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  • NCAA denies Louisville's appeal, rules Cardinals must vacate 2013 national title

    The Louisville men's basketball program will have to vacate its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance after the NCAA denied its appeal of what the school described as "Draconian penalties" levied against the team last year. The NCAA announced its ruling Tuesday. Louisville interim president Greg Postel said in a statement Tuesday that the school still disagrees with the NCAA's ruling. "I cannot say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is...

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  • No. 4 Xavier tries to get over lulls as tournaments approach

    Leading up to the showdown with Villanova for control of the Big East, Xavier coach Chris Mack had one overriding concern. "If we play one good half and one bad half, we won't win," Mack said. That's exactly what happened. No. 4 Xavier came out tight, committed early fouls and missed...

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  • Judge denies motion to drop charges in corruption case against ex-Adidas execs, agent

    U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss federal criminal charges against three of the 10 men arrested for their alleged roles in the FBI's two-year investigation into college basketball corruption. Attorneys representing former Adidas executives James Gatto and Merl Code and former sports agent Christian Dawkins argued in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday morning that what their clients are accused of doing --...

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  • Louisville must vacate basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

    Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel's decision to uphold sanctions against the men's program in the sex scandal case. The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories including the championship, and return some $600,000 in conference revenue...

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  • Struggling Hornets fire general manager amid 24-33 season

    The struggling Hornets have shaken up their front office, firing general manager Rich Cho on Tuesday. "Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization," Hornets owner Michael Jordan said in a release. "We are...

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  • Bears release LB Jerrell Freeman after two seasons

    The Chicago Bears have released linebacker Jerrell Freeman, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Freeman, 31, was suspended 10 games last season for a second violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Bears placed Freeman on injured reserve in Week 2 after the veteran tore a pectoral muscle in the season opener versus Atlanta. Freeman suggested that the concussion he suffered in the Falcons game contributed to the latest...

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  • Anthony Rizzo says he went to Parkland to support victims

    MESA, Ariz. -- Saying he was there to lend support for victims and their families, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo chastised anyone who claimed he was making a political statement when he returned home to Parkland, Florida, in the aftermath of the school shooting there last week. "I thought the speech was important, to speak with the kids and families that were affected," Rizzo said Monday morning at a news conference from Cubs spring training. "I'm really proud to...

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  • Rich Cho out as Hornets GM; Mitch Kupchak eyed for front-office role

    After declining to offer general manager Rich Cho a new contract, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is planning to target former Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak for a high-ranking role in the organization, league sources told ESPN. Jordan is planning to continue grooming assistant GM Buzz Peterson as a foundation of Charlotte's front office, and Kupchak is a primary target to partner with Peterson, league sources told ESPN. The Hornets announced Tuesday...

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  • Champion Eagles want to trademark phrase "Philly Special"

    The Philadelphia Eagles want the right to exclusively own the "Philly Special." The team filed to trademark the phrase on Feb. 15, mostly for use on apparel. The filing recently appeared on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website. The Eagles aren't the first in line for the phrase. They're actually the eighth group to file for it. People in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida, as well as the Pennsylvania-based brewing company Yuengling, filed for rights to own...

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  • Hornets unlikely to bring back Rich Cho as general manager

    The Charlotte Hornets are unlikely to bring back general manager Rich Cho on a new contract next season, league sources told ESPN. Hornets owner Michael Jordan is expected to pursue former Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak to partner in the front office with assistant GM Buzz Peterson, essentially replacing Cho, league sources said. Cho joined Charlotte as GM in 2011. He was dismissed in less than a year after his hiring as Portland GM in 2010. ...

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  • Germany leads, US 2nd after 2 runs of women's bobsled

    Elana Meyers Taylor went to sleep four years ago after the first night of her Olympic competition holding the lead, and her mind couldn't stop racing. She plans on sleeping better this time. Germany's Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz are the leaders at the midway point of the women's...

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  • Column: Olympics should be reserved for the best athletes

    Liz Swaney deserves kudos for dedication. And she had enough sense not to attempt anything on the halfpipe — and we mean anything — that might've resulted in a serious injury. She had no business competing in the Olympics. The same can be said for all those skiers representing...

