Opening weekend… SO, that happened. While there were a lot of standout moments from this weekend, let’s take a moment to highlight Buddy Hield’s amazing second half performance that sent his Oklahoma Sooners into the Sweet 16.
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If your bracket is busted, you’re not the only one – double digit seeds have been playing extraordinarily well this tournament! No. 2 seed Michigan State lost to No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee 81-90 on Friday. No. 5 seed Indiana upset No. 4 seed Kentucky, and No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin State University shocked West Virginia in the round of 64 before narrowly losing to No. 6 Notre Dame in the round of 32. No. 7 seed Wisconsin edged No. 2 seed Xavier with a buzzer-beater, No. 3 seed Texas A&M beat No. 11 Northern Iowa after a 12-point comeback and 2OT, and No. 1 seed Oregon rallied to beat Saint Joseph’s.
So where does that lead us? The Sweet 16. Games kick off this Thursday/Friday in Philadelphia, Anaheim, Louisville and Chicago and we couldn’t be more excited. Of note, the ACC sent a record 6 teams to the Sweet 16 round and while there a few Cinderellas, all number 1 seeds survived the opening rounds.
The best of the west, the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, faced off on Saturday evening down in Texas. The Dubs didn’t have their best game and the Spurs looked strong in an 87-79 win. Stay tuned, the story between these two isn’t over!
The New Orleans Pelicans announced that Anthony Davis is done for the season and will be shut down as he recovers from injury.
Finally, the Cleveland Cavs lost on the road in Miami 122-101. Why is this significant? It’s the 11th consecutive home victory for the Heat over the Cavs.
The Champions League final 8 is now set. Last week, we noted that Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Wolfsburg, and Benfica moved on to the quarterfinals. This week, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich joined them.
As of this week, the MLB is now allowed to sign Cuban baseball players, similar to how they sign nationals from other countries. In the past, due to sanctions, this was not possible.
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Goodbye football, hello rugby
Nate Ebner is taking a leave of absence from football to train for the summer Olympics
He’ll be joining the U.S. rugby team at their training facility in California, but will rejoin the New England Patriots after August