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When the Worst Happens
When the Worst Happens

It was college basketball’s showcase event, the 2013 NCAA Midwest Region final, and the Louisville Cardinals were leading the Duke Blue Devils, 21-17. With six minutes left in the first half, Kevin Ware, a sophomore guard for Louisville, jumped to block a shot from the 3-point line. Rotating in the air, Ware landed with all of his weight on his right foot, only to have it buckle beneath him — he had fractured his leg.   Ware fell right in front of the Louisville bench and lay there with the split bone of his broken tibia puncturing the skin. Along the bench, his teammates recoiled in horror. On the court, players kneeled with heads in hands, reminded of how quickly...

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