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HOUSTON — It didn’t take long for San Diego State’s basketball team to learn this is not an ordinary road trip. They got off the plane Wednesday night … and a deejay was playing music while they walked down a carpet to cheers from workers. “It’s been pretty crazy,” senior Matt Bradley said. “I didn’t picture my last week of college basketball being like this.” The biggest difference came ...

One of the most driven and talented teams to take the ice for Minnesota in decades is seeking to bring a national championship back to the program for the first time in 20 years. The Gophers are going to the Frozen Four for the 23rd time. This will be their fifth appearance since the most recent NCAA title in 2003. Annual expectations exceed that, though. Minnesota coach Bob Motzko said he fully realized that when he took the job five years ago. The Gophers face Boston University in the national semifinals on April 6. Quinnipiac plays Michigan in the other game.

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The NFL took another step at the owners meetings to increase diversity throughout the league while continuing to face criticism and a lawsuit for lack of representation among head coaches. Each team is now required to have a person in charge of diversity, equity and inclusion. Currently, 15 clubs have a DEI head and two others have someone leading that department and another one.

BALTIMORE — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has become an NFL unicorn for his ability to make something out of nothing. In the open field, he impossibly evades tacklers, and in the backfield, he dodges linemen and squeezes downfield passes between defensive backs. But as Jackson, now a veteran of five professional seasons, tries to navigate a long-term contract, he’s run into dead ends and ...

BALTIMORE — Calais Campbell’s career in Baltimore was short but impactful. The 36-year-old veteran defensive lineman spent just three of his 15 seasons in the NFL with the Ravens, but he made the Pro Bowl in 2020 and last season was the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner. He was also a respected voice in the locker room and mentor to a young defensive line that had barely more collective ...

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