While you were sleeping: Westminster Dog Show, Mayo retires from NFL

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 re-watching Vinyl on HBO Go.

Cuteness overload in the WKC Dog Show

With the NBA on its all-star break and the NFL in its offseason, what better way to kill time than watching a bunch of pups run around at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? C.J., a German shorthaired pointer, took home best in show:

And check out these other cute dogs:

And lastly, take a look at this Leonberger, who was hungry and decided to go #savage by stealing treats from its handler’s pocket:

Jerod Mayo calls it a career

New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is retiring from the NFL after eight seasons at the age of 29. Mayo announced the news on his Instagram. Since being drafted 10th overall out of Tennessee in 2008, Mayo was the anchor of New England’s linebacking corp., winning defensive rookie of the year and earning selections to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2012. Multiple injuries limited him greatly limited him over the past three seasons and he wasn’t able to return to his old form.

It looks like retiring by the age of 30 is the new norm in the NFL, as star Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson also retired earlier this month.

NBA trade deadline heating up

The Detroit Pistons were the first to pull the trigger before Thursday’s trade deadline, acquiring Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova. Detroit is 27-27 and a half-game out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, so this move to add a young power forward with shooting range and top-notch defensive abilities gives the team a chance to reach the postseason for the first time since 2009.

Here’s SiriusXM’s analysis of the trade deadline and what other moves to expect by Thursday.

Game-winner down south

Our must-see moment of the night comes from the Mississippi State men’s basketball team, which stormed back from a 17-point deficit to defeat Vanderbilt on this game-winning shot by Quinndary Weatherspoon:

SiriusXM’s Duke vs. North Carolina rivalry special

Gear up for tonight’s Duke vs. North Carolina game with SiriusXM College Sports Nation’s special documentary showcasing college basketball’s most famed rivalry.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s weekly SiriusXM show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, airs at 7 pm ET; tune in for Krzyzewski’s thoughts on the historic match-up. A special hour-long documentary – part of College Sports Nation’s “All America Series” – examining the history and intensity of the rivalry follows at 8 pm. Fans can expect a look into the origins of the series and its historic moments, experiencing those moments firsthand with archival audio from memorable games.

Tipoff is at 9 p.m. and you can listen on channel 84.

Look cool every morning. Find out what you missed in the sports world while you were sleeping, and impress your friends and co-workers. We won’t tell them you were actually watching The Grinder on FOX.

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