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MLS: FC Dallas at Columbus Crew SC
FILE PHOTO: Mar 16, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew SC celebrate a goal by defender Gaston Sauro (22) in front of the supporters during the game against FC Dallas at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

While FC Dallas looks to rebound from its first defeat on the young season, the Colorado Rapids will again try to earn their first victory of 2019.

Both sides get the chance Saturday, when they meet in Frisco, Texas.

Through the first three matches of the MLS season, it’s probably too early to clearly make anything of Dallas (1-1-1). FCD opened with a 1-1 draw against New England and beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0.

Last Saturday, Dallas hit the road for the first time and lost 1-0 at Columbus. Gaston Sauro’s goal in the 10th minute held up and the visitors managed just two shots on target.

Now, Dallas returns home looking to regroup, but must do so with midfield starters Bryan Acosta (Honduras) and Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador), and keeper Jesse Gonzalez (United States) all on international duty.

“We’ll be confident that whatever lineup we put out, and whatever roster we form, is because guys were stepping up this week,” first-year manager Luchi Gonzalez told Dallas’ official website.

Colorado (0-2-1), meanwhile, has Diego Rubio tied to international obligations with Chile.

After scoring three times in a season-opening draw versus Portland, the Rapids have totaled one goal in their last two matches. It appeared Rubio’s 54th-minute score would stand Sunday against Sporting Kansas City, but Johnny Russell equalized for the visitors in the 88th.

Despite that frustrating finish, Rapids coach Anthony Hudson feels good about his club heading into this matchup.

“We go there confidently,” Hudson told the Rapids’ official website. “We believe in ourselves, and (though) we had a tough start to the season in terms of our position, I think we have been solid and strong.”

History backs up Hudson’s thinking, with Colorado amid a 3-1-6 league stretch against Dallas.

This contest marks Rapids defensive midfielder Kellyn Acosta’s return to Dallas for the first time since his hometown club traded him to Colorado last season after six-plus seasons in Frisco.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round- Marquette vs Murray State
Mar 21, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Murray State Racers guard Ja Morant (12) drives to the basket against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the second half of a game in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

Ja Morant stole the show in Hartford on Thursday, but the Murray State flash opened eyes nationwide with his triple-double performance that led his 12th-seeded Racers into the second round in a blowout of Marquette.

Among the observers wowed by the sophomore point guard was another former NCAA Tournament darling, former Davidson dynamo Steph Curry.

“What he did on Thursday, it shows you he’s ready for whatever,” Curry told Yahoo Sports. “That transition to the NBA isn’t going to be difficult at all for him.”

Morant posted 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds, becoming just the eighth player to post a triple-double in an NCAA Tournament game and the first since Draymond Green at Michigan State. Green was paying attention, too, telling Yahoo: “That was my first time watching him play and he’s for real.”

Curry was a sophomore in 2008 when he carried Davidson to the Elite Eight, scoring 30 or more in all four tourney games. He sees stardom in Morant.

“From what I’ve seen, he’s a beast,” Curry told Yahoo Sports. “He’s athletic, knows how to play, he’s fearless and he shows up for big games even though everybody knows he’s coming. That speaks volumes about his game.”

Morant averaged 24.6 points, 10 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game this season at Murray State.

He’s in the discussion to be a top-five draft pick, and Thursday’s big show did nothing to raise doubts about his readiness despite the relatively humble college surroundings in the Ohio Valley Conference.

“I don’t know if they played some heavy hitters, but it doesn’t even matter. If you can play, you can play,” Curry said. “Damian Lillard at Weber State was like that as well.

“I’m sure the tournament is the first time most people get to see Ja. There’s no preparation for it because in the tournament, everybody wants to play in it, but it hits you in the face with the attention and the adrenaline rush. It’s a small window where everybody’s eyeballs are all on you and you can surprise a lot of people. But the biggest thing for me is I had the confidence going in and it sets you up to be ready for that moment.”

As Marquette, the fifth seed in Hartford, bowed out of the tournament on Thursday, former Duke guard and current Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski had some high praise for Morant.

“Ja Morant makes a lot of plans look bad. I mean, I’ve been in this for a while. He’s as good as any guard that I’ve coached against, or played against, and I’ve coached against and played against some outstanding ones,” he said. .”.. The best thing about that kid is his decision-making. I mean, you’re talking about an elite, elite decision-maker, who’s got elite athleticism. And, you know, when you’re talking about a point guard, you should always start with decision-making. And he made great, great decisions, and he makes everyone around him better.”

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YuKong Zhao | President, Asian American Coalition for Education

Just a few months after the Harvard anti-Asian discrimination trial opened in court, the college cheating scandal brought our nation’s college-admissions system into spotlight again. With conspirators across six states and a slew of top-tier schools, the case exposes layers of structural injustices inherent in the current college-entrance process. Flexible test schedules were handed out to able students masked with learning disabilities; test administrators shamelessly inflated SAT/ACT scores for clients’ children; college athletic coaches took millions of dollars and recruited ineligible applicants; and conspirators falsified the students’ ethnic identities to exploit race-based affirmative action.

In a nation where personal integrity goes hand-in-hand with institutional checks and balances, this repugnant scam challenges our collective virtues.

As a first-generation immigrant who was only able to escape extreme poverty through meritocratic education, I am disturbed by the self-seeking and detrimental actions of the rich and powerful who bought their children’s way into good schools. The flip side of their gaming the system and taking short cuts for their children is other children from ordinary families being robbed of much-needed, fair opportunities. This is clearly a slap in the face to the American dream, which promises that each American citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve prosperity and success through hardworking, determination and initiative.

As a community leader at the forefront of Asian-American communities’ fight against racial discrimination in college admissions, I want to point out that Asian-American children from working-class families suffer the most from this broken college-admissions system. Like many others who are disadvantaged, they can neither afford test-prep lessons, nor participate in costly extracurricular activities. They are also taken advantaged by the rich and powerful as this scandal revealed. On top of that, they are further discriminated against due to unlawful racial stereotypes, covert quotas, and higher standards, all of which are prevalent in many competitive colleges in their consideration of applicants.

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Price of Admissions: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates,” Danial Golden precisely identifies many social groups with a “hook” (advantage) in getting into America’s elite colleges: alumni and the super-rich can use claim the legacy status, sports talents become athletic recruits, and black and Hispanic students can ride the train of race-based affirmative action. The only ones left out by this system of special recruits are working-class Asian Americans, who are shackled by both economic and racial inequalities.

In particular, the racial quotas and higher admissions standards imposed by Harvard and many other selective colleges have created overwhelming study burdens, stress and depression among Asian-American children, which resulted in suicide in some of the worst cases. Over the last seven years, 10 students from Henry Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California ended their own lives.

The college admissions scandal and the Harvard trial prove: America’s college admissions-system is unfair to working-class American families, especially those from Asian-American communities. To make it fair, I propose the following three principles.

First, the system should be primarily merit-based. This is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans. According to a 2016 Gallup Survey, most Americans (70 percent) believe colleges should admit applicants based solely on merit, rather than take into account applicants’ race and ethnicity (26 percent). This favorable public opinion is further validated by a 2018 Pew Research Center survey which finds that most Americans (73 percent) say colleges and universities should not consider race or ethnicity when making decisions about student admissions. In the same survey, a majority also reject the use of legacy, athletic, gender and other non-educational criteria.

Second, to effectively help socioeconomically disadvantaged children, we should transition affirmative action policies in college admission from being race-based to being socioeconomic-based. Given that the meritocratic principle applies in most cases, schools should leave a reasonable percentage of admissions slots for certain eligible students from poorer neighborhoods. After decades of implementation, the race-based approach has fallen short of improving educational opportunities and quality of poor black and Hispanic communities.

Despite affirmative action, statistics indicate blacks and Hispanics are more underrepresented at top universities than they were 35 years ago. Worse, American elite colleges abuse affirmative action to recruit minority students from new immigrant or well-off families for window-dressing, keeping most poor minority students growing up in inner cities or underserved rural areas outside their doors. In October 2017, a group of black students from Cornell protested the fact that the school admits too many African and Caribbean black students — but not enough African Americans. The social-economic-based affirmative action is the better way to go.

Third, the system needs to be transparent and objective. The process today is largely opaque, convoluted by too many subjective criteria. The college admission scandal clearly evidences how these non-comparable standards such as athletic experience can be easily abused. Authoritative surveys, summarized above, confirm that most Americans support the use of objective criteria such as GPA, standard tests and volunteer hours. To eliminate the loopholes exposed by this scandal, the transparency of the admissions system need to be improved across our nation’s colleges. Corruption cannot survive in a transparent and fair process.

When our society is increasingly divided across racial, ethnic and economic lines, only an admission system based on meritocracy, transparency and compassion for the truly disadvantaged can rebuild the trust of American people and help restore the American dream.

YuKong Zhao is president of the Asian American Coalition for Education, which leads Asian-Americans’ fight against Ivy League colleges’ discriminatory admissions practices.


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Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

Insurance companies will likely start looking at social media accounts to determine premiums for their customers, according to “Fox & Friends” contributor Kurt Knutsson.

“There’s very little of anything that’s stopping insurance company representatives from scouring through history of all of our online posts,” Knutsson said Friday.

“A warning this morning to really pay attention to what’s on there from … well your cigar smoking and skydiving photos might want to come down. Anything that shows risky behavior, you can go ahead and look in the history of your posts, you know, you don’t want to show yourself smoking if you smoke. You don’t want to show yourself having what would seem like a rambunctious time with alcohol.”

Knutsson said activities like extreme sports without a helmet or other high risk behavior could end up costing people money.

“Engaging in high risk sports such as for skydiving, especially without a helmet … you want to make sure you have your helmet on if you do that. Any sort of reckless behavior that you know inherently would freak your mother out would be the same thing that’s going to freak out the insurance company,” he said.

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Knutsson recommended bolstering personal security settings to limit how much of your account remains open to the public. (RELATED: Zuckerberg Announces Big Changes To Facebook. Here’s What People Should Expect)

“This is a perfect morning to do a privacy check. Go into your own privacy settings and you want to look for this. ‘Limit who can see past posts,’” he said. “Check that. And make sure that you’ve limited it to just your friends or friends and family or ‘only me’ you could set it for.”

Knutsson also claimed there’s no proof insurance companies have started spying on customers, but said there aren’t any laws in place to stop them either.

“What we do know is that there’s really little anything stopping them. So there are few laws on the books that prevent that being analyzed as risk,” he said.

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Sports Illustrated shared an incredible swimsuit video of Jasmine Sanders topless Friday morning.

SI dropped a video of Sanders, who is a rookie in the upcoming publication, and this might be the wildest thing we’ve seen out of Sports Illustrated on Instagram in a long time. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

They captioned the spicy post, “Golden hour with @golden_barbie.” (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

Give it a watch below. I have a strong sense that you’re all going to like it a ton. You can thank me later. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

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What is everybody thinking here? I’m thinking that’s about as good as it gets online. It really doesn’t get much better. (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet) 

I must also admit that I don’t know much about the SI swimsuit rookie. I took a dive into her Instagram, and I certainly liked what I saw. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett recently had some great thoughts about how to get through hard times.

The Cavaliers infamously became the first one seed to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament when UMBC beat them in 2018. It really doesn’t get much worse than that, but the legendary college coach seemed to keep everything in perspective. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

“You certainly feel things and things bother you, but where does peace and perspective come from? I always tell our guys it has to be something unconditional. I know I have that in the love of my family. And I know I have that in my faith,” Bennett told the media in a video posted on the team’s Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

You can watch his full comments below:

It is impossible to hate Tony Bennett. It just is. How could you ever hate a coach who is so open and honest about who he is as a guy?

If I had a son, Bennett would absolutely be the kind of man I’d want coaching him as a young adult man. There’s no doubt about it at all.

He’s truly just the classic Wisconsin man. He’s humble, a straight shooter and you never have to question where he’s coming from. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

I hope Virginia doesn’t lay another egg this season. I would just hate to see Bennett suffer devastating disappointment again.

You can watch Bennett and UVA play this afternoon shortly after 3 p.m. EST.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

It sounds like Johnny Manziel’s time in the AAF is off to a solid start.

The former Montreal Alouettes quarterback signed with the Memphis Express after getting booted from the CFL, and could make his debut Sunday on the NFL Network. Before that can happen, Johnny Football has to knock off some of the “rust” since last playing. (RELATED: Johnny Manziel Signs With The Memphis Express In The AAF)

Manziel told the media the following, according to the Commerical Appeal’s Jason Munz Friday morning:

I got about 13 or 14 live reps, and I was just getting some of the rust out. In Canada, I didn’t get a chance to go under center and get back to inside zone, outside zone footwork and some of the things I worked on my two years playing pro ball prior. It’ll get smoother. It’ll get cleaner as the weeks go on, I have no doubt about that.

