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Dick Vitale wants more mid-majors in March Madness

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — NCAA college basketball analyst Dick Vitale has a message for the NCAA selection committee: find a way to get more mid-major programs in the tournament. “It’s great to see the David’s and the Goliath’s,” Vitale said in an exclusive conversation with ABC News before the NCAA Men’s Tournament began. The ESPN analyst …

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Report: Cardinals finalizing five-year extension for Paul Goldschmidt

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly finalizing an extension that will keep Paul Goldschmidt in Missouri through 2024. A source tells ESPN the five-year extension is for $130 million. This season marks the final year of Goldschmidt’s current contract. The All-Star first baseman is poised to make $15.5 …

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Barack Obama writes to Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez on engagement

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(NEW YORK) — Everyone was excited after one of Hollywood’s favorite couples, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, made it official earlier this month and got engaged. And “everyone” even included former President Barack Obama. Obama sent a handwritten note to the couple, which the former MLB champion shared on Twitter early Friday morning. This …

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Scoreboard roundup — 3/21/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events: NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SOUTHVillanova 61, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 57Purdue 61, Old Dominion 48 EASTMinnesota 86, Louisville 76Michigan St. 76, Bradley 65LSU 79, Yale 74Maryland 79, Belmont 77 WESTGonzaga 87, Fairleigh Dickinson 49Baylor 78, Syracuse 69Florida St. 76, Vermont 69Murray St. 83, Marquette 64Florida …

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‘Horrible attack’: Catholic priest stabbed during live-streamed church service in Canada as stunned parishioners look on

iStock/Mauro_Repossini(MONTREAL) — A Catholic priest was stabbed while celebrating Mass in Montreal Friday morning as stunned parishioners looked on, according to officials and video footage. The horrifying incident, which authorities said was not terror-related, unfolded just before 9 a.m. at the historic St. Joseph’s Oratory, leaving Father Claude Grou, 77, with lacerations to his upper …

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ISIS 100 percent eliminated in Syria, White House claims

iStock/Diy13(WASHINGTON) — The territorial ISIS caliphate in Syria has now been 100 percent eliminated, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Friday. President Donald Trump has, on numerous occasions before now, announced ISIS’ defeat, but this time it would appeared the claim had the full backing of the White House and Pentagon. Sanders, speaking …

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Amid wait for Ethiopian Airlines crash data, carrier asks Boeing to cancel MAX 8 order

the_guitar_mann/iStock(NEW YORK) — In the latest blow to the world’s biggest commercial airline manufacturer, a flagship carrier in Indonesia is asking Boeing if it can cancel a nearly $5 billion order of 737 MAX 8 planes because of lack of consumer trust in the jetliner. Garuda Indonesia, the nation’s government-backed airline, ordered nearly 50 Boeing …

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Following arrest of K-pop star, South Korea deals with fallout of video camera sex scandal

South Korea’s National Police Agency(SEOUL, South Korea) — Police in South Korea are cracking down on the illegal filming and sharing of sex videos amid a widening scandal that uncovered spy cameras in the motel rooms of hundreds of guests and the high-profile arrest of a K-pop celebrity this week. The stepped-up efforts by authorities …

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New Zealanders wear headscarves in display of solidarity after mosque attacks

Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images(CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand) — New Zealanders of all religions donned headscarves on Friday in a symbol of unity as a mass funeral was held for dozens of victims of last week’s mosque attacks. Worshipers were gunned down inside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch and then at a nearby mosque in the suburb …

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Two US service members killed in Afghanistan

KeithBinns/iStock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan on Friday, according to military officials. The two were killed “while conducting an operation,” according to a statement from NATO’s Resolute Support. There were no further details given about how they were killed or where the incident took place. The victims’ names will not …

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