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March Madness Kicks Off With High Drama

March Madness began in earnest Thursday with 16 games, and there were buzzer-beaters and big upsets — two No. 3 seeds went down. But overall No. 1 seed Kentucky won easily as did another top seed, Villanova.
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Among NCAA Contenders, Belmont University Outsmarts Them All

A private university in Nashville, Tenn., may have one of the smartest teams in this year's NCAA tournament. Off the court, they lead the NCAA in academic rankings.
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'Who's Who In Baseball' Turns 100 Years Old

NPR's Don Gonyea talks with baseball historian Marty Appel about the appeal of of "Who's Who in Baseball," which celebrates its 100th issue this year.
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Qatar To Host Final Of Soccer's 2022 World Cup On Dec. 18

FIFA, soccer's governing body, also said the tournament will be played over "a reduced timeframe." Separately, FIFA announced that France will host the 2019 Women's World Cup.
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First Round Of NCAA College Basketball Tournament Underway

In this first round of the tournament, smaller schools are vying for advancement to more competitive rounds.
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Dallas Seavey Wins 3rd Iditarod In 4 Years

The 28-year-old Seavey finished the race early Wednesday. He completed the 1,100-mile sled dog race in eight days, 18 hours, 13 minutes and six seconds.
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Obama Picks Kentucky To Win NCAA Tournament, Mixes In Politics

President Obama predicts Kentucky will be crowned college basketball champion and cap off a perfect season. He also picks three top seeds and one No. 2 seed to make the Final Four.
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March Madness Starts With A Bang, And A Big Comeback

Ole Miss scored 62 points in the second half last night to dig its way out of a hole and into the big bracket, on the first day of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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News From The Charity Stripe

NCAA basketball fans often strive to rattle free throw shooters — but, for commentator Frank Deford, few efforts match Arizona State's Curtain of Distraction, which he sums up as: "shock and awful."
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49ers Linebacker Chris Borland Retires Early Fearing Brain Damage

After a successful rookie year, Borland has decided to retire from football citing concerns about the damage playing the sport can inflict on the brains of players.

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