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The Final Four is Set! 20

Posted: March 25, 2012 8:27 PM ; Updated: March 25, 2012 9:19 PM

KANSAS UPENDS CAROLINA

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way Sunday, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top-seeded North Carolina.

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Broncos, Jets finalize Tebow trade 37

Posted: March 22, 2012 10:20 AM ; Updated: March 22, 2012 10:20 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tim Tebow is coming to New York. Really.

After a big false start, the New York Jets pulled off a Tebow-like comeback Wednesday night, getting the quarterback who turned the Denver Broncos from an also-ran into a playoff team last season and became the NFL's most talked-about player -- for a fourth- and sixth-round draft pick.

Now, Tebowmania is opening on Broadway.

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Manning introduced as Broncos' new quarterback 30

Posted: March 20, 2012 9:47 AM ; Updated: March 21, 2012 10:19 AM

DENVER (AP) -- John Elway flashed that mile-wide grin and turned the microphone over to his new quarterback, Peyton Manning.

Talk about a powerful pair.

Introducing Manning as the newest Denver Bronco on Tuesday, the two Super Bowl winners each talked about hoisting another Lombardi Trophy, this time together. And soon.

"I realize I don't have 14 years left, by any means," Manning said. "This isn't something where I'm just building a foundation to do something in two years or three years. This is a `now' situation. We're going to do whatever we can to win right now. That's all I'm thinking about right now."

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Marshall breaks bone in right wrist 4

Posted: March 19, 2012 12:03 PM ; Updated: March 19, 2012 12:03 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall broke a bone in his right wrist during the second half of Sunday's win against Creighton in the NCAA tournament.

Marshall was hurt when he drove to the paint and was knocked to the floor by Ethan Wragge with 10:56 left. The left-handed point guard hit one of two free throws, then left the game briefly before returning and playing about 7 more minutes before leaving for good with 1:54 left.

Coach Roy Williams later cleared reporters out of the locker room to inform the team of Marshall's injury. His status for North Carolina's game against Ohio on Friday in the round of 16 in St. Louis is unclear. Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said medical staff planned to put Marshall in a cast Sunday night for his comfort.

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Kansas survives scare from Purdue

Posted: March 19, 2012 11:56 AM ; Updated: March 19, 2012 11:56 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The messages were flying in the Kansas locker room at halftime.

Elijah Johnson told his team to stop second-guessing itself. Tyshawn Taylor reminded the Jayhawks that they'd been in trouble before. Coach Bill Self finally stood up and told his team that it would take sheer toughness to rally past Purdue.

"When things don't go well and you get behind and you play uphill the whole way, it takes some energy and it takes some toughness," said Self, whose team fell behind by double-digits early and still trailed by six at the break. "My message to the whole team was trust each other."

All those messages came through loud and clear.

Johnson finished with 18 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, and No. 2 seed Kansas held off Robbie Hummel and the No. 10 seed Boilermakers 63-60 on Sunday night in a dramatic third-round game in the NCAA tournament.

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No. 11 seed NC State upsets Georgetown 1

Posted: March 19, 2012 11:55 AM ; Updated: March 19, 2012 11:55 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It's been a long time since North Carolina State was mentioned in the same breath with the elite programs in the nation - let alone its own state.

Now, a new coach and a new attitude have the Wolfpack faithful harkening back to the glory days of David Thompson and Jim Valvano.

Lorenzo Brown hit three free throws in the final 10.6 seconds and North Carolina State returned to the round of 16 with a 66-63 upset of third-seeded Georgetown in the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

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Iowa State sends UConn to early exit 1

Posted: March 16, 2012 11:44 AM ; Updated: March 16, 2012 11:44 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jim Calhoun and Connecticut didn't expect their season to end this way.

Their future is equally unpredictable.

"We're talking about tonight's game. We're not talking about me," Calhoun said after Iowa State stunned the defending national champions 77-64 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night. "I'm going to get on the plane tomorrow, go home and do what I usually do and meet up with the team on Monday. My own personal thing, I don't think it has any relevance, to be honest with you."

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