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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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Bobby Valentine To Run For Mayor Of Stamford, Medina Spirit Tested Positive For Steroid-Could Lose Derby Win

BASEBALL

Ex-Mets Manager Bobby Valentine announced he’s running for Mayor of his hometown, Stamford, CT. He stated that his experience leading teams has given him the experience of “navigating challenging circumstances.”

HORSE RACING

The Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, tested positive for betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid that is only permitted in sanctioned amounts. Trainer Bob Baffert denies the horse has ever been treated with this drug, but if the test is confirmed, Medina Spirit will be stripped of the win (and his chances of winning the Triple Crown), and Mandaloun will be declared the Derby winner.

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Jags Pick Trevor At #1 And Signing Bonus In Cryptocurrencies, Jets And Niners Also Take QB’s, Alabama Ties Record, Aaron Rodgers Wants Out, Friends From Brown At Kentucky Derby

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To no one’s surprise, the Jacksonville Jaguars took quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the number one pick in the NFL draft. What many may not know is Lawrence is planning on using his signing bonus ($22,630,055) to invest in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ether, and dogecoin.

In other draft news, the New York Jets shocked many by taking quarterback Zach Wilson, while the San Francisco 49ers also grabbed a quarterback with the #3 pick in Trey Lance. In a big surprise, quarterback Mac Jones dropped from the top five, then was grabbed by the New England Patriots at #15 to back up Cam Newton (who signed a one-year deal this offseason).  For a full recap of the 1st round of the draft, click here.

In an impressive stat for Alabama, the team tied a record set by Miami in 2004 by having six first-round picks.

The big surprise of the draft was when all-star quarterback Aaron Rodgers told the Green Bay Packers he doesn’t want to return to the team. The Packers stated they won’t trade him, but the announcement is causing a major stir.

HORSE RACING

The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby (the first leg of the Triple Crown) will take place on Saturday, May 1st at 6:57 pm ET. In the field of 20 horses, Essential Quality goes off at 2-1 odds. The owners of Hot Rod Charlie, another favorite, have a great story. A group of five college friends from Brown wanted to find a hobby after graduation as a way to keep in touch. They randomly decided to buy a horse, and crazily enough their horse is running in one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. For the full story, click here.

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