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ICYMI: MLB Opening Day is around the Corner!

Great time of year with everything from MLB  to Rugby to follow.

San Diego Padres v New York Mets Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images

As we are about to end out March, injuries are plaguing NBA stars, NHL is quickly approaching the playoffs, EPL gets back in action this weekend, the MLS is past it’s honeymoon start, Bubba wins again, Final Fours AND Frozen Fours are set, the Paralympics are all done AND we have NASCAR spilling into a weekday.

MLB

Tuesday March 27th is the last day of Spring Training and Thursday March 29th is the first day of the 2018 MLB Regular Season

Injuries will likely halt a few players from playing on Opening Day: Daniel Murphy, Greg Bird, JT Realmuto, Justin Turner, Steven Souza, Michael Conforto, Evan Gattis, Madison Bumgarner and Chris Archer to name a few.

NBA

Stephen Curry will be out for at least the first round of the playoffs

Philadelphia 76ers got their first playoff birth in 6 seasons

Kyrie will be out 3+ weeks with surgery on his ankle

The Houston Rockets set a franchise record for wins in a season with 59 (and counting…)

Maurice Harkless has scored at least 10 points in 5 of his last 6 games to go with at least 2 combined steals or blocks in 5 of 6 and a 3 pointer in each one (oh and he’s 24% owned).

NHL

We have around 6-7 games left for most NHL teams. The East Conference comes down to the Florida Panthers who are behind New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets but have a few games in hand. The Western Conference has narrowed a bit as Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames are more long shots but Los Angeles Kings is battling with St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks as this game of musical chairs will see one of those teams ousted.

Kyle Connor (37% owned) IS. ON. FIRE. The highly touted rookie has 7 goals in 6 games to go with 24 shots and a plus 6.

English Premier League

After a week off, there is a fun matchup on Monday April 1st as Chelsea is at Tottenham Hotspur.

MLS

Columbus Crew stayed undefeated as they beat DC United 3-1 #SaveTheCrew. Gyasi Zardes is now 2nd in the league with 3 goals.

New York City FC stayed undefeated with a tie to New England Revolution 2-2. Diego Rossi is tied for 2nd in the league with 3 goals.

Golf

Bubba Watason took his 2nd ever World Golf Championship (WGC – HSBC Champions in 2014 being the other) as he has his 2nd win of 2018. He beat Kevin Kisner 7 and 6 in the most dominant win in Match Play since converting to 18 holes in 2011.

NASCAR

Due to snow – the STP 500 was delayed until today. Drivers kick off at 2pm today at Martinsville.

NCAA Basketball

The Final Four is set and who saw Chicago-Loyola making it this far? They will face Michigan while Villanova faces off against Kansas.

NCAA Hockey

The Frozen Four is set and the Big Ten has to be happy with how this has turned out: Minnesota Duluth vs. Michigan; Ohio State vs. Notre Dame.

NCAAF

Professional days are in full swing and QB’s Sam Darnold shined in the rain (is that possible…to shine in the rain?) and Josh Allen showed off his strong arm. Saquon Barkley didn’t follow through as draft rumors show more interest in the top QBs, Bradley Chubb and Minkah Fitzpatrick as Barkley’s stock value decreases some.

NCAAW

The Final Four is ALMOST set for the women as Mississippi State and Louisville have punched their half. The other half will feature South Carolina vs. Connecticut (today at 7pm) and Notre Dame vs. Oregon (today at 9pm) to showcase the other half.

Rugby

Joe Simmonds had 2 tries as the Exeter Chiefs topped Bath Rugby and remained atop the Aviva Premiership table.

Boxing

Tyron Zeuge beat Isaac Ekpo in the 2nd round of the WBA Super Middleweight rematch as Tyron held tied to his title.

Paralympics

The Paralympics are all done, while no new world records were set, the US came away with 36 total medals including 13 golds (both highest of any country).

https://www.paralympic.org/