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- WE LEARNED…TYRONN LUE’S HEALTH BECOMES THE LATEST CAVS ISSUE
CLEVELAND has had the year from hell and now they face another problem, this time with their head coach. Ty Lue is stepping away to focus on his health and is aiming to return in about a week after struggling to sleep while dealing with chest pains lately. Get well soon T-Lue.
- WE LEARNED…MARCH = MADNESS
IT happens every year in the NCAA Tournament. We analyse every team in the field of 64 competing for the national title only to see our expectations blown out of the water on Day 1. Both my picks for the championship game Michigan State and Arizona are gone. Xavier, Cincinnati, Tennessee and the defending champions North Carolina have all been forced to watch the rest of the tourney from their couch. Throw in UMBC’s historic 16 > 1 upset against Virginia and March Madness is well and truly taking over.
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- WE LEARNED…A NEW AFL SEASON IS JUST DAYS AWAY
MONTHS of waiting are almost over as the AFL returns in just over 24 hours. The reigning premiers, yes the reigning premiers Richmond (I still can’t quite believe it) kick off things against Carlton on Thursday night with the Giants vs. Bulldogs game on Sunday my pick of the bunch for Round 1. Make sure you make any relevant AFL Fantasy changes to your team before lockout hits and 2018 gets underway!
- WE LEARNED…NFL FREE AGENCY CONTINUES
WITH most of the big names agreeing to terms early in Week 1, the best of the rest have found new homes since last week. Carlos Hyde (RB, Browns), Nate Solder (LT, Giants), Star Lotulelei (DT, Bills), Justin Pugh (G, Cardinals), Doug Martin (RB, Raiders), Dontari Poe (DT, Panthers), Jordy Nelson (WR, Raiders), Sheldon Richardson (DT, Vikings), Michael Crabtree (WR, Falcons), Adrian Clayborn (DE, Patriots) and Tyrann Mathieu (S, Texans) are the biggest names who have been removed from the free agency board.
- WE LEARNED…JOE THOMAS CALLS IT A DAY
THROUGHOUT his 11 seasons of pro football Joe Thomas won just 48 games, was dealt 128 losses and never finished with a winning record. Despite, the team’s struggles the Cleveland Browns‘ offensive tackle is a first ballot Hall of Famer with 7x All-Pro first-team nods, 10x Pro Bowl selections and an NFL record 10,363 consecutive snaps some of the finest accolades on his career resume. After officially declaring his retirement last Wednesday, there’s no denying his stability and excellence (both on and off the field) will be missed at Browns HQ.
- WE LEARNED…JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO TOOK DOWN A GIANT
FOR 17 straight matches Roger Federer has left the tennis court a winner, a stretch that saw him win the 2018 Australian Open and ride the momentum all the way to the Indian Wells final. However, the narrative would be different this time around with Juan Martin del Potro claiming a win in California. The thrilling 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-2) victory boosted del Potro top spots on the ATP rankings to 6th while Federer still holds down the coveted world No. 1 ranking.
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- WE LEARNED…THE NFL AND NBA COMMUNITY LOST A GREAT MAN
SADLY last week, former New Orleans Pelicans and Saints owner Tom Benson passed away at the age of 90. While there were questions surrounding his ability to run a professional sports team, Benson was still an icon of both sports and will be missed. His wife Gayle Benson will take control of the NOLA franchises following her husband’s death.
- WE LEARNED…TRAE YOUNG AND HIS PALS DECLARE
AS the casualties from the NCAA Tournament pile up we are getting closer and closer to NBA Draft season. For that reason, some of the best college basketballers are starting to throw their name into the mix declaring their intentions to turn pro. The biggest names in the last week to do so include National Player of the Year candidate Trae Young, Texas freshman Mohamed Bamba and Arizona duo Allonzo Trier and DeAndre Ayton with more certain to follow in the coming weeks.
- WE LEARNED…MEMPHIS GETS THEIR MAN
27 years after staring for the Memphis Tigers former No. 1 pick Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway is taking over their head coaching reigns. Hardaway, a 4x All-Star, rejoins his alma mater after 15 years in the NBA and three years coaching high school basketball in Memphis. Former Tigers coach Tubby Smith was just 40-26 in two seasons at the helm.