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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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Spurs star Tim Duncan retires after 19 years in NBA

Spurs star Tim Duncan retires after 19 years in NBA

on July 12, 2016, 8:58 AM / in Basketball

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan is retiring after 19 seasons in the NBA, the team announced Monday. The superstar forward is a five-time NBA champion and two-time league MVP. The Spurs made the playoffs in each of Duncan’s 19 seasons, and he is the only player in league history to have won a title in three different decades. Last […]

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Cavaliers beat Warriors to win NBA title

Cavaliers beat Warriors to win NBA title

on June 20, 2016, 8:30 AM / in Basketball

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship Sunday night with a 93-89 win over the Golden State Warriors, giving Cleveland its first NBA title ever and its first professional championship in 52 years. The game stayed close to the end, with Kyrie Irving putting the Cavaliers ahead for good with a three-pointer over Warriors star Stephen Curry with 53 seconds […]

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Golden State Warriors Win No. 73, Set Record For Best Season

Golden State Warriors Win No. 73, Set Record For Best Season

on April 14, 2016, 7:21 AM / in Basketball

Golden State made history Wednesday when it reached the most wins in a regular season in history, beating the Chicago Bulls’ record in 1995-1996. With a 125-104 rout of Memphis Grizzlies before a joyful sellout crowd at Oracle Arena Wednesday night, the Warriors concluded the regular season with a 73-9 record, the best in league history. Stephen Curry did his […]

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Villanova recovers after blowing late lead to beat North Carolina for national title

Villanova recovers after blowing late lead to beat North Carolina for national title

on April 5, 2016, 6:47 AM / in Basketball

The ball was in the air, and two teams, two coaches and 74,340 fans craned their necks to catch a glimpse. If it went in, it would be a thunderous, thrilling conclusion to one of the best college basketball games in years. For Villanova and North Carolina, the national championship hung in the balance. Villanova’s lead had just evaporated. Overtime […]

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Villanova eviscerates Oklahoma, advances to the title game with 44-point win

Villanova eviscerates Oklahoma, advances to the title game with 44-point win

on April 3, 2016, 7:51 AM / in Basketball

HOUSTON — It started exactly the way you would have expected it to. It started with Buddy Hield, by far the biggest attraction in a Final Four that isn’t exactly brimming with star power, doing exactly the thing that Villanova had spent the last five days telling their guys not to let him do. It started with Hield isolated top of […]

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North Carolina beats Syracuse for third time this season to advance to national title game

North Carolina beats Syracuse for third time this season to advance to national title game

on April 3, 2016, 7:47 AM / in Basketball

HOUSTON — North Carolina struggled to make perimeter shots and took some time to figure out the 2-3 zone, but the Tar Heels still put together a strong effort in an 83-66 win over ACC-rival Syracuse in the second national semifinal on Saturday night. The Tar Heels started 0-for-13 from 3-point range and only mustered 12 fast-break points but led […]

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ACC sends six teams to the Sweet 16, the most ever for any conference

ACC sends six teams to the Sweet 16, the most ever for any conference

on March 21, 2016, 9:14 AM / in Basketball

Notre Dame, the East Region’s No. 6 seed, survived what would have been a stunning upset to make it into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Sunday, defeating the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 76-75. The No. 14-seeded Lumberjacks would have been only the fourth team with such a low seed to make it to the second […]

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Yale Basketball Player Case: Why Title IX Should Be Nullified

Yale Basketball Player Case: Why Title IX Should Be Nullified

on March 19, 2016, 7:35 AM / in Basketball, National News, Opinion

Written by  Steve Byas Due process of law. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The right to confront your accusers. The exercise of the general police power by the states — not the federal government, which may only exercise those powers delegated to it by the Constitution. All of these important legal principles — and more — are at […]

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12th-seeded Yale, Little Rock notch big NCAA upsets over Baylor, Purdue

12th-seeded Yale, Little Rock notch big NCAA upsets over Baylor, Purdue

on March 18, 2016, 7:13 AM / in Basketball

The No. 12 Yale Bulldogs notched the first upset of the 2016 March Madness tournament Thursday, besting the No. 5 Baylor Bears 79-75. Later on Thursday, No. 12 Little Rock stunned No. 5 Purdue in a double-overtime thriller, 85-83. Two No. 11 seeds also scored upsets on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s first day: Wichita State beat No. 6 Arizona […]

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NCAA basketball tournament kicks off in earnest today

