Mar 28,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 260 with Led Zeppelin, Drake, Snoop Dogg.  UFC 260 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: Reebok deal ends with $39.3 million payout.  March Madness odds, predictions: Gonzaga will roll.  Five things we learned from Saturday's Sweet 16 action in the men's NCAA Tournament.  Predictions for Sunday's NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 games.  Francis Ngannou ends Stipe Miocic's title reign with scary second-round KO.  Catcher Keibert Ruiz and pitcher Josiah Gray are Dodgers prospects ready for the show.  UCLA vs. Alabama: Betting strategies for Sweet 16 matchup.  Jim Boeheim snaps when asked about retiring.  Former pill mill king gets 20 years in overdose death of West Palm man.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Despite COVID restrictions, Blackhawks still enjoy food selection at this season’s team meals.  Editorial: Arlington Park is for sale and likely on its final furlong.  Oregon women’s basketball has a postseason battle cry to match its newfound identity entering Sweet 16 with Louisville.  Mohamed Sanu agrees to one-year deal with San Francisco 49ers, per agent.  Red Sox season preview: How Alex Cora’s group can return to playoffs in 2021.  For the Patriots, the lure of Jimmy Garoppolo intensifies heading into the NFL Draft.  Campbell Hatton: Rickie Hatton ‘proud’ as son records debut win.  Dillian Whyte is ‘back on track’ and ready for ‘colossal fight’ with Deontay Wilder, says Eddie Hearn.  Cristiano Ronaldo storms off after being denied late winner for Portugal in World Cup qualifier.  Welsh star Matondo takes aim at Instagram after racist abuse.  
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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 260 with Led Zeppelin, Drake, Snoop Dogg
       
While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well. See what the fighters from UFC 260 went with as their backing tracks in Las Vegas.
UFC 260 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: Reebok deal ends with $39.3 million payout
       
LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 260 event took home UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay totaling $164,500. UFC 260 took place at the UFC Apex. The full UFC 260 UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payouts included:* * * *Francis Ngannou: $30,000def. In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials. Full 2021 UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payouts:Year-to-date total: $1,923,5002020 total: $6,543,5002019 total: $7,370,5002018 total: $6,901,0002017 total: $6,295,0002016 total: $7,138,0002015 total: $3,185,000Program-to-date total: $39,346,500
March Madness odds, predictions: Gonzaga will roll
       
Gonzaga (-13) over Creighton: The Bluejays are fortunate to be here, following Greg McDermott’s racist remark, the team’s nosedive in the Big East Tournament and UC Santa Barbara’s missed game-winning layup in the first round. It also knows its best isn’t good enough to beat the best team in the nation. But don’t factor too much into the Big Ten’s collapse in a single-elimination tournament designed to cause chaos. Michigan proved all season to be the best team in the country’s deepest conference and the team’s elite two-way play has hardly diminished with the loss of Isaiah Livers. Oregon has no answer inside for the brothers, who are averaging a combined 29.5 points, 18.5 rebounds and four blocks in the tournament.
Five things we learned from Saturday's Sweet 16 action in the men's NCAA Tournament
       
Four consecutive games on the first day of the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 meant college basketball fans could write off their Saturday and instead take a seat on their couch to watch the action from early afternoon to past midnight. ELITE EIGHT OR SENT PACKING:Winners and losers from the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16SUNDAY'S PREDICTIONS:NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 gamesA look at what we learned from all the action:Finding other ways to winSome days shots are not going to fall no matter how good you've been all season. Their first 26 points in the second half came in the paint. The shots weren't falling for the Golden Eagles in the second half, but they kept firing from long distance to no avail. By season four, there were 27 wins and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Predictions for Sunday's NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 games
       
The Sweet 16 round in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is usually when March Madness becomes less mad and the true title contenders move on to the Final Four. In a season and a tournament setup like none we have seen previously, it seems logical that we should continue to expect the unexpected. But if things actually do go according to seed from this point forward, would that be just as unexpected? 1 Michigan vs. No. Follow colleges reporter Eddie Timanus on Twitter @EddieTimanusThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 March Madness men's basketball predictions
Francis Ngannou ends Stipe Miocic's title reign with scary second-round KO
       
LAS VEGAS — The Francis Ngannou Era has begun, and it’s no shock what got it underway. Ngannou’s incredible punching power put an end to the reign of the greatest heavyweight in UFC history in emphatic fashion. He landed a massive left hand early in the second round that dropped Miocic. Ngannou dropped him again and then finished the fight with a devastating, scary and unbelievable powerfist from the top. Story continuesMiocic came back after losing the title to Daniel Cormier in 2018, beating Cormier twice to earn the moniker as the UFC’s heavyweight GOAT.
Catcher Keibert Ruiz and pitcher Josiah Gray are Dodgers prospects ready for the show
       
Reaching the summit required the Dodgers tapping into their minor league system. As a result, the system is not considered as strong this year; MLB.com ranked the Dodgers’ system 14th and Baseball America pegged it at ninth. Talent remains in the minor league system, particularly in the lower ranks. The 23-year-old right-hander was considered the best pitcher at the Dodgers’ alternate training site last season behind an elite changeup. He spent 2020 at the team’s alternate training site and was invited to spring training.
UCLA vs. Alabama: Betting strategies for Sweet 16 matchup
       
Is Alabama that similar challenge? The Crimson Tide certainly have a Final Four-look about them after early-round work including the destruction of Maryland on Monday after blasting through the SEC and the conference tourney in Nashville. Fundamental matchups, however, do not suggest Mick Cronin’s team is at much of a disadvantage, especially on the perimeter, where Nate Oats has been able to use Bama’s length to his advantage. I like UCLA to stay within the number. Pick: UCLA +6.5VSiN, The Sports Betting Network, offers more expert sports betting content in a free daily email at VSiN.com/email.
Jim Boeheim snaps when asked about retiring
       
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got into a heated exchange with a reporter following his team's 61-56 loss to Michigan. Boeheim responded to a question regarding a possible retirement next year. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got into a heated exchange with a reporter following his team's 61-56 loss to Michigan. Boeheim responded to a question regarding a possible retirement next year.
Former pill mill king gets 20 years in overdose death of West Palm man
       
George told the jury he coached some of his customers on how to score loads of painkillers with fake MRIs and exaggerated claims of suffering, without Klein's knowledge. But George also said Klein was well aware of what he signed up for when he went to work for the clinic part-time beginning in 2008.
Despite COVID restrictions, Blackhawks still enjoy food selection at this season’s team meals
       
Simply to replenish their caloric output, Hawks players regularly consume food quantities that would add many pounds to the average person. “We have meals pretty much all day, pretty much everything you can think of,” defenseman Connor Murphy said recently. “We have a full salad bar and pretty much any kind of food you can think of. Consider how frequently chicken appears among these Hawks’ go-to choices:• Carpenter: Salad, chicken with rice. • Alex DeBrincat: Salad, chicken with pasta.
Editorial: Arlington Park is for sale and likely on its final furlong
       
Horse racing’s fate could be seen as far back as 1997 when we wrote in an editorial: “The sport of kings appears destined to become just that. Tastes change, and not always for the better. The post parade and the photo finish are no longer any match for flashing lights and the splash of quarters into a tin pan.”
Oregon women’s basketball has a postseason battle cry to match its newfound identity entering Sweet 16 with Louisville
       
Oregon women’s basketball experienced peripety late during its 2020-21 season. But in the case of Oregon women’s basketball, the origin of a term you’re more likely to see on the SAT or in the Scripps National Spelling Bee is courtesy of Gordy Presnell. Oregon (21-7) beat South Dakota and Georgia to reach a fourth straight Sweet 16, where it’ll face No. RELATED: Oregon women’s basketball finally found an identity; how far can the Ducks go in NCAA Tournament? The Cardinals (26-3) play aggressive defense, much like Georgia, which forced 18 turnovers by Oregon but didn’t capitalize often enough.
Mohamed Sanu agrees to one-year deal with San Francisco 49ers, per agent
       
Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu is signing a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, his agent, Mike McCartney, announced via Twitter. Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan was Sanu's offensive coordinator during the 2016 season, Sanu's first with the Atlanta Falcons. Sanu had 207 receiving yards on 26 catches with a touchdown in eight games for the Patriots in 2019. In four seasons in Atlanta, Sanu had 2,507 receiving yards on 225 catches. He had 1,793 receiving yards on 152 receptions in his first four NFL seasons in Cincinnati.
Red Sox season preview: How Alex Cora’s group can return to playoffs in 2021
       
How will/can the Red Sox make the playoffs in 2021? After a disastrous 2020 season, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park this week to begin the 2021 season; expectations are low. There’s little doubt that this Red Sox team will be better than last season’s train wreck. But will it be enough for the Red Sox to return to the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 2018? Here are five things that need to happen for the Red Sox to make it to October:1.
For the Patriots, the lure of Jimmy Garoppolo intensifies heading into the NFL Draft
       
When it comes to Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots, the union has always seemed incomplete, a story with a cliffhanger, but no ending. That’s why any possibility of bringing Jimmy G back to New England gets the juices flowing in Patriots Nation and beyond. The Niners aren’t just going to gift-wrap Jimmy G and give him back to the Patriots. The only difference is the urgency for one of the top-tier quarterbacks lessens if Jimmy G becomes a reality. 4 to land either Trey Lance or Justin Fields if Jimmy G remains in San Francisco.
Campbell Hatton: Rickie Hatton ‘proud’ as son records debut win
       
Campbell Hatton recorded a win on his professional debut to emulate his father, Rickie Hatton, with a four-round points decision over Spain’s Jesus Ruiz in Gibraltar on Saturday. The 20-year-old is the son of British boxing legend Rickie, who also won on his professional debut in 1997 and was present at ringside. His father Rickie said afterwards: “I knew these [face] masks would come in handy because no-one could see me crying when the [crowd] were singing ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘There’s Only One Campbell’ Hatton. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“It’s a very proud night for me as a dad, very proud for us as a family.”
Dillian Whyte is ‘back on track’ and ready for ‘colossal fight’ with Deontay Wilder, says Eddie Hearn
       
Dillian Whyte could fight in America next after he took revenge on Alexander Povetkin with a fourth-round stoppage in Gibraltar on Saturday. Hearn told Sky Sports: “We called for the Deontay Wilder fight for a long, long time and he actually DM’d Dillian Whyte and told him he would never give him that fight. READ MORE“And now he got knocked out (by Fury) he is calling for the fight with Dillian Whyte so for me that is a stadium fight, a colossal fight. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Cristiano Ronaldo storms off after being denied late winner for Portugal in World Cup qualifier
       
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch and threw his armband to the floor after being denied an added-time winner in their World Cup qualifying 2-2 draw against Serbia. However, with no goal-line technology or VAR available in Belgrade his effort was not allowed. A furious Ronaldo was booked for protesting before marching off down the tunnel at the final whistle and hurling away his captain’s armband in disgust. But there are difficult times to deal with, especially when we feel that an entire nation is being harmed,” Ronaldo later posted on Instagram. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Welsh star Matondo takes aim at Instagram after racist abuse
       
Wales star Rabbi Matondo slammed social media platform Instagram for doing nothing after he and team-mate Ben Cabango were racially abused following the friendly with MexicoAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Rabbi Matondo slammed social media platform Instagram after he and fellow Welsh international Ben Cabango were racially abused following the 1-0 win over Mexico on Saturday. Matondo said it was ludicrous Instagram did nothing about racist abuse yet copyright restrictions meant he would have his account taken down if he posted images of the friendly with Mexico. "And it continues... another week of Instagram doing absolutely nothing about racial abuse," Matondo wrote on Twitter. The duo are the latest footballers to be racially abused on social media. Fred said last week "we cannot feed that culture" of racism after he was racially abused following his side's FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Leicester.
WADA seeks clarity over British Cycling testing claims
       
The World Anti-Doping Agency are to ask UKAD to clarify claims that they allowed British Cycling to privately test their ridersAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are to look into claims UKAD permitted British Cycling to undertake private testing of riders when one returned a test in 2010 containing a low level of nandrolone. The inquiry will focus on why British Cycling conducted its own private testing of riders after the positive test. WADA's code appears to compel UKAD -- not a governing body such as British Cycling -- to undertake such an investigation. The Mail on Sunday claims UKAD's then head of legal, Graham Arthur, informed the senior management team of British Cycling of the abnormal finding. "We are working with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate claims relating to private testing carried out by British Cycling in 2011," said a UKAD spokesman.
England bowl out India for 329 in ODI decider
       
England celebrate after taking the wicket of India's Rishabh PantAdvertising Read morePune (India) (AFP)England bowled out India for 329 in 48.2 overs after attacking half-centuries from Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya in the deciding third one-day international on Sunday. Pace bowler Mark Wood claimed three wickets while leg-spinner Adil Rashid took two after England opted to bowl in the decider in Pune. England need 330 to clinch the series at a venue where they chased down 337 in the previous ODI to go level 1-1. India started strongly with a 103-run opening stand between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan before Rashid removed the openers. Pant and Hardik counter-attacked with a flurry of boundaries as India crossed the 200-run mark inside 30 overs.
March Madness schedule, odds and TV info for Sunday's men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games
       
