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Bradley’s Winning Shot Beats Cavs, Warriors On Roll, Zaza Extra Security, Cloud Computing

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Cleveland Cavaliers have been cruising through the playoffs with a 13 game wining streak. The Cavs looked like they would sail through game 3 as well. They were up 21 points Sunday night against the Boston Celtics, who were without star Isaiah Thomas, but they let down their guard too soon, and the Celtics fought back. At the last second, the Celtics’ Avery Bradley shot a 3 pointer to seal the win and stun the Cavs. Game 4 is Tuesday night in Cleveland. Celtics 111, Cavaliers 108.

In the Western Conference finals, the Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 against the San Antonio Spurs and look unstoppable. Unfortunately for the Spurs, the series could have been more competitive if their team was at full strength. Playing without an injured Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs chances at a comeback look pretty bleak. Game 4 is Monday night 9:00 pm EST.

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich created some drama when he accused the Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia of purposely tripping Kawhi (who is listed as questionable for game 4). Zaza said he is fine with the negative attention, but the threats against him on social media have gotten so bad, he had to hire extra security at his children’s school.

 

HORSE RACING

There will be no Triple Crown winner this year as Cloud Computing beat out Derby winner Always Dreaming in the Preakness Stakes over the weekend.

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Always Dreaming Wins Derby, Cavs Sweep 2nd Round, Porzingis Confusing Tweet

HORSE RACING

“Always Dreaming” ran away with the Kentucky Derby Saturday night. The “Run for the Roses” took place on a muddy track where many horses were having bad trips.  Always Dreaming, trained by Todd Fletcher and ridden by John Valazquez, looked solid coming out of the gate and rode to a 2 3/4 length victory. Fletcher is used to winning, but has had problems at the Derby in the past. He previously had won only one 1 Derby in 45 starts.  Always Dreaming will now rest up and be back on the track in 2 weeks for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes on May 20th.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers swept the second round of the Eastern Conference semi-final against the Toronto Raptors. The Cavs have now won 8 games in a row in the post-season and will have a week off before facing an opponent in the Eastern conference final. LeBron James proved once again he’s one of the greatest recording 6 straight games with 30 or more points in a playoff game. Cleveland 109, Toronto 102.

In other playoff news, with the Boston Celtics loss on Sunday, the Washington Wizards tied the series at 2-2. James Harden came out strong with 28 points to help his Rockets even the series with the San Antonio Spurs at 2-2. The Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 against the Utah Jazz and will play game four tonight.

The New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis sent out a confusing tweet over the weekend with just the words, “LA Clippers and three smiley face emoji’s”, suggesting his interest in being traded.  Many, including myself, were shocked he’d be so bold in showing his interest in another team. According to Porzingis, however, his account was hacked and he never intended to send this type of tweet.

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Game 5 NBA Finals Monday Night W/O Draymond Green, Penguins Win Stanley Cup, Creator Wins Belmont Stakes

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The Golden State Warriors stole a game 4 in Cleveland on Friday night to lead the best of seven series 3-1. Game 5 is back in California Monday night. If the Cavaliers lose, the series is over and the Warriors will have won back to back NBA Championships. Unfortunately for the Warriors,  one of their best players, Draymond Green is suspended for Monday night’s game for a flagrant foul he committed during the last few minutes of game 4. The foul against LeBron James was called a, “retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin”.  According to the NBA, Draymond wouldn’t have been suspended for game 5 just for this foul alone but with the number of flagrant fouls his committed through the postseason, this penalty was appropriate.  Many in the sports world think the penalty is excessive and could affect the rest of the series. Must watch game, Monday 9:00 pm EST ABC.

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Sidney CrosbyWith a win over the San Jose Sharks, the Pittsburgh Penguins took home the Stanley Cup for the 4th time in franchise history. The Penguins beat the Sharks 4-2 in the best of seven Finals. The Penguins’ Captain Sidney Crosby took home the MVP honors, the Conn Smythe trophy, and according to his coaches and teammates, there was no one more deserving.

HORSE RACING

In the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown series, the Belmont Stakes, Creator won by a photo finish, just edging out Destin. Creator finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby and didn’t even compete in the Preakness. The Preakness winner, Exaggerator, went off as the favorite but only finished in 11th place. There was considerably less hype for the Belmont Stakes this year as there wasn’t a Triple Crown Contender like American Pharoah who caught the racing world by storm when he won all three races last year.

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Cavs Lose Game 3 To Raptors, Warriors Get Trounced, Exaggerator Wins Preakness,

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Everyone was predicting a Cavaliers sweep of the Raptors in game 3, but Cleveland was held to just 35.4% shooting and went down pretty decisively to the Raptors.

Bismack BiyomboOn the final play of the game with only seconds left, Cavaliers’ Dahntay Jones hit the Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo in the groin. “I got hit in an area that I wasn’t supposed to get hit on, or a private area, so to speak,” Biyombo said after Game 3. “Whenever the league has a chance, they probably want to take a look at that. That’s all I can say on that one.” And in more officiating news, Toronto Head Coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials. Raptors 99, Cavs 84.

