March 26, 2015

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NBA: Two-time MVP Steve Nash retires after 19 seasons

LOS ANGELES — Steve Nash announced his retirement Saturday, quietly ending a 19-year NBA career that included two MVP awards. After playing in just 65 games over the past three seasons due to injuries, the 41-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard formalized his departure with a letter on The Players’ Tribune, a website where he is Read More…

NCAA Tournament: OSU’s Thad Matta, Arizona’s Sean Miller are good friends turned foes for today’s matchup

PORTLAND, Ore. — As soon as the NCAA Tournament bracket came out, Arizona coach Sean Miller sent a text message to Ohio State’s Thad Matta. “Here we go again,” Miller wrote. Matta knew exactly what Miller meant: There was a possibility the close friends and former colleagues could meet again this March. Both still had Read More…

NCAA Tournament: Dayton fights off fatigue, gets boost from crowd in win over Providence

COLUMBUS — Dyshawn Pierre scored 20 points and Dayton rode a loud home-state advantage to another NCAA Tournament victory, beating Providence 66-53 Friday night. The 11th-seeded Flyers (27-8) will face Oklahoma on Sunday night, with a chance to reach the round of 16 for the second straight season. Sixth-seeded Providence (22-12) could not overcome early Read More…

NCAA Tournament: Freshman D’Angelo Russell shakes off errant elbow, carries Ohio State past VCU in overtime

PORTLAND, Ore. — Ohio State might only go as far as D’Angelo Russell can take the Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament. So far, that’s good enough to roll into the round of 32. Russell scored 28 points to rally Ohio State from an early 12-point deficit, and the 10th-seeded Buckeyes beat seventh-seeded VCU 75-72 in Read More…

NCAA Tournament: Ohio State preparing for havoc

PORTLAND, Ore. — Do-it-all freshman D’Angelo Russell will likely be one of the top picks in the NBA Draft this summer and inherit all the expectations that come with it. First, he’ll find out whether he can handle a different kind of pressure: playing in the NCAA Tournament against a team that tries to create Read More…

Speed limit increase moving to Senate for vote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Trucks, buses and other larger vehicles have gotten the green light from a legislative panel to increase their speeds to 75 mph on the Ohio Turnpike and rural interstates. An Ohio Senate committee approved the change to the state transportation budget Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate for a vote. Read More…

Risk not worth it: 49ers LB Chris Borland retires after one season because of concerns about long-term head trauma

SAN FRANCISCO — Wary of head trauma, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland is leaving football. And not even the promise of NFL stardom and piles of money could change his mind. So now, after one stellar rookie season, he is retiring at age 24. The 49ers announced his decision Monday night, without offering specifics. Read More…

College basketball: Dayton not feeling so comfortable at home

DAYTON — The NCAA Tournament has a home team for the first time in 28 years. And the Dayton Flyers aren’t exactly all revved up about it. Partly, it’s because they’d rather have skipped the First Four. Mostly, it’s because a long home-court winning streak can be a burden at this time of the season. Read More…

Heat 106, Cavaliers 92: LeBron James’ latest return to Miami ends with another loss

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s top offensive highlight of the night led to no points. Didn’t matter. The Miami Heat had more than enough. Wade scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half, Goran Dragic added 20 points and nine assists, and Miami handed LeBron James another loss on his former home floor with Read More…

NCAA Tournament: Some matchups to dream about for the weekend, beginning with Wichita State vs. Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall may finally get his wish. Marshall has been trying for years to schedule a game against Kansas, the basketball powerhouse just a couple hours’ drive from the Shockers’ campus. The Jayhawks have balked, insisting they have nothing to gain from a series against the Missouri Valley Read More…