Barbara Bush (1925 - 2018)
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Barbara Bush, the wife of Geroge H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States has died earlier today from complications from chronic obstructuve pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure at her home in Houston, Texas. Prior to her death, she was in failing health and wouldn't seek additional medical treatment. She was 92.

Born as Barbara Pierce in June 8, 1925, she served as the First Lady of the United Staes from 1989 to 1993 and prior to that, she served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. She was the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd President and Jeb Bush, the 43rd Governor of Florida.

She will be missed. For more on the life of Barbara Bush, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Bush

The road to the 2018 NBA championship has begun!
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After 1,230 games (82 games played for each NBA team), the 2017-2018 NBA regular season has come to a close!

Now that the dust has finally settled, here's how this past regular season settled out.

The Houston Rockets have the best record in the NBA. The Rockets finished their regular season with 65 wins and 17 losses (.793) only to lose the last game of their regular season and are 7-3 over the last 10 games.

The defending NBA champions, Golden State Warriors finished as the #2 seed in the Western Conference with 58 wins and 24 losses (.707) and are 7 games behind the Rockets. The Warriors also lost their last game of the regular season and finish with 4-6 over the last 10 games.

The defending Eastern Conference champions, Cleveland Cavaliers finished as the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference with 50 wins and 32 losses (.61) and finish 9 game behind the Toronto Raptors. The Cavaliers also lost their final game of their regular season and are 7-3 over the last 10 games.

The day after the end of the regular season comes with the firing of two coaches.

First, the New York Knicks have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek after just two seasons. The Knicks finished their season with a 29-53 record (.354) and winning their final game of their regular season wasn't enough to be back in the playoffs.

During Jeff Hornacek's coaching carrer, he finished with a miserable record of 60 wins and 104 losses (.366). Previously, he coached the Phoenix Suns for two and a half seasons with a 101-112 record (.474).

Also, the Orlando Magic has dumped head coach Frank Vogel after two seasons and a overall 54-110 record (.329). The Magic is now going to look for its fifth coach since firing Stan Van Gundy after the 2011-2012 season, which it was the last time the Magic made it to the playoffs.

What prompted the firing that year is that the Magic were eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, four games to one.

This year, the Magic finished their regular season with 25 wins and 57 losses (.305).

The worst team in the NBA this year is the Phoenix Suns. The Suns finished with a miserable record of just 21 wins and 61 losses (.256) despite winning their final game of the regular season with a 2-8 record over the last 10 games.

Now, here's how the top eight teams in each conference finished out the 2017-2018 regular season:

* Final Eastern Conference Standings
1. Atlantic: Toronto Raptors**: 59-23 (.72)
2. Atlantic: Boston Celtics: 55-27 (.671)
3. Atlantic: Philadelphia 76ers: 52-30 (.634)
4. Central: Cleveland Cavaliers+*: 50-32 (.61)
5. Central: Indiana Pacers: 48-34 (.585)
6. Southeast: Miami Heat*: 44-38 (.537)
7. Central: Milwaukee Bucks: 44-38 (.537)
8. Southeast: Washington Wizards: 43-39 (.524)

The following teams in the Eastern Conference have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons

* Final Western Conference Standings
1. Southwest: Houston Rockets***: 65-17 (.793)
2. Pacific: Golden State Warriors++*: 58-24 (.707)
3. Northwest: Portland Trailblazers*: 49-33 (.598)
4. Northwest: Oklahoma City Thunder: 48-34 (.585)
5. Northwest: Utah Jazz: 48-34 (.585)
6. Southwest: New Orleans Pelicans: 48-34 (.585)
7. Southwest: San Antonio Spurs: 47-35 (.573)
8. Northwest: Minnesota Timerwolves: 47-35 (.573)

The following teams in the Western Conference have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns

*** - 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) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards
(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks
(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat
(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers

* Western Conference Playoffs
(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves
(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs
(3) Portland Trailblazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans
(4) Oklahoma City Thunder 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!

The road to the 2018 Stanley Cup has begun!
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After playing a total of 1,271 games (82 games per team in the NHL), the 2017-2018 NHL regular season has come to a close.

The 2018 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 two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion, the Pittsburgh Penguins return to the playoffs as the #2 seed in the Metropolitan Division and as the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference overall. The Penguins finished their regular season with 47 wins, 29 losses and 6 overtime losses (.573) for a total of 100 points and having to win the last two games of the regular season.

