Final Four weekend is Final(ly) here. On the men’s side, the action tips off Saturday night with two semifinal clashes: No. 1 Virginia battling No. 5 Auburn (6:09 p.m. ET, CBS) followed by No. 2 Michigan State facing No. 3 Texas Tech (approximately 8:49 p.m. ET, CBS). For Virginia Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy, a national title is the only way to “shut everybody up” after last year’s historic upset to UMBC, but the Auburn Tigers won’t be an easy out. For Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, there would be nothing sweeter than capturing that elusive second championship, but the Texas Tech Red Raiders are embracing the underdog role, and they have what it takes to win it all. Make sure to follow USA TODAY Sports for all the latest news and madness from the “Twin Cities”.
On the women’s Final Four side …
The NCAA women’s national championship game is set, and once again UConn will not be a part of it. The No. 2 Huskies were knocked off in the Final Four for the second straight year by Notre Dame as the No. 1 Fighting Irish won 81-76 Friday night in Tampa. Notre Dame will face fellow No. 1-seed Baylor, which beat No. 2 Oregon 72-67, on Sunday to determine the champion. The title game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Trump to address Republican Jewish Coalition in Vegas
President Donald Trump will join the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas this weekend just weeks after he opened a new line of attack against Democrats by claiming the party had become “anti-Israel.” His claims came after tweets and comments by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who suggested that pro-Israel lobbying groups controlled U.S. lawmakers through political money. According to exit polling conducted for a consortium of news organizations for the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton defeated Trump 71 percent to 24 percent among Jewish voters. In last year’s congressional elections, according to those exit polls, Jews broke for Democratic candidates over Republican ones by 79 percent to 17 percent.
Reba McEntire still looks ‘Fancy’ as ACM Awards host
The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards are Sunday and the Las Vegas stage is set for a celebration of Jason Aldean. The three-time Entertainer of the Year winner will take home ACM’s Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award, and he’ll perform. Twice. Country music legend Reba McEntire hosts for the 16th time when the awards air live from MGM Grand’s Garden Arena at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS. She’ll also perform, as will Brooks & Dunn, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Ashley McBryde, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and George Strait.
A first in Augusta National
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur tees off Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters. The breakthrough first women’s event at the course sees Jennifer Kupcho, the 2018 NCAA champion, in the lead by one stroke. Thirty players who moved on after the first two rounds, which were played at the Champions Retreat Golf Club Play, begin play at 8 a.m. ET Saturday.
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