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NCAA Basketball: Division I Championship-Indiana vs Kentucky

Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) dunks the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the semifinals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

NCAA's most intriguing basketball players

The 2012-13 college basketball season should be intriguing. How

intriguing? Let Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde count the ways. First up, the 25 most

intriguing players.

  • How a fan helped Kenny Lofton get to Cleveland for World Series first pitch

    An Indians fan came to Kenny Lofton’s rescue Monday night, ensuring the team’s former center fielder would make it to Cleveland in time to throw out the first pitch prior to Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Lofton’s crazy adventure started in Los Angeles, where he was scheduled to take a red-eye flight to Cleveland late Monday night. As time ticked by and Lofton’s urgency to get to Cleveland hastened a bit, he was met by a fan who recognized him and offered his seat so Lofton could make an earlier flight.

    Big League Stew
  • Chicago Blackhawks own the worst thing in NHL right now

    The Calgary Flames scored two goals in regulation against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. Both were on the power play. Neither should have surprised you, despite Calgary previously having gone 1-for-25 on the power play, because Chicago’s penalty kill is demonstrably the worst thing in hockey right now.

    Puck Daddy
  • Rory McIlroy: No-cut rule helped Tiger Woods win so many WGCs

    At the pinnacle of his career, Tiger Woods dominated the World Golf Championships, winning an incredible 18 of them from 1999-2013. No other player is even remotely close to that tally, with Dustin Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy a distant T-2 with three each. Rory McIlroy, who has two WGCs to his name, said Wednesday ahead of this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions that Woods was a beneficiary of the no-cut nature of the tournaments.

    Devil Ball Golf
  • Melvin Gordon on supporting Wisconsin

    The former Wisconsin Badger and current San Diego Chargers running back spoke to Yahoo Sports about his college team.

    Yahoo Sports Videos
  • What’s Eating Ohio State?

    College football fans are too often prisoners of the moment. Nowhere is this truer than in the scarlet and gray galaxy that slowly rotates around Ohio Stadium. Legions of Buckeye fans were astounded last week when Ohio State bumbled its way to the first road loss under Urban Meyer in 24 attempts, and only the fifth loss of the head coach’s tenure in Columbus. As you might predict, loyal Buckeye hearts across the land have limped their way through the five stages of grief. Angry rants from Long-time/First-times and scattershots of blame have rained down on the Ohio State program like Austro-Hungarian artillery. We haven’t reached #FUIRDANTONIO levels yet, but things progress quickly when the inexplicable

    Off Tackle Empire
  • Tim Tebow answered Stephen A. Smith's dumb question with a riveting inspirational speech

    Hate on Tim Tebow all you want, but there’s no denying he’s one of the most motivational guys in sports — period. On Tuesday he appeared with Stephen A. Smith on First Take and dropped the best speech you’ll hear all week. When he was criticized for taking a long shot at making an MLB roster, Tebow dropped the hammer.

    SB Nation
  • Tactics: Arsenal’s possession game and Francis Coquelin

    It wasn’t just that Arsenal failed to score on Saturday against Middlesbrough. It was the failure to create any chance of note that gave cause for concern, not least after Arsenal had scored 9 in the previous two home games. One obvious difference was the make-up of Arsenal’s midfield, with Granit Xhaka suspended and Santi Cazorla injured. Mohamed Elneny made his second league start of the season, while Francis Coquelin maintained his bizarre box to box role. With Coquelin playing a box to box role, and Elneny a more industrious, energetic player than Cazorla, Arsenal did not have a defined deeper player, with both midfielders pushing up. In a sense, this is how Wenger prefers his midfield composition,

    The Short Fuse
  • Denny Hamlin's secret weapon?

    "Finally he was able to catch his breath enough to key the mic and say 'I'm hurt.' That's all we got out of him," says Lambert. In the driver's seat – NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin claimed his first career Daytona 500 win in February 2016. In the driver's seat – Hamlin's crew chief is Michael Wheeler, pictured left. "We worry about safety more than performance and durability," says Wheeler. In the driver's seat – "What I love about racing really is the competition of it," says Hamlin. Pictured here he celebrates his win at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 with a burnout in August 2016. In the driver's seat – "We have some of the greatest athletes in the world that have come to

  • Rumor: Vikings Trading For O-Line Help?

    On Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, the football world saw that the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive line is a bit of a sore spot. Now, on this Wednesday afternoon, there’s a rumor going around that Rick Spielman and company might be doing something about it. The source? Seattle Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll. You look confused. Let me explain. At Carroll’s press conference today, he was apparently asked about the Seahawks making a potential trade. Here’s what Carroll said that has social media buzzing at the moment. Cohen did clarify afterwards that the question was related to trades, so it doesn’t appear that he’s talking about the move the Vikings made to sign offensive tackle Jake Long

    Daily Norseman
  • Kyle Schwarber added to Cubs' World Series roster

    For a team that’s supposed to be cursed, everything seems to be coming up in the Chicago Cubs’ favor right now. The Cubs will not only enter their first World Series in 71 years as the overwhelming favorite, but they’ll also do so with a player who was expected to miss the entire season. Joe Maddon then said Kyle Schwarber would be the team’s DH in Game 1. Relief pitcher Rob Zastryzny who hadn’t appeared thus far for the Cubs this postseason.

