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What’s Happening in Sports: June 9, 2021


June 9th, 2021 features just one Second Round matchup as the NBA MVP Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets into Phoenix for Game 2 against the Suns where they try to even up the series. Rangers ace Kyle Gibson, who is 9th in ERA (2.06), faces off against the MLB’s best San Francisco Giants (38-22) amongst a full slate of MLB games. As mandatory minicamps have started to kick off across the NFL, the Packers have started theirs without reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.

See what happened in sports on June 9th last year, headlined by RB Todd Gurley officially becoming an Atlanta Falcon and the MLB agreeing on a July 10 opening day for the 2020 season (with many other details still TBD). This daily sports article includes real headlines only (no clickbait rumors), all of the best highlights, interesting facts from around the NFL, NBA, & MLB, the main games to watch, top performances of the day, notable birthdays, and a quick recap of significant events on this day in sports history. More content will be uploaded throughout the day. 

This a can’t miss WCSF battle

The alley-oop connection in ATL

Strasburg shined in debut OTD


NBA Conference Semifinals

9:30 PM: #3 Denver Nuggets vs. #2 Phoenix Suns (PHX 1-0)

*All game times listed are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)*

NBA Conference Semifinals

Top Performers will be posted after all of today’s NBA Playoff games have been played. Please check back later.


NFL: DE Dean Lowry, Green Bay Packers (turns 27)

MLB: RP Joe Kelly, Los Angeles Dodgers (33)

MLB: 1B Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros (37)

NBA: PF Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat (41)

NFL: LB Tedy Bruschi, Retired after 2008 (48)

2013: LeBron James’ most famous block with the Miami Heat came when he denied Tiago Splitter of an easy dunk in Game 2 of the NBA Finals that ended up going 7 games

2008: Seattle Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. became the 6th player in MLB history to join the 600-HR club 

2000: Los Angeles Lakers C Shaquille O’Neal shattered an NBA Playoff record by going to the free-throw line 38 times in their Game 2 victory over the Indiana Pacers, yet only made 18 of those attempts

1990: Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Eddie Murray hit a HR from both sides of the plate for the 10th time in his career, tying Mickey Mantle’s all-time record

1987: Los Angeles Lakers PG Magic Johnson used teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s patented skyhook as time expired to defeat the Celtics 107-106 in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead en route to his 4th (of 5) career Championship

1985: As the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in 6 games to win their 9th NBA Championship, C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the oldest player to ever be named Finals MVP at 38 years old and the 1st to win the award on 2 different teams (1971 w/ Milwaukee)

1980: Boston Celtics GM Red Auerbach completed a notorious trade with the Golden State Warriors in which Boston received C Robert Parish and a 1980 1st round pick (which would be used on PF Kevin McHale) for a pair of 1st-rounders in 1980 (Joe Barry Carroll, Rickey Brown). Parish & McHale both became Hall of Famers for Boston. 

1966: Minnesota Twins became the 1st team in AL history to hit 5 home runs in a single inning as Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versailles, Tony Oliva, Don Mincher, and Harmon Killebrew all homered in the 7th inning

1914: Pittsburgh Pirates SS Honus Wagner became just the 2nd player in MLB history to record 3,000 career hits (Cap Anson)





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