UConn Routs Texas In Women’s Sweet 16, Reaches Regional Final

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help UConn rout Texas 105-54 Saturday in the Sweet 16, earning coach Geno Auriemma his 100th NCAA Tournament win.

Auriemma became the second coach to reach the century mark, joining Pat Summitt, who finished with 112 victories in her career. They are the only two coaches in men’s or women’s basketball to reach that milestone.

The Huskies shot a blistering 56 percent from the field and became the eighth team to put up more than 100 points in the regionals. UConn also broke the record for biggest margin of victory in regionals, surpassing the previous mark of 44.

UConn (35-1) led 26-19 midway through the first half before blowing the game open with a 44-9 run spanning the half. The burst started with 13 straight points by the Huskies.

UConn led 52-24 at the half and scored 18 points in the first 3:30 of the second half to finish off the spurt.

Stewart surpassed her previous NCAA Tournament best of 29 points before leaving the game for good with just over 9 minutes left.

Moriah Jefferson added a career-high 25 points — hitting 10 of her 12 shots — for the Huskies, who have advanced to the regional final for 10 straight seasons. They have been to the Final Four a record seven straight years.

Texas was making its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2004. Coach Karen Aston has a young roster and the Longhorns may not have to wait long to get back. Ariel Atkins scored 11 to lead Texas (24-11). The Longhorns tried to slow the Huskies down with their big lineup of 6-foot-7 Imani Stafford-McGee and 6-5 Kelsey Lang. Aston went with the pair at the first media timeout and her team still in the game.

It wasn’t too effective as the Longhorns couldn’t match the Huskies’ speed. UConn will face either Dayton or Louisville in the regional finals.

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Mariah Carey & Brett Ratner Spent Their Birthdays Together… But Are They Dating?!

Mariah Carey is living the single life these days… or is she?

The singer spent her birthday weekend with longtime friend Brett Ratner, who was born exactly one day after her. And after previously Instagramming a pic together in the ladies’ room (above), people are wondering if the duo are together!

[ Related: Mariah Carey Embraces Her Single Status With A Fun New Look In West Hollywood! ]

The answer is a flat out no!

Once the rumors started swirling, Ratner’s rep put a stop to them, saying that the stories are “ridiculous,” and added, “They have been best friends for a very long time.”

So, Mariah is still single and ready to mingle!

[Image via Instagram.]

Parents, Teachers Line Up To Protest Cuomo’s Education Reform Plan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The bone-chilling weather on Saturday did not stop hundreds of teachers, students and parents from gathering in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s East Side office to protest his administration’s education policy.

The group — which included United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout — protested against charter schools and high-stakes testing and called for full funding of public schools.

“Shouldn’t his priorities be for the students of New York State and not with the people who put him into power?” said parent Michole, from P.S. 58 in Brooklyn.

Parents, Teachers Line Up To Protest Cuomo's Education Reform Plans

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Sophia Hall reports

Cuomo announced a series of education reforms in January, including making a teacher evaluation system rely more heavily on state tests, and allowing failing schools to be taken over by outside groups. But as WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, Mulgrew said such plans are a recipe for disaster.

“Enough with the crazy testing,” Mulgrew said. “Enough with tying all policy to funding.”

Teachers, parents and students gather outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office to protest his education reform plan. (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Teachers, parents and students gather outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office to protest his education reform plan. (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Under Cuomo’s proposal, 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation would come from students’ state test scores or in non-tested grades, a student growth measure calculating one year of academic growth.

Thirty-five percent would come from independent observations, and the remaining 15 percent from supervisor observations.

Back in January, the governor called the current teacher evaluation system “baloney.”

“Thirty-one percent of third- to eighth-graders are proficient in English, but 99 percent of the teachers are rated effective,” Cuomo said.

More than $1 billion in new funding is contingent on the New York State Legislature approving the governor’s plan. The deadline is April 1.

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Gina Rodriguez, Diane Guerrero, Selenis Leyva Celebrate Nueva Latinas Living Fabulosa

Gina Rodriguez, Angie MartinezDiane Guerrero and Selenis Leyva were a few of the notables who celebrated  ‘Living Fabulosa’ (living fabulously). 

This new initiative was presented by P&G’s Orgullosa program, which highlights the unique experience of the modern, bicultural Latina — the Nueva Latina. The special event was hosted by Golden Globe Winning Actress Gina Rodriguez, who stars in Jane The Virgin. The evening was all about celebrating the beauty and diversity of Nueva Latinas by recognizing Latina trendsetters and their stories of confidence, strength and success.

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Air Jordan 5 Retro ‘Metallic Silver’

In time for the warm months of the year the remastered version of the Air Jordan 5 Retro “Metallic Silver” returns. Originally released in 2000, the mid top basketball sneaker comes with a clean all-white leather upper with metallic silver details and a reflective tongue. Priced at $190, the Air Jordan 5 Retro “Metallic Silver” will be available on April 4 on Nike.com.

Shop other Air Jordan Retros here.

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UConn steamrolls past Texas 105-54, reach regional final (Yahoo Sports)

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma stands near the bench during the first half of a women's college basketball regional semifinal game against Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

Breanna Stewart had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help UConn rout Texas 105-54 Saturday in the Sweet 16, earning coach Geno Auriemma his 100th NCAA Tournament win. Auriemma became the second coach to reach the century mark, joining Pat Summitt, who finished with 112 victories in her career. The Huskies shot a blistering 56 percent from the field and became the eighth team to put up more than 100 points in the regionals. UConn also broke the record for biggest margin of victory in regionals, surpassing the previous mark of 44.


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