NCAA basketball tournament kicks off in earnest today

on March 17, 2016, 8:46 AM / in Basketball

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off in earnest on Thursday as the round of 64 gets underway. In two play-in games on Wednesday night, No. 11 seed Michigan beat Tulsa, 67-62, and Holy Cross, the only team in the tournament with a losing record, beat Southern 59-55. Michigan moves on to a first-round game against No. 6 seed Notre […]

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Former Harlem Globetrotters start Meadowlark Lemon dies at 83

Former Harlem Globetrotters start Meadowlark Lemon dies at 83

on December 28, 2015, 7:52 AM / in Basketball, National News, People

Meadowlark Lemon, a beloved former leader of the Harlem Globetrotters, died at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Sunday. He was 83. Lemon joined the comedic basketball troupe in 1954, and served as one of its key showmen until 1978. He was often called the “Clown Prince” of basketball during his more than 16,000 games with the Globetrotters. Lemon, born […]

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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant announces retirement

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant announces retirement

on November 30, 2015, 8:26 AM / in Basketball

Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant announced Sunday that he would retire from the NBA after this season. “My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” the 37-year-old wrote on The Players Tribune in a letter that opened, “Dear Basketball.” Bryant has won five NBA titles […]

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Grayson Allen, the forgotten member of Duke’s freshman class, saves their season

Grayson Allen, the forgotten member of Duke’s freshman class, saves their season

on April 7, 2015, 5:40 AM / in Basketball

By Rob Dauster /  NBC News INDIANAPOLIS — Grayson Allen had accepted that his role on this Duke team was going to be as the most highly-decorated member of Duke’s bench mob, a McDonald’s All-American relegated to mop-up duty and garbage time, the Cohiba of college basketball’s victory cigars. When Duke played in the Champions Classic, Allen played exactly one minute. When […]

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Duke cruises past Michigan State to advance to the national title game

Duke cruises past Michigan State to advance to the national title game

on April 5, 2015, 7:19 AM / in Basketball

  By Scott Phillips / NBC News INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan State took the floor with a ton of confidence during Saturday’s national semifinal against Duke. The Spartans scored 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the game’s opening 3:41 and began slapping the floor on defense in a charged-up display of early emotion. Michigan State learned the hard way that you shouldn’t […]

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Wisconsin beats Kentucky, ends their perfect season

on April 5, 2015, 7:13 AM / in Basketball

Your browser does not support iframes.By Rob Dauster / NBC News INDIANAPOLIS — Sam Dekker hit a three over Willie Cauley-Stein with two minutes left to break a 60-all tie as the Wisconsin Badgers played the role of the ultimate spoiler, beating No. 1 and then-undefeated Kentucky, 71-64. Dekker was, again, terrific, finishing with 16 points after scoring 50 in the two […]

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NBA Bans Clippers Owner for Life

on April 29, 2014, 9:31 PM / in Basketball, Sports

Video: NBA bans Clippers owner for life, slaps $2.5m fine In another asinine move, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivered the swiftest, strongest unenforceable penalty he could, then called on NBA owners to force Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team for making racist comments that hurt the league. The owners openly stood behind the Commissioner and if […]

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Bruce Pearl ‘wasn’t surprised’ Cuonzo Martin left UT Vols

Bruce Pearl ‘wasn’t surprised’ Cuonzo Martin left UT Vols

on April 19, 2014, 6:09 AM / in Basketball, News, Sports, State News

by Patrick Brown / timesfreepress KNOXVILLE — The timing of Cuonzo Martin’s move to California this week — two weeks after it appeared he would remain Tennessee’s basketball coach — came as a surprise. Martin’s decision to leave the Volunteers, though, wasn’t as much of a surprise to some folks, including Tennessee predecessor Bruce Pearl, who was hired at Auburn last […]

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Tennessee heads into Sweet 16 game

Tennessee heads into Sweet 16 game

on March 28, 2014, 7:19 AM / in Basketball, News

Tennessee vs. Michigan in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 Where: Indianapolis When: Tonight at 7:15 Eastern Standard Time For just the seventh time in more than 100 years of basketball, the Volunteers will play in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 tonight against Michigan, the regular season champions of the Big Ten Conference. Tennessee is having its best season […]

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Louisville wins national championship

on April 9, 2013, 6:26 AM / in Basketball, Sports

Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when relentless Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night. All this on the same day Pitino was announced as a member of the latest Hall […]

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