| Oct 17, 2014
| 2:22 PM
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| Oct 4, 2014
| 6:21 PM
STORRS — Patrick Kirtland is not a talker, Mike Cavanaugh explained, but he is a leader.
"He's no rah-rah guy," the UConn hockey coach said. "Pat leads solely by example. If he's not the toughest kid on our team, he certainly is one of them."...
| Feb 8, 2011
| 6:52 PM
Mommas don't let your babies grow up to be … anything but long snappers or holders.
Of course, if that were the case, the world would no longer be in need of football special teams specialists like Kyle Crofoot and his four older brothers....
| Mar 23, 2011
| 2:58 PM
Last season was a landmark for the University of Richmond's basketball program. The Spiders matched the school record for wins, cracked the national polls for the first time in a generation and earned their highest NCAA tournament seed.
Two hours in...
| Mar 26, 2011
| 5:22 PM
The parallels were clear Selection Sunday. Two weeks later, they're downright spooky.
VCU 2011, George Mason 2006.
Colonial Athletic Association teams receive controversial bids to the NCAA basketball tournament after losing in the conference clambake...
| Mar 25, 2011
| 6:42 PM
Richmond coach Chris Mooney called three timeouts during the first 15 minutes Friday. None curbed the bleeding.
Indeed, no tourniquet was going to work during this NCAA Southwest Regional.
Kansas' talent, size and depth were all that Mooney...
| Mar 27, 2011
| 5:16 PM
Call the roll of Final Four gate-crashers. Butler. George Mason. Penn. Indiana State.
Recount their upsets, harrowing finishes and, yes, miracles.
None matches VCU. Virginia Commonwealth University for the basketball-impaired.
The Rams on Sunday...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 7:26 PM
If you're still trying to wrap your head around the Final Four of VCU, Butler, Kentucky and Connecticut, get in line.
This is like the street-corner sax player collecting a Grammy nomination. It's not that the dude can't play. He can, enough to make...
| Mar 30, 2011
| 1:34 PM
Joey Rodriguez, VCU's senior point guard and resident basketball savant, thought the Rams should change defenses this season.
"Before this year started, I was telling Coach Smart, 'Hey Coach, we don't need to press as much. Did you see Butler and how...
| Mar 11, 2012
| 7:58 PM
As suspected, Virginia was comfortably in the NCAA tournament field. The Cavaliers' opening game Friday against two-time national champion Florida in Omaha, Neb., will not approach comfortable.
"They have elite talent," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 2:11 PM
The champions of the ACC, Big 12, Pacific 12 and Southeastern Conference are done. As are Duke and Connecticut.
As is my bracket — more on that bloodletting in a moment.
First, some reflections on the NCAA tournament's first weekend and the...