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Gymnastics fans are in for a massive treat at the U.S. Classic this weekend in Hartford, where the three most recent Olympic all-around champions – Gabby Douglas (London 2012), Simone Biles (Rio 2016), and Sunisa Lee (Tokyo 2020) – will headline a field of 50 senior athletes that also includes Olympic and world medalists Skye Blakely, Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Kayla DiCello, Shilese Jones, Joscelyn Roberson, Leanne Wong, and Lexi Zeiss.

The U.S. Classic acts as the final chance to earn a spot at the U.S. national championships, but with nearly all of the athletes we’ll see here already qualified, this year’s competition will be more of a practice round for the more important meets in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, with both nationals and trials coming up over the next month.

With this in mind, I’d expect many of the top competitors to show up not fully prepared, but ready to tackle some of the routines they’re hoping will make them contenders for the team next month, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a few of them show up looking to make a statement with their readiness and ability to stun this early on. This tactic doesn’t always work, as we sometimes see the U.S. Classic winners not even make the major international teams they’re after, but the Olympic year is always a little different, and I think we’ll be in for a few big all-around treats this year as well.

My expectations will remain on the low side, however, as the U.S. Classic is typically where we also see the most uncharacteristic mistakes as athletes are often shaking off the dust and trying to fight through early season nerves while also sometimes attempting new skills that don’t always go as planned. But again, while this competition could work in favor for some of the athletes on the bubble of potentially being named to the Olympic team, a weak performance here will not count anyone out.

For the few who do need to qualify to nationals, senior gymnasts must earn a 51.000 all-around score, a 39.000 three-event score, or a 26.400 two-event score, while juniors must earn a 49.500 all-around score.

The U.S. Classic and the associated Hopes Championships will be held at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, beginning on May 17 with with the Hopes Championships and the junior women’s competition, and concluding on May 18 with two sessions of senior competition. Complete streaming details are available thanks to USA Gymnastics, and a full list of competitors is below.

SENIOR WOMEN
Simone Biles
Skye Blakely
Ly Bui
Jade Carey
Dulcy Caylor
Jordan Chiles
Chloe Cho
Norah Christian
Nicole Desmond
Kayla DiCello
Amelia Disidore
Gabby Douglas
Tatum Drusch
Reese Esponda
Addison Fatta
Kieryn Finnell
Jayla Hang
Cambry Haynes
Jazmyn Jimenez*
Madray Johnson
Shilese Jones
Katelyn Jong
Sunisa Lee
Myli Lew
Kaliya Lincoln
Eveylynn Lowe
Nola Matthews
Konnor McClain
Tayor McMahon*
Annalisa Milton
Malea Milton
Zoey Molomo
Marissa Neal
Jazlene Pickens*
Brooke Pierson
Hezly Rivera
Joscelyn Roberson
Simone Rose
Lacie Saltzmann*
Audrey Snyder*
Izzy Stassi*
Ashlee Sullivan
Tiana Sumanasekera
Trinity Thomas
Brynn Torry
Sabrina Visconti*
CaMarah Williams
Leanne Wong
Kelise Woolford*
Lexi Zeiss

*Not yet qualified to nationals

JUNIOR WOMEN
Harlow Buddendeck*
Charleigh Bullock
Lavi Crain
Ally Damelio
Celia Frith-Carvalho*
Sadie Goldberg*
Greta Krob*
Jaysha McClendon
Caroline Moreau
Claire Pease
Lila Richardson*
Alessia Rosa*
Kylie Smith
Maliha Tressel
Tyler Turner
Trinity Wood*

* Not yet qualified to nationals

HOPES 13-14
Iyla Adkins
Ashley Andrews
Elisabeth Antone
Tiraia Ballard
Brooke Bazan
Addison Blosser
Lyla Brewer
Emmy Cunningham
Eva Doherty
Mavie Fitzgerald
Alessandra Gaines
Blake Green
Leah Higgis
Isla Lazzari
Anslee McCauley
Annabel Melnyk
Amia Pugh-Banks
Quinlyn Rollins
Simone Seed
Ansley Stevens
Sage Stiggers
Finley Young
HOPES 11-12
Giana Carroll
Laynie Cotton
Alden Dante
Elsie Flores
Gillian Haddad
Avery Haines
Charlotte Henk
Hadassah Kahlig
Sapphire Martin
Amariah Moore
Jazzy Saravia
Mattie Mae Young

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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By: Lauren
Title: Three Olympic All-Around Champions Headline U.S. Classic Field
Sourced From: thegymter.net/2024/05/17/three-olympic-all-around-champions-headline-u-s-classic-field/
Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 08:53:53 +0000

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Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game

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Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game – originally posted on Sportslens.com

A hot discussion topic around the NBA over the last few years has been the overall product of the all-star game. In the past, the competition level in the all-star game has come into question. Specifically, on defense. The all-star game has turned into a glorified three-point and dunk contest. Not what fans want to see. 

Ahead of Game 3 in the 2024 NBA Finals last night, the NBA Commissioner sat down with the NBA Countdown desk. Silver was asked if any changes could be made to improve the all-star game. Reluctantly, the Commissioner noted that players don’t have any real incentive to play at a high level of competition. Has the NBA given up on trying to make the all-star game competitive again?

