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9:03 am
Sun March 15, 2015

March Madness: Keeping Society Sane Since 1908

Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati's All-American Star, is seen mid-air after a rebound catch during the NCAA regional elimination game in Manhattan, Kan., in March 1959.
AP

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 2:15 pm

On Sunday, the top 68 collegiate teams will be selected to play in the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Brackets will be filled, hashtags worn out and betting money will be (illegally) lost.

But the "March Madness" phenomenon has evolved quickly and into a different format than it originated. All along though, it's the fans who've charged the tradition.

Where It All Began

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The Two-Way
12:53 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Serena Williams Makes Emotional Return To Indian Wells

World No. 1 Serena Williams acknowledges the crowd after winning her match against Monica Niculescu of Romania during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
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In 2001, Serena Williams was heckled by the crowd at Indian Wells, Calif., as she defeated Kim Clijsters in the final to claim her second title. She vowed never to play there again. But on Friday, in her first match at Indian Wells since that day, Williams was welcomed with a standing ovation.

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Sports
7:36 am
Sat March 14, 2015

$24B TV Deal Puts Cash In NBA Pockets

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:20 pm

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SIMON: No need to take in any NBA stars - a new TV contract will raise the team's salary cap before players have to start bussing tables at Applebee's. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us from Portlandia.

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Monkey See
3:16 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

In 'I Hate Christian Laettner,' ESPN Explores The Belly Of The Beast

Duke's Christian Laettner stretches during a news conference in Indianapolis in March 1991.
Bob Jordan AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 3:31 pm

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Sports
5:24 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Does NCAA Ban On Paying Student Athletes Violate Federal Law?

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

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Sports
4:22 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Mayweather, Pacquiao Will Brawl For Boxing's Richest Purse Ever

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Manny Pacquiao pose for photos after a news conference in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in Las Vegas on May 2.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:28 am

There's some disagreement — even between the match's promoters — on where the upcoming mega-fight will rank in the greatest bouts of all time.

Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao — two of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world — meet May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a welterweight world championship unification bout.

Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, calls it "the biggest event in the history of boxing."

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Sports
4:54 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Princeton Women's Undefeated Season Sets Eyes On March Madness

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 10:40 pm

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Code Switch
12:22 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Earl Lloyd Was Basketball's Jackie Robinson. Why Isn't He Famous?

Earl Lloyd of the Syracuse Nationals poses for a portrait circa 1950 in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Stevenson Collection/NBAE Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 1:55 pm

Jackie Robinson is a household name, a book report staple, an American hero. News of his 1947 debut in the major leagues appeared on the front page of the New York Times, above the fold. Fifty years after he first took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, teams across the MLB held moments of silence on the field, and the league's commissioner retired Robinson's number across baseball.

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Sports
5:10 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Caddies File $50 Million Class-Action Lawsuit Against PGA Tour

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 7:41 am

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Sweetness And Light
3:35 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Deford: NCAA Fans Continue To Drink Deeply Of The (Sports) Spirits

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, right, speaks with an official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Durham, N.C., on Feb. 28
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 7:41 am

OK, after an eight-year investigation, the NCAA hit Syracuse University and its basketball coach, Jim Boeheim, with all sorts of penalties for academic and recruiting violations. Normally in sports media, nobody is particularly surprised whenever any coach is caught, so a great deal of speculation was then diverted to how this might affect Boeheim's "legacy."

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