(March Madness)…Elite 8-Games
Houston-W-Oregon State (67-61)…Cougars jumped out to 17-point lead..UH defense held OSU’s G-Ethan Thompson (3-11) shooting….Cougars hit 11-3’s…Dominated boards (41-29)..Cougars (29-3)..Beavers (20-13)
Baylor-W-Arkansas (81-72)…Bears had built 18P-lead..Hogs cut it to 2-points…but Arkansas lost G-JT Notae on fouls with 13-minutes left…went over 8-minutes without basket as Baylor pulled away….Bears (26-2)..Razorbacks (25-7)….Houston-Baylor in Final 4.
UCLA-vs-Michigan…Bruins go from First Four playin to Elite Eight game…UCLA to have hands full with UM-big men in paint-defense will have to collapse inside and make Michigan score from outside…Keeping George Riley-Johnny Jurzang-Jaime Jaquez out of foul trouble will be key….UCLA (21-9)..Wolverines (23-4)
USC-vs-Gonzaga…Evan Mobely defense-vs-Corey Kispert-Drew Timme inside will be critical matchup…Trojans gotten hot outside shooting but will have to contain Jalen Suggs in backcourt…Zags (29-0)..Trojans (25-7)
Aztecs…Coach Brian Dutcher season ending press conference:
..Never formally interviewed for Minnesota job..talked to AD-twice
..Went in a different direction while we playing
..Lived here 22-years..longer than lived anywhere else-ever
..SDSU is a ‘Gem’ of a program-facilities-academics-resources
..Expect to bring 5-transfers in
..Matt Mitchell-Jordan Schakel-Terrell Gomez will all leave
..Schakel picked to take part in NCAA-3 Point shooting contest
..Schakel announces he is filing for NBA draft late Monday
..Having exit interviews with players-do not expect any to leave
..Lamont Butler-Keith Dinwiddie-time to step up next year
..More than 1,000-players in transfer portal-alot of work to do
..Have not looked at video of our loss to Syracuse.
Texas..Interview Royal Ivey-assistant at Brooklyn Nets-Oklahoma City-New York Knicks
Jacksonville State..Hire Jordan Mincy-assistant at Florida
Charleston..Hirte Pat Kelsey-head coach Winthrop
South Carolina State..Hire Tony Mallock-assistant Memphis
Fordham..Hire Kyle Neptune-Villanova assistant
Denver University..Hire Jeff Wilbrun-Stanford assistant
Clippers-W-Milwaukee (129-105)…Clippers hit 19-3’s….LA starters scored (89P)……LA won 5-in a row
Lakers..Newly sign FA-C-Andre Drummond to go thru first workouts…ex-Cavaliers (17P-13R).
Lakers..Coach Frank Vogel meets with Marc Gasol-Montrzl Harrell to discuss their playing time with Drummond arrival.
Boston..F-Evan Fournier-activated from Covid list.
Padres-L-Rockies (10-2)…Dinelson Lamet struggles..Chris Paddack blasted
..Lamet (1inn-1R-2H-1W-1HR-29 pitches)
..Paddack (2.1inn-8R-7H-3W-HB-3RHR)..pulled after 32 pitch inning
..Lamet finishes spring (7.17-ERA)
..Paddack (10.74-ERA) in spring
..Drew Pomeranz (1inn-0R-3K)
Padres…Travel day back to San Diego..Workout Wednesday..Open season on Thursday-vs-Arizona
Padres..Put 7-players on Disabled List:
..P-Dan Altavilla-calf..P-Austin Adams-elbow..P-Pierce Johnson-groin..OF-Trent Grisham-hamstring..C-Austin Nola-finger..P-Javy Guerra-elbow..P-Matt Strahm-knee rehab
Padres..Will leave Dinelson Lamet-Austin Nola-Trent Grisham in Peoria for extended spring training.
Padres..No decision on roster status of Lamet-Paddack..both could remain on 26-man roster but is either ready to pitch-it would force Padres to go with 24-man active roster..Regular roster is (26) with 5-man taxi squad.
Padres..Final roster decision…OF-Brian O’Grady will not start on 25-man roster-starts with taxi squad…Tucu Marcano will be on roster…O’Grady hit (.250) in spring…Marcano was (.411).
Padres..Keep P-Nabil Crismatt (0.87-ERA)…P-Taylor Williams…Padres will carry 14-pitchers including 9-relievers to start season.
Padres..P-MacKenzie Gore finishes spring (11-inn-7R-8W) will start season likely at AA-San Antonio.
Dodgers-W-Angels (8-1)….LA hits 3-HRs off Shohei Ohtani in 2-plus innings…Chris Taylor-Corey Seager-Will Smith…Ohtani (2.1-inn-7R)..Freeway Series..
Angels..Option P-Ty Buttrey to AAA..had (5.81-ERA) in spring.
