🏀 The Guinness Book of Scoring Records

Tiger Woods returns, new women's hoops Queen, NHL and NBA action...

Happy FRIDAY! History was made in college basketball as we have a new woman who can claim to be the “greatest scorer of all-time” and she did it in special fashion. There was a Tiger spotted roaming the Genesis Invitational as we review his return, which included this shank (sorry Tiger, only putting that link there to make myself feel better about sucking at golf). Puck fans had themselves quite the Thirsty Thursday with a total of 12 NHL games in action. The NBA wrapped up its first half of season as we won’t see a regular season game until next Thursday due to the All-Star break. Buckle up for the perfect pre-game to the weekend, let’s Blitz!

WTF Stat: Spurs rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama has reached 1,000 career points in just 1,377 minutes of playing time, making this the 4th-fewest minutes needed to reach this milestone.

Written By: Danny Healey (Ian, this “partying” trend is getting concerning…)

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🏈 The shooting from the Kansas City Chiefs parade has been linked to a “dispute between several people” - Chiefs OL Trey Smith was on GMA talking about how he calmed down a boy present at the shooting by handing him a WWE title belt

🏈 Brandon Staley, the fired head coach of the Chargers, is rumored to be the leading candidate for the 49ers defensive coordinator opening

Rob Manfred will be stepping down as MLB commissioner, but if you’re not a fan of Rob you’ll have to wait until 2029 when his contract expires - this will be his 10th season as the commish

🏀 Danilo Gallinari is on his third team this season signing with the Milwaukee Bucks

Photo: The Record Breaker | Source: USA Today

College Basketball - Top Games

  • NCAAW | #4 Iowa 104, Michigan 89: In a sold-out Hawkeyes arena with $400+ ticket prices and exclusively streamed game on Peacock featuring a “Caitlin Cast” camera on her 100% of the time, Caitlin Clark (49 PTS, 13 AST) gave people there money’s worth breaking Kelsey Plum’s record for most points scored in the history of women’s college basketball in style (now has 3,527 total points and counting). She only needed eight points and did it quickly hitting this ridiculous shot from the logo to take the record and had a 23-point 1st quarter, finishing the game with a career-high 49 points - Clark scored or assisted on 79 points, the most by any D-I player in a game over the last 25 years… reply to this email if you think she’s the best Women’s hooper of all-time

  • NCAAW | #1 South Carolina 66, Tennessee 55: The Gamecocks take care of business despite a tight game end-to-end as they are the only undefeated team in D-1 and every other Power 6 school has at least three losses

  • NCAAM | #2 Purdue 84, Minnesota 76: The Boilermakers were on the ropes losing by eight at halftime, but turned things around in the second half for their ninth win in a row thanks to Player of the Year lock Zach Edey (24 PTS, 13 REB)

  • NCAAM | #24 Florida Atlantic 80, Temple 62: In the battle of the Owls, the Southern birds balanced attacked out-matched the Northeastern hooters with five guys in double figures - people forget FAU went to the Final Four last year

See the full men’s scoreboard here and the current rankings here. See the full women’s scoreboard here and the current rankings here.

NHL - Top Games

  • Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3 (OT): After a 1-0 deficit entering the second period, Auston Matthews said, “get on my back”, scoring a hat-trick in seven minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Then the Flyers responded as Travis Konecny’s second goal of the game sent the contest to overtime, but free hockey lasted less than a minute with Willie Nylander sending the Toronto faithful into a frenzy with a wrister for the win

  • Seattle Kraken 4, Boston Bruins 1: Boston native Matty Beniers (1 G, 2 A) had a hand in all three goals for the Kraken, prior to the empty netter, getting the road W despite Boston out shooting Seattle 37 to 26 - the B’s loss and Panthers 4-0 win over the Sabres now has them tied for the No. 1 seed in the East

  • Dallas Stars 9, Nashville Predators 2: The Stars came into Tennessee firing with a 4-0 first period and finished the game with seven different goal scorers - Stars extend their Central Division lead over the Avs as Colorado suffered a loss to Tampa Bay

  • New York Rangers 7, Montreal Canadiens 4: Montreal had a 1-0 lead through the first period and then the offense erupted with a total of five goals in each period, but Chris Kreider’s hat-trick helped the Rangers score a touchdown to secure the W

  • Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1: Rookie sensation Connor Bedard returned to the ice for the first time since January 5th after suffering a broken jaw, but his sole apple wasn’t enough to beat Sidney Crosby, who scored 15 seconds into the game and then again in the third period

  • St. Louis Blues 6, Edmonton Oilers 3: Connor McDavid has nine assists in his last two games but it’s not enough as the Blues find themselves in the win column thanks to a four-goal second period

See the full box scores here and the current NHL standings here.

