👋 Good morning! Anybody else see "The Way Back" this weekend? I loved it.
Today's word count: 1,559 words (6 minutes).
LeBron James led the Lakers to season-defining wins over the NBA-best Bucks and rival Clippers this weekend, all while playing lockdown defense on reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard — the two strongest challengers to his throne in recent years.
Yesterday was International Women's Day. Hope you told your loved ones you appreciate them.
HARRISON, N.J. — Julie Ertz's header in the 87th minute led the USWNT past Spain, 1-0, in the SheBelieves Cup and extended the Americans' unbeaten streak to 30 games.
LAS VEGAS — In what many analysts are calling the greatest fight in women's MMA history, China's Zhang Weili (21-1) defended her strawweight title with a split-decision win over Poland's Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 (highlights).
GREENSBORO, N.C. — No. 10 N.C. State beat No. 22 Florida State, 71-66, to win their first ACC Tournament title since 1992.
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Influential female athletes detailed their experience navigating gender and sports in interviews with "Axios on HBO."
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The BNP Paribas Open, which is often referred to as tennis' "fifth Grand Slam," will not be held this month after public health officials declared a public health emergency in the area.
BALTIMORE — In the first U.S. sports event held without fans due to the coronavirus, Yeshiva University beat Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 102-78, in the D-III men's basketball tournament Friday at Johns Hopkins University.
TURIN, Italy — Playing in an empty stadium, Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus beat Inter Milan, 2-0, to move into first place in Serie A.
OSAKA, Japan — The Grand Sumo Tournament was held behind closed doors for the first time since 1945, with ticket sale losses estimated to be in the $10 million range.
Go deeper: Coronavirus disrupts sporting events around the world (Axios)
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The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly caught up with 55-year-old Barry Bonds, who was a guest instructor at the Giants' camp last week.
On his legacy:
On today's hitters, who are increasingly being coached to use an uppercut swing, prioritize launch angle and avoid ground balls.
Keep reading (subscription).
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⚾️ Tim Anderson is here to save baseball from itself (Tyler Kepner, NYT)
"The Chicago White Sox shortstop has ruffled some feathers, earned a batting title and become a loud voice in a quiet game. And he's just getting started."
🎾 Bob and Mike Bryan chasing a few more big wins (Bill Dwyre, LA Times)
"Life in duplicate will change in about seven months for the Bryan twins .... They have won 16 major men's doubles titles and 120 pro titles together .... They are identical and inseparable."
🏈 With XFL's BattleHawks, St. Louis gets a chance to avenge loss of the Rams (Brendan Meyer, ESPN)
"Since its inception, St. Louis has led the way for the [XFL], from booming ticket sales to record attendance to social media followers."
25 years ago today, MLB awarded expansion franchises to Tampa-St. Petersburg and Phoenix, making the Devil Rays (now the Rays) and the Diamondbacks the 29th and 30th MLB teams.
11-year-old Syrian tennis player, Hend Zaza, is set to become the youngest athlete at the Tokyo Olympics — and fifth-youngest Olympian in history — after winning a qualification tournament last week.
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Five schools earned automatic men's NCAA tournament bids by winning their conference tournaments this weekend: Utah State, Belmont, Winthrop, Bradley and Liberty.
Answer at the bottom.
Kendall "Really hoping this isn't the Rams' new logo" Baker
Trivia answer: Utah State (Mountain West), Belmont (Ohio Valley), Winthrop (Big South), Bradley (Missouri Valley), Liberty (Atlantic Sun)