DAILY LINKS: Durant owns Game 3 as Warriors push Cavs to brink of elimination

Kevin Durant and LeBron James

Durant pours in 43 to get Golden State one win from back-to-back titles – ESPN
After a season of uncharacteristic inconsistency and injuries to key members of their core, the Golden State Warriors are now one win away from their third championship in four years after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3. With the win, the Warriors take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Crown the Warriors now, these NBA Finals are over – USA Today
If the Cleveland Cavaliers can’t beat the Golden State Warriors on a night when LeBron James finally got some help and Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were basically non-existent, they have little hope of winning a game, let alone four in a row for what would be the most epic of all comebacks.

Andrew Helms joined Darren Smith: The Inside Story Of How The USMNT Missed The 2018 World Cup
It wasn’t one thing. It was many things, nine years in the making. Andrew Helms discussed his inside feature for The Ringer on how the USMNT missed the 2018 World Cup.

Jurgen klinsmann

Own Goal: The Inside Story of How the USMNT Missed the 2018 World Cup – The Ringer
In October, the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years. A loss to Trinidad and Tobago sealed their fate, but according to players, coaches, commentators, and executives across American soccer, the disaster doesn’t come down to just one unfortunate result. No, it was the culmination of nearly a decade of mismanagement that broke the team’s spirit and condemned them to failure.

Landon Donovan joined Scott Kaplan: “When You Get To See What LAFC Did In Person And See What It Can Be In San Diego, It’s Really Inspiring”
Landon Donovan joined Scott to talk about the “re-launch” of SoccerCity, visiting the LAFC facilities, and the United States National Team missing the World Cup.

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes joined Ben & Woods: “Whatever I Can Do To Help Out The Club, Thats All I Am Trying To Do”
The newest Padres pitcher Phil Hughes talks transitioning to San Diego, past career accomplishments, whether he prefers starting or coming out of the bullpen, and more!

Padres ride 5 relievers to finale win vs. Braves – Padres.com
Five San Diego relievers did the trick, piecing together nine excellent innings in a 3-1 victory over the Braves. It completed a 7-3 homestand for the Padres.

Strong system allows Padres to get ‘creative’ on final day of draft – Union Tribune
The Padres signed all but 10 of last year’s draft class. Eleven from the 2016 class did not join the organization and 10 from A.J. Preller’s first class went unsigned. The fourth-year general manger would not be surprised if that number jumps slightly for the 2018 draft class. His farm system – a consensus top-three system as ranked by Baseball America, ESPN and MLB.com – allowed his scouts to pursue tougher signees with more upside.

Mighty 1090 Video: Scott Kaplan tracks down our General Sales Manager to talk Rams football
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Jackie Slater joined Ben & Woods: “Todd Gurley Is A Very Explosive And Very Determined Young Man…He Wants To Be Great”
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