What can the NBA do to increase the level of competition in the annual all-star game?

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon asked Commissioner Adam Silver about the possibility of a US vs. International all-star game. He offered this idea as a way to bring a new level of competition. While Silver listened to the idea, he responded saying that the league may be past the point of making the all-star game competitive again. Silver noted that it’s hard to get players to give 100% effort in a game that has no real incentives or meaning. Additionally, players do not want to risk getting injured in an all-star game.

In 2024, the all-star game was out of hand. The league returned to the East vs. West format this season. With no defense being played in the all-star game, the East won by 25 points and scored 211 total. That’s simply not a realistic score for a basketball game no matter how talented the players are. Before this year’s all-star game, NBA legends like Larry Bird went into the locker rooms and discussed the level of competition. Despite the speech from Bird, the all-star game was an offensive showcase. Hardly any defense was played.


The most exciting part of this year’s all-star weekend was the three-point shootout between Steph Curry and Sabrina Ionescu from the New York Liberty. Their shootout was a refreshing twist on all-star weekend, Compared to the product they’ve been putting out of the last several years. Is there anything the NBA can do to save the all-star game? Surely Adam Silver and his colleagues will tackle that issue this offseason.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Zach Wolpin
Title: Adam Silver says the NBA may be ‘past the point’ of having a competitive all-star game
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/adam-silver-says-the-nba-may-be-past-the-point-of-having-a-competitive-all-star-game/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 14:20:59 +0000

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Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future

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Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future – originally posted on Sportslens.com

While the NBA Finals are still going on, the offseason is approaching. Twenty-eight of the league’s 30 teams are already in their offseason. Boston and Dallas are still battling for the rights to be the 2024 NBA Champions. Ahead of Game 2 on Sunday night, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat down with NBC Sports Boston. 

Silver was asked about possible expansion in the NBA and where potential teams could be located. He was not able to give much detail, but Silver did mention how the NBA is working to see what is the best move for their league. Commissioner Silver mentioned Seattle, Las Vegas, and Mexico City.

When will the NBA expand the league past 30 teams?


As it stands, 29 of the 30 current teams in the NBA play in the United States. The Toronto Raptors are the only franchise not in America. What cities would be best for future NBA expansion? Talking with NBC Sports Boston, Adam Silver mentioned Seattle, Las Vegas, and Mexico City. Seattle is a market that would certainly be a fan favorite. They used to be home to the SuperSonics before the team was relocated and changed to the OKC Thunder. There’s no doubt Seattle would love to have a professional basketball team back in Washington.

There’s also Las Vegas, which would be a no-brainer. Several expansion teams have been added in other professional sports leagues. The NBA could follow their lead and make an expansion team in Nevada. Commissioner Silver also mentioned Mexico City as a possible expansion destination. The NBA has played a few games in Mexico City in the past. If made an expansion team, Mexico City would become the second team in the league not in the United States.


Expansion is not going to happen this offseason and the league needs some time to make that happen. They are currently in deep negotiations with NBC, ESPN, and Amazon for a new media rights package. Once that is all settled, then the league can start doing more research on expansion cities and teams. To keep the league at an even number, two cities will get an expansion team. One in the East and one in the West.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Zach Wolpin
Title: Adam Silver hinted at three potential cities for NBA expansion teams in the future
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/adam-silver-hinted-at-three-potential-cities-for-nba-expansion-teams-in-the-future/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:56:25 +0000

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Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview

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Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers entered the 2024 MLB season as two of the favorites to win the World Series, and not much has changed in that regard over the first 2+ months. Both have commanding and growing leads in their respective divisions, and are still at the top of the odds list when it comes to championship likelihood.

Yankees vs. Dodgers Could Be World Series Preview

This weekend, the two powerhouses will meet for a three-game series in New York, which could very well be a preview for this October’s World Series.

Despite being 6 games behind the Yankees and in 5th place overall when it comes to the best record in the major leagues, the Dodgers are still the heavy championship favorites. Los Angeles will enter the weekend with a +290 designation to win the World Series, given their balanced attack and brutal batting order. They are currently 8 games up in the NL West, and have the second-best record in the entire National League behind the Phillies.

The Yankees are currently in second on the World Series odds list with a number of +500, but are arguably the best team in baseball right now. They have the most wins in the majors with 45, and are one of two teams (along with the Phillies) who have yet to lose a 20th game. They’ve won 8 in a row and 19 of their last 24, and have lengthened what was the smallest division lead in the majors to 4.5 games over the Orioles.

Both Teams Are Minus Money For This Weekend’s Series Overall

When it comes to the odds for the upcoming series, both teams are listed as minus-money. The Dodgers will be the slight favorites at -115, with the Yankees coming in at -105. The pitching matchup for the first game of the series on Friday will be Yoshinobu Yamamoto against Cody Poteet.

The success of the Yankees has plenty to do with star players Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, who are listed as the two favorites to win the American League MVP award.

From Sportslens.com – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB News, Rumors & Betting Picks

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By: Anthony R. Cardenas
Title: Yankees vs Dodgers Weekend Match Up Could Be World Series Preview
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/yankees-vs-dodgers-weekend-match-up-could-be-world-series-preview/
Published Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2024 18:36:38 +0000

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