Sports Break: For Oregon’s Jordan Bell, two missed rebounds and complete anguish: ‘I lost this game for us.’

NCAA championship preview: Sizing up Gonzaga-UNC; What does the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas say about the NFL’s relationship with sports gambling?; Roy Williams is finding peace despite strain of North Carolina’s off-court issues; Georgetown to interview Patrick Ewing for coaching vacancy; That time Roy Williams and Mark Few made a midnight run to a Mississippi casino; UNC’s Justin Jackson could always shoot. He returned to prove he could finish.; South Carolina defeats conference rival Mississippi State to win its first NCAA women’s title; Gonzaga and North Carolina took opposite paths to NCAA tournament final; For Oregon’s Jordan Bell, two missed rebounds and complete anguish: ‘I lost this game for us.’; The Gonzaga-North Carolina title game will be Goliath vs. Goliath; NCAA Final Four: North Carolina escapes with a 77-76 win over Oregon; Sindarius Thornwell has the game to match his singular name; At women’s Final Four, Mississippi State upsets U-Conn. in overtime, ending the Huskies’ 111-game winning streak; Gonzaga was an afterthought forever, and now it’s a Final Four power; Dan Monson, the man who built Gonzaga basketball, still has no regrets about leaving; Here’s proof that Tom Brady once again has his stolen Super Bowl jerseys; Rex Ryan promises to ‘be myself’ in his new role on ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ show; HBO, NFL Media and NFL Films agree to four-year extension for ‘Hard Knocks’; Fans are signing a petition urging Cristiano Ronaldo to move out of Trump Tower; Lexi Thompson lost an LPGA major after a TV viewer’s email prompted a four-stroke penalty; ESPN’s Mike Greenberg has one big regret about impending ‘Mike & Mike’ breakup; Reports: Adrian Peterson to visit with Patriots on Monday; Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez honors Oscar Taveras and Yordano Ventura; John Cena and Nikki Bella get engaged at WrestleMania 33; Madison Bumgarner becomes first pitcher to hit two home runs on Opening Day; A bold plan to build a statistically perfect bullpen; Hold off on that MVP: Trea Turner should have a good season, not a great one; MLB’s biggest surprises for 2017 will include the Tampa Bay Rays in the playoffs
 
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NCAA championship preview: Sizing up Gonzaga-UNC
We’re down to two teams and one game to decide the 2017 national champion. Will it be college basketball royalty North Carolina or Cinderella-turned-powerhouse Gonzaga?
What does the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas say about the NFL’s relationship with sports gambling?
The NFL just decided to put a team in Las Vegas yet has kept sports gambling at arm’s length, opposing legislation that would legalize it elsewhere. How does it reconcile that?
 
Roy Williams is finding peace despite strain of North Carolina’s off-court issues
Roy Williams hasn’t let the ongoing NCAA case regarding academic fraud at North Carolina diminish his enjoyment of coaching.
 
Georgetown to interview Patrick Ewing for coaching vacancy
Sources said Patrick Ewing, the greatest player in Georgetown history, will meet with the school to discuss its coaching vacancy.
 
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That time Roy Williams and Mark Few made a midnight run to a Mississippi casino
The North Carolina and Gonzaga coach have a friendship that stretches well beyond the basketball court.
 
UNC’s Justin Jackson could always shoot. He returned to prove he could finish.
The Tar Heels guard came back for his junior season for a chance to improve his draft stock and return to the Final Four. He’s accomplished both already.
 
South Carolina defeats conference rival Mississippi State to win its first NCAA women’s title
The Gamecocks defense kept Morgan William and the Bulldogs in check, pulling away for a 67-55 victory that secured the school its first basketball national championship. This is a developing story. It will be updated.
Gonzaga and North Carolina took opposite paths to NCAA tournament final
North Carolina and Gonzaga arrive at the same destination after one formed a team over years and the other came together in a flash.
 
 
For Oregon’s Jordan Bell, two missed rebounds and complete anguish: ‘I lost this game for us.’
Oregon’s Jordan Bell had an incredible NCAA tournament, but it ended with an inexplicable failure to box out, tears and agony.
 
The Gonzaga-North Carolina title game will be Goliath vs. Goliath
Gonzaga and North Carolina may be perceived differently, but don’t be mistaken: Both national title game participants are full-blown powerhouses.
 
NCAA Final Four: North Carolina escapes with a 77-76 win over Oregon
The stage is set. Monday night, we will have a national champion and it will be Gonzaga or North Carolina.
 
Sindarius Thornwell has the game to match his singular name
It’s possible that the South Carolina star is the only Sindarius in the United States.
 
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At women’s Final Four, Mississippi State upsets U-Conn. in overtime, ending the Huskies’ 111-game winning streak
The Bulldogs beat the Huskies 66-64. Mississippi State will face South Carolina, who beat Stanford earlier tonight, for the national championship on Sunday. This is a developing story. It will be updated.
Gonzaga was an afterthought forever, and now it’s a Final Four power
Coach Mark Few and Athletic Director Mike Roth reflect on the program’s humble path to its latest achievement.
 
Dan Monson, the man who built Gonzaga basketball, still has no regrets about leaving
“You don’t ever look back. To me, it’s been a tremendous sense of pride to see what Gonzaga has done,” said the coach who started the Bulldogs’ ascent but left before it became a Final Four power.
 
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