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In today's Sprint:
🎾  Naomi dominates
🏀  Twitter comes through
⚾️  Tatis secures the bag
Trivia: Young stars Kylian Mbappe (22) and Erling Haaland (20) are dominating the Champions League. Who holds the title of youngest player to ever score in a Champions League match?
  1. Wayne Rooney
  2. Ansu Fati
  3. Lionel Messi
  4. Pele

She's Got Now
Naomi Osaka and her idol Serena Williams squared off in the middle of the night for a spot in the Aussie Open finals. Before yesterday, the series was tied 2-2.
The match: Despite losing the first two games, Osaka powered past Serena, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-4
Looking ahead: Osaka plays American #22 Jennifer Brady in the finals. If she wins, it’ll be her 4th Grand Slam at the age of 23.
Serena still has 23 Grand Slam titles, firmly placing her in the conversation for greatest athlete ever. And, after a semifinal run at the age of 39, she isn't done yet.
What a year: Off the court, Osaka recently became the highest paid female athlete in the world (Serena is second). She also invested in the North Carolina Courage, becoming a co-owner of the women’s professional soccer team.
The men:
  • After winning the first two sets, #2 Rafael Nadal dropped three sets in a row to #5 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Stefanos commented that he “flew like a little bird” to victory.
  • #114 Aslan Karatsev became the first player to make the semifinals of his first major tournament. His next match is against #1 Novak Djokovic.
  • Fact of the day: Aslan has earned more prize money this tournament (662K) than in the rest of his career combined (618K).

Twitter for the Win
On Monday, the UNC Basketball team tweeted they were looking for someone to play after having several games postponed. Within hours Northeastern slid in their DMs and a game was scheduled.
(13-7) UNC 82 vs. (9-8) Northeastern 62
  • The tweet paid off as the Tar Heels get a much-needed win for their March Madness resume.
(24-5) Utah Jazz 114 vs. (21-9) Los Angeles Clippers 96
  • Rudy Gobert (23 pts, 20 reb) dominated on both ends of the court, leading the Jazz to a victory against a top Western Conference opponent.
Other top performers: Damian Lillard (43 pts, 16 ast) and Zion Williamson (36 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast)
Champions League - Round of 16
FC Porto 2 vs. Juventus 1
  • Porto scored in the first minute of each half to upset Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus.
  • The saving grace for Juventus was scoring the all-important away goal in the 82nd minute.
Dortmund 3 vs. Sevilla 2
  • 20-year-old wunderkind Erling Haaland put on a show, scoring two first-half goals to propel Dortmund to a huge first-leg victory.

Toronto Raptors (13-15) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (16-12) - 7:30 ET on TNT
The big one: Brooklyn Nets (18-12) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (22-7) - 10:00 ET on TNT
#11 Iowa (15-6) vs. #22 Wisconsin (15-7) - 7:00 ET on ESPN3
Wichita St. (12-4) vs. #6 Houston (17-2) - 7:00 ET on ESPN2
Saint Mary’s (11-6) vs. #1 Gonzaga (20-0) - 9:00 ET on ESPN
New Jersey Devils (5-3-2) vs. Boston Bruins (10-2-2) - 7:00 ET on ESPN+

🏈  The Steelers’ GM said Ben Roethlisberger is the QB of the team… “as of today.” With a $41.2 million cap hit next season something is going to change, but whether it’ll be a contract restructure or a change of scenery for Big Ben nobody knows.
🏈  The Jacksonville Jaguars are returning to teal as their primary home colors. As long as they don’t bring back the two-tone helmets we approve.
⚾️  Tim Tebow retired from his second professional sport after a multi-year stint in the Mets’ farm system. Tebow will focus on college football broadcasting.
⚾️  Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres agreed to a 14-year, $340 million contract in a win-win deal. Tatis will be 36 when the contract expires.

B. A month after his 17th birthday, Ansu Fati scored his first Champions League goal. The best part? The goal was an 86th-minute winner for his club Barcelona against Italian side Inter Milan.