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Success on the court at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash., helped swell the size of Gonzaga’s student body.
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Success on the court at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash., helped swell the size of Gonzaga’s student body.

Gonzaga Coach Mark Few has stayed to construct a program that year after year is the equal of the best in the major conferences.

College Basketball Roundup

Virginia Commonwealth Defeats 20th-Ranked Butler by 32

Troy Daniels scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half Saturday, and Virginia Commonwealth’s full-court pressure overwhelmed No. 20 Butler from the outset.

Essay

When Fans Flood Floor, Ritual Trumps Peril

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was critical of the risk to his team after Virginia fans stormed the court on Thursday, but the phenomenon is on the rise.

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For the first time in his career, Ichiro Suzuki is not training in Arizona. He took his bat dehumidifier with him to Florida.
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For the first time in his career, Ichiro Suzuki is not training in Arizona. He took his bat dehumidifier with him to Florida.

For the first time in his career, Ichiro Suzuki is training in a new environment, no small matter for a master technician who takes a scientific approach to virtually everything he does.

Mets Publicist Embraces Social Media With Fervor and Occasional Typo

Jay Horwitz’s posts on Twitter are a mixture of untold stories and recurring jokes about the Mets.

World Baseball Classic: Japan 5, Brazil 3

Japan Opens World Classic With a Win

Playing without Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the defending champions managed a comeback victory over Brazil in Fukuoka.

Mets Outfield Prospect Builds a Highlight Reel

Matt den Dekker, a 25-year-old center field prospect, has lit up television screens and computer monitors through a growing highlight reel of leaping grabs and diving catches.

Nothing ‘Mid’ About Gonzaga

Gonzaga Coach Mark Few has stayed to construct a program that year after year is the equal of the best in the major conferences.

Essay

When Fans Flood Floor, Ritual Trumps Peril

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was critical of the risk to his team after Virginia fans stormed the court on Thursday, but the phenomenon is on the rise.

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Brad Guzan was in his fourth season at Aston Villa before he started a Premier League game.
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Brad Guzan was in his fourth season at Aston Villa before he started a Premier League game.

After waiting, and waiting, for his turn, the American goalkeeper Brad Guzan is finally the starter for Aston Villa in England’s Premier League.

Polyglot Clubs, Homegrown Coaches

Mike Petke, the Red Bulls’ new leader, is, like many of his peers, an American who played in the league.

The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) driving  between the Wizards Martell Webster, left, and Chris Singleton.
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The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) driving  between the Wizards Martell Webster, left, and Chris Singleton.

Knicks 96, Wizards 88

Knicks Start Busy Stretch by Handling the Wizards

To outlast the Wizards, the Knicks leaned on Carmelo Anthony for scoring and their defense to contain John Wall.

Mavericks 98, Nets 90

Down by 20, Nets Can’t Quite Close the Gap

Deron Williams tried mightily against the team that courted him in the off-season, but the Nets had dug themselves into too deep a hole.

Cornerback Darrelle Revis, who held out in 2010 and is recovering from a knee injury, will be a free agent after next season.
Ben Solomon for The New York Times

Cornerback Darrelle Revis, who held out in 2010 and is recovering from a knee injury, will be a free agent after next season.

Cornerback Darrelle Revis, recovering from a torn knee ligament, wants a new contract, but his trade value will not increase until he proves himself on the field.

Flacco and Baltimore Agree on a Long-Term Contract

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, the most valuable player of the Super Bowl, reached a deal with the team that was expected to be worth about $20 million a year.

McIlroy Walks Out as Concern Creeps In

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy walked off the course midway through the second round, his third poor showing since switching to Nike clubs.

A Recruiter at Heart Is Able to Build a Winner at Any Level

Northwest Florida State was impressed by the former Tennessee assistant Steve Forbes’s track record of recruiting impact players. He has built them into a title contender.

Rising Star in Nascar Is Calm After Wild Crash

A rookie driver on Nascar’s Nationwide Series, Kyle Larson is eager to race again after being involved in last week’s crash at Daytona International Speedway.

N.H.L.’s Request for Video Rights Creates Quandary for Olympics

As talks continue over whether N.H.L. players will go to the Sochi Games, there is concern that other leagues may ask the I.O.C. for the same concessions.

Division III Postseason Changes Create Long Wait Until Championship Game

A 41-day road from bracket pairings to a championship has drawn criticism from coaches.

Soccer Roundup

Real Madrid Again Thwarts Barcelona

In Spain, Real Madrid prepared for Tuesday’s Champions League game at Manchester United by beating Barcelona for the second time in less than a week.

N.C.A.A. Referees’ Workloads Attract Comment and Scrutiny

Some fans wonder whether the efforts of some college basketball referees are compromised by overwork. The referees and the major conferences say no.

Years After His Heyday, Thailand’s Favorite Son Returns to Home Ring

Somluck Kamsing became a muay Thai star 20 years ago. Now, at age 40, he’s back at his home ring and trying to bring artistry back to Bangkok.

Multimedia

Slide Show: Saving a High School From Vanishing

With the assistance of many, Joe Picaro lifted himself from personal despair to help keep a New Jersey high school.

Slide Show: Ice Fishermen Not Immune to Doping’s Reach

With an eye on an Olympic berth, competitors at the World Ice Fishing Championship had to submit to the same examinations as world-class sprinters and weight lifters.

Jekyll vs. Hyde
The Happy Warrior Meets the Obsessive Competitor

An obsessive drive to win is often cited as a trait of those who reach the pinnacle. But perhaps LeBron James has a better model: the happy athlete.

Box Seats

A Final and a Beginning

In 1963, the N.C.A.A. championship game pointed the way toward racial empowerment and equality.

30 Seconds

With Bernard Lagat

Bernard Lagat, the holder of several American track records, discusses his preparations for his first long-distance road race, the 13.1-mile NYC Half, on March 17.

In-Box

Letters to the Editor

Readers react to recent articles in the Sports section of The New York Times.

Photos
Photo Replay: March 1

The day in sports features highs and lows in the European indoor track and field championships, golfer Rory McIlroy hitting a new low, and top-ranked Novak Djokovic soaring to the finals in Dubai.

All Together Now: Synchronized Skating

A look at the Synchroettes junior team, from the Essex Skating Club of New Jersey, which is in Plymouth Township, Mich., for the United States synchronized skating championships.

Portraits of Nets Fans

For the Brooklyn native John Galea, the Nets never really existed until they discovered his hometown.

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The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

In Feb. 2012, the very thing an elite group of 16 skiers and snowboarders had sought — fresh, soft snow — became the enemy.