June Sports ’15

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Stanley Cup Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
NBA Draft
Major League Baseball
U.S. Open Championship
NASCAR
Belmont Stakes
Wimbledon
24 Hours of Le Mans
College World Series
PGA Tour
Professional Tennis
National Donut Day

 

June is here, and this means summertime, vacations and backyard barbecues! School’s out and it’s time to get into the pool, and to hang outside and listen to a baseball game on the radio. In addition to the boys of summer, Sports in the month of June include the Stanley Cup Championship, the NBA Finals, The US Open Golf Tournament, Wimbledon, and the College World Series. We got you covered with TV listings, Links from around the web, and FULL Schedules for each. If you are into racing, June has it all with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, The third leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont, and of course NASCAR. June is also home to Father’s Day, so plan your cookout today. Don’t forget to hang your American Flag on the 14th, and eat a donut on the 5th. If you are in the Milwaukee area, you have to try a pickle on a stick and cheese curds at Summerfest.

 

It’s also hard to imagine that the longest day of the year is right around the corner, so read on to see what’s happening in the world of sports this month.

 

 

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National Hockey League

 

 

Stanley Cup Playoffs

 

The Tampa Bay lightning did something no other team in history has done, they won a game 7 in Madison Square Garden. They shocked the hockey world and are heading to the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks in what should have been a championship matchup between two of the originals, instead a hockey team from sunny and hot Florida has a chance for their second title.

 

 

Stanley Cup Final

 

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The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs have featured plenty of exciting and unpredictable series, but it all comes down to the Stanley Cup Final beginning on June 3.

With wins in their respective conference final Game 7s, the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning will face off for the holy grail, beginning Wednesday in Florida.

The experienced Blackhawks will be vying for their third championship in five years, while the upstart Lightning are looking to bring the second Cup in franchise history to Tampa Bay.

Here’s a look at the full schedule:

 

Time (ET)GameNetwork
2015 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
Wednesday, June 3
8:00 PMBlackhawks/Lightning Game 1NBC
Saturday, June 6
7:00 PMBlackhawks/Lightning Game 2NBC
Monday, June 8
8:00 PMLightning/Blackhawks Game 3NBCSN
Wednesday, June 10
8:00 PMLightning/Blackhawks Game 4NBCSN
Saturday, June 13
8:00 PMBlackhawks/Lightning Game 5*NBC
Monday, June 15
8:00 PMLightning/Blackhawks Game 6*NBC
Wednesday, June 17
8:00 PMBlackhawks/Lightning Game 7*NBC

 

 

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NBA Playoffs

 

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NBA Playoff Links:

NBA.com

Yahoo! NBA

Bleacher Report

SBNation

Sekou Smith’s HANG TIME

The Point Forward from SI.com

 

 

 

 

NBA Finals

 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will take on Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors in this season’s NBA Finals, starting Thursday, June 4th. The Warriors were the NBA’s best and most complete team in the regular season, winning 67 games. They advanced with a win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Neither team has won an NBA title in 30 plus seasons.

The Warriors are led by NBA MVP Steph Curry and his splash bro, Klay Thompson. Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green, the Defensive Player of the Year, headline a very good defense. The Warriors are a team that have embraced analytics and can play big or small, shoot lots of threes, and have no shortage of weapons. Without adding much in terms of personnel in the offseason, they were transformed into a juggernaut by big jumps from Thompson and Green, and the introduction of Steve Kerr.

David Blatt, before joining the Cavs, was set to become Kerr’s lead assistant. You’ll hear that anecdote six or 76 times over the next three weeks. For LeBron James, it represents a chance to win his third NBA title, but he’ll enter the proceedings as something of an underdog. The Warriors are blessed with a depth the Cavs cannot match with Kevin Love lost. What Kyrie Irving has in the tank will, of course, play a huge role in how competitive the series will be.

