College sports

Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard pumps his fist during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 05, 2019 - 3:13 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Virginia's climb to its Final Four breakthrough began with a sound defensive scheme, a steadfast foundation allowing the Cavaliers to grind down even the best and most balanced of offenses for years. At Texas Tech, it's as much about pairing an aggressive edge with the X's and O'...
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Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) laughs as he gather with Ty Jerome (11), Jay Huff (30) and De'Andre Hunter (12) during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
April 05, 2019 - 2:39 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Virginia and Auburn meet at the Final Four in the latest installment of a long-running competition in basketball: Slow and steady vs. fast and furious. The top-seeded Cavaliers are rarely in a hurry, playing a style as deliberate and methodical as the Supreme Court. The Tigers...
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Michigan State's Joshua Langford shoots during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 05, 2019 - 2:28 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Under different circumstances Joshua Langford might have had a throng of reporters around him as he sat in front of his locker at U.S. Bank Stadium, two days before Michigan State plays in the Final Four. Langford is the Spartans' co-captain and second-leading scorer, but has not...
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Virginia's Mamadi Diakite (25) shoots during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 05, 2019 - 2:17 pm
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — There were a few things Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite had to do to have a shot in the world of basketball. He had to listen to his dad. He had to stop kicking a ball around in his hometown of Conakry in the West African country of Guinea. And after giving up soccer for a...
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Members of Texas Tech basketball team pose for a photo during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 05, 2019 - 1:53 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As a young Texas Tech assistant, Chris Beard liked to unwind from a hectic day by heading to the late-night movies. No cellphone, no interruptions, just Beard and a mostly-empty movie theater. On more than one occasion, he looked over and saw Mark Adams, the coach at nearby...
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Texas Tech's Davide Moretti (25) warms up during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
April 05, 2019 - 1:41 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A short year ago, it not only felt inevitable, it was already happening. America's favorite spectator sports had become video games in which 3-pointers and Steph Curry wannabes ruled basketball, quick touchdowns and high-powered offenses ruled football and the days of slow,...
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Virginia's Braxton Key warms up during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 05, 2019 - 11:45 am
The Latest on the Final Four (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Virginia's Braxton Key just can't get away from Auburn. The 6-foot-8 junior transferred after two seasons at Alabama, and received a waiver from the NCAA to play right away this season instead of having to sit out a year. Yet his first year...
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In this Thursday April 4, 2019, photo, Maori Davenport answers a question during a news conference in Tampa, Fla. Davenport is back playing basketball again. The Alabama high school senior is at the Final Four working out with the U.S. junior national 3-on-3 team. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 05, 2019 - 11:22 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alabama high school player Maori Davenport is back playing with USA Basketball. Davenport drew national attention when she was suspended by the state's high school athletic association for accidently accepting an $857.20 stipend check from USA Basketball for playing with a...
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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo speaks after a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 05, 2019 - 10:39 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It has been nearly two decades since Mateen Cleaves and the rest of the Flintstones carried Michigan State to the national championship, triumphing over Florida at the long-since demolished RCA Dome in downtown Indianapolis. Nearly two decades since anyone in the Big Ten hoisted...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2019, file photo, 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. Winston has joined a select group of players in program history as an All-America player and Big Ten player of the year. If he can help the Spartans win two more games, he'll join Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves as the school's national championship-winning point guards. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
April 05, 2019 - 8:53 am
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tom Izzo struggled with tears of joy as Michigan State knocked off top-seeded Duke to reach the Final Four. He was emotional again only a few hours later when fans packed the Breslin Center to welcome the gritty Spartans back to campus. This season might be remembered as...
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