Munz also added that he’d be “shocked” if the Texas A&M Heisman legend didn’t take some snaps Sunday against the Birmingham Iron.

I like the sound of Manziel almost certainly playing this weekend. I’ll have a couple TVs on the March Madness games, and then one streaming the AAF showdown between the Express and Iron.

It’s about time that we saw the Heisman winner back in American football. It’s been way too long. Will he go out there and dominate? Who knows, but it sounds like he’s going to be ready to roll when his number is called.

Given all the negative stuff over the past few years, that’s a really good sign.

Tune in Sunday night on the NFL Network to see the Iron and Express play, and to see how many snaps Manziel gets.

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William Davis | Contributor

The NCAA tournament is officially underway, and it has been a blast so far.

Brackets have been busted, beers have been crushed, and hearts have been broken. And we’re only one day in. Here are the best moments from the first day of the NCAA Tournament:

New Mexico State just missed on a popular upset pick due to a puzzling decision.

Bruce Pearl and Auburn exhale:

Ja Morant is an absolute superstar, and Murray State is for real.

Belmont had a shot at the upset, but couldn’t quite make the pass.

LSU survives without Will Wade. Watch out for Tremont Waters and the Tigers.

Florida capped off a perfect 4-0 day for the SEC, with an upset of Nevada.

The second day of the NCAA tournament gets underway when Iowa takes on Cincinnati at 12:15 p.m. EST on CBS.

How is your bracket looking so far? Sound off in the comments.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Will Ferrell called the Los Angeles Kings game Thursday night as his legendary “Anchorman” character Ron Burgundy.

The star actor was in the booth calling the shots as the Kings beat the Sharks, and he didn’t disappoint. Everybody knows Ferrell is one of the funniest men in the game, and last night was no exception.

Judging from his comments throughout the game, I’m honestly not sure if he understands hockey at all, but we all know that’s not what’s important here. (RELATED: NHL Ref Takes Puck Straight To The Groin. The Video Will Twist Your Stomach)

Watch the humorous video below.

Antics like this are really smart for the NHL. It draws in some eyes that might not otherwise be watching, and that’s good for the league. (RELATED: Watch ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Chug A Glass Of Wine During NHL Game)

They’ve also done this stuff with Snoop Dogg before, and that was also great.

Anything the league can do to draw attention to itself is ultimately going to be a good thing. Major props to the Kings and Ferrell for entertaining us all on this ragged Friday morning.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Carolina Panthers lineman Taylor Hearn is expressing some remorse after engaging in a street brawl.

TMZ recently released a video of Hearn appearing to get absolutely jacked up by some random people, and it’s a pretty embarrassing look. The last thing the NFL or the Panthers want is a video circulating of a player getting rocked. (RELATED: Carolina Panthers Lineman Taylor Hearn Appears To Get Knocked Out During Street Fight)

You can watch the whole thing below.

The good news is that Hearn appears very aware of the stupidity of his actions, and is doing his best to acknowledge the issues at hand.

“Dear Panther Nation: I would like to offer my deepest apologies to the Panthers organization, my teammates and coaches, the fans and the league. I take full responsibility for my actions. There is no excuse for my behavior, and I will learn from my mistakes,” Hearn said in a statement Thursday, according to ESPN.

Listen up, everybody. Nobody should be getting into street brawls. That’s just a fact. People on NFL contracts absolutely shouldn’t be getting into brawls.

There’s absolutely nothing good that can come from it. Don’t be surprised if the Panthers come down hard on Hearn. A message clearly needs to be sent.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The Philadelphia Eagles may have proposed the dumbest rule change in the history of football.

Just how stupid are we talking here? They thought it would be a good idea to make the Lions and Cowboys play on the road sometimes during Thanksgiving. (RELATED: Tight End Jesse James Signs With The Detroit Lions For $25 Million)

ProFootballTalk reported the following Thursday on the proposal, which was eventually withdrawn:

For decades, Detroit and Dallas have hosted Thanksgiving games each year. The Eagles attempted to change that, but they later withdrew their proposal.

The league confirmed today that the Eagles submitted a proposal for a change in the league resolutions that would have seen the Lions and Cowboys continue to play on Thanksgiving each year, but to play on the road every other year.

Here’s a live look at my reaction to this nonsense:

Are you kidding me? How dumb are the Philadelphia Eagles for even thinking this was a good idea? The only thing — and I do truly mean the only thing — the Lions have going for them is the Thanksgiving tradition.

There’s a better chance you pry my guns from my cold dead hands than there is you ever force the Lions to play a road game on our turkey day. It’s never going to happen.

Thanksgiving in Detroit is our one bright spot of the whole year. Win or lose, the entire nation is locked in on the Lions.

In what fantasyland would we ever want to change that? What cruelty would it be to take something away from us after we’ve already suffered for decades?

We have nothing left to give!

I will fight a million different wars on a million different fronts before I ever watch my Lions play a road game on Thanksgiving. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees, which is exactly what accepting road games would be.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Florida State senior Phil Cofer was informed of his father’s death almost immediately after beating Vermont.

ESPN reported the following late Thursday night:

Florida State athletic department spokesman Chuck Walsh says Mike Cofer, a former Pro Bowl linebacker with the NFL’s Detroit Lions, had been suffering from a long illness.

Phil Cofer’s father had suffered from an uncommon disease that affects organs and tissue.

Walsh says Cofer received the phone call notifying him of his father’s death during the open locker room period after the win in the first round of the NCAA tournament and broke down into tears.

What an absolutely tragic and horrific situation. Thursday was supposed to be one of the highlights of Cofer’s career at FSU, and it ended with him finding out his father passed away.

I can’t even imagine what hearing news like that after walking off the court for March Madness must be like. That’s the type of trauma you can’t even speculate about. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Luckily for Phil, he was surrounded by his teammates and coaches when he got the news. At the very least, he was close with his brothers on the court, who I’m sure did everything they could to help him.

There are some things that are just too painful to even want to think about. The death of your father is one of them. Having it happen after an incredibly bright and uplifting moment might be as tragic as it gets.

Cofer didn’t play for FSU against Vermont because of ankle injury, and there’s no word at this time if he’ll even be with the team when they take the court against Murray State this Saturday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his entire family during this absolutely awful time.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Robert Griffin III won’t be leaving the Baltimore Ravens anytime soon.

According to Ian Rapoport Thursday afternoon, the Baylor Heisman winner signed a new two-year deal with the team. Financial details of the contract weren’t revealed.

This is awesome for RGIII. A couple years ago, I’m not sure you could have found anybody that thought he was going to stick around in the NFL.

He went from being the second overall pick by the Redskins to flaming out of the league in only a few years. It was truly a bad run for him. Of course, it wasn’t all his fault.

The college legend suffered a brutal knee injury, and everybody knows how hard those can be to come back from.

Yet, RGIII stuck around all of 2018 with the Ravens, and they clearly want him around to mentor Lamar Jackson. (RELATED: RGIII Makes The Baltimore Ravens)

It’s not the same as starting, but getting NFL money is still better than working just about any other job. For all the ups and downs he’s had to go through, I’m happy to see him stick around for at least a little bit longer.

RGIII won’t ever be the star so many of thought he would be, but he managed to comeback after it looked like his career was over. At the very least, that’s worth the tip of a cap.

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo got into a heated altercation with one of his players Thursday, and he’s not backing down from it.

Izzo lost it on Aaron Henry during a first round NCAA tournament win over Bradley. I’m not just talking about a minor exchange of words. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

The legendary MSU coach had to have other players step in to calm him down. Watch the wild video below.

After the game was done, Izzo didn’t back down from his reaction. He told the media the following after the big win, according to ESPN:

What’s wrong with challenging a kid that makes some mistakes? Aaron Henry — trust me — did some things that you can’t do as a starter on a top-5 team at the end of your freshman year. They were effort-related. I did get after him. He did respond. He did make a couple of big buckets. He did make some big free throws but that’s not good enough. It’s one-and-done time. The ‘my-bads’ are out the window.

This might not be a popular opinion, but I don’t think Izzo did anything wrong here. This is March Madness that we’re talking about. It’s not clear what fired up the Spartans coach so much, but he clearly felt more that justified. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

If you don’t want your coach lighting your butt up on national television in front of the whole country, then don’t make “effort-related” mistakes. It’s not that hard to figure out.

Sometimes, people think we need to deal with each other while wearing kids gloves. Younger people just can’t handle criticism. It’s embarrassing.

Izzo and his guys are out here trying to win games. If you’re not going to bring it at a high level, then we’ll see you later.

Besides, the Spartans won the game. He’s got absolutely nothing to apologize for. Sports can be ugly sometimes and emotions run high. That doesn’t mean anything wrong happened.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Jimmer Fredette is headed back to the NBA.

According to Shams Charania, the former BYU star signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns after playing in China. The second year of the deal is a team option.

This is awesome for Fredette. He was arguably the most exciting player to watch play college basketball in the past decade.

The man was just a scoring machine. He never saw a shot from the floor that he didn’t love and wasn’t eager to pull the trigger on. That’s my kind of guard. He would jack up shots from anywhere. (RELATED: Remember Basketball Star Jimmer Fredette? He Just Pulled Off An Incredible Accomplishment)

His initial run at the NBA didn’t go very well, but he’s done a nice job of dominating in China and puling up cash while doing it.

Don’t sleep on the talent of the CBA. There are a lot of former NBA guys over there, and the league is no joke.

Clearly, the Suns thought Fredette did enough to earn himself another shot in the NBA. I hope he does well. He seems like a really good dude, he’s fun to watch and those are the kinds of guys you always want to cheer for.

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ISU World Figure Skating Championships
ISU World Figure Skating Championships – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – March 22, 2019. France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron in action during the Ice Dance – Rhythm Dance. REUTERS/Issei Kato

March 22, 2019

By Elaine Lies

TOKYO (Reuters) – Reigning world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France took a decisive step toward a fourth ice dancing crown on Friday after clinching a strong lead with an elegant tango-themed rhythm dance.

Skating last before a packed house in Saitama, the Olympic silver medalists — who narrowly missed gold at Pyeongchang after a mishap with Papadakis’s costume in the short program — were awarded 88.42 points for their sultry routine.

“We’re very pleased with this performance, because we skated really well. We love this program, we love the choreography, we love working on it,” Papadakis said.

“There is a mandatory rhythm every year and it works for us every time more or less … This time, the Tango theme was right up our alley, that is a theme that we love.”

The pair have also been European champions every year since the 2014-2015 season but had to settle for Olympic silver last year when the clasp on Papadakis’s costume came loose.

More than five points behind after a clean, sharp routine were Russians Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, who were only fourth in the European Championships but clinched gold at the Russian nationals and silver at the Grand Prix Final.

“I am overwhelmed with emotions,” said Sinitsina, after the two took 83.94 points.

“I am trying to restrain myself and concentrate on our elements, our program, but the emotions just burst out of me. It is a true joy to skate here.”

In third place were fellow Russians Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin, fourth in the 2018 Grand Prix Final and second in the European Championships.

Bukin fell to the ice when their routine ended and mouthed “Wow!” when their score, a season’s best 83.10, came up.

“We have made an attempt to fix the mistakes that we have made at the Russian nationals and the European Championship,” he said.

“We wanted to skate heartily and enjoy our performance.”

The World Championships continue at the arena north of Tokyo on Friday evening with the ladies free skate, where Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova has a commanding lead.

American skater Mariah Bell on Wednesday made contact with South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo in a practice, leaving the Korean with a cut leg and fanning memories of the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan affair in the 1990s.

But the International Skating Union (ISU) ruled that the incident was unintentional and Korean skating officials said the two might meet later on Friday so Bell could apologize.

(Reporting by Elaine Lies, Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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Gold medallist Ivanov of Russia poses during the award ceremony for the men's 20 km race walk final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Gold medallist Aleksandr Ivanov of Russia poses during the award ceremony for the men’s 20 km race walk final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 11, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

March 22, 2019

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian race walker Aleksandr Ivanov has been disqualified for three years for doping and is set to be stripped of his gold medal at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, the Russian athletics federation said on Friday.

Ivanov will lose all the medals he won between June 2012 and August 2014, the federation said. He is disqualified for a three-year period that began on May 2, 2017, the date of his earlier suspension, it said.

