- The sport of kings’ wildest two weeks in recent memory have seen horses disqualified, jockeys suspended, and the top three Derby finishers all missing on Saturday. However, the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes must go on. As such, Improbable, trained by Bob Baffert, enters Thursday as a 5-2 favorite.
- Perhaps the most thrilling title race in English football history comes to its exciting conclusion Sunday. Liverpool and Manchester City have matched each other, blow for blow, the entire season, with neither dropping a point since March 3. With 95 and 94 points, the runner-up will set the Premier League record for most points by a team that didn’t win the title.
French Rap is one of the largest music markets in the entire world, leading the charts in France and much of Africa. Two of the largest faces in the industry have announced they will face each other in the MMA Octagon. Ellie “Booba” Yaffa is a French Rapper who is from Algerian, French, and Chinese ancestry. He is marveled by many to be the most famous and influential rapper in all of France. One of the leading French Rappers following “Booba” is a rapper by the name of Okou”Kaaris”Gnakouri , who is originally from the Ivory Coast in Africa. Booba challenged Kaaris to a fight in the Octagon over Christmas, after much back and forth or Social Media, they have decided to fight towards the end of 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.
- The biggest horse race of the year was turned upside down Wednesday, as morning line favorite Omaha Beach was scratched from this weekend’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Richard Mandella said the horse has an entrapped epiglottis, “an upper-airway abnormality that can cause poor performance.” Omaha Beach had won three straight races, including the Arkansas Derby on April 13, and was named the favorite at 4-1 odds.
Rio football club Flamengo became 2019’s Campeão Carioca crowned team, winning against Vasco da Gama 2-0 on Sunday, April 21st. Flamengo won earlier against them 2-0, so the team could have lost 0-1 to Vasco and still been crowned. Yet, the team never slowed, bringing their overall total to 4-0 and dominantly grabbing their record 35th Campeonato Championship.
It was a solid comeback after last year when Vasco won the professional soccer championship final against Flamengo.
- This weekend’s biggest sporting event isn’t much of an athletic competition at all. Nonetheless, some 100,000 people will pour in to Nashville starting Thursday for the 84th annual NFL Draft. Millions more will be watching on three networks, in what has curiously become one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar.
- The first rounds of the NBA and NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue this weekend, with the NHL entering the “if necessary” portion of proceedings. Clear your schedule until mid-June, grab a seat in front of a screen, or four, and enjoy the games each night.
- Opening weekend of majors’ season begins on Thursday, as the biggest names in golf make their annual pilgrimage to Augusta National, for the pageantry and tradition of the Masters. The weather could play a factor, with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the week.
My name is Gerald Farnell, and I suffer from a rare degenerative form of Osteoarthritis. I want to tell a little bit about my story, and how I found a simple solution to a problem that has plagued me since childhood.
When I was seven years old, my mother noticed that my left kneecap was swollen and red, and I was walking with a bit of a limp. I don’t remember a lot about it, other than that I thought it was an injury from playing football with my older brother John. John was a few years older than I, and always a bit rough on me, so getting injured was not really a new headline, but my mother thought we should have it checked out anyway.
- The men’s and women’s college basketball seasons come to their exciting conclusions this weekend. The Women’s Final Four takes place Friday in Tampa Bay, with the championship game Sunday night. The men meet in Minneapolis Saturday, with the final on Monday.
Nobody is exempt from problems. Falling is part of the path of life, but success lies in knowing how to get up. For that, many times we need someone to reach out to us when we really have reached the bottom. Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, people, who have immersed in social conflicts of various kinds, can find a way to defend themselves from the problems and make their lives better.
- For fans of the national past time, the wait is finally over. All 30 teams are in action Thursday, for the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. March 28 will be MLB’s earliest Opening Day in history.
- The rest of the league will be playing catchup to the Seattle Mariners, alone in first place, after a two-game trip to Tokyo with the Oakland A’s. A tumultuous crowd of 47,000 fans turned out at the Tokyo Dome to say goodbye to Mariners’ legend, and Toyoyama native, Ichiro Suzuki.
- Nike shares fell Friday morning after the sneaker maker reported weaker-than-expected sales in North America during its latest quarter and warned revenue growth could slow down during the fourth and current quarter.
- Attorney Michael Avenatti was charged Monday with trying to extort $20 million from Nike as well as bank and wire fraud charges for embezzling a client’s money to pay off debts and use for his own expenses, according to authorities.
