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Venkataraman: One-and-done rule should be eliminated

Last night was one for the ages in men’s college basketball. No. 1 Kentucky squared off against No. 2 Michigan State, the earliest one-versus-two pairing in the history of college basketball, while fourth-ranked Duke played fifth-ranked Kansas. Fans like me salivated over the matchup that served as the big-stage unveiling of the much-hyped Jabari Parker. My ears are still ringing with the melodious sound of Dick Vitale’s raspy voice. For many, this would have been a fine showcase of the game of men’s college basketball being played at its highest level.

Venkataraman: Coaching conundrums affect games

When Tom Brady threw one of the worst interceptions of his storied career against the New Orleans Saints, I turned the TV off and went back to my homework. After all, there were just over two minutes left on the clock, the opposing quarterback was Drew Brees, the opposing head coach was Sean Payton and in the immortal words of Bart Scott, the Patriots defense has often struggled to “stop a nosebleed.”