Along with Peloton, Zoom, and Bitcoin, golf has emerged as one of
quarantine’s biggest winners. June - August 2020 saw 27 million more rounds
of golf played than the same span in 2019.
The new star: While we were taking quarantine
walks and watching Tiger King, Bryson Dechambeau gained 30 pounds and added
about 60 yards to his drive en route to becoming golf’s newest superstar and
The results are hard to argue. In September, Bryson won his first major, the
US Open, in dominant fashion. Yesterday, he held off Lee Westwood to win the
Arnold Palmer Invitational. Almost driving the green on a 555-yard
par 5 is quite the advantage.
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), co-founded by brothers Paul and Mike
Rabil in 2018, is riding quite the heater. Recently, it:
Merged with Major League Lacrosse, forming the largest professional
lacrosse league in the world
Signed an exclusive
deal with Peacock to host every PLL 2021 game on Peacock
With lacrosse becoming one of the fastest growing collegiate and high school
sports, the PLL is set up both in terms of pipeline and viewership for years
The other pandemic winner, the UFC. And this weekend’s UFC 259 did not
disappoint. The three biggest fights:
Nunes vs. Anderson: Amanda Nunes forced Megan Anderson to tap out in
the first round after getting her in an armbar. Nunes easily
defended her featherweight, proving she’s the best female fighter of
Yan vs. Sterling: Aljamain Sterling won the bantamweight title after
Petr Yan was disqualified for an illegal
knee to the head . It was not how Sterling hoped to win. He
dropped the title belt on the Octagon mat after the win and promised
Blachowicz vs. Adesanya: Jan Blachowicz upset Israel Adesanya after
going the distance to claim the light heavyweight title. Adesanya,
the defending middleweight champion, fought up a weight class but
couldn’t quite bring home his second belt
Stephen Curry pulled a Larry Bird before the 3-Point Contest, asking the
other contestants, “Which one of y’all is shooting for second?” He went on
to win the contest on his last moneyball from the corner. The Jazz’s Mike
Conley also put on a show, putting up an impressive performance to finish
one point behind the greatest shooter of all time.
The winners of the other two contests:
Skills Challenge - Indiana Pacers big man Domantas Sabonas
Dunk Contest - Portland Trail Blazers G Anfernee Simons
Team LeBron 170 vs.
Team Durant 150
The combination of LeBron, Curry, Giannis, Jokic, and Doncic plus
Dame Lillard, Chris Paul, and Paul George off the bench will go down
as one of the best All-Star lineups of all time
Because Team LeBron won the first three quarters, the NBA donated
$450K to the Thurgood Marshall Foundation College Foundation
MaCio Teague tied a school record with 10 made 3-pointers as the
Baylor Bears took down the Red Raiders to finish undefeated at home.
Baylor’s next challenge will be the quarterfinal game in the Big 12
championship on Thursday.
(20-6) #4 Illinois 73
vs. (18-8) #7 Ohio State 68
Illinois’ Player of the Year candidate Ayo Dosunmo returned from
injury and helped the Fighting Illini close the game with a 9-0 run.
With consecutive wins over #2 Michigan and #7 Ohio State, Illinois
has tightened its clutch on the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
(20-7) #5 Iowa 77 vs.
(16-11) #25 Wisconsin 73
Iowa held on against a late push by the Badgers, with the help of
some controversial calls from the Big Ten referee crew. Wisconsin
coach Greg Gard shared some choice
words about the state of college basketball officiating in
his postgame presser.
(18-7) #17 Oklahoma State 85 vs. (18-8) #6 West Virginia 80
The Cowboys’ two best players didn’t suit up because of injuries,
yet the team held on despite facing massive foul trouble to secure
one of the biggest road wins in program history.
(15-11) Michigan State 70 vs. (19-3) #2 Michigan 64
Michigan needs a good showing in the Big Ten Tournament to guarantee
itself a 1-seed. Also, no matter MSU’s record, never bet against Tom
Izzo in March.
ACC Title: (20-2) #3 NC State 58 vs. (23-3) #5 Louisville 56
Elissa Cunane (20 pts, 9 reb, 3 ast) led the Wolfpack to win its
second straight ACC title.
SEC Title: (22-4) #7 South Carolina 67 vs. (20-6) #16 Georgia 62
The other USC won its fifth SEC title in the last six behind Aliyah
Boston (27 pts, 10 reb).
🏈 After an abysmal season by its lofty standards standards, the New
England Patriots are trying to bring
back a familiar face. No, it’s not Tom Brady. Reports claim they are
pursuing 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who they traded
away in 2017.
🏈 Speaking of the Reigning Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady is working to restructure
his contract. He wants to run it back with the Bucs for a couple
🏀 After clearing waivers, Blake Griffin
agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets to reunite with former Lob City
teammate DeAndre Jordan. The Nets may have the deepest team in the NBA.
🏀 Even before playing in the Atlantic Sun Conference title game, the
Liberty men’s basketball team earned
the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
⚽️ Barcelona elected Joan Laporta the club’s new president. He vowed
to keep Leo Messi with the club.
B. Back in 2017 when the All-Star game featured
the West vs. the East, the star studded teams scored a combined 374 points.
The West won 192 - 182.