At least one other Pac-12 team will join Oregon State in the Elite Eight as USC and Oregon square off. 13 Ohio 72-58 in second round; Gonzaga defeated No. 5 Colorado 71-53 in second round; Michigan defeated No. 14 Abilene Christian 67-47 in second round; Alabama defeated No. 3 Kansas 85-51 in second round.
March Madness schedule, odds and TV info for Sunday's women's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games
       
4 West Virginia 73-56 in second round; South Carolina beat No. 8 Oregon State 59-42 in second round. 6 Oregon vs. No. 3 UCLA 71-62 in second round; Maryland defeated No. 7 Alabama 100-64 in second round.
How to watch U.S. men's soccer team vs. Northern Ireland: TV channel, live stream, start time, USMNT roster
       
First, coach Gregg Berhalter's senior team will play Northern Ireland in a friendly at Windsor Park in Belfast. Later in the day, the U-23 team will attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since 2008. On Thursday, the USMNT earned a 4-1 win over Jamaica at Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The USMNT - which is playing Northern Ireland for the first time since 1948 - is 7-0-1 in its last eight games. ETTV channel: FOX (Spanish language: UniMás, TUDN)Streaming:FOX SportsWho is on the USMNT roster?
Howard Schnellenberger, college coach who built winning football tradition at Miami, dies at 87
       
AD“I was reluctant to take it because it was a graveyard for coaches,” Mr. Schnellenberger later told the Miami Herald. ADAfter profanely telling the owner to get off the sidelines, Mr. Schnellenberger later recalled, “He said, ‘You’re fired.’AD“I said, ‘You can’t fire me. You’ve got to wait until the end of the game.’ ”Mr. Schnellenberger later returned to the Dolphins coaching staff. Mr. Schnellenberger was a well-known figure throughout South Florida, a diverse region that united behind its football teams, if nothing else. That football team was able to do something the federal government, city and county tried to do and couldn’t: Bring the community together.”
Predictions for Sunday's NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 games
       
The Sweet 16 round in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is usually when March Madness becomes less mad and the true title contenders move on to the Final Four. In a season and a tournament setup like none we have seen previously, it seems logical that we should continue to expect the unexpected. But if things actually do go according to seed from this point forward, would that be just as unexpected? 1 Michigan vs. No. 7 OregonWest RegionalTime/TV: 9:45 p.m., TBSThe round concludes with the second rematch, an all-conference affair from the surprising Pac-12.
Baylor, Arkansas meet in Elite Eight
       
3 seed Arkansas (25-6) vs. No. 1 seed Baylor (25-2)NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis; Monday, 8:57 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A ticket to the Final Four will get punched as Arkansas takes on another Power Five school in Baylor. Baylor earned a 62-51 win over Villanova in its most recent game, while Arkansas won 72-70 against Oral Roberts in its last outing. The Razorbacks are 4-6 when opponents score more than 76. TOUGH DEFENSE: Baylor has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25 percent of all possessions this year, the sixth-highest rate among all Division I teams.
Oregon State meets Houston in Elite Eight
       
12 seed Oregon State (20-12) vs. No. 2 seed Houston (27-3)NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis; Monday, 6:15 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A ticket to the Final Four will get punched as Oregon State is set to face Houston. Houston earned a 62-46 win over Syracuse in its most recent game, while Oregon State won 65-58 against Loyola of Chicago in its last outing. Houston has 38 assists on 74 field goals (51.4 percent) over its past three games while Oregon State has assists on 40 of 69 field goals (58 percent) during its past three games. STIFLING DEFENSE: Houston has held opposing teams to 57.5 points per game this season, the second-lowest figure among all Division I teams.
Pablo Sandoval makes Braves' opening day roster
       
.ATLANTA (AP) — Kung Fu Panda has made the opening day roster for the Atlanta Braves. The team made a flurry of moves Saturday to complete its 26-man group, most notably promoting nonroster infielder Pablo Sandoval to the big league roster. The Braves hope Sandoval can return to the form he showed in 2019, when he hit .268 with 14 homers for the Giants. Adrianza claimed another opening on Atlanta's bench by hitting .412 in spring training, with two homers and a team-high 12 RBIs through Friday's game. Adrianza and Sandoval played their way onto the team with their performances this spring.
Buddy ball bounced as Houston stymies Boeheim and Syracuse
       
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Buddy Boeheim carried Syracuse into the Sweet 16 with a masterful shooting stroke. The NCAA Tournament run for the 11th-seeded Orange ended on Saturday night in a 62-46 loss to No. It was also the fewest points scored by Syracuse in an NCAA Tournament game. Syracuse knew Boeheim would get plenty of attention -- mostly from Jarreau -- and it could lead to opportunities for others. “Jarreau is a really, really good defensive player and they helped, they were there to help him but he’s a really good defender,” coach Jim Boeheim said.
Pablo Sandoval named to Braves' Opening Day roster
       
Veteran corner infielder Pablo Sandoval has made the Atlanta Braves' Opening Day roster, as the team announced Saturday that it has selected his contract. The 34-year-old Sandoval, a two-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2012 World Series, signed with the Braves late last season after being released by the San Francisco Giants. Entering Saturday, Sandoval was hitting .375 with three doubles and four RBIs in 15 spring training games with the Braves as a non-roster invitee. In 13 seasons with the Giants, Boston Red Sox and Braves, Sandoval has hit .279 with 149 home runs and 628 RBIs. In 2020, Sandoval hit .214 in 34 games with the Giants and Braves.
Bruce, Sandoval on big league rosters, Maybin, Frazier cut
       
Texas committed to add pitcher Ian Kennedy and infielder Brock Holt, and Toronto told infielder Joe Panik he will be added. Anthony Kay pitched 2 2/3 innings for Toronto before departing with a lower right leg contusion. INDIANS 9, DODGERS 2Cleveland ace Shane Bieber struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings in his final start before opening day. WHITE SOX 8, ROCKIES 2White Sox ace Lucas Giolito struck out nine in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Bruce, Sandoval on big league rosters, Maybin, Frazier cut originally appeared on NBCSports.com
Mass Covid testing of lorry drivers entering UK delayed until April 6
       
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg - Chris Ratcliffe/BloombergCoronavirus Article Bar with counterThe mass coronavirus testing of lorry drivers entering Britain is to be delayed until Tuesday, April 6, in an attempt to minimise the risk of disruption to food and other supplies. The delay until April 6 will mean some 40,000 lorries will arrive in the UK before testing begins. Under the plans – revealed by The Telegraph on Thursday – all lorry drivers staying longer than two days will be required to have a Covid test within 48 hours and then every 72 hours. This would mean three tests on days two, five, and eight, at one of the 39 testing sites across the UK. The rules apply to all lorry drivers, UK and non-UK, bringing loads from any country apart from Ireland.
Still no motive in Boulder shooting: Victims' families, community 'desperate to know,' DA says
       
A motive has not been determined in the mass shooting that killed 10 people at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said Friday. It is also unclear why the specific King Soopers grocery store location was chosen, Herold added. Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty told reporters Friday, "I think the victims' families and the community are desperate to know the motive. PHOTO: Police officers secure the perimeter of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo., March 22, 2021, after reports of an active shooter. (Alyson Mcclaran/Reuters)Still no motive in Boulder shooting: Victims' families, community 'desperate to know,' DA says originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
How to Fix Baseball: Weighing in on infield shift, pace of the game, superstar reach and declining Black participation
       
By many measures, Major League Baseball is in a troubling slump. As the 2021 season nears, The Denver Post asked a panel of baseball experts what can be done to fix the game. Johnson: Allow the shift, but no players can be allowed out of the infield dirt. Last season, the average major league game took a record 3 hours, 7 minutes to complete, topping the old mark of 3 hours, 5 minutes in 2019. Why can’t MLB teams invest more into their own communities than they are doing now?
Nuggets journal: Aaron Gordon expects “beautiful” fit alongside MVP candidate Nikola Jokic
       
Given their aerial differences, it wasn’t surprising that Aaron Gordon was willing to go where Nikola Jokic wasn’t. Less than two days after the Nuggets swung big to acquire Aaron Gordon from Orlando, Denver’s latest leaper was already tickling himself at the possibilities. But what Denver’s management did in landing Gordon was, potentially, obtain the missing piece in the Nuggets’ title hunt. The first thing Nuggets coach Michael Malone thought when he learned they’d traded for Jerami Grant in the summer of 2019 was how significant an asset he’d be defensively. He’s unselfish, he’s a very good passer, rebounder, his 3-point percentages have increased,” Malone said.
Broncos Insider: On paper, Denver now has one of the NFL’s best secondaries
       
At safety, Paton held on to the Broncos’ two pillars, Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson. With Simmons, Jackson, Darby and Fuller as the defensive backs in the base scheme, Bryce Callahan will move to nickel back in sub-packages. Now, it’s up to the unit to turn its potential on paper into an elite performance in 2021. — Kyle Newman, The Denver PostIf you enjoy The Denver Post’s sports coverage, we have a new subscription offer for you! TV/RADIO: Here’s what sports are airing todayAsk the Expert+ Broncos Mailbag: Have a question about the team?
The state of baseball: The Grand Old Game needs fresh ideas
       
— The Associated PressMost-watched World Series GamesThe World Series is becoming less and less popular on TV. Game 6, 1980 (Phillies-Royals) – 54,860,000, Tues. night game on NBC2. Game 6, 1978 (Yankees-Dodgers) – 50,600,000, Tues. night game on NBC5. day game on NBC7. night game on ABC8 Game 5, 1982 (Cardinals-Brewers) – 48,990,000, Sun.
Two Michigan private colleges excel at boosting minority enrollment
       
They gave me the best amount of money, so I ended up going there.”Butler’s enrollment is one example of Albion's success in increasing its minority enrollment. While Kalamazoo College has significantly improved its minority student enrollment, the school has struggled with retaining them. In 2012, its minority enrollment shot up to 28.74%, but in 2013 fell to 23.4%. A similar trend happened in 2014 with minority enrollment at 32.8% but falling to 27.2% the following year. In the past 10 years, Alma has increased minority enrollment by 13%, spokesman Tim Rath said.
WADA investigating UKAD over British Cycling substance probe, claims report
       
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is investigating UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) for allowing British Cycling to conduct its own probe after a sample provided by one of its riders contained traces of a banned anabolic steroid, British media reported. A British rider’s sample from an out-of-competition test in late 2010 was reported to have contained irregular levels of nandrolone. Rather than UKAD undertaking the investigation itself as dictated by the WADA Code, the agency alerted British Cycling, who conducted its own internal investigation, the reports said. READ MORE“Some of the information provided to WADA on this is of significant concern,” a WADA spokesperson said. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Jude Bellingham earns Gareth Southgate praise for ‘humility’ and ‘thirst’ to improve with England
       
England manager Gareth Southgate has praised the “thirst” shown by Jude Bellingham to learn from the experienced members of his squad. Speaking ahead of the game, Southgate was asked if the teenager reminded him of a young Rio Ferdinand when he was called up as a training player to help the England squad prepare at Euro 96. Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. He’s just got to find that level and and play his game, and he should feel comfortable doing that.”PA
Albania vs England live stream: How to watch World Cup qualifier online and on TV tonight
       
England take on Albania in their second World Cup qualifying on Sunday. Albania defeated Andorra 1-0 in their opening match while England crushed San Marino 5-0 at Wembley. Goals from James Ward-Prowse, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins and a Dominic Calvert-Lewin double ensured their qualifying campaign got off to an excellent start. The Three Lions will be focused on maintaining that winning start and keeping a clean sheet for the third consecutive match. “A lot of those chances were created by the good pressing and winning the ball high up the pitch.
Bahrain Grand Prix live stream: How to watch F1 online and on TV today
       
Red Bull will look to take the championship fight to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes after Max Verstappengrabbed pole in a thrilling qualification for the Bahrain Grand Prix. But all the talk is at the top of the grid in what promises to set the tone for the rest of the season. There are no guarantees, but the whole week the car has been working so well and been really enjoyable to drive. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. The race is live onSky Sports F1 and Main Event with coverage starting from 2:30pm GMT, while subscribers can watch a live stream on Sky Go, or by subscribing to Now TV.
Is Bahrain Grand Prix on TV? What channel is F1 on and when does it start?
       
There are plenty of narratives to follow as the 2021 Formula 1 season kicks off at the Bahrain Grand Prix. McLaren’s line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris is also exciting and the car has shown plenty of promise. There are no guarantees, but the whole week the car has been working so well and been really enjoyable to drive. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Stephanie Frappart becomes first female referee to officiate men’s World Cup qualifier
       
Stephanie Frappart reached another milestone on Saturday when she became the first female referee to take charge of a men’s World Cup qualifier during the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Latvia in Amsterdam. She also refereed the Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea in 2019, and the Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and the Netherlands the same year. READ MOREThe 37-year-old will be followed in taking charge of a men’s World Cup qualifier by Kateryna Monzul, who will officiate the clash between Austria and Faroe Islands on Sunday. Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Albania vs England predicted lineups: Team news and more ahead of the World Cup qualifier
       
England travel to Albania for their World Cup qualifier on Sunday. The Three Lions got their campaign off to the best possible start, triumphing 5-0 over San Marino. Meanwhile, Albania defeated Andorra 1-0 in their opening qualifier. Gareth Southgate has reiterated how delighted he is to see the Three Lions “hungry” for success: "The whole team were hungry to play. Albania are a stubborn team though, so it might not be pretty.
Albania vs England prediction: How will World Cup qualifier play out tonight?
       
