Basketball

How to get your Sweet 16 picks right when you fill out your bracket

Ernest Hemingway was a Nobel Prize-winning writer, but I am convinced he also would have been a brilliant college basketball bracketologist, a March Madness maven, a pioneer in the art of prediction, because of this quote: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” Hemingway implies we need to trust what we see. He’s speaking in generalities, but in our application, we have

Spike Lee calls out Knicks owner James Dolan after entrance drama: 'I'm being harassed'

Spike Lee is the most famous Knicks fan in the world. He has been seen consistently attending their games and sitting courtside for nearly three decades. But on Monday night, he had a bit of an issue getting inside Madison Square Garden. While the above tweet speculates Lee was “denied entry,” the Knicks refuted that rumor in a statement Monday night. A Knicks spokesperson told the AP “it was simply an issue of Lee using the

Predictions for all 32 college basketball conference tournaments

Thirty-two NCAA Division I men’s basketball conferences will crown champions over a nine-day stretch that begins with the Mountain West and Ohio Valley Conference tournaments on Saturday and comes to an end with the Big Ten final in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 15. Who will earn the automatic bid in each conference? ESPN.com’s team of college basketball experts issued their picks below, with leagues listed in the order that tickets

Chicago State cancels hoops games due to virus

CHICAGO — The Chicago State University men’s basketball team will not travel for two regularly scheduled Western Athletic Conference games this week, and its women’s team will not host two games, the school said late Tuesday, citing the spread of the coronavirus. The school said in a statement it was making the move with the “health and well-being of the campus community in mind.” The cancellations are believed to be

Boston's Jayson Tatum: 'The kid is special.' Just ask LeBron James.

LOS ANGELES — Boston’s Jayson Tatum chose to keep a postgame exchange with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to himself. James, however, didn’t hold back when asked what he thought of Tatum following Tatum’s career-high 41 points in Los Angeles’ 114-112 victory over Boston on Feb. 23. "The kid is special," James said. "There’s a reason he’s a first-time All-Star. He’s been special all year." James followed up on Instagram

Calipari says Kentucky 'got manhandled' by Vols

Kentucky coach John Calipari wasn’t in a mood to mince words after the host Wildcats were on the wrong end of a 17-point, second-half collapse in a 81-73 loss to Tennessee on Tuesday. “We got manhandled. I got manhandled,” Calipari said. “This is one that I know I gotta watch the tape.” The Wildcats (24-6, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) appeared in control while leading 51-34 early in the second half. Then

Britain's fastest ever woman Dina Asher-Smith immortalised as a toy Barbie doll

Dina Asher-Smith has been immortalised as a Barbie doll – and she reckons it’s up there with winning gold. The sprint sensation is one of Team GB’s brightest gold medal prospects for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Asher-Smith stormed to glory in the 200m sprint at the World Athletics Championships in Qatar last year. The 24-year-old is the fastest British woman in history with the four-time European champion currently

LeVert torches C's for 51, carries Nets to OT win

BOSTON — With the Celtics leading by 17 points at the end of the third quarter Tuesday night, Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert wasn’t even sure he’d get a chance to play in the fourth. “I thought [Nets coach Kenny Atkinson] was going to pull [me], too,” LeVert said. “[But] he put me back in there, so I just made one more run at it.” Did he ever. By the

Nico Portal dead: Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas pay tribute to Team Ineos boss

Nico Portal, the sports director for team Ineos, has tragically passed away after suffering a heart attack. The 40-year-old was a professional cyclist for a number of French teams before he joined Team Sky in 2010. Portal was also part of the team during Bradley Wiggins' 2012 Tour de France win. He also helped as Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal won the race in recent years. Coronavirus ‘threatens