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5:14pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Sports

Dodgers Eye World Series, Cubs Optimistic On Baseball's Opening Day

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:48 pm

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5:14pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Sports

Duke Faces Wisconsin (Not Kentucky) In NCAA Championship

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:48 pm

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4:00pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Code Switch

A Lesser-Known Human Trafficking Problem: Teenage Basketball Players

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:08 am

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Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final will attract millions of viewers. One player on Duke's team — Sean Obi — hails from Nigeria. He's not the only African player who has enjoyed a successful hoops career in the U.S. The most famous is Nigerian Hakeem Olajuwon, who starred at the University of Houston before going on to a Hall of Fame career with the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors.

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3:12pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Monkey See

Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides

This is the Duke Blue Devil, which is here because Linda chose the photo rather than Stephen.
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I've written before about how I became a fan of Duke basketball. Stephen Thompson has talked before about being from Wisconsin (and, yes, even attending the University Of Wisconsin). As you can imagine, Monday night's men's final between our basketball teams will put us in a very tricky situation.

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12:40pm

Mon April 6, 2015
The Two-Way

Opening Day: Baseball Season Starts In Earnest

The Minnesota Twins warm up before their Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit Monday.
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In 204 days, two teams will face off in the World Series. Until then, fans can dream about their team winning it all, as Major League Baseball's regular season gets going. St. Louis and Chicago played the first game Sunday night; the Cubs lost, 3-0.

Along with that loss, Chicago's fans also endured restroom wait times of up to 30 minutes. Blaming the problem on at least two bathrooms being closed, the club has apologized, Chicago news TV WGN says.

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8:33am

Mon April 6, 2015
The Two-Way

NCAA Men's Final: Wisconsin And Duke Play For It All Monday Night

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 10:11 am

Frank Kaminsky of the Wisconsin Badgers will face off against the Duke Blue Devils' Jahlil Okafor in Monday night's NCAA title game. When the teams played in December, Duke won 80-70.
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Not since the World War II era has Wisconsin vied for the NCAA's top men's basketball championship. They'll do it tonight against Duke, in a game that pits two balanced teams — and two talented big men — against each other.

For Wisconsin, a win will bring its first title since 1941. Perennial power Duke last won it all in 2010. Tipoff at 9:18 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on CBS or at the NCAA website.

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6:30am

Mon April 6, 2015
Sports

Pirates' McCutchen: Baseball Is Dying In Economically Challenged Communities

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:43 am

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5:06am

Mon April 6, 2015
Sports

College Basketball Championship Games Expected To Be Close

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 9:43 am

Traevon Jackson of the Wisconsin Badgers drives to the hoop during a game against the Duke Blue Devils on December 03, 2014. They will face one another again in the NCAA championship game Monday.
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9:04pm

Sun April 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Connecticut, Notre Dame Will Meet In Women's Championship Game

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 8:32 am

Morgan Tuck of the Connecticut Huskies shoots against Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of the Maryland Terrapins during the NCAA women's Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
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The University of Connecticut continues to dominate women's college basketball: The Huskies plowed past the University of Maryland and are headed to the NCAA women's basketball championship game, where they'll meet Notre Dame.

The Terrapins faced a daunting task heading into the game. Connecticut, the overall top seed for the tournament, stands far above the competition.

"The Huskies have won the last two titles and obliterated opponents in this tournament by an average margin of 41 points a game," NPR's Tom Goldman noted to our Newscast unit.

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5:13pm

Sun April 5, 2015
Sports

Strongwoman Shoulders The Weight Of A Male-Dominated Sport

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 9:12 pm

Twenty-two-year-old Strongman competitor Brittany Diamond can carry more than twice her body weight and lifts cars for fun.
Courtesy of Brittany Diamond

It's just two days before the 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic, an international competition for strongmen and strongwomen in Columbus, Ohio, and Brittany Diamond is worried.

As a relative newcomer to the sport, the 22-year-old from Boston has never even seen the 100-pound dumbbell she'll soon be asked to lift and press with just one arm.

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