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Lawrence Police trolls Kansas after upset loss to Oregon

Lawrence Police trolled Kansas after the Jayhawks were upset by Oregon in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.

The Jayhawks were a No. 1 seed in the tourney and had been destroying opponents, yet they went cold against the Ducks’ tough interior defense and lost 74-60.

Lawrence Police, which is the city where KU is located, sent this tweet:

Lawrence Police

That is harsh and unnecessary.

Despite being an elite program under Bill Self, the Jayhawks consistently have lost earlier than expected in the NCAA Tournament.

They’ve had two first-round exits; three second-round exits; two Sweet 16 exits; and five Elite Eight exits under Self. That’s despite having eight 30-plus win seasons under him. At least they’ve made two trips to the title game and won one, because otherwise Self would have the biggest monkey on his back in the sport.

We’re guessing that the Lawrence PD learned its Twitter behavior from their friends in Denver.

Phil Knight cuts down nets after Oregon reaches Final Four

Phil Knight

Oregon’s basketball program had one of its finest moments in their history on Saturday, and Phil Knight was on hand to celebrate. And he didn’t just celebrate from the stands like some fan; he got to participate.

The Nike founder, who is a huge booster for Oregon’s athletic programs, got to cut down the net in Kansas City along with his team:

The Ducks were among the best teams in college basketball all season, as they entered the Big Dance 29-5. They took a hit in their seeding after Chris Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 Tournament, but they’ve proven they can win without him.

Oregon doesn’t have much of a tradition in college hoops. Their only previous trip to the Final Four was in 1939, when they won it all. Under Dana Altman, they’ve made the tournament five times and have back-to-back strong showings. They sure are making Knight proud.

Dillon Brooks gets upset with coaches during timeout (Video)

Dillon Brooks coaches

Dillon Brooks was heated during a timeout in the final five minutes of Oregon’s game against Kansas in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

The Ducks were up by double-digits against the Jayhawks and essentially started nursing the ball offensively rather than running plays or trying to score. The result was Brooks throwing up a wild shot to beat the shot clock with 5:10 left in the game.

On their next possession, the Ducks called a timeout. That’s when TBS says Brooks got into it with his coaches. They shared a video as proof.

TBS later reported that Brooks was upset nobody gave him a warning that the shot clock was expiring on his previous possession.

Brooks didn’t score the rest of the way but still finished with 17 points. Tyler Dorsey brought the game home offensively for Oregon, who won 74-60. Dorsey scored a game-high 27, while Jordan Bell dominated inside with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 8 big blocks.

H/T CJ Zero for the video

Mark Cuban cracks Donald Trump joke about Mavs’ season

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban made a reference to his nemesis Donald Trump while discussing the poor season the Dallas Mavericks are enduring.

The Mavs are likely to finish with their first losing season since Cuban took over as the franchise’s owner. It’s not a matter of pride for Cuban.

When talking about his team’s disappointing fate, Cuban joked that he should get some Russian hackers to distract everyone with “fake news.”

“It’s just is what it is, and there’s not a whole lot I can do. I guess I can go to Russia and ask them to hack the NBA and put out some fake news,” Cuban joked, via the Star-Telegram’s Dwain Price.

“Fake news” of course is a term Trump has used to describe stories he dislikes or disputes. Trump’s campaign aides are alleged to have been in contact with Russian hackers during the election period, which resulted in the smearing of Hillary Clinton via leaks. Trump would call reports of his ties to the Russian hackers “fake news.” Cuban is a Clinton supporter and has a long history of beefing with Trump.

Dominic Thiem smashes his racquet to pieces (video)

Dominic Thiem racquet

Dominic Thiem took a lot of frustration out on his tennis racquet during his match on Saturday against Borna Coric.

Thiem was leading 5-4 in the second set after dropping the first 6-1 and had the advantage. Following an unforced error, he smashed his racquet to the point of completely disfiguring it:

It was the second time during the match that he took some frustration out on his racquet:

The Miami Open match ended up suspended due to the weather.

Here’s a replay of the racquet smash:


Steve Kerr: Kevin Durant ‘at least a couple weeks away’

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant continues to progress on a daily basis as he recovers from a knee injury, but he’s still “at least a couple weeks away” according to Steve Kerr.

The Golden State Warriors head coach addressed the media on Saturday and talked about Durant. He was asked about how he would integrate Durant back into the lineup, but it seemed like that’s getting a little ahead of things.

“When we get to that point we’ll figure it out. It’s not something I’m giving a lot of thought to right now because he’s still at least a couple weeks away,” Kerr said via the San Jose Mercury News’ Anthony Slater.

Durant’s been increasing his range of activity almost on a daily basis. On Friday, here’s what his routine looked like.

Poole guesses that Durant might return for the final few games of the regular season on a minutes restriction. The Warriors still have the best overall record in the league and entered Saturday 2.5 games ahead of San Antonio in the Western Conference.

Grumpy writer complains about SI for Kids reporter

A grumpy journalist is getting blasted for complaining about an “SI for Kids” reporter ruining his very adult, very serious opportunity to get quotes for his very serious job.

On Friday, a reporter for “SI for Kids” went viral for a question asked to South Carolina’s Frank Martin about defense, that was highly praised by the Gamecocks head coach.

One person who wasn’t a fan of the journalistic efforts of “SI for Kids” reporters is David Caraviello, a reporter for the Charleston Post & Courier. Here’s what he had to say on Twitter as he complained:

David Caraviello tweet

Caraviello took a lot of heat for his tweet and kept trying to defend himself, not really realizing that very few shared his viewpoint.

This was the general consensus response to Caraviello’s complaining:

Caraviello really needs to lighten up and realize the world doesn’t revolve around him and his fellow writers working on deadline. This is not a good look for him.

Chris Chiozza sends Wisconsin home on incredible buzzer-beater (Video)

Chris Chiozza shot

Chris Chiozza is going down in history as one of the biggest heroes of March Madness after the memorable moment he delivered on Friday night.

Chiozza went the length of the court with his Florida Gators down 83-81 and four seconds left in their Sweet 16 contest against Wisconsin, and he tossed up a hurried 3-pointer that went in. That gave Florida an improbable 84-83 overtime win, sending the Gators to the Elite Eight.

This photo is precious:

What’s incredible is Chiozza essentially returned the favor to Wisconsin after the Badgers’ Zak Showalter made a similar three to send the game to overtime in the first place.

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