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35th America’s Cup: America’s Cup Qualifiers Day One Live Blog (6 Races)

Afternoon  all!
Finally, the long wait and years of preparation is over. Today at 2.08pm Local Time/1.08pm ET and 10.08 PT the Battle for the 35th America’s Cup will begin in earnest. We’ve some mouthwatering close Races in prospect namely in Race 2 when Swedens Artemis Racing faces SoftBank Team Japan (both Teams looked to be in decent form in the Practice Racing) and in Race 5 when we see a Rematch of the 2013 America’s Cup Final between Emirates Team New Zealand.
The long wait is finally over.
After all of the preparation, all of the practice racing, all of the talk and all of the anticipation from sports fans around the world, the 35th America’s Cup is now upon us.
Following yesterday’s (Friday 26th May) postponed opening day, today will see a bumper schedule of racing as the first battles for the oldest trophy in international sport begin on Bermuda’s Great Sound with the start of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 1.
Saturday May 27th race schedule
Race 1: ORACLE TEAM USA vs Groupama Team France
Race 2: Artemis Racing vs SoftBank Team Japan
Race 3: Groupama Team France vs Emirates Team New Zealand
Race 4: Land Rover BAR v Artemis Racing
Race 5: Emirates Team New Zealand vs ORACLE TEAM USA
Race 6: Land Rover BAR vs SoftBank Team Japan
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Our Live Blog here at the PDog will start at Noon ET, 1 Hour before Racing starts. It’s a pleasure for me to bringing you this years America’s Cup again.
Daniel G.
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Sailing: Day One of the America’s Cup Qualifiers postponed due to too strong winds

Evening all!
Day 1 of the America’s Cup Qualifiers has been postponed due to too much wind according to Event Organizers….
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The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), and America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), have announced that the strong winds in Bermuda has meant that day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup has had to be postponed.
Forecasts indicate that winds may gust over 30 knots during the afternoon and evening, so with the safety of the sailors and spectators as the key priority, ACEA and ACRM have decided to postpone Friday’s events. Saturday 27th May and the days following are all forecast to have significantly improved weather conditions, so the four races scheduled to take place on Friday 26th May will now be added to the race schedules for the subsequent days.
The Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will now take place on Saturday 27th May, starting at 8.30pm, following the three time Grammy award winning entertainer Wyclef Jean’s performance on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village at 5.15pm. The America’s Cup Village will close at 9.30pm. Gates open at 11.30am on Saturday, with racing due to take place between 2pm and 5pm.
Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the ACEA, said, “We are obviously disappointed that the strong winds mean we have had to postpone day one of the 35th America’s Cup. This is clearly a decision we have not taken lightly and appreciate the inconvenience caused to the sellout crowd. Our primary concern however, is always safety for everyone involved in the America’s Cup. We are adding an hour to the race window on both Saturday and Sunday to run extra races with the aim of getting back on schedule. There are still tickets available at the weekend, although not in all categories, so we are hoping Friday’s ticket holders will still get the chance to enjoy what should be an incredible opening weekend.”
So, we will try again tomorrow at 1pm ET / 2pm Local Time. However instead of 4 Races we will have 6 Races.
Match-Ups
Race 1: Oracle Team USA v Groupama Team France
Race 2: Artemis Racing v SoftBank Team Japan
Race 3: Groupama Team France v Emirates Team New Zealand
Race 4: Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing v Artemis Racing
Race 5: Emirates Team New Zealand v Oracle Team USA
Race 6: Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing v SoftBank Team Japan
Daniel G.
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The Cleveland Cav’s will play the Golden State Warriors for the NBA Championship…

Boston lost , as expected , to Lebron and the Cav’s 135 to 103 in game 5 of the semi-finals…

The first of the finals series games is June 1st @ 9:00PM  on ABC….

Boston, MA May 25, 2017: The Cavaliers LeBron James backs down the Celtics Terry Rozier in the first half. The Boston Celtics hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Five of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff series at the TD Garden (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)

The Celtics started this season with hope and optimism and a belief they would be capable of joining the league’s elite. They returned most of the young core from last year’s 48-win team and then added four-time All-Star Al Horford and the draft’s No. 3 overall pick, Jaylen Brown.

