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🏀 Championship matchups set
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Iowa and South Carolina will face off in the women's NCAA championship game in Cleveland this afternoon. UConn and Purdue will play for the men's title tomorrow night in Glendale, Ariz.

  • All four teams to reach the final games are No. 1 seeds.

👀 Caitlin Clark effect: The Final Four women's matchup between Iowa and UConn on Friday, which featured superstars Caitlin Clark and Paige Bueckers, had 14.2 million viewers on ESPN.

  • It was the most-viewed women's college hoops game on record and ESPN's largest audience for any basketball broadcast — beating Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference finals between Cleveland and Boston, which had 13.5 million viewers, per AP.

📺 Watch Iowa face South Carolina at 3 p.m. ET on ABC. Catch UConn and Purdue tomorrow at 9:20 p.m. ET on TBS, TNT or truTV.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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UConn’s bid for repeat title has reached its final challenge: Purdue and star Zach Edey

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — UConn has blown through the NCAA Tournament again to reach college basketball’s final night, this time with a chance to claim the first repeat championship in 17 years.

https://apnews.com/article/march-madness-championship-uconn-purdue-5757e50eaea3a544fb785c03b33fff4d?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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South Carolina finishes perfect season with NCAA championship, beating Clark and Iowa 87-75

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kamilla Cardoso delivered once again for Dawn Staley and South Carolina.

https://apnews.com/article/march-madness-score-iowa-clark-south-carolina-80c556d6a9130a301d0f59e6eb997a4d?

ps:Congrats to SC NCAA champions!!

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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UConn concludes a dominant run to its 2nd straight NCAA title, beating Zach Edey and Purdue 75-60

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A basketball beatdown. A coaching clinic. A double-digit domination.

https://apnews.com/article/march-madness-ncaa-championship-uconn-purdue-score-525f5f96f6b007034a2cb928dc8a4dbc?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Tiger Woods finishes Masters with his highest score as a pro and sets sights on upcoming majors

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods finished the Masters on Sunday with a record he could do without, walking off the course with a 16-over 304, his highest 72-hole score in a career that spans three decades.

https://apnews.com/article/masters-2024-augusta-national-tiger-woods-d55ad9f324693c5adb03425e814f8ec1?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🏅Boston Marathon winner
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Sisay Lemma after crossing the finish line to win the men's division of the Boston Marathon. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Sisay Lemma, a 33-year-old runner from Ethiopia, won the Boston Marathon today with a time of 2:06:17.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma wins Boston Marathon in runaway. Kenya’s Hellen Obiri repeats in women’s race

BOSTON (AP) — Sisay Lemma scorched the first half of the Boston Marathon course on Monday, setting a record pace to build a lead of more than half of a mile.

https://apnews.com/article/boston-marathon-d3b4f8b25420a382f82a01887a1202f0?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Caitlin Clark vs. basketball pay gap
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Data: Spotrac. (Based on average annual value of player's contract in 2023-24 season.) Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

Caitlin Clark's entire WNBA team combined will get paid about the same as one random back-bench NBA player next year, Axios' Sam Baker writes.

  • The Indiana Fever's total payroll was roughly $1.2 million this past year, which is about average for the league. The NBA's minimum contract for a player with just one year of experience is $1.5 million per year.

🏀 The big picture: Clark's legions of fans have been shocked to learn how little the WNBA's top talent gets paid. But she might be powerful enough to help change that reality.

  • Ticket prices for Indiana Fever games are up almost 200%, per The Athletic. Other teams' ticket prices are highest, by far, for games against the Fever.
  • Clark is already an astounding driver of TV ratings, merchandising and high-profile sponsorships.

📺 What's next: The WNBA is in the process of negotiating a new media deal, just as droves of new fans will be tuning in.

  • The league will need to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with players by 2027 — players' chance to grab a bigger slice of the league's growing pie.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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THE NBA PLAYOFFS HAVE ARRIVED

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The 2023-24 NBA season began on October 24. 179 days and 1,238 games later, the playoffs are set. What are the biggest questions as the action gets underway? Our NBA experts weigh in.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🎙️ 1 for the road: "Theeeeee Yankees win!"
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John Sterling during a retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium yesterday. Photo: Noah K. Murray/AP

After 36 seasons as the hyperexcitable voice of the New York Yankees, John Sterling, 85, was given a jersey with No. 5,631 — his total games — during an on-field retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium yesterday.

  • Sterling called 5,420 regular-season games plus 211 postseason games, AP reports.
  • Fans pined to hear him follow final outs with: "Theeeeee Yankees win!"

