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Omaha referee John Higgins putting life back together after threats from angry Kentucky fans

John Higgins told himself that he had a job to do, just as he’s done thousands of times before. But it wasn’t easy walking out on the court Saturday to officiate the Gonzaga-South Carolina Final Four contest. Not after thousands of phone calls, emails and Facebook postings from disgruntled Kentucky fans disrupted his roofing business and frightened his family and employees. (Omaha World-Herald)

Unfinished business kept Devonte’ Graham at Kansas, Bill Self says

Several reasons drew junior guard Devonte’ Graham back to Kansas for a final season in crimson and blue. Speaking in public on the decision since Graham’s announcement Sunday, KU coach Bill Self revealed at least one of those motivations. “Devonte, you know, he deferred some this year because Frank (Mason) was so good,” Self said Tuesday at the team’s annual year-end banquet. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

Altering start of the season won't solve all of college basketball's problems

Moving the opening day to the Tuesday before the second Friday in November -- to a day in which there are no college or NFL football games to compete against -- gives college basketball some time in the spotlight before Thursday NFL games shift the focus back to football. Here's the reality, though: Moving opening day alone isn't going to save college basketball from its dangerous trend. (ESPN.com)

It's been 30 years since 'One Shining Moment' first aired. Let's appreciate it.

The NCAA tournament is one of the most unique events on the American sports calendar. It features three weeks of high drama, passion, and twists and turns. In just over three minutes, CBS producers pack in a synopsis of March Madness, and cap it off with a tribute to that season’s national champion. The first one aired in 1987. (SB Nation)

Cincinnati Reds troll Chicago Cubs fans with 'Bandwagon Cam'

The Cincinnati Reds may have dropped the game 6-5 Friday night against the Chicago Cubs, but their troll game was on fire. During the Reds' first game in a three-game series against the newly dubbed World Series Champions, the geniuses behind the Great American Ball Park’s Jumbotron did something a little extra to welcome the Cubs fans – new and old – to Cincinnati. (USA Today)

Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo will sign with agent and stay in NBA Draft

Kentucky Wildcats forward Bam Adebayo will sign with an agent and stay in the 2017 NBA Draft, multiple sources told FanRag Sports on Monday. By signing with professional representation, Adebayo loses his ability to return to Kentucky for another season. The talented 6-10 big man averaged 13 points, a team-best 8 rebounds while also leading Kentucky in blocks per game (1.5). (FanRag Sports)

Louisville’s Jaylen Johnson to hire agent, pursue pro career

Louisville center Jaylen Johnson’s college career is over, as he will sign with an agent and remain in the NBA Draft. “After a lengthy conversation with Coach P I have decided to hire an agent and forego my senior year,” said Johnson. “I will miss my teammates and coaches, but it is really important that I help out my mom and family." As a junior, the 6-foot-8 Johnson averaged 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds. (NBC Sports)

Steve Fisher did the unthinkable and the impractical at San Diego State

For perspective on the unlikelihood of Steve Fisher, look at it this way: He is, far as I can tell, the only college basketball coach in history to move to a region he’d never previously lived in, take a coaching job 54 years into his life, then become a legend at that spot. But that’s what happened at San Diego State for Steve Fisher, a man who spent 50 years in basketball coaching, 26 as a head coach, the final 18 of them in San Diego. (CBS Sports)

Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo declares for NBA Draft without ever playing in college

Kentucky guard and former five-star recruit Hamidou Diallo announced Sunday that he is declaring for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent. Diallo is eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft -- even though he's never played a game in college -- because he graduated high school in May 2016. The 6-foot-5 guard enrolled at Kentucky in January and practiced with the team but never played. (CBS Sports)

Louisville Lands UConn Transfer Steven Enoch

Louisville has added transferring UConn big man Steven Enoch, a source confirmed. Enoch will sit the 2017-18 season and then have two to play under coach Rick Pitino. The sophomore from Norwalk, Conn., played in 29 games for the Huskies this season, averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. He was one of three UConn players to transfer, along with Vance Jackson and Juwan Durham. (Zag's Blog)

With hundreds of kids saved, Bob Hurley sets his sights on saving even more

The sound of Bob Hurley Sr.'s voice conjures up the images of Jersey City's Greenville section. Its echoes awaken not-too-distant memories of the way the neighborhood -- once heavily Irish and Polish -- used to be before Jersey City's new downtown began to rise from those memories. (NJ.com)

Duke’s Frank Jackson declares for NBA draft but will not hire agent

For Frank Jackson and his family, the process has been arduous, and the decision has been difficult. But in the end, Jackson decided to follow his dream. The Duke freshman declared for the NBA draft on Saturday night. Jackson will not hire an agent and will go through the pre-draft process before making a final decision on his collegiate eligibility. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Former Terp Juan Dixon to be next men's basketball coach at Coppin State

Juan Dixon, who left Baltimore nearly 20 years ago for College Park and went on to become one of the biggest stars in the history of the Maryland men’s basketball program, is finally coming home. Dixon, 38, will be the next men’s basketball coach at Coppin State in West Baltimore. Sources familiar with the situation said Saturday that he has accepted the job and will be introduced in the coming week. (Baltimore Sun)

Dan Rooney's greatest gift to Pittsburgh

The greatest of all Steelers, though, in the strictest sense, has been Dan Rooney. His father, Art, founded the team and ran it for decades. Art's money, guile, perseverance and charm kept the team going for decades. But when Dan took charge of the operation, it became a truly professional football team. Art Rooney made them the Steelers. Dan Rooney made them the Steelers we know today. (Sporting News)

Bryan Bickell Scores First Career Shootout Goal In Final Game Before Retiring Due To MS

Bryan Bickell announced his retirement yesterday due to his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, and the Hurricanes started the longtime NHL forward for the final two games of his career—and gave him first crack when Carolina and Philadelphia remained deadlocked after overtime, even though Bickell had never scored a shootout goal before. (Deadspin)

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