Louisville downs Michigan 82-76, NBA News and Notes, + Monday Recap: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Louisville is national champ, Hancock is tournament MVP

The Louisville Cardinals battled back from a double-digit first half deficit to win the National Championship for the first time since 1986 and for the third time in school history. Sixth man extraordinaire Luke Hancock scored a career high 22 points including three dagger threes in the final five minutes of the first half to bring the Cardinals back from 12 down at 35-23. Peyton Siva had 18-5-4 for the Cards and Chane Behanen was a monster on the glass for the winners with 15 and 12. Michigan’s Trey Burke, the national Player of the Year, had 24 points for the Wolverines despite battling foul trouble throughout. Freshman Spike Albrecht was a sensation knocking down five first half three-pointers and finished with 17 points.

This was one of the better played games in recent memory and a must see if you can catch it on replay.

NBA News and Notes

Kevin Love is officially done for the year. After missing all but 18 games after breaking his hand twice, Love will have a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee that would have kept him out an additional 4-6 weeks.

Dirk wants to retire a Maverick but ….. in an interview with USA Today said …..

“Now that I already reached my goal (of winning it all), I really want to finish my career in Dallas,” Nowitzki told USA TODAY Sports recently. “But saying all that, I don’t want another year next year with the same as this year, (with) the frustration and playing for the eight or nine seed. I think we all know that this is a very big summer for us. (Mavericks general manager) Donnie (Nelson) knows. Cuban knows. We want to get back to the championship level.”

With the Mavericks likely to be unable to sign this year’s premier free agents Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, it looks like Dirk could end his career as this generations Karl Malone …. gun for hire.

Rangers beat Rays on third strike from hell

They say that a picture is worth a 1000 words. So is this clip as you will see as home plate umpire Marty Foster rings up the Rays Ben Zobrist with this final out called third strike in last night’s Texas Ranger 5-4 win over Tampa Bay. Joe Nathan wasn’t the only person in the building or watching on TV that said WOW.

NFL News and Notes

The New England Patriots have signed veteran DT Tommy Kelly to a two-year deal. Kelly is a bag, fast and powerful lineman that can move around and play anywhere on the defensive front. He’s played the last eight years with the Raiders and is durable having started all 16 games in each of the last five seasons.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed ex-Cleveland Brown WR Mohamed Massaquoi. The 6-foot-2, 227-pound receiver made 118 catches for 1,736 yards and seven touchdowns with Cleveland after being selected in the second round (No. 50 overall) of the 2009 draft.Massaquoi was hampered by injuries for much of 2012.

veteran safety Jim Leonard has signed with the New Orleans Saints. In 110 career NFL games, he has 344 tackles, 3.5 sacks, eight interceptions and two forced fumbles.Leonard was with the Denver Broncos last year after stints with the Jets and Ravens.

Tiger is 3-1 top choice to win the Masters

Tiger Woods 3/1
Rory McIlroy 8/1
Phil Mickelson 10/1
Justin Rose 20/1
Charl Schwartzel 22/1
Dustin Johnson 25/1
Lee Westwood 25/1
Louis Oosthuizen 25/1
Adam Scott 28/1
Brandt Snedeker 28/1
Keegan Bradley 28/1
Bubba Watson 33/1
Luke Donald 33/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Ian Poulter 40/1
Sergio Garcia 40/1
Rickie Fowler 45/1
Graeme McDowell 50/1
Henrik Stenson 50/1
Jason Day 50/1
Jim Furyk 50/1
Nick Watney 50/1
Padraig Harrington 50/1
Steve Stricker 50/1
Webb Simpson 50/1

City downs United 2-1 in Manchester derby

Sergio Aguero’s goal in the 78th propelled Manchester City to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in yesterday’s derby at Old Trafford. It was the first time in 41-years that the Blues have beaten the Reds in back-to-back years on Busby Way and also snapped United’s 18-game ELP unbeaten streak. The Red Devils last lost at Norwich on November 17th and their last home loss was to Tottenham back on September 29th. United is still 12 points clear of defending champion City as they close in on their 20th English Premiership title.

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