🎉 Happy Mardi Gras! Let's sports.
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NFL teams have until 4 pm ET today to place the franchise tag on players they don't want to lose to free agency but who haven't signed long-term deals.
The franchise tag, explained:
What's happening: So far this offseason, six players have been slapped with the franchise tag.
What's next: The loss of four dominant edge rushers significantly weakens what could have been a game-changing free agent class of defensive linemen.
Harry Kane and Tottenham take a 3-0 lead into the second leg of their clash with Borussia Dortmund. Photo: Jay Barratt/AMA/Getty Images
The Champions League is back in action this afternoon, with Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid in good shape to progress to the quarterfinals after winning the first legs of their matches.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Tottenham (3-0 lead): Tottenham dominated the first leg back in February, but they've gone winless in Premier League play since then. They could use another strong outing against Dortmund, who will need a minor miracle to advance.
Real Madrid (2-1 lead) vs. Ajax: Real are trying to win the Champions League for the fifth time in six seasons, while Ajax are aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2003.
📺 How to watch: Both matches kickoff at 3 pm ET and are available to watch on TNT and B/R Live.
From Mike: Some of basketball's all-time greats played their college ball in North Carolina, but none of them scored more points than Campbell University's Chris Clemons. In fact, only five players in any state have ever scored more.
All-time scoring leaders:
By the numbers: With a scoring average of 30.1 points per game this season, the 5-foot-9 Clemons is on track to become the first player to average 30 or more points in a season since 1994 (Purdue's Glenn Robinson).
What's next: Campbell (19-11, 12-4) must win the Big South tournament in order to earn an NCAA tournament bid and extend Clemons' extraordinary career.
In the third period of last night's Oilers-Sabres game, with less than four minutes left and Edmonton up 4-3, the puck made its way to Sabres winger Jason Pominville.
P.S. Longtime Red Wings forward and Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay died yesterday at the age of 93.
"If they play pick-up hockey in heaven, I'd like to think everyone is nervously doing up their chinstraps today. You were a giant Ted."— Fellow Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan (via Twitter)
The NBA's electric slide (The Ringer)
📺 Tonight: Rockets-Raptors, 8 ET // Celtics-Warriors, 10:30 ET
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is shooting 51.1% from the field, 43.8% from three and 93.2% from the line this season, putting him on pace to join the exclusive 50-40-90 club.
Answer at the bottom.
An action shot from a skijoring event in Leadville, Colo., over the weekend. Photo: Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images
Imagine combining water skiing with the Kentucky Derby and mixing in an Olympic slalom course. Now stop imagining because that sport already exists. It's called skijoring.
How it works: Skiers get behind a horse while clinging to a 30-foot rope as they're slung around an obstacle course consisting of jumps, slalom gates and spearing rings (bonus points).
The intrigue: It's almost a crime that skijoring isn't more popular, but the hope is that someday it could return to the Olympics where it was once a demonstration sport in 1928.
Kendall "Slowwww news day" Baker
Trivia answer: Steve Nash, Steph Curry, Mark Price, Larry Bird, Kevin Durant, Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki