(Elmont, NY) – Justify is the winner of the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. With the victory, Justify is the 13th horse to complete the Triple Crown and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. Jockey Mike Smith says it took a team effort to accomplish this feat.
Justify jumped out to an early lead and secured a wire-to-wire victory. Gronkowski, named after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, ended up in second and Hofburg took third. Vino Rosso and Tenfold rounded out the top-five finishers.
Justify is just the second undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown, joining Seattle Slew, who did it in 1977. Smith earned his third Belmont victory and trainer Bob Baffert has his second Triple Crown after winning with American Pharaoh. Baffert is now one of two trainers to win the Triple Crown twice, joining James Fitzsimmons, who accomplished the feat in 1930 and 1935.
(SW) – The legal team of Colin Kaepernick is expected to subpoena President Donald Trump in the free-agent quarterback’s pending lawsuit against the NFL, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to be asked to testify in Kaepernick’s case that alleges that league owners conspired to keep him unsigned due to his political stances.
The report states the move is designed to uncover what involvement Trump and his advisors may have had in talks regarding the NFL’s intention to keep players from visibly protesting during the playing of the national anthem.
(Las Vegas, NV) – The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions for the first time in franchise history. They beat the Golden Knights 4-3 in Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas. Washington won the best-of-seven matchup four-games-to-one. Devante Smith-Pelly tied the game at three for the Caps midway through the third period and Lars Eller put them ahead at 12:23.
Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin scored in the second period for Washington, which lost its only other Stanley Cup appearance in 1998. Braden Holtby made 28 saves in the win. Nate Schmidt, David Perron and Reilly Smith all had second-period tallies for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots in defeat. Ovechkin received the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
(Elmont, Ny.) – Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has arrived in New York ahead of this weekend’s Belmont Stakes, in which the colt will try to sweep the Triple Crown.
Justify traveled to Belmont Park on Wednesday, taking a flight from Louisville, Kentucky, and a van ride from an airport on Long Island. He was greeted by a throng of media recording every step as he walked into Barn 1, the same place American Pharoah stayed
before ending the sport’s 37-year Triple Crown drought with a Belmont win in 2015.
There have been 12 Triple Crown winners.
Skies were cloudy as Justify was led out of the barn and sponged down under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert.
(CLEVELAND, Ohio) (AP) – Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon.
On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to commemorate winning the Super Bowl – a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump and had the White House accusing player who weren’t planning on attending of abandoning their fans – Curry and James were among those speaking out at the NBA Finals in support of the Eagles.
”I’m not surprised. It’s typical of him,” James, the Cleveland star, said Tuesday of Trump’s decision to cancel. ”I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”
On the eve of Game 3 of the Warriors-Cavaliers series, politics dominated the conversation.
Curry raised Trump’s ire last year when he said he wouldn’t go to the White House, prompting the President to disinvite him and the champion Golden State Warriors.
Curry said Tuesday that he spoke with a current Eagles player about the team’s decision-making process and how it went deeper than disagreeing with Trump policies and the ongoing issue of some NFL players choosing not to stand for the pregame playing of ”The
”It’s an important conversation, but you can’t control what other people try to do, or try to control the narrative or things like that,” Curry said.
Curry said the team has been on the same page after his comments last year and Trump’s subsequent revoking of the Warriors’ invitation. ”And every team that’s won a championship since then has gone through that.”
There has been clear tension between many star athletes and the current administration throughout the Trump presidency. Trump has often blasted the NFL players who have kneeled for the national anthem, a protest that started in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers
quarterback Colin Kaepernick did so to raise awareness of racism – more specifically, the killing of black men by police.
Trump said the Eagles’ event was called off because some of their players ”disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our
No Eagles players kneeled during the anthem last season.”Instead the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military,” the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a statement posted to social media
Tuesday .The WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx were not invited to the White House to celebrate their most recent title, something James called ”laughable.” Instead, the Lynx will spend Wednesday giving away new sneakers to more than 300 needy kids in Washington. Villanova, the reigning NCAA men’s champion, has not revealed if an invitation was sent.
Many members of the U.S. Olympic Team that competed earlier this year in South Korea did not attend a White House reception.
Hockey’s Pittsburgh Penguins and baseball’s Houston Astros have accepted invitations to the White House for the traditional meeting with the President in recent months, as have several college teams. When the New England Patriots went last year, half the team chose not to attend.
The Warriors, in lieu of going to the White House, spent that day taking a group of children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture a few miles away.
”I think the President has made it pretty clear he’s going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain,” said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who has often criticized Trump and his policies. ”So it’s just the way it is. I think we all look
forward to the day when we can go back to just having a celebration of athletic achievement and celebrate Americans for their achievement, their good deeds.”
Kerr also lauded the Eagles for being what he called ”fantastic citizens in their own community.”
”It will be nice when we can just get back to normal in three years,” Kerr said.
The overwhelming issue surrounding the Eagles’ planned visit was that most of the team was not going to attend, and that was a major factor in Trump deciding to pull the invitation.
”What else do you expect Trump to do?” Golden State’s Kevin Durant said. ”When somebody says they don’t want to come to the White House, he disinvites them. So the photo op don’t look bad. We get it at this point. But it’s good that guys are sticking to what
they believe in and what they want to do. Like guys said before me, I’m sure whoever wins this series won’t be going.”
(East Rutherford, NJ) – Jury selection is expected to start next week in a lawsuit accusing Giants quarterback Eli Manning of memorabilia fraud. Sports collectors allege they paid thousands of dollars for Eli Manning game worn jerseys and helmets, but say they were not used in a game.
Lawyers for the Super Bowl winning quarterback tried getting the case dismissed, calling the allegations baseless. Court documents show Manning in an e-mail allegedly asked the equipment manager for helmets that could “pass as game used.”
”I mean that was amazing,” Griffin said. ”To even have an opportunity to come back, I didn’t think I was going to be able to come back and do it … I don’t remember seeing too many people who have left and came back.”That was the most amazing experience of my entire life. Me thinking about it, that moment, to be up on that stage and having the crowd go crazy, it was like we had won the Peach Bowl all over again. It was nuts.”
”I was using the restroom and my brother came and tackled me with my cellphone, saying `answer it, answer it,’ and I looked, and that’s when tears started pouring down,” Griffin explained.”I literally went to use the restroom and that’s when my brother busted in and tackled me. I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom and not knowing what was happening than anything.”