After 40 tense, often ugly minutes of basketball, North Carolina defeated Gonzaga, 71-65, to win another national championship, their first since 2009. The game featured 44 fouls, a combined field goal percentage of 34.8, and a series of inexplicable late referee interventions. At one point, Gonzaga went over eight…
More than any other team in sports, Alabama football feels the most futile to root against. Over and over, they’ve stamped out nascent comebacks with two well-timed turnovers or turned a 14-10 game into a 28-10 game in two minutes of work. These are the sorts of ways you can win games when you’re bigger and faster…
Clemson capped off a national championship finish we’ll never forget with Hunter Renfrow’s touchdown catch with just one second remaining. Above is how it sounded on ESPN; below are how commentators on eight other networks—including Clemson radio—reacted to the play.
The National Championship rematch between Alabama and Clemson was just as fraught and close as 2016's all-time classic, but unlike last year, it ended with Alabama getting their hearts ripped out and Clemson wining their first title since 1981.
Mike Williams hung on and got the first down here, but it cost him a huge shot from Alabama DB Tony Brown. There was no penalty called on the play, even if it appeared to be a fairly clear targeting violation. The Tigers held him out for the rest of the drive, but ESPN reported that he was medically cleared to return…
To nobody’s surprise, the UConn women’s basketball team finished its perfect season with an 82-51 victory over Syracuse in last night’s national championship game. If you’re the kind of jerkass who is constantly looking for reasons to slag women’s college basketball, you could point to UConn’s wire-to-wire dominance…
Villanova closed out the college basketball season with one of the most memorable finishes in history when Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to down North Carolina. Here’s that legendary shot as called by announcers around the world:
Villanova erased Marcus Paige’s heroism after Kris Jenkins hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to earn the Wildcats a national championship.
On most plays during the national championship game, it seemed that the outcome favored Clemson. Their defensive line sacked Alabama QB Jake Coker five times and harried him endlessly, while Clemson QB Deshaun Watson frequently had all day to stand in the pocket. Besides a 50-yard TD scamper (we’ll come back to it),…
Greg Huegel’s 44-yard field goal attempt fell short after Clemson found themselves without a chance to run an additional play when officials allowed several seconds to run off the clock after a first down late in the first half of tonight’s national championship.
Here's how Oregon & Ohio State fans reacted live on ESPN's Student Section broadcast to the 70-yard Mariota-to-Marshall touchdown pass.
The uniforms that the Oregon Ducks are going to wear in the national championship are not only bad and boring, they were created by liars.
The Ducks toned down their uniforms for their national championship against Ohio State, and the results are plain boring. The school colors, green and yellow, are just totally absent. Weak.
Rumors of the BCS's humiliation were greatly exaggerated. While many in the college football playoff camp would have liked nothing more than to see a BCS Armageddon with undefeated Alabama, Oregon, and Florida State teams, last week's results prove once again that the current system is not the boogeyman its detractors…
Thanks to the several of you who tipped us off to this fun little bow on the NCAA Tournament. Lennay Kekua's entry correctly picked Louisville to win tonight (and a lot of other games, naturally) is ranked No. 1 on ESPN's leaderboard.
In the end, Rick Pitino out-coached John Beilein on the day he was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Pitino is now the only coach to win national championships with two different schools. He won at Kentucky in 1996 and now Louisville.
Michigan leads Louisville 38-37 after a hugely entertaining first half, highlighted by tremendous performances from Michigan freshman Spike Albrecht and Louisville
walk-on junior Luke Hancock.