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Endeavor Owns 100% UFC, MLB All-Stars Moving To Denver, Space Jam Trailer, US Boycotting Olympics?

UFC

Agent Ari Emanuel’s entertainment company Endeavor will purchase 100% of UFC according to an SEC filing. Endeavor already owns 50.1% of UFC and is planning to take it public via an IPO. According to the filing, Elon Musk will be joining Eneavor’s board of directors.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball is moving the 2021 All-Star Game to Denver’s Coors Field after announcing they were pulling the game from Atlanta over Georgia’s new voting laws.

BASKETBALL

The trailer for the remake of Space Jam starring Michael Jordan (1996) is out. The new version stars LeBron James and will debut in theaters and on HBO max on July 16th. You can watch the trailer here.

OLYMPICS

As of Tuesday, there were conflicting reports about the US participating in the upcoming Olympics. According to State Department spokesperson Ned Price, “the U.S. would discuss a joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China with its allies and partners” due to allegations of genocide in Xinjiang. Later in the afternoon, a spokesperson retracted the initial comments and said, “Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.”

 

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Gonzaga’s Thrilling Victory, Gonzaga Vs Baylor Tonight In Championship, Stanford Champions, Mercedes Makes History W/Impressive Start

BASKETBALL

UCLA heroically attempted to take down #1 favorite Gonzaga but lost in a spellbinding overtime thanks to Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs’ game-winning three-pointer as time expired. Watch these last few seconds of the exciting 93-90 win.   Gonzaga will now face #1 seed Baylor (who easily defeated Houston) on Monday night at 9:00 pm ET in the Championship game.

Stanford took home the title in the Women’s Championship defeating Arizona 54-53. This is the Cardinal’s first title in 29 years.

BASEBALL

28-year-old White Sox DH rookie Yermín Mercedes had zero career hits with only one at-bat before this season, but on Saturday night he had the most impressive start to a career in Major League Baseball history with eight consecutive hits (the first eight of his career).

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Highlights From MLB Opening Day, Pigs In Blanket A First For Champions Dinner

BASEBALL

Two games were postponed on Major League Baseball’s opening day (Orioles-Red Sox due to rain) and (Mets-Nationals due to COVID-19 positive tests).

Some highlights from Opening day….

Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera hit the first home run of the season (his 350th overall) in a rare snowstorm for an opening day causing him to lose sight of the ball and slide into second base. Someone then alerted him he had actually hit a home run.

The other odd play of the day was when L.A. Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hit a ball deep to left field that looked like Colorado Rockies’ Ramiel Tapia caught. Justin Turner was on first base running past second, but when he thought the ball was caught, headed back to first. Bellinger however, had already rounded first base and was heading to second when he crossed paths with Turner. According to the rules, Turner was called out and Bellinger recorded a single instead of a home run.

GOLF

It’s tradition for the previous year’s winner of the Masters to choose the menu for the following year.  Dustin Johnson revealed what he’ll be serving at the Champions Dinner before next week’s Masters. The guests will be served Pigs in a Blanket (first time served in the history of this dinner) as an appetizer followed by filet mignon and sea bass.

 

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MLB Opening Day, Lindor’s Massive Contract W/Mets, Sabres Finally Win

BASEBALL

Today is Major League Baseball’s opening day! Stadiums are planning to welcome a limited number of fans with coronavirus protocols including enforcing the wearing of masks. According to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, less than half of Americans feel comfortable attending a live sporting event, so it will be interesting to see how many fans show up.

In other MLB news, the NY Mets agreed to a massive contract extension with shortstop Francisco Lindor. The 10-year $341 million deal is the largest contract ever signed for a shortstop and the third-largest contract signed in MLB history.

HOCKEY

Congratulations to the Buffalo Sabres who finally snapped an 18-game losing streak. With their win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, they avoided the embarrassment of holding the longest winless streak in NHL history.

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Houston/Baylor In Final Four, UConn Beats Baylor After Controversial Call, Mulkey Not Fan Of Testing, Mets Big Offer To Lindor, Sabres Winless Streak

BASKETBALL

Houston and Baylor moved on in the men’s bracket of the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga vs USC and Michigan vs UCLA will battle it out tonight for spots in the Final Four.

In the women’s bracket, UConn narrowly beat out Baylor to clinch their 13th straight Final Four appearance, however, the win was not without controversy. With seconds left Baylor’s DiJonai Carrington attempted a game-winning basket but appeared to be fouled. The refs did not call it, and UConn came away with a 69-67 win.

In addition to the officiating, people are also talking about the post-game press conference where Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey (who wore her face mask under her chin the entire game) stated the NCAA should get rid of COVID testing for the Final Four.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets offered All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor $325 million for 10 years, but Lindor is reportedly asking for $385 million.

HOCKEY

The Buffalo Sabres continue their 18 game winless streak after blowing a three-goal lead against the Philadelphia Flyers.

