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SILLY SEASON — School’s out for the summer, but sports never stop.
It’s finals season in the NBA, where the Raptors and Warriors are tied at 1-1 in the best-of-seven series that originated in Canada. But it’s not all basketball North of the Border.
Meanwhile, college softball is handing out World Series berths, and Boston has a 2-1 edge on St. Louis as the Stanley Cup finals shift to Game 4 at 6 p.m. MT Monday night.
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March or Vote?
Steve Kerr is no stranger to politics.
The storied Golden State head coach hasn’t been afraid to voice his opinion over social issues, when asked about it, and he’s been a vocal supporter of various causes — including, among others, gun country in the aftermath of virtually every national tragedy in America.
Just two days after the national tragedy in Virginia Beach that killed 12 people, Kerr was seen wearing a shirt that read "Vote For Our Lives" as he walked into Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. He knew it would draw questions, and it did.
Here’s the response he gave.
"The shirt has everything to do with the tragedy in Virginia Beach," Kerr said shortly before tipoff of Game 2 of the NBA finals. He continued talking about "how devastated so many families are and so many people are. ... The shirt's a reminder that the only way we can get out of this mess is to actually vote, and to vote for people who are going to be willing to create some change in our gun laws in our country.
"The young generation, the March for our Lives generation, has really inspired me. And so I offer my support to them and to all young people, and hope that we can create a change where we don’t all have to walk around scared we’re going to get shot in our country."
16 Ks and a walk-off HR
UCLA pitcher Rachel Garcia was already having a banner day in the Women's College World Series.
The two-time USA Softball collegiate player of the year had scattered eight hits in 10 innings with 16 strikeouts against Washington. But with a berth in the championship series on the line, the 5-foot-6 right-hander let her bat do the talking.
Garcia walked off with a three-run home run that led the No. 2-ranked Bruins to a 3-0 win over Washington in 10 innings Sunday.
Always buckle up
We end with a public service reminder to always wear a helmet. Unless your name is Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins defenseman lost his helmet during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against St. Louis. But that didn’t stop him from nailing Blues centre Robert Thomas on the other end of the rink.
If you missed it, NBC’s official NHL account posted the vicious hit — and added a little throwback to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or Doctor Strange in particular.
It’s easy to make lighthearted humor about this hit, because both players walked away unharmed. But we must add a reminder to anyone watching: Please do NOT try this at home.
Krug is an experienced hockey professional. He knows what he’s doing.