***Hacksaw Is Back***
Aztecs-L-Utah State (59-56)-Mountain West Conference championship game…Aggies G-Sam Merrill hits step back 3-point jumper over KJ Feagin (:02) left for win…Merrill (27P) capped off furious 2nd half comeback as USU wiped out 16-point deficit….SDSU overwhelmed by fatigue in game-had hit 15-3’s in Friday nite win over Boise State…Malachi Flynn (6-19) shooting…Feagin (3-11)…Matt Mitchell (1-7)…State shot just 35% in the 2nd half of game….USU was shooting (69%) thru much of second half….Aggies won despite going 19-possessions-13 minutes without a basket in 1st half….SDSU comes home (30-2) and will await next Sunday’s Selection Sunday show to determine whether they remain a #1-seed at Madison Square Garden or drop to a #2 seed and play at the Staples Center.
AP Poll…Aztecs will drop from #5 in poll with second loss of season.
Baylor-Duke…Both lost on Saturday…Bears 3rd loss in 10-day span.
Lakers-W-Clippers (112-103)…Avery Bradley (24P)..LeBron James (28P)..Anthony Davis (30P)…. lead Lakers to win…Paul George (31P…Kawhi Leonard (27P ) in loss…….Sunday showdown game…Lakers (49-13)…Clippers (43-20).
Lakers-W-Milwaukee..Friday night..LeBron James (37P)
Clippers-W-Houston..Thursday night…LA put 6-in double figures
Lakers..Sign FA-G-Dion Waiters-ex Miami Heat-career (14PPG)
Lakers..Release G-Troy Daniels
NBA…Conference call with team doctors scheduled for Monday to discuss final plans for dealing with Coronavirus….NBA informed owners to be prepared they might have to shudder arenas and play games without fans..Center Disease Control tells league to shutdown media access to lockerooms..Limit team travel parties on road trips…Limit player-fan interaction
NBA Players Association…Michelle Roberts-Union Head-to step down end of season-will not seek re-election after 6-years on job
Dallas..NBA fines Mavericks owner Mark Cuban 500,000 for on court confrontation with NBA refs after game this past week.
Boston..G-Marcus Smart fined 35,000 for outburst on court infront of refs during game.
NY Knicks…Public feud between owner James Dolan and movie producer Spike Lee-confrontation entrance to Madison Square Garden…Former Knicks star Charles Oakley charges Dolan with “plantation mentality” dealing with people in NY.
Kobe Bryant…8-Sheriffs deputies face discipline for taking pictures of Kobe Bryant plane crash sight and showing them to other people.
Brooklyn….Nets fire coach Kenny Atkinson in wake of (28-34) injury ravaged season….May interview Tyronne Lue-ex Cavs coach for job.
Orlando..Coach Steve Clifford-hospitalized overnight-dehydration.
Cleveland..G-Kevin Porter-put into concussion protocol
Golden State..F-Kevin Looney-hip injury-out 3W
Spurs..C-Jacob Poetl-sprained knee
Milwaukee..F-Giannis Antetkoumnpo-MRI on knee
Denver..Sign FA-G-Troy Daniels-ex Lakers
Memphis..Sign FA-F-Anthony Tolliver..Release G-Jordan Bell
Minnesota..Buyout G-Allen Crabbe
NBA-G-League…Negotiating to sign G-LiAngelo Ball…ex-UCLA recruit…was not drafted in 2018.
