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US Open Golf

This will be the 118th playing of the U.S. Open, and the fifth to be held at Shinnecock Hills. The 2018 U.S. Open is set for June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York.

US Open Golf 2018

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On Wednesday the USGA released tee times for the event, which included several marquee pairings. Tiger Woods, who last won a major at the U.S. Open 10 years ago at Torrey Pines, will play the first two rounds alongside the top two players in the world: Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson. That trio will tee off at 1:47 p.m. on Thursday.

You can find a full list of tee times and groupings below.

What: U.S. Open
Where: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
When: Thursday-Sunday, June 14-17
Purse: $12 million, $2.16 million winner (2017 figures)
Defending champion: Brooks Koepka (16 under, 272, won by 4)

Also in the field is 2017 U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who appears ready to defend his title after missing an extended period of time due to injury. In his last two starts, Koepka has tied for 11th at the Players Championship and finished in solo second at the Fort Worth Invitational.

The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock Hills for the first time since 2004 and the fifth time in the national championship’s history, having previously hosted the second-ever U.S. Open in 1896, as well as the 1986 and 1995 U.S. Opens. The Southampton, N.Y., course will become one of eight venues to host five or more U.S. Opens this year, and it will also become one of four venues to host six or more when the USGA returns in 2026.

First- and second-round tee times for the 2018 U.S. Open (all times ET)

Thursday, No. 1 tee / Friday, No. 10 tee

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Harold Varner, TBD, Matthieu Pavon

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Michael Putnam, Scott Gregory, Will Zalatoris

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley, (a) Harry Ellis

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Jhonattan Vegas, Dylan Frittelli, (a) Doug Ghim

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Tyrrell Hatton Danny Willett, Ian Poulter

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Kevin Chappell, Andrew Johnston, Daniel Berger

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Kuchar

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Thorbjorn Olesen, Shubhankar Sharma, Patrick Rodgers

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Lanto Griffin, Tom Lewis, (a) Jacob Bergeron

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – (a) Kristoffer Reitan, (a) Luis Gagne, Cole Miller

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Mickey DeMorat, (a) Tyler Strafaci, Calum Hill

Thursday, No. 10 tee / Friday, No. 1 tee

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Scott Stallings, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Southgate

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Trey Mullinax, (a) Matt Parziale, Jason Scrivener

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – David Bransdon, Eric Axley, Tyler Duncan

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – (a) Garrett Rank, Mackenzie Hughes, Aaron Baddeley

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Alexander Levy, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Paul Casey, Satoshi Kodaira, Branden Grace

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Charles Howell III, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Sungjae Im, Russell Knox, Matthew Wallace

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – (a) Shintaro Ban, Sung Joon Park, Timothy Wilkinson

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Dylan Meyer, Sulman Raza, Chris Naegel

Thursday, No. 1 tee / Friday, No. 10 tee

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Sam Burns, Brian Gay, Dean Burmester

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – TBD; (a) Chun An Yu, Wenchong Liang

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Russell Henley, Aaron Wise, Peter Uihlein

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Tony Finau, Luke List, Gary Woodland

1:14 p.m. – 7:29 a.m. – Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Alexander Noren

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley, Pat Perez

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Haotong Li, Si Woo Kim, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Jason Dufner, (a) Braden Thornberry, Brandt Snedeker

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – TBD, (a) Ryan Lumsden, James Morrison

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Cameron Wilson, (a) Will Grimmer, (a) Philip Barbaree

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – (a) Rhett Rasmussen, Michael Hebert, Michael Block

Thursday, No. 10 tee/ Friday, No. 1 tee

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Matthew Jones, Ryan Fox, Shota Akiyoshi

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Paul Waring, (a) Theo Humphrey, TBD

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Richy Werenski, Roberto Castro, Ollie Schniederjans

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – (a) Noah Goodwin, Richie Ramsay, Kenny Perry

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Keegan Bradley, TBD, Xander Schauffele

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Kevin Kisner, Ross Fisher, Adam Hadwin

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Shane Lowry, TBD, Chez Reavie

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Lucas Herbert, Brian Stuard, (a) Stewart Hagestad

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – (a) Franklin Huang, Sebastian Vazquez, Michael Miller

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Christopher Babcock, (a) Timothy Wiseman, David Gazzolo

Belmont Stakes Live

The television coverage begins Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Races can be streamed on the NBC Sports AppThe 150th Belmont Stakes will take place on June 9 from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the three Triple Crown races, as well as the longest with a 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometer) track.

