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9:39pm

Mon March 16, 2015
The Two-Way

UConn, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Maryland Earn No. 1 Seeds In NCAA Women's Bracket

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:40 am

Members of Connecticut's women's basketball team react after their 84-70 victory over USF in an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the American Athletic Conference tournament. UConn is the returning champ in this year's women's bracket.
Fred Beckham AP

The NCAA has announced the women's basketball bracket for 2015. UConn (32-1), Notre Dame (31-2), South Carolina (30-2) and Maryland (30-2) have all earned No. 1 seeds.

The NCAA also says five schools are making their first appearances in the tournament this century: New Mexico State, Ohio, Seton Hall, Tennessee State and Northwestern.

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6:04am

Mon March 16, 2015
Sports

A Word Of Advice To Baseball Players: Sneeze Carefully

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:50 am

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5:55am

Mon March 16, 2015
Sports

Start The Madness: Weighing The Seeds Of March

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:50 am

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3:02am

Mon March 16, 2015
It's All Politics

Spring Training Has Begun — For Baseball, And For Candidates

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 12:21 pm

At this stage in the election cycle, just like in baseball's spring training, fans love to see a new phenom catch fire. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, sporting a Milwaukee Brewers jersey in 2013, seems to be the rookie to watch in the 2016 presidential race so far.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Baseball fans endure the long winter in part because they know, come March, the game will again come alive. They can't wait for their radio, TV, computer screen or smartphone to come alive with scenes from warm climates featuring men in crisp uniforms pitching and catching.

Major League Baseball's spring training is underway, but at this stage, wins and losses aren't really important. It's all about fundamentals: getting ready for the regular season and hopefully the playoffs.

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7:28pm

Sun March 15, 2015
The Two-Way

It's Bracket-Picking Time: NCAA Announces Tournament Seeds

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:50 am

March Madness has begun: The NCAA has announced the seeds for the 2015 men's basketball tournament.

As expected, Kentucky is seeded first in the Midwest Region, and is also the top seed overall. If the thus-far undefeated team wins the tournament, they'll be the first undefeated men's basketball team in nearly four decades.

In the East, Villanova won the top spot; in the South, that went to Duke, and in the West, Wisconsin was seeded No. 1.

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9:03am

Sun March 15, 2015
Sports

March Madness: Keeping Society Sane Since 1908

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 2:15 pm

Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati's All-American Star, is seen mid-air after a rebound catch during the NCAA regional elimination game in Manhattan, Kan., in March 1959.
AP

On Sunday, the top 68 collegiate teams will be selected to play in the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Brackets will be filled, hashtags worn out and betting money will be (illegally) lost.

But the "March Madness" phenomenon has evolved quickly and into a different format than it originated. All along though, it's the fans who've charged the tradition.

Where It All Began

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12:53pm

Sat March 14, 2015
The Two-Way

Serena Williams Makes Emotional Return To Indian Wells

World No. 1 Serena Williams acknowledges the crowd after winning her match against Monica Niculescu of Romania during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
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In 2001, Serena Williams was heckled by the crowd at Indian Wells, Calif., as she defeated Kim Clijsters in the final to claim her second title. She vowed never to play there again. But on Friday, in her first match at Indian Wells since that day, Williams was welcomed with a standing ovation.

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7:48am

Sat March 14, 2015
Sports

$24B TV Deal Puts Cash In NBA Pockets

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:20 pm

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SIMON: No need to take in any NBA stars - a new TV contract will raise the team's salary cap before players have to start bussing tables at Applebee's. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us from Portlandia.

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3:31pm

Fri March 13, 2015
Monkey See

In 'I Hate Christian Laettner,' ESPN Explores The Belly Of The Beast

Duke's Christian Laettner stretches during a news conference in Indianapolis in March 1991.
Bob Jordan AP

5:24am

Fri March 13, 2015
Sports

Does NCAA Ban On Paying Student Athletes Violate Federal Law?

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

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