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Basketball’s EuroLeague cancels remainder of season due to coronavirus pandemic

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Europe’s top basketball league isn’t taking any chances with the COVID-19 pandemic, and has decided to cut the cord on the rest of the 2019/2020 campaign.

Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu confirmed the league’s decision to cancel the season in a released statement.

“Without a doubt, this is the most difficult decision we have had to take in our 20-year history…Due to reasons beyond our control, we have been forced to cut short the most successful and exciting season in European basketball history.” said Bertomeu.

To look on the bright side, it appears things will be back to normal next season. The league will use this extra time off to ensure the 2020/2021 season will start at it’s expected time on October 1st.

EuroLeague officials plan to start the 2020-21 season on Oct. 1.

“All the league’s stakeholders maintained their determination and exhausted every possible avenue in trying to deliver a complete and uniquely special season to our fans, whose passion is the driving force for all our efforts,” added Bertomeu.

“That is our commitment and our passion every single season, and so falling short due to forces beyond anyone’s control is what saddens us most.”

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Kyrie Irving fined $50K, will forfeit over $800K in salary after attending maskless party

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Kyrie Irving will be paying a huge price due to his latest off-court antics.

It has been confirmed that the Brooklyn Nets star will be fined
$50,000 by the NBA for violating coronavirus safety protocols by attending his sister’s birthday party without wearing a mask.

During COVID-19 times, the league is not allowing to go to bars/clubs or any social gatherings that includes 15 or more people.

As for all the games he voluntarily decided to miss for “personal reasons”, he will forfeit $816,898 in salary.

Despite all the controversy he has caused, he appears to be on the verge of returning to the team. According to reports, he is expected to play in Saturday’s game against the Orlando Magic assuming he continues to test negative for COVID-19 leading up to the day.

It will also be the debut of newly acquired superstar James Harden, who was traded to the Nets earlier this week.

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Markelle Fultz out for season after tearing his ACL

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The Orlando Magic cannot catch a break.

The team confirmed that starting guard Markelle Fultz will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn left ACL during their 105-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Fultz, who was selected first overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, had overcome a rocky start to his career and worked his way to becoming a solid player since being traded from the Philadelphia Sixers to the Magic a couple seasons back.

He had signed a three-year $50 million contract extension this offseason, and had started off the 2020/21 campaign averaging 14.3 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds through seven games.

Despite the rough news, Fultz was in high spirits and expressed confidence in the team following the game.

“God has a plan for me and I know that this adversity will only make me stronger in the end…I believe in my brothers on this team and we have so much more to prove,” said Fultz on his Twitter account.

“To all the fans. keep riding with us. I’m going to approach this recovery with all my heart and be the best teammate I can be to this organization. Faithful to the grind.”

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WATCH: Steph Curry GOES OFF for career-high 62 points

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The Golden State Warriors might be a shell of their dominant selfs, but they still have Steph Curry. And the superstar went off in a big way during the team’s 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

The 32-year old scored a career-best 62 points on 18 of 31 shooting (8 of 16 from deep) to go along with five rebounds and four assists.

He became the second oldest player to score over 60+ in a single game. The oldest was Kobe Bryant, who dropped 60 in his final NBA game back in April 13, 2016.

Check out some of the highlights above.

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