🏆 Good morning! Told you that game was gonna be good.
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One year and 24 days ago, the Virginia Cavaliers suffered what was surely the most humbling defeat in college basketball history, falling to No. 16 seed UMBC in a game that will never be forgotten.
As the great Matthew McConaughey once said:
"Sometimes you gotta go back to actually move forward. And I don't mean going back to reminisce or chase ghosts. I mean go back to see where you came from, where you've been, how you got here. See where you're going."
It's a corny quote, made infinitely cornier by the fact that it comes from one of those horribly awesome Lincoln commercials. But I think I finally understand what it means.
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The Trump administration has nixed Major League Baseball's historic agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation (CBF) that would have made it easier for Cuban players to enter the U.S. legally without needing to defect.
Why it matters: The goal of this deal was to help end the dangerous trafficking of Cuban players that has gone on for decades, resulting in players being threatened, extorted or even kidnapped.
Details: The agreement is similar to the ones MLB has with Japan, Korea and China and dates back to the Obama administration's détente with Cuba, which intended to soften relations between our two nations.
The big picture: This reversal comes amid a crackdown on what the Trump administration calls the "Troika of Tyranny" — Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
The bottom line: A geopolitical war is being waged — and sadly, young baseball players with dreams of a better life are the collateral damage.
"Where on God's green Premier League table would Chelsea be if not for Eden Hazard?" asks Deadspin's Lauren Theisen.
The intrigue: Chelsea (66 points) is now third in the Premier League standings, just ahead of Tottenham (64), Arsenal (63) and Manchester United (61).
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From Mike Sykes: Nine of the past 11 Stanley Cup Finals have hosted either Pittsburgh, Chicago or LA. And other organizations like Washington, Boston and Tampa Bay have been "nibbling at the fringes of the 'likely to win' conversations" for years, writes The Athletic's Justin Bourne (subscription).
The big picture: Thanks to a variety of factors, including favorable first-round matchups, this could be the year that the following franchises win:
The bottom line: If there were ever a year to see new blood hoist the cup, it might be this one.
Here are the best NFL draft picks by round since 1994, according to "Approximate Value," a metric created by Sports-Reference to attach a single number to every player's career dating back to 1960.
Gary Player kept it cool on Sunday at the Masters in 1978. Photo: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images
41 years ago today, Gary Player shot a record-tying 64 (-8) in the final round of the Masters to finish 11-under par for the tournament, beating out Rod Funseth, Tom Watson and Hubert Green by one stroke.
By the numbers: Before Player, the only golfer to shoot a 64 on Sunday at the Masters was Maurice Bembridge in 1974.
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There's a six-minute video on YouTube about the man you see above, who has recently moved to Los Angeles to make a living as both a sumo wrestler and an actor.
If you haven't read NBA sharpshooter Kyle Korver's article about race and white privilege yet, please do so now.
The engagement on our daily prediction contest has been through the roof, so thanks to everyone for playing along. Glad this idea has panned out so far.
Yesterday's results: 43.8% correctly predicted that Virginia (-1.5) would cover the spread ... 56.3% correctly predicted that the two teams would combine for over 117.5 points ... 41.2% correctly predicted that Kyle Guy (24) and Ty Jerome (16) would combine for more points than Jarrett Culver (15) and Matt Mooney (10).
Winners: 47 total players nailed all three predictions:
Kendall "Your prayers didn't help" Baker
Trivia answer: Serge Ibaka (Raptors), Hassan Whiteside (Heat), Dwight Howard (Wizards), Anthony Davis (Pelicans)