But favorites aren’t always sure things in the 1 1/2-mile Test of Champions. Last year’s winner, Tapwrit, went off at odds of 6-1 and Creator paid a healthy 15-1 in 2016. In fact, American Pharoah is the only favorite in the last 16 years to cross the finish line first in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

There is ample justification for Justify to be the betting favorite, as explained here Wednesday. But there are a few reasons to bet against him. He will be running his sixth race since Feb. 18, a heavy workload for any horse, and drew the inside post for Saturday’s race. Because the starting gate at Belmont is positioned three-sixteenths of a mile from the clubhouse turn, the Belmont Stakes has the shortest run into the first turn of any of the three Triple Crown races. As a result, horses breaking from inside posts are more likely to be in trouble early, costing them their chance at victory. In fact, the last Belmont Stakes winner to break from post No. 1 was Touch Gold in 1997.

So, if you want to bet against Justify, here are three alternatives.

No. 3 Bravazo

Bravazo, owned by Calumet Farms, won the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds in February but then faltered in the Louisiana Derby in March, finishing eighth. A troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby hid the strong performance by the D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt but everyone saw how good Bravazo could be in his second-place performance to Justify in the Preakness.

“We’ve got a nice horse, and we’ll make it interesting,” Lukas told Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier Journal. “I said that before the Preakness and we made it real interesting.”

Bravazo’s sire, Awesome Again, was well-suited to the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. He won the Queen’s Plate over that distance as a 3-year-old with victories in the Saratoga Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Classic at age 4. Bravazo’s broodmare sire, Cee’s Tizzy, was bred for distance, too, as his sire Relaunch finished second in the San Luis Rey Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile graded race.

A quick pace should also be no trouble for Bravazo: twice he has produced triple-digit Brisnet pace figures as a 3-year-old, once in the Louisiana Derby (103) and again in the Preakness (101). Par for the Belmont Stakes is 102.

No. 4 Hofburg

The son of Tapit broke his maiden in March at Gulfstream Park in his second start before finishing second to Audible in the Florida Derby, a key Kentucky Derby prep race. Hofburg then finished seventh — 8 3/4 lengths behind Justify — in the Kentucky Derby after steadying twice on the far turn due to traffic trouble. By the time jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. positioned him for the stretch run, Hofburg was already 17 lengths behind the leader, way too far back to make an impact. He did post a strong Brisnet speed figure toward the end of the race (99 LP, seven points above par), indicating he had plenty left in the tank for a longer run.

That combination of speed and stamina is evident in his pedigree. Hofburg’s dosage index (2.78), the ratio of speed to stamina, fits perfectly with previous winners of the Belmont and his center of distribution (. 65) “is nicely placed for an added shot of stamina.” Plus, Hofburg’s half sister Emollient, also trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, won six of 18 startsincluding four Grade 1 races from 2012 to 2014.

No. 7 Tenfold

Tenfold is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who lost the 2007 Belmont Stakes by a nose to the filly Rags to Riches, and out of a mare by Tapit, who has sired three of the past four Belmont Stakes winners. The miss: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Like Curlin, Tenfold did not race as a 2-year-old, instead breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park in February. Tenfold then finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby and third in the Preakness by less than a length.

But this is a colt on the rise. His Brisnet speed figures have increased in every race and he set a career-high pace figure (97) at Pimlico. That typically indicates the horse is ready for another step forward.

2018 Belmont Stakes Odds: Favorites, Contenders

The 150th Belmont Stakes will take place on June 9 from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the three Triple Crown races, as well as the longest with a 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometer) track.

Justify is the heavy favorite to win the race and complete the Triple Crown. Only 12 horses have completed the feat, the last being American Pharoah in 2015.

