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bulls' taj gibson sits out against 76ers with ankle injury


chicago — chicago forward taj gibson out the bulls' game sunday night against philadelphia after injuring his left ankle injury in practice urday.gibson tested the ankle in warm-ups, but the bulls determined it was best to give him the night off.gibson is averaging 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds.bulls coach fred hoiberg believes the injury will be day-to-day.the 76ers were without center joel embiid. embiid, who didn't make the trip to chicago, is out with a left knee contusion. embiid also was listed as day-to-day.






skipping town is just what the bulls need right now (no, really)


this bulls season apparently is all about grabbing the eighth playoff spot, maybe the seventh, but some kind of playoff spot, no matter how low that bar is for a franchise that owns six nba championship trophies.some people will tell you that drive for the playoffs is fueled by corporate sponsors who won’t pony up cash if the bulls were to try to rebuild the right way instead of claiming to compete while rebuilding a young core, which is so lame that even the white sox dumped that idea, and how slow are chairman reinsdorf’s franchises to ditch the stupid?but money talks and common sense walks, so instead of shooting for the lottery, the bulls are following a plan that puts them farther from a title.so, if it’s sponsors who are dictating things, then the bulls are perfect for southwest airl






butler, lopez lead bulls to 121-108 win over 76ers


chicago — jimmy butler scored 28 points and robin lopez added a season-high 21 points and had 10 rebounds as the chicago bulls defeated the philadelphia 76ers 121-108 on sunday night.after a week of tension, the bulls bounced back from consecutive home defeats to atlanta and miami despite blowing a 20-point lead.ersan ilyasova scored a season-high 31 points for philadelphia, and robert covington added 21 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. the 76ers have lost 12 straight to the bulls.the 76ers played without joel embiid, who stayed in philadelphia as he rested with a left knee contusion. embiid is day-to-day.butler and dwyane wade returned to the starting lineup after being benched as starters in friday's blowout loss to the heat. wade and butler were critical of teammates after they ble






sunday's recap: bulls 121, 76ers 108


the bulls stopped the bleeding.downing the 76ers for the 12th straight time, the bulls placed six in double figures to end a turbulent week with a 121-108 triumph.jimmy butler scored 28 points with eight rebounds and seven ists, while robin lopez added 21 points and 10 rebounds.ersan ilyasova's 31 points led the 76ers, who were without joel embiid and jahlil okafor.taj gibson missed his second game this season with a sore left ankle, the one he had surgically repaired in june 2015.coach fred hoiberg announced the scratch just before sunday evening's matchup against the 76ers, the bulls' final home game before a brutal, six-game, two-week trip.gibson is averaging 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds this season.gibson said he took a cortisone s on friday and that he hadn't recovered yet but there's






no. 19 cincinnati wins 12th in row, 94-53 over south florida


cincinnati — freshman jarron cumberland scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the second half as no. 19 cincinnati rolled to its 12th straight victory on sunday, 94-53 over south florida.the bearcats (19-2, 8-0 american athletic) used their bench often against the conference's last-place team. cincinnati extended its longest winning streak since it took 15 in a row during 2013-14.south florida (6-14, 0-9) has dropped nine straight, a streak that includes the firing of coach orlando antigua on jan. 3. the bulls also lost nine in a row last season, when they finished 8-25. michael bibby scored 17 for the bulls, who had a season-high 24 turnovers.cincinnati was coming off an emotional 86-78 win over then-no. 24 xavier in a crosstown rivalry game thursday night on the bearcats' home court.






