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David Ubben

March Madness' Best Final Minutes

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Everyone who was watching knew that the final minute made North Carolina's win over Kentucky in the Elite Eight an instant classic. While the NCAA Tournament is known for buzzer-beaters, the final minutes of some memorable games can be just as thrilling. More»
Matt Brown

The 10 Unlikeliest Final Four Teams

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This year's Final Four will feature an unusual combination of teams, including three teams with a combined one Final Four appearance ever. The surprise team is No. 7 seed South Carolina, which is among the unlikeliest national semifinalists ever. More»
Cliff Corcoran

Five Glaring Opening Day Absences

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Spring Training is winding down and Opening Day is just days away, but not for some players. Some, unfortunately, have been shelved with what would be inconsequential injuries if not for the fact Opening Day was approaching. Now it matters. Here are 5 of them. More»
Matt Brown

Maye Day! UNC Shot Sinks Kentucky

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North Carolina's ACC player of the year and Kentucky's wealth of future NBA players were on the floor, but when the story of the Tar Heels' instant-classic Elite Eight win over the Wildcats is told, the first name mentioned will always be one nobody expected: Luke Maye. More»
Cy Brown

Rootie! Rucker Loves South Carolina

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South Carolina advanced to the Final Four after beating Florida on Sunday, and it was an emotional moment for Gamecock fans. Singer Darius Rucker, a South Carolina alum, welled up at Madison Square Garden after the win. More»
Matt Brown

Gators Done, Gamecocks Make History

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South Carolina's dream NCAA Tournament will continue. Behind more phenomenal play from Sindarius Thornwell and their defense, the Gamecocks outlasted Florida 77-70 on Sunday to earn their first-ever trip to the Final Four. More»
Cliff Corcoran

MLB Extensions: Who's Up Next?

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Opening Day is still a week away, but contract extension season is upon us already, with Rougned Odor reportedly coming to terms with the Rangers, and a few other players inking deals recently. Which players may be next to sign? More»
David Ubben

Mighty Ducks! Oregon Stuns Kansas

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Kansas was an understandable touchdown favorite in its Elite Eight matchup vs. Oregon. But the Ducks' shocking 74-60 win on Saturday means they are the Midwest Region champions and headed to the Final Four for the first time since 1939. More»
David Ubben

Final-ly Four! Zags Going to Phoenix

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The 'Dogs had their day, at last. After nearly two decades of NCAA Tournament appearances without a Final Four berth, Gonzaga finally broke through, dominating No. 11-seed Xavier, 83-59, in the Elite Eight to punch its ticket to Phoenix. More»
Cy Brown

Craziest Shots of March Madness

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The 2017 NCAA Tournament has not had too many defining moments, especially in comparison to the thrill ride that was last year's edition. But what we've lacked in great games, we've made up for in great shots -- even if not all of them counted. More»
Alex Wong

Noah's Mark? Another Knicks Failure

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Early Saturday morning, the NBA announced they had suspended Joakim Noah for 20 games after testing positive for a testosterone booster in violation of the league's anti-drug program. One more reminder of the Knicks' sad state of affairs. More»
College Basketball

Indiana Hires Dayton's Miller As New Head Coach

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On Saturday, Indiana announced that it hired Archie Miller from Dayton as head coach. Miller has guided the Flyers to four straight NCAA Tournament bids and replaces Tom Crean, who was fired March 16 after missing the tourney five times in nine seasons. More»
SoE Staff

March Madness' best buzzer-beaters

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Florida's Chris Chiozza made a stunning 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Wisconsin in overtime on Friday, allowing him to join the list of all-time great March Madness buzzer-beaters, from Christian Laettner to Kris Jenkins and more. More»
David Ubben

Buzzworthy! Gators Chomp Wisconsin

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Chris Chiozza, welcome to NCAA Tournament lore. Florida's junior guard provided the most memorable moment of this year's tournament, sinking a game-winning three at the buzzer to beat Wisconsin in a wild overtime Sweet 16 game. More»
Cy Brown

6 Is Good: USMNT Romps Honduras

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The excitement around the USMNT is back after the squad scored a slew of stunning goals in a 6-0 win over Honduras in World Cup qualifying on Friday night, including a hat trick from Clint Dempsey. We ranked 'em all. More»
Will Leitch

Dive Into Five: Weekend Watch List

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Two MVP candidates in the NBA, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, will square off this weekend. There will also be some World Cup qualifying matches going on. And of course, March Madness is just heating up with the Elite Eight. More»
Michael Klopman

6 Contract-Year Players To Watch

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While Opening Day is rapidly approaching, it's never too early to start thinking about the next offseason. There will be plenty of intriguing free agents, which means there will be a bunch of star players entering their contract years in 2017. More»
Matt Brown

