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In today's Sprint:
🏈  Staying home
⚽️  Record setting
⛳  Building a brand
Trivia: Which college football program spends the most on recruiting (as of 2019)?
  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson

During recruiting Dead Periods, coaches aren’t allowed in-person contact with a recruit. Neither can the recruit take official or unofficial visits to schools (as deemed by the all-powerful NCAA).
Like the rest of us, they’re stuck with phone calls, texts, and Zoom.
Timeframe: Normally, the Dead Periods take place in August and December.
But this year that looked different. The NCAA imposed a ban on in-person recruiting last March when the pandemic struck. It was set to expire on April 15th.
That is, until the NCAA extended the ban through May 31st.
The consequences: Recruits, mostly 18-year-olds, may not get to visit campuses or interact in-person with potential coaches and teammates before making the biggest decision of their young lives.
And, as fans, we miss out on stories like Jim Harbaugh sleeping over at a recruit’s house or Nick Saban doing the Cupid shuffle. Even the famous father / son photoshoots are on hold.
Getting creative: Some schools figured out ways to skirt the Dead Period rules.
Zoom out: Forcing kids to choose schools without stepping foot on campus or talking with a coach in-person doesn’t seem like a great idea. Expect the Transfer Portal to be busy next season.

Blue Moon
Aside from PSG’s 4-1 drubbing of Barcelona and FC Porto’s upset of Juventus, the first leg of the Champions League round of sixteen went as expected. Including City's continued dominance...
Manchester City 2 vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach 0
  • Across all competitions, City has won 19 games in a row. That’s the longest win streak ever by an English top flight club.
  • The best part? Pep Guardiola’s explanation, “We have a lot of money to buy a lot of incredible players.”
Real Madrid 1 vs. Atalanta 0
  • Considering it lost a man to a red card in the game’s opening minutes, underdog Atalanta put up a great fight. Ferland Mendy scored the clutch 86th minute goal to secure the first leg for Real.
(26-6) Utah Jazz 114 vs. (22-11) Las Angeles Lakers 89
  • The Lakers need Anthony Davis back ASAP. They’ve dropped four games in a row and, other than LeBron, look lost.
  • Meanwhile, the Jazz showed out in front of a national audience.
(15-16) Charlotte Hornets 124 vs. (20-11) Phoenix Suns 121
  • Malik Monk (29 pts) and Lamelo Ball (20 pts, 8 ast, 6 rebs) provided enough spark to push the Hornets past the surging Suns.
(18-5) #20 Arkansas 81 vs. (18-6) #6 Alabama 66
  • Shooting more free throws than the other team is always a good strategy. Arkansas took that to the extreme, outshooting Alabama 43 to 8 at the free throw line.
(11-9) NC State 68 vs. (15-6) #15 Virginia 61
  • After rising to #7 in the rankings, Virginia has lost three in a row. The Cavaliers have just two games to get right before the ACC tourney.
(12-4-1) Tampa Bay Lighting 3 vs. (12-5-1) Carolina Hurricanes 0
  • The reigning champs spread the puck around, ending the game with three different goal scorers and an impressive shutout.

Game of the day: #9 Iowa (17-6) vs. #3 Michigan (16-1) - 7:00 ET on ESPN
#4 Ohio St.(18-5) vs. Michigan St. (12-9) - 9:00 ET on ESPN
Dallas Mavericks (15-15) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (21-11) - 7:00 ET on TNT
Milwaukee Bucks (19-13) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (13-17) - 9:30 ET on TNT

⛳  Macklemore, the rapper, launched a golf clothing line aptly named Bogey Boys. Dressed like this, he may mess around and win the 2021 Masters.
⛳  Tiger Woods underwent successful surgery. Afterward, he was “awake, responsive, and recovering.” Check out St. Andrews' remarkable tribute to Tiger.
🏈  Antoine Winfield Jr., who was fined $7,815 for flashing Tyreek Hill his patented peace sign in the Super Bowl, donated the same amount to the Bucs’ Youth Leadership Program.
🏀  The NBA announced the schedule for the second half of the season. The Lakers and Nets boast the most televised games (21 and 20, respectively).
⚽️  The US Women’s National team crushed Argentina 6-0 to win the SheBelieves Cup. The US Women haven't lost a match since November 2019.

C. The Georgia Bulldogs spent $2.6M on football recruiting in 2019, the most in the nation.
Fun fact: that’s more than the school’s 20 other sports combined.