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Defending champ Notre Dame opens with dominating win

[ad_1] 1:46 PM ETCharlie CremeESPN.com CloseCharlie Creme projects the women's NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN.com.Notre Dame scored six seconds into its opening game of the women's NCAA tournament on Saturday and never looked back in a comfortable 92-50 win over Bethune-Cookman in South Bend.Check out Tournament Challenge for live updates with a chance to win $5,000 in Amazon.com gift cards! It was the kind of performance expected of a No.
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Zion sparks Duke to runaway win in tourney debut

[ad_1] COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Zion Williamson wasn't going to let his first NCAA tournament game -- let alone one in his home state -- end in disappointment.After a shaky first half for Duke, Williamson dominated North Dakota State to open the second period, from following a missed free throw with a dunk to outrunning the Bison point guard for a loose ball that he converted into another bucket as the
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Women’s NCAA tournament 2019 — What Louisville win says about Cardinals’ title chances

[ad_1] 2:16 PM ETMechelle VoepelespnW.com CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women's basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.If any No. 1 seed came into the women's NCAA tournament with a question mark attached, it was Louisville.But there was nothing about Friday's 69-34 victory over No. 16 seed Robert Morris to worry about. It's only one
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Struggling Orlando City desperate for a win; Vela building an early MVP case

[ad_1] Summer signing Nani has been a rare bright spot for an Orlando team that looks to be in store for another frustrating season. Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY SportsIt may be the international break, but there is no break from the action in MLS. The league puts forth another entertaining slate of games, with the New York Red Bulls hosting Nani and Orlando City on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+), Carlos Vela
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Nelly Korda learning she doesn’t have to be perfect to win

[ad_1] PHOENIX (AP) — David Whelan has tried to teach Nelly Korda that she doesn’t need to be perfect to win on the LPGA Tour. “My coach constantly tells me that,” Korda said at the Founders Cup. “I want to practice perfectly. I want to play perfectly all the time. He thinks I’m such a perfectionist. That’s one thing we always kind of like argue about. I’m starting to kind
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Five reasons $430M man Mike Trout can win a World Series with Angels

[ad_1] There will not be a bidding war for Mike Trout's services in two years. He will not be joining Bryce Harper in Philadelphia or wearing Yankee pinstripes. He will not skip up I-5 to sign with the Dodgers. He will not follow the path of so many superstars who leave their original franchise for greener pastures somewhere else. Mike Trout will now be an Angel for life.ESPN's Jeff Passan
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Ronaldo charged for celebration in Juventus win over Atletico Madrid

[ad_1] Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged by UEFA after celebrating Juventus' win over Atletico Madrid by grabbing his crotch.Juventus had lost 2-0 in the Spanish capital in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg and Atletico boss Diego Simeone grabbed his crotch to celebrate the opening goal -- scored by Jose Gimenez -- later explaining he did it to demonstrated his team selection "took balls."Simeone escaped a ban for his gesture,
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Giants can still win while building

[ad_1] EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants aren't in tear-it-all-down mode. They're building, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.In his mind, that doesn't preclude the Giants from making noise this year."Really and truly, you can win while you're building," Gettleman said Monday on a conference call with reporters to discuss the trade of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.Beckham was traded last week to the Cleveland Browns. The
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Busch ties Petty’s record with 200th career win

[ad_1] FONTANA, Calif. -- Kyle Busch tied Richard Petty's NASCAR record with his 200th career victory across the three national series Sunday by using an impressive late surge through the field after a speeding penalty to win the Cup series race at Auto Club Speedway.Busch dominated the first two stages, but a pit-road speeding penalty dropped him to 18th with 73 laps to go. He carved through the field in
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McIlroy emerges from wild day to win Players Championship

[ad_1] PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy made two late birdies amid the wild theatrics of Sunday at The Players Championship and closed with a 2-under 70 to win the next best thing to a major. McIlroy could not afford to make a mistake over the final hour because of Jim Furyk, the 48-year-old former Ryder Cup captain who nearly pulled off a stunner at the TPC Sawgrass.