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Steph Curry Has Playoff-Defining Night in New Orleans

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 24, 2015, 11:31 AM

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The Golden State Warriors headed to New Orleans up 2-0 in their series against the Pelicans. But in last night’s Game 3, the Pelicans put their series deficit aside and showed the Warriors they weren’t out of it. Not yet.

Heading into the fourth quarter, New Orleans had a 20-point lead on the best team in the league. It looked like the Pelicans had the game in their beaks.

But Warriors star Steph Curry wasn’t about to throw in the towel.
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2015 NBA Playoffs: Opening Round Preview

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  • Lauren Shute
  • April 17, 2015, 6:10 PM

The long regular NBA season is over, which means two things: First, no more tanking! And second, the real quest for the NBA Championship is here. The NBA playoffs begin on Saturday, and there are plenty of storylines to carry us through the also-long postseason.

Can the San Antonio Spurs repeat as champs? Can they even make it out of a Western Conference that find two other Texas teams (Houston and Dallas) looking for championship glory? Will the Pelicans play spoiler after squeaking in on the last day of the season? How does LeBron James’ return season to Cleveland end: with a title, or a whimper?

All that and more begins this weekend. And we have our predictions on what teams make it out of the first round!

Western Conference 

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Golden State over New Orleans in 6: As expected, Anthony Davis has had an incredible second season. But his presence may not be enough to hold off the firepower of Klay Thompson and MVP candidate Stephen Curry in this first round matchup. With the third and fourth best 3-point percentage in the league, it’s going to be tough for not only the Pelicans to stop them, but anyone else from the West.   
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Threepeat! UConn Tops Notre Dame for Third Straight National Championship!

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The women's basketball championship game will have a familiar feel to it with UConn and Notre Dame playing for a title for the second straight year.

Unlike last season's game when much of the conversation building up to the matchup of undefeated teams was about the frosty relationship between Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw. This year there is much friendlier attitude between the coaches and their teams, despite the rivals once again meeting on the game's biggest stage.

A win for the Huskies on Tuesday night would be a third straight title for UConn and 10th overall for Auriemma. That would tie him with UCLA men's coach John Wooden for the most all-time in college basketball.
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Ray Allen is the Ultimate Sneakerhead

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 7, 2015, 4:00 PM

Collecting sneakers has become a huge hobby and a big business in the US and around the world. And if Ray Allen’s Instagram feed is any indication, the NBA star is one of the biggest sneakerheads around.
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Check Out Duke’s Championship Bling

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 7, 2015, 11:17 AM

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Well that didn’t take long. The confetti had barely stopped falling in Indianapolis after Duke defeated Wisconsin to win the 2015 Men’s Basketball National Championship when we got our first look at the hardware players and coaches will receive. And it sure is sparkly.

The title rings were revealed on the March Madness Twitter account early this morning. They’ll be created by the company Jostens using logos and personalized touches on the sides. Oh, and diamonds. Lots and lots of diamonds.

Take a look. But maybe wear a pair of sunglasses when you do:
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UConn and Notre Dame Meet for Women’s National Championship

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  • Lauren Shute
  • April 7, 2015, 10:30 AM

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When Stanford upset UConn way back in November and pushed the Huskies into to the No. 2 spot in the country, fans and former players everywhere gabbed red pens and circled the early February matchup between the defending champs and the South Carolina Gamecocks. 

After UConn beat No. 1 ranked South Carolina, 87-62, in the regular season contest, most people immediately figured the two teams would meet again in the national championship game on April 7. 

Notre Dame, however, had a very different plan. 

In the first national semifinal over the weekend, Jewell Loyd and the Fighting Irish survived a back-and-forth game against Dawn Staley and South Carolina, earning another chance at UConn and a national title on Tuesday night.  
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Duke Wins 2015 Men's Basketball National Championship!

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke languished in the shadows of Kentucky all season, the big blue juggernaut that nobody seemed to be talking about. It was a rarity for a program with such a championship pedigree, not to mention a record-setting coach and superstar freshmen.

They can thank Wisconsin for finally returning to the limelight.

The fun-loving Badgers ended the Wildcats' pursuit of perfection in the national semifinals, and set up an intriguing showdown in Monday night's title game: Duke trying to give Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship, Wisconsin trying to capture its first in 74 years.
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