Caitlin Clark takes record with absurd shot, plus the Bucks’ meltdown

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Good morning! Who wants to go to Cabo?

Records, Broken: She’s No. 1

Did we expect anything else from Caitlin Clark?

Last night, so much anticipation went into Iowa’s game against Michigan, as Clark entered just eight points shy of the NCAA women’s basketball all-time scoring record. She clocked the build-up and decided to just bulldoze it, scoring 28 points in the first half. 

And yes, naturally, the record-breaker came on the most casual, Curry-esque shot, four minutes into the game:

She finished with 49 — a career high and single-game school record — in the Hawkeyes’ 106-89 win, and thus sits atop the list with 3,569 total points. She may not be done setting records, either: 

  • Clark is 80 points shy of Lynette Woodard’s career mark of 3,649, set in 1981 during the AIAW era, which predates the NCAA women’s era.
  • She’s also just 98 points short of Pete Maravich’s men’s college basketball record of 3,667 points. Maravich will retain that title, but it would be remarkable to call Clark the most prolific scorer in the history of college basketball. 

If Clark hovers around her 32 points-per-game pace, she might pass both in the next three games. The Hawkeyes have four regular-season contests left before postseason play begins. Time for some more shots from the logo. 

P.S. Big shout out to Peacock for flashing a giant ad in front of the basket while Clark’s record-breaking shot sailed toward it. Sheesh.

News to Know

More shooting details emerge
The Kansas City Super Bowl parade shooting began as a dispute between several people, police said yesterday, and three people are in custody in connection to the tragedy. One person, a local radio host named Elizabeth Galvan, died in the shooting, and 22 others were injured. We expect more news in the coming days. Read the full story here.

It’s in the game
EA Sports confirmed yesterday that its upcoming college football game, College Football 25, will release this summer. They also included a trailer which, for a certain generation, will whet the appetite while also making the distance between now and then feel impossibly long. Personally, I consider it a crime that I’ve never been able to play a college football video game with LSU versions of Joe Burrow or Jayden Daniels.

Horan apologizes
USWNT captain Lindsey Horan walked back her comments made in an Athletic interview earlier this month — in which Horan said “most” American fans “aren’t smart” — with an apology yesterday. I actually thought it was well-said, though this whole saga might still dog her for years to come.

Mbappe out
French soccer superstar Kylian Mbappe informed Paris Saint-Germain he will leave the club at the end of his contract this summer, a seismic move we’ve seen coming for a while. The going assumption is that Mbappe will join Real Madrid, though there is some doubt.

More news

  • LSU running back Trey Holly was arrested on three felony charges, including attempted second-degree murder. More details here.
  • Klay Thompson had a weird day: it started with being demoted to the bench and ended with scoring 35 points. If Thompson can escape his funk, watch out.
  • Tiger Woods shot a 1-over 72 yesterday in the first round at the Genesis Invitational, which he hosts. We saw some sparks of old Tiger, despite the scorecard.
  • Rob Manfred says he will step down as MLB commissioner when his term ends in 2029.

Quote of the Night: Who’s in Cabo?

In yesterday’s newsletter, I included the Bucks-Grizzlies game not so much for a tantalizing matchup, but for how Milwaukee would look before the All-Star break. One of the league’s most talented teams has had a bizarre year. It’s compelling. 

The game, um, delivered. The Bucks lost, 113-110, to an awful Memphis team, which led new Bucks coach Doc Rivers to uncork this gem: 

“We had some guys here, some guys in Cabo.” 

I get it. The All-Star break is this weekend, and everyone needs a rest after a grueling start to the season. But this is February! We’re making Cabo jokes already? The Bucks — still 35-21, by the way — are somehow in a bad place. I need a Vacation Meter ruling. 

Two things from last night: 

  • Memphis didn’t have Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marcus Smart or Brandon Clarke — and still won. Milwaukee’s top stars were healthy.
  • The Bucks are 3-7 since Rivers took over two weeks ago. Whatever dysfunction Adrian Griffin oversaw, I don’t know if it was this bad. 

Maybe signing Danilo Gallinari will help? The Bucks were already going to be a major focus for the second. Now, the spotlight is searing. I hope Cabo is fun.

Watch This Game

NHL: Hurricanes at Coyotes
9 p.m. ET on NHL Network
Two teams tiptoeing around the trade deadline — which is less than a month away — compile some more data for their futures here. Watch for Carolina, which has become a sneaky title contender over the last few weeks after a rough start to the season. Also, don’t miss “skillsy tank” Andrei Svechnikov, who somehow came back from an ACL tear in seven months

NCAAW: Cal at No. 3 Stanford
10 p.m. ET on the PAC-12 Network
Cal is mediocre this year, but come for Stanford, a title contender you might’ve missed amid all the focus on South Carolina, Iowa and LSU.

Pulse Picks

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Wait, more MLB rule changes? Not exactly, but there will be a big change on the basepaths this year. Jayson Stark has a full explainer on what is changing and why

Al Downing might’ve given up Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, but his career was much more, as Jason Jones writes. 

Tyler Kepner has more on the jersey flop in spring training. How is MLB so bad at jerseys over the past few years?

It wasn’t surprising that the Columbus Blue Jackets fired general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen — it was surprising when. Aaron Portzline has a great look at the ins and outs of the situation and, more importantly, what happens from here. 

Rob Rossi takes us inside the quiet, misunderstood friendship between Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux. So interesting.

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