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Early morning car-pedestrian accident in Beaumont claims one life, closure of Eastex Freeway

An investigation is underway after a car-pedestrian crash claimed the life of a man early Sunday morning in Beaumont. Judge Collins said a 67-year-old man was hit by a vehicle and killed. What led to the accident and whether there were other people is currently unclear. (Author: Gardener)

BeaumontAn investigation is underway after a car-pedestrian crash claimed the life of a man early Sunday morning in Beaumont. Beaumont Police responded to the southbound lanes of the Eastex Freeway near Lawrence Drive. Judge Collins said a 67-year-old man was hit by a vehicle and killed. It is currently unclear what led to the accident and whether other people were injured. Beaumont Police said traffic will be temporarily diverted onto Tram Road. GET NEWS AND WEATHER WARNINGS | Download the 12News app on your mobile Send us a news tip | Download our app | Download 12News "In the Know" newsletter.

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Small shot on Sunday morning at the Winston-Salem condominium

Winston-Salem Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting that left a minor injured. Click the video player above to see other headlines from WXII 12 News. Sign up for our newsletter. Officials said they responded at 11:15 a.m. at the 300 block of Glendare Drive after the incident. Upon arrival, police found the victim had a gunshot wound to the upper right arm. (Author: Gardener)

morningWinston-Salem Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting that left a minor injured. Click on the video player above to see other headlines from WXII 12 News Officers who responded after the 11:15 am incident at the 300 block of Glendare Drive. Upon arrival, police found the victim had a gunshot wound to the upper right arm. Police said a neighbor mishandled a gun when it accidentally went off and the bullet left their home, entering the victim's home and hitting them. There is still a heavy police presence in the area of ​​the incident as officers conduct further investigations. WATCH WXII: Get the latest Greensboro, High Point and Winston Salem news of the day.

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Sunday morning in the spotlight

Matt Harrington spoke about the green foam noses, which have come out every March for the past three decades to raise awareness for the Logan Center and the fundraiser that helps them provide programs for children and adults with disabilities. (Author: Gardener)

SundayMatt Harrington spoke about the green foam noses, which have come out every March for the past three decades to raise awareness for the Logan Center and the fundraiser that helps them provide programs for children and adults with disabilities. SOUTH BEND, Indiana (WNDU) - The CEO of the Logan Center took the spotlight with Jack Springgate on News Now Sunday morning to discuss the final days of the Great Logan Nose-On. Matt Harrington spoke about the green foam noses, which have come out every March for the past three decades to raise awareness for the Logan Center and the fundraiser that helps them provide programs for children and adults with disabilities. It all ends this Tuesday with a luncheon with a visit from Chris Nikic, the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Iron Man triathlon. It's an inspiring ending to a tradition of helping our community think about inclusion and how the Logan Center is working to make it happen. "They work with us. It's really helped people realize that people of all abilities are part of our community and we should embrace them just like everyone else," Harrington said.

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Blaze 21% included Sunday mornings

Officials said Sunday the NCAR fire was 21% contained. (Author: Gardener)

SundayOfficials said Sunday the NCAR fire was 21% contained, but crews want to wait and see how firefighting efforts are going before lifting more evacuation orders. Mike Smith, the incident commander at Boulder Fire-Rescue, said the fire had grown to 200 acres but a plane was flying over the fire to remeasure its size and another update would come later Sunday. Boulder Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Marya Washburn said the reduced evacuation area includes 1,629 people in 699 residences and 836 buildings. "Evacuation areas are also being reviewed to ensure they are appropriate and we hope to get people home when we can," Smith said. Smith noted that a change in forecast with wind shifts from south to north and northwest could force more evacuations, but officials are hoping that won't be necessary. Officials don't expect to lift further evacuation orders until about 6 p.m. so they can see what progress crews can make on the fire, he said. About 110 firefighters will also focus on beefing up fire lines to make sure they don't move toward Boulder or Eldorado Springs. He said winds today are not like they were during the Marshall Fire and that this fire is burning at low intensity and that officials expect to be in a good spot tomorrow if calm weather continues. Officials said the fire broke out around 2 p.m. Saturday, with winds around 15 to 25 mph in the area at this time from the Northwest. While crews work to contain the fire, the Open Space and Mountain Park hiking trails from Chautauqua south to Eldorado Springs remain closed. Smith said he hasn't heard of any major damage to trails. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who was on or near the trails south of NCAR at the time the fire broke out and who may have seen something to call 720-564-2679 or one Send email to [email protected] bouldercounty.org. Smith said they believe the Bear Canyon fire started in the northwest portion of the fire area.

