Loyola Chicago routs Southern Illinois, 73-49, in Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals
Loyola Chicago got its work done early Friday. The top-seeded Ramblers easily dispatched No. 9 seed Southern Illinois, 73-49, in the first quarterfinal of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, moving the Ramblers one step closer to their first tournament title since 2018. The Ramblers’ overtime upset loss to Valparaiso in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals last season seems like eons ago now. No. 20 Loyola (22-4) is considered safely in the NCAA Tournament, unlike other seasons in which even with solid resumes they’ve needed to win the MVC Tournament for an invite in what often...
Michigan powers past Michigan State, 69-50, clinches Big Ten regular-season crown
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan wasn’t going to waste another chance to secure the Big Ten crown. Not after getting run over by Illinois. Not on Senior Night. And especially not against rival Michigan State. The No. 2 Wolverines refused to be denied as they dominated the second half to bury the Spartans, 69-50, in a foul-filled, wire-to-wire victory Thursday at Crisler Center. With the win, Michigan clinched its first regular-season conference title since 2013-14 and 15th in program history. The Wolverines also locked down the No. 1 seed for next week’s Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Sophomor...
The Detroit News
Gators use spring football to develop QB depth behind Emory Jones
Emory Jones has the inside track to become the Florida Gators’ next starting quarterback, but he will not be able to handle the job alone. Spending the past two seasons behind Kyle Trask taught Jones to be prepared to step in, just in case. Redshirt freshman Anthony Richardson is bringing a similar mentality and an abundance of confidence to the backup role this spring. “I know what I’m capable of doing,” Richardson said this week. “I feel like I’m ready.” Ideally, Richardson will not have to test his belief for some time. But by the time the 2021 Gators kick off their season Sept. 4 against F...
Chiefs reach naming-rights deal for Arrowhead Stadium with Lee’s Summit-based GEHA
KANSAS CITY — Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium has a new name effective for the 2021 NFL season. Lee’s Summit-based Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) will have its name highlighted at 1 Arrowhead Drive as the stadium’s first sponsor, the team announced Thursday. The stadium’s full name will now be GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs’ 76,416-seat stadium, renovated in 2009, plays host to the team’s home games. Financial terms of the agreement with GEHA (which is pronounced G.E.H.A., as letters, like NFL or NCAA) were not disclosed. But the contract runs through the end of th...
The Kansas City Star
Missouri holds off Florida, wins on Dru Smith's buzzer-beating layup
Playing for the first time in more than a week at a place where no Missouri team has ever won, Cuonzo Martin’s Tigers came to Florida on Wednesday with postseason seeding stakes on the line. After weeks of stops and starts, perhaps this was indeed the turning point of Mizzou’s season. The Tigers can thank Dru Smith. The senior guard played like a first-team All-Southeastern Conference guard and scored the game-winning basket just before the final buzzer in a 72-70 victory, the finishing touches on one of the best games he’s played in two years for the Tigers. Smith finished with 17 points, nin...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Greg McDermott says he offered to step down after ‘plantation’ comments, but Creighton players wanted him to stay
Creighton basketball coach Greg McDermott said Wednesday that he offered to resign after asking his players to “stay on the plantation” in a postgame speech. McDermott apologized Tuesday night for comments he made after a Feb. 27 loss. “Specifically, I said: ‘Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation,’ ” McDermott revealed in a statement. “I realize the pain that my words have caused. For that, I sincerely apologize.” McDermott said he was trying to rally his team after a 77-69 loss to Xavier and ...
New York Daily News
Aaron Henry carries Michigan State to 64-58 win over Indiana
EAST LANSING, Mich. — When Michigan State needed Aaron Henry most, he found Gabe Brown. Two assists on two big baskets at a critical moment to daze Indiana. Then Henry took over against the Hoosiers, just like he did a little over two weeks ago when the Spartans needed him most, once again breathing life into Tom Izzo’s quest for a 23rd straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The MSU junior scored 14 points in the final 4:34, including a 3-pointer with 2:10 to play and a jump-stop layup with 1:15 to go as part of a 10-1 run. That included a pair of Henry free throws with 45.2 seconds remaining to...
Detroit Free Press
Creighton coach Greg McDermott apologizes for asking players to ‘stay on the plantation’
Creighton basketball coach Greg McDermott apologized Tuesday for asking his team to “stay on the plantation” after a loss Saturday. “Specifically, I said: ‘Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation,’” McDermott revealed in a statement. “I realize the pain that my words have caused. For that, I sincerely apologize.” McDermott said he was trying to encourage the Bluejays to stick together after a 77-69 loss to Xavier and that he immediately recognized his poor choice of words. Creighton called McDer...
New York Daily News
Texas boosters threaten to withhold funds, deny jobs to athletes over school song
“What starts here changes the world” has been the official trade-marked slogan of the University of Texas since 2005. But a more apt slogan might be “Money talks.” Everything about Texas has always started and ended with money, especially when it comes to the once-proud football program. From the Permanent University Fund, which is fueled by 2.1 million acres of oil and gas land in West Texas, to the athletic department, which still made a profit of $22.1 million in 2019-20, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial largess is what Texas does best and seemingly respects most. And there appears ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A miserable day of three-point shooting hurts Villanova in a 73-61 defeat at Butler
The three-point shot has been a staple of the Villanova program since Jay Wright took over 20 years ago. Whenever they needed a big basket, the Wildcats usually were able to knock down a shot or two from beyond the arc. But the Cats came out Sunday at Hinkle Fieldhouse and couldn’t locate the hoop, shooting more air balls (three) than three-point makes (two). Their 2-of-27 performance foiled any chance they had of making up a deficit that got as high as 15 points, and Butler romped to a 73-61 upset in Indianapolis. The eighth-ranked Wildcats (15-4, 10-3 Big East) lost a conference game on the ...
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