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"Of course, I was surprised," Karel Brozda said after a post card arrived at his home in the Czech Republic. Brozda is well into his retirement years , and not many cards come his way anymore. But that's not what gave this instance novelty. Rather, it was the fact that he'd written the card himself - on April 5, 1945 - from a prisoner of war camp after he was captured by US forces while serving as a conscript in the German Army. He adressed it to his parents, but somehow it ended up at his late brother's residence in Poland only a month ago. His sister-in-law forwarded it to him. "Who knows where it was for 60 years?" he marveled.

Edge-of-seat drama? NCAA hoop finals have delivered

The NCAA men's college basketball tournament, which opened with 65 teams, is down to the Final Four: Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, and Michigan State. Saturday's semifinal games and Monday night's championship game will be played in St. Louis's Edward Jones Dome. While not every year produces a classic finish to the postseason, the tournament has produced its share of nail-biters. Ten of the finales have been decided by a basket or less - three in overtime. The closest NCAA title games, the years, participants, and scores:

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1944 42-40* Utah over Dartmouth

1953 69-68 Indiana over Kansas
1957 54-53# North Carolina over Kansas
1959 71-70 California over West Virginia
1963 60-58 Loyola (Ill.) over Cincinnati
1982 63-62 North Carolina over Georgetown
1983 54-52 North Carolina State over Houston
1985 66-64 Villanova over Georgetown
1987 74-73 Indiana over Syracuse
1989 80-79* Michigan over Seton Hall
* - overtime game # - triple overtime
- ESPN Sports Almanac 2005


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