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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw, left, lines up against California defensive back Isaac Lapite during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif. Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool. Shaw was named a team captain on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, and later that night was attending a family function at a cousin's apartment in his hometown of Palmdale when he saw his nephew, who can't swim, struggling in the pool. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Georgia, Clemson trying to make an early splash

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. — College football’s inaugural playoff is more than four months away. Still, it’s never too early to start impressing the selection committee. For No. 12 Georgia and No. 16 Clemson, that opportunity comes the very first week of the season. In a game that looks a bit like the Iowa caucuses during a presidential election year, two powerhouse … 0

Ballot breakdown: FSU tops in preseason poll

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 is out. Take a look at how the ballots break down, and find out what to watch for when the college football season begins this month: ’Noles Nation domination Finish No. 1. Start No. 1. Even Bobby Bowden’s best Florida State teams never did that. Jimbo Fisher’s … 0

Report: Notre Dame dismisses 4 players

Friday, August 15, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For decades, Notre Dame has tried to balance its desire to be one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country while still maintaining a football program that could compete on a national level. In the last year, those two dynamics have never been more at odds, with numerous academic suspensions rocking the school’s athletic department. But none … 0

Napier trying to shed Walker’s shadow

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Shabazz Napier can shoot, drive and dish, hit big shots, pick off passes, carry a team down the stretch of a game and a season. Sounds an awful lot like another recent Connecticut star: Kemba … 0

Sharp-shooting Frazier a Gator threat

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — It was 6:45 a.m. on a Saturday, more than four hours before tip-off against Mississippi, and Florida guard Michael Frazier II was in the visiting arena putting up shots. About 400 of them. By the … 0

Connecticut block party will make it difficult for Stanford around the hoop

Thursday, April 3, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Top-ranked Connecticut heads to the Final Four in Nashville as the best shot-blocking team in the history of women’s basketball. The defending national champions swat more than eight blocks a game and have sent back … 0

One-and-done working just fine for Coach Calipari

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DALLAS — Everyone has an opinion of John Calipari. He’s a pariah to some, successful only because of his ability to attract one-and-done stars destined for the NBA. They point to him as a scourge of college basketball, … 0

Badgered: Wisconsin tightens tourney D

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin has been badgering opponents during its run to the Final Four. The talk at the start of the season was all about the new emphasis on rules to prevent college basketball from turning into … 0

Wilbekin improves on and off the court for Gators

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scottie Wilbekin waved off teammates, ignored signals from the bench and backed down his defender as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Wilbekin pulled up, swished a 3-pointer from well behind the arc and … 0

Final Four filled with good defensive teams

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Way back at the start of the season, amid all the whistles and fouls, the defensive-minded teams appeared to be in trouble, a seemingly dying breed hamstrung by the NCAA’s new hands-free rules. As the season progressed, the … 0

UConn men, women again make Final 4’s

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Shabazz Napier and Niels Giffey were texting Stefanie Dolson on Monday moments after the UConn women beat Texas A&M to earn their way into the Final Four. The guys were making fun of her postgame … 0

Kentucky’s freshmen have come of age in postseason

Monday, March 31, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s remarkable run this postseason demonstrates that it really is more important how you finish than how you start. The Wildcats were expected to be brief postseason participants after beginning the month losing two of … 0

UConn, Kentucky round out Final 4

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Shabazz Napier owed UConn. He could have transferred when academic sanctions barred the Huskies from the NCAA tournament his junior season. But the guard wanted to pay back the school for the joy of a … 0