And, in a sense, they did ascend to the top tier. They won 53 games, secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and then surged into the conference finals with home-court advantage against the Cavaliers.

But then this series served as a cold, hard reminder that there is still a sizable gap between the Celtics and the top.

Cleveland obliterated Boston in the first two games at TD Garden, and even though the Celtics were able to steal a win in Cleveland, the Cavaliers treated it more as a hiccup than a reason for concern.

In Game 5 on Thursday, the Cavaliers stomped on the Celtics early and did not lift their feet until they felt like it, as they coasted to a 135-102 win that was just as thorough as it appears….

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Sailing: One Day to go until the 35th America’s Cup begins….

Sport Sailing will begin around the beautiful island of Bermuda….

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You can watch the Opening Press Conference via YT Stream and listen & see what the 6 Skippers will have to say….
Meanwhile Mother Nature has throw us a curveball on the 1st Day of Racing as it might be cancelled because of high Winds.
Daniel G.
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Sailing: 35th America’s Cup starts this Friday May 26th with the AC Qualifiers

Afternoon all!
It’s finally here after 3 years of building. On Friday May 26 at 5pm Bermuda Time / 6pm ET / 3pm PT the Chapter of the 35th America’s Cup will begin. 5 Challengers from New Zealand, Great Britain, Sweden, France and Japan will be vying to take on Defender Oracle Team USA in the Middle of June.
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It all starts with the America’s Cup Qualifiers where all 6 Teams incl. Defender Oracle Team USA will be racing against each other twice in a Double Round Robin Format. After that the worst Challenger is eliminated, Defender Oracle goes straight into the America’s Cup Match while the other 4 Teams will battle during the America’s Cup Playoffs consisting of Semifinals and Finals (first Team to win 5 Races advances to the next stage). The Winner of that Knock-Out Stage becomes the Challenger who will face the Americans in the 35th America’s Cup Match starting June 17th which is a Best of 13 Format (First Team to win 7 Races takes home the Oldest Trophy in International Sport)
Daniel G.
P. S. I’ll have a Day-by-Day Blog starting May 26 just like in 2013 …..
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Lebron James IS Human…He had a bad game…

The Cleveland Fav’s lost to the  Boston Celtic last night….

The odds of this happening I heard was 45 to 1 in Vegas …

Shit Happens….

Lebron James just didn’t have it….

Boston pulled the rabbit of the hat in the last minute of the game to win by a 3 pointer….

Anybody think  tomorrows game will play the same way?

It wasn’t LeBron’s night. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Boston Celtics’ best player was unable to take the floor, and the Cleveland Cavaliers just needed theirs to show up.

With point guard Isaiah Thomas out with a hip injury, the Celtics’ 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals seemed ever deeper heading into Sunday’s Game 3, especially in Northeast Ohio. With LeBron Jamesenjoying perhaps his greatest statistical postseason, a third straight sweep for the Cavs seemed inevitable.

But then the Cavs stepped off the gas.

Boston overcame a 21-point deficit in a 111-108 victory when Avery Bradley sunk a decisive three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left. It not only marked Cleveland’s first postseason loss, but the first time in 50 games James has blown a 20-point lead in the playoffs.

In 23 second-half minutes, James registered just three points, one rebound and one assist. He shot 1-of-8 from the floor, including 0-of-2 from deep. But it wasn’t his poor shooting that was surprising. It was the lack of killer instinct.

“I had a tough game, period,” James said as he finished with just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 45 minutes….

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Nike Air Max 1 Jewel “White/Red”…

…from Nicekicks

Nike Air Max 1 Jewel "White/Red"

The Nike Air Max 1 Jewel is an interesting shoe, much like new versions of the Air Force 1 of the same moniker. The Jewel Swoosh, although an elder design element of the 80s centric silhouette, is as modern-day as it gets. Due largely to the fact that these 90s style aesthetics where far ahead of their time, the Nike Air Max 1 Jewel retro is as timely as any release today.

