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  • Villanova’s Josh Hart (3) runs out to defend Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier (13) during a third-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. Napier scored 25 points in Connecticut’s 77-65 win over Villanova.

    Napier leads UConn in 77-65 win over VillanovaMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    First Duke, then Syracuse. Now second-seeded Villanova has been eliminated. The Wildcats became the highest seed to fall in the NCAA tournament so far after Shabazz Napier scored 25 points in leading No. 7 seed Connecticut to a 77-65 victory in a third-round game Saturday night.

     
  • Michigan State’s Branden Dawson (22) and Harvard’s Laurent Rivard go for a loose ball during a third round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday in Spokane, Wash. Michigan State won 80-73, thanks in part to Dawson’s career-high 26 points.

    Spartans hold off Harvard 80-73Mar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Branden Dawson scored a career-high 26 points to help fourth-seeded Michigan State fend off a wild Harvard rally Saturday for an 80-73 victory in the NCAA tournament. The 12th-seeded Crimson (27-5) trailed by 16 early in the second half but took a 62-60 lead when Laurent Rivard hit a 3-pointer with 7:12 remaining. Travis Trice answered with a 3 of his own on the next possession and the Spartans (28-8) never trailed again.

     
  • Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky (44) takes a shot against Oregon forward Richard Amardi (13) during a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday in Milwaukee.

    Wisconsin wins 85-77 thriller over OregonMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ben Brust hit a 3-pointer with 1:07 left and second-seeded Wisconsin overcame seventh-seeded Oregon for a thrilling 85-77 win Saturday night to get into the Sweet 16. Brust’s clutch 3 from the corner gave the Badgers (28-7) the lead for good in a heavyweight fight of an NCAA tournament game.

     
  • Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre (21) shoots over Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis (11) during a third-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. Pierre scored 14 points in Dayton’s upset win over Syracuse.

    Dayton stuns Syracuse 55-53 to advance to Sweet 16Mar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points and Jordan Sibert hit a key 3-pointer with 47.7 seconds left as Dayton stunned Syracuse 55-53 Saturday night to earn a spot in Sweet 16 for the first time in three decades. Syracuse was poised to pull out another close victory, but Tyler Ennis’ 3-point attempt clanged off the rim at the buzzer.

     
  • San Diego State’s Xavier Thames shoots against North Dakota State in the third round of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Saturday.

    Xavier Thames’ 30 leads Aztecs past Bison 63-44Mar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Xavier Thames dropped in 3s from deep, finessed floaters in the lane and carried San Diego State the way he did all season as the Mountain West player of the year. Thames would not let North Dakota State become this year’s version of Florida Gulf Coast by sending the Aztecs home in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Thames scored 30 points, and fourth-seeded San Diego State reached the round of 16 for the second time in school history, ending the run of No. 12 seed North Dakota State 63-44 on Saturday.

     
  • Michigan guard Nik Stauskas (11) is fouled by Texas guard Javan Felix (3) during a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday in Milwaukee. Michigan beat Texas 79-65.

    Michigan advancing after 79-65 win over TexasMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nik Stauskas and Michigan figured out the best way to overcome Texas’ advantage inside. Just keeping hitting from long range. Stauskas made four of Michigan’s 14 3-pointers, and the Wolverines beat the Longhorns 79-65 on Saturday to advance to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 for the second straight year.

     
  • Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) dribbles around Pittsburgh guard James Robinson (0) during a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday in Orlando, Fla. Florida defeated Pittsburgh 61-45.

    No. 1 seed Florida tops Pitt 61-45, makes Sweet 16Mar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Top-seeded seeded Florida played with a lot more energy and intensity this time around. Scottie Wilbekin spearheaded the effort. Wilbekin scored 21 points, including eight straight down the stretch, and the Gators beat Pittsburgh 61-45 in the NCAA tournament Saturday. Florida’s 28th consecutive win put it in the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year. Coming off a lackluster performance in its NCAA opener against Albany, Florida (34-2) vowed to play better against the Panthers (26-10).

     
  • Louisville guard Russ Smith, center, attempts to dribble between Saint Louis forwards Rob Loe, left, and Dwayne Evans during a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday in Orlando, Fla. Louisville won 66-51.

    Defending champ Louisville returning to Sweet 16Mar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Louisville didn’t need a big game from Russ Smith to get back to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Luke Hancock scored 21 points and the defending national champions shrugged off a cold shooting performance to beat Saint Louis 66-51 on Saturday and advance to the round of 16 for the third straight year. The fourth-seeded Cardinals (31-5) shot under 45 percent, had 19 turnovers and only got 11 points from Smith, their star. It didn’t matter with the fifth-seeded Billikens (27-7) going 0 for 15 from 3-point range and struggling to take care of the basketball.

     
  • DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko drives to the basket between Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg (3) and Sharane Campbell (24) during their first-round game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Saturday in Durham, N.C. DePaul won 104-100.

