Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers

Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers : The Portland Trail Blazers host the Golden State Warriors Saturday night at Moda Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

The Portland Trail Blazers are back in the Western Conference finals for the first time in 19 years, winning an entertaining and dramatic Game 7 thriller of the West semifinals against the Denver Nuggets 100-96 on Sunday.The Blazers will face the Golden State Warriors, who are making their fifth consecutive conference finals after dispatching the Houston Rockets in six games. This will be the first trip to the West finals for Portland since 2000.

The Golden State Warriors seemed to be in a lot of trouble during their Game 6 matchup against Houston in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Before reports came out that Chris Paul kicked Steph Curry off the court for a designated one-hour shootaround, the Warriors didn’t have a good start to the game. Curry was scoreless in the first half, but Houston couldn’t capitalize.

What resulted was Curry showing why he is the greatest shooter of all-time and one of the game’s most clutch players. He finished the game with 33 points as he and Klay Thompson took their game to another level in the final minutes of the fourth quarter as the Warriors went to the Conference Finals for the fifth straight time.They will face the Portland Trail Blazers, who took care of business against the No. 2 seed Denver Nuggets in a thrilling seven-game series. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have both been excellent this postseason and will need to play at an all-star level to upset the Warriors. Let’s take a look at the series and determine who will book their trip to the NBA Finals.

The Warriors and Trail Blazers each had a blowout victory against the other during their four head-to-head matchups. The other two games were tight, and each team won again, so we expect it to be a very tight series. The average score in the four regular-season games was 114-110 in favor of Golden State.

Steph Curry seemed to find his shooting touch in the second half of the clincher against the Rockets, and he’s just one weapon Golden State has in its arsenal. Thompson and Kevin Durant are other key offensive cogs, and DeMarcus Cousins might return from his quad injury to face Portland. On the other side of things, expect Damian Lillard to continue to put the Blazers on his back and lead them in scoring every night.Portland tallied a 53-29 record during the regular season, and Golden State finished 57-25. Edge: Warriors

On paper, the Warriors should have the edge against the Blazers even with injuries to two key pieces in the starting lineup. Draymond Green has returned to his Swiss Army knife form, impacting every aspect of the game for Golden State. Kevin Durant should return from his calf injury during this series, and he has played like the postseason MVP through two rounds.

Portland’s offense starts and ends with its backcourt of Lillard and McCollum, but expect Enes Kanter of all people to be a factor. His offensive skill set should play well against a Warriors defense that finished 16th in opponent points per game allowed this season.Still, the Golden State Warriors’ three-headed monster is something few teams can match. Portland has a solid bench player in Seth Curry, who provides great shooting and gives a boost on offense to the second unit. Golden State could see DeMarcus Cousins return in this series, and if he does, we don’t expect him to play more than 15 to 20 minutes a game. Kevon Looney and Quinn Cook have played important minutes and don’t count out Shaun Livingston.

Seth Curry is a solid role player, but Portland doesn’t have a lot of bench depth apart from him, and that can be a deal-breaker in the NBA playoffs

John Wick Chapter 3 Full Movie

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have finally met their match.

The debut of Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” should end “Avengers: Endgame’s” reign at No. 1 with an estimated $56 million from 3,850 North American locations.

The threequel took in $22.67 million on Friday. “John Wick: Chapter Two,” the previous installment of the franchise, opened to $30.4 million in February of 2017.

Keanu Reeves stars in “John Wick 3,” alongside franchise returnees Lawrence Fishburne and Ian McShane and newcomers Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, and Lance Reddick. Chad Stahelski returned to helm the neo-noir thriller, with a script from Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Colllins, and Marc Abrams. “John Wick 3” holds an A- CinemaScore and 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Avengers: Endgame,” on the other hand, should notch around $29 million in its fourth weekend in theaters for the second place spot. “Endgame” is currently sitting at around $2.5 billion worldwide — the second highest-grossing film of all time, behind “Avatar” with $2.78 billion.Another new offering for the weekend, “A Dog’s Journey,” is debuting to about $8 million and No. 4 from 3,267 domestic sites. The follow-up to 2017’s “A Dog’s Purpose” sees the return of Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad, and was directed by Gail Mancuso from W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Maya Forbes, and Wally Wolodarsky’s script. “A Dog’s Purpose” debuted somewhat more strongly, netting $18 million in its first weekend on its way to a $64 million total.

