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The road to the 2018 World Series has begun!
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After more than six months, including two NL Division tie-breaker games, the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season has come to a close!

The defending World Series champion, Houston Astros and the defending National League champion, Los Angeles Dodgers make it back to the postseason.

The Astros and Dodgers who were in the World Series last year receive a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Milwaukee Brewers will await the winner of the National League Wildcard Game tomorrow between the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. The Boston Red Sox will also await the winner of the American League Wildcard Game between the New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. Both the Brewers and Red Sox also receive a first-round bye in the playoffs.

This year, the Red Sox finished their regular season with the best record in Major League Baseball with 108 wins and 54 losses (.667) and the Brewers finish their regular season with 96 wins and 67 losses (.589) after they defeated the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central Tie-breaker game. The Dodgers also defeated the Rockies in the NL West Tie-breaker game as well.

This was the first time in Major League Baseball's history where two tie-breaker games had to be played to determine the division winner and the wildcard.

The worst team in Major League Baseball for the 2018 regular season was the Baltimore Orioles where they finished with a dismal record of just 47 wins and 115 losses (.29) after finishing 61 games behind with a 3-7 record in the last 10 games and winning only the final game of the regular season.

Now that the playoff race has come to a end, only two surviving teams in each league will make it all the way to the 2018 World Series and only one World Series champion will be crowned. Here are the final standings for the five best teams in the league and how they finished out this past season:

* Final American League Standings
1. East: Boston Red Sox ++++(108-54, .667)
2. West: Houston Astros++** (103-59, .636)
3. Central: Cleveland Indians++ (91-71, .562)
4. East Wildcard: New York Yankees+ (100- 62, .617)
5. West Wildcard: Oakland Athletics+ (97-65, .599)

The following teams in the American League were eliminated from playoff contention are: Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Seaatle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox

* Final National League Standings
1. Central: Milwaukee Brewers+++ (96-67^, .589)
2. West: Los Angeles Dodgers++* (92-71^, .564)
3. East: Atlanta Braves++ (90-72, .556)
4. Central Wildcard: Chicago Cubs+ (95-68^, .583)
5. West Wildcard: Colorado Rockies+ (91-72^, .558)

The following teams in the National League were eliminated from playoff contention are: St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres

++++ - Best record in Major League Baseball
+++ - Best record in the American/National league
++ - Clinched division title
+ - Clinched wildcard
** - Defending World Series champion
* - Defending American/National League champion
^ - Division tiebreaker
strike - Eliminated after losing wildcard tiebreaker


The top team in bold-italics indicate team with the best record in the league. The figures in (parenthesis) indicate wins, losses and percentage of wins.


So with that all said, this is how the first round of the MLB post-season is going to look like:

*American League Wildcard Game
(4) New York Yankees vs. (5) Oakland Athletics

* National League Wildcard Game
(4) Chicago Cubs vs. (5) Colorado Rockies

Prior to the start of the League Division Series, the six surviving MLB teams that made it to the postseason will receive a first-round bye. The winners of the League Wildcard Game will face the following teams in the League Division Series:

* American League Division Series
(1) Boston Red Sox vs. (4) New York Yankees or (5) Oakland Athletics
(2) Houston Astros vs. (3) Clevenad Indians

* National League Division Series
(1) Milwaukee Brewers vs. (4) Chicago Cubs vs. (5) Colorado Rockies
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. (3) Atlanta Braves

The winners of the League Division Series will advance to the next round, the League Championship Series with the right to represent the league champion in the 114th edition of the World Series. The losers of the MLB playoffs will be eliminated and head home for the Winter.

Enjoy the postseason!

MLB National League Division Tie-breakers
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All of the other 26 Major League Baseball teams have finished their regular season. However, there are four teams that ended the regular season in a tie. In the National League Central, the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers who remain tied with 95 wins and 67 losses (.586). In the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies who remain tied at 91-71.

Tomorrow, the regular season officially concludes with two National League tie-breaker games which will be aired on ESPN. These tie-breaker games are non-elimination games.

