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Eight Notes That Have Meant ‘N.C.A.A. Tournament’ for a Quarter-Century

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:34:53 GMT

Bob Christianson working in the basement studio in his home in Manhattan. He wrote and composed the theme song for the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament that CBS has been using since 1993.The hummable theme song, first aired in 1993, is now familiar to almost anyone even remotely near a television in March.


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North Carolina’s Love of College Sports Spurred Move to Repeal Bathroom Law

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:36:20 GMT

The North Carolina Tar Heels after winning their region in the N.C.A.A. men’s tournament on Sunday in Memphis. Coach Roy Williams, left, has been outspoken in opposing the state law known as House Bill 2.The law, which curbed protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, had led sports organizations such as the N.C.A.A. to cancel events in the state.


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Sports of The Times: Facing Congress, Some Sports Officials (Not All) Begin to Confront Sexual Abuse

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:36:59 GMT

The former gymnast Jamie Dantzscher listened to testimony from Jessica Howard, a former national champion in rhythmic gymnastics, at a congressional hearing about sexual abuse on Tuesday.A doctor is accused of molesting dozens of young gymnasts. Now a senator is calling for an investigation into “who knew what and when.”


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A Ladder, Sharp Scissors and a Basketball Net. What Could Go Wrong?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:22 GMT

Chris Silva cutting off a strand of net after South Carolina reached the Final Four with a 77-70 win over Florida.College basketball’s rite of spring — cutting down the net after a big victory — comes with a snip of danger.


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Expanded 2026 FIFA World Cup Means More Slots for Africa, Asia and Americas

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:54:26 GMT

Countries like Honduras, in white, and Costa Rica will see their chances to qualify for the World Cup increase significantly under FIFA’s proposal.Every confederation will see its allotment of World Cup places increase, and a new playoff tournament will decide the final two spots.


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Fans Have Spoken: Indoor Football Team Won’t Sign Greg Hardy

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:41:16 GMT

Greg Hardy in 2013. A former Panthers and Cowboys defensive end, he last played in the N.F.L. in 2015.The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, who have made fan participation the cornerstone of their team, let their fans vote on whether to sign Hardy, who has faced off-the-field issues.


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Like Old Times as Venus Williams Beats a No. 1 and Her Father Beams

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:41:00 GMT

Venus Williams played a ball in a win over Angelique Kerber on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.Williams, 36, beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber on Wednesday to advance to the Miami Open semifinals on Thursday.


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Top Amateur Picks College Over L.P.G.A. Qualifying School

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:18:31 GMT

Hannah O’Sullivan, the world’s No. 2 female amateur player, will become a freshman at Duke this fall. She said she realized that “a college experience is really important, and I didn’t really see the reason to push past that.”Hannah O’Sullivan, the world’s No. 2 female amateur, has decided to attend Duke instead of pursuing professional golf full time.


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Times Readers Share Their Zingers About Ronaldo’s Bust

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:35:09 GMT

The bust of Portuguese soccer player Ronaldo was unveiled at Madeira’s airport on Wednesday.New York Times readers had a lot to say about the appearance of the bust of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Here are some of those responses.


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American League Preview: Astros Are Still Waiting to Win a World Series Game. That May End.

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:16:03 GMT

Brian McCann, celebrating a home run he hit during a spring training game, is among the veterans the Astros acquired over the winter to supplement their core of homegrown players.Houston has an overloaded offense that could provide matchup problems for its American League rivals this season.


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National League Preview: Cubs, on Top, Look to Stay There in a Season Not Unlike the Last One

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:13:37 GMT

Albert Almora celebrated after hitting a three-run home run during spring training. Almora was the first draft choice of Theo Epstein’s regime in Chicago, going sixth over all in 2012.Through more than two decades of wild-card play, the National League hasn’t sent the same group of teams to the playoffs two years in a row. Expect that to change.


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Ken Sparks, Among Most-Winning College Football Coaches, Dies at 73

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:45:58 GMT

Coach Ken Sparks in 2013. He spent his entire 37-year career as a college head coach at Carson-Newman.Sparks spent his 37-year college head coaching career at Carson-Newman University, compiling a 338-99-2 record before retiring in November.


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Mets Add Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman to Rotation

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:45:45 GMT

Zack Wheeler missed the past two Mets seasons after Tommy John and forearm surgery. He is scheduled to start on April 7.With opening day on Monday, the Mets answered most of the lingering questions about their roster on Thursday.


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On Baseball: When It’s Baseball Forever

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:23:29 GMT

A broadcaster, an umpire, a coach. And three players. Together, they have logged nearly 200 seasons in the majors, and they’re still going.


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Warriors 110, Spurs 98: Warriors Erase 22-Point Deficit to Beat Spurs and Build Lead in West

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:58:24 GMT

Stephen Curry driving to the basket during the Golden State Warriors’ comeback win on Wednesday.Stephen Curry had 29 points as Golden State earned its first win over San Antonio this season.


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Venus Williams Beats No. 1 Angelique Kerber at Miami Open

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:51:42 GMT

Venus Williams hitting a return against Angelique Kerber at the Miami Open. Williams’s victory put her in the tournament’s semifinals for the first time in seven years.Williams, the 11th seed, beat Kerber, 7-5, 6-3, to reach the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in seven years.


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Joakim Noah’s Suspension Starts as Knicks Are Eliminated From Playoffs

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:35:30 GMT

Joakim Noah signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks in the off-season, but he played in only 46 games.Hours before a loss knocked the Knicks from postseason contention, Noah was cleared medically to play, triggering the beginning of his suspension for taking a performance-enhancing substance.


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With Opening Day Near, the Yankees Have Decisions to Make

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:33:55 GMT

Aaron Hicks, right, calling himself safe at second base during an exhibition game Wednesday.The exhibition season is almost over, and the team still has a number of unsettled spots on its roster.


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