Albania host England in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Both sides got their respective campaigns off to winning starts with England crushing San Marino 5-0 while Albania topped Andorra 1-0. It was a fine performance from the Three Lions and it could have been more but for San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini. Two goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin went with strikes from James Ward-Prowse, Raheem Sterling and debutant Ollie Watkins to secure the win. Gareth Southgate has reiterated how delighted he is to see the Three Lions “hungry” for success: "The whole team were hungry to play.
Is Albania vs England on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch World Cup qualifier
       
Albania host England in their World Cup qualifier tonight. Gareth Southgate’s side are looking to maintain their winning start after England defeated San Marino 5-0. Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the way, scoring twice along with goals from James Ward-Prowse, Raheem Sterling and Ollie Watkins to secure the win. Gareth Southgate has reiterated how delighted he is to see the Three Lions “hungry” for success: "The whole team were hungry to play. A lot of those chances were created by the good pressing and winning the ball high up the pitch.
Is Israel vs Scotland on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch World Cup qualifier
       
Scotland travel to Israel for their World Cup qualifier on Sunday night. Steve Clarke’s side earned a 2-2 draw at home to Austria as they twice came from behind to secure a point. Grant Hanley and John McGinn – whose goal came with five minutes remaining – ensured Scotland did not start their campaign with a defeat after a double from Sasa Kalajdzic. I think it will be a competitive group all the way through with a lot of twists and turns. I think Scotland could nick it.
Israel vs Scotland live stream: How to watch World Cup qualifier online and on TV tonight
       
Israel host Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Scotland football earned a hard-fought point at home as they tied 2-2 with Austria to open their qualifying campaign. A late goal from John McGinn ensured the Tartan Army avoided defeat, but Israel failed to do the same. Denmark defeated Israel 2-0 and the hosts will be desperate to bounce back in style against Scotland. I think Scotland could nick it.
UFC 260: Francis Ngannou claims heavyweight championship after STUNNING stoppage of Stipe Miocic
       
Francis Ngannou claimed the UFC heavyweight championship in devastating style on Saturday night, stopping Stipe Miocic with a series of ferocious punches early in the second round at UFC 260. Ngannou avenged his blowout loss to Miocic in 2018 by demonstrating everything he has learned in the ensuing three years during a dominant victory. The first UFC heavyweight champion from Africa flattened Miocic twice in the second. Speaking after the fight, Ngannou set his sights on a blockbuster showdown with iconic light-heavyweight fighter Jon Jones, who is moving up to heavyweight. In the Vegas cage, Ngannou had far too much for Miocic, the firefighter from Cleveland who is the most accomplished heavyweight champion in UFC history.
How Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather became close friends
       
Anthony Joshua was in Las Vegas to let his hair down when Floyd Mayweather offered to take him around his favourite landmarks and watering holes. It was on that trip where Joshua and Mayweather established their friendship, which could now extend to working together in the ring. 'I look forward to working with Anthony Joshua real soon, we communicate all the time, we talk all the time. Their first brush with each other came the following year at a meet-and-greet with fans before that trip to Las Vegas. 'On the day of the Pulev fight I got a FaceTime call at 1am,' Ghansa says.
Injured man assisted away from grenade blast in rickshaw in Myanmar
       
The man is applauded because he reportedly threw the live grenade away from a group of people who were not protesting.
'There's nothing to be fearful of': Parents and activists are fighting to keep transgender girls in school sports
       
Russell said he’s worried about many ramifications resulting from current calls to exclude transgender kids, such as negative physiological, mental health and behavioral effects. The bills aiming to ban transgender women from women’s sports often don’t address transgender men who want to participate in men’s sports. Lawmakers claim transgender women have competitive advantages over cisgender women due to these physical features. The Women’s Sports Policy Working Group claims they aim to foster more inclusivity for transgender athletes by advocating for new guidelines for transgender women and girls. Tate Reeves cited Biden's protections for transgender people when he passed his state's ban on transgender athletes earlier this month.
Calls Mount To Boycott Coca-Cola After Home State Of Georgia Strangles Voting Rights
       
Awakening to a brilliant, bitterly cold morning, the party had reached the summit slope after eight grueling hours, with Harper in the lead. Everything kept turning black for Stuck as he choked and gasped, almost unable to get any breath at all. Composite image showing the front and back sides of a thermometer used by Hudson Stuck to record weather data during the Denali summit. The only question was who would be the first to claim its undisputed ascent.Attempts to summit Denali had begun not long after whites first came into the country. Amazingly, they made it to the lower North Summit, though as with Cook, not everyone believed their account.
Bridge: March 28, 2021
       
“No,” he said, “I just picked it up as I went along.”Becoming proficient at bridge is an extended process. Bridge has fewer prodigies than chess; if you’re like most players, you pick it up as you go along. He cashed the A-K of clubs, dropping the queen, and led to dummy’s jack but had no re-entry to his hand. When he led a heart to his jack, West took the ace — and two diamonds for down one. If the queen of clubs didn’t fall, then South would finesse in hearts.
ASK IRA: Can Heat simply ‘flip a switch’ for the playoffs?
       
Even during a recent interview, Tyler Herro said it’s all about the Heat preparing for winning in the playoffs when they get there. But the way the East is tightly packed in the middle of the conference, there are no guarantees. And keep in mind that the Heat, with Friday’s loss in Charlotte, already have lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Hornets. Otherwise, you have to win one or two play-in games to make it to the opening round. Considering the Nets, 76ers and Bucks are playoff locks in the East, it means competing for one of the three remaining guaranteed playoff spots.
Long Beach searching for new city manager as Gayden nearing end of her contract
       
Long Beach is seeking a deputy city manager to take over the city’s top management post when Donna Gayden leaves at the end of her contract this summer. She said she wants to prepare a successor to take over the city’s management team and finances when she moves on. The city is looking to make the deputy city manager a full-time position. Gayden is the city’s fourth city manager in two years since taking over from Jack Schnirman. Gayden said the city has reduced spending by $2.5 million while adding $2 million to the city’s general fund balance.
Joe Blundo, So To Speak | Volunteers offer a hand clearing felled trees after ice storm
       
McCarty lives off a country road in the hills above the Ohio River in Lawrence County, the southernmost in Ohio. “A multifaceted event that really challenged us,” said Mike Boster, Lawrence County’s emergency management director. You could hear big trees coming down but you couldn’t see them.”McCarty was fortunate — he had a generator and none of the downed trees fell close to his house. The recovery effort in Lawrence County has been a team event: first responders, the National Guard, volunteers, power company crews, local officials, neighbors. Lawrence County has a couple of hundred other property owners — many of them elderly or disabled — still awaiting help clearing trees, Boster said.
NFL draft diary: Former Ohio State RB Trey Sermon on transitioning to pre-draft training
       
Trey Sermon strung together some of the best rushing performances in Ohio State history while leading the Buckeyes to last season’s College Football Playoff championship game. Sermon also will take part in Tuesday’s pro day at Ohio State. He has agreed to provide The Dispatch with a draft diary, as told to OSU beat reporter Joey Kaufman. In his first entry, Sermon looks back on his final game as a Buckeye and the start of his professional career. Still to this day, I’m thinking about the national championship game because it meant so much to me.
Five pressing issues as Ohio State men's basketball navigates the offseason
       
There’s no sugarcoating how the season ended for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. But lessening the wear and tear on others during the gauntlet of a Big Ten season makes this need hugely important. Ohio State basketball:If Buckeyes all return, 'it'll be pretty hard to beat us,' E.J. Buckeyes basketball:Often unsung, Ohio State senior CJ Walker quietly gives peace of mind to BuckeyesThere are two primary in-house options. Ohio State forced a turnover on 14.7% of its defensive possessions, its lowest mark in the KenPom era that dates back to the 1996-97 season.
The Mailbox | This cowardly social-media bullying of athletes must desist
       
What is wrong with these people who feel they must destroy this young man through faceless social media? Fausto J. Garofalo Jr., ColumbusEditor: On Friday, March 19, the Ohio State men’s basketball team lost to Oral Roberts and was bounced from the NCAA Tournament. Wrap the entire matter up in one weekend, eliminate the “mad,” and protect the safety of our athletes. Editor: I’m happy OSU lost, but not for the reason you might think. John Watson, via emailJohn: The real trick here is how you introduced the Black Lives Matter movement into a discussion about basketball players kneeling in protest.
Michael Arace: RIP Granville Waiters, beloved giant of the East Side
       
Granville Waiters was 6 feet, 11 inches and 240 pounds of sunlight on the East Side. “Financial consultant, that’s what he did,” said Dave Barker, 83, an East Side guy who is the unofficial ambassador for Ohio State basketball alumni. Lee Williams played on Hayes’ first national championship team in 1954, and played professionally. Underwood:“’They did more for the East Side than I did,’ Granville said. “I said, ‘Granville, you are the epitome of hard work, dedication, staying the course and doing the right thing.
Today in sports history: March 28
       
In 1992, Christian Laettner hits a 15-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer to give defending champion Duke a 104-103 overtime victory over Kentucky and a fifth consecutive Final Four trip. See more sports moments from this date:
Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo storms off pitch after being denied clear winner for Portugal
       
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch and threw his armband to the floor after being denied an added-time winner in their World Cup qualifying 2-2 draw against Serbia. The Juventus forward thought he had scored at the death as although his angled shot was cleared by defender Stefan Mitrovic, television replays appeared to show the ball crossing the line. However, with no goal-line technology or VAR available in Belgrade his effort was not allowed. A furious Ronaldo was booked for protesting before marching off down the tunnel at the final whistle and hurling away his captain's armband in disgust.
Comeback king Terunofuji wins Spring tourney
       
Sekiwake Terunofuji earned his third career championship in emphatic fashion on Sunday, shoving out ozeki Takakeisho to win the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a 12-3 record. Terunofuji fought his way back from the brink, and survived an effort by Takakeisho to pull him down by the arm before savagely thrusting him out. Terunofuji had entered the meet looking to secure repromotion to ozeki, but went well beyond the minimum standard of 33 wins over three straight tourneys. “I was just taking it one day at a time (in my comeback), training hard every day. His 13-2 record made him the third wrestler in history to win a championship while fighting from the makuuchi division’s lowest rung.
Bora fury over Gent-Wevelgem Covid exclusion
       
Advertising Read moreParis (AFP)German cycling team Bora say they are angry after becoming the second team to miss out on Sunday's big race in Belgium due to Covid. Bora followed Trek-Segafredo into the quartine bay late Saturday but while Trek went voluntarily, a doctor's ruling excluded Bora from the Gent-Wevelgem classic, who had wanted to take part anyway. A GP from the region can block an entire team in one of the largest one-day races in the world," Bora manager Ralph Denk said. Denk accepted that one of his riders had tested positive and that he and his teammate should have been excluded, but not the entire team. "The team has decided to withdraw from Gent-Wevelgem whilst we do further testing before we can safely return to competition," the team said.
Egyptian Swimmer Farida Osman Qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics By Winning Gold at the ISCA Finals
       
Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman has earned a spot in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by winning a gold medal at the International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) finals. Held in the US, the four-day tournament saw Osman participate in three of its events and winning the gold medal in all three of them. The 26-year-old won gold in the 50 meters butterfly event with a time of 26.08 seconds and later went on to also win the top spot in the 50 meters freestyle. However, it was winning gold in the 100 meters butterfly event that led Osman to secure her place in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. In doing so, Osman nearly matched her lifetime best from the 2016 Summer Olympics by finishing within .01 seconds from it.
Carter Kieboom sent to minors as Nationals’ roster comes into focus
       
The club selected the contracts of veterans Hernán Pérez and Jordy Mercer, solidifying their spots on the Opening Day roster. ADADTo make room for Mercer and Pérez on the 40-man roster, the Nationals designated infielder Jake Noll for assignment. The Nationals again gave Kieboom a chance to win the third base job. If Harrison becomes a regular, the five-man bench is Mercer, Pérez, catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and outfielder Andrew Stevenson. The Nationals have 29 players left in major league camp, and among them are pitchers Rogelio Armenteros and Seth Romero.
Rehabbing Yankee Justin Wilson starts throwing again
       
TAMPA — Justin Wilson began throwing again Saturday after being shut down with shoulder tightness following his removal from an outing on Monday. “I got all the way to 90 feet and felt really normal,’’ said Wilson, who added he was doing about “75-80 percent” of his program. “I’m not sure it’s set in stone either way,’’ Wilson said. “Every time I finished a pitch [Monday], it wouldn’t necessarily grab, but I had discomfort in there,’’ said Wilson, who summoned the training staff following the 20th pitch of Monday’s outing. Jameson Taillon threw live batting practice to stay on schedule and Boone said it went well.
Buddy and Jim Boeheim’s dream season comes to sad end
       
The college basketball world has awakened to the fact that Jim Boeheim is especially dangerous as a double-digit seed, and when Buddy Boeheim morphs into Buddy Buckets, he is that much more dangerous. Buddy Boeheim was 3¹/? the April 7, 2003 night when his father had Carmelo Anthony by his side and beat Kansas at the Superdome. Buddy and Jim Boeheim Getty Images (2)And so Jim and Buddy Boeheim, the 62-46 losers, will have to watch Houston play Oregon State in the Midwest Region final for a berth in the Final Four. Jim Boeheim: “He just stayed with him every place he went.”Buddy Boeheim: “He’s a great defender. One of them belonged to Buddy Boeheim.
What Deivi Garcia thinks about his Yankees demotion
       