    Big League Stew
  • Pacquiao not slowing down in build up to Vargas fight

    Manny Pacquiao says that despite a punishing schedule which includes juggling two high-profile jobs in the build up to his return to the boxing ring, he has still managed to maintain his fire for the sport. Now that the Philippine Senate is on a break, the boxing legend says he is finally able to start training in earnest to face World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas. Three months after ending his brief ring "retirement," Pacquiao is in the final weeks of preparations for the fight which will be held November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

  • How Aly Raisman and Simone Biles used their 'imperfect' bodies to win 11 Olympic medals

    NEW YORK — Aly Raisman reached out her fist and unfolded her fingers, holding her hand out perfectly flat. “Gymnasts are supposed to look like this,” she said, “like stick figures; having a butt is bad in gymnastics.” She turned to Simone Biles, her U.S. teammate sitting next to her, and lets out a laugh. “It’s true!” the 19 year-old said, giggling. Biles and Raisman aren’t like regular gymnasts. They’re the best two in the world, for a start. Raisman, the U.S. gymnastics team captain in 2016, added to her three medal-haul from London 2012 with a gold and two silvers in Rio. She was only bettered by Biles, the teenage phenomenon who walked away from her debut Olympics with four gold medals and

    For The Win
  • Some Seahawks still trying to recover from overtime tie

    Richard Sherman felt good enough on Wednesday to break out his Halloween costume a little early, donning a cape, grabbing a wand, and presenting a very authentic Harry Potter look. It was a drastic difference from late Sunday night and into Monday morning when Sherman was suffering from dehydration and fatigue on the flight back to Seattle after being on the field for nearly 100 plays and more than 46 minutes of game time in the Seahawks' 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals. In all seriousness, Sunday's tie with Arizona left the Seahawks defenders exhausted.

    The Associated Press
  • US women’s captain opens up about the real Hope Solo

    The moment that drove everyone away from Hope Solo ironically made Carli Lloyd gravitate toward her — and they have been inseparable ever since. Solo, who showed the world her fiery temper at the 2007 World Cup when she blasted head coach Greg Ryan for benching her in place of veteran goalkeeper Briana Scurry for the United States’ semifinal loss, relit the match nine years later. In yet another postgame tirade — this one directed at Sweden following their shocking quarterfinal upset of the United States in penalty kicks at the Rio Olympics — the combative goalkeeper called the Swedes “a bunch of cowards” for their defensive style of play. Prominent US teammates Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe expressed their disappointment in Solo for embarrassing the team, while former US mainstays Julie Foudy and Wambach insulted her lack of professionalism in disrespecting an opponent.

    New York Post
  • RB trade options, Week 8

    Running back is the position to watch so far in 2016. A lot of backs were explosive early, but Week 7 brought a cooling period with few rushers going off and a number of top names going down with injuries. As the rusher landscape gets more interesting week-to-week, owners should look to make deals to keep their rosters intact. Here are the players worth trading for and shopping in Week 8. Buy Low Chris Thompson, Washington Thompson is leading Washington’s rushing effort in its run-by-committee system. The four-year RB was the leading rusher in Week 7 and also led the team in total yards with 73 rushing yards and 40 receiving yards. Thompson is a dual-threat back averaging 5.1 yards per carry

    SB Nation
  • Fan dies after fall of 30-50 feet at Broncos' stadium

    DENVER -- A fan who fell 30 to 50 feet while leaving Sports Authority Field at Mile High after the Denver Broncos game Monday night has died. The Denver County medical examiner's office made the announcement, saying the fan died Monday night after being taken to a hospital. The Broncos identified the man as Jason Coy in a statement released on Tuesday. "The Denver Broncos are extremely saddened to learn that Jason Coy, the fan who fell over a stairwell railing at Monday night's game, has passed away," the Broncos said in a statement. "Providing a safe, enjoyable environment for guests at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is the top priority for the Broncos and [Stadium Management Company].

