Tech has foundation for future after reaching national final

Sports 04/09/19, 20:02

Brandone Francis plopped down in front of the Texas Tech locker room stalls where Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens were seated, their eyes red and wet as they clasped hands in consolation and solidarity while Virginia was celebrating on the court.Three of the team's four seniors were still trying to ...

Huge crowd welcomes home national hoops champion Cavaliers

Basketball 04/09/19, 17:34

Virginia's national champion men's basketball team is back on campus and when the Cavaliers returned, they were greeted by a throng of several thousand fans.The Cavaliers won their first men's basketball national championship on Monday night, defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime in Minneapolis.The crowd Tuesday chanted "U-V-A, UVA" as ...

Judge refuses bond for man accused of IS-inspired attack

Sports 04/09/19, 17:07

A Maryland man accused of planning an Islamic State-inspired attack at a shopping and entertainment complex near Washington, D.C., intended to kill as many "disbelievers" as possible, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday before a judge ordered the man detained without bond.But a defense attorney urged the court to be skeptical ...

Michigan trio declaring for NBA draft, but can still return

Basketball 04/09/19, 16:59

Michigan's Charles Matthews, Iggy Brazdeikis and Jordan Poole are declaring for the NBA draft, although they can still come back to the Wolverines.The school announced Tuesday that the three players intend to sign with agents, but under new NCAA rules, they are allowed to have agents during the evaluation process ...

Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies in Texas

Texas 04/09/19, 16:36

Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103. Robert Whetstone, a spokesman for Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, confirmed ...

Ex-Lady Vol Kellie Harper returns to her alma mater as coach

Basketball 04/09/19, 16:17

Kellie Harper is returning to Tennessee with hopes of rejuvenating one of the biggest brand names in women's college basketball, two decades after playing on three consecutive Lady Vols national championship teams.Tennessee announced Tuesday it has hired Harper as coach. She will make $750,000 per year.Harper, who just coached Missouri ...

NCAA title game, tournament see increases over last year

Basketball 04/09/19, 15:50

An average of 19.6 million people watched as Virginia beat Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament championship game, an increase of 23% over last year.The audience peaked at 23.5 million during overtime Monday night, according to Nielsen and CBS.Last year's championship game between Villanova and Michigan averaged 16.5 million on ...

St John’s coach Chris Mullin quits, cites ‘personal loss’

Sports 04/09/19, 15:38

Chris Mullin "stepped down" as basketball coach at St. John's on Tuesday after four years on the job, citing a "personal loss."Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision, saying the team "progressed well." He noted Mullin's "contributions" and "deep passion for this program," but did not detail any reason for ...

Federal probe, Virginia’s reign top 2019-20 storylines

Sports 04/09/19, 13:01

Virginia's redemption is complete.The Cavaliers won the program's first national championship by beating Texas Tech in overtime on Monday night. That sends the Cavaliers into the offseason and the 2019-20 season as a champion trying to stay on top — much more desirable than its position last year, recovering from ...

UCLA hires Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin as basketball coach

Sports 04/09/19, 12:08

Mick Cronin was hired as UCLA's basketball coach Tuesday, ending a months-long search to find a replacement for the fired Steve Alford.The university says Cronin agreed to a $24 million, six-year deal.He had a 296-146 record at his alma mater Cincinnati over 16 seasons and led the Bearcats to the ...

Baylor women might not have to wait 7 years for next title

Sports 04/09/19, 11:43

Kim Mulkey and Baylor might not have to wait another seven years to win another national championship.The Lady Bears have already gotten some good news looking ahead to Mulkey's 20th season as their head coach, with word Monday night that senior-to-be Lauren Cox won't need surgery after a gruesome-looking left ...

US lawmakers seek to protect national park in New Mexico

U.S. 04/09/19, 11:39

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are renewing a call for the creation of a formal buffer around a national park held sacred by Native Americans.A measure reintroduced Tuesday would prevent future leasing or development of minerals on federally-owned land within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) radius of Chaco Culture National Historical ...

Kentucky’s PJ Washington to enter NBA draft, hire agent

Basketball 04/09/19, 10:32

Kentucky forward PJ Washington will enter the NBA draft pool and hire an agent, ending his collegiate career after leading the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore.The 6-foot-8 Dallas native averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while leading second-seeded Kentucky (30-7) to the NCAA Tournament Midwest ...

A way-too-early poll for the 2019-20 college hoops season

Sports 04/09/19, 09:11

Virginia pulled off one of the great redemption stories in NCAA Tournament history, winning its first national title a year after losing to a No. 16 seed in the first round.The bad news: it's seven months until the next season.The confetti is still being swept up in Minnesota, but it's ...

Comeback Cavs! A year after pain, Virginia gets its title

Sports 04/09/19, 02:22

It was an easy question to ask, even if the answer was tough to absorb."Why?"It dogged Virginia for a year and three weeks — following the Cavaliers through sweat-soaked practices, hostile arenas up and down the East Coast, on talk radio and pundit-driven TV, and in their own, doubt-filled, uncertain ...

Draft Diary: Gustafson talks tourney, awards & draft prep

Sports 04/09/19, 01:31

Picture this — a little girl growing up in a town with a population of 164 people shooting hoops at the town hall outdoor court has now arrived in New York for the 2019 WNBA draft. Who would have thought? I certainly didn't.To say this past year has been extraordinarily ...

Proud pop: Dick Bennett beams as son leads Virginia to title

Sports 04/09/19, 01:27

Dick Bennett has difficult time watching his son, Tony, coach Virginia. He rarely attends games."I'm not a model of decorum or poise," said Dick Bennett, the former longtime high school and college basketball coach. "But I needed to be here."The Cavaliers didn't make it easy on the elder Bennett, beating ...

Title trophy in hand, Virginia has look of perennial power

Sports 04/09/19, 01:20

Kyle Guy had every reason to look toward next season the moment last season ended, a stunning and humiliating loss to UMBC in the NCAA Tournament forcing him into what he called "a dark place."Instead, the junior guard ruminated over the loss for weeks.Guy might want to dwell on the ...

Guy writes perfect ending in Virginia’s title-clinching win

Sports 04/09/19, 00:39

Kyle Guy never let some shaky NCAA Tournament showings scare him away from taking the shots Virginia needed to win a national title.It's why Guy has his perfect ending a year after a humiliating loss, with a piece of clipped net stuck in his hat and standing as most outstanding ...

Analysis: Offensive adjustments lead Virginia to first title

Sports 04/08/19, 23:28

Virginia got its redemption — thanks to its offense, not its vaunted defense.Riding the broad shoulders of De'Andre Hunter, Virginia beat Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime Monday night to win the program's first national title.Defensively-minded, the Cavaliers (35-3) turned a night of adjustments against Texas Tech's vaunted defense into one ...

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