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Steph Curry gifts 30 people who shaped his career custom kicks ahead of game 3

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After nearly 50 seasons at Oracle Arena in East Oakland, Steph Curry and the Warriors are headed to the Bay Area next season in their new Chase Center home inside the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.

As a farewell to his Oakland crew, Curry gifted 30 individuals who he says helped shape his career with custom black-and-yellow, Under Armour sneakers, including the team’s security. The kind gesture was paired with a note attached from the NBA star.

“It’s been my pleasure to represent the town the last 10 years. Through the ups and downs, the city always had my back. The energy was electric night after night. The passion was unmatched. The support was unending. For years, you literally had my back. No matter how big and wild this crowd got, I knew with you around, I was good. I will always be grateful for you and every other person in the Bay who put on for Dub Nation. The arena might be moving, but a huge part of my heart will always stay in Oakland. Steph Curry.”

“It seems like everything we’ve put out this year, like ‘The Town’ colorways, has been a part of my story or something about Oakland,” Curry told The Undefeated. “It has the city of Oakland’s name across it. I was hoping for something iconic that could capture a moment as we wind down our last days at Oracle.”

Curry and the Warriors will host Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors tomorrow night (June 5) at Oracle Arena. Curry reportedly plans to wear the “Thank You, Oakland” footwear for the remainder of the series.

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Bianca Andreescu: Meet the Canadian Rookie who snagged the 2019 U.S. Open

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The 15th ranked Bianca Andreescu wasn’t even born when tennis heavyweight Serena Williams kicked off her stellar sports career, which netted 23 major victories –– one shy of tying Margaret Court’s record 24 major singles titles.

The 19-year-old Canadian rookie refused to allow her youth; nor her respect for Williams to prevent her from making history, becoming the first Canadian to win a major tennis title.

Anna Wintour, Spike Lee, and The Dutchess of Sussex Megan Markle were among the spectators that witnessed the historic match, which Williams, 34, once dominated. During the first set, Williams struggled to place her initial serve, prompting Andreescu to take advantage of multiple second serve attempts –– scoring on vicious return shots she had no chance of retrieving. Williams appeared to off-balance as she lost the first set, 6-3.

After one hour and five minutes of play, Andreesuc had no mercy, landing a 3-1 second-set lead that soon ballooned to a 5-1 deficit for a frustrated Williams. However, the lead quickly evaporated when her vintage power serve found corners, which were previously missed during the first set. With every unreturned serve, the crowd noise heightened –– fueling the comeback (5-5), which Williams attributed to the crowd’s encouragement.

Taking home her first major title, Andreescu withstood the fierce attack of the veteran player, who is in pursuit of a record-tying 24 major titles. Andreescu didn’t qualify for last year’s US Open but won the final two games, to take the second set 7-5, and subsequently hoist the first-place trophy, after a straight-set victory. Andreescu later said: “I’ve worked really hard…I am beyond grateful, and truly blessed…playing on the stage, against Serena is amazing-a true legend of the sport.”

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Nike’s 2019 World Cup Commercial Epitomizes the American Dream

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team snagged the World Cup for the fourth time Sunday, defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in a match watched globally.

And it’s a team backed by Nike, a brand notorious for taking controversial political stances much like its support for Colin Kaepernick. The athletic giant just released it’s post-match “Never Stop Winning” commercial via social media along with the inspiring caption, “This team wins. Everyone wins.Victory is when we all win. It’s only crazy until you do it.” #justdoit @USWNT

The pro-woman, pro-equality and pro-America message, has quickly taken the internet by storm.

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara refused to remove nose ring for NFL

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara received a controversial request this week ahead of the pre-draft meeting.

Kamara, 23, was slated to be drafted earlier than pick No. 67, but after refusing to remove his nose ring he chose to decline without hesitation.

In a recent interview with Andrew Hawkins of Uninterrupted.com, the football star explained his stance on the matter.

“I had a team before I went into a meeting, one of the guys came up to me and was like, ‘Well, you’re about to go in with the G.M. so, you know, he doesn’t really understand the nose rings and things like that. So you might want to — can you take them out or tuck them?’ I was like, ‘No.’

“Basically, if you don’t understand it or you don’t like it, then you don’t need to draft me. It wouldn’t be a good choice to draft me.”

Kamara may be young but he is certainly confident in his own skin and refuses to sell his soul for fame and fortune, and while some may find his decision questionable, it’s actually refreshing and admirable.

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