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NIT is easy to mock, but can lead to bigger things

| | Mar 25 2017 - 12:05am | Comments

ATLANTA — It’s easy enough to brush off the National Invitation Tournament as nothing more than a lame coronation: crowning a champion of the also-rans.

  1. | Posted: Mar 20 2017 - 12:05am

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Forget the comeback talk. Roger Federer is back.

  2. | Posted: Mar 20 2017 - 12:05am

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Marc Leishman kept shifting his eyes toward the glare coming from the silver Arnold Palmer Invitational trophy at his side. Beyond the shiny prize, between two images of Palmer, was a black banner with six words that defined how Palmer approached the game.

  3. | Posted: Mar 19 2017 - 12:05am

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Charley Hoffman would have been happy to get off the 18th hole at Bay Hill with a par and go into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational within one shot of the lead. With one big putt, Saturday turned out better than he could have imagined.

  4. | Posted: Mar 19 2017 - 12:05am

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Sometime in the middle of Saturday afternoon’s split-squad spring training game against the Atlanta Braves, Brad Ausmus heard the news: An hour west on Interstate 4, at Joker Marchant Stadium, J.D. Martinez was injured.

  5. | Posted: Mar 19 2017 - 12:05am

    SAN DIEGO — Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead homer and the United States eliminated the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic, beating the defending champions 6-3 Saturday night to earn a spot in the semifinals.

  6. | Posted: Mar 19 2017 - 12:05am

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer might soon have to reset his goals for the year, seeing how well things are going for him.

  7. | Posted: Mar 19 2017 - 12:05am

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court.

  8. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 12:05am

    Once again, there were no buzzer-beaters, no unexpected upsets or overtime thrillers, but at least the second day of the NCAA Tournament offered a few reasons not to change the channel. Each of the four venues Friday hosted an early game that extracted a welcome dollop of drama, with three decided in the final seconds.

  9. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 12:05am

    The Raiders are strongly considering luring retired star running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement and back home to Oakland, ESPN reported Friday morning.

  10. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 12:05am

    PHOENIX — Michelle Wie is healthy and confident again. She’s in contention in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, too.

  11. | Posted: Mar 18 2017 - 12:05am

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Charley Hoffman wasn’t expecting to be at Bay Hill until he didn’t qualify for a World Golf Championship next week. The change in plans has worked out nicely so far.

  12. | Posted: Mar 17 2017 - 12:05am

    Years upon years, decades upon decades, had passed without Northwestern’s reaching the NCAA Tournament. So when the Wildcats finally — finally — advanced this year, their coach, Chris Collins, shared a dose of perspective with his players.

  13. | Posted: Mar 16 2017 - 12:05am

    DAYTON, Ohio — UC Davis overcame 18 turnovers and rallied in the second half to win its first ever NCAA Tournament game, beating a North Carolina Central team whose poor shooting ensured it would be one-and-done.

  14. | Posted: Mar 16 2017 - 12:05am

    ORLANDO, Fla. — With Florida State, Florida, Virginia and Maryland playing in the same venue, the Amway Center has the potential to become Upset Central in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

  15. | Posted: Mar 16 2017 - 12:05am

    This year’s NCAA Tournament has a chance to be just as good as 2016, when Kris Jenkins capped March Madness the most dramatic way possible with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win Villanova a title.