The television coverage begins Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Races can be streamed on the NBC Sports App.

Justify will be a heavy favorite to win the Belmont Stakes: The morning line assigned him 4-5 odds after the draw and with the possibility of a Triple Crown in play, many will buy souvenir tickets to keep as mementos, sending those odds down even further.

But favorites aren’t always sure things in the 1 1/2-mile Test of Champions. Last year’s winner, Tapwrit, went off at odds of 6-1 and Creator paid a healthy 15-1 in 2016. In fact, American Pharoah is the only favorite in the last 16 years to cross the finish line first in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

There is ample justification for Justify to be the betting favorite, as explained here Wednesday. But there are a few reasons to bet against him. He will be running his sixth race since Feb. 18, a heavy workload for any horse, and drew the inside post for Saturday’s race. Because the starting gate at Belmont is positioned three-sixteenths of a mile from the clubhouse turn, the Belmont Stakes has the shortest run into the first turn of any of the three Triple Crown races. As a result, horses breaking from inside posts are more likely to be in trouble early, costing them their chance at victory. In fact, the last Belmont Stakes winner to break from post No. 1 was Touch Gold in 1997.

So, if you want to bet against Justify, here are three alternatives.

No. 3 Bravazo

Bravazo, owned by Calumet Farms, won the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds in February but then faltered in the Louisiana Derby in March, finishing eighth. A troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby hid the strong performance by the D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt but everyone saw how good Bravazo could be in his second-place performance to Justify in the Preakness.

“We’ve got a nice horse, and we’ll make it interesting,” Lukas told Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier Journal. “I said that before the Preakness and we made it real interesting.”

Bravazo’s sire, Awesome Again, was well-suited to the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. He won the Queen’s Plate over that distance as a 3-year-old with victories in the Saratoga Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Classic at age 4. Bravazo’s broodmare sire, Cee’s Tizzy, was bred for distance, too, as his sire Relaunch finished second in the San Luis Rey Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile graded race.

A quick pace should also be no trouble for Bravazo: twice he has produced triple-digit Brisnet pace figures as a 3-year-old, once in the Louisiana Derby (103) and again in the Preakness (101). Par for the Belmont Stakes is 102.

No. 4 Hofburg

The son of Tapit broke his maiden in March at Gulfstream Park in his second start before finishing second to Audible in the Florida Derby, a key Kentucky Derby prep race. Hofburg then finished seventh — 8 3/4 lengths behind Justify — in the Kentucky Derby after steadying twice on the far turn due to traffic trouble. By the time jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. positioned him for the stretch run, Hofburg was already 17 lengths behind the leader, way too far back to make an impact. He did post a strong Brisnet speed figure toward the end of the race (99 LP, seven points above par), indicating he had plenty left in the tank for a longer run.

That combination of speed and stamina is evident in his pedigree. Hofburg’s dosage index (2.78), the ratio of speed to stamina, fits perfectly with previous winners of the Belmont and his center of distribution (. 65) “is nicely placed for an added shot of stamina.” Plus, Hofburg’s half sister Emollient, also trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, won six of 18 startsincluding four Grade 1 races from 2012 to 2014.

No. 7 Tenfold

Tenfold is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who lost the 2007 Belmont Stakes by a nose to the filly Rags to Riches, and out of a mare by Tapit, who has sired three of the past four Belmont Stakes winners. The miss: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Like Curlin, Tenfold did not race as a 2-year-old, instead breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park in February. Tenfold then finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby and third in the Preakness by less than a length.

But this is a colt on the rise. His Brisnet speed figures have increased in every race and he set a career-high pace figure (97) at Pimlico. That typically indicates the horse is ready for another step forward.

Belmont Stakes 2018

Justify will be a heavy favorite to win the Belmont Stakes: The morning line assigned him 4-5 odds after the draw and with the possibility of a Triple Crown in play, many will buy souvenir tickets to keep as mementos, sending those odds down even further.

