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Westminster Dog Show schedule 2021: Dates, times, TV channels, live stream & list of past winners

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Westminster Dog Show schedule 2021: Dates, times, TV channels, live stream & list of past winners

The 145th Westminster Dog Show is set to take place over the weekend, with most of the events occurring on Saturday and Sunday, including the crowning of the prestigious “Best in Show” award.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will move to Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, New York and be held outdoors. It marks one of the only times in the event’s history that it will not be held in the Madison Square Garden.

As has been the case since 2017, Fox Sports owns the broadcast rights to the dog show. As a result, Fox and its affiliates will broadcast the event with FS1 being the primary location for the broadcast and the Fox Sports app containing all of the streamable content.

Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about the 145th Westminster Dog Show, including a full TV schedule and a history of previous winners. Stay tuned this weekend for Sporting News’ live updates and results from the main event on Sunday.

MORE: Watch the Westminster Dog Show live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Westminster Dog Show schedule 2021

The 2021 edition of the Westminster Dog Show will be broadcast June 12-13 on Fox, FS1, FS2 and the Fox Sports app.

Saturday, June 12

Event Time TV/Streaming Channel
Breed Judging, Junior Showmanship Preliminaries 1 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET FS2
Masters Agility Championship Finals 5 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET Fox
Pre-Show Programming 7 p.m. ET – 7:30 p.m. ET FS1
Group Judging (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding Groups) 7:30 p.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET FS1

Sunday, June 13

Event Time TV/Streaming Channel
Breed Judging and Junior Showmanship Preliminaries 1:30 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET FS1
Pre-Show Programming 7 p.m. ET – 7:30 p.m. ET Fox
Group Judging (Sporting, Working, Terrier Groups, followed by Best in Show) 7:30 p.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET Fox

How to live stream the Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Dog Show can be streamed online via the Fox Sports App or with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.

Additionally, select content will be available for streaming on www.westminsterkennelclub.org.

Westminster Dog Show schedule of events

Here is the full daily schedule of events for the 2021 Westminster Dog show. Also included is a television schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Below is detailed information about the primary events that comprise the dog show.

(All times Eastern)

Masters Agility Championship

The agility championship will begin with preliminaries on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those will be available to stream at the Westminster Kennel Club’s official website. The championship finals will occur on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. on Fox.

Masters Obedience Championship

The obedience championship will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

Westminster Dog Show

The main event will begin on Saturday and will run through Sunday night. Morning sessions will go from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. while evening sessions will run from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Best in Show will be awarded on Sunday, June 13 at the completion of the competition.

What is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog show is a yearly event that features nearly 3,000 dogs. Normally, it is held at the Madison Square Garden, though it will be held outdoors in Tarrytown, New York in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show consists of dogs competing to be the best among their group. There are seven groups total, including hound, toy, non-sporting, sporting, working, herding and terrier. The best dog in each group then competes for the “Best in Show” title.

The show also includes the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championships.

History of the Westminster Dog Show

The inaugural Westminster Dog Show was held by the Westminster Kennel Club in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden, the predecessor for Madison Square Garden. The event was originally supposed to last three days, but after 1,201 dogs entered, it ended up running one day longer. From there, it became an annual event.

The show has been held in every single year since 1877. It occurred during the Great Depression, during wartimes and during pandemic years, as it will in 2021.

The Westminster name comes from a Manhattan hotel that the group of hunters that started the kennel club met at frequently. The only sporting event that has been running longer than the Westminster Dog Show is the Kentucky Derby, which predates it by two years, 

Westminster Dog Show winners

The Best in Show award has been given out yearly since 1907, 30 years after the original Westminster Dog show began in 1877. The Terrier group has won the award 47 times, the most of any group. Last year’s winner, Siba the Poodle, gave the Non-Sporting group their 11th win, tied for the fourth-most of the seven groups.

Previous Best in Show winners

Year Winner Breed Group
2006 Rocky Top’s Sundance Kid Bull Terrier (Colored) Terrier
2007 Felicity’s Diamond Jim Spaniel (English Springer) Sporting
2008 K-Run’s Park Me In First Beagle (15 Inch) Hound
2009 Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee Sussex Spaniel Sporting
2010 Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot Scottish Terrier Terrier
2011 Foxcliffe Hickory Wind Scottish Deerhound Hound
2012 Palacegarden Malachy Pekingese Toy Toy
2013 Banana Joe V Tani Kazari Affenpinscher Toy
2014 Afterall Painting The Sky Fox Terrier (Wire) Terrier
2015 Tashtins Lookin For Trouble Beagle (15 Inch) Hound
2016 Garbonita’s California Journey Pointer (German Shorthaired) Sporting
2017 Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn German Shepherd Herding
2018 Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love Bichon Frise Non-sporting
2019 Kingarthur Van Foliny Home Fox Terrier (Wire) Terrier
2020 Stone Run Afternoon Tea Poodle Non-sporting

Most wins by group

Group Number of winners
Terrier 47
Sporting 18
Working 15
Toy 11
Non-sporting 11
Hound 6
Herding 3

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With 12-team playoff, college coaches on hot seat may have higher survival rate

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A College Football Playoff subcommittee revealed a proposal for 12-team expansion last week, a move that became the leading topic of the offseason. 

