Seawanhaka Sports Rundown - February 14, 2023
Updated: Feb 15
The Seawanhaka Sports Rundown is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in sports news at the local, state, national, and international levels.
By: MADISON MCCARTHY / DEPUTY SPORTS EDITOR
Mahomes, Chiefs, Win Super Bowl
For the second time in four years, the Kansas City Chiefs took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Despite a recurring ankle injury, Patrick Mahomes led the team to victory, picking up his second Super Bowl MVP award along the way. The Chiefs came back in the second half from a 10-point deficit. Mahomes completed 21 of 27 passes for 182 yards with three touchdowns and 44 yards rushing. The showdown ended with a 38-35 score as Chiefs’ Kicker Harrison Butker sealed the game with a 27-yard field goal in the final eight seconds.
LeBron is the All-Time Leading Scorer
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, LeBron James became the NBA’s all-time regular season leading scorer, breaking a nearly three-decade-old record. Going into the match against the Thunder, LeBron sat just 36 points shy of record, making for an exciting night for basketball fans across the country. LeBron joins the previous record holder Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as the only NBA players to surpass 38,000 points.
According to NPR, LeBron said, "I had a moment when it happened, and I embraced that moment…Seeing my family and friends, the people that've been around me since I started this journey to the NBA, definitely very emotional right there."
LIU Softball Opens Season
LIU softball opened the 2023 season this weekend at Florida Gulf Coast University in the FGCU Kickoff Classic. The sharks went 1-4 for the weekend, picking up a win against Binghamton. The Sharks defeated Binghamton, 4-0, on Saturday morning, with Kira Buckner pitching a one-hit shutout with eleven strikeouts. The sharks travel south again next weekend to Statesboro, Georgia, facing off against Radford University on Friday, Feb. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Freshman Alexia Castro thrived in her debut series in Florida, going 5-for-14 with two doubles and a homerun, posting a 1.152 OPS.
LIU Women's Basketball Wins Conference Match
LIU women’s basketball picked up a conference win against Wagner College on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Sharks took home the win in a 78-68 battle, with senior Cristina Bermejo leading the team with 24 points. Junior Ashley Austin followed closely behind with 19 points. The Sharks return to the court on Feb. 16 with only four conference games remaining in the season.
Jimmie Johnson Returns From Retirement
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will attempt to run the Daytona 500, marking his first appearance in the series since retiring from full-time racing in 2020. Johnson recently obtained partial ownership of the Legacy Motor Club, a rebranded form of Petty GMS, which has been competing in the cup series for two seasons. The NASCAR legend also announced he would run for his team in the number 84 in several races this season, including the series' first street course in Chicago on July 2. Since Johnson is not a full-time driver anymore, he will have to qualify for the Daytona 500 on February 15 and 16.