Sunday Sports Shorts

Villanova are the 2022 Big East Champions! Villanova took down Creighton with a final score of 54-48. Creighton is a very good defensive team, but Villanova’s offense, led by leader Collin Gillespie lifted the Wildcats in the second half. The Wildcats improve to 26-7 and have punched their ticket to the 2022 NCAA Tournament. It’s Villanova’s fifth Big East title since Jay Wright became the head coach. Gillespie, the Big East Player of the Year, got named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big East Tournament.

Baseball is back, and we are very excited about the news. One change that I’m excited about is the playoff format. Now, 12 teams can make the postseason. After the Mariners and Blue Jays failed to make the 2021 postseason, I thought that baseball would add more teams in the future to make the playoffs. My wish came true, and I didn’t expect it so soon. This is how the 12-team MLB Playoff Bracket will work:

Seeds No. 1 and No. 2 in each league get byes. No. 4 plays No. 5 for the right to face the top seed. No. 3 plays No. 6 for the second seed’s right—no more Game 163. Well, I hope I’m right about this.

The Chicago Bears traded six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Khalil Mack, to the Los Angeles Chargers. In return, the Chargers sent a 2022 second-round draft pick and a 2023 sixth-rounder to the Bears. In that first season with Chicago, Mack finished with 12.5 sacks and second place in the AP Defensive Player of the Year vote. It was the only double-digit-sack season in Chicago; he had six in 2021, but they came in seven games, as he had season-ending foot surgery in November. As for the Chargers, their defense got better. Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa will be an interesting defensive duo to watch next season. Over the past five seasons, Mack and Bosa both rank top four in total defensive pressures.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy left the game on a stretcher early in the first period of Saturday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators after being checked head-first into the boards by Senator’s rookie blueliner Parker Kelly. As Murphy left the ice on a stretcher, a broadcast camera caught him giving a thumbs up.

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