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2018 NCAA Men’s Tournament Preview

A wild season deserves a wild tournament.<p>After a chaotic regular season in men’s college basketball — during which 18 separate teams ranked among the …

College Sports
College Sports

Here’s the major takeaway from early March Madness seedings

Ignore the teams and where they are slotted and focus on the process. That’s what was important about the NCAA Tournament seeding committee’s 16-team …

Cavs kick off their new era with a statement win in Boston

BOSTON -- Cedi Osman, making just the second start of his career, anticipated the pass, snatched hold of the ball and darted down the Boston Celtics' …

Basketball

Iowa Hawkeyes outlast Iowa State Cyclones, thanks to their New Jersey duo

Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>CLOSE<p>VIDEOS: IOWA BEATS IOWA STATE, 44-41 (OT) Kirk Ferentz talks Cy-Hawk win, Nate Stanley | 1:57<p>The Iowa coach is relieved after a …

Did the Raptors already win the NBA trade deadline?

Good morning. We have that and more in Wednesday’s NBA newsletter.<p>Good morning. Let’s basketball.<p>The Raptors traded Terrence Ross and a low first for Serge Ibaka on Tuesday. This fulfills years of rumors that Toronto was after Ibaka — he fills a persistent need — and does so for a relatively low …

NBA

James Dolan's feud with Charles Oakley: what was the Knicks owner thinking?

Last week, the Knicks’ inept owner got into a pointless argument with a former star. Why did Dolan do it? Maybe he just craves attention now and again<p>So what is it with James Dolan, anyway?<p>Even if you don’t follow the New York Knicks or the NBA, you have probably heard about Dolan by now. Dolan is …

Basketball

NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2017: Top Contenders, Predictions for Exciting Event

Aaron Gordon was close last year, and he hopes to close the deal at this year's NBA Slam Dunk Contest.<p>Gordon put on a memorable show when he competed with Zach LaVine for the 2016 Slam Dunk championship. Those two engaged in a mano a mano duel that caught the attention of the league's elite, and …

NBA

Kings vs. Lakers: Score, Highlights, Reaction from 2017 Regular Season

DeMarcus Cousins willed the Sacramento Kings to a 97-96 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night in the Staples Center.<p>The Kings surrendered a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, but their All-Star center came through with the go-ahead free throw with nine seconds left to help his team come …

Basketball

Sources: Phil Jackson met with Frank Vogel about Knicks' job

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson met last week with former Pacers coach Frank Vogel, league sources have confirmed to ESPN.<p>Vogel is the second …

Basketball

Winners and Losers from the 2016 Players Championship

Like last year's edition, the 2016 Players Championship featured an impressive winning performance. But unlike 2015, we saw vastly less drama.<p>If Rickie Fowler's triumph last year was the essence of edge-of-your seat PGA Tour theater, this year's determined march by Jason Day was a marvel of both …

Golf

Heat vs. Raptors 2016 final score: Toronto tops Miami in Game 7 to advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Kyle Lowry and Bismack Biyombo had huge games to lead the Raptors to a 116-89 win and their first trip to the conference finals in franchise history.<p>For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Raptors beat the Miami Heat, 116-89, …

NBA

Iowa season review: Kirk Ferentz pushes all right buttons

No single measurable captures the smashing level of success achieved by the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2015.<p>The school-record 12 wins come closest, with a shot …

Ellie Day 'sore, exhausted' but OK after LeBron James collision

Ellie Day, the wife of star golfer Jason Day who was bowled over by LeBron James while watching the Thunder-Cavaliers game Thursday night in Ohio, …

Basketball

Jabari Parker to play Wednesday in first game since torn ACL

NEW YORK -- Just under 10 months since surgery to repair a torn ACL, Jabari Parker will make his return Wednesday, when the Milwaukee Bucks host the …

NBA
Football (U.S.)

Suspended Platini insists he's still the best to lead FIFA

GENEVA (AP) — Suspended by FIFA as the presidential election contest kicks off, Michel Platini insists he is still the best candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter.<p>"I am, in all humility, the most able to run world football," the former France great said in an interview published in Thursday editions of …

Corruption
FIFA

Ronda Rousey Comments on Women Fighting Men After Floyd Mayweather Exchanges

Ronday Rousey has insisted she would never step into the ring with a male competitor despite some recent barbs from boxer Floyd Mayweather.<p>Speaking to Australian show <i>The Project</i> (h/t Nola Ojomu of <i>Daily Mail Australia</i>) the UFC women's bantamweight champion insisted there's no way opposite sexes …

Boxing

Floyd Mayweather Urged to Stay Retired by WBC President, Belts Set to Be Vacated

There aren’t many out there who expect Floyd Mayweather to stay retired after he secured his 49th professional win over Andre Berto at the weekend, but Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council, encouraged the veteran to do so.<p>Sulaiman thinks the end of Mayweather’s career, in …

Boxing

Chelsea Transfer News: Big-Money Deals in Jose Mourinho's Sights, Latest Rumours

Chelsea are holding up Filipe Luis' return to Atletico Madrid over more money. But while the Stamford Bridge club are preparing to lose one squad player, manager Jose Mourinho could be ready to go after Chile midfield ace Charles Aranguiz.<p>If Aranguiz might welcome that attention, Luis can't wait to …

Soccer

Best of Steve Spurrier at SEC media days

HOOVER, Ala. -- Every year, SEC media days seem to be the unofficial start of the college football season.<p>And every year, it always seems like media …

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Nuggets to bring in Mike Malone for second interview

Former Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone has secured a second interview for the Denver Nuggets' coach vacancy, according to league sources.<p>Sources …

U.S. women's team enters World Cup as colorful extroverts bent on revenge

<b>Los Angeles (CNN) —</b> The U.S. women's soccer team enters the 2015 World Cup as a dancing, music-loving, joking cast of extroverts on the team bus, but as revenge-seeking marauders on the field.<p>More on the fun later. First, the hunger games.<p>They are, to a woman, driven by what happened in the 2011 …

Dancing with the Stars

Hotlanta! Hawks blowout Nets, win 17th straight

ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Millsap had 28 points and 15 rebounds, five other Atlanta players scored in double figures, and the Hawks stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games in a row with a 113-102 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.<p>Atlanta (38-8) has won 31 of 33 and …

NBA

Duke vs. Notre Dame final score: 3 things we learned from the Irish's season-defining win

Notre Dame defended its home court to beat Duke with a huge run in the second half.<p>Notre Dame is rarely thought of as a basketball powerhouse, but a hot start in ACC play gave Wednesday night's contest against Duke some added significance. This was a rare game featuring two teams ranked in the top …

College Sports