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March 21, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Sorry, Bucknell. This year's Butler is still Butler. Andrew Smith had a double-double with a career-high 16 rebounds and 14 points, and Butler made 18 of 20 free throws down the stretch to hold off upset-minded Bucknell 68-56 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Roosevelt Jones added 14 points for the sixth-seeded Bulldogs, back in the tournament for the first time since making back-to-back runs to the national title game. Leading scorer Rotnei Clarke was just 5-of-14.
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April 8, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The NCAA tournament concluded Monday night with the Connecticut Huskies winning the national title, defeating the Kentucky Wildcats, 60-53. Senior Shabazz Napier led all scorers with 22 points in 39 minutes. With a strong tournament, Napier should have improved his NBA draft stock after picking up his second NCAA title in four years. Originally, Napier was projected as a second-round pick, but LeBron James suggested otherwise Monday. No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier.
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May 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The migration of big sports events to cable TV continues. In 2016, TBS, the cable channel owned by Time Warner, will carry the NCAA college basketball championship game as part of its deal to share rights to the sports property with CBS.  TBS will also televise for the first time the Final Four semifinal games that lead to the championship in 2014 and 2015. CBS will broadcast the championship game for both of those tournaments. Starting in 2017, TBS and CBS will alternate coverage of the Final Four and the championship game.
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April 7, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Michael Jordan may have a thing or two to learn about being a gracious host. I've never held my own celebrity golf tournament before (I think you have to be a celebrity and at least know how to hold a golf club before they let you throw one of those shindigs), but I'm pretty sure Rule No. 1 would be not to show up your guests. You know how celebrities can be with their large egos (I don't happen to know any, but that's what I assume). But, you know, MJ being MJ, he just couldn't help himself this weekend during the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
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March 23, 1996 | Associated Press
ABC's telecast of the World Figure Skating Championships on Thursday night drew a bigger audience than CBS' coverage of the tournament. ABC said the figure skating earned a 10.1 rating and 16 share. The basketball tournament drew an 8.8 rating and 14 share during the same time period, according to ABC.
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March 20, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Busting most of the nation's NCAA tournament brackets took all of one game. When 11th-seed Dayton beat sixth-seed Ohio State on Thursday with a basket in the final seconds, the upset upended the elusive hope millions had to complete a perfect bracket. Of the 11.01 million brackets submitted in ESPN's contest, 80.3% picked Ohio State to beat Dayton. The number of entries, incidentally, zoomed up from last year's 8.15 million.  2014 NCAA tournament bracket The numbers weren't any better in Yahoo's Tourney Pick'em, where 83.7% of entries went with Ohio State.
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March 21, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
SALT LAKE CITY -- Was this the day a No. 16-seeded team finally defeated a No. 1 in the NCAA tournament? No, but the final word on it was "whew. " Top-ranked Gonzaga had to dig deep and hold on tight until the end to defeat Southern University, 64-58, at EnergySolutions Arena. PHOTOS: 2013 NCAA tournament Gonzaga, the No. 1 team in the nation and the top-seeded team in the West Regional, earned a Saturday match against Wichita State. The winner of that game advances to next week's regional finals at Staples Center.
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March 25, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
March Madness indeed! Live coverage of the opening week of the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament has scored the event's highest ratings in 23 years, according to Nielsen metered market reports. CBS Sports and Turner Sports teamed up for the coverage, which has aired on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. Sunday's third-round coverage averaged a overnight rating share of 7.6/15, the highest rating for the first Sunday of the NCAA tournament in 20 years. ALSO: Big changes in 'The Game's' playbook 'The Walking Dead' recap: Merle goes for a ride Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez win Kids' Choice Awards PHOTOS, VIDEOS & MORE: PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of 'Downton Abbey' VIDEO: Winter TV preview PHOTOS: Violence in TV shows    
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March 16, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA will open the NCAA tournament Friday against Tulsa in a South Regional game at Viejas Arena in San Diego. The fourth-seeded Bruins would play either fifth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth and 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Sunday. UCLA would play in Memphis in the regional semifinals, where it could face top-seeded Florida, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. Tulsa, seeded 13th, won the Conference USA tournament. The Golden Hurricane (21-12) is led by 6-foot-3 guard James Woodward, who averages 15.7 points, and 6-7 forward Rashad Smith, who averages 12.1.
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March 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA will play Minnesota on Friday in Austin, Texas, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Bruins (25-9), who finished second in the Pac-12 Conference tournament, are the sixth-seeded team in the South Regional. If UCLA beats the Gophers (20-12), it would play the winner of third-seeded Florida and No. 14 Northwestern State in the third round. The Sweet 16 in the South Regional will be held in Arlington, Texas. The Bruins have a 5-1 record against Minnesota. The Gophers have four players averaging double figures, led by guard Andre Hill at 13.9 points.
