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NBA All-Star Game 2021: Anfernee Simons wins the Slam Dunk Contest



The 2021 NBA All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest may have been oddly placed (at halftime of the primary game) and marginally ailing in star power, however Cassius Stanley, Obi Toppin, and Anfernee Simons put on a serious act in any case. Simons looked fantastic with his Portland Trail Blazers logo and Oregon shirt. He was prepared to fly.

Stanley came up first in the opening round and threw down a between-the-legs windmill for a great score of 44…four 9’s and a 8. It was an extraordinary dunk; the appointed authorities were likely saving space for later scores, if necessary.

Toppin went second, losing the ball the floor between his feet, at that point getting it for an opposite jam on the opposite side of the edge. He scored a 48, three amazing 10’s and two 9’s.

Simons went last in the order. A field specialist utilized a plastic circle to stick a ball at the highest point of the square on the backboard. Simons rose and got it with two hands, making the accomplishment look excessively simple. He acquired a 46, with an ideal 10 and four 9’s.

The second dunk of the first round went arranged by score from the principal dunk.

Stanley lofted the ball from the three-point curve, gotten it midair, and attempted to windmill it between his legs. He flopped twice, at that point took two endeavors to do a similar throw with a less difficult catch and dunk. The adjudicators gave him a 37, for a joined score of 81.

Simons slipped on a Tracy McGrady shirt to duplicate an old McGrady dunk, throwing the ball, getting it, cutting it down, turning 360, at that point sticking hard. He scored a 49 (four 10’s) for a joined score of 95, promising him a spot in the finals.

Toppin brought out Julius Randle and his own father, hopping over both (by pushing away from of Randle) and windmilling it home. That acquired him a 46 for a consolidated score of 94. He’d face Simons in the finals.

The arrangement for the last round changes this year. Every competitor would play out a solitary dunk and the appointed authorities, rather than scoring them, would basically pick a champ.

Toppin leaped from around two feet inside the foul line—great, yet not progressive—at that point went between his legs for a straightforward hammer. This invited Simons.

Anfernee came from the side, skied high, and made like he was kissing the edge. He didn’t come extremely close to it with his lips, yet finished the dunk with his forehed over the edge, though again dunking too easily and absent a lot of power.

That dunk was sufficient to give Simons the nod over Toppin 3-2. This denoted the first run through a Portland Trail Blazers player had at any point won the slam dunk contest.

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Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract



Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season



Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons



The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.

Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”

The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

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