Originally debuted back in 1996, this White/Red colorway looks to be the first Jewel enthused Air Max 1 due in stores this summer….

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Tom Brady’s wife discloses he’s had several concussions ….

Lot of people are rating eyebrows…

They had no idea that Brady was getting his bell rang so much….

Props to the lady who is worried about her man after the bright lights are gone…..

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen celebrate the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory in February

Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, says the New England Patriots quarterback has a history of concussions, including one suffered last season when he took his team to victory in the Super Bowl.

“He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every … I mean, we don’t talk about it. He does have concussions,” Bundchen said on CBS’s This Morning on Wednesday. “I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for a body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That could not be healthy for you.”

Brady, who will turn 40 in August, plans to play for at least another five years, although in February he said Bundchen wants him to retire from the game: “If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that last night three times.” Bundchen reiterated that sentiment on Wednesday: “I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope,” she said.

Bundchen did not say whether Brady’s concussion had been medically diagnosed. According to Stat Pass, the Patriots have never reported Brady as suffering a concussion and they have yet to respond to Bundchen’s comments….

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image…. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen celebrate the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory in February. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers….2017 NBA Basketball East Championship Series…

NBA East finals Wednesday May 17th….

Late in the fourth quarter, after his 3-pointer put the Boston Celtics out front by double digits, the TD Garden faithful celebrated Kelly Olynyk‘s improbable Game 7 performance by chanting his name.

“Kelly! Kelly! Kelly!”

Isaiah Thomas talked for the previous 72 hours about how legends were born in Game 7. But on a night that both Thomas and Bradley Beal were spectacular, it was Boston’s 7-foot backup center who somehow stole the show.

Olynyk scored 12 of his career playoff high 26 points over a three-and-a-half-minute stretch of the fourth quarter as the Celtics emerged with a 115-105 triumphover the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series at TD Garden.

Boston is headed back to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2012. The top-seeded Celtics host the second-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday night at TD Garden….

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I REALLY see Cleveland playing the Warriors for the championship rings my self…

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Derek Jeter Day ….The Captain’s Mother’s Day tribute

I’m a NY Mets fan, but Jeter deserves the day for his selfless time with the NY Yankees and his ability to help the team win during his time with them….Jeter was wildly popular during his playing days…And the team picked Mothers Day to retire the guys mother and have him honor her…

Except, perhaps, for Derek Jeter’s mother, Maureen Zusi was the happiest mom in the place.

To celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, Zusi’s daughter, Meghan, took her to Yankee Stadium to see the Bronx Bombers retire Jeter’s number. Zusi, 59, said she was moved by Jeter’s decision to honor his mother by having the ceremony on Mother’s Day.

“He’s a classy guy, he’s a great ballplayer, he’s a fine son,” Zusi said. “I mean, he picked today, Mother’s Day, to honor his mother. How do you go wrong with that?”

Zusi, of Union, N.J., said she was also in the Bronx with her daughter to see Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium at-bat in 2014, when he hit a walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles to win the game.

Yankees retire Derek Jeter’s No. 2, unveil Monument Park plaque

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Derek Jeter speaks at Sunday’s ceremony in Yankee Stadium.(ANDREW SAVULICH/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“I have never felt the Stadium rock like it did that night,” Zusi said. “The amount of love in the Stadium that night for him. The guys today, they just play the game. He honors the game, it means so much to him.”

Fans cheered like Jeter had just hit a grand slam when the retired shortstop unveiled his pinstripe plaque in Monument Park….

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Girls’ Soccer Team Join’s Boys’ League….Wins Championship!

…from the NY Times….

Members of AEM Lleida after winning the championship of a junior regional boys’ league.
CreditSamuel Aranda for The New York Times

“To push these girls, we felt they had to play against boys because you need strong opponents to make real progress,” said José María Salmerón, the club’s general director. AEM took advantage of a Spanish soccer federation rule that allows clubs to field players of any sex — including mixed teams that combine boys and girls — for junior league competitions until age 14.

