Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale fight start time, live stream, watch online, Showtime boxing

Heavyweight championship boxing is back this weekend as WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder returns to the ring looking to extend his undefeated streak as he puts his title on the line against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale. While the WBC champ Wilder has never tasted defeat, he will be looking to get back into the win column after that particular streak recently came to a close. 

Back in December, Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) defended his championship against ex-unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and the outcome of the bout drew controversy. Although Wilder dramatically knocked Fury down in the 12th and final round of the world championship showdown, the judges scored the bout a split-draw as Wilder retained his title. An immediate rematch was expected before Fury recently signed an exclusive deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing. So now, Breazeale

Yankees vs. Orioles odds, line: MLB picks, predictions for May 20 from model on 97-73 roll

The New York Yankees look for their sixth straight victory over the Baltimore Orioles when they meet on Monday. The Yankees (28-17) are coming off a series win over the Tampa Bay Rays to take over sole possession of first place in the AL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles (15-31), last in the AL East, have dropped two in a row and five of six. First pitch from Camden Yards in Baltimore is set for 7:05 p.m. ET, and the Orioles are 5-5 in their past 10 home games. The latest Yankees vs. Orioles odds show New York favored at -200 on the money line (risk $200 to win $100), while the over-under for total runs scored is 9.5. Before making any Yankees vs. Orioles picks of your own, you should see the MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model. 

It’s great to see so much peace, love and warmth emanating from the Steelers these days

The Steelers seem like a much happier bunch following the offseason departures of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Coincidence? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Remember when the Pittsburgh Steelers were a circus? It seems like only yesterday, right?

Maybe that’s because it wasn’t so long ago that Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell were the stars of just about every headline related to the Steelers. Even after they left, they were still making noise, at least as it pertained to the shade they were throwing on their former team—namely, the general manager, head coach and quarterback.

It really wasn’t that long ago that I was defending the Steelers on social media while arguing with people—mostly non-fans who supported other franchises—who were laughing at the perceived circus/Dumpster fire/you name it they thought the team had become.

But it’s amazing the difference one day (or a few weeks) can make when changing the perception of a football team.

Maybe it’s my imagination, but don’t the Steelers seem more loving these days? Don’t they seem more joyous? A lot happier? A lot closer?

Instead of negative quotes, images and videos on social media, you’re seeing players yukking it up on the dance floor at Ryan Shazier’s wedding (speaking of joyous, heartwarming and dancing, has there been a better sight in recent weeks than that of Shazier dancing at his own wedding)? Negative rap songs by disgruntled former Steeler running backs have been replaced by terrible singing by happy current linebackers and receivers such as Anthony Chickillo and Ryan Switzer, respectively. Speaking of Switzer, he was recently spotted, along with B.J. Finney, dancing with sick kids at Children’s Hospital’s annual prom. Defensive end Cameron Heyward just celebrated his 30th birthday by hosting kids at his annual “Heyward House Birthday Bash.” Pittsburgh’s defenders were recently in the news for having a spirited cook-off won by defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Ben Roethlisberger just made headlines for inviting his skill position players down to his summer home in Georgia (before you say it, I know he does this with his teammates every year). Alejandro Villanueva and T.J. Watt, a left tackle and a linebacker he probably has to block a lot at training camp, recently went fishing together.

And, last but not least, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster just continues to do many wonderful things with the world.

Yes, seeing the players so close-knit and happy is wonderful, even if this is behavior they most likely have engaged in in the past (see Roethlisberger’s annual get-togethers with teammates at his summer home). Unfortunately, perception is reality, and with Brown and Bell hogging most of the recent Steelers headlines, there simply wasn’t much oxygen left to allow the good news to emanate from the locker room.

Maybe that’s what head coach Mike Tomlin was trying to convey recently with his “cleansing” comment regarding the departures of both Brown and Bell.

Does this cleansing—this clearing out of all the stuffy, negative air—mean the Steelers will win a championship in 2019? It’s obviously impossible to tell. However, when you see Brown in the headlines for saying goodbye to the murals at his old Pittsburgh home, it makes you realize how, well, “unique” he may have been to deal with in the Steelers locker room. When you see Bell still in the news for perhaps not being fully embraced by new Jets’ head coach Adam Gase, you wonder if controversy will forever be a part of his career (although, in all fairness, it’s kind of hard to blame Le’Veon for that one).

To paraphrase Tomlin regarding Brown’s insubordinate behavior that often included being late to meetings: “We will tolerate his behavior until his play on the field dictates that we shouldn’t.” Obviously, Brown is still very much at the top of his game. And even though he hasn’t played a down since 2017, Bell likely is, too. But this doesn’t mean championships can’t be won without them.

Legendary actor Marlon Brando was notorious for being hard to work with. Same for current actor Christian Bale, who is considered to be one of the most talented at his craft. But that doesn’t mean great movies couldn’t be made without them—Titanic was still a great film, even without Bale, who was in the running to play Jack Dawson before Leo grabbed the part.

