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McCaffery returns to Dayton after son's surgery PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:23

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says his son's surgery to remove a thyroid tumor went as planned and he was flying back from Iowa City to Dayton to coach the Hawkeyes in the NCAA tournament on Wednesday night.

McCaffery says his son Patrick, who turns 14 on Thursday, was in "good spirits" after the operation. Doctors will continue with tests in the coming days to determine further treatment.

McCaffery flew with the Hawkeyes to Dayton on Monday to prepare for their First Four matchup with fellow No. 11 seed Tennessee. He returned to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics to be with his family for Wednesday's procedure.

McCaffery says the outpouring of support and encouragement from the public has been "overwhelming."

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Coming home: Phil Jackson is Knicks' president PDF Print E-mail
Written by BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:13

NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson has returned to the New York Knicks as their team president.

The Knicks announced Jackson's hiring Tuesday at a news conference in the lobby of Madison Square Garden, where a giant sign reading "Welcome Home Phil" was overhead and shirts with the No. 18 Jackson wore as a player lined the racks in the merchandise store.

Jackson signed a five-year contract that reportedly will pay him at least $12 million annually and said he will spend significant time in New York.

"This is the best place to play basketball," Jackson said.

Jackson was a member of the Knicks' championship-winning teams in 1970 and 1973, but they haven't won a title since. Jackson went on to become the league's most successful coach, winning 11 championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

This will be his first time as an executive and the Knicks say he will be in charge of all basketball decisions. Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan said he "willingly and gratefully" is stepping back to give Jackson the power to make the changes the franchise needs.

OSU to face Dayton in NCAA Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:34
Sixth-seeded Ohio State meets 11th-seeded Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament’s South Region.
The teams will meet Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Buckeyes (25-9) have been one of the most up-and-down teams in the field, rising to No. 3 nationally after a 15-0 start only to lose five of six and fall out of the Top 25.
Ohio State closed the regular season by beating eventual Big Ten tournament champion Michigan State at home, but lost to regular-season champ Michigan in the tournament semifinals.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 09:12
Edwards leads Ford sweep at rain-soaked Bristol PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:36
BRISTOL, Tenn. — After two rain delays lasting more than five hours, a slick race track wasn’t going to stop Carl Edwards from celebrating his first win of the season.
He pulled his car to the start/finish line at Bristol Motor Speedway, climbed out to his window ledge and prepared for his celebratory backflip.
Then, Edwards had a brief moment of clarity.
“Oh, man, I thought, ‘This is stupid. I shouldn’t do this ... It’s awfully glossy. It might be slick,’ “ he said. “I didn’t want to stick it perfectly and have my feet go that way and break my arm on the concrete. That would have been terrible. I was actually really nervous about that.”
But on this rain-soaked Sunday night, Edwards was going for the big finish to another long day for NASCAR.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 06:37
No. 22 Michigan St. upsets No. 8 Michigan 69-55 PDF Print E-mail
Written by MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 17 March 2014 06:32
INDIANAPOLIS — John Beilein and No. 8 Michigan have bigger aspirations than winning a Big Ten tournament title or pulling off a three-game sweep of their in-state rival.
Last year’s NCAA tournament runner-up has already honed in on completing its next quest — winning a national championship.
Adreian Payne finished with 18 points and nine rebounds and Branden Dawson had 15 points and six rebounds, leading No. 22 Michigan State to a 69-55 upset Sunday to win their fourth conference tournament title. Less than an hour later, the Big Ten regular season champs were already moving on.
“Our bracket is pretty tough, but this is what we’ve lived for,” Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas said after scoring 17 points and being named to the all-tournament team. “We’ve been worked all year to put ourselves in this position, now it’s just time to play.”
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