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Bobbehead thread on Sunday morning

Their Sunday morning line-up plus The Good Liars' full video coverage of the absurd March For Life. (Author: Gardener)

morningWade, with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's hearings, let's go back to the March for Life in January, but through the expert reporting lens of The Good Liars. As a clinic attendant, I could never face attending one of those stupid marches for life, so these guys are really doing the Lord's work. Watch as The Good Liars expose these hypocritical assholes for the hypocrites they are. S. NATO Ambassador Julianne Smith ... Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) ... Sen. Cory Booker (DN.J.) ... José Andrés ... Panel: Karen Finney, Scott Jennings, Rebeccah Heinrichs and Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D- Mass.) ... Ambassador of Ukraine Oksana Markarova ... Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) ... Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) ... Panel: retired Lt. Gen. James Clapper, Beth Sanner, retired Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard and Susan Glaser. FOX “Fox News Sunday,” guest host by John Roberts: Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) … Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) … US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith. Panel: Karl Rove, Gillian Turner, Chad Pergram and Marie Harf. NBC “Meet the Press”: Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova…Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)…Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)…Richard Engel reporting from Ukraine. Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, Stephen Hayes, Jeh Johnson and Susan Page.

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A guide to Rikers Island and a Hamilton landmark you may have missed

Notes on Rich Roy's autobiographical A White Man's Guide To Rikers Island, Sam Chanse's "what you are now" and a Hamilton landmark at St Marks Place. (Author: Gardener)

