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Per Bovada, here are the odds to win the 2015-16 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

Kentucky is the favorite at 7/1 followed by Duke at 8/1 and Maryland and UNC at 10/1.

Odds on 5/21/15 Current Odds

Tags: NCAA Basketball, Adam Zagoria
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The Islanders will not be signing defensive prospect Robbie Russo to a contract, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. Russo will now become a free agent.

The news comes as a surprise since it would appear the 22-year old defenseman would fit the Islanders defensive system. Russo has developed into a good offensive defenseman, who was a big part of the Fighting Irish's success. During his senior campaign, Russo recorded 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 40 games and was named to the CCM Hockey All-American team. Russo's 41 points were the most by a defenseman in the Hockey East conference. He also led the NCAA conference in goals by a defenseman.

Russo finished the season a plus-13 as well.

Tags: Islanders, NCAA, new york islanders, News, Prospects, Robbie Russo
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Kevin Ollie got his first win of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. On Friday, the guy who won three national championships at UConn and led the team from a regional to a national program may want to get back in.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported on Friday that Calhoun has interest in the vacant Boston College position, citing , multiple unnamed sources. Calhoun, from Boston, always had a rough relationship with the BC program in his tenure at UConn, but the Hall of Fame coach left the door open on coaching last week at the American Athletic Conference tournament by refusing to say he's done coaching.

Tags: Gavin Keefe, Jeff Goodman, Kevin Ollie, Men's Basketball, NCAA tournament, UCONN
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UConn issued a clarification of its APR status after an Associated Press reported on Monday insinuated that the school could be subject to an APR ban for the 2015 NCAA tournament.

The story in question ran on Monday on the Associated Press wire.

UConn released a statement clarifying that the school is in no danger of missing the 2015 tournament. UConn, of course, missed last season's tourney becoming one of the first casualties of the APR penalty. UConn coach Kevin Ollie also will not receive any of his performance bonuses if the Huskies' APR doesn't meet standards.

Tags: Men's Basketball, NCAA tournaments, UCONN, UConn coach
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Derrel Johnson, SNYNets.com

NEWARK, NJ ? Brooklyn Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo and the 1992-93 Seton Hall Pirates he coached were honored at halftime of Seton Hall's game against the Cincinnati Bearcats this past Saturday afternoon at Newark's Prudential Center. Carlesimo was joined by three assistant coaches, Mike Brown, Bruce Hamburger, and Tom Sullivan, along with five players, John Leahy, Arturas Karnisovas, Luther Wright, Jerry Walker, and Terry Dehere.

The 1992-93 Seton Hall Pirates team is the only one in team history to have won the Big East Conference regular season and Big East Conference Tournament championships. Both trophies were on hand for the ceremony.

Tags: 1993 NCAA Tournament, Arturas Karnisovas, Brooklyn Nets, Columns, Kevin Willard, Luther Wright, pj carlesimo, Ralph Willard, Seton Hall Pirates, Terry Dehere
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The NCAA levied heavy fines and sanctions today agains the football program at Penn State. The once-storied program, headed for 45 years by the iconic Joe Paterno who passed away earlier this year, did not receive the dreaded "death penalty", but the program will be significantly crippled for years to come.

The lowdown of sanctions from Ben Kercheval of College Football Talk....

1) A $60 million fine, the funds of which go to external programs for child abuse. According to the NCAA, that amount ?cannot come at the expense of non-revenue sports or student-athlete scholarships.?

Tags: Joe Paterno, NCAA Football, Penn State Football
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http://twitter.com/#!/NHLAdamK/status/101308073964085248

From from NHL.com.

Tags: JT MIller NCAA-OHL, Adam Rotter
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Chris Johnston tweets that 2011 first round pick JT Miller has signed on to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.

Miller signed an entry-level deal with the Rangers yesterday.

He said that he is excited to get to Plymouth and described himself as ?a big forward who likes to use my speed to my advantage. I try to get pucks to the net and be in front of the net as much as possible.?

Tags: JT MIller, JT MIller NCAA-OHL, JT Miller Scouting, Adam Rotter
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Update: 11:03AM: The Rangers have sent through a press release.

Original Post:The Rangers have announced that they have signed 2011 first round pick JT Miller to an entry level contract.

Miller is eligible to play for Hartford this season.

Tags: JT MIller, JT MIller NCAA-OHL, Rangers, Adam Rotter
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At Hockey Buzz, Julie Robenhymer writes that choosing the OHL over the North Dakota and the NCAA's may not be the best thing for JT Miller's development.

She calls Miller a "heck of a player" and says that the OHL may not be challenging enough for him.

Robenhymer cites North Dakota's program and pedigree for breeding NHL players as things that could have benefited Miller.

Tags: JT MIller, JT MIller NCAA-OHL, Rangers, Adam Rotter
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?One year, that?s been a goal for me for a while now,? Miller said. ?That would be outstanding.?

Miller to Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants

Gare Joyce wrote that Miller may be ready after one year at North Dakota.

Miller is the kind of player who can grow and play his game in the bottom six when he is ready to turn pro. In time he will be a second line player that will be a key for the Rangers on both ends of the ice, but he can develop by playing in checking roles.

More on Miller throughout the morning.

Tags: JT MIller, JT MIller NCAA-OHL, JT Miller Scouting, Rangers, Adam Rotter
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