Back then, not everyone was convinced the decision was a wise one.

“A few parents called us crazy when we registered the team,” said Sergio González, AEM’s president. “If this had gone very wrong, we would have been held responsible for humiliating the girls.”

The transition was not easy. The girls finished 12th in an 18-team league in their debut season. But as the team improved, and began to beat boys’ teams with more regularity, its progress generated unpleasant reactions.

“It’s really been more a problem for parents rather than their boys,” Salmerón said of comments directed at the team during matches. “It’s strange, but most of the macho comments and insults have come from the mothers of some of the boys we play.”….

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Closing in on a 2 Hour Marathon Run…

The goal for elite runners is just about in reach….

Nike sneakers is helping for the record and of course the sales….

Some people aren’t happy with HOW this latest effort at the 2 hour record was done…

Even in a highly controlled environment, the sub-two-hour marathon remains elusive — just barely.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, 32, the reigning Olympic marathon champion, covered 26.2 miles in 2 hours 25 seconds early on Saturday in an extremely managed setting of pacing and drafting on a Formula One racecourse in Monza, Italy, outside Milan.

It was the fastest marathon ever run, more than two and a half minutes quicker than the official world record, 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. But Kipchoge’s time will not be ratified for record purposes, mainly because of rules regarding pace-setting.

The attempt, called Breaking2, was as much a Nike marketing play and a laboratory experiment as a sports competition. Even so, Kipchoge shaved a remarkable amount of time off his best official finish: 2:03:05 at the 2016 London Marathon.

Saturday’s attempt was viewed by some critics as a publicity stunt rather than a valid sporting contest, emphasizing audacious performance over competition. It came weeks before Nike was set to roll out a new line of running shoes.

“I believe that this has everything to do with shoe sales and very little to do with marathoning,” Kevin Hanson, a top American marathon coach, told Runner’s World this week.

Others were intrigued by the attempt — albeit greatly orchestrated — to redefine the limits of human endurance. There was plenty of curiosity about whether the latest advances in sports science and technology could help a runner break the barrier years or decades earlier than many had predicted….

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image of ……Eliud Kipchoge crossing the finish line at the Monza Formula One racetrack in Italy, on Saturday.CreditLuca Bruno/Associated Press..

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Adam Jones will not ‘let up’ on calls to MLB for tougher rules against racist behavior, agent says

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…from ESPN….

Adam Jones‘ agent says the Orioles outfielder will not “let up” on his call for Major League Baseball and its teams to eliminate racially intolerant behavior from fans at stadiums.

Jones’ agent, Nez Balelo, released a statement to Fox Sports on Wednesday, two days after Jones heard racial taunts during the Orioles’ game in Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

“We are not going to let up on this one until we see implemented policies put in place in every city to protect these players and stop this type of reckless behavior,” Balelo said in his statement….

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The First Round of the NFL Football Draft…Quarterbacks!…

The first day of the million dollar men sweepstakes in Philly surprised the sports pundits…

The Bears went all-in for a quarterback. The Chiefs went all-in for a quarterback. The Texans went all-in for a quarterback.

And the Browns passed. Three times.

The first round of the NFL Draft proved once again Thursday night why it is the best reality show on TV. None of the draft experts had the quarterbacks ranked with first-round grades back when the process began in January, but three signal-callers went in the top 12 picks in the first round, with all of their teams making big plays to trade up and snag their future franchise quarterbacks.

The Bears got the party started, trading up from No. 3 to No. 2 to snag North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. The Bears, needing to make a bold move at quarterback after failing to find a quarterback for the better part of the last 30 years, gave up picks in the first round (third overall), third round (67th), and fourth round (11th), as well as next year’s third-rounder to San Francisco for the right to draft Trubisky, the draft’s most accurate passer who also started just 13 games in college.

The Chiefs made the next big move of the night, trading picks 1-27, 3-91, and next year’s first-rounder to the Bills for the 10th overall pick, which they used on Texas Tech gunslinger Patrick Mahomes. The book on Mahomes: He has a big arm, a cocky demeanor, and likes to make risky throws. Sounds a lot like a guy that Chiefs Andy Reid coached for seven years in Green Bay, including two as quarterbacks coach: Brett Favre.

