UConn No. 1 in Lincoln; Stanford draws No. 2

Connecticut has landed within the Lincoln Region as the top seed for the women's NCAA tournament, which begins Saturday.

The Huskies (34-zero) will likely be making an attempt for a document ninth NCAA title, which might break a tie with Tennessee for most all-time.

Fellow unbeaten Notre Dame (32-0) additionally picked up a No. 1 seed as host of the Notre Dame Area, with Tennessee drawing the top seed in the Louisville Area and South Carolina getting the No. 1 seed within the Stanford Area.

Notre Dame plays in opposition to Robert Morris on Saturday. UConn opens Sunday in opposition to No. sixteen Prairie View.

It units the stage for the former Massive East rivals to meet in an historic national championship game and is simply the second time two groups have entered the NCAA match undefeated.

In the event that they do both get to Nashville, the Irish can be all that stands between Geno Auriemma and a report ninth title.

"We actually have not talked, I wager hardly at all, about this national championship or what number it's or any of that," Auriemma stated.

Regardless of being the 13th girls's staff to go unbeaten throughout the regular season, the Irish have felt almost unappreciated with most of the talk centered on the Huskies. Coach Muffet McGraw does not appear to mind.

"I like it as a result of we are able to get a chip on our shoulder and head into the event with a bit of chip," she said.

Although UConn and Notre Dame didn't play this season, the two teams know plenty about one another having met 12 instances over the previous three seasons. Notre Dame is not intimidated by Connecticut; the Irish have gained seven of the previous 9 meetings with the Huskies.

"It was very unusual to go through a complete season with out playing them, we're so used to it, 3 times yearly," McGraw stated. "We have gotten pretty good at beating them the last couple of years."

Earlier than the potential meeting of unbeatens, the 2 may need to go through SEC powers Tennessee and South Carolina, who also earned No. 1 seeds.

Whereas it is the twenty second time that the Girl Vols have earned a high spot, it's the primary for the Gamecocks. The Huskies, Lady Vols and Gamecocks all may should play on an opponent's residence court docket with a trip to Nashville on the line. Stanford, Notre Dame, Louisville and Nebraska, who're all internet hosting regionals, had been a mixed fifty two-3 at residence this season.

The Lady Vols, who gained the SEC tournament championship, are the highest seed in the Louisville Regional and would also like nothing more than to interrupt the tie with Connecticut and win their ninth NCAA title. They open up against Northwestern State and will probably be trying to end a five-12 months drought of not making the Closing 4. The Girl Vols won't have an easy path. West Virginia is the second seed. Host Louisville is the three seed and Maryland is the four.

Tennessee was concerned in the one different meeting between unbeatens. The Lady Vols routed Liberty within the opener of the 1998 tournament when both have been undefeated.

Like their SEC rivals, South Carolina would not have an easy street to the Ultimate 4. The Gamecocks may face an inspired younger North Carolina group in the regional semifinals before potentially taking part in host Stanford.

The Tar Heels and their stellar freshman class, led by Diamond Deshields, beat the Gamecocks in December. The Tar Heels also might have coach Sylvia Hatchell again on the sidelines at that point. The Corridor of Famer battled leukemia throughout the common season.

Whereas Hatchell's status is unknown for the match, Baylor shall be lacking coach Kim Mulkey for the first game. She is suspended for the primary round sport against Western Kentucky for comments she made last season after shedding to Louisville within the regional semifinals.

"I have not talked to the workforce in depth about me not coaching in the first recreation," Mulkey stated. "I will watch it on television at dwelling… I at all times tell the workforce something might happen to me on that sideline and it's best to be able to coach your self."

Connecticut may have to beat host Nebraska in the regional semifinals if each groups make it that far.

The host faculties have been chosen in October. Tennessee did not bid to host a regional because of a scheduling conflict at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Auriemma mentioned his school did not bid as a result of he didn't just like the concept of getting colleges host regionals.

"I do not imagine in it," Auriemma said. "I do not think it is fair and I informed our administration, 'We're passing on it. I don't want to do it.' So we did not."

Louisville coach Jeff Walz also would not like the concept of host websites for the regional rounds. Walz cited Louisville's eighty two-eighty one upset of prime-ranked Baylor in last 12 months's Oklahoma Metropolis Regional semifinal as evidence.

