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  • Biggest upset in NCAA tourney history busts remaining brackets

    Let's just call it: No. 2 Michigan St. losing to No. 15 Middle Tennessee is the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history.

    And so with the Spartans 90-81 loss, it should come as no surprise there are no perfect brackets left in Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick 'Em.

    Consider:

    • Michigan St. was the second-most popular pick among Yahoo users to win the entire tournament. More than 27.3 percent of Yahoo users picked Michigan St. to win the whole thing, second only to Kansas at 31.3 percent. (And third place, UNC at 14.1, wasn't even close).

    98.8 percent of brackets picked Michigan St. to advance past the first round. (What's more stunning: That MSU lost or that more than 30,000 actually picked Middle Tennessee to win?) That's the largest pick count upset since Yahoo Sports started tracking pick count in 2003. (The previous record was 98.4 when second-seeded Missouri lost to Norfolk State in 2012.)

    • More than 70 percent had the Spartans advancing to the Final Four.

    • Vegas pegged Michigan St.

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  • 99.999 percent of NCAA tourney brackets already busted

    Five hours into the NCAA tourney, nearly 94 percent of Yahoo Sports brackets were busted. Within seven hours, 99 percent were toast. By the end of the night 99.999 percent were imperfect.

    You can thank Yale, Arkansas Little Rock, Wichita State and Gonzaga for that.

    Yale celebrates beating fifth-seeded Baylor. (AP)Yale celebrates beating fifth-seeded Baylor. (AP)Or, on the flip side, you knew at least one 12 seed always advances, so you picked Yale and Little Rock for the upset, and you also picked a pair of 11 seeds to upset and, well, you're now among the .00129 percent still standing after Day 1.

    (Count Jordan Spieth among those who picked Yale, though don't count Jordan Spieth among those who should be gloating over his bracket.)

    Yale knocked off fifth-seeded Baylor in a 79-75 thriller, the first true upset of the 2016 tournament. Two hours later, Little Rock upset fifth-seeded Purdue 85-83 in double overtime. Eleventh seed Wichita State blew up Arizona by 10 and another 11 seed Gonzaga capped off the day with a 68-52 victory over Seton Hall.

    Nearly 83 percent of Yahoo Sports

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  • Play Tourney Pick'em Fill out your bracket  |  Print it  |  Celebrity Challenge

    Odds are by Friday night there will be no perfect brackets left in Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick 'Em. And that's not just because this year's tournament is so wide open.

    In the 17 years Yahoo Sports has hosted a bracket challenge, only once has anyone finished the first round unscathed. Brad Binder did it in 2014 when he (briefly) flirted with the chance to win a billion dollars.

    So take some solace in that come Thursday when your bracket is in tatters, because you won't be alone, especially this year.

    Consider this: The favorite to win the tournament, according to Yahoo Sports users, is Kansas, yet only 30 percent picked the Jayhawks to win it all.

    Final Four picks? Not even a quarter of users think No. 1 seed Oregon will advance to Houston, while less than 20 percent are choosing Virginia, another No. 1 seed, to advance that far.

    Chalk that up to reputation, just as you can for Kentucky coming in as the

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  • Ernest Wallace sits during his trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. (AP)Ernest Wallace sits during his trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. (AP)Aaron Hernandez sits behind bars for the murder of Odin Lloyd, though despite his conviction he insists he didn't pull the trigger. Not so, says the lawyer for Ernest Wallace, who was with Hernandez on the early morning of June 13, 2013.

    "It was Aaron Hernandez who shot and killed Odin Lloyd," defense attorney David Meier said Tuesday as opening statements began in the trial of Wallace.

    Inside a Fall River (Mass.) courtroom, Meier didn't deny Wallace and Hernandez were friends; he didn't deny Wallace was in the car that night they picked up Lloyd at his Dorchester (Mass.) home; and he didn't deny his client was with Hernandez at the industrial park where Lloyd's body was found riddled with six bullets.

    But he denied that his client knew what Hernandez was going to do.

    "Did [Wallace] actively participate? Did he know what Aaron Hernandez was going to do? Absolutely not," Meier stated. "That’s what the evidence is. That’s what the law is going to be in this case."

    Hernandez was convicted

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  • In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, we continue to talk about the famous summer of 1998 and its epic home-run chase. Here's Yahoo Sports senior editor Jay Hart reliving the joy and eventual uneasiness of Mark McGwire passing Roger Maris. 

    Full disclosure: In the summer of 1998, I got a dog and named him Sammy. Little Sammy Sosa to be exact.

    (Yahoo Sports / AP)(Yahoo Sports / AP)I was caught up in it. A lot of us were. Roger Maris' home run record had stood forever, a connection back to the Babe, and, well, wouldn't it be great if the legends we were used to reading about became a legend we actually saw?

