Kraft Pulls Columbia Funding Due To Antisemitism, Jets Trade Wilson, Nuggets/Knicks Comeback Wins

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New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, who established the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life at Columbia University, reacted to the latest antisemitic protests on campus by pulling his funding to the University “until corrective action is taken.”

The New York Jets traded quarterback Zach Wilson (#2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft)  to the Denver Broncos.

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In NBA playoff news, the Denver Nuggets overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 101-99 to take a 2-0 series lead.

In other upset news, the New York Knicks were down 101-96 with under 30 seconds left in the game. The team rallied to a 104-101 win for a 2-0 series lead.

 

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Chinese Swimmers Test Positive, Harbaugh Gets Tattoo, Michael Jordan’s NASCAR Team Wins

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With a little over 3 months until the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, 23 Chinese swimmers all tested positive for the same banned substance (TMZ). TMZ is the same substance Russian figure skater Kamala Valieva was accused of taking. Valieva was allowed to continue to compete and win medals at the Olympics in 2021, but there is still an effort to penalize her, so it will be interesting to see what consequences there will be for the Chinese swimmers.

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Former University of Michigan head coach, Jim Harbaugh, came through on his promise to get a tattoo if his team went undefeated and won the National Title (which it did!). After getting inked, Harbaugh said, “I’m impervious to pain.”

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The legendary NBA champion Michael Jordan co-owns the 23XI Racing team which competes in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team’s #45 Toyota Camry XSE driven by Tyler Reddick won the GEICO 500 at Talledega Superspeedway. Previously, Jordan had been told to stay away from races because he was bad luck, but on Sunday he was there in person to celebrate the big win.

 

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Travis Kelce Hosting Game Show, Jason Kelce Loses SB Ring, Porter Receives NBA Lifetime Ban, Weekend Playoff Schedule

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In addition to dating Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce is making news for his new television gig. He will host the game show “Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?” Kelce stated, “I grew up loving game shows, and I’m excited to be following in the footsteps of so many TV icons by hosting my first one with ‘Are you Smarter than a Celebrity. The original show is a great success, so to be bringing a new format with everyone’s favorite celebrities to the screen, will definitely be entertaining. I’m just happy to be on the hosting side of the equation here and excited to see how these famous faces keep up.”

Travis’s brother, Jason (who recently retired from his 13-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles), lost his Super Bowl ring (on his podcast New Heights) during a game involving a pool full of chili.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave former Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter a lifetime ban for gambling infractions. The last time the NBA issued a lifetime ban was the Pistons’ Jack Molinas in 1954.

The NBA Playoffs will be finalized after the Play-In Tournament games are decided today. The Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls play for the East’s #8 spot, while the winner of the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings matchup will determine the final playoff spot in the West. Here is the lineup for the weekend games:

Saturday

Game 1: Magic at Cavaliers, 1 p.m. on ESPN

Game 1: Suns at Timberwolves, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN

Game 1: 76ers at Knicks, 6 p.m. on ESPN

Game 1: Lakers at Nuggets, 8:30 p.m. on ABC

Sunday

Game 1: Heat or Bulls at Celtics, 1 p.m. on ABC

Game 1: Mavericks at Clippers, 3:30 p.m. on ABC

Game 1: Pacers at Bucks, 7 p.m. on TNT

Game 1: Pelicans or Kings at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. on TNT

 

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Clark #1 To Indiana Fever, Reese #7 To Chicago Sky, NBA Play-In, Gronk’s First Pitch

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To no one’s surprise, the Indiana Fever selected Caitlin Clark with the #1 pick in the WNBA draft. Clark’s rival Angel Reese will head to Chicago after the Sky selected her with the #7 pick. The draft drew a whopping 2.446 million viewers shattering the previous record of 601,000 in 2004.

The NBA regular season is over with the 16-team playoffs beginning on Saturday. So far in this week’s play-in games, Sacramento ended the Golden State Warriors playoff chances, while the Los Angeles Lakers edged out the New Orleans Pelicans. Click here for the full schedule.

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New England Patriots legend Rob Gronkowski threw out the first pitch for the Boston Red Sox on Monday, and in typical Gronk style made a splash. Instead of attempting to throw a regular pitch, he spiked the ball just like he used to spike the ball after scoring a touchdown.

