Passionate as ever as he battles cancer, head coach Jeff Jones of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, led his Monarchs to the NCAA tournament by defeating Western Kentucky in the Conference USA championship Saturday night.

The big picture: "All he could do was stuff his face in a towel on the sideline as confetti fell and emotion overcame him," CBS Sports' Kyle Boone writes. His first trip to the NCAAs in six years at Old Dominion is "enough reason to be emotional. Here's more: he announced last fall he is battling prostate cancer."

Columnist Harry Minium writes that Jones, who recently became a grandfather, "didn't have to tell anyone. He chose to in order to raise the awareness of prostate cancer."

  • Axios' Danielle Jones writes: "My husband Jeff Jones and I recently learned what a challenge it can be when insurance declined to cover a cancer test he needed.  ... Along with Coaches vs. Cancer, we are fundraising until the 2019 Final Four for cancer patients in need."

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Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Amy Coney Barrett took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice at a White House ceremony Monday night, not long after the Senate voted to confirm her nomination to the high court in a 52-48 vote.

The state of play: Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath. The Supreme Court wrote in a statement that Barrett will take the judicial oath on Tuesday, at which point she will be able to begin her work on the court.

Gulf Coast braces for Zeta after storm strengthens into hurricane

Hurricane Zeta's forecast path. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday as Zeta strengthened into a hurricane and threatened Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as it moved towards the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The state of play: Zeta was expected to make landfall on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night, bringing with it a "dangerous storm surge" and "heavy rainfall" as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Service said.

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