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Take Over in classic Big East matchup

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There are big games away from the gridiron on Sunday. On the hardwood, Villanova will look to rebound from its upset loss to St. John’s when the Wildcats host Georgetown, which they’ve already defeated by double digits this season.

While Villanova is coming off that loss to the Red Storm as a double-digit favorite, Georgetown is coming off of a win over Creighton as a double-digit underdog thanks to making 10 of its 21 3-point attempts.

The Hoyas have shot significantly better from 3-point range on the road than at home, making 40.2 percent of their outside shots in games outside of the nation’s capital, while hitting just 32.8 percent of their 3-pointers at home.

The Wildcats’ weak point is 3-point shooting defense (they allow teams to make 36.9 percent of their 3-point shots, which ranks 301st in the country in that category), but they should be able to exploit Georgetown’s big defensive weakness.

In Villanova’s loss to St. John’s, one of the nation’s most efficient point guards, Collin Gillespie, had six turnovers after committing just seven in the previous eight games combined. He should go back to his efficient ways on Sunday against a Georgetown bunch that forces the sixth-fewest turnovers on a per possession basis.

With Villanova scoring the ninth-most points on a per possession basis in college basketball, but ranking 336th in the percentage of shots on defense that they block, both teams should get plenty of clean looks and mimic the expectations in Tampa for Sunday with lots of scoring.

The play: Georgetown vs. Villanova Total Over 141 points.

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Bob Baffert banned from entering Medina Spirit in Belmont Stakes

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The New York Racing Association (NYRA) on Monday banned Medina Spirit trainer Bob Baffert from entering horses in races or stabling them at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course or Aqueduct Racetrack.

That means Medina Spirit, which won a now-contested Kentucky Derby and finished third in the Preakness Stakes, will not run in the Belmont Stakes on June 5. NYRA said its final determination for the length and terms of Babbert’s suspension depends on whether Churchill Downs receives a second test confirming an initial positive for 21 picograms of betamethasone for the horse on the day of the Derby.

That would also invalidate Medina Spirit’s first-place finish in the first leg of the Triple Crown.

MORE: Baffert invokes ‘cancel culture’ in Medina Spirit’s failed test

“In order to maintain a successful thoroughbred racing industry in New York, NYRA must protect the integrity of the sport for our fans, the betting public and racing participants,” NYRA President and CEO Dave O’Rourke said in a statement. “That responsibility demands the action taken today in the best interests of thoroughbred racing.”

Medina Spirit was allowed to run the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course after passing three pre-race drug tests. Baffert, who did not attend the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, has five medication-involved violations over the past 13 months. NYRA said its decision also took into account other horses trained by Baffert that produced failed tests in thoroughbred races in Arkansas, California and Kentucky.

Craig Robertson, who represents Baffert, told the Associated Press that he will review NYRA’s decision and discuss the situation with his client before making any formal statement.

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Adam Sandler spotted dropping dimes in pick-up basketball game, earns respect of NBA Twitter

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Now starting at point guard: Happy Gilmore.

Actor and comedian Adam Sandler is a massive hoops fan; his love for basketball has a tendency to make it into his movies, and he’s actually pretty good, too. Or, at least, better than your average YMCA hooper.

In videos that surfaced on Monday, Sandler reminded folks of that. Showing up in a polo shirt and shorts that were maybe three or four sizes too big, Sandler dropped a couple of beautiful passes to teammates and set the internet on fire.

MORE: Mike Breen accidentally refers to Tacko Fall as “Taco Bell”

Unfortunately for Sandler, a few of the on-point passes were actually bricked, even with wide-open looks. Such is the life of pick-up games.

Sandler is an avid Knicks fan who can be found courtside at New York games, often with fellow superfan Spike Lee. Sandler starred in 2019’s “Uncut Gems” portraying a gambling addict and jewelry store owner who gets into deep water with Kevin Garnett over a bet placed on the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals between the Celtics and the 76ers.

Needless to say, Sandler’s attire and play caught the eye of NBA Twitter

If Sandler can keep this up, maybe he’ll start at point guard for the Knicks in 2021-22.

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Watch an indy wrestler get crotch set on fire, run for life in spot gone wrong

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Watch an indy wrestler get crotch set on fire, run for life in spot gone wrong

A couple of independent wrestlers changed the definition of “getting heat” over the weekend.

Independent wrestling is still the wild west of the grappling scene, with plenty of promotions across the country continuously pushing the envelope between extreme and stupidity.

The latest example: indy wrestler and veteran stuntman JJ Allin getting his nether-regions lit on fire, with his opponent stoking the flames with a weed whacker. Yes, that is an actual sentence that was written in 2021.

The spot, which took place under the Pro Wrestling Trainwreck banner during the 2021 Southern Sickness Cup, was caught on video and was eerily (and frighteningly) reminiscent of the ’90s ECW days.

(Warning: Video and tweets contain disturbing images and offensive language.)

Allin took to Facebook not long afterward to say that he was doing just fine — well, relatively, at least. Allin said he had second-degree burns on his legs, and that the main issue was that his water crew wasn’t where it should have been.

Allin also said that the promoter or organization shouldn’t be held at fault for the spot gone wrong.

Other photos from the event include gallons of blood shed, dozens of light tubes destroyed and a general reminder that pro wrestling is not fake. The preferred vernacular is “scripted.”

And another friendly reminder: If you are ever set on fire at an independent wrestling event, stop, drop and roll is the suggested method of fire deterrent — not a weed whacker. 

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