…(College Basketball)…March Madness
San Diego State…(27-6)…gets 5th seed…will play College of Charleston (31-3) in first round on Thursday afternoon in Orlando.
Aztecs-W-Utah State (62-57)…Jaedon Ledee comes off benich (13P-10R)…AG Aroup makes 6-big plays coming off the bench to fuel comeback…SDSU came from 11-points back to take 8-point lead in second half…State had (29-9) spurt based on its fierce defense…SDSU hit 9-free throws in final minute of game to stave off a comeback…Aggies went (4-22) on 3s in loss….Win Mountain West Conference title again.
UCLA…(29-5)…will face North Carolina Ashville on Thursday evening in first round games in Orlando.
UCLA-L-Arizona (61-59) in Pac 12-title game…Wildcats F-Azu Tubelis (19P-13R)..Bruinx missed 3-point shot (:01) left…Bruins finish season (29-5)
USC…Trojans will face Michigan State in tough first round matchup on Friday.
(March Madness Pairings)
Alabama seeded #1 in South…Houston seeded first in Midwest regional….Purdue will be top seed in Eastern Regional…Kansas retains top seed in West bracket.
Top 1st round games this week:
NCAA Committee…Bypassed Oklahoma State…North Carolina…Clemson…Syracuse
North Carolina…Snubbed by NCAA…Turns down opportunity to play in NIT.
San Diego State….Lady Aztecs snubbed from NCAA-Women’s tourney-despite going (23-10)…not even invited to the Play In games mid week…..The Lazy Aztecs were invited on Sunday night to play in the Women’s NIT.
UCLA..Coach Mick Cronin left postgame press conference upon finding out an Arizona fan hassled his 81-year old father in the stands after the game.
Houston..Coach Kelvin Sampson coached team despite death of his twin sister
Kansas…Coach Bill Self missed Big 12 tourney with heart procedure at hospital
Georgetown..Fired Coach Pat Ewing..Hoyas went (13-50) last two seasons
St Johns..Fire Mike Anderson after (15-17) season
Georgia Tech..Fired Josh Pastner (51-78) in career
California..Fired Mark Fox after (3-29) season
South Florida..Fired Brian Gregory (79-107) record
Buffalo..Fired Jim Whitesell despite (I70-49) record
Western Kentucky…Resignation Rich Stansberry-health issues (139-89)
Wichita State..Fired Issac Brown-back to back missed tourney
American..Fire Mike Brennan after (17-15) season
Army..fire Jimmy Allen
McNeese State..Hired Will Wade-ex LSU Coach
Arkansas..Coach Eric Musselman and staff member confronted fan after SEC tourney loss..Assistant slapped cell phone out of hand of reporter leaving floor…Musselman feuded with referees during the game.
Georgetown…Wants to interview Rick Pitino..head coach Iona..former head coach Louisville-St Johns-Providence-Boston Celtics
Lakers-L-NY Knicks (112-108)…Costly loss for Lakers-…Julius Ranglde (33P)…RJ Barrett (30P)….Knicks failed to foul NY with (:21) left when they trailed by 2…Let knicks wind down the clock…DeAngelo Russell (33P) in loss…Anthony Davis (17P-16R) in loss….Lakers missed 7-free throws in game..shot poorly from 3 point line….Sunday game…..Lakers(33-34)…Falter in attempts to get to 6th spot in NBA West playoff race.
Clippers-W-NY Knicks (106-95-Saturday)..Kawhi Leonard (38P)..Clippers (36-33)
Memphis…Ja Morant..report surfaces of 5th gun incident involving Grizzlies star…brought a gun to a high school in Tennessee when his sister was involved in a fight
Toronto..NBA fines G-Fred Van Vleet (30,000) for criticism of referees.
Brooklyn..G-Ben Simmons misses 8th game in row with back-knee issues
Dallas..G-Kyrie Irving…bruised foot
Knicks..G-Jalen Brunson-bone bruise-foot
Chargers…Restructure contracts 4-top players…went from 20M over cap to 19M under cap for free agency…Reworked contracts WR-Keenan Allen..WR-Mike Allen..DE-Joey Bosa..LB-Khalil Mack…
Chargers…Face serious cap issue in 2024…Keenan Allen-Mike Williams will have cap figures (34M-30M)…Bosa (38M)…Mack (36M)
Chargers…Hire Will Harris-CB coach-Georgia Southern.
