It was only a year ago, when the UConn Huskies were entering their first season in the new AAC after leaving the Big East, or rather being booted. To make matters worse their leader and long time head coach, Jim Calhoun left the team citing health reasons, and to put the icing on the cake the Huskies were banned from the 2013 NCAA Tournament before the season even started.
Monday night was different for the Huskies staying one step ahead of their opponent the Kentucky Wildcats all night. Springing out to a 15 point lead and managing to stave off every comeback attempt and even a late run by the Wildcats. UConn guard Shabazz Napier scored 22 points,6 boards and 3 assists and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.
When asked about Napier, former coach Jim Calhoun replied "When they say Ray, Rip, Ben, Emeka, Kemba -- they'll soon say Shabazz."
J.R Smith, New York Knicks' guard attempted 22 three-pointers Sunday night in a contest against the Miami Heat. The 22 shot attempts hoisted Smith into the record books for the most 3-pointers attempted in one game a record previously held by Damon Stoudemire since 2005. Out of those 22 attempts, Smith did manage to score on 10 of them setting yet another record for the most 3 pointers by a New York Knick.
As for the game itself, the Knicks lost to the Miami Heat 102-90. This loss to the Heat drops the Knicks further behind the Atlanta Hawks in the bid for the East's last playoff berth.
In the last season of his illustrious career, Derek Jeter has furthered his climb on the all-time hit list. Today, in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Jeter added two hits one in the third and fourth innings bringing his career total to 3,320 passing up Paul Molitor and bringing him closer to 7th place holder Carl Yastrzemski and 110 hits behind Honus Wagner which hold 6th on the all time hit list.
When asked about the milestone Jeter replied "It's special; I grew up watching Paul,I played against him briefly. I have a lot of respect for him and his career. Any time you talk about eighth in anything, it's special. It definitely means a lot."
Former women's MMA superstar Gina Carano says she will meet with UFC President Dana White to discuss a possible return to MMA following a four-year retirement. Since leaving the sport, Carano has focused on filming movies while the sport of women's MMA greatly accelerated, welcomed into the UFC for the first time.
"I 100 percent (miss fighting)," Carano said recently during an interview. "There's not a workout I go through that I'm not fighting someone in my mind. It's never gone away."
Some fans hope to see Carano take a break from Hollywood and enter the cage again, while others believe it's just a clever marketing ploy. Carano's latest movie, "In the Blood," is now in theaters, and this is the best time to rile up MMA fans to get a boost in the ticket office.
The Red River Rivalry began in 1900 between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma, 108 games later the rivalry will once again get a rebranding. With the two universities jointly announcing the game formerly known as the "Red River Rivalry" will now be referred to as the AT&T Red River Showdown. Prior to 2005, the game was dubbed the Red River Shootout, with the name being change to Red River Rivalry to commemorate the 100th meeting between the schools.
Athletic Director for the University of Texas, Steve Patterson said: "As a University of Texas alumnus I have long enjoyed the Texas-Oklahoma series and the great tradition it represents for Texas and Oklahoma fans,We look forward to working with AT&T representatives and the University of Oklahoma to generate excitement for the new name and brand, and continuing our relationships with the State Fair of Texas."
Texas leads the all-time series 60-43-5, The game that is played every season at the Cotton Bowl will take place October 11, 2014.
Detroit Tigers infielder, Miguel Cabrera reached the 2,000 hit milestone today with a four hit day capped off with an 8th inning home run to left field. His 2,000th hit made him the ninth player in MLB history to reach the mark before his 31st birthday. when asked about the feat Cabrera responded saying: "I never expected I was going to hit 1,000 hits, I never expect something personal. I expect to go out there and ... try to find a way to help my teammates."
Manager Brad Ausmus went on to say:"What else can you say about Miguel as a hitter? Eventually you run out of adjectives, I've only been here for a short period of time, and I'm already running out of words to describe him."
The Tigers won their first two games against Kansas City, while the final game of the series was rained out causing Detroit to push back its starting rotation for today's game, giving Anibal Snachez the start. The Tigers are 3-0 to start the season.
After an unsuccessful effort to trade Chris Johnson this off-season, the Tennessee Titans have taken the last resort releasing the six season veteran. In Johnson's six seasons with the team he has rushed for 7,965 yards with 50 touchdowns and 14 fumbles. He is one of only six players to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of their first six seasons in NFL history, with names like Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon also on that list.
Johnson was scheduled to make $8 Million this season, but sinking production and a pricey contract led the Titans to release the RB. The Titans are expected to pick up a running back int he upcoming NFL draft to work with free agent pickup Dexter McCluster.
General Manager of the Titans, Ruston Webster said in a press release: "As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans, Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six-year career with our team."
Executive Director of the NFL Players' Association, DeMaurice Smith, said the NFLPA will examine the situation surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles release of WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson was the teams leading receiver and one of the leagues most dynamic players. The Eagles decision to part ways with Jackson, came after a report by NJ.com surfaced linking the wide receiver with "gang connections" a report refuted by Jackson himself.
DeMaurice Smith went on to say: "We've always been aggressive about protecting the integrity of our players, especially where we believe or think that a team may have done something that is impermissible, and that's something that we're gonna look at." Jackson signed with the Washington Redskins Wednesday for a deal worth $24 million, $16 million guaranteed.