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Sports Outside Iona: Mar. 7

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden show off the Clippers’ new rebrand.

Top flight free agents still without a home this spring 

Spring Training has a lot in store for us. Starting off with the offseason, there has been a tremendous amount of moves that teams have made so far. But there are still a lot of big names without a destination, like Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery, J.D Martinez, Tommy Pham and Donovan Solano. Starting off with Snell, he is in search of a long-term deal with an estimate of nine years. The Yankees were reportedly in serious talks with Snell, but he has decided to take his time until the right offer arrives. The Red Sox and Mets have been huge contenders in getting Montgomery, and their interest has been notable. As for Martinez, he could either re-sign or go to the Cubs, but he is only looking for a short-term pact. Tommy Pham has been rumored to land in Washington, D.C. to play for the Nationals, while Donovan Solano and the Minnesota Twins have talked about a potential reunion to fill out their roster.  

Information from MLB.com and MLB Network.  


NHL regular season hits final stretch 

With the NHL’s playoffs a little over a month away, both players and teams are beginning to hit their stride as the regular season winds down. For one thing, the March 8 trade deadline is nearly here, and two teams have already gotten in on the fun. The Dallas Stars acquired Chris Tanev, who will help shore up the defense, from the Calgary Flames. The Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, signed Elias Petterson to a massive eight year, $92.8 million contract extension, given his young age and superstar ability. Patrick Kane has a triumphant return to Chicago, scoring an overtime goal against his former team, the Blackhawks. In Toronto, Auston Matthews became the fastest skater to a 50-goal season since Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux in 1996. To date, Matthews has 53 goals and 23 assists in 59 games.  

Information from NHL.com and ESPN.  


NBA’s Clippers update look in rebrand 

The Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA unveiled a rebrand for the 2024-25 season on Feb. 26. First things first, the Clippers are moving into a new arena next season, called the Intuit Dome. Plans for a new arena were confirmed by owner Steve Ballmer in 2019. In addition to the new home court, the Clippers even considered changing their name, but decided against it, instead focusing on a new logo and jerseys. The updated logo shows a capital letter “C” alongside the hull of a ship and even a compass. Their usual blue is a bit darker now, too, moving towards a navy color, while the white and red largely remains the same. The wordmark shows “Los Angeles” and “Clippers” in simple, classy script. The Clippers’ last rebrand came prior to the 2014-15 season, when the team completely dropped “Los Angeles” from their main logo, going for “LAC” instead.  

Information from NBA.com and ESPN. 

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