How to watch, key players for No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Here is how you can watch Oklahoma this weekend in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

The Oklahoma Sooners are back in action after another undefeated weekend. The Sooners went 5-0 and took their record-setting winning streak to 62.

They have a tough five-game stretch in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. They open with a top 25 matchup against Mississippi State and also take on Wisconsin in their five-game weekend set.

They also passed a milestone this week, going a full calendar year without a loss. But can they keep that going and push the winning streak to 67?

Let’s take a look at how you can watch them this weekend.

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Steph Curry shares thoughts on Klay Thompson’s new bench role

Steph Curry shared his thoughts on Klay Thompson’s current role off the Golden State Warriors bench during an interview with Malika Andrews.

Klay Thompson is set to come off the Golden State Warriors bench for the second straight game. Thompson has endured a turbulent season thus far, as he’s struggled to provide a consistent impact on both ends of the floor. As such, Steve Kerr has begun experimenting with ways to get the best from his aging sharpshooter. The initial return on Thompson’s new role was encouraging, as he dropped 35 points against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 15.

Steph Curry shared his thoughts on Thompson being moved to the bench when speaking to ESPN’s Malika Andrews as part of an exclusive interview. He noted how his long-time teammate responded in the best way possible and that he will likely continue to do so.

“For him, there’s only one way for him to respond: the way that he did,” Curry said. “I think there’s been a lot of narratives around his season and since he’s come back from his injuries – a lot unfair…I think the natural evolution of all of our careers is trying to figure out how to continue to win, but it might look a little different. The way that he responded is the Klay Thompson that I know — the true competitor, the true dawg. He got [expletive] off and said, ‘Watch this.’ I think a lot of it is just knowing who he is.”

Thompson has played in 50 games for Golden State this season. He’s averaging 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, shooting 42.1% from the field and 37.3% from 3-point range.

Thompson now finds himself in a tough position. His free agency is looming. He needs to prove he is still a vital member of Golden State’s core. Kerr could be inclined to keep him within that role if he excels off the bench. If he struggles, it could affect how much the franchise is willing to offer in negotiations in the summer.

Thompson has to thread the needle. Fortunately, he’s been proving himself for his entire career. Another hurdle is unlikely to stop him.

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Tom Brady congratulates former Bruin Matthew Slater on retirement

Tom Brady paid respect to Matthew Slater after he retired from the NFL.

A fellow California native congratulated former UCLA Bruin Matthew Slater on his retirement.

After Slater retired from the NFL following. terrific run with the New England Patriots, former teammate Tom Brady congratulated him in a post on Instagram.

In the post, Brady said, “A true champion. The best teammate and an even better man. Congratulations on the perfect career.”

Slater caught only one pass in his NFL career, on the receiving end of a Brady pass on Monday Night Football in 2011. The 46-yard catch would be his biggest play on offense, but his contributions on offense do not capture the monumental impact Slater had on the Patriots in the locker room and on the field.

A co-captain with Brady since 2010, Slater was instrumental to the Patriots dynasty of the 2010s, winning three Super Bowls during his tenure. Making plays in the kicking game and at the center of one of the best special teams units of the decade, Slater earned his stripes doing the dirty work.

Today, Slater received recognition from one of his teammates and an all-time great in the NFL.

Video: Breaking down the Lions’ top 5 offseason needs with Ourlads Scouting

Video: Breaking down the Lions’ top 5 offseason needs with Ourlads Scouting

What are the biggest needs for the Detroit Lions heading into the 2024 offseason?

With the NFL’s free agency about to hit and the NFL Scouting Combine on tap for next week, there’s going to be a lot of attention on what the Lions need to fill out their roster. What will help Detroit remain as legitimate Super Bowl contenders and even augment their chances to bring home the team’s first title since 1957?

In this video, in conjunction with OurLads Scouting, I went through the top five Lion’s needs entering the offseason. The biggest need is self-obvious, but beyond that, there is some flexibility in the need flow chart.

Thanks to Greg DePalma and Ourlads Scouting for the fun, informative video and the invite to join them to break it all down.

Dolphins free agent profile: Is Braxton Berrios a one-and-done in Miami?

