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SAN ANTONIO— Reserve senior center Carson Shanks said the significance of his Loyola basketball team advancing to the Final Four really hit him Thursday night at an event where all four Final Four head coaches shared a stage.

SAN ANTONIO -- Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt rolled her wheelchair to the microphone Friday to find a Final Four interview room overflowing with reporters.

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SAN ANTONIO — Some of the world's best inventions were discovered by accident — penicillin, the pacemaker and, of course, potato chips. For Villanova coach Jay Wright, the innovation behind his record-breaking offense was no different.

LOUISVILLE — The Cincinnati Reds have lost 192 games combined the past two seasons. While it's fairly certain that the 2017 Reds won't be a replica of the 1970's Big Red Machine, there is a different feel in the clubhouse this season.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Roy Williams could hear his own footsteps as he padded through the near-silent locker room, still trying to wrap his mind around a question that couldn't be answered: What do you say to a group of players who did nothing wrong, but lost anyway?

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — North Carolina's Joel Berry II jogged around the court in the middle of a cavernous stadium Friday, casually lofting shots and playfully jousting in the post with teammate Theo Pinson.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There's Jordan Bell blocking a young Michael Jordan. Now the Oregon big man is swatting the orca from Free Willy and E.T. flying on his bike. Next up is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un eating a cookie and the comet that killed the dinosaurs.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds of people file through the doors of the 23rd Street Brewery for lunch and dinner every day, most bound together by their unrequited love of ales, IPAs and the Kansas Jayhawks.

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of coming up short of the conference tournament title game in New York City as a member of the Big East, Notre Dame will finally get a chance to play for a championship in the Big Apple.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson on Thursday sidestepped most questions about his treatment of players and staff at Indiana but insisted Urban Meyer wouldn't have hired him if he'd done anything wrong.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs players enjoyed their victory lap on Friday, waving to tens of thousands of elated fans crowded along miles of city streets during a parade honoring the first Cubs team to win a World Series title in 108 years.

WASHINGTON (AP) — When third-base coach Bob Henley sent Jayson Werth home on a double down the left-field line, the Nationals seemed to be in control. Max Scherzer was dealing some of the finest stuff in the biggest start of his career, and Washington was nine outs from winning an NL Divisio…

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has already proven he's a factor at Charlotte Motor Speedway, especially during night races. With the top starting spot Saturday night, he'll be tough to beat in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR's playoffs.

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — A farewell to the King turned somber when Jack Nicklaus, his voice cracking as a large tear formed in his left eye, urged the elite and the everyman to remember how Arnold Palmer touched their lives and "please don't forget why."

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — This wasn't about being maybe the best team ever assembled. The Americans were simply a team, and they finally won back the Ryder Cup.

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The victory leap was a bit premature, but the hugs that came later on the 18th green were as timely as the putts Phil Mickelson kept rolling in on a beautiful Sunday at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Soon Mickelson would take the party upstairs, swigging champagne on an e…

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. watched season after empty season as other drivers hoisted trophies and celebrated championships and wondered if he was running out of time to become a winner.

CHASKA, Minn. (AP)  Patrick Reed took over his match with putting and passion, and the rest of the Americans followed suit Saturday afternoon in a pivotal fourballs session that left them on the verge â again â of winning back the Ryder Cup.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) â Pete Rose is appealing directly to baseball's Hall of Fame to restore his eligibility, arguing the lifetime ban he agreed to in 1989 was never intended to keep him out of Cooperstown.

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ESTHER SINGLETON — The funeral for Esther M. Singleton was at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ed Lee Mortuary Downtown Chapel, with Rev. Jessica Singleton officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery Reeve Township.

JACK PURDUE — The funeral for Jack J. Purdue was at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ed Lee Mortuary North Chapel, with Pastor Cameron Gladish officiating. Burial was in St. John Cemetery.