Basketball

Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw yells during the first half of a regional semifinal game against the Texas A&M in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 31, 2019 - 9:06 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The cream of women's basketball has risen to the top. For the fourth time since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams, all the No. 1 and 2 seeds advanced to the regional finals. It last happened in 2012, when Baylor won the national championship. The Lady Bears are in...
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Texas Tech guard Davide Moretti holds up a piece of the net after the team's win over Gonzaga in the West Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Texas Tech won 75-69. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
March 31, 2019 - 7:50 am
Texas Tech shut down the nation's most efficient offense to reach its first Final Four in 93 years as a program. Virginia erased the bitter taste of last year's historic NCAA Tournament flop by surviving Carsen Edwards' offensive onslaught to earn a spot in the national semifinals for the first...
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Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins talks to the media after the team's loss to Texas Tech during the West Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Texas Tech won 75-69. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
March 31, 2019 - 4:39 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Josh Perkins has accomplished so much over five years at Gonzaga, but a self-described "bonehead play" in his final game is something he will always regret. Top-seeded Gonzaga came up a short of the Final Four on Saturday, losing 75-69 to Texas Tech in the West Regional final...
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Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) puts his arm around coach Tom Izzo following the team's 80-63 win over LSU in an NCAA men's college basketball tournament East Region semifinal in Washington, Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
March 30, 2019 - 11:38 pm
A coaching matchup for the ages highlights Sunday's regional finals in the NCAA Tournament. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo face off in the East Region. Krzyzewski has 12 Final Four trips and five national titles. Izzo has seven Final Four appearances and a national...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis stands during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. An attorney for Porzingis acknowledges that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but “unequivocally” denies the allegation. Lawyer Roland Riopelle said Saturday, March 30, that the claim against the Dallas Maverick was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the FBI. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 30, 2019 - 8:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledged Saturday that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but says the Dallas Mavericks forward "unequivocally" denies the allegation. Lawyer Roland Riopelle said the claim against the player was part of an extortion attempt that is...
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Virginia's Mamadi Diakite, center, reacts with teammates Kyle Guy and Jack Salt (33) after hitting a shot to send the game into overtime in the men's NCAA Tournament college basketball South Regional final game against Purdue, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
March 30, 2019 - 8:11 pm
The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): Virginia is heading to the Final Four for the first time since 1984. Kyle Guy had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Cavaliers withstood a brilliant performance from Purdue's Carsen Edwards and beat the third-seeded...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James laughs as he waits to check in to the team's NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half Friday, March 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 129-115. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 30, 2019 - 3:51 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James' first season with the Los Angeles Lakers is over. James will sit out the final six games of the Lakers' sixth consecutive losing season, the team announced Saturday. In a statement, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka...
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Auburn's Chuma Okeke yells out in pain after being injured during the second half of a men's NCAA tournament college basketball Midwest Regional semifinal game against North Carolina Friday, March 29, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
March 30, 2019 - 3:11 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl knew the moment sophomore forward Chuma Okeke landed on the floor, his left knee having buckled at a gruesome angle, that something serious had happened. Pearl learned the extent of the damage Saturday. An MRI exam revealed that Okeke tore his ACL...
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Duke forward Zion Williamson speaks, accompanied by head coach Mike Krzyzewski, during an NCAA men's college basketball news conference in Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Duke plays Michigan State in the East Regional final game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
March 30, 2019 - 3:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Zion Williamson watched in awe in 2015 when Duke and Michigan State met in the Final Four. When he steps on to the court for another Duke-Michigan State NCAA Tournament showdown on Sunday with a Final Four spot at stake, the fabulous freshman will feel grateful to be a part of it...
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Auburn's Bryce Brown answers a question during a news conference at the NCAA tournament college basketball tournament Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Auburn is set to play Kentucky in the Midwest regional final on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
March 30, 2019 - 2:56 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nobody stepping onto the floor for Auburn in the Midwest Region semifinals on Sunday was recruited by Kentucky, the lone team standing in the way of the Tigers' first trip to the Final Four. Nor were they recruited by Kansas. Or North Carolina. Yet the fifth-seeded Tigers...
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