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1. More madness likely in Sweet 16 - 3/24/2021
A year after the NCAA Tournament was canceled, the madness returned with an opening weekend full of upsets. No. 1 seed Illinois, gone. So is Ohio State. High seeds Texas and Virginia also are out, replaced by upstarts and mid-major noisemakers. It was a wild opening ride to be sure and the tournament is all but guaranteed to have a few more unexpected twists and turns.

2. NCAA Tournament returns after hiatus - 3/16/2021
The 2020 NCAA Tournament was wiped out by the coronavirus, robbing the sports world of one of its greatest spectacles. After a chaotic season through a pandemic, March Madness is back. This year's bracket will be like no other, played entirely in Indiana over a span of three weeks.

3. Revisiting the Buc's Championship Run - 2/11/2021
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' run from the wild card to Super Bowl champions was a remarkable one. Tom Brady and the Bucs became the first team to beat three former Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks on the way to the title, defeating Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes in successive games. Tampa Bay became the seventh wild-card team to win it all and the first since the 2010 Green Bay Packers.

4. Brady joins exclusive club - 2/3/2021
A 10th trip to the Super Bowl puts Tom Brady in some exclusive company across sports. Brady's 10th trip to the title round comes a few months after LeBron James did the same in the NBA Finals, making them the only players in the four major North American sports leagues to do that in more than 30 years. Brady and James are the first players to make it to the title round for a 10th time since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it in his final season in the NBA in 1989.

5. Heat still believe turnaround will come - 2/3/2021
As if losing the NBA Finals isn't bad enough, there now seems to be a curse that stretches into the following season. The Miami Heat aren't believing that quite yet - even after a disastrous start to the 2020-21 campaign. The reigning Eastern Conference champions are 6-12, matching the franchise's worst 18-game start since opening 4-14 in 2007-08. The roster has been decimated by injuries and virus-related issues, and the current losing streak reached five games.

6. Brady, Mahomes prepare for 5th matchup - 2/1/2021
There was a regular-season shootout and a playoff masterpiece the first season that Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady met on a football field. Brady came out ahead in those two meetings, but Mahomes has gotten the edge the past two times they met. Now as they are set to meet on football's biggest stage of the Super Bowl, it's time to look back at those first four games when they shared a field.

7. NBA protocols stiffen amid postponements - 1/13/2021
With five games called off this week already and more teams dealing with virus-related issues, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association enacted additional rules Tuesday in the hope of keeping the season going safely. Players and team staff will have to remain at their residence when in their home markets and are prohibited from leaving their hotels when on the road.

8. Saban/Alabama looking for 6th title - 1/11/2021
Trying to figure out which of Nick Saban’s Alabama teams is best is akin to picking Michelangelo’s greatest work of art or Ernest Hemingway’s best novel. They are all excellent in their own way. The top-ranked Tide (12-0) are set to face No. 3 Ohio State (7-0) on Monday for the College Football Playoff championship in search of their sixth national title with Saban as coach.

9. Chiefs head into playoffs with plenty of rest - 1/4/2021
It took the Kansas City Chiefs sitting half their starters, some with injuries but most as a precaution, for the defending Super Bowl champs to lose by more than one possession for the first time in an NFL-record 60 games. If the streak was going to end, the Chiefs are fine with it happening that way. The Chiefs (14-2) missed out on matching the 2011 Packers for the best regular-season record by a defending champion, but that hardly matters in the end.

10. Heisman Trophy Preview - 1/4/2021
Two Alabama teammates, quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith, join Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask as the finalists for the 86th annual Heisman Trophy. The winner will be announced Tuesday. Smith is a heavy 1 to 8 favorite to win the award.

11. Gonzaga-Baylor remain 1-2 in AP Top 25 - 1/4/2021
While Gonzaga and Baylor remain firmly atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll, Shaka Smart and the fourth-ranked Texas are making a push into the rankings' top tier, too. The top-ranked Zags and second-ranked Bears remained 1-2 in Monday's latest Top 25 as they have all season.

