DAILY LINKS: San Diego State set to dance with Houston

San Diego State will play its first NCAA Tournament game since 2015 at 4:20 p.m. PDT Thursday in Wichita, Kan., against Houston. The game will be televised on TBS. The Aztecs (22-10) were seeded 11th in the bracket announced Sunday by the NCAA. Houston was seeded sixth with a 26-7 record after losing in Sunday’s AAC tournament final to Cincinnati. The Cougars finished third in the AAC in the regular season.
Hear from Trey Kell, Malik Pope and head coach Brian Dutcher on San Diego State advancing to the NCAA tournament to face Houston.
The San Diego Toreros (18-13), under the direction of acting head coach Sam Scholl, will take on the University of Hartford Hawks (19-13) in the first round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Monday, March 12th. Game time at the Jenny Craig Pavilion is slated for 7:05 p.m.
The biggest head-scratcher of Selection Sunday — outside of Syracuse making the field — is how the Trojans (23-11, 12-6) got snubbed, especially after reaching the Pac-12 tournament final before falling to Arizona. UCLA, which beat the Trojans twice, got in.
Billy Packer fought tears, explaining how the industry titan who worked with him for a mere half of a single basketball game kicked open an enormous door at NBC. More followed, via videos that poured in from around the country: Enberg had impacted Bill Walton, Mary Carillo, Jim Nantz, Pete Sampras, Dan Dierdorf.
“I was close,” Woods said after a final-round 70 left him in a tie for second, his best finish since he tied for 10th at the 2015 Wyndham Championship. “I had a chance today. Unfortunately I just didn’t quite feel as sharp as I needed to with my irons, played a little conservative because of it.
The fastball sits in the low 80s. Makita also mixes in a slider and sinker, but his heater – if you can call it that – rising from the dirt can create a conundrum for a generation of hitters on this continent working to perfect uppercut swings to inflict damage.
The Phillies and free-agent right-hander Jake Arrieta have agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract, according to multiple reports.
It’s a move they almost certainly wouldn’t have made a year ago and one that sends this unmistakable message: The 49ers believe they are ready to be a legitimate contender once again, starting right now.
The Gulls will return to San Diego and open a three-game homestand beginning Tuesday, Mar. 13 vs. San Antonio (7 p.m.).
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