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Good morning. The sporting world was full of great matchups this weekend. Safe to say this Sprint is stuffed.
- Blake
In today's Sprint:
🏀  The Cardinal rule
⚾️  Rookie phenom
🎾  Barty’s back
Trivia: Who is the oldest player in NBA history to average 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists in a year?
  1. Larry Bird
  2. LeBron James
  3. Michael Jordan
  4. Manu Ginobili

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Bank Robbery
Gonzaga defeated UCLA 93-90 on a banked buzzer-beater from superstar freshman Jalen Suggs at the end of overtime to win the best college basketball game in years. To relive the ending from an unreal angle, check this out.
Crazy stats from the game:
  • Combined, the two teams shot 58.2%. That’s the highest in a Final Four game since Bo Jackson won the Heisman trophy back in 1985
  • This season, teams to shoot over 55%, commit 10 or fewer turnovers, and hold the opponent to 7 or fewer 3s were 98-1. UCLA made it 98-2
  • The Jalen Suggs' buzzer-beater was the first true buzzer-beater in a Final Four game since 1977
  • Jalen Suggs is the only person in Minnesota history to win the state’s Mr. Basketball and Mr. Football awards in the same season
UCLA went on an incredible run, beating both the one and two seeds in its region, and took Gonzaga to the bring. Johnny Juzang and co. reminded the world how fun a great UCLA team is to watch.
Title game: Tonight, the Zags look to complete the undefeated season against a phenomenal Baylor squad. It should be a great title game, pitting the two best teams throughout the year against each other.
Cardinal rule
The NCAA continued its streak of blunders related to women’s basketball, leaving out Arizona from the Final Four hype video. The Wildcats, however, took it in stride and proceeded to knock off favorite UConn before losing a nail biter to Stanford.
Title game: (31-2) #1 Stanford 54 vs. (21-6) #3 Arizona 53
  • Arizona star Aari McDonald (22 pts, 3 reb) narrowly missed a game winning buzzer-beater despite being smothered by the Cardinal defense.
  • Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer helped guide Stanford to its first title since 1992 in the same season she passed Pat Summit as winningest coach in women’s basketball history.

AROUND THE LEAGUES
Gold on the Ceiling
John Adams, not the president but the famed drummer at Cleveland Indians games, will miss his first home opener in 48 years.
Luckily, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney will pinch-drum at the opener this afternoon, helping to continue one of the sport’s oldest traditions.
(2-1) Cincinnati Reds 9 vs. (1-2) St. Louis Cardinals 6
  • Nick Castellanos flexed over Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford, leading to the first benches clearing brawl of the year. Baseball is back!
(4-0) Houston Astros 9 vs. (0-4) Oakland Athletics 1
  • Oakland played Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” while introducing the Astros. Houston then outscored the Athletics 26-7 in the series, but it still feels like the A's won.
(3-1) LA Angels 5 vs. (1-3) Chicago White Sox 3
  • Despite the loss, Chicago rookie phenom Yermin Mercedes went 8-8 to start the season. That’s the most consecutive hits to start a season for any player since 1900.
ICYMI: Shotei Ohtani threw the fastest pitch of any starter this year (100.6 MPH) then, in the bottom of the inning, hit the hardest home run of the season (115.2 MPH).
NBA
(19-30) Toronto Raptors 130 vs. (23-26) Golden State Warriors 77
  • The Warriors found themselves down 63 before fighting back to only lose by 53.
(34-14) Phoenix Suns 140 vs. (20-29) Oklahoma City Thunder 103
  • Those scores are not a typo. The Suns are twenty games over .500 and on pace to make their first playoff appearance in 10 years.
(33-18) LA Clippers 104 vs. (31-19) LA Lakers 86
  • The Clippers routed the short handed Lakers, who have now dropped six of nine, in Rajon Rondo’s Clipper debut.
College Basketball - Men's
(27-2) #1 Baylor 78 vs. (28-4) #2 Houston 59
  • The Baylor defense Beared down on the Cougars, holding them to only 20 first half points. The Houston loss cost “Mattress Mack” $1 million after he went all in on UH winning the title.
NHL
(25-8-4) Colorado Avalanche 3 vs. (16-15-6) St. Louis Blues 2
  • The Avalanche are 12-0-2 in their last 14 games, helping them take the lead in the NHL’s West Division.
(13-22-5) Detroit Red Wings 5 vs. (26-10-2) Tampa Bay Lightning 1
  • The Red Wings got their first win in Tampa since Aaron Rodgers won his first Super Bowl. That’s 10 years for those of you less into the gridiron.
Tennis - Miami Open
Women’s Finals: #1 Ashleigh Barty (6-3, 4-0) vs. #8 Bianca Andreescu
  • Ash Barty won her second straight Miami Open after Andreescu retired from the match following an injury.
Men’s Finals: #26 Hubert Hurkacz (7-6, 6-4) vs. #21 Jannik Skinner
  • In the battle of the next generation of men’s tennis, Hurkacz took the win to go 10-0 in Florida in 2021.

MONDAY WATCHLIST
College Basketball - Men's
National championship: #1 Gonzaga (31-0) vs. #1 Baylor (27-2) - 9:00 ET on CBS
NBA
Brooklyn Nets (34-16) vs. New York Knicks (25-25) - 7:00 ET on NBATV
MLB
Cleveland Indians (1-2) vs. Kansas City Royals (2-1) - 4:10 ET on ESPN
Boston Red Sox (0-3) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (2-1) - 7:10 ET on ESPN
NHL
Edmonton Oilers (38-23) vs. Montreal Canadiens (34-16) - 7:00 ET on ESPN+
Minnesota Wild (36-23) vs. Colorado Avalanche (37-25) - 8:00 ET on ESPN+
Premier League
(46 pts) Everton vs. (37 pts) Crystal Palace - 1:00 PM ET on NBCS
(35 pts) Wolves vs. (49 pts) West Ham - 3:15 PM ET on NBCS

WATER COOLER TALK
⚾️  The University of Arizona’s Tanner O’Tremba hit an inside the park homer assisted by an Arizona State outfielder whose cleat was stuck in the fence. Can’t make this stuff up.
⚾️  The MLB All-Star game is being moved from Atlanta to a currently unannounced city following recent voting legislation passed in Georgia.
🏈  Jalen Hurts turned heads after he changed his jersey to number 1, previously held by former Eagles QB Carson Wentz. Hurts wore 1 at Oklahoma.
🏀  The Space Jam 2 trailer dropped this weekend, and we’re feeling all kinds of nostalgia for sports camps spent watching the original.
⛳  Jordan Spieth won his first tournament in four years, just in time for this weekend’s Masters.

TRIVIA ANSWER
B. Last year, LeBron broke the record for the oldest player to average at least 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists at the age of 36. He’s now broken this record five seasons in a row.

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