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Donovan McNabb laughs at the thought of playing the Eagles twice a year as a new member of the Redskins.
With a 52-50 win over Michigan State, Butler has now won 25 straight games and has advanced to the National Championship for the first time in school history. If you're one of the .03% of fans who picked Butler to reach the finals in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, you deserve some major props. However, pulling out their 26th straight game and cutting down the nets in Indy will be no easy task for the Bulldogs. Duke has won 17 of their last 18 games and most recently slayed Big East Tournament Champion West Virginia 78-57 in the Final Four. If the Bulldogs can pull off the unthinkable tonight, Bobby Knight should definitely think about adding Brad Stevens to his band.
And speaking of the Final Four, the Women's championship is all set. Stanford defeated Oklahoma 73-66 and will look to avenge their only loss of the season when they face UConn April 6th, in San Antonio. Brittney Griner and the Baylor Bears were overpowered by the Huskies on Sunday night as UConn women cruised to a 70-50 win.
Meanwhile, the NBA Western Conference standings continues to baffles us. The Jazz, Suns, Nuggets and Mavericks are all 50-27 and tied for second place in the Western Conference standings with just five games left to play. As if those four teams needed any other incentive to win, Oklahoma City is now 48-28 and very much alive for home-court in round one of the NBA playoffs. As this cyclist would likely tell those teams, finish strong and never underestimate your opponent.
In other NBA news, Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen will lead the class of 2010 into the Naismith Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will commence on August 13th. These two superstars will join their partners in crime John Stockton, Michael Jordan and Jerry Sloan, all whom were inducted in 2009. It's only fitting Pippen and Malone go in together. It was Pippen who whispered the famous line, "Just remember, the Mailman doesn't deliver on Sundays, Karl" to Malone as he choked away Game One of the 1997 NBA Finals from the free throw line. That moment alone makes Pippen Hall of Fame worthy.
On the ice, the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Central Division giving the Blackhawks their first division title in 17 seasons. Chicago is just one point behind San Jose for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs with four games left to play. If Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane can control the puck and team captain Jonathan Toews continues to practice kids drills, the sky is the limit for Chicago.
To the gridiron, the Eagles have finally declared a winner in the Donovan McNabb sweepstakes and it's the Washington Redskins. According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles have reached an agreement with the Skins that will send McNabb to Washington in exchange for the Redskins' second-round pick in the 2010 draft and either a third or fourth-round pick in 2011, depending on several factors. As details get ironed out we'll find out if one of those factors is based on McNabb and his mother's willingness to deliver Campbell's Chunky Soup to Washington's finest.
And finally, the Red Sox and Yankees treated us to a sneak preview of Opening Day. Jorge Posada and first-year Yankee Curtis Granderson hit back-to-back home runs in second inning as the Yanks roughed up Josh Beckett for five runs in 4.2 innings. C.C. Sabathia looked in control with a 5-2 lead, but the Red Sox stormed back in the sixth inning knocking C.C. around for three runs and tying the game at five. Each teams bullpens took turns giving up runs, but in the end it was Jonathan Papelbon shutting the door on the Yankees in the ninth inning as the Sox wont the first game of the MLB season, 9-7.