Ivanov, whose blood contained abnormalities, according to the federation — won gold in the 20km race walk at the IAAF World Championships in 2013, beating China’s Ding Cheng and Spain’s Miguel Angel Lopez.

Russia’s athletics federation has been suspended since a 2015 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of state-sponsored doping in the sport.

The IAAF global athletics ruling body has still authorized some Russians, including 2015 world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov, to compete as neutrals after having demonstrated they are competing in a doping-free environment.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Christian Radnedge)

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A sign is pictured on the grounds of University of Southern California in Los Angeles
FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured on the grounds of University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

March 22, 2019

(Reuters) – University of Southern California Los Angeles’ head men’s soccer coach, Jorge Salcedo, who is among those charged in the biggest admissions fraud scheme uncovered in the United States, resigned his post Thursday, school officials told several media outlets including the New York Post.

Salcedo was one of nine current or former college coaches, as well as an associate athletic director, who were charged by federal prosecutors in Boston on March 12 in connection with the fraud scheme that has captured national attention.

According to court documents, Salcedo was among school officials who are accused of accepting bribes in exchange for designating admissions candidates as recruited athletes to increase their chances of gaining acceptance at elite universities.

UCLA officials placed Salcedo on leave on last week after learning he was charged with accepting up to $200,000 for helping two students gain admission by posing as competitive soccer players.

Neither a UCLA spokesman nor a representative for Salcedo were immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Rich McKay, Editing by William Maclean)

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NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators
Mar 21, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winner in the shootout past Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

Sidney Crosby scored the only goal of a shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators, who had their three-game winning streak halted.

After Bryan Rust scored in the second period for Pittsburgh, Nashville’s Ryan Ellis tied it 1-1 with 3:01 left in regulation with an unassisted sharp-angle goal from the bottom of the right circle.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray stopped Ryan Johansen, Ellis and Brian Boyle in the shootout after he turned away 28 shots in regulation and overtime.

Nashville’s Pekka Rinne stopped Phil Kessel in the shootout and made 32 saves through regulation and overtime.

Golden Knights 5, Jets 0

William Karlsson had two goals and an assist, Reilly Smith scored two goals, and Malcolm Subban picked up the first shutout of his career as Vegas cruised past Winnipeg in Las Vegas.

Tomas Nosek also scored a goal, and Paul Stastny and Nick Holden each added two assists for Vegas, which won its fourth straight game and prevailed for the 10th time in its last 11 games. Subban, playing his third straight game in place of the injured Marc-Andre Fleury, finished with 20 saves.

Winnipeg goalie Laurent Brossoit allowed three goals on 18 shots before leaving early in the second period with a lower-body injury.

Blues 5, Red Wings 2

Fourth-liner Ivan Barbashev recorded his first career hat trick as host St. Louis skated to a victory over Detroit.

St. Louis native Patrick Maroon scored in his career-high fourth consecutive contest, Oskar Sundqvist also tallied and rookie Jordan Binnington finished with 20 saves as the Blues improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games. David Perron had an assist to extend his point streak to 17 games.

Thomas Vanek scored twice, and Jonathan Bernier turned aside 19 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost 13 of their past 16 (3-10-3).

Flames 5, Senators 1

Andrew Mangiapane netted his first career multi-point game with a goal and an assist, and host Calgary scored five unanswered goals en route to its second straight win, a rout of Ottawa.

Four other Calgary players collected two points, and Mike Smith made 18 saves for the Flames, who have won five of six and hold the top spot in the Western Conference.

Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the Senators, who have dropped two straight.

Lightning 6, Hurricanes 3

Tampa Bay scored four goals in the third period to emerge with the win at Raleigh, N.C.

Ryan Callahan tallied the go-ahead goal, and Brayden Point and Ryan McDonagh followed with goals. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson and Anthony Cirelli scored earlier for the Lightning, who have a seven-game winning streak.

Nino Niederreiter, Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Staal scored for Carolina. Staal also had an assist.

Canadiens 4, Islanders 0

Carey Price made 28 saves as Montreal topped visiting New York, which was blanked for the second consecutive game.

Price collected his 31st win and fourth shutout of the season. Over his past five games, Price has a sparkling 1.21 goals-against average and .958 save percentage.

Joel Armia, Jonathan Drouin and Jordan Weal each had a goal and an assist, and Shea Weber also scored for the Canadiens.

Bruins 5, Devils 1

David Pastrnak collected an assist on the first goal of the game and scored the game-winner for Boston, which continued its late-season surge by prevailing at Newark, N.J.

Patrice Bergeron scored off Pastrnak’s feed late in the first period and added an empty-netter in the waning seconds of the game for the Bruins, who have won three straight following a three-game losing streak.

Danton Heinen also scored, David Backes added an insurance goal with 22 seconds left in the third, and Brad Marchand racked up three assists for Boston. Drew Stafford scored for New Jersey.

Oilers 4, Blue Jackets 1

Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, both in the third period, as Edmonton rallied for a victory against visiting Columbus. Leon Draisaitl assisted on all three goals in the final period as the Oilers broke a 1-1 tie.

Kyle Brodziak, Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers, who had lost three of their previous four games. Mikko Koskinen made 18 saves.

David Savard scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight (0-2-1). The Blue Jackets’ Joonas Korpisalo, starting in net because Sergei Bobrovsky was scratched with an undisclosed injury, stopped 18 of 22 shots.

Avalanche 3, Stars 1

Philipp Grubauer stopped 44 shots, Erik Johnson scored on his 31st birthday, and Colorado won at Dallas.

Tyson Barrie and Carl Soderberg also had goals, and Sam Girard had two assists for the Avalanche, who have won three in a row and moved into a tie with Arizona for the second Western Conference wild card. Tyler Seguin scored, and Ben Bishop had 29 saves for Dallas, which holds the West’s top wild-card spot.

Colorado sustained a potentially serious loss when second-leading scorer Mikko Rantanen left the game late in the third period holding his hip after a big check and did not return.

Kings 4, Sharks 2

Matt Roy scored his first NHL goal to start a third-period comeback, and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves as host Los Angeles beat San Jose.

With his team down 2-1 nearing the midway point of the third period, Roy fired a slap shot from the point that somehow went through a maze of players and a screened netminder to tie the game. Roy was playing his 16th NHL game.

Anze Kopitar’s 21st goal of the season a couple of minutes later became the game-winner, and Jeff Carter added an empty-net goal. The Sharks, who were without key forwards Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture plus defenseman Erik Karlsson, lost their fourth consecutive game.

Panthers 4, Coyotes 2

Jonathan Huberdeau had his third three-assist game of the season, and Roberto Luongo snapped a personal five-game losing streak as Florida defeated Arizona in Sunrise, Fla.

Huberdeau assisted on goals by Aleksander Barkov, Mike Hoffman and MacKenzie Weegar. Barkov added his second of the night into an empty net with 50 seconds left.

Michael Grabner and Brad Richardson were Arizona’s goal-scorers. Darcy Kuemper made 18 saves as the Coyotes lost their third straight game (0-2-1).

Flyers 3, Blackhawks 1

James van Riemsdyk scored the tiebreaking goal just before the midway point of the third period, and rookie Carter Hart made 40 saves as Philadelphia won at Chicago.

Sean Couturier added an empty-netter to tie his career high with 31 goals and also had an assist for Philadelphia, which lost three of four entering the contest but improved to 10-2-1 over the last 13 on the road.

The Blackhawks have dropped two in a row following a five-game winning streak.

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NBA: Indiana Pacers at Golden State Warriors
Mar 21, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) attempts to drive past Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

DeMarcus Cousins contributed six points to a third-quarter runaway in his return to the lineup Thursday night, helping the Golden State Warriors blow out the Indiana Pacers 112-89 in Oakland, Calif.

All five starters scored in double figures as the Warriors were able to retain a half-game lead over Denver in their duel for best record in the Western Conference. The Pacers saw their lead over Boston trimmed to a half-game in their fight for the fourth seed in the East.

Cousins, who had missed the final two games of Golden State’s just completed four-game trip with a sore ankle, recorded 19 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes of action. Klay Thompson had 18 points, and Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry each scored 15 for the Warriors.

Tyreke Evans had a game-high 20 points off the bench, and Thaddeus Young 18 for the Pacers, who went 0-4 on a Western swing.

Hawks 117, Jazz 114

Rookie Trae Young scored 23 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:47 remaining, and Atlanta hung on to beat visiting Utah.

Dewayne Dedmon made a free throw with 6.2 seconds left to give the Hawks a 117-114 lead. Utah’s Kyle Korver then missed two free throws, the second on purpose, and Donovan Mitchell missed a 3-pointer that was rebounded by Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore as the clock expired.

The win broke Atlanta’s three-game losing streak and snapped Utah’s five-game winning streak. The Jazz got 34 points from Mitchell, his second straight 30-point game.

Nuggets 113, Wizards 108

Nikola Jokic had 15 points and 11 assists, and visiting Denver held off Washington for its fifth straight win.

Eight Nuggets scored in double figures, including Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Jamal Murray and Torrey Craig at 15 points each.

Bradley Beal scored 25 points for the Wizards, who have lost three straight. Thomas Bryant added 22.

Hornets 113, Timberwolves 106

Kemba Walker scored 31 points, and host Charlotte rolled to a much-needed victory over Minnesota.

The Hornets scored seven straight points early in the fourth quarter to gain a working margin, and then they went on to lead by as many as 11 down the stretch, the latest at 111-100.

The Hornets had lost four of their previous five and 11 of their previous 15. The Timberwolves, who got 21 points and 16 rebounds from Karl-Anthony Towns, have lost five straight.

Kings 116, Mavericks 100

Buddy Hield scored 29 points, and host Sacramento took care of Dallas. The Kings bounced back after blowing a 25-point, fourth-quarter lead in their last outing against visiting Brooklyn on Tuesday, resulting in a 123-121 loss.

Hield connected on seven 3-pointers and now has made 238 treys. He trails Peja Stojakovic by only two for the most in a single season in Kings history. Marvin Bagley III came off the Sacramento bench to score 22 points and grab 12 rebounds, and Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 points and 18 rebounds.

Former Kings forward Justin Jackson led the Mavericks with 19 points. Luka Doncic scored 13 points and hauled down 10 boards.

Pistons 118, Suns 98

Wayne Ellington scored 23 points, hitting six 3-pointers, and Detroit pulled away for a win at Phoenix.

Detroit’s Blake Griffin had 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists despite shooting 4 of 17 from the field. Andre Drummond supplied 16 points and 19 rebounds, and Luke Kennard also scored 16 points to help the Pistons win for the third time in four games.

Devin Booker led the Suns with 26 points, and rookie Deandre Ayton contributed 20 points and eight rebounds.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Baylor vs Syracuse
Mar 21, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Baylor Bears guard Mark Vital (11) and guard Makai Mason (10) celebrate after defeating the Syracuse Orange in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

Point guard Makai Mason scored 22 points, and ninth-seeded Baylor hit a season-high 16 3-point shots to beat eighth-seeded Syracuse 78-69 Thursday night in an NCAA Tournament West Region first-round game at Salt Lake City.

Mason scored 16 of his points in the first half but was scoreless in the second half until hitting a key jumper with 2:43 left after he grabbed the rebound of his own miss. The basket gave the Bears a 72-67 lead.

He put in two free throws at the 1:09 mark for a seven-point advantage. Mason made two more foul shots for the game’s final points with 31.4 seconds to go.

The teams battled from the 3-point arc for much of the game, combining to hit 28 from long distance, but Syracuse faltered late — making one of its last 10 attempts — to give Baylor breathing room.

The 28 3-pointers set an NCAA Tournament record for a non-overtime game.

Baylor (20-13) will play top-seeded Gonzaga in the second round on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Syracuse (20-14) saw the end of its streak of first-round victories in its past eight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Orange shot 12 of 29 from 3-point range.

Junior forward Elijah Hughes scored a career-high 25 points for the Orange. Tyus Battle had 16.

Mason, playing through a foot injury, made 4 of 10 3-point attempts. Baylor’s Jared Butler drilled 4 of 9 from deep en route to 14 points. Mario Kegler scored 13 for Baylor, which wound up 16 of 34 from behind the arc.

It was a one-possession game for nearly the first 12 minutes of the second half until Mark Vital’s put-back gave Baylor a 62-57 lead. That was part of an 11-2 Baylor run for a 68-59 lead. Hughes went on a personal 6-0 run to make it 68-65.

