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Things to Watch at Final Four of the NCAA Tournament

BY JIM O’CONNELL GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Some things to watch for in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: MEN IN THE MIDDLE: Seven-foot-1 Przemek Karnowski is Gonzaga’s center and he will be matched up with 6-10 Maik Kotsar of South Carolina. Karnowski, a senior, averages 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field. Kotsar, a freshman, averages 5.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Karnowski has been battling a back issue. “It was mostly my lower back, maybe a little bit going to my legs,” he said. “Basically any movement where my disc...

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Supreme Court rejects NCAA appeal of antitrust ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place court rulings that found the NCAA’s amateurism rules for big-time college basketball and football players violated federal antitrust law. The justices on Monday rejected the NCAA’s appeal in a class-action lawsuit originally filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and other athletes. The court also rejected O’Bannon’s separate appeal that called on the justices to reinstate a plan to pay football and basketball players. The effect of the high-court action is to leave the NCAA vulnerable to more legal challenges that are working their way through the courts....

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Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning. She was 64. With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012. Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most....

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One-hit wonder: Rare ‘Year of the Senior’ comes to a close

  HOUSTON (AP) — The “One and Dones” didn’t get anywhere near the Final Four this season. Instead, this will be remembered as the year when patience was rewarded. The projected top two picks of the upcoming NBA draft, freshmen Brandon Ingram of Duke and Ben Simmons of LSU, were warming up the couch for Monday night’s title game between North Carolina and Villanova — two teams that, quite fittingly, got where they are with a locker room full of seniors. “We did have good freshmen this year,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, in summing up the scene around...

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A guide to the Final Four in Houston

(A.P) March Madness lived up to its billing with all those upsets, crazy finishes and memorable performances. Now that the calendar is turning to April, it’s time for the main event: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Villanova and Syracuse in the Final Four. Houston, here they come — and it figures to be quite a show. To get you ready, we’ve got a rundown of the matchups, the top teams and players before the games start on Saturday: ___ THE MATCHUPS Oklahoma vs. Villanova. These teams met earlier in the season and the Sooners turned it into a laugher behind a...

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