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A breakdown of the men's March Madness bracket, the top 100 NFL free agents of 2023, an updated NFL mock draft, and a feature on an unlikely Canadian icon.

2023 NCAA Men’s Tournament Bracket Breakdown

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The NCAA selection committee has released its men’s March Madness bracket, and it’s hard to get a grasp on the field right away. But brackets need to be filled out by Thursday, so we have to try. Rodger Sherman goes region by region to break down the teams that could make the Final Four, the double-digit seeds that have interesting stories, and the biggest questions entering the event ...

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The Top 100 NFL Free Agents of 2023

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The NFL offseason is here! The free agency frenzy officially began on Monday, so teams and players can agree to terms on deals before making the signings official on March 15. This list is an attempt to rank the top 100 players in this year’s class. Factors taken into account: performance, durability, age, and positional value.

News happens fast in free agency, and we will update this post as other players receive the franchise tag before Tuesday’s deadline, or as players sign with new teams ...

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NFL Mock Draft: Who Will the Panthers Take at No. 1?

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Welcome to Danny Kelly’s mock draft, his forecast for how the first round could unfold on April 27. The mock incorporates team needs, front-office preferences, and schematic fits. Who could be the right pick for your team? Find out below. ...

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The Life of the Party on the Raptors’ Sideline

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Twenty-five years ago, Jack Armstrong was an out-of-work college coach. This is the story of how he became Canada’s least likely basketball icon ...

"Armstrong, who turned 60 in January, would be the first to tell you he’s a scam artist: a burned-out mid-major Division I basketball coach who failed upward, landing the radio color analyst role with the Raptors in the same season that rookie Vince Carter changed the landscape of Canadian basketball forever. In the ensuing 25 years, he parlayed it all into a kind of transnational celebrity: Armstrong is the only NBA broadcaster to record two holiday albums and is perhaps the only person other than Drake to know what it’s like to boil inside a teddy bear mink coat because he wore it for an hour during a home game against the Brooklyn Nets back in late November. On Sunday, he will be marching downtown as the grand marshal of Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day parade."

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Podcast Spotlight:
OSP on March Madness

Tate Frazier is joined by J. Kyle Mann to react to NCAA Selection Sunday, where they run through the regions, biggest characters, best players to watch, and more!

Listen to One Shining Podcast with Tate Frazier.

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