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The NCAA Tournament bracket has been released, and the University of Florida headlines the South Region as its No. 1 seed. The Gators were awarded the top seed after an impressive run to close out the season.

Florida finished 18-0 in SEC play, including two wins against Kentucky during the regular season, and won the 2014 SEC Tournament. The Gators finished 4-2 against ranked teams in the regular season, holding wins over Kansas and Memphis in non-conference play. The only losses for Billy Donovan’s team this season were to Wisconsin and UConn, and the Gators have won 26 straight games. Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin was named the SEC Player of the Year, averaging 12.9 points and 3.9 assists per game. [Continue Reading]

Did you see that SMU, who was ranked, didn’t get into the tournament? Has that ever happened before? Crazy stuff last night when the tournament was released. I’m wondering if Louisville’s 4-seed is a sign of an early departure or puts them in a unique position to run table. We’ll be back all week discussing our picks leading up to Thursday.



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Michelle Beadle is going back to prom — with a kid who really deserves a great date. So don’t mess it up, Beadle. The ESPN broadcaster was asked to prom by Jack Jablonski, a high school hockey player who was paralyzed from the chest down after being checked into the boards head-first back in 2011. Jablonski was doing a weekly radio segment on 105 The Ticket’s “Hockey Night in Minnesota” and Beadle came on the show as his guest. When she hopped on, he popped the question.

[Click this link to see the interview]

I’m always fascinated when celebrities do this stuff. Yeah it’s a good PR move so I can see why they would be compelled to say yes, but don’t you wonder what they’re like at the actual event. Are they miserable? Do they have fun and party? It’d be interesting to see. Either way, classy move by Michelle Beadle. You just won points in our book. She was absolutely great about the situation. Really won points.



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Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers have ruled Kobe Bryant out for the remainder of the season after a re-examination of the veteran guard’s injured knee showed it still hadn’t healed, the team announced Wednesday.

Bryant has been sidelined since Dec. 17 with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. He also missed the Lakers’ first 19 games while recovering from a torn Achilles in his left leg suffered last season. Bryant addressed the media later Wednesday and said he has high expectations for when he returns. [Continue Reading]

It’s not atypical for aging superstars to have difficulty with injuries and Kobe isn’t immune to that. This, of course, is one of those – what is bringing him back going to do for the Lakers now? The team is already in pretty deep so there’s really no point. They aren’t making the playoffs so just save the guy and see what he has left. Still – Kobe is 35-years old and has a ton of mileage on those legs. Hate him or love him, I’m not counting him out. I think he’ll have one or two more good years if he can stay healthy.



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Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace to rally from third place and win his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday in a record-breaking finish, after a sudden storm blew the front-runner out of the competition and kept another musher minutes away from her first win. The victory was so strange that Seavey said he didn’t even realize he won the race until about 90 seconds after he crossed the finish line. “Man, this is a lot of people coming out to see third place come in,” he thought about the hubbub when he arrived in Nome early Tuesday morning. [Continue Reading]

I suggest you read the story. It’s pretty amazing how Seavey didn’t even realize he won the race until 2 minutes after it ended. Look I know it’s not professional sports in America, but these guys that compete in the Iditarod go through something just as taxing as the toughest athletic competition. If you don’t respect it than you’re crazy. Congratulations to Seavey.



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Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius vomited and wept in a South African courtroom Monday as a pathologist described the injuries sustained by Pistorius’ girlfriend the night she was fatally shot in his home. Pistorius became ill as pathologist Gert Saayman, who conducted the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp, testified in Pretoria that one bullet entered her head, ran under her skull and into her brain before exiting, South Africa’s Times Live reported. [Continue Reading]

I hate to make jokes, but if you read the entire article above it says that the judge asked to suspend testimony, but instead a bucket was placed at Pistorious’ feet. It’s a terrible situation, horrific crime, and I know people are innocent until proven guilty, but I’m having a hard time buying this act. With that said, I would NOT be surprised at all is Pistorious is acquitted of the crime. So far it looks like the defense is winning so maybe the double-amputee Olympian is actually innocent. We’ll see how this one plays out, but it’s hard not to have Ray Lewis in your head.



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The 15 finalists were announced on Saturday for 2014′s John R. Wooden Award, given annually to the nation’s best college basketball player. Since this year’s award has an obvious front-runner (Dougie Fresh, cough, cough), here’s a look at those 15 players ranked based on the seasons they’ve had in 2013-14.

1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: The senior forward is playing like the two-time All-American he is. The nation’s second-leading scorer has more than 30 points seven times this season, most recently in a 39-point effort vs. St. John’s.

2. Jabari Parker, Duke: The 6-8 freshman forward can play five positions and has spearheaded Duke, averaging more than 18 points and nine rebounds a game. Among a decorated freshman class, Parker has emerged as the best.

3. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas: The country’s No. 1 recruit has been a key catalyst for the Jayhawks all season and finally starting to blossom into a superstar. Had 41 points in a loss to West Virginia on Saturday.

[Click this link to see the full rankings]

If we had to put together our top five it would go a little something like this: 1.) Doug McDermott, 2.) Jabari Parker, 3.) Nick Johnson – Arizona, 4.) C.J. Fair – Syracuse, and 5.) Cleanthony Early – Wichita State (Come on they’re undefeated). I guess announcing this list is pretty stupid considering it’s Doug McDermott and that’s about it. It’s cool – it’s one of those times the guy who truly deserves to win wins.



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NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson, the All-Pro running back for the Minnesota Vikings, sent a message to the franchise’s front office: make a run at free agent quarterback Michael Vick. The 33-year-old Vick lost his job with the Philadelphia Eagles to Nick Foles and is now looking for a new team. Vick started six games for the Eagles last year, and threw for 1,215 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 306 yards with two rushing scores. Other options for Vick’s services could be the New York Jets, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders and others. [Continue Reading]

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Do you agree with this? I think the defense still isn’t quite there. However, with the emergence of Cordarrelle Patterson and Adrian Peterson being Adrian Peterson suddenly the Vikes offense looks pretty solid. I’d just like to call out I predicted Patterson would become a stud and he’s well on his way. He’s going to be one of the better offensive players in the NFL next season. Vick can help that cause…



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Click the link to read more about City’s Ambitions

I don’t blame City for thinking big they certainly have the squad to get it done. With the Capital One Cup in hand, there are three left.. what do you think about City’s chances to grab the elusive quadruple.

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