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Why the historically dominant Warriors should be clear favorites

The Memphis Grizzlies have been the Golden State Warriors' toughest competition atop the Western Conference standings all year.

On Friday, the …

Sports History

Portraying Bill Bradley, a Star Who Had a Sense of Where He Was

As Harvard and Yale played for the Ivy League men’s basketball title earlier this month at the Palestra in Philadelphia, the writer John McPhee, 84, was a block away at Franklin Field. As a faculty fellow of Princeton’s men’s lacrosse team — “which means,” he said, “I stand around looking …

Ivy League

Rick Barnes out at Texas

NCAA BB

The Texas Longhorns have decided to fire coach Rick Barnes after 17 seasons, multiple sources told ESPN.

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson informed Barnes that his tenure is over, a source told ESPN.

Patterson would not confirm Barnes' firing when reached Saturday.

"I'm currently in Iowa …

Texas

NBA, Pacers issue joint statement on controversial Indiana legislation

This week, the Indiana state legislature voted into law a measure that opponents believe will lead businesses to cite religious grounds in discriminating against gays and lesbians.

Here's the language of the bill from the Indianapolis Star:

Senate Bill 101 prohibits state or local governments from …

Women's Basketball

Chasing Perfection: Kentucky meets a hot Notre Dame team in the Elite Eight

I don't know if you have heard, but Kentucky is the last undefeated team in men's college basketball. We will be following the Wildcats on a game-by-game basis for the rest of the regular season, offering previews and predictions for each matchup. Today, we look at Kentucky's game against Notre

Kentucky Wildcats

UConn advances to Elite Eight with milestone win for Geno Auriemma

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Geno Auriemma reached another milestone in record fashion.

The Hall of Famer became the second coach to achieve 100 victories in the NCAA tournament as his UConn Huskies pulled off a record rout of Texas, 105-54, on Saturday in the Sweet 16. Auriemma joined Pat Summitt, who finished …

Texas Longhorns

One Parent’s Complaint Caused A Special Needs Student To Lose His Varsity Letter

The pettiness of high school sports knows no bounds.

This is the story of Michael Kelley, a boy who loves playing basketball, a boy who just wants to have fun. Kelley has Down Syndrome and autism, and unfortunately that prevents him from playing varsity sports at Wichita East High School. But Kelley …

Varsity

Justise Winslow & trash talk joy - 2015-Mar-28

NRG Stadium

NRG Stadium
Get Directions - 2 Reliant Park Houston

St. John's School

St. John's School
Get Directions - 2401 Claremont Ln. Houston

Graduates …

Trash-talking

Shaq Says He 'Would've Stayed' in Orlando If He Had a Mulligan

Leaving the Orlando Magic worked out pretty well for Shaquille O'Neal.

Though he had to wade through a feud with Kobe Bryant, he still built his legacy with the Los Angeles Lakers, earning three rings in a row from 2000 through 2002. His 1999-00 campaign (29.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and …

NBA

Raising Arizona

Behind every triumph and heartbreak in the NCAA tournament, there’s a story. The Players’ Tribune presents Tales of Madness, a series of first-person

Steve Kerr

What would happen if Kentucky played an NBA team?

Kentucky is very good, and some NBA teams are not. So what if they played one another?

Fact: the Kentucky Wildcats are the first team in college basketball history to go 37-0 in one season.

Fact: 15 NBA teams have yet to win their 37th game this season, and some of them have not even won twenty games.

College Sports

Inside Jeremy Lin's life after Linsanity and the New York Knicks

Isolation Play

It isn't Kobe's taunts or humiliating viral videos that have made this the toughest year of Jeremy Lin's life. It's the feeling that, as hard as he tries, he just doesn't fit in.

Warning: This story contains explicit language.

BETWEEN THREE AND a million years ago, after an increasingly …

Jeremy Lin

Knicks, Nets At The Bottom Of ESPN Rankings Of Top NBA Front Offices, Executives

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Knicks and Nets are taking a beating — not just on the court and from fans, but also from the experts at ESPN.

For the …

NBA

The Sweet 16 Coaches With The Most Money On The Line

Teams that make deep runs in the NCAA Tournament can net hefty payouts for their conferences, but that’s not the only money still on the line in the coming weeks. The coaches responsible for leading those teams are often rewarded for their on-court success, and for some those rewards can be massive.

