Welcome back to Today’s Sports Update; I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all the latest news in sports. We have this year’s brackets all set, the NBA post-season, and even more spring training. We also have surprising football transactions, the results of the Pacquiao/Clottey fight, and the latest on Gilbert Arenas.
March Madness is upon us!!! The tournament is set, and we are ready to go. Kansas, Syracuse, Duke, and Kentucky are your #1 seeds in the tournament. Surprising entrants include Florida and Minnesota. Florida was thought to be gone from the tournament, and Minnesota might have been out thanks to the Big Ten Final blowout loss against Ohio St. The Pac-10 Conference only had two teams make it, while the Big East had the most with 8. Only one can rise and become this year’s NCAA champion form these 64 teams, and it is unpredictable as ever. Stay tuned this Wednesday for my picks in the NCAA brackets.
Spring Training is starting to see new developments. Pitching prospects like the Reds’ Aroldis Chapman and the nationals’ Stephen Strasburg are dealing as high as 100 mph. Other veteran pitchers are struggling, but that’s expected since they’re working out the kinks. Injuries are a little more to worry about. Red Sox P Daisuke Matsuzaka has a stiff neck. Diamondbacks P Brandon Webb may start the season on the DL. Teams are hoping to continue their spring training success, while players are vying for a spot on the team. Fans cannot wait for the season to begin. Only three more weeks until the season officially begins.
The NBA post-season picture is shaking up again. Cleveland has already clinched a playoff spot against the Celtics yesterday. LeBron James scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half against Boston in a 104-93 victory. The 8th spot for the Eastern Conference is a tight battle between Toronto and Chicago. Toronto has a 1 game lead over Chicago, while the next team in line (the Knicks) is 8½ games behind Toronto. The Western Conference looks set, but anything can happen. The top three seeds are LA, Denver, and Dallas in that order. The 8th seed is Portland, holding a 5½ game lead over Memphis.
NFL teams are shaking up their landscape. The Jets signed LaDanian Tomlinson to a two-year deal, which shocked many NFL insiders. Tomlinson was expected to sign with the Vikings according to ESPN experts. Tomlinson wanted to sign with a contender. He and Shonn Green will split time, and Tomlinson joins the best ranked rushing offense of 2009. In other news, the Browns signed quarterback Jake Delhomme and traded Brady Quinn to Denver. Quinn will have to battle Kyle Orton for the starting QB job for this upcoming season.
Time for the issues to be heard in: The Athlete’s Court!
- Washington Wizards G Gilbert Arenas is awaiting sentencing for gun possession. In the meantime, he’s changing his number from zero to six. He will no longer appear as Agent Zero, but there’s one problem. He might not have a team to play for anytime soon. He pleaded guilty and will hear his sentence next week. Arenas says he deserves to be punished.
Time for the magic man to take over!
Pacquiao vs. Clottey took place Saturday night in front of thousands live at Cowboys Stadium. Was it the fight you were waiting for? Apparently not, as Pacquiao won via unanimous decision. Many wanted a knockout and instead got a fight not meant for stadium capacity. The fight was originally supposed to be Pacquiao/Mayweather, but we all know what happened then. It appears boxing is moving on, but the fans are not. People are craving for this match and, for some reason, fans are not getting what they want. Everyone wants this fight; this is the fight that could bring boxing back to a reasonable sport stance. Instead, politics and ducking out appear to be the problems.
- The Suns beat the Hornets last night. It was history for Suns G Steve Nash, as he played his 1,000th game. He became the 10th active player to reach that milestone.
The Giants and Jets will open next season in the new Meadowlands in a rare occurrence. The Giants will open on Sunday, while the Jets will open on Monday night. It’s rare since both teams play at their home games on different weeks. Every time the Giants host, the Jets are away. Plus, they play on different times; sometimes the Jets play at 1PM, while the Giants would play at 4PM (Eastern Standard Time). No one knows what the new stadium will look like. Hopefully, it will represent both legacies of both teams.
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