NBA..Fines Portland G-CJ McCollum (20,000)…Sacramento C-Alex Lens (15,000) for shoving incident in weekend game
Padres-L-White Sox (6-0)….Chisox rough up Chris Paddock (4inn-4R-6H-2HRs)…….Friars (11-4)
Padres….Halfway thru spring training-struggles continue…Manny Machado (.050)…Tommy Pham (.222)..Jurickson Profar (.227)….Josh Naylor (.214)…Franchy Cordero (.214)…Austin Hedges (.176)
Padres…1st roster cuts..Sent to minor league camp OF-Edward Olivares-Jorge Ona..SS-Owen Miller.2B-Hudson Potts..OF-Michael Gettys
Dodgers-L-Texas (9-8)…Julio Urias (3inn-1H-0R)…LA bullpen gets roughed up…LA (8-7)
Angels-L-Milwaukee (7-3)…Matt Andriese (4inn-0R) in strong outing…Halos (6-9)
Angels-Tie-Reds (8-8)…Reds-Trevor Bauer (4inn-1R)….Angels P-JC Ramirez (2inn-4R)…
Padres…P-Troy Wingenter-cortisone shot in shoulder
Padres…P-Ron Bolonas-rib cage issue-cleared to pitch
Dodgers..P-Jimmy Nelson-cleared for bullpen session-groin issue
Dodgers..OF-Christian Taylor-still out wrist issue
Dodgers..1B-Cody Bellinger-evaluated for oblique issue
Dodgers..Assign P-Yadier Alvarez to AAA-camp
Angels..P-Griff Canning-Plasma Platelet injection in ailing elbow joint
Yankees-Mets..Trade talks involving P-Steven Matz
Yankees..Workout FA-P-Henderson Alvarez-ex A’s-White Sox
Phillies..Workout FA-P-Erwin Santana-ex Angels-Twins-White Sox
Red Sox..Sign FA-P-Collin McHugh-ex Astros
White Sox..Sign FA-P-Zach Putnam-coming off elbow surgery
Cardinals..Release 2B-Yairo Munoz-AWOL camp-feud playing time
Miami..P-Tom Koehler-retires-shoulder issues
Boston..P-Chris Sale-forearm flexor strain-headed to DL
Yankees..OF-Aaron Judge-diagnosed with fractured rib
Yankees..OF-Giancarlo Stanton-MRI-ailing calf
Yankees..C-Gary Sanchez-back issue
Giants..P-Tyler Beede-sprained elbow
Giants..P-Tony Watson-shoulder tightness
Cardinals..P-Andrew Miller-examined numbness in hand
A’s..P-AJ Puk-strained shoulder
Braves..P-Cole Hamels-strained shoulder-re examined in 3W
Pirates..P-Steven Brault-shoulder strain
Pirates..P-Clay Holmes-fractured foot
Rockies..P-Tim Melville-fractured rib
Tampa Bay..OF-Garrett Whitely-facial fractures-hit by line drive
Reds..SS-SS-Freddy Galvis-quad injury
Indians..OF-Oscare Mercado-sprained wrist
Astros..1B-Yordan Alvarez-strained knee
Orioles..OF-Trey Mancini-surgery for non baseball health issue
Texas…OF-Willie Calhoun-fractured jaw-hit in face by pitch by Dodgers’ Julio Urias
Houston..P-Justin Verlander-removed from game with tricep issues
MLB…Commissioner Rob Manfred will hold conference call with owners on Monday to discuss the Coronavirus issues-not expected to shutdown baseball opening of season in late March.
Angels..Grand Jury convened to invesigate Tyler Skaggs drug overdoes death last summer…Looking at evidence who supplied the drugs to Skaggs.
Angels..Fire 30-year visiting clubhouse attendant-who supplied pitching substances to pitchers on other teams for use.
ESPN..Hires Chipper Jones as analyst on Wednesday nite baseball
Brewers..Sign OF-Christian Yelich (9Y-214M) extension
White Sox..Sign OF-Yoan Moncada (5Y-70M) extension
Arizona..MLB suspended OF-Domingo Leyba-80G-PED violation
Union..Files grievance against Pirates-for operating with 57M-payroll while taking revenue sharing checks from MLB-not reinvesting in players.
A’s…Fans give standing ovation to P-Mike Fiers for being whistle blower on Astros cheating scandal.
Boston..Ex-Astros P-Collin McHugh says ‘Should have been braver and stood up and told Houston teammates sign stealing scandal was wrong…Made to believe other teams were cheating too’.
Toronto..P-Ken Giles say ‘He would give his World Series ring back if other Astros players agreed too.’
Chargers-Carolina….Trade-Bolts deal LT-Russell Okung to Panthers for OG-Trai Thomas…Okung had (13M-cap figure contract)…Turner owed (20M) over next two years.
Chargers..Release WR-Travis Benjamin…had signed (4Y-64M) deal-often injured-dropped passes and punts.
Chargers..Sign RB-Austin Ekeler (4Y-24M) extension..had (1,550APY).
Chargers…Will let RB-Melvin Gordon go on free agent market next week..Gordon will visit Raiders-Broncos-Steelers
Chargers..Could franchise tag TE-Hunter Henry to (10.7M) contract..Deadine to tag players is Thursday.
