American Pharoah needs to win the Belmont Stakes to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to capture the Triple Crown. Trainer Bob Baffert has reached this stage before -- winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness -- with three other horses, so he is familiar with the dynamics of how the Belmont is longer and different. Here is how Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza are sizing up their challenge:

Marshawn Lynch didn't want any old fish tank. He wanted a custom display to marvel at, and he got it.

In Wednesday's episode of "Tanked," on Animal Planet, Lynch will be featured as the show's experts put together the perfect tank for his tastes. The "Beast Mode" tank features aggressive breeds of fish and other subtle touches that respond to aspect of Lynch's brand.

Perhaps the coolest feature: A bottle of Hennessey custom-made to honor the Seahawks as Super Bowl champions. The bottle is on display in the aquarium waters.

Also featured in the episode is NBA star Dwight Howard, whose love for snakes gets a brighter spotlight: The "Tanked" experts have built him a combination snake and fish tank that would cost the average person "$50,000 to 60,000." The snakes and fish occupy the same tank space and can both access the water, but an acrylic divider keeps the snakes from coming in contact with the fish.

Needless to say, Howard's tank reigns as the creepier of the two. Here's the more pressing question: How do you build a fish tank for a man who only gives one-word answers?

Some sports books in Nevada plan to capitalize on the Kentucky Derby and Mayweather-Pacquiao fight being held on the same day by offering special crossover bets.

Another intersection of commerce between the boxing and horse racing worlds is the partnership between the fight organizers and Derby long shot Itsaknockout.

The boxers' names will be displayed on the pants of jockey Jockey Luis Saez during the race.

The horse will wear a blanket with Mayweather-Pacquiao branding at appropriate times.

Itsaknockout, owned by Starlight Racing, is listed at 30-1.

When 73-year-old Carl Moore saw a bear advancing on his small dog, he reacted by doing exactly the opposite of what safety guidelines would suggest. Moore punched the bear in the face.

"The man or beast that I run from ain't been born, and his momma's already dead," Moore, a former Marine, told CBS 13 in Sacramento. "I ain’t run from nothing; I never have in my whole life and I ain’t going to start now. And you're not going to sacrifice my babies for some damn bear."

Perhaps wisely, the bear has not re-appeared.

"He ain’t been back since he's been smacked by Carl," Moore told CBS 13.

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For the past few years, late April has been a busy time for Miami Heat players.

In the "Big Three Era," during which the Heat played in the Finals for four consecutive years, the team found itself in the midst of a playoff run during these days.

But after the departure of LeBron James last summer and the injury to Chris Bosh this season, the Heat players are in an unusual position: Watching the playoffs from afar.

Big men Chris "Birdman" Andersen and Udonis Haslem have found an interesting and (some might say) productive way to spend their offseason. Andersen and Haslem spent some time hunting alligators in Haslem's backyard.


According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, both Haslem and Andersen have valid alligator trapping licenses that allow them to assist a licensed trapper in removing a nuisance alligator from a property.

Andersen is 6-foot-10, so it looks like one of the alligators he killed was at least seven feet long:


Got a south Florida Dinosaur out of UD's back yard. Gator shoes with the belt to match!!

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@ud40 showing @birdzilla.ro about those Florida Gators. Know'em talkin bout

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It's been an eventful offseason for Andersen, who also got some new head ink:


Over the years, horse racing investments have grown from deals handled by individual investors into larger deals handled by investment groups. The same is true for Broadway theater: whereas individual producers once handled the funding for a show, it can now take several producers, sometimes well in excess of a dozen, to get a show off the ground.

And increasingly, horse racing and Broadway shows have developed a common threat: they are being funded by the same people.

As featured in The Wall Street Journal, more and more Broadway investors find themselves drawn to horse racing -- and vice-versa. Philip S. Birsh, who is CEO of the Playbill company that produces the publications dispensed at Broadway productions, owns a New York colt named Tencendur, who will be in competition in this year's Kentucky Derby.

Meanwhile, Broadway investors with Tony Award credentials find themselves joining financial partnerships such as Donegal Racing, and Iowa-based horse racing venture that will field multiple horses this year, including contenders at the Kentucky Derby.

One common thread between the two investment types is the risks against the rate-of-return. Both Broadway theater and horse racing offer the high-risk of failure -- but big payoffs for a select few.

"About 20 percent of shows earn their money back, and about 20 percent of racehorses earn their keep,” said one investment expert to the Journal.

