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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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2020 Olympics Postponed, Gostkowski Released From Pats

OLYMPICS

Olympic Committee member Dick Pound announced on Monday afternoon that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed due to concerns over the Coronavirus. He said, “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.” Pound said the games will likely be postponed until 2021. The Olympic games have been canceled three times due to wars (in 1916 due to World War I and in 1940 and 1944 due to World War II) but have never been suspended.

FOOTBALL

The New England Patriots made another big move on Monday when they released their longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Gostkowski played for the Pats for 14 seasons and will go down as one of the franchise’s best kickers. Helping the team win three Super Bowls during his tenure, he was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and is a three-time All-Pro.

 

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Heisman Candidates Announced, Eli Back In Loss On MNF, Russia Banned From Olympics

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The finalists for the Heisman Trophy (awarded to the most outstanding college football player) were announced. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young will travel to New York for the awards ceremony on Saturday night at 8:00 pm ET.  Burrow (who played his first three years at Ohio State) is the odds-on favorite to win.

In Monday Night Football, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was back on the field replacing injured rookie Daniel Jones. Eli looked solid in the first half throwing for two touchdowns, but couldn’t hold the momentum and lost 23-17 in overtime to the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s unclear whether Eli will play again this season (Jones has an ankle sprain), or if he’ll retire at the end of the year.

OLYMPICS

The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from international sports for tampering with drug-testing data. The judgment prevents Russia from having a formal presence at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as long as they haven’t been individually involved in doping or tampering. Russia will certainly appeal this ruling so stay tuned for a final decision.

 

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Biles Wins 5 Golds And Wears Teal To Acknowledge Victims, Sherman Thinks Helmet Rule Idiotic

GYMNASTICS

Simone Biles won all five Gold medals at the US Gymnastics Championship Sunday night. According to the coordinator of the women’s team, “Biles is so spectacular, it’s pretty much a given that everyone else is competing for second place when she’s around.” Biles didn’t just compete and win her events, she also made a statement by wearing a teal colored outfit. Teal is the color of sex abuse survivors, and Biles wanted to make the hundreds of gymnasts abused by Larry Nasser were acknowledged for their suffering. Meanwhile, USA Gymnastics new CEO Kerry Perry had a chance to address the media. Unfortunately, Perry didn’t use the platform to recognize the victims of sexual abuse and properly acknowledge the changes that need to be made in USA gymnastics.

FOOTBALL

Much has been said in the last couple of weeks about the NFL’s new helmet rule which attempts to make the game a safer place for the athletes. Players and fans alike have criticized the rule saying it’s too subjective and impossible to properly enforce. According to San Francisco 49er cornerback Richard Sherman, “it’s idiotic”. He went on to say, “To all those ppl including those who made the rule. I want a video of YOU running full speed and being lead by anything but your head while also attempting to bring down a moving target. You will soon realize it’s impossible.” Sherman also tweeted that if the rule stays in place, the NFL “will be flag football soon.”

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Final Medal Count, LeBron Upset With Refs, Thomas Kicks Out Fan

OLYMPICS

The 2018 Winter Olympics are over, and Norway landed on top with 39 medals (14 Gold), followed by Germany with 31 (14 Gold), Canada 29 (11 Gold), USA 23 (9 Gold) and the Netherlands with 20 (8 Gold). The next Olympics will be the Summer Olympics held in Tokyo in 2020!

BASKETBALL

After a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James showed his frustration by criticizing the refs for protecting the outside shooter instead of calling fouls when players drive the basket. James said, “We’re at a point now where we protect the shooter more than the driver. There’s no reason I should be going to the line four times in a game when I drive 100 times to the paint and I’m getting hit and slapped and grabbed and whatever and whatnot. We protect the shooter. That’s what it’s turned into. ‘Chicks dig the long ball,’ and that’s what it’s about.”

GOLF

Unless you’re watching “Happy Gilmore”, you don’t usually hear yelling on the course and Justin Thomas likes it that way. On the 16th hole of the Honda Classic, a fan yelled “Get in the bunker”. Thomas wasn’t too happy with that and could be heard saying, “Who said that? Who yelled for that ball to get in the bunker? Was that you? Enjoy your day, buddy, you’re gone.” No one saw the fan after that, so apparently the fan was kicked out. Happily for Thomas, he won the tournament.

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Russians Win Gold And Silver In Skating, Nagasu Excuses Performance And Hopes For DWTS

OLYMPICS

The Russians, skating under the name O.A.R, (Olympic Athletes from Russia) finally won a gold medal in Pyeongchang with 15-year-old Alina Zagitova edging out her 18-year-old teammate Evgenia Medvedeva in the figure skating competition. Zagitova is the second youngest figure skater to win gold (Tara Lipinski was the youngest by 28 days).

 

The United States traditionally has dominated ice skating, but this year, was a disappointment. The highest an American scored was for ninth place (the worst showing since World War II). One of the highly touted skaters, Mirai Nagasu, received attention and accolades after she landed the first-ever triple axel by a US woman at the Olympics, helping Team USA win the bronze medal in the team skating event. After a poor performance in the individual event, Nagasu flustered the media by explaining her less than stellar performance and saying she “saved” Team USA so her individual program was just “icing on the cake”. She continued by saying she was exhausted from training, couldn’t take a hot shower and missed home. She also said, “I would like to be on “Dancing with the Stars” because I want to be a star. I made history here by landing the first triple axel by a U.S. lady and third at the Olympics and I think that’s a big deal.”