The defending Western Conference champion, the Nashville Predators finished their regular season on top of the Central Division with the best record in the NHL earning them the President's Trophy! The Predators finished their season with 53 wins, 18 losses and 11 overtime losses (.646) earning them a total of 117 points.

The expansion team for the 2017-2018 NHL regular season that is heading to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history is the Vegas Golden Nights. The Golden Knights finished their regular season on top of the Pacific Division and as the #3 in the Western Conference with 51 wins, 24 lesses and 7 overtime losses (.622) earning them a total of 109 points.

The worst team in the NHL this season is the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres finished dead last in the Atlantic Division and in the Eastern Conference. The Sablers finished their season with just 25 wins, 45 losses and 12 overtime losses (.305), earning them 62 points.

This year, two Canadian-bases teams made it to the playoffs this year.

Here's how each of the four teams in each division have finished the 2017-2018 NHL regular season:

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

** Final Eastern Conference Standings **
* Atlantic Division
1 (1). Tampa Bay Lightning: 54-23-5, 113 (.659)
2 (2). Boston Bruins: 50-20-12, 112 (.61)
3 (4). Toronto Maple Leafs: 49-26-7, 105 (.598)
W (8). New Jersey Devils: 44-29-9, 97 (.537)

The following teams in the Atlantic Division have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators

* Metropolitan Division
1 (3). Washington Capitals: 49-26-7, 105 (.598)
2 (5). Pittsburgh Penguins**: 47-29-6, 100 (.573)
3 (6). Philadelphia Flyers: 42-26-14, 98 (.512)
W (7). Columbus Blue Jackets: 45-30-7, 97 (.549)

The following teams in the Metropolitan Division have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders and New York Rangers

** Final Western Conference Standings **
* Central Division
1 (1). Nashville Predators*: 53-17-11, 117 (.646)
2 (2). Winnapeg Jets: 52-20-10, 114 (.634)
3 (4). Minnesota Wild: 45-26-11, 101 (.549)
W (8). Colorado Avalanche: 43-30-9, 95 (.524)

The following teams in the Central Division have been eliminated from playoff contention are: St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars

* Pacific Division
1 (3). Vegas Golden Knights: 51-24-7, 109 (.622)
2 (5). Anaheim Ducks: 44-25-13, 101 (.537)
3 (6). San Jose Sharks: 45-27-10, 100 (.549)
W (7). Los Angeles Kings: 45-29-8, 98 (.549)

The following teams in the Pacific Division have been eliminated from playoff contention are: Vancouver Canucks, Arizona Coyotoes, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers

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) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (W) New Jersey Devils
(2) Boston Bruins vs. (3) Toronto Maple Leafs

* Metropolitan Division
(1) Washington Capitals vs. (W) Columbus Blue Jackets
(2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (3) Philadelphia Flyers

* Central Division
(1) Nashville Predators vs. (W) Colorado Avalanche
(2) Winnipeg Jets vs. (3) Minnesota Wild

* Pacific Division
(1) Vegas Golden Nights vs. (W) Los Angeles Kings
(2) Anaheim Ducks 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 2018 NHL postseason!

50 years ago today...
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It was on this day today on Thursday, April 4, 1968 that clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee at 6:01 PM Central Standard Time. He was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital and was pronounced dead at 7:05 PM CST.

James Earl Ray who was a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested on June 8, 1969 at Heathrow Airport in London, extraded to the United States and charged with his assassination.

He pleaded guilty to the crim on March 10, 1969 and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. He died in prison on April 23, 1998 at the age of 70 after serving 29 years in prison.

For more information regarding the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Martin_Luther_King_Jr.

Villanova Wildcats: 2018 NCAA Basketball National Champions!
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The Villanova Wildcats are the champions of college basketball for the second time in the last three years.

The East Regional champion #1 seeded Wildcats defeated the West Regional champion #3 Michigan Wolverines by a score of 79 to 62 to win the national championship.

The Wildcats finished their school year with a 36-4 record overall (14-4 in the Big East). The losing team, the Michigan Wolverines finish as a runner-up with a 33-8 record (13-8 in the Big Ten). This marks the Wildcats' third NCAA Tournament championship overall.

How did the last two remaining teams appear in the national championship game?

