1. Israel keeps winning at WBC
The World Baseball Classic just started yesterday, and already the tournament has an underdog darling. In their first ever appearance, Israel has already upset Chinese Tapipei and South Korea, all but guaranteeing themselves a spot in the next round. One of the smallest nations in the tournament, Israel has a few former major leaguers, like pitchers Jason Marquis and Dylan Axelrod or first baseman Ike Davis.
2. NFL negotiation window is open
It’ll be two straight days of rumors surrounding where players are ready to sign, only for Thursday to come and deliver an entirely different outcome. Even with the most trusted NFL insiders, nothing is certain when it comes to free agency, until the dotted line has been inked.
All you can really do in these next two days is try and get a sense for where certain franchises think they are. For example, the Chicago Bears are reportedly chasing quarterback Mike Glennon to the tune of $15 million a year. That tells you the Bears still don’t know how to value QBs, but it also suggests they’re looking for a more experienced signal caller this season, and may not use their third overall pick to address the position this spring.
3. Zags go for fifth-straight WCC title
The Bulldogs couldn’t secure a perfect season, but without that pressure hanging over their head, perhaps they can finally make a deep run in the NCAA tournament? Before they do that though, the Zags will try and lock up a one seed with a win over rival Saint Mary’s. Having topped the Gaels twice already this season, 79-56 and 74-64, Gonzaga enters this game as heavy favorites. But it is awfully tough to topple a rival three times in a season, and the Bulldogs are just 2-3 against the spread in their last five. I’d take this one to be close.
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