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The NCAA must end their silence on sexual violence in college sports

As conferences take steps to combat sexual violence in college sports, the NCAA’s silence is an effective abdication of their responsibility to protect women on campusCollege sports’ Big Sky Conference made an important announcement this month: they pl…

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New college basketball guidelines only strengthen a rotten, exploitative system

Condoleezza Rice had the chance to change a sport that makes money off players who are often from poor backgrounds. She failed badlyThere are few sports systems more exploitive than American college basketball. The NCAA is a $1bn business in which coll…

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Villanova cruise through to NCAA Final Four despite uneven performance

Wildcats aiming to repeat national title run from 2016Nova uncharacteristically poor from beyond the arcVillanova are going back to the Final Four, and the underdogs should get ready for the top-seeded Wildcats.Eric Paschall had 12 points and 14 reboun…

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Meet 98-year-old Sister Jean: college basketball’s rising star – video

Sister Jean is the 98-year-old chaplain for Loyola-Chicago’s college basketball team. She goes beyond offering spiritual guidance, giving inspirational  speeches and emailing the players with postgame analysis. Her underdog team have caused an ups…

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Sister Jean: how a 98-year-old-nun became the hottest property in basketball

Loyola-Chicago’s chaplain dispenses coaching advice alongside spiritual guidance – and her underdog team is lighting up primetime college basketballA 98-year-old nun has become the face of college basketball and the sport is probably all the better for…

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The greatest upset ever: UMBC’s shock win comes when the sport needs it most

The Retrievers’ stunning takedown of Virginia reminded us why March Madness endures as one of America’s best sporting traditionsThat whoosh you heard on Friday night was the sound of millions of brackets across America simultaneously bursting into flam…

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Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament 2018: pick your bracket

March Madness is nearly upon us – now it’s time to make your predictions. Print out a copy or make your selections on our interactive bracket Continue reading…

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March Madness 2018: our writers predict the winners, sleepers and upsets

Will anyone stop Villanova? Who is this year’s Cinderella team? Our writers break down the bracket for the NCAA tournamentPrintable NCAA tournament bracket: make your picksFavorite Continue reading…

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Can stars like LeBron James save college basketball from corruption?

The college game is mired in scandal and it may take pressure from superstars in the NBA to fix deep-rooted problemsNobody is stepping up to fix college sports, so if LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony truly believe the NCAA is corrupt they are…

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LeBron James unsurprised by illegal payment claims around ‘corrupt’ NCAA

Cleveland Cavaliers star chose to skip college for NBASays colleges benefit more from players from amateur systemAs college basketball finds itself mired in scandal, with allegations of illegal payments to student athletes flying around, one man who fa…

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Supreme court hears case that could make sports betting widely legal in US

New Jersey challenging federal law barring gambling in most statesMajor sports leagues say legal betting could hurt inegrityThe supreme court on Monday suggested it may side with New Jersey in its effort to make sports gambling legal, a case that could…

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A tragic death and college football’s reckoning over brain injuries amid a new class-action lawsuit

‘I absolutely do not feel kids should be playing football’: Players and relatives bring legal fight over brain disorder to NCAA as mother who lost son voices fearsZack Langston was hauled off the field on a stretcher and brought to the team’s medical …

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How the FBI’s corruption inquiry is undressing the myth of amateurism

By criminalizing violations in college sports, the US Department of Justice will make it so that it is not just the NCAA who runs the market but the state as well

A bombshell was dropped on the college basketball world this week as an FBI probe into the seedy underbelly of the sport has resulted in the arrest of 10 men, including four high-level assistant coaches under charges of “bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes, honest services fraud conspiracy, honest service fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and Travel Act conspiracy.”

That laundry list of charges is impressive, but for those with any experience in how the world of college sports really works, it should come as no surprise. Under the table cash contributions to entice players to come play college sports has been a reality of the game ever since its inception. It was true in the 1980s, when Southern Methodist University earned the NCAA’s death penalty because it failed to properly cover up its payments to 21 different athletes. It was true in the 1940s, when American University officials blew the whistle on postwar attempts to recruit players to college football squads with bribes. It was even true in the first decade of the 1900s, the earliest period of the organization that would become today’s NCAA, when McClure’s magazine broke the news that Ivy League schools were fielding teams of “phantom students,” and that Yale coach Walter Camp had a $100,000 slush fund from the school.

