Fresh off a senior major, Stricker returns to Bethpage

Basketball 05/15/19, 18:31

The modest Midwestern lifestyle of Steve Stricker has given way to moments of celebrity over the last month.Stricker spoke Wednesday about watching the final round of the Masters from his winter home in Naples, Florida, with his wife and two daughters, when he casually mentioned that Virginia basketball coach Tony ...

Virginia fans turn out to celebrate NCAA hoops title

Basketball 04/13/19, 16:38

Thousands of fans turned out Saturday to celebrate Virginia's first national championship in basketball.The crowd, estimated at 21,000 on the school's Twitter account, filled one side of Scott Stadium five days after the Cavaliers beat Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime to win the title."This is more than we expected," coach ...

Charlottesville, once marred by racist rally, revels in win

Basketball 04/09/19, 21:41

A Virginia city once marred by deadly violence and tiki torch-carrying white supremacists chanting Nazi slogans savored a moment of bliss Tuesday as it welcomed home national men's college basketball champion University of Virginia. Charlottesville was in full party mood a day after the UVA Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech in the ...

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 ...

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 ...

1st-timers Texas Tech and Virginia face off for NCAA title

Sports 04/07/19, 17:15

For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never been done before took hard work, dedication, determination — and vision.The Cavaliers and Red Raiders meet in the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday night. Neither program has ever been this close to a title, making it a rare matchup of ...

Analysis: Virginia keeps poise in snatching win from Auburn

Sports 04/06/19, 20:52

Virginia lost its poise in a monumental first-round loss a year ago and appeared to be in trouble again Saturday night.A 10-point lead against Auburn, gone in a flash of Bryce Brown 3-pointers. A trip to the national title game, less than two seconds away from being snatched in another ...

Virginia, Auburn match contrasting styles in Final Four

Sports 04/05/19, 15:35

Virginia and Auburn meet at the Final Four in the latest installment of a long-running competition in basketball: slow and steady vs. fast and furious.The top-seeded Cavaliers are rarely in a hurry, playing a style as deliberate and methodical as the Supreme Court. The Tigers take a frenetic approach, more ...

Bennett and Belafonte among those honored at Apollo gala

Entertainment 04/05/19, 05:24

Tony Bennett had few words to say, but many more to sing.Bennett was among the honorees Thursday night at "A Great Night in Harlem," the annual fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation of America.Introduced by Ben Stiller to a capacity audience at the Apollo Theater, Bennett didn't have a speech prepared ...

Coaches gearing up for demands of the Final Four

Sports 04/01/19, 18:25

Dick Bennett's fingerprints will be all over this year's NCAA Tournament.The former longtime coach has ties to three of the four coaches in Minneapolis this week, one by blood.Bennett's son, Tony, coaches Virginia. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl used to coach against Bennett while at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Even bought one of Bennett's ...

Michigan State coach Izzo joins Final Four first timers

Sports 03/31/19, 18:53

Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four.The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship.The other ...

Virginia, Texas Tech give Final Four certain new look

Sports 03/31/19, 01:34

Texas Tech shut down the nation's most efficient offense to reach its first Final Four in 93 years as a program.Virginia erased the bitter taste of last year's historic NCAA Tournament flop by surviving Carsen Edwards' offensive onslaught to earn a spot in the national semifinals for the first time ...

Even before big upset, Virginia has history of NCAA flops

Sports 03/23/19, 17:18

Last year Virginia became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed. But the Cavaliers' recent history, even when they make it past the first round of the NCAA Tournament, isn't all that good.Coach Tony Bennett has made the tournament six straight years while averaging six ...

No. 1 Virginia avoids 2nd straight huge NCAA tourney upset

Sports 03/22/19, 16:16

No. 1 seed Virginia this year avoided the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history.The Cavaliers rallied from 14 points down Friday to beat No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb 71-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.Virginia was the top overall seed last year but lost 74-54 to 16th seeded UMBC. ...

NCAA tournament teams in San Jose content to slow it down

Sports 03/21/19, 18:28

When fans settle in to watch the NCAA Tournament games at the Shark Tank this weekend they should have plenty of extra time to check their phones after baskets to see what's happening at other sites around the country.While some teams may prefer to run and gun and launch shots ...

Virginia top seed in NCAA’s South Region 2nd straight year

Basketball 03/17/19, 17:42

Virginia now has its chance to make up for being the first No. 1 seed to lose its NCAA Tournament opener.The Cavaliers are the second overall No. 1 seed and back in the South Region bracket after losing to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County — better known as UMBC — ...

Duke’s Williamson, UVa’s Bennett headline All-ACC team

Sports 03/12/19, 10:22

Duke freshman Zion Williamson is both The Associated press player and newcomer of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Virginia's Tony Bennett is the coach of the year for the second straight year.Williamson and teammate RJ Barrett were the only unanimous selections to the AP All-ACC team also ...

Virginia, UNC, Duke headline competitive ACC tourney field

Sports 03/11/19, 15:51

This week's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament is all about the league's heavyweights.Second-ranked Virginia and third-ranked North Carolina arrive after sharing the regular-season championship and in pursuit of possible No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament. And then there's fifth-ranked Duke, hoping to get freshman star Zion Williamson back from a ...

Duke’s Williamson, UVa’s Bennett earn individual ACC awards

Basketball 03/11/19, 13:29

Duke freshman Zion Williamson has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference's player and rookie of the year, and Virginia coach Tony Bennett was picked as coach of the year.The ACC on Monday announced its award-winners following a vote of 55 media members and the league's 15 head coaches.Williamson received ...

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: No. 4 Virginia faces 2 top-10 ACC foes

Basketball 01/15/19, 02:06

Virginia's veterans have plenty of big-game experience. The fourth-ranked Cavaliers will need all of it to get through a week that includes two matchups against top-10 Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.The Cavaliers have a home game Tuesday against ninth-ranked Virginia Tech followed by a trip to top-ranked Duke on Saturday, a ...

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