 

 

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Scheffler Wins Masters, Caitlin Clark On SNL

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Scottie Scheffler once again showed the world why he’s the best. For the second time in three years, Scheffler won the Masters. In a show of his expertise and experience, Scheffler birdied three straight holes at the end of the day to put him safely in the lead over Collin Morikawa, Ludvig Aberg, and Max Homa.

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Women’s basketball phenom Caitlin Clark defended her sport on SNL’s Weekend Update. Click here to see the sketch.

 

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Repeat Champion UConn Beats Purdue For 6th National Title, TV Ratings For Women Impressive

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UConn easily beat Purdue 75-60 to win the Men’s NCAA championship. With the win, UConn became the first repeat champions since the 2006-2007 Florida Gators. Purdue’s 7’4″ powerhouse Zach Edey looked unstoppable at the beginning of the evening, but by halftime, the Huskies surged ahead and never looked back. UConn now has 6 national titles, which ties them for the third-most national championships in NCAA history.

The TV ratings for the women’s national championship are impressive. 18.7 million people tuned in to watch South Carolina beat Iowa on Sunday, the largest audience for a basketball game (college or pro) since 2019.

 

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South Carolina Beats Iowa For Women’s Title, UConn And Purdue Tonight

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The South Carolina Gamecocks beat Caitlin Clark’s Iowa 87-75 on Sunday to win the national championship. With the win and a 38-0 record, the Gamecocks made history by being the 10th undefeated national champions in Division I women’s basketball. South Carolina coach, Dawn Staley has cemented her place as one of the greatest women’s basketball players as well as coaches. As a coach, she won two championships in three years for South Carolina and has three national titles. And, as a player at Virginia, she received two national player of the year awards then won three Olympic gold medals and had six WNBA All-Star appearances.

The men’s game is Monday night with UConn and Purdue battling it out for the title of National Champion.

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Women’s Final Four: Iowa, Connecticut, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Caitlin Clark Wows

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The Women’s Final Four is set with Iowa, Connecticut, South Carolina and North Carolina State playing for the national championship. The anticipated matchup between Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and LSU’s Angel Reese on Monday night (sending Iowa to the next round) did not disappoint. The storyline had Iowa seeking revenge after losing to LSU in the national championship game last year. Clark brought out her superpowers and shot 41 points, with 7 rebounds, 12 assists, and 9 three-pointers. Reese came out to play too finishing with 17 points, 20 rebounds and four assists.

 

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Men’s Final Four: NC State Vs Purdue, Alabama Vs UConn, Rashee Rice Under Investigation

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The Final Four for the Men’s bracket is set. No.1 seed UConn dominated #3 seed Illinois, #4 Alabama (thanks to 23 points from Mark Sears) triumphed over #6 seed Clemson, NC State beat rival #4 Duke, and #1 seed Purdue eliminated Tennessee.

On Saturday April 6th, #11 NC State will take on #1 Purdue, and #4 Alabama will take on #1 UConn.

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In a continuing story, the Dallas police are investigating Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice in connection with a multi-vehicle accident. Rice was considered one of the top rookies during the 2023 season. The six vehicle accident occurred over the weekend, with one of the vehicles registered to Rice.

 

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MLB Opening Day, Caitlin Clark Offered $5 Mill, Private Equity In NFL, ESPN Pursuing Kelce

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It’s opening day for Major League Baseball!

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Caitlin Clark, the Iowa phenom who is the NCAA Division I all-time leading scorer and considered one of the greatest players in women’s college history, has been offered $5 million from the Big3 basketball league. As a comparison, the WNBA’s highest salary is $252,450. Rapper Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz co-founded the Big3. Ice Cube said about Caitlyn, “a generational athlete who can achieve tremendous success in the BIG3.” She will also be the first woman player in the league.

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A committee of five NFL owners is discussing a model to allow private equity firms a stake in teams. If the deal is approved, the league will have a handful of minority stakes available.

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ESPN is pursuing retired Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce for the Monday Night Football broadcast. NBC, CBS, and Amazon Prime Video are also pursuing Kelce.

 

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