Rams-Miami…TRADE…Rams housecleaning continues..Deal CB-Jalen Ramsey to Miami for #3 pick and TE-Hunter Long….Rams take 19M cap hit..
..clear 18M off payroll roll…Ramsey agrees to pay cut to go to Miami…Rams have already released DE-Leonard Floyd..LB-Bobby Wagner..WR-Allan Robinson
Rams..Taking trade proposals on 9-players in rebuilding of roster.
(NFL Roster Moves)
Bears-Carolina…TRADE…CHICAGO DEALS #1 pick to Pantheers for WR-DJ Moore..#1-1-2-3 draft picks.
Arizona..Release LB-Markus Golden
Denver..Release OC-Graham Glasgow..CB-Ron Darby..RB-Chase Edmonds..Broncos clear (26M) in cap space.
Minnesota..Release WR-Adam Thielen..CB-Cam Dantzler..(19M) cap savings
New England…S-Devin McCourty-retires after 13Y-career
Saints..ask QB-Jameis Winston to take patcut from (12.6M) salary
Jets..Release RB-James Robinson-have now cleared (21M) cap space
Steelers..Release CB-William Jackson-clears (12M) cap space
Seattle..Release OG-Gabe Jackson (6.5M) cap space
Tampa Bay..Rework 5-contracts..Create (44M) cap space
Tampa Bay..Open talks with FA-QB-Baker Mayfield-ex Rams-Browns
Houston..Sign FA-WR-Robert Woods-ex Tennessee-Rams
Odell Beckham..Holds workout in Arizona infront of 6-clubs..Chiefs-Giants-Bills included…Beckham reportedly wants 20M a year.
Minnesota…Mourns passing legendary head coach Bud Grant (95Y)…..Career record with Vikings (158-96-5)…went (0-4) in Super Bowls
Chiefs..WR-Otis Taylor passed away (80Y)…AFL star (410R-57TD)..Was bedridden with Parkinson’s Disease.
Pittsburgh..Longtime Steelers-Jets Player Personnel Director Dick Haley passes away (85Y)…spent 35-years in Pittsburgh-NY Jets front office.
Eagles..Hire DJ Elliott-LB coach-ex Temple
49ers..QB-Brock Purdy-has ‘brace surgery’ on right elbow rather than ligament transplant..will face 3-months rehab-could be ready for training camp in August.
Padres..P-Craig Stammen suffers torn capsule in right shoulder…likely career rending at age (39)…Had (3.36) ERA in 6-years in San Diego as key long reliever.
Padres..Legendary P-Randy Jones confirmed he had 10-hour spine surgery for years of back problems and is in rehab
Padres..P-Joe Musgrove throws bullpen session to test new shoe to protect fractured toe..making progress.
Padres..Make first roster cuts..send P-Pedro Avila-Sean Poppen-Michel Baez to El Paso.
Padres-L-A’s (8-6),,..Sunday game
..Seth Lugo (4inn-0R-1H)
..Adrian Morejon (1inn-4R-4H)…16.88-ERA
..Rougned Odor 2-HRs for Padres
..Preston Tucker 3RHR
..A’s hit 4HRs in win
Padres-W-White Sox (6-5)-Saturday..Fernando Tatis breaks (0-16) slump with single-double-RBI..Blake Snell (4inn-2R)
Dodgers-W-Reds (8-1)…Sunday game
..Dustin May (4inn-0R-1H)
..James Outman 2R-double
Dodgers-W-Giants (13-8)-Saturday..OF-Steven Duggar 2RHR-2R double in win
Dodgers-L-Cubs (4-2)-Saturday-split squad..P-Noah Syndegaard (4inn-1R)
Angels-Tie-White Sox (1-1)…Sunday game
..Griff Canning (3inn-1R) for Halos
Angels-W-Arizona (11-10)-Saturday game..Anthony Rendon 2RHR..Jaylen Adams HR
Angels..Owner Arte Moreno breaks 3Y-silence with media..tells Sports Illustrated ‘his heart did not want him to leave baseball’…Decided to keep the team…had 5-offers in excess of record 2.6B to sell team…Has record payroll (212M) this year….Turned down 5-trade offers last August for Shohei Ohtani.