HamiltonThis is former boxer and actor Rich Roy's reaction in his autobiographical A White Man's Guide To Rikers Island (written with Eric C. Webb) when he heard that the pedestrian he hit while intoxicated from a night out with drove home to his friends, died . This is a piece that can play with your emotions a bit and will likely hit people of different races in different ways. Roy, who begins the play as himself before Dillon John Collins takes over his younger version for most of the ninety minutes, is very candid about the white privilege that gave him over two years of freedom before his trial began, and enabled his attorney to do so settle for a year in prison, which would probably be reduced to six months. But once that stint on Rikers begins, he's part of a population he says is 92% Black and Hispanic, with 85% awaiting trial because they can't afford bail. "And that empty, undeserved privilege is what makes everyone rightfully hate you just by looking at you." This is not a play about being a white victim, nor one that ignores the true ones Victims in the story are the dead pedestrians and the thousands of inmates who might not be incarcerated were it not for a system widely recognized as racist. But it's about being in the unfamiliar position of being a targeted minority; however, one who knows the exact date when, if he survives, he will get his undeserved privilege back. Further protection comes when his CO recruits him to write a column for the prison newspaper; a tongue-in-cheek survival guide for white prisoners that became the basis for this piece. This is not a nuanced play. And just to make sure the point gets across, Roy returns at the end to deliver an impassioned speech calling for solutions to systemic racism and white privilege. Collins, who is making his acting debut on stage after three years of training, also gives a very blunt and uncomplicated performance under the direction of Thomas G. Waites; His energy, athleticism and stage presence carry him through a marathon role. But it's the directness of the script and the performances that give the evening a sense of authenticity and sincerity. You might not expect it from the title (I certainly didn't), but A White Man's Guide To Rikers Island turns out to be a determined piece of activist theatre. ...they say there has been a noticeable increase in tourism to New York landmarks like Trinity Church Cemetery - burial place of Alexander Hamilton, his wife Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, their son Philip, Elizabeth's sister Angelica Schuyler Church and colonial superspy Hercules Mulligan (they say Mulligan was particularly difficult to bury because he got up every time they put him down) and the Morris-Jumel mansion; The former headquarters of General Washington where Aaron Burr married his wealthy owner Eliza Jumel. I recently noticed another remarkable site for history buffs and musical theater fans. Until recently, I only knew the building at 4 St. Marks Place as the home of the famed vintage clothing store Trash & Vaudeville in the East Village, but a plaque installed in the first year of the pandemic hints at the 1831 Federal-style townhouse was once the home of the widowed Elizabeth Hamilton and her children, Alexander, Jr. and Eliza. See where it says the building once housed "venues for experimental theater"? In 1955 Julie Bovasso founded the non-profit Tempo Playhouse on this site and was recognized at the inaugural Obie Awards for her performance in the American premiere of Jean Genet's The Maids. The space was eventually renamed the New Bowery Theater when it became a venue for underground films, and was then converted into the Bridge Theater, a contemporary dance home that closed shortly after charges of obscenity and indecency over the performance raised (and eventually dropped) an anti-war article entitled LBJ, which involved the burning of an American flag. Just before theaters began to close in March 2020... ...one of the last high-profile Off-Broadway openings was Lauren Yee's excellent Cambodian rock band; a mix of fact and fiction about the popularity of rebellious American music in Phnom Penh in the early 1970s, which became illegal with U's exit. One of the survivors of this murderous regime is the mother of playwright Sam Chanse, whose fascinating What You Are Now (the lowercase title is the playwright's preference) is set in the present day and addresses many of the issues she grew up with, regarding her mother's behavior while her mind sorts through her memories. In director Steve Cosson's premiere production, which marks the reopening of Ensemble Studio Theater (through April 3, general admission $30, students/seniors $25), Pisay plays Pao Pia, the daughter of Chantrea (Sonnie Brown), a survivor the Khmer Rouge who, like many Cambodians, emigrated to Lowell, Massachusetts. At the time, she was pregnant with Pia and was accompanied by their infant son, Darany, who is now a wild, free-spirited adult, played by Robert Lee Lang. Pia became a neurology scientist dedicated to researching how the mind processes memories of traumatic experiences as a stitching together of details that can be unintentionally altered when recalled, rather than simply being copied and pasted as an exact whole. Pia brings up various experiments on rats' responses to stimuli, and as a parallel we see Chantrea's reaction when Darany plays a recording of Cambodian rock given to him by Siobhan, the Irish-Cambodian woman he is dating . After about 100 minutes, the play alternates between family/immigration issues and academic studies without feeling complete on either end. But nonetheless, "What You Are Now" is worth a look at this early stage and is sure to spark conversations about theatergoers' memories.

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News summary on Sunday morning

Nurses at AHMC Seton Medical Center in Daly City will go on strike for a day on Wednesday... (Author: Gardener)