early fallout from bulls friction: 'worst game all year' in 100-88 loss to heat


soxfest brought white sox and bulls chairman jerry reinsdorf to town so he could witness the bulls get booed off the united center court after a 100-88 debacle of a loss to the heat on friday night.coach fred hoiberg said he alone made the decision to bench dwyane wade and jimmy butler for the start of the heat's sixth straight victory as punishment for their critical comments of teammates on wednesday.butler, who said "nothing surprises me anymore" about the benching, s 1-for-13 in scoring a season-low three points and posting the lowest percentage of his career when taking at least 10 s s. he last e off the bench on march 23, 2013."sure," an upbeat butler said when asked if he agreed with the move. "that's on them. that's not my job to worry about what's fair. it's my job to hoop. i didn






bulls come together for 121-108 win over 76ers after tumultuous week


rajon rondo posted 10 ists in the bulls' 121-108 victory over the 76ers on sunday night at the united center, his first time in double digits since dec. 28.but rondo's biggest helper still has to be last thursday's incendiary instagram post.without rondo's rebuke of dwyane wade's and jimmy butler's criticism of teammates, friday's team meeting doesn't happen. that means the young players don't voice their desire to see wade practice more and receive more enga ent from butler.lo and behold, after friday's clunker of a loss to the heat to cap a fine- and punishment-filled day in which players openly admitted they weren't emotionally prepared to play, the bulls responded with a share-the-wealth performance to down the 76ers for the 12th straight time.indeed, it wasn't just that the bulls won






bulls' denzel valentine staying upbeat during trying rookie season


this isn't how denzel valentine envisioned his rookie season going.after four years of high-level play at michigan state, the bulls' first-round pick pictured a smooth transition to the nba in which his contributions would be varied and important.instead, each time valentine has showed progress, something out of his control has slowed it. an ankle sprain here, the stomach flu there, a coaching decision everywhere. and that was before he was igned to the d-league's windy city bulls on monday night.yet valentine is staying upbeat, trying to rise above it all."it gets tough sometimes, especially the third or fourth game of a (did not play by coach's decision) stretch," valentine said. "but after the game i just think to myself that there are worse things going on in the world. i still have a






rajon rondo strengthens bond with younger bulls teammates


nikola mirotic didn't need rajon rondo's instagram post last week to know what he already knew."along with pau (gasol), he's the best teammate i've ever had," mirotic said.in an interview, mirotic stressed that such a comment isn't meant as a slight to his current or former teammates, all of whom he prides himself on working with well. it's more a statement on rondo, who doesn't speak the spanish that gasol and mirotic shared.rondo speaks in the universal language of positivity."i feel so comfortable with him and i think all the young guys do," mirotic said. "he's very honest. he's talking all the time, supporting before the game, after the game, during the practice. he's always positive. even if something is not going well, he's trying to help young players. it's been great to have him he






denzel valentine's d-league stint adds new wrinkle to trying season


denzel valentine saw his first development league action urday night as the windy city bulls played the erie bayhawks at sears centre.the highly-touted first-round pick from michigan state has played just 39 mop-up minutes and five times by coach's decision since scoring his career-high 19 points jan. 10 in washington. he missed another game with the stomach flu."everybody has to stay ready," coach fred hoiberg said of valentine falling out of the rotation yet again. "he'll get an opportunity to get some (development league) minutes."that neither valentine nor 2015 first-round pick bobby portis is in the rotation for a below-.500 team is a troubling sign for the bulls. and while the rising stars challenge is merely an exhibition for all-star weekend, the fact no bulls were named to rosters






denzel valentine's d-league stint adds new wrinkle to trying season


denzel valentine scored 24 points in 37 minutes urday night in his first development league game as the windy city bulls beat the erie bayhawks 113-100 at sears centre.the highly-touted first-round pick from michigan state has played just 39 mop-up minutes and five times by coach's decision since scoring his career-high 19 points jan. 10 in washington. he missed another game with the stomach flu."everybody has to stay ready," coach fred hoiberg said of valentine falling out of the rotation yet again. "he'll get an opportunity to get some (development league) minutes."that neither valentine nor 2015 first-round pick bobby portis is in the rotation for a below-.500 team is a troubling sign for the bulls. and while the rising stars challenge is merely an exhibition for all-star weekend, the f






