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CHICAGO - Darius Bazley isn't out to change the college basketball landscape or even inspire other young players. As a potential preps-to-pros player and former five-star recruit, the 6-foot-9 forward from Cincinnati is a unique athlete trying to win over NBA scouts without having played last season. He decommitted from Syracuse. He reneged on his initial idea to play in the G League. Unlike ...

BOZEMAN — I’m not sure when my disillusionment with specialization in youth athletics intensified — maybe when my son was required to choose one sport out of four he loved, maybe upon discovering the wallet- and vacation-draining costs of "select" teams, or maybe after listening to (supposed) adults heckling 10-year-old girl soccer players — but for some time now raising the topic with me is akin to goading your cranky uncle into talking politics at Thanksgiving.

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While this weekend was one of NASCAR's more exciting of the season, what with Chase Elliott winning at Talladega in grand fashion, it was a stacked weekend for athletics in general. Playoff hockey and basketball continued in full swing, and of course, the 2019 NFL draft consumed the city of Nashville, Tenn. In honor of the NFL draft, where professional teams take turns selecting the best ...