    DePaul women earn 104-100 win over OklahomaMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    DePaul and Oklahoma traded shot for shot, point for point, in the highest-scoring regulation game in NCAA tournament history. The Blue Demons managed to scrape together the one defensive stop they needed to win it. And they got some help from the sideline. Megan Rogowski scored 24 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 40.5 seconds left, and DePaul beat the Sooners 104-100 on Saturday in the first round of the tournament.

     
  • Undercover horse-racing video tough to watch — but absolutely necessary Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    People in the horse racing industry often say they wish they would get more coverage, more publicity. Well, ready or not, here it comes, and it’s most definitely not the type of pub they were hoping for.

     
  • In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday.

    Obama picks Michigan St. as men’s basketball champMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama is picking Michigan State to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship over defending champion Louisville. In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday.

     
  • The premiere edition of Chicago Football, focusing on the Chicago Bears' preparations for the 2014 NFL Draft and local players likely to be selected, hits newsstands in early April.

    Daily Herald, Shaw launching “Chicago Football” magazineMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald and Shaw Media are teaming to launch a new magazine and website focusing on all levels of football in the Chicago area, and featuring the expert analysis of Hub Arkush, former Pro Football Weekly writer Kevin Fishbain, Daily Herald Chicago Bears beat writer Bob LeGere and fantasy football columnist John Dietz. The first edition of Chicago Football will publish in early April.

     
  • The Scorecard says let’s hear it for former Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown and his finding a starting job and the riches that go with it down in Tampa Bay.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Closing the book on ill-fated campaignMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    If only Opening Day in baseball were as cool as it used to be. Want to see how a real opening day is done? Check out NASCAR.

     
  • Former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker pleaded guilty in 2012 to a federal conspiracy charge after being accused of being involved in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl. Junker faces sentencing Thursday March 13, 2014 in federal court.

    Former Fiesta Bowl chief sentenced in scheme Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive who acknowledged participating in an illegal campaign contribution scheme faces sentencing Thursday in federal court. John Junker pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal conspiracy charge after being accused of being involved in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.

     
  • Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and his wife, Dottie. In an interview broadcast Wednesday, March 12, 2014 on NBC’s “Today,” Dottie Sandusky says she “definitely” believes her husband is innocent despite his conviction of the sexual abuse of 10 boys. Jerry Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.

    Sandusky’s wife: Victims manipulated over moneyMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says she “definitely” believes her husband is innocent despite being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys and that the victims’ financial gain was at play. Dottie Sandusky said in an interview broadcast Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show that “there was nothing that went on because I was here” in the couple’s small home in State College, Pa., where some of the victims reported being abused in the basement.

     
  • Former Harper wrestling standout Adam Chalfant is making a name for himself at the Div. I level. Harper Hawks and IU Athletics

    Former Harper Wrestler Chalfant Thriving at IndianaMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on the horizon this weekend, former Harper wrestler and current Indiana University senior wrestler Adam Chalfant has made quite a name for himself this season. Chalfant comes into his final Big Ten championship ranked second in both the Big Ten and in all of Div. I wrestling at 285 pounds.

     
  • Jim Cummins

    Bellis Adapts, Dominates as FreshmanMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Coming into nationals, Harper freshman wrestler Jacob Bellis (/Bloomington) hadn't lost since Dec. 7, 2013, a period of nearly three months. Bellis capped off an incredible 30-win season by going 4-2 at 125 pounds at NJCAA Nationals last weekend. He earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish, and he can now call himself the 16th Harper College Athlete of the Week for the 2013-14 school year.

     
  • Iowa guard Devyn Marble, right, drives past Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Ekey’s 3 lifts Illinois over No. 24 Iowa 66-63Mar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jon Ekey hit a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Illinois to a 66-63 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Saturday night. Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points to lead the Illini (18-13, 6-12 Big Ten), who notched consecutive road wins against ranked opponents for the first time since 2005.

     
  • Indiana State slips past SIUC 62-59Mar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Khristian Smith tipped in a missed Justin Gant jumper with 14 seconds remaining to give No. 2 seed Indiana State a 62-59 win over sixth-seeded Southern Illinois in the semifinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Saturday. Desmar Jackson had a look at a 3-point jumper with 3 seconds left but missed as Gant had his hands in Jackson’s face. Indiana State won the right to face No. 2 Wichita State in the tournament championship game Sunday. Undefeated Wichita State, now 33-0, routed Missouri State 67-42 in the other semifinal game.

     
  • Bowie leads N. Illinois past Ball St. 70-56Mar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Darrell Bowie scored 17 points and Northern Illinois had a 37-13 advantage in bench scoring to pull away from Ball State 70-56 on Saturday. Aaron Armstead led the charge off the bench with 11 points and his brother Aaric and J.J. Cravatta had nine each for the Huskies (14-16, 8-10 Mid-American Conference).

     
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