Well, that didn’t last long. After Manny Machado got a $300 million deal and then Bryce Harper got $30 million more for it to break the record, Mike Trout went and broke the record in impressively quick time, just as you’d expect a man of his stature to do. The very definition of a five-tool player, Trout, according to sources, is very close to signing a new deal with the Los Angeles Angels that would be worth $430 million over 12 years. Not only would the total amount of dollars be the most ever, but it would also surpass the $34.4 million per year that Zach Greinke got with Arizona, which was the highest value per year prior. Trout, who has been publicly courted by the aforementioned Harper to join him in Philadelphia, would have seen his current deal run out in 2020 had he not reached this agreement. But instead of taking that risk, the Angels have moved to lock down their potential all-time great until 2030 with this brand new, mind-boggling, record-breaking deal.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has begun, and despite it being a convoluted mess to begin with, we now know two of the four teams that will be advancing from the ‘First Four’ into the regular field of 64. One of those teams is the Farleigh Dickinson Knights, who got a career night from Darnell Edge in an 82-76 win over Prairie View. He scored 33 points, with seven made threes on the night, to carry his team past the Panthers and into a meeting with #1 seed Gonzaga on Thursday. It was the Knights’ first ever win in the NCAA tourney.
In a battle of two #11 seeds, it was the Belmont Bruins that survived and advanced over the Temple Owls. Belmont, 27-5 on the season got in via an at-large bid to surprise many, and showed just why in their 81-70 win. They controlled both halves of play to clinch their first NCAA Tournament victory. They did so with a big helping hand from Kevin McClain, who scored 29 points and also led the charge in the second half as they pulled away from the Owls. As a result, the Bruins will now take on #6 Maryland on Thursday in what should be a nail-biter.
And finally, the NBA takes stage with what was an incredible comeback win from the Brooklyn Nets. On the road in Sacramento, they fell behind by 28 points only to come roaring back and grab a 123-121 win from the jaws of defeat. The Nets, who got a 44 point bonanza from DeAngelo Russell in the win, became just the fourth team since 1954 to come from that many points down to win in one single quarter. It takes a special period, both on offense and defense, and somehow, some way, they pulled it out and grabbed the win. The loss now means the Kings are seven games back of the playoffs, so it’s not going to end up hurting them too much since they are so far back anyway. The Nets, however, have a three game lead over Miami and sit in seventh in the East as things currently stand.