Golden State Warriors: 2017 NBA Champions!
The Golden State Warriors have done it once again!

The Warriors have won the 2017 NBA title. It's their second NBA championship in three years having to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games last year. It's also the Warriors' fifth NBA title overall!

The Warriors clinched the NBA title after they defeated the defending NBA champion, the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 129 to 120. The Warriors eliminate the Cavaliers, four games to one!

#35 SF Kevin Durant earned the 2017 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award! Throughout the Finals, he scored an average of 35.2 points per game, 12 of 21.6 field goals (55.6%), 3.6 of 7.6 three-point field goals (47.4%), 7.6 of 8.2 free throws (92.7%), 8.4 average rebounds (1.4 average offensive rebounds and 7 average defensive rebounds) and 5.4 assists.

Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Warriors becomes the fourth head coach to win two NBA titles in the first three seasons.

The Warriors finished their regular season with a 67-15 (.817) record. Their postseason play was not 100% perfect. The Warriors finished their postseason with 16 wins and only 1 loss. The only loss came in Game 4 of the Finals last Friday where they never led the game.

The 2017 NBA Finals were held at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California and the Quicken Loans Area in Cleveland, Ohio.

And now with the Golden State Warriors reclaiming their NBA title, the Cleveland Cavaliers season has come to a end. And with the 2017 NBA Finals history, the 2016-2017 NBA season has come to a end. The NBA will officially go on hiatus for 110 days. The 2017 NBA preseason will begin on Saturday, 30 September 2017 and the 2017-2017 NBA regular season will begin on Saturday, 20 October 2017.

Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for winning their second NBA title over the last three years and winning their fifth NBA title in franchise history!

The Warriors are the champions of the professional basketball world!

Pittsburgh Penguins: 2017 Stanley Cup Champions!
For the second consecutive time and for the fifth time in franchise history, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup!

This is the first back-to-back Stanley Cup championship since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

The Penguins, the #3 seed out of the Eastern Conference earned their back-to-back Stanley Cup championship after they defeated the #8 seeded Western Conference champion, the Nashville Predators by a score of 2-0 and eliminate the Predators, four games to two!

#87 Forward, Sidney Crosby, a three-time Stanley Cup champion has won the 2017 Conn Smythe Trophy and for the second straight time. He becomes the 6th player in NHL history to win multiple Conn Smythe trophies.

He earned the title after scoring a total of 27 points, 8 goals and 19 assists throughout the first three rounds of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also scored 7 points (1 goal and 6 assists) throughout the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

The Penguins with their fifth Stanley Cup title are now tied with the Edmonton Oilers for most Stanley Cups won by the non-Original Six teams. The Nashville Predators became the second Western Conference team this year to make it to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

Tonight, the Penguins hoisted the Cup with a series-winning goal after #72 RW Patrick Hornqvist scored the game-winning goal with 1:35 remaining in the game. The goal was challenged by the Predators and upheld.

With just 13.6 seconds remaining in the game, #52 LW Carl Hagelin scored a empty-net goal to end the game and the series.

The 2017 Stanley Cup Final was held at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

And now that the NHL postseason is over, the 2016-2017 NHL league season has come to a end and the league is on hiatus for the Summer. In about 102 days from now, the NHL will return from hiatus and kick off the 2017 NHL preseason with the NHL China Games between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks.

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2017 Stanley Cup champions! :w00t:

2017 NBA Finals
For the third time in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are headed back to the NBA Finals!

The Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers as the #2 seed face off against the Western Conference champion Warriors as the #1 seed for the NBA championship.

This will be the Cavaliers fourth NBA Finals Appearance and the Warriors' 9th NBA Finals appearance and their 6th appearance representing the Western Conference.

The Cavaliers are looking to win their second straight NBA championship while the Warriors are looking to win their third NBA championship in franchise history.

No playoffs is a perfect sweep, going into the Finals, the Cavaliers are 12-1 having to lose Game 3 to the Boston Celtics while the Warriors are a perfect 12-0. With the NBA Finals, something is gonna have to give.

Eastern Conference Champion: Cleveland Cavaliers
Going into the NBA Playoffs, the Cavaliers finished their regular season with 51 wins and 31 losses (.622), having to clinch a playoff berth on 19 March and a division title four days later.

