Has steve curry played better than this? Plus, how did Lightning build a dynasty

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lighting tampa bay…

As it turns out, not only does lightning strike the same place twice… it can strike three times as well. The Tampa Bay Lightning are heading to Third Stanley Cup Final in a row After beating Rangers 2-1 in the sixth game Saturday night Colorado Avalanche With the opportunity to pull out the three rare peat.

  • Stephen Stamkos Scored both goals for the host, and Andrei Vasilevsky Stopped 20 rounds of 21.
  • In this playoff, Tampa Bay rebounded from a 3-2 series deficit against maple leaves A 2-0 deficit in the series against notice — confined around sweep leopards.
  • Lightning seeks to become the first team to win three consecutive titles since The islanders won four goals in a row from 1980 to 1983.

Lightning’s front desk—and their star-studded roster—deserve tremendous recognition for advancing once again to the final, hockey expert Austin Nevison wrote.

  • Nevison: “While Tampa Bay receives some criticism for the way it circumvents the NHL salary cap, you have to raise your bar to General Manager Julian Presbois and this group of key players. Lightning has had to make some tough financial decisions every year, but BriseBois has been able to find Alternatives while preserving key veterans like Stephen Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov And the Victor Hedman. These players also deserve a lot of recognition for staying hungry every season and not giving in to an ounce of complacency.”

The road to a third cup in a row will not be easy: Avalanche has won both head-to-head matches this season The average number of goals in the Premier League is 4.64 goals in the playoffs. But Lightning is sure to have the experience advantage, and they showed in the playoffs that they wouldn’t be swayed by a slow start. It should be a great series starting on Wednesday night.

…and good morning also to Rory McIlroy and Charles Schwarzl

Rory McIlroy It was Lots of strong words Regarding LIV Golf leading up to the RBC Canadian Open this weekend. Then he let his play do the talking… until you finally get into it one more hit In the league backed by Saudi Arabia.

As for golf itself, McIlroy couldn’t have picked a much better time – either for himself or for the PGA Tour – to play some of his best golf. It was a perfect way to go into this US Open week in Brooklyn for McIlroy. For his league, he provided some much-needed star power in the winner’s circuit, notes golf expert Kyle Porter.

For LIV Golf Action, Charles Schwarzl He won his first league event in Londonto earn wonderful 4 million dollars in this process. His team, Stingers GC, also won the team event, which means Schwarzel and his teammates Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen And the Henny de Plessis Split an additional $3 million.

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As mentioned before, this type of money is the most attractive round quality for players. Even with notable names like Dustin Johnson And the Phil Mickelson Not a big factor in this event, It was a strong start to the leaguenotes golf reporter Patrick MacDonald.

  • McDonald: “Golf footage was featured in abundance, changes were made between rounds, and the short five-hour viewing window was similar to most other major sports. They were clearly monitoring social media channels and listening to viewers’ criticisms, such as from the leaderboard and dismissing various beeps were sufficient evidence. Additional modifications will inevitably appear and the strength of future competition will help propel the product forward.”

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No mention of that honor

Expert picks and Celtics-Warriors 5 game previews 🏀 Tonight

The best of the seven NBA Finals became the best series after that Stephen Curry‘s Game 4 masterpiece The series tied in two games each.

Curry – who had 43 points for a runner-up in a final – was so good that NBA expert Brad Botkin begs the question: Can Curry by Finals MVP Even If The Warriors Lose?

  • Botkin: “He’s going to have to carry on at his current strong pace right to the end. That’s what it should be. For a losing player to win the MVP award, the gap has to be so wide that it’s massive. So far, that’s the case… . The time he’s facing, and the lack of help he’s receiving from his team, what Carrey is doing now is superhuman.”

Only one player – Jerry West in 1969 – won the MVP award at the Finals as part of the losing teamAnd history says Curry doesn’t have to worry about becoming second if Golden State wins tonight: Teams that win game five out of the top seven tied 2-2 win the series more than 80 percent of the time.

One minor problem for the Golden State? Celtics is a perfect 7-0 after losing this seasonAnd five of those seven wins were in double digits. So, can Boston continue to do so? Or will the Warriors finally take the title role? Our NBA experts have made their picks. Here’s what our columnist Bill Reiter had to say:

  • Reiter:The Celtics are younger, athletic, deeper and better in defense and have had an impressive streak of resilience and top-tier basketball since turning their season around towards the end of January. But they don’t have Stephen Curry. And as we saw in Game 4, they can’t stop it. Pick: Golden State -3.5 | Warriors 112, Celtics 107

Mo Donegal wins the Monte Stakes, Derby winner Rich Strike takes sixth place

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Mo Donegal He came in at 154th for the Belmont Stakes as the favorite 5-2, and along the ground, he showed why, as he moved away to win by three lengths over second-placed Neste.

  • He’s a Hall of-Fame coach Todd BleacherFor the fourth time to win the Belmont Stakes and the first time since Tapwrit in 2017. He also coaches Bleacher Nest, so he finished second.
  • he’s a knight Will OrtizII Belmont. He also won in 2016 with Creator.
  • Kentucky Derby Award Winner Rich Strike He finished sixth. Winner Preakness early voting not run.

Mo Donegal had a tough Kentucky Derby, finishing fifth, then passing Preakness in late May, but he delivered in big fashion at Long Island over the weekend.

What are we watching on Monday?

🏀 The NBA Finals Game 5: Celtics at Warriors9 p.m. on ABC

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