#SportBits . . .Weekend WrapUp

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Happy Monday #SportBits readers! There is a lot of sports news to discuss so let’s get right to it.

There are now six New England Patriot players refusing to go to the White House for the Super Bowl celebration and perfunctory meeting with POTUS with pressure mounting on more to join.

Martellus Bennet started it all by saying before the Super Bowl that he wouldn’t go if the Patriots won. He reiterated those sentiments shortly after they defeated the Falcons.

The next day safety Devin McCourt joined Bennett saying he would not attend because he “doesn’t feel accepted in the White House.”

Soon Dont’a Hightower, LeGarrette Blount and Chris Long said they would not attend either. Long, the only white player in the group went on to say there is a “pathetic sea of NFL white silence this year.”

Fans are ramping up pressure through social media urging team members to boycott and expressing support for those who won’t attend.

FYI: Tom Brady skipped the post-Super Bowl visit in 2015 while Barack Obama was president citing a “prior family commitment.” He was seen less than 24hrs later at an Apple store shopping for watches. Brady did attend all three times during George W Bush years.

More sports and politics to report with Steph Curry openly questioning Kevin Plank and his association with President Trump.

575ae5a51500002b00739e30Kevin Plank is the CEO of Under Amour and Steph Curry is their superstar client. Curry’s signing by Under Armor put them on the map in the sports apparel industry and was a huge coup over main rival Nike. Curry is probably the most popular endorser of Under Armor apparel. Even those grandpa-looking shoes were a bestseller.

But when Plank praised Trump as an “asset to the country,” Curry took to twitter .

Curry responded with “I agree with that description,” Curry said, “If you remove the ‘et’” from asset.”

Curry then followed up his tweet with daylong discussions with Under Armour reps and Kevin Plank himself who explained that his views were meant from a business perspective and not political. Plank tried to distance himself from Trump’s controversial policies and comments that have enraged women, Muslims, Mexicans, African-Americans and the poor and impoverished across the nation. Curry felt comfortable with the explanation.

To me, it was an positive example of how open and honest communication can solve problems and misunderstanding during this volatile time.

The same can not be said for the situation in New York where team President Phil Jackson has taken to the media to shame and humiliate his star player, Carmelo Anthony. Whether it’s in an online article stating that Anthony holds the ball too long, or his comparison via twitter of Anthony to a failed ex-NBA player – Jackson’s choice of communication and follow through is not the way to solve problems or misunderstandings – and doesn’t feel very zen-like to me.

More news from Knickland: Former Knick legend Charles Oakley got into a scuffle before the Clipper game last week and was escorted out of Madison Square Garden and arrested. Oakley was allegedly sparring with Knick Owner James Dolan over being left out of recent Knick activities. Dolan’s actions have backfired as fans have taken to social media in support of Oakley and have been chanting his name at home games.

PEOPLE ARE FEELING EMPOWERED TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS THESE DAYS AND I LIKE IT!

On to the NBA..where the OKC Thunder fans were speaking their minds Saturday night.

The big game that had everyone talking was the Golden State Warriors v. Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. It was the long-awaited return of Kevin Durant to OKC – a place he had spent all previous eight seasons before joining their biggest rivals, the Warriors.

Duran hired extra security for what was an emotionally charged and explosive scene at Chesapeake Energy Arena. He was booed as he entered the arena, as he was introduced and every time he touched the ball. His mom said later she was hurt by the treatment she and her son received on Saturday night.

“The most vicious things you could say, they said about my son tonight. It’s hurtful. We poured our heart into this place. Not just him. Our family. This is basketball. This is not whether or not you’re going to make it into heaven.” ~ Wanda Durant

But the game didn’t really live up to the hype as the Warriors defeated the Thunder 130-114. Durant scored 34 points and Russell Westbrook had 47 for the Thunder.

OK, TIME TO TUNE INTO COLLEGE HOOPS PEOPLE.