"I exploit us as an example," Walz stated. "If we played Baylor at Baylor last yr, I am not sure we win that game.. I am an enormous proponent of enjoying regionals on neutral flooring and I'm excited that we will again to."

The choice to have schools host regionals was made in an effort to attract larger crowds.

Last season, the NCAA posted an average attendance of 5,883 for all event games, a 21-p.c improve over 2012. But the event had posted average attendances of a minimum of 6,400 every year from 1998-2005.

The common attendance for regional rounds last yr was 7,a hundred, a 38-% improve over 2012 but a far cry from 10 to fifteen years in the past. Average attendance within the regional rounds had been over 8,000 5 occasions in a seven-yr stretch from 1998-2004.

"I believe residence courts are a real a part of the women's event versus the men's event," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.

Next 12 months, the regionals will likely be back at impartial websites.

Auriemma has one idea for serving to these impartial sites draw massive crowds.

"We do have to search out, I believe, 4 cities which are hotbeds or probably, for ladies's basketball and we have got to offer them an opportunity to host the regionals, and give it to them for a few years at a time, instead of only a one-shot deal," Auriemma stated.

The Huskies have made it to the Closing Four in a file six straight seasons. They hope to make it to Nashville to maintain that streak alive.

If the Huskies do win the national championship it would be the fifth time they went undefeated in a season. This would be the first time that they gained 40 games, joining Baylor as the only teams ever to perform that feat.

The defending national champions have won games by an average of 36 points. They open up at home towards Prairie View A&M on Sunday evening. The Lady Panthers grew to become the ninth team to reach the NCAA event with a shedding file when they won the Southwestern Convention championship.

Tennessee will be making its 33rd straight look in the NCAA match, entering into the sector ever year. 5 teams will probably be making their first trip – Akron, North Dakota, South Dakota, Winthrop and Wright State.

Whereas these colleges will be getting their first taste of the NCAAs, Chattanooga's Jim Foster grew to become the first coach to take four totally different groups to the NCAA tournament.


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Rams-Panthers game draws $47,250 in fines

THE BIG APPLE – The St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers drew a total of $forty seven,250 in fines from the NFL for their chippy game final Sunday.

Rams defensive lineman Chris Lengthy acquired the largest advantageous Friday, $15,750 for pointless roughness for throwing a punch throughout a skirmish within the third quarter of St. Louis’ 30-15 loss. Long was penalized and ejected after he was caught swinging his right hand at Panthers guard Chris Scott as players from both sides have been pushing and shoving.

Chris LongChris Long was fined $15,750 for throwing a punch that led to his ejection towards the Panthers.

A pair of receivers – Carolina’s Steve Smith and St. Louis’ Brian Fast – have been fined $7,875 for striking an opponent within the face. Additionally docked $7,875 had been Rams guard Harvey Dahl for a late hit and Panthers safety Mike Mitchell for taunting.

Four gamers had been fined $15,750 for roughing the passer: Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo, Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, Houston defensive end Jared Crick and Tennessee linebacker Akeem Ayers.

Orakpo was penalized for his hit on Chicago quarterback Josh McCown in the third quarter of Washington’s 45-41 win.

Jenkins hit Buffalo’s Thad Lewis, knocking the quarterback’s helmet off – though Lewis was able to full a 17-yard cross to Stevie Johnson – through the Dolphins’ 23-21 loss.

Crick had successful beneath the left knee of Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith within the first quarter of Houston’s 17-sixteen loss to the Chiefs.

Ayers’ nice came as a result of his hit on the knee of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter of the 49ers’ 31-17 win. Ayers was known as for a penalty that negated an interception by Bernard Pollard.

In different fines announced Friday:

• New England rookie cornerback Logan Ryan was fined $10,000 for grabbing at his groin at the end of an interception return against the New York Jets.

Ryan, enjoying for the injured Aqib Talib, picked off Geno Smith late within the first quarter and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown. As he reached the tip zone, he fell backward and reached for his groin.

• Denver defensive deal with Kevin Vickerson was docked $10,000 for hitting Indianapolis offensive lineman Samson Satele throughout an extra-point attempt within the third quarter of the Colts’ 39-33 win. Vickerson was not penalized for the play in which he appeared to punch at Satele’s right knee, sending the center to the sideline for the rest of the game.

