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(Updated at 6:40 p.m., Fri., Nov. 14)

St. Louis was not selected on Friday as a host city for any future NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Final Four competition between 2017 and 2021.

Instead, the NCAA announced that competitors Phoenix, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Indianapolis will host, in that order.

Chris Roseman of the St. Louis Sports Commission was part of the team that represented St. Louis in the selection process. He said the group put together a “very sound bid,” but said "it wasn’t meant to be."

The St. Louis Spirits haven't played a game since 1976. But their owners - Daniel and Ozzie Silnas - made $30 million off NBA TV rights last year. Richard Sandomir of the New York Times explains how to Only a Game's Bill Littlefield

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Updated at 4:30 p.m. with numbers from the Missouri Valley tournament.

For the 20th time in tournament history, and the seventh time since 2000, a St. Louis sports venue will host games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

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Will be updated. 

A spokesperson with Saint Louis University confirms that Rick Majerus will be taking a one-year leave of absence from his role as the University's head men's basketball coach. An ongoing heart condition is cited as the reason behind Majerus' leave.

"Rick is in a California hospital undergoing evaluation and treatment for an ongoing heart condition," SLU's Director of Athletics Chris May said in a statement. "His health is the most important issue right now, and our hope is for full and complete recovery."

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Updated at 4:15 p.m. with comments from Coach Weber.

This story will be updated. Sean Powers from WILL contributed to this report.

The University of Illinois has fired head basketball coach Bruce Weber, following a 17-15 season that ended with the Illini losing 12 of their last 14 games.

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The St. Louis region is kicking off what the St. Louis Sports Commission is calling its version of "March Madness." Beginning with the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament this weekend, the area will host four straight weeks of college sports tournaments.

The region will also host the MVC women's basketball tournament from March 8-11 at The Family Arena, the NCAA Division 1 wrestling championships from March 15-17 and the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball regional on March 23 and 25.

(University of Nevada-Las Vegas)

Will be updated.

The man who brought "Spoonball" to St. Louis has died.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Charlie Spoonhour, the head coach of the Saint Louis University Bilikens basketball team from 1992 to 1999, passed away today at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Spoonhour was 72 years old.

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Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith says he will speak to the NCAA about allegations that he was aware of a $10,000 payment to a recruit at his previous school.

Former University of Miami booster and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he provided extra benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami from 2002 to 2010.

Haith was coach at Miami before taking the Missouri job this spring.

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Reporting from KBIA's Nick Adams used in this report.

A day after being hired as the new University of Missouri basketball coach, Frank Haith held a press conference this morning at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.