But favorites aren’t always sure things in the 1 1/2-mile Test of Champions. Last year’s winner, Tapwrit, went off at odds of 6-1 and Creator paid a healthy 15-1 in 2016. In fact, American Pharoah is the only favorite in the last 16 years to cross the finish line first in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

There is ample justification for Justify to be the betting favorite, as explained here Wednesday. But there are a few reasons to bet against him. He will be running his sixth race since Feb. 18, a heavy workload for any horse, and drew the inside post for Saturday’s race. Because the starting gate at Belmont is positioned three-sixteenths of a mile from the clubhouse turn, the Belmont Stakes has the shortest run into the first turn of any of the three Triple Crown races. As a result, horses breaking from inside posts are more likely to be in trouble early, costing them their chance at victory. In fact, the last Belmont Stakes winner to break from post No. 1 was Touch Gold in 1997.

So, if you want to bet against Justify, here are three alternatives.

No. 3 Bravazo

Bravazo, owned by Calumet Farms, won the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds in February but then faltered in the Louisiana Derby in March, finishing eighth. A troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby hid the strong performance by the D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt but everyone saw how good Bravazo could be in his second-place performance to Justify in the Preakness.

“We’ve got a nice horse, and we’ll make it interesting,” Lukas told Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier Journal. “I said that before the Preakness and we made it real interesting.”

Bravazo’s sire, Awesome Again, was well-suited to the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. He won the Queen’s Plate over that distance as a 3-year-old with victories in the Saratoga Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Classic at age 4. Bravazo’s broodmare sire, Cee’s Tizzy, was bred for distance, too, as his sire Relaunch finished second in the San Luis Rey Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile graded race.

A quick pace should also be no trouble for Bravazo: twice he has produced triple-digit Brisnet pace figures as a 3-year-old, once in the Louisiana Derby (103) and again in the Preakness (101). Par for the Belmont Stakes is 102.

No. 4 Hofburg

The son of Tapit broke his maiden in March at Gulfstream Park in his second start before finishing second to Audible in the Florida Derby, a key Kentucky Derby prep race. Hofburg then finished seventh — 8 3/4 lengths behind Justify — in the Kentucky Derby after steadying twice on the far turn due to traffic trouble. By the time jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. positioned him for the stretch run, Hofburg was already 17 lengths behind the leader, way too far back to make an impact. He did post a strong Brisnet speed figure toward the end of the race (99 LP, seven points above par), indicating he had plenty left in the tank for a longer run.

That combination of speed and stamina is evident in his pedigree. Hofburg’s dosage index (2.78), the ratio of speed to stamina, fits perfectly with previous winners of the Belmont and his center of distribution (. 65) “is nicely placed for an added shot of stamina.” Plus, Hofburg’s half sister Emollient, also trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, won six of 18 startsincluding four Grade 1 races from 2012 to 2014.

No. 7 Tenfold

Tenfold is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who lost the 2007 Belmont Stakes by a nose to the filly Rags to Riches, and out of a mare by Tapit, who has sired three of the past four Belmont Stakes winners. The miss: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Like Curlin, Tenfold did not race as a 2-year-old, instead breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park in February. Tenfold then finished fifth in the Arkansas Derby and third in the Preakness by less than a length.

But this is a colt on the rise. His Brisnet speed figures have increased in every race and he set a career-high pace figure (97) at Pimlico. That typically indicates the horse is ready for another step forward.

Warriors vs Cavs

Golden State Warriors have taken a 2-0 lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. After being lucky to escape with a win in Game 1, the Warriors came out and cruised to the win in Game 2. It got close in the third quarter for a few minutes, but the Warriors’ abundance of talent proved too much, as they pulled away for a 122-103 win. Stephen Curry set an NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers on his way to 33 points, while Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Now, the Cavaliers will have the difficult task of trying to get back into the series as it heads back to Cleveland. It does help that they’re going back home, but the Cavs now have to win four out of five games to take the series.

Despite all their talent, the Warriors needed seven games to defeat the top-seeded Rockets in the Western Conference finals. Golden State played well, but it was also the biggest challenge the Warriors have faced since Kevin Durant joined forces with Stephen CurryKlay Thompson and Co. Besides that, they breezed through the playoffs on their way back to the finals.

