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Playoff participants LSU and Ohio State each placed three players on the AP All-America first team released yesterday.
Worth noting: 10 of the 25 first-team All-Americans were Top 100 recruits in their respective classes, while seven weren't even in the top 1,000 — a reminder of (a) how hard it is to project teenagers and (b) the growth that can happen in college.
Go deeper: Third-team
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images, G Fiume/Getty Images
Yesterday, I asked you whether Daniel Snyder (Redskins) or James Dolan (Knicks) was the worse owner. The results were extremely close, with Snyder winning by less than 10 votes.
A side-by-side look at the two...
By the numbers:
The bottom line:
"The Acela is more than just a well-appointed train from Gotham to D.C. .... It is also the Misery Express, connecting Washington's NFL team faithful with the fitful fans of the New York Knicks, in decades-old debates over The Big Engines That Can't."— Selena Roberts, Sports on Earth
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's career TD record, while also registering an NFL-record 96.7 completion percentage in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts. Final line: 29/30, 307 yds, 4 TD, no turnovers or sacks.
MILWAUKEE — Kristaps Porziņģis (26 pts) and Seth Curry (26 pts) led the Mavericks past Giannis Antetokounmpo (48 pts) and the Bucks, snapping Milwaukee's 18-game win streak (tied for 11th-longest in NBA history).
DALLAS — Connor McDavid (whose 59 points rank first in the NHL) and teammate Leon Draisaitl (whose 57 points rank second) combined for a goal and two assists in the Edmonton Oilers' 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
Kansas moved up one spot to become the fifth team to top the rankings — the first time the AP poll has had five different No. 1 teams before New Year's Day (the record for an entire season is seven).
The bottom line: The 2019-20 men's college hoops season is wide open, and while the lack of dominant blue bloods could hurt regular-season ratings, the feeling that anyone can beat anyone will surely pay off come March.
The top 25 remaining mostly unchanged with teams on break for exams.
Sabrina Ionescu dribbles the ball, while Kobe Bryant looks on. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images
Oregon superstar Sabrina Ionescu racked up 16 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists in her team's 84-41 win over UC Riverside last night.
Why it matters: The future No. 1 pick has now recorded an unparalleled 20 triple-doubles in her college career, which is eight more than any other player (man or woman). BYU's Kyle Collinsworth is second with 12.
ICYMI ... Ionescu led Oregon to a stunning victory over the U.S. women's national team last month. Here's her post-game interview.
⚽️ $325 million
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper will spend a record $325 million to bring Major League Soccer's 30th franchise to Charlotte, per ESPN. With this addition, 20 clubs will have joined MLS since 2005.
🏒 3 players, 2 picks
In an early-season NHL blockbuster, the Arizona Coyotes acquired former MVP Taylor Hall from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for three players and two draft picks.
🏈 $5 million
NFL helmet maker Vicis, which counts Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers as investors, is running out on money and might have to raise additional funds by selling shares at a $5 million valuation after being valued at $90 million as recently as last year, NYT reports.
Five years ago today, 103-year-old Gus Andreone became the oldest golfer to hit a hole-in-one, recording the ace with his driver on the 113-yard, 14th hole at Palm Avis Country Club in Sarasota, Florida.
Go deeper: PGA legend Gus Andreone passes away at age 107 (PGA)
Saints WR Michael Thomas has 133 receptions this year, which is the third-most ever in a single season and just 10 shy of the all-time record (143).
Answer at the bottom.
The Knicks are stuck in a "Star Wars Night" loop that may never end (Ricky O'Donnell, SB Nation)
"The New York Knicks have found themselves caught playing on 'Star Wars Night' every time they took the court for the past week."
How Kevin Garnett landed in "Uncut Gems" (Alan Siegel, The Ringer)
"'Uncut Gems' contains actual game footage, real players, and one of the best acting performances by an athlete ever. But bringing such a uniquely specific, sports-soaked story to the big screen was a nearly decade-long odyssey."
An old college sports film for our time (Luke Cyphers and Daniel Libit, The Intercollegiate)
"Movies tackling the unsavory side of college sports — from 'Blue Chips' to 'The Program' to 'He Got Game' — are nothing new ... But a nearly forgotten 1933 film ... may be the most unflinching, sociopathic look at intercollegiate athletics ever produced."
Kendall "Some news" Baker
Trivia answer: Marvin Harrison