In the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the Golden State Warriors. The game was essentially over by the end of the first half. At one point in the second half the Thunder was even up as much as 41 points. Kevin Durant had 33 points and Russell Westbrook 30 points with only 5 turnovers between them. OKC is now up 2-1 in the series. Thunder 133, Warriors 105.

HORSE RACING

Unfortunately Horse Racing fans won’t see another Triple Crown winner this year as Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, was defeated by his rival, Exaggerator in the Preakness this weekend. It was a devastating start to the day, however, when two horses died. 9 year old Homeboykris won the first race of the day but then collapsed on his way back to the stables and on the 4th race of the day, Pramedya broke her front leg and was immediately euthanized.

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Nyquist Wins Kentucky Derby, Cavs Sweep Series, Wade Criticized For Shooting During O Canada, Durant Scores 41, Curry Named MVP Again

HORSE RACING

NyquistUndefeated favorite Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby. With the win, he’s now 8 for 8 and will try and keep his streak alive with a win in the 2nd leg of the triple crown, the Preakness on May 21st. Nyquist was named in honor of Hockey’s Gustav Nyquist from the Detroit Red Wings

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The Cleveland Cavs are heading to the East Finals with a four game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks. With inspiring play from Kevin Love, Lebron James, and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs made this series look easy. Cavs 100, Hawks 99.

Many are criticizing Dwayne Wade when he continued his shootaround during the singing of O Canada prior to the game on Saturday against the Toronto Raptors. Wade said he meant no disrespect but was just finishing his pre-game routine. The NBA rule book states that players must stand with respect during National Anthems. The Heat ended up losing game 3 to the Raptors, 95-91.

In other playoff news, the OKC Thunder tied its series 2-2 against the San Antonio Spurs. With a career tying 41 points from Kevin Durant, the Thunder cruised to a 111-97 win.

Finally, to no one’s surprise ESPN reported the Warriors guard Steph Curry will be named the NBA Most Valuable Player for a second successive season.

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Raptors Win In OT, Kentucky Derby Saturday Night

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Game 2 between the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors was fairly ugly during regulation play but the Raptors came out strong in overtime to even up the series. The Raptors haven’t lost back to back games all post-season and they showed they certainly weren’t prepared to lose Thursday night. Game 3 is Saturday afternoon. Raptors 96, Heat 92.

KENTUCKY DERBY

Kentucky DerbyThe 142 running of the Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday 6:34 pm. (EST). The Derby is the 1st leg of the Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes). Winning all 3 races is one of the most prestigious accomplishments in all of sports. There have only been 12 horses (most recently last year’s American Pharoah) to have achieved this feat. This year’s Derby favorite is Nyquist but there are 19 other horses filling out the field so if you’re betting, there are no wrong answers. Just remember the race is only 2 minutes long so don’t be late. There’s a reason it’s called “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports”. Drink mint julips, wear a crazy hat and have fun!

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American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown, Cavs Win Game 2 In OT, Tiger In Slump

HORSE RACING

American PharoahHistory was made this weekend at The Belmont Stakes.  After 37 years, we finally got a Triple Crown.  The Triple Crown is defined as winning the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes all in a period of 5 weeks.  No horse has accomplished this feat since 1978 when Affirmed took the crown.  Before a screaming crowd, American Pharoah raced out in front of his competition and never looked back.  It was an incredible moment for horse racing and long overdue.

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In the NBA Finals, everyone was writing off the Cleveland Cavaliers after their star point guard Kyrie Irving was ruled out after they lost game 1. What most forgot is that the Cavs have one of the best players in the game:  LeBron James.  On Sunday night, the Cavs hoped to even the series with the Golden State Warriors.  The Cavs played well, with Matthew Dellavedova filling in nicely for Irving.  The Cavs also benefited from an awful shooting night from the Warriors.   With a late and exciting comeback from the Warriors, the game went into overtime.  In OT, the Warriors couldn’t find their shots and the Cavs did enough to hold on to grab Game 2 away from Golden State and steal back home court advantage.  Cleveland 95, Golden State 93.

GOLF

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods has won the Memorial Tournament 5 times before in the past but was off his mark this weekend.  Tiger, at 39 years old, finished 14 strokes over par.  Tiger has been in a slump for awhile now and it’s uncertain whether he’ll ever revive his glory days.

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Warriors Win Game 1, NBA Lottery, American Pharoah Worth $20Mill For Breeding, PAT Changes

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Dwight HowardIn the NBA, it was Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.  Houston was coming into the game playing their best basketball of the season.  The Rockets started slowly then got some bad news when Dwight Howard struggled to play due to a sore knee.  Houston muscled back to close the gap, but the Warriors 3-point shooting was simply too great and the Warriors grabbed Game 1.  Golden State 110, Houston 106.

