3.7.16: Here comes the 2016 Conference Tournament…

It’s conference championship week in college hoops land! We’re reminiscing over last year, but also wondering who your favorites for the 2016 NCAA Conference Tournament are…

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NBA

In all things unlikely, the LA Lakers upset the Golden State Warriors on Sunday with a big
(actually historic) regular season 112-95 win. This was the Dubs’ sixth loss of the season… no more parties in LA!

And, on Saturday, LeBron James achieved two milestones – with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win over the Boston Celtics 120-103, he joined Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the third player in league history to have 700 consecutive games with ten or more points, and passed Tim Duncan for fourteenth on the career scoring list.

Ex-Brooklyn Nets player Joe Johnson has been on fire for his first three games with the Miami Heat.

The Houston Rockets and Ty Lawson have finally reached an agreement regarding a contract buyout. Lawson has struggled to play with guard James Harden in Houston since he arrived in July.

College Basketball

The last weekend of the regular season in college hoops was full of big match-ups as UNC took down Duke 76-72 on the road, Indiana crushed Maryland 80-62,  Kansas got the victory over Iowa State 85-78, Virginia won 68-46 over Louisville, and Virginia Tech scored a surprising win over Miami 77-62.

This week it’s all about the conference championships (schedule here) which will lead us right into bracketology aka MARCH MADNESS. Because, ready or not…

Soccer

Leicester City is still sitting at the top of the table , five points ahead of their closest challengers, after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Watford. #5 West Ham United scored a 3-2 win over Everton, and #2 and #3 Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal (respectively) drew 2-2 in the North London derby despite Arsenal losing Francis Coquelin early on in the second half. #4 Manchester City had a great Saturday with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa, which closed their gap on the top 3 rivals.

Two top-10 teams, Chelsea and Stoke City, drew 1-1 and on Sunday, Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-1 and West Bromwich Albion took home a win over Manchester United, 1-0, after midfielder Juan Mata was sent off the field after 27 minutes.

And, in the German Bundesliga, we watched a fantastic, fast-paced game of football between top 2 teams Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The match ended in a 0-0 draw, and Bayern Munich still remains 5 points ahead at the top of the league table.

Other

Aroldis Chapman, the New York Yankees closer, was suspended for 30 games after violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. The Cuban-born player is in the process of applying for United States citizenship at this time.
Conor McGregor was defeated by Nate Diaz in two rounds at UFC 196 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

JUST FOR FUN

Goodbye, Peyton
In honor of Peyton Manning announcing his retirement, here’s a list of his greatest moments

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Erin Andrews
Why questioning whether the peephole video benefited her career was a huge misstep
The public and the media are up in arms about the defense’s argument, designed to demean the already emotionally traumatized plaintiff

Teammates
Best friends forever
Former roommates Steph Curry and Bryant Barr are trying to make a splash in social media off the court

Making moves
The Ivy League approved measures to prevent brain trauma and other injuries in football
They are eliminating full-contact practices for the regular season, and it’ll be interesting to see who else joins them in this effort to keep players safe

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