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Good morning and Happy Cinco de Mayo. While you’re enjoying tacos and margs with friends, make sure they know how smart of a sports fan you are.
- Blake
In today's Sprint:
🏈 Olympic hopeful
⚽️ Major Glazer
⚾️ Pitcher grand slam
Trivia: Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon both won the NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. What modern-day player is the 3rd to do so?
  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  2. James Harden
  3. LeBron James
  4. Anthony Davis
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WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf could qualify for the Olympics with his upcoming 100m dash at the Olympic trials. After watching him chase down Budda Baker, we think he’s got a chance.
πŸ’ The NHL fined Tom Wilson $5k for his role in a dirty on-ice fight. Meanwhile, the NFL fines players that much for wearing the wrong color socks.
πŸ€ Sacramento Kings’ star rookie Tyrese Haliburton will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
πŸ€ The Phoenix Suns’ gorilla mascot signed the first mascot endorsement deal with a Phoenix-based streetwear boutique. Now, the gorilla will rock Rolexes, rare sneakers, and baggy jeans with lots of holes in them to games.

 

SOCCER
Say What?
A live look in on Manchester United’s front office, where the Glazer family announced they intend to stay as owners. In fact, despite the recent fan protests, they plan to double Man U’s current valuation to $10 billion.
 
Fans are not happy. After breaking into the team’s stadium on Sunday and forcing the cancellation of the huge match against Liverpool, fans ratcheted up the intensity even more.
 
In an open letter, they went straight for the wallet, threatening team sponsors:
  • “Manchester United fans will boycott your products, seek to tarnish your brands, and support your competitors until you terminate your commercial partnership with the Glazer family.”
All this stems from Manchester United and 11 other teams creating the Super League. Fans saw the effort as an attempt to ‘American-ize’ European soccer. Basically, any of the big clubs could happily become the NY Jets of the Super League and still be guaranteed loads of money without the threat of relegation.
 
Are Americans really at fault? Like any good consultant, I’ll give you this answer - it depends who you ask. Of the 12 teams that tried to create the Super League, only four sported American ownership.
  1. Manchester United
  2. Liverpool
  3. Arsenal
  4. AC Milan
But, even dating back to 2011, the League Managers Association warned American and Asian owners were "already talking about bringing about the avoidance of promotion and relegation in the Premier League."
 
The bigger picture: The Glazers are probably right. As one of the most recognizable clubs in the world, Manchester United is well-positioned to benefit from the rise of sports betting, streaming, and the Premier League’s growing popularity in the U.S.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUES
Champions League Semi Finals, 2nd Leg
Manchester City 2 vs. PSG 0, City 4-1 on aggregate
  • Goalie Ederson’s full field assist got the scoring going and Riyad Mahrez’s double helped City dominate in snowy Manchester.
  • For the first time in club history, Man City play for the Champions League Final.
NBA
(41-24) Milwaukee Bucks 124 vs. (43-23) Brooklyn Nets 118
  • Giannis (36 pts, 12 reb, 4 ast) and co. clinched a playoff berth and climbed to 1.5 games back of Brooklyn for the East’s top spot.
(30-36) New Orleans Pelicans 108 vs. (33-33) Golden State Warriors 103
  • Lonzo Ball (33 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast) hit seven threes to push his Pelicans past the Warriors and Curry (37 pts, 9 reb).
MLB
(13-16) Atlanta Braves 6 vs. (12-13) Washington Nationals 1
  • Braves pitcher Huascar Ynoa hit a grand slam, his second home run in as many starts.
(14-16) Chicago Cubs 7 vs. (17-14) LA Dodgers 1
  • Clayton Keyshawn was knocked around for the shortest start of his career, pitching only 1 inning and allowing 4 runs to the Cubs.
NHL
(15-32-7) Buffalo Sabres 4 vs. (31-16-6) New York Islanders 3 - SO
  • Buffalo goalie Michael Hauser saved 45 shots in his second NHL game, with 20 saves coming in the first period.
(36-10-7) Carolina Hurricanes 6 vs. (22-25-6) Chicago Blackhawks 3
  • The eliminated Blackhawks were no match for the League-leading Hurricanes, who now have a four point Division lead.

 

WEDNESDAY WATCHLIST
Champions League Semi Finals, 2nd Leg
Chelsea vs. Real Madrid - 3:00 PM ET on Paramount+ (1-1 on aggregate)
NBA
Phoenix Suns (47-18) vs. Atlanta Hawks (36-30) - 8:00 ET
  • PHX -2.5
Utah Jazz (47-18) vs. San Antonio Spurs (31-33) - 9:00 ET on NBATV
  • UTA -7
MLB
LA Dodgers (17-14) vs. Chicago Cubs (14-16) - 7:30 ET on ESPN
  • ML: LAD -172
NHL
Washington Capitals (33-14-5) vs. New York Rangers (26-21-6) - 7:00 ET on NBCSN
  • ML: WAS -130

 

TRIVIA ANSWER
A. Giannis Antetokounmpo won both the NBA's MVP and DPOY awards for the 2019-2020 season.

 

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