March Madness is right around the corner. The tournament begins March 14th and concludes the final four weekend, April 1 and April 3rd. Sixty-eight teams are chosen: 32 Division I conference champions and 36 at-large bids.

So, pick your team now and start following because in a couple weeks that’s all we’ll be talking about. #prepper

In women’s basketball, the No.1 UCONN women’s team looks to extend their winning streak to 100 v. No.6 South Carolina tonight in Storrs, CT. The Huskies last loss came early in the 2014-15 season against then No. 6 Stanford. THAT IS ONE HELLUVA STAT! I’m not a UCONN fan but I’m rooting for them to hit 100.

Lastly:

Jordan Spieth won at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am over the weekend. This was his 9th PGA tour title. Tiger Woods has pulled out of the Genesis Open in Los Angeles this week citing back spasms.

9bb6611d3ae470f21ae0b62f232ed5c4.jpgAt UFC208 in Brooklyn on Saturday, Germaine de Randamie defeated MMA fighter Holly Holm for the inaugural featherweight title. There was some controversy surrounding the fight when after the second round horn sounded, de Randamie continued to throw punches, landing what many considered the best strike of the night that seemed to wobble Holm as she walked back to her corner. Despite complaints, the ref did not warn de Randamie or take a point. de Randamie has agreed to a rematch because of the controversy.

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#SportbitsDaily … Wednesday

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NHL:

The NHL has settled on Las Vegas as it’s choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with the $500 million fee. They’re calling them the Black Knights (love it!!) …and they’ll make their debut (most likely) in 2017. Next to Vegas…the Oakland Raiders!

SOCCER:

Copa America continues…here are yesterday’s results.

UEFA Euro results….here.

Team Russia was handed a suspended disqualification yesterday, and a fine of $168,000 for the actions of Russian fans following a 1-1 draw in a game against England in Marseille. Should more violence occur in the stadium, Russia will automatically be disqualified from Euro 2016. Put down your beer and chairs people, and just watch the match fahcrissakes.

NFL:

A lawsuit launched by a group of Patriots fans against the National Football League regarding the handling of the “Deflategate” investigation was dismissed by a federal judge. Major props for trying though..

MLB:

MLB scores and highlights…here.

The NCAA College World Series tournament is set…here is your lineup, game times and TV schedule.

ICYMI:

The 2016 Rio Olympics medals were unveiled yesterday….hmmmmm. #jurysout

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#SportBits … Weekend Recap

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It is with a heavy heart I write my recap today, after the horrific massacre in Orlando, Florida. These tragic and senseless shootings continue to happen at an alarming rate. It’s sad, confusing, and maddening that we cannot figure out a way to battle this epidemic. Watching sports is a way for me to step out of the insanity for a little while. I’m reminded that these games are just that…GAMES…and they offer joy and reprieve during times where joy is hard to find…and I am thankful for that. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families today.

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NBA:

The Golden State Warriors are 1 game away from winning their second consecutive NBA title. The can take it tonight at home – but they’ll have to do it without forward Draymond Green. Green was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul and suspended for 1 game for what the NBA said was a “retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin” of LeBron James on Friday. The flagrant 1 gave Green his fourth flagrant foul point of the playoffs, which carries an automatic suspension. He will be allowed to participate in postgame celebrations if the Warriors win (they will). Draymond has been caught swiping the groinage before…kinda weird.

Russell Westbrook and James Harden have removed their names from consideration for USA Basketball’s 2016 Rio Olympics team. They are the latest star athletes to opt out of the games this summer. While neither mentioned the Zika virus as the reason – that’s the reason. I don’t care what anyone says.

The LA Lakers announced that Magic Johnson is no longer a ceremonial (i.e. non paid) Vice President of the organization. Why? Because he’s often critical of the team on social media – sounding somewhat teenagery at times – and the Lakers want all to know that “his opinions, comments and social media posts are solely his, and do not represent or reflect those of Lakers ownership of management. Hopefully this will eliminate any confusion over this issue in the future.”

