Tony Finau Dislocates Ankle Then Sits At Second, Cavs Comeback In Lue’s First Game Back

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The Masters is underway and even though all eyes were on Tiger the first day, there are some other interesting storylines to watch. Tony Finau, considered the most athletic golfer on the PGA tour, dislocated his ankle on Wednesday celebrating his hole in one in the Par 3 Contest (takes place before the Masters officially begins). Realizing how embarrassing he felt injuring himself before the tournament began, he popped his ankle back in, iced all night and played his heart out. At the end of the day Finau said, “To me, it’s nothing short of a miracle. My foot was out of place 24 hours ago. And I sit here in second place at the Masters after Round 1. It’s nothing short of a miracle for me.”

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The Cleveland Cavaliers coach, Tyronn Lue, missed 9 games due to chest pains, but was back on the court last night watching his team trailing the Washington Wizards by 16 points in the 4th quarter. LeBron James caught fire in the last 6 minutes helping the team comeback to a 119-115 win. According to ESPN stats and info, LeBron had never in his career won a game when trailing by more than 15 points in the last 6 minutes in a game. Lue appreciated the effort and after the game told the team, “Good job of bailing me out.”

 

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Eyes On Tiger At Masters, No Dilly Dilly, 76ers 12th Straight Win, Von Miller’s PETA Issue

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The Masters begins today, and all eyes are on Tiger Woods. A previous four-time Masters winner, Tiger hasn’t won the Masters since 2005 and hasn’t won a major tournament since 2008.  Tiger had serious back pain over the years but appears to be healthy, and many are predicting he’ll have a great tournament. According to a fellow golfer, Ricky Fowler, “Tiger’s earned the attention. He’s been the biggest needle mover in the game, and it’s going to be tough for anyone to come close to that.” If you’re fortunate enough to be watching the competition in person, be sure to abide by all of the rules at Augusta National, which now include the banning of certain words. According to reports, if anyone yells “dilly, dilly”, which gained popularity from the Bud Light commercials and is legitimately annoying, you’ll be escorted off the course.

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In the NBA, the Toronto Raptors are close to clinching the #1 seed after their win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. The Philadelphia 76ers continue to instill fear in their opponents, as they won their 12th straight game. And, with the win over Detroit on Wednesday, they eliminated the Pistons from playoff contention.

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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller might be in hot water if Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission investigate his latest fishing expedition. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a video of Von Miller catching a hammerhead shark, which is illegal and punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Von Miller reportedly caught the shark, posed for a picture then put it back in the water, but according to a representative from PETA, “the hammerhead shark is particularly sensitive to capture stress, so when these animals are caught and released, they frequently die.’’

 

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76ers Win 11th Straight, Dr. J Heaps Praise On Ben Simmons, Pats Send Cooks To Rams

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The Philadelphia 76ers won their 11th straight game Tuesday night with a 121-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. This is their longest win streak since 1990.  Everyone is talking about rookie Ben Simmons amazing season, but the best compliment (if you’re a basketball fan) came from the legendary Hall of Famer, Julius Erving  (“Dr.J”) when he said Simmons was a “Once-in-a-decade, maybe once-in-a-lifetime-type player. Sometimes it looks like he’s got eyes in the back of his head, because he sees and feels one of his guys making a run to the hoop or spotting up at certain positions. That’s just a gifted player that we are very fortunate to have on our team.”

With a 112-106 win over the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the 76ers by half a game for the three-seed in the East.

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The New England Patriots traded away Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams for the 23rd pick in the draft, including an exchange of 4th and 6th round picks. The Rams were initially interested in the Giants’ receiver Odell Beckham Jr, but opted instead for Cooks. The question now is which team is prepared to trade for Beckham Jr. If the Giants make a trade, it will need to be big enough to justify letting go of their star receiver.

 

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Villanova Wins National Title, Backup Guard Donte DiVincenzo Shines, Greeny’s Evil Empire Good For Baseball

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Villanova earned their second National title in 3 years in a big win Monday night over Michigan. The hero of the game was Donte DiVincenzo who scored 31 points off the bench. DiVincenzo is a backup guard, and when he came off the bench and scored 18 points in the first half, the tide of the game turned. DiVincenzo’s career-high 31 points is the most for a non-starter in a championship game. To no one’s surprise, Donte earned the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.  The Wildcats became only the 8th school to win 3 or more titles (1985 and 2016 and now 2018). Villanova 79, Michigan 62.

