Weekend Recap: Youth Is Served, The Champ Stays Unbeaten And A Jockey Takes His Place In Derby History


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All in all, it wasn’t a bad weekend to be a sports fan. We knew from what was on tap – a little Kentucky Derby here, a Mayweather-Mosley fight there – that we were in store for some theatrics. But it wasn’t until we saw a jockey make an historic Run for the Roses, an NBA legend grow, and a new golf prodigy emerge that we realized just how great the weekend was.

Is that mud in my Mint Julep … ?

It was a soggy, dirty affair at Churchill Downs Saturday, but that didn’t bother jockey Calvin Borel and his winning ride, Super Saver, one bit. It was the most wide-open Derby in years (favorite Lookin At Lucky, at 6-1, tied for the longest-priced favorite in 136 runnings of the Derby), but Borel found a way to make Super Saver the toast of the Bluegrass state. With the win, Borel became the first jockey in history to win the Kentucky Derby three times in four years. Now the question is, will Borel make it four wins in five years riding a horse with a #SeinfeldDerbyHorseName in 2011?

That’s Funny, You don’t look like Manny Pacquiao … .

The world has been waiting for Mayweather-Pacquiao, but it was Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley who squared off Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. How did it end? Let’s just say, the world is still waiting for Mayweather-Pacquiao. After a near knockdown in the second round, “Money” Mayweather dominated the rest of the fight and won a unanimous decision over Mosley. With the win, Mayweather improved to 41-0 in his professional career. Why do we think if Mayweather can’t get a bout with Pacquiao, our own Brian Kenny is next?

Somebody Give Jeff Gordon a Hug

Because even though he led 144 laps Saturday night at the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Gordon was not the one in victory lane. That would be one Kyle Busch, who passed Gordon after the final restart, winning the race and snapping a 21-race winless streak. After the race, Busch went on to celebrate his 25th birthday (yesterday) while Gordon went on to lament the fact that this is the fourth time this season he has been in position for a win and, well, not won.

Who Cares About LeBron’s Elbow? Mo Williams Can Dunk!

LeBron and his sore elbow won their second straight NBA MVP award Sunday, finishing ahead of Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard, respectively. That made LeBron only the 10th player in NBA history – and the second youngest – to win back-to-back MVP awards. One day earlier, LeBron and the Cavs beat the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals where neither LeBron, nor his elbow, nor his pending MVP award were the big story. That belonged to Mo Williams, who delivered his first dunk for Cleveland and sparked the Cavs’ rally. We could describe it, but we think it’s best to let coach Mike Brown take it from here.

In other NBA news, LA and Utah faced off in the Western conference semis opener Sunday, where the Lakers beat the Jazz, 104-99. Back in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks beat up on the Bucks, 95-74, to advance to the conference semis; they’ll play the Magic Tuesday.

Is Rory the New Tiger?

Tiger missed the cut for just the sixth time in his professional career Friday at the Quail Hollow Championship. But come Sunday, Rory McIlroy had everyone saying, “Tiger who?” Kind of. McIlroy, a 20-year-old from Northern Ireland, won at Quail Hollow while setting a course record (he shot a 10-under 62 yesterday for a four-shot victory over Phil Mickelson). He also became the youngest PGA Tour winner since Tiger himself, who was 20 years and 10 months old when he won his first PGA Tour event in Las Vega in 1996 (McIlroy turns 21 tomorrow).