Sunday morningAccording to a spokesman for the California Nurses Association, nurses at AHMC Seton Medical Center in Daly City will go on strike for a day Wednesday to demand that hospital administration comply with the state's safe staffing law. California's Safe Workforce Act calls for the total number of patients a nurse can safely care for by unit and patient acuity, said Julie Tran, a spokeswoman for the nurses' association, which represents 300 nurses at the hospital. Nurses say more than 65 nurses have left the Daly City hospital since 2020 due to poor working conditions. Nurses find that not only does the hospital repeatedly violate safe staffing laws, but it also fails to provide resources to support the nurses. The nurses are on strike on Wednesday between 7.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m., then again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. They have scheduled a rally between 3pm and 3:30pm. in front of the hospital, 1900 Sullivan Ave., Daly City Two people died after a shooting in Hollister late Saturday night, the San Benito County Sheriff's Department said. It was reported after 9 p.m. A 26-year-old Santa Rosa man who ran from Petaluma police officers early Saturday morning after being pulled over for multiple vehicle violations was eventually arrested and arrested for driving under the influence. The Petaluma Police Department said the incident happened around 1:42 a.m. on Washington and Howard streets when the officer was conducting a traffic stop to investigate multiple vehicle code violations. Moreno, showed the officer his brother's ID and said his name was "Rico." Police said the officer smelled alcohol on Moreno and he appeared to be intoxicated. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Colorado and Dolan burn scar areas on the Big Sur coast of Monterey County. Rain is expected in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas beginning Sunday evening. While most areas in the region will experience light to light rainfall, the Monterey County area is expected to experience moderate rainfall during this period. The Dolan burn scar zone is most likely to rain more than 1 inch in a 24-hour period; There is a 55 to 70 percent chance of receiving that amount of rainfall. There is also a potential for power outages and mudslides on State Highway 1 in coastal Monterey County, according to the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services. A motorcyclist died Saturday afternoon after colliding with an SUV on San Bruno Mountain in unincorporated San Mateo County. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Department said the crash happened around 3 p.m. on the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway off Radio Road, midway between Daly City and Brisbane. All lanes of the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway were closed for several hours after the accident. Police in Stockton are still searching for the gunman responsible for a shooting from a passing car on Saturday afternoon that injured three people including a 9-year-old boy who suffered life-threatening injuries. A Stockton police spokesman said the shooting from the car took place around 1:20 p.m. Detectives said a vehicle pulled over and opened fire on a truck with the three victims inside. The 9-year-old boy was flown to UC Davis Medical Center in critical condition, police said. A 29-year-old man who was also shot was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition. A 28-year-old man was also shot dead. He was also taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition. A fire near tracks in San Bruno has also shut down regular Caltrain service in addition to BART trains. Caltrain reports that the San Bruno station is closed until further notice. Officials there said bus service is being offered between South San Francisco and Millbrae stations and passengers should expect delays of up to 30 minutes. BART officials tweeted at 10:59 p.m. Saturday that trains from San Bruno Station bound for SFO and Millbrae have been suspended and SamTrans has meanwhile offered a bus service with its ECR South bus. The California Highway Patrol is reporting that a fiery and deadly accident occurred late Saturday night near the intersection of Interstate Highways 238 and 580 in Ashland. Officers responded at 10:24 p.m. Report of the accident involving a vehicle going down an embankment on the west side of the interchange near the connecting lane from southbound Interstate 580 to westbound Interstate 238. The National Weather Service's Sunday forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area calls for cooler temperatures with rain late Sunday evening in most of the region. The rain will continue until early Monday morning. Sunday morning overnight lows range from the low 50s to the high 50s. Copyright © 2022 Bay City News, Inc. Republication, retransmission, or redistribution is prohibited without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. Bay City News is a 24/7 news service covering the greater Bay Area. Copyright © 2022 by Bay City News, Inc. Republication, redistribution, or other reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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18 things to do in San Antonio this weekend

Highlights include the Tejano Fan Fair, St. Patrick's Festival, Katt Williams, Paella... (Author: Gardener)

