Women’s Tennis begin NCAA Tournament action this weekend
After bowing out of the ACC Tournament in the second round last week, the Notre Dame women’s tennis team had to wait to find out their postseason fate. On Tuesday it was announced that the Irish would be headed to the Columbus regional to take on the Kansas Jayhawks. The Irish and Jayhawks are two evenly rated squads, as they are ranked 33rd and 31st respectively.
This marks Notre Dame’s 22nd straight NCAA Tournament appearance and also their 24th appearance in the last 25 years. That is not too bad for a program that is just 40 years old.
Men’s Lacrosse wraps up regular season
The 2017 Men’s Lacrosse season wraps up this weekend. The Irish will take on the Black Knights of the Hudson (Army) on Saturday afternoon at West Point.
The Irish are 8-4 on the year, coming off a tough loss to North Carolina in the ACC Championship game. Army on the other hand is 11-4 and champions of the AAC.
Notre Dame would greatly benefit from a win on Saturday. Only 16 teams make the NCAA Tournament in lacrosse, so a win over a top program like Army would bolster their resume. Face off is set for 2:30pm ET on Saturday and the game can be watched on CBS Sports Network.
Last weekend former NBA star, Brandon Roy, was shot in the leg while visiting family in southern California. It was reported that the shooting was a random act of violence, and that Roy prevented the situation from getting worse. He actually shielded his own children from the gunfire, and in doing so was struck in the leg. He has since returned home to Washington state, and is recovering.
Since retiring from the league back in 2013 due to knee injuries, Roy has become quite a successful high school basketball coach at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, which produced the No. 1 high school player in the country this year in Michael Porter Jr. Roy led Hale to a 29-0 record in 2016-17, as was named the Naismith National High School Coach of the Year.
You probably read that and think thats a pretty bold statement. Yes, of course the Yankees and Red Sox will always hate each other, but for the past nine to 10 seasons it hasn’t been at the fever pitch it was back in the mid 2000s.
At the moment though, the newest budding rivalry in the AL East is the Red Sox vs. Orioles. This isn’t just because of the events that have transpired in the past week, such as Chris Sale throwing at Manny Machado, but there were occurrences of bad blood going back to last season when Mookie Betts got thrown at by O’s pitching.
These are two teams that are bound to compete for the AL East crown all summer, and it has already got pretty hot and heavy and we’re just in the first week of May. Wait until it’s August and September when things are really on the line, maybe we’ll see even more fireworks then.
The Washington Capitals are, well they’re in a bad situation again.
For the second straight season the Capitals are on the verge of another early exit from the playoffs. After a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday the Caps face elimination on Saturday back in Washington. The hard part is that the Penguins were without Sydney Crosby for game four after he sustained a concussion in game three.
This is the same old story for the Caps. Last year they were the best team in the regular season as they won the Presidents Trophy for most points, and this year was the same deal. They suffered a second round exit at the hands of the Penguins last year as well, and as of right now that looks to be the case this season.
Capitals fans have start wondering if they’ll ever get to raise Lord Stanley with this group. The Penguins have been their kryptonite these past couple of seasons, and unless we see a miraculous comeback it will be more of the same this season.