Like the first film, “A Dog’s Journey” is based on Cameron’s novel of the same name. The comedy drama is a co-production between Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Walden Media, and Alibaba Pictures, with Universal distributing. “A Dog’s Journey” has an A CinemaScore with a 50% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Warner Bros.’ “The Sun Is Also a Star” is opening this weekend at 2,073 North American sites, having taken in $1.04 million on Friday. The teen drama stars “Grown-ish’s” Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton and follows a young couple that falls in love despite one of their families facing deportation. Tracy Oliver wrote the screenplay with Ry Russo-Young directing.

The second frame of Warner Bros.’ “Detective Pikachu” will likely take third with about $22 million. It’s taken in $69 million domestically in its first week of release, in addition to another $112 million from overseas markets.

Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson’s con woman pic “The Hustle” should rustle up another $6 million in its second weekend to land in fifth place. That numer will tack onto its current total of about $18 million.

Dos Anjos vs Lee

Dos Anjos vs Lee Live : UFC Fight Night 152 Dos Anjos vs Lee is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on May 18, 2019 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. Saturday’s main event brings us a huge matchup in the welterweight division.

Saturday night, UFC returns to ESPN+ with the UFC Fight Night 152 fight card taking place in Rochester, New York. While the entire card may not be the most stacked we’ve been treated to in 2019, the main event is a more-than-pleasing welterweight clash featuring a legend in the promotion taking on a brash star who’s looking to begin making his mark within the 170-pound division as former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos takes on Kevin Lee.

The veteran dos Anjos (28-11) will be looking to shake a two-fight losing streak, though those losses aren’t necessarily ones that could be considered terribly disappointing. At UFC 225 in June 2018, dos Anjos suffered a unanimous decision loss to Colby Covington while challenging for the interim welterweight title. A short time later in November, another unanimous decision loss followed, this time at the hands of current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman during The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Two decision losses to two champions don’t disqualify RDA from future title contention, but each win going forward now is critical. After two losses in his last three fights at 155 pounds, the trash-talking Lee (17-4) is aiming to make his mark on the 170-pound division after continued struggles with the rigorous weight cutting. With weigh-cutting concerns on the back burner, though, Lee is happy to be able to channel all of his focus towards his legendary opponent.

“I was mostly happy that I get to focus 100 percent on dos Anjos,” Lee told MMA Junkie this week. “He’s the first former world champion that I’m going up against. So he got my full, undivided attention, and I gave him that respect, too. Going against somebody like him you’ve got to be dialed in at all times. It did help not having to think about, ‘Oh, am I going to make it?’ or, ‘Oh, I have to take these extra steps in order to kill myself to make it.’ That definitely helped, and I think it’s going to shine through.”

The UFC welterweight division is on track to becoming one of the most exciting and active to watch this year, and this main event on Saturday night between dos Anjos and Lee just adds another piece to that puzzle.

Here’s the fight card for UFC Fight Night 152 with the latest odds from Westgate.Dos Anjos vs. Lee: The welterweight division is truly on track for some great things this year, and this intriguing matchup is proof of that. The showdown featuring the legendary, battle-tested former UFC champion against the 29-year-old brash Grand Rapids, Michigan-native should have any MMA fan beaming with excitement this weekend. I’ve maybe given Lee too much credit at times at lightweight, but I believe him when he says he feels much more comfortable moving up in weight. With the 170-pound division pretty much open to anything,Rafael dos Anjos and Kevin Lee both made weight Friday morning for their welterweight headliner on the UFC Fight Night card in Rochester, which is scheduled for Saturday night and will air on ESPN+.

Dos Anjos came in at 170.4 pounds, and Lee hit the mark at 170.2.

Dos Anjos (28-11), the former UFC lightweight champion, is trying to snap a two-fight losing streak. The Brazilian, who trains in Southern California, is 3-2 since moving up to welterweight. Dos Anjos, 34, most recently lost to current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at the TUF 28 Finale in December.

Lee (17-4) is making his UFC welterweight debut in this fight. The Detroit native, who lives and trains in Las Vegas, had multiple woes making weight at 155 pounds but has not ruled out a return there. Lee, 26, is coming off a loss to Al Iaquinta at UFC on Fox 31 in December. A former interim title challenger, he’s won six of his last eight.

It’s the first time he’s cut weight to 170 pounds instead of 155.

“(I felt) way better,” Lee said. “Got a full night sleep and woke up with one pound left. Normally I’ll cut 12 pounds this morning, and it’s a nightmare. This was light work.

“Ain’t nothing left to it but to do the damn thing. I’m excited.”

The other 24 fighters successfully made weight Friday morning, including co-headliners Ian Heinisch (185.6) and Antonio Carlos Junior (185.6).

