…(March Madness)…..Championship Game
Virginia-Texas Tech…Monday Night matchup…Texas Tech ranked #1-nation in defense…Virginia ranked #5….UVa methodical in running its offense and swarming on defense….Red Raiders will have to contain Kevin Guy-Tyler Jerome 3-point shooting.
Virginia-W-Auburn (63-62)…Saturday win..Kevin Guy hits 3-free throws in a row with (:06) after controversial foul taking final shot….Refs missed double dribble call with (:05) left that would have given Auburn the ball and the lead….Virginia held Auburn 38% shooting and (9-of-31) on 3 point shots…Blocked 9-shots…UVa lost 10-point lead..Auburn reeled off (14-0) run before final 1-minute of furious action.
Texas Tech-W-Michigan State (61-51)..Red Raiders held Spartans to 31% shooting..Matt Mooney 22P including 5-3’s in win….Tech held Cassius Winston to 4-baskets…Spartans fell behind by 13-never recovered.
Baylor-W-Notre Dame (82-81)…Baylor wins women’s title…..Chloe Jackson hits driving layup (:03) left…then Irish miss a free throw with (:01) left that could have tied game….Baylor jumped to 17-point lead…Irish finally tied game at (78-78)….Baylor finishes (37-1)
Arkansas…Negotiations with Eric Musselman-Nevada….Went (110-34) with Wolfpack.
Virginia Tech…Wants to interview Greg Marshall-Wichita State..Mick Cronin-Cincinnati…Thad Matta-ex Ohio State…Mike Young-Wofford for Hokies job….Kevin Willard-Seton Hall turned job down.
UCLA..Ends talks with Jamie Dixon-TCU…Bruins refuse to pay 8M buyout to Horned Frogs-TCU refused to reduce the buyout fee….UCLA still owes (3.5M) to Steve Alford…and paying off (12M) to Jim Mora.
Nike..Refuses comment on 41-pages or documents released by later Michael Avenatti that Nike created false consulting job for mother of Zion Williamson so he would sign at Duke….Lawyer provides documents of cash payments to DeAndre Ayton family (88,000)..Bol Bol (57,000) and Brandon McCoy (35,000)..and evidence checks were sent to ‘Non Profits’ run by handlers of those players.
Lakers-Utah…Jazz led (78-70) at 4th Quarter… at Press Time…Sunday night action
Clippers-L-Golden State (131-104)…Warriors shot 54% from floor….Warriors blew game open with 42P in 3d quarter.
Lakers..Lonzo Ball says he will ‘vet’ agents since parting with current agent…Report LaVar ball was taking part in interviews wanting to ‘vet’ the agents.
New Orleans…NBA fines Anthony Davis (15,000) for making obscene gesture to fan.
Suns..Interview ex-GM-Jeff Bowers for VP job..Bowers ex-GM-Detroit-New Orleans
Basketball Hall of Fame…Names 11 for enshrinement including Vlade Divac (Lakers)..Paul Westphal (Suns)..Sidney Moncrief (Bucks)..Al Attles (Warriors)..Bobby Jones..(76ers).
Padres-L-Cardinals (4-1)……Paul DeJong 2R-double….Adam Wainwright (6inn-1R-9K)…..Matt Strahm falls to (0-2) as a starter……..San Diego (6-4)
Padres-at-Giants…Monday…Madison Bumgarner-vs-Eric Lauer
Padres..OF-Franchy Cordero-examined for elbow pain;.
Padres..Option P-Phil Maton to AAA-El Paso.
Padres….allotted (10.8M) for signings in draft pool after last year’s (66-96) season.
Padres…Opening minor league season for top young pitchers
..Ryan Weathers-Ft Wayne (5inn-0R-9K)
..Mac Kenzie Gore-Lake Elsinore (5inn-0R-8K)
..Logan Allen-El Paso (2inn-7R-8 baserunners)
..Cal Quantrill-El Paso (3inn-8R-9H)
..Pedro Avila-Amarillo (6inn-1R)
..Adrian Morejon-Amarillo (4inn-5R)
..Luis Perdomo-El Paso (2inn-0R)
..Hudson Potts (.091)..Buddy Reed (.077)..Jorge Ona (.125)-all at Amarillo-AA-Texas League.
Dodgers-Rockies….LA led (11-3) in 6th inning at Press Time…Keke Hernandez 2R-double…..Dodgers jump on Chad Bettis (6-runs)….PJulio Urias knocked around (3inn-3R-8 base runners)..LA (8-2)
Dodgers-at-St Louis…Monday matchup…Hyun Jin-Ryu-vs-Miles Mikolas.
Dodgers…P-Clayton Kershaw to make 2nd rehab start on Thursday..either Oklahoma City or Tulsa.