In the first tie-breaker game, it will be the Milwaukee Brewers taking on the Chicago Cubs for the National Leauge Central title. The winner of the NL Central will finish their regular season at 96-67 (.589) and advance to the National League Division Series on Thursday. The loser of the NL Central will finish their regular season at 95-68 (.583) and play in the National League Wildcard Game on Tuesday night. The first game will begun at 1:05 PM EDT.

In the second tie-breaker game, it will be the Colorado Rockies taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League West title. The winner of the NL West will finish their regular season at 92-71 (.564) and advance to the National League Division Series on Thursday. The loser of the NL West will finish their regular season at 91-72 (.558) and play in the National League Wildcard Game on Tuesday night. The second game will begin at 4:09 PM EDT.

I'll post the final Major League Baseball standings after the regular season officially concludes tomorrow.

Burt Reynolds (1936-2018)
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Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr., an American actor, director and producer whose career spanned 60 years, has died at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida of a massive heart attack last Thursday. He was 82 year old.

Born in Lansing, Michigan on February 11, 1936, he was the son of Harriette Fernette "Fern" Miller (1902-1992) and Burton Milo Reynolds, Sr. (1906-2002).

He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsomoke (1962-1965), Hawk (1966) and Dan August (1970-1971). His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972) and also played in subsequent box office hits such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

He was proceeded by the death of his first wife Judy Cane (1939-2015) and was survived by his second former wife Loni Anderson (b. August 5, 1946) who he married in 1988 and divorced in 1993. He had one child.

For more information on the life of Burt Reynolds, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Reynolds

He will be deeply missed.

John McCain (1936 - 2018)
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John Sidney McCain III, an American politician and a military officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona, lost his battle with brain cancer at 4:28 PM Mountain Daylight Time at his home in Cornville, Arizona. He was 81 and would have celebrated his 82nd birthday tomorrow.

Born in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone on August 29, 1936, he served as a United States Senator from January 3, 1987 until his death.

He was proceeded by the death of his father, John S. McCain, Jr. (1911-1981) and John S. "Slew" McCain, Sr. (1884-1945). He was survived by his mother, Roberta Wright-McCain (b. February 7, 1912). He was also survived by his wife Cindy Henshey-McCain, whom he married in 1980. He had 7 children including Meghan McCain.

He will be deeply missed. For more information on the life of John McCain, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McCain

Aretha Franklin (1942 - 2018)
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Aretha Louise Franklin, an American singer/songwriter whose career spanned more than 60 years, has died earlier this morning at 9:50 AM Central Daylight Time in her home at Riverfront Towers in Detroit, Michigan. The cause of her death was advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

She was 76 years old. Born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee to Barbara (Siggers) and Clarence LaVaughn "C.L." Franklin, she was named "the Queen of Soul" by the end of the 1960s with her commercial success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think".

She recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 ten ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries. She also won 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musicial artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

She was proceeded by the death of her relatives Erna (1936 - 2002) and Carolyn (1944 - 1988). She had 4 childrren.

She will be deeply missed. For more information on the life of Aretha Franklin, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aretha_Franklin

American League Wins the 89th MLB All-Star Game
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For the sixth consecutive time in a row, the American League All-Stars have won the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Their win comes after the AL All-Stars defeat the National League All-Stars by a score of 8 to 6 in 10 innings. This is the second consecutive time that an All-Star Game went to extra innings.

American League All-Stars had 8 runs, 13 hits and no errors. The National League had 6 runs, 7 hits and 1 error.

With the American League's sixth consecutive win, the American League now leads the series with 44 wins, 43 losses and 2 ties (.494).

Houston Astros #2 3B Alex Bregman was awarded the 2018 Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award for breaking a 5-run tie in the top of the 10th inning along with two more solo home runs on top of that before the top half of the extra inning came to a end.

He made 3 at bat, scored 1 home run, 1 run, 1 hit, 1 run batted in, 1 strikeout with 2 left on base for a batting average of .333. For winning the MVP award, he gets to drive home the 2019 Chevy Camaro SS!