The first half was a shooting showcase, with Baylor eking out a 38-37 lead at the half. The Bears hit 10 of 18 3-point shots over the first 20 minutes while Syracuse was 9 of 17.

Baylor came out firing against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense, hitting five of its first seven 3-point shots, including a banked trey from Butler, to take a 15-4 lead.

Syracuse joined the barrage, drilling five consecutive 3-point attempts to get within 20-19. The teams combined for 12 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes.

Syracuse played without senior point guard Frank Howard, who was suspended because of a “violation of athletic department policy,” the school announced Wednesday.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Farleigh Dickinson vs Gonzaga
Mar 21, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura (21) reacts after a three point basket against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights during the first half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

Rui Hachimura scored 21 points, Killian Tillie had a season-high 17 and top-seeded Gonzaga dominated from the start in an 87-49 beatdown of Fairleigh Dickinson in a first-round West Region game Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Gonzaga set a school record for margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament game.

Brandon Clarke had 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Bulldogs. He combined with fellow frontcourt players Hachimura and Tillie to make 21 of 32 shots against the 16th-seeded Knights.

Gonzaga, stewing for nine days after a loss in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game, was relentless from the opening tip, preventing the Knights from making a basket through the first six-and-a-half minutes.

The Bulldogs went up by 10 points with 15:49 to go in the first half, by 20 with 9:35 left and by 30 with 1:45 remaining.

Gonzaga (31-3) will play in Saturday’s second round against No. 9 Baylor, a 78-69 winner over No. 8 Syracuse later Thursday.

Fairleigh Dickinson, which defeated Prairie View 82-76 in a First Four game Tuesday, shot just 30 percent (15 of 50).

Mike Holloway Jr. and Elyjah Williams each scored 10 points to lead the Knights (21-14). Senior guard Darnell Edge, who scored 33 against Prairie View and was Northeast Conference tournament Most Valuable Player, mustered only seven against Gonzaga on 2-of-11 shooting.

The Bulldogs had a 47-30 rebounding advantage.

Gonzaga poured in the final 19 points of the first half to take a 53-17 lead into the locker room.

That marked the ninth time this season that Gonzaga reached 50 in a half, and the 53 points were six more than it scored in a 60-47 loss to Saint Mary’s in the WCC tournament title game.

Hachimura scored 14 points in the first half and had as many baskets (five) as FDU. Gonzaga had more fast-break points (18) than Fairleigh Dickinson had first-half points.

The Knights played better in the second half, needing just over seven minutes to match their first-half scoring total, but Gonzaga never faltered in winning a first-round game for the 11th consecutive year.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Montana vs Michigan
Mar 21, 2019; Des Moines, IA, United States; Michigan Wolverines guard Charles Matthews (1) reacts during the first half against the Montana Grizzlies in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

Senior guard Charles Matthews recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Michigan to a 74-55 victory over Montana on Thursday in West Region play of the NCAA Tournament at Des Moines, Iowa.

Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis added 14 points, and junior center Jon Teske had 11 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Wolverines (29-6). Sophomore guard Jordan Poole scored 10 points, and junior guard Zavier Simpson registered 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Michigan will meet 10th-seeded Florida on Saturday in the second round.

“We will need to play even better than we did today,” Wolverines coach John Beilein told TNT in a postgame interview of his team’s prospects against the Gators.

Junior guard Sayeed Pridgett scored 17 points for the 15th-seeded Grizzlies (26-9). Senior guard Ahmaad Rorie and sophomore guard Timmy Falls added 10 points apiece for Montana, which shot just 33.3 percent from the field and was 6 of 24 from behind the arc.

The Wolverines shot 49 percent from the field, including 5 of 17 from 3-point range.

The game was a rematch of last season’s first-round matchup when the Wolverines beat the Grizzlies 61-47.

Montana scored the first 10 points of last year’s meeting but was never in the contest this time around and trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half.

However, the Grizzlies kept fighting, and they scored the first five points of the second half to move within 34-26.

Michigan answered with 10 consecutive points — five from Matthews — to increase its lead to 18 with 16:11 remaining.

The Wolverines’ advantage reached 20 for the first time when Poole converted a three-point play to make it 57-37 with 8:29 left.

The lead reached 66-39 when sophomore forward Isaiah Livers drained a 3-pointer with 6:01 left, and Michigan cruised to the finish.

Matthews had 11 points and seven rebounds as the Wolverines led 34-21 at the break.

Michigan ran out to a quick 15-4 lead and increased it to 21-6 on Matthews’ basket with 8:26 remaining. A jumper by Matthews two-plus minutes later pushed the margin to 25-8.

Montana missed its first nine 3-point attempts until senior guard Donaven Dorsey buried one with 2:52 remaining in the half. The Grizzlies were 1 of 11 from long distance before intermission.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round- Marquette vs Murray State
Mar 21, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Murray State Racers guard Ja Morant (12) reacts during a time out during the second half of a game against the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

Star sophomore point guard Ja Morant had 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds for the first triple-double in NCAA Tournament play since 2012 to help Murray State roll to a convincing 83-64 victory over Marquette on Thursday in West Regional play at Hartford, Conn.

Morant dominated the contest from the outset despite taking just nine shots. He recorded his fourth career triple-double as 12th-seeded Murray State (28-4) roughed up the fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (24-10). The previous triple-double in NCAA play was achieved by Michigan State’s Draymond Green, who had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a victory over LIU-Brooklyn.

Freshman guard Tevin Brown made five 3-point baskets and scored a team-best 19 points as the Racers won their 12th straight game. Freshman forward KJ Williams had 16 points, and senior guard Shaq Buchanan added 14 for Murray State, who will face fourth-seeded Florida State on Saturday in the second round.

Junior guard Markus Howard scored 26 points for Marquette, which lost for the sixth time in the past seven games. Junior forward Sam Hauser recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds.

WEST REGION

No. 1 Gonzaga 87, No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson 49

Rui Hachimura scored 21 points, Killian Tillie had a season-high 17 and the top-seeded Bulldogs dominated from the start in a beat-down of the Knights at Salt Lake City. Gonzaga set a school record for margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament game.

Brandon Clarke had 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Bulldogs. He combined with fellow frontcourt players Hachimura and Tillie to make 21 of 32 shots. Gonzaga (31-3) will play in Saturday’s second round against the winner between No. 8 seed Syracuse and No. 9 Baylor.

Fairleigh Dickinson (21-14) got 10 points apiece from Elyjah Williams and Mike Holloway Jr.

No. 4 Florida State 76, No. 13 Vermont 69

Sophomore power forward Mfiondu Kabengele recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Seminoles to a first-round victory over the Catamounts at Hartford, Conn.

Senior guard Terance Mann scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half as the Seminoles (28-7) controlled the final 11 1/2 minutes.

Junior forward Anthony Lamb scored 16 points for the Catamounts (27-7), who dropped to 2-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament play. Sophomore guards Stef Smith and Ben Shungu, along with senior guard Ernie Duncan, all scored 15 points apiece.

No. 10 Florida 70, No. 7 Nevada 61

Kevarrius Hayes scored 16 points to help the Gators produce a victory over the Wolf Pack at Des Moines, Iowa.

Jalen Hudson added 15 points for Florida (20-15). Keyontae Johnson recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds, and KeVaughn Allen also scored 10 points. The Gators will face either second-seeded Michigan or 15th-seeded Montana on Saturday in the second round.

Cody Martin scored 23 points, and Caleb Martin added 19 points for the Wolf Pack (29-5). Nevada shot just 34.5 percent from the field, including 5 of 24 from 3-point range.

EAST REGION

No. 2 Michigan State 76, No. 15 Bradley 65

Cassius Winston scored 26 points to lead the Spartans to a victory over the Braves in Des Moines, Iowa.

Winston made all eight of his free throws and the Spartans (29-6) finished 25 of 26 at the stripe. Xavier Tillman had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Matt McQuaid added 10 points. Michigan State will next face No. 10 Minnesota on Saturday.

Elijah Childs scored 19 to lead Bradley (20-15), the tournament champions from the Missouri Valley Conference who were back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 years. Darrell Brown added 17 points, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye scored 14 and the Braves made nine 3-pointers to keep the game close.

No. 3 LSU 79, No. 14 Yale 74

Naz Reid and Kavell Bigby-Williams both had double-doubles as the Tigers used their superior size to hold off the Bulldogs in Jacksonville, Fla.

LSU (27-6), playing without coach Will Wade — suspended while the school investigates possible NCAA violations — will play sixth-seeded Maryland in the second round Saturday. Maryland beat 11th-seeded Belmont 79-77 on Thursday.

Reid had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Bigby-Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Skylar Mays added 19 points and Tremont Waters scored 15. Alex Copeland led the Bulldogs (22-8) with 24 points, Jordan Bruner scored 16 and Azar Swain had 12 off the bench.

No. 6 Maryland 79, No. 11 Northeastern 77

Jalen Smith and Bruno Fernando had double-doubles as the Terrapins edged the Bruins in Jacksonville, Fla.

Smith had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Fernando added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Darryl Morsell scored 18 and Eric Ayala added 12 as the Terrapins (23-10) prevailed in a back-and-forth game.

Dylan Windler had 35 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin McClain scored 19 to lead Belmont (27-6), which defeated Temple 81-70 in a play-in game Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. The Bruins fell 10 points short of their scoring average of 87.4, which is second to only Gonzaga in Division I.

No. 10 Minnesota 86, No. 7 Louisville 76

Gabe Kalscheur scored 24 points to lead the Golden Gophers to a victory over the Cardinals in Des Moines, Iowa. The Gophers (22-13) won their first tournament game since 2013 when they opened with a victory over UCLA.

Kalscheur was 5 of 11 from 3-point range as Minnesota made 11 triples, its second-highest total all season. Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey scored 18 points each while Daniel Oturu and Dupree McBrayer each scored 13 for the Gophers.

Louisville (20-14) entered the game having won just two of its last seven games and could never seize the momentum against Minnesota. Christen Cunningham scored 22 to lead the Cardinals while Steven Enoch scored 14. Darius Perry added 12 points while Jordan Nwora scored 10 and grabbed 11 rebounds.

MIDWEST REGION

No. 2 Kentucky 79, No. 15 Abilene Christian 44

Keldon Johnson poured in 25 points, and Kentucky pounded Abilene Christian in a battle of Wildcats at Jacksonville, Fla. Kentucky played without team scoring and rebounding leader PJ Washington, who had his left foot in a cast from an injury sustained in last week’s Southeastern Conference tournament.

Kentucky’s Reid Travis, a graduate transfer from Stanford in his first NCAA Tournament game, racked up 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and freshman Tyler Herro added 14 points. Kentucky (28-6) plays Seton Hall or Wofford in the second round.

Jaren Lewis scored 17 points for Abilene Christian (27-7). Lewis shot 7 of 12 from the field, while the rest of his teammates were a combined 10 of 41.

No. 5 Auburn 78, No. 12 New Mexico State 77

Jared Harper scored a game-high 17 points as the Tigers survived potential game-winning free throws by the Aggies to win in Salt Lake City.

Auburn (27-9) took a 13-point lead with 7:10 left but committed six turnovers after that and was hanging on to a 78-76 lead with 6.0 seconds left after Samir Doughty made the second of two free-throw attempts.

The Aggies’ Terrell Brown missed a 3-point shot but was fouled with 1.7 seconds left. He missed the first, made the second and his third attempt went in and out, with the rebound going out of bounds to New Mexico State (30-5) with 1.1 seconds to go and Auburn up one. Trevelin Queen, off a screen, got an open look from the left corner but shot an airball.

No. 4 Kansas 87, No. 13 Northeastern 53

Junior forward Dedric Lawson recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Jayhawks trounced the Huskies at Salt Lake City.

The Jayhawks (26-9) extended their streak of first-round wins to 13 while making their 30th consecutive NCAA appearance, a tournament record. Kansas advances to play No. 5 Auburn on Saturday.

Kansas also was stingy defensively, holding the Huskies (23-11) to 28.1 percent shooting. Northeastern’s leading scorer, senior guard Vasa Pusica, was held to seven points (10 below his average) on 2-of-13 shooting. Junior guard Jordan Roland paced Northeastern with 12 points.

SOUTH REGION

No. 6 Villanova 61, No. 11 Saint Mary’s 57

Phil Booth scored 20 points as the Wildcats posted a victory over the Gaels at Hartford, Conn.

