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7:50 am
Mon March 16, 2015

It's Bracket-Picking Time: NCAA Announces Tournament Seeds

March Madness has begun: The NCAA has announced the seeds for the 2015 men's basketball tournament.

As expected, Kentucky is seeded first in the Midwest Region, and is also the top seed overall. If the thus-far undefeated team wins the tournament, they'll be the first undefeated men's basketball team in nearly four decades.

In the East, Villanova won the top spot; in the South, that went to Duke, and in the West, Wisconsin was seeded No. 1.

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9:03 am
Sun March 15, 2015

March Madness: Keeping Society Sane Since 1908

Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati's All-American Star, is seen mid-air after a rebound catch during the NCAA regional elimination game in Manhattan, Kan., in March 1959.
AP

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 2:15 pm

On Sunday, the top 68 collegiate teams will be selected to play in the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Brackets will be filled, hashtags worn out and betting money will be (illegally) lost.

But the "March Madness" phenomenon has evolved quickly and into a different format than it originated. All along though, it's the fans who've charged the tradition.

Where It All Began

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Sports
12:53 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Serena Williams Makes Emotional Return To Indian Wells

World No. 1 Serena Williams acknowledges the crowd after winning her match against Monica Niculescu of Romania during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
Charls Baus CSM /LANDOV

In 2001, Serena Williams was heckled by the crowd at Indian Wells, Calif., as she defeated Kim Clijsters in the final to claim her second title. She vowed never to play there again. But on Friday, in her first match at Indian Wells since that day, Williams was welcomed with a standing ovation.

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8:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

$24B TV Deal Puts Cash In NBA Pockets

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:20 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And it's time for sports.

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SIMON: No need to take in any NBA stars - a new TV contract will raise the team's salary cap before players have to start bussing tables at Applebee's. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us from Portlandia.

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3:31 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

In 'I Hate Christian Laettner,' ESPN Explores The Belly Of The Beast

Duke's Christian Laettner stretches during a news conference in Indianapolis in March 1991.
Bob Jordan AP

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7:56 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Does NCAA Ban On Paying Student Athletes Violate Federal Law?

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4:22 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Mayweather, Pacquiao Will Brawl For Boxing's Richest Purse Ever

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Manny Pacquiao pose for photos after a news conference in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in Las Vegas on May 2.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:28 am

There's some disagreement — even between the match's promoters — on where the upcoming mega-fight will rank in the greatest bouts of all time.

Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao — two of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world — meet May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a welterweight world championship unification bout.

Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, calls it "the biggest event in the history of boxing."

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11:59 am
Mon February 23, 2015

12 Feet: A Soaring New Broad Jump Record Is Set At NFL Combine

University of Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones takes off for the broad jump at the NFL combine Monday. Jones recorded an NFL record of 12 feet 3 inches.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:10 pm

If you're ever standing near Byron Jones when he jumps, you might want to stand well back. At Monday's NFL scouting combine, the cornerback from the University of Connecticut nearly flew off the grid that measures the standing broad jump. He landed more than 12 feet away.

Jones recorded 12 feet 3 inches in the broad jump, a discipline that was once in the Olympics. No other player came close to Jones' mark at the combine, the scouting event for players who want to be considered in pro football's draft.

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8:52 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

NASCAR's Kurt Busch Is Suspended Indefinitely Over Domestic Abuse

In this May 22, 2014, photo, Kurt Busch walks with Patricia Driscoll before a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
Terry Renna AP

NASCAR has decided to suspend Kurt Busch for an indefinite period of time, after a family court judge ruled that "it is more likely than not" that Busch physically abused his ex-girlfriend.

NASCAR said it was punishing Busch for "actions detrimental to stock car racing."

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2:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Batter Up, Already: MLB Tries To Speed Up The 2015 Season

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:36 pm

Concerned by game times that have bloated beyond three hours, Major League Baseball is putting baseball on a diet for the 2015 season. In upcoming games, timers will regulate the pause between innings, and hitters must now keep one foot in the batter's box nearly all the time.

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12:56 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

'The Shark' Has Died: Coach Jerry Tarkanian Was 84

Head coach Jerry Tarkanian watches his UNLV Runnin' Rebels during the 1989-1990 season, when they would win the school's only NCAA men's basketball championship. Tarkanian died Wednesday at age 84.
Ken Levine Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 10:40 pm

Famous for his ever-present white towel and what seemed to be a perpetually worried expression, former college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has died. He had been hospitalized in Las Vegas after fighting a string of ailments in the past year.

The coach's son, Danny Tarkanian, announced on Twitter Wednesday that his father had died.

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12:17 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Upcycling, Underground: Huge Bike Park Opens In Former Limestone Mine

A rider gets some air at the newly opened Mega Underground Bike Park in Louisville, Ky.
Jacob Ryan WFPL

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 12:43 pm

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1:49 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Ed Sabol, Founder Of NFL Films, Dies At 98

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:00 am

Ed Sabol's first film for the NFL was of the 1962 championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants. He opened with panoramic views, planes flying by and trains rolling on the tracks.

Sabol's crew filmed in 15 degree weather with frozen cameras. They weren't just filming football. They were making cinema. Just a few years later, Ed Sabol became head of NFL Films. And then he and his son, Steve, revolutionized the way we watch sports.

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11:41 am
Sun February 8, 2015

The Week In Sports: NBA And WNBA Newsmakers

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 4:28 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The Super Bowl is over, but there's still plenty of sports to discuss involving balls of other shapes - in particular, basketball. To do that, we are joined as ever by Mike Pesca. He is the host of The Gist podcast from slate.com. Good morning, Sir.

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11:41 am
Sun February 8, 2015

College Basketball Loses A Legend: Dean Smith Dead At 83

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It is time now for sports. We are joined, as ever, by Mike Pesca. He's the host of The Gist podcast from Slate.com. Good morning, Mike.

MIKE PESCA: Hello.

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11:19 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Golf And College Hoops: The Week In Sports

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10:34 am
Wed February 4, 2015

From Caddy To Pro: Golfer Charlie Sifford Dies At 92

Charlie Sifford works out at a course in Los Angeles in 1957 after winning $11,500 in the Long Beach Open. Sifford helped break the color barrier in the PGA.
Harold P. Matosian AP

He started out in golf as a caddy, earning handfuls of change as a boy. Decades later, Charlie Sifford was named to the World Golf Hall of Fame, after a career marked by talent, character and the drive to change his sport. Sifford, the first black golfer to hold a PGA Tour card, has died at age 92.

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9:13 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Dear Aging Athletes: Say Hello To Goodbye

Tiger Woods on the ninth hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open last Friday, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Woods, who'll turn 40 this year, is making Frank Deford wonder: How does an athlete know when to retire?
Rick Scuteri AP

When Fred Astaire was 69, he gave up dancing, explaining: "At my age, I don't want to disappoint anyone, including myself." All great athletes should keep that quotation up on their bathroom mirror.

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11:12 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Reviving The Lost Art Of Logrolling

Catherine Gauthier and Bette Berkeley, who at 17 won a 1939 national women's logrolling title in Longview, Wash.
Courtesy of Forest History Society

Considered by many to be the sole purview of lumberjacks, the competitive sport of logrolling — in which participants pad about on a log in water and try to outlast one another — is hoping for new growth.

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7:38 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Twitter: Biggest Virtual Sports Bar In The World

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 8:28 am

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