Women’s Basketball: Ogunbowale leads Notre Dame on incredible tournament run

first_imgLeading the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team to a championship last weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Arike Ogunbowale secured her place in NCAA tournament history.Ogunbowale hit game-winning jump shots in both the Final Four game versus UConn and the championship game against Mississippi State. She is also former Badger running back Dare Ogunbowale’s sisterUntil the Final Four, the women’s tournament lacked the upsets we saw on the men’s side this year. All four No. 1 seeds— Notre Dame, Mississippi State, UConn and Louisville—advanced out of their regions with No. 6 Oregon State being the only non-top three seed to even reach the Elite Eight.But the excitement began when Notre Dame upset basketball’s greatest dynasty — the University of Connecticut — to hand them their first loss of the season in the Final Four.After going back and forth for most of the game, it appeared Notre Dame had secured a win in the last few seconds. It was the forced overtime from Notre Dame’s Jessica Shepard’s two costly turnovers at the end of regulation, and a near-loss after UConn’s Gabby Williams missed a last-second jumper, that would have given the Huskies the win.March Madness: Villanova, DiVincenzo dismiss Michigan for national titleSitting atop the College Basketball world for the second time in three seasons, Villanova University defeated the University of Michigan Read…Fortunately, the Irish were able to maintain their intensity in the extra period. Ogunbowale had an opportunity to lock the game up for Notre Dame but missed a free throw in the final minute that allowed UConn to tie the game at 89–89 with a three-pointer from Crystal Dangerfield.In the next play, Ogunbowale redeemed herself and avoided a trip to double overtime — nailing a deep two-pointer on an isolation play to win the game for Notre Dame 91–89.On the other side of the bracket, Mississippi State, who upset UConn last year in the Final Four, beat Louisville 73–63 to give the Bulldogs a chance at avenging last year’s championship loss against South Carolina.In the championship game, Mississippi State led early up 30–17 at halftime. But Notre Dame would come back and had an opportunity to win the game tied 58–58 at the end of regulation.Bo is back: talking Coaches vs. Cancer, Badger BasketballFor almost 15 years, Coach Bo Ryan was at the helm of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Over Read…But after a steal from Mississippi State’s Morgan William in the final 10 seconds, the Bulldogs had a chance to win the game on a fast break score. As players scrambled for position, William would miss an open Victoria Vivens and turn the ball over herself.This forced Mississippi State to foul at half-court to avoid giving Notre Dame an easy last-second layup as the Irish still had several players around the rim from their last turnover.Ogunbowale got the pass on the inbound from the foul and the rest is history.  The guard hit a heavily contested three over Vivens to end a miraculous tournament run for Notre Dame and give the program their second-ever national championship.last_img read more

NASCAR at Indianapolis: Starting lineup, pole for Sunday’s Brickyard race

first_imgPositions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at IndianapolisNASCAR has scrapped prerace qualifying and practice to limit time spent at the track during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has mostly been using random draws to determine starting positions for races.The results of Thursday’s draw for the starting lineup in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:Pos.DriverCar No. Team1Joey Logano22Team Penske2Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing3Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports4Justin Allgaier*48Hendrick Motorsports5Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing6Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing7Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing8Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing9Brad Keselowski2Team Penske10Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports11Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing12Ryan Blaney12Team Penske13Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing14Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing15Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing16Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing17Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports18William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports19John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports20Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing21Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing22Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing23Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing24Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing25Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing26Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports27Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports28Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing29Ty Dillon13Germain Racing30Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing31Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing32Ross Chastain77Spire Motorsports33Quin Houff00StarCom Racing34JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing35Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing36Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Johs Bilicki7Tommy Baldwin Racing40BJ McLeod78BJ McLeod Motorsports* Allgaier is driving in place of Jimmie Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19. The starting lineup and pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was determined by the same procedure that has been in place for most races since the series’ return from its COVID-19 pandemic pause.The starting grid for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records, which is scheduled to go green at 4:23 p.m. ET at The Brickyard and will be broadcast live on NBC, was determined by a combination of random draw and positions in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings in place of qualfying and practice sessions.  MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedulePit stall selection for Cup Series races that are run without qualifying is determined by the results of the previous race. In the case of Sunday’s race at Indy, the selection was based on where drivers finished in last Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway.Below is the starting lineup for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Indianapolis and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Indianapolis?Joey Logano will be on the pole for Sunday’s race after a random drawing of the top 12 in the point standings. This is Logano’s first pole of the season, in Race No. 16. Logano comes into Indy sixth in the point standings, 81 points behind series leader Kevin Harvick, but he has finished no better than 17th in his last four races. He was 36th and 24th in the weekend races at Pocono.Joining Logano on the front row will be Kurt Busch, who is 10th in the standings. Busch is coming off a 13th-place finish in the Pocono Sunday race.MORE: Watch all NASCAR races live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Logano (Team Penske) and Busch (Chip Ganassi Racing) drive for teams that know how to win at Indy in multiple series. Penske and Ganassi have combined for 22 Indianapolis 500 victories, with Team Penske earning 18, and each has one NASCAR Cup Series win at Indy.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Indianapolis:last_img read more