Expert Kentucky Derby picks & predictions: Look for Messier to score a big win in Saturday’s race
The Run for the Roses… The fastest two minutes in sports… Call the Kentucky Derby whatever you wish. This weekend marks the 148th installment of the Kentucky Derby, which takes place every year in the spring at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Twinspires celebrates the Kentucky Derby by giving new bettors a bonus of $200. Kentucky Derby pick and prediction: Messier (8/1)One of the big stories at this year’s derby involves someone who is not in attendance. Already in the horse racing Hall of Fame, Velazquez is a three-time Kentucky Derby champion (2011, 2017, 2020).mlive.com
Mark Messier book on leadership, teamwork coming in October
FILE - Mark Messier poses on the red carpet before the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK – Hockey great Mark Messier wants fans to know he had a lot of help on his path to the NHL Hall of Fame. The book will be released in Messier's native Canada by Simon & Schuster Canada. He is among the all-time leaders in regular season points, regular season games played and playoff points. In 2007, the NHL started the Mark Messier Leadership Award for setting an example on and off the ice.
Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Panarin selected as NHL MVP finalists
The NHL Hart Trophy voters agreed with NHL players in selecting Edmontons Leon Draisaitl, Colorados Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers as MVP award finalists. The finalists were announced by the NHL on Tuesday, and determined by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The 24-year-old Draisaitl is seeking to become the first German-born player to win the Hart after leading the NHL with 110 points (43 goals, 67 assists). The 28-year-old Russian was the NHL rookie of the year with Chicago in 2016, and a first-time Hart finalist. Panarin has an opportunity to become the fifth Rangers player to win the honor, and first since Mark Messier in 1992.