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Good morning. JJ Watt had the most relatable quote of the weekend. “I scroll through Door Dash for an hour before I pick a restaurant… You’re gonna have to give me a second to choose a new team and city.”
Us too, JJ, us too.
In today's Sprint:
⚽  The Americans are coming
🏀  Heating up in Miami
🎾  Crowning champions
Trivia: After his 8th triple-double of the year, Russell Westbrook already ranks second all-time in Wizards Franchise history. Who is first?
  1. Antwan Jamison
  2. Gilbert Arenas
  3. Darrell Walker
  4. John Wall

She Believes
The SheBelieves Cup brought together the four best international teams in women’s soccer - the US, Argentina, Brazil, and Canada.
The format: Unlike most international soccer tournaments, the winner of the tournament is decided by total points (3 for a win, 1 for a tie, and 0 for a loss). This is exactly how England’s Premier League tallies points, too.
Each team plays every other team once.
How have the games been? Put simply, the US women are dominating. They’ve already defeated Canada and Brazil, taking a commanding points lead:
  1. US - 6 points
  2. Brazil - 3 points
  3. Canada - 3 points (tie-breaker)
  4. Argentina - 0 points
You can catch the US women’s last match Wednesday at 7 ET on FS1 against Argentina as they look to take home yet another trophy.
Zoom out: The SheBelieves mission statement reads, "Inspired by the U.S. Women’s National Team, SheBelieves is a movement to encourage young women and girls to reach their dreams, athletic or otherwise."
What started as a small campaign in the run-up to the 2015 World Cup, has taken on a life of its own. It's a great example of the power of sport.

No dilly-dallying here, let's get right to the NBA.
(22-10) LA Clippers 116 vs. (24-6) Utah Jazz 112
  • LA clipped Utah's 9-game win streak in a battle between two of the West’s best.
(14-15) Charlotte Hornets 102 vs. (16-15) Golden State Warriors 100
  • Buzz City became Buzzer Beater City after Scary Terry Rozier (36 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast) lifted the Hornets to a win with a beautiful buzzer-beater to end regulation.
(13-17) Miami Heat 96 vs. (22-9) LA Lakers 94
  • Bam Adebayo (16 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast) and the Heat blocked LeBron James (19 pts, 9 reb, 9 ast) and the Lakers in route to a small bit of revenge from the 2020 NBA Finals.
(20-12) Brooklyn Nets 112 vs. (22-10) LA Clippers 108
  • James Harden (37 pts, 11 reb, 7 ast) moving to point guard continues to pay dividends for the Nets. Give credit to Kyrie Irving for unselfishly suggesting the switch.
  • The Nets beat the Lakers and Clippers back-to-back...not many teams capable of that.
Other top performers: Joel Embiid (50 pts, 17 reb, 5 ast), Jamal Murray (50 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast), Chris Paul (15 pts, 4 reb, 19 ast) - now 6th all-time in assists
ICYMI: Anthony Edwards threw down the dunk of the year. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor.
(15-6) #13 West Virginia 84 vs. (13-6) #12 Texas 82
  • Texas blew a 19-point lead and lost their cool on the bench, where two star players had to be separated, in the two-point defeat.
(14-7) North Carolina 99 vs. (11-5) Louisville 54
  • The Tar Heels handed Louisville their largest defeat since World War II and jumped 20 spots in the NCAA’s NET rankings. Unlike Shaka and Texas, Roy and the Tarheels have figured it out heading into March.
(16-1) #3 Michigan 92 vs. (18-5) #4 Ohio State 87
  • In an offensive slugfest between two football schools, the Wolverines won the battle as Noah Dickerson (22 pts, 9 reb) bullied OSU's big men.
(13-2) #11 Michigan 75 vs. (13-4) #15 Ohio State 66
  • Unless it's on a Saturday in the fall, Michigan seems to have Ohio State’s number.
(9-6) Florida State 68 vs. (20-2) #3 Louisville 59
  • Florida State held the Cards to just 15% from three. That, combined with 26 points and 10 rebounds from Morgan Jones, was enough for the Seminoles to pull the upset.
(9-4-1) Colorado Avalanche 3 vs. (10-4-1) Las Vegas Knights 2
  • Sun at the outdoor Lake Tahoe rink led to an eight-hour delay between the first and second periods, leading to a cool nine hours between goals.

#15 Texas Tech (14-7) vs. Oklahoma St. (14-6) - 9:00 ET on ESPN
Oregon (14-4) vs. #17 USC (18-4) - 9:00 ET on FS1

🎾  Naomi Osaka stayed perfect, winning her fourth Grand Slam in her fourth appearance. Not that she needed to, but she once again proved why she was the 2020 AP Female Athlete of the year. The part you may not know? In her seven Australian Open matches, she lost one set.
🎾  Novak Djokovic won his 9th Australian Open title. The tournament now makes up half of his career 18 Grand Slam titles. He's just two shy of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 20.
🥊  Oscar Valdez (29-0) finished the bout against Miguel Berchelt (37-2-0) with a late-round KO-of-the-year candidate to shock the boxing world.
⛳️  The Genesis Invitational had play suspended temporarily after the wind carried away players’ hats, balls, and a few unlucky putts. Max Homa then beat Tony Finau in a playoff.
🏀  The Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Ryan Saunders after a 7-24 start.
⚾️  In his first two collegiate at bats, FAU’s Caleb Pendleton hit two grand slams… in the same inning. We just feel bad for the UCF pitcher whose ERA may never recover.

C. In just four seasons with the Wizards, Darrell Walker amassed 15 triple-doubles. He now coaches the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s men’s basketball program.