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What seemed like a lost cause turned out to be one of Kansas’ best ever gains.

The Jayhawks returned a fourth NCAA title to Allen Fieldhouse on Monday thanks to a second-half wave that wiped out a 16-point deficit and eventually beat North Carolina 72-69 in an epic power-programs battle.

It was the biggest comeback in National Championship history, surpassing the 1963 title match when Loyola overcame a 15-point delay to defeat Cincinnati at the bell, 60-58.

“We just closed off as a family, as a team, and that’s what we do,” Kansas big man David McCormack said after making the last two baskets of the game. “We overcome adversity. We overcome adversity. We are only built for this.”

McCormack hit the green light bucket at close range with 1:21 left, then another at the 22-second mark to put the Jayhawks ahead by three.

North Carolina missed its last four shots, including Caleb Love’s Desperate 3 at the bell. His shock came shortly after officials ruled that Kansas goalkeeper, Da Juan Harris Jr., ran out of an inside pass with 4.3 seconds left.

Tar Heels went goalless during the final 1:41. They couldn’t find an answer for Kuwait University during the last twenty minutes.

Love said, “They just peeked in and did whatever they wanted.”

After Bucket McCormick moving forward, Love went to the basket but his shot was blocked. North Carolina grabbed an offensive rebound and got the ball to Armando Bacot under the bucket. But he lost his foot and heart, then walked off the field limping, unable to come back.

“I thought I really got the angle I wanted and then rolled my ankle,” Backout said.

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Dodgers

From Bill Undoubtedly: That’s ridiculous. This is getting older.

The Dodgers are definitely entering the 2022 season with the best team in baseball, clearly one of the best in baseball history, and seemingly destined to win the World Series.

However, the Dodgers are entering the 2022 season as a team on the ropes.

They have run the playoffs nine years in a row, yet during that time they have won only one title, in a season of 60 matches, at the World Championships played on a neutral venue.

This is not a breed. This is not history. This is not enough.

How often can the team pet their city with April dreams that turn into October nightmares? How often can glowing spring predictions keep turning into boring autumnal realities? How many seasons can a generous royal set and a skilled front desk fill a bunker with greatness that breeds frustration, and that breeds failure?

Since Andrew Friedman became head of baseball operations in the winter prior to the 2015 season, he and Guggenheim Baseball Management have come together to spend more money and acquire more stars than anyone else in the sport. However, they did not win the title in 162 games, did not survive the post-season with hostile crowds, and did not climb to the heights for which they were made.

They are stronger than that. They are deeper than that. They are better than that.

At least, they should be better than that.

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Lakers

From Dan Wiki: Anthony Davis, who was playing with excruciating pain in his right foot, ran up to Denver’s Nikola Jokic and then turned him around in the first quarter on Sunday. As he made contact with him and scored a goal, he landed strangely and immediately looked at the ground.

scowl. Then he fired, and hit the free throw. Then he returned to the field limping to play defense.

In only his second game since injuring that foot before the All-Star break, Davis played with a sense of uneasiness as he tried to catapult the Lakers to the bottom of the NBA Championship.

“At this point, I know what we’re playing for,” Davis said. “If I have to go through that pain – I hope it’s not the last four games, I hope it’s more – then, so be it. I know that I, my team, and I know I left it on the floor. Just like I did in the playoffs last year too. Give myself a chance. – He helped give our team a chance.

“I’m not going to sit down and quit if I feel like I can at least get out there. If I’m 60%, 70%, whatever, I think 70% is better than 100% for a lot of guys. I want to help the team.”

Phishing online and by TV analysts after two consecutive years with a massive injury absence, Davis responded to his critics Sunday in a one-on-one interview with The Times.

“Here’s what I learned about injuries: Last year when I wasn’t playing people were saying ‘AD is giving up his team. It’s the qualifiers. M should play. He should play. And when I went out to play I was injured again,’ they said, ‘Who is it? His coach, who let him play?

“So, what [expletive] Do you want me to do? When I play, it’s a problem. It’s a problem when I’m not playing. At the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for me and how my body feels. And we go from there. I’m not worried about who says what or who thinks this about me because none of them ever set foot and played. And those who played, should understand.

“These are not small injuries.”

shears

From Andrew Greif: Peeking at a box score from the Clippers’ win over New Orleans late Sunday night, a satisfied smile crossed Tyronn Lue’s face.

“Zero attempts out of three for Falcionas,” said the Clippers coach, reading the paper in front of him. “How” about it? “

In three previous encounters against the Clippers this season, Pelicans’ Jonas Valanciunas has done as he pleases, making 14 of 30 three-pointers, even as his threat from behind the arc was in the scouts’ report. But on Sunday, when the Clippers beat the Pelicans 119-100 to set an eighth-best record in the West, Valancionas couldn’t break free for a single three-point attempt.