rajon rondo strengthens bond with younger bulls teammates


nikola mirotic didn't need rajon rondo's instagram post last week to arrive at a conclusion he shared with the veteran point guard last month."along with pau (gasol), he's the best teammate i've ever had," mirotic said.in an interview, mirotic stresses that such a comment isn't meant as a slight to his current or former teammates, all of whom he prides himself on working with well. it's more a statement on rondo, who doesn't speak the spanish that gasol and mirotic shared.rondo speaks in the universal language of positivity."i feel so comfortable with him and i think all the young guys do," mirotic said. "he's very honest. he's talking all the time, supporting before the game, after the game, during the practice. he's always positive. even if something is not going well, he's trying to hel






no. 19 cincinnati wins 12th in row, 94-53 over south florida


cincinnati — the 19th-ranked bearcats appreciated an easy game at the right time.freshman jarron cumberland scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the second half and the bearcats rolled to their 12th straight victory on sunday, 94-53 over south florida.the bearcats (19-2, 8-0 american athletic conference) used their bench often against the conference's last-place team, with the reserves contributing 60 points. cincinnati extended its longest winning streak since it took 15 in a row in 2013-14.cincinnati was coming off an emotional 86-78 win over no. 24 xavier in a crosstown rivalry game thursday night on the bearcats' home court. they've won 21 straight home games, their third-longest streak since the arena opened in 1989."it took us a while to get in the game, get our emotions going,"






how can the bulls not fire john paxson and gar forman after all this?


for a minute there, i was concerned that the bulls hadn’t become the national embarr ment to which they’ve plummeted locally.i mean, there was lebron james going public with wanting a playmaker and there was phil jackson’s m ive faceplant in manhattan, so, who would notice the broken and pantsed bulls?charles barkley, that’s who.“only god can help that team,’’ barkley said on tnt as the panel discussed coach fred footwipe and the last 24 hours of off-court stupidity, and like that, the bulls’ coast-to-coast humiliation was complete.or ongoing. a once-proud championship franchise is playing pull-my-finger.bulls mana ent wonks, hel-lo. it’s time for you to go. bad basketball, bad coaching decisions, bad draft picks, bad free-agent signings, and then a bad look off the court. yeah, it’s time






nba: miami heat roll over bickering chicago bulls, 100-88


goran dragic had 26 points and 11 ists to lead the miami heat to their sixth straight win friday night, a 100-88 victory over the bickering chicago bulls. dwyane wade had 15 points to lead the bulls, who began the day with a team meeting. wade and jimmy butler started the controversy when they questioned the desire of the team’s younger players following a loss to the atlanta hawks on wednesday. rajon rondo fired back a day later, criticizing wade and butler in an instagram post. all three players were fined, and wade and butler were held out of the starting lineup as punishment. butler finished with three points on one-for-13 shooting. houston 123, at philadelphia 118: james harden scored 51 points and added 13 rebounds and 13 ists in the victory over the 76ers and joel embiid, who had 32






how can the bulls not fire john paxson and gar forman after all this?


k.c. johnsonrajon rondo's answer didn't create headlines like the scorched earth comments from dwyane wade and jimmy butler indicting their teammates' commitment, care level and work ethic did late wednesday night.but rondo's one-word reply from just more than 24 hours earlier in orlando should be equally... (k.c. johnson)






i don't think dwyane wade is done saying dwyane wade things


some of the fallout from the bulls’ team meeting after their meltdown last week and the predictable franchise pantsing that followed still sounds and smells phony.at the center of this lame act is dwyane wade with these thoughts a couple days after carving his teammates along with his sock puppet, jimmy butler.“i'm not putting myself above this,’’ said wade, who in fact put himself above all of it by calling out teammates and making sure everybody knows he has won three titles. “i'm the first one to talk about the things i do wrong on the basketball floor. we all make mistakes. we all turn the ball over. we all miss s s. we all defensively have lapses. we all at the refs. we all don't get back in transition. we all have those moments. it's just about our approach to the game as a team. are






