Col­lege Bas­ket­ball

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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.

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