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Apr 1, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All American East forward Ben Simmons (25) points to a teammate during the McDonalds High School All American Game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Apr 1, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All American East forward Ben Simmons (25) points to a teammate during the McDonalds High School All American Game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

The 2016 McDonald's All-American Game nominations are out and many of the biggest names in high school basketball are predictably on the list.

The selection show is set for Jan. 17 from the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass., and will be shown at 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The McDonald's All-American Game will take place March 30 at Chicago's United Center.

All four Duke signees (Javin DeLaurier, Harry Giles, Frank Jackson and Jayson Tatum), all four Michigan State signees (Miles Bridges, Josh Langford, Nick Ward and Cassius Winston), all four UConn signees (Mamadou Diarra, Juwan Durham, Alterique Gilbert, and Vance Jackson and four of the five Kentucky signees (Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Sacha Killeya-Jones) are on the list.

Tags: Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, McDonald's All-American Game, Rawle Alkins
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the first American Athletic Conference Championship game will be held on Dec. 5 at noon at a campus site the league announced on Thursday.

The league meetings are set this week for the American in Florida and with the inclusion of Navy into the conference this fall, the league will hold a championship game between both divisional winners.

The game will be noon and televised on either ABC or ESPN.

Tags: American Athletic Conference, championship, Football, UCONN
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The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will begin playing in the Atlantic Division next season, the American Hockey League announced as it unveiled their newly realigned divisions on Tuesday.

Bridgeport, the Islanders AHL farm team, played the 2014-15 campaign in the Northeast Division. They will remain in the same division as the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) and the Springfield Falcons (Arizona Coyotes), but will see five new clubs enter their division.

Joining the Sound Tigers in the Atlantic Division will be the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers), Portland Pirates (Florida Panthers), Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins), and the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins).

Tags: American Hockey League, Atlantic Division, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Islanders, News, Sound Tigers
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The American Athletic Conference will play a game in Orlando against the Sun Belt in a new game, called the Cure Bowl, the league announced today.

The bowl game will be at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, which is undergoing renovations. The Capitol One Bowl and the Russell Athletic Bowls are already played there making it three bowl games at the site.

The game is going to be associated and raise money for organizations that work with patients and to find a cure for breast cancer.

Tags: American Athletic Conference, Football, Sun Belt, Sun Belt Conference, the Cure, UCONN
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The capitol of the college basketball is the State of Connecticut, and the American Athletic Conference is capitalizing on it?

Via my co-worker Neill Ostrout at the Journal Inquirer, the American men's basketball tournament will be played at the XL Center in March.

https://twitter.com/NeillOstrout/status/455711995984347136

Tags: American Athletic Conference, Men's Basketball, UCONN
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There's a metric for that.

The American Athletic Conference has two games tonight, the 7/10 and 8/9 games with the big-time tournament beginning on Thursday in Memphis.

So what's UConn chances going in? Kevin Ollie surely likes his team, and thinks the Huskies have a good chance.

Tags: American Athletic Conference, Huskies, Men's Basketball, UCONN
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UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier was named to Wooden Award midseason list comprising of the top 30 players in the nation.

Among this list, the Wooden Award winner will be picked.

Napier leads the Huskies in three categories as a 6-foot-1 point guard averaging 17.3 points, 5.5 assists and 5.9 rebounds. He is one of four American Athletic Conference players on the list along with Louisville's Russ Smith , Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick and Memphis senior Joe Jackson.

Tags: American Athletic Conference, Men's Basketball, Sean Kilpatrick, Shabazz Napier, UCONN
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The American Athletic Conference announced bowl tie-ins with four ESPN generated bowl games on Thursday.

The league re-upped with the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg and also the BBVA Compass bowl in Birmingham, Ala.

The league also announced a deal with two other bowls; the Armed Forces Bowl in Forth Worth, Texas and the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu. The conference will send a team to either the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in 2014, 2016 and 2018 or the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Tags: American Athletic Conference, Armed Forces Bowl, BBVA Compass, Football, Hawaii Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, UCONN
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Giants MLB Jonathan Goff was featured in his hometown newspaper in Salem, Massachusetts this week. He is intent on coming back a year better and a year wiser to lead the Giants defense back to the playoffs in 2011.

"I want a ring," said Goff, whose Giants went 10-6 this past year but missed the playoffs for the second straight year. "That's why we play the games. There were high points and low points this season, but overall we did have a decent year."
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Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, American, Barry Cofield, football, Giants Defense, Jonathan Goff, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFL, Sports
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The Jets' recent success has taken a bite into the Giants' hold over the NY football populace, but they are still a ways away from reaching the core.

The fence-sitters have jumped over to the Jets side for the time being which has drawn the two teams closer in popularity, but the Giants still have the upper hand.

The proof is in the ticket-sales pudding. The Giants attached PSLs to every seat they sold. The Jets only required PSL agreements of their high-end and lower level ticket holders.

Tags: American, football, Mike Vaccaro, New Meadowlands Stadium, New York, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Jets, New York Post, NFL, PSLs, sport
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