i don't think dwyane wade is done saying dwayne wade things


some of the fallout from the bulls’ team meeting after their meltdown last week and the predictable franchise pantsing that followed still sounds and smells phony.at the center of this lame act is dwyane wade with these thoughts a couple days after carving his teammates along with his sock puppet, jimmy butler.“i'm not putting myself above this,’’ said wade, who in fact put himself above all of it by calling out teammates and making sure everybody knows he has won three titles. “i'm the first one to talk about the things i do wrong on the basketball floor. we all make mistakes. we all turn the ball over. we all miss s s. we all defensively have lapses. we all at the refs. we all don't get back in transition. we all have those moments. it's just about our approach to the game as a team. are






buffalo grove police seek suspects in a pair of urday armed robberies


buffalo grove police are searching for two suspects in a pair of early urday morning armed robberies.in the first incident, around 2:25 a.m., police responded after two male suspects entered the mobil gas station at 1251 n. mchenry road in buffalo grove. the suspects reportedlyentered the gas station and ordered the clerk to open the cash register. the suspects then fled with $50, entering a vehicle east of the building, police said.while investigating the first incident, police say a second aggravated robbery took place around 3:50 a.m. at cvs pharmacy, 20 e. dundee road in buffalo grove.police say the same two suspects took about $200 from cvs and fled on foot east of the building before entering a vehicle.police described the suspects as light-skinned black or latino men, between 5 feet






buffalo grove police seek suspects in a pair of urday armed robberies


buffalo grove police are searching for two suspects in a pair of early urday morning armed robberies.in the first incident, around 2:25 a.m., police responded after two male suspects entered the mobil gas station at 1251 n. mchenry road in buffalo grove. the suspects reportedly entered the gas station and ordered the clerk to open the cash register. the suspects then fled with $50, entering a vehicle east of the building, police said.while investigating the first incident, police say a second aggravated robbery took place around 3:50 a.m. at cvs pharmacy, 20 e. dundee road in buffalo grove.police say the same two suspects took about $200 from cvs and fled on foot east of the building before entering a vehicle.police described the suspects as light-skinned black or latino men, between 5 fee






never dull nba dominates in court of social media – the denver post


the nba is the most interesting sport on earth.there’s a little hyperbole there, yes. but there’s never a dull moment in the ociation. and no league, but no league, does social media battling with the stinging precision and captivating prose of the nba. it’s not even close.and it is oh, so entertaining.last week was divided into two parts –- one amusing. the other? probably best described with the wide-eyed, blushing emoji.memphis’ chandler parsons and portland’s c.j. mccollum battled late friday night in a spat whose flames were first stoked by the trail blazers’ team twitter account. they posted a video of parsons air-balling a 3-point s in that game, saying “to be fair, the nba 3-point line is really, really far away from the basket.”to which parsons tweeted back: “@trailblazers good lu






dwyane wade practices after players he criticized asked for more from him


when dwyane wade questioned how much the bulls' "young guys" care, the comments stung jerian grant."of course," grant said. "you look up to 'd.' he's a leader."but the second-year guard also said wade's critical comments motivated him. perhaps in the first tangible, positive sign from friday's morning team meeting — because friday night's clunker of a loss to the heat obviously didn't qualify — the reverse held true as well.wade practiced hard urday after young players asked for more from the 14-year veteran, who, in a nod to turning 35 earlier this month, has out multiple practices this season."that's one of the things from the meeting: young guys just want a little bit more from him," taj gibson said. "he brung it ( urday). he pushed the young guys. and that's a sign that that meeting di






bulls forward taj gibson misses second game of season with left ankle soreness


taj gibson dislikes needles as well as missing games, which is why sunday night proved painful on multiple levels.the veteran forward took a cortisone s in the left ankle he had surgically repaired in june 2015 in the hopes his inflammation would subside by tipoff. instead, gibson missed his second game this season."it's hard. you want to help the guys, back your words up," said gibson, who offered a positive media session following urday's practice with no mention of the soreness. "you want to play the right way. dwyane (wade) has been battling injuries. everyone's been doing what they have to do to help the team."i'm really disappointed. it hurts because you want to be out there to help the guys any way you can. but i don't want to hurt the team knowing you could not be playing like your






can fred hoiberg make his shift from empathy to accountability work?


