In what’s becoming a concerning trend, the US Men’s National Soccer team
failed to qualify for another major tournament. The team lost 1-2 to
Honduras in Olympic qualifiers.
2012 Olympics: failed to qualify
2014 World Cup: made it to the Round of 16 where Tim Howard put on a
16 saves (a World Cup record) in a loss to Belgium
2016 Olympics: failed to qualify
2018 World Cup: failed to qualify
2021 Olympics: failed to qualify
The drama: The best Americans in the world -
Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, and Sergino Dest - are all below the age
of 23 (the age limit for Olympic soccer). Yet, they were playing
a friendly against Northern Ireland with the senior team while the
other U-23s tried to qualify for the Olympics.
The Olympics were a great opportunity for these young Americans to play
meaningful international games leading up to World Cup qualifying this fall.
Zoom out: Despite the disappointment, the US team
still has reason for hope. More young Americans are playing
for Europe’s top teams - Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus, and more -
than ever before.
Michigan, the only remaining Big10 team of the nine that started the
tournament, marched on after pounding Florida State. The other storylines:
Gonzaga became the third undefeated team in 40 years to reach the
Houston advanced to its first Elite 8 since 1984
The Pac-12 claimed three spots in the Elite 8 - USC, Oregon State,
#3 Arkansas 72 vs. #15
Oral Roberts 70
Oral Roberts’ epic run came this
close to moving past Arkansas.
#1 Baylor 62 vs. #5
Nova led by 7 at halftime and nearly pulled the upset by holding the
nation’s best 3-point shooting team to just 15% from deep.
#11 UCLA 88 vs. #2
Alabama 78 - OT
Bama is, in fact, a football school. The Tide went 11-25 from the
free throw line, the worst free throw percentage in a March Madness
game with 25 attempts since Kansas lost to Syracuse in the 2003
national title game.
College Basketball - Women’s Sweet 16
#1 UConn 92 vs. #5 Iowa
Paige Bueckers (18 pts, 9 reb, 8 ast) outdueled fellow freshman
phenom Caitlin Clark (21 pts, 5 ast). The game was much closer than
the final score indicated.
#4 Indiana 73 vs. #1 NC
NC State became the first #1 seed to fall after committing 17
turnovers to the Hoosiers.
#6 Texas 64 vs. #2
With the game tied at 59 and less than one minute left, a breakaway
steal and layup by Kyra Lambert gave Texas the lead.
(31-15) Brooklyn Nets 113 vs. (12-33) Detroit Pistons 111
Things got chippy
between Blake Griffin and his former team, but another James Harden
masterclass (44 pts, 14 reb, 8 ast) led to the Nets win.
(31-16) LA Clippers 122
vs. (32-14) Philadelphia 76ers 112
The Clippers got the best of their old coach Doc Rivers, who saw
center Dwight Howard ejected for a second straight game.
(3-0) Weber State 28
vs. (1-2) Northern Arizona 23
If you’re looking for the best Hail Mary since Kyler to DeAndre,
look no further than this 50-yard
bomb from Weber State’s Randall Johnson.
(13-16-4) New Jersey Devils 1 vs. (17-9-5) Boston Bruins 0
Devils’ goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 40 shots en route to his
first shutout of the year.
College Basketball - Men's Elite 8
#12 Oregon State (20-12) vs. #2 Houston (27-3) - 7:15 ET on CBS
#1 Baylor (25-2) vs. #3 Arkansas (25-6) - 9:57 ET on CBS
College Basketball - Women's Elite 8
#2 Baylor (28-2) vs #1 UConn (27-1) - 7:00 ET on ESPN
#4 Indiana (21-5) vs. #3 Arizona (19-5) - 9:00 ET on ESPN
Miami Heat (22-24) vs. New York Knicks (24-22) - 7:30 ET
Milwaukee Bucks (29-16) vs. LA Clippers (31-16) - 10:00 ET on NBATV
New York Islanders (22-9-4) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (22-11-2) - 7:00 ET on