NYC Saturday: 5 major sports events in one day

  • Clockwise from top left: David Oliver (American record holder in the 110-meter); Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another; Argentina soccer player Lionel Messi; New Jersey Devils' Adam Henrique; AP Photos/Files

    (AP) NEW YORK - New York likes to think of itself as the hub of, well, pretty much everything. Finance, fashion, theater. And this Saturday, sports can claim a spot on that list.

    Fans around the world will be focused on the New York metropolitan area as it hosts five major events: the Belmont Stakes, featuring I'll Have Another's bid for the first Triple Crown in 34 years; a world-class track and field meet, the Adidas Grand Prix, at Icahn Stadium; an exhibition soccer match between two of the game's great rivals; a regular-season matchup between the city's two baseball teams, the Mets and Yankees; and, Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings.

    True, sports lovers may start their day watching the women's final at the French Open from Paris and end it by checking out the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight title fight in Las Vegas, but between morning and late night, it's all New York.

    To mark the big day, The Associated Press talked to people with a connection to each of the five sports — horse racing, track, soccer, baseball and hockey — and asked them why a fan who could only attend one event should go see theirs. The AP also asked what they'd go to see, if they couldn't watch their own game or race.

    Here is what they said: