Apr 07

It’s Opening Day and my first day as a Yankee, and I told myself to treat this like any other game.

A pair of No. 1 seeds will meet at the Final Four in San Antonio for the opportunity to play for the national championship. Villanova is in the Final Four for the second time in three seasons after beating Texas Tech in the East Region finals, 71-59. The Wildcats have won their past eight games by double digits and are seeking their second national title in three seasons (2016), which would give them a program-record 36 wins. Kansas survived a heavyweight bout against Duke in the Midwest Region championship, 85-81, thanks to Malik Newman scoring all 13 of the Jayhawks’ points in overtime.

Mikal Bridges leads Villanova in minutes (32.1) and steals (1.5) per game as well as free-throw (84.8) and 3-point shooting percentage (44.6). The junior guard/forward, who was named to the All-Big East First Team this season, ranks second on the team in points (18.0) and rebounds (5.4) per game.

Kansas has earned 15 Final Four trips, with six runner-up finishes and three championships (1952, 1988, 2008).

Villanova has made six Final Four appearances, with three trips to the championship game and a pair of titles (1985, 2016).

Boone made it reality Thursday. And nobody would have blamed him for pinching himself now and again at how well it worked.

Stanton clubbed a two-run homer in his first Yankees at-bat, on his first swing, and Judge and Sanchez each doubled in a 6-1 Opening Day win over the Blue Jays before a sellout crowd of 48,115 at the Rogers Centre.

Luckily, I was able to do that, Stanton said. You want to get the first (home run) out of the way and then you can relax and have good at-bats after that.patriots_088-223x223

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