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Mayfield To Panthers, Biles/Rapinoe Medal Of Freedom, Safety In Horse Racing, Nadal Withdraws from Wimbledon

FOOTBALL

The Cleveland Browns’ #1 pick in 2018, quarterback Baker Mayfield, has been traded and will now compete for the starting job in Carolina against Sam Darnold (the #3 pick in 2018).

OTHER

President Biden awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 people including gymnast Simone Biles (youngest to ever receive this honor) and soccer player Megan Rapinoe.

HORSE RACING

The horse racing industry implemented new safety rules including limiting the use of the riding crop (whip) during races and prohibiting devices (like cattle prods) that are used to desensitize horses.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal had to withdraw from his semifinal match at Wimbledon because of an abdominal tear. Nick Kyrgios will now face either #1 seed Novak Djokovic or #9 seed Cameron Norrie.

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Curry’s 43 Pts Leads Warriors To Even Series, Lightening Vs Avalanche In Stanley Cup, PGA Tour Suspends Players, Mo Donegal Wins Belmont

BASKETBALL

Steph Curry put on a show Friday shooting a remarkable 43 points to help the Golden State Warriors cruise past the Boston Celtics 107-97. With the NBA Finals tied at two games a piece, the Celtics now head to San Francisco for game 5.

HOCKEY

The Tampa Bay Lightening finished off the New York Rangers and will head to the Stanley Cup Finals to take on the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche has had 9 days off and is the betting favorite to win, but the Lightening has been looking tough. It should be an exciting series.

GOLF

The PGA Tour suspended players who took part in the inaugural LIV event, which was funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. The winner of each LIV event will get at least $4 million with last pace earning $120,ooo. In comparison, the winner of the most famous event on the PGA tour, the Masters, took home $2.7 million with 39 players (who missed the cut) going home with nothing.

HORSE RACING

The favorite (going off at 5- 2 odds) Mo Donegal, won the Belmont Stakes, the last leg of the Triple Crown.

 

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Mavs Force Game 7, Heat Win Series, NFL Schedule Reveal & New Intern, No Triple Crown

BASKETBALL

Thanks to Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks had a hug win over the Phoenix Suns to force a Game 7. (Mavs 113, Suns 86)

The Miami Heat had no trouble closing out the series and ending the Sixers season. (Heat 99, Sixers 90)

FOOTBALL

The official NFL schedule ”reveal” has become a social media opportunity, and Peyton Manning and “new intern” Russell Wilson had some fun with it. Check it out.

HORSE RACING

There’s now no chance of a Triple Crown winner this year after it was announced that Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t be running in the Preakness Stakes on May 21st. Rich Strike is still scheduled for the Belmont Stakes, but the decision not to run the Derby winner is disappointing for many racing fans.

 

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Rich Strike Wins Derby, Boehly Buys Chelsea, Sixers/Mavericks Even Series, Verstappen Wins FI

HORSE RACING

In the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby, Rich Strike (who wasn’t even eligible to run until Friday morning) won at 80-1 odds. It was the second-biggest upset in Derby history with a payout of $163.60 on a $2 bet.

SOCCER

A group of investors led by Todd Boehly edged out the other bidders to buy Chelsea FC for $3.1 billion, setting a new record. Steve Cohen, who bought the Mets in 2020 held the previous record when he spent $2.4 billion.

BASKETBALL

A recap of the weekend games:

With Joel Embiid back after sitting out due to injury, the Philadelphia 76ers won games 3 and 4 to even the series with the Miami Heat.

The Dallas Mavericks also evened the series with the Phoenix Suns after winning games 3 and 4. Luka Dončić has now scored 655 points in his first 20 playoff games. The only other players to accomplish this feat is Michael Jordan (718) and Wilt Chamberlain (705).

The Milwaukee Bucks are up 2-1 vs the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors are up 2-1 on the Memphis Grizzlies.

FORMULA 1

In the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) held off Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) for the win.

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No U.S. Officials At Olympics, Medina Spirit’s Heart Attack, Patriots Only Pass 3 Times In MNF Win, Heisman Finalists

OLYMPICS

The U.S. won’t be sending any officials to the Olympic Games in China as a protest of human rights abuses. U.S. athletes will be able to compete, however.

HORSE RACING

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit died from a heart attack after a workout at the Santa Anita racetrack. Medina Spirit, trained by Bob Buffett, tested positive for an anti-inflammatory drug after the Derby. The investigation has been ongoing, and the Derby winner was never disqualified.

FOOTBALL

The New England Patriots threw only three passes (due to 60 mph wind gusts) in their win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. Patriots 14, Bills 10

The four finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been announced, with Alabama quarterback Bryce Young as the standout favorite to win. The other finalists are Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, and Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson. The winner will be announced Saturday evening at 8:00 pm. ET.

