The California franchise is based in an area that is not a traditional hockey hotbed. The Kings should certainly be happy to silence critics who believed the team could never succeed in such an environment.
Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored two goals apiece to lead the Los Angeles Kings over the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Monday night, giving the West Coast franchise its first ever Stanley Cup by winning the best-of-seven series four games to two.
The Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year by eliminating the Boston Celtics, 101-88, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday. The Heat will play the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA’s Western Conference champions, in the 2012 NBA Finals, starting Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.
Maria Sharapova easily defeated Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 to win her first French Open in Paris on Saturday. With the victory, Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam and became just the 10th woman to win all four major tennis tournaments (Wimbledon and the Australian, French and U.S. opens).
I’ll Have Another will not run at the 144th Belmont Stakes on Saturday. The horse, who was vying to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, was ruled out by his trainer Doug O’Neill, who spoke about the matter on ‘The Dan Patrick Show’ on radio Friday morning.
With a win at Belmont Park on Saturday, I’ll Have Another would have become the 12th horse to capture horse racing’s Triple Crown by virtue of consecutive victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Unfortunately, the horse has been scratched with a leg injury.
So, besides famously becoming the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win all three races, what would’ve I’ll Have Another gotten for winning the Triple Crown?
With Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another scratched, 11 other horses will have an opportunity to win at the 144th Belmont Stakes on Saturday. The scratch cost I’ll Have Another his chance to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. The other horses will now race for their share of the $1 million purse.
After come-from-behind victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, I’ll Have Another can become the 12th horse in history to win the Triple Crown with a victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
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