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Situational awareness: The Cincinnati Bengals want to hire Los Angeles Rams QB coach Zac Taylor after L.A.'s season ends, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
With the Australian Open set to begin on Sunday, the tennis world is now reeling from a shocking report:
Why it matters: A match-fixing scandal in any sport is cause for serious concern, but since this is the second time in the last 25 months that tennis is involved, it's particularly alarming — and suggests the problem could be deep-rooted enough to persist.
Between the lines: Tennis, more so than maybe any other sport, lends itself to manipulation. For starters, it's an individual sport, so there's only one player who must act (and only one player to bribe).
The big picture: While match-fixing has the potential to wreak havoc at all levels of tennis, thus far it has almost exclusively taken place at the lower levels of the sport where most players are dead broke.
LaMarcus Aldridge had himself a NIGHT. Phoot: Ronald Cortes/Getty Images
I watch a lot of NBA basketball (obviously), and last night's double OT thriller in San Antonio was one of the wildest regular season games I've ever seen.
What happened: A lot.
P.S. Speaking of absurd, how about this pass from MVP candidate Nikola Jokic?
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles will line up on opposite sides on Sunday, but the two signal callers share a common thread — they both played for West Lake High School in Austin, Texas a decade apart.
The other 3 games:
Yesterday was a bit of a good news/bad news situation for tennis fans in the U.K.
Premier Lacrosse League: Paul Rabil's new lacrosse league — which will implement a tour-based model whereby teams travel to one city each weekend during the season — announced its 30 host city finalists.
BIG3: For the first two years, Ice Cube's 3-on-3 basketball league operated with eight teams, played one game per week and visited 12 cities. Next year, it will expand to 12 teams, play 2 games per week and visit 18 cities. Oh, and WNBA legend Lisa Leslie is set to coach 1 of the expansion teams.
Alliance of American Football: Just 1 month before the the AAF kicks off its inaugural season, former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has abruptly resigned from his post as Atlanta Legends coach. Not ideal!
Carli Lloyd dominated the 2015 Women's World Cup. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/EMPICS/Getty Images
Three years ago today, Carli Lloyd was named FIFA's World Player of the Year after helping lead the U.S. Women's National Team to the 2015 Women's World Cup title with a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of the final. Enjoy.
P.S. The USWNT will look to defend its title in this year's World Cup, which kicks off in France on June 7. The Americans are in Group F with Thailand, Chile and Sweden.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal, who just signed a 1-year, $18.25 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, hit 24 home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
J.B. Mauney, "the best bull rider of all time," during a PBR event at Madison Square Garden last weekend. Photo: Matt Lawrie/Getty Images
Bull Riding has gotten increasingly more difficult in recent years, and it's fairly obvious as to why that is: breeders are crafting super bulls, Axios' Michael Sykes writes.
Like race horses, the best bucking bulls have extremely valuable semen that "can sell for thousands of dollars per straw, about a tenth of a teaspoon," writes Gorman.
The big number: In 1995, bull riders finished 46% of their rides. Today, that number is around 29%.
⛪️ The Vatican launched an official track team yesterday with the ultimate goal of competing in the Olympics.
⚽️ The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) held its annual draft last night. With the 1st overall pick, the Chicago Red Stars took Stanford defender Tierna Davidson. See every pick.
🏀 Murray State's Ja Morant is the Russell Westbrook of college basketball, and he showed us why last night when he "caught a body," as the kids would say.
There were many great reactions to Villanova's epic buzzer-beating win in the 2016 National Championship game (never gets old), but Charles Barkley's topped them all.
Last night: Sports delivered once again with three — yes, THREE — game-winning buzzer-beaters. Click here to watch them all.
Kendall "Can't wait for the Vatican track team to win gold in the steeplechase" Baker
Trivia answer: Kansas City's Salvador Perez (27) and Houston's Evan Gattis (25)