Denver-Jacksonville…Trade-Broncos acquire CB-AJ Bouye for #4
Denver..Release OG-Ron Leary..DE-Billy Wynn..RB-Devontae Booker..RB-Theo Riddick.
Washington…Put LT-Trent Williams on trade block..talk Jets-Browns
Eagles..Let LT-Jason Peters go on free agent market
Browns..Talk to FA-LT-Jason Peters-Eagles
Giants..Talk to FA-DE-Jadaveon Clowney-ex Seattle
Jets..Talk to FA-CB-Byron Jones-ex Cowboys
Jacksonville..Let DE-Yannick Ngakoue test free agent market
Bengals..Shopping OT-Cordy Glenn in trade
Houston..Let DT-DJ Reader go on free agent market
Jaguars..Shopping QB-Nick Foles in trade…has (4Y-50M) contract
Chiefs..Release RB-LeSean McCoy
Giants..Release OT-Mike Rimmers
Raiders..Will visit with FA-QB-Marcus Mariota-ex Titans
Raiders..Negotiate with FA-LB-Nick Vigil-ex Bengals
49ers..Shop WR-Marquise Goodwin in trade market
Steelers..Will franchise tag LB-Bud Dupree
Seattle..Workout FA-RB-Alex Collins-ex Ravens
Seattle..Scout FA-QB-PJ Walker-starring with XFL-Houston team
Tampa Bay..will visit with FA-QB-Ted Bridgewater-ex Saints
Tampa Bay..QB-Jameis Winston rejects 2Y-extension offer
Tennessee..QB-Ryan Tannehill asks for 30M-year deal
Dallas..QB-Dak Prescott has (33M) per year offer on table
Green Bay…Ask TE-Jimmy Graham to take payout from (8.3M) deal
Houston..CB-Mike Adams-retires-broken vertebrae in neck
Carolina..Release DT-Dontari Poe
Carolina..Sign FA-DE-Chris Smith-ex Bengals
Carolina..Workout FA-CB-Josh Norman-ex Redskins
Dallas..Will visit with FA-CB-Chris Harris-ex Broncos
Jets..DT-Quinnen Williams-arrested LaGuardia Airport-boarding plane with Glock gun.
Green Bay..DT-Mo Wilkerson-arrested DUI-Possession drugs
Eagles..Hire Marty Mornhinweg-Offensive consultant
Washington..Interview Steve Wilks-ex Browns-DB coaching job
Union…Distributed fact sheet on 456-page Collective Bargaining Agreement..Some 1900 players began voting on deal on Friday…Can vote till Thursday 11:59pm.
Owners..Report at least 5-owners believe NFL should go to 18-game season..and put QB-Salary Cap into effect for better distribution of money to all players on rosters
Green Bay…Packers QB-Aaron Rodgers Emailed teammates with his thoughts on vote on new Union deal…has gotten little response from players…’Not paying attention’.
Chargers..OC-Mike Pouncey says veteran players need to start a ‘Strike Fund’ for 2021-work stoppage.
New England..Tom Brady met with Coach Bill Belicheck…reportedly asked what game plan was to put better players around Brady before free agency begins.
ESPN…Interviewing Philip Rivers-Peyton Manning for color analyst jobs at network
Kansas City…Longtime Chiefs WR-Gloster Richardson-passes away (71)..starred for 1970s Chiefs
..Houston-W-Seattle (32-23)..QB-PJ Walker (351P-3TD)..WR-Cam Phillips (10R-122Y)…Roughnecks now (5-0) under June Jones
..NY Gladiators-W-Dallas (30-12)..QB-Luis Perez ()229P-TD) in win..Philip Nelson (2Int).
..St Louis–L-DC Defenders (15-6)…RB-Jhrell Presley (107R) for DC…Defenders bench turnover prone QB-Cardale Jones after another interception
..LA Wildcats-Tampa Bay…Vipers led (17-6) in 3rd quarter at Press Time
XFL…TV ratings drop for 4th week in a row…(3.1M)..(2.0M)..(1.6M)..(1.3M) last weekend.
Dallas..QB-Landry Jones-suffers knee injury-out 3W
Aztecs…Sign 4Y-contract to play Louisiana Tech
Colorado..Coach Karl Dorrell hires Danny Langsdorf-WR-coach-ex Nebraska-Oregon State….Brett Maxie-S-coach…Taylor Embree-TE coach
Jack Sears…ex USC-QB-visits Northwestern-North Carolina State…had reneged on scholarship offer at San Diego State.
