Basketball

Penny Hardaway, Memphis chase nation’s top recruits as college hoops evaluation period begins

Penny Hardaway, Memphis chase nation’s top recruits as college hoops evaluation period begins

on April 21, 2018, 6:48 AM / in Basketball, State News

Mark Giannotto, USA TODAY NETWORK Memphis men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway will walk into a large gym full of top Division-I basketball prospects Friday evening a few miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and look across the court at where he used to be. Hardaway spent the better of a decade attending recruiting events on Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League with Team […]

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Villanova Wins National Title

Villanova Wins National Title

on April 3, 2018, 8:17 AM / in Basketball

Villanova blew out Michigan 79-62 to win its second NCAA men’s basketball championship in three years on Monday night. Villanova’s sixth man, sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo, gave the Wildcats a scoring boost with an 18-point barrage in the first half. He finished with a career-high 31 points, a title-game record, after averaging 13 points on the season. When Michigan threatened […]

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Notre Dame wins NCAA women’s basketball title with last-second shot

Notre Dame wins NCAA women’s basketball title with last-second shot

on April 2, 2018, 8:04 AM / in Basketball

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale, a second-team All-American, sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to give her team a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State in the finals of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament on Sunday. It was the second title for the Fighting Irish, who also won in 2001 but lost four championship games over five years, from 2011 to 2015. […]

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Loyola-Chicago scores first upset of March Madness, beating Miami

Loyola-Chicago scores first upset of March Madness, beating Miami

on March 16, 2018, 8:55 AM / in Basketball

No. 11 Loyola-Chicago defeated No. 6 Miami in Dallas on Thursday, notching the first upset of the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Ramblers’ 64-62 defeat of the Hurricanes came thanks to a last-second 3-pointer from senior guard Donte Ingram. Thursday’s game was the Ramblers’ first appearance in the Big Dance in 33 years. Earlier in the day, the No. […]

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Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier take top seeds in NCAA tournament

Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier take top seeds in NCAA tournament

on March 12, 2018, 8:21 AM / in Basketball

Virginia, with a 31-2 record, took the top overall seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket unveiled Sunday night. The other three No. 1 seeds were Big East champions Villanova (30-4), Big 12 regular-season champion Kansas (27-7), and Xavier (28-5). The No. 2 seeds were defending national champion North Carolina (25-10), Duke (26-7), Purdue (28-6), and Cincinnati (30-4). The […]

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Payments to top college basketball players listed in FBI documents: report

Payments to top college basketball players listed in FBI documents: report

on February 24, 2018, 6:12 AM / in Basketball

New details of payments to athletes in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport’s basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption. Bank records and other expense reports that are part of the investigation list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to […]

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LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo Ball from UCLA over team suspension

on December 5, 2017, 7:26 AM / in Basketball

LaVar Ball told ESPN on Monday that he planned to pulled his son, basketball player LiAngelo Ball, out of UCLA because the school was punishing him too harshly for a shoplifting incident during a team trip to China. LiAngelo Ball, a freshman, was suspended indefinitely, as were teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. China released the players after detaining them […]

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UCLA suspends 3 basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China

UCLA suspends 3 basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China

on November 16, 2017, 7:41 AM / in Basketball, International News, National News

Three UCLA men’s basketball players arrested on shoplifting charges in China were suspended from their team on Wednesday. “They’re going to have to regain the trust of this athletic department,” said head coach Steve Alford at a press conference at the university on Wednesday. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis […]

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Breaking: UCLA players busted in China for shoplifting

Breaking: UCLA players busted in China for shoplifting

on November 10, 2017, 8:04 AM / in Basketball, International News, National News

BY DML NEWS Instead of preparing to play in their season opener in Shanghai this weekend, three freshman players on the UCLA men’s basketball team — LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — went shopping… and shoplifting. According to an ESPN report, the three players are reportedly out on bail after they were arrested in China. They stand accused of […]

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Pitino fired, but not done

on October 17, 2017, 8:42 AM / in Basketball

By JARED PECK Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville Athletics Association voted unanimously to fire men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino for cause Monday afternoon following revelations from an FBI investigation into alleged corruption in college basketball. The determination came after Pitino’s lawyers presented their case for why he should not be fired for cause during a lengthy […]

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Louisville puts basketball coach Pitino on leave

