Five Things: UConn’s Defense, Foul Shooting Fuel ChampionshipLast night, the Huskies cut down the nets in Dallas after beating Kentucky 60-54 to win the school's fourth national championship. Consider that Kentucky needed four straight late escapes to reach the final and you get a sense for what kind of Tournament this was.
Connecticut Wins NCAA Title, 60-54 Over KentuckyShabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all those Kentucky freshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night.
Rising Star: Connecticut Guard Ryan BoatrightOn Friday, after Iowa State had cut a 17-point deficit to four with two minutes left, Boatright made what his coach called the play of the game.
Madison Square Garden Still The Mecca For Young BallersWilt had some unbelievable games here. Ali and Frazier fought here. The players who will take the court at Madison Square Garden this weekend, though, don't remember any of that. And yet they still regard the Garden as the World's Most Famous Arena.
Rising Star: UConn Forward DeAndre DanielsAmong his fellow Connecticut Huskies, he ranks second in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. Playing alongside Shabazz Napier, he can go unnoticed.
Ill. Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Gun Crime Sentencing BillThe sponsor earlier pulled the bill over concerns voiced by the National Rifle Association and pro-gun lawmakers.
Quinn Will Try Again For Gun Legislation in Ill. Veto SessionA bill sponsored by State Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) would impose stricter sentences for aggravated use of a weapon and gun crimes committed by felons.
County Police See Increased Attendance at Citizen Police AcademiesSince the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, attendance has doubled at academies in the West County and Fenton precincts, a department spokesperson said.
Ill. Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition LimitThe Executive Committee voted 12-3 on legislation to ban the delivery, sale or transfer of ammunition feeding devices of more than 10 rounds after emotional testimony.
Missouri Targets Gun Manufacturers with Economic IncentivesSeveral firearm manufacturers have threatened to leave states passing stricter gun regulations, prompting Missouri lawmakers to respond with tax incentives.
Old Big East To Become 'American Athletic Conference'The conference announced the decision Wednesday after university presidents approved the new moniker earlier in the day.
Columbia Schools Consider Arming EmployeesThe current policy allows only school resource officers, who are employed through the Columbia Police Department, to carry weapons on campus.