March 31, 2014
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Will Izzo stick around for MSU rebuild?

Before bumping through a challenging regular season, all the stars seemed aligned in East Lansing. This was the year for Tom Izzo and Michigan State. Izzo knew it. Just about everyone in East Lansing was cognizant. This was a veteran team with talent, built to cut down the nets in Dallas. When Adreian Payne decided to return to school, the Spartans became one of the favorites to win it all this season. I've said all year that it's tough to go against Izzo in March with comparable talent and experience. But the Spartans -- who dealt with a myriad of injuries all season long -- came up short against Shabazz Napier and UConn in the Elite Eight. What's next? Well, next season will be a major rebuilding year in East Lansing. That's if Izzo's even around to coach next year's group. ( Comment

Pacers continue late-season plunge

Thud. This is what rock bottom looks like. It is the lazy pursuit of passes, the broken mindset to settle into jump-shooting and the fight that never shows up. ... Rock bottom cannot be easily explained, but it is the new residence for the 2013-2014 Indiana Pacers. On Sunday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena, the Pacers searched for their first road win since March 15 but could not find it. Then, after the 90-76 defeat, they searched for something to explain this most mystifying late-season plunge that has left them holding a scant one-game lead over the Miami Heat. Again, the Pacers couldn't find it. "I don't know what we're going to do," said Paul George, only after raising his head from his hands. "I'm lost right now," Lance Stephenson muttered under his breath. "I don't know." (Indianapolis Star) Comment

New Yankees closer's fastball has cooled

What, if anything, has happened to David Robertson? Multiple scouts pointed out a slight dip in [Robertson's] velocity in the final days of spring training. "He was 88 to 90 mph the last time I saw him and he is usually 92 and a tick above," a talent evaluator said of the Yankees' closer. "His velocity was down a little bit. He can usually pop out a 93. I don't know, he might have been working on something, but it was down." According to Brian Cashman, he hasn't been made aware of a slip in Robertson's velocity and therefore isn't concerned. "It hasn't come up at all," the general manager said. A check of Robertson's velocity numbers last season indicates he throws harder as the season progresses. In early April he was at 90.5 mph. At the end of May it was 93.2. (New York Post) Comment

Must-See Photo
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Kentucky players pile on top of one another after securing their place in the Final Four following a last-second win over Michigan on Sunday.

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Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis breaks down Florida's Final Four matchup with Connecticut.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Arizona-Kentucky
  • 1973 -- Ken Norton broke Muhammad Ali's jaw and won their 12-round heavyweight fight by split decision.
  • 1997 -- Mike Bibby and Miles Simon led Arizona to its third win over a No. 1 seed, an 84-79 overtime triumph over Kentucky, to capture the NCAA tournament title.
  • 1998 -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks played their first games as MLB expansion teams. Both fell, with the Devil Rays losing 11-6 at the hands of the Detroit Tigers and the Diamondbacks losing 9-2 to the Colorado Rockies.
  • 2013 -- Louisville defeated Duke 85-63 to advance to the Final Four, but the game is remembered most for a gruesome broken leg suffered by guard Kevin Ware.

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