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Rookie party: Clark, Iowa to play LSU for title
DALLAS (AP) — It’s a rookie squad for the NCAA women’s basketball championship. Caitlin Clark and Iowa eliminated undefeated defending national champion South Carolina. It’s the first Final Four for the Hawkeyes in 30 years. LSU, led by flamboyant coach Kim Mulkey, rallied for a 79-72 victory over Virginia Tech. The title match will be a showcase of star guards with LSU’s Clark and Alexis Morris. Clark scored 41 points against the Gamecocks. Morris, playing in his home state of Texas, led the Tigers with 27 points in the semifinals.
Clark and Iowa end a perfect season in South Carolina in the Final Four
DALLAS (AP) — Caitlin Clark had another sensational 41-point game to help Iowa spoil South Carolina’s perfect season with a 77-73 Final Four victory. The spectacular junior guard set a record for the most scoring semifinals and became the first female player to post consecutive 40-point games in the NCAA Tournament. She now has the Hawkeyes at a place they have never gone before – one victory away from a national championship. They’ll have to beat another SEC team to do that, as Iowa faces LSU in the title game on Sunday afternoon after the Tigers beat Virginia Tech in the other national semifinal. The loss ended a terrific season for defending champion Gamecocks. They finished 36-1.
Pop, Gasol, Hammon, Parker, Nowitzki, Wade head to Hall
Gregg Popovich, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Pau Gasol, Dwyane Wade and Becky Hammon headline the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023. They will be dedicated August 11 and 12 in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Others entering the room include former North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano, 1976 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, former Purdue coach Gene Keady, former Texas A&M women’s coach Gary Blair, longtime Division III Amherst coach David Hixon and Gene Bess, who won 1,300 games at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Mulkey, LSU Women Rally in Final Four, Reach 1st Title Game
DALLAS (AP) — LSU will be participating in the women’s national championship game for the first time. Alexis Morris scored 27 points, Angel Reese had 24, and the Tigers beat top-seeded Virginia Tech 79-72 in a national semifinal. The Tigers are in their second season since coach Kim Mulkey returned to his home state to take over an LSU program that has already lost five straight national semifinals. LSU will play Sunday against the winner of the South Carolina-Iowa semifinal. Elizabeth Kitley had 18 points for Virginia Tech, the ACC champion who was competing in the Final Four for the first time.
UConn players sail fast through Ramadan during the Final Four
HOUSTON (AP) — For UConn players Adama Sanogo, Samson Johnson and Hassan Diarra, a traditional pregame meal ahead of Saturday night’s national semifinal against Miami won’t be possible. The three are Muslims who observe Ramadan and adhere to a strict dawn-to-sunset fast every day until April 20. and have a drink before entering the field.
Those who stayed hope to make Michigan a national champion
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Those Who Remain Will Be Champions has been a Michigan football mantra for generations, dating back to Bo Schembechler saying those six words to his first team in 1969. The Wolverines, two-time defending Big Ten champions , are delighted that many key players have opted to stay on this season in hopes of handling unfinished business. Michigan is scheduled to play its spring game on Saturday. Jim Harbaugh’s last two teams have beaten rival Ohio State, won conference championship games and lost in the college football playoffs. Motivated to help Michigan win its first national title since 1997, several players chose to stay.
At the Final Four, UConn in familiar territory against Miami
HOUSTON (AP) — All of this buzz about how a wildly unpredictable March Madness led to a Final Four no one could have seen coming has overlooked one small detail. This detail is UConn. When Connecticut takes on Miami in the semifinals, it will be two wins away from the school’s fifth national title since 1999. No other school has won more in that span. When the name “UConn” came up with a “4” next to its name three weekends ago on Selection Sunday, no one raised too much stench. Four wins later, it becomes clear that this is a team that could have been underestimated.
NBA, players reach agreement for new labor agreement
The NBA will have labor peace for years to come. The league and its players reached an agreement Saturday morning on a new seven-year collective bargaining agreement. The deal will start this summer and last until at least the 2028-29 season. Either party can then withdraw; otherwise, the new agreement will last until 2029-30.
Final Four: At Florida Atlantic, it’s not “FA-Who? more
HOUSTON (AP) — No one will ever confuse Tobacco Road with 777 Glades Road, which is the address of one of the most unexpected Final Four crashers in history. But out there, in the upscale retirement town of Boca Raton, Florida, is one of the most diverse and fastest-growing college campuses that very few basketball fans had heard of until to this month. Florida Atlantic University has established itself on the biggest stage in sports. He added “Final Four” to a hoops resume that might have been scribbled on the back of a cocktail napkin until now.
Gender equality: soon in a Formula 1 team?
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Taking a break in the paddock after watching Max Verstappen during a practice session at the Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne teenager Kaitlyn Bourne was loving her day on the track. Bourne, 17, wore a clear plastic poncho over a Red Bull jumper on a wintry day in Albert Park. She is a big fan of Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, absent this season. Bourne, who comes from a motorsport-loving family and watches every Grand Prix race, hopes one day she will have the chance to support a female F1 driver. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said this week in Melbourne that he believes gender equality in sport is inevitable.
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