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NCAA returns March Madness to North Carolina after roll back of ‘bathroom bill’

  • Law had been attacked as limiting protections for LGBT people
  • College sports governing body had pulled events from state over law

The NCAA has awarded men’s basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that limited protections for LGBT people and put it at risk of being passed over as a host for future events.

The governing body announced decisions on Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties. It had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season — including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games — and said it could relocate more events if there wasn’t a change in the “bathroom bill.”

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NCAA ends North Carolina boycott after roll back of ‘bathroom bill’

  • Law had been attacked as limiting protections for LGBT people
  • College sports governing body had pulled events from state over law

The NCAA says it will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

In a statement on Tuesday, the athletics body said its board of governors had reviewed moves to repeal the so-called “bathroom bill” and replace it with a compromise law. The new agreement, House Bill 142, though it repeals the bathroom bill, has angered LGBT and civil liberty groups because it prohibits future anti-discrimination ordinances by cities and councils. This means that cities will not be able to introduce any local laws to specifically protect transgender people.

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Basketball in 2016: 10 memorable moments

The Golden State Warriors’ dream season ends in a LeBron James nightmare; legends leave the game; the basketball world mourns Pat Summitt

You can be forgiven for thinking that the Cleveland Cavaliers were finished. After all, no team in NBA history had ever come back from a 3-1 NBA Finals lead and they were playing a Golden State Warriors team that wasn’t just good but historically unprecedented. Having gone 73-9 in the regular season, the 2015-16 Warriors were arguably a single win away from being in the “best NBA team ever” conversation.

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Former University of Missouri tutor says she took exams for student athletes

  • Yolanda Kumar claims she participated in ‘academic dishonesty’
  • School says it is investigating allegations and NCAA has been informed

The University of Missouri has rocked by more allegations of academic fraud in its athletics department, just months after the men’s basketball program accepted a one-year ban for breaking NCAA rules.

Related: Notre Dame ordered to vacate football wins in academic misconduct case

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Harvard ends men’s soccer team season over lewd rankings of female players

University says ‘extremely offensive report’ on female soccer players was produced over several years by male players, who had been leading Ivy League

Harvard University has suspended its men’s soccer team for the remainder of the season because of sexual comments made about members of the women’s soccer team.

University president Drew Faust said in a statement on Thursday night that an investigation into the 2012 team found their “appalling” actions were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few, but appeared to be more widespread across the team and continued through the current season.

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South Carolina to host March Madness games relocated over anti-LGBT law

  • NCAA relocates seven championship events from North Carolina
  • Subregional first slated for Greensboro will be played in Greenville

The NCAA has relocated a subregional of next year’s men’s basketball tournament to Greenville, South Carolina, after pulling the games from Greensboro, North Carolina, due to a state law that some say can enable discrimination against LGBT people.

The decision to move March Madness to Greenville – one of seven championship events the governing body withdrew from North Carolina last month – came “because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections” according to a statement issued in September.

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The NCAA finally took a worthy stand against discrimination

By pulling all events, including the opening rounds of the men’s basketball tournament, out of North Carolina because of the passing of the controversial House Bill 2, the NCAA has finally gotten something right

This isn’t something that can be said very often, but the NCAA actually got something right for a change. On Monday, the oft-maligned governing body for college sports announced that it would be moving seven events, most notably the opening round of the men’s basketball tournament, out of North Carolina due to the passing of House Bill 2 earlier in the year. The NCAA’s decision comes several months after the NBA made the decision to move the all-star game from Charlotte to New Orleans.

The NCAA made it immediately clear that this was not a move they were making without putting much thought into it. In a detailed press release, the NCAA explained their decision to move all seven events scheduled to take place in North Carolina throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Most of their reasons detail the blatantly discriminatory nature of HB2, which makes it illegal for transgender individuals to use restrooms that differ from the sex on their birth certificate, invalidating local laws that would protect LGBT individuals while effectively legalizing governmental discrimination against them. All in all, it mostly reads as the NCAA taking a praiseworthy stance against LGBT discrimination.

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