France: It seems as if the world pro cyclists get no break anymore. From the End of the Vuelta a Espana and the Worlds to the Tour down Under, there are only a couple of months. Today, pro cycling in France comes alive for 2017 with the annual Paris-Nice stage race. Contested in 8 stages, from today through next Sunday, it really does represent a challenge to redevelop well rested legs. Today, Stage 1 of the Paris-Nice features a 148.5 km leg through Bois-d'Arcy.
Germany: Bundesliga Soccer: Bayern Munich is at the head of the standings by seven points, having won yesterday at Cologne. Spain internationals Javi Martinez and Juan Bernat gave Bayern a comfortable two-goal lead before substitute Franck Ribery netted a third on 90 minutes. This week they travel to Arsenal in Champions League competition. In Bundesliga play today, Eintracht Frankfurt will battle Freiburg.
France: France. Some Frenchmen, at least a few, have no interest in Paris-Nice. For the rest of us, in French League Soccer action today, Lorient takes on Marseille, Toulouse meets Lille, and AS Monaco contests Nantes.
Mexico: Final-round play in the $9.75 million WGC-Mexico Championship takes place today in Mexico City. Adam Scott defeated Bubba Watson by one shot last year in Miami when this tourney was the WGC-Cadillac Championship. With Justin Thomas leading today, major winners like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Phi Mickelson will be breathing down JT's neck in the final groupings.
USA NCAA Basketball action features, today, a plethora of conference championships and final games before tournament action. The Purdue Boilermakers take on the Northwestern Wildcats in Chicago today in a Big Ten finale, on the eve of the Big Ten Tournament. Coach Chris Collins' Wildcats have put up a school-record 21 wins as they chase their first-ever NCAA tourney berth. In their previous meeting this year, Conference-champ Purdue rode Caleb Swanigan's 24 points to an 80-59 win.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic play begins tomorrow in Seoul, South Korea. The tournament includes international MLB stars, playing for their home countries, as well as hot prospects from many countries, hoping to show their stuff to scouts, and some MLB free agents. The debut game in Seoul features hometown heroes Korea facing off against Israel. Two-time champion Japan plays the next day against Cuba at the Tokyo Dome. The United States begins play on March 10 in Miami against Colombia. The first round is a round-robin format, with the top two teams at each site advancing to the second round, which will be played at the Tokyo Dome and San Diego's Petco Park from March 12-16. The winners and runners-up then advance to the finals in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium from March 20-22. Other teams playing include Netherlands, Chinese Taipei, Australia, China, Italy, Canada, defending champions Dominican Republic and Porto Rico.