In the first round, the Cavaliers swept the #7 Indiana Pacers in four games, swept the #3 Toronto Raptors in four games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and eliminated the #1 Boston Celtics in five game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Western Conference Champion: Golden State Warriors
The Warriors entered the NBA Playoffs after finishing the regular season with 67 wins and 15 losses (.877). The Warriors clinched a playoff berth on 25 February, earned a division title on 16 March and earned the best record in the Western Conference and NBA as a whole on 5 April.

The first three rounds of the NBA playoffs was perfect. The Warriors swept the #8 Portland Trailblazers in four games of the first round, swept the #5 Utah Jazz in four games of the Western Conference Semifinals and swept the #2 San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals will begin on Thursay, 1 June at 9 PM EDT and depending on the outcome of the series, the 2017 NBA Finals and the 2016-2017 NBA season will conclude no later than Sunday, 18 June at 8 PM EDT. All seven games will be aired on ABC.

For more on the look back of the 2017 NBA Playoffs read here:
For more on the look ahead to the 2017 NBA Finals read here:

2017 Stanley Cup Final
After three rounds, the Stanley Cup Playoffs have concluded and two teams are now left standing. The 2017 Stanley Cup Final will feature the Eastern Conference champion and defending Stanley Cup champion, Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the Western Conference champion, the Nashville Predators...for the NHL championship and the Stanley Cup!

This will be the 124th year of the Stanley Cup's presentation. The series will begin on Monday, 29 May 2017 and will conclude no later than Wednesday, 14 June 2017.

The defending Stanley Cup champion, Penguins make their second consecutive Final appearance for the third time in history as they have previously done so in 1991/1992 and 2008/2009. No team had appeared in consecutive Finals since the latter year, which was a rematch between the Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings. This will also be the second consecutive season in which a Western Conference champion will make their first appearance in the Final. The San Jose Sharks made their debut last year, but lost the series in six games.

* Eastern Conference Champion: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins made it back to the NHL postseason with a regular season record of 50-21-11 with a earning of 111 points.

In the Metropolitan Division Semifinals, the Penguins took out the Columbus Blue jackets in five games and upset the President's Trophy winning Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division Final in seven games.

In the Eastern Conference Final, both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators went to a full seven games. With Game 7 tied at 2 goals a piece in overtime, the Senators were so close to scoring a goal in the first overtime, but fell short in the 2nd overtime and was subsequently eliminated.

* Western Conference Champion: Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators made it to the postseason with a 41-29-12 record, earning them 94 points with 39 overtime wins.

As the wildcard team in the Central Division, the Predators eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks in four games of the Central Division Semifinals, ousted the St. Louis Blues in six games of the Cental Division Final and knocked out the Anaheim Ducks in six games of the Western Conference Final.

Game 1 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final will begin on Monday, 29 May at 8 PM EDT on NBC. NBCSN will air Games 2 and 3 of the Final. NBC will also carry Games 4 through 7. Depending on the outcome of the series, the Final and the 2016-2017 NHL season will conclude with Game 7 on Wednesday, 14 June at 8 PM EDT.

For more on the look back at the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, read here:
For more on the look ahead to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, read here:

Star Wars
It was on this day 40 years ago today, Wednesday, 25 May 1977, that Star Wars, a science fantasy film written and directed by George Lucas, was released.

The film eventually became the third most successful films of all time! Star Wars made $775.4 million (not adjusted for inflation) in the box office ($461 million in the United States and $314 million overseas) with a budge of $11 million. The commerical success of the film lead to two more original sequels, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983.

For more information on Star Wars, read this Wikipedia article:

25 years ago today...
It was on this day in 1992 that the riots in Los Angeles broke out following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King.

The riots lasted six days killing 55 people, injuring over 2,000 people with over 11,000 people arrested. Over 1,100 buildings were destroyed causing over $1 billion in damage.

For more information on the riots, read this Wikipedia article:

The road to the 2017 NBA championship has begun!
After 1,230 games (82 games played for each NBA team), the 2016-2017 NBA regular season has come to a close. And now that the dust has finally settled, here's how this past season settled out.

The Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA season for the third consecutive year in a row with 67 wins and 15 losses (.716), having a 9-1 record over the last 10 games.

The defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers settled for the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 51 wins and 31 losses (.622), 2 games behind the Boston Celtics who have the best record in the Eastern Conference - 53 wins and 29 losses (.646).

In this year's coaching carousel, the Orlando Magic fire general manager Rob Hennigan and assistant general manager Scott Perry after the Magic finished the regular season with just 29 wins and 53 losses (.354).

In the previous four years, the Magic went 20-62 in 2012-2013, 23-59 in 2013-2014, 35-47 in 2014-2015 and 29-53 in 2015-2016. GM Rob Hennigan finish his tenure with the Magic with 136 wins and 274 losses (.332).

The worst team in the NBA this past season is the Brooklyn Nets who finished their regular season with just 20 wins and 62 losses (.244). The Nets lost the last 2 games and finished at 5-5 over the last 10 games.

Now, here's how the top eight teams in each conference finished out the 2016-2017 regular season:

* Eastern Conference Standings
1. Boston Celtics**: 53-29 (.646)
2. Cleveland Cavaliers*++: 51-31 (.622)
3. Toronto Raptors*: 51-31 (.622)
4. Washington Wizards: 49-33 (.598)
5. Atlanta Hawks: 43-39 (.524)
6. Milwaukee Bucks: 42-40 (.512)
7. Indiana Pacers: 42-40 (.512)
8. Chicago Bulls: 41-41 (.5)

The following teams in the Eastern Conference have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons

* Western Conference Standings
1. Golden State Warriors***+: 67-15 (.817)
2. San Antonio Spurs**: 61-21 (.744)
3. Houston Rockets*: 55-27 (.671)
4. Los Angeles Clippers: 51-31 (.622)
5. Utah Jazz: 51-31 (.622)
6. Oklahoma City Thunder: 47-35 (.573)
7. Memphis Grizzlies: 43-39 (.524)
8. Portland Trailblazers: 41-41 (.5)

The following teams in the Western Conference have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves

*** - Best record in the NBA
** - Clinched best record in the conference
* - Clinched division title
++ - Defending NBA champion
+ - Defending Western/Eastern Conference champion
Records in (parenthesis) indicates winning percentage.

The top teams in each conference have home court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Teams ranked second and third have clinched a division title and fourth through eighth have clinched a playoff spot. Here's how the playoffs have been set up now:

* Eastern Conference Playoffs
(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Chicago Bulls
(2) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (7) Indiana Pacers
(3) Toronto Raptors vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks
(4) Washington Wizards vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks

* Western Conference Playoffs
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Portland Trailblazers
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies
(3) Houston Rockets vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Utah Jazz

The winners of the first round of the NBA playoffs will advance to the next round with fewer teams to participate. The losing team will go home for the Summer.

Enjoy the NBA playoffs!

Windows Vista reaches end of life!
It's finally time to put Windows Vista out of its misery for good. If you're still running the OS, you're clearly out of luck. Read these news articles on the demise of Windows Vista: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Since the vast majority of customers have migrated off Windows Vista since October 2009, it's no big loss.

However, Microsoft is urging nearly an estimated 11 million customers of Windows Vista to upgrade. Here's the reason why.

Today is the absolute last day that customers on Windows Vista will receive security updates and most importantly support. Starting tomorrow, Windows Vista will be unsupported and Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 will be required to receive security updates and support.

Products affected by the shut down of the support system include, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate.

Proceeded by the release of Windows XP, Windows Vista (codenamed "Longhorn") was released to manufacturing on 8 November 2006 and publicly released worldwide on 30 January 2007. Since the release of Windows Vista, it had a troubled development and troubled life. Driver support was poor and the majority of customers remained on Windows XP as a safe haven until the release of Windows 7.

Windows Vista introduced Windows Aero, a redesigned Start Menu, a redesigned Windows Explorer, Windows Flip and Flip 3D, Windows Search and the Windows Sidebar. Windows Vista also included Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Media Player 11.

At the time of its release, Windows Vista's system requirements were steep. The OS required a 800 MHz processor with at least 512 MB of RAM, a Super VGA monitor, a 20 GB hard disk with at least 15 GB of free space and a CD-ROM drive. Windows Vista recommended a graphics card with at least 128 MB of memory to use the Windows Aero features.