Soon enough, we will be back to the hot-seat coaches. That chatter never goes away. 

While that expansion won’t impact the futures of head coaches for the next few seasons, the potential ripple effects on the coaching carousel will be intriguing. Just wait until the 12-team playoff and hot-seat talk mix. 

MORE: How a 12-team College Football Playoff works 

That will lead to some interesting questions about the definition of coaching success. 

Is it a trip to the 12-team CFP? Would winning a Playoff game save a coach’s job — similar to a Sweet 16 run in the NCAA tournament? Which coaches would have different temperatures now if the 12-team Playoff started in 2014? Will fewer coaches be fired as a result?

Those are legitimate questions when you consider past results. Here is a look at the schools that would have multiple CFP appearances if the 12-team format started in 2014:

If CFP had 12 teams since 2014 … 

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Ohio State 7
Alabama 6
Clemson 6
Oklahoma 6
Georgia 4
Notre Dame 4
Penn State 4
Florida 3
Florida State 3
Washington 3
Wisconsin 3
Baylor 2
LSU 2
Michigan 2
Michigan State 2
Oregon 2
TCU 2
UCF 2
USC 2

Now, here is how it would have changed the outlook on some programs and coaches in that time frame: 

Which programs would have benefitted with 12 teams?

Penn State, Georgia and TCU stand out.

The Nittany Lions have yet to make a Playoff appearance, and James Franklin is coming off a miserable 4-5 season in 2020. Franklin is on shakier ground than usual heading into 2021, but it would be a different story in a 12-team setup. 

Penn State would have made four at-large appearances from 2016-19. Imagine the impact that would have had on recruiting and how that would have helped make up ground with Ohio State — the only school that would have made the CFP all seven seasons. Over time, that would make the Big Ten East race more compelling than it is in the present day.  

Sound familiar, Georgia? The Bulldogs would have made the CFP each of the last four seasons, which is better than the one appearance Georgia has under Kirby Smart. Georgia has recruited at an elite level under Smart, but the program continues to chase its first national championship since 1980. For all the success, the Bulldogs are still operating in Alabama’s shadow. 

Perhaps in one of those seasons the Bulldogs would have made that run, but Smart’s success in Athens — and even Mark Richt before him — would be perceived with more appreciation.

Imagine what back-to-back Playoff appearances in 2014-15 would have done for Gary Patterson at TCU in the Big 12. Those misses stalled the program’s momentum. Patterson is one of the longest-tenured coaches in the FBS and has enjoyed steady success, but the Horned Frogs are 18-17 the last three seasons.

Which coaches would have cooler seats now?

Clay Helton and Jim Harbaugh have been on the hot seat the past few seasons. Those two coaches are talked about more than anybody else on any given offseason.

Helton would have led the Trojans to back-to-back CFP appearances in 2016-17 with Sam Darnold, and perhaps that would have helped the program avoid a two-year decline from 2018-19. Helton bounced back with a Pac-12 South championship in 2020, but USC might be further along on that road to true national championship contention.

Harbaugh is 0-5 against Ohio State and has failed to break through to a Big Ten championship game since his arrival in 2015. Yet Michigan would have two CFP appearances under this setup, including that 2016 team that lost the double-overtime thriller to the Buckeyes on “The Spot.” The 2018 team also was Harbaugh’s last true Big Ten contender.

Perhaps those teams win a Playoff game or two. The Ohio State question still looms, but it isn’t the only talking point with Harbaugh. 

Which coaches might have stayed put? 

Chris Peterson retired after the 2019 season, but the Huskies would have been a three-time Playoff team in a 12-team setup from 2016-18. Would that have attracted the necessary talent for Peterson to make that national championship run?

Would Scott Frost still be at UCF? It’s worth asking knowing the Knights would have been a playoff team in 2017 and 2018. The Group of 5 inclusion might prompt more coaches to stay put (think Tom Herman at Houston). Frost is 12-20 the last three seasons at Nebraska.

Will there be fewer coaching changes?

Frost is a good launching point for that discussion. Consider that UCF coach Josh Heupel is at Tennessee now, and former Auburn coach Gus Malzhan is now at UCF. 

Auburn would have made the CFP only one time under this format, and Malzahn was formerly a coach that was on the hot seat every year like Harbaugh and Helton. Maybe that changes Malzahn’s status. Maybe it doesn’t. 

