As the first day of summer fast approaches, the world of sports is becoming more intriguing, beginning with a huge Saturday:
June 9th will start off with the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Having already captured the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, ‘I’ll have another’ is currently a 4-5 favorite to take the laurels at Belmont. Should the favorite pull it off, it will be the first Triple Crown winner since ‘Affirmed’ in 1978. Interestingly enough, ‘I’ll have another’ is from the bloodline of ‘Alydar’, the horse which ran runner-up to Triple Crown winner ‘Affirmed’ in all three races in 1978. If you are a horse racing enthusiast, or just like the thrill of making a wager on any sport, there are now some excellent sports betting sites at your disposal. Well worth a look.
After the drama of the Belmont Stakes is over, get settled in for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, as the Los Angeles Kings seek the first championship in their 45 year history when they take on the New Jersey Devils. The Kings won the first 3 games of the series, as they have done in each series this year, but failed to close out the series at home in game 4.
L.A. now holds a 3 games to 1 lead in the series, which continues in New Jersey at 8:00 ET. If L.A. wins, they are champions, should the Devils win, game 6 will be Monday at 8:00 ET, in Los Angeles.
The sweet science of boxing wll be rounding out the day. The ever popular Manny (Pacman) Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Tim Bradley. The PPV fight takes place in Las Vegas,NV and coverage begins at 6:00 ET. Many fight fans were hoping for a Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather bout, but for now, it is not on the horizon.
That memorable Saturday is just the beginning of a great month:
The NBA championship will be decided, as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the Oklahoma City Thunder await the winner of the Boston Celtics/Miami Heat series.
Also on the docket for the month of June, the National Hockey League Awards show will remain in Las Vegas, but moves from it’s home of the last 3 years, The Palms, to The Wynn. June 13th is the latest the Stanley Cup final will end, but come June 20th, all remaining drama from NHL will be resolved. Who is the best defenseman ? MVP ? Best goaltender ? All to be revealed on June 20th.
In the world of Tennis, Rafael Nadal is going for his seventh French Open title, while former # 1 Roger Federer is trying to end a two-year Grand slam drought. If Novak Djokovic wins the French Open, he will become the first man since Rod Laver to hold all for Grand slam titles at once (though Rod Laver twice won them all in the same calendar year). Of course, late June will see the start of the most famous fortnight, as the Wimbledon championships get underway on June 25th.
July will see the Major League Baseball All-Star game, which many consider the unofficial start to the real MLB season. All eyes are on the New York Yankees, as they continue to cope with the loss of superstar closing pitcher, Mariano Rivera.
July will also signal the start of a new weekly MLB show on INSIDE SPORTS.
It is also “that time again”. July 27th-August 12th, the Summer Olympics will take place in London, England.
Should be a great summer indeed.