Viral UCLA gymnast crushes final floor routine of her collegiate career

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, who first made headlines in January after scoring a perfect 10 on a now-viral performance, has completed her collegiate career. 

The 22-year-old gymnast ‘s floor routine at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge went viral with more than 43 million views on Twitter. After some slight changes to the choreography, including the removal of Michael Jackson’s music and accompanying dance moves, Ohashi performed the infectious routine for the final time on Saturday at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics National Championship. 

Footage of the routine, which was shared by espnW, has been viewed nearly 3 million times as of Monday morning. Ohashi earned a 9.950 for the performance. 

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Saints, Raiders and Eagles have the most difficult NFL schedules in 2019

The full 2019 NFL schedule was released to the public on Wednesday night and some teams aren’t thrilled with the hand they’ve been dealt for the upcoming season. 

Most notably, the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles have the most difficult schedules, according to NFL Network analysts. 

The most difficult part of the Saints’ season, says Maurice Jones-Drew, will be the first four weeks, putting pressure on the team to start strong – otherwise, their hopes of making the playoffs could be crushed from the get-go. 

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Patriots deemed NFL team with the most favorable schedule in 2019

Shield your eyes, football fans, because it looks like the New England Patriots will sail smoothly into the playoffs once again this year. 

The experts at NFL Network have determined that New England has the “most favorable” schedule this upcoming season after each team’s 2019 opponents were revealed on Wednesday night. 

A major factor in the Patriots’ schedule being deemed so favorable is that their most difficult games, including an AFC Championship game rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs, will be held at home at Gillette Stadium. New England’s most difficult road game, according to Maurice Jones-Drew, will come Week 11 in Philadelphia. 

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Latest NFL mock draft has New England drafting Tom Brady’s possible replacement

The 2019 NFL draft is fast approaching. With names like Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Josh Allen available, it seems likely we already know how the first few selections of the first round will go on April 25. 

But what about the rest of the picks?

A top-heavy draft class doesn’t mean some diamonds in the rough won’t be found further down in the draft. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, selected No. 199 overall in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, is evidence of that — and this year, the Patriots may draft his heir apparent. 

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See inside the madness of the Final Four in Minneapolis

The 2019 NCAA Tournament marks the fourth time Minneapolis has hosted the Final Four, and they’ve certainly got it down pat.

This year’s March Madness semifinals took place on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the three-year-old home of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. The atmosphere inside had the feel of NFL action, as well, with fans of each school at court level shouting and cheering for every move by their star players. 

The city and stadium also played host to Super Bowl LII in February 2018. 

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The Monmouth Bench Mob is back – and reacting to the 2019 NCAA Tournament’s best moments

The Monmouth University Bench Mob captured the hearts of basketball fans everywhere back in 2015. Their perfectly choreographed reactions to the most exciting moments on the court quickly went viral on social media — and even landed them on ESPN

As is the nature of college, members of that famous 2015-16 group have now graduated and moved on. But, thanks to Degree, they’re making a resurgence during this year’s NCAA Tournament. 

Former Bench Mob stars Dan Pillari (’18) and Greg Noack (’17) have returned to their craft, creating unique reactions to the most exciting moments throughout March Madness 2019.

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USWNT’s Christen Press addresses need for equal pay: ‘It affects the sport and how it’s respected’

In the United States in 2019, the average woman makes roughly 80 cents to the dollar of her male counterpart.

Such a discrepancy is notable in any career path, but it’s often most egregious in sports, where thousands or even millions of dollars are in play for athletes at the top of their game.

That’s not just referencing the contracts bordering on half a billion dollars that were recently handed out in Major League Baseball. Even soccer, one of the world’s most popular sports, sees a massive disparity between pay for male and female athletes. In fact, men who make the U.S. World Cup roster currently receive a bonus that is $31,250 more than what is given to the women who do the same. 

Christen Press, a forward on the United States women’s national soccer team, opened up about how the pay disparity between men and women negatively affects sports — and women everywhere. 

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Ranking every NFL team’s strength of schedule for 2019

The NFL regular season is only 16 games long, so it’s important to make them all count. 

Of course, some teams will always get luckier than others. A weak division or the ability to face stronger opponents at home are obvious advantages that not every team receives each season. 

NFL.com graded each team’s strength of schedule for the upcoming season and ranked the Washington Redskins’ 2019 opponents as the easiest group to face.

Other teams that got pretty lucky with their schedules include the New York Giants (who will “visit” the Jets this season), the Cincinnati Bengals (who will host three of 2018’s last-place teams), and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (who will play the Chiefs in Foxborough yet again). 

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Watch: Highlights from Rob Gronkowski’s legendary career

The Rob Gronkowski era in New England has come to an end

The superstar tight end was drafted 42nd overall in the 2010 NFL draft and quickly became a household name, not only for his abilities on the field but also his larger-than-life personality. 

Gronkowski spent his entire career with the New England Patriots, playing in five Super Bowls and winning three. Many have called him the greatest tight end in league history, and there’s no denying that he has earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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Nine pitchers, 3 Red Sox in ESPN’s top 25 MLB players of 2019

The 2019 MLB season technically kicked off in Japan on Wednesday, but all 30 teams will be returning to action in just over a week on March 28. 

Over the offseason, ESPN released its ranking of the top 100 MLB players of 2019. A panel of writers, experts and analysts voted from a list of 300 players to select the best of the best in the league entering the new season. 

Some major names, like the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, saw their stock drop from 2018. In fact, five players from last year’s top 50 weren’t even ranked this time around. Others, like pitchers Aaron Nola and Gerrit Cole, moved way up on the list after impressive campaigns last season. 

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox were well-represented in the top quarter of the list. American League MVP and Boston outfielder Mookie Betts made a significant jump up in the rankings, but was it enough to topple last year’s No. 1 (and soon-to-be highest-paid player) Mike Trout?

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