Alabama edges Ohio State to join Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia in Playoff

Alabama is in. The Crimson Tide got the nod over Ohio State and will play Clemson in the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma and Georgia will meet in the Rose Bowl semifinal a few hours earlier. Tide or Buckeyes was the question facing the selection committee, the toughest call […]

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Jimbo Fisher resigns at Florida State to take Texas A&M job

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jimbo Fisher, who coached Florida State to its third national title in 2013 and opened this season with his team ranked in the top five, is leaving to take the same job at Texas A&M. Fisher told university President John Thrasher on Friday that he was resigning to accept Texas A&M’s offer. […]

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Conference championship picks: Who’s heading to the New Year’s Six?

AP College Football Writer (Eds: With AP Photos.) Everybody wants to know which teams will be in the College Football Playoff. The selection committee pretty much answered that on Tuesday. There are eight teams that appear to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs: Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State. But […]

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Miami gets bumpto No. 2 in latestplayoff rankings

Miami made a small but potentially significant move up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four. Wisconsin and Auburn remained next up behind the top four in a week when the top half of the selection […]

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Identifying the X-factor for each Final Four squad

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina’s Luke Maye can’t go to class without getting a standing ovation nor walk across campus without getting stopped by people requesting to take a photo with him. All because of one shot — one that lifted the Tar Heels past Kentucky to reach the Final Four while turning the […]

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NCAA Tournament: A viewers’ guide to the Sweet 16

The NCAA Tournament’s first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and big-name programs. Here’s a rundown of the top games, players, coaches and interesting story […]

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USC rallies again, knocks out SMU

TULSA, Okla. — Elijah Stewart hit a late 3-pointer for No. 11 seed Southern California as the Trojans upset sixth seeded SMU 66-65 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional. SMU’s Shake Milton missed a floater at the buzzer. Stewart had 22 points for the Trojans (26-9). Bennie Boatright and Chimezie […]

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Busting a budget: Wilkes-Barre Area School District projections show chronic deficits

WILKES-BARRE — It has become a recurring mantra from Wilkes-Barre Area School Board members and district officials, used most often to support the unpopular decision to merge two of three high schools: If things don’t change, the district is on a course to bankruptcy. Board Member Dino Galella, who has voiced strong reservations even while […]

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UConn wins 3rd straight NCAA title

Connecticut forward Morgan Tuck (3) and Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart (30) and other players celebrate after the second half of the NCAA women’s Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Notre Dame, Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. Connecticut won 63-53. TAMPA, Fla. — Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are a perfect 10. The Hall […]

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12-year-old ties for 1st in ESPN bracket challenge

Sam Holtz, a sixth-grader from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., poses at home Tuesday with his near-perfect ESPN NCAA mens basketball bracket where he picked Duke to defeat Wisconsin in the finals, finishing in a tie for first in cable networks massive annual contest. HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. — A sixth-grade boy from suburban Chicago completed a near-perfect […]

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