Rangers should've never left door open for Lightning, plus reviewing the Belmont Stakes

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THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Ondrej Palat understands a thing or 2 about clutch objectives. He had one in a win-or-go-home Game 6 versus the Maple Leafs in the preliminary of the playoffs and he had one in the series-clinching Game 4 versus the Panthers in the 2nd round. His most current, with less than 2 minutes to enter last night’s important Game 5 in between the Lightning and Rangers, has Tampa Bay one video game far from a 3rd straight journey to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Lightning topped the Rangers 3-1 in Madison Square Garden to take a 3-2 Eastern Conference Final series lead.

  • New York’s Ryan Lindgren opened the scoring in the 2nd duration with an objective from a near-impossible angle, however Mikhail Sergachev responded to with a long-distance shot that discovered the internet through traffic.
  • Overtime seemed a genuine possibility till Sergachev’s shot ricocheted off Palat and into the back of the internet. Shortly afterwards, Brandon Hagel‘s empty-netter sealed the video game.
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy conserved 24 of 25 shots with some big drop in the 3rd duration.
  • The Rangers had actually won 8 straight playoff house video games going into last night, consisting of the very first 2 of this series.

History states Tampa Bay’s possibilities to deal with Colorado in the Stanley Cup Final are quite high, notes our hockey specialist Chris Bengel.

  • Bengel: Tampa Bay has a 8-2 all-time record when leading 3-2 in a best-of-seven series. In addition, they’re attempting to erase a 0-2 series deficit in a conference final for the second time in franchise history.”

Honorable discusses

Not so respectable discusses

PGA Tour suspends 17 LIV Golf individuals. Now what? ⛳


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We lastly have a judgment from the PGA Tour concerning LIV Golf: All 17 PGA Tour members or previous members taking part in the brand-new league have actually been suspended from the PGA Tour.

That last line is essential, and it’s most likely what will shake golf for several years to come: With gamers expanded all over the world, regular-season golf will matter even less, and majors will matter much more, composes golf specialist Kyle Porter.

  • Porter: “The big winners on Thursday were not Greg Norman and the LIV Golf league, but rather the USGA, R&A, PGA of America and Augusta National. When the humdrum of everyday tour life is split and replicated over and over again, it only makes golf’s ‘postseason’ — if that’s what we want to call it — even more important. … Major weeks will be a breath of fresh air. They know this, too, and it is the reason they likely won’t stand in the way of any regular-season tour that pops up.”

Kyle’s column is wise, thoughtful and useful. Professional golf as we understand is altering to a degree we have actually never ever seen.

Ranking AFC and NFC quarterbacks from 1-16 🏈


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Let’s face it: It’s never ever simple to rank quarterbacks best to worst. There are many elements to weigh. Lucky for us, Cody Benjamin depended on the job, splitting his rankings into AFC and NFC.

Let’s start in the AFC, where the skill at the position appears, beginning right at the top.

  • Benjamin:  “1. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) — It’s gotten to the point with Mahomes that anything less than highlight-reel perfection raises questions about whether he’s ‘slipping’ as his generation’s premier gunslinger. …possesses unteachable creativity in and outside the pocket, and as long as he’s paired with Andy Reid, it’s tough to bet against his title chances. 2. Josh Allen (Bills) — It’s fitting that the Bills’ last two seasons have ended in playoff thrillers against the Chiefs, because Allen is the closest thing to Mahomes in terms of the contemporary prototype under center — big, athletic, and wired to make the big play.”

I believe you’d be hard-pressed to put anybody besides those 2 up leading, although there are lots of great (and young) quarterbacks right behind them. In truth, 3 of the next 4 are 25 or more youthful.

  • 3. Justin Herbert (Chargers)
  • 4. Russell Wilson (Broncos)
  • 5. Joe Burrow (Bengals)
  • 6. Lamar Jackson (Ravens)

The Herbert-vs.-Burrow-vs.-Jackson dispute is one we’ll have for the foreseeable future, however you understand it’s a remarkable list when the 2019 consentaneous MVP does not even be available in the leading 5… of his own conference.

As for the NFC, there’s certainly less top-end skill under center, however the leading 2 are gamers you’d desire leading your group any day of the week.

  • Benjamin: 1. Tom Brady (Patriots) — It’s cliche, at this point, to discuss the winning aura that emanates from Brady, but as long as he’s in the NFL, few players — let alone QBs — merit more trust. … TB12 is coming off one of the best years of his career, which is saying something considering he’s got 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl wins under his belt. 2. Aaron Rodgers (Packers)  Like Brady, A-Rod has only shifted into a higher gear with age, returning to high-volume stardom under Matt LaFleur as the NFL’s reigning repeat MVP.”

You can take a look at the whole AFC here and the whole NFC here.

Expert selects for the Belmont Stakes 🏇


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The Belmont Stakes is this weekend, and we’re here to get you all set for it. While Preakness winner Early Voting will not be running, Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will. After avoiding the Preakness, Rich Strike is wanting to end up being the very first horse to win both the Derby and the Belmont without winning the Preakness considering that Thunder Gulch in 1995.

Rich Strike won at Churchill Downs with 80-1 chances, however he’s not almost that huge of an underdog this time around. Here are the most current chances for the leading competitors:

  • We the People (2-1)
  • Mo Donegal (5-2)
  • Rich Strike (7-2)

Looking to make some cash? We have choices from horse racing specialist Jody Demling, who has actually called 3 of the last 4 Belmont winners, along with handicapping legend Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg, who struck the exacta at last year’s Belmont and this year’s Preakness. He likes a long shot this weekend.

What we’re seeing this weekend 📺

Friday

🏀 Storm vs Wings, 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
🏀 NBA Finals Game 4: Warriors at Celtics, 9 p.m. on ABC
🏀 Dream at Mercury, 10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network

Saturday

NWSL on Paramount+
🏇 Belmont Stakes, 6:44 p.m. on NBC
Cubs at Yankees or Dodgers at Giants, 7:15 p.m. on FOX
🏒 Eastern Conference Final Game 6: Rangers at Lightning, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Sunday

NWSL on Paramount+
Mets at Angels, 7 p.m. on ESPN



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