Sunday, March 18, 2018

Jeff Gordon

Davidson, Montana Lead NCAA’s Cinderella Charge

Davidson is a dangerous NCAA Tournament underdog after winning the A-10 Tournament.

Back in 2008, Davidson staged one of the great Cinderella runs in NCAA Tournament history. As a No. 10 seed, Davidson upset No. 7 seed Gonzaga, No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 3 seed Wisconsin before falling to Kansas, a No. 1 seed, in a 59-57 thriller. Baby-faced guard Stephen Curry won over sports fans everywhere by knocking down one huge …

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Sabres Regain Eichel, Maple Leafs Easing Matthews Back

Jack Eichel is close to returning to the Buffalo Sabres.

Top Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel resumed practicing with his team Tuesday, taking another big step in his comeback from his high ankle sprain. Meanwhile No. 1 Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews continued practicing with a non-contact sweater while recovering from a shoulder injury. Soon the NHL will have two of its better players back in action. Eichel was …

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Virginia Earns Top NCAA Seed, Faces Tough Bracket

Virginia flexed its muscles at the ACC Tournament, beating Louisville and Clemson before handling North Carolina in the championship game to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. We’re not sure there was much reward in that, given the bracket the Cavaliers face. Either Kentucky or Arizona could block their path to the Final Four and both …

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Injuries Deplete Flyers Defensive Corps

The reeling Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t afford to suffer simultaneous injury hits on their blue line. But they suffer did, losing Robert Hagg for two weeks with a lower-body injury and newcomer Johnny Oduya to an upper-body issue on a game-to-game basis. So the Flyers, stuck in a 0-4-1 run, recalled top prospect Travis Sanheim on an emergency basis to fill …

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Weekend Watch: Duke-North Carolina, Previewing Madness

The Duke Blue Devils are still fighting to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. So are the North Carolina Tar Heels. As luck would have it, Duke and North Carolina clash Friday night in the ACC Tournament. This is just one of the showdowns that will provide an exciting NCAA Tournament preview this weekend. Teams are getting their last chance to make …

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Elite NHL Rookies Boeser, McAvoy Shelved By Injuries

The bad injury news just keeps coming in the NHL. The latest casualties are two of the league’s top rookies, Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser and Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy. Both could miss the rest of the regular season. Boeser crashed into the boards awkwardly Monday night after taking a big hit from New York Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck. …

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Pacioretty, Bouwmeester Sidelined As NHL Injuries Mount

Montreal captain Max Pacioretty was the subject of much trade speculation around the NHL trade deadline. The perennial 30-goal scoring winger was struggling through a subpar season and the downtrodden Canadiens clearly needed to rebuild. Ultimately Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin held out for a high price, didn’t get the talented young center he sought in return . . . …

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Weekend That Was: Upsets Cloud NCAA Tournament Picture

If you can make sense of this crazy college basketball landscape, you could make a ton of money this spring. Most of us are scratching our heads. Even members of the NCAA Tournament selection committee will be making their best guess while filling out the final bracket — and those folks are living hoops 24/7 these days. Are any of …

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