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University of Denver Wins Its First Men's Lacrosse Championship


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Bill Tierney left Princeton for the University of Denver, he knew and understood he would face some criticism.

Tierney won six titles in men's lacrosse with the Tigers, but he left to build something with the Pioneers.

On Monday, he reached his destination and Denver won its first NCAA lacrosse title with a 10-5 victory over Maryland.

"If you know me at all it's not about thinking that I'm crazy," said Tierney, who has a record seven titles combined with the two programs. "It's knowing it."

"It was time for something different in a selfish way. It was just really a selfish move, but with that move came a challenge. And I think if you live life facing challenges like I asked these guys to do (you can be successful)."
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Riley Neubauer

MLS Player Mix Diskerud Surprises Youth Soccer Teams


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Mix Diskerud, a Norwegian-born midfielder for the New York City Football Club, visited Brooklyn in early May to surprise two youth soccer teams with familiar sounding names: Team Mix 8’s and Team Diskerud 10’s. These teams are part of a club with Norwegian roots called Sporting Club Gjoa that has been playing in Brooklyn since 1911.

Historically the club has named its teams after famous Norwegian players, and this year the coaches challenged the players to choose their teams’ names. One of the players came up with the idea to call their squad Team Mix. Then, kids from a different team started arguing that they wanted to change the name of their team, and Team Diskerud was born.
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Matt Collins

Slow Indy 500 Start Leads to Fast Finish


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The caution flag flew with abandon during Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Eight drivers crashed their cars, knocking out contenders and changing the dynamic of the race before Juan Pablo Montoya crossed the finish line first to win his second Indy 500.

At times, it felt like there were as many tow trucks on the track as there were cars. Conor Daly’s car caught fire before the race even began due to the car’s exhaust system because it was too hot. 
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Matt Collins

Meet the Drivers Racing in the 2015 Indy 500


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Right now, there are 33 men and women in Indianapolis, Indiana, hoping to accomplish the same goal on Sunday. Only one will succeed in winning the 99th running of the Indy 500, arguably the greatest spectacle in American sports. Only one driver will prompt the first waving of the checkered flag signaling him or her as the winner as the car crosses the finish line.  

On Thursday, I spoke with some of the IndyCar drivers at media day. I arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and walked through an underground tunnel to get to the pavilion where all of the drivers were waiting for the media to interview them. 
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Christina M. Tapper

Becky Hammon: From Clutch to Coach


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Two years ago, Becky Hammon, a gritty WNBA point guard with a flair for nailing decisive three-pointers, was chatting with San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker about life after basketball when he made a bold prediction. "I told her, You could be the first female coach in the NBA," Parker remembers. "[Spurs head coach Gregg] Popovich would hire you."

Call Parker a fortune-teller, because he was right. In a historic move last summer, the Spurs hired Hammon, making her the first full-time female assistant coach in the four major North American pro sports. Now, Hammon, who was known as Big Shot Becky as a player, is helping Popovich call the shots. She sat down with SI KIDS to talk about her first year coaching the defending NBA champions.
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JJ Post

Behind the Scenes at the NBA Draft Lottery


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You could feel excitement in the air as league deputy commissioner Mark Tatum strode to the podium at the Midtown Hilton in New York City Tuesday night at the NBA draft lottery. 

He had in his hand the envelope that would hold a team’s fate. He cracked opened the envelope and said the dreaded words, “The fourth pick in the NBA draft will be held by the New York Knicks.” 

The excitement left the room like a punctured balloon. You could hear the audible groans of the hometown fans as they realized the awful luck of their team. 
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Shoni Schimmell Will Dazzle and Inspire this WNBA Season


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Shoni Schimmel isn't a rock star or a movie star. Though as she walks around New Mexico's capital city — sometimes with her parents and five of her seven siblings as an entourage — the second-year WNBA player seems like she is. Especially at the Santa Fe Indian School, where her mom is the varsity boys basketball coach. Schimmel has visited many times, but her presence is still cause for excitement. If students spot her between classes, they scream her name and wave frantically. Those who meet her in the school's pueblo-style buildings reach for whatever objects are nearby and ask her to autograph them. Sometimes kids present her with pieces of paper, but often it's an object they will keep close to them, such as their shoes, iPhone cases, or even the shirts they are wearing. It shows just how much Schimmel's celebrity status has increased over the last year.

The 22-year-old became the highest drafted Native American player in the WNBA when the Atlanta Dream selected her with the eighth pick last April. Schimmel's large fan following made her No. 23 jersey the league's top seller, and the Dream's first player off the bench was even voted a starter on the Eastern Conference All-Star team by the fans.
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