As Cavs coach Tyronn Lue steps away, he texts acting coach Larry Drew 'It's your show'

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CLEVELAND -- Larry Drew said he received a text from Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue at 1:30 a.m. Monday that said, " 'It's your show. I need to take a break for a minute.' "

Well aware of the health and sleep deprivation issues Lue has been battling this season, Drew said he answered, " 'Don't you worry about anything else, don't you focus on ...Read more

Spoelstra: 'The pain doesn't go away,' says Heat want to be with Parkland families

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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said spending Sunday at Parkland's rec-league championship games is part of an ongoing effort by the team, as members of the South Florida community, to be there for those most affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 17 more wounded.

Honoring the memories of ...Read more

Cinderella run is over, but the fun could just be beginning if UMBC keeps Odom

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Florida Gulf Coast, the only No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to reach the Sweet 16, didn't have much of a college basketball history until Andy Enfield showed up and introduced fans everywhere to "Dunk City."

Even after Enfield left following that magical 2012-13 season, FGCU has been a regular for postseason tournaments. UMBC could ...Read more

Bittersweet 16: After dreams of another upset win crumble, UMBC left with memorable morsels

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When the miracle team that was always supposed to lose in the NCAA men's basketball tournament finally did lose Sunday -- two days, one round and who knows how many shredded brackets after UMBC stunned top overall seed Virginia in an historic upset -- the Retrievers retreated to a small locker room inside the Spectrum Center.

Everything about ...Read more

NCAA Tournament winners and losers: TruTV, Sister Jean, Thomas Jefferson and more

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After two rounds, four days, 48 games and one Sister Jean, here are the NCAA Tournament's winners and losers so far.

Winner: Sister Jean

Chicago's treasure has become a national star. Bless her heart.

Loser: Thomas Jefferson

The third U.S. president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence might never have founded the ...Read more

UMBC seeks to trademark '16 over 1,' 'UMBC Retrievers' and 'Retriever Nation'

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is seeking to capitalize on its unprecedented basketball upset by registering trademarks for "UMBC Retrievers," "Retriever Nation" and "16 over 1."

The latter is a reference to UMBC's victory over the University of Virginia on Friday night, marking the first time a 16-seeded team defeated a No. 1 ...Read more

What UNC will look like next season without Joel Berry and Theo Pinson

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Joel Berry and Theo Pinson left North Carolina's locker room after Sunday's loss to Texas A&M.

The UNC seniors were taken to a different room to wait for the postgame press conference.

Starters Kenny Williams, Luke Maye and Cam Johnson were left in the stunned locker room in the Spectrum Center to answer questions about the 86-65 second-round ...Read more

Health issues force Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to step away; Larry Drew takes over

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue announced Monday he will step away indefinitely due to health issues, which include chest pains and problems sleeping.

Associate head coach Larry Drew will take over, starting with Monday night's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I think it's probably well overdue," four-time league MVP LeBron James said after ...Read more

Clippers fall two games from playoff spot when Trail Blazers earn 13th win in a row

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LOS ANGELES -- The hill the Los Angeles Clippers keep trying to climb during this injury-ravaged season is getting steeper, game after agonizing game.

They played the 69th game of their regular season Sunday night at Staples Center, losing 122-109 to the Portland Trail Blazers, who extended to 13 the longest winning streak in the NBA.

The ...Read more

West Virginia mauls upstart Marshall behind NBA prospect Carter

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SAN DIEGO -- West Virginia University, the top basketball program in the state, imports most of its players from other states or even countries.

Marshall University relies mostly on West Virginians.

Advantage, West Virginia, which overwhelmed Marshall on Sunday night, 94-71, to advance to the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Men's ...Read more

Villanova hopes a younger roster can match previous March Madness success

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PITTSBURGH -- The last two Villanova teams that went to the Final Four were veteran teams with exceptional senior leadership -- Dante Cunningham, Shane Clark and Dwayne Anderson in 2009, Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu in 2016.

In an attempt to return to that stage, the Wildcats of 2018 are trying to do so with a younger roster. They have no...Read more

Clemson thrashes Auburn by 31 to reach Sweet 16

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SAN DIEGO -- Clemson guard Gabe DeVoe III canned yet another wide-open 3-point shot in the second half, and as he shuffled back on defense, a huge grin on his bearded face, he curled his fingers and made them into spectacles.

The gesture said that his sights for the basket were dead on.

It said something else, too.

DeVoe and his Tigers ...Read more

Kansas State holds off UMBC to advance to Sweet 16

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kansas State's 50-43 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County will go down in history as the first time a No. 9 seed has defeated a No. 16 seed in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but it will not be remembered as a classic.

There were no style points to be found on Sunday at Spectrum Center -- just survival.

Good thing...Read more

Timberwolves make it a game with Rockets, but no more

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Sunday's game with the Rockets at Target Center, Timbewolves guard Jimmy Butler talked anxiously about his return, certain his team would be in the playoff mix when he returned -- either near the end of the regular season or for the playoffs.

We'll see.

Down 25 points 2 minutes into the second half, the Wolves rallied to ...Read more

Wolves' Jimmy Butler antsy to return from injured right knee

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Talking for the first time since his Feb. 25 surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee, Timberwolves All-Star guard Jimmy Butler sounded like a man aiming for a return before the regular season ends.

Butler talked about how hard it is to not be playing, having to watch the Wolves from the sidelines. He said he's feeling good and is ramping ...Read more

Heat players, Spoelstra spend Sunday alongside those impacted by Parkland shooting

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The Miami Heat continued to offer their support to the Parkland community and those impacted by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with an appearance at a Sunday basketball event.

Wearing "Parkland Strong" T-shirts, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and players Rodney McGruder, Hassan Whiteside, Josh Richardson, Wayne ...Read more

Texas A&M hands UNC its first in-state NCAA Tournament loss in 39 years

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No one is safe in this NCAA Tournament, not the No. 1 overall seed, not the favorites and not even the defending national champions on their home turf.

No. 7 seed Texas A&M added another log to the bracket fire with a 86-65 drubbing of No. 2 seed North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in the second round.

The 2017 champs are ...Read more

Top-seeded Jayhawks experience 'terrific' fans during their two wins in Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas' basketball seniors have traveled to Wichita, Kan., for "Barnstorming Tour" exhibitions almost every postseason since the Roy Williams era.

However, until Thursday and Saturday the Jayhawks hadn't played an official game in the Air Capital since an 81-51 victory over the Shockers on Jan. 8, 1992, at Levitt Arena. KU had ...Read more

Michigan State stifled, upset 55-53 by Syracuse in NCAA Tournament

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DETROIT -- Miles Bridges could not make a shot. Neither could Joshua Langford or Cassius Winston.

With every miss, Michigan State's dream of a national championship came closer to crashing to a halt against Syracuse's zone defense.

And then Winston's last-gasp, half-court heave smacked off the glass, wide left.

Season over.

The 11-seed ...Read more

Butler unable to upset Purdue in 76-73 loss

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LaVall Jordan is home and the head coaching job at Butler suits him as well his stylish threads.

His first year at Butler ended Sunday with a 76-73 loss to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena. His first thought after his first season back at his alma mater?

He wishes it wasn't over.

"Obviously thankful ...Read more