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The world swooned as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager a pep talk, live on national television during Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs vs. the Dallas Mavericks, after fielding two questions from Craig Sager's son, Craig Sager Jr. The elder Sager is being treated for acute leukemia.
In a year of terrific NBA Draft prospects, 7-footer Joel Embiid stands tallest. But there's a risk with the big man from Kansas.
The power brokers in the NCAA and universities want you to believe a players union will ruin college sports. Don't fall for it.
After referring to Connecticut's victory in December against shorthanded Florida as a 'fluke,' Gregg Doyel got some Hate Mail. After UConn won the rematch in the Final Four? He got a lot of Hate Mail.
John Calipari can make all the excuses in the world, but Julius Randle looked out of character in the loss to UConn. Perhaps one day we'll find out what happened to UK's best player.
Manhattan took back disgraced coach Steve Masiello, and he ought to remember that when another, better opportunity arises.
Dick Gregory, paralyzed after suffering an injury at a Kentucky game in November, is enjoying every moment of his team's championship run. The Wildcats are giving their longtime fan plenty to smile about.
John Calipari's mental wizardry gets the most out of his players -- sometimes seldom-used players -- puts Kentucky one win away from a national title.
Already courting Kentucky legend status, Aaron Harrison cements it with a winning 3-pointer to beat Wisconsin in the Final Four. His dad says this is nothing new.
Outclassed, outhustled and outplayed, Florida's guards -- notably Scottie Wilbekin -- are run off the floor by UConn's backcourt. led by Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright.

Gregg Doyel is a columnist for He covered the ACC for the Charlotte Observer, the Marlins for the Miami Herald, and Brooksville (Fla.) Hernando for the Tampa Tribune. More importantly, he is 4-0 as an amateur boxer, with three knockouts. Follow Gregg Doyel on Twitter.
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