Flat Racing had Frankel, Australia has Black Caviar.
Jump Racing now has Sprinter Sacre.
Following in the footsteps of Kauto Star, Sprinter Sacre is jump racing's new king. Friday's Melling Chase at Aintree confirmed what many experts had been saying for over a year. That this horse is a once in a lifetime animal that we should all savour and enjoy while we have the chance.
The buzz around Sprinter started before the 2012 Cheltenham Festival. He was the red-hot favourite for the Arkle Trophy and was considered to be the banker of the entire meeting. The 8/11 chance absolutely demolished the field as effortlessly as he had done in his previous races. There was a real hope now regarding this horse. With great favourites like Kauto Star and Denman heading to retirement Sprinter Sacre carried the hopes of the entire Racing community of being the next Superstar.
With three regular season wins against the Miami Heat, could the New York Knicks be the ones to stop the current NBA Champions from repeating?
Stranger things have happened.
Tuesday's 102-90 victory in Miami was the third time the Knicks have beaten the Heat by double-digits this season, the other two by an impressive 20 points. While this game saw the Heat air on the side of caution with their stars LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, who were both rested to ensure their health is at full capacity for the Playoffs, their performances against the Knicks this season should give Heat fans cause for concern.
The Knicks match up well against the Heat without question. They have a solid interior presence with Tyson Chandler who can guard Chris Bosh. They have Iman Shumpert, who has taken his time to get back into NBA conditioning following a serious ACL injury, but is now considered one of the elite perimeter defenders in the league once again and will be given the responsibility of guarding two-time NBA Champion Dwayne Wade.
Then there's the matchup everyone will be salivating over if the Knicks/Heat rivalry is to continue in the post-season.
For the second time in a matter of weeks, the city of Liverpool gathered again in the impressive Echo arena to witness one of their own move up into elite World company.
For the second time, they were disappointed.
This was supposed to be a statement night for Tony Bellew. The prize at the end of this fight would be a shot at the WBC Light-Heavyweight title. Standing in his way was Isaac Chilemba, a proud South African who was looking to come and spoil the party. Still, most experts had Bellew winning the fight comfortably by a late stoppage.
In-front of the expectant crowd of around 8000, Bellew walked towards the ring looking as intense as ever. There have been some criticism in the past that Bellew has psyched himself up too much for fights and is too focused on blasting his opponents away rather than use the scientific side of boxing to his advantage. During this training camp, his trainer has been working hard with 'The Bomber' on the fundamentals of Boxing. Footwork, evasive moves following combinations and counter attacking off the ropes. By all accounts, Bellew's camp couldn't have gone better and a big performance was expected.
1. Kansas City Chiefs:
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
This pick now looks like it will be between Joeckel and Eric Fisher and the preference is for Joeckel. Branden Albert is on the trading block according to sources and the Chiefs are going to work out Joeckel privately to see if he is ready for the demands and pressure of the NFL. He has the potential to be an elite protector and should give Alex Smith enough time to show if he was worth the high price the Chiefs paid for him. This pick is pretty common knowledge at this point and may even be announced before the Draft.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars:
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah.