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Bull Riding With Fans, Belmont Stakes On June 20th, Women’s Sports Network, NCAA Academic Progress Report

BULL RIDING

Bull riding will be the first pro sports event with live crowds. The tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D. will be held July 10th-12th.

HORSE RACING

The Belmont Stakes will be held on June 20th (without fans) and will be reconfigured as the first leg (normally it’s the third and final leg) of the Triple Crown series. The Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled for September 5th and the Preakness Stakes on October 3rd. The Belmont (at 1.5 miles) has always been the tough finale to a six-week stretch which begins with the Derby. The 2020 Belmont is now slated to be 1 1/8 miles for the first time in its 152-year history which won’t be as big of a test of endurance as it’s been in years past.

WOMEN’S SPORTS NETWORK

Athletes Unlimited is launching a new network of sports leagues to try and reinvent women’s sports. The company, founded by Jon Patricof (former President of NYCFC and Tribeca Enterprises) and Jonathan Soros (son of billionaire George Soros), plan to launch three women’s leagues over the next three years. They will start with softball, debuting in August, and then launch volleyball for a debut in February 2021. The idea is to make the athletes more popular than the teams. Teams won’t have a city affiliation, and players will change teams on a weekly basis (accumulating points by wins and individual performances).

NCAA

The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) report measures the academic performance of a sports team over a span of four years and measures graduation rates. The recently released report of men’s Division- I sports listed golf, ice hockey, and lacrosse with the highest APR’s, while FBS (football bowl subdivision) football, basketball, and FCS (football championship subdivision) football ranked the lowest. In women’s D-1 sports, gymnastics, lacrosse, and swimming ranked highest, while softball, track and field, and basketball ranked the lowest.

 

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Tokyo Olympics Rescheduled To July 2021, Tiz The Law Wins Florida Derby Qualifies For Kentucky Derby

OLYMPICS

The Tokyo Olympics have been rescheduled due to the Coronavirus. The games were supposed to begin on July 24, 2020, but now they are set to begin on July 23, 2021.

HORSE RACING

Tiz the Law easily won the Florida Derby on Saturday getting enough points to qualify for a spot in the Kentucky Derby. The race at Gulfstream Park took place without any spectators or owners present. The Kentucky Derby would normally run in five weeks but has been rescheduled to September 5th. The race was particularly meaningful for us as my good friend Roger Sofer is one of the 32 owners of the horse. Sofer was diagnosed with Leukemia just four days before the Florida Derby, and this will be his first time in 18 years in the horse racing business he’ll have a horse at Churchill Downs. Sofer told Fox26, “I came up with an F-bomb. FU cancer, I’m gonna beat you too. It was very emotional. Started crying. Then everybody started calling. It was a big lift for me (Saturday).” We love you Roger and know you’ll beat this and win the Run for the Roses!

 

 

 

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Tom Brady Will Leave Patriots, Texans Trade Hopkins, Vikings Trade Diggs, MLB Delayed, Derby Postponed

FOOTBALL

Tom Brady announced on Twitter he will be leaving the Patriots. In a post named “Forever a Patriot”, the six-time Super Bowl champion announced he will become an unrestricted free for the first time in his career.

“To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family and the entire organization. I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning club built on great values. I am grateful for all that you have taught me- I have learned from everyone. You all have allowed me to maximize my potential and that is all a player can hope for, Everything we have accomplished brings me great joy and the lessons I have learned will carry on with me forever. I couldn’t be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you. I have benefited from all you have given me. I cherish every opportunity I had to be a part of our team, and I love you all for it. Our team has always set a great standard in pro sports and I know it will continue to do just that. Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciated everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments. I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to know each and every one of you, and to have the memories we’ve created together.”

In other NFL trade news (and a head-scratcher for most analysts and fans), the Houston Texans announced they will trade one of the best receivers in the league, DeAndre Hopkins, to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a 2020 2nd-round pick and a 2021 4th-round pick.

The Minnesota Vikings announced they will trade Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 1st-round, 5th round, and 6th round pick as well as a 2021 4th-round pick.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball delayed the start of their regular season until at least mid-May due to the CDC’s recommendation to cancel or postpone all events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks.

HORSE RACING

The Kentucky Derby will be pushed back to September 5th.

