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NCAA Champ Will Be ... Kentucky or UConn

After Kentucky tops Wisconsin 74-73 and UConn ends the night 63-53

(Newser) - It'll be the Huskies versus the Wildcats in the quest for this year's NCAA championship:
  • Wisconsin did almost everything it needed to do tonight to beat Kentucky except for hitting one crucial free throw. Ben Brust and Sam Dekker each scored 15 points, but Traevon Jackson missed a
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And the Final Four Is Set...

Kentucky, UConn join Florida and Wisconsin

(Newser) - It was a thrilling finish: Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left tonight to lift Kentucky and its freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four. After Harrison's teammate, Julius Randle, inadvertently tipped in the tying shot... More »

University of Arizona Loses, Students Riot

15 arrested in Tucson after team suffers narrow overtime loss

(Newser) - Wisconsin handed the University of Arizona a narrow overtime loss last night, and the student body cheering on the latter didn't exactly take it well, clogging a main thoroughfare in Tucson and chucking beer bottles and firecrackers at pepper spray-wielding police officers. Police eventually managed to clear the streets,... More »

Brawl Erupts on Court After College Basketball Game

Ross-Miller hurls ball at Hunsaker, things get crazy

(Newser) - A wild brawl involving players and fans who came onto the court broke out when New Mexico State guard KC Ross-Miller hurled the ball at Utah Valley's Holton Hunsaker seconds after the Wolverines' 66-61 overtime victory against the Aggies last night. Ross-Miller picked up the ball at midcourt and... More »

Nets Sign Jason Collins, NBA's First Openly Gay Player

Will play tonight as 10-day contract begins

(Newser) - Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and is set to become the first active openly gay player in the NBA. Collins will join the Nets for their game tonight in Los Angeles against the Lakers. The 35-year-old center revealed at the end of last season... More »

Rodman Sings 'Happy Birthday' to Kim Jong Un

Tour guide: It was 'surreal'

(Newser) - Yesterday saw Dennis Rodman participate in a super weird CNN interview, and the bizarre saga of Rodman in North Korea didn't end there. The former NBA player today sang "Happy Birthday" to "best friend" Kim Jong Un, the AP reports. The performance, before an exhibition game involving... More »

Rodman Back in N. Korea With NBA Old-Timers

Country's not so bad, he insists

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman is back in Pyongyang for yet another visit, accompanied by a team of former NBA stars who will play a North Korean team in an exhibition game to celebrate Kim Jong Un's birthday this week. Rodman calls it "basketball diplomacy" and brushes off suggestions that he... More »

Rodman Reveals Ex-NBA Stars to Play in N. Korea

Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, Vin Baker on exhibition-game team

(Newser) - The next stage of Dennis Rodman's North Korean "basketball diplomacy" involves an exhibition game , with former NBA stars facing off against a North Korean team. The US team includes former all-stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker, the AP reports. Also on the team: ex-NBA players Craig... More »

Rodman Back in N. Korea to 'Have Some Fun'

Will spend 4 days training basketball team

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea for his third visit, and this time he has a documentary crew along for the ride. The least influential person of 2013 will spend four days training the country's national basketball team, which is due to play a team of unannounced ex-NBAers... More »

Smoke Cancels NBA's First Mexico Game in 16 Years

Game-killing cloud blamed on generator malfunction

(Newser) - At this rate, it might be another 16 years before the NBA decides to have a game in Mexico: Last night's game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was called off after smoke filled the Mexico City arena before fans arrived, reports the AP . A generator malfunction... More »

In Bhutan, Basketball Is the Sport of Kings

Shooting hoops is a royal activity in the tiny Kingdom

(Newser) - In the Kingdom of Bhutan, basketball isn't a street sport—it's a royal sport. The New York Times goes balling with the country's 23-year-old queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, who plays every day and boasts an average of 34 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Bhutan's fourth... More »

Ref Blows Whistle After WNBA Kiss

Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus resolve dispute with peck

(Newser) - Well that's one way to make sure you're guarding someone closely enough. Things got heated between Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and Minnesota Lynx guard/forward Seimone Augustus in last night's playoff game, as the two got into an off-the-ball scrum, and started arguing, with Taurasi bumping Augustus'... More »

'King James'? NBA Considers Nicknames on Jerseys

League might test it next season

(Newser) - You might have to look twice to find NBA greats like James, Wade, Garnett, Pierce and others on the court next time. Instead, you might find King James, Flash, KG, and The Truth in their place. The NBA is considering letting players from the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets wear... More »

Jay Z Selling Half His Nets Stake to Jason Kidd: Reports

Said to own .1608%

(Newser) - Jay Z has to get rid of his Brooklyn Nets shares , and it looks like he might have found a buyer: head coach Jason Kidd, the man who first suggested he buy into the team 10 years ago. Anonymous sources tell the NY Post that the rapper will exchange half... More »

Longest Basketball Shot Ever?

Perth trick-shot artists make one from 320 feet high

(Newser) - Some trick-shot artists from Australia are destined for the Guinness record book after sinking a basketball shot from the astonishing height of 321 feet, reports the West Australian . Kyle Nebel, a 21-year-old member of the How Ridiculous troupe, launched it from a Netherlands skyscraper and found nothin' but net. It... More »

NBA's First-Ever Scorer Dies

Ossie Schechtman was 94

(Newser) - A piece of NBA history has died with Ossie Schectman, the man who scored the first basket in the league's first game. Schectman, a New York Knick, scored against the Toronto Huskies on November 1, 1946, at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. "I scored on a two-handed underhand... More »

Cavs Shock NBA With First Pick

Cleveland passes on big men to take injured Anthony Bennett in NBA draft

(Newser) - The Cleveland Cavaliers selected UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick tonight, a surprising start to the NBA draft. The Cavaliers passed on big men Nerlens Noel and Alex Len in favor of the forward who has starred for Canada's junior national teams and was the Mountain... More »

LeBron Leads Heat to 2nd Straight Title

James scores 37 points, nabs MVP

(Newser) - Victory in Game 7 brought more than another crown for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. It validated the team and its leader, forever cementing their place among the NBA's greats. For the vanquished San Antonio Spurs, it simply compounded the misery of a championship that got away. James... More »

Spurs Rally, Stun Heat in Game 1

San Antonio surges ahead in 4th quarter to win 92-88

(Newser) - The San Antonio Spurs still have that winning NBA Finals formula of good defense and a little luck on offense. Tim Duncan overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker banked in a desperation jumper on a broken play with 5.2 seconds left,... More »

Jason Kidd Hanging Up His Sneakers

40-year-old Knicks vet announces retirement after 19 NBA seasons

(Newser) - Veteran NBA player Jason Kidd announced his retirement today, after playing 19 NBA seasons. "I think it is the right time," the 40-year-old Knicks point guard told ESPN . "When you think about 19 years, it has been a heckuva ride. Physically, I want to be able to... More »

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