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March 14, 2016
March 14, 2016

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March 14, 2016

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NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
  • The tiny Spanish island of Gran Canaria is home to a tour operator that handles college basketball teams' off-season trips—and to an academy that DEVELOPS PROSPECTS. Is there a link between booking tours and landing recruits?

NBA
  • Distant and accessible to only a few, the game's most dominant defender and underrated superstar desperately cultivates greatness, if not an image. He also is giving a second wind to the Spurs' dynasty, the best bet to unseat the Warriors

Patrick Kane
  • On the ice, it all comes so easily for Patrick Kane. Life off it is more complicated, whether he's behaving immaturely—or worse—or navigating a hometown that bred him to be the best but can also bring out his worst

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UFC gambles and loses

IN NOVEMBER, Holly Holm poleaxed Ronda Rousey in one of the great UFC upsets, winning the bantamweight belt. The obvious play: Allow Rousey to recover and then make a high-stakes rematch. Instead the UFC pitted Holm against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 last Saturday. The underdog won via a rear-naked choke (top) and now the future is considerably cloudier.

This is an article from the March 14, 2016 issue

In December, Conor McGregor poleaxed Jose Aldo in one of the great UFC upsets, winning the featherweight belt. McGregor's attempt to hold two belts simultaneously at UFC 196 was scuttled when his opponent, lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos, suffered a foot injury. The obvious play: reschedule the fight. But the UFC pitted McGregor against 170-pounder Nick Diaz. The underdog won via a rear-naked choke and now the future is considerably cloudier.

Befitting an organization based in Las Vegas, the UFC operates with the caution of a whale at a blackjack table. Sometimes it cashes in. Other times it craps out. Stay tuned for the next roll....

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