at friday morning's lengthy team meeting, the young players had spoken, asking more from their veterans, including dwyane wade, who had criticized them so harshly just 36 hours before.according to taj gibson, executive vice president john paxson also spoke up, more from a former player's standpoint than "like a gm or your boss kind of perspective."and then fred hoiberg closed the show, taking the opposite route from paxson, one that will play a major part in defining whether he can overcome a rocky first 1 1/2 seasons on the job."his message was, 'i'm going to hold you guys more accountable. i give you guys a lot of leeway because i care about you and i understand how hard it is to be an nba player and to go home at night with so much on your back. i was there. i've been there. but now i h






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malcolm x's daughter, granddaughter arrested in maryland


the daughter and granddaughter of malcolm x were arrested for animal cruelty and theft, reports the new york post. malikah shabazz, 51, and her 19-year-old daughter bettih, were busted in a wal-mart parking lot in maryland wednesday (jan. 25).read: malcolm x on death: “i have no fear whatsoever of anybody or anything”mother and daughter were taken into custody after seven pit bulls were found stacked in crates inside their reportedly stolen u-haul truck. the two face seven counts of animal cruelty and vehicle theft, and have been released on $2,000 bond.malikah and her twin sister, malaak, are the youngest daughters of malcolm x and betty shabazz. in 2011, malikah was sentenced to probation for identity theft.read: revisiting the historic meeting of malcolm x and fidel castro in harlem






no. 23 south florida women hand temple 1st league loss 55-51


philadelphia — kitija laksa scored 16 points, ariadna pujol made a clinching free throw with 1.6 seconds left and no. 23 south florida escaped with a 55-51 win over temple on sunday after blowing most of a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter.the owls, who had won 11 straight, missed three 3-pointers on their final possession before pujol finally secured the rebound and was fouled.maria jespersen added 13 points and tamara henshaw had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the bulls (17-3, 6-1 american athletic), who lost at temple last year on a buzzer-beating putback when they were ranked 19th.feyonda fitzgerald led temple (16-4, 6-1) with 14 points, alliya s added 12 and khadijah berger 11. temple made four of its five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to rally from a 47-31 deficit with 8:09 remai






week in review: trump's first week | state of the state | bulls in disarray


steve rosenbloom writes that this is what happens when you don't hire a respected coach who can lead. the players take over.on friday, the bulls held a team meeting with coach fred hoiberg, executive vice president john paxson and general manager gar forman. all sides vowed to move on after two days of bickering.wade and butler started friday's game with the heat on the bench as punishment. the bulls lost and were booed off the court.in other sports news:sky star player elena delle donne is seeking a trade from chicago, unhappy with the team and wanting to be closer to her delaware home, sources told the tribune's phil thompson. general manager amber stocks addressed rumors of a trade to the mystics in a statement that the team is focused on creating a "winning mindset."the cubs agreed to






trade carmelo anthony. buy out derrick rose. it's time for the knicks to think l


the new york knicks visit verizon center tuesday night with little excitement to match that of the streaking washington wizards. the knicks have gone 7 over their last 25 games, have been surrounded by a non-stop swirl of trade rumors regarding forward carmelo anthony and seem headed to what will be yet another doomed season in the big apple.but, unlike so many recent seasons full of similar struggles, the knicks have a chance to capitalize on their poor play. after years of tossing aside one first-round pick after another in trades, the knicks finally have control over all of their future first-rounders moving forward, allowing them the opportunity to finally build a young, sustainable core through the draft, rather than trying to capitalize on the fleeting hope of winning now through fre






