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Billy Witz

The New York Times

Long Beach, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Billy:

The Best College Basketball Rivalry Right Now Is in Oregon

Separated by less than 50 miles, Oregon and Oregon State have vastly different weapons in their chase for a Final Four. And with the Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu at the forefront, the fans have responded. → Read More

The N.C.A.A. Says It’s Working to Change. Next Year, at the Soonest.

At a meeting in California, top officials in college sports mulled how to change the rules that would allow athletes to profit from their fame. But new standards won’t happen until at least 2021. → Read More

As Joe Burrow Spoke of Hunger, His Hometown Felt the Lift

The L.S.U. quarterback’s comments after winning the Heisman Trophy resonated with a region that struggles with poverty. → Read More

Orwellabama? Crimson Tide Track Locations to Keep Students at Games

Coach Nick Saban gets peeved at students leaving routs early. An app ties sticking around to playoff tickets, but also prompts concern from students and privacy watchdogs. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Reverses ‘Rich Paul Rule’ After Backlash

A new requirement that agents have a bachelor’s degree had been criticized publicly by Paul and his client, LeBron James. → Read More

Senators Call on M.L.B. for More Transparency on Foul Ball Injuries

Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth wrote a letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred urging him to release data on which seats at ballparks are most vulnerable to dangerous line drives. → Read More

LeBron James Jr. Is 14. He Already Draws Curious Crowds.

Fans packed a youth basketball tournament in South Carolina to catch a glimpse of LeBron James’s eldest child, who goes by Bronny. → Read More

Texas Tech’s Perfect Storm Started on a West Texas Ranch

Coach Chris Beard, a veteran of junior college and semipro basketball teams, knew he needed to work fast if he was going to build a winner. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Final Four: Texas Tech Upsets Michigan State

Texas Tech’s visit to its first Final Four will continue after a victory over Michigan State sent it to the final against Virginia. → Read More

N.C.A.A. Clock May Be Running Out on Graduate Transfers

In two weeks, the N.C.A.A.’s primary legislative body, the Division I Council, will vote on a measure that could severely restrict graduate transfers. → Read More

No. 3 Texas Tech Upsets No. 1 Gonzaga for First Trip to Final Four

The Red Raiders’ stifling defense in the second half kept the game just out of reach for the Zags until it was too late. → Read More

Gonzaga Resists Florida State’s Rugged Play to Get N.C.A.A. Tournament Revenge

The No. 1-seeded Zags, who lost to the Seminoles in last year’s round of 16, allowed a lead to shrink to 4 points before winning to advance to the West Region final. → Read More

The Luckiest Team in the Country Needs a Little More

U.N.C. Greensboro is the luckiest college men’s basketball team in the country, at least according to one metric. But it isn’t in the N.C.A.A. field just yet. → Read More

How the Troy Tulowitzki Signing Affects the Yankees’ Pursuit of Manny Machado

General Manager Brian Cashman said that the team’s plan would be for Tulowitzki to play shortstop until Didi Gregorius’s return and that the Yankees were still interested in Machado. → Read More

Yankees Taking a Chance on Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki

The Yankees need a shortstop to replace the injured Didi Gregorius for several months, and Tulowitzki needs a place to resurrect his career. → Read More

J.A. Happ Fits In With the Yankees. Would Manny Machado?

After re-signing Happ to bolster the starting rotation, General Manager Brian Cashman will turn his attention to the bullpen and the middle infield. → Read More

In Off-Season of Restraint, Yankees Close In on J.A. Happ

He doesn’t carry the wow factor of other options, but after a solid stint in the Bronx last season, Happ appears close to agreeing to a new contract. → Read More

Brian Cashman Says Yankees Want No Part of the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes

In a rejection of the strategies of George Steinbrenner, the Yankees do not feel inclined to add another outfielder just because one of superstar caliber is on the market. → Read More

You Again? Yankees Open Exhibition Schedule Against the Champion Red Sox

The Red Sox kept celebrating at Yankee Stadium last season on their way to a championship. Now the Yankees can watch Boston have some fun again — on Feb. 23. → Read More

Nationals’ Signing of Patrick Corbin Proves Yankees Can Be Outbid

The Yankees were in on this season’s top free-agent pitcher, but Washington’s willingness to add a sixth year to Corbin’s contract got that team a third ace. → Read More