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FINAL FOUR: It's Butler vs. Duke for national title

 Butler (33-4) will be a 6½-point underdog when it plays for its first national title — in its hometown no less — and its proud fans will be thrilled no matter what the final score is. Top-seeded Duke (34-5) is a three-time national champion, so accustomed to playing on the biggest stage that its last appearance nine years ago in the title game is considered a lifetime.




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BASEBALL: Ball State cruises through rain to victory

The Cardinals (10-15) scored six in the fourth inning and coasted to their third-straight victory. Starting pitcher Cal Bowling (1-3) took advantage of the big inning for his first win of the season. RedHawks starter Brooks Fiala (2-2) took the loss.


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MEN'S TENNIS: Ball State plays host to Toledo in MAC opener

Forget the last 19 matches. It is all just preparation at this point. Come today, the Ball State University men's tennis team will see if all the hours it put in have paid off. Ball State's Mid-American Conference campaign begins with a match at home against the University of Toledo. 


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WOMEN'S TENNIS: Cardinals must become road warriors

Including today's match at Northern Illinois University, five of the last six matches of the season for Ball State will be played on the road. And for Ball State, which has gone an ice cold 0-4 on the road this season, the prospect of trying to get back to a winning record doesn't look bright.


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TRACK: Ball State travels to Purdue for weekend

After a solid performance at last week's Polar Bear Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan University, the Ball State University track and field team is looking to improve itself going into this weekend's meet at Purdue University.


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DN Weekly Awards

Each week, The Ball State Daily News sports staff picks its PPQ — the player, play and quote of the week. And, with the help of our online readers, the weekly fan choice is also featured. To vote in next week's poll, be sure to visit Monday's online edition of The Ball State Daily News.






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