TAMPA — After learning he’d been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees starter Deivi Garcia said he’s confident he’ll get back to the majors before too long. “I’m going to focus on my job and if I stay healthy, another opportunity is gonna come, just like last year,’’ Garcia said through an interpreter. “It’s up to me to stay with my work and doing what I need to do,’’ Garcia said. Part of that will be refining his delivery, which Aaron Boone said had become too “rotational” during his recent outings, when Garcia struggled with his command. Garcia said he dealt with a similar issue last season and was able to work on it while still in the minors.
1939: They battled on the field, then went off to war
       
Needham quarterback Larry Arra and Wellesley halfback Meryll Frost were opponents in 1939 when the teams played to a 13-13 Thanksgiving Day tie at Wellesley’s Hunnewell Field. Meryll Frost bore the scars of war when he returned to Dartmouth in 1945. And then, Arra, Frost, and coach Claxton went off to war. The three Arra brothers, Larry, Ray, and Charlie, were teammates on the Needham Merchants semi-pro team, also coached by Phil Claxton, for whom Claxton Field in Needham is named. Played this year for the Massachusetts Pirates of the National Arena League and is an assistant football coach at Wellesley High.
Antrim Lake trout release set for this week
       
Dave GolowenskiFor The Columbus DispatchSometime this week, a batch of 10- to 13-inch rainbow trout raised especially for such an occasion will be liberated in Columbus’s Antrim Lake. Waterfowl updatesHunter feedback received by the wildlife division has led to a few changes in the proposed waterfowl hunting dates for the coming season. The proposed changes were given to the Ohio Wildlife Council, an eight-member panel of citizens, during its March 17 meeting. Stamp winnerA painting of canvasback ducks by Sean Johnson of Louisville, Ohio, is top choice in this year’s Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition. The 2021 wetlands stamp features a drake mallard by Adam Grimm, who grew up in Elyria and schooled at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
No longer a mystery, Pedro Santos expected to be one of Crew's top contributors
       
“He's been unbelievable the last two years with what he's produced.”Before 2019, Santos wore out his welcome with fans by scoring only one goal in his first 39 games. It was the evidence Porter needed to know Santos was a weapon on the wings that he could build around. However, with Zelarayan coming in and moving Santos back to the wing, there was still a question of whether Santos could replicate his 2019 season or if it was a one-off, flash-in-the-pan season. His father died in the middle of the 2019 season, prompting a return to his native Portugal. Last season, Santos was one of two starters to miss the MLS Cup final because of COVID-19.
Blue Jackets, Patrik Laine both running out of time to turn things around
       
Patrik Laine once scored five goals in a game on the only five shots he took. That season is relevant now because Laine is ice cold again — this time for the Blue Jackets, who acquired him and Jack Roslovic in January for center Pierre-Luc Dubois. “When you’re a player who’s used to scoring goals, getting points, expecting a lot from yourself, it’s the worst situation you can have when you’re not producing. Asked whether the Jackets’ attempt to turn him into a power forward was hindering his offensive output, Laine didn’t exactly squash the notion. He’s looking for more from his players, starting with those who’ve done things like score five goals in a single game.
In memoriam: Funeral notices, March 28, 2021
       
CRAMER, AudreyOn January 12, 2021 Audrey Cramer passed away at the age of 79 from Covid pneumonia. Audrey was a loving wife, proud mother of three children, and joyful grandmother of four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She attended Jefferson Park Elementary School, Mansfeld Junior High and Tucson High School. She met Kurt Cramer the way a lot of young Tucsonans did in the 50's: On a typical night, they were out driving down Speedway "cruising". A down-to-earth woman with a generous heart, she will be forever missed by her family and friends.
Browning breaks 17-year 100m Olympic drought by almost cracking 10 seconds
       
Olympian-in-waiting Rohan Browning can taste more seismic breakthroughs after storming to third on the Australian men’s 100m sprint all-time rankings at the Queensland Track Classic. Chasing 10.08 for an automatic Olympic qualifier, the Andrew Murphy coached sprinter delivered and can begin plotting for the Tokyo Games. An Olympic Qualifier for @Rohan_Browning running 10.05 at the Queensland Track Classic making him the 3rd fastest in Australian history! It was Bissett’s second Olympic qualifier and for her training partner Hall the personal best time gave her another feather in her cap to go with her 1500m qualifier. Brooke Stratton was a comfortable winner in the women’s long jump but left a little deflated after her best leap of 6.63m fell short of the 6.82m Olympic qualifier.
Irish captain Coleman seeks the calm after the Luxembourg storm
       
Luxembourg's win -- just their sixth in World Cup qualifiers -- is probably their finest result since they drew 0-0 with France in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Toulouse. A win for the Irish would at least give former Ireland Under-21 boss Kenny his first win in 11 games. "The only thing we can do is keep your head down, keep going through the storm," he said. One of those was Kevin Kilbane, a key player in the team that reached the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup going out to Spain on penalties. Arguably Ireland's most embarrassing defeat was neatly summed up by the legendary Irish television commentator George Hamilton in his sign off.
Tornadoes, thunderstorms batter the South
       
Tornadoes, thunderstorms batter the SouthAdded: 28.03.2021 4:17 | 23 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comMore severe weather was forecast through Sunday in parts of the region. More in www.nbcnews.com »
Why some people are secretly dreading the end of quarantine
       
Why some people are secretly dreading the end of quarantineAdded: 28.03.2021 10:17 | 8 views | 0 commentsWhen the merry-go-round of our lives stopped last spring, some people felt comfortable with the pace of life for the first time. Now the ride is starting again.
UFC 260 Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou: Start time, how to watch or stream online, full fight card
       
UFC 260 Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou: Start time, how to watch or stream online, full fight card
Save up to 85% on a slew of video games this weekend
       
Save up to 85% on a slew of video games this weekendAdded: 28.03.2021 2:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsGames like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Just Cause 3 are GeForce Now-compatible, but you don't need GFN to play them.
March Madness 2021 streaming: Game times and how to watch the Sweet 16 today
       
March Madness 2021 streaming: Game times and how to watch the Sweet 16 todayAdded: 27.03.2021 23:25 | 25 views | 0 commentsThe NCAA men's basketball tournament continues on CBS and TBS, and you don't need cable to watch.
UFC 260 Miocic vs. Ngannou: Start time, how to watch or stream online, full fight card
       
UFC 260 Miocic vs. Ngannou: Start time, how to watch or stream online, full fight cardAdded: 28.03.2021 2:32 | 21 views | 0 commentsUFC 260 is just about to start. Here's everything you need to know...
Francis Ngannou becomes new UFC heavyweight champ after Stipe Miocic knockout
       
Added: 28.03.2021 5:27 | 9 views | 0 commentsFrancis Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic in the second round of UFC 260 to become the new heavyweight championship on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Houston's defense locks in, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAs
       
Houston's defense locks in, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAsAdded: 28.03.2021 5:31 | 7 views | 0 commentsSource: www.houstonchronicle.comQuentin Grimes scored 14 points while Houston's defense locked down on surging Buddy Boeheim, helping the Cougars beat Syracuse 62-46 on Saturday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament More in www.foxnews.com »
Akim Aliu: 'We have to make sure this sport is for everybody'
       
Akim Aliu: 'We have to make sure this sport is for everybody'Added: 28.03.2021 7:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: www.tsn.caRacism took a toll on Akim Aliu early in his life, and he is determined to bring about change in ice hockey. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
UFC 260: Francis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic to capture heavyweight title
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsFrancis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic in the second round to capture the undisputed UFC heavyweight title in Las Vegas at UFC 260.
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg: Defeat 'embarrassing' says Irish skipper Coleman
       
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg: Defeat 'embarrassing' says Irish skipper ColemanAdded: 28.03.2021 9:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsSeamus Coleman describes the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 World Cup qualifier defeat by Luxembourg as a "horrible and embarrassing night".
Six Nations 2021: France 23-27 Scotland highlights
       
Added: 28.03.2021 8:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsWatch highlights as 14-man Scotland come from behind to clinch a dramatic first win in France since 1999 and dash the hosts' hopes of claiming the Six Nations title.
Miami Open: Johanna Konta beaten by Petra Kvitova in third round
       
Miami Open: Johanna Konta beaten by Petra Kvitova in third roundAdded: 28.03.2021 8:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsSource: www.rediff.comBritain's Johanna Konta is overwhelmed by Czech ninth seed Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Miami Open. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Six Nations 2021: Late Duhan van der Merwe try seals dramatic Scotland win in France
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:16 | 6 views | 0 commentsDuhan van der Merwe scores his second try for Scotland in the 85th minute to seal a dramatic 27-23 victory - a first Six Nations win in France since 1999.
NFL draft: Josh Imatorbhebhe's vertical leap sets record (video)
       
In Thursday’s Hot Clicks: a ridiculous pro day performance from Josh Imatorbhebhe, the Rangers’ rout of the Flyers and more. With the combine canceled because of the pandemic, Imatorbhebhe didn’t get a chance to officially surpass Sensabaugh’s record leap, but he had the attention of scouts. When Albert Breer asked people in the know earlier this month who would have won various combine events, Imatorbhebhe was the clear pick for the vertical leap. To put Imatorbhebhe’s athleticism in perspective, his vertical is also higher than the record set at the NBA combine by former Memphis guard D.J. The video of Imatorbhebhe’s leap speaks for itself.
BYU basketball: Jesse Wade gets stuck in elevator at tournament hotel
       
On Wednesday, junior guard Jesse Wade got stuck in a hotel elevator while trying to meet his teammates for dinner. If you’re looking for a team to pull for in the tournament, maybe the Cougars are the one. The best of SIHere's the top seeds in the men’s NCAA tournament most at risk of an early exit. These are the 10 teams most likely to win the men’s tournament. ... Women’s basketball players and coaches are calling out the NCAA for disparate training facilities in the two tournament bubbles.
Randy Moss: Hall of Fame WR reveals story behind Lambeau moon
       
In a 2005 wild card game between the Vikings and Packers, Hall of Fame Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give his team a 31–17 lead. Moss said he had suffered a hamstring injury during the regular season and was unable to play the Packers in their first meeting of the season. Order SI's Drew Brees Retirement Tribute Issue HereMoss was unable to appear in the second regular season matchup as well because of the lingering hamstring injury. To this day, Moss didn't think he deserved that hefty of a fine. The Lambeau moon still lives in infamy as one of the most disrespectful touchdown celebrations, but knowing the full story, it was a revenge game for Moss.
Drew Timme mustache: Gonzaga star sports new facial hair
       
Gonzaga forward Drew Timme sported a brand new look before his team faced Norfolk State in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Sunday. Earlier in the season, the 6'10" star sported a mustache that he would accentuate after a highlight play. Say what you will about his facial hairstyle, but the 70s look works well when it's with dominant play. Timme scored 10 points in the victory as the Bulldogs advance to the round of 32. More NCAA tournament coverage:
March Madness 2021: Indiana's 10 teams out as state hosts tournament
       
In this weekend's Hot Clicks: Indiana's 10 men's teams go winless as the state hosts the entire tournament, Brad Stevens insists he's not taking the Hoosiers' job and more. Three of the state’s 10 teams reached the 2010 tournament and combined for seven wins, five by Butler, who played two Final Four games six miles from their campus. Andrew Nelles/USA TODAY SportsEleven years later, in the first-ever NCAA tournament hosted entirely by one state, the state’s 10 men's teams combined for zero wins. With Purdue’s loss to North Texas on Friday night, the state finished with an 0–1 record. And with the loss, it will be the ninth straight tournament without an Indiana team in the men's Final Four after Butler’s back-to-back appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Drew Brees signs with NBC to call Notre Dame games, work in NFL studio
       
Now retired NFL quarterback and newly hired NBC football analyst Drew Brees spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon about his new gig. Brees will call Notre Dame games with Mike Tirico, work in studio for Football Night in America and help with the network’s Olympics coverage. But NBC isn’t paying Brees just to call Notre Dame football games. The assumption is Brees will move into the Sunday Night Football booth at some point to replace Cris Collinsworth. Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Stitcher.
Tyson Alualu re-signs with Steelers, backs out of Jaguars deal
       
Report: Tyson Alualu Backs Out of Deal With Jaguars to Re-Sign With SteelersDefensive end Tyson Alualu has reportedly had a change of heart and is re-signing with the Steelers after agreeing to terms with the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Alualu, who was drafted by the Jaguars in 2010, originally planned to return to his first NFL team but within the last 10 days, some things have changed. The 33-year-old Hawaii native was planning on making a trip to Jacksonville but couldn't travel because he tested positive for COVID-19, according to Pelissero. His Steelers teammate and four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Cam Heyward seemed to be all smiles after hearing the news. Alualu only missed one game for the Steelers in 2020.
This Is Mathematically the Most Hectic Men's Sweet 16 Ever
       
Monday's men's tournament featured two second-round upsets of high seeds, as Oregon defeated Iowa and USC blew the doors off of Kansas. After Sunday’s surprises, we’re left with what is officially the most Cinderella-laden Sweet 16 in NCAA tournament history. (Both of those teams lost in the Sweet 16, but No. This year’s Sweet 16 is noteworthy for another reason: It’s the first time in the history of the 64-team men's tournament that Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina have all missed out on the Sweet 16. It’s a funny coincidence that, as Gasaway points out, this off-the-wall tournament immediately follows the one that featured the chalkiest Sweet 16.
Blake Griffin Dunks for First Time Since 2019 in Nets Debut
       