Also in the NBA, the NBA Draft Lottery took place.  This year, two major market teams, the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, had good odds for getting the top 1 or 2 picks and reviving their franchises.  When the ping pong balls were drawn, however, the #1 pick went to the worst team in the league, the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the Lakers getting the second pick. The Philadelphia 76ers drew the 3rd pick and the Knicks finished 4th.

HORSE RACING

In horse racing, all the excitement is around American Pharoah in his quest to win the Triple Crown.  But how horse owners really make their money by selling breeding rights and it’s reported that they are receiving offers in the range of $20 million for American Pharoah.

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The NFL added a new rule for the 2015 season. The extra point will now be kicked from the 15 yard line (previously the 2 yard line) while the two point conversion will remain on the 2 yard line. The kick will now be a 32 yard attempt. The defense will also be able to score a touchdown if they intercept or return a blocked extra point. Previously, the ball was ruled dead.

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Wizards And Clippers Collapse, Hawks And Rockets Move On To Eastern/Western Conf Finals, American Pharoah Wins Preakness

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This weekend saw the epic collapse of some NBA teams.  First up, the Washington Wizards were hoping to defend their home court against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 and force a Game 7.  Everyone expected them to win the game as they now have a relatively healthy team.  Unfortunately for the Wizards, however, they fell down big early, and couldn’t get their rhythm.  They stormed back late in the 4th, but some costly mistakes gave the Hawks all the advantages to snag the win and eliminate the Wizards.  The Wiz will now have to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to avoid collapsing down the stretch. The Hawks go on to play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Atlanta 94, Washington 91.

Speaking of failures, the Los Angeles Clippers had an all time epic collapse against the Houston Rockets in their Game 6.  The Clippers had a 19 point lead late in the 3rd quarter at home with a chance to win the series.  They not only blew the lead, but allowed to Rockets to crush them.  They were forced to go back to Houston to try and win Game 7 in front of a raucous Houston crowd.  Houston, however, came out strong and never let up.  The Rockets easily grabbed the win and will now take on the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.  Houston 113, LA Clippers 100.

HORSE RACING

American PharoahThis weekend was the second leg of the quest for the Triple Crown in horse racing: The Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore.  The favorite was the Kentucky Derby winner, American Pharoah.  And in a big surge at the end, Pharoah took home 1st place again.  Now all the talk is , “will he be able to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes in three weeks”?   It’s not such an easy feat, however. Fourteen  horses in the last 36 years, including last year’s California Chrome won the first two races of the Triple Crown but came away defeated at the Belmont. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.

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Mayweather’s Chess-like Moves Wins Fight Of Century, American Pharoah Wins Derby, Clippers Stun Spurs

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Mayweather/PacquiaoThe main sporting event of the weekend, if not the century:  Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.  These were the titans of the boxing scene the past 12 years, and finally, FINALLY, we got to see who would win.  This fight was previously something of myth, as nobody ever thought they would get in the ring.  Everyone thought that Mayweather didn’t want to fight Pacquiao because he would lose.  Then, the two realized just how much money they could make and got in the ring together.  The numbers are not definite, but they both made well over $100 million in just one night.

Manny came out fast and furious, flailing punches, and getting Floyd in the corner, but Floyd is such a calculated, chess-game fighter, that this was exactly what he wanted.  He knows how to bait his opponents, and then strategically dodges their punches, and catches them with nasty jabs to the face.  It’s hard to see because the action is so fast, but a lot of damage is being done in there.  As the fight went on, Floyd continued this defensive technique, and kept winning rounds.  Pacquiao simply couldn’t hit him, and at the end, the judges unanimously agreed that Mayweather won.  This makes him an incredible 48-0.

As for what’s next for both fighters, Manny Pacquiao will likely retire and pursue a political career, while Floyd has publicly stated that he intends to honor his contract with Showtime and fight one last fight in September.  It’s uncertain who he will fight, but if he wins that, he will retire a perfect 49-0.  There is no clear competitor out there that could beat him.  He’s just so difficult to hit.

Horse Racing

American PharoahIn the Kentucky Derby, good and bad news for all bettors, as the favorite American Pharaoh took home the trophy.  Good news if you like to bet on the low-paying favorite, but bad news if you were one of the millions of bettors around the world that likes playing a long shot of any type.  American Pharaoh now will look to win The Preakness in a two weeks.

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The Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs were in a first round battle that felt like the NBA Finals.  The series was tied at 3-3 headed into Saturday, and Game 7 was anybody’s game.  It was hard to imagine, however,  the Spurs losing such an important game, especially against a Clippers team that had a reputation of failing in clutch situations.  But… not Saturday night.  With the game tied with just 10 seconds left, Chris Paul took an amazing off-balance shot that banked off the back board and went in.  He gave the Clippers the win, and now the Clippers advance to take on the high-scoring Houston Rockets in Round 2.  LA Clippers 111, San Antonio 109.

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