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Golden State handed huge boost that could tip NBA Finals in their favor

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A big injury update has boosted one team's chances ahead of the NBA Finals which begin this week, while the Chicago Bulls made a new head coach hire who has links to the franchise's past.

Meanwhile, in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers have handed out a record-breaking contract to Cam Newton and, in baseball, the reigning World Champions continued their poor run of form.

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We begin in the NBA where the Golden State Warriors have been handed a huge boost ahead of their NBA Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With less than 48 hours to go until tip off in Game One, star shooting guard Klay Thompson has been cleared to play having passed the league’s concussion protocol. Thompson had been a doubt after taking a knee to the head during the Warriors' last game, against the Houston Rockets.

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One part of the team's famous Splash Bro partnership, Thompson could yet have a crucial role to play as Golden State go in search of their first NBA title since 1975.

With Golden State now able to call upon their foil to star man Steph Curry the Cleveland Cavaliers will be hoping for similarly good news regarding their own injury doubt, All-Star Kyrie Irving.

Sticking with the NBA, and the Chicago Bulls have announced the hiring of Fred Hoiberg as their new head coach less than a week after the dismissal of Tom Thibodeau.

The 42-year old, who has no previous NBA head coaching experience but did play for the Bulls between 1999-2003, arrives from Iowa State and has signed a five-year deal worth $25 million. 

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Across to the NFL and the Carolina Panthers have handed franchise quarterback Cam Newton a record breaking new contract.

The $67.6 million Newton will earn over the first three years of a five-year deal worth $103 million is an NFL record, usurping Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who is set to earn $65 over the next three years after signing his own extension back in March.

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And finally, in baseball, the San Francisco Giants saw their losing streak extend to four games after a 7-4 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates last night.

The Giants are now two games back from the LA Dodgers in the National League West while they are a full five wins behind the league leading St. Louis Cardinals.

NBA fans: Does Thompson's return give Golden State the edge or will LeBron and the Cavs come out on top in the Finals? Make your predictions in the comments below...

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NBA Finals
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
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Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
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