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A group of more than 200 female hockey players announced Thursday, May 2, they will not play in any pro hockey league until changes are made. "We cannot make a sustainable living playing in the current state of the professional game," said a statement from the group, released by individual players on social media Thursday. "Having no health insurance and making as low as two thousand dollars a season means players can't adequately train and prepare to play at the highest level.
Game Winner is a 4-1 favorite to win the Kentucky Derby after Omaha Beach was scratched from Saturday's race at Churchill Downs. One of three Bob Baffert-trained colts in the top three among the newly stacked list of favorites, Game Winner was 9-2 on Wednesday night as news of Omaha Beach's status broke. He was 4-1 on Thursday morning. Improbable and Roadster, the other Baffert horses, each are now listed at 5-1 odds after opening at 6-1.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Martin Perez pitched eight shutout innings to win his third consecutive start and Jonathan Schoop homered to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, May 1. It was the fourth straight quality start for Perez (4-0), who began the season in the bullpen thanks to a quirky schedule that saw the Twins have six off days over the first 16 days of the season. He allowed four hits and walked two and finished with seven strikeouts.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach was scratched Wednesday, May 1, from Saturday's Run for the Roses due to a breathing problem that trainer Richard Mandella termed an "entrapped epiglottis." The epiglottis is triangular-shaped cartilage at the base of the airway just in front of the arytenoids cartilages that cover the airway during swallowing, according to a press release from Churchill Downs. The abnormality can hinder the performances of horses when it occurs.
Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and analyst Booger McFarland will make up the two-person booth for "Monday Night Football" in 2019 - the 50th season for the television institution. Lisa Salters will continue as the sideline reporter, and recently retired NFL referee John Parry will serve as officiating analyst. The network will not replace Jason Witten, who took over Jon Gruden's role the primary analyst in the booth for the 2018 season. Witten quit to return to play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. McFarland was an analyst on the field level in 2018.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gerrit Cole took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and George Springer, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick homered to power the Houston Astros to a 11-0 victory over the MinnesotaTwins on Tuesday night, April 30. Cole (2-4), who walked the first two batters he faced during a 26-pitch first inning, settled down to throw seven scoreless innings and allow just one hit and three walks. He struck out 11, including five in a row in the third and fourth innings. The no-hit bid ended with one out in the sixth when Max Kepler lined a double off the wall in right.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- There was a time when Bob Baffert was loosely recognizable in public as someone famous, and even a few knew he was affiliated with horseracing. That was five Kentucky Derby wins and two Triple Crown winners ago. "They used to say, 'Hey, you're the horse guy,'" said the affable Baffert, who has three entries in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, all opening with 6-1 odds or better. "Now, they say, 'Hey, there's Baffert.' I guess that's something."
Omaha Beach drew the No. 12 post position for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and was installed as a 4-1 betting favorite. Game Winner will start outside for the May 4 race at No. 16 and has 5-1 odds to top the 20-horse field. The post draw for the Kentucky Derby was Tuesday. Omaha Beach, trained by Richard Mandella, is on a three-race winning streak. Game Winner is trained by Bob Baffert, who also trains Improbable. The colt running out of the No. 5 post is the third favorite at 6-1, along with Roadster, another Baffert entry.
The Philadelphia Eagles said Monday that they have exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Carson Wentz for the 2020 campaign. Wentz will make more than $20 million in 2020, though exact figures for fifth-year options won't be firmed up until a later date. Wentz, the second overall pick from North Dakota State in the 2016 NFL Draft, has passed for 10,152 yards, 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions in 40 career games. He finished third in MVP balloting in 2017 and passed for a franchise-record 33 touchdowns in 13 games before tearing the ACL in his left knee.
Oddsmakers favor a Super Bowl rematch between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots in post-draft odds to make it to Miami in February 2020. The Patriots defeated the Rams in February and remain atop the heap based on post-draft lines at betus.ag. New England is slightly ahead of the Rams -- +800 to +900 -- who nudged ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs in the listing of odds to win Super Bowl LIV. The Chiefs and New Orleans Saints are +1000. Another bookmaker, Las Vegas SuperBook, has New England on top and an over-under of 11 regular-season wins.