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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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April 18, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The NCAA president railed against the past Friday by uttering the contracted sentence many have been waiting to hear. “That's absurd,” Mark Emmert said on ESPN's “Mike & Mike” Show. The words didn't cover the gamut of inane NCAA practices but, hey, one absurdity at a time. Emmert, the NCAA's embattled leader, was only speaking to a ridiculous rule that defined when a bagel changed from a snack to a meal. Thank goodness that issue has finally been resolved -- too bad it only took 23 years.
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April 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier was named on Monday the most outstanding player of the NCAA tournament Final Four. He was joined on the team by Julius Randle of Kentucky and Connecticut's Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels . Meanwhile, though no teams from Los Angeles made it to this year's title game, the Southland did provide some of the talent. Connecticut second-year Coach Kevin Ollie claims North Texas as home but attended Crenshaw High. He starred at Connecticut and spent 13 years in the NBA before joining Jim Calhoun 's coaching staff.
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April 11, 2014 | Broderick Turner
Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford came over to reporters Friday, a smile on his face, good news to deliver. “I'm practicing today,” Crawford said. “No question.” Crawford had missed the last five games with a strained left calf, but he got in a hard workout Thursday and said it “felt really good.” He then was asked if he would play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. “There's definitely a chance,” Crawford said. “I think that's huge from a chemistry standpoint, getting everybody back healthy.
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March 31, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Kyle Anderson was named third-team All-American by the Associated Press. Anderson, a sophomore, averaged 14.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists this season. He helped the Bruins reach the South Regional semifinals, where they lost top-seeded Florida. Creighton's Doug McDermott was a unanimous first-team selection. He is the first three-time All-American in 29 seasons. Duke's Jabari Parker, Louisville's Russ Smith of Louisville, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick were also named first-team.
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April 11, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Lolo Jones has never shied away from expressing her views and opinions. But her latest one was not so well-received. In response to Drake signing on this week to host the 2014 ESPYs, Jones tweeted a shot at Rihanna. It's amazing that Drake is hosting the @Espys but it's gonna be tough for him to hand out all those awards to Rihanna's ex boyfriends - Lolo Jones (@lolojones) April 10, 2014 Jones may have a point considering Rihanna dated Dodgers' outfielder Matt Kemp and was rumored to have been seeing New York Knicks' swingman J.R. Smith.  Only thing is Rihanna has quite a few more fans than Jones, some 34.8 million Twitter followers vs. the Olympian's 400,000.
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April 11, 2014 | Broderick Turner
Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford came over to reporters Friday, a smile on his face, good news to deliver. “I'm practicing today,” Crawford said. “No question.” Crawford had missed the last five games with a strained left calf, but he got in a hard workout Thursday and said it “felt really good.” He then was asked if he would play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. “There's definitely a chance,” Crawford said. “I think that's huge from a chemistry standpoint, getting everybody back healthy.
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April 9, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Stefanie Dolson seems like the type of person who is never at a lack for words. Nor does she appear to be one to fall back on sports cliches when being interviewed after a big game, like, say, the national championship. I'm basing this solely on the senior center's comments after Connecticut's 70-58 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday to wrap up an undefeated season and a second straight NCAA title. "President Obama, we're baa-aaack!" she said into the ESPN microphone being broadcast inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and on TV sets across the country.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Kentucky Wildcats, eighth seed, advanced to the NCAA tournament's final with a 74-73 win over the No. 2 seed Wisconsin Badgers on an Aaron Harrison game-winning three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left on the clock. Earlier in the day, Coach Kevin Ollie's Connecticut Huskies, seventh seed, took out Florida Gators, the only remaining top seed in the tournament. Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant picked Kentucky to win it all, announcing his prediction on Twitter on March 28, before the Wildcats' upset of the Louisville Cardinals (4th)
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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 11, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Lolo Jones has never shied away from expressing her views and opinions. But her latest one was not so well-received. In response to Drake signing on this week to host the 2014 ESPYs, Jones tweeted a shot at Rihanna. It's amazing that Drake is hosting the @Espys but it's gonna be tough for him to hand out all those awards to Rihanna's ex boyfriends - Lolo Jones (@lolojones) April 10, 2014 Jones may have a point considering Rihanna dated Dodgers' outfielder Matt Kemp and was rumored to have been seeing New York Knicks' swingman J.R. Smith.  Only thing is Rihanna has quite a few more fans than Jones, some 34.8 million Twitter followers vs. the Olympian's 400,000.
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April 9, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball on Wednesday, making the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports days after coming out to his family and teammates. " 'Happy' is not even the word," Gordon told Outsports. "It's a great feeling. I haven't felt like this. Ever. It's a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. I can finally breathe now and live life happily. I told all the people I need to tell. " It's a dramatic turnaround for Gordon, a sophomore starter who averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for the Minutemen this season.
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April 9, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Stefanie Dolson seems like the type of person who is never at a lack for words. Nor does she appear to be one to fall back on sports cliches when being interviewed after a big game, like, say, the national championship. I'm basing this solely on the senior center's comments after Connecticut's 70-58 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday to wrap up an undefeated season and a second straight NCAA title. "President Obama, we're baa-aaack!" she said into the ESPN microphone being broadcast inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and on TV sets across the country.
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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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April 8, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Shabazz Napier wanted to make sure he had our attention Monday night. Of course the Connecticut guard had our attention, after scoring 22 points against Kentucky to lead the Huskies to an unlikely NCAA title and earning Final Four MVP honors for himself along the way. But just to be sure, Napier asked for everyone's attention during a nationally televised postgame interview that was being broadcast throughout AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas....
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April 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier was named on Monday the most outstanding player of the NCAA tournament Final Four. He was joined on the team by Julius Randle of Kentucky and Connecticut's Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels . Meanwhile, though no teams from Los Angeles made it to this year's title game, the Southland did provide some of the talent. Connecticut second-year Coach Kevin Ollie claims North Texas as home but attended Crenshaw High. He starred at Connecticut and spent 13 years in the NBA before joining Jim Calhoun 's coaching staff.
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April 18, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The NCAA president railed against the past Friday by uttering the contracted sentence many have been waiting to hear. “That's absurd,” Mark Emmert said on ESPN's “Mike & Mike” Show. The words didn't cover the gamut of inane NCAA practices but, hey, one absurdity at a time. Emmert, the NCAA's embattled leader, was only speaking to a ridiculous rule that defined when a bagel changed from a snack to a meal. Thank goodness that issue has finally been resolved -- too bad it only took 23 years.
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April 5, 2014 | By Edgar Thompson
ARLINGTON, Texas -- During the last four months, the Florida Gators always found an answer, an extra gear, a hero to carry them to one victory after another one. But after 30 consecutive wins and a magical run the Final Four, the Gators searched in vain for anything or anyone to give them a boost during a 63-53 loss to UConn on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium. "It's really tough," senior center Patric Young said. "I can't really explain how I feel. " This one went downhill fast for Florida, which had not lost since a Dec. 2 defeat at UConn on a buzzer beater by Huskies guard Shabazz Napier.
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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 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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