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Will NCAA No. 4 seeds storm the Final Four?

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How we know that this NCAA tournament isn’t like any other NCAA tournament: According to Las Vegas oddsmakers, the second- and third-favorite teams are Michigan State and Louisville, who aren’t No. 1 seeds. Or No. 2, or even No. 3. They’re No. 4 seeds.

In the 35 seeded NCAA tournaments, 14 of a possible 140 No. 4 seeds have reached the Final Four. Of those, only Arizona — in 1997, when the Wildcats beat three No. 1 seeds — won the title. Since Arizona’s feat, just one No. 4 (Michigan last year) has reached the championship game.

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Gurley full-go for UGA's first practice

While much of Tuesday was focused on what four Georgia players did wrong, much went right for the Bulldogs on the practice field.

The Bulldogs conducted their first of 15 practices for the spring session on the Woodruff Practice Fields. Many more players were present and participating than originally expected, including the four offending players. Tray Matthews, Uriah LeMay, James DeLoach and Jon Taylor all dressed out and fully participated in the 90-minute workout.

So did star tailback Todd Gurley, whose availability was uncertain because of offseason leg issues.

Georgia State basketball

Georgia State’s season ends with NIT loss to Clemson

Georgia State’s basketball season, which at one point was pegged as ending in the NCAA men’s tournament, instead ended with a soft thud in the NIT on Tuesday.

Two days after an excruciating overtime loss in the finals of the Sun Belt tournament, the Panthers wrapped up the year with a 78-66 loss to Clemson.

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auto racing

Rookie of the year race close one this season

In the not-too-distant Sprint Cup past, the race for rookie of the year honors were barely contested.

Drivers won the title with lackluster performances then essentially disappeared from the NASCAR scene.

In 2010, Kevin Conway won rookie of the year despite a 35th-place finish in the points standings.

Andy Lally won the next year, and was 33rd. Stephen Leicht won in 2012 despite running only 15 races and a best finish of 26th in a season in which he started and parked in most of his appearances.


Women's college basketball

Lots of Georgia women in NCAA tournament

It turns out that Georgia is a basketball state. Women’s basketball, that is.

There are twice as many former Georgia high school players in the NCAA women’s tournament this year than in the men’s tournament, a search of rosters reveals. The count is 48 to 23.

One factor — Georgia Tech and Georgia didn’t make the men’s tournament, but made the women’s — doesn’t explain the large difference in numbers.

AJC Peachtree Road Race

AJC Peachtree Road Race increases 10k prize money

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race will host 10k national championships for the second consecutive year.

The purse for the races has been increased from from $60,000 to $100,000. The winners will receive $15,000 each.


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