Aaron Judge condemns Donaldson comments as Joe Kelly, Ethan Katz criticize MLB response

Anderson met with reporters Tuesday and discussed his history with Donaldson

Aaron Judge had his first chance to address reporters after Major League Baseball suspended New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson one game for racist taunts he made towards Tim Anderson. While Donaldson is appealing the decision, Judge made he clear he believes his teammate crossed a line.

Donaldson twice taunted Anderson with the name “Jackie” during Saturday’s White Sox-Yankees game in New York, culminating in a bench-clearing incident at home plate. Anderson made clear after the game that he considered those comments disrespectful. So did his manager, his teammates and Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

Judge is just the latest—and most noteworthy—player to speak out in support of Anderson.

But Judge certainly wasn’t the loudest player to comment on the suspension.

That honor would fall to White Sox reliever Joe Kelly, who was live on-air with 670 The Score’s Parkins & Spiegel show when news of the suspension was handed down.

The Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin trilogy fight is officially happening in September

A Canelo-GGG trilogy is on the way!

Professional boxing has had quite a strong first half of 2022. From Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano on the women’s side to Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano and Errol vs. Yordenis Ugas there’s been a number of highlight moments that capture why the sport is so spectacular.

The second half of the year appears to have plenty more in store.

Two of boxing’s biggest names are about to line it up for the third time. On Tuesday afternoon, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin confirmed to the boxing world via Twitter that a trilogy bout between the two fighters is on the way.

The third iteration of the Canelo-GGG will come five years after the first fight between the two concluded in a draw, and four years after the epic rematch that Alvarez won by majority decision in what was dubbed by Ring Magazine as “Fight of the Year 2018.”

Yet, the timing of this third bout is interesting.

Canelo went on to dominate the sport for four years until earlier this month when he was out-boxed in a loss to Dmitry Bivol. Meanwhile, Golovkin has fought four times since the 2018 loss to Alvarez — all wins.

But with Canelo coming off of his first defeat since 2013 and Golovkin now 40 years of age, will the trilogy give the boxing world what it wants?

Time will tell.

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2022 Indianapolis 500: Scott Dixon, Alex Palou and Will Power among betting favorites at Indy

You don’t want to miss out on Memorial Day Weekend in Indianapolis.

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing returns on Monday, May 29 as Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its second IndyCar event of the month and the marquee race of the season: The Indianapolis 500.

One year after Hélio Castroneves captured a miraculous and record-tying fourth Borg-Warner Trophy, the 2022 field is wide open and features some no shortage of star names.

Takuma Sato, Will Power and, of course, Hélio have already qualified. But so has stock car legend Jimmie Johnson and IndyCar royalty Ed Carpenter and Marco Andretti.

Scott Dixon will start on the pole alongside Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay.

Here’s a full look at each driver’s starting position and odds to win the race via Tipico Sportsbook.

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New York Yankees fans sided with Josh Donaldson over simple decency

New York fans could’ve demanded their third baseman to act like a professional. Instead they stooped to his level.

Josh Donaldson has a documented history of pestering players in the White Sox clubhouse. He caused issues in 2018 as a member of the Blue Jays. Created more tension in 2021 with the Minnesota Twins. And barely a week ago, he caused a bench-clearing shoving match after an aggressive pick-off attempt on Tim Anderson ended with the shortstop taking a knee to the head while barely avoiding a cleat spike to the hand.

Donaldson taunted Tim Anderson twice Saturday by calling him “Jackie” — as in Robinson, one of baseball’s most unimpeachable icons — in what the third baseman says was an “inside joke” but is an unmistakably racist remark any way you try to explain it.

Anderson called the comments disrespectful. His manager, Tony La Russa, called them outright racist. New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the taunt was “somewhere [Donaldson] should not be going.” MLB is investigating.

But the story doesn’t end there. The next day, many fans within Yankee Stadium booed Anderson and chanted “Jackie” during a nationally televised game on ESPN.

To say it’s the wrong side to take is an understatement. Booing a Black man who explained in no uncertain terms a day earlier he felt disrespected by the “joke”? In the middle of a spat that’s only connected to The Bronx because Donaldson happens to play there now?

This is not playful banter between fans and opposing players. Yankees fans have already crossed the line too many times this season to earn the benefit of the doubt. That Anderson beautifully responded to those chants with a three-run homer into right field doesn’t mean all is well. That he declined to speak to the media after Sunday’s 5-0 victory in New York is even more telling.

Because what should he have to answer for, really? What more could he say about Donaldson’s antics over the years that his teammates haven’t already made clear?

“A f****** pest,” Lucas Giolito said of Donaldson in 2021.

