Iowa legend Arnold dies: Kenny Arnold, the Iowa star who led the Hawkeyes to their last Final Four in 1980, died at 59. He had health issues for more than 30 years, the school said. Teammates say he died in the Chicago area. Arnold had limited speech and mobility from a brain tumor and several strokes. Arnold played for Iowa from 1979-82. During the Final Four run he led his team in scoring despite a broken thumb. With Arnold, Iowa appeared in four NCAA tournaments and won the 1979 Big Ten title.
When Virginia coach Tony Bennett announced his team would decline an invitation to celebrate its NCAA championship at the White House, he continued a trend of basketball champions’ spurning the traditional fete during the polarizing Trump administration. In Virginia’s case, the move was particularly poignant as it highlighted widespread outrage over President Donald Trump’s response to the whitenationalist rally two years ago in the team’s hometown, Charlottesville.