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In today's Sprint:
🏀 Migrating south
🏎 ️ Daytona
⚽ ️ Neymar out
Trivia: Which NASCAR driver has
the most wins in the Daytona 500?
Due to Canadian-US border protocols, the struggling Toronto Raptors are relocating
to Tampa Bay for the rest of the year. At least they’re a little bit
original and not moving to Miami.
Come to think about it, this may be just the spark the Raptors need. Tampa
has been the center of title runs in every major sport since Tom Brady
arrived. The Lightning won the Stanley Cup, the Bucs won the Super Bowl, and
the Rays made it to the World Series...
If the Tampa magic is going to take effect, it needs to soon:
(13-11) Boston Celtics 120 vs. (12-14) Toronto Raptors 106
Boston was on fire from three, shooting 20-39 as a team, and Semi
Ojeleye (24 pts, 6 reb) played
his best game as a pro.
(14-10) Portland Trail Blazers 118 vs. (18-8) Philadelphia 76ers 114
Damian Lillard (30 pts, 7 ast) and Joel Embiid (35 pts, 9 reb)
dueled all night, with Lillard’s Blazers snatching the win late in
the fourth quarter.
Utah Jazz (20-5) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (16-9) - Fri. 9:00 ET
Golden State Warriors (13-12) vs. Brooklyn Nets (15-12) - Sat. 8:30 ET on
LA Lakers (20-6) vs. Denver Nuggets (13-11) - Sun. 10:00 ET on ESPN
(13-7) Minnesota 71 vs.
(13-8) #24 Purdue 68
Marcus Carr (19 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast) led the Golden Gophers on a late
run to beat Trevion Williams (24 pts, 10 reb) and Purdue.
#5 Villanova (13-2) vs. #19 Creighton (15-5) - Sat. 5:00 ET on FOX
North Carolina (12-6) vs. #9 Virginia (14-3) - Sat. 6:00 ET ESPN
#3 Michigan (13-1) vs. #21 Wisconsin (15-6) - Sun. 1:00 ET on CBS
(7-5-3) Columbus Blue Jackets 6 vs. (6-5-4) Chicago Blackhawks 5
It’s been a bizarre week for the Blue Jackets. On Tuesday, veteran
center Mikko Koivu retired in the middle of the season. Then,
yesterday, the squad rode a four-goal third period to come from
behind against a hot Blackhawks team.
(8-3-0) Carolina Hurricanes 5 vs. (5-3-3) Dallas Stars 3
Sebastian Aho (1 goal, 1 assist) helped the Canes dominate the Stars
in the third period.
(43 pts) Leicester City vs. (40 pts) Liverpool - Sat. 7:30 AM ET on NBCSN
(50 pts) Manchester City vs. (36 pts) Tottenham - Sat. 12:30 PM ET on NBC
The green flag at the Daytona 500 will wave on Sunday at 2:30 ET to kick off
the biggest race in NASCAR. This race marks 20 years since the tragic death
of Dale Earnhardt, who lost his life in a crash on the final lap in 2001.
The legend: Earnhardt was one of the best drivers
Nascar has ever seen.
76 Cup Series wins - 8th all time
7 Championships - T-most all time
34 wins at Daytona, including the 1998 Daytona 500
name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and
This verse was taped to the instrument panel inside Dale’s car when he
crashed. A month later, the Daytona International Speedway dedicated a
seating section ‘The Earnhardt Tower.’
The accident brought needed safety improvements and protocol to the sport,
saving the lives of future NASCAR drivers.
WATER COOLER TALK
⚽ PSG superstar Neymar injured his
adductor muscle and will miss four weeks, meaning he’ll be
unavailable for PSG’s clash
against Barcelona in the Champions League.
🎾 The Australian Open is giving fans the boot in anticipation
of a state-wide lockdown. This isn’t the only buzz generated by
fans. A rowdy spectator was ejected
for cursing atRafa Nadal.
🏈 Matthew Stafford played all 16
regular-season games in 2020, despite several injuries, including a
torn UCL in his left elbow held
together with athletic tape.
⛳ Patrick Cantlay (-10) leads the
Pebble Beach AT&T Pro-Am by two strokes after the first day.
📺 Disney announced that ESPN+ has 12.1M subscribers. The real
question? How many of those subscriptions were driven by the bundle
package with Hulu and Disney+. By itself, Disney+ boasts 94.9M subs
after just 14 months.
B. Richard Petty, the most awarded driver in
NASCAR history, won the Daytona 500 seven times.