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After Argentina’s emotional loss to Chile in the Copa America final, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi announced he’ll retire from the National Team. Messi expressed his disappointment in trying for years to win a national title with Argentina and said he’s finally given up. “I tried my hardest. It’s been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen.”
The legendary University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt’s health has been deteriorating. Summitt has been suffering from Alzheimers and according to her family, her condition in the last few days has declined. Summitt took Tennessee to 8 National Championships and 22 Final Fours. She also boasted 1, 098 victories which is a record for any coach.No comments
To no one’s surprise, the UConn women won yet another National Championship. This is their 4th consecutive National Title, the only Division I team to accomplish this feat. Kind of amazing to think the Seniors on the Team have won the title every year of their college experience. And, also to no one’s surprise, Senior Breanna Stewart won the Final Four’s most outstanding player award, her 4th time taking home this honor. Congrats UConn. UConn 82, Syracuse 51.
The pressure is now really on the Golden State Warriors. With their overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night, their run to beat the Chicago Bull’s record 72 wins got more difficult. The Warriors need to win every one of its next 4 games to make history.No comments
Villanova’s Kris Jenkins made history with a buzzer-beater 3-pointer to win the Championship game and give Villanova it’s 2nd National Title. With only seconds left and down by 3, UNC’s Marcus Paige splayed his legs midair in an impossible 3-pointer to tie the game and seemingly send the teams to overtime. But then with only seconds left, Senior Ryan Arcidiacono (named final four most outstanding player), passed the ball to Jenkins setting up the game winning shot. It was a game for the ages and a shot for the ages. Congratulations Villanova.
In one of the most heart warming stories of the tournament, Jenkins not only became a national hero to Wildcat fans, but got to play against his brother, UNC’s reserve guard Nate Britt. Britt’s parents became legal guardians for Jenkins so he could excel athletically and academically. Nate and Kris consider each other brothers. As Nate told a reporter, “Most people didn’t know Kris is my brother, Well, he’s my god-brother technically, but he’s my brother. We’ve created a bond that’s pretty much unbreakable. … I don’t think I’ve played against him (five-on-five) since I was 10 or 11. When we play pick-up, we’re always on the same team because we have this chemistry together.” For a great story of how this all came about, read here.No comments
March Madness is almost officially over. Villanova and University of North Carolina will face off Monday night in the Championship game. UNC had a relatively easy 17 point win over Syracuse to secure it’s seat in the Finals, but Villanova was the talk of the weekend. Villanova simply destroyed Oklahoma in the weekend’s final four matchup. Statistically, the win was the best recorded in the history of the tournament. Villanova won by an astounding 44 points and will play for the championship on Monday night. It’s their first appearance back in the finals in 31 years. Monday night Championship Game 9:19 pm EST (TBS).
In the Women’s matchup, no surprise to anyone who follows the game, number 1 seed UCONN is in the finals again. If they beat Syracuse on Tuesday night, they will secure their 4th straight National Title. Tuesday 8:30 pm EST.
The Golden State Warriors bounced back from a rare home loss on Friday night with a big win Sunday over the Portland Trail blazers. The Warriors need to win 4 of their last 5 games to overtake the 72 game win record set by the 1995/6 Chicago Bulls. To add even more drama to this exciting chase, former Bull and Hall of Famer, Scottie Pippen, claimed his team would sweep the Warriors in a 7 game series.1 comment
Final Four Teams (Syracuse, Villanova, N. Carolina, OK), Griffin Cleared To Play, Heyward Swarmed By Bees
And your Final 4 are…
It’s been a surprising month for college basketball, with many teams considered favorites falling out of the race, one by one, and many “second-tier” teams making it farther than anyone anticipated. Over the weekend, Syracuse took on Virginia and upset the number one seed team in a 68-62 victory. Syracuse was a 10-seed team. It’s the lowest seeded team to reach the semifinals in the last five years. Villanova surprised many by holding off number one seed Kansas, fighting their way into the Final Four with a 64-59 win. Oklahoma and North Carolina round out the four teams who will be competing next week in Houston.
It took long enough, but Los Angeles Clipper forward Blake Griffin is medically cleared to play after 41 games on the bench recovering from a quad injury and a broken hand. Griffin has now started serving his 4-game suspension, brought on by the altercation in late January, when he punched a member of the Clippers’ staff, breaking his hand. Griffin will be back on the court April 3rd when the Clippers take on the Washington Wizards.
The Chicago Cubs look poised to have one of their best seasons in a century, but not everyone is buying into the buzz. Sunday’s preseason game against the Seattle Mariners got off to a rocky start after a swarm of bees surrounded center fielder Jason Heyward early in the third inning. Heyward climbed the center field fence trying to escape the bees, who eventually moved into the crowd and also swarmed the Cubs’ bullpen. Heyward was stung at least ten times, but thankfully did not suffer an allergic reaction. The Mariners won 12-9.No comments
In some big trade news, former Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III (RGIII) signed with the Cleveland Browns. RGIII was a rising star coming out of Baylor and in his first season with the Washington Redskins. Towards the end of his rookie season with the team, he hurt his knee and his reign at the top started to unravel. Last season with the Redskins continued to be a disappointment but now that he has a fresh start with the Browns, we’ll see if he can turn things around. He said in a written statement, “I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,”
The NCAA March Madness tournament continues with the Sweet 16. Thursday and Friday winners will advance to the Elite 8. Here are the winners from Thursday’s game:
- Kansas beat (5) Maryland, 79-63
- Oregon beat (4) Duke, 82-68
- Villanova beats(3) Miami, 92-69
- Oklahoma beat (3) Texas A&M, 77-63
The NCAA Championship tournament has finally begun with some exciting upsets. Yale, in the tournament for the first time since 1962) defeated the 5th seeded Baylor. When a reporter asked Baylor’s Taurean Prince why Yale got so many more rebounds in the game, Prince’s response went viral. He said, “You go up and grab the ball off the rim when it comes off, and then you grab it with two hands, and you come down with it, and that’s considered a rebound. So they got more of those than we did.”