San AntonioSo does the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair. Here's a look at those events and other arts and entertainment highlights from the weekend. Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair: The weekend celebrations continue with three days of Tejano and Conjunto artists performing across four stages. Today 12pm-12pm and Saturday 12pm-11pm Sunday, Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. Free, tejanomusicawards.com. "Rent": This is the 25th anniversary tour of Jonathan Larson's rock musical, based on "La Boheme," which follows a group of New York artists in their 20s who struggle to make ends meet while supporting their respective muses in the age of AIDS follow. 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Majestic Theater, 224 E. $40-$130, majesticempire.com. American Aquarium: A North Carolina alternative-country band, American Aquarium offers a sensitive take on the South on albums like "Lamentations" and "Things Change." 6 p.m. today River Road Ice House, 1791 Hueco Springs Loop Road, New Braunfels. $20-$50, riverroadentertainmentdistrict.com. Carin Leon: The singer from Hermosillo, Mexico, started promoting his latest album Pistiembre Todo El Año as the lead singer of the band Grupo Arranke. As a solo artist, Leon has released 11 albums and collaborated with groups such as Banda MS on "Ojos Cerrados". 8 p.m. today, Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Gabriel Royal: This Brooklyn-based cellist is known for blending melodic vocals with a pop jazz style reminiscent of Burt Bacharach. Inspired by New York commutes, Royal released a self-titled album full of intimate tracks like "Say It's Right" in 2016. 8 p.m. today, Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry, $30, thecarver.org. Akaash Singh: One of the stars of the Netflix series Brown Nation and co-host of the podcast Flagerrant 2, this touring comedian takes the stage with an impressive presence that captivates audiences. Singh recently released a stand-up special Bring Apu Back on his YouTube channel. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. today, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, 618 NW Loop 410. $40-$160 for tables of two, four or eight, improvtx.com/sanantonio. "Confluencias": The flamenco dance group Arte y Pasion is joined by guitarist Berto Boyd and a surprising guest artist from Madrid in this wintry flamenco performance. 8pm today, Carmens de la Calle, 320 N. Katt Williams: Stand-up star Williams is calling his current tour "World War III," which isn't super fun right now, but he sure will be. 8 p.m. Saturday, Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. $90-$250, freemancoliseum.com. $90-$250, freemancoliseum.com. St. Patrick's Festival: It's Erin go Bragh Downtown, at least for the weekend, at the St. Patrick's Festival, which features live music, family games and holiday meals. The highlight is the Bud Light St. Patrick's Day River Parade, which features 12 Irish-style floats transporting bagpipers and other entertainers along the San Antonio River. 1pm-8pm today and Saturday, Villita Way at La Villita. Parade 4-5 p.m. Saturday, San Antonio River Walk. Free, thesanantonioriverwalk.com. The Maine: This Arizona pop-punk band's "XOXO Tour" will highlight songs from their 2021 album "XOXO: From Love & Anxiety in Real Time." There's no shortage of intimate tunes like "Sticky" and "April 7th," inspired by changes in the band members' lives. 6 pm Saturday, Vibes Event Center, 1211 E. Ukrainian Fair: The San Antonio Ukrainian Society will sell Ukrainian clothing, jewelry, toys and more. The event will also feature an art workshop on painting bluebonnets in Petrykivka style. 1 p.m. Saturday, 8811 Fredericksburg Road. Free, Facebook: @ukrainiansocietysa. Blackberry Smoke: Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke are on the road to promote their 2020 album You Herar Georgia. Featuring performances by Jamey Johnson and Warren Haynes, the album topped Billboard's American/Folk chart the week of its release. 7 p.m. Saturday, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, $30-$150, liveatfloores.com. Shawn James: Between his solo career and his work with his band The Shapeshifters, this gospel rock musician has released 11 albums. His best-known work, Through the Valley, features his stunning vocals paired with personal, introspective instrumental arrangements. 7 p.m. Saturday, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. $20, papertigersatx.com. A tray of paella prepared by Chef Flor Vergara of True Flavors Culinary Planners during the 4th annual Corona Paella Challenge hosted by La Gloria's Executive Chef Johnny Hernandez, on the premises of The Pearl Brewry Sunday March 10, 2013. Twenty-five of them The top chefs from this country and across Latin America attended the event, as did five secondary schools from the region. Paella Challenge: Chefs from San Antonio, Mexico and across America. The event will also feature Spanish wines and live entertainment. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Drive. $50-$150, paellachallenge.com. The track contains a reinterpretation of the film song "Up Where We Belong". 7 p.m. Sunday, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle. $50-$95 tobincenter.org. Clutch: This hard and heavy rock band has been thriving for 30 years and is fueled by hits like 'Electric Worry' and 'The Mob Goes Wild'. In an interview with heavy metal website Blabbermouth, the band teased a new album they plan to release this year. However, fans can treat themselves to the group's compilation album Songs Of Much Gravity (1993-2001) while they wait. 8 p.m. Sunday, Aztec Theater, 104 N. $35-$60, pro-rock.com. Austin, a special effects artist, portrayed Fett in the special edition of "A New Hope" in the added sequence when Harrison Ford's Han Solo speaks to a computer-generated Jabba the Hut. Noon-5pm Sunday, Vibes Event Center, 1223 E. Houston St. Free (Austin autograph and meet-and-greet packages $40-$99, socialrevoltstore.com. Dachshund Race: Fire up a bevy of brave little ones during this racing series Dachshunds and support the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area Post-race awards will be given to the best dressed dog and race winner Sunday, 2-5 p.m., Krause's Cafe & Beer Garden, 148 p. $5, krausescafe.com.