In Monday’s Hot Clicks: Blake Griffin proves he can still dunk, Oral Roberts heads to the Sweet 16 and more. Yes, Blake Griffin can still dunkShortly after he signed with the Nets, ESPN’s Malika Andrews asked Blake Griffin whether fans would see any “vintage dunks” from him in Brooklyn. About a month after that final dunk, Griffin underwent surgery on his left knee—which he has had operated on several times since breaking his kneecap on the eve of his rookie season. When he returned to start this season, he was largely ineffective and appeared sapped of the athleticism that made him a No. Griffin didn’t look like a superstar in his Nets debut on Sunday, but he did throw down a long-awaited dunk.
Al Horford: Thunder shut down veteran in favor of younger players
       
8 seed, the team has reportedly decided to sit veteran forward Al Horford for the remainder of the season in order to get younger players more minutes, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Horford, 34, plans to remain with the team for the rest of the year to train but won't appear in any of Oklahoma City's final 28 games. Horford has two additional years and $53 million remaining on his contract, and the Thunder will try to work out a trade this offseason. Shutting Horford down now will protect the veteran from injury and preserve his trade value this offseason. The Thunder own 34 draft picks—17 in the first round and 17 in the second—from now through the 2027 NBA draft.
Maple Leafs' Alex Galchenyuk Got Help From Auston Matthews in the Offseason
       
After his first multi-point game in over a year, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk shared some details about his private off-season workout with Auston Matthews back in December. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk met Auston Matthews back in December as the two skated in a private session that included Galchenyuk's father, Alex Sr., and Boris Dorozhenko, the ice hockey coach credited for much of Matthews' development. 3 pick from the 2012 NHL Draft has put in with the Toronto Maple Leafs' development staff has paid off. "You can't ignore Galchenyuk's contribution to both those goals," Keefe said. "What a really great team does is they pick guys up and they picked me up tonight and I'm really, really proud of the boys."
The Hockey News Prospect Podcast: Connor Bedard is a Star and Cole Sillinger Interview
       
How does Connor Bedard's start compare to Connor McDavid's 15-year-old season? is Luukkonen capable of leading the Sabres long-term? All that and more, plus an interview with 2021 NHL draft prospect Cole Sillinger. Courtesy of the Sioux Falls StampedeThis week on the Prospect Podcast with Steven Ellis and Ryan Kennedy:- Three prospects to watch right now- Comparing Connor Bedard to Connor McDavid- NCAA tournament: Who are some of the top prospects to watch? - Is Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen going to save the Sabres in the future?
Oral Roberts Proves Worthy of a Place in History Despite Defeat
       
Other than Oral Roberts, his scholarship offers were from the service academies. “I just didn’t hit it.”The Oral Roberts run was over. DELLENGER: Oral Roberts Is the Unlikely School to Spark March's Wildest CelebrationThe other No. From the 7:14 mark of the first half until the 7:00 mark of the second, Oral Roberts led the game. The fact that this game was close enough to bemoan a play here or there is a testament to the Oral Roberts run.
UConn vs Iowa was much more than Bueckers vs Clark
       
There will be people on the floor besides freshmen phenoms Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. UConn bested Iowa, 92 to 72, in a game that was played closer than its final score indicated. But they had kids who barely average scoring and they were hitting threes, they almost doubled the number of threes that they average … Was it a good game for ABC? Was it a good game for women’s basketball? It offered a reminder that there is room in the women’s game for more than just one story.
Oregon State's improbable March Madness run continues
       
With three seconds left in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals against Oregon State, Bernard went to the line for two free throws. It's meant to be.”Preordained or not, none of this Oregon State run has been flukish. 8 Loyola for the final 25, Oregon State has been no-doubt better than everyone it has faced in this tourney. “I don’t know if it gave us more life or threw them off-guard a bit,” said Oregon State senior guard Ethan Thompson. Oregon State watched Porter Moser’s offense slice up Midwest Region top seed Illinois last round.
Cristiano Ronaldo storms off, throws armband after denied goal
       
Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the field and threw off his captain's armband before the final whistle blew after his last minute goal against Serbia in world Cup qualifying was ruled no good. Ronaldo tapped the ball in and it rolled past the goal line before a defender slid to swipe it out. But the referees ruled the goal as no good. Ronaldo was convinced his late strike had crossed the line, which would've handed Portugal the victory—and replays showed he was correct. Ronaldo is eight goals away from breaking Iran striker Ali Daei’s men's international scoring record of 109 goals.
Mitchell Robinson injury: Knicks center fractures foot vs Bucks
       
Knicks center Mitchell Robinson fractured his foot during Saturday night's game against the Bucks, the team announced. While defending Bucks center Brook Lopez, Robinson was able to intercept a lob pass but fell awkwardly on his foot in the first quarter of the game. Robinson has appeared in 30 games this season for the Knicks and started 28 of them. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference at 23–22 but every team between the fourth and eighth seed are within one game of each other. With only two other centers on the current roster, the Knicks will have a gap to fill going forward.
UFC 260: Miocic vs Ngannou results, highlights and analysis
       
Francis Ngannou dominated Stipe Miocic in every facet, crowning himself the new UFC Heavyweight Champion with a second round knockout in the main event of UFC 260. In addition to Ngannou winning the heavyweight title, the card also likely signaled the end of Tyron Woodley’s UFC career. ****HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT: STIPE MIOCIC VS. FRANCIS NGANNOU -- 12:08 AM ETThere is a new undisputed champion in the heavyweight division. ****WELTERWEIGHT FIGHT: VICENTE LUQUE VS. TYRON WOODLEY -- 11:41 PM ETIf this was Tyron Woodley’s UFC farewell, it was certainly memorable. ****A battle of heavyweights is the prize fight at UFC 260, as Stipe Miocic defends the Heavyweight Championship against top-ranked contender Francis Ngannou.
Baylor basketball reminds us it's a true national title contender
       
Editor's Note: Welcome to Morning Madness, SI's daily newsletter during the NCAA tournament. Baylor shot just 2 of 12 from three in a mucky first half, in which neither team managed a fast-break point. (By Pat Forde)USC boasts the most talented player left in the men's tournament. (By Jeremy Woo)The legend of Max Abmas began long before he was draining threes in the men's NCAA tournament for Oral Roberts. Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Houston men's team will be the first team in NCAA tournament history to face four double-digit seeds in a single tourney.
How to Watch UFC 260 Online: Live Stream Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou on ESPN+
       
One of the most anticipated UFC matchups of the year takes place tonight, as Stipe Miocic faces off against Francis Ngannou at UFC 260, streaming live on ESPN+. UFC 260 airs live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas tonight Saturday, March 27, 2021. How to Stream UFC 260 Live OnlineUFC 260’s main event pits Miocic vs. Ngannou in a heavyweight championship title bout. How to Live Stream UFC 260 Online FreeThere isn’t a way to stream UFC 260 online free, though current ESPN+ subscribers can watch the UFC 260 prelims for free. UFCUFC 260 Fight Card, Predictions, OddsTonight’s UFC 260 main card pits the current UFC heavyweight champion Miocic against the number one contender Ngannou, in a widely-anticipated rematch.
UFC 260 results: Sean O'Malley blasts Thomas Almeida with violent KO sequence
       
At UFC 260, O’Malley (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) put on a striking clinic for two rounds before he blasted Thomas Almeida with a violent knockout sequence late in Round 3. The bantamweight bout was part of the UFC 260 main card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. With less than two minutes left in the round, Almeida moved in and ate a short left hand that sent Almeida tumbling. He has not won a fight since he defeated Albert Morales at UFC Fight Night 100 in November 2016. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
Jon Jones says absent 'some bread' from the UFC, Derrick Lewis can have next title shot
       
Jon Jones spent the immediate aftermath of the start of Francis Ngannou’s heavyweight title reign making his case on Twitter to be next in line for a title shot. Less than two hours later, though, the former light heavyweight champion took his foot off the proverbial gas pedal and said Derrick Lewis (25-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC) can get the first shot at Ngannou – provided the UFC doesn’t meet Jones’ financial requirements. “It’s OK, Derek (sic) can have the fight,” Jones posted in response to a Twitter user saying UFC president Dana White was using Lewis as leverage against Jones. Jones vacated his light heavyweight title in 2020 and announced a move up to heavyweight. “If I’m Jon Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I start moving to 185,” White told MMA Junkie.
Houston’s defense is at its suffocating best in bouncing Syracuse to advance to Elite Eight
       
On Saturday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Sampson guided the second-seeded Cougars to a height the program hasn’t reached in decades. 11 Syracuse from the tournament with a commanding 62-46 win in the Sweet 16, sending the Cougars to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984. The Cougars’ defense, one of the best in the nation, ensured nothing came easily for the Orange. But the collective highlight for Houston was its defense, which held Syracuse to a season-low scoring output. Houston entered this matchup with the second-best scoring defense across Division I, giving up 57.9 points per game, and Syracuse fell victim to a stifling effort.
1976 Hoosiers understand Gonzaga’s quest for perfect season
       
Corey Kispert API asked Buckner if he could recall Knight’s message before the perfect season began. You don’t think about national championship. If you think about that, you’re gonna get beat.”Crews and Buckner differ over whether the Hoosiers felt pressure before and during the tournament. “He was saying how you’ll remember this the rest of your life, you’re gonna remember your teammates the rest of your life,” Crews said. “Being the last one doesn’t take away the fact that you’re undefeated and you’re national champion.
Knicks’ Derrick Rose thrives in first game back after COVID-19
       
On a night when the Knicks were without their best player and lost another key starter minutes into the game, Derrick Rose made his long-awaited return. The rhythm is going to come, it’s going to take some games, but my wind was good,” Rose said. “I was doing my conditioning along with whatever the trainers wanted me to do for an entire week. Before his COVID-19 scare, Rose was averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 assists in 24.6 minutes across 10 games for the Knicks since being acquired from the Pistons in a trade Feb. 8. The Knicks improved to 8-3 with Rose in the lineup Saturday night.
Francisco Lindor’s Mets spring training surge hits new level
       
Observations from the Mets’ 8-3 spring training victory over the Astros on Saturday. continued with a 3-for-3 performance Saturday in the Mets’ exhibition win. Spring slogJeff McNeil went hitless in three at-bats and is batting .116 this spring. McNeil, batting mostly in the sixth spot, has posted a .525 OPS. Sunday’s scheduleMike Montgomery is the Mets’ scheduled starting pitcher for their game in Jupiter, Fla., against the Marlins.
John Sullivan leaves camp for birth of his son
       
Vikings center John Sullivan left training camp to be with his wife for the birth of their son on Tuesday. Vikings center John Sullivan left training camp to be with his wife for the birth of their son on Tuesday.
Wales lockdown rules: What are the latest 'stay local' restrictions?
       
Wales has taken a further step out of lockdown, with the 'stay local' rule being lifted on Saturday, Mar 27. People living in Wales are now allowed to travel anywhere in the country, although leaving or entering the country is not prohibited, except in permitted circumstances, until Apr 12 at the earliest. "Stay local will be lifted, and for the next 2 weeks people living in Wales can travel around Wales – this is to help keep the virus under control. All other shops, including all close contact services, will be able to open from Apr 12. The Welsh Government formally reviews Covid-19 regulations - including school closures - every three weeks, with the next review due by Apr 12.
India vs England, third ODI: live score and latest updates from Pune
       
The issue of rotation is nuanced and difficult in Covid times but essentially Test cricket came second this winter, playing in the IPL seemingly non-negotiable. This week Telegraph Sport revealed that the ECB is willing to offer IPL franchises stakes in the Hundred in return for Indian players adding stardust to the competition. The Twenty20 series was less about the result, more towards building to the World Cup which is why the lack of experimentation with the team was strange. England are on firmer ground in the ODI series, their run chase on Friday was a splendid six-hitting exhibition that provided a reminder of their brilliance at batting in the 50-over format. It was impressive to watch, Ben always wants to be as involved in the game as much as he can.
Wada launches investigation over GB rider's 2010 drug test
       
Neither British Cycling nor Ukad would comment on Saturday night on the test, which returned positive for a metabolite of nandrolone. But a Ukad spokesperson did offer guidance on the testing process in general, suggesting the test would have been below the threshold above which it would investigate. However, the Mail on Sunday claimed that Ukad, armed with the tip-off, then authorised British Cycling to carry out private testing on four riders, which may have been a breach of Wada code. The emergence of the sample is likely to lead to further searching questions for both Ukad and British Cycling, coming hot on the heels of Dr Richard Freeman’s medical hearing. A Wada spokesperson said: "We have asked our independent Intelligence and Investigations Department to look into this matter and contact UKAD."
Young talent called into Wallabies training squad ahead of France Tests
       
Australia coach Dave Rennie has named 14 uncapped players in a young-looking training squad for a three-day camp next monthAdvertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Fourteen uncapped players will join the first Wallabies training squad for 2021, coach Dave Rennie announced Sunday, as the side begins preparations for planned Tests against France in the summer. The 40-man squad will attend a three-day training camp on the Gold Coast next month in preparation for the international season kick-off in July. Among the notable uncapped players in the squad are Australia sevens star Tim Anstee, who joined Super Rugby AU's Western Force this season, and former Junior Wallabies hooker Lachlan Lonergan. Three hookers who played during last year's Tests -- Folau Fainga'a, Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Jordan Uelese -- were omitted from the squad. Rennie said it was "a position we need to create more depth in" but stressed the squad was not a Wallabies team, which will be selected in June.
England win toss, bowl in ODI decider against India
       