 

 

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U.S. Halpipers Wise And Ferreira Win Gold/Silver, Team USA Beats Team Canada In Shootout, Tinder Spike In Village

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The United States dominated in the men’s halfpipe with David Wise bringing in the gold and Alex Ferreira taking home the silver. Ferreira and Wise formed a strong bond during the Olympic training and even got matching tattoos of the PyeongChang logo. Wise’s long hair has been a story throughout the Olympics, and now that he’s won gold, he says he’ll donate his locks to a cancer charity.

The United States and Canada’s women’s hockey have an intense rivalry over the years, with Canada dominating the medal stand by winning gold the past four Olympic games. Thursday night both teams played their heart out, but the U.S. pulled out the win in a dramatic 3-2 shootout. Many fans believe the shootout is an unfair way to determine a game of this importance and want it banned in the future. This is the first Olympic gold for U.S. women’s hockey since 1988.

Now that the Olympic games are winding down and the athletes are finding they have more time on their hands, tinder reported an increase of 348% in activity.  With all the attractive and athletic competitors in one place, it’s no surprise. According to Reuters, “Every Olympics we hear that Tinder is ‘on fire’ in the Villages and we notice our usage increase significantly when people from around the world gather for an event.”

 

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NCAA Sends Louisville Message About Behavior, Vonn Earns Bronze Medal

BASKETBALL

Rick Pitino has been long gone as the head coach of the Louisville basketball team, but he will be forever remembered as shaming the institution while at the helm, especially now that the NCAA refused to appeal their decision to rescind their 2013 championship and 2012 Final Four appearance. Former director of basketball operations, Andre McGee, was the ringleader of many of the violations including rampant sex parties with prostitutes for the underage recruits. By pulling the team’s championship banner from the raftors of the basketball arena, the NCAA is sending a strong message they won’t tolerate this type of behavior from institutions.

OLYMPICS

Lindsay Vonn finished her ski career with a bronze medal at the Olympics. She has defined downhill skiing for years, with many saying she is the greatest female downhill skier in the world.  At 33 years old, she is the oldest female to win a medal in Alpine skiing. She holds three Olympic medals and has gained admirers over the years by her perseverance and attitude.

 

 

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Wardrobe Malfunction Leads To Silver, O.A.R Popularity, Fergie, Austin Dillon’s Daytona Tattoo

OLYMPICS

One of the most talked about moments at the Olympics was the French ice dancer, Gabriella Papadakis, who had an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction while on the ice with partner Guillaume Cizeron. During the routine, Papadakis’ outfit came undone and exposed her breast. She had to hold on to her dress during the rest of the dance. On their second skate, they were extra determined and skated flawlessly propelling them to a Silver medal behind the Canadian duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

The Band O.A.R. (short for Of A Revolution) is receiving some attention during the Olympic. O.A.R. also stands for Olympic Athletes of Russia (which the 169 Russian athletes have written on their clothing), but every time someone references O.A.R., the band’s popularity continues to surge.  The band’s singer Marc Roberge said, “It’s been surreal, absolutely surreal. It’s pretty wild to think somebody is watching the Olympics and thinking about us.”

BASKETBALL

NBA All-Star Weekend accomplished what it intended. Fans enjoyed Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell winning the slam dunk contest, Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker winning the three-point contest and Team LeBron edging out Team Stephen in the non-competitive pretending to be competitive All-Star Game.  The most memorable part of the weekend, unfortunately, was Fergie singing the National Anthem in what many consider one of the all-time worst National Anthems ever. You can listen here, but consider yourself warned.

NASCAR

Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 and celebrated by getting a tattoo on his rear end with the Daytona 500 logo and “Champ” written underneath it. In his press conference, Dillon excitedly talked about his tattoo but told the press, “You’ll never be able to see it,”

 

 

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Tough Day For Shiffrin/Chen, Red Stripe Steps In, All-Star Weekend

OLYMPICS

It was a tough day for Americans in the Winter Olympics. Mikaela Shiffrin stumbled in the women’s slalom finals finishing in 4th place. At 18 years old, Nathan Chen was one of the most celebrated skaters at this Olympics, but after falling in his short programs, he is essentially out of medal contention. In some uplifting news, Red Stripe saved the Jamaican bobsled team by donating a sled for them to use during competition next week. Apparently the former driver/coach of the team left them in Pyeongchang without a sled (which seems very odd), but thankfully the Jamaican beer company stepped in.  As of Friday morning, Norway leads the medal count with 19.

BASKETBALL

The 2018 NBA All-Star weekend is here. The festivities begin on Friday night in Los Angeles with the celebrity game. One of the anticipated celebrities suiting up is Justin Bieber. Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) will also be in the mix.  You can also tune in for the skills challenge, three-point contest and the slam dunk contest. On Sunday night at 8:00pm (ET), LeBron James and Stephen Curry will face off with their hand picked teams for the All-Star game.

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