Champions: The Villanova Wildcats stunned the North Carolina Tar Heels, 77-74, on a clutch 3-pointer from Kris Jenkins to claim the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The Cats’ Ryan Arcidiacono, who was lights out Monday night from beyond the arc, won the tournament’s MVP award.
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Good Call: Villanova cancelled classes Tuesday. (It’s not like the students would’ve been focusing anyway.) [NBC Philadelphia]
#CryingJordan: MJ wasn’t too thrilled about the result. More like impressed. Begrudgingly. But he didn’t cry publicly, despite what the internet would have you believe.
Thursday Night Football, Presented by Twitter: The ubiquitous social media network will stream the NFL’s Thursday Night Football broadcasts live online during the upcoming 2016 regular season, the NFL announced Tuesday. Games will also be shown on traditional broadcast networks (NBC and CBS, who still carry the Thursday night games) and cable (via the NFL Network). Twitter reportedly beat out big-name tech competitors like Verizon, Yahoo!, and Amazon for the streaming rights, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report.
Shot Across the Bow: Rory McIlroy, lifter of weights and all-around gym fiend, hit a hole-in-one during a practice round at the 16th hole of Augusta National on Monday. Let it be known that this man came to play. [Golf Channel]
Not the Strangest Thing We’ve Seen in NYC: Some eagle-eyed fans spotted Mads Mikkelsen on the Doctor Strange set in New York City, giving us our first glimpse at Mikkelsen’s yet-unnamed villain in Marvel’s upcoming flick starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Maybe try some eye cream, Mads. [Nerdist]
Two Recalls You Should Know About: Emerald has recalled 100-calorie packs of roasted and salted cashew halves, citing the possibility of contamination from “small pieces of glass.” Separately, but weirdly, Roland Foods recalled their fire roasted red pepper strips, also citing the possibility of glass contamination. [CNN]
Watch the Thrones: HBO is set to launch a new Game of Thrones after-show, appropriately called After the Thrones, featuring Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, who now host The Watch podcast and previously served as GoT specialists on Simmons’ now-defunct site, Grantland). [The Guardian]