New Mexico State..QB-Josh Adkins-to transfer as graduate student
Ducks-Minnesota Wild…Sunday Night game…Wild scored 2-goals in (:92) span to take (2-1) lead at Press Time.
Kings-W-Minnesota (7-3)…Dustin Brown 3-goals in Sunday win
Kings..#1-draft pick Alex Turcotte says will leave Wisconsin Badgers end of season to sign pro contract with Kings
Ducks..Sign FA-RW-Bryce Kindrupp…Everett-Western Hockey League (6’2-F)…scored (108G) in WHL over 3-years.
Ducks..Send G-Anthony Stolarz back to San Diego-AHL
Gulls..finish up 7-game road trip with games in Tucson on Tuesday-Wednesday…Gulls (9-2-3) in last 14-road games…now in 4th place in Pacific Division in AHL playoff race.
Montreal…Mourn passing of Henri Richard (84Y)..won Stanley Cup 11-times with Habs…(388G) in career
Ottawa..Fire just hired CEO-Jim Little-on job just 3-months.
NHL…Center for Disease Control urges NHL to shutdown media access to lockerooms during Coronavirus crisis.
Nashville…NHL fines D-Roman Josi for crosscheck to head of Dallas’ Corey Perry
Ducks..G-John Gibson sidelined-groin injury
TampaBay..C-Stephen Stamkos-out 8W-core surgery
New Jersey..D-Will Butcher-broken thumb
Las Vegas..C-Cody Glass-surgery-knee injury
Chicago..D-Zach Smith-surgery-back-4 months rehab
Flyers..F-James VanRiemsdyck-broken hand
Montreal..F-Tomas Tatar-back injury
NY Islanders..D-Johnny Boychuck-skate cut near eye
Columbus..F-Josh Anderson-shoulder surgery-6 months rehab.
St Louis Blues..sign AHL working agreement with Springfield Thunderbrids after losing agreement with San Antonio when Las Vegas Golden Knights bought the Rampage franchise and announced move to Henderson, Nevada.
NASCAR-Phoenix 500…Joey Logano survives 2-pit stop penalties…rallied to take lead and held off Kevin Harvick to win.
NASCAR…Jimmie Johnson to have Indy Car trial with Aarow-McLaren team-April 6th in Alabama.
NASCAR…Announces changes for 2021-Daytona-Speedweek..will move Daytona Clash to their road course next year…Will package Clash…Qualifying…Twin 150-races-Truck Race-Infinity Race-ARCA race into 1-week event.
PGA-Bay Hill Classic…Tyrrell Hatton sank par putt on 18th hole to win…finished with a 74-on Sunday…(-4) for tourney…Mark Leishman (-3)…Sun Im (-2)….Rory McIlroy faded shot (76)
Tiger Woods…Pulls out of TPC tournament next week…Will miss 4th week in a row because of back issues…lack practice time.
Soccer-English Premier League
..Liverpool-W-Bournemouth..Mo Salah goal..Liverpool (26-1-1)
..Manchester City-W-Manchester United..G-Ederson lets in 2-goals
..Chelsea-W-Everton..Blues erupt in 4-0 win
..Hot Spur-Tie-Burnely..Dele Ali penalty shot goal (50′) for Spur
..Arsenal-W-West Ham..Alex Lacazette scores (78′)
..Crystal Palace-W-Watford..Jordan Agnew goal for CP
..Sheffield-W-Newcastle..Alex Saint-Maiximin scores (70′)
..Wolverhampton-Tie-Brighton..Wolves fail to climb into 4th place
..Sheffield-W-Norwich City..Billy Sharp goal for Blades
..Leicester City-Aston Villa…Monday game..City (15-8-5)
Ajax..Dutch team assistant coach Christian Poulson-2 team trainers quarantined for exam virus after coming in contact with Danish player Tom Kahlenberg-tested positive.
FIFA…Meet with Serie A-Italian League officials about suspending rest of season because of seriousness of Coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Tim Howard…Legendary Team USA goalie-comes out of retirement (41Y) to play in USL.
San Diego Loyal-Tie-Las Vegas Lights (1-1)…USL opener at Torero Stadium…Loyal outshot (21-3) by Las Vegas…Charley Adams scored loan goal for Loyal (15′)…Junior Burgos had goal for Las Vegas.