Killin' Me, Smalls

Killin' Me, Smalls

Matt Trombley, Nathan Baugh
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Good morning. 28 years ago yesterday, The Sandlot hit theatres and taught us about “some lady named Ruth, Babe Ruth.”
- Blake
In today's Sprint:
⛳  The favorites
⚾️  Making waffles
⚽️  Mbappe in the snow
Trivia: Who holds the record for most Masters victories?
  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Arnold Palmer
  3. Jack Nicklaus
  4. Sam Snead

GOLF
Welcome to Augusta
Only one place in the world lets you buy a top-notch pimento cheese sandwich for $1.50 then a minute later watch Bryson DeChambeau hit a 400-yard drive.
That place is Augusta National Golf Course, home of the Masters.
If I was a betting man
It’s not quite Tiger against the field, but these guys have the best odds to take home the green jacket (according to our friends at Draftkings).
  • Dustin Johnson (+950): The defending champ and world number one is the rightful favorite.
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+1050): Before the 2020 Masters, Byrson infamously stated that he considered the course a “par 67.” He barely made the cut and finished tied for 34th. Expect a better showing from Bryson, especially after this range session.
  • Justin Thomas (+1050): Winning this year’s Players Championship proved Justin Thomas can beat anyone. If he putts well, the field could be in trouble.
Honorary mention
  • Jordan Spieth (+1200): A past winner (2015), Spieth is playing awesome golf, having just captured his first win in four years.
Dark horses
  • Brooks Koepka (+2800)
  • Collin Morikawa (+3000)
  • Lee Westwood (+5000)
Where you can watch
If you're not lucky enough to be one of the ~12,000 patrons (20% of usual capacity), we've got you covered:
  • Thursday & Friday rounds: 3:00-7:30 ET on ESPN
  • Weekend rounds: 3:00-7:00 ET on CBS
  • Masters live stream: CBSsports.com (and app) or on Paramount+
Extra credit: Check out these incredible moments from past Masters.

AROUND THE LEAGUES
Champions League - Quarter Finals, 1st Leg
PSG 3 vs. Bayern Munich 2
  • Bayern outshot PSG 31 to 6 but still lost because of the brilliance of Kylian Mbappe (2 goals).
  • After the game, Mbappe said, “I like these types of matches. I am not here to hide.”
Chelsea 2 vs. FC Porto 0
  • Mason Mount scored on Chelsea’s first shot of the match, becoming the team’s youngest ever Champions League goal scorer (22 years).
NBA
(36-16) Brooklyn Nets 139 vs. (22-29) New Orleans Pelicans 111
  • Kevin Durant returned from a 23-game injury absence and, in dominant fashion, needed just 19 minutes to put up 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
(26-23) Memphis Grizzlies 131 vs. (27-25) Atlanta Hawks 113
  • Don’t look now, but the Grizzlies have won their last eight games against teams not named the Jazz. If the playoffs started now, they’d be in as the 8th seed in the West.
(36-14) Phoenix Suns 117 vs. (38-13) Utah Jazz 113
  • Chris Paul (29 pts, 9 ast) lifts the play of every team he’s on. In 2020, without CP3, the Suns finished 10th in the West. Now, they’re in 2nd and just 1.5 games behind the Jazz.
MLB
(5-1) Cincinnati Reds 11 vs. (1-5) Pittsburgh Pirates 4
  • Tyler Naquin and Nick Castellanos both hit their 4th home run of the season, a big reason the Reds are scoring an insane 9.5 runs a game and have the best record in baseball.
(3-3) Milwaukee Brewers 4 vs. (3-3) Chicago Cubs 2 - 10 innings
  • Joc Pederson yelling excitedly at the waffle maker he was gifted after hitting his first home run as a Cub is the type of excitement baseball needs.
NHL
(24-14-2) Edmonton Oilers 4 vs. (13-23-4) Ottawa Senators 2
  • The NHL’s leading scorers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each scored 4 points and lifted the Oilers to 8-0 against Ottawa.
(27-10-3) Toronto Maple Leafs 3 vs. (17-10-9) Montreal Canadiens 2
  • After starting the season as a backup, Maple Leafs’ goalie Jack Campbell set a record for most consecutive wins by a goalie in franchise history with 10.

THURSDAY WATCHLIST
NBA
LA Lakers (32-19) vs. Miami Heat (26-25) - 7:30 ET on TNT
Phoenix Suns (36-14) vs. LA Clippers (34-18) - 10:00 ET on TNT
MLB
Chicago Cubs (3-3) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (1-5) - 1:35 ET on ESPN+
NHL
Pittsburgh Penguins (24-13-2) vs. NY Rangers (18-15-5) - 7:00 ET on ESPN+
Boston Bruins (20-10-6) vs. Washington Capitals (25-10-4) - 7:00 ET on ESPN+
Europa League
Ajax vs. AS Roma - 3:00 ET on Paramount+

WATER COOLER TALK
🥇  In what's becoming an Olympic tradition, two Russian track and field athletes, Andrei Silnov and Natalya Antyukh, have been banned from competition for four years after being caught doping.
⛳  The LA County Sheriff revealed the cause of Tiger Woods’ February crash - driving 83 mph in a 45 mph zone. He struck the median and veered off the road into a tree.
🏈  Nike and Beats by Dre suspended / ended their endorsement deals with Deshaun Watson.
🏈  Brothers Peyton and Eli Manning will release an eight-piece NFT digital art series. A portion of the proceeds go to pediatric cancer research and the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
🏀  The Arizona Wildcats fired men’s basketball coach Sean Miller after 12 seasons. Despite allegations of academic fraud and impending NCAA sanctions, the Athletic Director claimed it was Miller’s lack of tournament wins that got him fired. We think his incredibly profuse sweating might’ve also had something to do with it.
🏀  Shaquille O’Neal randomly paid for a man’s engagement ring at an Atlanta jewelry store. Shaq has a history of spreading positivity through random acts of kindness, saying his only goal is to make people smile.

TRIVIA ANSWER
C. Jack Nicklaus won six Masters during his storied career, one more than Tiger has.

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