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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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SportsKids of the Month: April 2015

In each issue of Sports Illustrated Kids, we feature three kids who excel in sports, does well in school, and gives back to the community. These young athletes do it all — on and off the field! Meet this month’s SportsKids of the Month!

sportskids of the month april 2015 micah schnydersMicah Schnyders, 13
New Lenox, IL

In January, Micah led Southwest Chicago Christian School to victory in the Calvin Tournament championship. He scored a combined 67 points in the semifinal and title game for the 13--2 Titans.
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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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Patrick Andres

Selecting the College Basketball All-Star Teams

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The college basketball season is drawing to a close. The the championship game is tonight, and it’s an event celebrating all that is good on the hardwood. We will see some of the game’s finest players in action.

But one event that could be added to Final Four weekend is a college basketball all-star game. Unlike even college football, which boasts the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, college basketball has no hype-filled event showcasing its premier players and coaches.

College basketball, however, needs such a game. It needs an event that NBA scouts can pore over, networks can televise, and, most significantly, one that fans will enjoy. The four major sports have all-star games that are wonderful spectacles displaying the best of the best, where fans can see all the top players in one place. A college basketball all-star game would serve that purpose perfectly, as the sport’s abundant amount of teams and spread-out talent pool make it very rare to see even a few of the hardwood’s best in one game.
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Matt Collins

Day Two at the 2015 Final Four: Gametime!

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On Saturday night, Duke defeated Michigan State 81–61, and then Wisconsin ended Kentucky’s dream of a perfect season. In the first national semifinal, Duke used tenacious defense to stop the Spartans, who got off to a quick start and led 14–6 after the first media timeout. 

Then the Blue Devils stepped up and took control of the game. It seemed like there was a lid on the basket preventing the Spartans from scoring. Once Duke took the lead, they never looked back and finished with a convincing 20-point victory. 

“It’s unbelievable,” said Duke forward Marshall Plumlee afterward. “I am so happy, and I have great teammates.” 
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