Angels..Sign FA-P-James Holt-ex Miami
Angels..Sign FA-P-Tony Watson-ex Phillies-Giants-Dodgers
Angels..Sign FA-P-Steve Cishek-ex Astros-Cardinals
Yankees..Release P-Jhoulys Chacin
Mets..Release P-Mike Montgomery
Orioles..Release P-Felix Hernandez-ex Mariners star
White Sox..Release C-Jonathon Lucroy
White Sox..Sign FA-3B-Jake Lamb-ex Arizona
Pirates..Option OF-Brian Goodwin
Reds..Callup P-Cam Bedrosian..OF-Taylor Naquin
Astros..Callup P-Chris Devenski
Arizona..SS-Nick Ahmed-cortisone shot-knee issue
Texas..Elbow surgery P-Jose Leclerc
Cubs..1B-Anthony Rizzo-contract talks stall-will not negotiate contract in season…Likely to test free agency.
Mets..Offer SS-Francisco Lindor (10Y-325M)..he rejects it..demands (12Y-385M) deal
MLB-Union..Urge players-staff to get vaccines…says it will relax protocols if 85% of players-staff get vaccines.
Aztecs…Open delayed spring football workouts on Tuesday-Brady Hoke spring football press conference:
..Will have 98-players in workouts
..Players tested 3-times per week
..6-to-8 players accepted offer additional year to play-NCAA rules
..QB-competition will be critical
..QBs will all be live in action in spring full contact drills
..QB-Jalen Mayden-SEC experience-bigger athlete-must learn offense
..QB-Lucas Johnson-Must stay healthy and on field
..QB-Jordan Brookshire-opened our eyes end of season
..RB-Greg Bell-like our RB room-great competition
..Learned alot at Michigan-reteach all players about our culture
..Delay 2-weeks was good for us-finish weightroom work-conditioning
..Priority to rebuild secondary-losing Hall-Thompson-Johnson to NFL
..Return Guardino-Thomas-Martinez huge for Off Line
..Mike Goff brings NFL and Pac 12-coaching experience
..What he did as OL coach at Western Kentucky was special
..We were hurt getting only 6-practices last spring-hurt our QB competition.
..You need spring ball to teach young players technique
..Lost alot of time in weight room
..I am encouraging players to get vaccine after talking to families
..All of our coaches have been vaccinated.
SDSU…Crest Distributing ownership makes 8M-donation to help fund local football stadium….Currently have 40M in donations
Arizona..Sign FA-S-Shawn Williams-ex Bengals
Giants..Sign FA-DT-Danny Shelton-ex Lions-Patriots-Browns
Saints..Sign FA-DE-Tanoh Kpassagnon-ex Chiefs
Steelers..Sign FA-OG-Rashard Coward-ex Bears
Green Bay..S-Morgan Burnett retires after 10-year career
Chiefs..Re-sign WR-Taje Sharpe
Houston..3-more lawsuits for sexual misconduct against QB-Deshaun Watson..now brings to 23-total lawsuits..Latest suits:
..Called-texted-harassed massage therapists
..Deleted instagram texts
..Made contact asking to settle cases out of court
..Lewd conduct with private parts
NFL..Owners Zoom meetings-Tuesday-Wednesday mornings:
..Vote on 17-game regular season
..Vote on AFC having 9-home games this year..NFC gets 9-in 2022
..Vote on 3-preseason games
..Vote on 2-games in London next year
..Vote on 4-games in 2022 season..2-England-1 Germany-1 Mexico
NFL-Union…Discuss continuing ‘Virtual offseason teaching’….Union wants minicamps-OTA’s cancelled because of 4th wave of virus..Will not mandate players-coaches have vaccines
Cleveland..Fired head coach Hue Jackson criticizes Browns ownership for lying to him…said Football with Analytics would be part of game…Says it became Football-vs-Analytics-how they made decisions.
Kings-L-Las Vegas (4-1)…Knights score 3-goals in 2nd period…LA (13-14-6)..Monday night game
Ducks-L-Colorado (5-2)..Avalanche outshoot tired Ducks (48-15) in Denver…Anaheim (11-20-6)..Monday game
Gulls…Now (13-10)…off till Wednesday game with Ontario
Kings-Ottawa…Trade…LA deals C-Mike Amadio for Senators D-Christian Wolanin.
Flyers..Bench G-Carter Hart for poor play.
Florida..Lose D-Aaron Ekblad-broken leg-surgery-out 4-months
Boston..Former Bruins center Bobby Schmautz passes away..played in 70s.
NASCAR….Bristol 250-Dirt Race..Joey Logano passes Denny Hamlin in overtime restart as dust storm hits track..wins controversal race on clay in Tennessee…Race plagued by rain-mud-winds in first dirt race since 1970
Soccer..Manchester City…Veteran goal scorer Sergio Aguero will leave team at end of season-ending 10Y career..has scored (357-goals)
PGA…Dell World Match Play Championships…Considering format change after 19-of-20 top seeds got knocked out in group play…Proposing 54-holes of medal play..then taking top 16-players for match play on Saturday and Sunday.