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  • North Carolina players celebrate after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Gonzaga, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina won 71-65.
    The Latest: North Carolina beats Gonzaga to win title
    April 3, 2017
    North Carolina has its sixth NCAA basketball championship. The Tar Heels survived an ugly, foul-filled second half to beat Gonzaga 71-65. They scored the final eight points of ...
  • Gonzaga's Zach Collins reacts during the first half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against South Carolina, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.
    Las Vegas' Collins stars for Gonzaga in what could be only NCAA run
    April 3, 2017
    Zach Collins scores, rebounds, blocks shots and makes predictions. He's pretty good at all of those things. The former Bishop Gorman Gael had quite a night in Gonzaga's 77-73 victory over South Carolina on Saturday in the Final Four. He had 14 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. The prediction? He made that to ...
  • North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) reacts after making a three-point basket against Arkansas during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.
    Maye hits late jumper to lift North Carolina to Final Four
    March 26, 2017
    Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left, and top-seeded North Carolina held off Kentucky 75-73 to earn the Tar Heels' second straight trip to the Final Four and 20th all-time in Sunday's showdown of college basketball's elite in the South Regional. The Tar Heels will play Midwest champ Oregon on Saturday ...
  • South Carolina forward Maik Kotsar (21) is congratulated by forward Chris Silva (30) after scoring against Florida during the second half of the East Regional championship game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in New York.
    South Carolina headed to Final Four, beats Florida 77-70
    March 26, 2017
    Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and South Carolina earned its first trip to the Final Four with a 77-70 victory over Florida on Sunday. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks used their trademark swarming defense and some solid free throw shooting to beat their fellow ...
  • Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) and guard Andrew Dakich (11) celebrate following a 73-69 win over Louisville in a second-round game in the men’s NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 19, 2017.
    Tipping Off: On to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament
    March 20, 2017
    It's on to the weekend that many consider the defining mark of a season. Reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a season is a success. Two wins from the Final Four and all the weekday games …
  • Thornwell leads South Carolina to 88-81 NCAA upset of Duke
    March 20, 2017
    A Gamecocks program known largely — and mocked often by some — for its back-to-back NIT championships in 2005 and 2006 is now heading to the world's most famous arena as part of the NCAA's Sweet 16. They are making their …
  • North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) reacts after making a three-point basket against Arkansas during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017.
    No. 1 seed North Carolina survives to beat Arkansas
    March 19, 2017
    Kennedy Meeks had 16 points and a huge tip-in with 44.2 seconds left to help North Carolina barely avoid a huge upset by rallying to beat Arkansas 72-65 in Sunday's second round of the NCAA Tournament...
  • Jackson's strong second half lifts Kansas past Spartans
    March 19, 2017
    Josh Jackson scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half to help Kansas pull away late and reach the Sweet 16 for a second straight year with a 90-70 victory over Michigan State on Sunday...
  • Kentucky's Bam Adebayo (3) and Wichita State's Zach Brown reach for a rebound during the first half of a second-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Indianapolis.
    Kentucky's kids rally for 65-62 win over Wichita State
    March 19, 2017
    Bam Adebayo had a double-double and swatted away the final shot on Sunday as Kentucky sent Wichita State to yet another second-round heartbreak, 65-62 in the NCAA Tournament. The youngest team in March Madness grew up...
  • Wagner's big game sends Michigan past Louisville in NCAAs
    March 19, 2017
    Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and spurred a furious second-half rally to send Michigan past second-seeded Louisville 73-69 on Sunday and into the Sweet 16...
  • Kentucky guard Malik Monk (5) is chased by Northern Kentucky forward Carson Williams (23) and Northern Kentucky guard Dantez Walton (32) during a game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 17, 2017. Kentucky will face Wichita State on Sunday, March 19, 2017, for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.
    TIPPING OFF: Learning from how players see big-time games
    March 19, 2017
    A look at some items of interest as we head into Sunday, when the NCAA Tournament will finalize its …
  • Big win, huge comeback mark 2nd day of women's NCAA tourney
    March 19, 2017
    Saturday was a record day in the women's NCAA Tournament …
  • Actor and comedian Bill Murray cheers as he watches the first half of the first round of the NCAA college basketball tournament between Maryland and Xavier, Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Murray's son is an assistant coach at Xavier.
    TIPPING OFF: Look for comedic parents in crowd Saturday
    March 18, 2017
    A look at some items of interest as we head into Saturday, the first day of the second round of …
  • UCLA guard Lonzo Ball dunks during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Washington State, Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Los Angeles.
    NCAA Tournament by the odds: Vegas picks and perspective of the South Region
    March 14, 2017
    Members of the NCAA Tournament selection committee should expect to receive the mother of all gift baskets from the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. There was no bigger winner than the South’s river city on selection Sunday. ...
  • Gonzaga fans cheer during the closing minute of their West Coast Conference tournament game against Pacific Saturday, March 4, 2016, at the Orleans Arena. Gonzaga won the game 82-50.
    Villanova gets top seed in NCAA Tournament; Syracuse out
    March 12, 2017
    Defending national champion Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed, a top seed for the third time in school history. The Wildcats will begin defense of their title in ...
  • No. 5 UCLA dominates offensive boards to edge No. 4 Arizona
    Feb. 26, 2017
    Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated the offensive boards to beat No. 4 Arizona 77-72 in a …
  • Gonzaga forward Zach Collins, right, shoots against BYU forward Eric Mika (12) and center Corbin Kaufusi (44) during their game in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.
    Mika leads BYU to upset of No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71
    Feb. 26, 2017
    Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first …
  • Marvin Menzies is announced as the UNLV men's basketball new head coach during a media conference inside the Mendenhall Center on April 22, 2016.
    Two publications predict last-place finish for UNLV basketball
    Oct. 11, 2016
    The UNLV basketball team hasn’t finished in the bottom three of the Mountain West in the league’s more than 15-year history. That may change this season ...
  • United States' Michael Phelps, right, and United States' Ryan Lochte pose with their medals for the men's 200-meter individual medley swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.
    Phelps vs Lochte: Another showdown for swimming greats
    July 1, 2016
    The rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte goes back more than a decade ...
  • Iceland players celebrate with their supporters at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between England and Iceland, at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France, Monday, June 27, 2016.
    Iceland celebrates improbable win over England at Euro 2016
    June 27, 2016
    The anthem from British band Queen blared from bars around the Iceland capital as thousands of locals poured into the streets to dance and sing following ...
  • 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 ...
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