March 31, 2013 |
Tears are part of the NCAA tournament. They flow when teams win and flow when they lose. The tears shed for Louisville guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, though, were different. They almost spontaneously gushed in response to Ware's gruesome leg break during Sunday's Midwest Regional final game against Duke. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was caught on TV wiping his eyes. "I literally almost threw up," he said after the game. Duke players, coaches and America's viewers were almost equally stunned.
March 27, 2013
In the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals Friday, top-seeded Louisville will play No. 12 Oregon and No. 2 Duke will play No. 3 Michigan State. In the South Regional semifinals, top-seeded Kansas will play No. 4 Michigan and No. 3 Florida will play No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast. Writers from around Tribune Co. analyze who they think will emerge victorious and make the Elite Eight. Feel free to leave a comment below with your opinion. Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times The South puts me in a quandary in that I picked still-alive Florida to win the region but will be rooting against the Gators in their semifinal match-up against Florida Gulf Coast.
March 25, 2013 |
Spring typically means the return of sunshine, tornadoes and biblical thunderstorms across the Midwest, but a weekend blizzard in the lower Plains had winter stamping on all signs of life in Kansas and Missouri. A daffodil exposition in Springfield, Mo., had to be put on hold. The phone for the I-70 Drive-In's box office in Kansas City, Mo., rang without answer: There would be no outdoor movie with 8 inches of snow on Sunday. Guerrilla Streetfood, a food truck in St. Louis, tweeted that it would take a day off on Monday, preferring not to slog through the city's biggest snowstorm in 30 years -- joining many others in taking a late snow day in this part of the country.
March 17, 2013 |
Seeded teams 1 LOUISVILLE: The Cardinals, seeded No. 1 in the tournament, have won 10 straight since losing the game of the season, 104-101, in five overtimes to Notre Dame in South Bend. 2 DUKE: The Blue Devils have two 6-11 seniors in the post, five players who average double figures in scoring, and as a team shoot better than 40% from three-point range. 3 MICHIGAN STATE: They're back! The Spartans have made 16 consecutive NCAA¿ tournament appearances under the guidance of Coach Tom Izzo.
March 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A winter storm that roiled the Midwest prepared to turn its might toward the mid-Atlantic area, including the nation's capital, where power outages were a threat in a region that takes power very seriously. The storm, which dropped as much as 10 inches of snow in Chicago and surrounding states, was expected to drop six inches or more to parts of the Washington area on Wednesday then move northward to regions that have just recovered from large storms. “The strong winter storm that has been affecting the Midwest and Ohio Valley turns its sights on the Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, where it is expected to bring 6-10 inches of snow to areas including Washington, D.C. The storm will move up the coast Wednesday evening into early Friday, generally bringing as much as 2-8 inches of snow from the New York City metro area into New England,” the National Weather Service warned . PHOTOS: Good names for bad storms But like the budget sequester -- the across-the-board $85 billion in budget cuts that politically deadlocked Washington -- the storm, already being dubbed “snowquester,” got off to a slow start, and its impact remained spotty.
February 26, 2013 |
Missouri and Kansas awoke on Tuesday to another major snowstorm, the second in as many weeks, with six additional inches of snow blown by gusting winds into drifts as high as two feet and municipal officials warning motorists to be careful of treacherous roads. At least three deaths have been reported since the current storm began to blow its way from Texas through Oklahoma and into the Midwest on Monday. The National Weather Service predicted continuing, though lessening, snowfall as the storm heads into the Great Lakes region by nightfall.