UW-Eau Claire’s Collin Miller became an All-American for the first time Wednesday when he took fourth place in the 200-yard individual medley at the NCAA Division III national championships in Indianapolis. Miller swam the 200 IM in 1 minute, 48.43 seconds. The Blugolds’ Dylan Glumac-Berberich finished 17th in diving with a score of 412.50. SOFTBALL: UW-Eau Claire picked up two wins at the PFX Games in Clermont, Fla., beating Buffalo State 11-5 and topping Benedictine 4-3.
LOS ANGELES — Robert Williams is a living, breathing, windmill-dunking advertisement for the upside of staying in school. The Texas A&M big man with the 7-foot-5 wingspan clearly had all the physical tools to be a solid pro prospect last spring, and he could have followed dozens of major talents by spending what would have been their sophomore collegiate seasons on an NBA bench or in the G League. But instead of taking a chance on being a first-round pick after a solid-if-not-
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Big East has recommended replacing one-and-done with a two-or-none policy in college basketball, along with NCAA regulation of agents and the creation of an elite player unit to focus on “players with realistic aspirations of playing in the NBA.” The Big East’s recommendations come a week after a similar report by the Pac-12 for the NCAA’s commission on college basketball, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The commission was
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke and Kentucky are viewed as the masters of the one-and-done era, winning championships with extraordinarily young rosters. Both programs have a chance to do it again. After several potential one-and-done phenoms were bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the opening weekend, the Blue Devils and Wildcats are the teams still playing that have rosters stacked with high-profile freshmen. Duke, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, starts four freshmen — led by Wooden
CHICAGO — Under the bright lights of the popping flashbulbs, Jerry Harkness grasped the magnitude of the moment. There he was on that day in March 1963, a black player from Loyola of Chicago shaking hands with a white player from Mississippi State, Joe Dan Gold, at center court. They were about to tip off in a regional semifinal in East Lansing, Mich., that would come to be known as the Game of Change. “Boy, the flashbulbs. I couldn’t believe,” Harkness recalled this
THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Prep Softball: Chippewa Falls vs. Seymour, 10 a.m. at Orlando, Fla.; Augusta vs. Eleva-Strum, 5 p.m. at Woodside Sports Complex in Mauston. Track and field: Stanley-Boyd at Marshfield Indoor Invite (girls only), 4:30 p.m. College Softball: UW-Eau Claire vs. Williams College (Mass.), 1 p.m., UW-Eau Claire vs. Lawrence, 3:30 p.m. at Clermont, Fla. Swimming and diving: NCAA Division III national championships at Indianapolis. FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Prep Softball: Chippewa
FORT MYERS, Fla. — With the recent additions of Lance Lynn and Jake Odorizzi to Minnesota’s rotation, Kyle Gibson has found himself bumped to the back of the group. That’s no slight to the slender 30-year-old right-hander. Even when Ervin Santana returns from finger surgery in late April or early May and Gibson likely becomes the fifth starter, he’s still happy to be a contributor to a contending club and proud of the depth the Twins have suddenly built up after several
Cloverbelt Conference champions — 106: Austin Ackman (Spencer/Columbus). 113: Dominich Wichlacz (Spencer/Columbus). 120: Leo Rodriguez (Spencer/Columbus). 126: Nelson Wahl (Cadott). 132: Bailey Gillett (Cadott). 138: Andrew Gunderson (Cadott). 145: Bryce Shaw (Spencer/Columbus). 152: Brady Spaeth (Cadott). 160: James Pfeiffer (Cadott). 170: Carson Hildebrandt (Spencer/Columbus). 182: Stephen Buchanan (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal). 195: Lucas Ingold (Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal).
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers value versatility in their defensive backs. Morgan Burnett should fit right in. The two-time defending AFC North champions signed the free agent safety to a three-year deal on Tuesday, part of an overhaul in the secondary that began last week when the team cut ties with veterans Mike Mitchell, Robert Golden and William Gay. The 29-year-old Burnett has played all eight seasons of his NFL career in Green Bay, collecting 683 tackles, 44 passes defensed,
MILWAUKEE — Their playoff hopes fading after a deflating loss a night earlier, the Los Angeles Clippers were desperate for a win. “We’ve got to be one team, one unit and play with high energy and compete,” Austin Rivers said. “Let’s play harder than the other team.” DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 22 rebounds, Rivers scored 22 and made a key late 3-pointer, and the Clippers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 127-120 on Wednesday night. Milwaukee lost All-Star