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The Final Four was like a Dallas Cowboys game for owner Jerry Jones: a mix of boos and cheers when he was shown on the huge video board.

Jones, the man behind the billion-dollar showplace that is hosting its first Final Four, smiled widely when he was shown early in the first semifinal between Florida and Connecticut on Saturday.

The boos were pretty strong for the man known as a business and marketing whiz who is often criticized for his football moves as the general manager of a team that has just one playoff win since 1997.

The video board is the signature piece of the home of the Cowboys, and gives basketball fans a better view of the game from the upper deck.

- Schuyler Dixon - https://twitter.com/apschuyler

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Final Four organizers held a moment of silence Saturday for the victims of the second mass shooting in five years at Fort Hood, the sprawling Army post about 140 miles to the south.

The three who were killed and 16 others who were injured were honored before the first semifinal between Connecticut and Florida at AT&T Stadium.

Authorities say Spc. Ivan Lopez shot and killed fellow soldiers before taking his own life Wednesday in an attack they say was preceded by an argument and didn’t have any ties to terrorism.

In 2009, 13 people were killed by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, who had said he was angry about being deployed to Afghanistan and wanted to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. troops.

- Schuyler Dixon - https://twitter.com/apschuyler

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Singer Chris Daughtry got some historic help with the national anthem before the start of the Final Four.

The Fort McHenry Fife and Drum Corps went onto the court before Daughtry sang. Their presentation included a replica of a huge 15-star American flag that soldiers raised at the Maryland fort 200 years ago during the War of 1812.

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