Philadelphia has now become the first city to win a Super Bowl (Eagles in February) and an NCAA basketball title in the same year.

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Baseball season officially began last Thursday, and the last thing anyone thought would happen is a game would be postponed due to snow, but that’s exactly what happened in the NY Yankees home opener on Monday. The Yankees will now play their home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays today at 1;05 pm. For more on the Yankees and why it’s good for baseball to hate them, watch Mike Greenberg’s “Return of the Evil Empire”. 

 

 

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Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale Heroics, Michigan Vs Villanova, Streak News, House’s Dunk

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In one weekend, Arike Ogunbowale secured her place in history. On Friday night she shocked #1 seed U-Conn with a buzzer-beater sending Notre Dame to the National Title game against Mississippi State. Then on Sunday, Arike pulled out another buzzer-beater with a three-pointer to give Notre Dame the title (their second women’s championship). Notre Dame 61, Mississippi State 58. All weekend, Arike received tweets from basketball greats including her hero, Kobe Bryant.

Michigan snapped Sister Jean and Loyola-Chicago’s Cinderella run and Villanova outplayed (with a record 18 3-pointers) Kansas in the Final Four. On Monday night, Michigan and Villanova face off for the National Championship 9:20 pm ET TBS.

In NBA news, the San Antonio Spurs snapped the Houston Rockets 11-game win streak with a monstrous 100-83 rout. The Rockets have secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. In other streak news, the Philadelphia 76ers have won their 10th straight game thanks to rookie Ben Simmons.

The Phoenix Suns are amassing one of the worst records in the NBA (a franchise record 15 straight losses), but on Sunday night, the Suns’ Danuel House made a name for himself with a spectacular dunk that lit up social media. House toiled in the NBA Developmental League (G-League) until December when he signed with the Suns. Unfortunately for Phoenix, they still lost the game to the Golden State Warriors 107-117.

 

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Rams Male Cheerleaders, LeBron Matches Jordan, Kemba Walker Leading Scorer, MLB Season Begins

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The Los Angeles Rams are breaking ground by having the first male cheerleaders in the history of the NFL. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies went through the same grueling 3-week audition process as all of the prospects and will now join the 40 person squad.

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Adding yet another record to LeBron James outstanding career, on Wednesday night the future Hall of Famer matched Michael Jordan’s run of 866 consecutive double-digit scoring games. Asked about the feat, LeBron said, “Anytime I’m mentioned with some of the greats, and arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time in Mike, it’s just another feat for me to be just appreciative and humbled by what I’m able to do.”
Also making history Wednesday night was Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker who became the all-time leading scorer in franchise history, passing Dell Curry.

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Major League baseball season begins today. As with any opening day, everyone has an opinion on which teams will make it to the post-season and which teams have a chance of winning the World Series. For an early analysis click here, but important to remember it’s unlikely for teams to repeat as World Series champs (last time was the NY Yankees in 1998), and the season is 162 games spanning 6 months.
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Gronk Best Dancer In NFL, LiAngelo Available For NBA

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Many in the sports world have been speculating whether Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft is concerned that tight end Rob Gronkowski will retire this year. After Gronk’s now famous “dance off” with Shaquille O’Neal over the weekend at the debut of Shaq’s Fun House in Miami, Kraft was thrilled with Gronk’s athleticism and said, “I must say, I sort of got excited seeing him vault up on Shaq’s shoulders. For a guy that size to be able to hop up on a 7-foot-2-inch, or whatever Shaq is, is pretty cool. So, that speaks well about his potential athletic moves this coming year.’’ When Gronk does retire, he says wants to win “Dancing with the Stars” and that he’s “the best dancer in the NFL.”

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LiAngelo Ball, the former UCLA player who was involved in a shoplifting scandal in China and is currently playing in Lithuania with his younger brother LaMelo, has indicated he’ll be available for the NBA draft this year. LiAngelo seems to be playing well in Lithuania, but it’s unclear whether NBA teams will be interested in him.

 

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UConn, Mississippi State, Notre Dame Louisville Advance To Final Four, Markelle Fultz Returns, OBJ To Rams?

