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  • Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, is greeted by third base coach Bob Henley, left, after hitting a solo-home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Atlanta.
    Nationals star Bryce Harper homers on opening day — again
    April 4, 2016
    Bryce Harper is making a habit of hitting home runs on opening day ...
  • North Carolina forward Justin Jackson (44) dunks the ball vs. Syracuse.
    At least it was closer: UNC stops Syracuse for title shot
    April 2, 2016
    North Carolina's latest step on the way to a title was shaping up as strictly an inside job. Out of nowhere, Marcus Paige figured out how to hit from 3-point land and the Tar Heels put an end to any hopes of …
  • Villanova forward Daniel Ochefu (23) moves by Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) during the first half of a regional final men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Louisville, Ky.
    The Latest: Villanova headed to the Final Four
    March 26, 2016
    A defensive stand by Villanova with a three-point lead sealed a victory over Kansas in one of the most tense and competitive games of the NCAA Tournament. It will send the Wildcats to the ...
  • Cincinnati hoops coach gets permission to speak to UNLV about job
    March 21, 2016
    The University of Cincinnati received a request for permission from UNLV to talk to Bearcats basketball coach Mick Cronin about the Runnin’ Rebels job, sources told …
  • Iowa State forward Georges Niang, third from left, goes up for a shot as Arkansas-Little Rock guards Jermaine Ruttley and Kemy Osse and forward Maurius Hill, from left, defend during Saturday's game.
    Niang leads Iowa State past Little Rock 78-61
    March 19, 2016
    Georges Niang scored 28 points and Iowa State watched Josh Hagins closely in the second half of a 78-61 win over Little Rock in the second round of the NCAA Tournament …
  • Oklahoma faces another dangerous double-digit seed
    March 19, 2016
    Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said his team sees Virginia Commonwealth simply as a good team heading into their second-round NCAA Tournament matchup …
  • Teammates congratulate Duke's Grayson Allen (3) during Saturday's game.
    Defending champ Duke back in Sweet 16, beats Yale 71-64
    March 19, 2016
    Grayson Allen had 29 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Duke fend off a furious rally by Yale and advance to the Sweet 16 with a 71-64 victory on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. Brandon …
  • Middle Tennessee's Jaqawn Raymond, left, celebrates with teammate Giddy Potts as Michigan State's Bryn Forbes walks away.
    Middle Tennessee State sets sights on upset of Syracuse
    March 19, 2016
    Middle Tennessee State made mush of millions of brackets when the plucky Blue Raiders sprung an upset of national title contender Michigan State, but there was at least one youngster happy with the outcome in the first round of …
  • Maryland forward Robert Carter passes the ball around South Dakota State forwards Mike Daum and Logan Doyle on Friday, March 18, 2016, during the NCAA Tournament.
    Maryland holds off South Dakota State, 79-74
    March 18, 2016
    Maryland needed a turnover in the closing seconds to ensure it would avoid a place with all the other top seeds that lost in the first round of this topsy-turvy NCAA Tournament, holding off South Dakota State 79-74 Friday behind a career-high 27 points …
  • Providence forward Rodney Bullock, second from left is embraced by teammates after hitting the game-winning basket against Southern California during the second half of a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. Providence won 70-69.
    Providence beats Southern Cal 70-69 on Bullock’s late layup
    March 17, 2016
    Rodney Bullock hit a layup with 1.5 seconds left and Providence beat Southern California 70-69 on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ...
  • Kentucky guard Jamal Murray (23) loses the ball while driving to the basket during the first half of a first-round men's college basketball game against Stony Brook in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa.
    Kentucky blows past Stony Brook 85-57 in NCAA Tournament
    March 17, 2016
    Jamal Murray led five players in double figures with 19 points and fourth-seeded Kentucky routed Stony Brook 85-57 Thursday, setting up a showdown ...
