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All Four No. 1 Seeds Reach Women’s Final Four

The women’s Final Four is set, and  UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are headed to Columbus, Ohio.  This will mark the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the national semifinals. It’s the 11th consecutive Final Four appearance for the Huskies. UConn has made it into the national semifinals for the 19th time overall. The Huskies will face Notre Dame on Friday night. The Cardinals will play the Bulldogs in the other game. ...Read more

Senior Grayson Allen, Along With Several Duke Freshmen, To Leave For The NBA

Duke started the season at No. 1, but their season ended before the Final Four. The Blue Devils now await the NBA draft decisions from several potential one-and-done freshmen. The team started four freshmen, but they may have played their final game at Duke. An 85-81 overtime loss to Kansas in the Midwest Regional final brought an end to the season for Duke (29-8), and to the four-year college career of captain Grayson Allen.  “I’ve learned so much in my four years here, coming out a completely different person and for the better,” Allen said.  Players Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., and guards Duval and Gary Trent Jr. have big decisions to make in the coming weeks, as well. Duke finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference, four full games behind a Virginia team that claimed the No. 1 ranking in the final AP poll. The Blue Devils lost to rival North Carolina in the ACC Tournament semifinals, and reached their third regional final in six years. ...Read more

NBA G-League Player Zeke Upshaw Dies At 26 After Collapse On Court

NBA G-League player Zeke Upshaw is dead after collapsing on the court during a basketball game on Sunday. He was 26. Upshaw, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Chicago, was in his second season for the Grand Rapids Drive, the development league affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. He collapsed at the end of a game Saturday against the Long Island Nets and was taken off the court on a stretcher. Upshaw was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead Monday morning,  While initial reports suggested cardiac arrest, a cause of death has not been announced. Upshaw played college basketball at Illinois State for three seasons before transferring to Hofstra University. As a senior in 2013-14, he averaged 19.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. The team said it was mourning the loss in a statement Monday afternoon. ...Read more

Giants’ Southpaw Madison Bumgarner Has Surgery On Left Hand

The San Francisco Giants announced on Saturday that pitcher Madison Bumgarner had surgery Saturday to have three pins inserted into his fifth metacarpal (pinkie) The Giants have not yet given an estimate for Bumgarner’s return, but sources say he is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Bumgarner suffered the injury on his pitching hand after being hit by a line drive in Friday’s spring training game against the Kansas City Royals. Bumgarner was the 2014 World Series MVP, but missed nearly three months last season after a dirt bike accident April 20 in Colorado. After 6 seasons in a row with double-digit wins, more than 200 innings and 30-plus starts, Bumgarner went 4-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts last season and threw just 111 innings. ...Read more

NFL Star Michael Bennett Indicted On Charge Of Injury To Elderly At Super Bowl

NFL defensive end Michael Bennett was indicted Friday in Houston on a charge of injury to the elderly in connection with an incident that occurred when he was a spectator at the 2017 Super Bowl. The Harris County district attorney’s office said Bennett rushed the field when the game ended to congratulate his brother Martellus Bennett, who played for the winning New England Patriots.  Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference that Bennett was told to use a different field entrance, but he pushed through the security detail, which included a 66-year-old paraplegic woman in a wheelchair. The woman suffered a sprained shoulder in the February 5, 2017, incident, Acevedo said.  Bennett’s legal team does not have a comment at this time.  Harris County said the felony charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. ...Read more

New York Giants Trade Jason Pierre-Paul To The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New York Giants on Thursday announced that they have traded long-time defensive end and two-time Pro Bowler Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The move sends JPP along with a fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for a third-round pick and fourth-round selection. Pierre-Paul earned two Pro Bowl appearances in his eight seasons with the team. His best performance came back in 2011 when the South Florida product recorded 16.5 sacks en route to earning All-Pro honors. The move saves New York north of $12 million against this year’s cap.  ...Read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Leaves Manchester United To Sign With LA Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his move from Manchester United to MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy, signing a contract through until the end of the 2019 season.  Sources had suggested Ibrahimovic’s time at Old Trafford was coming to an end, and Sports Illustrated confirmed that he has followed in the footsteps of former Premier League stars David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole by signing for the Galaxy. Ibrahimovic has not featured for the Red Devils since he was substituted in the Boxing Day draw against Burnley, with Jose Mourinho subsequently granting him permission to leave. ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Zay Jones Arrested For Vandalism After Fight With Brother

Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones was arrested Monday in Los Angeles after a bizarre incident involving his brother, Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones. Zay was arrested at an apartment building naked and bloody after attempting to smash through a glass window on the 30th floor. Video obtained by TMZ Sports shows Zay shoving Cayleb in a hallway and shouting he is going to “fight for Jesus.” The clip later shows what appears to be Zay’s blood on the walls of the apartment building where Cayleb’s girlfriend is a resident. Reports are that Cayleb restrained Zay as he was attempting to squeeze through a hole in the 30th floor window he previously kicked his foot through.  The Bills said in a statement “We are aware of the incident involving Zay Jones.  We are still in the process of gathering more information on the matter. At this point, we will have no further comment.” ...Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Kyle Korver Excused After Brother’s Death

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced in a statement that guard Kyle Korver has been excused from Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors to be with his family after his brother Kirk died on Tuesday.  Kirk Korver, 27, was the youngest of four Korver brothers, all of whom played basketball at the college level or above. Kirk finished his career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013-14, amassing 597 points and 267 rebounds in four seasons as a forward for the Kangaroos. Kyle Korver missed the Cavs’ victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday to attend to what was termed a family medical emergency. “We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt best to Kyle and his entire family as they go through this very difficult time,” the Cavaliers said in a statement. ...Read more

Oklahoma Guard Trae Young Leaves OU To Enter NBA Draft

On Twitter this Tuesday, Freshman guard Trae Young posted that he will be leaving the University of Oklahoma to enter the NBA draft in June.  Young, 19, delivered a first-team All-America season and has elevated himself into comparisons with a young Stephen Curry. Young and his family, including his father, Ray, will soon start meeting with prospective agents for representation. Young is expected to start training for the pre-draft process with a trainer in California. Young had 28 points and eight assists in the Sooners’ season-ending loss to Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. For the season, Young led Division I players in scoring (27.4 points per game) and assists (8.7 per game).  ...Read more