Captains Virat Kohli, right, and Jos Buttler bump fists after the toss in the deciding ODI in PuneAdvertising Read morePune (India) (AFP)England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and elected to bowl in the deciding third one-day international against India on Sunday. With the series level at 1-1 in Pune, England have made one change from their previous win when they chased down 337 on Friday. "Very proud of the performance the other day, and it showed our passion," Buttler said at the toss. England are looking to finish the tour on a high after losing the Test series 3-1 and the Twenty20 series 3-2. Virat Kohli said he would have bowled first if he had won the toss in his 200th international match as India captain.
Bellator 255: Pitbull vs. Sanchez 2
       
Bellator 4d agoBellator· March 24, 2021 4:20 pm ·Patricio Freire ultimately will go down as one of the best fighters in Bellator history thanks to his dual-champion status.
Twitter reacts to Sean O'Malley's brutal knockout of Thomas Almeida at UFC 260
       
Twitter reacts to Sean O’Malley’s victory over Thomas Almeida at UFC 260Sean O'Malley successfully rebounded from his first loss on Saturday when he beat Thomas Almeida at UFC 260. O’Malley (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) showed a return to form with a third-round knockout victory over Almeida (21-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) in their featured bantamweight bout, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Check below for the top Twitter reactions to O’Malley beating Almeida at UFC 260.
Video: Justin Gaethje demonstrates how to counter a calf kick
       
Calf kicks have become a major topic of discussion in MMA, and Justin Gaethje believes he knows just the way to combat them. Known for devastating leg kicks himself, Gaethje has both dished and been on the receiving end of some brutal kicks throughout his wars in the cage. In a recent video courtesy of “Full Reptile,” Gaethje shows his training partner how to turn away from a calf kick and make an opponent pay on the counter. Both men came out firing with low kicks, but Gaethje was able to eventually get a read on Barboza’s timing by dodging them. In the finishing sequence of the fight, Gaethje walked through Barboza’s kicks without absorbing any significant damage and threw a perfect overhand right to knock him out in Round 1.
Lights out! Fighter lands KO punch at the exact second arena's power goes out
       
But when something like what happened March 13 in Orlando, Fla., comes along, it’ll stun even the most seasoned MMA viewer. However, it was two-fight amateur Kathleen Nelson who stole the show against Laura Dotter. Seconds – if not milliseconds – after Nelson landed the finishing punch, the lights in the arena went out. So if you do nothing else, Kathleen Nelson, you have a highlight for eternity. I think Nelson has to change her nickname to “Lights Out” now, right?
Relive James Krause's stirring pep talk that inspired Grant Dawson to last-second KO at UFC on ESPN 21
       
James Krause wasn’t about to let Grant Dawson’s biggest opportunity to date slip away. At the end of Round 2, Krause didn’t sugar-coat things for Dawson, who was having a hard time implementing his game plan of taking Santos down. Though two of the judges had Dawson ahead heading into Round 3, the first two rounds were competitive and difficult to score. A fired-up Krause let Dawson know that he needed to show a sense of urgency by getting the finish and that’s exactly what the Contender Series standout did. Take a listen to Krause’s incredible corner advice for Dawson courtesy of BT Sport.
Twitter reacts to Vicente Luque's thrilling submission of Tyron Woodley at UFC 260
       
Vicente Luque extended Tyron Woodley’s skid on Saturday with a win in the UFC 260 co-headliner. Luque (20-7-1 MMA, 13-3 UFC) put the name of a former UFC champ on his resume when he earned a first-round submission victory and handed Woodley (19-7-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) his fourth consecutive loss in the welterweight co-main event, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Luque beating Woodley at UFC 260.
UFC 260 results: Vicente Luque submits former champion Tyron Woodley
       
The welterweight contender submitted former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the first round of their short, but wild fight. The welterweight bout was the UFC 260 co-main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Woodley started aggressive with a big overhand right and pressed Luque against the cage. Before the loss to Luque, Woodley lost his title to current champ Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns and former interim champ Colby Covington. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
Video: Jorge Masvidal joins Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren press conference via FaceTime
       
It seems Ben Askren just can’t escape former foe Jorge Masvidal. The former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder had a brief visit from Masvidal during Friday’s pre-fight press conference promoting his boxing bout against YouTube star Jake Paul. Masvidal, who’s trained with Paul in the past, answered FaceTime call in the middle of the press conference, and had a message for Askren. “It doesn’t bother you that you got knocked out in five seconds?” Paul said. “I don’t think you’re allowed to throw knees in boxing, Jake,” Askren said.
UFC 260 video: Alonzo Menifield crushes Fabio Cherant with Von Flue choke
       
The light heavyweight submitted Fabio Cherant with a Von Flue choke to close out the preliminary card of Saturday’s UFC 260 event in Las Vegas. It was a quick and easy performance by Menifield (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC). From there, Cherant attempted a guillotine choke that set up the Von Flue choke. Menifield took down Cherant, gained side control, and locked up the choke to finish the fight seconds later. Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
Francis Ngannou wants Jon Jones next – and has no urge for Stipe Miocic trilogy
       
At UFC 260 on Saturday, Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) beat Stipe Miocic by second-round knockout to win the title. Within moments, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is preparing for a move to heavyweight, sent out a barrage of tweets that angled for the fight. “Obviously, Jon Jones makes more sense for me,” Ngannou told MMA Junkie at a post-fight news conference. If Jon Jones doesn’t come to heavyweight, the division has to move. Even though the series is 1-1, starting with Miocic’s January 2018 decision win over Ngannou, Ngannou said he has no urge for a third fight so soon.
UFC 260 bonuses: The new champ is among the $50,000 winners
       
The UFC handed out four $50,000 post-fight bonus awards at UFC 260 – including one to a new champion. The four bonus awards came from the top three fights on the card with two “Performance of the Night” winners and a “Fight of the Night” honor – leaving fighters like Jamie Mullarkey and Alonzo Menifield short of an extra $50,000 from the prelims (officially, anyway). Check out the post-fight bonus winners below.
UFC 260 results: Prospect Miranda Maverick outpoints Gillian Robertson
       
Miranda Maverick continues to prove why she’s regarded as a bright prospect in the UFC women’s flyweight division. The 23-year-old picked up her second UFC win when she outpointed Gillian Robertson to a unanimous decision at UFC 260. The women’s flyweight bout was part of the UFC 260 main card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. In the first round, Maverick controlled most of the action. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
Video: Marc-Andre Barriault opens UFC 260 with TKO, stops Abu Azaitar with 4 seconds left
       
Marc-Andre Barriault got his first official UFC win Saturday when he battered Abu Azaitar to a late stoppage in the opening fight at UFC 260. After an exhausting back-and-forth first two rounds to start the middleweight bout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Barriault (12-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) took a commanding lead on Azaitar (14-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the third round. Barriault rained down punches and elbows from various dominant top control positions, cut Azaitar open and had him teetering on the verge of a stoppage. Related UFC 260 discussion threadCheck out the replay of the stoppage below (via Twitter):The victory was a crucial moment in Barriault’s career. … See you soon.”Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
UFC 260 results: Jamie Mullarkey KOs Khama Worthy in 46 seconds to open pay-per-view
       
Jamie Mullarkey promised not to let his third UFC fight be decided by the judges, and he more than lived up to that with a 46-second finish. Mullarkey (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) opened Saturday’s UFC 260 main card on pay-per-view at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a quick knockout of Khama Worthy (16-8 MMA, 2-2 UFC), putting him in the promotion’s win column for the first time. The lightweights opened the fight with striking exchanges, and before they could even get warmed up, Mullarkey planted a perfect shot across Worthy’s chin. He gave credit to “The Ultimate Fighter” winner Ross Pearson for the boxing that got the job done, and said he knew when he landed on Worthy, the fight would be over. “That’s a shout out to Ross Pearson, my man back home.
With Khabib in corner, Abubakar Nurmagomedov earns dominant UFC 260 win
       
With his brother Khabib Nurmagomedov in his corner, Abubakar Nurmagomedov picked up his first UFC victory Saturday. At UFC 260, Nurmagomedov (15-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) dominated a fellow promotional sophomore, Jared Gooden, on the feet and on the ground en route to a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). UFC 260 took place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Prior to UFC 260, Gooden lost a unanimous decision to Alan Jouban this past November. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:
UFC 260 discussion thread
       
LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC 260 event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. You can discuss the event here. Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC 260 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below. Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET for the main card.
Frank Mir: Steve Cunningham 'tougher' boxing debut than Antonio Tarver
       
LAS VEGAS – Frank Mir calls Steve Cunningham “an even tougher fight” than Antonio Tarver for his professional boxing debut next month. The matchup with Cunningham came together just recently after Mir’s originally scheduled opponent Tarver was forced to withdraw. As far as boxing IQ, Cunningham is better than I, but Tarver has even more.”The opponent might be different, but Mir said his mentality toward his boxing debut hasn’t changed. “I’m making my debut in the boxing discipline and I’m facing someone who is a former champ,” Mir said. “As far as debuts go for guys going into boxing, this is probably one of the most difficult ones.
Daniel Cormier: Francis Ngannou should 'blitz' Stipe Miocic for best chance to win at UFC 260
       
Daniel Cormier feels Francis Ngannou needs to end the show early if he wants to get ahold of UFC gold. The former two-division UFC champion turned commentator sees Ngannou’s (15-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) best chances of dethroning champion Stipe Miocic (20-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) being early in the fight. 1 (with Miocic) was the anomaly,” Cormier told reporters, including MMA Junkie, on Friday following the UFC 260 weigh-ins. “I honestly believe that it plays to Francis early,” Cormier said regarding the smaller octagon. Since the first fight, Miocic lost to Cormier and then came back to beat him twice to seal a grueling trilogy.
Flyweight contenders Joanne Calderwood, Lauren Murphy to square off at UFC 263
       
At UFC 263 on June 12, Joanne Calderwood and Lauren Murphy are set to square off in what could be a title eliminator. Murphy (14-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) currently rides the longest winning streak of her UFC career. Meanwhile, Calderwood (15-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) alternated losses and wins over her most recent four outings, though she’s won four of six. In 2020, Calderwood was booked to challenge women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko in June. At UFC 257 in January, Calderwood returned and defeated former title challenger Jessica Eye via unanimous decision.
UFC 260 live streaming watch-along with MMA Junkie Radio on SportsCastr
       
UFC 260 takes place Saturday with a heavyweight title fight atop the bill, and MMA Junkie Radio’s “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” will host a live streaming watch-along via SportsCastr that kicks off at 9 p.m. In the main event, champion Stipe Miocic will take on Francis Ngannou in a rematch of a January 2018 title fight won by Miocic. UFC 260 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+. Here are the seven fights included in the watch-along:Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou – for heavyweight titleVicente Luque vs. Tyron WoodleyThomas Almeida vs. Sean O’MalleyMiranda Maverick vs. Gillian RobertsonJamie Mullarkey vs. Khama WorthyFabio Cherant vs. Alonzo MenifieldJared Gooden vs. Abubakar NurmagomedovBe sure to check back and follow @MMAjunkie, @MMAjunkieRadio and @SportsCastrLive on Twitter to be notified when the guys go live.
Video: A history of faceoffs between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou before UFC 260
       
Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou are set to run things back at UFC 260. Their fight will be a rematch from January 2018, when Miocic won a unanimous decision to retain his title at UFC 220. Before they go at it a second time, take a trip down memory lane by watching all of their faceoffs – from before UFC 220 to the UFC 260 weigh-ins – in the video above. UFC 260 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
Greg Hardy calls for fight vs. Tai Tuivasa, predicts an 'ass load of bombs and broken faces'
       
In need of a fight, Greg Hardy has a name in mind. Ass load of bombs and broken faces, is it just me?”Hardy (7-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and Tuivasa (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) faced different fates in their most recent outings. It was Hardy’s first career stoppage loss and snapped a two-fight winning streak. As for Tuivasa, he’s riding a two-fight winning streak. The back-to-back victories came on the heels of a three-fight winning streak.
'I would do a homicide on you': Highlights from wild Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren press conference
       
LAS VEGAS – The first press conference between Jake Paul and Ben Askren was as outrageous as expected. For roughly 25 minutes on Friday at The Venetian, Paul and Askren verbally sparred ahead of their boxing match. “This is the f*cking fight game! This is the f*cking fight game, you p*ssy ass b*tch!” Paul yelled at Askren in the opening minutes. “This is the f*cking fight game!
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After COVID-19 put pursuit on hold, France's David Bear eager for UFC opportunity
       
In order to continue his pursuit of martial arts, Bear, a welterweight, did something that seemed a little bit backward. Signed to Cage Warriors, Bear is eager to return to the promotion’s cage – or perhaps the UFC’s, should an offer come first. “(Cage Warriors) are wanting me to fight on their big card in June,” Bear said. “I would be extremely proud to fight in France for the UFC, or Cage Warriors,” Bear said. “I love fighting for Cage Warriors, but I believe I’m very close (to the UFC),” Bear said.
Twitter reacts to Francis Ngannou's title-winning KO of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260
       
