College Sports

Villanova head coach Jay Wright, left, talks to referee Pat Driscoll during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Seton Hall in the championship of the Big East Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in New York. Villanova won 74-72. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
March 20, 2019 - 7:05 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Villanova is coming into the NCAA Tournament this year from an unfamiliar angle. The defending national champions bring the cache that comes with two NCAA titles in the last three seasons, along with a couple of key senior leaders who have a wealth of postseason experience...
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Kentucky's Ashton Hagans, coach John Calipari, left rear, and PJ Washington, right, watch the broadcast of the NCAA men's Division I college basketball tournament selection show at Calipari's home in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
March 20, 2019 - 5:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As the Kentucky Wildcats went through a casual shoot-around the day before their opening game of the NCAA tournament, complete with a blaring band and thousands of blue-clad fans watching every move, something was missing. Their best player. PJ Washington, a rare sophomore...
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Michigan State forward Aaron Henry dunks the ball during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Michigan State plays Bradley on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 20, 2019 - 4:47 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It seems as though coach Tom Izzo has Michigan State poised to make a Final Four run nearly every year. The Spartans need to focus on surviving the first weekend this time around. It has been four years since Michigan State (28-6) made it to the Sweet Sixteen, the longest...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar listens as Melissa Alexander Vigogne gives her victim statement in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich. Fifty-one women are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee, its board members and a number of former high-ranking officials for failing to prevent their abuse at the hands of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in federal court in Denver, details abuse dating to the late 1990s. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)
March 20, 2019 - 3:34 pm
DETROIT (AP) — John Engler's front-row interest in Michigan State University basketball has led to a war of words over the former school president's availability to speak to investigators about the Larry Nassar scandal . Things have become so nasty that Engler's attorney has advised him not to...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2016, file photo, Penn State's Cael Sanderson yells during a 141 pound weight class match during the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. Penn State is poised to send out another senior class as four-time national champions, and cement its status as the pre-eminent collegiate powerhouse of the past decade. (AP Photo/Matthew Holst, File)
March 20, 2019 - 3:21 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penn State is poised to send out another senior class as four-time national champions and cement its status as the college powerhouse of the past decade. The Nittany Lions (14-0) are the prohibitive favorites to claim the team title at this weekend's NCAA Championships for the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2019 file photo, Prop bets for Super Bowl LIII are on display before the start of the game at the Westgate Superbook sports book in Las Vegas. About six in 10 Americans want betting on professional sports events to be legal in their state, but fewer feel that way about college athletics, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The poll finds 42 percent favor legal betting on college sports.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
March 20, 2019 - 12:27 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Scrambling to fill out a March Madness bracket? Betting lunch money that you can pinpoint the Final Four better than co-workers or family? Good luck! You're among about one-third of Americans who at least occasionally bet on sports among friends or through an office pool...
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Belmont's Kevin McClain drives to the net during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament against Temple, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
March 19, 2019 - 11:16 pm
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A few seconds were still left on the clock when Fran Dunphy headed to midcourt for his final postgame handshake, the outcome long decided. Belmont was simply too much for his Owls. Nobody else in the NCAA Tournament is excited to face their efficient offense, either. Kevin...
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Fairleigh Dickinson's Mike Holloway Jr. (34) reacts after scoring and taking the lead alongside Prairie View A&M's Gerard Andrus (15) during the second half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
March 19, 2019 - 9:13 pm
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Eleven months ago, Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda was seriously ill with life-threatening blood clots. On Tuesday night, he danced on the court and hugged his players after they secured the first NCAA Tournament win in school history. Senior guard Darnell Edge scored a...
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Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 19, 2019 - 7:21 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has had no bigger fan over the last six seasons than coach Richard Pitino's father, with Rick Pitino taking plenty of opportunities along the way to support his son, advise the players and just plain root for the Gophers . That was before they were paired against...
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, talks with Alabama football coach Nick Saban at Alabama's NFL Pro Day, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
March 19, 2019 - 4:46 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — There was no shortage of NFL executives on hand to watch several Crimson Tide players workout during Alabama's pro day ahead of next month's NFL draft. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was on hand wearing an Alabama pullover as six Alabama players participated in some sort of...
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