 

 

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Pete Alonso Remembers 9/11 With Themed Cleats, Justify Failed Drug Test, LeBron Failed “Taco Tuesday” Trademark

BASEBALL

To honor the anniversary of 9/11, Mets’ rookie Pete Alonso supplied all the players with special commemorative 9/11-themed cleats. In the running for National League rookie of the year, Alonso recorded the players’ shoe sizes and ordered and paid for the cleats. In the 9-0 win (9 runs and 11 hits) at home over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Mets also honored the first responders and had them on the field for the National Anthem.

HORSE RACING

According to a report from the New York Times, 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug weeks before the Kentucky Derby (the first leg of the Triple Crown).  Apparently, the California Horse Racing Board took months to confirm the results of a test (taken after the Santa Anita Derby which qualified Justify for the Kentuck Derby) and made some decisions in secret for horses testing positive to the substance scopolamine.

BASKETBALL

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied LeBron James’ attempt to trademark “Taco Tuesday”. The USPTO explained, “The applied-for mark is a commonplace term, message, or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment message.” According to LeBron, the application accomplished what he intended, which is to ensure HE won’t be sued for using the phrase.

 

 

 

 

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Warriors Up 3-0, Raptors Fight In Double Overtime Win, War Of Will Wins Preakness, Jockey-less Bodexpress

BASKETBALL

In the Western Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs, the Golden State Warriors cruised to an easy win over the Portland Trail Blazers to take a 3-0 series lead. Steph Curry added 36 points, and Draymond Green recorded his seventh career post-season triple-double. If the Warriors win game 4 on Monday, they will be heading to the NBA Finals for the 5th straight year. Warriors 110, Trail Blazers 99

In the Eastern Conference Finals, despite guards Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell fouling out, and the team squandering an opportunity to finish off the game in regulation, the Toronto Raptors fought hard to take a crucial game 3 from the Milwaukee Bucks in double overtime. The Bucks lead the series 2-1 with game 4 on Wednesday. Raptors 118, Bucks 112

HORSE RACING

War of Will won the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown series. All anyone could talk about, however, was another horse, Bodexpress, running the entire race without his jockey John Velazquez, who fell off the horse when the race began. A jockey-less horse is automatically disqualified, but fans loved the enthusiasm of Bodexpress trying to outrun his fellow horses.

 

 

 

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Controversy At Derby-Country Horse Wins, Raptors And Nuggets Even Series

HORSE RACING

The controversy over the disqualification of Maximum Security in the145th running of the Kentucky Derby grabbed headlines over the weekend. With 150,000 people in Churchill Downs on a rain soaked day, Maximum Security appeared to cross the finish line of the 1 1/4 mile race, called the ‘fastest two minutes in sports”. A foul was called by a two jockeys who claimed Maximum Security veered in their lanes and the Stewards at the track, declared the 65-1 odds Country Horse the winner. This is a big deal as it’s the first time in the history of the Derby, the winning horse was disqualified for an in-race foul.  The co-owner of Maximum Security said, “I think this is the most egregious disqualification in the history of horse racing”. 

BASKETBALL

Thanks to Kawhi Leonard’s 39 points, the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Semifinal with the Philadelphia 76ers to two games a piece. Game 5 is on Tuesday in Toronto. Raptors 101, 76ers 96

The Denver Nuggets came back from losing an historic quadruple-overtime to Portland on Friday night to beat the Trail Blazers 116-112 on Sunday and tie the Wesern Conference Semifinal series 2-2. Game 5 is on Tuesday in Denver.

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Hayward Scores 30 Thanks To Long Flight, Santa Anita Park Suspends Racing After 21 Horses Died

BASKETBALL

Gordon Hayward’s 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists helped lead the Boston Celtics to a big win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. Teammate Kyrie Irving noted their inspired play was due to the “bonding that went on during the cross-country flight”.  Celtics 128, Warriors 95

HORSE RACING

Santa Anita Park is suspending racing after reports 21 horses died since December 26th. The Park hired consultants to examine the conditions of the track and will report when they feel the track can open again. The San Felipe Handicap, a preparatory race for qualifying for the Kentucky Derby, was scheduled for this weekend.