In his booming baritone, Sterling explained the origin of his signature, exclamatory home run calls:

  • "I just happened to do something for Bernie Williams. He hit a home run and I said, 'Bern, baby, Bern!'"
  • "I did say `A-bomb from A-Rod!' when he hit a home run and I did say: `Robbie Canó, don't you know,'" Sterling recalled of his calls for Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Canó.

And don't forget: "It's a Jeter jolt!"

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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📷 Pic du jour: Mavs lose to Clippers
 
A photo of Luka Doncic trying to shoot a basketball while Russell Westbrook tries to stop him
 

Russell Westbrook and the L.A. Clippers were too much for Luka Dončić and the Mavs yesterday. Photo: Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

 

The Mavs lost in a lackluster Game 1 of the first round of the NBA playoffs against the L.A. Clippers.

How it happened: The Mavs had their worst offensive first half in a playoff game in franchise history, trailing 56-30 at halftime, per ESPN.

  • The Clippers maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.
  • But, Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving did score 33 and 31 points, respectively.

What's next: The Mavs play Game 2 tomorrow night in L.A.

  • Tonight, the Stars have home-ice advantage in their first playoff game against the reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Vegas Golden Knights, at 8:30pm at the American Airlines Center.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Stars lose to Golden Knights
 
Dallas Stars Jason Robertson competes for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights Jack Eichel
 

Jason Robertson and the Dallas Stars couldn't overcome Jack Eichel and the Vegas Golden Knights. Photo: Sam Hodde/Getty Images

 

The Stars couldn't defeat the reigning world champs last night in Dallas.

What happened: Dallas lost Game 1 of the best-of-seven series to the Vegas Golden Knights.

  • Vegas landed on the scoreboard early in a high-scoring first period that ended with the Golden Knights ahead, 3-2.
  • The Stars were held scoreless in the second period, trailing 4-2. Mason Marchment cut into Vegas' lead late in the third period, giving Dallas a chance to tie the game.
  • But, alas, it didn't happen. The Stars lost 4-3.

What's next: The Stars play Game 2 at 8:30pm tomorrow in Dallas.

  • But first, the Mavs, our other playoff team, play Game 2 against the Clippers at 9 tonight in L.A.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🏀 WNBA's staying power
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WNBA executive Keia Clarke speaks during the TN50: Business of Women's Sports Summit today. Photo: Axios and Deep Blue Sports + Entertainment.

Brands will be missing out if they don't understand that the rise of women's sports is here to stay, New York Liberty CEO Keia Clarke said today at the TN50: Business of Women's Sports Summit.

  • "This is the tipping point. It's for the long haul now and it's our job to really showcase the value and longevity," Clarke said at the event produced by Axios and Deep Blue Sports + Entertainment.

🎯 Why it matters: Thanks to Caitlin Clark's arrival, the WNBA is under pressure to capitalize financially as it heads into arguably the most anticipated season in its 28-year history — and a new media-rights deal.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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WNBA training camps open with Caitlin Clark, the rookie class and free agency moves in the spotlight

NEW YORK (AP) — There is a buzz around the opening of WNBA training camps with the arrival of Caitlin Clark, the rest of her heralded rookie class and major offseason free agency moves that included former All-Stars Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith landing in Seattle.

https://apnews.com/article/wnba-caitlin-clark-training-camp-5a80aae325d86d49a17501b01f91a8dd?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🏈 Cowboys draft new blood
 
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The Dallas Cowboys made some decisions this weekend. Photo: John Smolek/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

 

The Dallas Cowboys picked some new players this weekend, but it remains unclear whether they'll keep some of the stars they already have.

Why it matters: Cowboys fans have been waiting almost 30 years for the team to win another Super Bowl.

State of play: This is the last year of quarterback Dak Prescott's contract, and there's a chance the team won't extend it before the season starts.

  • Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb — who led the NFL in catches — also hasn't had his contract extended and hasn't shown up yet to offseason workouts.

The latest: The Cowboys drafted eight players after starting the weekend with seven picks.

  • They exchanged their 24th pick in the first round with the Detroit Lions for their 29th pick and an extra third-round pick.

Who's who: The University of Oklahoma's Tyler Guyton was picked 29th in the first round. The former TCU player will play left tackle.

  • Marshawn Kneeland — defensive end from Western Michigan — was picked in the second round.
  • Cooper Beebe — guard from Kansas State — was picked in the third.
  • Marist Liufau — linebacker from Notre Dame — was also picked in the third.
  • Caelen Carson — cornerback from Wake Forest — was picked in the fifth.
  • Ryan Flournoy — wide receiver from Southeast Missouri State — was picked in the sixth.
  • Nathan Thomas — offensive lineman from Louisiana-Lafayette — was picked in the seventh.
  • Justin Rogers — defensive tackle from Auburn — was also picked in the seventh.

