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The Great Fall of Chyna

Two months after her death, no family members traveled to Redondo Beach for Chyna's public memorial service on June 22 or her burial the next morning. Instead, as the ashes of the most famous female pro wrestler in history danced away into the Pacific, her mourners included the manager and his four children, an ex-boyfriend she hadn’t seen in 11 years, a rented preacher reciting a prayer off a wrinkled notecard and two members of Laurer’s social media team she had never met.
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With 1 Shot, Villanova Cements Its Place as One of CBB's Top Programs

HOUSTON -- ... "What can they say now?" Jenkins barked as confetti danced in the air around him. "What can they say now?" Jenkins glared at the reporters on press row. "Give us our respect!" he yelled. At this point, how could anyone not? With one flick of the wrist, the 240-pound Jenkins muzzled the naysayers who once told him he was too fat to excel at the Division I level. With one monumental play, he altered the perception of a Villanova program that, even after averaging 32.3 wins over the past three years, is rarely mentioned among the nation's best. With the final shot of the season, he reversed the narrative that college basketball in 2015-16 was defined by parity, that there were no great teams—only a handful of pretty good ones.
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Kobe Among the Many 'Blown Away' by Buddy

ANAHEIM -- After witnessing Hield—who grew up idolizing Bryant—score 37 points in Saturday’s 80-68 Elite Eight victory over Oregon, the NBA legend reacted like so many others who have watched the national player of the year front-runner this season. “Blown away,” Bryant told Bleacher Report. “Blown away.” Impressed as he was with Hield’s skill level—he made 13 of 20 shots Saturday—Bryant said the senior’s intangibles are what stuck with him the most.
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Despite Taxing Year, Dunn Doesn't Regret Making NBA Wait

In so many ways, the scenario encapsulates Dunn's life since last April, when he stunned the college basketball world by announcing he'd return for his junior year instead of becoming an instant millionaire in the NBA draft. The risk, it appears, will pay off. Considered a mid-first-rounder a year ago, Dunn—who will turn pro after this season—is now projected as the No. 5 pick in the June 23 draft by DraftExpress. He's cut down on his turnovers, increased his scoring average and now has Providence on the cusp of earning a third straight NCAA tournament berth for the first time in 42 years. Still, talk to Dunn and those around him long enough, and it's clear the narrative of the past 10 months is bittersweet. Sure, his on-court improvement and elevated draft stock are enough to deem his final college season a success, but that doesn't mean it's been easy.
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