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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.
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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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5:12am

Fri March 13, 2015
Sports

Mayweather, Pacquiao Will Brawl For Boxing's Richest Purse Ever

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:28 am

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Manny Pacquiao pose for photos after a news conference in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in Las Vegas on May 2.
Jae C. Hong AP

There's some disagreement — even between the match's promoters — on where the upcoming mega-fight will rank in the greatest bouts of all time.

Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao — two of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world — meet May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a welterweight world championship unification bout.

Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, calls it "the biggest event in the history of boxing."

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5:50am

Thu March 12, 2015
Sports

Hype Officially Begins For Mayweather-Pacquiano Fight

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:45 am

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4:36pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Sports

Princeton Women's Undefeated Season Sets Eyes On March Madness

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 10:40 pm

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12:22pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Code Switch

Earl Lloyd Was Basketball's Jackie Robinson. Why Isn't He Famous?

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 1:55 pm

Earl Lloyd of the Syracuse Nationals poses for a portrait circa 1950 in Syracuse, N.Y.
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Jackie Robinson is a household name, a book report staple, an American hero. News of his 1947 debut in the major leagues appeared on the front page of the New York Times, above the fold. Fifty years after he first took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, teams across the MLB held moments of silence on the field, and the league's commissioner retired Robinson's number across baseball.

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5:10am

Wed March 11, 2015
Sports

Caddies File $50 Million Class-Action Lawsuit Against PGA Tour

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 7:41 am

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