If a St. Patrick's Day hangover were not enough, yesterday's bracket busters on the first day of the NCAA Men's Basketball round two play might keep you in bed this Sunday. Several of the top teams went down in flames, while several brackets which looked great after round one now look terrible after some bad calls, bad seeds, and surprises. Mediocre brackets remained mediocre. Maybe the NCAA does bring out the average in all of us... Unflappable, but depressed college basketball fans can redirect their attention to the NIT Tournament, and also the Women's NCAA tournament, which also started this weekend.
In France: Chasing a first league crown since 1959, Nice dropped points for a second consecutive week after drawing against Caen last week, and a 1-1 draw against Nantes yesterday. Bordeaux moved level on points with fifth-placed Marseille after yesterday's action, after a comprehensive 5-1 home win against Montpellier, but that situation could change today. Nice remain third in the standings, four points behind leaders Monaco, who play at Caen on Sunday. Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain have a one-point lead over Nice ahead of Sunday's home game against Lyon. With eight games left this season, Nantes are in 10th place, 30 points off the pace. Angers put last week's defeat at Marseille behind them to register their fifth win in six league games with a 3-0 home victory over Guingamp. Lorient and Nancy both are at risk of relegation, but with Lorient's 3-2 win over Nancy yesterday, their hopes of playing with the big boys again next year are kept alive. Today Caen takes an AS Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain meets Lyon, and Dijon FCO meets St. Etienne.
We reported yesterday about the India-Australia dogfight in Test Cricket. Day four of the third test continues today. Australia had an overwhelming lead going into day three, but India has overcome that lead in convincing fashion, in what has proven to be an exhausting match for both teams, but one in which big plays and big scores have been featured. At Tea break of day four, Australia 451 trails India 503/6 after 188.0 overs. In other words, India lead by 52 runs with 4 wickets remaining in the 1st innings. Cricket phenom Cheteshwar Pujara is being credited with a lot of the enthusiasm and gamesmanship which has allowed the hosts to recover.
In PGA Golf, Final-round play will be held today in the $8.7 million Arnold Palmer Invitational, played at Palmer's 7419-yard Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida. Jason Day won this event by one shot over Kevin Chappell last year, giving him his fifth victory in his last 12 starts. American Charley Hoffman leads the overall at -11 heading into this final round.
Welcome back, Aussie Rules Football! After a Summer pause, action begins for the 2017 season on Thursday, March 23rd, with a opening game of Carlton vs. Richmond. More next Saturday.
|Aussie Rules players are coming back from their "down time" No more speedos for the season.|
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