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Duke sends Coach K into the Final Four and sets up a possible showdown with North Carolina

Duke sends Coach K into the Final Four and sets up a possible showdown with North Carolina (Author: Gardener)

North CarolinaAfter Mike Krzyzewski slowly climbed a ladder to cut the last strand of netting, he paused and gestured towards his players. It was the way the retiring Duke coach signaled that credit for his record-breaking 13th Final Four appearance goes to his team, not him. Unlike Duke's previous victories to extend Krzyzewsk's farewell tour, the Blue Devils didn't make their coach sweat until the final buzzer this time. They overwhelmed fourth-place Arkansas with superior individual talent on Saturday en route to a comfortable 78-69 Elite Eight win in the men's NCAA tournament. Only once did Arkansas make a comeback, cutting a 12-point lead at halftime to five early in the second half. "I have such a good feeling for my boys," said Krzyzewski. “In this NCAA tournament, my team just plays such good basketball under pressure. They were a tight team before the NCAAs, but they've been great in those last four games.” By defeating the Razorbacks, Krzyzewski overtook John Wooden for the most Final Four appearances of any men's basketball coach. Either the underdog darlings of the NCAA tournament or historic rivals the Blue Devils await Duke in New Orleans. North Carolina needs only to beat 15th-seeded Saint Peter's on Sunday to set up the first-ever NCAA tournament duel between Tobacco Road opponents. Just four times prior to this season, Duke and North Carolina have ever made the Elite Eight in the same year. March 26, 2022; San Francisco, California, United States; Carlyn Savarino (center), granddaughter of Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski (not pictured) takes a selfie with the team while celebrating their win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the West Regional Finals of the Men's College Basketball NCAA Tournament in Chase celebrate center. The Duke Blue Devils won 78-69. Krzyzewski deflected a question about whether Duke wanted North Carolina, saying only that the Blue Devils would be happy to take on the regional champion. North Carolina's Armando Bacot was a lot more outspoken Saturday afternoon when he said he's "trying to have tunnel vision" at St. Peter, but the opportunity to face Duke is hard to ignore. If North Carolina is Duke's next opponent, the Blue Devils will be well motivated. On March 5, North Carolina crashed Krzyzewski's party, spoiling its final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 94–81 excitement. There were a couple of times that night when the moment seemed too big for Duke, when the Blue Devils seemed to collapse under the pressure of sending Krzyzewski out of the tournament with a perfect final hurray. After the game, Krzyzewski grabbed a microphone and apologized to his dozens of ex-players in attendance and to a shocked, speechless crowd. "Let me just say - that was unacceptable," he said. “Today was unacceptable but the season was very acceptable. Krzyzewski hinted on Friday that he regrets how he dealt with the agony of that defeat and that he spoke to his players about it. "I really felt sorry for them," Krzyzewski said. Another subtle but significant change Krzyzewski has made is to use the NCAA tournament's extended 20-minute halves differently. Instead of immediately giving a speech about what went right and what went wrong, Krzyzewski spent more time listening to his players' feedback. "When I get to the dressing room, I just pull out a chair and sit with them for about five minutes," Krzyzewski said. If the first two weeks of the NCAA tournament are any indication, Duke seems to be responding well to this toned-down approach. The young Blue Devils appear to be growing up and coping with the pressure of retiring Krzyzewski with one more ring. They rallied for a second-round win over Michigan State, despite falling behind by five with five minutes left. Then they looked overwhelmed early on by Texas Tech's vaunted defense in the Sweet 16, only to shoot 71 percent from the field in the second half and not miss a single shot in the final more than eight minutes. There was no need for late comebacks against Arkansas, thanks in part to a game-changing 8-0 push from Duke to close out the first half. The Razorbacks went into halftime 12 behind, despite being within 4-6 points for most of the half. The mistake that really hurt Arkansas was Chris Lykes' decision to hoist a 3-pointer with just over 10 seconds left in the half. By stopping the clock from ticking down, Lykes gave Trevor Keels time to punish the Razorbacks with a game-changing 3-pointer to the buzzer. When the game was over, with a beaming Krzyzewski hugging everyone in sight, the only thing that could wipe the smile off his face was a question, implying his players would win for him. "Let's not talk about me," he said.

