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Ohio State, Florida, Virginia, Illinois Among Upsets In NCAA Tournament, Odds Of A Perfect Bracket

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There were many upsets and unpredictable outcomes from the NCAA Tournament this weekend that were sure to ruin many brackets. #2 ranked Ohio State fell to #15 Oral Roberts in the first round. Then Oral Roberts beat #7 Florida and are in the Sweet 16.

In other upset news, #13 Ohio eliminated #4 Virginia (the defending champs) in the first round. And, top-ranked Illinois lost to Loyola Chicago and their iconic superfan Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt (who became famous in 2018 for inspiring the team on their way to the Final Four). Sister Jean delivered the pre-game prayer on Sunday, saying, “As we play the Fighting Illini, we ask for special help to overcome this team and get a great win. We hope to score early and make our opponents nervous. We have a great opportunity to convert rebounds as this team makes about 50% of layups and 30% of its 3 points. Our defense can take care of that.”

For the rest of the NCAA news, click here.

For anyone still thinking they have a chance to have a perfect bracket, consider the odds of filling out a perfect bracket (according to the NCAA) are 1-in-9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (if you just guess or flip a coin) and 1-in-120.2 billion (if you know a little bit about basketball).

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Play In Games Exciting, Filling Out Brackets Drops Due To Legal Gambling, Bills Sign Trubisky

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The four play-in games kicking off the NCAA Tournament yesterday were filled with energy and excitement. All four games featured teams rallying from behind to take the lead in the second half, while three of the four ended up winning. UCLA, Drake (which got its first win in 50 years…exactly to the date), Norfolk State, and Texas Southern all pulled out wins and will now enter the official bracket. For more March Madness news, click here.

According to an American Gaming Association study, 36.7 million Americans will fill out an NCAA bracket this year, which is down 8% from 2019 (the tournament was canceled in 2020). Part of the rationale for the drop in participation is that more Americans will be live betting (which is now legalized in more states).

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The Buffalo Bills signed Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky to a one-year $2.5 million deal to backup Pro Bowl quarterback Josh Allen.

 

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

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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.”

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

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

 

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Andy Dalton Signed To Chicago, LeBron James Part-Owner Boston Red Sox

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NFL free agency continues with a number of quarterback moves including Chicago signing a one-year $10 million dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys’ backup Andy Dalton.  Chicago fans might be disappointed, as many were holding out hope for Houston’s Deshaun Watson and Seattle’s Russell Wilson.

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LeBron James became a partner at Fenway Sports Group, which runs the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC, so James (who is a NY Yankee fan) is now a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox.

 

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Drew Brees Retires, Brady Re-Signs, NCAA Bracket, China Providing Vaccines For Olympic Athletes

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Drew Brees announced his retirement on Sunday, exactly fifteen years after he signed with the New Orleans Saints where he was drafted #32 overall.

Tom Brady, who at 43 is a year older than Brees, agreed to extend his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one year.

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The NCAA men’s bracket was announced on Sunday night with Gonaga, Baylor, Ilinois, and Michigan as the number one seeds. Click here for the full bracket.

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China will provide COVID-19 vaccines for athletes participating in the summer’s Tokyo Games and the winter’s Beijing Games.

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Duke Out Due To Covid, Chiefs Release Tackles, Mahomes One-Month Old Daughter Gets Soccer Scholarship, Cam Re-Signed

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Duke’s basketball team was forced to withdraw from the ACC Tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test from one of the players. By canceling their quarterfinal matchup against Florida State, Duke’s season is over. The team wasn’t having their best season, but they had previously qualified for the NCAA tournament every year since 1995 and, under Coach Mike Krzyzewski, have won five national titles. For more NCAA tournament news, click here.

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In a head-scratcher of a deal, the Kansas City Chiefs released both of their starting offensive tackles, Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher (who were sidelined during the Super Bowl due to injuries, clearly hurting quarterback Patrick Mahomes who had to scramble all day to avoid getting banged up).