Tonight's 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. - home of the Washington Nationals. The first pitch of tonight's game was at 8:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Time of the game was 3 hours and 34 minutes with a attendance record of 43.843. This was the first time that the national's capital hosted the All-Star Game since 1969 when the second Washington Senators hosted the game. This was also the first time that the Nationals has hosted the All-Star Game since 1982, when the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

The "O Canada" national anthem was performed by the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band. The "Star Spangled Banner" national anthem was performed by the Community Choirs of Washington, D.C.

Once again, congratulations to the American League All-Stars for winning the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game! Next year's 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio home of the Cleveland Indians.

Current 2018 MLB Regular Season Standings
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The first half of the 2018 Major League Baseball season has come to a close. The league has gone into a three-day All-Star break with the second half of the regular season resuming on Thursday night leading up to the 2018 MLB Postseason and the 2018 World Series!

The 2018 MLB Postseason will begin with two one-game Wildcard playoff games with the winner of these games advancing to the League Division Series. The 2018 World Series will begin on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 and will conclude no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2018 when a champion will be crowned.

Right now, if the season were to end today, here are the standings for the top five teams in each league would look like. The figures in (parenthesis) indicate wins, losses and winning percentage. Italics would indicate the best record in the league upon the end of the current regular season:

* Current American League Standings
1. East: Boston Red Sox (68-30, .694)
2. East WC: New York Yankees (62-33, .653)
3. West: Houston Astros* (64-35, .646)
4. West WC: Seattle Mariners (58-39, .598)
5. Central: Cleveland Indians (52-43, .547)

* Current National League Standings
1. Central: Chicago Cubs (55-38, .591)
2. Central WC: Milwaukee Brewers (55-43, .561)
3. East: Philadelphia Phillies (53-42, .558)
4. East WC: Atlanta Braves (52-42, .553)
5. West: Los Angeles Dodgers** (53-43, .552)

** - Defending American/National League champion
* - Defending World Series champion


Going into the All-Star Break, the Boston Red Sox have the best record in Major League Baseball this year with 68 wins and 30 losses (.694).

If the season ended today, the defending World Series champion, Houston Astros would finish with the best record in the American League West Division and third in the American League overall. How long will this hold up?

The second half of the regular season will resume Thursday night when the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs. The final results of the 2018 MLB standings will be posted in this journal once the current regular season comes to a close.

For now, enjoy the All-Star game and the second half of the 2018 MLB regular season!

Golden State Warriors: 2018 NBA Champions!
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The Golden State Warriors have done it again! The Warriors have won their second consecutive NBA title and their third NBA title over the last four seasons. This also marks the Warriors' fourth NBA title in franchise history.

The Warriors clinched the NBA title after defeating the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 108 to 85 and swept the Cavaliers in four games.

#35 SF Kevin Durant earned the 2018 Bill Russell NBA Most Valuable Player award. Throughout the 2018 NBA Finals, playing for a average of 41 minutes and 20 seconds, he scored a average of 28.8 points. He made a average of 29.3 (53.6%) field goals, 7.8 (36.9%) three-pointers, 13.3 (97.5%) free throws and 10.8 rebounds. He also made 7.5 assists, 2.3 turnovers, .8 steals, 2 blocked shots and 3 personal fouls.

Once again, Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Warriors won his eigthth NBA title overall. This includes five games as a player (Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs) and three games as a head coach.

The Warriors finished their regular season with the best record in the Pacific Division with 58 wins and 24 losses (.707). The Warriors finished the postseason with 16 wins and 5 losses, having to overcome two elimination games against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.

Tonight's series-clinching game was most likely going to be the last for #23 LeBron James in his Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. He is expected to be a free agent on Sunday, July 1, 2018. It's unclear whatever he will choose to stay in Cleveland or that he'll be going elsewhere.

The 2018 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 second consecutive NBA title, the Cleveland Cavaliers season has come to a end. And with the 2018 NBA Finals history, the 2017-2018 NBA season has also come to a end.