NBA - All Games

  • Memphis Grizzlies 113, Milwaukee Bucks 110: The Grizzlies fought hard in this one with all their star players on the bench due to injury and hand the Bucks their second loss in a row getting a defensive stand at the buzzer to secure the upset win with both GG Jackson and Zaire Williams scoring 27 points. Bucks are now 3-7 under Doc Rivers - yesterday’s Blitz Prime Lock of the Day was MEM +11, subscribe here to reveal our daily picks at the bottom of each letter

  • Golden State Warriors 140, Utah Jazz 137: With 84 first half points from the Dubs, you’d think Steph Curry (16 PTS, 10 AST) had a ridiculous night but was held in check as it was Klay Thompson’s time to shine knocking down seven three-pointers with 35 points outpacing a Jazz team with two players over 33 points - GS is just a game over .500

The regular season resumes next Thursday, enjoy All-Star weekend. See the full NBA scoreboard here and the current standings here.

PGA - Genesis Invitational

  • Tiger Watch: Woods (+1) is currently tied for 49th, which means he’ll have to play well today in order to stay on that cut-line that takes the top 50 (including ties). While I made fun of Tiger’s shank in the intro, he hit some beautiful shots yesterday in first true PGA competition since last April’s Masters tournament, including this incredible save from the trees following the shank. After the round, he said he was dealing with back spasms throughout the day but seemed to be walking well

Current Leaderboard

  • 1. Patrick Cantlay (-7)

  • T2. Cam Davis (-6)

  • T2. Jason Day (-6)

  • T2. Luke List (-6)

  • T5. Will Zalatoris (-5) - watch my interview with Willy Z from last year

  • T5. Jordan Spieth (-5)

  • T5. Tom Hoge (-5)

See the full leaderboard here and today’s groupings and tee times here.

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Tiger Woods holds the record for most total weeks as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world. Who sits in second place on that list?

A. Greg Norman

B. Rory McIlroy

C. Dustin Johnson

D. John Rahm

Photo: Brodie Miller, 2014 Sochi Olympics | Source: USA Today

On February 16, 2014, American Bode Miller became the oldest Olympic medalist in alpine skiing history by winning bronze in the super-G (super giant slalom) race at the Sochi Games. Despite undergoing multiple knee surgeries and the death of his brother before the Games, Miller, 38, tied for third with Canadian Jan Hudec to earn a spot on the podium. It was his fifth and final Olympics and sixth career medal, moving him to second all-time for the most male Olympic medals in alpine skiing, only behind Norway's Kjetil André Aamodt, who won eight. Miller would retire shortly thereafter and is considered the most successful male American alpine ski racer ever. He is also considered one of the greatest World Cup racers of all time, with 33 victories, and is one of five men (and last to date) to win World Cup events in all five disciplines (downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, and combined). In addition, he is the only skier with five or more victories in each event. In 2008, Miller and Lindsey Vonn won the overall World Cup titles for the first US sweep in 25 years. Miller was inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2018.

Friday

  • NCAAM: VCU @ Saint Louis 7:00pm ET, ESPN2

  • NCAAW: #8 Colorado @ #22 Utah 8:00pm ET, Pac-12

  • NCAAW: #9 UCLA @ #11 Oregon State 10:00pm ET, Fubo TV

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes @ Arizona Coyotes 9:00pm ET, NHL Network

  • PGA: Genesis Invitational 4:00-8:00pm ET, Golf Channel

Saturday

  • EPL: Chelsea @ Manchester 12:30pm ET, USA Network

  • NCAAM: #9 Duke @ Florida State 2:00pm ET, ESPN

  • NCAAM: #4 Marquette @ #1 UConn 3:00pm ET, FOX

  • NCAAM: #6 Kansas @ #25 Oklahoma 4:00pm ET, ESPN

  • NCAAM: #22 Kentucky @ #13 Auburn 6:00pm ET, ESPN

  • NCAAM: Full Schedule

  • NCAAW: #23 Oklahoma @ #24 West Virginia 1:00pm ET, ESPN+

  • NHL: Los Angeles Kings @ Boston Bruins 12:30pm ET, ABC

  • NHL: Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars 3:00pm ET, ABC

  • NHL Philadelphia Flyers @ New Jersey Devils 8:00pm ET, ABC

  • PGA: Genesis Invitational 3:00-7:00pm ET, CBS

  • UFC 298: Volkanovski vs. Topuria Main Card 10:00pm ET ESPN+

Sunday

  • EPL: Manchester United @ Luton Town 11:30am ET, USA Network

  • NBA: All-Star Game 6:00pm ET, TNT

  • NCAAM: #2 Purdue @ Ohio State 1:00pm ET, CBS

  • NCAAM: Memphis @ SMU 4:00pm ET, ESPN

  • NCAAW: Georgia @ #1 South Carolina 1:00pm ET, ABC

  • NCAAW: #12 Virginia Tech @ #18 Louisville 2:00pm ET, ESPN

  • NHL: New York Rangers @ New York Islanders 3:00pm ET, ABC

  • NHL: Los Angeles Kings @ Pittsburgh Penguins 6:00pm ET, NHLPP / ESPN+

  • PGA: Genesis Invitational 3:00-7:00pm ET, CBS

Trivia Time Answer

A. Greg Norman. The controversial figure who recently helped start the LIIV Golf Tour sits in second place with 331 weeks as the No. 1 golfer in the world. Just a mere 352 weeks behind Tiger. Dustin Johnson (135 weeks) is third and Rory (122 weeks) is fourth on the list.

Prime Lock of the Day

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UFC 298

  • Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria: Volkanovski ML (-125)

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