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The Baylor Bears celebrating their Big 12 Conference Title. Photo: Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The last time the NCAA women's basketball tournament felt this wide open was in 2006, which is also the last time UConn wasn't a No. 1 seed.
First-round: The action tips off on Friday at noon ET, when Louisville takes on Robert Morris.
P.S. The schedule was set to be released on ESPN at 7pm ET, but it was leaked nearly four hours early by ... ESPN. They scooped themselves.
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European soccer clubs will meet with UEFA today to discuss radical changes to the Champions League that would favor the continent's richest teams and make it harder for smaller teams to qualify, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Why it matters: The Champions League is the most prestigious tournament in club soccer, drawing a massive global audience and paying out tens of millions of dollars to participating teams. Any changes to its format would be felt throughout the soccer world.
The big picture: For decades, there have been rumors that Europe's top clubs might break away from the current structure of club soccer and form their own "Super League."
The bottom line: While these proposed Champions League changes wouldn't create a separate "Super League," they would essentially turn the Champions League into one.
Tsunekazu Takeda. Photo: Charly Triballeua/AFP/Getty Images
Japanese Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda, who is under investigation for suspected corruption, will step down when his term ends this summer and resign from the International Olympic Committee.
Why it matters: The ongoing corruption probe has further damaged the credibility of the Olympics bidding process, and Takeda's departure leaves a dark cloud hanging over next year's Summer Games in Tokyo.
The bottom line: Whenever there's a massive global sporting event on the horizon, there's a good chance that something sketchy went down behind the scenes. Welcome to planet Earth.
From Mike: Before you and your office buddies print out your brackets and start gathering cash from co-workers, we should warn you: this is technically illegal.
The big picture: The American Gaming Assocation projects more than 40 million people will wager $4.6 billion on 149 million total NCAA tournament brackets this year. That's not even counting the billions that will be spent on entry fees.
The bottom line: Don't worry, you aren't going to jail. Not for this, at least. We can't help you with that other thing.
Michael Jordan donning his No. 45 jersey in Market Square Arena. Photo: John Ruthoff/ AFP via Getty Images
24 years ago today, Michael Jordan rejoined the Chicago Bulls starting lineup after nearly a year and a half away from basketball, putting up 19 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds in a loss to Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers.
The Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Presidents' Trophy (best regular-season record) with a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes last night.
Answer at the bottom.
You know what's better than winning the Bassmaster Classic? Doing it in your own backyard. That's what Knoxville native Ott Defoe did this weekend in the Tennessee River.
Watch: Bassmaster Classic history
"Much of the news of the last week has focused on wealthy families buying access to great universities ... There is no question that America is a tilted playing field that gives wealthy children huge advantages," the NY Times' Nicholas Kristof writes:
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Welcome to Axios Pick 3, our new-and-improved daily prediction contest powered by The Action Network (download the app).
1. Which team will cover the spread in the Prairie View A&M-Farleigh Dickinson (-2) game?
2. Will Temple-Belmont go Over or Under 155.5 total points?
3. Will any player score 30 or more points in the play-in games tonight?
Kendall "The master of catching zero fish" Baker
Trivia answer: Chicago Blackhawks