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United States' Megan Rapinoe scores her side's second goal from a penalty spot during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and US at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Monday, June 24, 2019.
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The Women’s World Cup is underway in France, as national teams pit it out for women’s soccer’s top prize.

This hour, we take a look at how the U.S. Women’s National Team has come to reign as an international powerhouse. And we talk about the battle women’s sports teams across the board have fought to gain recognition -- and pay.

The Boston Celtics drafted John Havlicek in 1962, and he played for the team for 16 seasons — eight of them as NBA champions. He was voted one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.

Havlicek died Thursday in Jupiter, Fla., at age 79. The cause of death wasn't immediately available, but Boston media report he had Parkinson's disease.

The Celtics released a statement honoring Havlicek:

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March Madness starts TODAY with some of the best games coming to Hartford!

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There could’ve been major work done by now on a building that’ll host a lot of people this weekend.

But, there’s no renovation on the books right now for the XL Center in Hartford, a 44-year-old, state-owned building officials have said is in desperate need of a makeover.

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We're outraged that wealthy parents illegally paid to get their kids into elite colleges they would otherwise not qualify to enter. Despite evidence to the contrary, we still want to believe that America is a meritocracy. It's not. And believing that it is might be bad for you.

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The city of Hartford is going back to a familiar strategy with the hope that local businesses can capitalize on March Madness.

Beginning March 21, the NCAA Tournament returns to Hartford for the first time since 1998.

It could be ‘one and done’ for hall of fame coach Jim Calhoun at the University of Saint Joseph.

The Baylor University Lady Bears women's basketball team delivered a stunning double-digit defeat Thursday to the University of Connecticut Huskies, ending a 126-game regular season winning streak that spanned more than four years.

The No. 8 Lady Bears beat the No. 1 Huskies 68-57 at home in front of more than 10,000 fans at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Jim Calhoun retired from the University of Connecticut in 2012, but has now returned to the game as the head coach of a NCAA Division III program in West Hartford, Conn.
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Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun has returned to the bench — six years after he officially retired. He's back, not to navigate a powerhouse program, but to coach at a tiny NCAA Division III school that was an all-women's college for 86 years.

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Mike Pesca is one of our very favorite guests -- on any number of topics. And he's got a new book out: Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History.

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Paul Allen, who co-founded tech giant Microsoft with Bill Gates, died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Seattle on Monday. He was 65 years old.

Allen's death was announced in a statement released by his investment firm, Vulcan.

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Former University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie has been charged by the NCAA with multiple violations including unethical conduct. Those findings could validate UConn’s March dismissal of Ollie.

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The University of Saint Joseph has tapped former UConn coach Jim Calhoun to lead its NCAA Division III men’s basketball team for its upcoming inaugural season.

MGM Resorts has announced a gambling partnership with the NBA and WNBA. But don't look for betting on basketball at MGM’s new Springfield casino anytime soon.

LeBron James is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 4-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

His agency Klutch Sports Group announced the move in a release on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the NBA's free agency market opened.

For the second time in his 15-year career, James will part with his home state team. In 2010, the free agent bolted to the Miami Heat to win two titles over four years, before returning to Cleveland.

Believe it or not, Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt (and their kitchen knife) entered the public consciousness 25 years ago last week.

And this week, former UConn athlete Sue Bird and her girlfriend, Megan Rapinoe, became the first same-sex couple to appear on the cover of ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue.

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University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst has upheld the school’s decision to fire men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie. The school is looking to strengthen its case that it fired Ollie for cause by blaming him for NCAA rules violations UConn has self-reported.

The University of Connecticut fired men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie after finding NCAA violations that included improper training sessions and improper contact with recruits by Ollie and former UConn star Ray Allen, according to documents released by the school.

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From the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. to the 2018 World Cup currently underway, referees have always played an integral part in competitive sports. But as technology advances and the means to make more accurate on-field calls improves, these men and women find themselves under increasing pressure to keep up.

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Mike Pesca is one of our very favorite guests -- on any number of topics. And he's got a new book out: Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History.

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The Capital Region Development Authority has opened the bidding process for the sale of Hartford’s XL Center.

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The UConn women’s basketball season ended in heartbreak with a clutch shot by Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale in the final seconds of overtime.

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The UConn women’s basketball team will play in their 11th straight Final Four this weekend. No team in either the men’s or women’s game has ever done that. But not everyone thinks that’s a good thing.

Fan have arrived in Columbus before the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament this weekend.

"I knew deep down inside I wanted just one more job in coaching--a place where Final Fours and national championships are a real distinct possibility," Hurley said Friday.
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The University of Connecticut introduced Dan Hurley as the school’s new men’s basketball coach Friday in Storrs. Hurley has a six-year deal with the Huskies and, with incentives, could make $18.75 million.

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The University of Connecticut has hired a new men’s basketball coach. The school has confirmed that Dan Hurley is leaving the University of Rhode Island for UConn on a six-year deal.

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Every year at this time, we invite an improv comic and an ex-politician-turned-political-pundit on to break down the NCAA tournament brackets and battle for sports analyst supremacy. Logically.

The slots in the NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket have been filled and Connecticut is the first overall seed.

At 32-0, they are the only team to enter the NCAA tournament unbeaten.

The Huskies are aiming for their 12th national championship. Last season, UConn was the overwhelming favorite but lost to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

This year's other No. 1 seeds are Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State.

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The University of Connecticut announced Saturday that it’s separating from men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie.

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Black Panther, the new movie directed by Ryan Coogler is breaking box office records with a mostly African American cast, and with women in powerful roles throughout the film. And for Gabby Williams, a forward on the UConn women’s basketball team, it’s something exciting to see as a black woman. 

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