to study the playbook.

Getting players back from injury and more playbook study time is nice. However, the real difference in the offseason is superstar free agent movement. This is the way to upgrade your squad quickly. Here are some free agents that could change club fortunes next year.

Paul George: Los Angeles Lakers

Paul George is a young player, and his injury profile (outside of a gruesome broken leg) is actually fairly clean. That makes him an appealing player. He could stay with the Thunder, but he also has shown great interest in the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lebron James: Los Angeles Lakers

There’s another high profile player the Lakers are linked to- Lebron James. There are plenty of rumors the King is attracted to Los Angeles because he’s interested in an acting career, and the increased exposure that Los Angeles brings. If the Lakers get Lebron, the playoffs are virtually guaranteed. The Lakers have a lot of potential this offseason.

Demarcus Cousins: Phoenix Suns

Most NBA free agents have a great chance at resigning with their own team, and Cousins is no exception. However, Demarcus Cousins comes with a lot of risks. He had an Achilles injury, and he is known for being ill-tempered on the court. These negatives may not scare away Phoenix, who has an acceptable young core and wants to get out of the basement quickly.

Josh Mcroberts and Quincy Pondexter: New York Knicks

It’s important to note that not all teams can sign splash free agents because of cap issues. The New York Knicks are one of these squads. They have to sign the low-cost free agents with the best upside available. Josh Mcroberts and Quincy Pondexter are two such names, but they won’t be exciting fans.

The teams with the most to spend have the best chance to improve next year. The Lakers, in particular, are in a dynamic situation. However, you never know what will happen in the offseason.

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2018 NBA Playoffs Preview Round 1 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/2018-nba-playoffs-preview-round-1/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/2018-nba-playoffs-preview-round-1/#respond Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:45:45 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120328 NBA Playoffs Preview The NBA playoffs are always fun and 2018 will be no exception. There are some fascinating matchups on the slate this...

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NBA Playoffs Preview

The NBA playoffs are always fun and 2018 will be no exception. There are some fascinating matchups on the slate this year. Let’s preview the first round.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Rockets Vs. Timberwolves

Houston is a robust team on the offensive side of the ball, and James Harden looks like he will get the MVP award this year. The Wolves have a tough challenge ahead of them. The Wolves lack of defensive consistency only makes the matchup that much harder for them.

Warriors Vs. Spurs

The Golden State Warriors have been in a slump lately. For one thing, they’re missing Steph Curry. Also, the rest of their team is pretty banged up. The Spurs have underperformed (for their standards) this year, but they’re a well-coached team. They definitely have a chance to upset.

Blazers Vs. Pelicans

This is a fascinating matchup. Anthony Davis and Damien Lillard are two of the best players in the league. Portland will look to deny Anthony Davis the ball as much as possible, and New Orleans will try to limit the effectiveness of Lillard. At the end of the day, this game will come down to the supporting cast of both teams. Both superstars, despite the other squad’s best effort, will leave this series with massive numbers.

Thunder Vs. Jazz

Russell Westbrook is arguably the most explosive player in the league. The Thunder have been inconsistent this season, but you can’t deny their massive upside. Conversely, the Jazz are a solid team with a very even level of play. It’s the classic battle of the turtle and the hare- explosiveness vs consistency. Who will win this time?

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Coachella 2018 Survival Guide: Home or In the Desert http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/coachella-2018-survival-guide-home-or-in-the-desert/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/sports-celebrity-news/coachella-2018-survival-guide-home-or-in-the-desert/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:30:15 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120320 It’s festival season, with the biggest taking place over the next two weekends in April, Coachella, or as it’s been dubbed this year, BEYCHELLA thanks to the...

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It’s festival season, with the biggest taking place over the next two weekends in April, Coachella, or as it’s been dubbed this year, BEYCHELLA thanks to the queen taking the stage! The Coachella Music Festival been in existence since 1999 and takes place in Indio, ca.

We have a survival guide for you that comes with party info, a playlist to chill by the pool with AND all the deets on how to stream Beyoncé’s performance from the comfort of your home.

No dust shield required!

THE PARTIES:

 Friday, April 13

HOH x Urban Decay Brunch — TBA

Nicole Richie hosts a brunch for House of Harlow 1960 and Urban Decay at #hotelREVOLVE (V Palm Springs Hotel).

Pool Party hosted by Shay Mitchell — TBA

“Pretty Little Liars” alum Shay Mitchell parties poolside listening to a special musical performance by Ravyn Lenae and a DJ set by Brittany Sky at #hotelREVOLVE (V Palm Springs Hotel).

TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights — 11 p.m.

Nightlife powerhouse TAO Group and Revolve invite festgoers to party at a top secret location after hours.

Saturday, April 14

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All The Details On Tristian Thompson Cheating On Khloé Kardashian http://jocksandstilettojill.com/professional-athletes/all-the-details-on-tristian-thompson-cheating-on-khloe-kardashian/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/professional-athletes/all-the-details-on-tristian-thompson-cheating-on-khloe-kardashian/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:10:53 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120298 Cavs’ star Tristian Thompson was caught on video allegedly cheating on his very pregnant girlfriend Khloé Kardashian. While an NBA player cheating on a...

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Cavs’ star Tristian Thompson was caught on video allegedly cheating on his very pregnant girlfriend Khloé Kardashian. While an NBA player cheating on a reality star isn’t an uncommon, Thompson’s “fun” started out in very public spaces.

There are two separate incidents – one that took place last October during a Cavs road trip to DC, and the most recent incident in New York last weekend – while Khloé is in Cleveland due with their baby girl any day.

The DC incident took place in a Hookah bar with footage showing Thompson kissing one chick and motorboating another woman’s breasts.

 

The photos from the weekend in New York show Thompson at PHD Lounge and Soho House – a member’s only club that has a no cellphone policy… opps – with a third woman, they arrived together and shared what looks like a kiss. The woman is rumored to be Instagram model/bartender Lani Blair. The two were snapped walking into The Four Seasons, Thompson’s team hotel, and later seen leaving with a Louis Vuitton neverfull bag doing the walk of shame the following day.

 

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Rewind to 2016, Tristian’s ex-girlfriend Jordan Craig was pregnant with his son Oliver when he and Khloe met. The two were introduced by Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, but many thought Khloe scooped Tristian from Jordan while the two were attending Kevin Hart‘s wedding. Jordan made a statement on her Insta-story basically saying she was minding her business and not enjoying Thompson and Kardashian’s cheating scandal.

 

Here’s another interesting but kind of unrelated item. Is that Gabrielle Union exiting the SUV? She was in New York at the same time…

Even Amber Rose, who has had beef in the past with Khlo Money, sent a message via social media showing unified girl power support.

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Villanova Dominates Michigan 79-62 in the National Championship http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/villanova-dominates-michigan-79-62-in-the-national-championship/ http://jocksandstilettojill.com/nba-players/villanova-dominates-michigan-79-62-in-the-national-championship/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:51:47 +0000 http://jocksandstilettojill.com/?p=120291 Villanova was the favorite in San Antonio on Monday night, but many people thought Michigan would win. Among their number would be NFL QB...

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Villanova was the favorite in San Antonio on Monday night, but many people thought Michigan would win. Among their number would be NFL QB Tom Brady, who even photoshopped his face on a Michigan basketball player over the weekend. Unfortunately for Brady, Villanova proved too much for Michigan this time, leading them to their 2nd national championship in 3 years.

Michigan’s Early Success

Michigan had a tall order cut out for them. Villanova has a great offense, and their 3 point shooting is prolific and precise. Fortunately for Michigan, they got off to an exceptional start defensively. Villanova only made 1/9 3-pointers to start the game, and they certainly looked stymied against Michigan’s ferocious defense. Michigan was at their apex early in the first half, and the game looked promising for them at this juncture.

Unexpected Sophomore Boost

If Villanova was going to mount a comeback, the usual suspects to spark such an endeavor would be Jalen Brunson, the team’s emotional leader, or Mikal Bridges, the team’s top NBA prospect. However, neither of these men was the key figure in Villanova’s first-half comeback. That honor went to sophomore Donte DiVincenzo, who scored 18 points in the first half, coming off the bench to make a huge splash.

Second Half Sweep

The second half was when Michigan’s wave really started to bottom out. As a matter of fact, the game started to get out of hand for Michigan in the second half. Villanova just figured out their defense, and they were able to do what they wanted offensively. The final score ended up being 79 to 62, and Michigan was in no position to make a late push.

Villanova’s Historic Run

Villanova has been on a historic run in the last five years. For example, they’ve won 165 games and 2 national championships in that span. Coach Jay Wright focuses on positionless basketball. That means lots of 3 pointers and quick players who move well in transition. It’s worked exceedingly well for him, and it will be fun to watch his teams in the future.

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