March Madness schedule, odds and TV info for Saturday’s men’s NCAA Tournament first-round games
The men's NCAA Tournament rolls on Saturday with 16 more games of first-round March Madness goodness.
Friday saw no shortage of drama, with three overtime games and five double-digit seeds punching their tickets to the second round. The biggest upset was No. 15 Oral Roberts' overtime takedown of No. 2 Ohio State, the lowlight of a rough day for the Big Ten.
Will Saturday bring more chaos? Teams from the East and West regions get in on the action starting with surprise Big East winner Georgetown taking on Colorado shortly after noon ET. In the evening, we'll see if No. 1 Gonzaga can take its first step toward completing the first unbeaten season in men's Division I play since 1976 as the Bulldogs face Norfolk State.
Overseas spectators will be barred from the Tokyo Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers say
- Spectators from overseas will not be able to attend this year’s Olympics, say reports.
- Organizers made the major concession to allow the event to take place.
- The games are due to commence in July after being rescheduled last year.
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Overseas spectators will be banned from attending the Summer Olympics in Japan, the organizing committee confirmed on Saturday, according to The New York Times and other outlets.
The Tokyo Games, which are due to commence in July, were originally scheduled for 2020 but were postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Concerns over safety measures have been raised over the past months, given that the pandemic is far from over in many countries.
Some Japanese outlets had anticipated the decision to bar international fans — made by the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the national and local governments in Japan — for some time.
Refunds will be offered to those who have already bought tickets. Tokyo Organising Committee CEO, Toshiro Muto, confirmed that around 600,000 Olympic tickets and around 30,000 Paralympic tickets will need to be compensated, Sky News reports.
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Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson set to return from seven-game suspension. What can we expect from him?
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson went more than two years without a suspension, then was hit for a seven-game ban this month.
The hit was on Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, who spent a night in the hospital after being crushed into the boards.
The league said it issued the suspension, the fifth of Wilson's career and his second longest, because of the "totality of the circumstances" surrounding the hit.
The Capitals disagreed with the ruling but chose not to appeal because Wilson likely would have served the entire suspension by the time the process was completed.
“There’s nobody that knows the details of body checking and what the league is looking for in evaluating on body checking more than Tom," general manager Brian MacLellan said. "He’s very detailed in it.”
China reaches 70 million COVID-19 vaccinations: state media
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has administered 70 million COVID-19 vaccinations as of March 20, state media CGTN reported on Saturday citing the national health commission.
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‘I’m proving everyone wrong:’ Patrick Ewing has Georgetown back in men’s NCAA Tournament
No men's NCAA Tournament berth carries more weight and symbolism than Georgetown's unexpected entry into this year's field, which came after a four-day run of upsets through the Big East Conference tournament.
Those games were held at Madison Square Garden, where coach Patrick Ewing carved out his Hall of Fame career as the all-time leading scorer for the New York Knicks. ("I thought this was my building," Ewing said after the conference quarterfinals, feeling he was being "accosted" by MSG security. "Everybody in this building should know who the hell I am.")
The championship-game victory against Creighton, a 73-48 blowout, came 49 years to the day Georgetown hired John Thompson, the architect of the program's growth into a national powerhouse and one of the defining figures in Ewing's life.