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Kawhi makes NBA history with game-winning shot

What a way to end a game.
Kawhi Leonard’s last-second shot lifted the Toronto Raptors to a 92-90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in game seven of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, giving the Raps a four-games-to-three series win.
What made the play so memorable is the ball bouncing on the rim four times before falling through. The drama and suspense was captured in several photos I have seen, which will become iconic in Canadian basketball lore as the years pass.
If you are a basketball fan, you may be surprised to learn Leonard’s game-winning basket made NBA history.
The National Basketball Association has been around for 72 years. It was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America, but did not become the National Basketball Association until 1949 after merging with the National Basketball League.
Throughout its long history, though, there has never been a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot in a game seven until Kawhi sank what may be the most important basket in Raptors history.
My favourite part of it all was watching the raw emotion coming from Leonard. He rarely shows any emotion of any kind and to see him roar after the ball finally fell through was something else.
Now the Raptors move on to the Eastern Conference final where they will meet the top team in the east, the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks were the best team in the league, finishing 60-22, two games ahead of the Raptors, which finished second overall at 58-24.
Milwaukee won the season series 3-1, but there is not much separating the two teams. It would be a safe bet on this series going the distance, as well.
I hope the Raptors come through to move on to their first ever appearance in the league final. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucks came out on top.
Game one goes, Wednesday in Milwaukee.
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The Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League has undergone a name change.
The league will now be known as the Manitoba AAA U-18 Hockey League.
Other sports have stopped using midget as a reference to an age category, such as Athletics Canada and the Ontario Basketball Association.
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I saw something interesting on Twitter the other day, something that suggests either San Jose or St. Louis will win the Stanley Cup next month.
Someone pointed out the New York Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins. Carolina then swept New York. Boston is on its way to sweeping Carolina (yeah, I know they’re only up 2-0, but go with me on this). If this pattern continues, could we see the Western Conference champs sweep Boston in the final?
Stranger things have happened.
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It was great seeing the return of the Mavericks men’s rugby team, Saturday afternoon.
Now called the Parkland Mavericks, the senior men’s team should have a bright future if they can get the numbers up a bit. The reason for this is the Mavericks will provide high school players a place to play upon graduation.
I overheard someone say it’s been 15 years since the last men’s rugby game in Dauphin. It seems fitting for the team to return as it celebrates the anniversary of the formation of the original Mavericks in 1989.
And it is amazing to see some Mavericks of old step onto the pitch and still play as they creep closer to half a century in age (yes, I’m looking at you Shayne Montpetit).
Here is hoping for a long and successful return for the Mavericks.
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Congratulations are in order for three hockey players with local connections.
Goalie Zach Grouette of Dauphin, forward Jaeger Lapointe of Ste. Rose and Dauphin Kings forward Nakodan Greyeyes of Winnipeg helped Team Manitoba win gold at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, this past weekend in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Manitoba beat Saskatchewan , 6-1 in the gold medal game, Sunday.

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Doug Zywina
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