Dean Wade’s unlikely heroics stun Celtics, plus an angry moose invades the Iditarod

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Who Did What Now? Bow to the other D-Wade

Let’s start by apologizing to the Celtics for such a mean jinx earlier this week. Because what happened to Boston last night was a little hard to believe. Quickly this morning: 

  • It was Kelce Night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, as both Jason — who announced his retirement Monday — and Travis were in attendance courtside, wearing custom jerseys. The pair grew up in Cleveland.
  • They witnessed a most unexpected banger. Boston blew a 22-point fourth-quarter lead against the Cavs, losing 105-104 to the East’s third-place team.
  • But wait, more: Cleveland’s Dean Wade, who’d had only three 20-point games in his four-year career, scored 20 in last night’s fourth quarter, including the game-winning dunk with 19 seconds left. Who had Dean Wade becoming LeBron James against the NBA’s best team? Not me. Fittingly, Wade is a Chiefs fan.

And Cleveland pulled off the comeback (which snapped an 11-game Celtics winning streak) without the injured Donovan Mitchell or Evan Mobley. Sorry again, Celtics. That’s some voodoo.

Oddities: A moose, a musher and a grisly Iditarod tale

I was barely even sure how to classify this story, which is so unique to its own sport the facts simply must be laid out plainly: 

  • The 2024 Iditarod Sled Dog Race began Saturday, as is tradition, and continued on normally until Monday, when famous musher Dallas Seavey shot and killed a moose after it became “entangled” with his dogs. A very sad thing.
  • Far from the end of the story: According to an Iditarod rule, if an edible big-game animal is killed during the race under these conditions, the musher is required to gut the animal and report the kill at the next checkpoint. Furthermore, any mushers trailing the incident must help salvage meat, and no teams can pass until the initial team is on its way forward again.
  • Moose can be gigantic (800 to 1,600 pounds) and angry when provoked. The moose in question seriously injured one of Seavey’s dogs. The ailing pup, named Faloo, was flown to a hospital for treatment, but remains in critical condition as of yesterday. 

This isn’t the first time this has happened, though it’s been nearly 40 years since the last notable incident. Read Lauren Merola’s full reporting on the affair here.

News to Know

The Clark effect
This past weekend’s Iowa-Ohio State game, which saw Caitlin Clark pass Pete Maravich on the NCAA all-time scoring list, averaged a staggering 3.39 million viewers, the highest mark for a women’s college basketball game in 25 years. It’s another sign that the women’s game is becoming more popular than ever. It’s not just Clark, either — there are stars across the country right now, and USC’s JuJu Watkins might be poised to succeed Clark as the main attraction.

Dartmouth hoops team votes to unionize
The Dartmouth men’s basketball team voted 13-2 yesterday in favor of forming a union, a moment that could possibly change college athletics. The process is just beginning, however, as the university — which put out a statement opposing the classification of athletes as employees — filed a request for review by the National Labor Relations Board. For a preview of how this plays out, Nicole Auerbach wrote an insightful column last week with expert input on the road ahead.

Acuña on course for Opening Day
Breathe easy, Braves fans: Ronald Acuña Jr. avoided serious injury after feeling pain in his surgically repaired right knee last week, the team announced, adding that the superstar is on track to be healthy on Opening Day. Losing Acuña — last year’s NL MVP — would’ve deflated Atlanta’s soaring hopes for this year.

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Mock Drafts: Look at all these trades

We are making good on our promise yesterday to return to Dane Brugler’s latest NFL mock draft. If even half of his predictions come true, the NFL should be thrilled. Consider: 

  • Dane has three enormous trades, all in the top 10. My only hope is they all happen on draft day.
  • The barebones of it: The Falcons trade up to No. 3 for LSU QB Jayden Daniels, the Bears — after taking USC QB Caleb Williams at No. 1 — trade back up to No. 5 for Washington WR Rome Odunze and the Vikings move up to No. 7 for Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy. Whew.
  • The Atlanta trade has been theorized for a while by multiple folks, but the latter two legit made my eyes widen. That would require either Kirk Cousins to move on or become a bridge starter. And Chicago pairing Williams with an elite wideout? The NFC North would become the most fascinating division in football immediately. 

And a new wrinkle comes this morning from Mike Sando, who polled six executives around the NFL and formulated a top 10 mock draft based on his conversations. The results were quite different from Dane’s mock — Daniels goes No. 2 to Washington and multiple wide receivers fall out of the top 10 completely. 

Read Mike’s full mock here. This is fun.

Watch This Game

NBA: Bucks at Warriors
10 p.m. ET on ESPN
Remember all that hand-wringing about Milwaukee and Doc Rivers? All gone. The Bucks have won six straight and are officially back in Zach Harper’s contender tier

Soccer: USWNT vs. Canada
10:15 p.m. ET on Paramount+
The Americans had a nice bounce-back win against Colombia, but the Canadians are the No. 1 seed in this tourney. Time for a gut check. Make sure to subscribe to Full Time for comprehensive coverage of women’s soccer, and maybe even a gif poll or two.

Pulse Picks

I love stories like this: Andy McCullough wrote about one of the world’s most niche real estate markets — MLB players living in each other’s houses. Deals are brokered between wives. DJ LeMahieu has housed half of the Tigers organization. Etc. The full story is very fun and worth your time

The term “designated for assignment” can be a side note in major MLB news. But for the players involved, it can be a brutal process. Sam Blum interviewed both players and executives about what life can be like on the DFA chopping block. Super interesting. 

Jason Quick has a beautiful story about Tom Meschery, the first Warrior to ever have his number retired. Meschery’s journey is compelling, going from hoops star to lost divorcee. Now, at 85, he is a new man — thanks to poetry and a reconnection with the franchise for which he starred. 

The next Victor Wembanyama? Meet Khaman Maluach, the 7-foot-2 young Frenchman who’s still growing. We’ll have more on him tomorrow. 

Is Sheffield United the worst Premier League team ever? There’s an argument to be made.

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