UFC Fight Night 152

UFC Fight Night 152 : On Saturday, Dos Anjos vs Lee the UFC visits Rochester, N.Y. for the first time for UFC Fight Night152.  the first time since his controversial loss to Claudio Silva at UFC

the UFC Fight Night 152 fight card taking place in Rochester, New York. While the entire card may not be the most stacked we’ve been treated to in 2019, the main event is a more-than-pleasing welterweight clash featuring a legend in the promotion taking on a brash star who’s looking to begin making his mark within the 170-pound division as former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos takes on Kevin Lee. 

The veteran dos Anjos (28-11) will be looking to shake a two-fight losing streak, though those losses aren’t necessarily ones that could be considered terribly disappointing. At UFC 225 in June 2018, dos Anjos suffered a unanimous decision loss to Colby Covington while challenging for the interim welterweight title. A short time later in November, another unanimous decision loss followed, this time at the hands of current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman during The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Two decision losses to two champions don’t disqualify RDA from future title contention, but each win going forward now is critical.

After two losses in his last three fights at 155 pounds, the trash-talking Lee (17-4) is aiming to make his mark on the 170-pound division after continued struggles with the rigorous weight cutting. With weigh-cutting concerns on the back burner, though, Lee is happy to be able to channel all of his focus towards his legendary opponent. 

“I was mostly happy that I get to focus 100 percent on dos Anjos,” Lee told MMA Junkie this week. “He’s the first former world champion that I’m going up against. So he got my full, undivided attention, and I gave him that respect, too. Going against somebody like him you’ve got to be dialed in at all times. It did help not having to think about, ‘Oh, am I going to make it?’ or, ‘Oh, I have to take these extra steps in order to kill myself to make it.’ That definitely helped, and I think it’s going to shine through.”

The UFC welterweight division is on track to becoming one of the most exciting and active to watch this year, and this main event on Saturday night between dos Anjos and Lee just adds another piece to that puzzle. 

Warriors vs Trail Blazers

Warriors vs Trail Blazers : The Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers clash in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night. The Golden State Warriors didn’t have Kevin Durant available for the first two games of the Western Conference finals.

As Andre Iguodala sprinted off the court screaming at his magic hands, the Portland Trail Blazers shuffled to the visiting locker room at Oracle Arena on Thursday night and rummaged for hope.Hope after blowing a huge lead. Hope after losing a game they had needed to win. Hope amid the sad reality that, in theory, they would need to win four of their next five games against the Golden State Warriors — the Warriors! — to preserve their dream of reaching the N.B.A. finals for the first time since 1992.

“I thought we gave ourselves a chance,” said Damian Lillard, the Blazers’ All-Star point guard.Lillard, who had the ball stripped from him by Iguodala as he tried to launch a 3-pointer in the waning moments of the Warriors’ 114-111 win, searched for consolation along with his teammates. A couple of idling buses were waiting outside to whisk the Blazers away from this place, this house of horrors, so they could head home to Portland for the next two games of the Western Conference finals. But hope against the Warriors is a flimsy concept, especially for an opponent that is staring at a 2-0 series deficit. Game 3 is Saturday in Portland.“We feel like we’ve proven we can play with those guys and we can win,” Blazers forward Rodney Hood said. “It’s about sustaining it, which is the toughest part.”

The Blazers have shown their toughness in the playoffs. In the conference semifinals, they forced a seventh game against the Denver Nuggets — then won on the road to advance. But the Warriors, even absent Kevin Durant, are not the Nuggets, and their will to win seems as strong as ever.

“We stole that game,” Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said. “I thought they outplayed us for much of the night, the majority of the night, but we brought enough competitive fire in the second half to overcome their great play. We’ve been here before. I think our experience helped us.”

Consider: Golden State, after trailing by as many as 17 points, was still down by 8 late in the fourth quarter when Portland’s Meyers Leonard sank a 3-pointer with 4 minutes 28 seconds remaining. But then came the familiar onslaught from the Warriors, full of claustrophobic defense and offensive rebounds and backdoor passes and clutch jumpers. Iguodala sealed the win with his blocked shot.“For me, as the offensive player, I felt like it was contact,” said Lillard, who had 23 points and 10 assists. “There was a lot of contact. But obviously the ref is not going to decide the game or jump in at that point. You know, so they — good defensive play.”

There was one big question before the game: How would the Blazers defend the Warriors’ Stephen Curry? In Tuesday’s series opener, Portland Coach Terry Stotts unveiled his strategy of having Curry’s defender fight through screens, rather than trap him with a second defender and force the ball out of his hands. Curry erupted for 36 points in a 22-point win.

On Thursday, the Blazers actively tried to put the clamps on Curry by trapping, switching and hedging on screens — and whenever they were a step slow or gave Curry too much daylight, Stotts let his players know about it. In the first quarter, he called a timeout just so he could reprimand Leonard for allowing Curry an open 3-pointer (which he buried).

