Missouri cruises past South Carolina for second straight win
COLUMBIA, Mo. — All it took was No. 19 Missouri to play its first home game of 2021 for Mark Smith to relocate his jump shot. The senior guard scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half of Tuesday’s 81-70 romp over South Carolina as the Tigers won two straight conference games for the first time since last February. Tigers center Jeremiah Tilmon continued his All-Southeastern Conference campaign with another strong showing in the paint, giving the Tigers a team-best 19 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in 33 minutes. The Tigers improved to 9-2 and 3-2 in the SEC, their first...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michigan basketball bounces back by blowing out Maryland, 87-63
Michigan basketball was determined to bounce back after its first loss of the season. And the Wolverines did so in decisive fashion. U-M beat Maryland with relative ease on Tuesday night, 87-63, a few days after suffering its first loss at Minnesota on Saturday. Michigan led by 17 at halftime thanks to stellar 3-point shooting. The Wolverines made their first five 3s — three from point guard Mike Smith and two from forward Isaiah Livers — and shot 8 of 14 in the first half alone. They finished 12 of 23 from 3-point range. Livers scored a game-high 20 points on 5 of 8 shooting. Franz Wagner add...
Detroit Free Press
Mark Bradley: Don Sutton: Great at pitching, greater at talking about it
I didn’t like Don Sutton. I grew up tracking the Reds, and he was very good at beating the Reds at a time when almost nobody did. Plus, he looked kind of arrogant – all the Dodgers’ pitchers did – while beating them. Plus, he had a publicized clubhouse dust-up with Steve Garvey, who was the first person to tell me, when I became a sportswriter, that I asked good questions. He also was the last person to tell me I asked good questions, but I digress. I didn’t like Don Sutton – until I met him. He’d retired as a player and joined the justifiably famous Braves broadcast crew. Not everybody who sa...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Caris LeVert says he was prepared to be traded from Nets but says it was ‘tough to hear,' calls four years with team ‘spectacular’
NEW YORK — Caris LeVert was sleeping as part of his usual pregame nap when his phone started going off. It was 4 p.m. (or maybe 4:30, he couldn’t be sure) ahead of tipoff against the Knicks on Jan. 13 when he woke up to hundreds of texts, missed calls and notifications on his phone, so many his lock screen continued refreshing itself. At the same time, Nets GM Sean Marks was calling. The Nets had traded LeVert and three of his teammates in a deal that landed James Harden. LeVert called the news “tough to hear,” and said he’s going to miss the fans and the family he built in Brooklyn. LeVert, t...
New York Daily News
Get ready for March Madness games on Monday and Tuesday this year
March Madness, to be played entirely in Indiana, will alter the weekly calendar and have games played on Monday and Tuesday this year. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament schedule was announced Tuesday and the 2021 tournament will begin with the First Four on March 18, a Thursday. Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Assembly Hall in Bloomington will each host two games that day. Those buildings — the homes for Purdue and Indiana — will join Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis as hosts of first-round games on Friday and Satu...
The Kansas City Star
Michigan designates Wednesday as 'What's Going On' Day as Marvin Gaye single marks 50 years
DETROIT — The State of Michigan is saluting an ageless homegrown classic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in tandem with the Motown Museum, is officially recognizing Wednesday as “What’s Going On” Day — on the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s groundbreaking, still-timely single. The museum said the designation is kickoff to a year of commemorative activities tied to the album of the same name, which was released four months after the single as Gaye embraced ambitious new sounds and a socially conscious direction. A “special tribute” document signed by Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist calls “What’...
Detroit Free Press
Naomi Ishisaka: White folks trashed the Capitol. Guess who cleaned it up?
The images speak for themselves. There was Korean American U.S. Rep. Andy Kim, on the floor of the Capitol rotunda after midnight, picking up the pro-Trump detritus and trash left behind by a mob set to overturn the results of a fair election. Earlier that day, Black U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, having evacuated the House chamber, sheltered with colleagues and feared a superspreader epilogue to the attack if other Congress members and staff did not put on masks. She went around the room trying to hand out masks and was not only refused, but laughed at in a now-viral video. A Black Capitol P...
The Seattle Times
Could a Warriors-Lakers rivalry finally begin this season?
Over the last 20 years, the Warriors and Lakers are responsible for nine NBA championships. Yet, somehow, a true rivalry has never formed between these two in-state neighbors. The reason is simple: The two historic franchises have never been good at the same time. While Kobe Bryant and other stars such as Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol led the Lakers to titles in the early 2000s, the Warriors toiled near the bottom of the league standings. But as the Warriors advanced to five-straight Finals from 2014 to 2019, the Lakers failed to finish better than .500, let alone make the playoffs for a pote...
The Mercury News
No. 7 Michigan regroups, turns attention to Maryland after humbling first defeat
Throughout the early portion of the Big Ten slate, Michigan was the one beating up opponents and delivering decisive knockout blows. For the first time, the Wolverines were on the receiving end of one of those haymakers in Saturday’s humbling 18-point defeat at Minnesota, where they trailed by as much as 23 points. And now for the first time all season, No. 7 Michigan finds itself in an unfamiliar position — having to pick itself up off the mat as it heads into Tuesday night’s rematch against Maryland. “No championship boxer has never — and I know it's a double negative — not been knocked down...
The Detroit News
Kamala Harris tells Florida teens to ‘lead with conviction’ at MLK Jr. event
MIAMI — The COVID-19 pandemic’s wrath in Florida has put a strain on families, had an outsized effect on Florida’s Black communities and forced schools to go virtual. Marked by interruption and uncertainty, young people had a particularly challenging 2020. During a breakfast honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the focus shifted toward a hopefully brighter future, awarding high school seniors with college scholarships upon completing Miami-Dade County’s 5000 Role Models of Excellence mentorship program. It’s designed to guide at-risk boys in grades K-12 along a path to attend college...