The Cavaliers, on the other hand, have had a rough road back to this rematch. It took seven games in the first round against Indiana and they needed a superhuman effort from LeBron James against Boston in the conference finals, winning four of the final five games of the series to punch a ticket to the Finals. However, they’re back again and that alone should be seen as an accomplishment after a drama-filled season.

No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers

  • How to watch Game 3
  • Where: Quicken Loans Arena — Cleveland, Ohio
  • When: Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET
  • TV: ABC
  • Stream: WatchESPN

Regular-season series: Warriors took both regular-season meetings against a completely different Cleveland team that featured Dwyane WadeIsaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. Curry missed the Christmas Day meeting due to injury.

Last season’s playoff results: Warriors defeated Cavaliers in five games to win the 2017 NBA Finals.

Injury Report: Andre Iguodala (knee) missed the last five playoff games, including the first two games of the Finals; Kevin Love (concussion) missed Game 7 of the conference finals but returned for Games 1 and 2.

Cavaliers win if:

LeBron James has been out of his mind on the court lately. If the Cavs are going to have any chance against the greatest collection of talent ever assembled, he’ll need to keep up that level of play. Considering he is averaging 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game these playoffs, that at least feels possible. He’ll need at least some help from Love, George HillTristan Thompson and Kyle Korver. If those four don’t show up then it doesn’t matter what James does. It won’t be enough.

Warriors win if:

The Warriors need to get the ball into the hands of Curry and let him go to work. Durant is incredible, but his isolation sets have had a tendency to drag down Golden State’s offense at times. The Warriors are at their best when Curry is bending a defense to his will and he needs the ball to do that. Give the ball to Curry and let him unleash the Warriors heavy 3-point shooting offense.

Belmont Stakes 2018, June 9

The 2018 Belmont Stakes will be one of the most watched and wagered on events in recent horse racing history. Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown, and Justify, a horse going off at

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2018 Belmont Stakes

4-5 in the latest 2018 Belmont Stakes odds, is looking to make that number 13 after dominating the Kentucky Derby and pulling out a tight win at the Preakness. Hofburg at 4-1 and Bravazo at 7-1 in the Belmont odds are some of the top contenders to watch at the event known as the “Test of the Champion.”

Before you make any kind of bet or pick on the 2018 Belmont, you need to see what horse racing legend Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg has to say. In 2004, if you had put down $300 on his Belmont Stakes picks, you would have cashed for $21,000.

The reason Goldberg has been so successful: He goes straight to the source. In 2004, he was all over Birdstone as a 36-1 monster long shot to win the Belmont Stakes over the heavily favored Smarty Jones, who was undefeated like Justify. Goldberg had dinner with Birdstone’s trainer, Nick Zito, before the Belmont Stakes at a pizzeria in Queens.

“Nick told me Birdstone had been training great,” Goldberg said. “He was training off the charts and Nick said the horse would love the Belmont because he had the running style that fit well with the track.” The Hammer pounced on the long shot to win and put him on top of his exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets.

Birdstone, of course, beat Smarty Jones by one length in one of the most thrilling Triple Crown races ever. Royal Assault — almost a 30-1 long shot on the Belmont Stakes odds board and also trained by Zito — finished third, giving the Hammer and his followers monster payouts. Now, he’s gearing up for the 2018 Belmont Stakes.

A legendary prognosticator and current CBS Sports expert, Goldberg couldn’t have been more dead-on about the 2018 Kentucky Derby. He picked Justify to win, saying he excelled in the slop. The result: Justify sloshed to victory over Good Magic in the rain and mud by two-and-a-half lengths.

Then, he called Justify repeating at the Preakness despite an injured heel and sloppy conditions — which is exactly what happened. He also cashed the Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 at Pimlico this year.

Now that the 2018 Belmont Stakes lineup is taking shape, Goldberg released his early picks, predictions and exotic bets over at SportsLine.

We can tell you Goldberg thinks Justify will be a tired horse as he pursues horse racing’s Triple Crown as the Belmont Stakes favorite.

