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The Phoenix Suns eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 113-100 in Game 6 on Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

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The Suns won their first NBA playoff series since 2010, eliminating the Lakers 4 games to 2.

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Lakers forward LeBron James (#23) finished with 29 points, nine rebounds, 7 assists, two blocked shots and 1 steal in a losing effort.

James was eliminated in the first round for the first time ever in his 18-year career, which includes 4 championships.

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The Lakers didn’t have their eight-time All-star center Anthony Davis (#3) who suffered a groin injury in Game 4 and missed all of Game 5 of the series.

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The team doctor gave Davis the OK to return to the starting lineup in Game 6. However, Davis was in obvious pain and struggled in the opening minutes. He headed to the locker room after playing less than 5 1/2 minutes of the 1st quarter.

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The Suns’ star guard Devin Booker (#1) led all scorers with a playoffs career-high 47 points, 11 rebounds and eight 3-pointers. He made all six 3-point attempts in the 1st quarter.

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“I’ve been working my whole life for this moment… so it wasn’t time to shy away from it,” Booker told reporters after the game.

Booker and teammate Jae Crowder were ejected from the game in the final minute for a flagrant foul and a technical respectively.

Chris Paul scored 8 points and had 12 assists for the Suns.

Fans were angry that LeBron James walked off the court without shaking hands with the Western Conference champs after the game.

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He made up for his unsportsmanlike conduct by gifting a signed jersey to Booker, who sought him out in the arena tunnel after the game.

The Suns next face Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in game 1 of the second round on Monday, June 7, in Phoenix.

The Nuggets eliminated Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers 126-115 to clinch game 6 in Portland on Thursday night.



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1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones REFUSES to teach at UNC Chapel Hill after ‘powerful donor’ blocked her tenure

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Nikole Hannah-Jones is refusing to teach at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill after her tenure was blocked following her controversial work on the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project is named for the year the first African slaves were brought to the English colony of Virginia.

Nikole Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the 1619 Project, a collection of essays, podcasts and poems developed by Hannah-Jones, writers from The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine.

The 1619 Project “aims to reframe the country’s history” by declaring the birth of the nation occurred when African slaves first arrived on America’s shores.

Scholars criticized the 1619 Project, and even The New York Times disputed the date of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans.

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In this historical photo, freed slaves are pictured on the deck of the USS Vermont. The U.S. Navy hired freed slaves during the Civil War in 1861.

Last year, Hannah-Jones was invited to teach at her alma mater the UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism.

The Knight Chair is usually offered tenure — a guaranteed permanent teaching position at the school.

The last two Knight Chairs were granted tenure upon their appointments.

However, Hannah-Jones was furious to learn her application for tenure had been rejected by the University Board of Trustees.

Walter E. Hussman Jr., a millionaire news mogul who donated $25 million to the journalism school named after him, was among the donors who objected to Hannah-Jones’ hiring.

The donors criticized the validity of the 1619 Project and questioned Hannah-Jones’s credentials.

The decision faced backlash from her peers in the new industry, students and athletes, who wrote letters supporting her.

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Kodak Black probably shouldn’t have used a helicopter when paying tribute to the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant.

The rapper angered Kobe’s fans when he celebrated his 24th birthday on Instagram by sharing photos of a helicopter wrapped in the Lakers team colors.

His brand new Tesla Model X car is also customized with the team’s yellow and purple.

In the caption, Kodak Black wrote: “I’m Ouchea 24 a Day I’m Like KOBE #KtB @kobebryant… #HappyBirthdayKodak Out Now.”

Kobe’s fans let Kodak know that the helicopter tribute was inappropriate in the comments section. One fan wrote: “The helicopter not sitting right w me.”

Another wrote: “The man and his daughter died in one.”

And a third user wrote: “I think the helicopter was a little to much.”

But some of Kodak’s followers defending his tribute.

Instagram user @maximusbuckets wrote: “He honoring him if anything.”

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Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, 13, died tragically in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, California in January 2020.

Kodak also angered his fans last week when he said he wants President Donald Trump back in the White House.

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Lori Harvey concealed her toned midriff as she headed to a pilates class in West Hollywood on Monday.

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Tennis star Naomi Osaka enjoyed dinner with rapper boyfriend Cordae at celebrity hot spot Catch LA in West Hollywood on Sunday, after she withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships. Play begins on June 28. Naomi also withdrew from the French Open after refusing to participate in post-match press conferences.

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America’s A-list couple Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Bieber shared a romantic dinner, after attending a reception for French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Fans slammed Justin and Hailey for dressing inappropriately to meet with the president. Hailey wore a club dress by LaQuan Smith, while Justin opted for a grey business suit with a pair of blue and white Nike Dunk sneakers.

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Alex Rodriguez stopped to take a selfie with a fan after having lunch with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. Alex and Cynthia (not pictured) were joined by their kids Natasha Alexander Rodriguez and Ella Alexander Rodriguez for lunch at Bar Pitti.

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American tennis star Venus Williams was spotted out and about in the South of France wearing a Louis Vuitton cropped jacket, black leggings, a black bonnet and a face mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 precautions in Europe.

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