1. USA Women’s Hockey boycotting World Championship
The United States will be hosting the IIHF World Women’s Championships at the end of the month, but they won’t be the kind of hosts that greet you at the door. In fact, Team USA may not even participate in the tournament at all unless progress is made in their negotiations for fair wages and support. The players don’t believe enough progress was made over the past year, and are planning to sit out the sport’s biggest event of 2017 to prove that point.
It’s a huge stand that you would expect USA Hockey to react to. Without their nation’s team in the tournament, it’ll be hard to attract much interest. Plus, you can basically just hand the gold medal to Canada.
2. Tourney eliminates first two
Kansas State and Mount St. Mary’s moved on to the field of 64 last night in the official – but not sentimental – opening to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. It’s easy to write the results off as meaningless, but ever since the play-in round expanded to four games in 2011, at least one team has gone on to win a second game in the tourney. History tells us it won’t be the 16-seeds (St. Mary’s or the winner of tonight’s N.C. Central-UC Davis), so next round, keep an eye on the Wildcats or the winner of Providence-USC.
3. Leicester City moves on
Well clearly I was wrong: under new leadership, the Foxes got it done against Sevilla (2-0), and are moving on to the quarters in the Champions League. Manager Craig Shakespeare has helped keep Leicester City’s fairytale run alive, as his reinvigorated team rallied from a 2-1 first-leg deficit to advance 3-2 on aggregate.
Despite moving into the list of top-20 richest clubs in the world following last year’s Premier League win, the Foxes are still the poorest team expected to be in the final eight by a wide margin. They’re a mighty underdog, but they’re a dog few want to face right now.
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