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South Carolina heading to Final Four after beating Gators

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Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and South Carolina earned its first trip to the Final Four with a 77-70 victory over Florida on Sunday. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks (26-10) used their trademark swarming defense and some solid free throw shooting to beat their fellow Southeastern Conference Gators (27-9) in the East Regional final at Madison Square Garden. South Carolina will face Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed from the West Regional, in the Final Four on Saturday at Glendale, Arizona. The game…

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Play it back: rematches to decide last two spots in Final Four

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The most entertaining college basketball game of the regular season came in December. Malik Monk set a record for a Kentucky freshman with 47 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer taken against his coach’s wishes, to lift the Wildcats to a 103-100 win over North Carolina. Are these two ready for an encore? Of course they are – though it’s a valid argument to say this rematch might be better suited for next weekend in the Final Four than Sunday in…

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Can Gators display the patience needed to take down Wisconsin?

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As the Florida Gators prepare to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in Friday night’s Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden, an old saying applies to Florida players, coaches and fans: Patience is a virtue. But that is what is required to play against the well-coached, disciplined Badger team. On defense, eighth-seeded Wisconsin plays tough and aggressively, hoping to force undisciplined teams into taking quick shots. On offense, they are not afraid to run the shot clock down to the last…

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Nowhere left to run away to: The final days of the circus

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Goodbye to death-defying feats — daring young men (and women) on the flying trapeze, whip-wielding lion tamers, human cannonballs. Goodbye to the scent of peanuts and popcorn, the thrill of three rings, the jaunty bum-bum-dadadada of circus music. Send out the clowns. The Big Top is coming down — for good. On Saturday, officials of the company that owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it will close in May, ending a 146-year run that dates…

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Magic goes toe-to-toe with New York, comes out on top

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The way the New York Knicks shot the ball on Monday, it would take an exception effort by a visiting team to beat them. The Orlando Magic were up to the challenge and played one of their best games of the year to come away with a 107-99 victory at Madison Square Garden. Just 24 hours after a highly disappointing home loss to Atlanta, the Magic took every punch the Knicks threw and had a few counters of their own.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.29.15 –The Rays stadium situation in St. Pete seriously needs to change soon

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The St. Pete City Council huddled for over four hours yesterday to settle….absolutely nothing regarding the impasse with the Tampa Bay Rays and the stadium situation. For a blow-by-blow account, check out my colleague Janelle Irwin’s recount. While the Rays and the Council battle against each other, I’m going to take a look at one of the real culprits in this saga: baseball fans in the Tampa Bay area, or the lack of them. Depending on what happens tonight in Madison Square Garden,…

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Lightning players say MSG doesn’t intimidate them

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The building has teeth. It is old, and it is rusty, and you cannot help but think about the great players who have walked the corridors. It is big, and it is ancient, and its fans may have rabies. It is legendary, and it is intimidating, and it is oppressive. To an outsider, Madison Square Garden can be an arena where dreams die. Seven times, it has been host to a Game Seven, and each time, the New York Rangers…

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