The bottom line: The Super Bowl is always in sight.

  • Until it's not.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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📷 Pic du jour: Stars nab 3-2 OT win
 
The Dallas Stars celebrate on the ice after an overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights
 

Ryan Suter, Jason Robertson and Wyatt Johnston celebrate after Johnston scored an overtime goal to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

 

The Dallas Stars got their first playoff win Saturday night in overtime against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Why it matters: The Stars needed to beat the reigning world champions to hang on in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

  • The Stars had lost six straight against Vegas, including the first two of the best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

The intrigue: Dallas was the top seed and had home-ice advantage in the series but couldn't beat Vegas here.

What happened: Forward Wyatt Johnson, 20, was stellar, scoring two goals, including the game-winner in overtime.

What's next: Game 4 is at 8:30 tonight. Vegas leads the series 2-1.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🏀🏒 OKC, Florida advance: The Thunder beat the Pelicans, 97-89, to sweep the series; the Panthers beat the Lightning, 6-1, to win the Battle of Florida in five games.

USA, Mexico pull '27 bid: The U.S. and Mexico are withdrawing their bid to host the 2027 Women's World Cup and will instead bid together for the 2031 tournament.

🥊 Tyson vs. Paul: Mike Tyson's upcoming fight against YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul will be a sanctioned professional bout rather than an exhibition. Tyson is 57. Paul is 27.

🏒 Hakstol fired: The Kraken fired coach Dave Hakstol, who led the franchise for its first three seasons. Seattle took a step back this year after reaching the West semifinals in 2023.

Ryan and Rob strike again: After their success with Wrexham FC in Wales, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have bought a minority stake in Liga MX's Necaxa.

 

🏀 2005-2024

THE END OF AN NBA ERA

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Jamal Murray hit another game-winner on Monday to lift the Nuggets past the Lakers, 108-106, and win the series in five games.

Mind-blowing stat: This is the first time since 2005 that the second round of the NBA playoffs won't feature one of LeBron James, Kevin Durant or Steph Curry. And more than half of those 18 seasons featured at least two of them in the semifinals and onward.

Think about that… What were you doing in 2005? I was in eighth grade. George W. Bush was president. "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey was the No. 1 song.

  • LeBron was my sports idol. KD's Thunder were my favorite team to use in NBA 2K. I imagined I was Steph while shooting stepback threes in my childhood driveway.
  • These guys defined basketball for much of the 2000s. They made me fall in love with the game and shaped my NBA fandom through high school, college and into adulthood. Truly the end of an era.

Looking ahead: Did LeBron just play his last game with the Lakers? Let the offseason of intrigue begin

 

103 years ago today, the Akron Pros were named the inaugural champions* of the American Professional Football Association, which became the NFL in 1922.

A defensive force: The Pros finished the 1920 campaign with an 8-0-3 record and shut out their opponents in 10 of 11 games. They allowed seven points the entire season.

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*Controversial champs: The decision to award the 1920 title to Akron was protested by the Decatur Staleys (10-1-2) and Buffalo All-Americans (9-1-1), who won more games and both played the Pros to scoreless ties.

 

103 years ago today, the Akron Pros were named the inaugural champions* of the American Professional Football Association, which became the NFL in 1922.

A defensive force: The Pros finished the 1920 campaign with an 8-0-3 record and shut out their opponents in 10 of 11 games. They allowed seven points the entire season.

More on this day:

*Controversial champs: The decision to award the 1920 title to Akron was protested by the Decatur Staleys (10-1-2) and Buffalo All-Americans (9-1-1), who won more games and both played the Pros to scoreless ties.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🏒 Dallas Stars lead the series

The Stars have won three straight and now lead their first-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-2.

  • Puck yes!

Why it matters: It's a tough matchup. The Stars clinched the top seed in the Western Conference and had home ice advantage to face a wild card team.

  • They ended up against the reigning Stanley Cup champions, who have proven to be kryptonite. The Stars were knocked out of the playoffs last year by Vegas and lost all three of their regular season matchups.

Yes, but: That may be changing! The Stars managed to win two straight in Vegas and kept up the momentum in front of a raucous home crowd last night.

What happened: Vegas scored early in the first period on a power play, but the Stars quickly clapped back with an Evgenii Dadonov goal. Dallas then led 2-1 after Matt Duchene scored on a power play. Vegas quickly tied it.

  • But Jason Robertson scored on a power play late in the second after Tyler Seguin was hit in the face.
  • Goalie Jake Oettinger stopped 25 shots, including one from the splits late in the third. 🦦

What's next: Game 6 is back in Vegas on Friday.