Combine the slim prospects of a return with the millions required to fund a single stage production or racehorse, and it quickly becomes an endeavor for the rich. Increasingly, those monied parties are organizing into groups that split the costs -- and potential earnings -- among numerous individuals.

Even so, success often depends on a few critical factors, such as the trainers and jockeys for horses, along with directors and actors.

Bad information or a critical error in hiring, and that investment -- whether horse or stage play -- can quickly crash and burn.

If you were at the Canterbury Park horse track in New South Wales, Australia, on Sunday -- and let's be honest, you weren't -- but if you were, you saw the rare full moon in full sunlight.

Unfortunately, it's not quite the beautiful sight you might imagine.

The spectacle was provoked by the wardrobe malfunction of Blake Shinn's jockey trousers, which dropped off his rear end as Shinn and his horse approached the finish line.

Warning: This video is NSFW.

"I was more worried about winning the race,” Shinn said after the race, according to The Age. “They [the pants] went just after the start and there was nothing I could do. I think a lot of people are going to have a bit of fun with this, but they can’t say I wasn’t focused and went to the line."

It didn't take long for Shinn to embrace the humor of the situation. He quickly compared himself to an Australian runway model who once had a dress fall off during a show:


Meanwhile, there have been plenty of good jokes made at his expense.


If you care at all, Shinn's efforts weren't in vain. He notched another podium appearance, finishing second.

This week's Zurich Classic, a PGA Tour event in New Orleans, is well-known for a unique feature in its golf course: Alligators. Not just a few passing through, either, but 10 to 12 that have made the course their permanent home.

One of these gators is a three-legged beast affectionately dubbed "Tripod." As a gator of distinction, Tripod is a fun sight for both fans and golfers. In 2013, Tripod ran onto the course during televised play and interrupted the activities, earning a wide berth from organizers and other spectators as he made an awkward run across the fairway.

Now, everyone's excited to see an encore from Tripod.

Perhaps the scariest aspect of the alligators' presence is the way they can slip out of the water and onto the green while golfers stand oblivious. And they have a habit of inconveniencing the golfers: Just last year, a gator crawled onto the green and got in the way of one golfer's attempt to play.

No one seemed to know what to do until one of the golfers, a former LSU player named John Peterson, borrowed a sand rake and ushered the gator back into the water Louisiana-style.


Alligator guarding golf ball, knocked away with a rake

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The moral of the story: Watch where you step. And if you're playing the Zurich Classic, it's best to partner up with a native who can show you the ropes of gator-wrangling.

As the color commentator noted of Tripod's fairway sprint, "That’s a real hazard right there."

The Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest gambling events of the year, a major televised event, and -- for those in attendance -- one of the greatest displays of pageantry you'll ever see.

For some, the race is the only two minutes they will pay to horse racing in the calendar year. Just over two weeks away from the May 2 race, several interesting storylines are emerging, all of which will deliver intrigue in the lead-up to the Derby itself. If you're a bit behind on the latest horse racing news -- and who isn't? -- here's a quick primer.

1. American Pharoah is the early favorite.

After losing his first race of the year, American Pharoah made some changes, most notably by removing its blinders. Since then, the horse has been dominant, winning every race and pulling into the lead as a Derby favorite.

While many are saying this year's field is one of the deeper editions of the Kentucky Derby in many years, Pharoah is currently the odds-on favorite and is likely to maintain that position until race day.

2. One guy trains the top two horses.

Bob Baffert doesn't just train American Pharoah, he also has Dortmund -- another heavy favorite, and perhaps the biggest threat to beat Pharoah himself. Dortmund is undefeated so far this season and was sired by Big Brown, who won the Derby in 2008. If Dortmund continues to look strong, he could enter the Derby at a co-favorite with American Pharoah.

Meanwhile, Baffert seems to be in great position to have two horses place -- and maybe even go 1-2. In a way, you could say Baffert is his own greatest threat.

3. Churchill Downs bans selfie sticks and drones.

No one's getting the Kentucky Derby confused with being a breeding ground of progress and innovation -- just look at the way people dress -- but Churchill Downs is taking a very proactive stance on emerging technologies that could interfere with the horse racing experience.

Selfie sticks will not be allowed on the property, so attendees will be forced to take slightly worse selfies at slightly more of an inconvenience. And if you're thinking about bringing your pet drone with you, think again: the race has outlawed drones as well.

Giant hats, however, will still be allowed. The more obstructing of views, the better.

Lots of trainers say working out can be a better experience if you have a partner. Doing pushups with your dog probably isn't what they have in mind. But check out this video, and you can see that dropping down for a few sets with this pup could supply some motivation.

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