And with two quarterbacks off the board, the Texans knew they had to strike quickly to find their next QB. They traded picks 1-25 and next year’s first-rounder to Cleveland for the 12th pick and the rights to draft Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, the national championship game hero who has the best chance of the top three quarterbacks to start as a rookie. While Trubisky will almost certainly sit behind Mike Glennon for a year, and Mahomes will do the same ….

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image of North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky…. Ben Solomon for The New York Times…He went to Chicago Bears…

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Russell Wesbrook can’t do it alone….The Houstan Thunder are out of the NBA Playoffs…

Photo credit: David J. Phillip/AP

He just ran of gas last night….
Thatb he lasted as long as he has is a miracle in itself….

I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to swear off basketball forever after watching the fourth quarter of Game 5 between the Rockets and Thunder, which was defined by ill-advised foul calls and ill-advised shots, most of them coming from the Thunder’s star player, Russell Westbrook.

 Westbrook went 2-of-11 from the field and 0-of-5 from three-point range in the fourth, seemingly doing everything in his power to hasten his team’s exit from the playoffs. That was pretty much the story of the series, which the Rockets won rather easily and in which Westbrook shot a combined 14-of-49 in the fourth quarter.

It would be a total misread, though, to see Westbrook’s fourth-quarter bricklaying as the result of some egotistical spasming. Westbrook was only doing what he’d been doing all throughout the regular season, in which he became the best clutch player in the league and singlehandedly won almost too many games to count. Sponging up as many fourth-quarter possessions as possible is precisely how Westbrook got his team 47 wins and a sixth seed.

 Maybe that record doesn’t impress you, and maybe you think the Thunder could have actually won more games and been more prepared to meet the Rockets in the playoffs if Westbrook had spent less time gathering triple-doubles and more time enabling Andre Roberson, Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, and Enes Kanter. Maybe you should think a little harder about that.

The reason Westbrook’s formula worked in the regular season but yielded failure in the postseason isn’t all that hard to explain….

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Islanders NHL Hockey team makes offer for Belmont Race Track stadium….

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      While some local hockey fans have talked about the Islanders Hockey team coming back from Brooklyn to the renovated Nassau Coliseum?…..

THAT is unlikely….

The Nassau Coliseum just isn’t where the team wants to return to…

The team owners are moving ahead with submitting plans to have a new stadium built on New York State property at the Belmont park southern parking lot that currently is being used to park hundreds of new cars for island car dealers…

The property is state property and would NOT need ok’s from local Republican politicians who have their own problems….

Building a new stadium would allow the Islanders to have a stadium that would have amenities that could provide them more revenue than the Coliseum would….It would also be built as bigger faculty, more in line with new venues being constructed for the National Hockey League teams…The site has major highway access and train access, something the Coliseum does NOT have even though it sits next to parts of eastern Queens that has few if any hockey fans…But neither did Brooklyn….

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New York Governor Cuomo is running for re-election next year and probably will make a try for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination…

He ‘s been going around the state starting construction (Read Jobs) projects …Bringing the Islanders back the Nassau County at Belmont wouldn’t hurt his efforts one bit….

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman revealed on Friday that the Islanders’ owners plan to officially submit a bid to New York state officials with the hope of building a new arena for the hockey team at the Belmont Park racetrack site.

Speaking to a group from The Associated Press Sports Editors at the league’s midtown office, Bettman added that Isles owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin still are “reviewing their options” to procure a new local arena for the Islanders, who have encountered numerous problems in their two seasons at Barclays Center in Brooklyn since leaving Nassau Coliseum in 2015.

“Yes, there is an RFP (request for proposal) for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that,” Bettman said. “I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there, if not at Willets Point (in Queens), to create a more hockey friendly environment for the Islanders, which is something Scott (Malkin) is committed to do.”

Bettman also reiterated that the renovated Coliseum, which reopened earlier this month, is “not a long-term option” for the Isles….

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