 

Time (ET)GameNetwork
2015 NBA FINALS SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 4
9:00 PMCavaliers/Warriors
NBA Finals Game 1
ABC
Sunday, June 7
8:00 PMCavaliers/Warriors
NBA Finals Game 2
ABC
Tuesday, June 9
9:00 PMWarriors/Cavaliers
NBA Finals Game 3
ABC
Thursday, June 11
9:00 PMWarriors/Cavaliers
NBA Finals Game 4
ABC
Sunday, June 14
8:00 PMCavaliers/Warriors
NBA Finals Game 5*
ABC
Tuesday, June 16
9:00 PMWarriors/Cavaliers
NBA Finals Game 6*
ABC
Friday, June 19
9:00 PMCavaliers/Warriors
NBA Finals Game 7*
ABC

 

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NBA DRAFT

 

Following the NBA finals the first and second rounds of NBA draft picks are scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2015 airing live from New York City on ESPN beginning at 7PM ET. Expected to dominate the draft field in 2015 is Jahlil Okafor, the center from Duke who in his freshman year has been on many lists as the No. 1 pick in 2015. Considered a basketball phenomenon since his early high school days, Okafor has been sheding the pounds (his weight has been his only drawback according to scouts and draft pundits) giving him more speed on the court. Now in fine fighting trim, Okafor’s new-found agility most likely will keep him in the No. 1 spot leading up to the NBA Draft in June.

Another top pick this year includes Emmanuel Mudiay, a Congolese-American who skipped collage to play as point guard for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (the $1 million contract didn’t hurt). Mudiay has been closely watched since his high school days when he played for Prime Prep Academy in Texas. Even then early predictions were made about the likelihood of becoming top NBA Draft material.

Rounding out the Top 5 are power forward Cliff Alexander from University of Kansas who already has been ranked among the top 5 prospects by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN; Stanley Johnson from University of Arizona who helped lead his California high school team to No. 1 in the state; and Karl Towns, a 7-foot freshman from the University of Kentucky;

 

 

 

NBA Draft Links:

ESPN 2015 NBA Draft - Get the latest from insider experts with complete analysis including top 100 prospects, major news headlines & feature stories, player profiles & photos.

College Hoops.net – NBA Draft - Check out the 2014 NBA mock draft, player profiles and rankings, top ten prospects, plus plus regular updates in the Daily Dribble, detailed overviews of NBA draft history and how the draft lottery works, top ten draft picks dating back to 1978 — and lots more …

HoopsHype NBA Draft Rumors - Daily reports on who said what, with links to major news stories, gossip and predictions.

Draft Express - Surf around for weekly reports on top performers with in-depth analysis of first round picks, the latest news headlines plus NCAA and international coverage.

 

 

 

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Major League Baseball

 

In Washington, Bryce Harper leads the majors in several offensive categories, including runs scored (39) and walks (39). But the most important stat he leads the majors in is being a crybaby. If he would just learn some humility and restraint, he would be a great role model. The work ethic and ability is there, it’s the other stuff that holds him back, It seems like yesterday that people were writing off the Nationals, not now, they are the best team in the Majors heading into June, even though they just got swept.

Over in St. Louis, The Cardinals salvaged a win last week in their series against the in-state rival Royals, and Randal Grichuk returned from the disabled list to play a big role in the field and at the plate. Former Indians slugger Mark Reynolds will get a shot at first base, while the Cardinals explore trade options following the loss of Adams. There have been rumblings about Ryan Howard, but the Cardinals are probably more interested in acquiring a starting pitcher.

Rounding out the Top 3, is the team from Houston. The Astros, Houston relievers have posted 167 strikeouts and only 36 walks in 160 1/3 innings. Now you could make the case for a handful of teams to be in this spot, but we gotta pick one.