Earlier this week, Chicago White Sox’s Adam LaRoche retired from the game because he wanted to spend more time with his family. As it turns out, the real reason is because the White Sox President, Ken Williams, asked LaRoche to limit the time his 14 year old son spent in the clubhouse. Many teammates refer to LaRoche’s son as their 26th man. According to Williams he only asked that LaRoche’s son Drake cut back his time with the Team. He said, “We all think his kid is a great young man. I just felt it should not be every day, that’s all. You tell me, where in this country can you bring your child to work every day?”No comments
The New England Patriots traded a fourth round draft pick for Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. The Patriots currently have the number one tight end in the league with Rob Gronkowski, but they like running multiple tight end formations. Bennett has been a troublesome member of the Bears for some time. After the Bears failed to extend his contract before the 2015 season, Bennett boycotted most of the offseason program. Throughout the season, Bennett spoke openly to media about his discontent with his role in the offense.
Despite Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s no-nonsense approach, the team seems to have no problem hiring players with a chip on their shoulder. For example, in 2014, the Pittsburgh Steelers cut LaGarette Blount after he walked out of the stadium mid-game, frustrated by his lack of playing time behind superstar Le’Veon Bell. The Patriots, Blount’s former team, snatched him up right away. Despite the decidedly unprofessional move, Blount storming out turned out to be his best career move. That year he started as the number one running back for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. The Pats hope Bennett will find similar luck with his new team.
President Barrack Obama has filled out his March Madness bracket. An avid college football fan, the President publicly predicted his picks for winner every year since taking office. “I have a tendency to pick the coach as much as anything,” Obama said. This year, he chose Kansas to win the NCAA championship. Obama hasn’t picked a correct winner since his first year in office, when he correctly guessed that North Carolina would win the bracket.No comments
Knicks Beat Lakers In Last Second 3, Clippers Suffering W/O Blake, NCAA Brackets Revealed Early On Twitter
The New York Knicks pulled ahead in the final second of a close game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Knicks point guard Jose Calderon made his only three-pointer of the game when it mattered most—with two-eighths of a second left on the clock. The loss sets the Lakers back to a 14-53 win-loss record. Knicks 90, Lakers 87.
The Los Angeles Clippers are suffering, and star Blake Griffin’s absence is becoming more pronounced every game. Griffin has been out since December after a serious ankle injury in December. His quad is still bothering him, as is the hand he broke in January after getting into an altercation with a member of the clippers staff. The Clippers endured a painful loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers over the weekend. LeBron James scored 27 points in a game the Cavs won by 24 points. Cavaliers, 114, Clippers 90
March Madness is about to get underway. The NCAA revealed the 2016 tournament bracket on Sunday. One big surprise was a #1 seed going to the Oregon Ducks over Michigan State. The other #1 seeds went to North Carolina, Virginia and, in the top overall spot, the Kansas Jayhawks.
The bracket is revealed during a telecast every year, similar to an awards ceremony. But this year, the full bracket was leaked on Twitter a fourth of the way through the broadcast. Imagine the Best Picture being leaked in the middle of the Oscars. The NCAA was understandably upset. “We take this matter seriously and are looking into it,” the organization said in a statement. The tournament officially begins this Tuesday.No comments
The Sacramento Kings may have spared coach George Karl, but not everyone got away unscathed. The Kings fired assistant coach Vance Walberg on Wednesday, and Karl isn’t quite sure why. Karl detailed his thoughts in an op-ed for The Sacramento Bee, saying the firing left him “disappointed and confused,” arguing that any criticism of the team should be directed at him. But the Kings are looking to “shake things up,” according to GM Vlade Divac. The team currently has a dismal 22-31 record, and Karl was expected to be fired last week. Instead the team, which is contractually obligated to pay Karl another $10 million either way, decided to keep him on. But heads will roll, as they say. Walberg was next in line and the price was right.
Professional Boxer Manny Pacquiao has been dropped by sponsor Nike after making derogatory remarks about same-sex couples. Pacquiao has been endorsing the company for just over eight years. The fighter made a recent appearance on Filipino television where he claimed animals don’t have same-sex relationships. Humans do, making people “worse than animals.“ Within hours, he took to twitter to apologize. But faster than you can tweet, “I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” Nike dropped the boxer, condemning his comments as “abhorrent.” An eight-time champion, Paquiao is the Philippines’ most famous living celebrity and most popular athlete. He’s also a member of the Philippines’ House of Representatives and is expected to pursue a seat in the Senate and and possibly even the Presidency after what is likely to be his final match in April.No comments