Indianapolis 500 2017: Takuma Sato Makes History, Denver Columnist Tweets Racism

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The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 featured more drivers leading the race (15) than any in history. More new ground was broken today when former Formula One driver Takuma Sato took home the checkered flag, thus becoming the first Japanese winner in history.

Seeing this special moment in Indianapolis 500 history transpire, I felt compelled to make a Tweet that although falling on deaf ears at the time, ended up being rather prescient.

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Jared Kushner is Very Tight With Chelsea Owner, Vladimir Putin Crony Roman Abramovich

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Today’s top news story centers around Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Friday night, yet another news bombshell broke, via the Washington Post.

WaPo informed the world that: “Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.”

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Guide to Indy 500 Museum; Photo of 1st ever Indy 500 car

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I visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in mid-March 2014, just hours before Michigan State thrashed Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Final. I used what scarce vacation time I had to take in Indy 500 history and Indy 500 culture. It was literally 26 degrees outside, with a wind chill of 10 that afternoon, in Mid March (just in case you needed yet another reminder of what a BRUTAL WINTER we had in the Midwest during 2013-14).

Still I fought the elements to bring you this Indy 500 photo essay- enjoy!

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John Calipari Could Face His Own Player, Tai Wynyard in FIBA U19s World Cup

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Kentucky Wildcats Coach John Calipari might actually face one of his own players in a tournament this offseason. Redshirt sophomore Tai Wynyard was once again selected to participate in the upcoming FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup. He will play again for his native nation of New Zealand, a team with which he won Gold in the 3×3 tournament in 2015.

Coach Cal has a team in the summer tourney field as well. Thus, you may have a developing story line that is a lot more compelling than what you typically see in most offseason international competition.

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What Hamidou Diallo Brings to the Kentucky Wildcats Table Next Season

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With only minutes to spare before the NBA Draft entry deadline, Hamidou Diallo informed the Kentucky Wildcats of his intention to return to school. It was metaphorically an 11th hour decision. Diallo only practiced with the Cats, for about half the season, last year. He never saw game action. Usually, when a player of no experience returns to a college basketball team, it’s not huge news.

It is here though because UK has so little experience returning from this past season’s Elite 8 team.

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Central Midfielders Schweinsteiger, McCarty, Juninho Key Chicago Fire Rebuild

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The Chicago Fire rebirth, from an on-the-pitch standpoint, centers around three recently acquired players at the same exact position, central midfield. The stellar triad is composed of Juninho, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty.

Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez had a tremendous off-season, addressing the club’s primary talent need, and it’s resulted in a genesis of his on-field product.

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Golden State Warriors Favored in NBA Finals, Curry and Durant MVP Favorites

Westgate Las Vegas has opened with the Golden State Warriors as clear favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The bookmaker site positions the Warriors at -240 and the Cavaliers at +200. That means Westgate believes Golden State has about a 67-70% chance of taking the series, while the Cavs have a 33-30% chance of repeating as champions.

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Jared Kushner in Colorado the Same Day as Chelsea Owner, Putin Confidant Roman Abramovich

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UPDATE: via the New York Times- “Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, spoke in December with Russia’s ambassador to the United States about establishing a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and Moscow to discuss strategy in Syria and other policy issues, according to three people with knowledge of the discussion.”

With the Donald Trump White House and Vladimir Putin/Russia we have seen endless coincidences and plenty of collaboration. However, we have not seen evidence of definitive treasonous collusion. “The smoking gun,” as one would proverbially put it, hasn’t been found yet, but it could be coming to light reasonably soon.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors: NBA Finals Preview, Prediction

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This is the real party right here, right now. The actual NBA postseason is FINALLY HERE!

It’s the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Golden State Warriors, and now it’s the rubber match of the series. G.S. took the first one in 2015, the Cavs won last year, and now we’ll watch an epic NBA Finals series that should certainly redeem what was a dreadfully tedious and utterly pointless NBA playoffs.

You knew it was going to be these two teams all along, and the road here was filled with completely predictable and essentially boring chalk. Although we did all have some fun on social media with some of the laughable blowouts.

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WORST (or BEST) of the Indianapolis 500 Infield People Watching

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The Indianapolis 500 is the world’s highest attended single day event. Its total capacity is approximately 400,000 with about 125,000 located in the cheapest and most “festive” seats of the infield.

All newbies marvel at the sheer size of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway upon entering it the first time. The modern day answer to Circus Maximus is large enough to hypothetically house the Vatican, Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium and the Rose Bowl all at the same time.

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Kentucky Basketball: How Next Year’s Rotation Looks with Hamidou Diallo Returning

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Freshman guard Hamidou Diallo only practiced for the Kentucky basketball team last year; he never saw action in any games. Usually, when a player of no experience returns to a college basketball team, it’s not huge news.

It is for Kentucky though because they have so little experience returning from this past season’s Elite 8 team. The Wildcats are looking to replace 92.6 percent of their scoring and 76.6 percent of their rebounding from last year’s team.

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Jalen Coleman-Lands Leaves Illini Basketball; Offseason of High Turnover Continues

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Jalen Coleman-Lands is today’s Illini basketball trending topic, in the silly season that just won’t end. Says this for the 2017 offseason, it has certainly not been boring. The eventfulness continues today with news, first reported by Scout.com national recruiting expert Evan Daniels that JCL is leaving the Illinois basketball program.

Daniels cites word from the father of Jalen Coleman-Lands.

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