Boston: I need a hero
🏈Patriots: Yesterday, the Tempe, Arizona police department honored Pats OT Justin Herron as a hero after he helped stop an attempted sexual assault over the weekend. Herron and another bystander intervened after a man attacked a 71-year-old woman in a park.
- “All I could do was just rush myself over there to make sure I could help the victim and make sure I could comfort her and be the best person I can be,” . Patriot proud.
🏒Hockey: After two games were postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, the Bruins will return to the ice tonight, taking on the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. ET. Ironically, it’ll also be the Commonwealth’s first game with fans since March 2020, as the Garden is set to host a 12 percent capacity crowd, about 2,100 fans. , wear a mask.
- And there’s even more hockey action in the Hub. Not only will No. 1 seed B.C. and No. 3 BU compete in the first round of the on Saturday, the also resume their hunt for the Isobel Cup tomorrow.
- Right before the playoffs were suspended in early February, the Pride had scored 13 (!!!) goals in two games to earn a spot in the semis. Here’s to picking up right where they left off.
Seattle: The ceiling can’t hold us
🎓🏀Gonzaga: While we bade a to Gonzaga women’s basketball on Monday, the top-seeded Gonzaga men rolled through 8-seed Oklahoma in the second round. Next up for the ’Zags? Their sixth consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance, against 5-seed Creighton on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. ET/11:10 a.m. PT.
- Creighton’s a decent three-point shooting team, but they’re atrocious from the free throw line. It’s hard to imagine the Bluejays knocking off the ’Zags.
- And if second-team All-American Drew Timme (pronounced TIMMY) can build off of his career-high, 30-point Monday performance, we feel pretty good about being Elite Eight-bound. That though...
🎓🏐Volleyball: No. 8 UW is back in action with a two-game slate against historically successful Stanford starting tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Even though the Cardinal snagged three of the last four national titles, the dominant players on those teams have graduated. Look for the Dawgs — led by Ella May Powell and Samantha Drechsel (pronounced DREX-ULL) — to take advantage. Digging it.
- Meanwhile, tomorrow’s match for No. 13 Washington State has been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols, the third straight cancellation for the Cougs. Eek. Fingers crossed they’ll be able to return against No. 12 Utah on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
🏀LA: Just dance
WBB: The 3-seed UCLA Bruins tried to mess with Texas, but fell to the 6-seed Longhorns 71–62 last night. The Texas defense stifled the Bruins early and Longhorn Celeste Taylor (surprisingly not Charli Collier, the presumptive No. 1 pick in next month’s WNBA draft) was too hot to handle. Still, the Bruins should be proud of their season, especially playing with . Chin up.
MBB: We've said it before and we'll say it again: West Coast, best coast. USC and UCLA are two of the four Pac-12 men’s teams through to the Sweet Sixteen. After demolishing No. 3 Kansas on Monday, 6-seed USC will face 7-seed Oregon on Sunday at 9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT.
- The Trojans are ready to bring it against their Pac-12 foes: (older brother of freshman phenom Evan) is about the Ducks snagging the Pac-12 regular season crown, and so are we.
As for 11-seed UCLA, no one expected them to , and Johnny Juzang and the Bruins have a tough test against 2-seed Alabama on Sunday at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT. Forget Roll Tide, let’s send ’Bama rolling home.
🏀D.C.: Go big or go home
And then there was one: VCU, Virginia Tech and Mount St. Mary’s are all out of the women’s tournament. Either they , were shut down by an or had the misfortune of ...leaving Maryland as the lone DMV squad, women’s or men’s, remaining in March Madness.
- The 2-seed Terps put on a clinic in yesterday’s second round matchup against 7-seed Alabama, trouncing them 100–64. The Terps led 30–9 (!!!) at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Damn. At least one Maryland team knows how to .
- While all five starters tout double-digit scoring averages, it was the bench who shone yesterday. led the Terps with 19 points, and scored a career-high 16. If other teams don’t fear the turtle yet, they should.
Dallas: Bears are ballin’
🎓🏀WBB: Our Texas teams continue to dominate the women’s tourney in San Antonio, with three schools heading to the Sweet Sixteen. No. 2 seeds Baylor and Texas A&M, along with No. 6 Texas advanced through the first two rounds, with Baylor notably winning their first two games by 49 and 42 points. The defending champs came to play.
- The Bears will face a scrappy No. 6 Michigan squad on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT, while Texas A&M — fresh off their second round finish — will take on No. 3 Arizona this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
- And, after defeating No. 3 UCLA to earn their 16th round of 16 appearance (how sweet!), Texas will face No. 2 Maryland on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Keep the upsets coming.
MBB: On the men’s side, No. 1 Baylor is the only local favorite remaining, but the Bears are looking sharp. After two commanding wins, highlighted by Texan scoring 17 points off the bench, they’ll face No. 5 Villanova on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. CT. Elite Eight, we’re coming for you.
🏈Cowboys: The ’Boys made some more defense-focused free agency moves yesterday, signing former Detroit Lions safety Jayron Kearse hours after they informed defensive end Aldon Smith they wouldn’t be re-signing him. Smith says goodbye and .
- But the most notable news from yesterday wasn’t a signing. Free agent safety Malik Hooker, who last played with the Indianapolis Colts, visited with the Cowboys and quickly to share his satisfaction with the meeting.