- College basketball’s last weekend before the NCAA Tournament offers fans and players something unique to the sport: a second lease on life. Some 300 teams will be fighting for 20 remaining automatic spots in this weekend’s conference championship tournaments.
- Going in to the last weekend of college basketball’s regular season, the American, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, Mountain West and SEC are all still up for grabs. In fact, only Washington of the PAC-12 has yet claimed a major conference crown.
- Twenty of the league’s 24 teams, including newly-christened FC Cincinnati, take the pitch Saturday, as Major League Soccer kicks off its 24th season. Two more matches will be played on Sunday.
- Ever-modest international superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be back, leading the LA Galaxy toward another playoff run. Supposing you need other storylines, like new players from abroad and rising domestic stars, the league will have plenty of those too.
Football or soccer is an important sport around the world. It’s has a wide range of spectators and it’s one of the most loved sports in the world. The availability of stadiums in almost all cities in the world attests to this fact. It might surprise you to learn how much it costs to construct some of these stadiums. In the light of this Zenox Sports bring you the 10 most expensive football or soccer stadiums in the world:
- Manchester City will attempt to retain their Carabao Cup title on Sunday, as they face Premier League rivals Chelsea at Wembley. Chelsea Manager Maurizio Sarri has, remarkably, never won a trophy, and may not get another chance, given his turbulent tenure in West London.
- The Big Bash League, Australia’s professional Twenty20 cricket league, calls stumps on its 2018-19 season this weekend. On Thursday, the Hobart Hurricanes host the Melbourne Stars, then the Sydney Sixers visit the Melbourne Renegades on Friday.
As a kid growing up in the 90’s I was blessed to witness some of the greatest things pop culture had to offer us. In my opinion, the 90’s generation got to experience some of the best music, style, tv shows, and movies. If you clicked on this article you most likely feel the same way but in the current generation of movies filled with superheroes (which I love), remakes, or spinoffs.
- SOCCER: Fresh off a 1-1 draw in the Copa del Rey against arch-rival Barcelona, Real Madrid set their sights on their neighbors, Atletico. Second place in the table is at stake— not to mention bragging rights— in the 164th league playing of the Madrid Derby.
- Meanwhile, England’s biggest weekend fixture features fourth-place Chelsea traveling to Manchester City, who are back at the top of the table, after defeating Everton on Wednesday. Man City have a game in hand on Liverpool, and are now favored to retain the Premier League trophy.
- In what many are already calling the worst Super Bowl ever, the New England Patriots won a record-tying sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy Sunday night, outlasting the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. The sixteen combined points are the lowest in Super Bowl history.
- Julian Edelman was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, the first wide receiver to claim the award in ten years. Though kept out of the end zone, the 5’10” former quarterback finished with a game-high ten catches for 141 yards, and was always in the right place at the right time.
- The biggest day of the American sporting calendar has finally arrived (almost). The AFC champion New England Patriots take on the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams Sunday in Super Bowl LIII.
- If it seems like the Rams came out of nowhere, you’re not far off. Three years ago, they were in St. Louis. Since then, the Rams engaged in a free agent frenzy, caught some lucky breaks in the draft, and hired a 30-year old head coach to quickly transform from losers into champions.
United States of America Cricket Umpires Association (USACUA) umpire Mudassar Safdar has topped the recently concluded West Indies Cricket Umpires (WICUA) Final Practical and Oral examinations by obtaining the highest score of 94.66 percent. Before achieving this feat, New Jersey’s Cricketer turned umpire Mudassar Safdar, also stood first in previous year’s Final written examinations of West Indies Cricket Umpires Association.
- Tennis’ first major tournament, the Australian Open, concludes this weekend. For two weeks, tennis fans (and North American night owls) have been following the drama, and the heat, in Melbourne. Of the two singles events, the women’s final will be on Saturday, and the men’s on Sunday.
- The women’s final is set. Eighth-seeded Petra Kvitová and fourth-seeded US Open champion Naomi Osaka will each play for their first Australian Open championship on Saturday.
- A pair of name brands appear in Friday’s semifinals, and experts are predicting a Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal final on Sunday. Numbers 1 and 2 on the men’s side will face Lucas Pouille and Stefanos Tsitsipas, respectively.
