DeMarcus Cousins had good numbers – 31 points with 10 rebounds – but a bad feeling after the Kings’ 115-108 loss at Detroit. “I love the game, I love to compete – that’s what drives me every night,” he said. “But to come in season after season and try to stop another team from making the playoffs, that’s old. I want to be in the playoffs.”
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The NCAA Tournament saw its first true bracket buster Friday. No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State knocked off No. 2 Michigan State, which had been a trendy pick to win it all. The Blue Raiders became the eighth No. 15 seed to knock off a No. 2 since seeding began in 1985. It was a great day for the underdog, as No. 14 Stephen F. Austin beat No. 3 West Virginia, making it a tough two days for the Big 12 Conference, after No. 12 Yale eliminated No. 5 Baylor on Thursday. And the buzzer-beating Northern Iowa Panthers did it again, knocking out yet another Big 12 team. A half-court shot downed Texas. At almost the same time, Cincinnati seemed to have dunked its way into overtime against Saint Joseph’s, but the shot was a hair too late. And it’s just Day 2.
All most of the world sees of new Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto are those ubiquitous dreadlocks, that easy smile, a well-fed frame and those crazy Instagram pictures and videos he shares. This is the guy the Giants bet the farm on by signing him to a six-year, $130 million deal in the winter?
Nate Diaz’s stunning victory over Ireland’s Conor McGregor in UFC 196 obviously wasn’t part of the fighting circuit’s plan. “That was the No. 1-paid guy,” the Stockton native says of McGregor, “the biggest name in the sport, the pound-for-pound best fighter, they were claiming. And I just beat him. So what does that make me?”
Cal quarterback and NFL prospect Jared Goff’s pro day for the 49ers and Cleveland Browns went well – 61 completions out of 69 attempts with two drops. And incredibly, his hands, which were deemed small by NFL standards, seem to have grown in the last three weeks.
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