US sports fans set for plenty of excitement in March

February was a huge month for sport in the United States and March certainly promises to continue in the same vein.

New England Patriots did what many sports news and predictions experts had tipped against at the start of February by defeating Los Angeles Rams to win their sixth Super Bowl in the last 18 years.

Golf took centre stage the following week, with Phil Mickelson claiming his 44th PGA Tour victory with a comfortable success in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

It was Mickelson’s second win in nearly a year and he will undoubtedly be hoping to repeat his success by claiming the 119th US Open at the same course during the summer.

The Daytona 500 rarely fails to deliver excitement and this year’s event in the middle of the month was certainly no different.

A spectacular 18-car pile-up with just 10 laps remaining left the Florida track littered with debris, although thankfully no drivers were injured.

When the race resumed, Denny Hamlin clinched a 33rd career top-level US stock car series victory, and his second at Daytona after also winning in 2016.

As February comes to a close and March heads into view, most of the focus in sporting circles will be on the NHL, NBA and the upcoming MLB season.

The NHL is entering the final quarter of the regular season, with numerous teams jostling for a place in the play-offs.

Tampa Bay Lightning are strong favourites to win the Stanley Cup, but the likes of Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals can all be expected to put up a strong challenge.

In the NBA, it is impossible to look beyond the star-studded Golden State Warriors to claim their fourth title in the last five seasons.

MLB gets underway on March 20 with four sides vying for favouritism to win the World Series. Boston Red Sox claimed the trophy in 2018 and they are sure to put up a strong defence this time around.