15-1 Oxbow goes wire-to-wire to stun Orb in the Preakness
There will be know Triple Crown winner for the 36th straight year. Oxbow, the second longest shot on the board at 15-1, was perfectly rated by Gary Stevens and led every step of the way in Saturday’s Preakness. Itsmyluckyday finished second with Mylute third. Kentucky Derby winner Orb battled traffic much of the way and never fired finishing fourth.
Oxbow became the first horse since Aloma’s Ruler in 1982 to win wire-to-wire. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens came out of a seven year retirement to ride this horse and win his third Preakness. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas lifted the Woodlawn Vase for the sixth time.
Late Pacer run eliminates the Knicks in six
Down 92-90 with five minutes left in the game, the Indiana Pacers closed on a 16-7 run to eliminate the New York Knicks four games to two in their Eastern Conference semi-final series. Lance Stephenson scored a career high 25 points while Paul George added 23 but it was Roy Hibbert’s block on a Carmelo Anthony dunk that turned the game around. Melo would up with 39 points and Iman Shumpert added 19 including several key third quarter threes that brought New York back from 12 down.
The Pacers move on to meet Miami in the Eastern Conference finals that start on Monday.
Grizz/Spurs begin Western Conference final tonight
The Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs open their Western Conference final series today at 3:30 PM EST in Alamo City. The Spurs were installed as -4.5 point favorites and has not moved. The high/low opened at 184 and is down a point to 183. The series price is San Antonio -140 with Memphis +120 on the takeback.
Red Wings win 4-1 to level series with the Blackhawks
Four different Detroit Red Wings found the back of the net and Jimmy Howard stopped 19 of 20 shots as Motown evened the series at 1-1. Patrick Kane opened the scoring for Chicago but the Blackhawks were unable to get anything else going the rest of the night.
In San Jose, Antti Niemi outdueled Jamie Quick between the pipes as the Sharks beat the Kings in overtime. Logan Couture got the winner just 1:29 into extra time as the Sharks stayed alive in the series. Quick had 38 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champs while Niemi stopped 26 to get the win.
MLB News and Notes
The Tampa Bay Rays rallied for six runs in the top of the ninth to shock the Orioles 10-6. Matt Joyce was three-for-five with five RBIs for Tampa Bay who snapped Baltimore’s 109-game run of wins when leading after seven innings.
Elvis Andrus had a career high five hits as the Texas Rangers spanked Anabel Sanchez and the Tigers 7-2. Andrus was just a homer short of the cycle as Texas banged out 13 hits.
Dwight Freeney signs two-year deal with the Chargers
Dwight Freeney got his money and the San Diego Chargers got their pass rusher. Freeney signed a two-year deal with the Bolts on Saturday for a base of $8.75 million that could balloon to as much as $13 million depending on how many sacks Freeney can rack up over the next two years. Freeney spent his first 11 years with the Colts where he registered 107 1/2 career sacks.
Belfort win by KO at UFC on FX8
Vitor Belfort was a first-round KO winner last night on the UFC’s nationally televised MMA card on Fox. Belfort floored Luke Rockhold with a spinning heel kick and then finished off the ex-Strikeforce champ with ground and pound at 2:32 of the first round.
(NBA) Memphis +4.5 over San Antonio (Sunday, May 19, 3:30 PM PM EST)