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  • Skating coach making emotional return to South Korea

    A 6-month-old girl was left next to a trash bin on the streets of Seoul in the winter of 1974 and wound up in an orphanage for a few years. She later stood at the bedside of her adopted parents as they slept, making sure they weren't going to leave her, too. Kim Muir was a toddler then, in...

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  • Slovenia hockey player tests positive for doping at Olympics

    A Slovenian hockey player has become the third athlete to test positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday that Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol in an in-competition test. Fenoterol is a drug designed to open the airways to the...

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  • Cavs, Warriors ready to chase in NBA's sprint to the finish

    LeBron James had a trophy in his hands and a smile on his face. That was Sunday at the All-Star Game, when James again rose above the NBA's best in winning a game and MVP honors. What he really wants is to be celebrating in the postseason, not midseason. The NBA's sprint to the...

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  • Serena Williams champions issues on _ and off _ tennis court

    Moments after Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title, she proudly raised her fist in a black power salute. It caused a bit of frenzy at the All-England Club in 2016, but Williams' action shouldn't have surprised anyone: She'd already been one of the most vocal supporters of the...

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  • Shiffrin relaxed, fast and focused on Olympic combined event

    Relaxed, fast and excited. It was a good day for Mikaela Shiffrin on the Olympic downhill course Tuesday. Shiffrin will no longer start in the downhill medal race on Wednesday, choosing to focus on the following day's Alpine combined event that was moved up in the wind-buffeted...

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  • Graham leads No. 8 Kansas to 104-74 rout of Oklahoma

    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Two of the Big 12's most powerful offenses collided when No. 8 Kansas hosted Oklahoma. Only one lived up to the hype, though. Devonte Graham had 23 points and seven assists, Malik Newman added 20 points and No. 8 Kansas beat Oklahoma 104-74 on Monday night in its first true blowout of the Big 12 season. "It was a fun night, a good win," coach Bill Self said. "Certainly we needed a game where we could not sweat until the very, very end." The Jayhawks (22-6, 11-4 Big 12)...

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  • Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run

    The Korean women's hockey team has ended its historic Olympic run with a fifth straight loss, with thousands of fans shouting "We are one" and waving a "unification flag." Team Korea, which included players from both North and South Korea, was defeated by Sweden 6-1 to cap a 0-5 run in the...

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  • US beats Slovakia 5-1, will play Czechs in Olympic quarters

    Ryan Donato scored two goals, Troy Terry had three assists and the United States beat Slovakia 5-1 in the qualification round Tuesday to advance to face the Czech Republic in the Olympic quarterfinals. College kids again led the way for the U.S., which scored more against Slovakia then it...

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  • Virtue, Moir win ice dance for 3rd career Olympic gold medal

    Canadian stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the gold medal in ice dancing at the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with a dazzling, dramatic free skate set to the music of "Moulin Rouge." Virtue and Moir scored a personal-best...

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  • 1B Eric Hosmer and Padres finalize $144 million, 8-year deal

    Eric Hosmer and the San Diego Padres finalized their $144 million, eight-year contract Monday night. The team announced the signing after Hosmer passed his physical. The first baseman, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City before becoming a free agent this winter,...

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  • Graham leads No. 8 Kansas to 104-74 rout of Oklahoma

    Two of the Big 12's most powerful offenses collided when No. 8 Kansas hosted Oklahoma. Only one lived up to the hype, though. Devonte Graham had 23 points and seven assists, Malik Newman added 20 points and No. 8 Kansas beat Oklahoma 104-74 on Monday night in its first true blowout of the...

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  • Rock band O.A.R. gets popularity bump thanks to Pyeongchang's OAR

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- From the very day it was announced, the term was clunky and a mouthful. On the jerseys and jackets at the Winter Games, the label OLYMPIC ATHLETE FROM RUSSIA has looked more like a scarlet letter than a team name. So it makes sense, then, that the title for the 169 Russian athletes competing under the Olympic flag has been simplified to "OAR." Which has had an unexpected effect halfway around the world for the lead singer of the 2000s alternative rock band O.A.R. ...

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