Indiana falls to Syracuse, Ohio State/Wichita/Marquette move on, Gay NFL players ready to come out ??? + Thursday Recap: Friday, March 29, 2013

Syracuse wins wire-to-wire, Ohio State survives on late three

The Syracuse jumped on Indiana right out the box racing to a 22-9 lead and never looked back in downing the to-seeded Hoosiers 61-50. The Orangemen will meet Marquette in the Eastern Regional final on Saturday in an all Big East showdown. Syracuse is an early four point favorite with the high/low opening at 126. Out West, LaQuinton Ross hit a three-pointer with just two seconds left as Ohio State edged Arizona 73-70. The Buckeyes will meet Wichita State for the West Regional crown. The Shockers used a 38-22 first half to cruise past LaSalle 72-58. Ohio State opened up as a 5 1/2 point favorite with the total set at 130.

In tonight’s Midwest Regional semis in Indianapolis, Louisville is a 10 1/2 point favorite over Oregon in the early 7:15 PM EST tip. The over/under is steady at 130. The winner will face the Michigan/State Duke winner on Sunday. Duke is -2 with the total at 134. In the South at Arlington, Texas …. Michigan faces Kansas in a 7:37 PM EST tip. The Jayhawks are two-point favorites with the total 136. The winner meets the Florida Gulf Coast/Florida winner on Sunday. The Gators are -13 over the upstart Eagles. The high/low is 136.

Kobe to see specialist for a bone spur in his foot

The litany of Laker injuries continued on Thursday when Kobe Bryant revealed that he will see a specialist on Friday regarding a bone spur in his left foot. Bryant scored 30 points in 36 minutes in the Lakers 113-103 at Milwaukee Thursday night. The Lakers have already lost Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pao Gasol and Steve Blake this year with injuries. Monday, Mette World Peace had surgery for a torn meniscus in his knee and will be out six weeks.

Former Bulls center Tom Boerwinkle dead at 67

Former Tennessee Volunteer and Chicago Bull Tom Boerwinkle has passed after a long illness. He was 67. Boerwilnkle was one of the orginal NBA wide bodies at 7’0″ and 280-300. Boerwinkle, drafted fourth overall in 1968, averaged 7.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 10 seasons with the Bulls from 1968-69 to 1977-78. He once grabbed a franchise high 37 rebounds in a 1970 game vs the Phoenix Suns. Boerwinkle also worked on the Bulls radio broadcast team from 1991 through 1994.

Are gay NFL players ready to come out of the closet ???

There has been a lot of talk around the NFL this week about a current player coming out of the closet. While many players have “come out” after their careers, there has never been an openly gay player in any of the major sports. With anywhere from 5-10% of the population thought to be gay, it would figure that there are several gay players currently playing in the NFL. Read about what NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth has to say about the subject by clicking here.

Gronk on Gronk

Stephen A Smith interviews New England Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski on staying healthy, partying, and the possibiity of having an openly gay teammate.

Malkin back, Pens win 14th straight game

Last year’s Hart trophy winner (MVP) Evgenie Malkin scored a goal in his first game in three weeks as the Pittsburg Penguins blanked the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 for their 14th straight win. Pascal Dupius added two goals and Tomas Voukon stopped 20 shots in the win. Sidney Crosby chipped in with two assists to send his lead leading point total to 56.

Johan Santana re-tears shoulder capsule and will need surgery

An MRI on the pitching shoulder (left) of Mets “ace” Johan Santana has revealed a tear in the shoulder capsule that will require surgery and likely end the southpaws season. Santana originally tore the capsule in 2010 and missed the entire 2011 season after surgery. He went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts in 2012 before his season ended in mid-August due to ankle and back problems.

A-Rod will make more than the Houston Astros combined

Alex Rodriguez will be the highest paid MLB player for the 13th straight year. Out until at least the All-Star game after hip surgery, A-Rod will pull down a sweet $29 million in 2013. The entire Houston Astros opening day roster will make a little more than $25 million. Go figure.

Free Play

(NBA) Oklahoma City -8 over Minnesota (Friday, March 29, 8:05 PM EST )