bullfighting's return sparks protests in bogota | colombia news


hundreds of people have taken to the streets of the colombian capital for the second successive week, protesting against the return of bullfighting to the city. bogota hosted its first bullfight in four years last sunday, with animal-rights protests ending in violence.some 3,000 policemen have now been deployed and barricades set up outside the bullring to separate protesters from spectators."we are talking about peace in the country and in the meantime, there are people who get together to slowly kill an animal as if we are still in the 18th century," natalia parra, a protester, told al jazeera, referring to reconciliation efforts between the government and the country's farc rebels. bogota's previous mayor outlawed bullfighting in 2012. but the constitutional court later overturned the b






bullfighting's return sparks protests in bogota | colombia news


hundreds of people have taken to the streets of the colombian capital for the second successive week, protesting against the return of bullfighting in the city. bogota hosted its first bullfight in four years last sunday, with animal-rights protests ending in violence.some 3,000 policemen have now been deployed and barricades set up outside the bullring to separate protesters from spectators."we are talking about peace in the country and in the meantime, there are people who get together to slowly kill an animal as we are still in the 18th century," natalia parra, a protester, told al jazeera, referring to reconciliation efforts between the government and the country's farc rebels. bogota's previous mayor outlawed bullfighting in 2012. but the constitutional court later overturned the ban,






jermaine jones, sacha kljestan leave u.s. soccer p ahead of jamaica exhibition –


carson, calif. — midfielders jermaine jones and sacha kljestan left the u.s. training p and will miss friday’s exhibition against jamaica at chattanooga, tennessee.jones is reporting to the la galaxy and kljestan is awaiting the birth of his child, the u.s. soccer federation said monday thatboth started sunday’s 0-0 tie against serbia in san diego, the first game for the americans since bruce arena replaced jurgen klinsmann and started his second stint as coach.twenty-one players remain on the roster for friday’s game. europe-based players will miss the match but will return for world cup qualifiers against honduras on march 24 at san jose, california, and at panama four days later. the u.s. is trying to overcome a 0-2 start in the final round of world cup qualifying in north and central a






dave chappelle, jimmy butler among special guests at chance the per's 'open mike


comedian dave chappelle, the cast of the bet network miniseries "the new edition story" and bulls forward jimmy butler made surprise appearances at chance the per's "open mike" event monday in the loop."when i called them and told them that i had some high school, some young creatives in chicago that needed to be around vocalists, actors, singers, dancers... and that they needed to be in this space and all these guys, without getting any money from me or anything, hopped on a flight and  e out here to be in front of you guys," chance told the audience in the pritzker auditorium at the harold washington library center.chappelle, who recently hosted " urday night live," performed a set. the cast of "the new edition story," a drama about the r&b band that premiered last week, spoke to the






nba roundup: hawks beat knicks in fourth overtime


paul millsap had a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead layup with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime, and the host atlanta hawks over e carmelo anthony’s season-high 45 points to outlast the shorthanded new york knicks, 142-139, on sunday. millsap logged 60 minutes, which were especially taxing due to his time defending anthony. “there was no chance i was coming out,” millsap said. millsap had 19 rebounds, setting another season high, and seven ists. at cleveland 107, oklahoma city 91: kyrie irving scored 29 points and lebron james added 25 as the cavaliers beat russell westbrook and the thunder. the cavaliers have won two straight after losing six of eight amid internal turmoil sparked by james’ criticizing the team’s roster following a recent loss. westbrook finished w






usmnt face serbia in bruce arena’s comeback as manager


sunday’s u.s. vs. serbia friendly will present a welcome sight for many u.s. men’s national team fans, a manager other than jurgen klinsmann patrolling the american touchline. bruce arena will manage his first game as usmnt coach since he was fired in 2006. klinsmann was axed after bombing two crucial november world cup qualifiers and following years of m ive failures. bruce arena now steps in to try and figure out how to get this team to the world cup.arena used his january training p to evaluate potential mls roster call-ups for march world cup qualifiers and the upcoming 2017 gold cup. he originally placed 32 mls players on his roster (they are the only players available) but has since cut it down to 23, adding mexican-based left back jorge villafaña. here’s what the roster will look li