This was one of my favs:

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#teenagery

NHL:

The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup with a 3-1 Game 6 win over the San Jose Sharks. This is their 4th title in franchise history. Team Captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

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Gordy Howe, the Hall of Fame forward, also known as “Mr. Hockey” died on Friday. He was 88 yrs. old. Howe scored 975 goals in 2,186 games for four teams in two leagues—during a professional career that spanned 32 seasons from 1946 to 1980. In his final season, he scored 15 goals in 80 games for the Hartford Whalers.

MLB:

The 2016 MLB draft is over…. and here is what should know about that.

Here are the weekend scores and highlights.

In a TOTALLY DRAMATIC FINISH, UC Santa Barbara stunned Louisville with a walk-off home run to earn their first trip to the College World Series. FYI: Louisville was 47-0 this season when leading after 8 innings…and the FRESHMAN pinch hitter (Sam Cohen) had hit only 1 home run all year. I LOVE SPORTS!!!!

 

USCB will be playing Coastal Carolina, who clinched its first-ever trip to the College World Series Sunday night as the Chanticleers were able to earn a walk-off win over LSU in Baton Rouge. Can’t wait for the CWS – and here is what you need to know about it.

 

HORSE RACING:

There was no Triple Crown on the line; but the finish was still dramatic at the $1.5million Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Three-year-old gray colt, Creator, closed the race with a mad rush and caught Destin at the wire in the photo finish. Heavily favored Preakness winner Exaggerator wound up in 11th place. Creator co-owner and celebrity chef Bobby Flay is certainly cooking up celebratory feast for friends today.

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SOCCER/FOOTBALL:

Big sigh of relief for the #USMNT. After a 2-0 loss in their opener v Colombia, a 4-0 rout of Costa Rica put them back on track. On Saturday, the USA team beat Paraguay 1-0 on a Cliff Dempsey goal, which puts them in the Copa America quarterfinals.

#DUMBASSfanalert: English and Russian soccer fans hurled bottles and chairs, clashing with each other and French riot police in Marseille on Saturday ahead of their teams’ opening Euro 2016 match. One person suffered a heart attack while another England fan was knocked unconscious. There were also clashes in the stadium following England’s 1-1 draw with Russia, after Russia fans appeared to rush at England supporters. My suggestion would be to move the 9pm start to earlier in the day…leaving less time for fans to get hammered and act like IDIOTS before, during and after the game. #forfucksake

GOLF:

Canada’s Brooke Henderson claimed her first major title yesterday, beating world number one Lydia Ko in a sudden-death play-off at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

 

That’s its for now folks… enjoy the game tonight (9pm ET on ABC)…lots of drama surrounding it…should be a great one. Follow me on social media, HerDaily.com and right back here for daily sports news, scores and highlights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#SportBits… Monday Recap … #jumpin

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Hello #SportBits reader! Thanks for stopping by. It tells me you DO want to know a little bit of what’s happening in the world of sports…for whatever reason. Now if you would just leave me some comments below, I could fine-tune this bad boy to make #SportBits even more enjoyable for YOU! #jumpin

It was a beautiful weekend here is Southern California…one of those weekends where it was really hard to be inside watching sports. But for you loyal readers, I made sure to catch the noteworthy contests.

