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UNC basketball’s biggest threat to title hopes could be postseason ban — North Carolina is expected to be a prime contender for the 2016 men's basketball national championship. Some outlets have the Tar Heels ranked No. 1 in their early Top 25s. But after the school received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Friday, the question becomes this: Will the Heels even get a postseason chance to show how good they are?

Why Everett Golson's transfer to Florida State shouldn't be an issue — Everett Golson to Florida State is college football free agency at work. We should all be fine with it. Well, maybe Clemson and Georgia Tech and Louisville aren't fine with it - they're the teams chasing the Seminoles in the Atlantic Coast Conference - but there should be no new outcry about this form of free agency.

American Pharoah settles frayed nerves in a resounding Preakness romp — BALTIMORE - The first rain drops fell innocently upon Pimlico Race Course at 5:52 p.m. Post time in the Preakness Stakes was 26 minutes away. Nobody knew what was about to be unleashed, by Mother Nature and by American Pharoah. In torrential tandem, they took Baltimore by storm.

College basketball just got better — College basketball became a better game Friday. Rejoice and be glad in it. The NCAA men's basketball rules committee took a big swing at fixing what ails the sport, announcing an array of proposed alterations to the way the game is played. This no longer is a sport that seems terrified of change.

Great debate: Did Victor Espinoza whip American Pharoah too many times? — Whether you vilify Victor Espinoza's Kentucky Derby ride or defend it, this much is clear: all eyes in Baltimore will be on the jockey's right arm, and how many times he brings his riding crop down on the flank of American Pharoah on Saturday in the Preakness.

American Pharoah the Preakness favorite, but will Todd Pletcher sabotage his Triple Crown bid? — BALTIMORE - Now that trainer Todd Pletcher has done what he does best - lose the Kentucky Derby, then take his ball and go back to New York - we can begin a serious appraisal of the Preakness Stakes.

Sources: Louisiana Tech basketball coach Michael White emerges as Florida’s leading candidate — Louisiana Tech basketball coach Michael White has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Billy Donovan at Florida, multiple sources have told Yahoo Sports. A meeting between Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and White could take place as soon as today, sources said.

Marshall RB charged in beating of 2 gay men, kicked off team — Marshall running back Steward Butler was charged in the beating of two gay men Wednesday and dismissed from the team. Butler was arraigned before a Cabell County magistrate on two misdemeanor battery counts Wednesday and was released on $10,000 bond.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer undergoes appendectomy

NCAA, officials show more concern for themselves than student-athletes ... again — You may have noticed that the latest red-alert, all-wonks-on-deck, DefCon 1 crisis in college athletics involves graduate transfers. NCAA officials, college administrators and other power brokers are scandalized by the fact that student-athletes who fulfill the student part of the equation by earning bachelor's degrees are actually exercising full freedom of transfer movement in record numbers.
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May 22, 2015

Column: With arrival of NCAA notice of allegations, clock is ticking on North Carolina's 2016 title hopes.

May 21, 2015

Warriors are a gorgeous offensive team -- except for the 20 times they throw the ball all over America. Price paid for playing fast I guess

May 21, 2015

RT @rickbozich: Buffalo Bills, Mitt Romney, Firing Line agree with John Calipari. Winning isn't everything -- or even anything.

May 20, 2015

Well-reported, spot-on story. HS/club struggle is significant for swimmers trying to please two masters.…

May 20, 2015

@awymore Apparently you're not capable of distinctions. I noted the origin of the rivalry; KU fan noted it as a reason not to play today.

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