- Perhaps the biggest name not appearing in the last four is Serena Williams, who was eliminated by Plíšková. Williams dropped six games in a row, and four match points, in Wednesday’s quarterfinal. Her attempt to tie Margaret Court’s 24 major titles will have to wait until May.
- Has the dominance of the Big Four— Djokovic, Nadal, defending champion Roger Federer, and Andy Murray— held back the men’s singles game? No one under the age of 30 can claim a major title, and with the ATP Tour promoting a new crop of stars under 21, many are left wondering if the game has skipped a generation.
- The NFL’s final four square off Sunday for the right to go to the Super Bowl. First, the Los Angeles Rams face the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. Then, the New England Patriots meet the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
- The Rams earned a return trip to the Superdome thanks to their strengthening ground game. In week 9, the Saints shut down Todd Gurley, en route to a 45-35 win. Last week, however, both Gurley and running-mate CJ Anderson rushed for over 100 yards, in their win over the Cowboys.
- Professional athletes don’t tend to be lacking for motivation, especially come playoff time. Saints coach Sean Payton may have provided some additional incentives by wheeling in $225,000 in cash and the team’s 2010 Lombardi Trophy, as part of a pre-playoffs speech. In dethroning last year’s champions last week, it’s safe to say the demo worked.
- Quarterback Patrick Mahomes wasn’t born the last time his Kansas City Chiefs either played for the AFC title or won a home playoff game. His 5,097 passing yards (2nd in the league) and 50 touchdown passes (first) are a big reason why the Chiefs are a game away from their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
- The New England Patriots come in to Kansas City as rare 3-point underdogs. They’ll be greeted by an arctic blast, and more than 76,000 frigid fans hoping to make their jobs more difficult. A certain quadragenarian quarterback with five rings doesn’t want to hear about it.
- The Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs begin Saturday, as the Indianapolis Colts visit the Kansas City Chiefs. Then, the Dallas Cowboys take on the Los Angeles Rams. Sunday, it’s the Los Angeles Chargers against the New England Patriots, and finally, the Philadelphia Eagles meet the New Orleans Saints.
- Two star quarterbacks are getting all the attention, but the key matchup Saturday afternoon might be between the Chiefs defense and Colts’ offensive line. The Chiefs tied for the most sacks in the league, while the Colts’ o-line surrendered the fewest this season.
- Two of the league’s top running backs will square off at the LA Coliseum Saturday night. To pull an upset, Dallas’ plan seems simple. On offense, feed Ezekiel Elliott. On defense, find a way to stop the Rams’ Todd Gurley.
- Weather could be the deciding factor Saturday afternoon in Foxborough. No snow, but frigid temperatures are in store when the Chargers meet the Patriots. The Pats are 10-2 in home playoff games under 30 degrees in the Brady era, and the game time temperature is forecast at 29.
- After the Saints walloped the defending champions 48-7, the Eagles fell to 4-6 and all but out of the playoff picture. Since then, Philadelphia has won six of its last seven, including an upset squeaker in Chicago last week. Last year’s Super Bowl MVP, quarterback Nick Foles, is one reason Philly’s gone streaking.
- The NFL Playoffs begin on Saturday, with the Indianapolis Colts taking on the Houston Texans, followed by the Seattle Seahawks visiting the Dallas Cowboys. On Sunday, it’s the Los Angeles Chargers against the Baltimore Ravens, then the Chicago Bears host the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
- The most intriguing of the eight x-factors this weekend might be seen in Chicago. Philadelphia will need a stellar performance from the offensive line, to contain the Bears’ superstar linebacker, Khalil Mack, and mount a title defense.
- Staying with Philadelphia, the most pressing injury concern this weekend will be the condition of last year’s Super Bowl MVP, quarterback Nick Foles. Elsewhere, Chargers’ running back Melvin Gordon was a full participant in practice, after tweaking his ankle last week in Denver.
- Your regular season may be over, but that doesn’t mean fantasy football has to be. With an increasing number of players opting for the postseason challenges, here are some tips and tricks to win under any format.
- Those interested in gaming of a different sort might want to take the over in the Chargers-Ravens game. All four games are predicted to be close, which would be a welcome change compared to the college football semifinals.
- The best of the best in college football take the field Saturday for the semifinals of the College Football Playoff. #2 Clemson takes on #3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, followed by top-ranked Alabama against #4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.
- As champions of the defensively-challenged Big 12, the Sooners are a two-touchdown underdog, and face the longest odds of the four. Yet, their offense ranked first in yards gained per play, challenging the old adage that defense wins championships.
