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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
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?
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:
US - 6 points
Brazil - 3 points
Canada - 3 points (tie-breaker)
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
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
(14-15) Charlotte Hornets 102 vs. (16-15) Golden State Warriors
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
(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
#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
WATER COOLER TALK
🎾 Naomi Osakastayed
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
⚾️ 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
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.