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Watching College Basketball's Slump Into Anonymity

This weekend, college basketball fans will be glued to TVs and computer monitors to keep tabs on the NCAA's Final Four. But as much as people love filling out brackets, the sport is being hurt by anonymous "one and done" players, says Frank Deford.
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U.S. Soccer: Does The National Team Draw Against El Salvador Matter?

The draw means the U.S. did not qualify for the Olympics for only the second time since 1976.
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Season Ends For Legendary Coach Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt, head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2011. As her 38th season concludes, Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins talks about suspicions that Summit won't return next year.
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Do Big Salaries For Coaches Guarantee Team Wins?

NCAA coaches are routinely paid six figure salaries as colleges hunt for the best talent to get their teams to a championship. New research, however, debunks the idea that paying more for coaches improves the odds of winning.
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Ping-Pong Prodigy Seeks Olympic Glory

Olympic hopefuls are training to represent the U.S. at this summer's games in London. Among them is a 17-year-old table-tennis player with his sights set on the games.
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In NCAA Tournament, A Kentucky Showdown

"Basketball Armageddon!" "Commonwealth Calamity!" Whatever hyperbole you choose, it probably doesn't describe how much Saturday's Final Four game between Kentucky and Louisville means in Kentucky. Columnists Eric Crawford of the Louisville Courier Journal and John Clay of the Lexington Herald Leader offer their insight on this bitter hoops rivalry.

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