Courtois relief at Chelsea clearance - Atletico Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois says facing parent club Chelsea in the Champions League will be "special". VIDEO: MOTD3: Are managers winning games? - Mark Chapman is joined by Danny Murphy and Martin Keown for this week's Match of the Day 3, to discuss whether certain managers are winning matches this season. Aldridge leads Portland over Houston 122-120 in OT (Yahoo Sports) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. He scored the next five points for Portland and put the Trail Blazers on top by one point with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston. James Harden and Dwight Howard each scored 27 points for Houston, and Howard grabbed 15 rebounds. Why Torres will still get a hero's welcome at Atletico - Chelsea's Fernando Torres can expect a hero's return to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday - and may yet end up back there permanently Sharks take 2-0 series lead with 7-2 win vs. Kings (Yahoo Sports) - Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a San Jose comeback and lead the Sharks to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Justin Braun, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who overcame a two-goal deficit after the first period of a playoff game for just the third time in 26 tries in franchise history. Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis scored first-period goals before Jonathan Quick allowed seven goals in the final two periods. Ducks-Stars Preview (Yahoo Sports) - Lindy Ruff figures anyone who has watched the Dallas Stars in their first two playoff games should know they won't quit. Even in a big hole against top-seeded Anaheim before their first home playoff game in six years. We definitely haven't been dominated,'' said Ruff, the veteran coach in his first season on the Dallas bench. So we've got to clean up some of our mistakes and take advantage of some of those key opportunities.'' After a pair of one-goal losses in Anaheim, the Stars are home for Game 3 Monday night for their first postseason game at the American Airlines Center since May 19, 2008 - a span of 2,162 days. Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage (Yahoo Sports) - Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker. ''Well,'' he thought as he walked toward the shot, ''there are a lot worse places to be.'' For Kuchar, there was no better place - and no better shot in the tournament. He followed with a stunning hole-out on Harbour Town Golf Link's closing, lighthouse hole, to overcome a four-shot deficit for a one-stroke victory and end nearly a month of Sundays where he came close to a title only to lose at the end. Kuchar shot a 64 to finish at 11-under 273, one stroke ahead of Luke Donald, who had his third second place and fifth top-three finish here in the past six years. Boston set for emotional Marathon - Boston is set to hold an emotional marathon amid high security, a year after bombs killed three and injured hundreds. Red Sox rally for 6-5 win over O's (Yahoo Sports) - Dustin Pedroia started fast, stopped and then raced home with the winning run. Pedroia scored from third on left fielder David Lough's throwing error with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 comback win over Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night. Pedroia advanced on a wild pitch and, after David Ortiz was intentionally walked, Darren O'Day hit Mike Napoli on the left knee to load the bases. Pinch hitter Mike Carp hit a liner to left, setting off the game-ending play. Astros-Mariners Preview (Yahoo Sports) - While a lack of run production has plagued the Seattle Mariners all season, Felix Hernandez has provided them with their only quality start during a six-game losing streak. The Houston Astros have had to endure similar troubles throughout their seven-game skid. One of these streaks will come to an end Monday night, though the Mariners appear to have the advantage with Hernandez looking to continue his early-season dominance in the opener of a three-game home set. Since totaling 26 runs in a season-opening sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle (7-11) has averaged 2.7 runs and batted .207 while dropping 11 of 15.

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Hatchell: Star freshman DeShields leaving UNC (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 1:00 pm]
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell says star freshman Diamond DeShields plans to transfer. In a statement Thursday, Hatchell says she doesn't know ''or understand'' why DeShields is leaving. Hatchell didn't coach this year while focusing on treatment for leukemia, which is in remission. She says it ''breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond.'' Hatchell didn't immediately return a call for comment, while DeShields didn't immediately respond to an email.

A'ja Wilson ends suspense, chooses South Carolina (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 5:21 pm]
A'ja Wilson, considered one of the nation's top women's basketball recruits, announced Wednesday she will play for South Carolina. Wilson told a national television audience that she had decided to stay close to home, rejecting overtures from national champion Connecticut, North Carolina and Tennessee. ''It's just really a great program and it's like I'm wearing this shirt, there's no place like home,'' Wilson said. ''They're on the rise and I would love to be a part of it.'' Wilson said the hardest part of the process was telling the coaches at the other schools of her decision.

Gonzaga promotes assistant to head coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 6:22 pm]
Gonzaga assistant women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier was promoted to head coach on Monday, replacing Kelly Graves, who left for Oregon after 14 seasons with the Bulldogs. Fortier has coached at Gonzaga for seven seasons, including the Bulldogs' current run of six consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs won the West Coast Conference for the 10th straight year and earned a bid to the NCAA tourney, where they lost to James Madison in their first game.

Former Houston coach Curl dies (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 5:53 pm]
HOUSTON (AP) -- Former Houston women's basketball coach Joe Curl has died, the university announced Monday. He was 59.

Georgetown hires Adair as women's basketball coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 14, 2014, 7:04 am]
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Natasha Adair is the new women's basketball coach at Georgetown.

