The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.
First Base - Raptors beat Lakers easily.
Now that's more like it. Days after losing embarrassingly to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, the Toronto Raptors won easily against the lowly Los Angeles Lakers 111-98. Kawhi Leonard led Toronto with 25 points, who were playing without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, who was serving the first game of his three-game suspension. It was also a chance for Marc Gasol to start without Ibaka factoring into his minutes in any way, and he did well, finishing the game with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes.
Second Base - Zion Williamson returns for Duke
As we careen towards March Madness, we are now fully in NCAA Conference Tournament season. Zion Williamson made his long awaited return for Duke last night in the ACC Tournament, and had a ridiculous game. In Duke's 84-72 win over Syracruse, Williamson had 29 points, 14 boards and 5 steals. Zion is back, and the team is better with him. They will now play North Carolina today at 6 p.m., the third game between these two teams. North Carolina won the first two, but Zion left the game injured the first time and didn't play the second time.
Third Base - Huskies drop Game 1 to Grande Prairie
The Huskies came out strong in Game 1 of the NWJHL Final against the County of Grande Prairie Kings, as expected. They scored two goals in the first eight minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold that lead, and the game was tied up at the intermission. They once again took the lead in the second, only for the Kings to tie it up in the third. Despite outshooting the Kings 42 to 25, it was the Kings that scored first in overtime, four minutes in, to win 4-3 and take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 goes Saturday, March 16 in Grande Prairie, and the series returns to Fort St. John for Game 3 on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.
Home Base - Kareem Hunt suspended eight games
The NFL has finally handed down its ruling to Kareem Hunt, for his actions in a video that showed him kicking a woman on the ground at a hotel. The NFL suspended him for eight games for what they call a violation of their personal conduct policy, "for physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June." Hunt accepted the suspension and apologized again for his actions. Hunt was let go by the Chiefs immediately after the video surfaced, but was signed by the Cleveland Browns this offseason in a move that was met with a lot of criticism. When Hunt does return to action for the Browns, he will join perhaps the most anticipated and exciting offense of the coming season, which now includes Odell Beckham Jr. to go with Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb and Jarvis Landry. As for the suspension, the NFL would have been warranted to suspend Hunt for a full season, but I didn't expect this as the league hasn't showed they are willing to come down hard on guys in a consistent basis. But eight games is a lot by NFL standards, and Hunt will not appeal the suspension.
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