    ABC News
  • A guy gave up his airline seat to Kenny Lofton, cashes in big

    A man named Ken Kostal of Marblehead, Ohio was just trying to get home from Los Angeles yesterday morning. He looked over and saw former Indians great Kenny Lofton in the boarding area, trying to fly standby to Cleveland. Why was Lofton trying to get to Cleveland? To throw out the first pitch in last night’s Game 1 of the World Series, of course. Kostal gave up his seat to Lofton and Lofton made it to Cleveland in time. But don’t weep for Kostal. He got more than a ticket on the next flight and some federally-mandated bonus cash. The Indians just announced that they are giving Kostal tickets for Game 6, if necessary. In addition, United Airlines is giving Kostal 62,200 miles for his use on a

  • You Need To Read These Stories About Marshawn Lynch From His Former Seattle Teammates

    Just watch his episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls for proof of all of this. The Seattle Times caught up with a few guys on Seattle’s roster and asked for their favorite Marshawn stories. My first week here, we were outside on the field, and I was talking to Justin Forsett.

  • Buccaneers willing to trade much-needed CB for WR, Panthers could be in play

    If mid-season trades are difficult to make happen, inter-division trades are nearly impossible to pull off. Yet, two NFC South teams are holding what the other wants, making this a little more intriguing. According to Jason La Canfora, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are willing to trade one of their cornerbacks. While the hypothetical deal would mean the Carolina Panthers need to get rid of a wide receiver, that is one of the positions they are currently stacked at. After the departure of cornerback Josh Norman from Carolina this offseason, general manager Dave Gettleman grabbed three corners in the 2016 NFL draft. Only one has really panned out so far in James Bradberry, who has excelled when he sees

    Panthers Wire
  • California Chrome, Arrogate head Breeders' entries

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS AMGELES (Reuters) - California Chrome, North America's all-time leading money earner, and Travers Stakes winner Arrogate headed an impressive list of 14 pre-entries announced on Wednesday for next week's Breeders' Cup Classic. California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2014, is unbeaten this year after romping to victory in all six races in dominant fashion, including the Dubai World Cup on March 26. Santa Anita Derby champion in 2014, 'Chrome' has accumulated career earnings of $13.4 million and is expected to start the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at iconic Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Nov. 5 as favorite to win.

  • Conor McGregor hits out at Jose Aldo over his decision to end contract with UFC

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar Conor McGregor has taken a swipe at former featherweight champion Jose Aldo over his feud with the company and claimed that the Brazilian never wanted a rematch with him and just wants to get out of the sport. Aldo, who was knocked out by the Irishman at UFC 194 in just 13 seconds last December, has been vocal in the past about getting a rematch with McGregor. However, that has not happened with the Notorious going on to fight American Nate Diaz twice, once at UFC 196 and the second at UFC 202 and is scheduled to face Eddie Alvarez at the upcoming historical UFC 205 event in New York. What would have infuriated Aldo was that McGregor was allowed

    International Business Times UK
  • Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions unveils 2017 broadcast plans

    A day after Showtime formally announced seven fights featuring talent from boxing manager Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, PBC unveiled plans for a 2017 schedule that features three prime-time cards each on Fox and NBC, 25 shows on Fox Sports 1 and more on ESPN, Spike TV and Bounce TV. The organization “will continue its mission in 2017 of making the sport available to the widest possible audience,” PBC spokesman Tim Smith said in a statement. While specific fights were not mentioned beyond Tuesday’s Showtime list – which includes a welterweight unification bout between unbeaten Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia on March 4 and the Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz featherweight-title rematch Jan. 28 – PBC promised “particular fireworks in the hottest and deepest divisions in the sport at 147, 154 and 126 pounds,” in its statement.

    Los Angeles Times
  • Nacho's goal better than my Champions League final volley - Zidane

    Zinedine Zidane was left marvelling at Nacho Fernandez's goal in Real Madrid's 7-1 Copa del Rey win over Cultural Leonesa, claiming it was better than his own famous Champions League final strike from 2002. With Madrid already 5-0 up at Cultural on Wednesday, Nacho latched on to James Rodriguez's inviting lofted pass to the edge of the area and produced a remarkable scissor-kick. The Spain international's effort flew into the top-left corner and Zidane was stunned, even going as far as to say it was better than his own incredible volley that secured the 2001-02 Champions League title with a 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen.

  • Jonathan Kraft walks out on owners meeting after disagreement with Jerry Jones

    Patriots president Jonathan Kraft and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones got into a war of words during an owners meeting, according to CBS Sports. The point of disagreement? GIFs. That’s right: GIFs. The two got in an argument over the NFL’s new social media policy, which has become hugely prohibitive for NFL teams. They can no longer post highlights from their games during the game action. Here’s what CBS’ Jason La Canfora wrote about the spat: “Jones made an impassioned defense of the member clubs, claiming the highlights were team-generated content and clubs should be able to do what they want with them on social media. … Jones also expressed his belief that if the league can post the videos then

    Patriots Wire
  • Don't panic, fantasy hockey owners!

    Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski offers early fantasy hockey advice including a Maple Leafs forward to grab off the waiver wire and a goalie to ship out while the going is good.

    Yahoo Sports Videos