Booth shot 7 of 13 from the field and added 14 points for reigning NCAA champion Villanova (26-9), which advances to face third-seeded Purdue or 14th-seeded Old Dominion.

Jermaine Samuels finished with 12 points to help Villanova gain a measure of revenge after being bounced by Saint Mary’s in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Jordan Ford and Malik Fitts each scored 13 points for the Gaels (22-12).

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Kentucky vs Abilene Christian
Mar 21, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Abilene Christian Wildcats forward Jaren Lewis (1) shoots the ball in front of Kentucky Wildcats guard Ashton Hagans (2) and Kentucky Wildcats forward Reid Travis (22) during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

Freshman guard Keldon Johnson poured in 25 points in his first NCAA Tournament game, and second-seeded Kentucky pounded 15th-seeded Abilene Christian 79-44 in a Midwest Region game Thursday night at Jacksonville, Fla.

Kentucky played without team scoring and rebounding leader PJ Washington, a 6-foot-8 sophomore who had his left foot in a cast from an injury sustained in last week’s Southeastern Conference tournament.

Johnson made 10 of 16 shots from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Kentucky’s Reid Travis, a graduate transfer from Stanford in his first NCAA Tournament game, racked up 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and freshman Tyler Herro added 14 points.

Kentucky (28-6) plays in the second round Saturday against the Seton Hall-Wofford winner. Kentucky has won its NCAA Tournament opener in 25 of its past 26 appearances in the event.

These were two teams using the same nickname, but there was a big difference between the groups of Wildcats.

The first NCAA Tournament appearance for Abilene Christian (27-7) didn’t go well. The team that made 38.8 percent of its 3-point attempts entering the tournament had a tough time finding a shooting stroke Thursday, going 5 of 23, 21.7 percent, from long range.

Jaren Lewis scored 17 points for Abilene Christian. Lewis shot 7 of 12 from the field, while the rest of his teammates were a combined 10 of 41. Lewis also had five of the team’s 17 rebounds.

Kentucky opened a 13-3 lead in less than six minutes, then scored the final 11 points of the half for a 39-13 lead at the break.

Abilene Christian, which qualified by winning the Southland Conference tournament, didn’t have a field goal in the final 5:49 of the opening half. It made 19.1 percent of its shots in the first half.

Kentucky hit at 60 percent from the field in the first half and held a 23-10 rebounding advantage at the game’s midway mark.

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies
FILE PHOTO: Mar 21, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (3) is greeted by his teammates in the dugout after hitting home run in the first inning of the spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

Bryce Harper led a home run barrage with his first two blasts as a member of the Phillies as Philadelphia routed the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 13-6 in a spring training exhibition Thursday at Clearwater, Fla.

Harper’s first homer was a two-run blast pulled to right in the first inning, and he followed up with a solo shot to right in the sixth. Also going yard for Philadelphia were Andrew McCutchen, Andrew Knapp, J.T. Realmuto and Gift Ngoepe.

Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Rowdy Tellez and Billy McKinney all went deep for the Blue Jays.

Pirates 7, Orioles 5

Jung Ho Kang crushed a walk-off grand slam to lead host Pittsburgh past Baltimore at Bradenton, Fla. Jonah Davis went yard twice, and Francisco Cervelli also homered for the Pirates, while Trey Mancini had a solo shot for the Orioles.

Rays 8, Braves 1

Brandon Lowe and Nate Lowe each hit three-run homers as part of a six-run first as Tampa Bay cruised past visiting Atlanta at Port Charlotte, Fla. Kyle Wright, the No. 5 pick by the Braves in the 2017 draft, was roughed up for six runs on four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Tigers 5, Astros 3

Jeimer Candelario homered twice, and Miguel Cabrera added a solo shot and an RBI double as Detroit downed visiting Houston at Lakeland, Fla.

Cardinals (ss) 11, Yankees 3

Dexter Fowler went deep twice, and Marcell Ozuna and Drew Robinson each had three hits as host St. Louis slammed New York at Jupiter, Fla. Gleyber Torres hit a two-run double for the Yankees.

Mets 6, Marlins 0

Brandon Nimmo hit two home runs and had four RBIs, and Michael Conforto crushed a two-run shot as visiting Miami blanked New York at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen served up five runs on seven hits in five innings.

Royals 14, Reds (ss) 6

Jorge Soler and Kyle Isbel each had three-run homers, and Kansas City used an eight-run ninth inning to pummel host Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz. The Reds were led offensively by Jose Peraza, who hit an RBI triple and a two-run double.

Giants 5, Cubs 5

Kevonte Mitchell’s ninth-inning home run helped host Chicago tie San Francisco at Mesa, Ariz. Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer for the Giants.

Rangers (ss) 7, Indians 3

Rougned Odor’s three-run shot highlighted a 14-hit Texas attack in a win over visiting Cleveland at Surprise, Ariz. Trayce Thompson homered for the Indians.

Brewers 11, Dodgers 5

Tyler Saladino hit a three-run homer, and Yasmani Grandal added a two-run blast against his former team as Milwaukee rolled past visiting Los Angeles at Phoenix. Justin Turner’s three-run blast and Cody Asche’s two-run shot accounted for all the Dodgers’ offense.

White Sox 12, Rangers (ss) 2

Leury Garcia homered among four hits as Chicago routed visiting Texas at Phoenix. Yonder Alonso (four RBIs) and Jose Abreu (three RBIs) each added two hits for the White Sox.

Angels 2, Diamondbacks 1

Mike Trout and Dustin Garneau hit RBI singles as Los Angeles edged host Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz. Matt Szczur drove in the Diamondbacks’ lone run on a sacrifice fly.

–Field Level Media

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The Wisconsin Badgers take the first step toward a national title Friday when they play Oregon in the NCAA tournament.

It’s time to show up and show out in March Madness. Right now, everything we want is right in front of us. March is all about playing to earn the right to play 40 more minutes of basketball. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

That begins today when we step on the court to play the Ducks. My Badgers are going to obliterate Oregon. If there’s one thing pretty much everybody back home is good at, it’s killing ducks. We smoke home like it’s going out of style.

It won’t be any different on the basketball court. Ethan Happ, Khalil Iverson, Brad Davison and the rest of the crew with Greg Gard are going to stomp all over our opponent.

We might not have the sexiest style of play, but we get the job done. Trust me, there’s nobody out there who wants to play us. I can promise you that much. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

Doubt us at your own peril if you don’t believe me. You think this is a game? This isn’t a game. This is college basketball in the big dance.

This is where it gets started. In the immortal words of Herb Brooks, “Great moments are born from great opportunity, and that’s what you have here tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight.”

Gentlemen, it’s going to be biblical. Tune in at 4:30 EST on TBS to watch it all go down. You know that I’ll be locked in with a cold beer in my hand.

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MLB: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics
Mar 21, 2019; Tokyo,JPN; Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (51) speaks during a press conference after the game against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement Thursday after his final game with the Seattle Mariners, played in the country where he started his 27-year career.

“I have achieved so many of my dreams in baseball,” Ichiro said, “both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball. I am honored to end my big-league career where it started, with Seattle, and think it is fitting that my last games as a professional were played in my home country of Japan.”

Ichiro, 45, joined the Mariners in 2001 at age 27 and won both American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. He had 1,278 career hits in Japanese baseball and 3,089 in the major leagues.

Ichiro nearly legged out an infield hit in the eighth inning after a strikeout earlier in the game. He was removed from the game later in the inning to a thunderous applause from fans and hugs from his teammates. Ichiro was hitless, but Seattle claimed a 5-4, 12-inning victory over the Oakland A’s in the Tokyo Dome.

–The Los Angeles Angels and two-time MVP Mike Trout announced the 12-year contract that likely will keep the outfielder an Angel for the rest of his career.

“This is where I wanted to be all along,” Trout said in a statement released by the. “I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organization, my teammates and our fans for years to come.”

The new contract adds 10 years to the final two years of his existing six-year deal signed in 2014. The total 12-year deal is worth anywhere from $426.5 million to more than $430 million.

–Less than two weeks after drawing criticism for giving reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell a $15,500 raise, the Tampa Bay Rays announced they are giving their ace quite a bit more, after all.

The club agreed to terms with the left-hander on a five-year, $50 million contract that runs through the 2023 season, which would have been Snell’s first year of free agency. The deal could pay an additional $2 million in incentives, the club said.

–The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the St. Louis Cardinals and newly acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are closing in on an extension that will be “at least five years and at least $110 million.” Later, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that both sides agreed to a deal and the terms are five years and “about $130 million.”

Goldschmidt slugged 30 or more homers in four of the past six seasons with Arizona, but the Diamondbacks dealt the 31-year-old ahead of the last season of his contract, which is slated to pay him $14.5 million. He batted .290 with 33 homers and 83 RBIs in 2018. He has three 100-RBI campaigns and has batted .300 or better three times since 2013.

–Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters there is “reason for concern” about the pitching elbow of right-handed reliever Corey Knebel.

Knebel, 27, stopped throwing in the past few days due to what had been described as a tired arm and was scheduled to have it examined. Knebel and reliever Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) are expected to open the year on the injured list, likely leaving closer duties to Josh Hader.

The Brewers reportedly have been in talks with free agent closer Craig Kimbrel.

–Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson could miss time with a hand injury sustained in the finale of a two-game series in Japan against the Mariners.

Olson left the game after fouling a ball off of his right hand.

The A’s also announced top prospect Jesus Luzardo would be shut down for four to six weeks with a shoulder strain.

–New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from the team’s spring training game because of swelling and stiffness in his right elbow, manager Aaron Boone said.

Bird, who was hit by a pitch Wednesday by the Houston Astros’ Wade Miley, was sent back to Tampa, Fla., for precautionary X-rays while the team played the St. Louis Cardinals in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Bird, 26, has been competing with Luke Voit for the starting job at first base this spring. He is hitting .333 with 11 walks and three home runs in 51 plate appearances in the Grapefruit League.

–Lee Mazzilli, the Yankees’ guest instructor who was struck on the head by a batted ball during batting practice Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., will stay hospitalized for at least another night. A Yankees spokesman said Thursday that doctors were “just being cautious” with Mazzilli.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepares to take the field before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara
FILE PHOTO: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepares to take the field before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, U.S. October 23, 2016. Picture taken October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

March 22, 2019

The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston to a two-year, $24 million contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

Houston registered 78 1/2 sacks in 102 games with the Chiefs from 2011-18, including a league-high 22 sacks in 2014.

The Chiefs released the 30-year-old pass rusher earlier this month when they could not find a trading partner. The four-time Pro Bowl selection had been due $15.25 million in base salary in 2019.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard knows Houston from his time in Kansas City, where he served as director of player personnel (2013-14) and director of football operations (2015-16).

–Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid will share less than $10 million in the settlement of their collusion case against the NFL, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The settlement was announced last month, but financial terms were withheld due to a confidentiality agreement.

Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, opted out of his contract in March 2017 to pursue free agency. But when he found no takers, he filed a grievance against the league seven months later. Reid, the former 49ers safety who was the first player to join Kaepernick in 2016 by kneeling in protest during the national anthem, filed his own collusion case against the NFL in May 2018, and the grievances were later combined into a joint case.

–The Ravens have reached a two-year agreement to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III in Baltimore, pending the results of a physical. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 29-year-old former Rookie of the Year will continue his role as a backup and mentor to Lamar Jackson. Griffin played in three games for the Ravens in 2018 and completed 2 of 6 passes for 21 yards.

–The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will play a preseason game this summer in Hawaii.

The defending NFC West and NFC East champions will meet Aug. 17 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. It will be the second preseason game for both teams and the first NFL exhibition game played in Hawaii since 1976, when the San Francisco 49ers played the then-San Diego Chargers.

–Restricted free agent cornerback Darqueze Dennard re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, reportedly rejecting offers from the Chiefs and other teams, per NFL Network.

A first-round pick in 2014 out of Michigan State, the 27-year-old Dennard has played in 68 games (19 starts) and registered 227 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks.

–Free agent tight end Jared Cook is close to a contract agreement with the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network reported.

Cook turns 32 next month but has been productive in stints with the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, then-St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. He had 68 receptions for 896 yards and six touchdowns with the Raiders in 2018.

–Defensive end Vinny Curry is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles, agreeing to a deal after playing one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Curry, 30, was released by the Bucs in March in a move that cleared $8 million in 2019 cap space. He won a Super Bowl with the Eagles two years ago and adds depth to a defensive line that has lost Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata.

–New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith agreed to a pay cut that saves the team $2.3 million in cap space for the upcoming season. His cap hit is now $4.15 million, down from $6.45 million.