Curry wound up struggling from 3-point range, shooting 4 of 14. But by pressuring Curry along the perimeter, the Blazers sacrificed some help defense in the paint. Curry took advantage by getting to the basket. He finished with 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. So what are the Blazers supposed to do now? Neither strategy has been particularly effective.
“Steph is going to be Steph,” Warriors forward Kevon Looney said. “He’s going to take big shots and make shots.”

As for Lillard, nothing came easily. He shot 6 of 16 from the field against a steady diet of taller, rangier defenders. Klay Thompson, Alfonzo McKinnie and Iguodala were among the players who took turns on him. In the first half, Lillard made three field goals, and they were all 3-pointers from outer space: 32, 33 and 27 feet. It somehow got worse for him in the second half when Looney pounced on his back as they grappled for a loose ball. Lillard came up clutching his side.

“It didn’t affect my game,” Lillard said. “When you’re out there, you’re out there. There ain’t really no excuse.”

The Warriors are doing their damage without Durant, who injured his right calf against the Houston Rockets in the conference semifinals — and his return is not imminent. The team announced before Thursday’s game that he would not make the trip to Portland for Games 3 and 4, and that he would be evaluated again in a week.

“We’re confident we can win, but we would much rather have him playing,” Curry said. “So we’re going to hold the fort down until he gets back and go win another championship with our full squad.”

The Warriors, of course, are chasing their fourth championship in five years, and they are trying to eliminate the Blazers from the postseason for the third time in four years.

As they packed up their belongings and began to make their way to their buses, the Blazers emphasized some of the positives: their improved play, the numerous chances they had to win, the new opportunity in front of them with a couple of games at home.

Wilder vs Breazeale

Wilder vs Breazeale Live : Deontay Wilder returns to defend the WBC heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale on Saturday, May 18.Deontay Wilder and Dominic Breazeale are set to battle for the WBC heavyweight title tomorrow night on Showtime.The WBC World Heavyweight Champion ilder vs Breazeale tells his side of the story, from negotiating with Tyson Fury to bulking up in weight in preparation for his grudge match versus Dominic Breazeale May 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on Showtime.

Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO) will make the ninth defense of his WBC Heavyweight title on Saturday in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. His opponent will be his bitter rival Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KO). Here’s how you can watch.On paper, the fight isn’t the most appealing championship match around. Wilder is a minus-815 favorite and Breazeale checks in as the sizable plus-615 underdog. Perhaps because of the lack of organic interest in the bout, Wilder has taken to using some questionable and tacky hype tactics to drum up interest. He has repeatedly said he wants “a body” on his record, meaning he wants to kill a man in the ring.He started this crazy talk back in March 2018 during an interview on The Breakfast Club. It drew some interest then, and it appears he has decided to bring it back up. As of right now, more people are talking about his comments than the fight. Most fans would prefer to see Wilder facing WBA, IBF, and WBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, but the sides could never come to an agreement.

A rematch with Tyson Fury would have been a more naturally appealing fight after the two men battled to a draw in December 2018, but that too didn’t come to fruition. Instead, we’re left with a lukewarm bout and some unsavory and desperate comments to hype it.The brilliant but mostly inactive WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KO) defends his title against Kiko Martinez (39-8-2, 28 KO) in the primary undercard bout. Also, undefeated super lightweight Juan Heraldez (16-0, 10 KO) takes on Argenis Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KO). Russell is one of the best fighters in the world. His only professional loss was a majority-decision defeat to pound-for-pound contender Vasyl Lomachenko in 2014.

Unfortunately, Russell has only fought five times since. If he were more active, there is no telling how high he’d sit on the P4P list.

What Else Will Be On?

We’re looking at another busy weekend in sports. In addition to Game 3 of the Western Conference Championships in the NBA Playoffs, Wilder-Breazeale will also have to contend with UFC Fight Night 152 on ESPN+. That program is on a streaming service, and there are no titles on the line, so Wilder-Breazeale will almost certainly trump that card in the eyes of combat sports fans who have a taste for boxing and MMA.

The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers kick things off at 9pm ET, which is the same start time as Wilder-Breazeale. It’s a tough time slot, although a non-competitive game could free up boxing/hoops fans to flip over to Showtime.What could make a high-stakes heavyweight title fight burn even hotter with emotion? Just make things really, really personal.

