Josh Helmuth delivers the top sports stories of the week!
March Madness is finally coming to a close. As we are shooting this show, we're are only hours away from the National Championship game Monday night between two titans-the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats. The game is a rematch between coaches Bill Self and John Calipari, who played each other in the 2008 national title game, when Self's KU squad defeated Cal's Memphis team in overtime, 75-68. Kentucky is looking for their eight title, and first since 1998. Calipari is looking for his first title, after his last two trips to the Final Four with his previous schools have been vacated due to NCAA violations. To add to the story lines, Calipari was also once a volunteer assistant at Kansas. Although KU has made the Final Four 14 times, they're looking for only their fourth championship. Notre Dame will take on the undefeated Baylor Bears in the women's national championship on Tuesday night.
Hot dogs, Apple Pie, Harley Davidson and Opening Day. That's right, it doesn't get more 'American' than the opening day of Major League Baseball, which begins for many teams on Thursday. The official 'Opening night' kicks off in Miami, at the Marlins' new ballpark, when the fish will take on the Cardinals. The Mariners and Athletics kicked off their seasons last week with a special two game series opener in Japan.
And probably the happiest franchise in baseball right now is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Doyer fans, players and personnel have to be stoked now that the embezzler, Frank McCourt will no longer be owner. Last week a group that includes former Laker great Magic Johnson bought the team for 2.15 billion dollars, which is easily about a billion dollars more than the team's estimated worth. Still, many are commending the move after McCourt drove the team to bankruptcy, literally freezing the the team from making any big moves within the past year and thus preventing the team from being competitive. The deal, led by Guggenheim Partners is expected to be approved in Federal Bankruptcy court at the end of this month.
Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident on Sunday. While one source described the 51-year-old coach as 'pretty banged up,' a statement released by the university declared his family stated he is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. The accident happened Sunday night near the community of Crosses in Madison County-which is about 23 miles southeast of Fayetteville.
Amongst college basketball's awards, Kentucky's Anthony Davis won the Naismith Player of the Year trophy. He's the first Wildcat to ever win the award, and the second freshman after Kevin Durant in 2007. Bill Self of Kansas won Naismith coach of the year after taking his Jayhawks to the championship for the 2nd time in 5 years after much of the media proclaimed this year's KU squad to be in 'rebuilding mode.'
49-year-old Jamie Moyer not only made a big league roster yet again, but he will be the Colorado Rockie's number two starter-it's his 25th major league season. The Knicks' Jeremy Lin has a torn Meniscus and will miss the next 6 weeks, likely ending his season. And former number 1 overall NFL draft pick and number 1 bust, Ryan Leaf was arrested, again, in Montana for stealing prescription pain medication. Get a grip dude!
Speaking of getting a grip, it's time to make a tree and get out here, back the the future segue. I'm trying…
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