There were 17 coaching changes in the FBS this offseason. That was the first time in the CFP era that the number was under 20. Perhaps the 12-15 number becomes the norm in the 12-team era knowing that the definition of success slides with more includied in the Playoff.

Here is betting that will happen, and it will be a welcome change. 

Hot seat talk will never stop, but we’re looking forward to see how those conversations change. 

 

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MLB All-Star voting 2021: How it works, updated vote totals for Midsummer Classic

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The MLB All-Star Game is back, after the coronavirus pandemic necessitated the cancellation of the 2020 game during the shortened 60-game MLB season. The 2021 contest was moved from Atlanta to Denver in early April, a controversial move spurred by a controversial voting bill passed in Georgia. But that’s a topic for another column.

Today, let’s look at how the 2021 All-Star Game voting is happening; it’s easy to forget that MLB changed the voting format a bit before the 2019 game, which was held in Cleveland. A few things have happened in the world — baseball and otherwise — since that change. 

Let’s look at that, along with the first batch of voting results.

How does the MLB All-Star voting process work?

As a refresher, here’s how MLB’s relatively new voting process works, with dates for 2021: For Phase 1, teams submit player names, one per position and three outfielders. And the voting, which started June 3, rolled out as usual. Fans vote, in a number of ways, for their favorite players or the players they felt deserved the nod (it’s always been vague and that’s part of the charm of a fan vote, I guess). There will be a second vote-total reveal on June 21. 

Phase 1 voting ends at 4 p.m. ET on June 24. On June 27, during an MLB Network show, the top three vote-getters at each position (the top nine outfielders) will be revealed.

Then, vote totals for those players all go back to zero. A new ballot will go live at noon ET on June 28, with only those three players at each position (and nine outfielders). Phase 2 voting does not last long; it ends July 1 at 2 p.m. ET. That’s just 98 hours of voting time to determine the starters at each position. 

The starters will be revealed later in the day on July 1. Details for that broadcast will be revealed at a later date. The full teams — including pitchers and reserves — will be revealed on a July 4 broadcast (again, details to come). 

Key dates ahead for the MLB All-Star Game

All-Star Balloting Update No. 2: June 21st 

Phase 1 Balloting Ends: June 24 at 4 p.m. ET

2021 Google MLB All-Star Ballot Finalists Show: June 27 at noon ET on MLB Network

Phase 2 Voting Begins: June 28 at noon ET

Phase 2 Voting Ends: July 1 at 2 pm. ET

2021 Google MLB All-Star Starters Reveal: July 1 (details TBA)

2021 Google MLB All-Star Selection Show: July 4 (details TBA)

Futures Game: July 11, at 3 p.m. ET

MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game: July 11, at 6 p.m. ET

MLB Draft: July 11, at 7 p.m. ET

Home Run Derby: July 12, at 8 p.m. ET

MLB All-Star Game: July 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET

First 2021 All-Star ballot update 

American League

Position/player Team Votes
C Salvador Perez Royals 694,710
1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Blue Jays 857,956
2B Marcus Semien Blue Jays 561,326
3B Rafael Devers Red Sox 451,042
SS Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 502,629
OF Mike Trout Angels 706,503
OF Aaron Judge Yankees 538,448
OF Byron Buxton Twins 383,178
DH Shohei Ohtani Angels 526,608

National League

Position/player Team Votes
C Buster Posey Giants 511,221
1B Max Muncy Dodgers 405,609
2B Ozzie Albies Braves 295,478
3B Kris Bryant Cubs 502,970
SS Fernando Tatis Jr. Padres 701,251
OF Ronald Acuña Jr. Braves 834,287
OF Nick Castellanos Reds 568,758
OF Jesse Winker Reds 462,692

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Goal from midfield at Euro 2021: Czech star Patrik Schick’s stunning strike vs. Scotland

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Goal from midfield at Euro 2021: Czech star Patrik Schick's stunning strike vs. Scotland

We’re only four days into Euros 2021, but it’s tough to see anyone topping Patrik Schick for goal of the tournament.

The Czech Republic forward scored a goal you don’t see every day: a shot from midfield. It was the second goal in the Group D match between the Czechs and Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow. 

Schick took a touch inside Scotland’s half and fired the ball from 50 yards out over flailing goalkeeper David Marshall, who was caught well off his line.

MORE: UEFA Euro schedule 2021: Complete dates, times, TV channels

The goal was Schick’s second of the game and the 2-0 win was a big one in a group that also features European heavyweights England and Croatia. His first strike came on a brilliant header which curled past the reach of Marshall.

The 25-year-old Schick plays for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. He came through with Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic before making a move to the Italian Serie A (Sampdoria and Roma). He played on loan with RB Leipzig in Germany before Leverkusen made a move to lock him up on a five-year contract.

The Czechs’ next Group D game comes against Croatia at Hampden Park in Glasgow, before taking on England for their final group game at Wembley Stadium.

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