The Daily Outkick: Monday, April 1, 2019

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The Winners And Losers Of The NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight (The Ringer) The regional finals were rough for RJ Barrett, Carsen Edwards, and television executives, but validating for Virginia.

Avenatti Vs. Nike: The Showdown That Ensnared A Celebrity Lawyer (Wall Street Journal) A secretly recorded meeting and a tax investigation lead to extortion and fraud charges.

Michigan State Heads To Final Four After Banding Together To Shock Duke (New York Times) Coach Tom Izzo improved to 2-11 in his career in games he has coached against Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

Biden Faces New Scrutiny From Dems Over Behavior With Women (AP) In a statement on Sunday, Biden said it was never his intention to make women feel discomfort.

Auburn Is Playing Above Its Level As It Heads To A Historic Final Four Appearance (CBS Sports) The Tigers are playing better than they actually are as they get ready to go to Minneapolis.

What More Than 40 Years Of Early Primary Polls Tell Us About 2020: Part 1 (538) Nate Silver found that early national polling is at least somewhat predictive of who will win the nomination.

The Bobby Knight Disciple Who Has Texas Tech In The Final Four (New York Post) “I wouldn’t trade my time with Coach Knight and Pat for anything,” Coach Beard said. “It was like getting a Ph.D in coaching every day.”

Silicon Valley Keeps Trying To “Cure” Death. It Should Fix Its Own Ageism Instead, Says Activist Ashton Applewhite. (Recode) “Aging is not a disease, otherwise living would be a disease, but you can’t make money off satisfaction.”

Virginia Beats Buzzer, Then Overcomes Carsen Edwards And Purdue In OT To Reach Final Four (Washington Post) Mamadi Diakite sent Saturday’s game to overtime with a buzzer-beater. Virginia won in overtime, advancing to the Final Four.

Exclusive: More Than 1 Million Acres Of U.S. Cropland Ravaged By Floods (Reuters) The “bomb cyclone” storm left wide swaths of nine major grain producing states under water in March.

League Sources Strongly Contradict Porzingis Report: Knicks Told Mavs Of ‘Extortion,’ But Never Used Word ‘Rape’ (Dallas News) Two league sources strongly contradicted one key reported detail of the still-developing story.

Chris Rock Roasts Jussie Smollett At NAACP Awards: ‘What The Hell Was He Thinking?’ (Variety) Although told to steer clear of the Jussie Smollett case, the comedian couldn’t help but toss a couple barbed jokes towards the “Empire” actor.

Rob Manfred Views Buying The Fox RSNs As A Way For MLB To Move Towards A Centralized Rights Deal (Awful Announcing) Rob Manfred considers an opportunity to help battle revenue disparity among teams.