It was revenge for Francis Ngannou in the UFC 260 headliner as he finally claimed heavyweight gold from Stipe Miocic. After losing the original meeting in January 2018, Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) got redemption over Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) with a second-round knockout victory to become the new champion in the title rematch, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Ngannou’s title victory over Miocic at UFC 260.
Video: UFC 260 post-event press conference live stream on MMA Junkie
       
LAS VEGAS – UFC 260 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex, and you can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMA Junkie after the night of fights concludes. Expected to take part in the press conference are UFC president Dana White, main event title fighters Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, and at least the co-main event winner between former welterweight champ Tyron Woodley and Vicente Luque. The full UFC 260 post-event news conference will be available on YouTube in the video above.
Dana White questions Jon Jones' desire to fight Francis Ngannou, 'Show me the money' demand
       
LAS VEGAS – If Jon Jones calls, the UFC can get him the Francis Ngannou matchup. It’s just a matter of Jones reaching out, according to UFC president Dana White. At the UFC 260 post-fight news conference, White questioned Jones’ tweets, especially a one-liner that simply read, “Show me the money.”“If I’m Jon Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I start moving to 185,” White told MMA Junkie. Jones publicly criticized the UFC’s negotiations, while White said that Jones wanted “an absurd amount of money” to fight Ngannou. “If Jon Jones really wants the fight, Jon Jones knows he can get the fight.
Jon Jones reacts to Francis Ngannou's title win at UFC 260: 'Show me the money'
       
Jon Jones had something to say to the new UFC heavyweight champion. Jones, the former light heavyweight champion ,was on Twitter on Saturday to react to Francis Ngannou’s knockout win over Stipe Miocic in the UFC 260 main event. Jones, who’s considered by many to be the greatest fighter in MMA, vacated the 205-pound title to move up to heavyweight. “And him moving up is going to be a good thing and it’s a challenge that I will take and put it on my record. I’m ready.”Below are Jones’ reaction tweets (some already deleted) to Ngannou’s title win:
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UFC 2hr agoUFC· March 28, 2021 1:25 am ·Dana White says talk is one thing, but action is another. The action Jon Jones needs to take if he wants the Francis Ngannou fight is to pick up the phone.
Bill Walton should enjoy this Pac-12 rivalry showdown
       
Walton was the one, after all, who suggested the mathematical impossibility that five Pac-12 teams would make the Final Four. But the fact that all five Pac-12 teams with an NCAA invite won a game — and only Colorado didn’t win two — supports his belief. “Conference of champions!” Walton has said repeatedly this year, probably also even when the microphone was turned off. But they stole the Pac-12 championship from us.”An explanation: The teams played once this season, and USC won by 14. It barely mattered in truth: Both teams lost before the conference tournament finals, and both teams made the NCAA field with ease.
Nets’ Big 3 reunion starting to come into focus
       
The Nets, despite having been the NBA’s best team for most of the past two months, still haven’t been at their best. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are expected to be reunited soon. And the victories they’ve managed while shorthanded have buoyed the Nets’ confidence that they’ll get far better. “Knowing how great they are, it does give the guys confidence that we’re only going to improve when they come back. We have a great environment and guys really genuinely enjoy being a part of this and have proven that they have value even if when those guys come back their roles aren’t as big.
Mets’ pitching experiment works in spring training test run
       
The test came against a seasoned Astros lineup that included stars Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman at the top of the order. The veteran Barnes fired a perfect first inning before the left-hander Lucchesi entered and controlled the next 4 ²/?, allowing one run. “There’s a lot of good things that happened with Barnes and Lucchesi,” Rojas said after the Mets won 8-3 at Clover Park. The situation is new for the 27-year-old Lucchesi, who has never been used behind an opener. “I’m all about the Mets,” Lucchesi said.
Calls for PGA and MLB to boycott Georgia following voting reform law
       
Civil rights groups are calling for major sporting events to be moved from Georgia, after the state’s GOP-led government passed an election reform bill that Democrats say will restrict voting rights. The law imposes new rules on absentee voting — including requiring a photo ID and shortening the remote-voting window. The National Black Justice Coalition is among the groups calling on pro golfers not to tee off in the Peach State unless the “restrictive” law is repealed. Tony Clark, Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, told the Boston Globe that his union wants to discuss a possible venue change with the league. “Players are very much aware of the Georgia voting bill, which places restrictions on voting that some believe will make it particularly difficult for black voters to reach the polls,” Clark reportedly said.
Michigan-Florida State battle full of interesting relationships
       
1 seed Michigan (22-4) versus No. 4 seed Florida State (18-6) in an East Region semifinal early Sunday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Hamilton coached Howard in 2000-01 with the NBA’s Wizards, before Hamilton returned to the college ranks and eventually built Florida State into a perennial March contender. “We understand that Florida State is looking to spoil our goals and our dreams. 8 seed LSU and Florida State dispatched fifth-seeded Colorado.
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New-look Magic aim for win against LakersThe Associated PressThe short-handed Los Angeles Lakers will try to squeeze out another win against a rebuilding franchise when they host the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. Playing their fourth straight game without stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers ended a four-game losing streak with a 100-86 win against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Like the Cavaliers, who bought out two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond on Friday, the Magic traded their three best players on Thursday in a major rebuilding move.
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Familiar faces, new places as Blazers face RaptorsThe Associated PressThere will be some familiar faces in different places Sunday night when the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Toronto Raptors in Tampa. The teams completed a trade Thursday, with the Raptors sending Norman Powell to the Trail Blazers for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood. In his debut with Portland, Powell scored 22 points Friday in a 112-105 victory over the host Orlando Magic.
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, on play of forward Phil Kessel
       
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, on play of forward Phil KesselArizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, on play of forward Phil Kessel after Saturday's hat trick.
Coyotes forward Phil Kessel, on his team's 20 goals in five games
       
Coyotes forward Phil Kessel, on his team's 20 goals in five gamesArizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel, on his team's 20 goals in five games.
Conor McGregor could fight on Las Vegas Strip this summer
       
Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)UFC president Dana White has big plans for his organization in Las Vegas this summer. The tentative plan for the event would be to have superstar Conor McGregor headline the card against lightweight contender Dustin Poirier, though the fight is not yet signed. UFC events have been taking place at the Apex facility in southwest Las Vegas.
Miles Wilson, Emmanuel Igbonagwam combine for 5 touchdowns as Reynolds tops Centennial
       
Reynolds turned to running back Miles Wilson again and again on Saturday, and the senior delivered. Wilson carried 33 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Raiders of Troutdale to a 43-32 road victory against Centennial of Gresham. When the Raiders (2-1) needed a change of pace, they turned to Emmanuel Igbonagwam, who also found success against the Eagles’ defense. Reynolds scored on a safety in the second quarter. Reynolds mostly bottled up the Centennial ground attack, but the Eagles (0-1) passed for 233 yards and scored four of their five touchdowns through the air.
Boris Johnson hails Telegraph campaign ahead of 'Great British summer of sport'
       
Discussions are also being held over formulating a health and wellbeing measure of schools that could be assessed by Ofsted. Johnson’s comments follow new research which shows that more than two-thirds of parents believe that their children’s physical activity fell during lockdown. The survey, which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Youth Sports Trust, does also demonstrate the importance of school sport to parents. Call for sport and physical activity to become a cabinet positionThe Government has been urged to elevate sport and physical activity into a key cabinet role as part of a national plan to make Britain the healthiest nation in the world. When you look at it like this you suddenly see children’s sport and physical activity in a very different light.
India vs England, third ODI: live score and latest updates from Pune
       
England were pretty much unstoppable on their rise to the 2019 World Cup but they did lose a series in India 2-1. In 10 series going back to 1981, England have beaten India only on their home soil once, when David Gower’s team won 4-1 in 1984-85. Winning an otherwise meaningless ODI series would at least provide some consolation because this will not go down as a memorable winter. The young batsmen made no progress in Test cricket and while rotation was essential, it did cast a light on modern priorities. Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali will both play in the decider having been picked for full white-ball duty and IPL seasons but missed Test matches they could have influenced.
The Six Nations table doesn't lie - Wales were worthy winners, but France are still the best team
       
I think his performance was a real statement as far as the Lions are concerned. What can you say about England? My big takeaway from this tournament was the fact that four of the six teams got better as the tournament wore on. But of the other five, England were the only team who really struggled to build momentum. Anything that can speed up the familiarisation process and help the Lions to hit the ground running is helpful.
Mick Schumacher's daunting F1 start: Odds stacked against son of a legend with slowest car on the grid
       
Mick Schumacher will start 19th on the grid at his debut Formula One race in Bahrain today. The hope was that the 22-year-old son of F1 great Michael might magically outperform his Haas and take a scalp or two. Schumacher Jnr, by contrast, is beginning life in F1 in the slowest car on the grid. He could even go one better than his father today. If Mick can get through the first couple of corners today, he will have made a decent start.
Football: Netherlands joins Germany, Norway in Qatar World Cup protest
       
The Dutch men's football team on Saturday wore T-shirts reading "Football supports change" in an apparent statement against Qatar's human rights track record ahead of the 2022 World Cup. "As early as 2010, the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) expressed its opposition to Qatar holding the World Cup. Conditions for migrant workers in the country are terrible, but a boycott is not the best response." If someone cannot rally behind a statement for human rights, they urgently need to realign their morals," Fritz Keller also said. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said last week Qatar has made social progress because of becoming the World Cup host.
Mets hope Jonathan Villar infielder can be on Opening Day roster
       
PORT ST. LUCIE — Jonathan Villar’s groin soreness has limited his movement lately, but the Mets are still hopeful he will be part of the Opening Day roster. “There is a possibility he is in there Monday,” Rojas said after the Mets’ 8-3 victory over the Astros on Saturday. Rojas said the preference is to let Villar start a game, giving him proper time to warm up. The manager said he isn’t thinking in terms of the injured list for Villar, who gives the Mets depth at second base, shortstop and third base. The right-handed reliever, who last week had elbow discomfort, has been impressive this spring as a minor league invite.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers reacts to LaMarcus Aldridge joining Nets
       
That is due to the fact that the Brooklyn Nets are led by a dynamic trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. Those three talented players alone will make them a formidable team to handle when the playoffs roll around in May and June. They have since added Blake Griffin and then on Saturday, they added another former All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge. “I don’t worry about it, to be honest,” said coach Doc Rivers. While the Nets are certainly going to be a pretty strong group, the Sixers feel like they should be the ones to worry about in the East.
AP source: LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with Brooklyn Nets
       
New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) is blocked by San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) as he tries to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)NEW YORK (AP) — The Nets aren't finished bringing big names to Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge is next after deciding Saturday to sign with the Nets for the remainder of the season, a person with knowledge of the details said. After reaching a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, the veteran forward quickly became a coveted free agent for contending teams. An All-Star in three of his seasons in San Antonio, Aldridge fills one of the few holes for the potent Nets.
A day of NCAA anarchy offers glimpse into sport's future
       
12 Oregon State, it marked the program’s first Elite Eight since 1982. All these trips back are also offering us a glimpse of the future. Both the near future and the long-term future of the sport are going to continue to be littered with firsts, breakthroughs and consistent inconsistency. Roman Silva (L) and Zach Reichle of Oregon State talk on the court during their win over Loyola Chicago in the 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournament on March 27. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)Welcome to the era of the transfer, elite talent choosing the G League and a few more seasons of uncertainty with the federal investigation hanging over the sport.
Prep football: California beats No. 16 Monte Vista in OT thriller
       
In what surely had to be one of the best games of the night, if not the season, Jake Hubbard scored in overtime to lift California to a wild 38-31 victory over winless Monte Vista on Saturday. “The kids hung in there and pulled it off,” California first-year coach Danny Calcagno said. 16 Monte Vista (0-3) to seal the win. Monte Vista’s Juddah Sheppard put on a show in the defeat, with kick returns of 99 and 98 yards for touchdowns. Nathan Price kicked a 43-yard field goal with 10.5 seconds left to tie the game 31-31 and send it into overtime.
Highlights from Clippers’ win over Philadelphia 76ers
       
Highlights from Clippers’ win over Philadelphia 76ers Highlights from the Clippers’ 122-112 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
New heavyweight champion crowned at UFC 260
       
The stoppage came by knockout at :52 of the second round at the Apex in Las VegasFrancis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)Francis Ngannou of Cameroon kicks Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)Francis Ngannou of Cameroon punches Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)Francis Ngannou was taken to school the first time he fought longtime champ Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title. Ngannou followed with a crushing right hand on the ground to officially end the reign of the most decorated heavyweight champion in UFC history.
Gaudreau responds with 2 assists as Flames beat Jets 4-2
       
CALGARY, Alberta - (AP) -- Johnny Gaudreau responded to a barb from his coach with a pair of assists for the Calgary Flames in a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. Gaudreau, who had two goals in nine games coming in, produced his first multi-point game in a month in his 500th career game. “I've played for a long time with a lot of those guys in that locker room," Gaudreau said. Gaudreau played 17:05 on Saturday, second among Flames forwards behind Elias Lindholm (19:56). “You learn over time these guys are really proud professional athletes,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said.
Tigers' Julio Teheran on fourth-inning meltdown: 'You’re gonna have those innings'
       
