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“The Ball’s in your court…”

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When it comes to making outlandish comments for attention and talking more out of an ass than Eddie Murphy in Shrek, Charles Barkley appeared to be in a league of his own. That was, until LaVar Ball forced himself into the public eye on the coattails of his insanely talented children. Nay, in Ball, Barkley seems to have finally met his match. So how did Chuck respond to this outsider encroaching on his throne of obnoxiousness? Naturally, he challenged him to a game of 1-on-1. Of course, this game will never happen, and these men have nothing in common other than a lack of head hair and a flair for the most bully of bullshit, but they have once again succeeded in stealing our attention. For a warm-up, Ball (after claiming he would beat both Jordan and Barkley) took to playing Marcellus Wiley in a game that kind of looked like basketball…

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NO HORSE NECESSARY
In a rematch of last year’s first round matchup, USC unleashed some much-needed revenge on Providence, storming back from 17 points down in the second half to stun the Friars 75-71. Led by sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright (24 pts) and junior guard Jordan McLaughlin (18 pts, 10 rebs) the Trojans took over in the second half, tearing apart the Providence D like a critic reviewing Fifty Shades Darker. USC will now move on with some considerable momentum as an 11 seed to face No. 6 SMU in Tulsa…

WHY YOU ALL AGGIE? 
Battling for the esteemed privilege of getting spanked by Kansas in the first round, dueling 16 seeds North Carolina Central and UC Davis delivered a nail-biter that ended with the Aggies on top 67-63. For those of you who aren’t avid fans of obscure collegiate sports teams in Northern California, the Aggies are UC Davis. Junior forward Chima Moneke delivered 18 points and 12 boards for the Aggs, as they’ll now look to ruin every bracket in America by shocking the Jayhawks on Friday…

With the “First Four” completed, the 2017 NCAA Tournament field is officially set. Don’t forget to use that extra dinero you were saving for Beyonce-less Coachella to recklessly place bets on your favorite college kids at MyBookie.com using the promo code LEAD50 to get a 50% sign-up bonus…

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WBC

  • Down 2-1 heading into the eighth, Team USA received huge homers from Adam Jones (game-tying) and Eric Hosmer (go-ahead) to take a 4-2 lead and put away Venezuela. With the win, the Americans now sit tied with Puerto Rico atop Group F…
  • Team Israel’s Cinderel–or should we say Yentl run came to an end yesterday, as they fell 8-3 to Japan. It was fun while it lasted but in the end, the Hammerin’ Heebs were no match for the tournament’s elite competitors. Congrats to them on an incredible journey…
  • Dodgers first baseman and member of the ousted Team Mexico Adrian Gonzalez had some choice words about the way the World Baseball Classic is being run…
  • For full World Baseball Classic coverage, click on deez words

NBA

  • Miami inched another game closer to the .500 mark by beating New Orleans 120-109 behind 33 points from Goran Dragic…
  • Reminding opponents that they should always be afraid of the Dirk, Mr. Nowitzki dropped 20 points and helped the Mavs take down the Wizards 112-107
  • The 27 Club has two new members, only this time they’re not dead rockstars, they’re Marc Gasol and Mike Conley of the Grizzlies, who dropped 27 points apiece in Memphis’ 98-91 win over the Bulls…
  • Scary times for Hornets forward Nicolas Batum, as he’ll undergo a CT scan to determine the cause of his extreme migraines…
  • You gotta score more points than the other team to win. See who scored what last night here

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NFL

  • New England’s torrid offseason, in which they’ve taken their Super Bowl-winning roster and added to it like Xzibit pimping a jalopy, continued yesterday with the re-signing of standout linebacker Dont’a Hightower. He’ll be coming back to the Pats on a four-year, $43.5 million deal with $19 million in guaranteed money…
  • All charges against free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis have been dropped after his friend who was with him on the night in question took responsibility for the alleged assault. We’re currently interviewing for a fall guy for when we get sued for libel. Send resumes to holler@theleadsports.com…

SOCCER

  • Manchester City suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat and an early Champions League exit at the hands of AS Monaco…
  • Get all your European hacky-sack scores right hurr
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