Again, the love and joy that has seemingly overtaken the locker room on the South Side may not lead to a title—plenty of close-knit teams come up short every year. But if it does, it sure will make for a great narrative for a future America’s Game film involving the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Reports: Wolves, Saunders nearing multi-year deal

Minnesota Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders is reportedly set to take on that job full time.

The team and Saunders are ironing out the details to make him the permanent coach, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski. Per ESPN, the deal is expected to be completed soon. Saunders is working on rounding out his coaching staff. Wolves GM Gersson Rosas had reportedly interviewed several candidates recently for Minnesota’s coaching job, but has apparently settled on keeping Saunders in that role.

Ryan Saunders and Minnesota are nearing agreement on a multi-year deal to make him the Timberwolves coach, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 20, 2019

Deal is expected to be completed soon, sources tell ESPN. Saunders is working on a staff. Gersson Rosas met with candidates at Draft Combine but search turned back to Saunders, the interim coach.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May

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Win a free JuJu Smith-Schuster Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey through BTSC

If you have a phone, Twitter, and imagination, a brand-new JuJu jersey could be all yours.

BTSC is holding a contest for a free Nike replica JuJu Smith-Schuster jersey in the size of the winners choice (from adult sizes small to 3XL). The contest is going to run on Twitter, so if you do not have a Twitter account or are not following Behind The Steel Curtain, get going on these items first. To enter, the next step is to create a short video of a possible touchdown celebration JuJu Smith-Schuster could use for the 2019 season. Creativity and enthusiasm are obviously key ingredients for a successful video, but my opinion of your celebration is irrelevant. The true judges of this contest will be the Twitter-verse.

Here are a few guidelines: Entrants must be at least 18 years old and following BTSC (@btsteelcurtain) on Twitter. Participants in the video may be of any age, but the original tweet must be submitted by someone 18 years or older. So if you are under 18, make sure you have a parent tweet your video for you. The video should be no longer than 20 seconds and should introduce the name of the touchdown celebration before giving a demonstration.

Once you have your video ready, the next step is to tune in to the Steelers Preview podcast live on YouTube around 9 PM Thursday evening (May 23). During the show, we will announce the hashtag which must accompany the original tweet in order to enter the contest. Along with the given hashtag, make sure you tag BTSC in the tweet @btsteelcurtain. If you are unable to watch the broadcast live, it can still be viewed on YouTube or any of the audio platforms BTSC podcasts can be found. Additionally, check BTSC’s Twitter feed as we will tweet out the hashtag at some point after the live broadcast.

Once your video is posted to Twitter with the proper hashtag, you are officially entered into the contest! The winner will be determined by who receives the most likes on the original post by the end of the contest at 10PM on Wednesday, May 29. Additionally, If JuJu likes your video, you will receive an extra one million likes towards your score! So if your video is liked by @TeamJuJu, it will have the overwhelming advantage over all other submissions unless JuJu likes multiple videos.

Once your video is up and going, it is up to you to promote it the best you can. Retweet it as much as you want to gather likes. Make sure you do not create a new tweet with the same video because the likes will not be compiled. Only likes from original tweets (not replies) will count towards your score.

So there you have it. Get working on those videos and tune in to YouTube Thursday night for the Steelers Preview. If there are any questions regarding the contest, please email me at [email protected]

D'Antoni says he wants to coach at least three more seasons

Coach Mike D’Antoni has led the Houston Rockets through one of their most successful eras as a legitimate NBA title contender. As he enters the final year of his contract, D’Antoni isn’t looking to step back from coaching anytime soon.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, D’Antoni and the Rockets’ front office have had preliminary talks about a contract extension that would keep D’Antoni from entering the final year of his deal. D’Antoni said he told both Houston’s owner Tillman Fertitta and its general manager Daryl Morey that he intends to keep coaching the team for at least three more seasons, per Wojnarowski.

“I’ve let Daryl and Tilman know that I’m energized to keep coaching — and believe that I can continue to do this at a high level for at least another three years,” the 68-year-old D’Antoni told ESPN on Sunday night. “I want to be a part of a championship here.”

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Podcast: Devin Bush and company finally hit the field at rookie minicamp

In the latest episode of “The Standard is the Standard” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-Gold from the week that was.

The Pittsburgh Steelers season is over, but the news is just starting to heat up. With a surge of Steelers news, it was time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC flagship podcast The Standard is the Standard. On this show Jeff Hartman and special co-host Lance Williams break down all things Steelers, including a fun game of “True or False!”

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Talking expectations for Ben Roethlisberger in 2019
  • The Steelers’ skill players heading to Georgia with Big Ben
  • Six pack of Steelers Question
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman, editor of BTSC, and Lance Williams walk you through everything you need to know regarding the Black-and-gold.

If you haven’t heard, we have a YouTube channel, and the main reason for this is to increase the sound quality on our shows. But if you’re a visual learner you can watch the show below. Be sure to subscribe to our channel!

If you missed the live show, be sure to check out all episodes on the following platforms:

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If you’re old-school and just want the audio, you can listen to it in the player below.

Black and Gold Links: Can the Steelers’ kickers have a bounce back season, or just more of the same?

Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With the 2019 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 season is fast approaching, and the news surrounding the black-and-gold is far from over. As the team now turns their attention to more offseason workouts, OTAs and minicamp, there is no shortage of news.

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at whether 2019 will be a different year for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ specialists, Chris Boswell and Jordan Berry, or if their dreadful career paths will continue.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers’ kickers was awful last season. There is no better way of putting it, but can fans expect a bounce back season from Boswell and Berry? Or maybe they won’t even make the team?

Analysis: Special teams jobs up for grabs?

By: Dale Lolley, DKPittsburghSports

Typically, the focus on a football team in terms of position battles is on the offense and defense. Special teams are largely an afterthought.

But anyone who watched a single Steelers game in 2018 knows this team had issues aplenty with their special teams performances, most notably at placekicker.

That’s why starting Tuesday, when the Steelers open Phase 3 of their OTAs, there will be a lot of attention on the special teams units.

We’ll take a look at the special teams battles and what to look for as they are set to begin. We’ll do these in order of significance, with the most pressing battles listed first…

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  • One of the biggest question marks on the Steelers’ offensive roster is at the tight end position. Who will actually be the depth behind Vance McDonald?

Steelers OTA preview: Who is behind Vance McDonald at tight end?

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Today: Tight end

Who’s back: Vance McDonald, Xavier Grimble, Christian Scotland-Williamson*

*International player/roster exemption

After battling injuries in 2017, McDonald made 14 starts last year and played in all but one game. Not surprisingly, he set career highs with 50 catches and 610 yards while tying a personal best with four touchdowns. He returns as the starter. As he begins his fourth season with the Steelers, Grimble enters OTAs as the backup for the first time in his career. Scotland-Williamson is entering his second year as part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program and doesn’t count against the offseason roster limit.

Who’s gone: Jesse James, Bucky Hodges, Jake McGee, Ryan Malleck

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  • A pretty big name country music star was in town recently, and he paid the Steelers a visit.

Brooks: ‘I like the people here’

By: Teresa Varley,

“Where I was from everybody was a Dallas Cowboys fan,” said Garth Brooks, who is from Oklahoma. “If I am going to go against the grain, the two teams going against Dallas at that point were the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh had (Jack) Lambert and (Jack) Ham. If you are a little kid and see those guys, that’s who you want to be.”

His love of all Pittsburgh sports teams grew through the years, as did his friendship with players, from Ben Roethlisberger and Brett Keisel, to newcomers like Mason Rudolph and James Washington, who both played at Oklahoma State.

“I’m in love with Ben Roethlisberger,” said Brooks. “He’s my guy. Any time I get down, I look in the mirror and say, ‘I am Ben Roethlisberger.’

“Ben always told me the difference between this city and others is that they expect you to get up here. If you get knocked on your (butt) you’re in the game, which means you’re living.

“I think that’s why I like Ben. I like the people here. They’re the kind of people I want to be.

“Keisel might be one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever met. Thank God that God put a sweet soul in a man that size. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, at the same time one of the most feared guys I have ever seen. You put him around children, and he becomes this teddy bear. That’s the kind of guy I want to be around. It’s pretty cool.”

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  • If you live in the Pittsburgh area, and you have a small child, this is a football camp you might want to attend.

Roethlisberger to conduct 11th annual youth football camp

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Roethlisberger’s 11th annual event will take place June 16 at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. The last day of mandatory minicamp — the final football work until training camp — for the Steelers is June 13.

The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., is open to boys and girls in grades one through eight.

Camp attendees will be taught fundamental football skills and will have a chance to interact with Roethlisberger, who is entering his 16th season with the Steelers. Participants will receive a limited-edition T-shirt, a mouth guard, a souvenir autograph and a team photo with Roethlisberger.

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For the Raptors, Game 3 came down to their will to survive

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TORONTO — Nothing in the NBA playoffs goes off as planned.

Lineup rotations can be tweaked and defensive coverages can be refined, but no matter how much preparation has been performed, the crucial minutes of a playoff game are nothing more than a desperate exercise in survival. Every possession is a fire drill, and few of them resemble the inspired plays drawn up on crisp whiteboards by basketball brainiacs when all is at peace.

For the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night, fighting for their postseason lives, unforeseen circumstances were the norm. Kawhi Leonard landed awkwardly in the first quarter with questions swirling throughout the game about his condition.

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Giannis: 'I never expected this series to be easy'

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Malika AndrewsESPN

TORONTO — These are the nights when Giannis Antetokounmpo frets.

Through the first three quarters of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, Antetokounmpo scored just six points. He finished with 12 total. He missed two key free throws in the first overtime and fouled out less than a minute into the second overtime. He committed eight turnovers in all.

The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Toronto Raptors 118-112 to drop there series lead to 2-1. Antetokounmpo doesn’t accept performances like that. He is as allergic to losing as Khris Middleton is to pine nuts.

“It is a culture we’ve built as a team,” Antetokounmpo told ESPN after the game. “We don’t like losing. We know we are two games away from the NBA Finals. We cannot jump steps. We have to do it a game at a time, a play