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This season started with Coach K, but a strong push into the Final Four gave Duke's players the big story

The bridge has been crossed and Duke, now college basketball's best team, travels to New Orleans (Author: Gardener)

DukeSAN FRANCISCO — There wasn't a second to lose. Every moment of every downtime was an opportunity. This was, as Mike Krzyzewski described this week, an opportunity to cross the bridge into college basketball's Mecca. Final Four glory was at stake. In this metropolis of drastic slopes, where the streets sway and drop like ski slopes, and where the inclines and plateaus of its thoroughfares offer incredible vistas all around this beautiful slab of earth and water, everything was instead stable, level, in balance for the second - set Blue Devils on Saturday night. As big as this Elite Eight matchup against No. 2 Duke and No. 4 Arkansas was too, we had little drama. Duke was adamantly best here with a 78-69 win over Arkansas. The Blue Devils grew again and proved their talent was as boundless as this storybook itself. Can't be Krzyzewski going to the Final Four in his last season, can he? "They were a tight team before the NCAAs, but they've been great in the last four games," Krzyzewski said. You crossed the bridge man and we beat an excellent team -6 early but other than that he was in control of this game. Krzyzewski had a fire in his stomach and a classic coaching scratch in his throat as he yelled over the PA system and pep bands. We're too slow!" he told his team at the U16s first-half timeout. The game had barely started. Krzyzewski didn't allow himself any relief, even when Duke was late in command and most of the building realized what was happening That said, a deep 3-pointer by Trevor Keels on the first-half buzzer put Duke at the break at 45: 33. Moments later, a support rep quietly dropped four gold scissors on Duke's side of the scorer's table Also, the regional winners trophy and the box it was stuffed in weren't quite as inconspicuously tucked away near Duke's bench."Duke was phenomenal," said Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman. "Would be surprised if they weren't would play to win a national championship." Only with less than 30 seconds remaining did Krzyzewski ejaculate a "YES!!!" before returning to normal day-to-day business before play hits triple zeros. The Blue Devi ls are still in this thing. The old man managed to break his tie with John Wooden for Final Fours one last time, now he sits in 13th ahead of Wooden's 12th. After making it the hard way, Duke's season and Krzyzewski's career will be in the Big Easy end up. Only at one point in the second half did things get dicey. Arkansas managed to narrow it down to a 53:48 Duke lead with 13:13 left. It was the only time all night that Krzyzewski waited a minute to address his team. Duke's starting five - Wendell Moore Jr., Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams, Jeremy Roach and Keels - sorted things out among themselves before K pulled up a chair again and directed the board, marker in hand. After that timeout, Banchero and Griffin made back-to-back plays to increase Bloat Duke's lead to 57-48. It was soon a 16-6 run and Duke held a 69-54 lead. "We were preparing to be knocked out and in the last 12 minutes they weren't knocked out," said Krzyzewski. "You played beautiful basketball." But with 3:58 on the clock, Krzyzewski was still treating the game as if Arkansas needed a 3-pointer to regain the lead. LISTEN!!" he ordered his team. He's coached the 75-year-old's ass at this tournament for the past two weeks. The man has said over and over that he's ready to retire, but walk him to see Huddle, it sure doesn't look like it. Almost every second of the given time is methodical. Duke never let up. Because of this, the program goes into its 17th Final Four. The Blue Devils got 46 points in the paint against Arkansas , continuing a trend that has defined Duke's teamwork instinct.The Blue Devils have gone by 52% of their points in four games in paint, according to ESPN research.It is one of the most dominant near-the-rim