It turns out that Dean Smith, the late, legendary head coach for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team, had one last play drawn out for his former players.
Billions of dollars every year are wagered on the outcome of various sporting events, but except for bets made in Las Vegas and a few other states, they’re all illegal. Now, representatives from cash-strapped states and even the NBA commissioner are behind the push to legalize sports betting, which they say will yield economic benefits. But plenty of opponents to the idea remain. NewsHour’s William Brangham reports. Continue reading
Dean Smith, former head coach of men’s basketball at the University of North Carolina, has died at age 83. He led his team to two national championships and earned a place in the Hall of Fame, but is best remembered for his mentorship to players, including Michael Jordan. Judy Woodruff speaks with sportswriter John Feinstein about how Smith strived to do the right thing on and off the court. Continue reading
The University of Connecticut women’s team broke the record Tuesday for the longest NCAA Division I basketball winning streak, surpassing the John Wooden led-UCLA men’s teams of 1971-74 . In front of a sold-out home crowd, the Huskies dominated 20th-ranked … Continue reading
As the annual college basketball tournament known as March Madness begins, there is a proposal to block men’s college basketball teams that don’t graduate at least 40 percent of their players. Judy Woodruff talks to a sports journalism professor for more on athletics and academics. Continue reading
The University of Connecticut made women’s basketball history on Monday, clinching its 71st consecutive win in a game against Notre Dame. Judy Woodruff talks to Christine Brennan of ABC Sports and USA Today about the win and upcoming championship tournament. Continue reading
In other news, a federal judge dismissed former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens’ corruption conviction and Vermont’s state legislature voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill allowing same-sex marriages. Continue reading