For Lue, the Valanciunas’ 0-for-0 streak in the stats sheet is more than one valid match – and it also reflects the overall renewed influence of Paul George.

golf

From Sam Farmer: Monday seemed like Sunday. Tiger Woods can do that somewhere.

The first day of the Masters practice rides is usually rowdy, but mostly with thousands of spectators—they call them patrons here—getting their first glimpse of Augusta National, walking into the holes and lining up to spend hundreds and often thousands of dollars on merchandise.

But on Monday I felt a marked difference, as Woods returned to the championship almost miraculously after a disastrous car crash in February 2021 that cost him his right leg, or perhaps his life.

Not so long ago, the big question was whether Woods, a 15-major tournament winner, would be able to play golf with his son again — let alone test his legs for the Masters.

But he was there, matching in the footsteps of Justin Thomas and Fred Coples, and preparing for another comeback story through the ages. He walks more rigorously than in the past, slightly favoring his right leg, but he’s still more flexible than any other 46-year-old on the planet.

Husbands particularly noted Woods’ strength off the tee.

“What impressed me most was that he was bombing it for one person,” the couples said. “If you want to talk about golf, he’s pounding it. I know JT isn’t the tallest hitter on the tour, but I know he’s pretty tall. He was with him getting rid of him.

RAMS

From Gary Klein: Rams All-Pros, Aaron Donald and Galen Ramsey led the initial recruiting efforts that eventually led to Bobby Wagner to sign with the team.

That was just one of the highlights revealed by Wagner, who grew up in the Inland Empire, during an introductory press conference on Monday.

Here are some of the points gleaned from Wagner’s video conference.

kings

Johnny Goudreau scored two goals and an assist, and the Calgary Flames extended their lead in the Pacific League with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Elias Lindholm also scored the goal of the Flames team, which has 91 points and is five points ahead of Kings at the top of the division. Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 shots as Calgary cut a three-game losing streak.

Adrien Quimby scored twice, and Anzi Kopetar scored twice in Los Angeles, which had earned at least a point in five of the last six goals in the game. The Kings have 86 points and are just one point off the Edmonton Oilers for second place.

Cal Petersen finished 30 assists for Los Angeles.

This is history in sports

1915 – Jess Willard defeats Jack Johnson in the 26th round to win the world heavyweight boxing title in Havana.

1927 – Johnny Weissmuller breaks his 200-meter freestyle record by seven seconds in 2:08. He also lowered his 100-yard freestyle record to 51 seconds, a 17-year record.

1952 – Henry Wittenberg wins the 191-pound AAU wrestling title for the eighth time. Wittenberg won more than 350 matches in 13 years, including the gold medal at the 1948 Olympics.

1959 – Art Wall Birdies do five of the last six holes to crown the last round 66 and beat Fred Hawkins by one stroke to win the Masters.

1970 – New York beat Detroit 9-5 to finish fourth and last in the National Hockey League. Rangers are the first team to qualify for the playoffs based on goals scored when they end in a draw with Montreal.

1972 – Major League Baseball fails for the first time to open due to a player strike, which began on April 1 and will be settled on April 13.

1984 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hits the sky hook with an 8:53 left in the Lakers’ 129-115 victory over the Utah Jazz to become the NBA’s top scorer. Wilt Chamberlain, with 31,419 points, has held the record since his retirement in 1973.

1993 – Donald Williams scores 25 points to lead North Carolina to a 77-71 win over Michigan at the NCAA Championship.

1997 – Bruce Baumgartner wins his eighth World Cup gold, defeating David Mossolps 2-1 in overtime at 275 1/2 pounds, while the United States defeats Russia 25-7.

2004 – The Connecticut Huskies, 24 points behind Emeka Okafor and 21 from Ben Gordon, beat Georgia Tech 82-73 to win the men’s national championship.

2008 – The Boston Celtics set an NBA record for the biggest turnaround in a season with a 101-78 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. The Celtics improved to 61-15, up 37 times from last season.

2008 – Memphis beat UCLA 78-63 in the NCAA semifinals to reach 38-1 and become the winning team in one season. Brandon Rush of Kansas scored 25 points and Jayhawk defeated North Carolina 84-66 in the second semifinal.

2009 – Brittany Linkecum drops a 6-foot-tall eagle in 18th place to win the Craft Nabisco Championship for her first major title.

2010 – Duke wins his fourth NCAA Basketball Championship, defeating Butler 61-59 and escaping a desperation shot by Gordon Hayward at the last second.

2016 – Yukon wins an unprecedented fourth consecutive Women’s National Championship, capping another perfect season by defeating Syracuse 82-51. Geno Auriemma passes UCLA’s John Wooden with his eleventh national title and sixth undefeated season.

Finally

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s top scorer. Watch and listen here.

Until next time…

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