Windows Vista Starter was limited to only 1 GB of memory. 32-bit versions of Windows Vista was limited to 4 GB of RAM, the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Basic was limited to 8 GB of RAM, 16 GB of RAM for Windows Vista Home Premium and 128 GB of RAM for Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate.

When Windows 7 came out, Windows Vista marketshare peaked at approximately 19% or about 400 million internet users worldwide.

Microsoft terminated retail sales of Windows Vista on 22 October 2010 and ended OEM preinstallation sales on 22 October 2011.

Microsoft ended Mainstream Support for Windows Vista on 10 April 2012, but for the past five years, the software giant had been providing security and stability updates. Today, this will completely stop.

The move to terminate Windows Vista support will put customers at risk as known exploits found on the OS will no longer be addressed after today.

Customers on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 are still eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 despite the fact that Microsoft ended free upgrades one year after Windows 10 was released.

Existing customers on Windows Vista will not even have such a option. The operating system is out of the Extended Support phase after today. This brings a end to more than 10 years of critical security updates, non-security hotfixes and paid technical support options.

.72% of all internet connected users still run Windows Vista and with the end of limited support, it is now open season on its minority and will remain so until the last user stops using Windows Vista. After today, Microsoft will take NO action to provide any updates for any security related issues regardless of severity.

Users on Windows XP or Windows Vista cannot directly upgrade to Windows 10 without having to perform a clean installation. And because Microsoft ceased retail and OEM sales of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, any existing Windows Vista customers will have no choice but to purchase a full Windows 10 license or buy a new PC.

Also ending support today is Internet Explorer 9, the latest version of the internet browser supported on Windows Vista.

Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows Vista. Existing PCs running MSE on Windows Vista will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited amount of time. If you still use Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 9 to browse the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats that will never be addressed.

Also ending support later this year will be Microsoft Virtual PC 2007. It's Extended Support date will end on 11 July 2017. Microsoft Office 2007 will reach end of life (EOL) on 10 October 2017.

The road to the 2017 Stanley Cup has begun!
After playing a total of 1,230 games (82 games for each NHL team), the 2016-2017 NHL regular season came to a close last night.

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs are all set and will begin Wednesday night. The playoffs will progress for up to two months when a Stanley Cup champion will be crowned.

The defending Stanley Cup champion, Pittsburgh Penguins return to the playoffs as the #2 seed in the Metropolitan Conference and 2nd in the Eastern Conference after finishing the regular season with 50 wins, 21 losses and 11 overtime losses for a total of 111 points.

The defending Western Conference champion, the San Jose Sharks return to the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Pacific Division and 6th in the Western Conference after finishing the regular season with 46 wins, 29 losses and 7 overtime losses for a total of 99 points.

The Washington Capitals win the President's Trophy with 118 points after winning the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference during the regular season. The Capitals finished their regular season with 55 wins, 19 losses and 8 overtime losses.

The worst team in the league this past season is the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche finished their regular season with just 22 wins, 56 losses and 4 overtime losses having to lose the last three consecutive games for a total of just 48 points.

For the first time since the 1989-1990 NHL season, the Detroit Red Wings failed to make the playoffs, ending the NHL's longest active playoff streak of 25 consecutive seasons. The streak was also tied for the third-longest streak in NHL history. The Edmonton Oilers made it back to the postseason for the first time since 2006, ending a record-tying playoff drought for a team with ten years missed.

The Oilers finished the regular season at 47-26-9, 2nd in the Pacific Division and 4th in the Western Conference. The Detroit Red Wings finished their regular season at 33-36-11, 7th in the Atlantic Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference.

This year, five Canadian-based teams made it to the playoffs this year after a season in which none of the seven Canadian NHL teams contended.

Here's how each of the four teams in each division have finished the 2016-2017 regular season:

Note: Values next to each team indicates wins-losses-overtime losses and percentage of wins in parenthesis. Seeding in parenthesis indicate conference position.

