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By | March 13, 2024

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๐Ÿ€ Cards struck: No. 21 Saint Mary’s (West Coast), Charleston (CAA), Oakland (Horizon) and Wagner (NEC) for the men; No. 5 Texas (Big 12), Green Bay (Horizon), Portland (West Coast) and South Dakota State (Summit) for the women.

๐Ÿˆ Heisman duo: Derrick Henry signs a two-year contract with the Ravens, where he will join fellow Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. Follow all the latest free agency news.

๐Ÿ€ Payne gets fired: Louisville plans to fire men’s basketball coach Kenny Payne after going 12-52 in two seasons, AP reports.

โšฝ๏ธ Advancement of Barรงa and Arsenal: Barcelona defeated Napoli and Arsenal squeaked past Porto on penalties to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

๐Ÿ’ Rempe suspended: Rangers enforcer Matt Rempe has been suspended four games for elbowing New Jersey’s Jonas Siegenthaler in the head.


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Vice President Rodgers?

(Ryan Kang/Getty Images)(Ryan Kang/Getty Images)

(Ryan Kang/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers, Whoever said he wants the Jets to eliminate outside noise in 2024 is nowโ€ฆ possibly running for vice president?

The news: Rodgers is on a short list of potential running mates for longshot candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who confirmed his interest to The New York Times.

  • Kennedy has reportedly been speaking to Rodgers “fairly continuously” over the past month.

  • The domain name “kennedyrodgers.com” was registered last week through GoDaddy, the Times reported.

Publicly tuned: Rodgers, 40, is an outspoken supporter of Kennedy, 70, and frequently mentions him in interviews. They share similar views on COVID-19, have promoted both vaccine skepticism and conspiracy theories, and recently hit the road together.

  • If Kennedy chooses Rodgers to join him on the campaign trail, it would create a major conflict for the Jets, who owe him $35 million in fully guaranteed money this year.

  • The four-time MVP and future Hall of Famer is under contract through 2025 and recently said he hopes to play “two, three or four more years” in the NFL.

The Jets and presidential politics: Team owner Woody Johnson was President Trump’s former ambassador to Britain from 2017 to 2021 and was recently seen with Trump at a rally in South Carolina.

  • It is uncertain whether Kennedy, a former Democrat, will draw more votes from President Biden or Trump if he is on the ballot in November, although most polls suggest he will hurt Biden more.

  • So we could soon be living in a world where Kennedy, along with the Jets QB, helps Trump, backed by the Jets owner, retake the White House โ€” while the Jets miss the playoffs for the fourteenth year in a row.

Tweet of the day:The Vice President of the United States plays QB for the Jets’ is the plot of an Adam Sandler movie with a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes โ€” @AdamStites_


๐ŸŽ“ Nick Saban is going to Congress

Saban and Senator Ted Cruz speak during a roundtable on the future of college athletics.  (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)Saban and Senator Ted Cruz speak during a roundtable on the future of college athletics.  (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

Saban and Senator Ted Cruz speak during a roundtable on the future of college athletics. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

Yahoo Sports’ Ross Dellenger reports from Washington, DC…

On Capitol Hill, in a U.S. Senate building and in front of several sitting senators and political figures, college football’s most legendary living coach struggled to get college athletes paid, just not as employees; attributed his retirement to the current unregulated nature of the college athletics reward system; and criticized booster-led collectives that, he says, have transformed the sport into a “pay for play” industry.

Wearing a teal suit and polka-dot blue tie, former Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke as one of nine members as part of a roundtable hosted and led by Senator Ted Cruz, the lawmaker’s attempt to highlight the need for congressional action on the legislation for college athletes.

Two months removed from announcing his retirement, Saban offered a thunderous message to the college sports world: Pay the players โ€” but with limitations.

โ€œI support student-athletes being able to share some of this revenue,โ€ he said. โ€œI don’t want them to be employees, but I want them to share in the revenue somehow.โ€

At some point before he retired, his wife Terry approached him and asked: Why are we doing this?

“She said, ‘Everything.’ [the players] What matters is how much you are going to pay them. They don’t care how you’re going to develop them, and that’s what we’ve always done. So why are we doing this?'” Saban said. โ€œThat was kind of a warning sign that we’re really creating a circumstance that is not conducive to the development of young people, and that’s why I’ve always done what I did.”

Read the full story.


๐Ÿˆ Former Jags employee sentenced to prison

(Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)(Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)

(Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)

Former Jaguars employee Amit Patel was sentenced Tuesday to 6.5 years in prison for embezzlement worth $22 million committed while he was with the team from 2018-2323. Jeff writes.

