The SportsTalk Live panel discusses American Pharoah's Kentucky Derby victory, including whether or not the horse can compete for a Triple Crown.
"This is a great horse. I like how he was tested down the stretch by Firing Line and responded well," said Adam Hoge. "He was clearly the better horse than Dortmund, who I liked more going into the race. But (American Pharoah's) got a chance. I know we say it every year but the word coming into this race this year was that these two horses - Dortmund and American Pharoah - really, the best duo that a trainer has had going into the Triple Crown. And whoever came out of it is going to have a chance, and I like him going forward."
See what else they had to say in the video above.
NBC horse racing analyst Eddie Olczyk also joined Kap & Haugh Monday morning to discuss the race. See what he had to say in the video below.
According to Yahoo Sports, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash over Calabasas Sunday morning.
TMZ Sports first reported the news. Shortly afterwards, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs confirmed the crash:
ABC 7 News and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski both later confirmed the report that Bryant was among those that perished:
Bryant played 20 years in the NBA, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships, two MVPs and appearing in 15 All-Star games. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters.
The story appears to still be developing, but this is heartbreaking and stunning news for the basketball world at large, and, above all, Bryant's family.
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley at the 2020 Pro Bowl and offered a glowing review of Bears quarterback coach, John DeFilippo, whose addition to Chicago's coaching staff is expected to bring the best out of Mitch Trubisky, the Bears' incumbent starter who's entering a make-or-break offseason with the team.
“He’ll be outstanding,” Cousins said. “He’s a great coach. He’s been around this league for a long time. I think it says a lot when someone like Matt Nagy, who knows quarterbacks so well, hires him. I think that says a lot about ‘Flip.’
“When you look at what he did with Carson Wentz as a young player, I think there’s a lot to like there. And he’s going to add a lot to that staff. It’s going to be to my detriment, because we’re in his division. But he’s a great coach.”
DeFilippo was the Eagles quarterback coach for two seasons (2016-17) and played an integral part in Wentz's development between his rookie and second seasons. Under his DeFilippo's tutelage, Wentz went from enjoying a solid rookie season to an MVP-worthy campaign in 2017. It's also noteworthy that DeFilippo managed to get the best out of veteran Nick Foles, who replaced Wentz after a season-ending injury. Foles went on to enjoy a miraculous Super Bowl run.
DeFilippo certainly has his work cut out for him with Trubisky. The former second-overall pick has looked like an average starter (at best) through 41 regular-season starts and regressed mightily in 2019. Blame for his regression has been shared among the offensive line and play-calling, but he deserves much of the criticism too. His mechanics were sloppy, his accuracy was lacking and he just didn't play with the kind of downfield killer instinct Nagy wants from his starter.
Nagy's end-of-year comments about Trubisky needing to learn how to identify coverages didn't create much confidence in his near-term trajectory, either.
But that's why DeFilippo is in town. And if Cousins' comments prove to be true, then we may be on the precipice of a breakout season from Trubisky.
Or maybe DeFilippo will be the tie-breaking voice that allows the Bears to move on if Trubisky's struggles continue.