This Saturday, May 18, live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) makes the ninth defense of his WBC heavyweight title in a grudge-driven battle against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs). The Premier Boxing Champions telecast kicks off live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Back in February 2017, after fighting on the same card at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Wilder, Breazeale, and their respective entourages were involved in a melee in the lobby of a nearby hotel. The tussle, which both sides claim the other started, ignited a heated rivalry that has grown even more intense since the two big men were officially signed to face one another.

“You come to my hometown and cause this mess?” Wilder hurled. “You want to start this drama and act like you were the victim and your wife was the victim? He’s an opportunist and I don’t like that.”

Breazeale, of course, has his own take on events and is no less motivated to walk into the ring, vengeance in mind.

“I can’t wait to get my hands on him. What he did in Alabama in front of my family, I can never forgive him for nor will I ever forget,” said Breazeale. “I intend to make him pay come May 18 and shut him up once and for all.”

Hostilities aside, Wilder-Breazeale would’ve always been a “kill or be killed” kind of battle.

Wilder is all about ending fights violently. That mindset is not new for the Alabama native. What’s new, however, is the respect he’s receiving as a “real” world champion from purists and former critics, who previously mocked his lack of traditional skills and ring nuance.

Currently eight defenses into his WBC title reign, “The Bronze Bomber” cemented his status as something more than a one-trick pony in defense number seven when he battled back from adversity to stop crafty Cuban Luis Ortiz.

Back in December, he fought to a stalemate against top-three heavyweight and undefeated former unified champion Tyson Fury, dropping the skilled Irishman twice en route to the draw.

Although some rough edges have been smoothed out over the years, the 6-foot-7 banger is what he is—a heavy-handed battler with “bomb blast” power in his right hand who is also fearless, unflappable, and supremely self-confident.

Wilder is all about poking and prodding with a long left jab, jockeying for position to land the big right hand. While the left is also bursting with pop, the right is the money shot and he’ll keep pushing forward until he lands it. Against Fury, for example, the defending champ never lost hope that he’d land the big one. When he eventually did, in a wild twelfth and final round, it took a Herculean effort from the challenger to rise and finish the fight.

This single-minded self-belief makes the 33-year-old especially dangerous. Even when being outboxed or legitimately buzzed from an opponent’s shot, Wilder just keeps going for the kill.

On the other side of the ring, Breazeale has a lot to prove and he knows it.

Stopped by Anthony Joshua in a one-sided romp back in 2016, the former quarterback at Northern Colorado University and member of the 2012 Olympic boxing team pored over Joshua fight video to locate flaws and missteps. The subsequent 3-0 run since his lone career loss showcased a fighter working through weaknesses, but gradually improving with each outing.

In his last bout, this past December, the Glendale, California native calmly and methodically dismantled Carlos Negron, stopping him in nine rounds.

Breazeale, like Wilder, is 33 years old and stands 6-foot-7. Also like Wilder, he likes to push forward, forcing opposition backwards and into range for long-armed power shots. While not as one punch-formidable as Wilder, he has respectable power in both hands and is not afraid to let fists fly.

His biggest asset as a fighter, though, may be something much more intangible than knockout power or size. He is tough, brave, and full of fight—someone who can be hit and hurt, but never stops coming forward, also like Wilder, trying to turn tides and get things back on track.

For this particular fight, the out-of-ring animosity has fueled Breazeale’s competitive spirit and, guided by new trainer Virgil Hunter, he’s excited about going into the biggest fight of his career.

“It’s been the biggest motivational tool in this last camp,” Breazeale declared, referring to his personal beef with the WBC champ. “It’s the one thing that gets me up early in the morning to run. It’s the thing that gets me through the 10th and 11th and 12th round of sparring.”

Style-wise, Wilder-Breazeale will come down to who can capitalize on the other’s mistakes.

Wilder can be outboxed. He’s also less effective when backing up.

Breazeale has defensive lapses that can be exploited, the biggest for this fight being a tendency to fall in after lunging with the jab, something which leaves himself open for a right hand counter.

One mistake is all it will take for lights to be put out. Either Wilder will crush Breazeale and move on to blockbusters with the other heavyweight elite or Breazeale will shock the world with a brutal upset. Someone, though, is getting knocked out.