What they say: โ€œHe didn’t need that money,โ€ prosecutors said of Patel, 31, who stole $22.2 million while overseeing the Jags’ virtual credit card program. “He had fun with it. He made it happen… Under these circumstances, a long prison sentence is justified.”

Spending wave: Most of the money was funded by Patel’s gambling addiction, with $20 million transferred to FanDuel and $1 million to DraftKings. There were also a few creative releases.

  • He spent $600,000 at Apple, $278,000 on travel, $69,025.26 at Ticketmaster and $47,113.92 on Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron putter from the 1996 US Amateur.

  • He also paid $2,200 for a game-used Trevor Lawrence jersey on eBay. Just go get one from the locker room!

What’s next: In addition to his prison sentence, Patel must pay the Jaguars more than $21 million in restitution and attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings.


๐ŸŒŽ The world in photos

(Al Bello/Getty Images for Teton Ridge)(Al Bello/Getty Images for Teton Ridge)

(Al Bello/Getty Images for Teton Ridge)

Arlington, Texas โ€” Chase Dougherty, riding Mandate, competes in The American Rodeo at Globe Life Field.

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(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Seattleโ€” Kraken defender Jamie Oleksiak looks on during the warm-up.

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(Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen makes a pit stop during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

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(Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

Sisteron, France โ€” The peloton during stage 6 of the 82nd Paris-Nice cycling race.


๐Ÿ“† March 13, 2022: Brady is back

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Two years ago today, Tom Brady retired and announced his return to the NFL just 40 days after initially calling it quits. Jeff writes.

Brady: “Over the past two months I have realized that my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it is not now. …Unfinished business LFG.”

More about this day:

*Stan the Man: Stan Musial seemed unaffected by the bouncing ball, hitting .333 through April, even though the averages were significantly lower in both the AL (.210 from .257 last year) and NL (.238 from .249 ). He would win the batting title with a .357 average, 27 points better than anyone else.


๐Ÿ“บ Watchlist: Six tickets to the dance

Colgate back in the Patriot League title game.  (Colgate Athletics)Colgate back in the Patriot League title game.  (Colgate Athletics)

Colgate back in the Patriot League title game. (Colgate Athletics)

Six more March Madness tickets will take a hit tonight, with three men’s and three women’s conference title matches headlining Championship Week action, Jeff writes.

  • Gentlemen – Southland: Nicholls vs. McNeese (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2); Patriot: Lehigh vs. Colgate* (7 p.m., CBSSN); Big Sky: Montana vs. Montana State (11:30 p.m., ESPN2)

  • Women – Big Sky: Northern Arizona vs. Eastern Washington (5 p.m., ESPNU); American: Rice vs. East Carolina (7 p.m., ESPNU); Mountain West: No. 21 UNLV vs. San Diego State (10:30 p.m., CBSSN)

More to watch:

  • โšฝ๏ธ Champions League: Atlรฉtico Madrid (0-1) vs. Inter Milan (4 p.m., Paramount+); Borussia Dortmund (1-1) against PSV (4 p.m., Paramount+) โ€ฆ For the last two spots in the quarter-finals.

  • ๐Ÿ€ NBA: Nuggets in heat (7:30 p.m., ESPN); Lakers at Kings (10 p.m., ESPN)

  • ๐Ÿ’ NHL: Kings at Blues (7:30 p.m., TNT/Max); Capitals at Oilers (10 p.m., TNT/Max)

  • ๐ŸŽพ Tennis: Indian Wells (2 p.m., tennis)

  • โšพ๏ธ Spring training: Red Sox at Yankees (1 p.m., MLB); Dodgers sailors (4 p.m., MLB)

*Can they make it four in a row? Colgate is in the Patriot League title game for the seventh straight year, including victories in each of the last three. A fourth straight win would break a tie with Holy Cross (three straight wins from 2001-2003) for the conference record.


๐Ÿ€ NBA trivia

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(Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Nikola Jokic is racing toward his third NBA MVP, something only eight other players have done.

Answer below.


๐Ÿšด๐ŸผIs this the future of cycling?

(Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images)(Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images)

(Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images)

Dutch cycling team Visma-Lease a Bike last week unveiled a radical new helmet designed to make riders faster in time trials โ€“ and which looks like something out of ‘Star Wars’.

What’s next: The Giro Aerohead II helmet has caused quite a stir and is now under review by cycling’s governing body.


Trivia answer: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 MVPs), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell (5), LeBron James (4), Wilt Chamberlain (4), Magic Johnson (3), Larry Bird (3), Moses Malone (3)

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