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No MVP, no problem. The Golden State Warriors advance to round 2

No MVP, no problem. The Golden State Warriors advance to round 2

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The NBA’s most valuable player Stephen Curry was not available for round one of the NBA playoffs but that did not stop the Golden State Warriors from making easy-work of Houston Rockets in round one of this year’s NBA playoffs.

Golden State defeated the Rockets by a convincing score of 114-81 in game 5 of their first-round series last night and thus advanced to round 2 of the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

The Warriors will now play the Portland Trail Blazers, who moved on to the second-round of the NBA Playoffs by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers.

Stephen Curry is not expected to be available until game five of the second-round series with the Trail Blazers, so it will be interesting to see how the Warriors handle the first four games.

Who do you think wins the Portland vs. Golden State series?

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BJ Penn vs. Dennis Siver set for UFC 199

BJ Penn vs. Dennis Siver set for UFC 199

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn (16-10-2) will return to the octagon this summer when he squares off with Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA) in a featherweight bout at June’s UFC 199 pay-per-view event in Inglewood, California.

UFC officials just made the announcement.

“The Prodigy” will return to the octagon for the first time since losing to Frankie Edgar in the main event of the ‘TUF 19 Finale’ in July of 2014. The UFC Hall of Famer is looking to make a run at the promotions featherweight title. Thirteen of Penn’s sixteen career victories have come by form of stoppage (submission/KO).

Meanwhile, Dennis Siver was last seen in action at June’s UFC Fight Night 69 event, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri. The 37-year-old has gone 3-3 with 1 no-contest over his past seven octagon appearances. Siver’s most recent win came over Charles Rosa via decision at UFC Fight Night 53.

UFC 199 takes place June 4 and is headlined by a middleweight title fight rematch featuring current champ Luke Rockhold defending his strap against former title holder Chris Weidman. In the evening’s co-main event, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will defend his title against bitter rival Urijah Faber.

How do you see the Penn vs. Siver bout playing out?

Jennings: At some point I’ll tell my kids I got to play with Cordarrelle Patterson‏

Jennings: At some point I’ll tell my kids I got to play with Cordarrelle Patterson‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is expected to have a breakout year this upcoming season.

The Vikings first overall pick in the 2013 draft put up solid numbers in his rookie season last year.

However, under the guidance of new Minnesota Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner, the expectations for #84 have sky rocketed.

Patterson has already stated that his goal is to become a top-5 playmaker in the NFL this season.

Many people would say that goal is a stretch, but according to teammates and sources, Patterson looks to be as good or better than former Vikings star Percy Harvin.

Veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings had nothing but great things to say about the second-year receiver, his words:

“I’m excited,” Jennings told ESPN.com. “I told him this, and maybe it was a little premature, but I told him, ‘At some point, I’m going to tell my kids I played with Cordarrelle Patterson.’”

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UFC 174 Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley preview

UFC 174 Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley preview

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Two of the UFC’s top welterweights will collide in the co-main event of UFC 174 this Saturday (June 14), when Tyron Woodley (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) takes on hometown hero Rory MacDonald (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in Vancouver, Canada.

Former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley recently scored a huge win over Carlos Condit at March’s UFC 171 event in Dallas, Texas. The victory marked “T-Wood’s” second in a row, this after knocking out Josh Koscheck at November’s UFC 167 event. Woodley has gone 3-1 inside the octagon since joining the UFC as part of the Strikeforce merger. His lone loss was suffered to Jake Shields, who defeated Woodley via judges split-decision at UFC 161 in Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, Kalapaki Joe’s sponsored fighter, Rory MacDonald, is coming off a dominant decision win over submission specialist Demian Maia at February’s UFC 170 event in Las Vegas. Prior to that, the Canadian welterweight standout suffered a split-decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167.

“Ares” began his UFC career with 3 finishes in his first 4 octagon appearances. Since then, Rory has gone 3-1, with all three wins coming by way of judges decision. The 24 year-old has already scored wins over top talent such as Jake Ellenberger, B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle during his young UFC career.

UFC 174 takes place June 14 live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following the preliminary-card bouts on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

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