Raptors Lead NBA Playoffs, Belmont Stakes, Blues Lead Stanley Cup Finals, French Open

Raptors look to go up 3-1 over the Warriors, the Blues can close out the Bruins on Sunday, and French Open Finals take place this weekend. Plus, War of Will looks to prove what could have been in the Belmont Stakes. Check out what happened and what’s going on in the world of sports!

Weekly Sports Update – June 7th Edition

Toronto Raptors look to go up 3-1 over Golden State

The Toronto Raptors can take a 3-1 NBA Series lead with a victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 on Friday, June 7. For the Raptors, it all depends on how they handle Kyle Thompson.

With Thompson out in Game 3, the Raptors flourished. They dominated Golden State on the road 123-109. Toronto excelled even though Warriors’ great Steph Curry dropped 47. The thing about Toronto is that they can beat Golden State so many ways.

Everyone, especially Danny Green and Kyle Lowry, contributed in the Game 3 victory. It’s difficult to make comparisons, but the Raptors are sort of built like Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls squads back in the 1990’s without Scottie Pippen. They’ve got an MVP caliber player in Kawhi Leonard and a bunch of really, really, good players. The Warriors were that team before they signed Kevin Durant, who won’t play on Friday night.

Signing players like Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, although smart, may have left the Warriors searching for the depth they need in this series. Nobody stepped it up to help Steph in Game 3. If Thompson isn’t 100%, nobody could on Friday night either, meaning the Raptors could very well take a 3-1 series lead.

War of Will hopes to show what could have been

War of Will, the Preakness Stakes winner, heads into the Belmont on Saturday with a chance to win 2-of-3 Triple Crown races. Often times, the best horse in the Kentucky Derby doesn’t always win the Derby.

War of Will was most affected by Maximum Security’s infraction in the Run for the Roses. He appeared to be in the best position to win the race. If the horse wins on Saturday, his connections, might have an argument that he was robbed of a Triple Crown.

It’s happened before where the best three-year-old that year blows it in the Derby but comes back to win the next two Triple Crown races. Secretariat’s son, Risen Star, lost the Derby in 1988 only to win the Preakness and Belmont. Point Given produced the Preakness-Belmont double in 2001. So did Afleet Alex in 2005.

If War of Will wins the Test of Champions on Saturday, he most definitely deserves three-year-old of the year honors no matter what Maximum Security does the rest of the year.

St. Louis can win the Stanley Cup on Sunday

The St. Louis Blues can take the Stanley Cup on Sunday after a strange ending to Game 5. The Blues, underdogs on the road, appeared to got handed a gift when Tyler Bozak wasn’t called for tripping Noel Acciari.

The non-call led to a Blues goal that put them up 2-1. St. Louis now heads home to the Enterprise Center with a shot to win the Stanley Cup. How did the refs miss that one? After Game 3, Blues head coach Craig Berube complained about the officiating.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy feels that had an affect on Game 4. The tripping does appear blatant, but officials miss calls all the time in hockey. Boston went 0-3 on their power plays on Thursday night. That had as much to do with the loss as the non-call.

Can the Bruins come back? Probably not. The Blues have outshot the Bruins in every match during the series save for Game 1 and Game 5. The non-call is in the past. If the Bruins wishes to mount a legendary series comeback, they had better get over it.

French Open finals take place this weekend

The men’s side won’t lack star power in the French Open Finals on Sunday. The top four seeds on the men’s side, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Dominic Thiem all made it to the semifinals. No matter who ends up playing on Sunday, even the most casual tennis fan will know who they are.

On the women’s side it’s a different story. Saturday’s Women’s French Open Final is a match between Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova. Neither is a household name. Although Barty and Vondrousova should play a great match on June 8, the real story of this year’s French Open is the teenager Barty beat in the semifinals, Amanda Anisimova.

The 17-year-old American upset Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Anisimova could be the next great women’s tennis player. She should only improve after the French Open run.

Women’s World Cup underway on Friday

The 2019 Women’s World Cup starts on Friday when France battles South Korea. The United States is favored at +300, but France is right there at +350. Will the U.S. win back-to-back World Cups? The team looks strong. However, many nations have improved, including dark horse Spain and the English.

We shall see what happens. Right now, the U.S. seems vulnerable. One of the greatest runs in soccer on the internationals stage could be on the verge of ending.

Have a great week!


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