First up in Maryland, we had the running of the 141st Preakness. After a decisive win at the Kentucky Derby, undefeated Nyquist hoped to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. It was a day of rain and fog, which many felt favored Nyquist’s main competitor, Exaggerator. Jockey Kent Desormeaux ran a beautiful race and guided Exaggerator to a 3-½-length victory over Cherry Wine on the sloppy track. Nyquist finished third. If you missed it, you will get a chance to watch these two compete again in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes. It will be their 6th time running against each other, with Nyquist up 4-1. #rivalry

At the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in Irving Texas, Spaniard Sergio Garcia made par on the first playoff hole on Sunday to beat Brooks Koepka for his ninth career PGA Tour victory, matching the late Seve Ballesteros for the most by a Spanish-born player. #vamonos

The 2016 French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, kicked off at Roland Garros stadium this week. Sunday started with cloudy and soggy conditions, forcing play to stop. Rain continued to fall today/Monday, causing additional delays after only 10 of 32 scheduled matches were completed on Sunday. The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that plays on a clay court, and so weather conditions can have a huge impact. This year, top seed Serena Williams will be playing for her 4th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title, which would tie her with Steffi Graf. Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic will be playing for the only Grand Slam title missing from his impressive résumé. Check in HERE for scores and match schedules. And for more French Open analysis, see my article on HerDaily. #crosspromotion

The NBA playoffs continue. In the east, the Toronto Raptors won Game 3 at home on Friday, 99-84. Cleveland leads the series 2-1. Game 4 is tonight in Toronto, 8:30pm ET on ESPN.

In the West, the OKC Thunder clobbered the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 in Oklahoma City on Sunday night, 133-105. The Thunder leads the series 2-1. Game 4 at OKC, Tuesday, 9pm ET on TNT.

ICYMI: the NBA lottery took place last week and the Philadelphia 76ers won first pick. The LA Lakers got second and the Boston Celtics took third. The draft is June 23rd in New York, with LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram considered the top two picks.

The WNBA season is just underway, and the league is getting great PR from some of their NBA counterparts. Golden State Warrior Draymond Green said last week: “In the NBA there’s always a guy who is only around because he can jump. He doesn’t have a clue about the fundamentals. I learn more from the WNBA. They know how to dribble, how to pivot, how to use the shot fake.” And when Clipper star Blake Griffin guested on Broad City last month, he said the WNBA was, “So good. I literally steal moves from them all the time.” He then went on to say, “Some of the moves they do, I can’t even — like — I can’t even think of in my head. It’s just like the best version of basketball there is.”

The WNBA is where it’s at, people. Check it out. Here is a great place to start.

The NHL playoffs continue with the Western Conference series tied at 2 after a strong performance by the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 on Saturday. Game 5 v. the San Jose Sharks is tonight, in St. Louis, at 8pm ET on NBCSN.

In the #ECF, the Tampa Bay Lightning staged comebacks scoring two tying goals, the second of which forced overtime with 3:16 to go in regulation in what became a 4-3 overtime victory over the Penguins in Game 5. They lead the series 3-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and can advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a win in Game 6, Tuesday night in Tampa Bay.

In MLB news… a few interesting rule changes are in the works. At the owners meeting last week, the Competition Committee approved a change in the strike zone, which now starts below the knee. The change move the zone to the top of the hitter’s knee. Also, if a pitcher wants to walk a batter, he will soon be able to signal the umpire instead of having to throw the old-fashioned 4 pitches to a standing catcher. Both these changes could go into effect next season and are meant to pick up the pace of the game, which is a priority for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

A crappy thing happened at Petco Park on Saturday night, and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is calling for an investigation. A mix-up occurred at the Padres v. Dodgers game, when a recording of a woman’s voice was played over 100 male chorus members who had taken the field to perform the national anthem. No attempt to stop the recording or usher the singers off the field was made, so the chorus stood there looking embarrassed and humiliated. Donald Trump Fans were heard yelling, “you sing like a girl” as they walked off afterwards. Padre officials said it was a mistake and have fired the person responsible for the error. I hope it was a mistake because that sh*t ain’t cool.

Here is a link to all the scores and current team standings.

In college sports, there are a bunch of tournaments happening, but I’m going focus on lacrosse and softball this week.

