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Good morning. Just like the Suez Canal, we are wide open this week. We’d love to hear your feedback on the Sprint - what keeps you reading, what you want to see less of, and what you’d like to see in the future.
- Blake
In today's Sprint:
🏎  Shake n' Bake
🏀  Family time
🥊  Rematch
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 Four?
  1. 9
  2. 13
  3. 11
  4. 12

Formula 1
The Green Flag
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:
  • Mercedes
  • Red Bull
  • Ferrari
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.
- Eric

AROUND THE LEAGUES
Like Father, Like Son
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. Wild.
(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 history.
NHL
(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.

TUESDAY WATCHLIST
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
NBA
Philedaplia 76ers (32-14) vs. Denver Nuggets (28-18) - 9:00 ET on NBATV
NHL
Carolina Hurricanes (23-7-3) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (16-15-5) - 7:30 ET on NBCSN
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 in Rwanda.

TRIVIA ANSWER
C. Four 11 seeds have made the Final Four, most recently Loyola-Chicago in 2018. Today, we’ll see if UCLA becomes the fifth.