 

 

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NBA Playoffs, Julio Jones Traded To Titans, Team USA Qualifies, Logan Paul Goes Distance W/Mayweather, Essential Quality Wins Belmont

BASKETBALL

Eight teams remain in the NBA Playoffs. In the West, it’s the Jazz vs Clippers and Nuggets vs Suns. In the East, it’s the 76ers vs Hawks (Hawks lead 1-0) and Bucks vs Nets (Nets lead 1-0).

FOOTBALL

The Atlanta Falcons traded receiver Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans for a selection of draft picks.

BASEBALL

Team USA beat Venezuela and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. They will join Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field on July 27th.

BOXING

YouTube star Logan Paul lasted eight rounds with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in a pay-per-view exhibition match at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The match was purely for entertainment, as there were no judges. Paul weighed in at 189.5 pounds and Mayweather clocked in at 155 pounds.

HORSE RACING

Essential Quality, the betting favorite, won the Belmont Stakes.

 

 

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Coach K Retiring, Eastern Conference Semis Set, Medina Spirit Tests Positive Again

BASKETBALL

The legendary college basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire after next season. At 74 years old and with 1,179 wins, 5 national titles, and 12 final fours under his belt, Coach K is known as they winningest coach in college basketball. Jon Scheyer, the current associate head coach, has been named the coach-in-waiting.

In the NBA playoffs, Portland Trailblazer Damian Lillard became the first player in NBA history to score 50 points with 10 assists and 10 three-pointers in a game in a double-overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Lillard ended the night with 55 points and 12 threes, but the team still lost and fell down 3-2 in the series.

In other playoff news, in the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks move on to the second round.

HORSE RACING

Medina Spirit failed a second drug test and could get disqualified as the Kentucky Derby winner.  Trainer Bob Baffert has also been suspended from Churchill Downs and won’t be able to enter any horses at the track for two years.

 

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Kleine Breaks NFL Barriers For Women, Jeter Selling House Brady Renting, NYC Marathon On, Baffert Banned From Belmont

FOOTBALL

Kelly Kleine signed with the Denver Broncos as the team’s Executive Director of Football Operations, becoming the highest-ranking woman in scouting in the history of the NFL.

Tom Brady will have to look for new digs as the home he’s been renting (from Yankees superstar Derek Jeter) has been sold for $22.5 million.

MARATHON

The New York City Marathon returns this year (after canceling in 2020 due to the pandemic) and will be run on November 7th with a smaller field of only 33,000 runners (as compared to 2019 which had over 53,000 runners).  The Race Director stated, “As we stage a safe and memorable race for the 50th running, this year’s marathon will showcase our great city’s strength, inspiration, and determination.”

HORSE RACING

The Belmont racing officials have suspended trainer Bob Baffert from entering any of his horses in the June 5th Stakes race due to allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs on Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit.

 

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Rombauer Wins Preakness, NBA, NHL Playoffs, SNL Parody Last Dance, Nadal Wins Italian Open

HORSE RACING

Rombauer, an 11-1 underdog who did not run in the Kentucky Derby, won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, beating out controversial Medina Spirit and favorite Midnight Bourbon. The third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, is June 5th.

BASKETBALL

The NBA regular season is complete and the playoffs begin this week with the play-in rounds. Here’s a link to everything you need to know about the teams. In other NBA news, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry became the NBA’s scoring leader for the 2020-21 season.

Check out the hysterical Saturday Night Live parody of Michael Jordan (played by Keegan-Michael Key) losing a quarter’s game against bodyguard John Michael Wozniak from the wildly successful documentary Last Dance.

HOCKEY

The NHL playoffs began over the weekend. Here’s a link to the teams and matchups.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal won his 10th Italian Open by beating Novak Djokovic.

 

 

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ARod’s Bid For Timberwolves Fails, Medina Spirit Will Race In Preakness, Oakland Athletics May Leave Town

BASKETBALL

Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore were unable to finalize a deal during their 30-day negotiating window to purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves. The purchase price was set at $1.5 billion, but reports claim that owner Glen Taylor could not agree on a timeline to hand over complete ownership.

HORSE RACING

Medina Spirit’s trainer Bob Baffert claims the Kentucky Derby winner tested positive for a banned anti-inflammatory drug because he was unsuspectingly using an ointment with traces of the drug to treat the horse’s dermatitis. Medina Spirit got permission to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown series, The Preakness Stakes, this Saturday.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball is urging the city of Oakland to approve a new ballpark for the Athletics. If the city turns them down, MLB suggested the Athletics leave town in search of a better venue. The MLB statement said, “The Oakland Coliseum site is not a viable option for the future vision of baseball. We have instructed the Athletics to begin to explore other markets while they continue to pursue a waterfront ballpark in Oakland. The Athletics need a new ballpark to remain competitive, so it is now in our best interest to also consider other markets.”

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