Kentucky Outfoxes Ball, Bruins

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Of the three star freshman guards on the court, De'Aaron Fox often hasn't gotten as much attention as teammate Malik Monk and UCLA's Lonzo Ball, but he stole the show on Friday, scoring 39 points to lead Kentucky to a Sweet 16 win over UCLA. More»
David Ubben

Gamecocks Roll To First Elite Eight

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Baylor had dreams bigger than a Sweet 16, but South Carolina refused to comply, eliminating the No. 3 seed Bears with a 70-50 win behind suffocating defense to secure the first Elite Eight trip in the history of the Gamecocks. More»
Matt Brown

Fresh Berry Allows UNC To Cruise

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An ankle injury limited Joel Berry during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, but North Carolina fans can breathe a sigh of relief after the star guard scored a team-high 26 points to lead the Tar Heels to a 92-80 Sweet 16 win over Butler. More»
Will Leitch

Escaping From The 'So Close Brigade'

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On Saturday, either Gonzaga or Xavier will clinch its first-ever Final Four appearance. That means one of those teams will escape from the "So Close Brigade," the group of teams across all sports that have come so close but always fall short. More»
Cy Brown

Bill Murray is Sports Magic

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I don't think there was ever a time when it wasn't good to be Bill Murray, but this last year it's been especially good to be the beloved comedian. His teams can't stop winning, continuing with Xavier basketball's tourney upset over Arizona on Thursday. More»
David Ubben

Error-zona: Xavier Shocks Wildcats

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Xavier struggled late in the regular season and entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed, but now it's dancing into the Elite Eight, seeking its first Final Four ever after a 73-71 upset win over Arizona on Thursday night. More»
Matt Brown

Florida Flying High Entering Sweet 16

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Florida has flown under the radar in March, but it should not be taken lightly. With an excellent defense and balanced scoring on offense, the Gators are coming off a dominant win over Virginia and are the Sweet 16's most underappreciated team. More»
Cy Brown

USMNT Vs. Honduras: The Arena Show

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There is one question lingering over the United States men's national team's all-important World Cup qualifying match against Honduras Friday night in San Jose: What will Bruce Arena bring to the table that Jurgen Klinsmann didn't? More»
Matt Brown

Purdoomed: Kansas Is Title Favorite

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While Purdue gave Kansas a game early, the No. 1 seed Jayhawks obliterated the Boilermakers in the second half behind Frank Mason, big 3-pointers and mesmerizing dunks, ultimately winning 98-66 in a Sweet 16 performance that showed why Kansas is the team to beat. More»
David Ubben

Bulldogs Zigzag Past Feisty WVU

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An ugly, physical, frenzied 40 minutes ended the way it should: an ugly, physical, frenzied final possession. West Virginia failed to get a final shot off as No. 1 Gonzaga held on for a 61-58 win over the Mountaineers in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. More»
Matt Brown

Michigan Can't Answer Bell, Ducks

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Michigan often lives and dies by the 3-pointer, and it proved true again on Thursday night. Thanks to a great night from Jordan Bell and Tyler Dorsey and Michigan's missed three at the buzzer, Oregon is moving on to the Elite Eight. More»
College Basketball

Hoyas Fire Thompson After 13 Seasons

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John Thompson III was fired as Georgetown's basketball coach on Thursday after two consecutive losing seasons at the school his father led to a national championship. Thompson was Georgetown's coach for 13 seasons, including a run to the Final Four in 2007 More»
Michael Klopman

Stroman, Thump Make America Great

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Team USA never made it to the semifinals in the previous three World Baseball Classics. But this time the Americans not only made it to the semis, they clobbered Puerto Rico in the finals to capture the squad's first-ever World Baseball Classic title. More»
Will Leitch

WAR Games: Looking At MLB's Best

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It's extremely hard to put up a season that's one of the best 20 ever in baseball, and it's even harder to repeat it. So let's take a look at the 25 players who had the highest WAR totals for the 2016 season, and guess whether they can repeat it this year. More»
Matt Brown

What To Watch In The Sweet 16

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After a three-day break following last week's marathon, the NCAA Tournament gets going again on Thursday and Friday nights with its regional semifinals. This is our guide to what to watch and what to expect in the eight Sweet 16 matchups. More»
Mike Lupica

Angel At Gates For Dallas Green

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Dallas Green is gone at the age of 82 after a wonderful baseball life. We should celebrate his love of the game. But we should also take a moment to remember the unspeakable grief he endured when his young granddaughter was shot and killed in 2011. More»
Alex Wong

Best NCAA Regionals of Past Decade

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We have reached the second week of the NCAA Tournament, and this is usually where the cream rises to the top. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups from the past 10 tournaments. More»
Matt Brown

Ranking Possible NCAA Title Games

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With the NCAA Tournament down to its Sweet 16, there are still 64 possible national championship matchups on the table. If your bracket's broken, what should you be rooting for if you want to see the best possible basketball with the best storylines? More»

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