March brings so many sporting interests to the table, including lots and lots of championship basketball. It's heavy on the hoops this morning links, leading off with some Canadian collegiate items that get very little mention in the mainstream media:
First off, UBC wins the Bronze Baby, beating Cape Breton 58-55 in a game that had 15 lead changes. Saturday at York, McMaster defeated York 95-86 to win the Wilson Cup, and the Lions open against Saskatchewan Wednesday night as the Final 10 gets underway in Halifax. Closer to home, Sheridan hosts and Humber contests the 2006 CCAA men's championship beginning Thursday out in Oakville.
Oh, and if you somehow missed the brackets for the NCAA men's tournament, here they are (PDF file). Any one with cinches for my pool sheet, lead pipe or otherwise, let me know.
Congrats out to the Brampton Thunder, winners of the national women's hockey crown (otherwise known as the world club championship) 2-1 over Quebec.
Controversy at the World Baseball Classic, its pitchers unshackled to an 80-pitch limit but its umpires strictly minor league as Japan gets screwed out of a go-ahead run in a dramatic 4-3 loss to the U.S.
Moving to the category of overpaid and underwhelming now, the Raptors win a close one. Really, they did.
LotN, NHL: Marc Savard assists on a late tying goal and scores the overtime winner as the Thrashers beat the Rangers and close in on a playoff spot. LotN, NBA: LeBron James' 47 (including 24 FT makes) isn't quite enough as the Cavs lose in Miami.