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California Chrome wins Preakness Stakes (Video)

California Chrome won the 139th Preakness Stakes on Saturday to give himself a shot at the Triple Crown.

California Chrome, which was a 1:2 favorite at post time, finished with an unofficial time of 1:54:84. He got out to a great start and was challenged by Ride on Curlin down the final stretch. It was not as easy of a win for California Chrome as the Kentucky Derby, but he pulled it out. He also got some help from Social Inclusion, which placed third, in the form of a bump against Curlin that helped Chrome maintain the lead.

After taking the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, California Chrome has a shot to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

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Nick Saban on Pat White Corvette allegation: ‘Kiss my ass’

Nick SabanNick Saban was not the coach at Alabama at the time former West Virginia quarterback Pat White was coming out of high school, but that doesn’t mean he’s not annoyed by White’s accusations. On Thursday evening, Mike Organ of The Tennesseean asked Saban about White’s claim that he was offered a Corvette to sign with the Crimson Tide. Saban gave a classic response.

“I didn’t even know it happened so I can’t comment on it,” he said. “Is that the best thing we can talk about? Kiss my ass.”

White’s comment — which he wrote on Facebook — has become a pretty big story, so someone was bound to ask Saban about it. And he was bound to give a very Saban-like response, especially considering he was speaking at the annual Crimson Caravan.

The entire discussion came about after current Alabama running back Derrick Henry created a stir when he posted a photo on Instagram standing in front of his brand new Dodge Charger. For what it’s worth, former Alabama running backs coach Sparky Woods said the Tide were hardly interested in White.

“I didn’t recruit Pat, but I remember he wanted to be a quarterback,” Woods told The Tennesseean. “I remember a discussion that we weren’t going to recruit him as a quarterback. That was kind of a closed book on him pretty early because he wanted to be a quarterback.”

I dare someone to ask Saban about it again.

Aaron Hernandez indicted for 2012 double murder in Boston

Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted on two counts of first degree murder on Wednesday stemming from a shooting that took place in Boston’s South End back in July 2012. The news was first reported by FOX 25’s Ted Daniel.

Hernandez has already been sued by the families of the two men, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were shot and killed while stopped at a traffic light. Witnesses claimed the shots were fired from a silver SUV with Rhode Island license plates. In the days following the murder of Odin Lloyd, a silver SUV with Rhode Island plates was seized from Hernandez’s uncle’s house in his hometown of Bristol, Conn.

Police began investigating Hernandez’s possible involvement in the 2012 double murder within days after Lloyd was killed. Prosecutors have been making a case for several months, and a grand jury has come to the conclusion that there is enough evidence against Hernandez for an indictment.

In addition to the silver SUV, the gun that was allegedly used in the 2012 double murder was found in the car of a woman from Bristol after she was involved in a car crash last June. Surveillance footage from the night of the shooting also reportedly shows Hernandez with the victims hours before they were killed.

Hernandez has now been charged with the murder of Lloyd, indicted on two counts of first degree murder, and indicted on charges stemming from a jailhouse fight. It would be a shock if he does not remain locked up for a long time.

Steve Kerr chooses Warriors over Knicks job

Steve KerrHow’s this for a shocker: Steve Kerr is choosing the Golden State Warriors coaching job over the New York Knicks one.

TNT’s David Aldridge reported Wednesday evening that Kerr, who has never before coached, will be taking the Warriors coaching job. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the deal is for 5 years and around $25 million.

The surprise here is that Kerr has been mentioned as the favorite for the Knicks job for weeks. However, we started having second thoughts about that news when Kerr took so long to accept. If he really wanted the Knicks job, wouldn’t he have closed the deal a long time ago?

Instead, it seems like he was using the Knicks as leverage for the Warriors, who fired Mark Jackson after losing in the playoffs to the Clippers.

Kerr is choosing a better situation and stronger roster, but the pressure will be immense; he has to do better than Jackson’s 51 wins and playoff series victory in the 2012-2013 season otherwise the fans will be all over him. And it seems like the reports saying Kerr wanted to stay on the West Coast and be closer to his daughter, who is a volleyball player at Cal, were not overblown.

