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Big Ten shines brightly with Final Four in its own backyard

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote something on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his dunks. “The Big Ten had a down year right?” Dekker asked. If anyone had that perception, it certainly isn’t the case with two teams in the Final Four — which is being in Indianapolis. The Badgers play … 0

UConn makes 8th straight Final Four

Monday, March 30, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are back in a familiar place — the Final Four. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the national semifinals for an eighth straight season. Now the Huskies stand two wins away from a … 0

Michigan St., Duke round out Final 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If you liked the look of last year’s Final Four, you will love the 2015 edition. One game — Kentucky vs. Wisconsin — is not only a matchup of two No. 1 seeds, it’s a replay of last year’s semifinal won by Kentucky 74-73. Seventh-seeded Michigan State will face Duke, a four-time national … 0

Oklahoma football condemns racist video

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. — Saying they were committed to curing the “disease” of racism, Oklahoma football players called Thursday for the expulsion of fraternity leaders tied to a racist video and vowed to help the mostly white campus end its “culture of exclusivity.” “Our hope is to shed light … 0

A tourney loss not that bad for No. 1 Kentucky in SEC

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. — These Kentucky Wildcats have the chance to reach heights no team in the program’s history has ever achieved — become undefeated national champions. Losing seems unthinkable. On the other hand, a loss in this week’s … 0

Doton BC field hockey coach

Monday, March 9, 2015

CHESTNUT HILL — Greenfield native Kelly Doton already has an illustrious field-hockey resume. United States Olympian, two-time NCAA Division I National Champion, NCAA National Player of the Year, even Massachusetts State champion are all titles Doton could go by. On Monday afternoon, she added one more title. Eagles … 1

Fightin’ Irish ousts UM, 7-0

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A playoff series that got off to a historic start ended with a thud for UMass hockey Sunday night, when the Minutemen fell to Notre Dame, 7-0, in the third and deciding game of their first-round matchup in the Hockey East tournament in South Bend, Ind. UMass, the … 0

No. 1 Kentucky looks to sidestep recent finishes by unbeatens

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Top-ranked Kentucky is the fifth team to finish the regular season undefeated since Indiana ran the table in the 1975-76 season. The Wildcats are also trying not to come up short like the others did in their quest to duplicate the Hoosiers’ perfect championship campaign. The Wildcats knocked … 0

UMass no match for Colonials, 87-65

Sunday, March 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After skidding for the past two weeks, the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team crash-landed in its season finale. At the Smith Center, the same building where the Minutemen overcame foul trouble and injury for a huge win last year, UMass delivered its worst 2015 … 0

Orange squeezed by NCAA sanctions

Friday, March 6, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The NCAA denounced one of the country’s most decorated basketball programs Friday, suspending Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim for nine league games next year and outlining a decade-long series of violations that included improper benefits, academic … 0

After damning NCAA report, time for Boeheim to go

Friday, March 6, 2015

Here’s some real March Madness. For the better part of a decade, Jim Boeheim oversaw a college basketball program that broke all sorts of rules — from not following its own drug-testing policy to doing whatever it could … 0

SEC teams bobbling along NCAA Tournament bubble

Friday, March 6, 2015

Top-ranked Kentucky is chasing perfection and No. 18 Arkansas has all but locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Behind those two, the SEC has plenty of drama as the season winds toward Selection Sunday. Georgia, Mississippi, … 0

NCAA women’s tournament could be missing some familiar names

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Some familiar names could be missing from the field when the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off later this month. Georgia has reached the tournament 20 straight years for the nation’s fourth-longest active streak, but a late-season slide has put the Lady Bulldogs’ postseason hopes in serious jeopardy. … 0