To the surprise of no one, the UConn women's basketball team won their fourth-straight NCAA title last night, beating Syracuse, 82–51. The Huskies jumped out to a 9–0 lead to start the game and never looked back. Senior Breanna Stewart predictably made history, winning her fourth-straight tournament Most Outstanding Player Award.
Next up for her is the WNBA draft next week, where she'll undoubtedly be going to Seattle with the first pick. Teammate Moriah Jefferson, who had 13 points in their title game rout, will likely go second to San Antonio.
A unique celebration
UConn players "knighting" each other pic.twitter.com/9p6ScPN9bx— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) April 6, 2016
Filip through the legs
Between the legs!https://t.co/R5rmpfzeRd— NHL (@NHL) April 6, 2016
Expect a big year from Stanton
Utley rule in action
After the Dodgers' Chase Utley broke then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg on a hard slide in the playoffs last year, MLB instituted a rule meant to eliminate take-out slides on double plays. Last night the rule saw perhaps its first controversial call, as Jose Bautista casually hit Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe's ankle with his arm. Forsythe threw the ball away, but the umpires awarded the double play on replay, ending the game and the Blue Jays' rally.
Bautista slid into the bag and — as the Blue Jays would surely argue — was in no way a threat to injure Forsythe. Judge for yourself on the video below.
R.A. Dickey couldn't believe the call
RA Dickey was my favorite pic.twitter.com/kbac9ChXF2— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) April 6, 2016
Woodstock tries something new. pic.twitter.com/NmVUM8LvU0— PEANUTS (@Snoopy) April 6, 2016
(Photo credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will serve as an honorary official for a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, reports NBC Sports’ Daniel McFadin.
Manning, who retired from the NFL in March after 18 seasons in the league, will join Dale Earnhardt Jr. at driving introductions and watch the race from his pit box.
“I’m thrilled to get a chance to watch Dale compete at Bristol Motor Speedway,” Manning said in a release. “I want to thank Nationwide for bringing me to one of the great NASCAR tracks to watch what I’m sure will be an exciting race in front of some of the most passionate fans in the sport.”
In 2007, Manning waved the green flag at the Indianapolis 500.
Dragan Bender has entered the 2016 NBA draft, his agent told ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla.
The 18-year-old Croatian who is playing with Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Israel is ranked No. 3 on SI’s big board, after LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram. Bender, a seven-footer, has averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12 minutes per game this season after a dominant season with the Maccabi Tel Aviv Junior Team.
The draft will take place on June 23.
– Kenny Ducey