Wilder, for his part, is eager to finally bring the bad blood off the street and into the ring

Preakness Stakes 2019

Preakness Stakes 2019 : The 2019 Preakness Stakes welcomes back just four horses who ran in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, bringing an air of uncertainty going into the second leg of horse racing’s triple crown. The top three finishers from the Derby will all be on the sidelines for the Preakness, paving the way for nine new shooters

The legaces of trainers, horses, and jockeys will be cemented in the 2019 Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Of the 13 horses in the 2019 Preakness lineup at Pimlico Race Course, only two will be ridden by jockeys with a victory in this Triple Crown race on their resume. Mike Smith, who guided Justify to the 2018 Triple Crown and also won the Preakness with Prairie Bayou in 1993, will be aboard Improbable. Javier Castellano, who won aboard Bernardini (2006) and Cloud Computing (2017), will be atop Warrior’s Charge. Castellano also won Pimlico’s Black Eyed Susan on Friday with Point of Honor. Improbable is the morning line favorite at 5-2 Preakness odds as trainer Bob Baffert aims for a record eighth Preakness win. War of Will, jockeyed by rising star Tyler Gaffalione, is at 4-1. Post time is 6:48 p.m. ET. With so many contenders in one of the nation’s premier races, you’ll want to see the 2019 Preakness picks from legendary horse racing handicapper Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg.

Goldberg knew who was going to win the Preakness the last two years before the race even happened. How? Decades of experience as one of the nation’s top horse handicapping experts helps, but he also goes straight to the source. 

Two years ago, he was all over Cloud Computing as a massive 14-1 underdog to win the Preakness after chatting up the horse’s trainer, Chad Brown. When Goldberg learned Javier Castellano was getting off Gunnevera to ride Cloud Computing, the Hammer pounced, putting him on top of his exacta, trifecta, and superfecta bets. Cloud Computing beat Classic Empire in one of the most thrilling Triple Crown races ever — if you wagered $50 on his Preakness Stakes picks that year, you would have won an earth-shattering $11,000.

Goldberg nailed Justify at last year’s Preakness, too. In fact, he was all over that horse months before the future Triple Crown winner took the Kentucky Derby. Goldberg cashed the Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 at Pimlico last year, another massive payout for the second leg of the Triple Crown. 

Goldberg has gotten the 2019 season off to a strong start by nailing the winning horse in the Pegasus World Cup. He also cashed the exacta at the Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby, among others. Anyone who has followed Goldberg’s lead is up big-time.

Now with the race at Pimlico approaching, Goldberg is releasing his 2019 Preakness Stakes picks over at SportsLine.

We can tell you he’s high on Alwaysmining, a long shot at 8-1 Preakness odds. Alwaysmining is a local challenger, looking to become the ninth Maryland-bred horse to win the Preakness and the first in 36 years. The Kelly Rubley-trained colt will have the hometown crowd on his side and will make his first start at Pimlico. 

No horse comes in hotter. In fact, Alwaysmining has won six races in a row, all at nearly Laurel Park. He’s consistently posted fast times and also beat Win Win Win (15-1 Preakness odds) in the Heft Stakes last December. His major claim to fame is winning the Federico Tesio Stakes, a Preakness “win and you’re in” qualifier, by a whopping 11 1/2 lengths over Trifor Gold. In that race a month ago, he ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.12. There’s plenty of history at stake for Alwaysmining as well, as a victory would make Rubley the first female trainer to win the Preakness. “He’s won six races in a row. You have to respect that,” Goldberg told SportsLine. “He’s a really talented horse.”

Another shocker: Goldberg is fading War of Will, one of the top Vegas favorites at 4-1. In fact, Goldberg says War of Will doesn’t even hit the board.

War of Will may go down in history as the horse that was impacted by Maximum Security at the Kentucky Derby, which led to the first disqualification of a winning Derby horse on objection. War of Will faded after the incident and ended up in seventh. The front-running colt didn’t get his race going at the crowded Derby after starting in the No. 1 post position. He’s drawn No. 1 again for the Preakness and won’t be the speed of the race at Pimlico, so Goldberg sees another fade in his future. 

“I don’t like War of Will in the 1-post. Their camp is saying he’ll be okay coming out of the rail, but I don’t buy it,” Goldberg told SportsLine. “He needs the lead, but he’s not going to have it in the 2019 Preakness. I don’t see him near the front at the end.” Despite being one of the Preakness Stakes 2019 favorites, War of Will isn’t worth the 4-1 premium he’s commanding.

Goldberg is also all over another darkhorse to take down the 2019 Preakness Stakes. This horse has all the tools to put together a complete run, and if he hits as Goldberg expects, you could be looking at a colossal payout.

She is an unlikely race tracker. Rubley grew up Pulaski, N.Y., a small town near Lake Ontario that no one will mistake for horse country.

She rode hunter-jumpers through high school but abandoned the equestrian life for one of an educator, earning bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry and master’s in secondary education and administration at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Rubley taught science and biology for four years near her hometown. She was an administrator another three. But she never could really kick her love for horses.

So in 2009, she headed south to Fair Hill, a bucolic, European-style training center in Elkton, Md. It is definitely horse country, and she fell hard for it. She found work as an exercise rider for Barclay Tagg, an old school and taciturn trainer who won the Derby and Preakness with Funny Cide in 2003.