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UConn crushed #2, South Carolina, to advance to the Women’s Final Four, marking a record 11th consecutive time reaching the semis. Even though UConn has appeared in the Final Four more than any other women’s division 1 team, this powerhouse did not win the Championship last year. They lost to Mississippi State in overtime last year. The UConn Huskies will face Notre Dame on Friday night with the hopes of avenging last year’s disappointment in not making it to the championship game.

Mississippi State will make its second-ever appearance in the Final Four after beating UCLA. They will play Louisville. Games begin at 7:00 pm Friday night March 30th.

In NBA news, #1 pick in the 2017 draft, Markelle Fultz returned to the court on Monday night and scored 10 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Fultz has been injured most of his rookie season, but now that the Philadelphia 76ers have secured a spot in the playoffs, the team is bringing him out to see what he can do.

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There’s been much discussion lately about where the New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr will end up. The Giants want a first-round pick and other incentives for their star receiver. The latest suitor is the Los Angeles Rams. Remains to be seen if they can make a deal.

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Final Four:Loyola Chicago Vs Michigan, Villanova Vs Kansas, Last Game For Grayson, Curry New Injury

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The Final Four is set! After beating Kansas State on Saturday, # 11th seed Loyola Chicago matched only three other teams in the history of the NCAA tournament as the lowest seed to make it to the Final Four. Loyola Chicago will face Michigan, whose defense helped the team cruise past Florida State.

Villanova didn’t surprise anyone with their big win over West Virginia to take their seat in the semi’s. They will take on Kansas who heads to the Final Four after a tough fought overtime battle against Duke. Duke’s loss marks the end of one of the most controversial players college careers, Grayson Allen. Allen was a breakout star for Duke, but bizarrly kept sabotaging his reputation by a series of tripping incidents and inappropriate behavior. Allen had a chance to be hero at the end of regulation, but missed his shot sending the game to overtime, where Duke seemed to lose steam. After the devastating loss, Allen spoke to the press and maturely said, “I’ve learned so much in my four years here, coming out a completely different person and for the better. And the relationships I’ve built with Coach, the coaches. Some of my teammates who are guys I call my brothers now, those will last for a really long time. And that’s one of the things I’ll cherish. Those don’t go away.”

In the NBA, Steph Curry is out again indefinitely after a freak accident on Saturday night in a matchup against the Atlanta Hawks when teammate JaVale McGee fell on his knee causing a Grade 2 MCL sprain.  Curry believes he’ll be back in time for the playoffs, but coach Kerr wants to make sure he’s fully rested. The Warriors are also now dealing with Kevin Durant’s rib injury, Klay Thompson’s hand injury, and Draymond Green’s pelvic issue.  They all expect to be back soon, however.

 

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Kansas State & Loyola-Chicago Improbable Run, Michigan & Florida State Elite 8, Reid No Kneeling, Manziel Throws

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Just another crazy night in the NCAA tournament. Both underdogs, #9 Kansas State and #11 Loyola-Chicago, continue their Cinderella run by overpowering Nevada and Kansas respectively. Loyola-Chicago’s improbable run has created a superstar in their 98-year-old Chaplain and biggest fan, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. The athletic department has been sorting through over 75 interview requests (including Good Morning America) for Sister Jean since the team’s success over the past week.  Kansas State and Loyola-Chicago now face each other in an exciting Elite Eight round on Saturday (the first #9/#11 matchup in NCAA history). In other Sweet 16 rounds, Michigan dominated Texas A&M and Florida State overpowered Gonzaga. #3 Michigan and #9 Florida State will face each other in the Elite 8 Round on Saturday.

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Free agent safety Eric Reid, who has complained he’s not getting offers from teams because he’s been outspoken about racial injustice and knelt all season during the National Anthem, now explains he’ll continue to be active but not by kneeling. He said, “I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country and improve on the issues happening in this country. I don’t think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem. I say ‘during’ because it’s crazy that the narrative changed to we were ‘protesting the anthem,’ and that wasn’t the case. I think we’re going to take a different approach to how we’re going to be active.”

Johnny Manziel wants back in the NFL. At Pro Day in San Diego, he attempted 38 passes in front of 13 NFL teams.  The Cleveland Browns took Manziel, former Heisman trophy winner out of Texas A&M, with their first-round pick, but drugs, alcohol and inappropriate off-field behavior, led to his downfall. Manziel is now married and training rigorously to get back in the game.

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