  • In this Sept. 25, 2008, file photo, then-California head coach Mike Montgomery, left, talks with his son, John Montgomery, right, during basketball practice in Berkeley, Calif. When California's season ended, John Montgomery reached out to a handful of his former players and wished them a deep, special NCAA Tournament run. That was before the draw came out. Montgomery is now an assistant coach at Hawaii, and will face the Golden Bears in a first-round matchup on Friday.
    Cal to face familiar friend in Hawaii assistant Montgomery
    March 17, 2016
    When California's season ended, John Montgomery reached out to a handful of his former players and wished them a deep, special NCAA Tournament run ...
  • Weber State’s Joel Bolomboy pulls a rebound away from Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the second half in a second-round game in the NCAA basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Diego.
    Tournament gives stars from smaller programs chance to shine
    March 17, 2016
    Every year a star performer from a smaller program capitalizes on the rare chance the NCAA Tournament provides for him to play on college basketball's biggest stage ...
  • In this June 23, 2006, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Geoff Jenkins talks with home plate umpire Tim Welke after Jenkins grounded out during a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo. Welke is calling it a career after 33 seasons.
    Longtime MLB umpire Tim Welke calls it a career
    March 17, 2016
    The first time Tim Welke stepped onto a ballfield as a professional umpire, he was a teenager hoping he wouldn't get yelled at too much ...
  • President Barack Obama honored the Duke basketball team for winning its fifth NCAA basketball championship at the White House.
    Obama honors 2015 champs Duke basketball team at White House
    Sept. 8, 2015
    President Barack Obama is honoring Duke for winning its fifth NCAA basketball championship and lauding the team for its work on and off the court.
  • Christian Wood left the UNLV basketball program after two years, averaging 15.7 points and 10 rebounds as a sophomore. Despite his height, wingspan and collegiate success, he was not drafted by an NBA team.
    What happens when you don’t get drafted into NBA?
    July 12, 2015
    Christian Wood signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Rockets and will try to carve a path to the NBA the same way as other recent forwards who left college with eligibility remaining. James Michael McAdoo (Warriors), Jabari Brown (Lakers) and Tarik Black (Rockets) all made NBA rosters last season despite not being selected in 2014, giving Wood hope his journey will include reaching the sport’s top league ...
  • Michigan State's Branden Dawson, center, and Matt Costello, right, block a shot by Duke's Justise Winslow during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament semifinal game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis.
    Duke, Wisconsin step into spotlight in national title game
    April 5, 2015
    Duke languished in the shadows of Kentucky all season, the big blue juggernaut that nobody seemed to be talking about. It was a rarity for a program with such a championship pedigree, not to mention a record-setting coach and superstar freshmen. They can thank Wisconsin for finally returning to the limelight.
  • The Wisconsin bench celebrates as Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein walks off after the NCAA Final Four tournament semifinal game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. Wisconsin won 71-64.
    One and Done: Wisconsin ends Kentucky’s undefeated run
    April 5, 2015
    Nobody ever said they were perfect. Now, the Kentucky Wildcats aren't undefeated, either. The hard-nosed Wisconsin Badgers did what nobody else could this season: They knocked off the Wildcats 71-64 on Saturday night behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from birthday boy Frank Kaminsky and a clutch comeback down the stretch.
  • Michigan State's Branden Dawson, center, and Matt Costello, right, block a shot by Duke's Justise Winslow during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament semifinal game Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis.
    Duke headed for another championship game
    April 5, 2015
    Two star freshmen, a solid senior and some of the trademark defense Duke has long been known for have the Blue Devils back in the national championship game.
  • Duke's Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones (5) celebrate after a college basketball regional final game against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Houston. Duke won 66-52.
    Duke back in Final Four after 66-52 win over Gonzaga
    March 29, 2015
    A special group of freshmen is taking Duke and Coach K back to the NCAA Final Four. The Blue Devils and their trio of freshmen starters are going to their 16th Final Four, a record-matching 12th for coach Mike Krzyzewski, after a ...
  • Michigan State's Travis Trice looks up after the regional final against Louisville in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. Michigan State won 76-70.
