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  • Driver Rescued From Dangling Truck on Va. Bridge
  • Today in History April 9
  • Louisville beats Michigan 82-76 for NCAA title--Video Extras

    ATLANTA (AP) — What a week for Rick Pitino! He's elected to the Hall of Fame. His horse is headed to the Kentucky Derby. His son gets a prominent head coaching job.

    Then he caps it off with what he wanted most.

    Another national championship.

    For that, he can thank 13 of the grittiest guys he's ever coached.

    Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night.

    "This team is one of the most together, toughest and hard-nosed teams," the coach said. "Being down never bothers us. They just come back."

    More like relentless to the very end.

    They're not stopping now, either. The players intend to hold Pitino to a promise he made: If they won a national title, he'd get a tattoo.

    Better leave a lot of space, coach, if you want to make this a tribute to the team.

    "I have a couple of ideas," said Hancock, who became the first sub in tournament history to be designated as most outstanding player. "He doesn't know what he's getting into."

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  • Update: Mesa Vista school bus rolls over; driver dead, kids hurt

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two students remained hospitalized a day after their school bus went off a road and crashed in an embankment in northern New Mexico.

    The bus driver died and nine students were injured Monday when the bus crashed off State Road 111 near La Madera in Carson National Forest, Rio Arriba County sheriff's spokesman Jake Arnold said. The mountainous, isolated area is popular for hunting, hiking and camping.

    Images from a KOB-TV helicopter showed the bus lodged in the embankment, in an area of mesas, sagebrush and rocky terrain. It appeared to have gone off a cliff around 15 miles from the students' schools in Ojo Caliente, a resort town known for its hot springs. The roads are surrounded by mesas, sagebrush and rocky terrain.

    Seventh-grader Xavier Varela told the Albuquerque Journal the accident occurred without warning.

    "I was listening to music, and all of a sudden the bus comes off the road," he said outside a hospital in Espanola, where he was evaluated and released. "I was the only one who stayed in the seat; everyone else was on the floor."

    The driver, Pat Valdez, 69, died at the scene, possibly of a heart attack or other medical condition, authorities said.

  • Lobo guard Snell bails for NBA draft

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico guard Tony Snell will forgo his senior season to enter the NBA draft.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the 6-foot-7 guard will make the announcement at a Monday afternoon news conference. Snell's plans were confirmed by family friend and former club team coach Marvin Lea.

    Newly hired UNM coach Craig Neal said he would leave it to Snell to make the announcement. But he did confirm there will be a Monday afternoon news conference at UNM involving Snell.

    Snell averaged 12.5 points per game this past season and hit a team-high 64 3-pointers. He was the Mountain West Tournament MVP.

    Lea said Snell is confident he'll be a late first-round or early second-round draft pick.

  • Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, Dead at 87
  • Wind Advisory noon to 10 p.m. Monday

    WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    * LOCATION... PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO AREAS... THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... AND ADJACENT HIGHLANDS.

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

    * TIMING... INCREASING LATE THIS MORNING THEN PEAKING THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE TAPERING OFF MONDAY EVENING.

    * VISIBILITY... 1 TO 3 MILES IN DUST PRONE AREAS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... STRONG CROSSWINDS WILL IMPACT TRAVELERS ON NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST ORIENTED ROADS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELLING. SUDDEN GUSTS OF WIND MAY CAUSE YOU TO LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE. EXTRA ATTENTION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CROSS WINDS.

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    ... STRONG AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED TODAY...

  • Today in History for April 8th
  • Louisville, Michigan escape shadows at Final Four

    ATLANTA (AP) — The hoops teams at Louisville and Michigan are used to being overlooked.

    The Cardinals may be a national powerhouse, but they're still considered second fiddle in their own state. The Kentucky Wildcats are the blue bloods of the bluegrass, while Louisville settles for being viewed as more of a blue-collar school.

    The Michigan basketball team knows what that's like. Football rules on the Wolverines' campus — rightly so, said Tim Hardaway Jr., given that program's long, storied history.

    "We still have a ways to go," said Hardaway, Michigan's junior guard. "Football has a lot more national championships than we do."

    Well, it's kind of hard to overlook either team now.

    Louisville and Michigan will meet Monday night in the NCAA championship game.

    The Cardinals (34-5) have lived up to their billing as the tournament's top overall seed, blowing through their first four opponents before rallying from a dozen points down in the second half to beat surprising Wichita State 72-68 in the national semifinals.