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Mavs sweep Grizz on late dunk at NBA 2K League

Mavs Gaming held off a late rally from Grizz Gaming in the second game of their series Tuesday, winning on a dunk with 4.1 seconds left to complete a sweep, as Week 9 of the NBA 2K League season kicked off.

The Mavs claimed Game 1 by a 66-58 margin, then led 60-56 with under 25 seconds to play in Game 2. But the Grizz scored two quick buckets in the closing seconds, as Dayvon "GOOFY757" Curry's dunk tied it with 7.6 ticks remaining.

After a timeout to advance the ball, Justin "Sherm" Sherman found a huge lane to drive for the game-winning dunk for the Mavs. Joshua "Spartxn" McHatten intercepted the ensuing inbounds pass and drained a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer for a final margin of 67-62, improving the Mavs to 9-4.

The winning bucket gave Sherm a game-high 30 points, 18 more than any of his teammates. He also added four assists and three steals while committing just two turnovers.

GOOFY757 totaled 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Grizz (5-6), while Zach "Vandi" Vandivier had team highs of 26 points and 10 assists.

In Game 1, Sherm paced the Mavs with 33 points. GOOFY757 (20 points, 17 rebounds) and Vandi (16 points, 11 assists) each had double-doubles in defeat.

In other Tuesday action, 76ers GC (3-8) rallied past Lakers Gaming (2-11) by a 2-1 margin, Hawks Talon GC (4-5) swept Magic Gaming (4-8) and NetsGC (6-4) outlasted Bucks Gaming (5-5) for a 2-1 win.

All four series Tuesday came in "cash matches," a set of 23 matches to be played through Friday with teams vying for a total of $60,000 in bonus prize money.

Every club will participate in two cash matches. The winner of each of the 23 designated matches receives $2,500, and the team with the highest scoring average in its two designated matches will get an extra $2,500.

The full list of cash matches:
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WePlay! will host $50,000 Valorant Invitational

Riot Games' Valorant Ignition Series has added another event, with the eight-team, $50,000 WePlay! Valorant Invitational set to begin next week.

The event was announced Tuesday, marking WePlay! Esports' first Valorant event.

"We have been following VALORANT since its announcement, and now welcome the opportunity to apply ourselves in the new title," WePlay! lead esports manager Eugene "Hitras" Shepelev said in a statement. "As usual, we will try to make the event dramatic, unusual, and unforgettable. We're hoping that VALORANT will enjoy WePlay! Esports' style and our regular viewers will have fun with the new game."

Six teams -- fish123, forZe, G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Prodigy and PartyParrots -- have been invited, and two others will earn spots from a 128-team open qualifier on July 13-14.

The main event runs from July 15-19, with a Swiss-bracket group stage sending four teams to a single-elimination playoff.

The Ignition Series, in which Riot partnered with more than 20 organizations globally, began in June, and events continued to be added regularly. Six events have already been held, with eight more on the schedule through the end of August.

--Field Level Media

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WNBA players reveal ugly living conditions in 'bubble'

Worms. Mouse traps. Bed bugs.

This was not what WNBA players had in mind when they reported to their hotel at the "bubble" in Bradenton, Fla., to prepare for games that are scheduled to take place at the IMG Academy.

Players circulated images upon arriving at their temporary living conditions on Monday. More information emerged Tuesday, and NBA players such as Damian Lillard and Nassir Little spoke out against the unsanitary scenes depicted in the pictures.

One photo showed a worm on the floor of a hotel room. Another showed a mouse trap in the laundry room. Deadspin reported Tuesday that two teams needed to change rooms because of an infestation of bed bugs, quoting a source saying the league is "working to fix some issues."

"Smfh I hope this is fake," Lillard wrote on Twitter.

Little added: "Bruh there is no way. That ain't okay."

Bleacher Report reported Tuesday that a survey was sent to people in lodge housing, and that IMG Academy executives were working to address the problems.

The WNBA is planning to play a 22-game season before a traditional playoff, all held at the IMG Academy "bubble."

--Field Level Media

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WNBA players reveal ugly living conditions in 'bubble'

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Report: Braves don't intend to change name

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Silver: ‘Significant spread’ of virus could nix season again

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Report: Patriots RB Burkhead restructures deal

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Alabama OC Sarkisian recovering after heart surgery

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Broncos to induct Shanahan into Ring of Fame

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