March Madness 2017: Today’s live blog, scores, highlights, and news

Posted by    |    March 23rd, 2017 at 6:15 pm

The madness is back

After three long days of a basketball-free existence, we all get to be transported back to the beautiful world of March Madness Thursday night. Four Sweet 16 games will quench our collective thirst, beginning with Oregon taking on Michigan a little after 7 p.m. on the East Coast. Four more games on Friday night will keep the party going.

Here’s the full tournament slate for Thursday:

Full Schedule for Thursday (all times Eastern)

7:09 p.m. — No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 3 Oregon (CBS)

7:39 p.m. — No. 4 West Virginia vs No. 1 Gonzaga (TBS)

9:39 p.m. — No. 4 Purdue vs No. 1 Kansas (CBS)

10:09 p.m. — No. 11 Xavier v.s. No. 2 Arizona (TBS)

Can Gonzaga and Sean Miller continue their respective quests to break through and crash the Final Four for the first time? Can Michigan’s magical March run roll on? Will Xavier remain the only double-digit seed still standing? All these questions are about to be answered.

Be sure to refresh this page throughout the evening for constant updates, videos, pictures and analysis from Thursday’s games.

7:15 — Oregon doesn’t appear to be as dedicated to running Michigan off the line as Louisville was in the last round. It’s resulted in two early treys and a 6-5 Wolverines lead.

7:10 — The tournament’s officially back, as Oregon and Michigan are underway from Kansas City.

Shaq said he was joking about the earth being flat all along

Posted by    |    March 23rd, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Does Shaquille O’Neal believe the earth is flat? Well no. I mean yes. I mean … maybe. Over the weekend he unequivocally stated that he is on Kyrie Irving’s side believing the earth is not round.

“It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yeah, it is. Yes, it is. Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind — what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America,’ but when he got there, there were some fair skinned people with the long hair smoking on the peace pipes. So what does that tell you? Columbus didn’t discover America. So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this shit is flat to me. I’m just saying, I drive from Florida to California all the time, and it’s flat to me. I do not go up and down at a 360-degree angle, and all that stuff about gravity. Have you looked outside Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? You mean to tell me that China is under us? China is under us? It’s not. The world is flat.”

Now he’s going back on this and saying it was a joke all along. Shaq went on “The Art of Charm” podcast to explain more.

“No, I don’t think that,” O’Neal told Harbinger of a flat Earth. “It was a joke, OK? So know that when Shaquille O’Neal says something, 80 percent of the time I’m being humorous, and it is a joke. And 20 percent of the time, I’m being serious, but when I’m being serious, you’ll know. You want to see me, seriously? See me and Charles Barkley going back and forth on TNT. That’s when I’m mad and when I’m serious. Other than that, you’re not going to get that out of me, so I was just joking people.”

Seems simple enough. Let’s see how Shaq closed this whole thing down.

“The Earth is not round, it’s flat. I mean, the Earth is not flat, it’s round.”

Oh God …