As Washington jockeys for playoff positioning in the East, the Wizards got a big win over the lowly Bucks on Saturday, 104-91. But the team's postseason push took a deserved backseat to a new rookie on the roster: Amaris Jackson.
Amaris is a 10-year-old Wizards fan — and she's fighting a rare form of kidney cancer. She's gone through two months of chemotherapy and surgery, and has another operation scheduled this week to remove a lung tumor. But before the procedure, Amaris had the experience of a lifetime thanks to the Wizards and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
By Jaime Aron
Editor’s note: Kid Reporter Jake Aron just finished five days of covering the Final Four. He filed blog posts, video reports, and social media updates throughout the last three games of the men’s basketball season. And along for the ride was his dad, former Associated Press Texas Sports Editor Jaime Aron. Jaime looks back on the experience of watching his son break into the business.
When many of the reporters covering the Final Four saw my 11-year-old son in the media workroom, few considered his presence cute. Offensive is more like it. One TV reporter groaned that his station got only four credentials, yet I let my kid tag along? I understood the vibe. I felt that way when covering big events, too.
So when a reporter I’d never met came over to us on Friday afternoon and told Jake what a great job he was doing, it felt really nice. When it happened again, it was even more validating. As the compliments piled up, it became clear this kid had established himself as more than some late-night-TV novelty act.
“You act like you belong here,” a national columnist told Jake. “Keep it up.”
By the title game on Monday night, reporters, volunteers, and security guards were greeting him by name. Jake was even posing for selfies with strangers. (Thankfully, no one asked for his autograph; that might’ve really gone to his head.)
“After (title game coaches) John Calipari and Kevin Ollie, you are the most visible person at the Final Four,” a reporter from Chicago told Jake.
This season’s Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team knows a lot about winning and nothing about losing. Behind sophomore forward Breanna Stewart’s 21 points, UConn defeated Notre Dame in the 2014 national championship game, 79-58. The Huskies remained a perfect 40-0 and handed the Fighting Irish its first loss of the season (37-1).
Before the two squads met for a historic battle of the undefeateds, UConn head coach Gene Auriemma had a plan for his team. "Our strategy for the tournament isn't survive and advance. It's dominate and conquer," he said in commercials leading up to the big game. Here’s a numerical breakdown of how the Huskies did just that.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) With Breanna Stewart back for two more seasons, Geno Auriemma and UConn are in position to win a few more titles.
None may be sweeter than the record ninth championship the Huskies won Tuesday night in unprecedented fashion.
Connecticut reached the pinnacle in style, routing Notre Dame in the first NCAA women's basketball championship game featuring undefeated teams.
Auriemma and his Huskies have one more title than Pat Summitt and Tennessee for most all time, and they did it in the Hall of Famer's backyard.
The 79-58 rout of the Irish capped the careers of seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley. The pair were the final remaining links to the Huskies' NCAA-record 90-game winning streak that ended when they were freshman. The duo finished their careers with back-to-back championships.
The next 10 inductees into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame were announced Monday at a news conference in Dallas. Former NBA commissioner David Stern and former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond were among the people chosen. So was former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, who led his team to an NCAA title exactly 20 years ago today. Richardson said he is in eight other Halls of Fame, but this one means the most.
The other new members of the Hall are former NBA stars Sarunas Marciulionis, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, and Guy Rodgers; former Maryland coach Gary Williams; former ABA coach Bob "Slick" Leonard; and the Immaculata University women's teams from 1972-74.
Now this is a perfect matchup. No, literally it is. On Tuesday night, two teams who haven’t lost the entire season (zero losses!), the Connecticut Huskies (39-0) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (37-0), will face off for the college women’s hoops championship in Dallas. It will be the first women’s title game between two unbeaten teams.
Connecticut will try to capture an unprecedented ninth national championship, while Notre Dame will aim for its first title since 2001.