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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Rockets Destroy Warriors, 25-Year Old Man Poses As 17-Year Old BBall Player

BASKETBALL

The Houston Rockets destroyed the Golden State Warriors in game 2 Wednesday night to even the series 1-1. The Rockets PJ Tucker had a playoff career high with 22 points and five 3-pointers. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was visibly upset with how his team played and said, “we got what we deserved”. Rockets 127, Warriors 105.

A 25-year old Dallas man was arrested  for posing as a 17-year old high school basketball player. His ruse was over after one of his former high school coaches ratted him out. Rashun Richardson, aka Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley has a fiancée and child, and after he was caught his father explained “It was mischanneled determination. His passion is basketball. He tried to push ‘rewind’ in his life.”

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Celtics Take 2-0 Lead Over Cavs, Suns #1 Pick In Lottery, Glover’s Wife Arrested

BASKETBALL

The Boston Celtics took a 2-0 Eastern Conference series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, even though LeBron finished the night with a triple double of 42 points 10 rebounds and 12 assists. At one point the Cavs were up by 11 points, but then the Celtics defense took over, and the Cavs couldn’t respond. The next two games will be in Cleveland starting Saturday night so the Cavs will have some time to reflect and continue the series with their home crowd. The Celtics, however, have never lost a best of seven series when they’re up two games to one. Celtics 107, Cavaliers 94.

The Phoenix Suns can celebrate as they got the #1 pick in the NBA lottery for the first time ever.

GOLF

Former US Open champion Lucas Glover didn’t make the cut at the Player’s Championship tournament last weekend, but that wasn’t the worst of his problems. According to reports, his wife Krista was upset with how he played (calling him a “loser”) and got into an altercation with him and his mom. Krista was arrested on domestic abuse charges, but neither Lucas or his mom are pressing charges.

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Hamptons 5 Outlast Rockets, Surpremes Rule Against PASPA

BASKETBALL

The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets battled it out for most of game 1 in the Western Conference finals, but the Warriors pulled ahead in the third quarter and never looked back. Kevin Durant’s 37 points and the chemistry between the “Hamptons 5” (Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant) led the team to what seemed like an easy victory. If you’re wondering where the term Hamptons 5 came from, it refers to the group of players who were sent to the Hamptons in 2016 to convince free-agent Kevin Durant to join the team. Warriors 119, Rockets 106.

OTHER

The Supreme Court struck down the 25 year old law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) limiting sports betting for all states except Nevada. Now that the law was declared unconstitutional, every state can determine on their own whether they allow sports betting. The state of New Jersey brought the case to the Supreme Court to allow for betting at its casinos and racetracks. The NFL plans to rely on Congress to regulate this new era for them. In a statement, they said, “Congress has long-recognized the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events. Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting. We also will work closely with our clubs to ensure that any state efforts that move forward in the meantime protect our fans and the integrity of our game.”

 

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Celtics Trample Cavs In Game 1, Warriors/Rockets Tonight, Capitals On Fire W/Game 2 Win, Jets/Nights Tonight

BASKETBALL

With a 26 point lead at halftime, the Boston Celtics trampled the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first game of the much anticipated Eastern Conference Finals series. The mighty LeBron had one of his worst games with only 15 points and zero three-pointers in five attempts, while the Celtics Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 23 points and Al Horford posted 20.   Game 2 is Tuesday 8:30 pm ET. Celtics 108, Cavaliers 83.

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals will take place Monday night at 9:00 pm ET between the Golden State Warriors (with a healthy Steph Curry) and the Houston Rockets.

 

HOCKEY

In the Eastern Conference finals for Hockey, the Washington Capitals are on fire. With another big win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals are up 2-0 in the series. If they grab two more wins, they’ll head to the Stanley Cup Finals. Not bad for a team who hasn’t gone this far in 13 seasons.

In the Western Conference finals, the Winnipeg Jets are up 1-0 over the Las Vegas Golden Nights with game 2 Monday night at 8:00 pm ET.

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Lindor Shaves Head For HS Team, Yankees Finally Lose But Still Energized

BASEBALL

Cleveland Indians’ All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor made a bet with his former high school that he would shave his head if the Montverde Academy’s baseball team finished the season undefeated. When the team went 25-0, he held up his end of the bet and showed up at their high school assembly ready to be shaved.

The Yankees have been on fire this season earning 10 come from behind wins. The streak ended with a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday night (only their second loss in 19 games), but their attitude remains confident and strong. Yankees right fielder, Aaron Judge described the feeling among team members “It’s just go out there and get the job done. When the crowd starts getting a little crazy and gets behind us, it’s just go up there, have quality at-bats and see what happens.”  The Red Sox and Yankees are tied for first place in the American League East with 26 wins 11 losses.

 

 

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Celtics Win Series, Rozier And Bledsoe’s Rosé, Colt’s 1st Rounder Wins Primary, Manning Mulling Ownership

BASKETBALL

In another crazy close game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics pulled off the win to finish the series (4-1) and will now take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Game 1 on Sunday in Boston. Celtics 114, Sixers 112.

After the game, the Cavs’ guard Terry Rozier (who’s having a great series) finally met former New England Patriots’ quarterback Drew Bledsoe. The two athletes had an ongoing discourse during the playoffs thanks to Rozier accidentally calling Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe “Drew Bledsoe”. Eric Bledsoe then pretended he didn’t know Rozier. Rozier responded by wearing a Drew Bledsoe jersey to a game. Fast forward to last night, and Rozier and Drew finally met. In a post-game interview, Drew Bledsoe mentioned he was a big fan of Rozier and jokingly said they’d be developing a wine together (Bledsoe owns a winery in Washington). He said,  “Well he’s going to be developing a wine inspired by Rozier. A “Terry Rosé” and ” it would have a great finish.”

FOOTBALL

Former Indianapolis Colts first round pick, Anthony Gonzalez, won the Republican primary for the 16th district in Ohio. He was endorsed by Peyton Manning and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. The former wide receiver, who had his career cut short due to knee injuries, will face off against Susan Moran Palmer in November.

Speaking of Peyton Manning, the future Hall of Famer, has been asked to join an ownership group, led by Ben Navarro, bidding on the Carolina Panthers.  Manning has had many job offers since retiring (including running for office) but has turned them all down.

 

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76ers Avoid Elimination, Cavs Sweep Raptors, Capitols Advance First Time 20 Years, Tom Brady’s Attire At Met

BASKETBALL

In a do or die game Monday night, the Philadelphia 76ers fought back and avoided elimination. T.J. McConnell turned it up in his first career playoff start for the Sixers and finished the night with a career high 19 points. The Sixers trail 3-1 in the series but have not given up and will play game 5 on Wednesday night.  Teams that trail 3-0 have never come back to win a series, but Sixers Joel Embiid said “We’re playing our hearts out and just trying to be that one team.” Philadelphia 103, Boston 92.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers  swept the Toronto Raptors for the second consecutive season. The Cavs will now head to the eastern conference finals. Cavs 128, Raptors 93.

HOCKEY

With a win in overtime agains the Pittsburgh Penguins, and for the first time in 20 years,  the Washington Capitols advance to the Eastern Conference finals where they will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The winner of that series heads to the Stanley Cup Finals.

OTHER

Tom Brady lit up social media with his choice of attire for the annual Met Gala. The theme for the gala this year was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Brady wore a black tux adorned with gold to match his supermodel wife, Giselle Bundchen’s, gold Versace dress.

 

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Justify Wins Derby, NBA Weekend Playoff Update

Horse Racing

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.”

BASKETBALL

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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