 

Here are the FANFOOD Top 10 MLB Teams as the calendar flips to June:

  1. Nationals
  2. Cardinals
  3. Astros
  4. Twins
  5. Royals
  6. Tigers
  7. Giants
  8. Angels
  9. Dodgers
  10. Yankees

 

MLB FULL Schedule – June’15:

 

JuneGameGame Time
   Mon 1Toronto @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Atlanta @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Tue 2LA Dodgers @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Atlanta @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 3Milwaukee @ St. Louis1:45 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Seattle3:40 PM ET
Atlanta @ Arizona3:40 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ San Francisco3:45 PM ET
Toronto @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Houston8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ San Diego9:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
   Thu 4Oakland @ Detroit1:08 PM ET
Baltimore @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Boston4:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Fri 5San Francisco @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Washington7:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Oakland @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Texas @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
NY Mets @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Sat 6Chi. Cubs @ Washington12:05 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Texas @ Kansas City2:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Philadelphia3:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Boston4:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Cleveland4:10 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Cincinnati4:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox7:15 PM ET
LA Angels @ NY Yankees7:15 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Arizona10:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Sun 7LA Angels @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Cleveland1:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
Oakland @ Boston1:35 PM ET
San Francisco @ Philadelphia1:35 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Texas @ Kansas City2:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Washington4:05 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Arizona4:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ LA Dodgers8:08 PM ET
   Mon 8Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Houston @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Tue 9Washington @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Houston @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Wed 10Philadelphia @ Cincinnati12:35 PM ET
Miami @ Toronto12:37 PM ET
Washington @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
San Diego @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Houston @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Thu 11San Diego @ Atlanta12:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Cleveland12:10 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland3:35 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Miami7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Washington @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
   Fri 12Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs4:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Washington @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Sat 13Toronto @ Boston1:35 PM ET
Minnesota @ Texas4:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh4:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit4:08 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Tampa Bay4:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ St. Louis4:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston4:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Miami4:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets4:10 PM ET
Washington @ Milwaukee4:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs7:15 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco7:15 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore7:15 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Sun 14Cincinnati @ Chi. CubsTBD
Cleveland @ Detroit1:08 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Miami1:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Baltimore1:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston1:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
Washington @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ St. Louis2:15 PM ET
Minnesota @ Texas3:05 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels3:35 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego4:10 PM ET
   Mon 15Philadelphia @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Oakland @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Seattle @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Tue 16Minnesota @ St. Louis1:45 PM ET
Colorado @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Oakland @ San Diego3:40 PM ET
Seattle @ San Francisco3:45 PM ET
Atlanta @ Boston4:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
   Wed 17Chi. Cubs @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Miami @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Detroit @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Houston @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
San Diego @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Texas @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Thu 18Baltimore @ Philadelphia1:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Minnesota1:10 PM ET
Houston @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Oakland3:35 PM ET
LA Angels @ Arizona3:40 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Miami @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Washington7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Detroit @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Texas @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Fri 19Detroit @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Miami @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Boston @ Kansas City8:10 PM ET
Texas @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland9:35 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Sat 20Baltimore @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Texas @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Philadelphia3:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington4:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
Miami @ Cincinnati4:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Detroit @ NY Yankees7:15 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers7:15 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona10:10 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Sun 21Detroit @ NY YankeesTBD
San Francisco @ LA DodgersTBD
Tampa Bay @ Cleveland1:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Miami @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Philadelphia1:35 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington1:35 PM ET
Boston @ Kansas City2:10 PM ET
Texas @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona4:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta5:10 PM ET
   Mon 22Philadelphia @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Tue 23Detroit @ Cleveland7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas8:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 24Detroit @ Cleveland12:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay12:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota1:10 PM ET
Houston @ LA Angels3:35 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Miami7:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas8:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Kansas City @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Thu 25Chi. White Sox @ Detroit1:08 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston1:35 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas2:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington4:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Miami7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Fri 26Washington @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Miami7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Sat 27Texas @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Minnesota @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia3:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Pittsburgh4:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets4:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston4:10 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay4:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Miami4:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Cleveland @ Baltimore7:15 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels7:15 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis7:15 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Sun 28Texas @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit1:08 PM ET
Boston @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Miami1:10 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia1:35 PM ET
Atlanta @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Baltimore1:35 PM ET
Minnesota @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis2:15 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels3:35 PM ET
Kansas City @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego4:10 PM ET
   Mon 29NY Yankees @ LA Angels2:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Houston4:05 PM ET
Texas @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Cleveland @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Colorado @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
   Tue 30Texas @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Detroit7:08 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Colorado @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
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U.S. Open Golf Championship

 

The 2015 U.S. Open golf championship taking place from June 15 – 21 at Chambers Bay Golf Course in the Pacific Northwest. Only completed in 2007, the design of Chambers Bay in Washington State (just southwest of Tacoma) is based on the ancient and traditional courses of bonny Scotland. Along with the beauty of its location — nestled along the shores of Puget Sound — Chambers Bay has rapidly found a place on the professional golf course map as one of America’s most breathtaking.

