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David Ubben

Final-ly Four! Zags Make History

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

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

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

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

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»
Matt Brown

What To Watch In The Elite Eight

The NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight presents an interesting blend of teams playing for Final Four bids on Saturday and Sunday, featuring a mix of bluebloods, three SEC teams and three programs hoping to win a regional final for the first time ever. More»
David Ubben

Buzzworthy! Gators Chomp Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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»
Cliff Corcoran

6 Things That Made WBC '17 a Success

The World Baseball Classic was a winner this year, with TV viewership and fan attendance at all-time highs. Team USA winning it all certainly helped. But for those still not convinced, here are several reasons why the tournament was so strong. More»
Matt Brown

What To Watch In The Sweet 16

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»
Anthony Castrovince

12 Prospects To Watch In 2017

As you all know, Opening Day rosters aren't going to be the same in September. A 162-game season brings plenty of unpredictability with it, and teams often have to make upgrades -- internally if they're lucky. With that in mind, here are 12 prospects to keep an eye on. More»
Mike Lupica

Angel At Gates For Dallas Green

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

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»
Mike Lupica

Kap-sized: Throw QB a Life Raft

Colin Kaepernick isn't just without an NFL team right now: He's getting called out by the president. NFL teams, unsurprisingly, likely won't take a chance on the free agent QB, because above everything else, they lack the courage. More»
Will Leitch

NL East: Nats' Bats The Difference

Many expect the National League East division to be a two-team race between the Mets and Nationals. But everything has to fall perfectly for the Mets, especially when it comes to the health of their pitchers. The Nats could easily run away with this one. More»
David Ubben

'Cats-Bruins A Showdown To Savor

The winner of Friday's Sweet 16 game between No. 2 seed Kentucky and No. 3 seed UCLA won't get a trophy, but it could be the type of matchup that's remembered for a long time because of future possible NBA stars in Lonzo Ball, Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox. More»
Matt Brown

Ranking Possible NCAA Title Games

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»
Terence Moore

Flag Casts Shadow On South Carolina

While South Carolina prepared to shock Duke on Sunday in Greenville, protesters flew a massive Confederate flag from the back of a pickup truck next to the arena, marring the return of the NCAA tourney to the state. More»
Michael Pina

7 NBA Storylines For The Home Stretch

There isn't much time left in the NBA's regular season. So, with the playoffs right around the corner, here's a look at seven significant variables, trends, storylines and questions around the NBA that may impact the postseason. More»

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