Within two years, she was Tagg’s assistant, overseeing a string of horses in Florida, New York and the Mid-Atlantic. She missed Fair Hill, though, and when Jimmy Toner, another traditionalist, asked her to run his operation there, Rubley jumped at the opportunity.

Five years ago, Rubley decided she was ready to strike out on her own. She cultivated enough owners to operate a 40-horse stable. She fell into a gelding named Alwaysmining, which has brought her to Baltimore and a go at history.

He had run four races, winning one, when Runnymede Racing bought him privately from another owner. It so happened that Rubley was in the right place at the right time. She was renting a barn from Runnymede at Fair Hill, and they gave her the horse.

Now, Alwaysmining has won six consecutive races at Laurel Park near Washington and has been given a respectable 8-1 shot to win the Preakness.

Fifteen other women have brought horses to Baltimore seeking a Triple Crown event victory. Nancy Alberts posted the best finish when Magic Weisner ran second in 2002. Alberts and Magic Weisner were Maryland-based, too.

Rubley does not want to get too caught up in history.

“I think it’s more about the horse rather than me being a woman trainer,” she said. “The horse brought me here. I’m very fortunate to have him in my barn.”

While Maximum Security may be recovering at Monmouth Park on the Jersey Shore from his wild and taxing race in the Kentucky Derby, his owners, Gary and Mary West, are attempting to salve their broken hearts with an attempt at having the disqualification overruled in federal court. Country House is a no-show because of an infection that will keep him out of the Belmont Stakes at well.

Still, there are some pretty good horses running in the Preakness.

The 5-2 morning line favorite, Improbable, finished fifth in the Derby but was moved up to fourth after the disqualification of Maximum Security. He has not won a race this year after going undefeated last year as a 2-year-old.

NASCAR All Star Race 2019

NASCAR All Star Race 2019 : Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Logo Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:00 PM.The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series is taking a break from its regular season and makes its annual stop in Charlotte for the All-Star Race.The schedule around NASCAR’s All-Star Race, which in 2019 is similar to how it has been over the last several years, is unique compared to the schedules around other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series is taking a break from its regular season and makes its annual stop in Charlotte for the All-Star Race.Last year, it was the success of a a new, one-race only rules package with tapered spacers that nudged NASCAR towards its new package this season. The sanctioning body is not making those kinds of drastic changes in this year’s race, but fans will see a different style of racing than is usual.

As is tradition, the Monster Energy Open race pits the drivers not already eligible for the All-Star race in a three-stage, 50-lap showdown for a chance in the main race Saturday.NASCAR’s All-Star Race is Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but this event is significantly different from any other on the Cup Series schedule.

First, it’s an exhibition race, meaning drivers aren’t earning points for the playoffs or for their regular season totals. Additionally, not everyone is invited to participate, and the style of racing, the aero package and sometimes paint schemes stand out from the 36 points races on the schedule.

NASCAR is using the $1 million non-points race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a research and development project in its seemingly endless quest for more competitive and exciting racing. The 2019 rules package was first experimented with in last year’s All-Star race.

The 19 cars in the field Saturday night will be equipped with a single-piece carbon fiber splitter/pan designed to create a more stable aero platform. A radiator duct through the hood is designed to reduce engine temperatures, and the overriding goal is to create better racing and find a usable setup package for when NASCAR rolls out its Gen 7 car in 2021.

“I’m thrilled that NASCAR and the teams have gotten behind this idea that the All-Star race is a great place to do research and development for the next rules package in the coming years,” Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith said.

Drivers are rarely excited about change, but understand it is a necessary evil to improve the sport.Defending race winner Kevin Harvick said the All-Star race at Charlotte is one of the best tracks for experimenting with new setups because all drivers are going as hard as they can for the first-place prize.

“It’s a race that we can try some things like that,” Harvick said. “I wish we would have had a little bit more on-track time with the parts and pieces that we have on the car and had a little bit more information on them. We had a lot of questions that got answered in practice.”

NASCAR used restrictor plates — the choking gadgets designed to limit horsepower — at the 2018 All-Star race to slow down the cars and create less pack racing.There were 38 green-flag passes — a dramatic improvement from previous All-Star races — but the race still ended without the exciting finish NASCAR desired. Harvick dominated the final 10 laps, taking some of the luster out of the experiment.

“If you would have not told me that we had a different splitter and hood ducts on the car I probably would have not known the difference,” Harvick said. “It didn’t really affect any of the handling problems that you have with the car. They still don’t handle as well they need to behind each other. It’s not any different with or without them.”
even-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson said some of the crews in the garage aren’t thrilled with the new setup and are struggling to keep the components on the car.Johnson said his crew was dealing with issues with the new splitter all day.