 

2015 US Golf Open TV schedule

four full days of TV coverage will be airing on ESPN and NBC beginning on Thursday, June 18 leading up to a Father’s Day final on Sunday, June 21, 2015. (all times Eastern):

ThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
6/186/196/206/21
ESPN9:00 AM – 3:00 PM9:00 AM – 3:00 PM5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
NBC3:00 PM – 5:00 PM3:00 PM – 5:00 PM12:00 PM – 7:30 PM12:00 PM – 7:30 PM

 

 

 

 

About the US Open

 

Rising from humble beginnings, the first US Open was a nine-hole course, one-day tournament played on October 4, 1895 in Newport, Rhode Island. The winner? British player Horace Rawlins who received a whopping $150 in prize money and a gold medal. Over the decades, the US Open has emerged to become one of the four majors offering prize money topping $1 million for the winner who also enjoys a much more secure spot in the profession including an automatic invitation to play in the Masters, the British Open and the PGA Championship.

While the US Open has been dominated by American players over the years, the tournament has seen a notable spate of non-American winners between 2004-2007 including South African Retief Goosen (2004), New Zealander Michael Campbell (2005), Australian Geoff Ogilvy (2006) and Argentine Ángel Cabrera (2007).

In 2010, Graeme McDowell became the first Irishman to win the event and the first European to take the title since British player Tony Jacklin won in 1970. Another Irishman — 22-year-old Rory McIlroy — walked away with the championship at 268 to break the U.S. Open record by four shots in 2011.

And, just to add to the drama — it was a relative unknown, American pro Webb Simpson, who won one stroke to take his first major championship victory in 2012. In 2013, Justin Rose won his first major title, two strokes ahead of runners-up Jason Day and Phil Mickelson, to became the first player from England to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

Last year, it was 29-year-old German player Martin Kaymer who won in an eight-shot runaway as he led the tournament from almost start to finish!

You never know what’s going to happen at the U.S. Open. Who will win at one of America’s top golfing venues in 2015?

 

US Open Links:

usopen.com

pinehurst.com

USGA Championship - U.S. Open – As the championship draws near, catch the latest news & feature stories, TV schedule, and background & history of the course.

BBC Sports – Golf - Featuring live U.S. Open updates, breaking news and analysis, leaderboard, feature stories, video and audio reports, picture galleries.

Golf.com - The digital version of the print magazine with major U.S. Open coverage & interviews, plus putt around the rest of the site for lots of special features including golf videos, online lessons, fun and games.

U.S. Golf Open Championship - Great background information from Wikipedia with a preview, past winners and related references and resources.

 

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NASCAR

 

AXALTA ‘WE PAINT WINNERS’ 400
SUNDAY, JUN. 07 / 01:00 PM ET
POCONO RACEWAY
FOX sports 1

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QUICKEN LOANS 400
SUNDAY, JUN. 14 / 01:00 PM ET
MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
FOX sports 1

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TOYOTA-SAVE MART 350
SUNDAY, JUN. 28 / 03:00 PM ET
SONOMA RACEWAY
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Belmont Stakes

Saturday, June 6th

The 2015 Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 6 with live television coverage of the race itself on NBC. The Belmont Stakes day racing card is scheduled to get underway at 11:35 AM Eastern with a total of nine stakes races on the card. The tentative post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:35 PM Eastern.

The last and most demanding (1-1/2 mile) jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont race is also known as “The Test of the Champion” for the gruelling physical toll it takes on 3-year-old horses and the critical pacing and timing demanded of skilled jockeys.

