Sports round-up: What you missed week of Feb. 28

Caitlin Clark becomes all-time NCAA leading scorer

Two weeks after breaking the NCAAW record for points scored, Iowa women’s basketball superstar Caitlin Clark broke Pete Maravich’s 54-year-old career scoring record. Maravich, who played for Louisiana State University (LSU), scored 3,667 points in his three years at the school.

Clark’s record-breaking shots came from free throw attempts, and she can extend her record in the upcoming Big 10 Tournament. In addition to her high level of play, Clark recently announced that she will officially declare for the upcoming WNBA draft following the conclusion of the March Madness tournament. Iowa is considered one of the favorites to win the tournament, along with last year’s champions LSU and the undefeated University of South Carolina.


Devils fire Lindy Ruff

After an underwhelming 30-27-4 start to the season, the New Jersey Devils let go of head coach Lindy Ruff. Ruff, who was given the job in 2020, led the Devils to the playoffs last season for only the second time since 2012.

Although fans were critical of Ruff throughout his time in New Jersey, the Devils have been hit with the injury bug as bad as any team throughout the season. Big time players such as Jack Hughes, Dougie Hamilton and Nico Hischier have missed a significant portion of the season. Assistant Travis Green has been named the interim head coach.


Chris Mortensen dies

Chris Mortensen, one of the pioneers in NFL and sports journalism, passed away Sunday at the age of 72. Mortensen was a staple of ESPN’s NFL programming throughout the past 30 years, including appearing regularly on SportsCenter and the company’s NFL Draft programming.

Mortensen took a step back from his time on ESPN in 2016 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer but continued to make guest appearances throughout his battle. Mortensen was a winner of the Professional Football Writers of America Dick McCann Award and was honored in the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.


Broncos release Russell Wilson

Exactly two years after trading a historic package for Russell Wilson, the Denver Broncos announced Monday that they will release the All-Pro quarterback at the beginning of free agency on March 13.

The Broncos traded two first-round picks, two second-round picks and a variety of players to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Wilson. Without Wilson, the Broncos will either look to the draft or free agency to find a new QB under head coach Sean Payton.


LeBron James breaks 40,000 points

Another year, another record for LeBron James. This time, James became the first player in NBA history to eclipse 40,000 career points. The 39-year-old came into Saturday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets just nine points shy of the mark and eclipsed it in the second quarter.

As of now, there is no indication of when James could consider retirement, so it’s safe to say he’s not stopping anytime soon. James’ Los Angeles Lakers currently find themselves in the play-in tournament, with a chance to compete for a playoff spot. If the Lakers fail to make the playoffs, it would be the third time since he chose to go to L.A. that he missed the postseason.


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