Michael Sam gets reality show on Oprah Winfrey Network

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Michael Sam’s journey to make it as the first openly gay player in the NFL will be documented in a series on Oprah Winfrey Network, the network announced Wednesday.

Sam, the former Missouri linebacker and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, will essentially have his own reality TV crew following him around for the show. The crew was present when Sam was drafted on Saturday, OutSports.com reports.

The Rams are also aware of the show and will be cooperating with its producers.

“Michael is focused on football and making the St. Louis Rams team,” said Howard Bragman, Sam’s publicist and one of the show’s producers, via OutSports. “We’re going to work with the Rams organization to make sure the show doesn’t interfere with his primary goal.”

Knowing about this reality show puts Sam’s draft status in an entirely new light. Drafting an openly gay player was going to attract a ton of media attention, but it’s another element entirely to select a player who will have his own TV show. That can create additional resentment and disruption within the locker room, which may be why teams passed on him. Think about how many teams don’t want to participate in HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Think about how many teams don’t want guys like Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson or even AJ McCarron just because they do reality TV. And now you have a better understanding of why they would not have wanted to draft Sam.

Below is the full text of the press release announcing the show:

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Greg Hardy allegedly strangled girlfriend Nicole Holder, threatened to kill her

Greg HardyGreg Hardy was released on bond Wednesday, a day after being arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Hardy is accused “of throwing girlfriend Nicole Holder to the floor and into a bathtub, slamming her against a Futon and “strangling” during an argument at his home.”

Police were called to the home early Tuesday morning and reportedly found Holder scratched and bruised. The two had been drinking and the fight took place at an afterparty at Hardy’s Charlotte home.

[Related: Greg Hardy told Falcons to get the f--- off the field]

Hardy allegedly threatened to kill Holder and threw her onto a couch covered in weapons/shotguns that the defensive end bragged were loaded. He also allegedly threatened to shoot her if she reported the assault to anyone.

Holder, 24, and Hardy, 26, have been in a relationship since last year. Holder filed for a restraining order on Wednesday.

Hardy, who made the Pro Bowl last season, was a sixth-round pick by the Panthers in 2010. He fell in the draft because of character concerns and even said he was kicked off Ole Miss’ football team in college. He was in a motorcycle crash in 2011, and he’s been stopped for speeding multiple times. You may remember when he tweeted a picture of himself doing 100 mph a few years ago.

Andre Johnson: Is Houston still the place for me?

Andre JohnsonAndre Johnson is not getting any younger, and the 32-year-old wide receiver seems extremely unhappy with the direction of the Houston Texans. Earlier in the offseason, Johnson said he thought the Texans should trade the top overall pick in the draft. Instead, Houston took Jadeveon Clowney. Andre probably would have preferred a quarterback.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is currently the top quarterback on the Texans’ depth chart. Johnson is obviously angry about that, and he was open about his frustration while speaking to reporters at a charity event on Tuesday.

“Nobody’s been here as long as I have,” Johnson said, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. “You just kind of look at things; I’ve been thinking about things this offseason. And I just kind of wonder sometimes, ‘Is this still the place for me?’”

The Texans were 2-14 last season. They have traded Matt Schaub and will be getting accustomed to a new head coach in Bill O’Brien. At least one team goes from worst to first in the NFL each year, but it doesn’t sound like Johnson is optimistic that his team will be the one.

“I just look at my career,” he added. “I’ve only been to the playoffs twice. I think we’ve only had three winning seasons. I don’t think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That’s just kind of where I’m at right now.”

Johnson was specifically asked if he will request a trade, and he said he doesn’t plan to do that. He also said he has no issue with his current contract. Despite that, he is not planning to attend voluntary OTAs or minicamp.

“I’m just taking some time, thinking about some things,” he said. “You know, when I make my decision I’ll make my decision and go from there.”

The offseason isn’t over yet, but Johnson wants a quarterback. Those are tougher to come by after the draft. While O’Brien may be confident in Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage, Johnson is not. If he’s already taking his frustrations public now, there’s a definite risk he could become a locker room issue this summer.