** Final Eastern Conference Standings **
* Atlantic Division
1 (4). Montreal Canadiens: 47-28-9, 103 (.573)
2 (6). Ottawa Senators: 44-28-10, 98 (.537)
3 (7). Boston Bruins: 44-31-7, 95 (.537)
W (5). New York Rangers: 48-28-6, 102 (.585)

The following teams in the Atlantic Division have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres

* Metropolitan Division
1 (1). Washington Capitals: 55-19-18, 118 (.671)
2 (2). Pittsburgh Penguins**: 50-21-11, 111 (.61)
3 (3). Columbus Blue Jackets: 50-24-8, 108 (.61)
W (8). Toronto Maple Leafs: 40-27-15, 95 (.488)

The following teams in the Metropolitan Division have been eliminated from playoff contention are: New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders

** Western Conference Standings **
* Central Division
1 (1). Chicago Blackhawks: 50-23-9, 109 (.61)
2 (2). Minnesota Wild: 49-25-8, 106 (.598)
3 (5). St. Louis Blues: 46-29-7, 99 (.561)
W (8). Nashville Predators: 41-29-12, 94 (.5)

The following teams in the Central Division have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Colorado Avalanche, Winnepeg Jets, Dallas Stars

* Pacific Division
1 (3). Anaheim Ducks: 46-23-13, 105 (.561)
2 (4). Edmonton Oilers: 47-26-9, 103 (.574)
3 (6). San Jose Sharks*: 46-29-7, 99 (.561)
W (7). Calgary Flames: 45-33-4, 94 (.549)

The following teams in the Pacific Division have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Vancouver Canucks, Arizona Coyotoes, Los Angeles Kings

red, bold italic: Clinched President's Trophy
bold italic: Clinched conference title
bold: Clinched division title
regular: Clinched playoff spot
italic: Clinched wildcard
** defending Stanley Cup champion
* defending Western Conference/Eastern Conference champion

Now with the regular season over, here's how each of the top four teams in each division would face off against each other in the first round:

* Atlantic Division
(1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (W) New York Rangers
(2) Ottawa Senators vs. (3) Boston Bruins

* Metropolitan Division
(1) Washington Capitals vs. (W) Toronto Maple Leafs
(2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (3) Columbus Blue Jackets

* Central Division
(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (W) Nashville Predators
(2) Minnesota Wild vs. (3) St. Louis Blues

* Pacific Division
(1) Anaheim Ducks vs. (W) Calgary Flames
(2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (3) San Jose Sharks

The winners of the Division Semifinals would face off against each other in the next round, the Division Finals. The losers will have to go home for the Summer.

Enjoy the 2017 NHL postseason!

North Carolina Tarheels: 2017 NCAA Basketball National Champions!
The North Carolina Tarheels have won their first national championship in college basketball for the first time since 2009.

The South Regional champion, Tarheels knocked out the West Regional champion, the Gonzaga Bulldogs by a score of 71 to 65.

The Tarheels finish their 2016-2017 school season with 33 wins and 7 losses. The Bulldogs as the runner-up, finished their school season in disappointment with 37 wins and 2 losses.

The East Regional champion, Oregon Ducks in their 2nd Final Four appearance finished their school year with 33 wins and 6 losses after losing to the Tarheels, 77 to 76 in the first national semifinal game.

Lastly, the Midwest Regional champion, South Carolina Gamecocks in their 1st Final Four appearance finish their school year with 26 wins and 11 losses after losing to the Bulldogs, 77 to 73 in the second national semifinal game.

Tarheels head coach, Roy Williams wins his 3rd national championship as head coach and tied for 4th most all-time. He passes Dean Smith for most national championships in school history.

#2 Goalkeeper Joel Berry II was named the 2017 Final Four Most Oustanding Player.

Playing for 37 minutes, he scored 22 points with 7 of 19 field goals, 4 of 13 three-pointers, 4 of 8 free throws, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover, 2 steals, 1 blocked shot and 3 personal fouls.

The 2017 Final Four was held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The National Semifinals attendance record was 77,612 and the National Championship game attendance record was 76,188.

This was the first national semifinal and national championship game to be contested in a Western state since 1995 when Seattle was the host of the Final Four for that year.

The 2016-2017 NCAA Division I Basketball season has now come to a close and will enter a long-off season. The 2017-2018 NCAA Division I Basketball season will begin on Friday, 10 November 2017...that's 220 days from today.

For now, congratulations to the North Carolina Tarheels for winning their first national championship since 2009 and their sixth title overall! The North Carolina Tarheels are the champions of college basketball!


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