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In today's Sprint:
  • 🏀  Top teams revealed
  • ⛳  Spieth gets his swagger back
  • 🏎 ️ Panda Express pit stop
Trivia: In 2012, Linsanity came to a crescendo as Jeremy Lin knocked down a buzzer-beater to lift the Knicks to a Valentine’s Day win. What team did he beat?
  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. New Jersey Nets
  3. Golden State Warriors
  4. Toronto Raptors

WEEKEND RECAP
Madness
Valentine’s Day marked one month until the March Madness bracket is revealed. Meanwhile, the selection committee released its initial top sixteen teams, with Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan, and Ohio State leading the way.
(14-1) #3 Michigan 67 vs. (15-7) #21 Wisconsin 59
  • After a 23-day COVID-19 hiatus, Michigan reminded us why they’re the #3 team in the country by coming back from a double-digit halftime deficit to beat the Badgers.
(13-5) #12 Oklahoma 91 vs. (14-6) #14 West Virginia 90 - 2OT
  • The Sooners delivered in their second of five games against ranked teams this month, with Austin Reaves putting up 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.
(16-9) #19 Creighton 86 vs. (13-5) #5 Villanova 70
  • Big East preseason player of the year Marcus Zegarowski (25 pts, 5 ast) lifted the Blue Jays over the Wildcats.
(15-3) #9 Virginia 60 vs. (12-7) UNC 48
  • Fact of the day: The Cavaliers kept all Tar Heels under ten points, something which hasn’t happened since 1966.
NBA
(16-12) Brooklyn Nets 134 vs. (14-13) Golden State Warriors 117
  • In his first game back in the Bay Area, Kevin Durant (20 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast) led the Nets to an impressive victory over Steph Curry (27 pts, 3 reb, 5 ast) and the Warriors. However, KD strained his hamstring and will miss about a week.
  • After the game, Kyrie Irving said James Harden is the Nets’ point guard while he’ll play shooting guard.
(16-9) Phoenix Suns 120 vs. (18-9) Philadelphia 76ers 111
  • The Suns are hot! Embodying their Bubble success, the Suns have won eight of their last nine, including four against projected playoff teams.
(7-17) Washington Wizards 104 vs. (13-13) Boston Celtics 91
  • While 2021 has not been kind to Washington, the Wizards pulled off an impressive win against a struggling Celtics squad who have dropped four of their past five.
NCAAW
(19-1) #6 Texas A&M 80 vs. (12-5) #16 Tennessee 70
  • In a pivotal matchup between two storied SEC programs, the Aggies pulled away late to notch their eighth win against a top-25 opponent.
Premier League
(53 pts) Manchester City 3 vs. (36 pts) Tottenham 0
  • What happened to the Tottenham team that reached the top of the table in December? Nobody knows.
(46 pts) Leicester City 3 vs. (40 pts) Liverpool 1
  • Leicester scored three goals in seven minutes to hand Liverpool their third straight Premier League loss.
  • After the game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp conceded the league’s title.
(46 pts) Manchester United 1 vs. (13 pts) West Brom 1
  • Don’t let the tie fool you, this goes down as a massive disappointment for United and a huge upset for West Brom who are fighting to avoid relegation.
Golf
Daniel Berger (-18) won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, sinking an eagle putt on the 18th hole to clinch the two-stroke win. That eagle marked Berger’s fourth of the tournament, twice as many as any other player.
The other winner: Jordan Speith (-15, tied for third) continued his recent success, achieving his second top-five finish in two weeks. Before last week, May 2019 was the last time he finished in the top-five.
Zoom out: Spieth has golf fans remembering 2015 when he won both the Masters and US Open as a 21-year-old. He’s peaking right in time for April’s Masters.

WATER COOLER TALK
  • 🎾  #3 Dominic Thiem lost in the third round of the Australian Open to #18 Grigor Dimitrov.
  • 🎾  So did #5 Elina Svitolina, who lost to Jessica Pegula. Name sound familiar? She's the daughter of Buffalo Bills' owners Terry and Kim Pegula.
  • 🥍  Chris Hogan, the former Patriots’ wide receiver, declared for the Premier Lacrosse League entry draft. Hogan captained Penn State’s lacrosse team in college.
  • 🏎 ️ 15 laps into the Daytona 500, a 15-car crash struck just before weather put the race on hold. During the delay, driver Chase Briscoe drove to Panda Express. Bold strategy with hours of driving to go (Briscoe finished a respectable 19th while Michael McDowell won the race).
  • 🥊  Kamaru Usman defeated former teammate and close friend Gilbert Burns by TKO in an emotional brawl, giving Usman his 13th straight victory, a UFC welterweight record.
  • 🏈  After JJ Watt was released from the Texans, fans flooded the Watt Foundation with $99 donations to bribe him to come to their favorite teams. The Watt Foundation funds middle school athletic programs.

TRIVIA ANSWER
D. With just 0.5 seconds left to play, Jeremy Lin hit a three to beat the Toronto Raptors on Valentine’s Day 2012. Even the Raptors’ home crowd cheered for Lin.