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In today's Sprint:
🥏 Crazy growth
🏀 Bracket challenge
🏈 Legal tampering
Trivia: Which team has not won a
Champions League title in the last three seasons?
Perhaps no other sport saw the growth disc golf did last year. The
Professional Disc Golf Association gained 20,000 new registered members (a
15% rise from 2019) and hundreds of thousands of casual players tried the
sport for the first time.
Disc golf is the ideal sport for a pandemic:
It gets people outside and lets them play socially distant or with a
couple close friends
It only requires a few discs and usually costs nothing to play a
With 3.5 new disc golf courses built every day in 2020, the sport is on a
meteoric rise. Pretty soon, disc golf in America might look like these Masters-reminiscent tournaments
A hybrid of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, pickleball saw a 21.3%
increase in total participation since March 2020. Why the rise?
It can be played anywhere: From a dedicated pickleball court to a
driveway or even a rooftop, all that is needed is a 20’x44’
rectangle of free space. Add a couple of paddles, a wiffle ball, and
It can be played by anyone: The sport is growing most with the 55+
community looking for outdoor activity and community.
The way Bill Belichick and the Patriots are spending you’d think they just
got their $1,400 stimulus checks.
A day ahead of free agency, during what’s known as ‘the legal tampering
period,’ they’ve already agreed to terms with:
Cam Newton (re-signed) - QB
Jonnu Smith - TE
Nelson Agholar - WR
Kendrick Bourne - WR
Trent Brown (trade) - OL
Davon Godchaux - DT
Matthew Judon - LB
Jalen Mills - CB
That’s some serious talent, but Bill isn’t done yet.
The draft: Expect the Pats to take their QB of the
future with the 15th pick. Likely, that means Alabama’s Mac Jones or North
Dakota State’s Trey Lance.
Zoom out: The Patriots are benefiting from sound
financial planning and the tightened
salary cap forcing other teams to cut quality players. While these
moves don’t make the Pats favorites to win the AFC East (hello, Buffalo),
they’re certainly closing the gap.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
(27-13) Brooklyn Nets 117 vs. (20-20) New York Knicks 112
The Knicks were within striking distance late but the Nets came away
with the win partially thanks to a controversial
call on a Julius Randle travel.
(26-15) LA Clippers 109
vs. (20-18) Dallas Mavericks 99
Luka Doncic (25 pts, 10 reb, 16 ast) notched his 34th career
triple-double, passing Bob Cousy for 11th most all time. He’s 22.
(25-14) Milwaukee Bucks 133 vs. (14-24) Washington Wizards 122
Giannis (31 pts, 15 reb, 10 ast) recorded his third triple-double in
a row. The Bucks are only two games back from the top seed 76ers in
(18-6-4) Washington Capitals 6 vs. (6-17-4) Buffalo Sabres 0
Alex Ovechkin scored his 717th goal, tied for sixth all time, as the
Caps blanked Buffalo.
(14-16-2) Vancouver Canucks 3 vs. (10-20-2) Ottawa Senators 2
The Senators outshot the Canucks 46-28, but fell in overtime after
J.T. Miller deked a defender and took
it to the net for the game-winning goal.
(46 pts) Liverpool 1
vs. (35 pts) Wolves 0
Liverpool held their first halftime lead in two months and climbed
into sixth in the table, keeping their top four hopes alive.
Utah Jazz (28-10) vs. Boston Celtics (20-18) - 7:30 ET on TNT
New Orleans Pelicans (17-22) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (22-16) - 10:00 ET
Boston Bruins (14-7-4) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (17-9-1) - 7:00 ET on NBCSN
Arizona Coyotes (12-12-4) vs. Minnesota Wild (17-8-1) - 8:00 ET on ESPN+
Champions League - Round of 16, Second Leg
Manchester City vs. Gladbach - 4:00 ET on Paramount+; City leads 2-0
Real Madrid vs. Atalanta - 4:00 ET on Paramount+; Real leads 1-0 aggregate
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 Less than 24 hours after announcing his retirement, former Saints
QB Drew Brees landed a new
job. He’ll be a studio analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America.
🏈 Ryan Fitzpatrick, better known as Fitzmagic, signed a one year deal
with the Washington Football Team.
🥊 Tyson Fury (30-0-1) and Anthony Joshua (24-1) signed a two-fight
deal. They expect the first fight to happen early this summer.
🏆 The ACC announced that college athletes can transfer within the
conference and be eligible to play immediately. Since 1996, in-conference
transfers have had to sit out a full year.
🏀 The NCAA Women’s March Madness bracket is now live. Check
out who snatched the top seeds.
🎾 For the first time since 2005, a man not named Federer, Nadal,
Djokovic, or Murray found himself in the top
2 of men’s tennis. Bravo, Daniil Medvedev!
D. Barcelona won the Champions League in 2014-15,
beating Juventus 3-1, but has not won since.