“Some of these new parts that have come to the cars this weekend haven’t been run before, so there is a just a lot of work that goes into that,” Johnson said. “So if you would go ask my crew members right now about it, you would hear a lot of foul words coming out of their mouths.”

Monster Energy Open

Monster Energy Open Live : The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, formerly known as The Winston from 1985 to 2003, the Nextel All-Star Challenge from 2004 to 2007, then the Sprint All-Star Race from 2008 to 2016, is an annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car exhibition race between race winners from the previous season and the beginning of the current season, as well as all past event winners, and previous NASCAR Cup Series champions who attempted to run the entire previous season. Two other ways to become eligible to race in the event are winning one of the three stages in the Monster Energy Open (a 50-lap race for drivers not eligible for the main event), or by winning the fan vote.

Richard Childress Racing rookie Daniel Hemric took the pole position for Saturday night’s Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway, giving him the best chance to win one of the race’s three stages and advance to the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race later tomorrow evening.

Hemric took the pole position for this 50-lap exhibition race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Charlotte Motor Speedway oval in Concord, North Carolina by recording a top lap time of 29.643 seconds (182.168 miles per hour) in his #8 Chevrolet.

Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell qualified in second place in his #34 Ford. Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron qualified in third in his #24 Chevrolet. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Daniel Suarez and Wood Brothers Racing’s Paul Menard qualified in fourth and fifth in their #41 Ford and #21 Ford, respectively.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman and JTG Daugherty Racing’s Chris Buescher were the slowest of the three drivers who advanced to the second round of qualifying for this race. They qualified in sixth, seventh and eighth place in their #42 Chevrolet, #88 Chevrolet and #37 Chevrolet, respectively.

Front Row Motorsports’ David Ragan and Richard Petty Motorsports’ Darrell Wallace Jr. were the fastest two drivers who did not advance to the second round of qualifying for this race. They rounded out the top 10 on the speed chart by qualifying in ninth and 10th place in their #38 Ford and #43 Chevrolet, respectively.

Hemric – a Kannapolis, North Carolina, native – was the fastest car in Monster Energy Open qualifying on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hemric’s No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet posted a 29.643-second, 182.168-mph lap to eclipse Michael McDowell and Charlotte, North Carolina, native William Byron.

“We came here with the mindset, as a company, to have really fast race cars,” Hemric said. “The guys did a great job of bringing us that. It’s good to get a pole even if it’s for the Open We checked that box and anytime you do something like that at home, it’s special. I have been coming to these events since I was a kid sitting on the other side of the fence in the grandstand. We know we are leading the green flag for the Open and hopefully we can get ourselves into the All-Star Race.

“It’s good to have speed in our hip pocket and it’s good to see come it back out. Now, it’s up to us to get the other side of it tomorrow night. Over the past 20 years, I know that sounds crazy, I ran here at Charlotte Motor Speedway on tracks that are not even here anymore, like a quarter-mile dirt track out back that is no longer in existence. The point being, I grew up here. And to come here the first time in a Cup car (and win the pole), that’s my idea of what dreams are made of. ”

Canada vs Germany

Canada vs Germany Live : Canada and Germany are both nations that receive a relatively large volume of immigrants, from all around the world. Hockey in Canada vs Germany and other European ice hockey leagues. We offer also hockey tournaments scores. Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown.

Lock down the dates as the IIHF World Championship have just started on the 10th of May 2019. The event will run until May 26, 2019, whereas fun and excitement are surely guaranteed. Scrolling across different matches, Canada vs Germany is one good match, the world will be eying on. For stadium lovers, they must have brought the tickets way too early. However, for the online lovers, we have certainly got the best Canada vs Germany streaming options.Team Canada
It’s hard to get a gauge on just how much of a contender this Canadian team is for its first World Hockey Championship title since 2016. On one hand, it has lit up the scoresheet in its past three games, racking up 19 goals over that stretch. But those victories came against Great Britain, Slovakia and France, none of whom are expected to contend for the title. In the only “challenge” game of the tournament, the Canadians fell short in a 3-1 loss to Finland.

Still, bettors shouldn’t discount an offence that not only leads Group A in scoring with 20 goals through four games (as of the end of Thursday’s games), but has been absolutely lethal with the man advantage. Canada owns the top power-play efficiency in the tournament, having scored seven goals in 11 opportunities. That 63.6-percent success rate is miles ahead of the next closest team; by comparison, Germany is just 1-for-13 on the power play so far.

Team Germany
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