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UCLA coach Ben Howland reacts against Arizona during a semifinal Pac-12 tournament NCAA college basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Las Vegas.

Ben Howland new Mississippi State men’s basketball coach

The 57-year-old was introduced as Mississippi State's new men's basketball coach Tuesday afternoon on the floor at Humphrey Coliseum.

The Congressional Gold Medal for retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus is displayed in the rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, before House and Senate leaders will present it to Nicklaus "in recognition of his many contributions to the game of golf and his service to the community and the nation."

Emotional Nicklaus awarded congressional gold medal

Congress has awarded its highest civilian honor to golfing great Jack Nicklaus, who accepted the gold medal with a few tears, humility and humor.

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek speaks with Kodi Justice (44) and Bo Barnes (33) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Oregon State won 55-47.

Sun Devils fire coach Herb Sendek after 9 seasons

Sendek went 159-137 at Arizona State with two NCAA Tournament appearances. He previously coached at North Carolina State and Miami (Ohio).

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NFL names overseer for player discipline

The league has had several high-profile issues with player conduct and its investigative processes recently.

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Tuesday’s Sports Minute

A look at some of the big sports stories making news today, Tuesday, March 24.

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NFL doles out extra draft picks

NFC champion Seattle, Denver ,and Kansas City are among the teams getting compensatory picks in this year's draft.

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Armstrong’s attempt at reduced ban ‘almost too late’

Cycling officials say Lance Armstrong's latest attempt for rehabilitation is coming too late.

Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, left, a 2005 Hall of Fame inductee, and Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor, a 2004 Hall of Fame inductee, throw out the ceremonial first pitches together before a spring training baseball game between the Phillies and the Twins in Clearwater, Fla., Monday, March 23, 2015. It is the first time in Major League Baseball history two current Hall of Famers have managed a game against each other.

Hall of Famers Molitor, Sandberg manage against each other

Twins and Phillies square off in unique matchup

A Wilson A2000 glove and a Louisville slugger bat sit on the field prior to a spring training baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Chicago White Sox Monday, March 23, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. Hillerich & Bradsby Co., the company that made bats for a who's who of baseball greats, including Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, announced a deal Monday to sell its Louisville Slugger brand to rival Wilson Sporting Goods Co. for $70 million.

Louisville Slugger maker announces deal to sell iconic brand

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. set to purchase Louisville Slugger brand for $70 million

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The NFL won’t blackout games this season

Team owners voted to suspend the league's blackout policy.

Workers add team names to a 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship bracket that is displayed on the side of the JW Marriott, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Indianapolis. The championship game will be played Monday, April 6, in Indianapolis.

NCAA Tournament ratings enjoy record opening weekend

The networks announced Monday that the weekend's third-round coverage of the NCAA Tournament across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV delivered a 7.3/16 overnight rating/share. That's a 7 percent increase from last year.

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Davis, who became an instant celebrity in August when she became the first girl to win a Little League World Series game, is The Associated Press 2014 Female Athlete of the Year.

Mo’ne Davis: Reinstate baseball player after offensive tweet

Davis told ESPN on Monday she emailed Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania to request it reinstate first baseman Joey Casselberry.

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, center, with his attorneys, Lisa Wayne, left, and Leonard Levine, right, appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 23, 2015. Sharper was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Monday immediately after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in Arizona, marking the first change of plea of the day for the former safety accused of drugging and assaulting women in four states.

Darren Sharper pleads no contest in Los Angeles rape case 

Sharper pleads guilty to sexual assault, no contest to rape charge

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Watch March Madness sportscasters imitate each other

These Marv Albert and Charles Barkley impressions are impressive.

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MLB Spring Training: Long deal for Marlins outfielder

Outfielder Christian Yelich has signed a seven-year contract extension said to be worth $49.5 million.

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Monday’s Sports Minute

A look at some of the big sports headlines making news today, Monday, March 23.

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Ex-NFL player Sharper gets 9 years in Arizona sex assault

Former NFL All-Pro Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault.

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March Madness: How ‘sweet’ it is

It was a wild weekend of basketball, with the NCAA men's basketball tournament down to the "Sweet 16."

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Brad Keselowski holds off Harvick late, wins at Fontana

Brad Keselowski roared past Kurt Busch on the final lap and held off streaking Kevin Harvick to win at Fontana on Sunday, earning his first NASCAR victory of the season in a wild finish.

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‘Downton Abbey’ to end after season six

This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS.

Producers confirm that the next season of "Downton Abbey" will be the last.

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Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

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Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, watches during the Hernandez's murder trial, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, in June 2013.

The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

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Dayton gives coach Archie Miller another contract extension

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Dayton coach Archie Miller calls out to his team as Devin Oliver (5) listens during the first half of a third-round game against Syracuse in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, March 22. Miller's brother, Sean, coaches the Arizona Wildcats.

Coach Archie Miller got three more years added to his contract Thursday after leading Dayton to a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

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Dean Smith’s trust sends $200 checks to his UNC lettermen

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File Photo: Coach Dean Smith at the 21st annual sports legends dinner in aid of the Buoniconti fund to cure paralysis, Waldorf Grand Astoria Ballroom. 2006. 
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Dean Smith is still giving to his North Carolina players — even after his death.

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NCAA Tourney: Can Kentucky remain perfect vs. upset minded West Virginia?

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FILE - At left, in a Nov. 18, 2014, file photo, Kentucky head coach John Calipari shouts instructions during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Indianapolis. At right, in a Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins shouts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Austin, Texas. Kentucky and West Virginia play on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Cleveland.

Sweet 16: Midwest and West Regional action tonight. Coverage begins at 4pm on KPUG 1170AM.