12. March Madness will be played in Indiana - 1/4/2021
The NCAA announced Monday that all 67 men's basketball tournament games including the Final Four will be played entirely in Indiana in a bid to keep the marquee event from being called off for a second consecutive year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Games will be played one at a time on two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. They will also be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena at Purdue and Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

13. Pandemic leaves college hoops in disarray - 11/25/2020
Wichita State landed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Monday afternoon, masked up and looking forward to tipping off the season in the Crossover Classic. A few hours later, the Shockers announced they were out of the tournament after multiple positive COVID-19 tests. Event organizers said the tests came from two players who were re-tested before the final decision was made. This is the reality of College Basketball in 2020/2021.

14. Bucs host Rams in key NFC West battle - 11/22/2020
The Buccaneers (7-3) are off to their best start in a decade in their first season with Tom Brady, however they have lost two of three night games and frankly were fortunate to win the one they did. The team hopes to buck the trend Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams (6-3), who are coming off an impressive victory over Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. When these two teams last met, the Bucs prevailed in a wild 55-40 shootout in LA.

15. Bedlam rivalry is key in Big 12 race - 11/20/2020
It's Spencer vs. Spencer at quarterback on Saturday when No. 14 Oklahoma State (5-1, 4-1 in Big 12) faces No. 18 Oklahoma (5-2, 4-2 in Big 12) in Norman. Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State's quarterback, has the experience edge after starting most of the 2019 season. Spencer Rattler, his Oklahoma counterpart, redshirted last season but having played against Texas earlier this season, has gained experience in rivalry games. Both teams are within striking distance of the current Big 12 leaders, Iowa State.

16. Rams' first COVID positive leaves McVay frustrated - 11/20/2020
Sean McVay was driving home from work Tuesday night when he got a phone call from Reggie Scott, the Los Angeles Rams' director of sports medicine.

17. Broncos rookie receivers a bright spot in difficult season - 11/20/2020
Even with quarterback Drew Lock struggling to stay accurate and available and the Broncos tumbling toward another losing season, there's reasons for optimism on offense.

18. Wilson throws 2 TDs, Seahawks hold off Cards - 11/20/2020
Russell Wilson rebounded from his worst performance of the season to throw for two touchdowns, and the Seattle Seahawks moved back on top of the NFC West with a 28-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

19. Saints look to Winston, Hill, as they host improving Falcons - 11/20/2020
Alvin Kamara expresses confidence in the Saints' ability to quickly coalesce around a fill-in quarterback while record-setting, 15-year starter Drew Brees is injured.

20. South Carolina fires Muschamp - 11/16/2020
South Carolina fired football coach Will Muschamp on Sunday, the second time he’s been let go from a Southeastern Conference program in midseason.

21. No. 13 Wisconsin routs Michigan 49-11 in 1st game in 3 weeks - 11/16/2020
Nakia Watson and Mason Stokke each scored two touchdowns in the first half, helping No. 13 Wisconsin build a big lead in a 49-11 rout of Michigan on Saturday night.

22. Kelly earns 100th win, No. 2 Notre Dame rolls past BC 45-31 - 11/16/2020
Ian Book passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Notre Dame overcame an early deficit to roll to a 45-31 over Boston College on Saturday.

23. Trask, No. 6 Florida thump Hogs 63-35 - 11/16/2020
Kyle Trask extended his school record for consecutive games with at least four touchdown passes to six and No. 6 Florida overwhelmed Arkansas 63-35 on Saturday night in the Swamp.

24. Hail Murray: Cardinals stun Bills 32-30 in final seconds - 11/16/2020
Kyler Murray completed a stunning 43-yard desperation pass to DeAndre Hopkins with 2 seconds left to lift the Arizona Cardinals to a 32-30 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

25. Steelers rout Bengals, stay unbeaten - 11/16/2020
Ben Roethlisberger apparently doesn't need to practice to carve up the Cincinnati Bengals.