On Saturday, in the first national semifinal game, the West Region #3 Wolverines eliminated the South Region champion #11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, 69 to 57. The Ramblers finish their school year in fourth with a 32-6 overall record (and 15-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference).

And in the second national semifinal game, one of the remaining #1 seeds went down. The East Region #1 Wildcats eliminated the Midwest Region champion #1 Kansas Jayhawks, 95 to 79. The Jayhawks finished third with a 31-8 overall record (13-5 in the Big 12).

#10 Guard Donte DiVincenzo was named the 2018 Final Four Most Oustanding Player. Spending 37 minutes in the title game, he scored a total of 31 points. Breaking this down, that's 10 field goals of 15 field goal attempts, scored 5 three-point throws out of 7 attempts, 6 free throws out of 10 free throw attempts, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 turnovers, 2 blocked shots, 1 personal fowl.

This was the most in a college basketball title game since 1989 when the Wolverines won that title that year. The Wolverines have not won a title since then.

The 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four was held at the Alamodone in San Antonio Texas. The attendance record for the two national semifinal games was 68,257 and the attendance record for the national championship game was 67,831.

The 2017-2018 NCAA Division I Basketball season has now come to a close and will enter a long-off season. The 2018-2019 NCAA Division I Basketball season will begin on Tuesday, November 6, 2018...that's 217 days from today: https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2018-01-17/start-2018-19-college-basketball-season-moved-should-provide

For now, congratulations to the Villanova Wildcats for winning their second national championship in three years and their third title overall! The Villanova Wildcats are the champions of college basketball!

2018 Final Four
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This year's national championship semifinals of NCAA Division I Basketball is all set and it features the last surviving four teams.

The remaining four teams left standing are:
* South Regional Champion: #11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (32-5)
* West Regional Champion: #3 Michigan Wolverines (32-7)
* East Regional Champion: #1 Villanova Wildcats (34-4)
* Midwest Regional Champion: #1 Kansas Jayhawks (31-7)

Because the defending NCAA Basketball national champion, the #2 North Carolina Tarheels were eliminated by the #7 Texas A&M Aggies in the West Regional second round by a score of 86 to 65, there will be a new national champion of college basketball come next Monday night!

So, what happened to the two #1 seeds in the South and West Regional? They've been eliminated. Come the conclusion of the second National Semifinal game, one of the remaining #1 seeds will fall.

Throughout the First Four and the first four rounds of the NCAA tournament, here's how each of the four teams got to the Final Four:

* South Regional Champion: #11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers
In the Missoury Vally Conference standings, the Loyala-Chicago Ramblers finished their regular season with a 15-3 record (.833) and is currently 32-5 overall (.865) this season.

In the Missourt Valley Tournament as the #1 seed, they eliminated #9 Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals, #5 Bradley in the semifinals and #3 Illinois State in the championship game.

In the NCAA Basketball Tournament, they were selected as the #11 overall seed in the South Region. In the first round, they eliminated the #6 Miami Hurricanes, 64 to 62. In the second round, they eliminated the #13 Tennessee Volunteers, 63 to 62. In the Regional Semifinals, they ousted the Nevada Wolf Pack, 69 to 68 and in the Regional Final, they eliminated the #9 Kansas State Wildcats, 78 to 62.

The Ramblers won their only National Championship game in 1963 and was last in the tournament in 1985 only to lose in the regional semifinals that year.
This is the Ramblers' second Final Four appearance overall.

* West Regional Champion: #3 Michigan Wolverines
The Michigan Wolverines finished their regular season with a 16-2 record (.889) in the Big Ten Conference and is currently 30-5 overall (.857) this season.

As the #5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines received a first round bye and in the second round, they eliminated #12 Iowa, #4 Nebraska in the quarterfinals, #1 Michigan State in the semifinals and #3 Purdue to win the championship.

In the NCAA Basketball Tournament, there were selected as the #3 overall seed in the West Region. In the first round, the Wolverines eliminated the #14 Montana Grizzlies, 61 to 47. In the second round, they eliminated the #6 Houston Cougars, 64 to 63. In the Regional Semifinals, the Wolverines eliminated the Texas A&M Aggies, 99 to 72 and in the Regional Final, they outsted the #9 Florida Seminoles, 58 to 54.

The Wolverines make their fifth appreance in the Final Four and won their only national championship in 1989. Dispite that, their tournament was vacated by the NCAA in 1992 and 1993, 1996 and 1998 and their conference tournament championship was vacated in 1998.