packers writer: gm ted thompson holding organization hostage


it’s one thing when packers fans gripe about general manager ted thompson’s habit of eschewing the free agent market in favor of drafting and developing players (more on those fans, by the way, in a moment).it’s another when a well-respected and plugged in packers writer — the milwaukee journal-sentinel’s bob mcginn qualifies on all counts — digs in and writes essentially the same thing quite forcefully. here are a few of the feisty snippets from the piece:the green bay packers under general manager ted thompson would rather sit on their hands than procure players … at least veteran players. now they'll be sitting home once again as another more aggressive franchise, this time the upstart atlanta falcons, represents the nfc in the super bowl.this hints at the theme of wasting years of aaro






usmnt face serbia in bruce arena’s comeback as manager


arena oversees the americans for the first time in over a decade in his return on sunday. victor decolongon/getty images sunday’s u.s. vs. serbia friendly will present a welcome sight for many u.s. men’s national team fans, a manager other than jurgen klinsmann patrolling the american touchline. bruce arena will manage his first game as usmnt coach since he was fired in 2006. klinsmann was axed after bombing two crucial november world cup qualifiers and following years of m ive failures. bruce arena now steps in to try and figure out how to get this team to the world cup.arena used his january training p to evaluate potential mls roster call-ups for march world cup qualifiers and the upcoming 2017 gold cup. he originally placed 32 mls players on his roster (they are the only players avai






college basketball: tip-in beats buzzer, lifts no. 1 villanova


donte divicenzo beat the buzzer on a tip-in to lead no. 1 villanova to a 61-59 victory over no. 12 virginia on sunday in front of 20,907 at philadelphia’s wells fargo center, the largest crowd at a college basketball game in pennsylvania. the wildcats (20-2) played their worst half of the season before they found their three-point groove that fueled a second-half rally. they had the ball with 11.5 seconds left and the score tied. josh hart drove the lane and missed a layup. divincenzo zipped down the baseline and tipped the ball in with his right hand just before the horn sounded. “i was like, ‘wait a minute, i thought i missed it,’ ” hart said.hart realized then who made the winner. “i saw everyone running to ’te, i just started running to ’te, too,” hart said.jalen brunson and mikal brid






c.j. mccollum epicly burns chandler parsons, me


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jozy altidore reaches 100 caps as his usmnt legend continues to grow


jozy altidore is already the united states’ third greatest goalscorer of all-time. he’s been the team’s leading striker for nearly a decade now and he’s done it all by 27 years of age. and now he’s a member of the americans’ hallowed 100-cap club.when the opening whistle blew for the americans’ friendly against serbia on sunday, and altidore was out on the pitch to kick off the national team’s 2017 paign, he had officially picked up his 100th cap. he’s just the 17th american man to ever reach that mark and the second youngest.by almost any measure, altidore’s u.s. career has been nothing short of extraordinary. whether it was his four goals at the 2007 u-20 world cup, scoring his first goal for the senior team against mexico at just 18 years old, setting a u.s. record as the youngest playe






bruce arena's return brings a timeless element to u.s. national team


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a 14-year-old student extorted $28,000 from the teacher he was having with, poli


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don't look now, but northwestern has a legit home-court a ntage


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ivica zubac, 2016-17 fantasy basketball


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melbourne, australia — the latest on urday from the australian open (all times local):11:15 p.m.henri tinen of finland and john peers of australia have beaten bob and mike bryan 7-5, 7-5 to win the australian open men's doubles championship, their first grand slam title.the fourth-seeded tinen and peers started playing together at last year's australian open and won five titles together in 2016. they are undefeated in three matches against the bryan brothers, the most decorated doubles team in tennis history.the third-seeded bryans were trying to win their 17th grand slam title, which would have tied them with john newcombe for the most titles all-time.___10:50 p.m.for the fashion-conscious serena williams, it's no surprise she had a pair of shoes with the no. 23 printed on the heel to mar