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In today's Sprint:
🏎 Shake n' Bake
🏀 Family time
Trivia: Oregon St (12) and UCLA
(11) were both double-digit seeds with a chance to reach the
Final Four. What is the highest seed to ever make the Final
What if I told you there was a racing championship involving more than
turning left? A year and a half ago, I knew nothing about Formula 1 Racing.
Then my world changed after watching the Netflix series Formula 1: Drive to Survive.
With the F1 season kicking off this past weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix,
I’d like to introduce you to what the sport has to offer.
What is Formula 1? An international Motorsport
racing series held in cities across the globe. Brave souls strap themselves
into open-cockpit race cars and weave
through historic European city streets, all at speeds greater than
160 mph and pulling fighter pilot-level G forces.
Each Sunday, 10 teams consisting of two drivers race and are awarded points
based on their finishing position. The driver with the most points at the
end of the season is crowned champion.
Follow the leader
Three teams dominate the sport:
But Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is almost untouchable. He’s won seven World
Championship Titles, just one shy of having the all-time record to himself.
He’s gunning for it this year.
Bahrain and beyond: After Hamilton took Round 1 at
Bahrain, F1 heads to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix where drivers will battle
each other for 63 laps through Imola, Italy. I'm pumped.
Back in 1998, Gary Trent Sr. Was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to
the Toronto Raptors 41 games into his third NBA season.
Last week, 23 years after his dad was traded, Gary Trent Jr. was also dealt
from the Trail Blazers to the Raptors 41 games into his third NBA season.
(13-33) Detroit Pistons 118 vs. (18-29) Toronto Raptors 104
Detroit finished the season sweep of Toronto even with Gary Trent’s
15 point debut.
(32-16) LA Clippers 125
vs. (29-17) Milwaukee Bucks 109
The Clippers beat the second and third best teams in the East
(Philly and Milwaukee) in back-to-back games.
Top performer: Russell Westbrook (35 pts, 14 reb,
21 ast). After just 38 games with the Wizards, Russ has the most
triple-doubles in team history (16).
College Basketball - Men’s Elite 8
(27-2) #2 Houston 67
vs. (20-12) #12 Oregon St. 61
13 years after leaving Indiana in
disgrace, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has led his squad to
the Final Four.
(26-2) #1 Baylor 81 vs.
(25-7) #3 Arkansas 72
Baylor returns to the Final Four for the first time in 71 years,
setting up a battle with Houston to claim the title of best college
basketball team in Texas.
College Basketball - Women’s Elite 8
(27-1) #1 UConn 69 vs.
(28-2) #2 Baylor 67
In one of the more controversial
endings in recent memory, Baylor’s DiJonai Carrington drew a
significant amount of contact on a potential go-ahead shot but no
foul was called.
(20-5) #3 Arizona 66
vs. (21-6) #4 Indiana 53
Arizona pulled away late to knock off the lone remaining BIG10 team
in the tournament and secure the first Final Four bid in program
(17-13-4) Philadelphia Flyers 4 vs. (6-23-5) Buffalo Sabres 3 - OT
The Sabres’ winless streak extended to 18 games after they
squandered a three-goal lead in the third period. Optimism is
running out by the lake.
Tennis - Miami Open
#1 Ashleigh Barty 6-1, 1-6,
6-2 vs. #14 Victoria Azarenka
Ash Barty owned the third set, as she has in 17 of her last 20 three
set matches, to down former #1 Victoria Azarenka.
College Basketball - Men's Elite 8
#6 USC (25-7) vs. #1 Gonzaga (29-0) - 7:15 pm ET on TBS
#11 UCLA (21-9) vs. #1 Michigan (23-4) - 9:57 pm ET on TBS
College Basketball - Women's Elite 8
#1 South Carolina (25-4) vs. #6 Texas (21-9) - 7:00 ET on ESPN
#1 Stanford (28-2) vs. #2 Louisville (26-3) - 9:00 ET on ESPN
Philedaplia 76ers (32-14) vs. Denver Nuggets (28-18) - 9:00 ET on NBATV
Carolina Hurricanes (23-7-3) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (16-15-5) - 7:30 ET on
Tennis - Miami Open
Quarterfinals: #1 Ashleigh Barty vs. #7 Aryna Sabalenka - 1:00 PM ET
WATER COOLER TALK
🥊 A Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier tie-breaking
third match may take place this summer after Poirier won the second
back in January.
🏈 New Pittsburgh Steelers OT Rashaad Coward accidentally
leaked his deal with the team while playing Call of Duty.
⚾ NY Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is following the NFT trend but
with a cool
twist. He’s auctioning one off and the proceeds will go to More Than
Baseball, which supports minor league players financially. The artwork was
actually designed by a minor league player in the Mets organization.
⚾ Francisco Lindor baulked at the Mets’ 10-year, $325 million contract
offer and countered
with a 12-year, $385 million offer of his own.
🏀 The NBA altered plans for the new Africa League (tipping
off May 16th). It’ll hold the entire 26-game season in Kigali Arena
C. Four 11 seeds have made the Final Four, most
recently Loyola-Chicago in 2018. Today, we’ll see if UCLA becomes the fifth.