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Notre Dame knows underdog Wildcats
Notre Dame knows underdog Wildcats' pain and joy

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- On the eve of her team's first NCAA Tournament game ever, Bethune-Cookman coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis summed up the task the Lady Wildcats face Saturday against top-seeded Notre Dame, the defending national champion.

Marquette rallies for 58-54 OT win over Rice
Marquette rallies for 58-54 OT win over Rice

Natisha Hiedeman scored 13 points, Allazia Blockton had 12 and five-seed Marquette overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to get a 58-54 win over No. 12 Rice in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. The Golden Eagles (27-7), who are in the tournament for the third straight

No. 1 Virginia avoids 2nd straight huge NCAA tourney upset
No. 1 Virginia avoids 2nd straight huge NCAA tourney upset

No. 1 seed Virginia this time avoided the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history. The Cavaliers rallied from 14 points down Friday to beat No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb 71-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia was the top overall seed last year but lost 74-54 to 16th seeded UMBC.

Tennessee holds off Colgate to advance to NCAA second round
Tennessee holds off Colgate to advance to NCAA second round

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Admiral Schofield had 19 points and No. 2 seed Tennessee held off a second-half rally by No. 15 seed Colgate to get a 77-70 win in the NCAA Tournament opening round Friday afternoon.

3 minor leaguers suspended for drugs of abuse

NEW YORK (AP) -- Seattle outfielder Eric Filia has been suspended for 100 games following a third positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league drug program.

Culver scores 29, leads Texas Tech over Northern Kentucky
Culver scores 29, leads Texas Tech over Northern Kentucky

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Jarrett Culver had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help No. 3 seed Texas Tech shake off a slow start and beat No. 14 seed Northern Kentucky 72-57 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Tennis: New rules affecting run for ITF presidency, says Miley

The 60-year-old former Irish national tennis champion is aiming to unseat American David Haggerty, who was elected to the top job in 2015 and is expected to seek a second four-year term. Miley is a well-known and respected figure in tennis circles having spent 25 years working for the ITF, including

Spain boss Luis Enrique wary of Norwegian star Josh King
Spain boss Luis Enrique wary of Norwegian star Josh King

Josh King has been described as Norway's star player by Spain boss Luis Enrique ahead of the two side's Euro 2020 clash on Saturday.

Tennessee holds off stubborn No. 15 seed Colgate
Tennessee holds off stubborn No. 15 seed Colgate

Admiral Schofield sank consecutive corner 3-pointers in the final two minutes Friday, enabling second-seeded Tennessee to avoid a major upset at the hands of 15th--seeded Colgate and earn a 77-70 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Schofield's first 3-pointer with 1:

Louisville blows out Robert Morris 69-34 in women
Louisville blows out Robert Morris 69-34 in women's NCAAs

Louisville didn't need its coach or starting point guard to roll past Robert Morris. Asia Durr and Sam Fuehring each had 19 points, and top-seeded Louisville scored 27 straight points in the first half to overwhelm 16th-seeded Robert Morris 69-34 on Friday. The absences of suspended coach Jeff

Column: Izzo
Column: Izzo's One Shining Moment was downright embarrassing

If this was Tom Izzo's One Shining Moment, it was downright embarrassing. Of course, the Michigan State coach felt no shame. Georgia coach Tom Crean, who was on the Michigan State staff two decades ago, said he actually misses those glorious days when Izzo chewed him out.

