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Legislating free speech? Toughen up, buttercup

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Of the many wonderful things the late University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt said and did in her life, perhaps none echoes with more relevance today than these simple words: Toughen up, buttercup. Sally Jenkins, the terrific Washington Post columnist, reported that’s how Summitt dealt with an assistant coach who was upset almost to the point of tears over what must have been a relatively minor team problem. It was good advice. People on either side of the…

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Darryl E. Owens: Pat Summitt’s death is slam-dunk signal of need for more funding to fight Alzheimer’s Disease

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Pat Summitt’s death presented a solemn moment for reflection on an accomplished life. In a legendary 38-year career, the former University of Tennessee coach with a Hall of Fame scowl put women’s basketball on the map. She guided her Lady Vols to 18 NCAA Final Four appearances and eight national championships while exploding myths about women coaches on her way to claiming the crown as the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history. Still, her most enduring legacy may…

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Pat Summitt defined women’s basketball

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Pat Summitt died early Thursday. Most anyone paying even casual attention to sports knows who she was. More than anyone, Summitt and the Tennessee Lady Vols put women’s basketball on the map in this country. Others made solid contributions, but a generation ago, she was the face of the sport. Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma is the Pat Summitt of today’s era. No two coaches have elevated the sport more than those two. Between them they won more than half of the…

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Don’t blame UConn women for their hoops success

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On Tuesday night, the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies go for a number of jaw-dropping records. Most importantly, they will seek to beat the Syracuse Orange for the NCAA Championship. A victory will wrap up their 11th national title and fourth in succession. They would finish the year at 38-0, marking the fifth perfect season. All of their wins have been by double digits. They are on a 73-game winning streak, second only to the 90-game streak they set a…

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