By George Eichorn

TOP 10 NATIONAL STORIES

1.NFL player protests during the “Star-Spangled Banner” enrages President Donald Trump, teams, fans, advertisers and military veterans.
2.A corruption scandal in college basketball brings down Louisville Cardinals Coach Rick Pitino.
3.Houston Astros and pitcher Justin Verlander win their first World Series and lift the spirits of a city devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
4.New England Patriots and QB Tom Brady overcome a 28-3 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in Super Bowl LI, in Houston.
5.Clemson Tigers mount a comeback to defeat Alabama Crimson Tide for the national college football championship, 35-31, in Tampa.
6.Kevin Durant joins the Golden State Warriors and leads them to their second NBA World Championship in three seasons, winning the series 4-1 over the  Cleveland Cavaliers.
7.North Carolina Tar Heels win sixth men’s college basketball national title, 71-65 over Gonzaga, in Glendale, Arizona.
8.Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather defeats MMA star Conor McGregor in a boxing match drawing millions of viewers and bettors.
9.Pittsburgh Penguins win the NHL Stanley Cup in a 4-2 series win over the Nashville Predators.
10.Sloane Stephens shocks the tennis world by winning her first Grand Slam event, the women’s singles, at the U.S. Open in New York.

OTHERS: Serena Williams wins her 23rd Grand Slam title at Australian Open, Sergio Garcia captures his first golf Grand Slam event in winning The Masters, American Kurt Busch wins the NASCAR Daytona 500, Japan’s Takuma Sato captures the Indianapolis 500 race, Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR series crown, Always Dreaming takes the Kentucky Derby, unknown Brooks Koepka wins the U.S. Open men’s golf title while the PGA Championship is won by Justin Thomas and The Open Championship (British Open) by Jordan Spieth.

LOCAL DEATHS: Jim Bunning, Tirrel Burton, Don Coleman, Dan Currie, Gary Doak, Dick Enberg, Bud Erikson, Dr. John Finley, Judd Heathcote, Jim Hendrick, Paul Hutchins, Mike Ilitch, Darell Imhoff, George Irvine, Joe Klein, Bob Kuzava, Frank Lary, Yale Lary, Parker MacDonald, Lew Matlin, Jack McCloskey, Mary Mottacsi, Chad Munson, Bryan Murray, George “The Animal” Steele, Dave Strader, Howard Stitzel, Nick Vista, Wayne Walker, Bob Wolff.

NATIONAL DEATHS: John Andariase, Don Baylor, Chuck Blazer, Johnny Bower, Pete Brown, Frank Broyles, Penny Chenery, Gene Conley, Darren Daulton, Frank Deford, Bobby Doerr, Wayne Duke, Lou Duva, Katy Feeney, Ed Garvey, Terry Glenn, Russ Goetz, Dallas Green, Tim Hague, Ray Halladay, James Hardy, Connie Hawkins, Nicky Hayden, Aaron Hernandez, Steven Holcomb, Hootie Johnson, Steve “Snapper” Jones, Ken Kaiser, Cortez Kennedy, Jess Kersey, Jerry Kindall, Jerry Krause, John Kundla, Frank Kush, Margaret Lambert, Jake LaMotta, Dick MacPherson, Andy Marte, Lee May, Rollie Massimino, Gene Michael, Red Miller, Tommy Nobbis, Jana Novotna, Don Ohlmeyer, Steve Palermo, Babe Parilli, Ara Parseghian, Ferdie Pacheco, Jimmy Piersall, Pierre Pilot, John Reaves, Dan Rooney, Milt Schmidt, Dave Semenko, Ron Smith, Dave Stallworth, Joe Tiller, Y.A. Tittle, Yordano Ventura, Bill White.

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