In the women’s lacrosse, the tournament final four is set: #1 Maryland will play #4 Syracuse, and #3 North Carolina takes on Penn State in the semifinals on Friday. The championship game will be 12pm ET on Sunday.

On the men’s side: #1 Maryland plays #5 Brown, and North Carolina takes on #7 Loyola (Md) on Saturday, with the championship game on Monday. College lax is fast past, exciting to watch and becoming more and more popular by the day. You should try and catch some if you get chance. Most games are televised on the ESPN networks.

In women’s softball, the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) is the final portion of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The tournament format consists of two four-team double-elimination brackets. The winners of each bracket then compete in a best-of-three series to determine the Division I WCWS National Champion.  The top 4 seeds this year are: Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Auburn. Teams are currently competing in the best-of-three Regional Series. Check here for teams, scores and schedules.

In other news…

Our old pal Johnny Manziel is in the news again. On Friday, Manziel got kicked out of a Las Vegas club for punching a patron in the face at an impromptu Drake concert. Now there is word the NFL is investigating the Cleveland QB’s role in a car crash that happened on the Sunset Strip last month. Manziel was a passenger in the rental car which was heavily damaged. The owner now claims Manziel refuses to pay for repairs – and he is PO’d. TMZ reports the car crash probe is part of a “larger Manziel investigation, which is ongoing.” #staytuned

Today is the deadline for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to appeal his deflate-gate case, and it’s looking like he is going to proceed. Lord have mercy, when will it end? I’m tired of it…You can read more about it here.

Ugh. According to documents obtained by ESPN’s Outside The Lines, a new congressional report is out implying that the NFL sought to “improperly influence” a major government study on connections between football and brain disease. The report says the NFL gave the National Institutes of Health a $30 million unrestricted gift in 2012, but later sought to pull $16 million in funding from that gift away from one researcher, and reroute it to researchers working on the league’s own brain injury committee. When the NIH declined to redirect the funding, the NFL “balked at paying for the study, despite having signed documents it would do so.” Taxpayers were then on the hook to pay for the study. Not cool NFL…not cool at all. The brain injury study begins next week in Boston.

The Olympic doping scandal continues. Over the weekend, Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva accused anti-doping and Olympic bosses of discrimination against Russia and violating her human rights. Russia’s athletics team has been suspended from international competition since November, after the publication of an independent report into systemic doping in Russian athletics. A decision on whether to lift that ban in time for Rio will be made by the International Association of Athletics Federations on June 17.

L A S T L Y…. and let’s see if you made it to the end of this VERY long article… I want you to check out this video from last nights #OKCvGSW game and tell me if you think the kick in the crotch by Draymond Green on Steven Adams was intentional. He was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul which is being reviewed today. Opinions are falling on both sides. I have no question what I think. What do YOU think? #owie

Alrighty then…that’s it for #SportBits. Thanks for stopping by. Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more news and scores and just plain fun.

 

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#SportBits….#QuickChat with Phil Jackson

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Hello #SportBits readers! How are you handling the #madness? It certainly was a great weekend of college basketball- both men and women’s. Bummed I have to wait until Thursday before it starts up again. We’ll get to the scores and highlights in a minute. But first, I want to pass along some interesting information and insight I got from NY Knick president and former Laker and Bulls coach, Phil Jackson. That’s him in the cover photo. It was the only shot where he’s smiling, so I had to use it! He came into the vintage watch store I work at with a couple beautiful timepieces to be repaired – one was a gift from Jerry Buss, given to him when he was kicked out of a game for defending Kobe. Naturally, I took the opportunity to chat him up. His son Charlie was with him, and it was fun quizzing them both on some #SportBits topics.