No. 13 seed UC Irvine upsets Kansas State 70-64
No. 13 seed UC Irvine upsets Kansas State 70-64

When it comes to college basketball in California, UC Irvine is low on the totem pole. The 13th-seeded Anteaters got back-to-back 3-pointers from Evan Leonard to spark the deciding run in a 70-64 upset Friday over No. 4 seed Kansas State for the first tournament win in school history. ''Well

Dodgers name South Korea
Dodgers name South Korea's Ryu as starter for opener

South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin will be the starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in their Major League Baseball season opener against Arizona, the club announced Friday. The injury-hit Dodgers have issues with pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Rich Hill so Ryu, who

Report: Sale, Red Sox agree to extension

The Boston Red Sox and ace left-hander Chris Sale have agreed to a long-term contract extension, according to multiple reports. It adds to Sale's current contract (one year remaining) and will go through the 2024 season. Sale, who turns 30 on March 30, is scheduled to make $15 million in 2019,

Tennis: Osaka enjoys rollercoaster win in Miami
Tennis: Osaka enjoys rollercoaster win in Miami

After facing eight-times Miami champion Serena Williams in her first match last year, Osaka might have expected an easier opener on Friday against the 141st-ranked Belgian qualifier. "It was really hard for me, I think, emotionally in the second set because I just started thinking about winning

Maryland strives to stay perfect under Frese in NCAA openers
Maryland strives to stay perfect under Frese in NCAA openers

There is no such thing as one and done in the NCAA Tournament for Maryland coach Brenda Frese, who is 14-0 in first-round games with the Terrapins. This will be Maryland's ninth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and 15th in 17 years under Frese, who also won a first-round game at Minnesota in

Tennis-Osaka enjoys rollercoaster win in Miami

World number one Naomi Osaka endured a rollercoaster start to the Miami Open on Friday advancing to the third round with a 6-0 6-7(3) 6-1 win over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer. After facing eight-times Miami champion Serena Williams in her first match last year, Osaka might have expected an easier opener

South Carolina regains swagger in 74-52 win over Belmont
South Carolina regains swagger in 74-52 win over Belmont

Dawn Staley is feeling a whole lot better about her team than she was two weeks ago. South Carolina returned to playing with the swagger and defensive intensity that she's come accustomed to seeing in her 11 seasons as the Gamecocks coach. Staley stressed ball pressure and denying 3-point opportunities

No. 13 UC Irvine upsets No. 4 Kansas State in first round of NCAA Tournament
No. 13 UC Irvine upsets No. 4 Kansas State in first round of NCAA Tournament

The No. 13 seed UC Irvine men's basketball team upset No. 4 Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA tournament by a score of 70-64.

No. 2 Iowa survives Mercer 66-61
No. 2 Iowa survives Mercer 66-61

For second-seeded Iowa, Friday's win over 15th-seeded Mercer felt more like survival than vindication after nearly making the worst kind of history imaginable. Megan Gustafson scored 30 points with 16 rebounds and the second-seeded Hawkeyes narrowly avoided a monumental upset, holding off No. 15

Michigan women dominate Kansas State 84-54 in NCAAs
Michigan women dominate Kansas State 84-54 in NCAAs

Naz Hillmon scored 17 points off the bench, Nicole Munger and Kayla Robbins each added 13 and eighth-seeded Michigan shot a season-high 56 percent to run away from No. 9 seed Kansas State 84-54 on Friday in the women's NCAA Tournament. Michigan's 17-5 surge over 5:10 in the second quarter provided

Wieters earns backup job to Cardinals' Molina

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Wieters has been added to the St. Louis Cardinals' roster after earning the back-up job behind catcher Yadier Molina.

Penske
Penske's Will Power, Josef Newgarden top IndyCar Austin practices

Penske dominated the opening practice sessions of IndyCar's first visit to Austin, with Will Power setting the fastest time of the weekend so far

Casey shares early lead in title defense at Innisbrook

Paul Casey drove into Innisbrook and saw his picture on posters and programs, just what he needed to forget the cut he missed last week. Casey holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the 599-yard fifth hole and made short birdie putts on the other three par 5s on his way to a 5-under 66, giving him a share of the lead with Austin Cook among the early starters Friday in the Valspar Championship. No one has ever won back-to-back at the Valspar Championship since it became a PGA Tour event in 2000.

Syracuse NCAA host again; another Final Four run coming?

Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman couldn't ask for a better place to be - at home to open the NCAA Tournament. It's hosting,'' Hillsman said. Third-seeded Syracuse (24-8) will meet 14th-seeded Fordham (25-8) in a first-round game of the Portland Regional on Saturday afternoon.