A knee injury limited Meredith, 26, to just six games in the 2018 season. He caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown last season. He has 86 catches and five touchdowns in his three-year career.

–The Arizona Cardinals reached a two-year deal with defensive lineman Darius Philon, the NFL Network reported. The deal is worth $10 million — $12 million with incentives — with $5 million guaranteed, according to the report.

Philon, 25, played in all 16 games with the Chargers last season, starting 13. He recorded four sacks, 33 tackles and a forced fumble.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks
FILE PHOTO: Mar 17, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) sits on the court after getting fouled in the second quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

March 22, 2019

LeBron James participated in about half of practice Thursday, and coach Luke Walton expects him to play Friday when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets, The Athletic reported.

With the Lakers managing the superstar’s minutes down the stretch, the superstar forward has sat out two of the past three games. He did not play in last Friday in the Lakers’ 111-97 loss at Detroit or Tuesday on Los Angeles’ 115-101 defeat at Milwaukee.

James did start and play 35 minutes Sunday in the Lakers’ 124-123 loss at New York, finishing with 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting with eight assists and six rebounds. His potential game-winning jumper was blocked by Knicks forward Mario Hezonja in the final seconds.

–Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $50,000 by the NBA for shoving Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid in a Wednesday game.

In its announcement, the NBA said the amount of Smart’s fine “was also based on his repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct during NBA games.” Smart drew a $35,000 fine earlier this season for an altercation with DeAndre’ Bembry of the Atlanta Hawks, and he has accrued $170,000 in fines during his five-year career, according to MassLive.com.

Smart drew his latest fine after shoving Embiid from behind, sending the 76ers center sprawling to the floor. The 25-year-old Smart was whistled for a flagrant-2 foul and was ejected from the game after the incident, which occurred with 11:06 to go in the third quarter.

–Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant’s “adopted brother” and close friend Clifford Dixon was shot and killed outside of a metro Atlanta bar early Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Dixon, 32, was shot multiple times in a parking lot just after 1 a.m., police in Chamblee, Ga., confirmed. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A suspect fled the scene on foot, and no arrests were immediately made.

According to the Oklahoman, Durant’s mother, Wanda Durant, took Dixon into the family’s home when he was 16 years old. Dixon was one of the friends Durant thanked during an emotional speech after being named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 season.

–Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. will have minor surgery on his left thumb and will miss the rest of the season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. The recovery is expected to be four to six weeks, according to the report.

Oubre, 23, has been playing the best ball of his career after the Suns acquired him in December as part of the trade that sent Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards.

Oubre has averaged 16.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 40 games with the Suns, building on his career average of 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds over four seasons.

–The Suns reached a two-year deal with Jimmer Fredette, giving the former college phenom a second crack at the NBA, according to reports.

Fredette, 30, is awaiting clearance from his current team, the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. Fredette averaged 36.9 points per game this season for the Sharks, who were eliminated from the postseason Tuesday.

Fredette, a 6-foot-2 guard who was the all-time leading scorer in BYU and Mountain West Conference history, will be signed through the rest of this season, with a team option for 2019-2020. He was the unanimous national player of the year in college basketball in 2011 after shattering NCAA scoring records.

–The Minnesota Timberwolves announced they will be without forward Robert Covington and guards Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague for their final 11 games of the season.

Covington hasn’t played since Dec. 31 and recently experienced a setback in his recovery from a right knee bone bruise. Rose has missed the past four games because of a chip fracture and a loose body in his right elbow. Teague, having aggravated a left foot injury originally sustained in December, also has missed the past four games.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: Figure Skating - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy - Ladies Free Skating
FILE PHOTO: Figure Skating – ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating NHK Trophy – Ladies Free Skating – Osaka, Japan – November 11, 2017 – Mariah Bell of the U.S. in action. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

March 22, 2019

(Reuters) – The International Skating Union has cleared Mariah Bell of causing intentional harm after the American was accused of colliding into 16-year-old South Korean rival Eun Soo Lim in the final warm-up session ahead of the world championships in Japan.

The ISU said it had been made aware of a statement published by the Korea Skating Union on March 21 about the incident.

“Based on the evidence at hand at this point in time, which includes a video, there is no evidence that Ms. Bell intended any harm to Ms. Lim,” the ISU said in a statement.

The ISU said the incident was “verbally reported” to the ISU by the Korean team leader but it had received no formal complaint.

“The ISU met with delegates from both USA and Korea and urged both parties to find an amicable solution. The ISU maintains that this remains the appropriate approach,” the governing body added.

(Writing by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

Source: OANN

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round- Marquette vs Murray State
Mar 21, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Marquette Golden Eagles forward Sam Hauser (10) drives against Murray State Racers guard Jaiveon Eaves (14) during the first half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

Star sophomore point guard Ja Morant had 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds for the first triple-double in NCAA Tournament play since 2012 to help the Racers roll to a convincing 83-64 victory over Marquette on Thursday in West Region play at Hartford, Conn.

Morant dominated the contest from the outset despite taking just nine shots. He recorded his fourth career triple-double as 12th-seeded Murray State (28-4) roughed up the Golden Eagles (24-10). The previous triple-double in NCAA play was achieved by Michigan State’s Draymond Green, who had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a victory over LIU-Brooklyn.

Freshman guard Tevin Brown made five 3-point baskets and scored a team-best 19 points as the Racers won their 12th straight game. Freshman forward KJ Williams had 16 points, and senior guard Shaq Buchanan added 14 for Murray State.

The Racers will face fourth-seeded Florida State on Saturday in the second round.

Junior guard Markus Howard scored 26 points for fifth-seeded Marquette, which lost for the sixth time in the past seven games. Junior forward Sam Hauser recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles shot just 32.4 percent from the field, including 8 of 31 from 3-point range. Howard was just 9 of 27 from the field and 4 of 14 from long range.

The Racers shot 53.6 percent from the field and were 9 of 18 from behind the arc.

Murray State led by seven at the break and came out strong with seven straight points at the outset of the second half. Morant’s three-point play increased the margin to 49-35 with 18:09 remaining.

After Howard buried a 3-pointer, Morant delivered a thunderous dunk to ensure the Golden Eagles weren’t about to halt the Racers’ momentum.

The lead reached 20 after Brown buried his fifth 3-pointer and Williams scored on a put-back to make it 62-42 with 11:23 remaining.

Buchanan’s layup gave Murray State a 68-46 lead with 8:07 left. Marquette never made a late-game charge.

Brown had 12 points on 4-of-4 3-point shooting, and Morant recorded 10 points and eight assists as Murray State built a 42-35 halftime lead. Howard scored 16 points for Marquette.

The Racers used an early 15-2 burst to open up a 20-10 advantage just more than seven minutes into the contest. The Golden Eagles answered a 14-3 run to take a 24-23 lead on a dunk by freshman forward Brendan Bailey.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

Choi of South Korea tees off during the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic women's golf tournament in Waterloo
Na Yeon Choi of South Korea tees off the third tee during the third round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic women’s golf tournament at the Grey Silo course in Waterloo, June 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA – Tags: SPORT GOLF)

March 21, 2019

(Reuters) – Golfers are not usually doused in champagne after a first round, but 2012 U.S. Women’s Open champion Choi Na-yeon could be excused for feeling like she deserved to celebrate in Arizona on Thursday.

Returning to competition after nearly a year out nursing a serious back injury, Choi shot a sparkling seven-under-par 65 in the Founders Cup at Wild Fire Golf Club in Phoenix.

She shared the clubhouse lead after half the field had completed the first round.

“My friend put champagne on me,” the 31-year-old South Korean said, explaining her wet clothes.

“I’m very happy to be back on tour. I was nervous on the first tee.”

Choi did some soul-searching during her long injury-enforced absence with what she described as a disc problem.

Her body was ailing, but so too was her mind after years of single-minded focus on little else but golf.

She had developed a reputation for being unduly harsh on her caddies, though most likeable off the course.

“I think I was kind of robot, when I was growing up and then playing golf well on LPGA Tour. I think I was like living in the box.

“I couldn’t do anything beside golf, only golf, only golf; like 100 percent focused on golf. I think that’s why I got a little bit burned out.”

Choi spent a couple of weeks traveling in Europe, where she temporarily shed her regimented lifestyle and lived like a typical tourist.

“Everything was kind of new experience for me and I really enjoyed it,” she said.

“I didn’t think about golf. I didn’t set alarm every day. I just woke up whenever I wanted and I just eat whatever I wanted.”

After several months she felt the desire to resume golf return and with rehabilitation her back improved enough for her to start playing again.

But rather than grinding on the range, Choi just tried to enjoy herself with friends.

“I try to drink some beer and get a little tipsy playing golf because we always play golf in serious mode,” she said.

“I just like to play more fun and that’s how I did today.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Ed Osmond)

Source: OANN

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Louisiana State vs Yale
Mar 21, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; LSU Tigers guard Javonte Smart (1) battles Yale Bulldogs guard Alex Copeland (right) for the ball as Yale guard Miye Oni (25) looks on during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

Naz Reid and Kavell Bigby-Williams both had double-doubles as third-seeded LSU used its superior size to hold off 14th seed Yale 79-74 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament East Regional on Thursday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Tigers (27-6), regular-season champions of the SEC, scored consistently in the paint and shot 60 percent in the first half as they built a 16-point halftime lead before holding off a second-half charge of the Ivy League champion Bulldogs (22-8).

LSU, playing without coach Will Wade — suspended while the school investigates possible NCAA violations – will play sixth-seeded Maryland in the second round Saturday. Maryland beat 11th-seeded Belmont 79-77 on Thursday.

Reid had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Bigby-Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Skylar Mays added 19 points and Tremont Waters scored 15.

Alex Copeland led the Bulldogs with 24 points, Jordan Bruner scored 16 and Azar Swain had 12 off the bench.

LSU led by 18 points early in the second half before Yale started cutting into the lead.

Copeland made two layups and a 3-pointer to reduce the lead to single digits at 55-46.

The Bulldogs pulled within seven points on five occasions despite going nearly five minutes without making a field goal.

Bruner’s steal and layup reduced the lead to five, but Reid answered with a layup with 2:09 left.

Yale kept fighting back, making four 3-pointers in the final 42 seconds, but the Tigers answered by making nine free throws.

LSU scored the first nine points of the game and led by nine on two more occasions before Yale started to get on track offensively.

The Bulldogs pulled within 19-17 and 21-19 but they couldn’t catch the Tigers.

Waters passed to Bigby-Williams for a dunk that pushed the margin into double figures at 34-23.

Yale briefly cut the deficit back to nine before Waters led an LSU push down the stretch. He scored five of the Tigers’ final 11 points, finishing with a layup that gave LSU a 45-29 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Murray State star Ja Morant had an unreal dunk Thursday against Marquette in the NCAA tournament.

The future first round NBA draft pick elevated seemingly out of nowhere and threw down a mind-boggling dunk against the Golden Eagles. I’ve seen a lot of crazy slams in my day, but this one is on a whole different level.

Watch the absurd play below.

I’m telling you right now that Morant is going to be something special at the next level. His level of athleticism is downright absurd. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

He’s only a couple inches over six feet, and yet, he plays like he’s 6’8″. That’s the kind of talent that gets you paid big time at the next level.

As for Marquette, they’re currently getting absolutely annihilated by Morant and his crew. You just hate to see it! You just absolutely hate to see it! (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

Oh well, I guess we can now stop with the stupid debates about whether or not they’re the best team in Wisconsin.

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Judging by what is happening to them in the tournament right now, they might not want to show their faces for awhile.

Again, you just hate to see it!

Source: The Daily Caller

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Kansas vs Northeastern
Mar 21, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Devon Dotson (11) dribbles as Northeastern Huskies guard Vasa Pusica (4) defends during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

Junior forward Dedric Lawson recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds Thursday as No. 4-seeded Kansas trounced No. 13-seeded Northeastern 87-53 in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament at Salt Lake City.

The Jayhawks (26-9) extended their streak of first-round wins to 13 while beginning their 30th consecutive NCAA appearance, a tournament record.

Kansas advanced to play No. 5 Auburn, a 78-77 winner over New Mexico State.

Lawson, a 6-foot-9 transfer from Memphis, often played as the big man in a four-guard lineup that often beat Northeastern off the bounce for easy buckets at the rim. The double-double was the 21st of the season for Lawson.

Post-ups by Lawson and drives by his teammates accounted for a 50-16 advantage in the paint.

