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MINNEAPOLIS — Richard Pitino is less than half of Tubby Smith’s age. That alone has brought a seismic shift for the Minnesota basketball program, with last week’s takeover by the 30-year-old Pitino. The energy of youth can always bring positive change, but the impact of Pitino’s arrival could prove to run deeper than that.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals fans waited almost all afternoon to see some offense. When their team finally built a rally, it came just in time to give Ervin Santana a much-deserved win. Santana pitched eight strong innings, Alcides Escobar doubled home the go-ahead run and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Monday in its home opener. “Better later than never,” Santana said. “I know we are going to score runs.”
By Paul Newberry AP National Writer ATLANTA — Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all. Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when relentless Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- What business gets more customers every year, yet keeps losing money? By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- What business gets more customers every year, yet keeps losing money?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a perky, cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon in a string of `60s fun-in-the-sun movies with titles like "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach," died Monday. She was 70. By FRAZIER MOORE Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man whose 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government. Wayne Klinkel tells the Independent Record ( http://bit.ly/143rwRZ ) that his dog Sundance ate the bills while he and his wife were on a road trip to visit their daughter. Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog's droppings, and his daughter recovered more when snow melted.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is providing rides to 11 relatives of those killed in the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School so they can attend his gun control speech Monday before heading to Washington on Air Force One to personally encourage senators to back gun legislation that faces tough opposition. By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lobbying for gun control in the United States often means proving how much you like firearms. By ALEXANDRA OLSON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- Lobbying for gun control in the United States often means proving how much you like firearms.
STANLEY, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities on Monday recovered the bodies of two children who were buried when a wall of dirt fell on them while they were playing in a hole at a home construction site in North Carolina. By MITCH WEISS Associated Press
LONDON _ Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.