• Baltimore linebacker Elvis Dumervil (facemask), Cleveland linebacker Eric Martin (late hit) and New York Giants defensive finish Damontre Moore (late hit) were all fined $7,875.

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2013 World Series of Poker Little One for One Drop Draws Massive Field on Day 1a

The $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship played down to its final table on Wednesday, headlining an action-packed day with five events at the 2013 World Series of Poker. The other big news was the start of the inaugural Little One for One Drop, a charity tournament with a small buy-in to complement its famous cousins, last year’s Big One for One Drop and last week’s Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold’em.

In a rare occurrence in the midst of the WSOP, no bracelets were awarded on Wednesday, as the final table of Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em stopped for the night before heads-up play could conclude.

Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship

The most high-profile event of the day was the Poker Players’ Championship. The players reached the official final table, and you can read all about it in our Day 4 recap.

Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em

Event #56 was scheduled to end on Wednesday after three days of play. However, a winner had not been determined at the end of the night, so Vincent Maglio and Nikolaus Teichert will return on Thursday to determine the next WSOP bracelet winner who will walk away with $730,756.


Place Player Prize
3 Dan Owen $312,516
4 Sergey Lebedev $225,392
5 Josh Arieh $164,768
6 Kirill Rabtsov $122,036
7 Nicolas Faure $91,586
8 Sebastien Comel $69,627
9 Nicolas Levi $53,593

The tournament started with 1,736 entrants, by far the biggest tournament of the series with a $2,500 buy-in. Twenty-three returned on Wednesday for Day 3. The most recognizable face among the remaining competitors belonged to Josh Arieh, a two-time bracelet winner and the third-place finisher in the 2004 WSOP Main Event.

After more than five hours of play, the final table was set, and the nine bracelet-hopefuls moved their chips to the main stage. About 45 minutes later, the final table lost its first player. Nicolas Levi pushed all in with a-Spades3-Spades, but ran into Nikolaus Teichert’s a-Clubsq-Spades. Sebastien Comel followed him to the rail five hands later when Arieh spiked an ace against his pocket kings. Comel had entered the final table as chip leader, but lost about half of it when Dan Owen doubled through him, and he never got much traction after that.

The next player eliminated was Nicolas Faure. He shoved with k-Spadesq-Hearts, but Nikolaus Teichert held a-Clubsq-Spades, and the board didn’t provide Faure enough help. Kirill Rabtsov busted out just a few minutes later. He lost a coin flip against Sergey Lebedev to finish in 6th place.

Arieh was the next to go. He flopped top pair, but Vincent Maglio flopped the nut straight and instantly called Arieh’s all-in. The turn and river didn’t help Arieh, and he hit the rail in fifth. Sergey Lebedev then busted in fourth, leaving Dan Owen, Vincent Maglio, and Nikolaus Teichert to play three-handed.

Three-handed play didn’t last long, however. Just three hands after Lebedev’s elimination, Dan Owen busted out in third place. He moved all in preflop with k-Clubsj-Diamonds, and was called by Teichert’s a-Spades5-Clubs. An ace fell on the flop, all but ending it, and the board never improved Owen’s hand.

Owens’s elimination would prove to be the last bustout of the night. Only ten levels of play were scheduled, and with only two left, the players were given the option of playing an 11th. However, they declined, and chose to return on Thursday to determine a winner. Nikolaus Teichert holds a slight lead, 7,620,000 in chips to Maglio’s 5,415,000.

Play resumes on Thursday at 1 p.m. Las Vegas time. Join us here at PokerNews as we bring you live updates while Teichert and Maglio conclude their heads-up match.

Event #57: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em

There were 235 survivors from Day 1, out of a starting field of 784, who returned for Wednesday’s Day 2 in Event #57. After a second full day of play, only 31 remained, led by Seth Berger with 986,000 in chips.

Only 81 players would make the money in this event, so most of the players who made Day 2 would leave with nothing. Many notables, including Maria Ho, Taylor Paur, Allen Cunningham, Calvin Anderson, Eugene Katchalov, Dan O’Brien and Mike Watson, found themselves on the rail before the money bubble burst.

