Aztecs have no trouble with Boise State, improve to 26-0
BOISE, Idaho — This was supposed to be the one.The one where San Diego State let down after an emotional net-cutting ceremony Tuesday night to celebrate the Mountain West title.The one where the Aztecs had an off-shooting day against a veteran, hungry team that had won six of its last seven.The one in the arena where they had dropped three straight and were blown out by 24 last year.The one where, finally, they lost.It wasn’t.The Aztecs basketball team that continues to confound continued to roll, methodically brushing aside Boise State with the nonchalance of a snowplow clearing University Dr...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kansas Jayhawks having a No. 1 seed kind of season, yet are chasing Baylor in Big 12
At 11-1, Kansas men’s basketball is off to its best Big 12 start in a decade. The Jayhawks have won 10 straight, played the nation’s strongest schedule, stand No. 3 in the national polls and are pointed toward another top seed in the NCAA Tournament.“Before the season … every coach in America would sell out for that in conference play, I would think,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.Yet, KU remains in chase mode.Baylor is the front runner, in the Big 12 and nationally. The Bears are poised to be ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll for the fifth straight week after walloping West Virginia on ...
The Kansas City Star
Gophers' NCAA hopes take a hit in painful 58-55 loss to Iowa
MINNEAPOLIS — Teams with double-digit losses in mid-February like Richard Pitino’s Gophers can’t afford to drop too many more games to stay in contention for the NCAA tournament.Sunday felt like it had heavy March Madness implications for one team in particular, the Gophers blew a chance to help their postseason chances with a disappointing 58-55 loss against No. 21 Iowa in front of a sellout crowd at Williams Arena.Daniel Oturu led the Gophers (12-12, 6-8) with 15 points, but his errant free throw in the waning seconds was just one of several missed opportunities.Minnesota led by six points w...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mark Bradley: The Astros are sorry this story won't go away
The Astros Apology Offensive launched Thursday. As you’d expect from a campaign a month in the formation, it came across as less than heartfelt. We might even call it canned, but we’d beat a joke to within an inch of its life. Here was team owner Jim Crane: “Our opinion is that this (his team’s sign stealing) didn’t impact the game.”Shortly thereafter, Crane said: “I didn’t say it didn’t impact the game.”Players Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve, who had declined to express remorse, decided that, after further review, they were remorseful after all. “I have learned from this,” Bregman said, the les...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bob Ford: Villanova fighting to remain successful in the Big East it created
The highlight reel, which ended as only the most fortunate of highlight reels end — in a shower of confetti falling on a championship trophy — came to its wild, familiar conclusion, and Ryan Arcidiacono walked onto the basketball court at Finneran Pavilion at halftime Wednesday night.Former teammate Kris Jenkins, the recipient of the most famous pass ever thrown in Villanova basketball history, applauded from the sideline, and the crowd stayed in its seats to watch as Arcidiacono’s jersey was retired.“You were always with us,” Arcidiacono told the fans. “From losing to Columbia to winning a na...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mel Tucker gets raise to $5.5M per year as Michigan State football coach
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Mel Tucker got a significant raise when he decided to leave Colorado to become Michigan State’s 25th football coach.Tucker was introduced on Wednesday evening, replacing Mark Dantonio, who stepped down after 13 seasons while becoming the program’s winningest coach. Earlier in the evening, Tucker signed a six-year contract that will pay him $5.5 million annually, a significant bump from the $2.675 million he made in his lone season at Colorado’s head coach.In Tucker’s contract that Michigan State released Thursday, the new coach will be paid a base salary of $3.8 million i...
The Detroit News
Larry Stone: Washington baseball team hit hard by death of junior-college coach John Altobelli in helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant
SEATTLE — The morning of Sunday, Jan. 26 dawned in typical fashion for the University of Washington’s baseball team.Players milled in their locker room, preparing to head out for stretching before an intrasquad scrimmage. The Huskies’ season opener was less than three weeks away, and a sense of urgency was setting in.The reverie was broken by the jolting news hitting everyone’s cellphones simultaneously — former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, unbelievably, had died in a helicopter crash, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Davis Delorefice, the Huskies’ junior-transfer outfielder...
The Seattle Times
Michigan hasn't beaten Ohio State in 3,000 days: When will the streak ever end?
The date was Nov. 26, 2011.It was the first season for Brady Hoke as head coach at Michigan. The Wolverines had lost seven straight to rival Ohio State, including a 30-point loss the year before.But this season was different.Michigan (9-2) was ranked 16th in the nation. Ohio State was reeling after the resignation of Jim Tressel. They had an interim coach leading the program (whatever happened to Luke Fickell, anyway?) and entered the game on a two-game skid.A different season, indeed.In the first matchup between a pair of first-year coaches in the rivalry in 82 years, Denard Robinson was resp...
Detroit Free Press
Mark Bradley: Even the ACC hasn't been itself in this strange year
The ACC plays the best basketball. You could look it up. Of the 20 NCAA titles taken since 2000, ACC teams have won eight. That’s more than the SEC (three), the Big 12 (one), the Big Ten (one) and the Pac-12 (zero) put together.(You might quibble and say, “Maryland was one of those NCAA champs, and it’s no longer in the ACC.” My response would be, “Yeah, but Syracuse and Louisville, which won 21st Century titles in the Big East, have since joined the ACC. That’s a two-for-one trade.”)In March 2013, Mike Krzyzewski spoke in Indianapolis ahead of Duke’s regional final against Louisville, which w...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Paul Sullivan: The Manfred Playoff Plan is ridiculous. But that won't stop MLB from implementing it.
MESA, Ariz. — In his never-ending attempt to make baseball unrecognizable to its core fans, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly is planning to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 14 and let some of them choose their first-round opponents.The obvious goal is to create more late-season interest in playoff races, generate more revenue from networks televising postseason games and show the world that outside-the-box ideas are the only way to grow the sport.The reaction was near unanimous after the plan was leaked to the New York Post: Manfred is a complete idiot.It’s just a plan for now and w...