Yankees..OF-Harrison Bader-headed to IL-oblique injury
Phillies..Rookie P-Andrew Painter-out 4W-sprained elbow
Phillies..OF-Bryce Harper-will be out till All Star break-recovery elbow surgery
Cardinals..OF-Jordan Walker-shoulder injury
Tampa Bay..P-Tyler Glasnow-out 8W-oblique
Mets..P-Kodai Senga..finger injury-shutdown
Reds..1B-Joey Votto..cleared play-completed shoulder rehab
Royals..Sign FA-Jorge Bonifacio-2B-ex Phillies
Marlina..Sign FA-SS-Jose Iglesias-ex Reds-Tigers-Angels
Marlins..Sign FA-1B-Yuli Gurriel-ex Astros
Twins..Sign FA-OF-Andrew Stephenson-ex Washington
Washington..SignC-Keibert Ruiz (8Y-108M) extension
Arizona..Sign FA-OF-Corbin Carroll (8Y-111M) extension
Jesus Alou…Longtime OF-passes away (80Y)…brother of Felipe-Matty Alou…played for Astros-Giants
Orioles..confirm pitching prospect Luis Soriano (21Y) loses battle to canceer
(World Baseball Classic)..Top games
USA-Mexico…Mexico led (7-1) in 5th inning at Press time in .Sunday night game….Padres P-Nick Martinez (2inn-3R-5H)…Brady Singer gave up 4R in relief…
USA-W-Great Britain…Saturday-Kyle Schwarber 3RHR
Mexico-L-Colombia..Saturday…Julio Urias 4-perfect innings..gives up 3R-in 5th
Japan-W-China..Shohei Ohtani (4inn-1R) in first start..goes (5-10) in two games
Japan now (4-0) in group play…Drew 41,000 for weekend games Tokyo
Ducks-L-Nashville (5-4)OT….Predators scored on a (2-0) break twice in overtime…finally beat G-John Gibson-wasting great Ducks comeback……Ducks rally with 2-goals in (1:21) late in 3rd period to tie game (4-4) in overtime….at Press Time.. Sunday game..Ducks (22-35-9)
Ducks-W-Calgary (3-1)-Friday…G-John Gibson 39-saves
Kings-L-Nahsville (2-1)-Saturday..Preds snap Kings 5-game win streak
Gulls-W-Henderson (2-0)..Friday AHL action..G-Gage Alexander shutout
Gulls-W-Henderson (4-2)….Saturday..Gage Alexander 35-saves
Gulls..Now (19-39-1) i late seaso rally after adding 7-players in midseason deals
Flyers..Fire Chuck Fletcher as GM…Name Daniel Briere to replace him
Penguins..Announce 30M-renovations at PPG-Arena
Toronto…NHL Fines John Taveras (5,000) for crosscheck to head penalty
NHL..Says longtime D-Steve Montador had long history of drug abuse and concussions and was told repeatedly to retire but kept play…Family suing NHL for damages
Dallas..F-Tyler Seguin-skate cut o leg
Kings..F-Kevin Fiala-bruised knee
Penguins..F-Nick Bonino..lacerated kidney
Bostoh..D-Hampus Lindholm-bruised foot
Tampa Bay..C-Steve Stamkos-bruised leg
Golf..TPC-Sawgrass…Scottie Scheffler rockets to win…ran off 5-birdies in a row…..took 6-stroke lead…coasted to win (-17)…Ty Harrell finished second (-12)
NASCAR…Phoenix 500..William Byron wins for 2nd week in row sling-shotting for win on 2-lap overtime restart…outran Ryan Blaney-Ty Reddick.
Soccer…BBC suspends legendary star Gary Linekar-from ‘Match Day’ TV show for critical comments towards Government about treatment of Asylum seekers-banning them from country and using Nazi language to denounce refugees…Then 3-co hosts on telecast refused to work telecast in support of Linekar.
English Premier League…Scoreboard:
..Arsenal-W-Fulham…Gabe Martinelli G…Gunners now (21-3-3)
..Manchester City-W-Crystal Palace…Erling Haaland penalty shot
..Manchester United-Tie-Bournemouth…Man U-66′ shorthanded-red card
..Everton-W-Brentford..Score in 1′ to win
..Chelsea-W-Leeds..Kai Havertz goal in win
..Hot Spur-W-Nottingham Forest..Harry Kane 2-goals
..Aston Villa-Tie-West Ham.West Ham out of relegation
..Newcastle-W-Wolverhampton..Score 79′ in win
..Leeds-Brighton…Leeds gives up ‘own goal’