 

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A’s Price Suite Packages In Cryptocurrency, March Madness Begins, NFL League Year Begins

BASEBALL

The Oakland Athletics announced they will accept one bitcoin as payment for their full-season luxury-suite packages. The cryptocurrency was worth close to $60,000 (a record high as of Sunday), but if a buyer wanted to purchase the suite package in cash, that would cost $65,000. A’s President Dave Kaval said, “We invite our fans to become the first bitcoin suite holders in sports. We’re excited to be one of a handful of teams to accept cryptocurrency for payment and the first to price tickets in crypto instead of U.S. currency. The price of a season suite may fluctuate depending on when it’s purchased, which adds to the excitement! Suites are the perfect way for groups who want to safely socially distance themselves from other fans to enjoy A’s baseball this season.”

BASKETBALL

The NCAA tournament begins today with four play-in games, so if you haven’t filled out a bracket yet, do so immediately.

FOOTBALL

The NFL league year officially began on Wednesday, so all of the free-agent contracts can now be officially signed.

 

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Osaka Beat Serena, Djokovic In Final, Jazz On Tear, Tebow Retires, Cam Newton Spends Millions On Clothes

TENNIS

Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams in the Australian Open semifinals for her 20th consecutive victory and her second Australian Open final. At 23 years old, Osaka is trying to win her fourth Grand Slam title. She will take on 25-year old Jennifer Brady.

In the men’s final, Novak Djokovic will play either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev. With his victory in the semis over Aslan Karatsev, Djokovic will be playing in his ninth Australian Open final.

BASKETBALL

The Utah Jazz are on a tear. With the amazing play of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert (the Stifle Tower), the Jazz have won nine straight games (and 20 of their last 21).

BASEBALL

Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback, is retiring from professional baseball. Tebow signed with the NY Mets in 2016 and has been part of their minor-league program.

FOOTBALL

New England Patriot quarterback Cam Newton admitted he spends too much money on clothes he only wears once, and he wants to change the habit. He said, “I’ve spent thousands and thousands of dollars, maybe even millions of dollars on clothes that I only wore once, so to be able to recycle the closest, so to speak, is something that’s challenging. But at the same time, it’s going to be fun to do so throughout this whole year.”

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Human Rights Groups Seek To Boycott 2022 Olympics, MLB Sets Opening Day, Mavericks Cease Playing National Anthem, Kaep Forms SPAC

OLYMPICS

A group of 180 human rights organizations are trying to organize a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics for China’s human rights abuses against ethnic minorities. China first hosted the Olympics in the summer of 2008.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball and the NBA Players Association agreed on health and safety protocols to allow the league to officially open on February 17th with an Opening Day set for April 1st.

BASKETBALL

The Dallas Mavericks are the first major North American professional sports team to stop playing the National Anthem prior to their home games this season. An NBA spokesperson said, “Under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.” Owner Mark Cuban declined to comment on the issue.

FOOTBALL

Former NFL quarterback and controversial social activist Colin Kaepernick has formed a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) called Mission Advancement Corp. The blank-check company will seek to raise $250 million with the intent to buy a consumer business with a social purpose.

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Jennifer King Makes History, No New Players In Hall Of Fame

FOOTBALL

A year after Jennifer King was brought in as an intern working with running backs, the Washington Football Team hired King as a full-time assistant running backs coach, making her the first full-time Black female coach in NFL history.

BASEBALL

For the ninth time in history, the Baseball Hall of Fame will not induct any new members for the 2021 class. Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds received the top votes but did not reach the 75 percent threshold for induction. All three men have one more year of eligibility (players can only stay on the ballot for 10 years). Schilling aired his frustration with the HOF by publishing a letter asking to be removed from the 2022 ballot, saying “I will not participate in the final year of voting. I am requesting to be removed from the ballot. I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player. I don’t think I’m a hall of famer as I’ve often stated but if former players think I am then I’ll accept that with honor.”  

 

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Bills Vs Kansas City & Packers Vs Buccaneers In AFC/NFC Championships, Jets Hire Saleh, Mets Fire GM

FOOTBALL

The AFC/NFC Championship games are set. The Buffalo Bills defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-3 thanks in part to the momentum from cornerback Taron Johnson’s 101-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. With the win, the Bills advance to the AFC Championship game for the first time since the 1993 season.

The Bills will face the Kansas City Chiefs who defeated the Cleveland Browns in a game that came down to the last minute. When KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes went down with a concussion in the third quarter, fans were worried, but backup QB Chad Henne held his own to give the team a 22-17 victory.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked spectacular in the Green Bay Packers 32-18 win over the Los Angeles Rams and will matchup against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next weekend. Tampa Bay’s defense overpowered New Orlean Saints quarterback Drew Brees and forced three interceptions on what will likely be the future hall of famer’s last game of his career. Tampa Bay 30, Saints 20

In a video that went viral, Brees’s son Baylen, came up to Brady after the game to toss a football.  Brady threw him the ball which he caught in the end zone. Brady jokingly said, “We could have used you tonight!” The video has more than 7 million views.

The New York Jets hired the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as their next head coach.

BASEBALL

The New York Mets fired general manager Jared Porter only a day after it was reported he sent explicit unsolicited sexual images and texts to a female reporter while he was working for the Chicago Cubs in 2016. According to new owner, Steve Cohen, “In my initial press conference I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it. There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”

 

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