Speaking of Mahomes, Patrick’s one-month-old daughter Sterling Skye was offered a soccer scholarship to Texas Tech in 2039. The tweeted offer said, “An early offer, but worth the wait. We’ll be ready for her!”

In more NFL news, the New England Patriots re-signed quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal. Newton signed a one-year deal last summer as well.

 

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Finalists For Hall Of Fame, Anniversary Of Rudy Gobert’s Covid Test Shutting Sports, Kansas AD Fired

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Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, and Bill Russell (as head coach) are among the 14 finalists for the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame. The class will be unveiled on May 16th.

On March 11th a year ago, the sports world began to shutdown. Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, and by the end of the night, the NBA suspended play indefinitely. As Marc Stein of the NY Times wrote, “It was the thunderbolt that led to the postponement of Utah’s game in Oklahoma City that night and, some 90 minutes later, an abrupt announcement that the 2019-20 season was being placed on hiatus “until further notice.” The novel coronavirus had been thrust to the forefront of major team sports in North America.” Later in the day, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic.

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A day after Kansas fired football coach Les Miles for allegations of inappropriate behavior during his tenure at LSU, the school also fired the person who hired Miles, the Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long.

 

 

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All-Star Weekend: Curry, Simons, Sabonis Win, While Team LeBron Over Team Durant, Blake Griffin To Nets

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Golden State Warriors phenom Steph Curry won the 3-Point Contest during Sunday’s All-Star extravaganza. Portland’s Anferenee Simons won the dunk contest by blowing a kiss to the rim, and Indiana Pacers Domantas Sabonis won the Skills Challenge.

Thanks to Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo’s perfect game sinking 16 of 16 shots for 35 overall points, Team LeBron handily beat Team Durant 170-150 in the All-Star Game. Antetokounmpo won his first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were supposed to play but got ruled out when it was discovered they had come into contact with a Barber who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Not everyone was excited to be participating in the games. LeBron James openly stated he thought holding the All-Star Festivities during the pandemic was a “slap in the face,” and that if selected he’d be there “physically, but not mentally.” James lived up to his promise by scoring only 4 points.

As victors, Team LeBron donated more than $1 million to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, while Team Durant donated $500,000 to the United Negro College Fund.

In other NBA news, six-time All-Star Blake Griffin will leave Detroit and join his former Lakers teammate Deandre Jordan on the Brooklyn Nets.

 

 

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NBA All-Star Weekend Rosters, Ravens OT Rule Change

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The NBA All-Star Game takes place this weekend but will look very different from years past. The much-anticipated skills events (Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest) which usually entertains us on Saturday before the Sunday game will now take place before and during Sunday’s All-Star Game. The Skills Challenge (Robert Covington, Luka Doncic, Chris Paul, Julius Randle, Domantas Sabonis, Nicola Vucevic) and 3-Point Contest  (Devin Booker, Jaylen Brown, Stephen Curry, Zach LaVine, Donovan Mitchell, Jayston Tatum) will be before the game, and the Slam Dunk Contest (Anfernee Simons, Cassius Stanley, Obi Toppin) will be during halftime.

For the All-Star Game rosters….

On Team LeBron: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Luka Dončić, Nikola Jokić, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Chris Paul, Jaylen Brown, Paul George, Domantas Sabonis, Rudy Gobert

On Team Durant: Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, James Harden, Devin Booker, Zion Williamson, Zach LaVine, Julius Randle, Nikola Vucevic, Donovan Mitchell

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The Baltimore Ravens proposed a “spot-and-choose” rule change for overtime. This new proposal allows one team to choose the yard lane to start overtime, and the other team to choose whether to play offense or defense.

 

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J.J. Watt Signs With Cardinals, U.S. Soccer Federation Repeals Kneeling Policy, Hawks Fire Head Coach

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After 10 years with the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals pass-rusher J.J. Watt signed a two-year $31 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

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The U.S. Soccer Federation’s National Council voted to repeal a policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem. The original policy passed in 2017 stated, “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.”

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The Atlanta Hawks fired head coach Lloyd Pierce after a 14-20 start to the season.

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