What should Miami do with Braxton Berrios?

The Miami Dolphins have 29 players who are expected to hit free agency in March, including a wide receiver and slot returner who joined the team last year – Braxton Berrios.

Berrios, 28, was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2018 following a collegiate career with the Miami Hurricane that included a Third-team All-ACC season in 2017.

Berrios spent his rookie year on injured reserve before being waived and then claimed by the New York Jets in 2019. He spent four years with the Jets, becoming an All-Pro punt returner in 2021.

Miami signed Berrios to a one-year. $3.5 million contract last year to fill the same duties on offense and special teams. Berrios appeared in 16 games in 2023, recording 27 receptions for 238 yards and one touchdown. As a returner, he averaged 10.2 yards per attempt, which was the 13th-most for any player with at least 10 attempts.

Berrios isn’t the only Dolphins receiver set to hit the market this offseason, as Cedrick Wilson Jr., Robbie Chosen, Chase Claypool and River Cracraft will as well, so the team has a clear need for depth.

With that being said, Berrios didn’t do anything exceptionally well for Miami in 2023. He fills a couple of roles, but the Dolphins should definitely look for an opportunity to upgrade. It’s unlikely that he’ll receive a huge deal as soon as free agency opens, so general manager Chris Grier and head coach Mike McDaniel could pivot back and sign him to another one-year deal for a reasonable price if needed.

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McLaren sees gains for all, but the most for Red Bull

McLaren’s data suggests all of the Formula 1 teams have made a step forward ahead of the 2024 season, but singles out Red Bull as the only team to make significant progress. The opening day of pre-season testing in Bahrain saw Max Verstappen set the …

McLaren’s data suggests all of the Formula 1 teams have made a step forward ahead of the 2024 season, but singles out Red Bull as the only team to make significant progress.

The opening day of pre-season testing in Bahrain saw Max Verstappen set the pace by over a second, and complete significant mileage in an ominous start. Day two provided a different picture on the timing screens, with Carlos Sainz 2.5s quicker than Verstappen’s time, and 0.75s ahead of Sergio Perez but having used the softer C4 tire.

For McLaren, the second day yielded the fourth-fastest time with Lando Norris and team principal Andrea Stella says the signs from its car are good, but sees a bigger gap to Red Bull emerging.

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“In terms of report from the two days, I would say that starting from a performance point of view, the car delivers what we expected,” Stella said. “No big surprises — which in itself is some good news, because there are some elements of innovation in the car. So we wanted to see how they would have worked trackside, and they seem in line with expectations.

“I think the car is a good foundation for development — it’s a step forward compared to last year’s car. But overall, I can see that many cars have made a step forward, which is normal. Everyone finds performance in every week of development.

“There’s one car that seems to have found a big step — unfortunately, the car that was already the quickest last year. Some cars, I would say the group was already quite compact last year and, to me, it looks even more compact this year. That’s what we have learned from a competitiveness point of view.

“Otherwise, apart from this little setback on the fuel system, it’s been a relatively smooth session. Oscar [Piastri] and Lando could learn everything pretty much we could learn in a couple of days; a bit more to do tomorrow, especially for Oscar who has run the afternoon session. There’s quite a bit to cash in because clearly the track improves dramatically from like four o’clock onwards, and what you do in the morning session is relevant but not fully representative.”

Explaining the interruption to Norris’ running, Stella says investigations will need to take place to understand the cause of the reliability issue.

“We had to check something in the fuel tank this afternoon. It allowed us to run while we were starting race simulation, but actually we needed to stop the race simulation, so we didn’t bring this achievement home today, because we needed to get into the fuel system. We changed some parts and the car was in condition to go again. So, a little setback but we have identified and will look into what the exact reason is.”

Matt McMahon breaks down LSU’s last possession in upset win over Kentucky

Trusting in his players proved to be the right call as the Tigers moved to 14-12 and 6-7 overall in conference play.

Last night, the LSU Tigers took down the Kentucky Wildcats in the Pete Maravich Center. Head coach [autotag]Matt McMahon[/autotag] has taken a team that did not win any conference games last season to a team that has defeated back-to-back ranked opponents.

