Good morning and happy Saturday, BBN.
Let’s dive right in.
UK Baseball’s season is on the line
Sitting at 26-28 on the year, this season hasn’t been too kind for the Kentucky baseball team.
And there’s a chance that it all might come to a close this afternoon.
In the team’s regular season finale against No. 2 Vanderbilt, there is a specific list of scenarios that need to take place if the BatCats want to participate in the SEC Tournament.
Currently tied in the standings with Alabama and South Carolina going into the last game of the season, here are the three scenarios in play:
- Three-way tie, Kentucky is in.
- Two-way tie with Alabama, Kentucky is in.
- Two-way tie with South Carolina, the season is over.
In short, Kentucky needs to get a win today and/or hope the Crimson Tide and Gamecocks lose.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) May 18, 2019
Opening pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. ET at Kentucky Proud Park.
Come out and support your Wildcats on Senior Day.
The 144th Preakness Stakes
Just two weeks after the most controversial Kentucky Derby in event history, we’re ready for the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Set to run at 6:48 p.m., Improbable is currently listed as the favorite at 3-1, followed by Alwaysmining and Bourbon War at 5-1, War of Will at 7-1, and Owendale at 9-1.
For the first time in 23 years, the Derby winner will not be participating in the Preakness, as Country House is dealing with a cough. Code of Honor and Tacitus, the other top-three finishers at the Kentucky Derby, will not run, nor will Maximum Security, the original Derby winner who was disqualified for riding out of his lane.
Maximum Security’s owner wants a rematch
Speaking of the controversial Kentucky Derby finish, the owner of Maximum Security, Gary West, is looking for a rematch.
On Friday afternoon, West offered up $20 million of his own money to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy, and Bodexpress if any of the horses could defeat Maximum Security in a race before the year ends.
An interesting update, Gary West is offering $20 million of his own to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if any of them finish ahead of Maximum Security the next time any of them face pic.twitter.com/TbG5QTJZq6
— Annie Moore (@AnyMoreSports) May 17, 2019
After a ridiculous stretch of lawsuits and threats of taking this to the higher courts, this is the first move I can get behind.
Rematch. The race of all races. Pay-per-view. Winner gets all the money and bragging rights.
Tiger misses cut at PGA Championship
The Master’s hangover was real for Tiger Woods last night.
Shooting 3-over 73 on Friday, the 43-year old missed the cut on Friday evening at the PGA Championship, just his 19th missed cut on Tour as a professional. Through two days, Woods shot 5-over 145 at Bethpage.
Brad Koepka is the event leader with a -12 through two rounds, followed by Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth at No. 2 with a -5 for each.
Tyreke Evans banned from NBA
One of John Calipari’s very first one-and-done talents is in pretty serious trouble.
Former Memphis Tiger Tyreke Evans, now a 10-year veteran in the NBA, has been banned by the NBA for violating the terms of the NBA/National Basketball Players Association anti-drug program.
According to official NBA rules, players can be disqualified for “testing positive for a drug of abuse, or if he is convicted of or pleads guilty to the use, possession or distribution of a drug of abuse.
ESPN reports that the potential drugs included on thee list are “amphetamine and its analogs, which include methamphetamine; cocaine; LSD; opiates, including heroin, codeine and morphine; and PCP.”
He is eligible for reinstatement in two seasons.