When he learned the news about Chris Boucher, Oregon assistant coach Kevin McKenna was sitting in a friend’s cabana at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Then the text message from the team’s trainer landed: Boucher, the Ducks’ shot-swatting, game-altering big man, had torn his anterior cruciate ligament. McKenna immediately felt crushed for a senior who couldn’t see his final season through.
HELSINKI — Figure skating used to herald its world championships with blaring trumpets. Today, it’s more like a whisper. No sport has collapsed in front of our eyes as quickly as this one has. In 1996, when both the women’s and men’s world titles were won by Americans — Michelle Kwan and Todd Eldredge — the men’s long program, shown live on ABC, received a 10.1 rating. It went head to head with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament that day on CBS. March Madness earned an 8.8. I’ll wait for a moment so you can fully digest that piece of information. Today, the ratings are minuscule and the skaters are household names only in their own households. It’s understandable in many ways: after the Tonya-Nancy
Lonzo Ball said on Tuesday that he’s better than another player most see as superior to him: Washington point guard Markelle Fultz. In fairness to Lonzo, though, the margin between the UCLA point guard and Fultz is a universe closer than the one between his father LaVar and Michael Jordan. The Vertical’s Jonathan Givony currently has Fultz going No. 1 to the Celtics in his latest mock draft with Ball going to the Lakers with the second pick.