Hey…this is the Big Apple – and In the final showdown only the smartest and strongest survive.

The lineup of major contenders at the Belmont stakes traditionally hang on the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and how well horses perform in those two races.

Over the years major spoilers have occurrred at Belmont where anything can happen to the “flavor of the month” who shows promise of taking home the big prize.

Last year, the star performer was California Chrome who won the first two races only to go down in defeat at Belmont.

American Pharoah is one horse closer to winning the Triple Crown with the withdrawal of War Story, whose owner Ron Paolucci reportedly said Tuesday would not be running in the Belmont Stakes. War Story finished 16th out of 18 horses at the Kentucky Derby on May 2 and did not race in the Preakness on May 16. The Derby marked a new low for the horse, according to The Courier-Journal, which noted before that War Story had never finished below third before that race.

As for the Belmont Stakes, 11 horses remain, including American Pharoah, who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. And while the Bob Baffert-trained horse has the best odds going into the June 6 race (he’s also the only horse who will have run in all three events), he’ll face fierce competition from fourth-place Kentucky Derby finisher Frosted, as well as, perhaps, Preakness runner-up Tale of Verve.

Here’s the full list of entries, minus odds — which have yet to update since War Story dropped out:

American Pharoah (Kentucky Derby: 1st place; the Preakness: 1st place)

Frosted (Derby: 4th place, Preakness: didn’t run)

Materiality (Derby: 6th place, Preakness: didn’t run)

Mubtaahij (Derby: 8th place; Preakness: didn’t run)

Carpe Diem (Derby 10th place, Preakness: didn’t run)

Divining Rod (Derby: didn’t run; Preakness: 3rd place)

Madefromlucky (Derby: didn’t run; Preakness: didn’t run)

Keen Ice (Derby: 7th place; Preakness: didn’t run)

Tale of Verve (Derby: didn’t run; Preakness: 2nd place)

Conquest Curlinate (Derby: didn’t run; Preakness: didn’t run)

Frammento (Derby: 11th place; Preakness: didn’t run)

 

2014 Belmont recap – No crown for Chrome

After winning both the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, all eyes were on California Chrome who was poised to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

But as with most horses who are tested at Belmont, alas, it was not to be — as California Chrome came up the back stretch in 4th place as a mere also-ran.

The winner? It was dark horse Tonalist at 8-1 who unexpectedly cruised into the homestretch Tonalist paid $20.40 to win. Coming in second was Commissioner, who paid $23.20 to place, and in third was Medal Count who paid $13.20 to show.

 

 

 

Belmont Stakes Links:

Belmont Stakes - The official site offering up ticket information, video clips, history and trivia and the complete lineup for the big race in June, along with feature stories & highlights

NBC Sports – Horse Racing - The official home of the televised Triple Crown races featuring Belmont news and related articles, video clips, history and trivia, plus fun features on the Kentucky Derby and Preakness races.

Belmont Stakes – Wikipedia - Deep background, historical facts & photos along with a complete list of winners and jockeys dating back to 1867.

The Belmont Breeze – Party on - with a recipe for the official drink of the Belmont Stakes.

 

 

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Wimbledon

 

The top men’s and women’s tennis champions appear on court to do battle at the annual Wimbledon championships in London in 2015.

New this year? After years of debate surrounding the timing of Wimbledon they’ve finally made the change – pushing up the schedule by a week to give players a proper rest between the French Open at Roland Garros and the grand slam tournament in the UK.

So that means instead of the traditional third week in June, this year’s scheduled matches at Wimbledon kick off on Monday, June 29 leading up to the women’s final on Saturday, July 11 and men’s final on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

 

For the first time since acquiring exclusive rights to the event, ESPN will present the entire first week of Wimbledon on the primary ESPN network. ESPN is scheduled to air coverage from 7:00 AM-4:30 PM ET on each of the first five days of competition, with an 8:00 AM-4:00 PM window scheduled for the sixth (July 4).

In previous years, ESPN shared coverage of the first week with ESPN2 and even ESPNEWS. This year, ESPN2 will not air a telecast until the second week, when it supplements ESPN’s Centre Court coverage with action on Court 1 and the outer courts.

