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A guide to the NCAA Tournament's regional rounds
Kentucky still has a shot at history. Tom Izzo has Michigan State on another deep March run. Former mid-major monsters Gonzaga and Wichita State are still going strong....

Dean Smith's trust sends $200 checks to his UNC lettermen
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Dean Smith is still giving to his North Carolina players - even after his death....

BASEBALL 2015: Hurry up! Nats, Cubs, Red Sox on the clock
Even before Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and the rest of the ramped-up Washington Nationals hit the field for their first full-squad workout at spring training, they got the message....

LEADING OFF 2015: New players, managers and replay rules
There's a Hall of Famer in the Minnesota dugout and plenty of Cuban talent all over the diamond....

NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious law
With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people....

Poetry pulled Texas center McGee-Stafford from depression
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Poetry, Imani McGee-Stafford says, saved her life....

Ex-Husker DE Randy Gregory to NFL Media: I failed drug tests
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Defensive end Randy Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine last month and that he failed two drug tests at Nebraska last year....

Astros Triple-A club pulls 2017 championship ring promotion
The Fresno Grizzlies are so confident the Houston Astros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotion this season....

James Harden's focus vaults him into NBA MVP conversation
HOUSTON (AP) -- A couple of months ago, James Harden was told by a reporter that he seemed different this season, a year in which he has gone from a great player to a front-runner for MVP, and was asked what prompted the change....

In the NCAAs, time doesn't always fly when you're having fun
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The whistle sounds. The horn blows. And the madness grinds to a halt....

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