Good morning sports fanatics! Here are the top headlines and moments from yesterday, in case you missed it.
Queen Bey is back
Beyonce reportedly will be joining Coldplay on stage during their performance at the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show on Feb. 7. For those of you who need a refresher on why this is important, here you go.
Bruno Mars will also be taking the stage at some point; he headlined the Pepsi Super Bowl show in 2014 while Queen Bey was the lead act in 2013. At least one more act is expected to be joining Coldplay for the halftime show.
Cold-blooded walk-off winner
UCLA guard Bryce Alford had the play of the night with his game-winning step-back three to lead the Bruins past #7 Arizona. Alford knocked down the trey right in front of UCLA alum Russell Westbrook:
Bryce Alford’s game winner with Russell Westbrook roaring his approval pic.twitter.com/9t9jcoqYBX
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 8, 2016
That walk-off though…
That just happened!
For those of you who still believe wrestling is awful, well, you’re partly right. But riddled among the snoozers (looking at you, Alberto Del Rio) are some really good matches thanks to young, talented wrestlers. Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens are two of the WWE’s brightest young stars and their title match headlined Thursday Night Smackdown’s premiere on the USA Network. Ambrose retained his belt thanks to a double count-out, but the two fought in an epic brawl after the match culminating in this:
— WWE (@WWE) January 8, 2016
Barclays Center losing money
Yeesh. The Barclays Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders, had a terrible year financially in the fiscal year ending in June 2015, reportedly losing close to $9 million in its third year of operation. Still, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov bought the remaining shares of the Nets and the arena from developer Bruce Ratner, paying $75 million in cash and $210 million in promised future payments. The Evil Genius isn’t looking so smart as the Nets continue to be a mediocre franchise and the Barclays Center struggles to generate revenue.