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April 7, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Three days ago, the madness returned to Jakob Gollon. The sixth-year senior at Mercer slipped in a DVD and, for the first time, watched his team stun third-seeded Duke last month to open the NCAA tournament. Gollon saw himself on the television screen leading the Macon, Ga., school's first NCAA appearance since 1985. Finally, those 40 bracket-busting minutes of basketball seemed real. “I don't want to watch it too much and take away the awesomeness of it,” Gollon said in a telephone interview.
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April 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Monday night's NCAA championship game at AT&T Stadium sets up as a matchup of over-achieving seedlings. If you didn't know the history you'd say it was nice to see the "little guys" finally breaking through the plexiglass backboard. This No. 15 combination platter is the highest total number to play for the title since the NCAA started seeding in 1979. NCAA BRACKET: Track how UConn and Kentucky got to the final Poor old No. 7 Connecticut hasn't won an NCAA title since 2011 and luckless No 8 Kentucky hasn't hoisted a banner since 2012.
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April 6, 2014 | By Danny Webster
HENDERSON, Nev. -- I like to hang out at the Green Valley Ranch sports book, my occasional home away from home. Especially now, during the NCAA basketball tournament. But the other night, as I sipped my beer, I looked at the empty seat next to me. My eyes welled with tears. I didn't want anyone to see me crying, to be confused as some emotional drinker, but I couldn't help but think of him, how I knew he'd love to be here with me. His name was George Sommers. My grandpa. He was larger than life: bald, the big glasses and a classic New York accent.
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April 6, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Kelly Xu of Santa Monica and Leo Cheng of Northridge won their age-group competitions at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Cheng won the boys' 10-11 division title and Xu captured the girls' 7-9 division championship in the event sponsored by the Masters tournament, PGA of America and the USGA. Xu, 9, was the first champion to be crowned Sunday. “I will definitely remember this experience,” Xu said.
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April 6, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Connecticut (31-8) vs. Kentucky (29-10) TV: 6:09 p.m., Channel 2 This matchup between No. 7 and No. 8 is the highest seeding combination ever for an NCAA final game. It is also the first time since 1966 (Texas Western and Kentucky) that two teams are playing for the title one season after not making it into the NCAA tournament. Seventh-seeded Connecticut rallied from three points down in the final minute to defeat No.10 St. Joseph's in overtime. NCAA BRACKET: Track how UConn and Kentucky got to the final The Huskies followed with wins over No. 2 Villanova, No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 1 Florida.
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April 6, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas -- NCAA President Mark Emmert said Sunday that unionizing students is a “ridiculous idea” to solving the problems of intercollegiate athletics. “It would blow up everything about the collegiate model of athletics,” Emmert said during a morning press conference at AT&T Stadium. “There are some people who think that might be fine. I don't think that represents the views of anybody up here right now.” Northwestern football players recently received regional clearance from the National Labor Relations Board to unionize as they seek more benefits for student athletes.
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March 17, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The red-colored and red-hot Louisville Cardinals earned the No. 1 overall seeding for this year's NCAA tournament. Rick Pitino's Big East Conference tournament championship team got the top spot in the Midwest Region and will open play Thursday in nearby Lexington, Ky. Louisville faces the winner of the first-round “play-in” game between North Carolina A&T and Liberty. The other No. 1 seedings were Kansas (South), Indiana (East) and Gonzaga (West). Gonzaga opens play Thursday in Salt Lake City against Southern.
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March 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
AUSTIN, Texas -- The NCAA tournament is underway. Time to play “Spot The Cliché.” Pick out the clichés in the following statement. Bonus points if you can add one of your own. Asked what it will take to win against second-seeded Miami, Pacific's Tony Gill said: “I think as long as we understand that we have to stay within ourselves, try to do what's best. And as far as the intimidation factor, we just have to treat it just like any other game. Because at the end of the day, they still put their shorts on just like we do. It's still a basketball game that comes down to X's and O's.” ALSO: Georges St. Pierre retains top spot in Times' MMA rankings Former WWE star Chris Masters saves his mom from burning house Ed Reed is reportedly leaving the Baltimore Ravens for the Houston Texans  
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April 5, 2014 | By Paul Doyle
ARLINGTON, Texas -- On the grandest stage of all, the Connecticut men's basketball team grabbed the spotlight and sent an emphatic message to the rest of the country. The program left for dead in the wake of conference realignment isn't just alive, it's standing near the top of the mountain. The Huskies took another step in their improbable NCAA tournament run Saturday night with a 63-53 victory over the No. 1 team in the country, the Florida Gators. On Monday night, UConn will play for the national championship at the cavernous AT&T Stadium against eighth-seeded Kentucky.
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April 5, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Well everyone had it wrong - you, me, the postman and the NCAA selection committee. All that teeth-gnashing over tournament seeding has produced an NCAA championship game between a No. 7 and No. 8. Let's hear it for a collective No. 15! Monday night, though, Connecticut and Kentucky will be playing for the only number that counts No.1. No. 8 Kentucky dramatically capped Saturday night with a 74-73 victory over No. 2 Wisconsin in the second NCAA semifinal game before a Final Four record crowd of 79,444 fans at AT&T Stadium.
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