* East Regional Champion: #1 Villanova Wildcats
The Villanova Wildcats finished their regular season in the Big East with a 14-4 record (.778) and has a overall record of 34-4 (.895) this season.

Going into the Big East Tournament as the #3 seed, the Wildcats took down #7 Marquette in the quarterfinals and #6 Butler in the semifinals as well as #5 Providence in the championship game.

The Wildcats were selected as the #1 seed in the East Region when the NCAA Tournament began. In the first round, the Wildcats eliminated the #16 Radford Highlanders, 87 to 61 and in the second round, they eliminated the #9 Alabama Crimson Tide, 81 to 58.

In the Regional Semifinals, the Wildcats took down the #5 West Virginia Mountaineers, 90 to 78 and in the Regional Final, they knocked out the #3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders, 71 to 59.

The Red Raiders make their sixth appearance in the Final Four and has previously won two NCAA titles in 1985 and 2016. The Red Raiders were a runner-up in 1971, but their tournament appearance was vacated by the NCAA.

* Midwest Regional Champion: #1 Kansas Jayhawks
The Kansas Jayhawks finished their regular season in the Big 12 with a 13-5 (.722) conference record and is currently 31-7 overall (.816).

In the Big 12 tournament as the #1 seed in the conference, the Jayhawks took down #8 Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals, #4 Kansas State in the semifinals and #3 West Virgina in the championship game.

Going into the NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks were selected as the #1 overall seed in the Midwest Region. The Jayhawks eliminated the #16 Penn Quakers, 76 to 60 in the first round and #8 Seton Hall Pirates, 83 to 79 in the second round.

In the Regional Semifinals, the Jayhawks eliminated the #5 Clemson Tigers, 80 to 76 and took down the #2 Duke Blue Devils, 85 to 81 in overtime to win the Midwest Regional championship.

The Jayhawks make their 15th Final Four appearance and won three NCAA basketball titles overall. The Jayhawks are looking to win their fourth title and their first one in a decade.


This year's 80th edition of the Final Four will take place at the Alamodone in San Antonio, Texas will it will also host the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Game on Monday night.

In the first national championship semifinal game, the South Region champion #11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will take on the West Regional champion #3 Michigan Wolverines. Tipoff of the first national semifinal game will be at 5:09 PM CDT.

In the second national championship semifinal game, the East Region champion #1 Villanova Wildcats will take on the Midwest Regional champion #1 Kansas Jayhawks. Tipff of the second national semifinal game will be at 7:49 PM CDT.

The winners of the national semifinals will face off for the final time this season in the National Championship game on Monday night at 8:20 CDT on TBS. The loser will see their season come to a disappointing end.

The national semifinals and national championship game will be televised on TBS.

For more information regarding the 2018 Final Four and a look back at the first five rounds of the 2018 NCAA Division I Basketball tournament, read this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_NCAA_Division_I_Men's_Basketball_Tournament

The Games of the XXIII Winter Olympiad come to a end!
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After 17 days, the Games of the XXIII Winter Olympiad in Pyeongchang, South Korea has come to a end.

The Games were held from Friday, February 9, 2018 through Sunday, February 25, 2018, with the opening rounds of curling and ski jumping a day earlier.

During the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa, Pyeongchang was elected as the host city in July 6, 2011. This marked the first time South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics and the second Olympics in the country overall after the Games of the XXIV Olympiad in the nation's capital back in 1988.

This marked the third time East Asia has hosted the Winter Olympic Games after Sapporo, Japan in 1972 and Nagano, Japan in 1998 and the sixth overall Olympic Games held in East Asia. It was also the first of three consecutive Olympic Games to be held in East Asia as well, preceding Tokyo 2020 (Summer) and Beijing 2022 (Winter).

The motto of the Games was Passion. Connected. (하나된 열정/Hanadoen yeoljeong.)

92 nations participated in the event with 2,922 athletes participating (1,680 men and 1,242 women). The games featured 102 events in 15 sports.

The Games was officially open by South Korean President, Moon Jae-in (문재인). The Olympic Torch was carried out and ignited by Yuna Kim. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies were held at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

Now as it's time to look at the final medal counts. Here are the top ten list of the countries that had the most in the Games of the XXIInd Winter Olympiad. Results in bold indicate the most medals. In parenthesis, numbers in gold indicate gold medals, silver for silver medals and bronze for bronze medals.