The NBA will officially go on hiatus for 112 days. The 2018 NBA preseason will begin on Friday, October 5, 2018. That is where the Dallas Mavericks take on the Philadelphia 76ers play two preseason games in Shanghai, China and in Shenzhen, China, three days later.

The 2018-2019 NBA regular season will begin on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

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!

Washington Capitals: 2018 Stanley Cup Champions!
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After waiting 43 years of frustration, the Washington Capitals have won the Stanley Cup! This marks the franchise's first Stanley Cup in its history. The last time the Capitals were in the Final was in 1998. However, they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings that year.

The last time a professional sport from Washington won the championship was in Super Bowl XXVI on January 26, 1992. At that time, the Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills, 37 to 24. The Redskins have not won a Super Bowl title since then.

The Capitals won the Stanley Cup after defeating the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 4 to 3 and eliminate the Golden Knights, four games to one.

#8 LW Alex Ovechkin wins the 2018 Conn Smythe Trophy.

Throughout the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, he scored 14 goals and 12 assists for a total of 26 points. He also earned 6 penalty minutes, 5 points per game, 10 power play points and 2 game winning goals and made 94 shots with a shooting percentage of 14.9%.

In the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, he score3d 4 goals, 5 points, 2 points per goal, 19 shots with a shooting percentage of 14.66% with 2 penalty minutes.

Overall, this year's Stanley Cup Final was the first since 2007 where neither teams has previously won a Stanley Cup and the third consecutive year in which a Western Conference teams made their Stanley Cup Final debut.

The 2018 Stanley Cup Final was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC.

And now that the NHL postseason is over, the 2017-2018 NHL season has come to a end and the league is on hiatus for the Summer. In 100 days from now, the NHL will return from hiatus and kick off the 2018 NHL preseason with the 2018 O.R.G NHL China Games between the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames!

Congratulations to the Washington Capitals, 2018 Stanley Cup champions!

2018 NBA Finals
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For the fourth 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 #4 seed face off against the Western Conference champion Warriors as the #2 seed for the NBA championship.

This will be the Cavaliers fifth NBA Finals Appearance as well as the Warriors' 10th NBA Finals appearance and their 8th appearance representing the Western Conference.

The Cavaliers are looking to win their second NBA championship while the Warriors are looking to win their second straight NBA championship and their third NBA championship over the last four years.

In the NBA Playoffs, the Cavaliers are 12-6 and the Warriors are 12-5. In the NBA Finals, something has got to give.

Here's how both of these teams made it to the 2018 NBA Finals:

Eastern Conference Champion: Cleveland Cavaliers
Going into the NBA Playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers finished their regular season with 50 wins and 32 losses (.619) and winning the Central Division championship. The Cavaliers finished the regular season as the #4 seeded team in the Eastern Conference.

In the first round of the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers eliminated the #5 Indiana Pacers, four games to three. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Cavaliers swept the #1 Toronto Raptors in four games. As a result of the upset elimination from the playoffs, Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey was fired. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavaliers eliminated the Celtics, four games to three after coming back from the brink of elimination after Game 5 loss to win the Eastern Conference championship.

Western Conference Champion: Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors finished their regular season with 58 wins and 24 losses (.707) winning the Pacific Division. The Warriors finished the regular season as the #2 seeded team in the Western Conference.

In the first round of the Western Conference, the Warriors eliminated the #7 San Antonio Spurs, four games to one. In the Western Conference Semifinals eliminated the #6 New Orleans Pelicans, four games to one. In the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors were on the brink of elimination going into Game 6, but one the last two remaining games and eliminated the #1 Houston Rockets, four games to three.


Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals will begin on Thursay, May 31 at 9 PM EDT and depending on the outcome of the series, the 2018 NBA Finals and the 2017-2018 NBA season will conclude no later than Sunday, June 17 at 8 PM EDT. All seven games will be aired on ABC.

For more on the look back of the 2018 NBA Playoffs read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_NBA_Playoffs
For more on the look ahead to the 2018 NBA Finals read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_NBA_Finals