  • If Game 7 is necessary, the teams come back to Dallas on Sunday.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🧢 Charted: Ump math
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Data: UmpScorecards. Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Despite what you may have heard — or think you've seen with your own two eyes — MLB umpires are actually doing pretty well this season, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick writes.

🧮 By the numbers: League-wide, baseball umps have a nearly 94% accuracy rating so far in 2024, per unofficial metric-keeper UmpScorecards.

  • That's down a bit from 2023 but up from a relatively miserable 90% or so in 2015.

🥊 Reality check: It's never been easier for egregiously bad calls to go viral on social media, where they're the bread and butter of hugely popular channels like Jomboy Media.

  • The accuracy stat also treats every pitch as equal. If an ump makes a bad call at a critical moment in a game, that's obviously going to create more fan outcry.

🤖 What's next: Robo-umps are coming, anyway.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🏀 WNBA ticket boom
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Clark of the Indiana Fever plays against the Dallas Wings during a preseason game on Friday. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Women's sports are experiencing an unprecedented boom, driving a surge in ticket sales and prices. Axios' Ivana Saric writes.

  • The big picture: Much of the recent attention has focused on newly drafted Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark.

🎟️ State of play: The Fever's average ticket price doubled when she was drafted.

  • Both the Las Vegas Aces and the Washington Mystics have moved their games against the Indiana Fever to bigger arenas in part due to Clark's massive popularity, AP reports.
  • The Seattle Storm says the team has seen price jumps for their games against the Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky, which just drafted college stars Kamilla Cardoso and Angel Reese.

Keep reading.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Mystik Dan wins 150th Kentucky Derby by a nose in the closest 3-horse photo finish since 1947

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The 150th Kentucky Derby produced one of the most dramatic finishes in its storied history — three noses at the wire.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🎉 Stars, Mavs advance to second round of playoffs
 
Wyatt Johnson and Jamie Benn high five during the Dallas Stars win of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs
 

Wyatt Johnston high fives Jamie Benn last night at the AAC. Photo: Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

 

Both the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Mavericks have advanced to the second round of the playoffs after winning at home over the weekend.

Why it matters: The teams advanced from the first round of their playoffs against tough opponents.

  • It's the most excitement for North Texas sports fans since the Texas Rangers won the World Series in November.

The latest: The Stars won 2-1 in Game 7 last night against the Vegas Golden Knights, the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Dallas advances to the Western Conference semifinals to face the Colorado Avalanche.

  • The Mavs won 114-101 in Game 6 Friday against the L.A. Clippers. They advance to the Western Conference semifinals to play the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Kyrie Irving high fives Luka Dončić during Friday's Game 6. Photo: Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Fun fact: The Thunder beat the Mavs three times during the regular season but lost their fourth matchup when both Kyrie Irving and Luka Dončić were playing, per SI.

Yes, but: Mavericks center Maxi Kleber is out with a separated right shoulder after L.A.'s Amir Coffey collided with him in Friday's game.

What's next: The Mavs face top-seeded OKC in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series tomorrow night in Oklahoma.

  • The Stars get just today to rest before facing the Avs tomorrow in Dallas.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🏀 NBA playoffs: The Timberwolves blew out the Nuggets, 106-80, in Denver to go up 2-0 on the defending champs; Jalen Brunson (43 points) and the Knicks beat the Pacers, 121-117, in Game 1 at The Garden.

🏒 NHL playoffs: The Bruins blasted the Panthers, 5-1, in the series opener behind 38 saves from Jeremy Swayman, whose .955 save percentage leads all postseason goalies.

Another loss for United: Crystal Palace beat Manchester United, 4-0, to hand the club its 13th Premier League loss this season (most ever) and 18th loss in all competitions (most since 1977-78).

🏒 Bowness retires: Jets coach Rick Bowness announced his retirement on Monday after nearly four decades behind the bench.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🏀 Three-time MVP: Nikola Jokić was named NBA MVP, becoming the ninth player in league history to win the award three or more times.

Madrid 2, Munich 1: 33-year-old journeyman Joselu Mato was the unlikely hero Wednesday, scoring twice to send Real Madrid to the Champions League final.

🏒 NHL scoreboard: Vancouver overcame a three-goal deficit to beat Edmonton, 5-4, in Game 1; Florida blew out Boston, 6-1, to tie the series.

Mizuhara pleads guilty: Ippei Mizuhara pleaded guilty to two charges after authorities found he stole ~$17 million from Shohei Ohtani. The former interpreter faces up to 33 years in prison.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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