 

2015 WIMBLEDON TV SCHEDULE ON ESPN AND ESPN2

Wimbledon begins June 29 on ESPN.

2015 Wimbledon Schedule on ESPN Family of Networks

Subject to change

Start (ET)End (ET)NetRound
Monday, June 29
7:00 AM4:30 PMESPNEarly Rounds Day #1
Tuesday, June 30
7:00 AM4:30 PMESPNEarly Rounds Day #2
Wednesday, July 1
7:00 AM4:30 PMESPNEarly Rounds Day #3
Thursday, July 2
7:00 AM4:30 PMESPNEarly Rounds Day #4
Friday, July 3
7:00 AM4:30 PMESPNEarly Rounds Day #5
Saturday, July 4
8:00 AM4:00 PMESPNEarly Rounds Day #6
Monday, July 6
7:00 AM5:00 PMESPN2Round of 16
Court 1 and outer courts
8:00 AM3:00 PMESPNRound of 16
Centre Court
Tuesday, July 7
8:00 AM1:00 PMESPNWomen’s Quarterfinals
Centre Court
8:00 AM4:00 PMESPN2Women’s Quarterfinals
Court 1
Wednesday, July 8
8:00 AM3:00 PMESPNMen’s Quarterfinals
Centre Court
8:00 AM4:00 PMESPN2Men’s Quarterfinals
Court 1
Thursday, July 9
8:00 AM1:00 PMESPNWomen’s Semifinals
Friday, July 10
8:00 AM2:00 PMESPNMen’s Semifinals
Saturday, July 11
9:00 AM3:00 PMESPNWomen’s Championship
Sunday, July 12
9:00 AM3:00 PMESPNMen’s Championship

 

2014 Wimbledon recap 

There were upsets aplenty at the 2014 Wimbledon championships as reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova was sent packing

She was joined by men’s favorite Rafael Nadal, who also crashed out following a huge upset loss against unseeded Nick Kyrgios of Australia.

In the women’s final, it took all of 55 minutes for Petra Kvitova to defeat Eugenie Bouchard to claim the Ladie’s title.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer made it all the way to the men’s final only to be defeated (again) by Novak Djokovic after a drama filled, nearly four hour match.

 

Wimbledon Links:

Wimbledon.com - Check out the official site with the latest headlines, video, feature stories, photos, plus ticket information & prices for ticket packages and accommodations, visitor and museum info, directions for getting there, along with Wimbledon history, records and stats.

BBC SPORT | Tennis - The Beeb Online as only they can do it, with reports from center court at Wimbledon, player profiles, video clips, photo galleries and the television schedule for BBC 1 and BBC 2.

ATPtennis.com - The official site for men’s professional tennis with video & audio reports from Wimbledon, scores, standings, feature stories & interactive head-to-head comparisons.

WTATour.com - The official site of women’s professional tennis featuring Wimbledon player profiles, rankings, feature stories, a photo gallery plus a FanZone with an online shop, free wallpaper and related downloads.

Guardian Unlimited Sport | Tennis - All the latest news and commentary from Wimbledon Stadium. Keep up to date with the most recent headlines on who’s in and who’s out.

Wimbledon – Wikipedia - The free online encyclopedia with historical color commentary and info on men’s and women’s singles and doubles champions from 1913 to the present.

Wimbledon party ideas and recipes:

How to Throw a Wimbledon Party - Check out the complete menu, along with ideas for invitations, planning and decorating

Wimbledon Cup Recipe - Get happy with the traditional Pimm’s, gin, cream and mandarin juice cocktail to celebrate the day. And for you Yanks, translate ‘double cream’ to heavy cream.

Poached Salmon with Cucumber-Dill Sauce - Another traditional recipe at Wimbledon, washed down by at least a bucket of strawberries and ice cream.

 

 


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24 Hours of Le Mans

 

Can they go the distance for 24 hours?

All about Le Mans racing

Begun in 1923, the historic race is annually sponsored by Automobile Club de l’Ouest and takes place at the Circuit de la Sarthe near Le Mans, France.

