COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 14, 2018) – A trio of talented and successful women’s basketball head coaches – Dan Hughes (Seattle Storm), Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx) and Jennifer Rizzotti (George Washington) – have been selected to serve as assistant coaches for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s National Team. The coaches will begin working with the USA National Team during its April 24-26 training camp in Seattle and return in September to aide USA head coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) through the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Hughes, Reeve and Rizzotti were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Steering Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
The North Star State might have a new star quarterback. Kirk Cousins likely to sign a blockbuster deal that sends him to Minnesota—3 year, $86 Million fully guaranteed according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Once the deal becomes official, Cousins will be the first QB in NFL history to change teams after putting up 4000+ passing yards in each of the last 3 seasons.
Betting against the house, Kirk Cousins opted to be franchise tagged back-to-back years rather than signing a long-term deal to keep him in Washington. The 29-year-old veteran rolled the dice and is set to cash out as the highest paid player in the league…. I think he likes that. And so does Doug Baldwin. Seahawks Pro Bowl wide receiver tweeted out his appreciation to Cousins calling him a “hero.”
Kirk Cousins is a hero for all the young players that will follow after him. Now we need more players to bet on themselves until fully guaranteed contracts are the norm and not the exception.
Kirk is not only a hero but also a game-changer when it comes to NFL deals. Unlike the NBA or MLB, there has never been a fully-guaranteed contract in the NFL… until now. Of course, it is not a done deal but Cousins is expected to have dinner with Vikings coaches and decision makers tonight before visiting the brand-new team facility on Thursday.
Big contracts mean big expectations. After reaching the NFC Title game last year, Vikings fans are hoping to “skol” all the way to a Super Bowl with Cousins in the purple and gold.
Free agency officially begins at 4PM todaybut teams are wasting no time on swooping up some of the biggest names on the market. Thankfully, this chart from CBSSports.com lists the top 50 free agents, their current team and where we can expect to see them next year (unofficially, of course).
Here are some initial thoughts about a few moves thus far:
Once you beat them, join them? Malcolm Butler heading to Tennessee despite trouncing them with his former team during the AFC divisional game last season. With a chip on his shoulder after the Super Bowl benching, Bulter might be having the last laugh becoming one of the highest paid defensive stars in free agency to the tune of $61 million with over $30 million guaranteed.
Jimmy Graham is making Aaron Rodgers a very happy QB. However, Rodgers will need to (discount)double check when he looks to throw downfield because unlike a good neighbor, Jordy Nelson, his favorite target will not be there. The quarterback-WR duohold the Packers’ record for most touchdowns with 65. Despitevoicing his desire to finish his career in Green Bay Nelson was cut from the roster, saving the Packers $10,218,750 in cap space. To borrow words from Drake: business is business, its strictly financial.
Run-first no more. The Bears addressed the glaring need for a wide-receiver by snaggingNo.1 Allen Robinson early. With the addition of Robinson followed byTE Tre Burton,Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky should have a better chance of using the middle of the field and running Matt Nagy’s up-tempo spread offense.
One team that has been very quiet throughout free agency have been the Atlanta Falcons… Comment or tweet us at @chicksintosportswhoyou would like to see come to ATL!
For the first time in nearly four years, Venus Williams beat out her sister Serena Williams in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. This was their 29th meeting after last years Australian Open.
Venus came out strong in the 1 ½ hour match, breaking Serena at love in the sixth game. With a 6-3 6-4 game she took the lead with back-to-back aces clocking in at over 100 miles per hour. She definitely caught her groove breaking 4-2 after her first two service games. Venus now ranks as one of the top 10 players in the world and was seeded eighth in the event.
Serena faced 41 unforced errors several of which were on her forehand side. The new mother has mentioned in previous interviews that it will take time to return to her Grand Slam championship status. She does still hold a 17-12 advantage over her sister and she did score a winning backhand shot down the line for a deuce in the second set.
Game, set and match, Venus Williams: 6-3, 6-4.
But the night belongs to both Venus and Serena. What an absolute treat to watch. This time, it was older sis who was just a little too strong #BNPPO18pic.twitter.com/lMPORI2jkZ
NEW YORK,March 12, 2018 – The WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, April 12 at the Nike New York Headquarters. ESPN2 will air the first round beginning at 7 p.m. ET, followed by coverage of rounds two and three on ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET. The draft will also stream live on the ESPN app.
The Atlanta Dream hold two picks in the upcoming draft, including the No. 16 overall pick. Last year, the Dream selected Brittney Sykes with the No. 7 overall pick.
“We are thrilled that the WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm will take place at the recently opened Nike New York Headquarters,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders. “This is all part of our newly expanded partnership with Nike, a brand that believes in equality and the empowerment of women. The draft is a pivotal moment for the players who will be selected. For basketball fans, it is that moment when they see their favorite team’s roster taking shape with the tip-off of the new season right around the corner.”
Several top draft prospects and invited guests will be on hand for WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm at the Nike New York Headquarters, where they will be immersed in an interactive, experiential atmosphere. The 150,000-square-foot venue, which opened last June, features a 4,000-square-foot indoor basketball court that will serve as the broadcast hub for the draft. The event is not open to the public.
He might be retired but Kobe continues winning. On March 4th at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, Kobe Bryant took home an Oscar for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball.
“This feels better than winning the championship, to be honest with you,” Bryant said. “Growing up as a kid, I dreamed of winning championships and working really hard to make that dream come true, but then you have something like this seemingly come out of left field.”