Louisville puts basketball coach Pitino on leave

on September 28, 2017, 7:38 AM / in Basketball

The University of Louisville on Wednesday put men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave after the FBI accused coaches in his program of participating in a scheme to pay recruits’ families. Steve Pence, Pitino’s attorney, said the coach had been “effectively fired.” Under Pitino’s contract, he must be placed on leave and given 10 days’ notice so he […]

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North Carolina squeaks by Gonzaga to win 6th NCAA men’s basketball title

North Carolina squeaks by Gonzaga to win 6th NCAA men’s basketball title

on April 4, 2017, 6:37 AM / in Basketball

By Samuel Chamberlain  /  Fox News This time, there was no last-second heartbreak for North Carolina. Justin Jackson’s three-point play with 1:40 to play sparked an 8-0 run to close the game as North Carolina outlasted Gonzaga 71-65 in Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game. Nigel Williams-Goss had given Gonzaga a 65-63 lead by nailing a short jumper with […]

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South Carolina defeats Mississippi State to win NCAA women’s basketball title

South Carolina defeats Mississippi State to win NCAA women’s basketball title

on April 3, 2017, 8:30 AM / in Basketball

Associated Press / Fox News Dawn Staley is going to savor her first NCAA championship. It took her a long time to finally be able to raise the trophy over her head. A’ja Wilson scored 23 points to help coach Staley and South Carolina win their first national championship with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday night. Staley […]

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Gonzaga holds off late charge by South Carolina, advances to final

Gonzaga holds off late charge by South Carolina, advances to final

on April 2, 2017, 6:07 AM / in Basketball

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points, Gonzaga’s big men combined for 27 and the Bulldogs held off a second-half charge by South Carolina to win 77-73 and advance to its first national title game. From the AP and NBC Sports: Their star guard was outstanding. Their big men dominated inside. Still, it came down to some last-second strategy for Gonzaga to […]

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Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson lead North Carolina past Oregon, into title game

Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson lead North Carolina past Oregon, into title game

on April 2, 2017, 5:52 AM / in Basketball

GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was just too ugly. From NBC’s Rob Dauster: Oregon’s inability to execute on the easiest, most fundamental play in college basketball is what won the game for the Tar Heels. Twice, with in the final 5.2 seconds, North Carolina went to the free throw line for two shots with a 77-76 lead. Twice, they missed both free […]

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So Whom Do You Like and Why: The Final Four

on March 31, 2017, 7:34 AM / in Basketball

Everyone has a story to tell and those around the block love this one…. whom do you like for the final four? Look at South Carolina, which hadn’t won an NCAA tournament game since 1973, is the most . The Gamecocks stunned Duke, Baylor and Florida to get to their first Final Four. Also in its first Final Four (and our […]

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Duke suffers stunning loss to South Carolina

Duke suffers stunning loss to South Carolina

on March 20, 2017, 7:23 AM / in Basketball

The South Carolina Gamecocks upset the Duke Blue Devils 88-81 Sunday night to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Duke, the No. 2 seed in the East Region, entered the season ranked No. 1, and after injuries and other setbacks headed into the tournament a title contender after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Duke […]

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Why We Love College Basketball; Top seed Villanova ousted by Wisconsin in upset game

Why We Love College Basketball; Top seed Villanova ousted by Wisconsin in upset game

on March 19, 2017, 9:04 AM / in Basketball

The Villanova Wildcats, the No. 1 team in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, unexpectedly lost to the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers 65-62 in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday. The upset win means Wisconsin will now advance to its fourth consecutive Sweet 16 round. For March Madness brackets, the game meant widespread chaos, as 47 percent of brackets had Villanova in […]

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First day of NCAA tournament light on upsets

First day of NCAA tournament light on upsets

on March 17, 2017, 7:44 AM / in Basketball

The No. 12 seeds managed to pull off just one upset as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicked off in earnest on Thursday, as Middle Tennessee State beat No. 5 seed Minnesota 81-72 to move into the second round. Another No. 12, Princeton, nearly advanced, but lost to Notre Dame 60-58 after having a shot at an upset in its […]

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Chicago Cubs Bury Curse With First World Series Title in 108 Years

Chicago Cubs Bury Curse With First World Series Title in 108 Years

on November 3, 2016, 5:33 AM / in Basketball

NBC News The billy goat is dead. The Chicago Cubs finally got out from behind the (190)8 ball, winning their first World Series in 108 years and ending the longest championship drought by any major American sports team. The Cubs — America’s most lovable sad sacks, its glorious sporting schlemiels, its embodiment of the jinx — defeated the Indians 8-7 […]

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