UFC Nashville weigh-in video: Thompson vs. Pettis set, but one fighter off the mark
UFC Nashville weigh-in video: Thompson vs. Pettis set, but one fighter off the mark

(Courtesy of UFC)Watch as the fighters for Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 6 stepped on the scale on Friday in Nashville, Tenn., to make their bouts official. The card is topped by Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, who welcomes former lightweight champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis to the

Guaranteed money at half for 2019 NFL free-agent contracts
Guaranteed money at half for 2019 NFL free-agent contracts

NEW YORK (AP) - Guaranteed payments for unrestricted NFL free-agent contracts this month make up just over half of the total money to be paid, down a bit from 2018, when Kirk Cousins signed a fully guaranteed $84-million deal.

17-year-old Akshay Bhatia dazzles in PGA Tour debut, but misses cut at Valspar Championship
17-year-old Akshay Bhatia dazzles in PGA Tour debut, but misses cut at Valspar Championship

Akshay Bhatia won't be playing at the Valspar Championship this weekend. Making his PGA Tour debut at Innisbrook, the 17-year-old prodigy turned heads early in the week by stating his goal was not to make the cut but win the tournament, sprinkling in some trash talk to Jon Rahm for good measure. "The first day I was definitely nervous, the first seven or eight holes I was not comfortable at all," Bhatia said on Friday.

Culver
Culver's 29 points propel Texas Tech over Northern Kentucky

Sophomore guard Jarrett Culver recorded 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead Texas Tech to a 72-57 victory over Northern Kentucky on Friday in West Region first-round play of the NCAA Tournament at Tulsa, Okla. Senior forward Tariq Owens contributed 12 points and five blocked shots for

Naomi Osaka wins opening match at Miami Open
Naomi Osaka wins opening match at Miami Open

Naomi Osaka won her opening match at the new site of the Miami Open by beating qualifier Yanina Wickmayer.

Tennis: Nishikori stunned by Lajovic in Miami second round
Tennis: Nishikori stunned by Lajovic in Miami second round

A stunned Kei Nishikori was sent packing from the Miami Open after the Japanese world number six suffered a 2-6 6-2 6-3 second-round loss to Serbian Dusan Lajovic on Friday. Fifth-seed Nishikori had a first-round bye and appeared to be heading for a routine victory until Lajovic, who was misfiring in

Tennis-Nishikori stunned by Lajovic in Miami second round

A stunned Kei Nishikori was sent packing from the Miami Open after the Japanese world number six suffered a 2-6 6-2 6-3 second-round loss to Serbian Dusan Lajovic on Friday. Fifth-seed Nishikori had a first-round bye and appeared to be heading for a routine victory until Lajovic, who was misfiring in

'Trader Jack' McKeon back in baseball, his 'love,' with Nats

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- ''Trader Jack'' is back at spring training and couldn't be happier. Now a special adviser to the Washington Nationals' general manager, Jack McKeon feels refreshed after a bit of a break from the place that's been his world for most of his 88

Angels' Ohtani thankful for shout-out from Ichiro

During his news conference in Tokyo after playing his final game, Ichiro Suzuki mentioned young Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, saying the two-way player could be one of the best in the world. Ohtani was flattered to hear that from his idol. ''Obviously, it's one of the most honoring

IndyCar Classic a "home" race for Foyt family
IndyCar Classic a "home" race for Foyt family

Larry Foyt's memories of the Austin area mostly involve water skiing and packs of adolescent boys sneaking a peek at the nudist beach in an area called Hippie Hollow. The president of A.J. Foyt Racing would like to add something new to the mix: a checkered flag or at least a more realistic push

Agent: Nick Senzel
Agent: Nick Senzel's reassigment 'egregious case of service time manipulation'

Reds center fielder Nick Senzel's agent, Joel Wolfe, calls the prospect's reassignment to minor league camp an "egregious case of service time manipulation."

