After their incredible win against Mississippi State, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team came back home Monday and they were welcomed with open arms. The Notre Dame women’s basketball team won the NCAA national championship on Sunday, and hundreds of fans showed up at the University of Notre Dame and they gathered to welcome the team back . Notre Dame fans haven’t celebrated a victory since 2001, the last year that the Irish women brought home a national championship.
Max Holloway will attempt to become a two-division UFC champion when he steps in for injured Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 in Brooklyn on Saturday. The UFC announced Sunday that Holloway (19-3) will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0) for the UFC lightweight title in the main event at Barclays Center. Holloway already holds the 145-pound featherweight belt, and he will move up to 155 pounds on short notice. The UFC didn’t disclose the nature of Ferguson’s injury. Ferguson (23-3) and Nurmagomedov have been booked to fight each other four times, yet all four fights have been called off. Holloway will attempt to become the youngest fighter ever to hold two UFC titles, and only the second to hold both belts simultaneously.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, earning a 98-87 come-from-behind victory in front of their home crowd. Trailing the Mavericks by a 77-73 count after the third quarter, the Cavaliers outpaced the Mavericks (23-54) over the final 12 minutes of play. James and reserve point guard Jordan Clarkson led the way with 16 points each, while center Kevin Love added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the 100th double-double of his NBA career. James finished off his 72nd career triple-double with the 16 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists over 39 minutes.
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According to a report, the New York Giants have set outgoing trade demands for Odell Beckham Jr. NFL teams had been put on notice regarding Beckham’s availability. Additionally, according to rumors if any team wants to deal for Beckham Jr they will have to offer up two first round picks at minimum. It was previously reported that Odell would not see the field without an extension to his current contract. while his conduct off the field has aroused suspicion, the Giants have been largely content with his work ethic and his competitive attitude.
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Moe Harkless will undergo left knee arthroscopy with his return to be determined after the procedure, the Portland Trail Blazers announced. He sat out Tuesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans with left knee soreness. While the Blazers have not announced a return timeline, Harkless is rumored to have said that he’s heard typical recovery from the procedure can be anywhere from 10 days to six weeks. An official timeline for Harkless’s return will be determined following the outcome of the procedure. Over his last 10 games, Harkless is averaging 10.8 points on 60 percent from the field and 56.7 percent from the 3-point line.
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NFL owners unanimously approved a new catch rule Tuesday, a change designed specifically to avoid a handful of controversies that have plagued the league for most of this decade. Owners also approved two other rule changes, granting authority to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron to eject players for non-football acts — even if it means overruling on-field referees — and making permanent a temporary rule that put touchbacks after kickoffs at the 25-yard line. Michael Signora, NFL vice president of football communications, tweeted out the approved rules and bylaws which you can see here.
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Louisville has hired Xavier’s Chris Mack as it’s new men’s basketball coach, after a turbulent season in which the Cardinals were linked to a federal investigation and eventually missed the NCAA Tournament. Louisville’s Athletic Association must approve all contracts and has called a Wednesday meeting about a personnel matter, but did not specify whether it was about coaching vacancy. Mack’s hiring appears to have to only go through the procedural formality of being approved by the ULAA and the school’s board of trustees before becoming official. Mack led the Musketeers to a 29-6 record and the school’s first-ever No. 1 tournament seeding this season but was upset in the second round by Florida State. He was 215-97 in nine seasons at his alma mater with eight NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to last year’s Elite Eight. Mack’s main goal is getting the Cardinals back into the NCAA Tournament.
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Bartolo Colon has signed another minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. The team expects that the 44-year-old right-hander will start the fifth game of the season. He re-signed with the team Monday. Colon went to spring training with a minor league contract and had a 3.00 ERA over 18 innings in his five starts. The Rangers said when they cut him Saturday that they were working to renegotiate a new deal. The initial deal would have paid him $1.75 million had he been added to the 40-man roster. Texas also signed infielder Trevor Plouffe to another minor league deal. Both Plouffe and Colon were assigned to Triple-A Round Rock’s roster.
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The women’s Final Four is set, and UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are headed to Columbus, Ohio. This will mark the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the national semifinals. It’s the 11th consecutive Final Four appearance for the Huskies. UConn has made it into the national semifinals for the 19th time overall. The Huskies will face Notre Dame on Friday night. The Cardinals will play the Bulldogs in the other game.
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Duke started the season at No. 1, but their season ended before the Final Four. The Blue Devils now await the NBA draft decisions from several potential one-and-done freshmen. The team started four freshmen, but they may have played their final game at Duke. An 85-81 overtime loss to Kansas in the Midwest Regional final brought an end to the season for Duke (29-8), and to the four-year college career of captain Grayson Allen. “I’ve learned so much in my four years here, coming out a completely different person and for the better,” Allen said. Players Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., and guards Duval and Gary Trent Jr. have big decisions to make in the coming weeks, as well. Duke finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference, four full games behind a Virginia team that claimed the No. 1 ranking in the final AP poll. The Blue Devils lost to rival North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals, and reached their third regional final in six years.
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