Dodgers..P-Rich Hill throws 20P-bullpen session with knee brace-feels uncomfortable wearing it.
Angels-W-Texas (7-2)…Mike Trout HR…….Halos (4-6)
Angels-vs-Milwaukee…Monday game….Trevor Cahill-vs-Jhoulys Chacin
Reds-L-Pirates …..Josh Bell HR-RBI double….Yasiel Puig among 5 players ejected for beanball incidents…..Cincinnati (1-7)
Phillies-W-Twins…Rhys Hoskins 2R-HR….Philadelphia (6-2)
Mariners-W-White Sox…Dasve Vogelbach HR-5RBI…Edwin Encarnarcio HR-4BI…Seattle (9-2)
Tampa Bay-W-Giants…Yandy Diaz HR..Kevin Kiermaier HR…Rays (7-3)
Indians-W-Blue Jays..Mike Clevenger (5inn-0R-10K)…Jays (3-8)..
Tigers-W-Royals….Christin Stewart RBI single..RBI double..Royals (2-6)…
Mets-L-Washington…Anthony Rendon 3R-HR in Nats 12-run outburst….Mets (6-3).
Yankees-W-Orioles..Yankees hit 7-home runs….Gary Sanchez 3HRs-6RBIs..Clint Fraizer 2HRs-4RBIs)..15-run explosion
Cubs-L-Milwaukee…Christian Yelichy 2R-HR….Chicago (2-8)
Astros-W-A’s..Aledmys Diaz 3R-HR..4RBIs…Houston (5-5)
Braves-W-Miami..Freddy Freeman 2R-HR…Dansby Swanson HR….Marlins (3-7).
Red Sox-W-Arizona…Mitch Moreland HR in Sox (1-0)….Boston (3-8)
Yankees..Sign FA-SS-Cliff Pennington-ex A’s
Orioles..Sign FA-P-Dan Straily-ex Marlins
Rockies..Sign FA-P-Jorge DeLaRosa-ex Cardinals
White Sox..Sign FA-P-Erwin Santana-ex Twins
Reds-Arizona…Trade-Cincinnati acquires 2B-Rob Refsnyder for cash.
Orioles..Acquire P-Pedro Araujo-ex Cubs
A’s..Release P-Parker Bridwell-ex Angels
Indians..Release P-Ben Taylor
Cubs..Option P-Carl Edwards to AAA
Cubs..Callup P-Alan Webster-P-Kyle Ryan
Cardinals.Option P-Alex Ryes to AAA
Texas..DL-P-Edinson Volquez-reinjures elbow 3rd time
Red Sox..DL-1B-Brock Holt-scratched cornea
Cubs..DL-P-Mike Montgomery-lat shoulder injury
Arizona..DL-C-Alex Avila-quad..hurt while running out HR
Phillies..P-Tommie Hunter-Plasma platelet injection-shoulder
Pirates..OF-Greg Polanco-sent out on rehab-shoulder surgery
Baltimore..DH-Chris Davis now hitless in 44-straight at bats dating back to last year.
Joe Gibbons-Pirates-Giants pitching star 1960s
Jerry Casale-Red Sox..former bonus baby 1958
John Romano-Indians-White Sox power hitting catcher (129HR)
Jack Crimian-ex A’s-Tigers pitcher-International League pitching star
San Diego Fleet…Made only 1-payment (50,000) to City for Stadium rental…owed (400,312) on rest of rent…City however did take in some (340,135) on parking-concessions.
San Diego Fleet…DE-Damontrae Moore signs with 49ers
San Diego Fleet..DE-Alex Barrett signs with Raiders
San Diego Strike Force-L-Arizona Rattlers (91-58)…Force give up 7-touchdown passes…Bench QB-Derek Bernard (8-23) 3TD-Int-Fumble..Force had 11-penalties..now (0-6) on season.
Bill Polian…resigns from AAF Board-had attempted to obtain payment of back bills to different cities and help players…calls decisions made by Tom Dundon ‘unacceptable’
Charlie Ebersole…Founder of League refuses to make himself accessible to media
Tom Dundon..Who funded the league refuses comment on decision to fold.
U-Central Florida….stiffed 1M by the Orlando Appollos and rental payments for use of stadium.
LA Rams-Sean McVay…Police investigate break-in..theft 20,000-cash-jewels at coaches home in Thousand Oaks.
Green Bay….QB-Aaron Rodgers calls article written about his deteriorating relationship with fired coach Mike McCarthy ‘crap’
Dallas…Former DE-David Irving says coach Jason Garrett is ‘awkward-uncomfortable’ around black players in locker-room.
Redskins-Cardinals…Open trade talks for QB-Josh Rosen….Washington has 4-early round draft picks in 3-rounds to use in possible package deal.
49ers…Sign FA-DE-Demontrae Moore-ex SD Fleet
Raiders..Sign FA-DE-Alex Barrett-ex SD Fleet
Ravens..Sign FA-WR-Seth Roberts-ex Raiders.
Ravens..Workout RB-Eddie Lacy-ex Packers
Ravens..Workout LB-Dexter McCoil-ex Chargerts
Carolina..Sign FA-WR-Rashad Ross-Arizona-AAF
Bears..Workout FA-K-Young Koo-Nick Rose from AAF
Browns..Sign FA-S-Morgan Burnett-ex Steelers
Browns..Sign FA-QB-Garrett Gilbert-Orlando-AAF
Cowboys..Sign FA-P-Casey Redfern-ex 49ers
Jets..Sign FA-PR-Quadree Henderson-ex Giants
Vikings..Workout FA-QB-David Fales-ex Miami
Jaguars..Workout FA-QB-Brandon Silver-Memphis-AAF
Chiefs..Sign FA-CB-Keith Reaser-Orlando AAF
Miami..Sign FA-OT-Mike Dunn-Birmingham-AAF
Pittsburgh..Sign FA[OC-JC Hassenauer..CB-Jack Toccho-AAF
Bengals..Release RB-Mark Walton-3rd off season arrest
Cowboys..Sign DE-DeMarcus Lawrence (5Y-105M) extension
Vikings..CB-Holton Hill-suspended 4G-drug violations
CFL..Montreal Alouettes..Sign FA-CB-Marcus Cromartie-ex Giants-Redskins-Chargers.
UCLA..Sign QB-Parker McQuarrie (6’7) from New Hampshire
UCLA..Sign QB-Blake Kirshner-QB-Orange County
Army..RB-Cam Thomas-leaves West Point-transfer U-Jacksonville-1AA.
NHL Playoffs….Begin Wednesday-Thursday…Top matchups
..Tampa Bay-Columbus..Lightning with 62-wins
..Toronto-Boston..both teams struggle at end of season
..Pittsburgh-Islanders…NY gets home ice advantage
..Carolina-Washington..Alex Ovechkin red hot for Caps-51 goals
..Nashville-Dallas..Stars top defensive team in league
..Winnipeg-Blues..St Louis hot 2nd half of season
..Colorado-Calgary..Flames top seed in West
..Las Vegas-San Jose..Grudge match rematch from last year
Ducks-W-Kings..season finale..Sam Steele shorthanded goal…Ducks finish (35-37-10)…Bob Murray went (14-11-1) after taking over as head coach
Kings-W-Las Vegas…LA wraps up last place season…Kings worst season since 2007 (31-42-9)
Ducks..Send F-Sam Steele..F-Max Jones..D-Jacob Larsson ..D-Jaycob Megna to San Diego Gulls for playoff run.
Ducks..Sign D-Hunter Drew-Charlottetown-QMJHL..assign him to San Diego.
Ducks…NHL fines C-Ryan Getzlaf (2,500) for head hit on Kings player.
Ducks…GM-Bob Murray finishes year (14-11-2) as interim coach.
Kings..Coach Willie Desjardins will not be retained as interim coach into next year…Informed Sunday Morning…had (27-34-8) record.
Kings..Expected to interview Todd McLellan-ex Oilers-Sharks for vacant head coaching job…(434-230-92) in coaching career
Florida..Fires Bob Boughner as head coach
Flyers..Will interview Joel Quenneville for vacant coaching job
Rangers..Interested in talking to John Davidson-Columbus-about President job.
Edmonton…Star C-Connor McDavid to have MRI for possible leg fracture suffered in final game
Blackhawks..G-Corey Crawford-major groin injury.
Canadian Hockey Leagues…Teams hold moment of remembrance on Saturday before each playoff game…on 1st anniversary of Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
NASCAR….Bristol 500…Kyle Busch wins 3rd race of season….outruns brother Kurt Busch over final 14-laps after late restart….8th career win at Bristol
Indy Car…Grand Prix-Alabama…Takimo Sato leasas from start to finish…survived late lap skid to win race.
Formula 1…Off weekend-run next weekend Grand Prix-China.
PGA-Valero Open…Corey Connors has 10-birdies on final day…survives 4-bogeys in a row…finishes (-20) under 202.
Soccer-English Premier League
..Liverpool-W-Southampton..Mo Salah scores (80′)
..Crystal Palace-W-Newcastle..Palace clears relegation
..Leicester-W-Huddersfield..Jamie Vardy 2G
..Burnley-W-Bournemouth..Chris Wood scores goal in win
..Chelsea-West Ham…Monday matchup