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In today's Sprint:
πŸ‡ Derby numbers
πŸ₯Š Ochocinco hits the ring
πŸ€ Arena of Heroes
Trivia: Which of the following is not a horse betting term?
  1. Win
  2. Place
  3. Show
  4. Score

 

WATER COOLER TALK
πŸ€ The NY Knicks clinched their first winning season since 2013. Stephen A Smith, a longtime Knicks fan and sufferer, summed it up with this epic celebration.
⚾️ This switch-pitcher changes which arm he throws with based on the batter.
⚾ The Oakland A’s processed the MLB’s first transaction using the meme cryptocurrency Dogecoin. The team offered two tickets for 100 Dogecoin, or about $44.
🏈 The 2022 NFL draft in Las Vegas is set for April 28-30, giving us 359 days until the madness starts again.
πŸ₯Š Former Pro Bowl NFL receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson agreed to fight on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Logan Paul undercard on June 6. It's unclear who he'll fight, but it'll likely be a celebrity or another former pro athlete.

 

HORSE RACING
Derby Days
Dubbed the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby AKA “The Run for the Roses” AKA Lilly Pulitzer’s biggest event of the year kicked off the Triple Crown season this past weekend.
The numbers are staggering, especially considering capacity was limited to 33%.
  • 15 million average viewers, up from 9.8 million in 2020.
  • 51,838 live fans, the largest crowd in the U.S. since the pandemic began.
  • $233 million bet on the Kentucky Derby Day program, second only to 2019 and up 85% from 2020.
The Derby was NBC’s most-watched program of 2021 not named the NFL Playoffs. For reference, the 2021 Oscars only brought in 9 million viewers. Horses > celebs.
What's on the line? The Kentucky Derby opens the three-race Triple Crown series. With the Preakness (May 15th) and Belmont Stakes (June 5th) on the horizon, Derby winner Medina Spirit could become the third horse since 2015 to win the Triple Crown.
The bigger picture: Despite recent history, the Triple Crown is incredibly rare. Only 13 horses have won the Triple Crown since its founding in 1919.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUES
NBA
(33-32) Golden State Warriors 123 vs. (29-36) New Orleans Pelicans 108
  • The Warriors prevailed in the first-ever Marvel-themed game.
  • Steph Curry dropped 40 points, but Draymond Green won the most “Hero Points;” don’t worry, we’re confused too.
(36-30) Atlanta Hawks 123 vs. (36-29) Portland Trail Blazers 114
  • The Hawks spoiled Melo’s big night as he climbed to 10th on the NBA all-time scoring list.
(37-28) LA Lakers 93 vs. (43-22) Denver Nuggets 89
  • The Lakers, even without LeBron or Dennis Schroeder, held all Nuggets not named Nikola Jokic or Michael Porter Jr. to 10 or less points.
Stand out: Russell Westbrook (14 pts, 21 reb, 24 ast)
MLB
(15-15) Tampa Bay Rays 7 vs. (13-14) LA Angels 3
NHL
(35-14-5) Florida Panthers 5 vs. (21-17-14) Dallas Stars 4
  • In his first game back since the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, Tyler Seguin scored the Stars’ second goal in 11 seconds.
(33-14-5) Washington Capitals 6 vs. (26-21-6) New York Rangers 3
  • The Caps knocked the Rangers out of playoff contention and out on the ice during a full line scuffle that ended in a 14-minute penalty for misconduct.
Premier League
(26 pts) West Brom 1 vs. (42 pts) Wolves 1
  • West Brom fought back to claim the 1-1 draw, but without securing a win, moved closer to relegation and dropping out of the Premier League once the season ends.
(58 pts) West Ham 2 vs. (36 pts) Burnley 1
  • In a thrilling game with torrential rain and plenty of offensive chances for both teams, it was West Ham’s Michail Antonio who provided the magic scoring two goals off crosses into the penalty box.

 

SPRINT'S PICKS
Stat: The Brooklyn Nets are 27-7 with James Harden since trading for him, but only 9-9 without him.
Quote: “Whoever came up with that s—t needs to be fired.”
- LeBron James on the NBA playoff play-in tournament. Coincidentally, he said this after the Lakers fell from the 6th automatic seed to the 7th seed play-in spot.
Highlight: These kids did the Prince Fielder celebration after their little league buddy belted a home run.

 

DAY WATCHLIST
NBA
Brooklyn Nets (43-22) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (40-24) - 7:30 ET on TNT
  • MIL -2
LA Clippers (43-22) vs. Toronto Raptors (27-38) - 10:00 ET on TNT
  • LAC -9
MLB
Houston Astros (15-13) vs. (-115) New York Yankees (14-14) - 7:00 ET on ESPN
(-153) Minnesota Twins (11-16) vs. Texas Rangers (13-17) - 7:40 ET
NHL
(-235) Carolina Hurricanes (35-10-7) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (22-24-6) - 7:00 ET
(-170) Pittsburgh Penguins (34-16-3) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (23-22-7) - 7:00 ET
Champions League Semi-Finals, 2nd Leg
Manchester City vs. PSG - 3:00 ET on Paramount+ (City lead 2-1 on aggregate)

 

TRIVIA ANSWER
D. Horse betting has three categories: Win - A bet on a horse to win the race, Place - A bet on a horse to finish in the top two, and Show - A bet on a horse to finish in the top three.

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