- Coach Brian Kelly has led the Fighting Irish to his second undefeated regular season in South Bend since 2012. In contrast to Oklahoma, Notre Dame’s hopes for their first national championship in 30 years rest with their defense.
- The Tigers will be without star defensive lineman, and projected first-round NFL Draft pick, Dexter Lawrence, who failed an NCAA drug test. In the meantime, Clemson will appeal, and investigate how a substance not approved for human consumption wound up in one of their best players.
- The most heavily-scrutinized ankle in college football belongs to Crimson Tide quarterback, and Heisman Trophy finalist, Tua Tagovailoa. Following surgery to a sprain suffered in the SEC Championhsip Game, Tagovailoa says the ankle is 80-85 percent. His status remains closely monitored.
- The busiest two weeks of the Premier League calendar (40 matches in all) begin on Friday, as leaders Liverpool face Wolverhampton. Twice in the last ten seasons, the Reds have been top at Christmas, only to fail to win the League.
- The NBA’s traditional Christmas showcase features five games and the league’s top stars. LeBron James’ annual tilt against the defending-champion Golden State Warriors involves his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, and airs in prime time.
- While it’s a normal week for the NFL, Monday Night’s clash between arch rivals, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, takes on added significance. Christmas Eve could be the last Raiders game in Oakland, as the team faces an uncertain future a year ahead of their move to Las Vegas.
- Bowl season continues over the long Christmas weekend, with ten games between Thursday and Wednesday. Boxing Day has two games between Power Five conference teams, and a third between #25 Boise State and Boston College.
- Christmas is the start of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and that means cricket. This year’s traditional Boxing Day Test pits Australia against India. Aaron Finch should be ready to go for the Aussies, but the same can not be said of the field conditions in Melbourne.
- The Arizona State Sun Devils meet the #21-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. It’s all part of a five-game slate that kicks off college football’s 39-game, month-long bowl season.
- Thirty-nine games might seem like a lot. In the past, bowl organizers have had to reach for teams with less-than-stellar records to fill slots. Not this year. Every team boasts a .500 or better record, and four bowl eligible teams will be home for the holidays.
- Bowl season is also a feast for NFL fans, and this year is no exception. Those waiting for the Draft will have, at least, 39 reasons to watch next year’s top NFL prospects.
- Getting to a bowl game was often seen as its own reward, but nowadays, the gifts student athletes receive for getting to those bowl games is an even better reward. Video game consoles, watches, and personalized bobbleheads highlight the list this year.
- It’s also the season for bowl challenge pools, which have become almost as popular among fans as March Madness brackets. Whether it’s to beat your co-workers, or just for fun, everyone has a strategy— or several— to come out on top.
- The twenty-third championship of Major League Soccer will be decided Saturday, as heavily-favored Atlanta United host the Portland Timbers for the MLS Cup.
- In only their second season, Atlanta United have become a surprise MLS attendance leader. The final is expected to be seen by an MLS Cup record crowd, and the league increased away ticket allotments, after the Timbers Army supporters section sold 1,300 tickets in under five minutes.
- The Five Stripes are led by Venezuelan national, Josef Martinez, who was named the league’s most valuable player on Wednesday. His Golden Boot-winning 34 goals smashed MLS’ single-season goal scoring record.
- The Timbers’ remarkable run, from fifth-seed to Western Conference champions, is thanks in large part to their midfield. Last year’s MVP, Diego Valeri, is supported by fellow Argentine national, Sebastian Blanco, and Colombian Diego Chara.
- The match will be broadcast by Fox, which is employing cameras in corner flags, a first for the network. In addition, 26 cameras— sixteen manned, ten unmanned— will cover the action from all angles of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
- Conference championships, and spots in the College Football Playoff, are on the line this weekend. The PAC-12 kicks things off Friday night, as the Washington Huskies and Utah Utes vie for a trip to the Rose Bowl.
- The Big 12 Championship features a first ever Red River rematch. An Oklahoma win keeps the Sooners’ playoff hopes alive, while a Texas sweep sends the Longhorns to the Sugar Bowl.
- The main event comes Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. The Georgia Bulldogs would almost certainly earn a return trip to the playoff, should they repeat as SEC champions. Meanwhile, top-ranked Alabama might be in anyway, even with a loss.
