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MLB: Enter Sandman for the final time

After the 2013 season, the music will fade on one of the most formidable ninth inning entrances in history.
On Saturday, March 9th, Mariano Rivera announced that he will retire after this season, leaving behind a legacy unmatched in major league history.
He will return this season after a torn ACL cut his season short last year, but after much deliberation on the topic during the off-season, Rivera decided to come back for his 18th season with the Yankees before calling it quits.
Don’t judge me here, but I’ve been a Rivera supporter for a long time, and I can not remember another pitcher who was able to come in in the ninth and just slam the door on any scoring threat by the opposing team. It was next to impossible for anyone to touch that cutter.
During his career, he’s had a 2.21 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 1119 strikeouts, and a history-making 608 saves. He’s made eight All-Star Game appearances throughout his career, and won five Fall Classics with the Yankees. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1999 World Series against the Atlanta Braves.

Rivera’s departure will leave a huge hole in the pitching staff that the Yankees will have to fill. Apart from Rivera, Joba Chamberlain is probably the most recognizable name in the Yankee bullpen to the casual fan. The Yankees might want to start thinking about finding someone to fill that void via trades or the draft.
However, I know Rivera isn’t retiring until the end of the year, so I might be jumping the gun a little. He’s still got one more chance to take the Yankees into the postseason. One more year until the end of Sandman. One more year until one of the greatest careers in baseball comes to a close.

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World Baseball Classic Update
Japan advanced to the semifinals yesterday by beating the Netherlands. Japan awaits the first place team in pool B from Miami and the Netherlands takes on the second place team. The only game on tap for today pits the Italians against Puerto Rico at Marlins Park at 6:00 p.m. The Americans beat the same team from Puerto Rico yesterday by a final of 7 to 1. Next up will be the Dominican Republic tomorrow in Miami at 6:00 p.m.

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World of Sports
It’s Championship Week in college basketball, so here’s the menu of noteworthy games on today:

Big East: It’s the final party in the Garden.
1:00 Seton Hall vs. #19 Syracuse
8:00 Rutgers vs. #24Notre Dame

Big 12: It’s all about Texas tonight.
6:00 West Virginia vs. Texas Tech
8:30 Texas vs. TCU

Pac-12: Just because there might only be a handful of schools in this conference that can make it to the Big Dance doesn’t mean the rivalries go away.
10:30 Washington St. vs Washington

Finally, the SEC: They might not be the prettiest, but they’re worth a look.
6:30 South Carolina vs. Mississippi St.
9:00 Texas A&M vs. Auburn

Trevor Uitenbroek, Assistant Sports Director
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