Conference League Is The Best European Tournament You Haven’t Been To

The roster of the first quarterfinals illustrates this perfectly. England, France and Italy – via Leicester City, Marseille and Rome – but the Czech Republic, Norway and Greece are also represented. The Dutch have two rivals: Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven. In an age where the executives of the strongest teams and the wealthiest leagues are …

Super Seniors The Secret to NCAA Tournament Success?

If this year’s NCAA basketball tournaments look a little bigger—just a little older—your eyes aren’t fooling you. Call it the silver lining of the pandemic. Before the pandemic intervened, college students had five years to complete four seasons. For various reasons, among them injuries, one-time transfers or exemptions from competition, athletes have always been able …

Super Seniors The Secret to NCAA Tournament Success?

If this year’s NCAA basketball tournaments look a little bigger—just a little older—your eyes aren’t fooling you. Call it the silver lining of the pandemic. Before the pandemic intervened, college students had five years to complete four seasons. Athletes have always found ways to extend their eligibility for a variety of reasons, such as injuries, …

NCAA Women’s Tournament: NC State Somehow Survived Notre Dame

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — North Carolina State guard Raina Perez charged toward the basket and looked back, searching for the Saturday afternoon chaos she had just begun. NC State, the Bridgeport area’s top seed, were behind with less than 18 seconds. Now Perez, taking the ball from Notre Dame’s Dara Mabrey, was the Wolfpack’s best shot. …

NCAA Women’s Tournament: What to Watch as Round of 16 Begins

The Sweet 16 is back in its usual form in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament after the 2020 tournament was canceled and last year’s event was held around a single city due to the pandemic. Women’s regional events in Greensboro, NC; Bridgeport, UK; Wichita, Kan.; and Spokane, Wash., with 16-round games on Friday and Saturday …

St. Peter Trying to Seize the Moment of the Tournament Before Any Change

JERSEY CITY, NJ — A veteran striker, KC Ndefo, St. After his junior season at Peter’s University, he had no shortage of options, Small Jesuit school in the heart of this city just two miles west of Manhattan. The 6ft-7 Ndefo was a hot commodity after averaging 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks. He …

NCAA Women’s Tournament: What to Watch as the Field Narrows to 16

The outcome of Monday’s second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament will include established programs like Tennessee and Connecticut, unestablished programs trying to reach that level, and players reaching March stardom. On ESPN, games begin at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, when #1-seeded North Carolina State plays 9th-seeded Kansas State. Below are four games that …