We started out with a little tourney talk and it turns out that, like me, they both have Kansas winning it all. #greatminds

Next came a quick question on the state of the Knicks head coaching position. Former Laker and Knicks head coach Derek Fisher was let go in February, and veteran assistant (and former Laker) Kurt Rambis was named interim coach. According to an ESPN.com article, Jackson took some blame for Fisher’s performance. He said he could have done a better job mentoring him. I asked PJ (that’s what Charlie calls him) if Rambis was his permanent pick, and if there was any truth to the rumors he might step back into the coaching arena and coach some Knick home games? “At this point, I haven’t made any decisions,” Jackson said. The Knicks are 5-11 under Rambis and near the bottom of the Eastern division. I mentioned my theory on Kobe’s coaching aspirations, as it seems he’s doing a lot it from the bench this season. I jokingly suggested to Phil he might want to hire him for the job. He smiled and said, “No comment.”

Next was my standard question on concussions in sports. I asked Coach if he knew then, what we know now, would Charlie be able to play football as a kid? He looked at Charlie and said, “Well, ask him about that.” Charlie told me he was NOT allowed to play football growing up. “My mom saw too many injuries in the game and didn’t want us getting hurt,” Charlie said. “We weren’t allowed to play.” I asked him if he was bitter about that and he responded, “Not at all. I’ve got two young boys and I’m not sure what I’ll do when they get old enough to play. Hopefully, they will have figured out proper safety measures by then.”

The last topic I touched on was the Adam LaRoche controversy. If you haven’t heard, Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche retired from baseball last week because the team president asked him to “dial back” his son’s time in the clubhouse and on the field. LaRoche walked away from $13 million dollars remaining in his contract to put #familyfirst. Charlie Jackson answered this one too. He explained that growing up in Chicago while his dad coached the Bulls, and here in Los Angeles with the Lakers, he was rarely allowed in the locker room. “Kids and wives were not on the team planes or in the same hotels even. That’s not the atmosphere Dad wanted. It was business. But I think things are a little different now. It’s a different generation.” Phil agreed. “I’ve got to think there is some kind of compromise here,” Charlie said. I agreed with them both. Surely, there must be a better way to work this one out. Lots of support coming on both sides of the issue, and I’m hoping there can be an amicable resolution before the boycotts begin. The whole thing is ridiculous if you ask me. Kids in the workplace…yes or no?

That was all the time I had with Phil. I was surprised he let me snap a picture (photocred: Charlie). I thanked him and asked permission to post. I then told him it was his friend Jeannie Buss who I REALLY wanted to interview, and asked him to put in a good word. #workit

On to the #madness… It was a fun weekend of hoops filled with some wicked upsets and bracket busters (HELLO Middle Tennessee State (men’s side),  U of Albany in the women’s); a phenomenal half court buzzer beater, tip-ins and those Cinderella teams no one expected to advance. So much happened over the four days, it’s just too much to cover here. If you want to get all the details, check this article. Here are a few of my take-aways from the men’s side:
• The Sweet 16 round is made up teams mostly from the power conferences. Other than Gonzaga, the mid-majors melted away.
• The biggest upset of the weekend had to be No. 2 seed Michigan State falling to Middle Tennessee State in the first round. It killed my bracket.
• The ACC conference is the big winner with 6 teams heading to the Sweet 16.
• There are zero African American coaches in the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row. #S16sowhite

Here is a look at the bracket going in to the second weekend. How have your teams done?

In the women’s tournament, the two big stories are Syracuse advancing to its first Sweet 16 in program history, and powerhouse Tennesee advancing after a hugely disappointing regular season. Other teams moving on: No. 5 Mississippi State, No. 1 South Carolina, No. 3 Ohio State. Check here for the full bracket. If you haven’t watched any of the women’s games, you should check them out. They are just as entertaining and exciting as the men’s games.

In the NBA there were a few noteworthy games over the weekend.

LeBron and the Cavaliers were pummeled by Dwayne Wade and the Heat on Saturday, 122-101. Down 20 at the half, the Cavs fell behind by as much as 30 in the 3rd quarter. Let’s keep an eye on LeBron’s twitter and instagram feeds this week to see if he’s posts anymore cryptic messages. His latest instagram had everyone in a tizzy once again.