Final Olympic Medal count
1. Norway (NOR): 39 medals (141-142-113
2. Germany (GER): 31 medals (141-10-7)
3. Canada (CAN): 29 medals (11-8-10)
4. United States of America (USA): 23 medals (9-8-6)
5. Netherlands (NED): 20 medals (8-6-6)
6. South Korea (KOR): 17 medals (5)-8-4)
7. Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)*: 17 medals (2-6-9)
8. Switzerland (SUI): 15 medals (5-6-4)
9. France (FRA): 15 medals (5-4-6)
10. Sweden (SWE): 14 medals (7-6-1)

Key Notes
bold - most overall medal counts
italic - host nation
1 - most gold medals
2 - most silver medals
3 - most bronze medals

Note: Russian athletes had to complete as the "Olympic Atheles from Russia" as designated country name and Olympic as a result of the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee (RUS) after the Olympic doping controversy. The team is the first since the Unified Team (in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain) to consist of Russian athletes marching under the neutral Olympic flag.

At least 30 countries won at least one medal and 21 countries won at least one gold medal.

Out of these 102 events a total of 307 medals were given: 103 gold medals, 102 silver medals and 102 bronze medals. Kazakhstan (KAZ), Latvia (LAT) and Liechtenstein (LIE) all earn at least one medal. 62 nations in the Olympics received no medals. Congratulations to Norway for winning the most medals overall in the Games of the XXIII Winter Olympiad!

With the Games now closed, there are less than 30 months until the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo!

Team LeBron wins the 67th NBA All-Star Game!
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The NBA All-Star weekend is in the rear view mirror now.

And for the first time in that league's history, the All-Star Game went unconferenced. The NBA announced that at the start of the 2017 preseason that the format would change from the traditional Eastern versus Western Conference format to the draft-style format instead.

That format was used by the NHL All-Star Game from 2011 to 2015 and the NFL Pro Bowl from 2014 to 2016. The team captains would be determined by the most votes reecived in their respective conference. Each teams picks a charity to play for and the winning team has the money donated to their charity.

Team LeBron defeat Team Stephen by a score of 148 to 145. Since Team LeBron won the game, they won $100,000 for each player and the losing team, Team Stephen earned $25,000 each.

#23 Forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was named the 67th NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player! Throughout the game, he played for 31 minutes and 17 seconds, scored 29 points, shooting a total of 29 field goals, 12 3-pointers, 2 free throws, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 turnovers, 1 steal and 2 personal fouls.

This year's 67th NBA All-Star Game was held at Staples Center Area in Los Angeles, California, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. Time of the game was 2 hours and 34 minutes with an attendance record of 17,801. The city previously hosted the All-Star Game back in 2011.

The Canadian National Anthem, "O Canada" was performed by the Barenaked Ladies and the "Star Spangled Banner" was performed by Fergie. The Halftime show were performed by Kevin Hart, Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D.

Next year's 68th NBA All-Star Game will be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Hornets. The game was supposed to be played in that city last year, but was moved to New Orleans due to controversy surrounding the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.

Congratulations to Team LeBron for winning the 67th NBA All-Star Game! Enjoy the second half of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season which will resume Thursday night.

Current 2017-2018 NBA Standings
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The first half of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season has come to a end as the league is in the All-Star break.

Going into the break, the defending NBA champion, Golden State Warriors is second in the Western Conference with 44 wins and 15 losses (.759) 1/2 of a game behind the Houston Rockets. The Rockets have the best record in the NBA with a 44-13 (.772) record. The Rockets have won all 10 of the most recent games compaired to the Warriors with a one loss streak and a 6-4 record over the last 10 games.

The defending NBA Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers is third in the Eastern Conference with 34 wins and 22 losses (.607) and 6 1/2 games behind the Toronto Raptors whose best record is 41 wins and 16 losses (.719). The Raptors have won 7 of the last games and won 9-1 of in their last 10 games compared to the Cavaliers win streak of 4 games with a 7-3 record over their last 10 games.

The worst teams in the 2017-2018 NBA season so far are the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference and the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference. Both of these teams are 18-41 on the year (.305).

The Hawks are 24 games behind having to lose 2 games in a row with a 4-6 record over the last 10 games. The Suns are 27 games behind having to lose 7 games in a row with a record of 1-9 over their last 10 games.