“This game went through a period of time a lot of those comments were made, and I think we’re way past that…I guess [Donaldson] lives in his own world,” Yasmani Grandal said after the incident on Saturday.

“Usually you have inside jokes with people you get along with — not people who don’t get along at all. So that statement right there was complete bull****,” Sox closer Liam Hendriks added on Sunday.

There’s four years of bad blood between Donaldson and the Sox. As much as Yankees fans may want to believe they’re defending their guy, this really has nothing to do with anyone in New York.

In fact, they’re just making this worse.

When one of the few Black players in MLB is telling reporters how disrespected he feels by Donaldson’s taunting, when multiple teammates are backing him up and when no players have publicly sided with Donaldson’s version of events, there is no justification for anyone to continue harassing Anderson.

Those fans are either chanting “Jackie” because they know it’s racist, or they’re chanting it because they believe Anderson was wrong to take it as racist and believe the proper way to respond is by continuing to inflict more pain.

Anderson first made a comparison between his experience in baseball and Jackie Robinson’s experience in a 2019 profile by Stephanie Apstein in Sports Illustrated — which is where Donaldson pulled his “inside joke” from. The story touched on the lonely existence of being Black in today’s MLB. How racism remains pervasive in the game’s highest levels. How he wants to inspire more Black youth to pick up the game that’s taken him to superstardom and how he wants kids to embrace their own personalities while doing so, not to assimilate.

(It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that this profile ran after MLB swiftly suspended Anderson for using the N-word after he was targeted with a pitch by the Royals Brad Keller. But the league has now waited three days to rule on Donaldson, despite managers of both teams saying the comments crossed the line.)

“I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson,” Anderson said to Apstein. “That’s huge to say. But it’s cool, man, because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m getting to a point to where I need to change the game.”

This is the basis for Donaldson’s “inside joke” — that Tim Anderson feels isolated as a Black man, even as one of the best players in the league, and wants to make sure others don’t have a similar experience.

Yankees fans threw it all right back in his face because Donaldson wears the pinstripes. They could’ve demanded their own third baseman conduct himself like a professional.

Instead, they eagerly, and despicably, stooped to his level.

Jayson Tatum’s scoring prop is a good bet for bounceback Game 4 of Heat-Celtics

Tatum usually has a big game after losses.

Jayson Tatum struggled big time in the Boston Celtics’ Game 3 loss to the Miami Heat, matching a postseason-low 10 points on just 3-of-14 shooting from the field. Had he simply played a game closer to his average of about 27 points, the Celtics would’ve had a great chance to come out on top in a game they lost by just six points.

Of course, Miami’s hellacious defense played a part in his performance. The Heat led by as much as 26, and despite allowing Boston to come all the way back within a point in the fourth quarter, they held Tatum to two points and zero field goals in the second half.

However, recent evidence suggests Tatum will bounce back in a big way in Game 4. He’s averaging 10 more points per game following losses than he does after wins this postseason. So assuming he has no lingering effects from a cervical nerve impingement, his prop to score more than 27.5 points on Tipico Sportsbook is a good bet.

Following Boston’s previous four losses, Tatum bounced back to score 29, 30, 46 and 27 for an average of 33 points. That’s up from 23.8 after wins this postseason, which includes their first-round sweep of the Nets where he averaged 29. If you subtract that series, he’s only averaging 21 after wins.

Miami’s defense isn’t going to just lay down and let him score 30, but that wasn’t the case in Games 1 and 2 either when he scored 29 and 27, respectively. And he might have scored more in Game 2 (after a loss in Game 1) had it not been such a blowout — he had 20 at the half. His other three games after losses were in the second round against the Milwaukee Bucks, who also had a strong defense. Yet, Tatum still found a way to drop 46 on them in Game 6.

Tatum is such a talented scorer that his output is usually dictated by whether he’s on or off more than it is the other team. So far in these playoffs, he’s simply been on after losses more. It’s been good for the Celtics, who haven’t dropped back-to-back games yet. And it should be good for bettors, who have a chance to capitalize.

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PGA Championship bettor gets philosophical to cope with $150,000 bad beat on Mito Pereira

OUCH

It’s hard to say how you would handle missing out on $150,000 if you haven’t been in those shoes. So there’s probably a thing or two be learned from how a Twitter user named Rufus is handling his bad beat on the PGA Championship.

On Friday, Rufus bet $500 on the relative unknown Mito Pereira to win the tournament at +30000 odds, for a payout of $150,000. Things were headed in the right direction for Rufus until Pereira blew his one stroke lead on the final hole Sunday with a double-bogey.

Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris passed him on the leaderboard to force a playoff, Thomas won and celebrated by hitting the dab, and Rufus — who didn’t hedge — was left holding the bag.