San Antonio held Steph Curry to 14 points and defeated the Golden State Warriors 87-79 to stay perfect at home this season.

One night after dominating the 76ers in Philadelphia, the OKC Thunder were back in action on Saturday against the Indiana Pacers and came out with a 115-111 win. Kevin Durant had 33 points while Russell Westbrook put in14. Paul George of the Pacers had 45 in the losing effort.

In what could be a first round matchup in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers came up short against the Grizzlies 113-103 in Memphis. Former Clipper Zack Randolph has his way with his former team, scoring a triple double (28pts/11 rebounds/10 assists). On Sunday, the Clippers fell 109-105 to the New Orlean Pelicans. It’s panic time in Clipperland.

Check here for all NBA scores.

NHL News:

Last Monday, the NFL made news when the league’s vice president of health and safety, Jeff Miller, acknowledged a link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The NHL did NOT follow suit however. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said:

“Well, first of all, I don’t feel that it’s either necessary or appropriate for me to comment on what the NFL says or does,” Bettman said. “Secondly, I think it’s fairly clear that playing hockey isn’t the same as football. And as we’ve said all along, we’re not going to get into a public debate on this.”

Good luck with that Mr. Commissioner. Currently, over 100 NHL players are involved in lawsuits claiming the league did not do enough to educate or protect them from the long-tem effects of concussions. The League says players could have done research and figured out the connection on their own. #whatheWHAT? Looks like a resolution is nowhere in sight.

Last week, the League leading Washington Capitols became the first team to clinch a playoff sport with their overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. On Sunday, they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins who extended their win streak to 6.

On Saturday, LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick helped his team win its fourth in a row and clinch a playoff berth in the West. They beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 at the Staples Center.

Anaheim Ducks beat the Winnipeg Jets in OT.

Check here for all NHL scores.

In college hockey, the 16 teams were announced on Sunday for the Division-1 NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. If you’ve never watched college hockey, you should check it out. It’s very fast paced and exciting. Here is a look at the bracket. Games start March 25th with the Frozen Four meeting in Tampa on April 7th. Championship game is April 9th, 8pm ET on ESPN.

On the women’s side, Boston College was attempting to cap off only the second undefeated season in NCAA history against the Minnesota Gophers in the championship game on Sunday. The Gophers came up with the upset winning 3-1 in Durham, NH.

In tennis, the BNP Paribas at Indian Wells came to a close, but not without some major controversy. Event CEO Raymond Moore spoke at a press conference before the women’s final on Sunday, and made some remarks that we’re outright sexist. Moore claimed that both the Women’s Tennis Association and its players ride on the coattails of men, used the term “lady player,” and commented on the physical attractiveness of a couple of the tour’s best young athletes. He quickly tweeted a hasty apology but I’m thinking his days are numbered.

Meanwhile, in the women’s final, No. 13 seed Victoria Azarenka dominated the early stages of the match before holding off a second-set fightback to defeat Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 . Serena commented on the controversy after the match and she didn’t mince words.

On the men’s side Novak Djokovic dominated Milos Raonic 6-2 6-0 to cliam his 5th Indian Wells title. After the match he added to the controversy by stating men should be given more prize money because they bring in more TV viewers. Guess Novak was unaware that at last years US Open, the women’s final sold out before the men’s. #Joker

I’m going to end with my #HOLYCRAP moment of the week. F1 racecar driver Fernando Alonso should definitely play the lottery after walking away from this one. Check it out.

That’s it for #SportBits. I’ll be following the Knick head coaching story closely because something tells me this decision is going to make or break Phil Jackson’s tenure with the team. And hey, if you’re ever down in the South Bay, stop by MB Watch Repair and Vintage Watches. We’re always talking food, sports and of course, classic watches! Follow me on social media for more news and updates. See you back here next Monday. #out

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