Today, qualifying races which take place on Europe’s most prestigious circuits help to determine which cars are selected for 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Le Mans 24 Hours has proven to be a very popular export with the rise of the American Le Mans Series, and the Japan Le Mans Series, both which help sustain the ideals of endurance and technological achievement in their respective national equivalents.

On the Web, find out more about the classic race in pictures, video clips, news & updates, profiles on car manufacturers & racers, interesting facts, trivia, and lots of history that continues to fuel the prestige and glamour behind the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans …

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Non-stop??

At 24 Hours of Le Mans, automotive expertise and determination combine to provide a showcase for endurance, technological achievement, as well as plain, old-fashioned race car thrills.

This year marks Le Mans’ 83rd anniversary, with all the action revving up on Saturday, June 13 and continuing to Sunday, June 14, 2015 airing live before an expected TV audience of millions.

With the race broadcast on 100 TV networks worldwide, Motors TV usually covers the race in 32 European countries, beaming it into 16 million homes in four languages with hours of coverage over the 2-day racing marathon.

In the U.S., SPEED TV traditionally features 24 Hours of Le Mans on demand at their Web site and on cable beginning Saturday morning.

 

24 Hours of Le Mans Links:

Le Mans 24 Hours - The official site including the latest news & updates, complete entry list, related history including a searchable database of results and times dating back to 1923 plus additional photos, video and multimedia presentations available with paid membership.

24 Hours of Le Mans - Wikipedia entry with a detailed history including pop culture references, facts & information on the famous 1955 Le Mans disaster, an overview of the circuit, a complete list of winners, pictures, related links.

24 Hours in Le Mans - Fan site with exceptional images as a result of a marathon photo shoot in 2005.

Le Mans - The cult classic starring Steve McQueen that used actual footage of 24 Hours of Le Mans, including site fan forum, lots of interesting behind-the-scenes factoids, photo gallery & memorable movie quotes from the Internet Movie Database.

 

 

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2014 College World Series

 

The College World Series takes place each June at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, a championship perhaps more closely followed by college baseball fans than the major league World Series for which it is named.

Leading up to the College World Series is the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship tournament in May, which features 64 college baseball teams battling it out in a series of elimination games.

Winners of the regionals are given spots in the super regional games located throughout the country. Two teams go head-to-head at each location for a best of 3-game series.

Super Regional action wraps up around mid-month as the last few teams clinch their World Series spots.

2015 College World Series schedule

This year’s College World Series is scheduled to kick off with the Opening Celebration Day on Friday, June 12.

Games will begin Saturday, June 13, and continue through to the College World Series finals on Tuesday/Wednesday, June 23/24.

Watch for full TV coverage on ESPN & ESPN 2, and keep it here for the full official schedule with game times and channels as the College World Series season heats up in June.

 

 

 

 

College World Series Links:

ncaa.com baseball page

printable bracket

interactive bracket

regional scoreboard

NCAA College World Series - Official site featuring event schedules, ticket information, the latest scores, history, pictures & feature stories, plus local metro shuttle info to the ballpark.

College Baseball on Yahoo! - Up-to-the-minute coverage including streaming video broadcasts, picture gallery, complete TV schedule, scores & standings, feature stories.

College Baseball – Rosenblatt Report - Keep up with all the action at the College World Series with daily blogs from Kendall Rogers including additional feature stories, news & analysis, photos.

Baseball America.com – College - World series, regional and super regional coverage including feature stories on who to watch, daily college baseball blog, weekly chats, coach tracker, searchable player finder, and downloadable College World Series Preview in pdf format.

College World Series - A complete overview with details on its history, lists of winners & related links, from Wikipedia.

