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Xavier 73, Arizona 71: After Hobbling Into March, Xavier Stuns Arizona to Reach Round of 8

23-03-2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two months ago, Xavier lost its two best point guards, one to a season-ending knee injury and the other to a decision to leave the program.... Read more

Kansas 98, Purdue 66: Kansas, Playing Before a Friendly Crowd, Easily Dispatches Purdue

23-03-2017

It was loud for the entirety of the top-seeded Jayhawks’ round-of-16 game against Purdue. And in the second half, when Kansas’ Lagerald Vick picked off a pass and took it all the way — complete with a twisting, 360-degree dunk — the crowd reached a crescendo. At the next timeout, each side of the arena alternated the “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” chant so often heard at Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse, a scant 45 minutes away.... Read more

Gonzaga 61, West Virginia 58: Gonzaga, Holding Off West Virginia, Draws Closer to an Elusive Goal

23-03-2017

Gonzaga 61, West Virginia 58: Gonzaga, Holding Off West Virginia, Draws Closer to an Elusive Goal

The final push came after Jevon Carter of West Virginia sunk a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1 minute 47 seconds remaining. Trailing by 58-55, Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga made two free throws and, after the Mountaineers’ Daxter Miles Jr. missed two, Jordan Mathews swished a 3-pointer from the corner to put Gonzaga in front by 60-58. Photo West Virginia’s Daxter Miles Jr., missed a shot at the buzzer as Gonzaga won 61-58. Credit Ezra Shaw/Getty Images... Read more

Oregon 69, Michigan 68: Oregon Advances After Surviving Michigan’s Buzzer-Beater Attempt

23-03-2017

The Ducks were led by Dorsey and the junior Jordan Bell. Dorsey had 20 points; Bell had a double-double, with 16 points and 13 rebounds — including, on the possession before Dorsey’s lay-in, a crucial board on a missed Oregon free throw that he put back to cut Michigan’s lead to 1 point.... Read more

A Yankees Rookie Opens the Door for Himself by Closing Out a No-Hitter

23-03-2017

A Yankees Rookie Opens the Door for Himself by Closing Out a No-Hitter

Photo Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery struck out eight Rays on Thursday in just over four innings of work. Credit Kim Klement/USA Today Sports, via Reuters PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Most days, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi begins work by flipping open his laptop and watching fresh video of players in the Yankees’ minor league system. Girardi likes to follow the progress of prospects, and last year he saw just enough of a tall left-hander named Jordan... Read more

United States Is Overjoyed, but Still Understated

23-03-2017

United States Is Overjoyed, but Still Understated

Kinsler, not surprisingly, was not about to indulge more of an explanation, not after his comments about how the Americans and other teams play the game created a Twitter tempest earlier Wednesday. “I’m not getting into that again,” he said. The World Baseball Classic was a success in so many ways, with TV ratings and attendance spiking as fans in the four host countries — South Korea, Japan, Mexico and the United States — appreciated... Read more

A Former Prodigy Recaptures the Joy That Made Her a Star

23-03-2017

Townsend seemed to be headed for a sure-thing pro career . But she soon became familiar with the cruel vagaries of tennis and the heartache of trying to become the picture of what a professional athlete should look like. While Bencic rose as high as No. 7 in the WTA rankings last year before injuries derailed her, and Putintseva was ranked a career-high No. 27 last month, Townsend barely broke into the top 100 two... Read more

UConn’s Recipe for Success Is to Run, Run and Run Some More

23-03-2017

UConn’s Recipe for Success Is to Run, Run and Run Some More

UConn’s brisk, two-hour practices are designed to prepare the regulars to play 30 or more of a game’s 40 minutes and to make quick and correct decisions when they are tired — to be able to hit a shot, make an intricate pass and guard the opponent’s top scorer in the closing minutes. “Their expectations are what you think you can’t do,” said Kyla Irwin, a freshman forward. To speed the pace of practices, a... Read more

Gonzaga Transfers Help Keep Program on Top

23-03-2017

It signaled to the Bulldogs that a coveted transfer with no connection to the Northwest would willingly decamp for their little cranny of Eastern Washington. And it enhanced a bounty of diverse talent, from six countries and four prior universities, that has coalesced to form a juggernaut, seeded No. 1 in the West Region and positioned to advance to its first Final Four. “They’re tough,” Coach Mark Few said. “You’re not going to be soft... Read more

United States 8, Puerto Rico 0: United States Beats Puerto Rico for First World Baseball Classic Title

23-03-2017

United States 8, Puerto Rico 0: United States Beats Puerto Rico for First World Baseball Classic Title

The United States, which had advanced to the semifinals once in the three previous tournaments, had a shaky start to this tournament. The Americans needed extra innings to beat Colombia, squandered a 5-0 lead against the Dominican Republic in Miami and lost to Puerto Rico in the second round in San Diego. Since that defeat, they have won three consecutive elimination games, beating the Dominican Republic, Japan and Puerto Rico. “I don’t want to bore... Read more

U.S.A. Hockey Postpones Women’s Team’s Training Camp

22-03-2017

The camp was supposed to go from Wednesday through March 28 and include an exhibition game Saturday against Finland that also won’t take place. The tournament begins March 31. The United States is the defending champion. PRO FOOTBALL N.F.L. Seeks a Faster Pace The N.F.L. is making plans to speed up the pace of games, including changing how video replays are handled and using a time clock for extra points. The league also is discussing... Read more

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