In the West Region of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, the North Carolina Tar Heels face top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers on March 26, 2015 at 7:47 p.m. ET. The game can be watched on TV on the TBS network or online through live stream (details below).
After only losing three times this season, big things were expected of Wisconsin and they have delivered. Their second round match against Coast Carolina was not even close.
In the 86-72 victory, Frank Kaminsky had a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds. more >>
The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball enters the Sweet 16 on Thursday night, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish play the Wichita State Shockers in the first of four games tonight. Tip-off is at 7:15 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below).
Notre Dame dispatched Northeastern 69-65 in the second round thanks to a 25-point performance from Zach Auguste. The forward played 27 minutes and sank 10 of his 14 shot attempts from the field.
Jerian Grant also had a good game with 17 points, five assists and two steals as he played throughout the contest. more >>
Over the past few seasons the Achilles heel of the Detroit Tigers has been its bullpen. The team has relied on Bruce Rondon to fill a spot their the past two off seasons and that has failed to work out. They signed Joe Nathan to a two-year $20 million deal and that hasn't gone as planned, and last year at the trading deadline they traded top prospects for Joakim Soria. That move has yet to pay off, even though the team picked up his contract option for 2015.
There are a lot of questions concerning the bullpen: which pitchers will have which roles, and which players will travel north with the team for Opening Day in two weeks?
It would appear that the right-handed spots are all but locked up. Nathan, Soria, along with Joba Chamberlain, Rondon and Al Albuquerque are virtual locks. That leaves promising prospect Angel Nesbit n the outside looking in. more >>
Greg Biffle is a driver used to running for championships. He has won a championship in the Craftsman Truck series and the Xfinity series. He has finished the top 10 in Sprint Cup series points 10 times in his career. However, for much of the 2014 season and early on in the 2015 season, Biffle's #16 Roush Fenway Racing team has struggled. Biffle has not won a sprint Cup series race since 2013 and has not won multiple races since 2012. When the team unloaded at the Auto Club Speedway this weekend for race there, Biffle had some strong words.
"This is unacceptable, We're dying a slow death. We need to start showing up for the weekend closer to where we need to be," Biffle told NBC's NASCAR Talk Friday. From those comments alone it appears that Biffle is frustrated with the current state of his race team.
"You want to unload off the truck and be in the top 10 or top 15. Granted, we were much better yesterday when we were (17th) and 14th in the final practice on speed, so we got it better," he clarified before Sunday's race. "You just feel crushed when you've worked so hard and everybody's put so much effort into it – and then we come here and come off the truck with that kind of speed. That really crushed us. That was a blow to us that we ended up in that position off the truck." more >>
The Cleveland Browns appear to be the frontrunners to appear on the HBO series "Hard Knocks" later this summer. Hard Knocks follows one team through their Training Camp and pre-season and is a must-watch show for many NFL fans. It is widely popular with NFL head coaches and front offices, so much so that the NFL implemented rules to compel teams to participate in the program.
Only teams that have a new head coach, playoff games in the last two years, or have participated on the program in the last decade are exempt from being forced to participate. For 2015, that means the NFL could force the Browns, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and St. Louis Rams to participate.
Of all those teams, the Browns have the most interesting storylines, especially if they trade up in the draft to get a new young QB to pair with Johnny Manziel and veteran Josh McCown. They are a team trying to find their way, and that always makes for interesting TV. more >>
The Green Bay Packers have never been big players in the free agent market. Since free agents have become more important in the NFL, the Packers can count their big free agent acquisitions on one hand -- Reggie White, Charles Woodson, and Julius Peppers. Instead, the team believes in drafting well and developing the players they already have.
With $21 million in cap space, and after losing big name free agents Davon House and Tramon Williams, it would seem the Packers should make a move or two to add something to the core of their team. So far, however, they remain absent from the free agent market.