PLAYER OF THE DAY

Bodexpress (Horse-racing) is today’s Horse of the Day. Bodexpress threw off Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez right out of the starting gate at the 2019 Preakness Saturday. Out of instinct, or just pure desire to win, he ran the race on his own. He sped up near the end, and passed a few competitors before finishing the race, saying I don’t care and taking a victory lap around the Pimlico track. War of Will may have actually won the Preakness, but Bodexpress stole the show. War of Will was a victim to Maximum Security’s mishap in the Kentucky Derby, and was able to show the world what he had, despite the rogue Bodexpress. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Goin’ back-to-back
Who?
(Golf) 
Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship for the second year in a row on Sunday and captured his fourth major title at Bethpage Black. On Friday we were bragging about how Koepka had no bogeys and was on fire. He walked onto the course Sunday with a record seven-shot lead, but Dustin Johnson gained ground quickly as Koepka’s lead dwindled to just one stroke. The Long Island crowd went from cheering for Koepka’s dominating performance to rooting for a Johnson comeback. This fueled the fire in Koepka and he was able to deliver key shots in the closing stretch. He finished 4-over 74 and had a two-shot victory over DJ. He joins Tiger Woods as the only two golfers to win back-to-back PGA Championships.

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Raptors Win in Double OT
More overtimes.. shocker!
(NBA)
For those that missed it because you were watching Game of Thrones, the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 in double overtime last night to cut the Bucks series lead in the Eastern Conference finals to 2-1. Raptors forward, Pascal Siakam, missed two free-throws with 7.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter that could have iced a home win in regulation. Instead, the game went into overtime, where Kawhi Leonard stole the show. Leonard played 52 minutes, scored 36 points (including ten in the overtime periods), went 11 for 25 from the field and 12 for 13 at the free throw line. Leonard had some leg discomfort during the game, but that didn’t stop him from coming in clutch in this much-needed win. 

As of Saturday, the Golden State Warriors are one game away from a series sweep and their fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. After losing superstar Kevin Durant due to injury in the previous round, Draymond Green has decided to take it upon himself to lift up his team. In Game 3, Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. He notched his seventh career post-season triple-double which, when combined with Steph Curry’s 36 points, make the Warriors tough to beat. No team has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit to win in the NBA Playoffs so if history repeats itself as they say, it looks like we will be seeing more of the Warriors. Sorry, Portland

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A Game 5 Blowout
Just to keep it interesting
(NHL) 
The St. Louis Blues may be the best road-team in the 2019 playoffs. They are now 7-2 on the road after a 5-0 win against San Jose in Sharks territory. While the Sharks racked up injuries, the Blues racked up goals. 
Left winger Jaden Schwartz led the movement, scoring a hat trick (three goals in one game), supported by Vladimir Tarasenko who scored on a penalty shot. This puts the Blues, who were last in the standings on January 2nd, just one win away from a trip to the Stanley Cup finals, their first appearance since 1970.

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ON THIS DAY

In 1920, Policemen raided the Cubs’ bleachers and arrested 24 fans for gambling. The fans were watching the game, making bets on how long a pitcher would last, how far the ball would go, how far the batter would toss his bat after hitting the ball, etc. Regardless of the case, gambling was illegal, so the police decided to enforce the law. Cubs management on the other hand congratulated these fans because they were the only people in the bleachers that were actually watching the game. 

These days, it’s not uncommon to hear your friends, dad, brother, etc. talk about the bet(s) they placed on the game. It’s been legal in Vegas and Atlantic City, so before 2018, people were either betting there or betting illegally. Now, it’s legal in some states and due to its popularity, is sparking more conversation in the leagues on how to monetize from the gambling industry. The next few years will be interesting regarding this topic, as the betting scene grows exponentially and as states continue to legalize sports betting. 


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