Steph Curry’s hardware drought ends with first Magic Johnson Trophy

SAN FRANCISCO — Steph Curry added to a dusty trophy case Thursday night as the Western Conference Finals’ MVP. What comes with that is the NBA’s inaugural Magic Johnson Trophy, named after the Los Angeles Lakers’ legend. “This is special,” Curry said upon receiving his prize from former teammate Shaun Livingston. And what may be surprising is that Curry’s trophy case is not as filled as you might suspect for a Warriors legend who’s closing in on his fourth NBA championship. This is the first year that the NBA is awarding a trophy to conference-finals MVPs, and the Larry Bird Trophy will go to whoever emerges from the Eastern Conference… Read More

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When will the NBA Finals start for the Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals for the sixth time in the last eight seasons — and will get to host Game 1, too. The Warriors earned their way back to the NBA’s biggest stage by defeating the Dallas Mavericks in five games, finishing the series with a 120-110 win on Thursday night. While there is more work to be done, reaching this point alone puts the Warriors’ core players in elite company. Only the 1990s Bulls, the 1980s Lakers and 1950-60s Celtics have made six Finals appearances in an eight-year span. The Warriors will be making their 12th appearance in the NBA Finals, and four… Read More

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Warriors beat Mavericks to advance to NBA Finals

SAN FRANCISCO — After a two-year playoff absence, the Warriors are back in the NBA Finals. This marks Golden State’s sixth trip to the title series in eight years, making the Warriors one of four NBA teams to accomplish such a feat and the first franchise to do it since the Michael Jordan-led Bulls in the 90s. A 4-1 series victory over the Dallas Mavericks capped off by a 120-110 win on Thursday at the Chase Center came after many had written the team off. Following Klay Thompson’s career-altering injury and Kevin Durant’s departure after a 2019 NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors, Golden State finished with the worst… Read More

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High school girls lacrosse: Last minute score makes Olympus the 5A state champion

Olympus celebrates their 5A championship win against Park City in the 5A girls lacrosse state championships at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Laura Seitz, Deseret News The 5A girls lacrosse championship pitted Olympus against Park City. Heading into the title game, Park City was the heavy favorite. The Miners hadn’t lost a game all season and had always been able to handle Olympus fairly easily when facing them in the past. As the saying goes, however, there is a first time for everything. With the game tied 9-9 with two minutes to go, Olympus sophomore Hazel Baker scored to help the Titans complete the upsets… Read More

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CIF state track & field preview: How Bay Area News Group’s best stack up

After a two-year absence because of the pandemic, the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field meet returns this weekend to Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis. Dozens of athletes from the Bay Area News Group’s coverage area who survived league and sectional meets this month will be among those competing on the state’s premier stage in the 102nd edition of the showcase. Los Altos distance runner Lauren Soobrian and Dublin pole vaulter Jathiyah Muhammad are BANG’s only top qualifiers. Soobrian, a junior, ran 10:17.17 to win the 3,200 at the Central Coast Section championships. Nobody in the field of 26 that will compete Saturday night — there are no Friday… Read More

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BYU basketball: Kanye West played hand in Braeden Moore landing at BYU

BYU basketball newcomer Braeden Moore hopes to be on campus this fall and taking classes. The former Rutgers commit is excited about becoming a Cougar and competing in the Big 12. Courtesy Braeden Moore While some college basketball recruits could be turned off by BYU’s strict honor code, that certainly wasn’t the case for newly signed forward Braeden Moore. Moore isn’t a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he is a devout Christian. If anything, the honor code was a positive factor that attracted him to BYU. “The school is different. A lot of people have mixed feelings about the honor code,” said the 6-foot-8, 215-pounder… Read More

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49ers Steve Young writes “The Law of Love” available at Deseret Book

Steve Young, former BYU and NFL player and founder of the Forever Young Foundation, speaks at the Human Trafficking Policy and Education Summit in Logan on April 17, 2021. Young has written a new book, “The Law of Love.” Spenser Heaps, Deseret News The first question I had for BYU legend and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young wasn’t the most obvious, but sent our conversation off in the right direction: “Steve, you were quarterback of the 49ers and were the most eligible bachelor in the Bay Area. How did your teammate Charles Haley not know you were single?” Young was at the time struggling to replace the great… Read More

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Texas gunman’s father says his son should have killed him instead of massacring elementary school students

A man prays in front of a makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Salvador Ramos, 42, the father of the Texas school shooter, has spoken out about his son. Ramos said he wishes his son had killed him instead of shooting up the school.  “I just want the people to know I’m sorry man, for what my son did,” Ramos told The Daily Beast. The father of the gunman who killed 21 people — including 19 children — at the Robb Elementary School in Texas said that his son should have killed him instead of shooting up the school. … Read More

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What does the U.N. do? This Latter-day Saint thinks the U.N. does a lot

Felipe Queipo, a communications officer in the Civil Society Unit, is photographed at the United Nations Assembly Hall in New York City on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Laura Seitz, Deseret News On July 4, 2001, a group of residents of La Verkin, a small rural town on the edge of Utah’s southern border, met for a special City Council session. The mayor and City Council members debated a burning issue in the community — the growing influence of the United Nations on U.S. land and national sovereignty. One city councilor displayed a U.S. map with color-coded areas which, he claimed, were under U.N. control. Others contended that the global organization… Read More

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High school girls lacrosse: Bear River defeats Juan Diego, wins memorable 4A state title

Bear River players celebrate their 4A girls lacrosse state championship win against Juan Diego at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Laura Seitz, Deseret News Bear River finished off a perfect undefeated season, winning the 4A girls lacrosse state championship over Juan Diego 12-8 at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman. Anytime a team wins a championship it’s an emotion and memorable moment. For Bear River head coach Jeremy Webb, this championship was extra special. That’s because last summer, Webb lost his brother. Before the championship game, Webb’s team dedicated the game to his brother’s memory, something that Webb was extremely grateful for. “That was really special,”… Read More

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