The Tigers won 75-74 over Kentucky due to a last-second shot that barely beat the buzzer. Kentucky took the lead with less than 10 seconds left and the Tigers had one timeout remaining, so that brought on a big decision for McMahon. Would he trust his team to play it out or would he call a timeout to draw up a play?

“Wish I would’ve called timeout,” McMahon said jokingly, per On3. “But I didn’t want them to get their defense set. I like them playing in transition, just a scramble situation. Trust [autotag]Jordan Wright[/autotag] with the ball there.

“We’ve been searching for some toughness. And [autotag]Tyrell Ward[/autotag] comes flying out of nowhere to put that ball in and win the game, just awesome, man. Awesome.”

Trusting in his players proved to be the right call as the Tigers moved to 14-12 and 6-7 overall in conference play.

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What are the ESPN projections for Rutgers basketball final six Big Ten games?

A look at ESPN’s projections for the rest of the Rutgers basketball season.

It was inconceivable a month ago to think that Rutgers basketball could be in a position to make a push for the postseason. But despite winning four of their last five games, ESPN has Rutgers projected for a so-so finish to their Big Ten schedule.

Nevertheless, Rutgers is in a far better position to potentially make the postseason than this time a month ago. And whether it ends up being the NCAA Tournament or the NIT, any tournament berth for Rutgers would be an accomplishment given the hole they found themselves in around mid-January.

Rutgers is currently 14-11 (6-8 Big Ten) and needs to continue stacking wins for their NCAA Tournament resume.

With a  Big Ten road trip on Thursday night at No. 2 Purdue next on the schedule for the Scarlet Knights, these final six games will determine the viability of Rutgers’ postseason hopes.

Rutgers needs to close out the regular season with at least four wins and they likely needs to nab at least two wins in the Big Ten Tournament to have a resume worthy of tournament consideration.

Here is the breakdown of Rutgers basketball’s outlook according to ESPN Analytics:

  • Feb. 22 @ Purdue (Rutgers 3.7 percent chance to win)
  • Feb. 25 vs. Maryland (Rutgers 55.7 percent to win)
  • Feb. 29 vs. Michigan (Rutgers 76.2 percent to win)
  • March 3 @ Nebraska (Rutgers 18.7 percent to win)
  • March 7 @ Wisconsin (Rutgers 12.0 percent to win)
  • March 10 vs. Ohio State (Rutgers 65.3 percent to win)
  • Four wins and two wins in the Big Ten Tournament would likely put Rutgers on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.

This all lines up for that March 3 game at Nebraska to be a potential season-changer. If Rutgers holds serve and wins their home games against Maryland, Michigan and Ohio State, then they will need to flip at least one game to get four wins during this stretch.

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Nebraska (19-8, 9-7 Big Ten) is the game that looms the largest and has the potential to be make or break for Rutgers.

It won’t be easy though, as Nebraska has won their last three games including an impressive result at Indiana.

Rick Pitino walked back his blistering Seton Hall rant days after saying he stood by his words

The apology should have been just as loud as the disrespect, Rick Pitino.

On Wednesday, Rick Pitino told the media that he apologized to the St. John’s men’s basketball team days after endorsing his wild postgame rant following a game against Seton Hall.

Somehow, Rick Pitino thinks we have forgotten what he’s done in the last four days, but we have not. The internet has the receipts. On Sunday, he ripped his team after a less-than-stellar performance against Seton Hall. Pitino described coaching St. Johns as the “most unenjoyable experience” of his lifetime. On Monday, Per ESPN, Pitino told Newsday that he stood by his words, saying, “I was pointing out exactly — in a monotone voice — why we lost… I was not ripping anybody.”

By Wednesday, Pitino was walking back his words by sharing that he apologized to his team after learning that his rant hurt several players.

Here’s the thing: This apology is flimsy.

If Pitino thought he was making his team tougher by ripping them, fine. At least stand by that. Be about the words you chose. But to endorse the words and then walk them back implies it was always about escaping accountability and saving an image.

What Pitino fails to realize is that — right or wrong — how a team performs is a reflection of its leader. So, if a team isn’t up to standard, you address it with them and ask yourself what you can do better as a leader, not deflect responsibility and embarrass them in public.