Good morning friends! Hopefully everyone is recovering from the Derby/Cinco De Mayo. If yesterday got the best of you, here is a recap of everything you might have missed on a day chock-full of news.
Justify Wins the 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby
The Curse of Apollo is over!
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 5, 2018
Curses really are meant to be broken. Justify decimated the 136-year-old Apollo curse that has plagued the Derby for so many years. Apollo was the last non-two-year-old to win the race, but thankfully Justify finally ended that streak.
The really exciting thing is that this horse has a realistic shot at the triple crown. Hall-of-Fame jockey Mike Smith who got his second Kentucky Derby win yesterday says that this horse has “the IT factor.”
Let’s be honest, any horse that can win in those conditions yesterday definitely has something special about them.
This is the sixth straight year in which the favorite to win the race has won which is the longest such streak in Derby history. Coming in second place was Good Magic and coming in third place was Audible.
LeBron James Does It Again
LeBron James for the win. Pray for Drake. Pray for Toronto. pic.twitter.com/rIrpOksPdT
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 6, 2018
There is just something about LeBron James this postseason. Look, he is always awesome in the playoffs, but he has been a man possessed this season. Last night he hit that shot above to help the Cavaliers increase their series lead to 3-0 over the Toronto Raptors.
Considering that this is quite possibly the worst Cleveland team James has been on since his return to the Cavs, it just makes this postseason run all the more impressive for the King.
Poor Drake. Everyone thought this could be the year that his team finally got over LeBron and the Cavs in the Playoffs.
Well so much for that.
James is playing the best basketball of his life right now (no, seriously) and he is almost single-handily beating teams my himself. If you are tired of the Micheal Jordan/LeBron James debate, you are going to be in for a long NBA Playoffs.
If James keeps doing what he did last night, there might not even be a debate left to be had.
Too soon? ? pic.twitter.com/6of9beKWdj
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 6, 2018
Kentucky Baseball Gets Big Win Over Tennessee
The #13 Wildcats (30-16) defeated the Volunteers 10-3 yesterday in Knoxville.
The victory breaks up a bad streak that the Wildcats were having as this is their first Saturday victory since March 10th. Pitcher Zack Thompson pitched a gem on Saturday as the sophomore struck out seven before he hit his pitch count after the third inning. Luke Becker and Troy Squires both hit three-run home runs as UK pulled away from Tennessee in the late innings.
Kentucky continues to build up momentum as the SEC Tournament approaches. The Wildcats will finish their weekend series against the Volunteers today at 1 ET.
Pelicans vs. Warriors Today at 2:30 ET
The New Orleans Wildcats, whoops I meant Pelicans, are playing today against the Warriors in a decisive Game 4 matchup. If the Pelicans win, then we have a very interesting series on our hands. If not, then Golden State will probably close things out in Game 5.
While the Warriors are looked at as the favorites to win today, never count out a team that has both Anthony Davis and playoff Rajon Rondo on their side. Hopefully Davis continues his dominance in the playoffs today!
Anthony Davis is averaging 30.4 PPG and 11.6 RPG in his first 10 career playoff games.
He's 1 of 5 players in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55) with 30 PPG & 10 RPG through 10 career playoff games (via @EliasSports)
It's quite an impressive list: pic.twitter.com/hABLfwB6iE
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 4, 2018