Eros Nastasi was the unfortunate bubble boy. He committed his chips holding 10-Hearts10-Diamonds but would lose to his opponent’s a-Clubsk-Diamonds. The remaining 81 players were each guaranteed a minimum payout of $9,175.

Chips would begin to fly as a multitude of players hit the rail. Tobias Reinkemeier (77th), Dani Stern (72nd), Barry Shulman (63rd), Dominik Nitsche (60th), Eric Baldwin (43rd), Phil Laak (41st) and Jared Hamby (35th) were all eliminated before play was called for the night. Of those remaining players, Seth Berger topped the counts with an impressive 986,000. However, Philipp Gruissem (743,000) and Antonio Buonanno (732,000) are close on his heels.

With the tournament expected to play down to the final table of nine, highly skilled players such as Joe Serock, Olivier Busquet, Matt Berkey, Grant Levy and the short stacked Sam Trickett all still have a chance of grabbing their first WSOP bracelet here in Event #57.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be back on the floor at 1 p.m. local Las Vegas time on Thursday afternoon, providing continuous live updates as Event #57 plays down to a winner.

Event #58: $1,111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em

A huge field of 2,233 players turned out for Day 1a of the Little One for One Drop. After eight levels of play, only 428 survived, led by Polish pro Mikolaj Zawadzki.

This is the only multiple re-entry tournament of the 2013 WSOP. Players were permitted to re-enter as many times as they wished throughout the first four levels. The tournament also has two starting days, and Thursday’s Day 1b will also permit unlimited re-entries. Players eliminated on Wednesday have the option of re-entering on Thursday.

Event #58 is the second charity tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker. Along with Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold’em, it is the product of the WSOP’s partnership with the One Drop Foundation, a charity that aims to improve global access to clean water. Last week’s High Rollers event contributed $553,278 to the One Drop Foundation, and for each entry of the Little One for One, $111 will be donated to One Drop, which totals almost $250,000 from Wednesday’s players. With unlimited re-entries on Thursday’s Day 1b as well, the amount of that donation may very well double before this event is over.

Zawadzki leads the field with 85,225 in chips. He has company on the leaderboard, however, as notablesLiv Boeree (65,675), Paul Volpe (32,225), Randy Lew (26,300), Erik Seidel (23,575), and Tommy Vedes (18,400) are all lurking with healthy stacks.

The tournament will continue Thursday at noon local time with Day 1B. Check back with PokerNews then to follow all of the action live from the floor of the Rio, as the Day 2 field is set.

Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball

Wednesday saw the start of the last non-flop games at the WSOP, as Day 1 of Event #59 $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball was completed. After eight levels of drawing and standing pat, Jui Jen Chang leads the way with 66,000 in chips. The only player within 20,000 of him is Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, who ended the night with 58,300 despite sitting out the last level of the night.

A total of 282 players ponied up the buy-in for this event, well above the 228 from last year. Over half of the field was eliminated on Day 1, and some of the casualties included Phil Galfond, Greg Raymer, John Juanda, Barry Greenstein, Billy Baxter, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Alex Kravchenko.

It wasn’t all bad news for the notables, as a slew of them made it through to Day 2. Among those still alive are David “ODB” Baker (46,900 in chips), Gavin Smith (36,900), Daniel Negreanu (24,400), Mike Leah (23,000), Scott Seiver (18,900) and 2013 WSOP bracelet winners Marco Johnson (40,000), Tom Schneider (32,300), David Chiu (28,500), Daniel Idema (21,500), Vladimir Shchemelev (13,700), and Jesse Martin (12,800).

The 88 surviving players will return Thursday at 2 p.m. local time to play ten more levels of triple-draw poker. The plan is to play ten levels, or until a final table has been reached, whichever comes first. As always, Pokernews.com will be here with all of your up-to-date action.

On Tap

On Thursday, five events will be in action at the World Series of Poker. The Poker Players’ Championship will play its final table and determine the next winner of the Chip Reese Trophy. Nikolaus Teichert and Vincent Maglio return to finish their heads-up match in Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em. The Little One for One Drop returns for Day 1B. Players in two other events will come back for Day 2 of Event #57: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em and Event #59: $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.

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Kristy Arnett takes you behind the scenes of World Series coverage in this week’s episode of The Straddle.