 

 

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PGA TOUR

The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as the Champions Tour (for golfers age 50 and older) and the Web.com Tour (for professional players who have not yet qualified to play in the PGA Tour), as well as the PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Originally established by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, it was spun off in December 1968 into a separate organization for tour players, as opposed to club professionals, the focal members of today’s PGA of America. Originally the “Tournament Players Division,” it adopted the name “PGA Tour” in 1975 and runs most of the week-to-week professional golf events on the tournament known as the PGA Tour, including The Players Championship, hosted at the TPC at Sawgrass, the FedEx Cup, and the biennial Presidents Cup. The remaining events on the PGA Tour are run by different organizations, as are the U.S.-based LPGA Tour for women and the other men’s and women’s professional tours around the world.

 

PGA Schedule – June’15:

 

JUN 4 – 7the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide CBS
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, OH • Purse: $6,200,000
JUN 11 – 14FedEx St. Jude Classic CBS
TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN • Purse: $6,000,000
JUN 18 – 21U.S. Open FOX
Chambers Bay GC, University Place, WA • Purse: $9,000,000
JUN 25 – 28Travelers Championship CBS
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT • Purse: $6,400,000
JUN 29 – 30CVS Health Charity Classic 
Rhode Island CC, Barrington, RI • Purse: $1,300,000

 

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Professional Tennis

 

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open. Established in 1881, the USTA is a progressive and diverse not-for-profit organization whose volunteers, professional staff and financial resources support the singular mission.
The USTA is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections, more than 770,000 individual members and 8,000 organizational members, thousands of volunteers and a professional staff dedicated to growing the game.

 

 

Professional Tennis Schedule – June’15:

 

DATETOURNAMENT/LOCATIONTOUR
Jun. 8-14MercedesCupATP
Jun. 8-14Rosmalen Grass Court ChampionshipsATP
Jun. 8-14AEGON Nottingham OpenWTA
Jun. 15-21AEGON ClassicWTA
Jun. 15-21Gerry Weber OpenATP
Jun. 15-21AEGON ChampionshipsATP
Jun. 22-27AEGON Nottingham OpenATP
Jun. 22-27AEGON InternationalWTA
Jun. 29-Jul. 12WimbledonATP

 

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National Donut Day

 

Happy National Donut Day!

Every first Friday in June, donut lovers all rise to celebrate a wonderful circle of sweet, doughy goodness that has a day set aside ‘holey’ in its honor.

This year, mark your calendars for Friday, June 5th, when Americans everywhere kick back and enjoy a frosty one on National Donut Day 2015.

National Donut Day fun facts

Who gets the first donut? Some historians can trace the donut back to a fried treat served by New Yorkers during 18th century Dutch colonial days.

Donut citing: The first-ever written mention of the donut was made in 1809 when American writer Washington Irving immortalized them as “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts…”

The first Donut Day? The very first National Donut Day was instituted by the Salvation Army to honor the “donut Lassies” who had kept American soldiers in Europe well-supplied with donuts during World War I. (So if an army marches on its stomach – did the humble donut really help win the war? Possibly.)

America’s favorite? Today, Entenmann’s remains the largest donut-maker in the United States, producing more than 40 million boxes a year. The company’s rich frosted chocolate donut has been the #1 best seller since its introduction in 1972.

How to celebrate National Donut Day

As usual, watch for national donut chains like Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme occupying battle stations on National Donut Day, with competitive offers and free donuts to lure in customers in a celebratory mood.

That said, National Donut Day can be celebrated in any way you choose. As long as it’s glazed, powdered, chocolate or plain! Colored sprinkles are extra festive on this hole-iest of holidays, or try mixing it up with morale-boosting Bavarian or Boston Creme.

 

Homemade Donuts

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 quart oil for frying

 

PREPARATION

1. Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Mix in melted butter until dry ingredients become crumbly.
4. Stir in milk and beaten egg.
5. Flour your hands and begin to knead the dough until firm and smooth.
6. Turn dough out onto a floured board and flatten down to 3/8 inch thickness.
7. Dust donut cutter with flour and press into the dough.
8. Slowly and carefully drop donuts into the hot oil and fry for about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
9. Drain on paper towels.

 

(NOTE: You’ll need a donut cutter and a deep fat fryer.)

Helpful hint: For a quick topping, add granulated or powdered sugar to a brown paper bag. Add the donuts, close the top, and give the bag a good shake until donuts are coated.

 

 

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