 

 

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Warriors Sweep Cavs For NBA Championship, KD Wins MVP, Justify Wins Triple Crown Amid Controversy

BASKETBALL

After a much-anticipated matchup (with the battle raging for 4 straight years), the Golden State Warriors handily swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in 4 games to win the NBA Championship. Steph Curry posted 37 points and Kevin Durant followed up his game three 43 points with his first triple-double in an NBA Finals (20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists). Durant’s solid performance throughout the Finals earned him the series MVP.  The Championship is Golden State’s third title in 4 years and places them in the history books as one of only six teams winning three titles in four years. The Lakers were the last team to accomplish this feat in the years 2000-20002.

In the off-season, expect many stories on whether LeBron James will stay with the Cavs or move on to continue his career elsewhere.

HORSE RACING

Justify, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, emerged as the 13th Triple Crown winner in history 0n Saturday after winning the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. Bob Baffert trained Justify as well as the last Triple Crown winner from four years ago, American Pharoah. After an initial celebration of this tremendous feat, the owner of two other horses in the field, Mike Repole, wants the Belmont Stewards to investigate Florent Geroux, the jockey riding Restoring Hope, Justify’s stablemate (who is also trained by Bob Baffert). Watching the race, it looked as if Restoring Hope was “blocking” for Justify to give him a better trip. Repole said,  “It definitely seemed to me he was more of an offensive lineman than a racehorse trying to win the Belmont and Justify was a running back trying to run for a touchdown.”

 

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Justify Wins Preakness, Knights Advance To Finals, Cavs Regroup, Curry Explodes & Scolded For Cursing

HORSE RACING

Justify held off some tough competition on another sloppy track to win the Preakness Stakes and capture the second leg of the Triple Crown. On June 9th at Belmont, Justify, trained by Bob Baffert, will attempt to become only the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown. At a distance of 1/2 mile, the Belmont is the longest of the 3 races and can prove challenging for a horse having raced hard the last 5 weeks. American Pharoah (also trained by Bob Baffert) won the Triple Crown in 2015, but before Pharoah, the last Triple Crown winner was in 1978.

HOCKEY

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 4-1 series win over the Winnipeg Jets. The Knights are only the second expansion team from either the NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL to reach a championship in an inaugural season. The Knights will play the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning/Washington Capitals series. The Lightning are up 3-2 with game 6 on Monday.

BASKETBALL

The Cleveland Cavaliers were outplayed by the Boston Celtics in the first 2 games of the Eastern Conference finals but regrouped for game 3, came out with a 19 point first quarter lead and never looked back. LeBron helped the Cavs blow out the Celtics with 27 points and 12 assists, while Kevin Love added 14 rebounds. Cavaliers 116, Celtics 86.

In the Western Conference finals, Steph Curry exploded with 35-points and 7-7 FG’s in the 3rd quarter to propel the Warriors to a 2-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets. With Curry on fire and the hometown crowd going crazy, Curry uncharacteristically shouted out “This is my f—ing house!” after a successful drive.  Even though the crowd loved his enthusiasm, his mom scolded him after the game. According to Curry, “She already sent me two home videos, showing me the clip and playing it back. She was telling me how I need to wash my mouth out, saying to wash it out with soap. It’s a message I’ve heard before.” He went on to say, “She’s right. I gotta do better. I can’t talk like that.” Warriors 126, Rockets 85.

 

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Justify Favorite In Preakness Stakes Saturday, Foster’s Ex Girlfriend “Lied A Lot”

HORSE RACING

Justify, the Kentucky Derby winner, will compete in the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Justify drew the #7 post position in a field of 8 horses (as compared to the Derby where there were 20 horses). Justify is the clear fan favorite with Good Magic, the runner up in the Derby, coming in at 3-1 odds. Justify is trained by Bob Buffert who has won the Triple Crown with 4 of his horses including the most recent Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah in 2015.  Expected post time is 6:20 pm on Saturday.

FOOTBALL

San Francisco 49er’s linebacker Reuben Foster has been in the news quite a bit lately for alleged domestic abuse charges brought about by his ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis. Ennis has now come clean and admitted she “lied a lot” and none of the charges are true. She said she was upset with Foster for breaking up with her and wanted to ruin his career. She even admitted to lying about another domestic abuse charge against a former boyfriend back in 2011.

 

 

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