SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Arizona’s Aari McDonald is used to being overlooked. Now that people are paying attention, she asks they pronounce her name correctly. For the record, it’s Air-ee, not Ahh-ree. She noted that after scoring 26 points in the Wildcats’ upset of UConn to reach the women’s NCAA Tournament championship for the first time. Might as well get it right. McDonald has been a revelation for much of the country in an impressive two-week run for a program that hadn’t even made the tournament since 2005, and had won just six games the year she arrived on the Arizona campus. Put some respect on her name, y’all! #ncaaW pic.twitter.com/oEPVx19J8n — Erica L. Ayala (@elindsay08) April 3, 2021 McDonald is just 5-foot-6, standing head-to-shoulder to many of the players she’s expected to guard or shoot over. As a recruit coming out of high school, she was a top 100 player but not among those hyped and branded as the “can’t miss” prospects. She’s spent her career … [Read more...] about No longer overlooked, Aari McDonald wants her name pronounced correctly
For years, hockey nerds and/or experts were waiting for Brayden Schenn to make “the leap.” Eventually, people gave up on that, to the point that the 26-year-old’s trade to the St. Louis Blues seemed more like a curious swap than a tide-turner. Now, sure, Schenn found a solid niche with the Philadelphia Flyers, but it was in more of a specialist role. Many believed that he was dependent upon a plum gig on the team’s lethal power play and would possibly slip in St. Louis. Considering that 17 of his 25 goals came on the power play last season, it wasn’t that outrageous to wonder if he might be just “a guy” in St. Louis. As it turns out, he’s bordering on the guy with the Blues, and it’s been a truly wondrous thing to behold. Wondrous and baffling, to be honest. On Saturday, it seemed like his hot streak would come to an end … until overtime. In what was very much a solo effort, Schenn beguiled the Vancouver Canucks to secure a 4-3 OT win for his Blues. Nice. Now, it’s true … [Read more...] about Is Brayden Schenn’s star turn for real?
INDIANAPOLIS – Dunk City, say hello to Max Abmas and soaring Oral Roberts. The fraternity of No. 15 seeds to reach the second week of the NCAA Tournament has its second member. “It’s really just mind blowing,” forward Kevin Obanor said. “We’re grateful. Just happy that we got the win.” Abmas and Obanor led the way as Oral Roberts pulled off another surprise Sunday night, reaching the round of 16 with an 81-78 victory over Florida. The Golden Eagles erased an 11-point deficit on the way to their seventh straight victory. Next up for the Summit League Tournament champions, who eliminated No. 2 seed Ohio State in the first round, is a matchup with No. 3 seed Arkansas next weekend. “As I told the guys, we’re not going to let somebody put a number in front of our name and tell us that that’s our worth, or that’s our value,” Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills said. “We’re not capitulating to anybody here.” Obanor scored 28 points and Abmas (pronounced ACE-mus), the regular-season … [Read more...] about Sweet 16 bound: No. 15 seed Oral Roberts stuns Florida 81-78
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Bob Plager likely died of a “cardiac event,” not injuries from a highway accident, the St. Louis medical examiner said Friday. Plager, 78, an original member of the Blues whose long association with the team continued until his death, was alone in his car when the accident happened Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 64 near downtown St. Louis. Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Graham performed an autopsy and said Plager didn’t sustain any injuries that would have been life-threatening. Graham is awaiting further tests and routine toxicology results. A report from St. Louis police said Plager’s SUV veered to the left and struck a minivan before hitting a concrete wall on the right, then crossing back over and striking a concrete center median. Plager was pronounced dead at a hospital. The driver and passenger in the van were not hurt, police said. Plager came to the Blues from the New York Rangers when the NHL expanded in 1967-68. He … [Read more...] about ‘Cardiac event’ killed Blues legend Bob Plager, not accident
Had Shreyas Iyer not dislocated his shoulder, Rahul would have kept wickets and Pant would have dug his heels in the dug-out, waiting for his next chance in the 50-over format. But forces conjured and brought them together for just under 13 overs and they entertained by skinning cat in their own way. They showed that diametrically opposite styles of batting could be breathtakingly beautiful. India vs England: Rishabh Pant smashes 40-ball 77 to post his highest score in one-day international It was a fusion of Rahul's classical style with Pant's unorthodox daredevilry as they matched stroke for stroke in their own unique ways. Come to think of it, Rahul as India's white-ball 'keeper was beginning to be cast in stone before the series against Australia Down Under till Pant had those two unforgettable 'fifth days' in Sydney and Brisbane which turned the tide. He was now back in the mix and even if Rahul shuts out the "outside noise" and he did admit on the eve of this … [Read more...] about ‘Keep’ it up: KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant hit different strokes for same folk