- The Ohio State Buckeyes will play for their second consecutive Big Ten championship, and maybe a playoff spot as well. Hoping to make things simple, a Northwestern upset would give the Wildcats their first Rose Bowl berth in 23 years.
- It’s almost a foregone conclusion that Clemson will win the ACC Championship Game, and with it, another trip to the playoff. The Tigers are favored by 27.5 over unranked Pittsburgh, for those who are so inclined.
- The unenviable task of choosing college football’s final four falls to the selection committee. Watch as the field is announced, along with the rest of the New Years Six bowl games, Sunday at noon Eastern.
- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson face off in their first ever head-to-head, winner-take-all match, with $9 million on the line. Capital One’s The Match will be the first live pay-per-view event in golf history, Black Friday at noon Pacific, from Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.
- Both players, and their caddies, will be miked up. Drone footage will deliver camera angles never before seen in a golf broadcast. Real-time, hole-by-hole statistics will give viewers the probability of different outcomes.
- If that weren’t enough, long-drive challenges and closest-to-the-pin contests will keep the action interesting. Phil even wagered $200,000 he’d birdie the opening hole at a boxing-like press conference (played up for laughs). All proceeds will go to a charity of the winners’ choice.
- Long a fixture on the weekend sporting table, The Match will be golf’s first Thanksgiving event since the demise of the Skins Game ten years ago. It’s not unrealistic, should Friday’s experiment succeed, to expect a sequel, or a franchise, in the near future. Tiger and Phil could feature in another event, or other golfers could get involved.
- Few knew what to expect when Europe’s governing football (“soccer: in the US) body replaced friendly exhibition matches with a full-fledged tournament, but UEFA’s new Nations League has reached its final round of qualifying matches this week.
- What Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp once called “the most senseless competition in the world of football,” has already piqued the interest of fans in and outside the continent.
- Croatia and Spain kick off a dynamite schedule of matchups between bitter rivals and World Cup powers. The fun begins Thursday afternoon (for fans in the United States), and lasts through Tuesday.
- Nine teams are left in the top division, League A, to qualify for June’s UEFA Nation’s League Finals. Several are fighting to remain in — or to win promotion to— League A. Chief among these is Germany, infamously bounced in Round One from last summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup, adding more scrutiny to manager Joachim Loew’s position.
- Nations League also brought a change of format to UEFA’s traditional championship tournament. The new qualification criteria has given smaller nations, like Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Scotland, a better chance of qualifying for Euro 2020. With it comes a new lease on life for teams and supporters which often don’t have much to play for in the latter stages of Euro qualification.
- College basketball begins its nearly 200-day long marathon season this week, with its earliest-ever start. The idea is to create more buzz for the beginning of the season, which usually tips off around Thanksgiving. Not everyone is thrilled about that, however, especially the coaches.
- A trio of Duke Blue Devils— R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, and Cameron Reddish— highlight a class of players many fans will be enjoying this season, but only for one year. They’ll be going 1, 2, and 4 in next year’s NBA Draft. Changes to the NBA’s infamous “one and done” rule are on the horizon, but, for the moment, the college game will still be dominated by talented freshmen.
- Duke may look unstoppable, but if you’re looking to get an early start on your March Madness pool, here are five under-the-radar teams which might make a surprise Tournament run. One of them, the Nevada Wolfpack, return the core of their 29-8, Sweet 16 team, and could be a national title contender.
- The most turbulent off-season in recent memory may be in the rear-view mirror, but the NCAA’s investigation of the Adidas hoops scandal is only beginning. According to multiple sources, the federal government gave the NCAA the go-ahead to begin what could be the most important, broadest investigation in its history.
- The Breeders’ Cup returns to Churchill Downs for the ninth time, after a spell in Southern California, because, “why run in temperatures in the low 80s and a clear sky when you could be in the 40s with a chance of rain?“
- There are fourteen races across two days this weekend. Here are the post positions, odds, and entries on all of them. The main event is at 5:44 PM local time, Saturday.
- Some believe the Classic draw is unkind to the favorites, particularly 5-2 Accelerate, in post 14.
- Alternatively, if you’re looking for long shots and value plays this weekend, check out #4 Tight Ten (30-1) and#15 Dream Pauline (30-1).
- While not as star-studded as Churchill Downs’ May event, plenty of celebrities will make an appearance this weekend, including breeder and horse owner, Toby Keith. Two races will be livestreamed by NBC Sports on Facebook Watch.