Sunday Sports Shorts

Team Venezuela beat Team Dominican Republic for the first time in the World Baseball Classic tournament, 5-1. 

Fourteen years ago today, Syracuse and UConn went to six overtimes in the Big East Tournament Quarterfinals.

Marquette wins the Big East Championship. The Golden Eagles defeat Xavier to capture their first Big East title. Congratulations to Marquette! Well deserved! 

Duke wins the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils defeated Virginia on Saturday night. It’s their first ACC title since 2019. Duke has now won 9 in a row—one of the hottest teams entering the NCAA tournament. 

Howard University defeated Norfolk State Spartans 65-64. The win gives Howard its first NCAA men’s basketball tournament birth since 1992, the last time before this season that the Bison won the MEAC Tournament and regular season title. 

Edmonton Oilers took on the Toronto Maple Leafs in arguably the most anticipated Saturday night game. Connor McDavid scored No. 55. Oilers had a 3-1 lead, but then the Maple Leafs rallied. They scored five unanswered goals, and they never allowed Edmonton to gain confidence. The Maple Leafs won 7-4. Maple Leafs are a tough team to beat when all their key players contribute. 

Saturday Hockey News with Miguel

The Boston Bruins got better. The front office is going to work during the trade deadline. Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway have been traded to the Bruins from the Washington Capitals. It’s championship or bust for the Bruins this season. Orlov has 19 points in 43 games this season. He won the Stanley Cup in 2018 with the Capitals. Hathaway gives the Bruins strength on both the forward and defensive sides. Hathaway led the Capitals with 198 hits in 59 games this season.

After trailing 3-0 to the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Islanders fought back by scoring two goals on Friday night, but it was too little too late. The Kings hang on to beat the Islanders in Long Island, 3-2. 

William Nylander was the hero for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night when he scored the game-winning overtime goal against the Minnesota Wild. Maple Leafs won 2-1 and snapped the Wild’s 4-game winning streak. 

Saturday Hockey News with Miguel

Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari in a 3-team trade with St Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild.

Connor McDavid made history in the garden on Friday night. He surpassed 100 points by recording two assists. The Edmonton Oilers squandered a 4-1 lead to the New York Rangers and lost in a 6-round shootout. The Rangers have won seven consecutive games. They are one of the hottest teams in the second half so far. 

Another New York team that rallied in a comeback fashion is the New York Islanders. The Islanders won 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ilya Sorokin saved 40 of 44 shots. Brock Nelson and Anders Lee each recorded 3 points. 

The Carolina Hurricanes will host their first outdoor Stadium Series game against the Washington Capitals at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday night. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

Syracuse snapped a five-game losing streak and defeated Boston College 32-23. Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader completed 21 of 27’passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Orange made an impressive comeback as they trailed by 11 points in the fourth quarter. 

Edmonton Oilers rallied and came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the New York Rangers at the garden, 4-3. The Rangers left the ice with some boos from their fan base. The final 20 minutes of the game were awful performances. 

St John’s Joel Soriano is one of the most improved players in college basketball. Soriano stepped up and carried the Red Storm with 21 points and 19 rebounds in a 78-70 win over Niagara. St John’s stays undefeated with a 7-0 record. Red Storm will face Long Island University on Tuesday. 

Saturday Morning Sports with Miguel

The New York Knicks could not get it done against the Portland Trail Blazers without Damian Lillard. Knicks had problems against one of the Blazer’s best players. His name is Jerami Grant – a talented and underrated player who I think it’s a solid two-way player. Grant poured 44 points on the Knocks as the Blazers left the garden with a 132-129 overtime victory. 

In college basketball, the Oklahoma Sooners have won their fifth straight game by defeating Seton Hall, 77-64. Grant Sherfield scored a season-high 25 points for the Sooners. 

During the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational, Duke took care of business against Xavier. Jeremy Roach led the Blue Devils with 21 points in a 71-64 win. Duke will face Iowa State in the championship game. 