teams in tournament play Only 10 3-point attempts for the Blue Devils vs. Arkansas but four of them feel true Seven steals and 12 point fewer Arkansas turnovers A dash of deep threat scoring combined with an inner relentlessness that turned this team around into the no 1-rated offense with points per possession in esports. "We knelt. We were able to do that, and that's what we've been working for since June," Banchero said. "So it's a blessing to finally come to New Orleans and have the chance to play a national championship. Krzyzewski wants to "Do this about the players and we should do it. So much of this season and the pressure around them has fallen on them. It was Krzyzewski's doing of course, but he said it was the only way he could do it and at could be ethical in recruiting. He wanted another year, but didn't want to know privately that the end was coming. That put a kind of burden on the Duke players, which they handled brilliantly, especially after beating North Carolina last home had not won and then been knocked out of the ACC tournament by a Virginia Tech team that had fought their way to victory ACC Championship before ending in victory in the Big Dance The answer with four Si acking in a row to make it to the domestic semifinals equals one of the most impressive March performances ever by a Krzyzewski team. He was outstanding again: 12 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and hands down the MVP for both teams. "He's a damn good defender," said Roach. “I love having him on the pitch. Makes it so much easier for guards to really try to pressure the ball. So you really don't have to worry if a guy comes past you, you know the big guy is always back to back. He's a big part of this team. It's extraordinary how Duke has seen every starter improve their game -- even AJ Griffin had a quiet team-high against Arkansas with 18 points. Once again, Krzyzewski didn't have much to offer in the post-match press conference about what this means for him. His passion and gratitude went to the players. program win. players win. You can roll your eyes at Krzyzewski if you want what has become of this season and as he announces his retirement more than nine months in advance, he is naturally making the story, but on this Saturday night the story is the determination and incredible Development of Duke's team. They've laid claim to being the most talented team in the sport all season. Now that talent meets potential, Duke has become the top team and favorite o win the whole thing. "They did it for us, and enough of doing it for the old man here," Krzyzewski said. "We're not going to do it unless it's all ours, and we all owned that. We all owned this moment together. That's what we play for.” This isn't the same team, not by many standards, that was filleted by North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium 21 nights earlier. "But in such situations you really learn the character," said Krzyzewski. No matter what you do as a coach, you have to show that level of character and this tournament really lifted them. Krzyzewski faces his 13th Final Four in a fifth decade: three in the '80s, five in the '90s, two in the 2000s, two in the 2010s and now this one to cap an unprecedented career. A win in North Carolina on Sunday would bring the greatest rivalry in the sport to college basketball's greatest stage. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels have played 257 times in their history, but never in the NCAA tournament. Something phenomenal awaits you in Louisiana: Either Duke will face off against his blood rival in a revenge match, with Krzyzewski's retirement at stake after UNC embarrassed Duke at home in K's last-ever home game, or... Duke vs. Goliath in sports history. That Duke run was amazing. The mere fact that it will play North Carolina or first place 15 in a Final Four is so outrageous it borders on fiction. Duke's reality is still moving towards New Orleans. These players are two wins away from achieving what would become one of the greatest championship histories in American esports history.

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