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Good morning. The start of Spring Training got us thinking. A month of training while escaping to Arizona or Florida? Sounds pretty great. May pitch the boss on this and report back.
- Ryan
In today's Sprint:
⚾  Rule changes
🏀  Replacement teams
⛳️  Tribute to Tiger
Trivia: In 1970 the MLB’s Seattle Pilots reported for Spring Training but were relocated before the season began. What team did the Pilots become?
  1. San Diego Padres
  2. Toronto Blue Jays
  3. Florida Marlins (now Miami)
  4. Milwaukee Brewers

BASEBALL
Spring Cleaning
Baseball’s version of training camp, Spring Training, means it’s time for the young guys to fight for roster spots and the vets to work on their golf game.
But what's different? Teams in the Grapefruit League (Florida) are broken into groups based on which coast of Florida they play on. They’ll only play teams within the same group (because, you know, limiting travel).
The Cactus League (Arizona) looks largely the same as usual.
Teams facing the most pressure: The San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays both made huge moves this offseason and are loaded with prospects. Meanwhile, the LA Dodgers only improved after winning the 2020 World Series by adding CY Young winner Trevor Bauer.
Feel good: Trey Mancini singled in his first at-bat after missing the 2020 season while recovering from Stage 3 colon cancer. The crowd, both dugouts, the umpires, and even the pitcher gave him a standing ovation.

AROUND THE LEAGUES
Trading Places
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The days are longer, the temperature is warmer, and the snow (if you have it) is beginning to melt… which means it’s nearly the most exciting time of the year - March Madness.
In typical 2020/2021 fashion, gear up for some twists.
  • If a team is unable to play in the first round due to COVID-19 issues, a replacement team will be chosen from the ‘First Four Out’
  • The replacement team would take the seed of the original team and no other bracket changes would be made
For example: If Gonzaga can’t play, Duke, Michigan State, or UNC (all bubble teams) may enter the tournament as a one seed.
Weekend recap
(18-8) #17 Kansas 71 vs. (18-1) #2 Baylor 58
  • The Jayhawks have won six of their last seven, handing Baylor its first loss of the season. KU is hot at the perfect time.
(18-6) #5 Illinois 74 vs. (16-9) #23 Wisconsin 69
  • Wisconsin’s D’Mitrik Trice (29 pts, 2 ast) channeled his inner Tracy McGrady, scoring 19 points in the game’s final two minutes. But, unlike McGrady, the heroic effort wasn’t enough to secure the win.
(16-6) Oklahoma State 94 vs. (14-7) #7 Oklahoma 90 - OT
  • In the potential game of the year, top NBA prospect Cade Cunningham (40 pts, 11 reb) refused to let the Cowboys lose to their in-state rival.
  • Fun fact: they’ll rematch tonight in a rare college basketball double-header.
(15-8) #18 Texas Tech 68 vs. (14-7) #14 Texas 59
  • Texas Tech completes the season sweep of Texas, holding the Longhorns to a measly 34% shooting from the field.
(18-7) #9 Iowa 73 vs. (18-7) #4 Ohio State 57
  • Iowa likely knocked the Buckeyes out of a one-seed behind the unstoppable Luka Garza (24 pts, 11 reb).
The weekend gave us some other big upsets. #8 Villanova, #11 Florida St, #13 Creighton, #19 USC, and #25 Tennessee all lost to unranked teams.
NBA
(21-13) Milwaukee Bucks 105 vs. (24-12) LA Clippers 100
  • In a battle between title contenders, Giannis Antetokounmpo (36 pts, 14 rebs) led a 9-0 run to close out the game for the Bucks.
(24-11) LA Lakers 117 vs. (19-16) Golden State Warriors 91
  • The Lakers shook off their recent struggles as three bench players scored double-digits and Lebron only had to play 24 minutes.
(16-16) Dallas Mavericks 115 vs. (22-13) Brooklyn Nets 98
  • After taking care of a Kyrie and KD-less Brooklyn squad, the Mavs have fought back to .500 after a rough start to the season.
NHL
(23-6-1) Carolina Hurricanes 4 vs. (13-4-3) Florida Panthers 3
  • The Panthers scored three goals in the third period to force OT, and an OT stalemate sent the game into a shootout. The Hurricanes took the shootout 3-2 for the win.
NCAAW
(22-1) #3 Texas A&M 73 vs. (19-4) #5 South Carolina 57
  • Iowa likely knocked the Buckeyes out of a one-seed behind the unstoppable Luka Garza (24 pts, 11 reb).
Premier League
(37 pts) Arsenal 3 vs. (49 pts) Leicester City 1
(44 pts) Chelsea 0 vs. (50 pts) Manchester United 0

MONDAY WATCHLIST
NCAAM
#7 Oklahoma (14-7) vs. Oklahoma State (16-6) - 5:00 ET on ESPN
NBA
Utah Jazz (27-7) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (14-19) - 8:00 ET on NBATV
Premier League
(40 pts) Everton vs. (30 pts) Southampton - 2:00 ET on NBCSN
NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs (16-4-2) vs. Edmonton Oilers (14-9-0) 10:00 ET on ESPN+

WATER COOLER TALK
⛳️  Collin Morikawa (-18) won the PGA’s WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession. In an awesome move, several players wore Tiger’s famous Sunday red to show love as he recovers from his car accident.
  • Tiger tweeted: “It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts. To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”
🏀  Someone save Bradley Beal. After scoring 46 last night, he’s lost 11 straight games when scoring 40+ points. That’s the longest streak in NBA history.
🏈  Clemson announced starting cornerback Derion Kendrick, a former All-ACC player, is no longer part of the program.
🏈  Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel will be reunited as teammates, this time in the startup Fan Controlled Football League.

ANSWER
D. Six days before Opening Day 1970, the Seattle Pilots declared bankruptcy. An ownership group led by future MLB commissioner Bud Selig saved the team and brought it to Milwaukee (hello, Brewers). Baseball returned to Seattle seven years later with the Mariners.