Kansas also was stingy defensively, holding the Huskies (23-11) to 28.1 percent shooting. Their leading scorer, senior guard Vasa Pusica, was limited to one basket through the first 29 minutes.

Pusica finished with seven points (10 below his average) on 2-of-13 shooting. Junior guard Jordan Roland paced Northeastern with 12 points.

A 10-0 run stretched a 12-point halftime lead into a 47-30 advantage with 14:50 remaining.

Freshman point guard Devon Dotson scored 18 points for Kansas despite twisting his ankle and leaving briefly with 14:05 remaining.

Lawson’s brother K.J. came off the bench to add 13 points for the Jayhawks.

Dedric Lawson erupted for 16 points and seven boards in the first half as the Jayhawks raced to a 37-25 lead at the break. An 11-0 run enabled Kansas to gain separation and establish a 31-19 margin with 4:03 left. The run was capped with a 3-pointer by Lawson.

Northeastern canned three shots from behind the arc for its first three makes but finished the half 5 of 17 and added just three two-point makes. Roland scored eight first-half points, but none of the other Huskies contributed more than three. Pusica went just 1-for-8 shooting, connecting for a 3-pointer 12 minutes into the game.

Northeastern finished just 6 of 28 from 3-point range after averaging 9.8 makes while advancing as champions of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

Only two Jayhawks, reserves Marcus Garrett and Mitch Lightfoot, had previously played in the NCAA Tournament. Still, Kansas improved to 32-2 all-time in round of 64 games.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: Ricardo Hausmann from Harvard University
FILE PHOTO: Ricardo Hausmann from Harvard University speaks on Day 1 of Securing Sport 2015 – the annual conference of the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS). Photo Andrew Kelly for ICSS

March 21, 2019

By Lesley Wroughton and Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday threatened to pull out from the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank in China next week if Beijing refuses to allow a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend.

The IADB, which is Latin America’s largest development lender, voted last week to replace Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s board representative with Harvard economist Ricardo Hausmann, who is backed by Guaido.

Several sources familiar with the situation told Reuters that China – one of the Venezuelan government’s few remaining international allies – had proposed not inviting representatives from either the Maduro or Guaido camps to “de-politicize” the meeting.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Diane Craft)

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Maryland vs Belmont
Mar 21, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Maryland Terrapins forward Jalen Smith (25) tries to shoot between Belmont Bruins guard Kevin McClain (11) and center Seth Adelsperger (50) during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

Jalen Smith and Bruno Fernando had double-doubles as sixth-seeded Maryland edged 11th-seeded Belmont 79-77 on Thursday in an NCAA Tournament East Regional first-round game in Jacksonville, Fla.

Smith had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Fernando added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Darryl Morsell scored 18 and Eric Ayala added 12 as the Terrapins prevailed in a back-and-forth game.

They bounced back after losing three of their previous four games, including a 69-61 setback against No. 13 seed Nebraska in the Terps’ first game in the Big Ten Tournament on March 14.

In a second-round game Saturday, Maryland (23-10) will face third-seeded LSU, which defeated No. 14 seed Yale 79-74 earlier Thursday.

Dylan Windler had 35 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin McClain scored 19 to lead Belmont (27-6), which defeated Temple 81-70 in a play-in game Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. The Bruins fell 10 points short of their scoring average of 87.4, which is second to only Gonzaga in Division I.

Belmont led by six points at halftime, but Fernando had seven points and an assist during a 14-0 run by Maryland to start the second half.

Windler ended the Bruins’ drought with five straight points, and the lead changed hands five times. The fifth change came when McClain’s three-point play started a 10-2 run by the Bruins, giving them a 67-60 lead.

The Terps closed within one point twice before tying the score at 71 on Anthony Cowan Jr.’s 3-pointer with 4:07 left.

Morsell’s three-point play completed a 14-4 run that gave Maryland a 74-71 lead with 2:47 left.

Belmont twice got within a point and had a chance to take the lead in the final moments, but Morsell made a steal with four seconds left and added a free throw.

Maryland’s only lead of the first half was 9-8 before McClain’s jumper broke a tie and started a 15-3 run that gave the Bruins a 26-14 edge.

Belmont maintained a 12-point edge until the Terps went on a 9-0 run, pulling within 35-32 on Morsell’s layup.

The Bruins increased the lead to 40-34 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Bradley vs Michigan State
Mar 21, 2019; Des Moines, IA, United States; Michigan State Spartans forward Xavier Tillman (23) drives to the basket against Bradley Braves guard Nate Kennell (25) during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

Cassius Winston scored 26 points to lead No. 2 Michigan State to a 76-65 victory over No. 15 Bradley in Thursday’s first round of the East Region of the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

Winston made all eight of his free throws and the Spartans (29-6) finished 25-of-26 at the stripe. Xavier Tillman had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Matt McQuaid added 10 points.

Elijah Childs scored 19 to lead Bradley (20-15), the tournament champions from the Missouri Valley Conference who were back in the NCAA tourney for the first time in 13 years. Darrell Brown added 17 points, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye scored 14 and the Braves made nine 3-pointers to keep the game close.

It didn’t take Michigan State long to realize it was in a for a fight as Bradley jumped to a quick 10-4 lead, nailing a pair of 3-pointers. The Spartans responded with a 9-0 run to take a 13-10 lead, but the momentum would be short lived for Michigan State.

The Spartans could never pull away, going just 2 for 10 from 3-point range in the first half. Meanwhile, Bradley buried 6 of 9 from long range, its final two giving the Braves a 35-34 lead at halftime after Michigan State failed to get a shot off on its final possession.

After Childs scored the first four points of the second half, Michigan State went on a 10-0 run to take a 44-39 lead with 16:49 to play and pushed that advantage to 50-43, capping a 16-4 surge when Nick Ward hit a pair of free throws.

But two straight turnovers led to five Bradley points in a matter of seconds, followed by an offensive foul on Ward with 11:34 to play.

Brown then buried a deep 3-pointer to give Bradley a 51-50 lead that went back and forth over the next few possessions, with Tillman putting Michigan State ahead 54-53 on a layup with 7:43 left in the game.

Winston scored four straight to put Michigan State up 58-55 with just more than four minutes to play. McQuaid then hit a 3-pointer from the wing followed by a jumper in the lane from Aaron Henry to give the Spartans a 63-55 lead with 2:41 to play.

Bradley ran out of gas from there as Michigan State converted 11 of its last 12 free throws.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals
FILE PHOTO: Mar 18, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) walks into the dugout during a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

On the heels of a trio of eye-popping contracts handed out to MLB stars in the last month, another perennial All-Star is reportedly on the verge of signing his own extension.

Only the figures aren’t quite as gaudy.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals and newly acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are closing in on an extension that will be “at least five years and at least $110 million.” Later, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that both sides agreed to a deal and the terms are five years and “about $130 million.” The deal, Passan reported, would keep Goldschmidt in St. Louis through the 2024 season.

In the past month, Manny Machado (Padres), Bryce Harper (Phillies) and Mike Trout (Angels) have signed three of the four largest contracts in MLB history, each worth at least $300 million in total value and $25.3 million in annual average. Goldschmidt’s deal would be a far cry from that those in terms of total value, but at 31, the slugger is several years older than the others. Machado and Harper are 26, and Trout is 27.

Arizona traded Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star, to St. Louis in December in exchange for right-hander Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andy Young and the Cardinals’ Compensation B selection in the 2019 draft.

Goldschmidt has slugged 30 or more homers in four of the past six seasons, but the Diamondbacks were shopping the 31-year-old because he was entering the last season of his contract, which is slated to pay him $14.5 million. He batted .290 with 33 homers and 83 RBIs in 2018. He has three 100-RBI campaigns and has batted .300 or better three times since 2013.

Overall, he batted .297 with 209 homers and 710 RBIs in 1,092 games over parts of eight seasons for Arizona. He finished second in National League MVP balloting in 2013, when he set career highs of 36 homers and 125 RBIs, and again in 2015.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

Tennis: Miami Open
Mar 21, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Venus Williams of the United States hits a forehand against Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia (not pictured) in the first round of the Miami Open at Miami Open Tennis Complex. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) – Three-times Miami Open champion Venus Williams lit up center court by easing past Slovenian qualifier Dalila Jakupovic 7-5 6-3 in the first round as the sun and fans returned to the tournament on Thursday.

After two days of almost constant rain Williams’ match on the 13,800 temporary stadium court kicked off a busy day as organizers scrambled to get back on schedule after rain washed away three of the first four sessions.

A move from cramped quarters at Crandon Park on picturesque Key Biscayne to the wide open spaces provided by acres of parking lots that surround the tournament’s new home at Hard Rock Stadium aims to give the Miami Open a bright new future.

Finally some of that potential shone through as people filled the spacious fanzone, generating some badly needed buzz.

Williams did her part to get the party rolling by overcoming a sluggish start to book her spot in the second round.

Trailing 5-4 in the opening set Williams stepped up a gear to sweep the next six games, breaking her opponent three times to claim the first set before jumping ahead 3-0 in the second to wake up a sleepy crowd.

Playing in her first WTA premier event, Jakupovic, 27, provided Williams with some early resistance, taking advantage of the 38-year-old American’s misfiring serve.

But the former world number one, making a record 20th appearance at the Miami Open, did not panic, breaking Jakupovic with the help of a challenge call that brought a smile to her face to seize control.

“She really plays the angles well and is definitely a real competitor,” said Williams summing up her 80th-ranked opponent. “I was just trying to get a feel for what her shot selection is like. That’s always really challenging as a new opponent.”

On an outside court, another tennis sibling, Mari Osaka, older sister of world number one Naomi, was not having the same success, falling 6-2 6-4 to American wildcard Whitney Osuigwe.

Osaka, ranked 338, will now have to content herself with being a cheerleader for her top-seeded sister who received a first round bye and will open her account against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, a 3-6 6-3 6-1 winner over American Sachia Vickery.

(Editing by Ken Ferris)

Source: OANN

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round- Florida State vs Vermont
Mar 21, 2019; Hartford, CT, USA; Vermont Catamounts guard Ben Shungu (24) drives to the basket against Florida State Seminoles guard M.J. Walker (23) during the second half off a game in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

Sophomore power forward Mfiondu Kabengele recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Florida State to a 76-69 victory over Vermont on Thursday in West Region play of the NCAA Tournament at Hartford, Conn.

Senior guard Terance Mann scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half as the fourth-seeded Seminoles (28-7) controlled the final 11 1/2 minutes.

Florida State will play either Marquette or Murray State in the second round.

Junior forward Anthony Lamb scored 16 points for the 13th-seeded Catamounts (27-7), who drop to 2-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament play. Sophomore guards Stef Smith and Ben Shungu and senior guard Ernie Duncan added 15 points apiece.

Vermont was 16 of 32 from 3-point range but had just seven two-point baskets while shooting 43.4 percent overall. The Catamounts committed 16 turnovers.

“I’ve never seen a team shoot that good from the perimeter,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said of Vermont in a CBS postgame interview.

The Seminoles had just seven miscues but shot only 38.2 percent from the field, including 3 of 12 from behind the arc.

Florida State senior forward Phil Cofer missed the game with an injured right foot.

Vermont led 45-44 after two free throws by Lamb with 11:34 remaining before the Seminoles rattled off six straight points and 11 of the next 14.

Mann scored the go-ahead hoop and Kabengele followed with two free throws. The Catamounts came up empty on the offensive end, and the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Kabengele got loose in transition and slammed home a dunk to give Florida State a 50-45 advantage with 9:02 remaining.

Smith buried a 3-pointer with 8:39 left to pull Vermont within two. But the Seminoles scored the next five points with Mann driving downcourt and slicing through defenders for a layup to make it 55-48 with 6:09 left.

Mann was at it again a short time later as he cut through the lane and switched the ball to his left hand to convert the layup and increase the lead to 59-51 with 4:28 remaining.

Mann and junior guard Trent Forrest later made two free throws apiece as the lead reached 10 for the first time at 68-58 with 1:39 left.

The lead topped out at 13.

Vermont was 7-of-13 from 3-point range in a first half that concluded in a tie at 27.

–Field Level Media

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Auburn vs New Mexico State
Mar 21, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Mexico State Aggies player react on the bench during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament against the Auburn Tigers at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

Jared Harper scored a game-high 17 points as No. 5 seed Auburn survived potential game-winning free throws by No. 12 seed New Mexico State to win 78-77 Thursday in a Midwest Region first-round game in Salt Lake City.