Tiki Barber: Odell Beckham trade part of 'necessary' process

"I think [NY Giants] are finding themselves as opposed to letting themselves waffle."

Review of penalty calls on table when NFL owners meet
Review of penalty calls on table when NFL owners meet

Reviewing penalty calls, including pass interference, will be among proposals NFL owners will hear to expand replay when they meet next week in Phoenix.

Jazz need win over Bulls to better themselves

The Utah Jazz can surpass last season's victory total by winning seven of their last 10 games. In the NBA's cutthroat Western Conference playoff chase, that still might not be enough to improve upon their No. 5 postseason seed from a year ago. Visiting Utah enters Saturday night's game

Defending champ Naomi Osaka wins opening match at Miami Open
Defending champ Naomi Osaka wins opening match at Miami Open

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Defending champion Naomi Osaka won her opening match Friday at the new site of the Miami Open by beating qualifier Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-1.

World Cup 2014 the saddest moment of my career - Julio Cesar
World Cup 2014 the saddest moment of my career - Julio Cesar

Former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has revealed his country's heartache at the 2014 World Cup was the saddest moment of his career.

Oklahoma blitzes Ole Miss with offensive barrage
Oklahoma blitzes Ole Miss with offensive barrage

Rashard Odomes and Christian James scored 20 points each as Oklahoma turned up the offense from the start to lead the No. 9-seeded Sooners to a 95-72 win over No. 8 Ole Miss on Friday in the East Regional at Columbia, South Carolina. The Sooners (20-13) advance to play either Virginia or Gardner-Webb

Iowa keeps Big Ten perfect, rallies 79-72 over Cincinnati
Iowa keeps Big Ten perfect, rallies 79-72 over Cincinnati

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Luka Garza scored 20 points, Jordan Bohannon made a three-point play during Iowa's closing surge, and the 10th-seeded Hawkeyes kept the Big Ten perfect in the NCAA Tournament by rallying for a 79-72 victory over No. 7 seed Cincinnati on Friday.

Hawkeyes roar back, bounce Bearcats in first-round upset
Hawkeyes roar back, bounce Bearcats in first-round upset

Luke Garza scored 20 points and Iowa used an 18-5 run late in the second half to rally for a 79-72 victory over Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. Garza's layup with 3:44 remaining gave Iowa (23-11) a 64-62 lead that it would not relinquish. Iowa advances

Osaka advances, Nishikori falls in Miami tennis openers
Osaka advances, Nishikori falls in Miami tennis openers

Miami (AFP) - World number one Naomi Osaka of Japan opened her campaign at the WTA and ATP Miami Open on Friday by outlasting Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1.

Hawks still want to make trouble for Sixers

The Atlanta Hawks aren't going to make the playoffs this season. The Hawks caused problems for the Utah Jazz on Thursday, knocking them off 117-114 and throwing them into a four-way tie for fifth place in the Western Conference. "We know that we can beat anybody in the league," Philadelphia

Celtics
Celtics' Kyrie Irving says he'll rest before playoffs: 'Makes no sense' to emphasize regular-season games

"I'm definitely taking some games off before the playoffs. Makes no sense, the emphasis on these regular games, when you're gearing up for some battles."

Boise State faces challenge in Oregon State to open NCAAs
Boise State faces challenge in Oregon State to open NCAAs

There's something somewhat encouraging Boise State can point to when it comes to facing Oregon State in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament: The Broncos beat Washington 73-69 in December at the Husky Classic in Seattle. Washington is the team that eliminated Oregon State 68-67 in the quarterfinals

Stephen
Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson wants to beat Anthony Pettis then headline UFC debut in South Carolina

Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson has been anxiously awaiting his opportunity to return while searching for opponents since late last year.Unfortunately the former two-time title contender didn't get booked until the UFC Fight Night card in Nashville on Saturday night where he will face former lightweight

No. 10 Iowa rallies past No. 7 Cincinnati
No. 10 Iowa rallies past No. 7 Cincinnati

After a sluggish start, Iowa rallied past Cincinnati to advance in the South Region.

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