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Good morning. Like the bulk of the FCS Spring football season, we kicked off our referral program this weekend. You can look forward to a newsletter birthday shout out (3 referrals) and even choosing the topic for a day’s trivia question (10 referrals).
All you have to do is share with your family, coworkers, or the people you still sometimes talk to from high school.
In today's Sprint:
🏀  Almost upsets
⚽  Riding the bike
🏈  Bezos comes calling
Trivia: Who was the last team not named North Dakota State to win the FCS Championship?
  1. Eastern Michigan
  2. Jacksonville State
  3. Youngstown State
  4. James Madison

Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident yesterday morning in the LA area, rolling his car multiple times before it came to a stop.
His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. However, they are serious. According to his agent, he suffered multiple leg injuries and underwent emergency surgery.
While initial reports stated ‘jaws of life’ were needed to get him out of the car, later reports clarified that was not true. The first officer on the scene said, “Tiger Woods was lucid and calm after the accident, communicative, and able to identify himself, but unable to walk under his own power.”
Looking ahead: It’s far too early to speculate what the recovery process will look like or any sort of timeline.
What we’ll say is this - never count Tiger out. If he walks again, he’ll train. If he trains, he’ll play. If he plays, he may just win.

Football is back. The FCS, those teams that beat you in NCAA 14 when you simmed in Dynasty Mode, decided to hold a spring season to make up for the postponed 2020 fall docket.
The format: About 100 teams will square off in an eight-game season. It culminates in a single-elimination playoff featuring 16 teams.
Let's hope the CFP committee pays attention.
The contenders: North Dakota State, who hasn’t lost a football game since 2017, has generated more buzz for Fargo than the city’s famed 1996 feature film. Carson Wentz’s alma mater is the heavy favorite.
However, teams like James Madison and Deion Sanders-led Jackson State will look to shake things up.

Close One
For about two hours last night, the bettor who wagered $67K on Baylor to beat Iowa State must’ve been sweating…
(18-0) #2 Baylor Bears 77 vs. (2-17) Iowa State 72
  • The #2 Baylor Bears found themselves down with less than five minutes to play but clawed their way back to victory thanks to six man Adam Flagler (22 pts, 2 reb).
(13-6) #14 Texas 75 vs. (17-7) #17 Kansas 72 - OT
  • The Longhorns get a massive win to right the ship. Coach Shaka Smart deployed the full squad, playing all 10 players.
(12-9) Michigan State 81 vs. (16-6) #5 Illinois 72
  • Tom Izzo’s squad got its signature win but still face an uphill climb to make the tournament with matchups against #3 Michigan and #4 Ohio State looming.
(15-15) Dallas Mavericks 110 vs. (15-16) Boston Celtics 107
  • Luka Dončić (31 pts, 10 reb, 8 ast) nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds on the clock. Yet again, the young Croatian flexes his clutch gene.
(21-11) Philadelphia 76ers 109 vs. (16-16) Toronto Raptors 102
  • With the win, Doc Rivers and the 76ers sit in first place in the East. But they’re only a half game up on the surging Brooklyn Nets.
Champions League - Round of 16 (1st Leg)
Chelsea 1 vs. Atletico Madrid 0
Bayern Munich 4 vs. Lazio 1
  • Bayern finally resembled the team to win the tournament last year and Robert Lewandowski scored his 72nd Champions League goal, moving him into third all-time.
(17-2) #8 Maryland 111 vs. (12-7) Iowa 93
  • Terps senior Katie Benzan shot lights out, scoring 29 points on 91% shooting and casually breaking the program record for most threes in a game with nine.
(10-6-4) Chicago Blackhawks 6 vs. (8-7-5) Columbus Blue Jackets 5
  • After three high-scoring regulation periods, the Blackhawks won the overtime shootout. Chicago legend Patrick Kane led his team with a goal and 3 assists.

Champions League - Round of 16 (First leg)
Real Madrid vs. Atalanta - 3:00 ET on CBS All Access
Manchester City vs. Mönchengladbach - 3:00 ET on CBS All Access
  • Yes, that’s the best soccer club name we've seen in a while.
SheBelieves Cup
(3 pts) Brazil vs. (3 pts) Canada - 4:00 ET
(6 pts) United States vs. (0 pts) Argentina - 7:00 ET on FS1
Golden State Warriors (17-15) vs. Indiana Pacers (15-14) - 7:30 ET on ESPN
Los Angeles Lakers (22-10) vs. Utah Jazz (25-6) - 10:00 ET on ESPN
#6 Alabama (18-5) vs. #20 Arkansas (17-5) - 9:00 ET on ESPN2
#7 Virginia (15-5) vs. NC State (10-9) - 6:30 ET on ACCN
Carolina Hurricanes (12-4-1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (11-4-1) - 5:00 ET on ESPN+
LA Kings (8-6-3) vs. St. Louis Blues (10-7-2) - 9:30 ET on NBCSN

🏈  Jeff Bezos was linked to buying the Washington Football Team. As long as he doesn’t rename it ‘The Washington Posts,’ we’re okay with it.
⚾️  New Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker gave up his preferred number, 00. Why? Because that's the number of the Met’s mascot, Mr. Met.
🏀  The Houston Rockets waived Demarcus Cousins, who was losing playing time to Christian Wood. Now, the former All-Star gets to sign with a contender in need of a quality big man.
🏀  The NBA’s All-Star reserves are highlighted by Anthony Davis and James Harden. The biggest snub? Devin Booker, whose Suns are red hot and currently 4th in the West.

D. James Madison is the only school to win the FCS Championship in the last nine(!) years not named North Dakota State.