When he learned the news about Chris Boucher, Oregon assistant coach Kevin McKenna was sitting in a friend’s cabana at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Then the text message from the team’s trainer landed: Boucher, the Ducks’ shot-swatting, game-altering big man, had torn his anterior cruciate ligament. McKenna immediately felt crushed for a senior who couldn’t see his final season through.
HELSINKI — Figure skating used to herald its world championships with blaring trumpets. Today, it’s more like a whisper. No sport has collapsed in front of our eyes as quickly as this one has. In 1996, when both the women’s and men’s world titles were won by Americans — Michelle Kwan and Todd Eldredge — the men’s long program, shown live on ABC, received a 10.1 rating. It went head to head with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament that day on CBS. March Madness earned an 8.8. I’ll wait for a moment so you can fully digest that piece of information. Today, the ratings are minuscule and the skaters are household names only in their own households. It’s understandable in many ways: after the Tonya-Nancy
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said he’s “scared to death” over the health of star point guard Joel Berry after Berry injured his left ankle in Sunday’s Elite Eight win over Kentucky. Berry rolled the ankle on a drive about five minutes into Sunday’s game. The left ankle injury came nine days after Berry rolled his right ankle in a first-round win over Texas Southern.