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Maggie Nichols scores a 39.8625 on her way to helping Oklahoma win their second consecutive and third total NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships at the 2017 Super Six Finals. This is the second highest AA score since Courtney Kupets’ 39.900 in 2009. She also became the 4th person to ever score a perfect 10 during the Super Six. 

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NCAA March Madness game soured as Confederate flag is raised outside South Carolina arena

  • A group calling itself the South Carolina Secessionist Party erected a large Confederate flag next to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, where two games in the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament were being played on Sunday.
  • The display — which was up from roughly 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. — added a sour note to the day’s festivities, which included a stunning upset victory by the University of South Carolina over the Duke.
  • Demonstrators saod they were waving the flag to show off their heritage and to protest the state’s failure to preserve the banner in a museum.
  • “It’s a piece of our heritage,” James Bessenger, chairman of the South Carolina Secessionist Party, told WYFF. “Twenty-five thousand South Carolinians died in defense of that flag, and 250,000 southerners.”
  • “It’s unfortunate, but it’s America,” South Carolina head coach Frank Martin said of the display after his game, according to USA Today.  Read more (3/20/17 1:42 PM)

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Already a successful elite gymnast and 1992 Olympian for Canada, Stella Umeh earns her first perfect 10 during her last team competition as a UCLA Bruin.

Before the competition, Stella said “I’m waiting for a finger to fall off; a toe. Like, I’m hanging on by a loose thread. And my body… I trust it, and believe in my body. And I believe in what I’ve done all of my life, and gymnastics. Seventeen years is pretty much all of my life. I’m ready to not overstay my welcome in terms of being in this sport too long, and I’m ready to end this chapter.”