    Spartans Final Four-bound after beating Louisville in overtime
    March 29, 2015
    Travis Trice vowed a day earlier that he wasn't going to cry should the Michigan State Spartans continue their improbable run to the Final Four. The senior guard's vow lasted no more than 10 seconds once the final horn sounded following Michigan State's 76-70 overtime victory over Louisville ...
  • Kentucky players celebrate after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland.
    Unbeaten Kentucky holds off Notre Dame 68-66 to advance
    March 28, 2015
    Pushed to the brink, Kentucky's still perfect and still playing. Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with ...
  • Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker celebrates Wisconsin beating Arizona 85-78 in a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Wisconsin advances to the Final Four in Indianapolis.
    Wisconsin headed to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona
    March 28, 2015
    Sam Dekker hit 5 of Wisconsin's 10 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a second straight career high of 27 points, Frank Kaminsky added 29 points and the top-seeded Badgers beat No. 2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history ...
  • Oregon State's Sydney Wiese, center, tries to split Gonzaga's Georgia Stirton, left, and Shelby Cheslek during the first half of a college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Corvallis, Ore., on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
    Gonzaga men and women headed to Sweet 16
    March 22, 2015
    Eleven must be Gonzaga's lucky number. The No. 11 seed Bulldogs, paced by Emma Wolfram with a career-high 17 points, held off a furious late rally by the Oregon State Beavers on their home court for a 76-64 victory on Sunday.
  • Kansas guard Frank Mason III, right, tries to drive past Wichita State guard Fred Van Vleet during the second half of an NCAA Tournament Round of 32 basketball game Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Omaha, Neb.
    Shockers beat Jayhawks 78-65 in NCAA Tournament showdown
    March 22, 2015
    The boys from Wichita State had been hearing it in text messages from friends, and on social media from total strangers: Don't let the chance to stick it to Kansas slip away. The Shockers would never dream of it.
  • Duke’s Justise Winslow, left, blocks a shot by San Diego State’s J.J. O’Brien during the first half of an NCAA Tournament basketball game in the Round of 32 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
    Duke beats San Diego State 68-49 to reach NCAA Sweet 16
    March 22, 2015
    Jahlil Okafor showed off all the moves — a spin, a dribble drive, a short jumper — that have made Duke's freshman big man possibly the nation's top player. Okafor scored 18 of his 26 points in a dominating first half and top-seeded Duke beat San Diego State 68-49 on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament, sending the freshmen-led Blue Devils back to the Sweet 16 to continue their push for coach Mike Krzyzewski's fifth national title.
  • Dayton's Amber Deane, right, is pressured by Kentucky's Linnae Harper during the first half of a women's college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, March 22, 2015.
    Dayton reaches first Sweet 16 with 99-94 upset of Kentucky
    March 22, 2015
    Ally Malott scored 28 points and Amber Deane added 23 to lead No. 7 seed Dayton to a 99-94 upset of second-seeded Kentucky on Sunday.
  • President Barack Obama, center, with his nephew Avery Robinson, left, and brother-in-law Craig Robinson, right, stand up and join other fans in the final minute of Princeton vs Wisconsin-Green Bay women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament in College Park, Md., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Obama's niece, Leslie Robinson, plays for Princeton, which advanced to the next round after winning 80-70.
    Princeton wins in front of President Obama
    March 22, 2015
    The Princeton women's basketball team earned a historic victory in front of President Barack Obama. UConn rolled in its opener and another 11 seed pulled off an upset.
  • NC State’s Barber makes profane comment on Obama’s bracket
    March 22, 2015
    N.C. State's Cat Barber used an unexpected Sweet 16 berth to take a cutting remark at President Barack Obama.
  • Michigan State's Travis Trice, left, goes up to dunk against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
    Trice leads Michigan State over Virginia again 60-54
    March 22, 2015
    Travis Trice scored 23 points, and Michigan State knocked second-seeded Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, 60-54 on Sunday.
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