Auburn led by 13 points with 7:10 left but committed six turnovers after that and was hanging on to a 78-76 lead with 6.0 seconds left after Samir Doughty made the second of two free throw attempts.

AJ Harris took the inbounds pass and sped up court. He was wide open driving through the paint to the basket to potentially tie the game with a layup before deciding to whip the ball back out to Terrell Brown, who missed a 3-point attempt but was fouled by Bryce Brown with 1.7 seconds left.

Terrell Brown, a 78.0 percent free throw shooter, missed the first, made the second and his third attempt went in and out, with the rebound going out of bounds to the Aggies with 1.1 seconds to go. Trevelin Queen, off a screen, got a open look from the left corner but his shot was an air ball.

The Tigers (27-9) will play Saturday in the second round against the winner of No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Northeastern.

WAC champion New Mexico State finished 30-5 after its 19-game winning streak was stopped.

Auburn made just 3 of 12 from behind the arc in the first half but was 9 of 19 in the second half to extend its SEC season record for 3-pointers to 408. This was the Tigers’ 24th game of the season with double-digit makes from long range.

Auburn junior guard J’Von McCormick scored a season-high 16 points. Chuma Okeke scored 13.

Johnny McCants led New Mexico State with 16 points. Queen scored 14, including a deep three with 28.1 seconds remaining. Terrell Brown also scored 14. Ivan Aurrecoechea had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Auburn committed three turnovers in the final 1:05 and missed the front end of a one-and-one.

The Aggies got within 77-76 when JoJo Zamora drained a 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left.

Auburn led 32-29 at halftime, then hit its first two 3-point shots, forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions and went on a 10-0 run, capped by Bryce Brown’s steal near midcourt that led to a layup and a 45-33 lead.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks
FILE PHOTO: Mar 18, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton directs his team against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY/File Photo

March 21, 2019

(Reuters) – The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers will open the 2019-20 NHL regular season in the Czech Republic while the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning play two games in Sweden in November, the league said on Thursday.

The trio of matchups are part of the 2019 NHL Global Series and mark the third consecutive year and eighth season overall that the National Hockey League (NHL) has traveled to Europe for regular-season games.

Chicago and Philadelphia will clash in Prague on Oct. 4 while Buffalo and Tampa Bay will face off in Stockholm on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9, the NHL said in a statement.

That brings the number of regular-season games played in Europe to 28.

Chicago and Philadelphia will also wrap up their training camps in Europe with the Blackhawks playing an exhibition in Germany on Sept. 29 against Eisbaren Berlin and Philadelphia in Switzerland on Sept. 30 to face Lausanne HC.

All four clubs have a number of international players on their rosters, including natives and nationals of the countries they are visiting.

Among the Swedish players going home will be defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, who was taken with the first overall pick by Buffalo in last year’s NHL Draft, and Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman, who was named the league’s top defenceman last year.

For Blackhawks forward Dominik Kahun, a German national born in the Czech Republic, it will be a chance to play in both those countries.

David Kampf of the Blackhawks along with Jakub Voracek, Radko Gudas and Michal Neuvirth of the Flyers will be playing in their home country of the Czech Republic.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: PGA: THE PLAYERS Championship - Third Round
FILE PHOTO: Mar 16, 2019; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Russell Knox putts on the 2nd green during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

(Reuters) – An albatross from 275 yards helped vault Russell Knox within one stroke of the clubhouse lead during the first round at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida on Thursday.

After a 300-yard drive, Knox used a three-wood for his rare feat at the par-five 11th hole at Innisbrook Resort and his ball trickled into the hole at perfect speed.

“It was a good way to go from plus two to minus one very quickly,” the Scot told PGA Tour radio after carding a four-under-par 67.

“I hit a beautiful drive. I knew if I hit a nice three-wood down there I’d be somewhere near the green. I smoked in on line, it just carried the bunker, kicked on and rolled, rolled, rolled.

“I would have been delighted with a birdie.”

Knox, a two-times PGA Tour winner, said it was not his first albatross, recalling that he made one at the final hole on his home course near Dunbar.

Austrian Sepp Straka and American Joel Dahmen led on five-under 66 with half the field back in the clubhouse.

Englishman Luke Donald and American Kevin Kisner joined Knox on 67, but it was not a good morning for a couple of big names.

Former world number one Jason Day stumbled to a 74, while Patrick Reed shot 77 three weeks before he will defend his Masters title at the year’s first major.

Reed’s card included three double-bogeys.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Ed Osmond)

Source: OANN

Lais Ribeiro did her very best Thursday to torch the internet when she posted a racy shot on Instagram wearing nothing except a towel.

The 28-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model looked incredible as she posed for the close-up snap of her wearing a red towel while working up a sweat in what looked like it might be a sauna.

She didn’t explain anything about where the photo was taken and only captioned it with a couple of sweat droplet emojis. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

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The swimsuit model’s social media account is always can’t miss with some jaw-dropping photos she’s shared from her past fashion photo shoots to her swimsuit-clad trips around the world. (RELATED: Celebrate Alessandra Ambrosio’s Birthday With Her Most Scandalous Pics [SLIDESHOW])

Here are a few that really stood out, including one picture of her rocking a black bikini and looking amazing.

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Not to mention, a handful she’s posted from her stunning appearances in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion show over the years. (RELATED: Take A Look Back At Adriana Lima’s Career With Victoria’s Secret)

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David Hookstead | Reporter

Colin Kaepernick might not have been paid well at all to settle with the NFL.

Kaepernick recently settled his collusion case with the NFL after he claimed the league blackballed him for kneeling during the national anthem. There was a ton of speculation that he made bank. We might want to pump the brakes on claims of a gigantic windfall.

The Wall Street Journal reported the following Thursday:

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, the NFL stars who alleged the league’s teams colluded to keep them off the field after they led protests during the national anthem, will receive less than $10 million to settle grievances with the league, according to people briefed on the deal.

The confidential agreement was widely celebrated as a victory for the players. But the settlement is far less than the tens of millions of dollars Mr. Kaepernick, especially, would have likely been owed if his grievance had prevailed. It couldn’t be determined how the payment is divided between the players and how much they will net after legal fees.

He reportedly settled for only $10 million? That’s not much cash at all. There was speculation the number could be tens and tens of millions of dollars. (RELATED: Nike Sells Out Of Colin Kaepernick ‘Icon’ Jerseys)

It’s also not clear how the money was divided up. How much did Kaepernick get compared to Reid? What a massive let-down. I thought we were about to see major dollar signs. That doesn’t seem to be the case at all.

I hope this was all worth it for him. That’s not generational money at all, and there’s also pretty much no shot he ever plays in the NFL again.

Was taking a knee worth it? That’ll ultimately only be up to him to decide.

As for we fans, this is hilarious if true. The Kaepernick saga dragged on for years, and it ended without a bang. You just hate to see it!

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Source: The Daily Caller

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Minnesota vs Louisville
Mar 21, 2019; Des Moines, IA, United States; Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) and Louisville Cardinals guard Christen Cunningham (1) during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

March 21, 2019

Minnesota spent the better part of the last few weeks of the regular season on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

But a strong finish not only put the Golden Gophers into the tournament but gave them plenty of momentum, as well — exactly what they needed to earn their first tournament victory since 2013.

Gabe Kalscheur scored 24 points to lead 10th-seeded Minnesota to an 86-76 victory over seventh-seeded Louisville on Thursday in the first round of the East Region at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The Gophers (22-13) advance to take on the winner of No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Bradley.

Kalscheur was 5-for-11 from 3-point range as Minnesota made 11 triples, its second-highest total all season. Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey scored 18 points each while Daniel Oturu and Dupree McBrayer each scored 13 for the Gophers.

Minnesota, in the NCAA Tournament after missing out last season, won its first tournament game since 2013 when it opened with a victory over UCLA. The victory Thursday was just the second NCAA Tournament win for the Gophers, officially, since 1990. Tournament runs in 1994, 1995 and the Final Four appearance in 1997 were all vacated because of NCAA violations.

“We were really locked in,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino told CBS after the game. “For 40 minutes, we stuck to the scouting report. We disrupted them, we bothered them. We beat a really good Louisville team.”

Louisville (20-14) entered the game having won just two of its last seven games and could never seize the momentum against Minnesota.

Christen Cunningham scored 22 to lead the Cardinals while Steven Enoch scored 14. Darius Perry added 12 points while Jordan Nwora scored 10 and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Minnesota shook of a poor start from the field by making 10 of its final 14 shots in the opening half, taking multiple seven-point leads and getting a Coffey 3-pointer in the final seconds to take a 38-33 lead into the locker room.

Things continued to go well for the Gophers as they pushed the lead to 62-43 on three free throws from Kalscheur with 9:48 to play.

However, Louisville started to chip away and pulled within nine on a 3-pointer from Perry with 2:44 to play, cutting Minnesota’s lead to 76-67. Perry followed that with a drive and running layup to get the Cardinals within seven but Minnesota got late stops and made enough free throws to put the game away.

“Get some rest,” Pitino told CBS when asked about what’s next for the Gophers. “Murphy’s banged up. Just get off our feet. That was a war, that was a long game. And then get excited about whoever we’re going to play. This is a really special moment for our team.”

The game also had some personal meaning for Pitino, whose father Rick coached Louisville for 16 seasons. He won a national championship with Louisville in 2013, though the title was later vacated for rules violations.

–Field Level Media

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Inside view of a greenhouse at the botanical garden
Inside view of a greenhouse at the botanical garden “Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil” in Paris, France, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

March 21, 2019

PARIS (Reuters) – French Open organizers on Thursday unveiled the brand new Court Simonne Mathieu, hoping the 5,000-seat arena will boost the tournament’s atmosphere as they raised the prize money by more than eight percent.

Named after France’s second-most decorated female player, the arena is nestled among the area’s graceful 19-century greenhouses.

The prize money has been raised from 39.2 million euros ($44.48 million) up to 42.6 million, with the singles’ winners each earning a cheque of 2.3 million euros.

Tournament director Guy Forget doesn’t yet know which players will be the first to step onto the brand new court when the French Open starts on May 26, but he is certain the arena will be worthy of the occasion.

“Wimbledon, the U.S. and Australian Open spread out, they have facilities that are more modern, more comfortable, we were a bit lagging behind,” Forget said.

“Thanks to this court and the stadium that has been growing in size, we will be able to welcome all the fans in perfect conditions.”

Concern for the greenhouses was at the heart of the fierce opposition the French Tennis Federation faced when it announced the revamp, because the plan involved expanding the venue into the picturesque Serres d’Auteuil.

The famed botanical garden is home to 6,000 square meters of greenhouses built in 1898 and contain works by the sculptor Auguste Rodin, and the Roland Garros expansion has added more than 1,300 sqm of greenhouses to the existing ones.

The center court, Court Philippe Chatrier, has been partially restored before being equipped with a retractable roof for the 2020 edition.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

Source: OANN


Cristobal brought the entire Oregon coaching staff to Tuscaloosa to attend Alabama’s practice and meet with the Crimson Tide coaching staff on Monday and then headed to Athens, Ga. to meet with Georgia’s coaching staff and attend the Bulldogs’ first spring practice, according to a source with knowledge of the staff’s trip.

Cristobal served on as offensive line coach for the Crimson Tide from 2013-16 and Oregon tight ends and special teams coach Bobby Williams also worked at Alabama from 2008-17.

What is Alabama doing here? Alabama is a national championship powerhouse of a program. Why the hell are they letting potential opponents check out their secret sauce? It makes no sense at all.

When somebody breaks into your house, do you hand them a loaded gun? No, you blast them through the dry wall with as many .223 rounds as fast as possible.

Damn, Nick Saban must be rattled after losing to Clemson. If I was a superstar coach and somebody wanted to check out my program, I’d tell them to get lost immediately. I probably would use PG-language either. (RELATED: Clemson Beats Alabama For National Title)

Yes, I understand Oregon and Alabama are in different conferences, but they could play in a bowl game. If that happens, I highly doubt the Crimson Tide and their faithful fans would want the Ducks to get an inside look at what they’re doing.

Again, this isn’t some scrub school. This is Oregon that we’re talking about here. They’ve been really good for a really long time now.

Saban must be trying to rehab his image and make people believe that he’s a nice guy. I’m not buying it. Allowing other coaches around you is insanely stupid. Why not just tweet out the whole playbook while you’re at it and save us all some time.

What a sad fall from grace for Alabama, which was once such a proud program.

P.S. Nobody cares about the Georgia visit because the Bulldogs haven’t won a title in my lifetime.

Source: The Daily Caller


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