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- 📺 Tonight, 9 pm ET (ESPN): No. 23 Kansas State vs. No. 12 Kansas (-3.5) in what might be the biggest game of the decade between these two rival schools.
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Spike Lee, winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman" and Mahershala Ali, winner of Best Supporting Actor for "Green Book." Photo: Frazier Harrison/Getty Images
Best moment: On the same night that his beloved New York Knicks snapped an 18-game home losing streak with a 130-118 win over the San Antonio Spurs, Spike Lee took home his first competitive Oscar. BROOKLYN WINS.
Best tweet: "Even TWO years ago, if I had told you an Oscars broadcast would begin with a live performance by Queen with a shot of A-Rod dancing in the second row, you'd have wondered on what planet this occurred." — Rich Eisen, NFL Network (@richeisen)
Best former hooper: Before Mahershala Ali was a two-time Oscar winner, he was a Division I basketball player at St. Mary's, where he was known as Hershal Gilmore.
Best doc: "Free Solo," which follows rock climber Alex Honnold as he ascends the 3,200-foot El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park without a rope, won Best Documentary.
In an attempt to speed up our national pastime, Major League Baseball has embarked on a crusade against sluggishness in recent years, implementing new rules that limit things like mound visits and instant replays.
Why that might not matter: What if these rule changes are targeting the wrong thing? What if the real culprit here isn't the time being wasted between pitches, but rather the result of those pitches? What if the real culprit is ... foul balls?
By the numbers: Over the last 20 years, the number of foul balls has increased by 11.98%. To put it another way: there were almost 14,000 more foul balls in 2018 than there were in 1998.
The bottom line: Shockingly, a pitch clock might not be the answer to baseball's pace-of-play problem.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
In 2017, the Pac-12 was on top of the world.
In 2018, the Pac-12 was in rapid decline.
In 2019, the Pac-12 has fallen completely off the rails.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri shouts for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to leave the pitch. Photo: John Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images
With a penalty shootout looming in the Carabao Cup final and his goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga appearing to struggle with a cramp, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri summoned backup Willy Caballero to replace him.
The big picture (for Chelsea): This is just the latest headache for Sarri, who was booed by fans last week in the midst of an underwhelming campaign. His job was already in jeopardy, according to the Wall Street Journal (subscription) — and now this.
The big picture (For Manchester City): This win keeps City in contention for a quadruple, as they are the favorites to win the UEFA Champions League title, the FA Cup title and the Premier League title (despite sitting one point behind Liverpool at the moment).
Oregon point guard Sabrina Ionescu is putting up unprecedented numbers this season. Photo: Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
🏀 Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu recorded her seventh triple-double of the season yesterday (13 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists), passing former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth for most in a single season by a D-I athlete. For her career, she has 17 — and she's only a junior. Get to know the Bay Area native.
⚾️ Arkansas sophomore Danielle Gibson smashed a solo homer, a two-run homer, a three-run homer and a grand slam yesterday to complete the second-ever home run cycle in D-I history. (No player in MLB history has ever done it.)
🎾 Serena Williams narrates Nike's new "Dream Crazier" ad, which is a love letter to women. So good it gave me chills.
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30 years ago today, Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys for a then-record $140 million. At the time, the team was losing $1 million a month. Now? The Cowboys are worth a cool $5 billion. Solid investment.
On Saturday, Chris Paul became the eighth player in NBA history to record 9,000 career assists.
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Canada's Mikael Kingsbury won two gold medals at a World Cup event in Japan over the weekend, but the big moment came when he landed the first ever cork 1440 in World Cup competition.
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🏒 The NHL trade deadline is today at 3 pm ET. Keep track of all the moves here.
⛳️ Dustin Johnson (-21) won the WGC-Mexico Championship by five shots to regain his world No. 1 ranking. He also became just the fifth player with 20 PGA Tour wins before age 35, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller.
📺 Sports anchors like Scott Van Pelt must find fresh ways to draw audiences now that social media has broken TV's stranglehold on highlights, writes the NYT's Alex Wong. Go deeper.
Kendall "Mondays are underrated" Baker
Trivia answers: Question 1: John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Mark Jackson, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas // Question 2: LeBron James (No. 10), Tony Parker (No. 17), Rajon Rondo (No. 21), Russell Westbrook (No. 24)