Good morning! A lot happens in sports, even when you’re busy doing other non-sports-y stuff. So here are the top headlines and moments from yesterday, in case you missed anything while you were watching the season premiere of Girls.
Denny Hamlin claims Daytona 500 by .01 seconds
Denny Hamlin claimed his first Daytona 500 victory in an exhilarating fashion Sunday afternoon. The thrilling, come-from-behind, last lap victory for Hamlin ended a 23-year drought for Joe Gibbs Racing at “The Great American Race” and is also the first Daytona 500 title for Toyota Racing. Additionally, in the most adorable #MomTweet ever, Hamlin’s mother (and #1 fan) posted this scrapbook memory from Denny’s childhood. Dawwww!
— Mary Lou Hamlin (@11mommalou) February 21, 2016
Fear the Brow
Anthony Davis went ahead and destroyed the Detroit Pistons last night in Auburn Hills. The Brow dropped 59 points and 20 rebounds in a win against the newly revamped Pistons, becoming only the third player in NBA history to score more than 55 points and grab 20 rebounds in a single game. The other two in that elite group? Shaq and Wilt Chamberlain. Davis rewrote the Pelicans’ record book as well, 59 points is the new franchise record for points scored in a game. The future has arrived and it looks a lot like Anthony Davis.
Damian Lillard is a bad, bad man
Two nights after dropping 51 in a beatdown of the Golden State Warriors, Damian Lillard was at it again on Sunday night against the Utah Jazz. Lillard scored 30 against the Jazz, including 4 three-pointers in the span of 90 seconds to catalyze a massive comeback in the third quarter. Huh. It’s almost as if he’s feeling slighted for not being named an All-Star this season… And if you’re looking for some other NBA news on this Monday morning, check out our predictions for the second-half of the NBA season.
Roman Reigns wins at WWE Fastlane
So WWE Fastlane ended in the most predictable way possible as Roman Reigns won the main even triple threat match over Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar. Reigns will now face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event at Wrestlemania 32.
The booking decision was a curious one considering the WWE had been pushing Ambrose over the past few weeks with Reigns seemingly taking a backseat. But clearly the Roman Reigns experiment isn’t over and fans will remain divided in their response to him being pushed as the new face of the company.
Will the real Cowboy please stand up?!
After losing in a lightweight title fight by first-round knockout less than two months ago, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone bounced back with a first-round stoppage of Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 83. Cerrone used slick jiu-jitsu to force Oliveira to tap to a triangle choke.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 22, 2016
It was the first fight in the welterweight division for Cerrone, who has fought at 155 pounds his entire career. In his post-fight interview, he said he’s willing to bounce back and forth between both the lightweight and welterweight divisions. “If you want to get hurt, I know a guy,” Cerrone declared to all. Cowboy up!
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