Money

NCAA 'concerned' with Indiana's LGBT discrimination bill

President Mark Emmert released a statement regarding the controversial bill and next week's Final Four.

The NCAA will review its relationship with the state of Indiana after a controversial "religious freedom" bill passed Thursday, allowing Indiana businesses to openly discriminate against lesbian, …

Mark Emmert

Ante up. #TBT

Dean Smith Used His Will To Buy Every One Of His Lettermen A Nice Dinner

Dean Smith

Class of 2016 No. 1 PG Dennis Smith's Junior Year Mixtape

Dennis Smith is the top-rated point guard in the Class of 2016, and after looking at this video, it’s easy to see why. The 6-2 guard can do …

Sports Blogs

How have Coach K and John Calipari never won a Coach of the Year award?

There are countless college basketball awards given out at the end of the season, but the two most important and oldest coaches awards are the Henry Iba Award (voted by the US Basketball Writers Association) and the AP National Coach of the Year award. Virginia’s Tony Bennett won the latter on …

John Calipari

Caucus: If it's not Kentucky, who wins the national title?

Once a week, USA TODAY Sports asks its network of college basketball experts to analyze the biggest topics.

This week: If Kentucky doesn't go undefeated and win it all, what team will?

Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports: Targeting a dark horse is the route to go here, and Michigan State jumps out.

Much …

Kentucky Wildcats

The NCAA championship teams that made the most money (in the NBA)

5. ARIZONA '97: $228,729,677 in NBA salaries.

Jason Terry, 37, is the lone survivor in the NBA from this team heavy on perimeter talent that conquered …

NBA

The NBA's D-League problem

Kevin Yeung at The Cauldron recently wrote about the problems facing NBA-level talent in the Developmental League, specifically that of Bruno …

NBA D-League

Warriors call out Blazers for borrowing (and profiting from) “The City” logo

The Warriors only used their “The City” logo for two seasons (1969-70 and ’70-71), but it remains an iconic look that has stood the test of time. Not …

NBA

10 Greatest NBA References In Rap History

3. Jay Z, “Pump It Up (Remix)”

“Worry I’m not Mike Jordan of the mic recording/Hovi baby/You Kobe, maybe/Tracy McGrady/Matter fact, you a Harold …

Rap Music

Steve Nash struggled to keep NBA dream alive, finally accepted fate

The inevitable finally came to pass Tuesday, as Steve Nash officially announced his retirement at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo.

"The one thing I want to say today is a huge heartfelt thank you to the Buss family, to the entire Lakers organization," said Nash, who has missed most of …

NBA

Department Of Justice Supports Canceling Redskins’ Registered Trademark

A memo filed Monday contends that the team can still use the name — but so can everyone else.

The Redskins still have the right to use the name, but according to a Department of Justice argument filed in a federal court on Monday, so does everyone else.

In 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark …

Trademarks

Women's NCAA Tournament attendance up in some locations

Steps taken by the NCAA to address the ongoing attendance concern at the women's NCAA Tournament are working, at least in some places.

Buoyed by two moves in particular — to once again have top teams host first and second-round games and scheduling more weekend games — overall attendance was up. …

March Madness

Mo'ne Davis Says Player Who Sent Offensive Tweet Deserves Second Chance

Mo'ne Davis, the Little League phenom who broke gender barriers last year, is proving that she is a class act off the field, too.

According to ESPN, she has decided to take the high road, after Joey Casselberry, a junior first baseman for Bloomsburg (Pa.) University, sent an offensive tweet about …

Second Chances

‘We Had Control’

Behind every triumph and heartbreak in the NCAA tournament, there’s a story. The Players’ Tribune presents Tales of Madness, a series of first-person

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Ranking the most watchable/exciting Sweet 16 games

No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 5 West Virginia; (Thursday, approx. 9:45, CBS). It's Kentucky, so it's automatically the most riveting game to watch, especially as we enter the second weekend. And the cool part: West Virginia offers up a new kind of challenge. Yes, Kentucky is rightfully favored to win by …

Wichita State Shockers