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Alabama’s Xavier McKinney a standout safety who can draw, too

Xavier McKinney is Alabama’s leading tackler and one of the team’s top defenders. He can draw, too. The top-ranked Crimson Tide’s junior safety has emerged as one of the stars of a defense that has been hit hard by injuries at other positions. He’s also Nick Saban’s latest standout at the position.

Despite talk, Cowboys haven’t replaced safeties Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath

Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath are still starting at safety for the Dallas Cowboys after an offseason filled with talk about possible replacements. Woods has been one of the defensive stars at training camp with several interceptions. Woods was a sixth-round pick two years ago, and Heath an undrafted free agent in 2013. Executive vice president Stephen Jones says he’d take an upgrade “at any position at any time.” But Jones says he’s comfortable starting the season with the same pair.

Sounders sign two defenders ahead of deadline, bringing back Joevin Jones and adding Xavier Arreaga

The Seattle Sounders bolstered their defense by signing Ecuadorian central defender Xavier Arreaga and bringing back Joevin Jones ahead of the MLS transfer window deadline. Arreaga is being signed as a designated player after the 24-year-old spent the past four seasons with Barcelona SC in Ecuador. Jones, who played for Seattle through the 2017 season, is returning after spending time in German playing for SV Darmstadt.

Gonzaga draws Illinois in Maui Invitational opener

Gonzaga will open against Illinois in the nightcap of the Maui Invitational’s first day. The Zags and Illini will tip at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time on ESPN2 on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Lahaina Civic Center. Arizona and Iowa State clash at 6, with the winner/loser matching up with Gonzaga/Illinois winner/loser.

Geno Crandall leaves Minneapolis hoping to return with Gonzaga for Final Four run

Geno Crandall went from under-the-radar recruit to one of biggest grad transfers of the offseason. He heard from dozens of top programs, including the University of Minnesota, where he watched games as a kid. Crandall decided to leave Minneapolis with the long-range goal of coming back when his hometown hosts the 2019 Final Four.

North Dakota grad transfer Geno Crandall picks Gonzaga

Gonzaga added an important piece to its roster next season with the addition of North Dakota grad transfer Geno Crandall.Crandall, a native of Minneapolis, picked Gonzaga over Xavier and Minnesota. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard announced his decision Thursday, posting his picture in a Gonzaga No. 0 uniform with the hashtag ZagUp.

Xavier promotes Travis Steele to coach, replacing Chris Mack

Xavier has hired assistant Travis Steele as its head coach, keeping with its custom of promoting from within and maintaining continuity. Steele has been an assistant at Xavier for 10 seasons, including the last nine on the staff of Chris Mack. Mack left for Louisville earlier in the week.

What. Just. Happened?! NCAAs amp up the March Madness

One word succinctly describes what’s transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament: Madness. But even that’s probably underselling it. A memorable, zany first two rounds – even by March Madness standards – set up what could be another wild two weekends in a tournament where anything can become reality.