“The Preakness took a lot out of Justify,” Goldberg told SportsLine. “He was never pushed like he was in that race. His first race was Feb. 18 and he’s going to have considerable competition in the Belmont Stakes, much more than he faced in the Preakness.” Goldberg is sharing his projected finish position for Justify over at SportsLine.

We can tell also tell you that Bravazo, a horse going off at 7-1 in the 2018 Belmont Stakes odds, is a contender that Goldberg is impressed with in the days leading up the event.

“He almost won at the Preakness — just needed a couple extra steps,” Goldberg told SportsLine. “You have to have a lot of respect for D. Wayne Lukas’ horse, he’s one who could make a run at the Belmont.”

In addition to his second-place performance at the Preakness, Bravazo also has three career wins and two other top-three finishes. He’s been improving rapidly in recent weeks, so he’s a horse to watch out for at the 2018 Belmont.

Goldberg is also eyeing a long shot who has a big edge in distance, which is exactly what’s needed in the Belmont Stakes 2018. He’s sharing which horse it is, and his predictions for every Belmont Stakes contender, over at SportsLine.

State Of Origin 2018

State of Origin 1 might be one of the biggest sporting events on the Australian calendar, but there is plenty more than just the game to look forward to when the New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons descend on the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday, June 6.

The New South Wales Blues and Queensland Maroons will do battle on the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with kick-off set down for 8pm (AEST) on Wednesday, June 6, although the actual start of the game is likely to be about 15 minutes later.

State of Origin 2018

New South Wales vs Queensland kick-off time

The opening State of Origin match between New South Wales and Queensland kicks off at 8:10pm AEST on Wednesday. The Nine coverage begins at 7:00pm AEST, with the expert panel dissecting all of the big issues, as well as unparalleled features and analysis.

You can expect plenty of analysis and opinion from the unrivalled Nine commentary team, which includes Origin legends Phil Gould, Darren Lockyer, Andrew Johns and Wally Lewis.

New South Wales vs Queensland preview

It’s been the most disrupted preparation in memory for Queensland, with Billy Slater ruled out on Monday with a hamstring injury, and Dane Gagai suffering a compound dislocation of his finger during training on Tuesday. New South Wales have a record 11 debutants, while for Queensland it’s the first time since 2003 they’ve taken the field without at least one of Slater, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston or Cooper Cronk.

The main game is set to kick-off at 8pm (AEST), give or take a few minutes, but there is plenty of pre-match entertainment to whet the appetite beforehand.

While it’s unclear what will be happening outside the MCG through the afternoon, there is sure to be a hive of activity as 90,000 fans descend on the famous old venue for the first game of the series.

Peking Duk will headline the pre-match entertainment from 7:30pm inside the venue. That’ll follow the under 18 State of Origin match, which gets underway at 5:15pm and should be wrapped up about an hour and a half later, giving the groundstaff 40 minutes to get things ready for the entertainment side of the night.

The Origin itself will then commence at around 8:15pm with halftime set for about 9pm and fulltime an hour later.

Kick-off bingo is always a popular pastime in the lead-up to Origin, with the NRL’s rundown for last year bringing kick-off forward to 8:12pm (AEST), which, give or take a few minutes, they stuck to for each game of the series.

Full schedule for Origin 1 (all times AEST)

5pm – Gates open
5:15pm – Under 18 State of Origin – New South Wales vs Queensland: kick-off
5:55pm – Under 18 State of Origin: halftime
6:10pm – Under 18 State of Origin: second half kick-off
6:50pm – Under 18 State of Origin: fulltime
7pm – Channel 9 TV coverage commences
7:30pm – Pre-match entertainment featuring Peeking Duk commences
8:10pm – Teams enter Melbourne Cricket Ground
8:12pm – National Anthem
8:15pm – State of Origin Game 1: New South Wales Blues vs Queensland Maroons kick-off
9pm – State of Origin Game 1: halftime
9:15pm – State of Origin Game 1: second half commences
10pm – State of Origin Game 1: fulltime