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First-day surprises, second-day upsets -- and Zion

The Madness started for real on Thursday. Here are our panel's top takeaways from the day's action, as well as a look-ahead at Friday's NCAA tournament games.

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Check your bracket!

See how your picks stack up with the crowd.

Men's NCAA Tournament

Friday's early games

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Women's NCAA Tournament

Starts Friday on ESPN2

Can Sabrina Ionescu lead Oregon to an NCAA title?

Nobody in college basketball has mastered the triple-double like Sabrina Ionescu. Can she now lead the Oregon Ducks to an NCAA championship?

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Tournament challenge: Fill out your bracket!

Create up to 25 brackets, and play against family and friends.

NCAA Women's tournament

Friday's early games

NBA

Lowe: Ten things I like and don't like, including terrifying Giannis

This week we highlight Philly's chemistry experiment, a fearless rookie and Devin Booker.

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Benchwarmers: Bucks' high-tech seats adjust for temp, height

The Bucks are hoping their well-researched seat technology makes an impact with their on-court performance.

Best of first round

March Madness

Sick step-back and poster dunk part of Ja Morant’s triple-double

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Morant gives credit to teammates after triple-double

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Maryland's Smith obliterates Windler on and-1 poster slam

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New Mexico State's crucial FT misses allow Auburn to hang on

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Kalscheur drains 3-pointer in Minnesota's first-round win

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NFL

NFL experts predict: The best bargain free-agent moves

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix got a one-year deal in Chicago. Could he use it to get paid in 2020? Our insiders put a bow on the free-agent frenzy.

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First look at the potential 2020 NFL free-agent class: 25 names to know

It's not too early to consider who could be up for grabs in the NFL's loaded 2020 free-agent class.

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