But instead of sulking over the earnings that were so so close, the self-described professional sports bettor got incredibly philosophical. We got to see on Twitter how he processed the admittedly painful loss, and here are some of the lessons he shared from it.

It turns out we were always right about the overachieving Mavericks

Dallas never stood a chance.

The Dallas Mavericks duped us — some worse than others. But I can’t imagine many escaped the okie doke Dallas has pulled off in these playoffs. What okie doke, you ask? Let me explain.

Without trying to speak for everyone outside of Dallas, I think it’s safe to assume many NBA fans and bettors had a reasonable read on the Mavs coming into these playoffs. They were good, not great. Their first round win over the Utah Jazz was as much about Utah as it was about them.

It wasn’t until the Mavericks stunned the reigning Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns in the second round that we were forced to question that logic and think maybe, just maybe, Dallas was actually on to something.

As it turns out, we were right the first time.

We knew Dallas was a one-man show with an ascending second scoring option and a wild card bucket-getter on the bench. We also knew the surrounding pieces were mostly perimeter shooters with otherwise limited offensive abilities. And we knew, as a team, they played pretty good defense. We thought that meant they could maybe win a series but wouldn’t go very far.

They were underdogs in their first round series against the Jazz despite finishing one spot ahead of Utah in the regular season standings. That was partly because Luka Doncic was hobbled. And even knowing that, I still thought they could win. That prediction was less about Dallas, however, and more about Utah’s shoddy play entering the playoffs and typical unreliability this time of year.

The second round is where Dallas’ own deficiencies were supposed to prove fatal. And for the first two games in Phoenix, it appeared to be heading that way. But then, the Mavs won four of the next five games to move on, and that’s when everything we knew came into question. Is this Mavericks team better than we thought? Did we underrate its supporting cast? Can they actually beat the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals?

With each passing game, it’s looking like the answer to those questions is a resounding “no!” I didn’t pick the Mavs to win this series, but I at least gave them a chance to win a couple games. Now, I’m beginning to question whether they’ll win a game after falling to 0-3 with Monday’s loss.

It seems Dallas’ win over the Suns was similar to the team’s win over Utah in that it likely had as much to do with issues on the other team – Deandre Ayton was benched, Chris Paul was hurt, Devin Booker was a no-show. That’s not to say the Mavericks aren’t good. But they just aren’t any better than we originally thought they were. The Warriors are making that very clear.

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WNBA Power Rankings after Week 2: Aces take over the top spot while the Mercury take a deep dive

Here’s who is hot and who is not.

Welcome to Bet For The Win’s WNBA Power Rankings. Each week, we update our list of teams based not solely on wins and losses but also take into account the reasons for the results. Tune in every Monday for a look at where your favorite team ranks.

Things are heating up in the WNBA and that’s not necessarily a good thing for every team. The second full week of action was actually one to forget for multiple squads that failed to secure a win. They’ll head into the upcoming week looking to catch a break. Meanwhile, the elite teams took care of business and gained a bit of separation from the rest.

Here’s where things stand.

All odds via Tipico Sportsbook.

The Connecticut Sun’s defense and Las Vegas Aces’ offense stand out in Week 2 of the WNBA season

A look at what’s going on around the WNBA.

Welcome to Bet For The Win’s weekly WNBA column, where we cover everything women’s basketball from highlight plays and signature moments to bad beats and best bets. Be sure to check back here every week for your W fix.

The second full week of WNBA games came and went and we have a lot to talk about. We’re seeing two very unlikely Aces suddenly rain threes out West, we’re watching Connecticut’s defense become absurdly dominant in the Northeast and a few “late to the league rookies” are making notable contributions to the W after finishing stints in other leagues overseas.

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Ref during Game 3 of Flames-Oilers hilariously doled out a penalty to everyone sitting in the box

Everyone in the box is on notice!

The Flames and Oilers’ second-round playoff series has been an absolute barnstormer. A great rivalry in the “Battle of Alberta.” Lots of goals. High stakes. What more could you ask for?

On Sunday evening, with the series shifting to Edmonton (-105), both of these squads were probably on edge. Again: They’re already rivals, and now there’s a spot in the Western Conference Finals on the line? All opposition get out of the way because all bets are indeed off.

With the Oilers holding a commanding 4-0 lead midway through the third period, frustration started to set in for Calgary. And a usual suspect — one Milan Lucic — happened to be at the forefront of a roughing penalty that would turn into an all-out brawl:

What chaos!

Aside from Lucic (who was given a five-minute major): How does an official even begin to sort that mess out and designate appropriate penalties? It’s actually pretty simple, as it turns out:

“Everybody else in the penalty box!”

Shoutout to this official for the funniest delivery of a penalty we’ve ever heard and for adding more fuel to the fire of a playoff series only getting more heated.

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