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News and Notes(6/7/14): Maria Sharapova, Tracy Morgan, Richard Sherman, California Chrome and LeBron James

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Maria Sharapova, Tracy Morgan, Richard Sherman, California Chrome and LeBron James highlight the InscriberMag: Digital Magazine’s News and Notes for Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Maria Sharapova Claims Second French Open Title: Thanks to a three-set win over fourth-seeded Romania’s Simona Halep, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4, Maria Sharapova of Russia claimed her second French Open title in three years at Roland Garros. Sharapova, who lost in last year’s final to Serena Williams, struggled with inconsistency due to surgery on her right shoulder.

Halep, 22, is expected to vault up to No.3 in the WTA rankings Monday.

Tracy Morgan In Critical Condition After Six-Car Pileup: Actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan was critically injured following a six-car pile up on the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday. According to the Associated Press, a limo bus carrying Morgan and six others overturned near Cranbury Township at 1 a.m.

As of press time, the “30 Rock” and “SNL” actor is in intensive care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick.

Richard Sherman Wins 2015 Madden Cover Vote: After concluding a banner year that including winning a Super Bowl and signing a new four-year contract extension, Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman landed the Madden ’15 cover over Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton.

Since 2011, the former fifth-round selection out of Stanford has more interceptions(20) and passes defended against (60) than any cornerback in the NFL.

California Chrome On The Edge of History: With a chance to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, will attempt to become the 12th horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont Stakes since Affirmed. 21 thoroughbreds have won both races to only loss the third race.  In the case of the Art Sherman-trained California Chrome, he will become only the second-ever California-bred horse to win at Belmont on a track that has historically not been too kind to West Coast-bred colts.

Can Lebron James Take the Heat?: After receiving heavy backlash for cramping up and leaving Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, two-time Finals MVP and champion, LeBron James has received much criticism—fair and unfair. While athletes are trained to be conditioned to play in extreme conditions, James is not the first player—nor first superstar to leave a game–as Michel Jordan also cramped up in 1998 NBA Finals vs. the Utah Jazz.

In the opinion of this writer, while some of the criticism is valid, as many still see him as a villain, as a former high-school athlete myself, I’ve also endured various pains such as cramps, tweaking an ankle, pinched nerves in the arc of my feet and a torn rotator cuff.

While I am not a fan of James, I’m also not a fan of the unfair, cruel and hate-filled laced attacks of him on  social media.

One more thing: Following a game one loss, the Heat in the “Big Three” era are 12-0, and James usually comes back on a roll, so to the haters, it would be wise to not poke the bear, as the King is still champion and you are not.

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Robert D. Cobb
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