The second half of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season will resume next Thursday leading up to the road to the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

All teams will have 21 to 27 games remaining in their schedule. While the top eight teams in each conference will qualify for the playoffs, the bottom seven will be eliminated from playoff contention.

The Eastern and Western Conference standings going into the All-Star break will determine who will qualify for the 2017 NBA Playoffs after the remaining games have been completed going out of the All-Star break.

For now, here are the top eight seeded teams in each conference and how they will fair if the regular season ended today:

** Eastern Conference Standings**
1. Atlantic: Toronto Raptors - 41-16 (.719)
2. Atlantic: Boston Celtics - 40-19 (.678)
3. Central: Cleveland Cavaliers* - 34-22 (.607)
4. Southeast: Washington Wizards - 33-24 (.579)
5. Central: Indiana Pacers - 33-25 (.569)
6. Central: Milwaukee Bucks - 32-25 (.561)
7. Atlantic: Philadelphia 76ers - 30-25 (.545)
8. Southeast: Miami Heat (30-28 (.517)

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Eastern Conference will be eliminated from playoff contention are: Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons

** Western Conference Standings **
1. Southwest: Houston Rockets - 44-13 (.772)
2. Pacific: Golden State Warriors** - 44-14 (.759)
3. Southwest: San Antonio Spurs - 35-24 (.593)
4. Northwest: Minnesota Timberwolves - 36-25 (.59)
5. Northwest: Oklahoma City Thunder - 33-26 (.559)
6. Northwest: Denver Nuggets - 32-26 (.552)
7. Northwest: Portland Trailblazers - 32-26 (.552)
8. Southwest: New Orleans Pelicans - 31-26 (.554)

If the season ended today, the following teams in the Western Conference will be eliminated from playoff contention are: Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

bold-italic - conference leader
** - defending NBA champion
* - defending Western / Eastern Conference Champion


Let's see how this will be settled once the current NBA season starts to wind down. But for now, enjoy the 67th NBA All-Star Game and the second half of the NBA regular season, leading up to the road to the 2018 NBA Playoffs!

Philadelphia Eagles: Super Bowl LII Champions!
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For the first time in Super Bowl history and for the first time since 1960, the Philadelphia Eagles are champions of the National Football League!

The Eagles held on to their win and defeated the defending Super Bowl LI champion, New England Patriots by a score of 41 to 33. With their championship, the Eagles deny the Patriots their record-tying sixth NFL championship in franchise history.

Super Bowl LII was the first appearance for the Eagles as a payback for their loss against the New England Patriots, 24 to 21 in Super Bowl XXXIX. The Eagles also lost its only appearance in Super Bowl XV.

Although both #1 seeded teams finished their regular season with a 13-3 record, the Philadelphia Eagles finish their overall season with 16 wins and 3 losses. The dethroned Super Bowl champion, Patriots with their elimination loss finish their overall season with 15 wins and 4 losses.

#9 Quarterback, Nick Foles was named Super Bowl LII Most Valuable Player in the game. He was credited for making 28 completions of 43 attempts (65.1% completion). Rushed for 373 yards (8.7 yards per attempt), scored 3 touchdowns and made 1 interception. He becomes the third quarterback to win the Super Bowl after having three or fewer starts in the regular season.

#86 Tight End, Zach Ertz made the game-winning touchdown with 2:21 remaining in the game. He made 7 receptions with a total of 67 receiving yards (9.8 average yards per reception) with 19 yards being the longest. He also scored 1 touchdown with 9 targets.

Super Bowl LII was held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was the second Super Bowl that was held in the city, which previously hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. It was also the sixth Super Bowl in a cold-weather city and marked a return to the northernmost city ever to host the event. The attendance record for Super Bowl LII was 67,612.

The National Anthem was performed by Pink. The coin toss was made by the Medal of Honor Recipients. The Super Bowl LII Halftime Show was performed by Justin Timberlake. The cost of running a 30-second commercial was $7.7 million.

With all of that said and done, the 98th NFL season has come to a close! The 99th NFL season will begin on Thursday, 2 August 2018 with the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame game - that's 178 days from now.

For now, congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles for dethroning the defending Super Bowl champion, New England Patriots and winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history since they won the NFL championship more than 58 years ago.

The Philadelphia Eagles are champions of the National Football League for 2017!

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