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

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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.

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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

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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”. 

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Justify Wins Derby, NBA Weekend Playoff Update

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The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby was the wettest Derby in memory. The track was officially listed as “sloppy”, but if you were watching, it looked even worse, which made betting on the 20 horse field a bit more difficult. Justify, however, did not seem to have any issues as he ran a beautiful race to the finish. Justify, trained by Bob Buffett, became the first horse in 136 years to accomplish the feat of winning the Derby while not having run a race as a 2 year old. As Baffert said about him,  “I’ve seen all kinds, I mean this guy, he’s just special. He has that presence about him.”

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After the 76ers lost on Saturday night in overtime 98-101, the Boston Celtics have a commanding 3-0 lead. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid said, “We made a couple of dumb mistakes. It’s on us”. The Sixers will try and prevent a series sweep with game 4 on Monday night.

LeBron is unstoppable! With a last second buzzer beater in game 3 (you need to see it to believe it) over Toronto, the Raptors are now down 0-3 in the series and will need to claw their way back on Monday night in game 4. James described the difficult one-handed shot by saying he has the “ability to have different things in my toolbox.” Cavaliers 105, Raptors 103.

The Warriors dominant win over the New Orleans Pelicans, thanks to Kevin Durant’s 38 points, could be due to a late night/early morning text from Draymond Green. Green was so upset by the Warriors loss to the Pelicans in game 3, he sent a text at 4:00 am to Durant telling him he had to step up. When Durant woke up, he said, “Got it” and went out and played with inspiration. Steph Curry also had a big day and moved into third place in postseason 3 pointers with 326. Ray Allen holds the record with 385 and LeBron is in 2nd place with 346. Golden State leads the series 3-1.

Chris Paul knows how to celebrate his birthday as he went out and scored 27 points and recorded 12 rebounds to help the Rockets win game 4 over the Utah Jazz. The Rockets are now up 3-1 in the series. Houston 100, Utah 87.

 

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Celtics Rally To Beat 76ers In Game 2, Another Amazing Game From LeBron, Kentucky Derby Favorites This Weekend

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The Boston Celtics rallied from a 22 point deficit to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier added 21 and 20 points respectively, while the Sixers J.J. Redick and Joel Embiid contributed 23 and 22 points to their team’s efforts. Unfortunately for Philly, their rookie phenom Ben Simmons only scored one point (the first time he hasn’t scored a field goal this entire season). After the game Simmons reflected on his disappointing night saying, “Mentally, just thinking too much. I’m going to have bad games. It happens. Obviously, it’s bad timing.” Celtics are now up 2-0 with game 3 back in Philly on Saturday night.

With an astounding 43 points, 14 assists and 8 rebounds from LeBron James and a big 31 points from Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors.

HORSE RACING

The Kentucky Derby, often called the greatest two minutes in sports, takes place on Saturday at 6:46 pm ET. The two favorites for Saturday’s Run for the Roses, are Justify and Mendelssohn (both sired byScat Daddy, but for equines, they’re not considered related as they have different Dam’s (Mothers). For a recap of the 20 horses running, click here.

 

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Penguins Repeat Stanley Cup Champs, Warriors/Cavs Game 5, Tapwrit Wins Belmont, Nadal Makes History

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The Pittsburgh Penguins won the coveted Stanley Cup by beating the Nashville Predators in 6 games (4-2). With the win, the Penguins become the first team to repeat as Champions since the 1997 Detroit Red Wings.  Future Hall of Famer, Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe (most valuable player) award and is only the third player in NHL history to win the trophy in back to back seasons.

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On Friday night the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped the Golden State Warriors 15 win playoff streak and staved off elimination. The best of seven series is now 3-1 with game 5 back in Oakland Monday night, 9:00 pm ET

Horse Racing

The first four finishers of the Belmont Stakes all ran in the Kentucky Derby, but skipped the second leg of the Triple Crown (the Preaknes) then came back for a strong showing in the Belmont on Saturday. Tapwrit (who finished 6th in the Derby) edged out Irish War Cry to win the 1 1/2 mile race.

TENNIS

Rafael Nadal made history on Sunday by winning the French Open and his 10th Grand Slam Title. The significance of the occasion was not lost on Nadal. He said through tears, “The adrenaline and nerves I feel on this court I can’t describe. This is the most important event in my career, without a doubt.”

 

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