Aside from Edwin Diaz, Adam Ottavino has been the Mets’ most dependable reliever this last season. There’s a possibility that Ottavino could be playing elsewhere. It’s a dicey situation because Adam loves playing for New York. Ottavino is 37 years old and has posted a 2.06 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 66 appearances. What will the Mets do in this situation? 

Mar 25, 2022; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) delivers a pitch in the fifth inning of the game against the Houston Astros during spring training at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary Toronto Maple Leaf defenseman Borje Salming passed away. He played in the NHL from 1973 through 1990. Salming was a tough player during his career in a challenging physical era. He was a pioneer as a Swedish player and paved the way for many upcoming Swedish hockey players in the future. Salming was one of the best two-way players in the league. In the past year, up until his death, he was battling ALS, which limited him to many things, including speaking. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

Freddie Freeman, who had just helped the Atlanta Braves capture a World Series title in 2021 for the first time since 1995, might not be going back to the only team he has ever known in his 12-year big-league career. The New York Mets could be one of those teams to make an exciting offer to Freeman. Supposedly, Freeman is asking for a 6-year contract, but the Braves are offering him five years. Freeman is almost like the perfect player that any team would love to have. Outstanding leadership, great personality, and a terrific ballplayer. 

Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons is dealing with back soreness in his reconditioning process. There is still no timetable set for Simmons to make his debut with the Nets, but the good news for Brooklyn is that Simmons’ back issue doesn’t seem to be especially serious. We hope to see Simmons back by Mar. 10 against the Philadelphia Sixers. 

In the Associated Press poll, seven of the top 10 college basketball teams were defeated Saturday, including No. 4 Purdue. It was the first time that many top 10 programs fell on the same day, including every team in the top six. The last time six top-10 programs lost in the same day was back on Feb. 4, 2017, which had happened five times in college basketball history before Saturday. 

Here’s a look at every top-10 team that suffered a loss Saturday: 

  • No. 1 Gonzaga lost to No. 23 St. Mary’s, 67-57.
  • No. 2 Arizona lost to Colorado, 79-63.
  • No. 3 Auburn lost to No. 17 Tennessee, 67-62.
  • No. 4 Purdue lost to Michigan State, 68-65.
  • No. 5 Kansas lost to No. 10 Baylor, 80-70.
  • No. 6 Kentucky lost to No. 18 Arkansas, 75-73.
  • No. 9 Texas Tech lost to TCU, 69-66.

The Toronto Maple Leafs took on the Detroit Red Wings in one of the worst collective goal-tending displays in a hockey game, but at the same time, one of the exciting periods in a hockey game. A game where both teams combined for 17 goals. You read correctly. 17 GOALS COMBINED! After the first two intermissions, the Leafs were up 7-2. The Red Wings made it a little more interesting in the third intermission, but it wasn’t enough. Red Wings scored five goals in the period, while the Leafs tacked three more. Maple Leafs would win the game, 10-7. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

If you watched the Rose Bowl between Utah and Ohio State, you would understand why College Football is great. Ohio State defeated Utah 48-45 to win the Rose Bowl. It’s arguably the best game of the season and the best wide receiver performance I’ve ever seen this season.

DeMar DeRozan has done it again. He goes back to back, hitting game-winning jumpers at the buzzer. The Bulls did it at the expense of the Washington Wizards. There’s no doubt that DeRozan is silencing all the critics, silencing the critics so much to the point where he’s in the MVP conversation.

It’s been a tough few weeks for hockey. But some games have returned to action. The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up where they left off. Maple Leafs took on the Ottawa Senators, and they just completed dominated yesterday’s matchup. Maple Leafs came out victorious 6-0 over the Senators.

Maple Leafs Are Flying High

Toronto Maple Leafs are probably the best team in the NHL so far. Maple Leafs are 17-6-1, currently in 1st place of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division, and have the best record in the league.

Maple Leafs have beaten good teams such as the Las Vegas Knights and reigning defending champs Tampa Bay Lightning. They led the league in faceoff percentage (55.5%).

They are explosive offensively, responsible defensively. Maple Leafs own the puck every night, no matter the opposition. They have the highest-performing netminder in the league right now. They seem to have struck a perfect balance up and down the lineup.