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Commentary: Tony Bennett and Virginia already have put the loss to UMBC behind them. Really.

updated  Ten years into his reign at Virginia, Tony Bennett probably could show up in one of Bob Knight’s old sweaters and still be loved by the Charlottesville crowd. The Cavaliers are 143-33 in the past five seasons, and after Sunday’s 57-49 victory over VCU, they are 9-0 and ranked fourth in the country. Of course, the one game people bring up to Bennett all the time is a loss: the Cavaliers’ stunning, 74-54 first-round upset to UMBC in the NCAA tournament – the first time in 136 games that a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed.
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Commentary: Tony Bennett and Virginia already have put the loss to UMBC behind them. Really.

Ten years into his reign at Virginia, Tony Bennett probably could show up in one of Bob Knight’s old sweaters and still be loved by the Charlottesville crowd. The Cavaliers are 143-33 in the past five seasons, and after Sunday’s 57-49 victory over VCU, they are 9-0 and ranked fourth in the country. Of course, the one game people bring up to Bennett all the time is a loss: the Cavaliers’ stunning, 74-54 first-round upset to UMBC in the NCAA tournament – the first time in 136 games that a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed.

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Royals sign Billy Hamilton, the fastest man in baseball

The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton have agreed to a $5.25 million contract for next season that includes up to $1 million in incentives, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.
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How we voted: It’s back to square one as Kansas vaults past Gonzaga to recapture No. 1 ranking

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 7:06 p.m.

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break down how he voted, offering three thoughts on the latest edition of the poll, an update on the Pac-12’s ranked teams and a look at local Top 25 representative Gonzaga.