Good morning. Things got weird yesterday when horse trainer Bob Buffett blamed contaminated hay and cancel culture for Medina Spirit’s post Kentucky Derby positive drug test.
As of now, Medina still plans to race in the Preakness on the 15th.
In today's Sprint:
🏈 Tebow's back, tell a friend
🏀 Battle for NY
Trivia: Which NBA player is the NBA’s all-time assists leader?
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 “Trevor Lawrence drops back, pumps left, comes back to his right. He’s got Tebow, touchdown!” Yep, the Jags plan to signtight end Tim Tebow to a one-year deal.
🏀 Russell Westbrook recorded his 182nd triple double, breaking Oscar Robertson’s 47-year old NBA record. He’s averaging a triple-double this season and has done so four of the last five. One of the most under-appreciated athletes today.
🏀 Celtics’ guard Jaylen Brown tore a ligament in his wrist and is out for the remainder of the season. He was averaging career highs across the board (24.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.4 apg).
🏀 Rapper J. Cole is expected to sign with the Rwanda Patriots of the NBA’s inaugural Basketball Africa League. Cole can ball. He even tried to walk on to St. John's basketball team when he was a sophomore.
🥍 The 2021 men’s College Lacrosse tournament is set. Rivals UNC and Duke took the top two seeds while the rest of the bracket looks like this.
Battle for NY
If we’d told you at the start of this NBA season the Knicks would be the hottest team in New York heading into the playoffs, you would’ve tried to convince us not to start a sports newsletter.
Well, it’s the final week of the NBA season and here we are:
The Knicks are fourth in the East at 38-30 (same record as the Lakers).
Julius Randle (23.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 5.9 apg) is the New York player most likely to make an All-NBA team.
The Nets have lost four of their last five games.
The Knicks are only six back of the Nets.
With veteran Derrick Rose playing great ball, rookie Immanuel Quickley putting up buckets, and sophomore RJ Barrett enjoying a breakout year, the Knicks may do some damage in the playoffs.
The Nets are Beard-less. Superstar guard James Harden has been out since April 5th due to an injury but coach Steve Nash expects him back before the season ends. He's been a difference maker:
With Harden: 27-7
Without Harden: 17-17
The takeaway: Brooklyn, with a healthy trio of Harden, KD, and Kyrie, is the NBA’s most talented team. 2021 was supposed to be their year to dominate the New York basketball scene.
That didn't happen. The Knicks are playing their best ball since Carmelo Anthony and have stolen the headlines in the Big Apple...for now.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
(36-33) Golden State Warriors 119 vs. (50-19) Utah Jazz 116
Kent Bazemore went for 10 points in the third quarter after checking his mentions at halftime and seeing Bradley Beal slamming his earlier comments.