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    So yeah, when Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were mounting an assault on Maris' single-season home run record, I got caught up in it. So much so that when McGwire finally caught and passed Maris with home run No. 62 – a laser-beam shot off the Cubs' Steve Trachsel that never

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  • 50 Most Memorable Super Bowl Moments, No. 14: Saints 'ambush' Colts with on-side kick

    As the NFL approaches its highly anticipated golden anniversary Super Bowl, Yahoo Sports takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in the game's history.

    In our rankings, the moments go beyond the great scores and plays. We also take a look at entertainment performances, scandals/controversies and other events associated with corresponding Super Bowls.

    Here's a look at moment No. 14:

    Saints' second-half 'ambush'

    Chris Reis fights for the ball against Hank Baskett to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV. (Getty)Chris Reis fights for the ball against Hank Baskett to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV. (Getty)
    Thomas Morstead sat petrified inside the New Orleans Saints' locker room. There he was, a 23-year-old rookie punter and kickoff specialist, having just been told that in a few minutes the fate of Super Bowl XLIV would be put on his foot.

    "We're running 'Ambush,'" head coach Sean Payton told his team at halftime.

    Ambush was an onside kick the Saints had been practicing all week in their run-up to their Super Bowl matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, and the key to its execution was Morstead.

    The rookie expected the call to come, Payton having promised as much

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  • Jordan Spieth plays himself back in contention at British Open

    Jordan Spieth reacts after his par putt on the 17th hole. (REUTERS)Jordan Spieth reacts after his par putt on the 17th hole. (REUTERS)So Jordan Spieth was out of contention at the British Open, right? Five strokes back of Dustin Johnson, who was showing no let up. No way to make up that much ground.

    Well, he did, and a little more.

    Spieth went low in Sunday's third round, firing a 6-under 66 to vault himself from 5-under, 5 strokes back to 11-under and (at the moment) the clubhouse lead.

    "At this point it's free rolling," he said after his round. "I'm going to play to win, and I'm not playing to – I'm not playing for a place. I don't want to place third tomorrow. I want to win."

    There are still players on the course and ample numbers to be had – St. Andrews is giving away birdies like Bed Bath and Beyond 15-percent off coupons – and several players are at 12-under, but Spieth did what he had to do, and will at least have a shot at a third straight major and, yes, keeping those Grand Slam hopes alive.

    Spieth carded seven birdies on his round, though will likely be smarting over two missed opportunities: a bogey at 9,

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  • Surfer attacked by shark, punches it in the back

    The J-Bay Open, a surfing competition off the southeastern coast of South Africa, was halted Sunday. Here's why (and a proverbial language warning):

    Yeah, that'll do it.

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    That's Australian Mick "White Lightning" Fanning, the defending champ at J-Bay, and, as you might suspect, he was having none of the shark, so he punched him in the back before being pulled out of the water by support crew.

    As you'll see here, Fanning was A-OK, with nary a scratch on him.

    Jokes? This soon? Nah, it's surfing, brah. Vaya con dios.

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  • The new normal: Tiger Woods misses the cut at the British Open

    After shooting a 4-over 76 in Round 1 of the British Open, Tiger Woods explained why he still had a chance, despite being 11 strokes back:

    "I'm so far back and the leaderboard is so bunched that in order for me to get in there by Sunday, I'm going to have to have the conditions tough and then obviously put together some really solid rounds. If you shoot some good, solid rounds in tough conditions like that, players can move up the board, and hopefully I'm one of them."

    Friday gave him exactly what he wanted – heavy rain followed by blustery winds. Aaaaand … Tiger went 1-over before play was suspended.

    Saturday also gave him exactly what he wanted – wind gusting more than 25 mph. Aaaaand … Tiger went 2-over for a second-round 75 – 7-over for the tournament.

    Now, for the second straight major, Woods missed the cut by a mile. Seven strokes at St. Andrews, backing up his 11-stroke deficit at last month's U.S. Open.

    We're talking about strokes short of

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  • Round 2 of the British Open isn't over yet.

    Rain delayed action Friday morning, meaning those with later tee times weren't able to finish all 18 holes. That group includes Dustin Johnson, who sits atop the leaderboard at 10-under through 13 holes.

    That's one stroke better than Danny Willett, the clubhouse leader, who's in at 9-under.

    In all, 18 players – finished or still with holes to play in Round 2 – are within five strokes of the lead heading into play on Saturday (Friday night if you're on the West Coast).

    Tom Watson acknowledges the crowd as he poses on The Swilcan Bridge. (REUTERS)Tom Watson acknowledges the crowd as he poses on The Swilcan Bridge. (REUTERS)The delay means:

    • Round 2 will continue at 7 a.m. local time, 2 a.m. ET.

    • The tournament is facing a potential massive pile up, as heavy rain is expected Saturday morning.

    • And Tiger Woods must stick around one more day to not make the cut, which is projected to be even par. Woods, through 11, is 5-over.

    In all, 42 players have yet to complete Round 2.

    As darkness fell and most play was suspended, one final group strolled up 18, that of Tom Watson, who is playing in his

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