Here’s what’s happening in the World of Sports…..
- North Carolina Wins College Basketball’s National Championship-It took a battle, but the Tar Heels were able to hold off a very good Gonzaga team 71-65 to win their 6th championship and 3rd under HC Roy Williams. G Joel Berry led with 22 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player. The Junior played as hard as he could on two injured ankles.
- Williams Passes Smith for most titles in School History-Dean Smith will never be passed with his legendary status in Chapel Hill and College Basketball, but his protege Roy Williams has passed him in National Championships as he won his 3rd to Smith’s 2.
- South Carolina wins Women’s National Championship-It couldn’t have happened to a better Head Coach as Dawn Staley finally got what she fell short of getting as a player, a National Championship. Her Lady Gamecocks earned their first-ever title after beating Mississippi State 67-55 on Sunday. G/F A’Ja Wilson led with 23 points and was named Most Outstanding Player.
- Uconn Has Fallen-Just when you thought that the University of Connecticut was en route to another National Championship, Mississippi State stepped in their way and proved they were mortal as they upset the Dynasty 66-64 in an OT stunner Friday night. The loss snapped Uconn’s 111 NCAA Record winning streak.
- Early 2018 Men’s Favorites-It’s not even 24 hours since the National Championship and Las Vegas is already making predictions for 2018. It gives Duke, Kentucky, and Louisville the best chance to win it all with 10-1 odds, followed by Runner-up Gonzaga, Kansas and National Champ North Carolina at 12-1 odds.
- G Cameron Johnson leaves Pitt-In all the College basketball news, The University of Pittsburgh basketball team made news early Saturday as G Cameron Johnson became the latest player to depart the school. The redshirt junior is the 5th Pitt player to depart from the school in the past few weeks, joining Damon Wilson, Justice Kithcart, Crisshawn Clark, and Corey Manigault.
National Football League
- Tony Romo retires, will join CBS Sports-Most were wondering where the Dallas Cowboys QB would end up after being supplanted by rookie Dak Prescott and Tuesday gave us the answer as Romo announced that he will leave the NFL football field and join the broadcast booth with CBS Sports, where he will replace Phil Simms as Jim Nantz’s broadcast partner in 2017.
- Adrian Peterson visits Patriots-As if the defending Super Bowl champs could get even better, they hosted the former Minnesota Vikings RB on Monday with hopes of signing him to a contract, but those hopes may have been dashed when Peterson left Foxboro without a deal.
- Steelers try out 2 college QB’s-In an attempt to add Ben Roethlisberger’s eventual replacement, the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted 2 College Football QB’s at their South Side Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs and Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes each got looks from the team who knows that Big Ben is still making up his mind about his NFL future.
National Basketball Association
- Playoff Race-As the regular season is 2 weeks away from wrapping up, the Eastern Conference has yet to decide who will be the top Seed for the playoffs as the Boston Celtics (50-27), Cleveland Cavaliers (49-27), Toronto Raptors (47-30) and Washington Wizards (46-31) are all in the hunt. Golden State (63-14) has all but wrapped up the Western Conference’s top spot with San Antonio (59-17) trailing them by 3 games.
- NBA’s Worst Records-As the playoffs teams get ready for extended basketball, the eliminated teams prepare for the future and the Draft Lottery: Brooklyn (18-59) has the NBA’s worst record and Phoenix (22-59) is right behind them as the Worst in the Western Conference.
National Hockey League
- NHL Withdraws from Olympic Competition-In stunning moves, the National Hockey League will no longer play in the Winter Olympics for the foreseeable future, returning the game to the college players. Pittsburgh Penguins C Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals W Alex Ovechkin aren’t happy. Crosby said that he feels that their decision could change, while Ovechkin said: “I don’t care, I just go.”
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