Inspired by his retirement poem published in 2015 by The Players’ Tribune, Kobe Bryant traded in 20 years of basketball for a career as a storyteller. Dear Basketball is a six minute film written and narrated by Bryant and directed and animated by the legendary Glen Keane. An all-star collaboration, Keane is responsible for classic Disney characters like Ariel from The Little Mermaid and The Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
During his acceptance speech, Kobe Bryant threw shade at Fox New’s Laura Ingraham who recently told LeBron James to “Shut up and dribble” after making political statements. Bryant said, “As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble but I’m glad we do a little more than that.”
Kobe is tied with Leonardo Dicaprio and now has more Oscars than Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Amy Adams, Will Smith, Michelle Williams, and Matt Damon… combined.
Backstage, Kobe credited Oprah and Shonda Rhimes for mentoring him and sharing their expertise of the entertainment industry. “When you have mentors like that in your life, everything tends to work itself out,” he explained.
Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, LeBron James and former teammate Shaquille O’Neal took to twitter to congratulate Bryant.
Congratulations to my good friend @kobebryant for winning the Oscar for best animated short film. Well deserved!
Not everyone is celebrating Kobe’s Oscar win. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, a petition was started demanding the academy rescind Kobe’s nomination because of a rape charge dating back to 2003. The petition of course is referencing Bryant’s arrest after the alleged rape of 19-year old hotel worker in Colorado. Despite overwhelming evidence (blood in the victim’s underwear and on Bryant’s shirt), the situation was settled outside of court in a civil suit. Kobe described the encounter as consensual but later apologized for the “pain she has had to endure.”
Is Kobe Bryant, a charged rapist who paid millions of dollars to his alleged victim for her to drop charges, winning an Oscar at #metoo Oscars evidence of Hollywood hypocrisy?
The Vegas favorite Kevin Harvick took home his 100th career victory at the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube. After his 39th Cup win he becomes the fourth driver in history to accomplish this along with Richard Petty, Kyle Busch, and David Pearson.
Jimmie Johnson who has experienced several technical issues this season started off at the back after failing 3 car inspections. Kyle Busch, who still managed to finish second, and Chase Elliot were also set behind during a crash later in the race.
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream announced its local Jr. NBA Coach of the Year winner, head coach Chantay Garrett-Frost of Mays High School in Atlanta.
The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year is awarded to local youth basketball coaches influencing young people’s lives on and off the court. The Jr. NBA’s goal is to honor coaches that teach the fundamentals and values of the game, and highlight the positive impact that coaches can have on the youth basketball experience.
Local youth basketball coaches nominated Coach Frost for the honor and the Dream handpicked her. Coach Frost will receive a trophy and recognition on JrNBA.com.
On this episode Chicks into Sports Contributor Kaelyn Green breaksdown NASCAR-The Pennzoil 400, Alicia breaks down March Madness. The ladies also discussed the Winter Olympics Closing ceremony and highlights, March Madness, Atlanta Hawks, Falcons owner Arthur Blanks being inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and much more…GAME ON!
Selection Sunday is coming (March 11th to be exact)… meaning for the next month, brackets will dominate the college basketball conversation. But before making a bracket, it helps to know how this whole March Madness thing works.
WHO: 68 teams are invited to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament AKA the Big Dance– 32 automatic bids for conference champions and 36 at-large bids given out by the NCAA Selection Committee based on performance throughout the season.
WHEN & WHERE: The Tournament tips off March 11th with the Final Four in San Antonio, Semi final on March 31st and the championship game on April 2nd.
Here’s a full schedule.
March Madness Schedule
Selection Sunday (March 11)
First four (March 13 and 14)
First round (March 15 and 16)
Second round (March 17 and 18)
Sweet 16 (March 22 and 23)
Elite 8 (March 24 and 25)
Final Four (March 31)
National Championship (April 2)
HOW: They don’t call it March Madness for nothing. If you’re confused about the tourney, that’s ok! We’re here to break down just how the Big Dance works… starting with the First Four.
The “First Four” is exactly what it sounds like– the first four rounds of games between the last four at-large teams selected and the last four overall seeded teams. Losers go home and winners advance to the second round as sixteen seeds.
After the First Four, the regular tournament begins with the remaining 64 teams. There are four quadrants made up of 16 teams who are ranked from first to last in order to determine how teams are paired. The top seed faces off against number 16, number 2 plays number 15…. you get the picture. Only 16 teams make it past the first weekend and are referred to as the “Sweet Sixteen.”
The third round narrows the playing field to eight teams or the “Elite Eight,” and the last four teams standing are the “Final Four.”
If all the times you heard “four” in this article has you dumbfounded, forget the numbers and follow your feels. There is (almost) always a Cinderella story about an under-dog team who defies the odds, strings together a few wins and steals all of our hearts. It’s worth watching for the grown man tears and emotional post-game interviews.
And don’t forget about “One Shining Moment,” the video montage at the end of the title game celebrating great basketball and everything we love about sports. There will locker room celebrations, heads draped in towels after an upset, buzzer beater shots and plenty of coaches yelling passionately courtside.
Now that you’re an expert on how March Madness works, it’s time to predict what will go down in your own bracket. It’s the blind leading the blind here… Each year millions of people try and construct the perfect March Madness bracket but the odds are less than 1 and 9.2 quintillion. No pressure!