Large crowds cheer UConn champion basketball teams (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 2:58 pm]
Huge crowds turned out for a downtown Hartford victory parade and rally celebrating the national championships won by the University of Connecticut men's and women's basketball teams. Cheers grew louder as the truck carrying the UConn band approached. By the time the men's and women's basketball teams went by the crowds were ecstatic. Men's coach Kevin Ollie waved to the crowds from the front of the truck while guard Ryan Boatright held up a hand displaying the No. 1 sign.

Parade to fete UConn champion basketball teams (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 13, 2014, 11:48 am]
Thousands of fans are expected to turn out for a victory parade and rally celebrating the dual national championships won by the University of Connecticut men's and women's basketball teams. A rally will follow. The UConn men's team beat Kentucky for the national title April 7, while the UConn women's team defeated Notre Dame for its record-breaking ninth championship the following night UConn is the only school to win both the men's and women's Division I basketball championships in the same year, a feat they also accomplished in 2004.

Creighton's Doug McDermott accepts Wooden Award (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 8:49 pm]
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Doug McDermott of Creighton has accepted the John R. Wooden Award, one of several honors the senior won this year as college basketball's player of the year.

Marquette lets women's coach Mitchell go (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 9, 2014, 7:32 pm]
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette says women's basketball coach Terri Mitchell will not return next season.

UConn hoping to capitalize on championships (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 9, 2014, 4:29 pm]
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- The University of Connecticut women's basketball team has taken a campus victory lap, one day after winning a record ninth NCAA championship.

Stewart has more titles at UConn in her sights (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 9, 2014, 10:14 am]
Geno Auriemma breezed past Pat Summitt by winning his record ninth championship. With sensational sophomore Breanna Stewart back at UConn for two more seasons, winning a 10th or 11th title is a real possibility. That would move Auriemma and Connecticut past UCLA men's coach John Wooden for the most in all of college basketball. Auriemma downplayed comparisons to Wooden when the Huskies broke UCLA's 88-game winning streak a few years ago.

UConn routs Notre Dame 79-58, wins 9th title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 8:43 pm]
Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women's college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion. The Huskies routed Notre Dame 79-58 Tuesday night in the first championship game featuring undefeated teams, winning their record ninth national title. Auriemma broke a tie with Pat Summitt and Tennessee for most all-time, doing it in her backyard. Breanna Stewart, who was the AP's player of the year, scored 21 points to lead the Huskies (40-0) while Stefanie Dolson added 17 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.

UConn leads Notre Dame 45-38 at half of title game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 8:03 pm]
Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 14 points to help Connecticut move closer to knocking off Notre Dame in the first NCAA championship showdown between undefeated teams as the Huskies took a 45-38 halftime lead Tuesday night. With both Notre Dame (37-0) and the Huskies (39-0) unbeaten, making it the first title game - men's or women's - featuring undefeated teams.

Stollings brings fast-paced style to Minnesota (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 6:15 pm]
New coaches at major conference programs often inherit struggling teams. That is not the case for Marlene Stollings at Minnesota. Stollings was introduced Tuesday at a news conference for the 11th coach for the Gophers' women's program. Stollings spent the last two years at VCU.

NCAA hosts summit to discuss state of women's game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 5:28 pm]
With the build up to Tuesday night's matchup of undefeated teams in the women's national title showdown, a group of stakeholders in the sport met to discuss how to increase interest in the game and keep the momentum going after the final buzzer of the UConn-Notre Dame matchup. Attendance has fallen in the NCAA tournament. Looking for ways to overcome the challenges, the NCAA hosted a summit with coaches, administrators, broadcast partners and fans to find ways to grow the sport. ''It was a great opportunity to get a lot of different groups together and try to get people on a similar page,'' said Anucha Browne, the NCAA vice president of women's basketball championships.

Boilermakers' Joslyn Massey to transfer (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 4:25 pm]
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue sophomore Joslyn Massey plans to transfer to another school.

Notre Dame, UConn set for historic title game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 1:25 pm]
Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma were well aware of the talk. There has been a buzz throughout women's basketball all season about the potential showdown between their undefeated teams. UConn (39-0) and Notre Dame (37-0) are set to meet in an unprecedented championship clash Tuesday night.

Oregon hires Gonzaga women's coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 9:39 am]
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Oregon has hired Kelly Graves of Gonzaga as its women's basketball coach.

5 things to know about UConn-Notre Dame title game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 1:29 am]
Connecticut and Notre Dame may have spent too much time together in the Big East - and it apparently got annoying. But with Notre Dame moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference, they didn't play this year - setting up Tuesday night's title game between the undefeated squads. It's the first time in the NCAA tournament that unbeaten teams have played - either the men or women. ''We don't have a relationship,'' Notre Dame coach Muffett McGraw said.

Historic title game boost for women's basketball (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 8, 2014, 1:22 am]
Women's college basketball has been looking for that watershed moment when a player or game could transcend the sport. For the first time in the NCAA tournament - men or women - unbeaten teams will square off for the national championship. Perennial women's powerhouse programs and former Big East rivals UConn (39-0) and Notre Dame (37-0) will play for the title Tuesday night. The great rivalry between UConn and Tennessee and its Hall of Fame coaches Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt drew national attention - except they haven't scheduled games against each other for years.





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