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‘This is where I wanted to be’ — How Mike Martin built his legacy at Florida State

[ad_1] TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- He met his future bride when they accidentally knocked heads at the water fountain in high school. After apologizing, Mike Martin looked at her and thought, "That's one good-looking woman!"Three years later, Mike and Carol married, and they set off for their honeymoon in his 1963 Falcon. The Falcon had 83,000 miles on it and no air conditioning, but it would have to do for this
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Kyrie Irving and the Celtics’ state of dismay

[ad_1] ON A COLD, February night in Chicago, a cluster of reporters gathered around Kyrie Irving, backing him up against a white board in the visitors locker room of the United Center. Minutes earlier, the Boston Celtics had stooped to a new low in their vexing season, suffering a dispirited loss to the lowly Chicago Bulls.Irving, an Uncle Drew cap jammed low over his brow, was asked to gauge his
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Ohio State QB Baldwin to enter transfer portal

[ad_1] Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin plans to enter the transfer portal, coach Ryan Day said Thursday.Day told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg he believes Baldwin, who is from Austin, Texas, will likely look to play closer to home. The coach also said Ohio State will be looking to add another quarterback before the season.Baldwin posted a message to Twitter later Thursday evening explaining his decision:pic.twitter.com/SekgqQlPTo— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewb_12) April 19, 2019
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Justin Fields isn’t simply a plug-and-play fix for Ohio State

[ad_1] Justin Fields chatted casually with Dwayne Haskins as he lofted an effortless spiral down the field Saturday morning prior to his first public appearance in a Buckeyes uniform. The two quarterbacks -- a record-setting, Heisman-contending, soon-to-be NFL millionaire and the 19-year-old newcomer expected to replace him -- were just shooting the breeze.Above them, on the giant video board at Ohio Stadium, a montage tribute to the 2018 football season
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No decision on Ohio State QB after spring game

[ad_1] COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State head coach Ryan Day isn't ready to name a starting quarterback after spending his first spring with a pair of young contenders for the job.Sophomore transfer Justin Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin split time with the first-string offense during the Buckeyes' spring game on Saturday. Day said both were still works in progress."I don't think right now that we're going to make a
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How Ryan Day rocketed from New Hampshire to Ohio State coach

[ad_1] Bobby Swigert was scrubbed in and standing beside a tray of orthopedic surgery utensils one day this winter when the conversation veered, as it often does in central Ohio, toward college football. The surgeon was part way through drilling a routine hole in some poor sap's tibia when Swigert, now a medical device salesman, casually mentioned that he played for Ryan Day years earlier at Boston College.The surgeon's head
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Loaded Michigan State leads Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2019-20

[ad_1] The 2018-19 college basketball season officially ended Monday, with Virginia beating Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime. But that means it's already time to look ahead to next season.Things will change, of course. There are NBA draft decisions to be made, players waiting to enter the transfer portal, high school players still unsigned. There is also the second federal trial on college basketball corruption beginning later this month, and that
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5 takeaways from Texas Tech’s Final Four win over Michigan State

[ad_1] 12:00 AM ETJohn GasawayESPN Insider CloseESPN Insider college basketball contributor First began covering college hoops in 2004 Has written for Basketball Prospectus and the Wall Street JournalTexas Tech is about to play for a national championship for the first time in the program's history. Here's how the Red Raiders have come this far, and what we can expect to see from Chris Beard's team Monday night against Virginia.Texas Tech
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Will Virginia, Michigan State defeat underdogs?

[ad_1] The Final Four is here, and Michigan State, Virginia, Texas Tech and Auburn will vie for a spot in the national title game. We asked ESPN.com's panel of basketball writers to talk about what they're expecting from Saturday's games.Jump to score predictions for Saturday's Final Four gamesVirginia, Michigan State, Texas Tech and Auburn -- while there was reason to recommend all these teams, essentially no one had them in
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Murray State star Morant declares for NBA draft

[ad_1] Murray State sophomore guard Ja Morant announced in a press conference Wednesday that he has made himself eligible for the 2019 NBA draft.Morant, whose electric performance powered the Racers' first-round win over Marquette in the NCAA tournament, on Tuesday became the first Murray State player to be named a first-team Associated Press All-American.The 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard is the No. 2 prospect in ESPN's draft ratings. He averaged 24.5