Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Thursday

Posted by on March 28th, 2024  •  0 Comments  • 

Hacksaw’s Thursday Podcast-1pm
You Tube Channel-Lee Hacksaw Hamilton
MLB Preview-Aztecs-UConn–Preview


Padres-Giants…Opening day-Petco Park..1:10pm
..Yu Darvish-vs-Logan Webb
..Manny Machado opens as DH
..Jackson Merrill opens in CF after hitting (.300) in spring
..Jurickson Profar will start in LF

Padres..Final roster cut due Thursday morning..Sent P-Jeremiah Estrada to El Paso.
Dodgers-Cardinals..Opening day in LA
..Tyler Glasnow-vs-Miles Mikolas

Dodgers..Sign C-Will Smith to (10Y-140M) extension
Angels-at-Baltimore..Halos rebuilt roster full of question marks
..Patrick Sandoval-vs-Corbin Burnes
..Mike Trout hit (.233) in spring..Anthony Rendon (.177)
(MLB Notes)

Opening day rainouts..Mets-Milwaukee…Phillies Braves
Top games..Yankees-Houston..Toronto-Tampa Bay

Arizona..Record payroll (167M) after signing FA-P-Jordan Montgomery (1Y-25M) deal

Free Agency..still unsigned opening day..OF-Tommy Pham..P-Mike Clevinger..P-Trevor Bauer..DH-Brandon Belt.
(Roster Moves)

Arizona..Sign FA-P-Jordan Montgomery-ex Texas (1Y-25M)
Tampa Bay..Sign FA-OF-Nico Goodrum-ex Twins
Miami..Sign FA-P-Burch Smith-ex Tampa
Seattle..Release 3B-Brian Anderson
Mets..Release P-Phil Bickford
Texas..Sign FA-1B-Jared Walsh-ex Angels
Boston..Sign FA-P-Nao Uwasuwa-ex Tampa Bay
Arizona..SS-Kevin Newman opts out of contract for free agency

Miami-Yankees-Tampa Bay…TRADE..Miami deals 3B-Jon Berti to NY..Tampa gets C-Ben Rortvedt..Marlins get two minor league OFs

Reds..SS-Matt McLain-shoulder surgery
Arizona..SS-Jordan Lawless-thumb surgery
Giants..P-Spencer Howard-rib issue



March Madness…Sweet 16 starts Thursday:

Aztecs-U Conn…SDSU (26-10)..UConn (33-3)
..UConn (23-1) since December
..Huskies won NCAA title 5X-25 years
..UConn..Quad 1-wins over North Carolina..Marquette..Texas..Gonzaga..Creighton..Texas

..Dan Hurley (137-58) with Huskies
..Brian Dutcher (177-57) at SDSU
..SDSU (13-15) in NCAA tourney…(11-9) vs Top 25-teams

..UConn (81P) offense..(63P) defense
..UConn hitting 49%-shots from floor..defense allow (39%) shooting
..UConn hitting 36%-on 3s..38-rebounds..8-assists per game
..UConn led by G-Tristen Newton (15P-6R)..G-Cam Spencer (14P-4R)..
..UConn bigs led by 7’2-C-Donovan Clingin (12P-7R-2BS)..6’8-F-Alex Karaban (13P-4R)

..Aztecs Jaedon LeDee..(20-30) shooting in NCAA..(15-18FT)..averaging (29P-8R) game
(Thursday Schedule)

Arizona-Clemson..Wildcats (27-8)
North Carolina-Alabama..Tar Heels (29-7)
Illinois-Iowa State
(College Notes)

Missouri State..Hire Cuonzo Martin-ex Missouri-Cal
Pacific..Hire Dave Smart-ex Carleton University-Toronto
Louisville..Hire Pat Kelsey-ex Charleston
Kentucky..Vote confidence John Calipari-will recruit from transfer portal

Gonzaga..Lands 6’7-F-Mike  Ajayi-transfer Pepperdine (17P-9R)

NCAA..Investigate allegations of Utah Lady Utes facing racial slurs at team hotel in Cour d’Alene Idaho last weekend.

March Madness TV ratings…1st weekend..Men’s tourney (9.07M) viewers..Women (5M)

Lakers-W-Memphis  (136-124),,,LA 5th win in row..(40-32) on year…Wednesday game
..Rui Hachimura (32P)
..Lakers 54%-shooting
..Lakers 7-in double figures
..Lakers scored (136-128) in back to back games
..Lakers won 10-of-14 on hot streak

Clippers-W-76ers (108-107),,.LA (45-27)..Wednesday game
..Kawhi Leonard scored 6-points in final (:44) to secure win

Bucks..G-Pat Beverly-torn wrist ligaments
Suns..G-Brad Beal-sprained finger
Golden State..F-Jon Kuminga-knee tendonitis


Bill Belichick..turns down TV studio analyst jobs from 3-networks
ESPN..Not renewing contracts of Robert Griffin III-Larry Fitzgerald
ESPN..Negotiating to hire Jason Kelce on MNF studio team

Chargers..WR-Keenan Allen rejected request take 5M-paycut..Gave counter proposal asking for extension to 20M per season in future years.

Dallas..End contract talks QB-Dak Prescott..will carry 55M-cap figure this year-become free agent next season

Hall of Fame Game..Choose Chicago Bears-Houston Texans for August game

Giants.Head coach Brian Daboll to call plays..demotes Off Coord-Mike Kafka

Eagles..VP-Football Ops Jake Rosenberg leaves team..wants to be Asst GM in NFL

Jaden Daniels..LSU-QB to hold private workouts Raiders-Broncos-Wash-NEng-Minn-NYG

Jacksonville..Former Video Board operator arrested in Phillippines-convicted Child Porn..sentenced to 220-years prison

NFL..Rebuffs criticism over new XFL-kickoff rules..Used 6-Special Teams coordinators for input with Competition Committee.

(Roster Moves)

Chargers…set up visits with WR-Marvin Harrison-Ohio State..Malik Nabers-LSU..OT-Joe Alt-Notre Dame..OT-Olum Fashanu-Penn State..OT-Taliese Fuaga-Oregon State..OT-JC Latham-Alabama

Carolina..Sign FA-DE-Jadaveon Clowney-ex Browns (2Y-20M)
Denver..Sign FA-WR-Josh Reynolds-ex Lions

Denver-Jets..Open trade talks for QB-Zach Wilson-owed (5.5M) next year


Kings-at-Edmonton..Thursday game
Ducks-at-Seattle..Thursday game

Ducks..Lost 10-of-11..hit ‘Rock Bottom’…had only 12-shots on goal on road..lost to Seattle who had 8-game losing streak

Sabres..Activate C-Jack Quinn from injured list

Washington..Caps D-Ethan Bear leaves team-enter NHL Assistance Program
Blues..D-Oskar Sundqvist-knee surgery-out 6-months

ECHL..2-troubled franchises-Newfloundland Growlers-Trois Riviere Lions may fold this weekend.

NCAA-Frozen Four Tourney lst round games on Thursday
..#1-Boston College-vs-Michigan Tech
..#2-Boston U-vs-RIT
..#3-Denver U-vs-U Mass
..#4-Michigan State-vs-Western Michigan


PGA…Houston Open-1st round-Thursday

Soccer..MLS-LAFC..signs veteran French star Olivier Giroud to (2Y) deal


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