Tigers' Julio Teheran on fourth-inning meltdown: 'You’re gonna have those innings'Julio Teheran threw 35 pitches in the fourth inning vs. the Philliies, walking three, interspersed by a double and triple.
Wings' Calvin Pickard on first NHL win since 2018: 'We came out flying'
       
Wings' Calvin Pickard on first NHL win since 2018: 'We came out flying'Calvin Pickard made 21 saves in the 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets: "We had a great first period that set the tone and played real well for a full 60 (minutes)."
Saturday's NCAAs: Baylor grinds to Elite 8 in 62-51 win over Villanova
       
The guards did a great job of not settling and probing more.”Because of that, Baylor shot 53% in the second half, even though it made only one 3. Constantly harassing Villanova shooters who'd carved out space in the first half, Baylor held Villanova to 37.5% shooting in the second and 0 for 9 from 3. Forward Brandon Slater left the game about midway through the second half after landing awkwardly during a fight for a rebound. Oral Roberts led by 10 at halftime in Fayetteville on Dec. 20 before Arkansas bullied the Golden Eagles in the second half for an 87-76 win. The Golden Eagles continued making shots in the second half as the Razorbacks kept taking bad ones, stretching the lead to 46-34.
Michigan's Johns finds his confidence and his comfort level
       
That’s a good sign for the Wolverines heading into Sunday’s Sweet 16 matchup against Florida State in Indianapolis. “My teammates and my coaches have been helping me a lot, trying to instill confidence in me,” Johns said. “I’m trying to reciprocate that. “I just want to be ready, be there for my teammates and be a reliable source for my teammates,” Johns said. … Florida State beat UNC Greensboro, 64-54, and Colorado, 71-53, to reach the Sweet 16.
UM women's basketball team makes emergency landing; oxygen masks deployed, everyone OK
       
The Michigan women’s basketball team was safe late Saturday night and early Sunday morning after their charter plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Evansville, Indiana, after it lost pressure while flying through a storm. As the plane flew through a storm, it made an aggressive descent, pressure was lost and the compartments containing oxygen masks opened and fell, according to Sarah VanMetre, who handles athletic department communications for Michigan women’s basketball. “We are flying back to MI & hit a storm-lost pressurization- the oxygen masks dropped from the compartments. This is not the first time a Michigan basketball team has had flight issues. In 2017, the Michigan's men's basketball team was preparing to fly to Washington, D.C., to play in the Big Ten tournament, when its charter skidded off the runway at Willow Run in Ypsilanti, still going 115 mph.
Prep football: University Stadium to play host to 5 games
       
The game will be played Saturday at 4 p.m. at University Stadium. “I think it’s exciting for our kids to be playing in a Division I football stadium,” said Mayfield coach Mike Bradley. “I think it’s cool the kids get a chance to play in a big stadium, on a big stage.”Eunice and Texico from Class 2A meet at 2 p.m. Friday at University Stadium, ahead of Farmington-Mayfield. But to have a burst of prep football at University Stadium, with five games over three days, is unique. “I’m excited.”OPTING OUT: Dusty Young, the NMAA’s associate director, said 23 schools opted out of playing a Week 5 football game.
F1 2021: full race calendar, season schedule and how to watch on TV
       
Last year's Formula One season was heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but the FIA and F1 still managed to put on a season of 17 races. This means that the season now starts on March 26 with first free practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. You should remember that 2021 was supposed to be the start of a new era for F1 as significant regulation – and budgetary – changes came into play. The days of four hours worth of free practice are gone, too. Free practice one and two – previously 90 minutes each – will now only run for an hour.
Mitchell's hot start fuels Jazz, Clippers beat 76ers
       
He made his first five shots on the way to scoring 28 first-half points -- his most ever in a half. Joe Ingles added 15 points and seven assists and the Jazz notched their fifth straight victory and 33rd of the season. The Los Angeles Clippers, chasing Utah and the Phoenix Suns in the West, won their fifth straight game, 122-112 over the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers. Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 28 points, Paul George added 24 and Terrence Mann chipped in 23 off the bench. In New Orleans, Zion Williamson scored 38 points and the Pelicans rallied to beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-103.
Syracuse, Buddy Boeheim suffocated by Houston
       
Hounded by AAC Defensive Player of the Year DeJon Jarreau, Boeheim scored just 12 points on 3-of-13 shooting, after scoring 55 points in his first two tournament games. Joseph Girardi III scored 12 for Syracuse. It was picking apart the Syracuse zone, getting whatever shot it wanted. With the lanky 6-foot-11 sophomore in the middle of the 2-3 zone, Houston found trouble. After three Buddy Boeheim free throws, Syracuse got even at 20 with 4:57 left in the opening stanza.
UFC 260 results: Francis Ngannou folds Stipe Miocic unconscious to win heavyweight title
       
At UFC 260 on Saturday, Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) knocked out Stipe Miocic 52 seconds into the second round. The heavyweight title bout was the UFC 260 main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. With the win, Ngannou made his second career UFC title challenge his first successful one. With the loss, Miocic dropped the UFC heavyweight title for the second time in his career and had his two-fight winning streak snapped. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 40 images
Houston's defense locks in, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAs
       
APINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Quentin Grimes scored 14 points while Houston's defense locked down on surging Buddy Boeheim, helping the Cougars beat Syracuse 62-46 on Saturday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Houston (27-3) came in holding opponents to a national-low 37.3% shooting, and then harassed Syracuse (18-10) into just 28% (14 for 50), including a 5-for-23 performance from 3-point range. The 6-foot-6 junior had averaged 28.3 points through those games, which included him shooting 60% from the floor and 55.8% from 3-point range. Boeheim managed just one first-half basket and finished with 12 points on 3-for-13 shooting, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range. ___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap
2021 NCAA tournament live updates Sweet 16 scores and analysis from Saturday’s games
       
INDIANAPOLIS — If a team that’s won two of the past four NCAA men’s basketball championships can be a valiant underdog, this month’s Villanova squad has worn that title well. The top-seeded Bears and their stout defense thrived, forcing Villanova into a sloppy performance, and Baylor’s 62-51 win in the Sweet 16 sends Coach Scott Drew’s group into the Elite Eight to face No. 3 Arkansas or No. 15 Oral Roberts in the South Region. Now the Bears, who can usually shoot as well as they defended against Villanova, will continue their quest for a Final Four berth, a defining accomplishment the program has not achieved since 1950.
Francis Ngannou secures UFC heavyweight title with KO of Stipe Miocic in UFC 260
       
A patient Francis Ngannou stalked Stipe Miocic with measured aggression before a torrid assault of left hands put down the champion at 52 seconds of the second round on Saturday night at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “It was a great benefit from that fight,” Ngannou said on the pay-per-view broadcast after the fight. “For my opinion, Jon Jones is the greatest of all time for mixed martial arts,” Ngannou said. The momentum carried over for Ngannou, who 40 seconds in hammered the now-former champion with a punishing left that put Miocic in major trouble. Ngannou got in an extra hammerfist to his downed foe before the referee could arrive to intervene, then calmly walked off.
Oregon State is the True NCAA Tournament Cinderella We Didn't See Coming
       
12 seeded Oregon State Beavers. Prior to last Friday, Oregon State's most recent win in the NCAA tournament came in 1982. Just five weeks ago, the idea of Oregon State making it into the NCAA tournament was borderline incomprehensible. Even after winning the Pac-12 tournament, Oregon State ended the year ranked 91st in the NCAA Evaluation Tool rankings and 85th on KenPom. In 17 of 29 games played prior to the tournament, Oregon State allowed at least 1.0 points per possession (PPP).
Houston's defense locks in, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAs
       
Quentin Grimes scored 14 points while Houston's defense locked down on surging Buddy Boeheim, helping the Cougars beat Syracuse 62-46 on Saturday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMHouston (27-3) came in holding opponents to a national-low 37.3% shooting, and then harassed Syracuse (18-10) into just 28% (14 for 50), including a 5-for-23 performance from 3-point range. The 6-foot-6 junior had averaged 28.3 points through those games, which included him shooting 60% from the floor and 55.8% from 3-point range. Boeheim managed just one first-half basket and finished with 12 points on 3-for-13 shooting, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range. And the Orange couldn't muster much of anything else, either.
Elite Eight or sent packing: Winners and losers from the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
       
We got one of the two, following Oregon State's 65-58 upset of Loyola Chicago in the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Saturday. A look at the biggest winners and losers from Saturday's Sweet 16 games in Indianapolis:WinnersArkansas. ANALYSIS: Ugly game a beautiful win for Oregon StateOregon State guard Ethan Thompson hangs on the rim after dunking against Loyola Chicago during their Sweet 16 game. SWEET 16: What you missed in women's, men's tournaments SaturdayOral Roberts. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sweet 16: Winners and losers from men's NCAA Tournament games Saturday
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Beavers EdgeFollowing a 65-58 victory over Loyola-Chicago in the Sweet Sixteen, Oregon State's Cinderella run is alive and well as the Beavers punched their ticket to the Elite Eight. The 12th-seeded Beavers (20-12) started slow against the eighth-seeded Ramblers (26-5), spotting LUC a 7-1 lead six minutes into the contest, but as has been the case all postseason long, OSU had an answer. "Early on we were a little caught in the moment," head coach Wayne Tinkle said.
Francis Ngannou ends Stipe Miocic's title reign with scary second-round KO
       
Now that the UFC 260 results are in, there is a new baddest man on the planet. UFC 260 results: Francis Ngannou lands brutal KO Francis Ngannou showed massive improvement in his skill and his approach in taking out Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. It was evident from the opening bell that Ngannou wasn't going to let himself lose by running out of gas. UFC 260 results: Sean O'Malley knocks out Thomas Almeida UFC 260 results: Miranda Maverick outworks Gillian Robertson Miranda Maverick scored her fifth consecutive victory, her second in the Octagon, by routing Gillian Robertson. UFC 260 results: Miranda Maverick dominates Gillian Robertson UFC 260 results: Jamie Mullarkey drops Khama Worthy The UFC 260 pay-per-view opened with a bang thanks to Australia's Jamie Mullarkey.
Francis Ngannou stops Miocic, claims UFC heavyweight title
       
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Francis Ngannou claimed the UFC heavyweight championship on Saturday night, stopping Stipe Miocic with ferocious punches early in the second round at UFC 260. The first UFC heavyweight champion from Africa flattened Miocic (21-3) twice early in the second, finishing the fight 52 seconds into the round. The fight ended quickly after Ngannou won the first round. In the Vegas cage, Ngannou was far too much for Miocic, the firefighter from Cleveland who is the most accomplished heavyweight champion in UFC history. Miocic won the final two fights of his trilogy with Cormier to cement his heavyweight supremacy over the only opponent he had fought since the first bout with Ngannou.
Leonard leads Clippers past 76ers in Rivers’ first game back
       
Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Terance Mann added a season-high 23 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-112 on Saturday night in their first game against former coach Doc Rivers. Los Angeles led by five at halftime, but took control with seven straight points to open the third quarter. DWIGHT TOSSED ... AGAINDwight Howard was ejected for the second straight game when he picked up two technical fouls with 10:35 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Baylor goes inside, muscles past Villanova into Elite Eight
       
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top-seeded Baylor overcame some frigid outside shooting Saturday to move into the Elite Eight, getting 16 points from Adam Flagler in a 62-51 victory over Villanova and its versatile defense. ADVERTISEMENTThis game changed midway through the second half when Baylor all but abandoned what is normally its go-to shot — the 3. Baylor held Villanova to 37.5% shooting in the second half and 0 for 9 from 3. Eric Musselman’s Razorbacks (25-6) got their swagger back, turning defensive stops into early offense opportunities and offensive rebounds into points. Buddy Boeheim managed just one first-half basket and finished with 12 points on 3-for-13 shooting, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range.
Clippers honor Doc Rivers in his return then send him packing again in win over 76ers
       
For 80 seconds, the Clippers craned their necks upward, watching the tribute for former coach Doc Rivers on the videoboard suspended above Staples Center’s court. Holding a grease board, and the attention of the Philadelphia 76ers, Rivers diagrammed ways to beat five starters he’d spoken with in similar fashion during his last huddle as the Clippers’ coach in September. Advertisement“They run a lot of the same stuff that I run,” Rivers said. The Clippers under Rivers, Ballmer believed, had not fulfilled their potential. But when Rivers has watched the Clippers, he has seen a crisper version of the team he coached, he said.
Giants spring training: Evan Longoria plants feet back at third base
       
“I’m going to be a little more sore standing out there for nine (innings),” Longoria said. “I’m really confident in the way we’ve built him up away from game action,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “Everything was good,” Longoria said. It’s been an abnormal spring for Longoria, something that will cause some adjustments at the outset of the regular season. “Overall, I felt like I’ve been in a really good spot in the spring,” Longoria said.
Sharks’ offense goes dormant, again, as Arizona Coyotes complete sweep
       
Goalie Devan Dubnyk finished with 23 saves as the Sharks were swept in a two-game series for the third time in four tries. “We created chances and just couldn’t find the rebounds around the net,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. But catching either the Blues or the Coyotes seems like a pipe dream considering what happened in Arizona. Instead, the puck skipped past Gambrell and a pinching Marc-Edouard Vlasic to set up a 2-on-1 for the Coyotes. Messier was an NHL all-star five times, and has a league award for leadership is named in his honor.
King Philip seniors persevered through tough times
       
The bonds between King Philip Regional High football players are formed when they arrive for 6 a.m. workouts four times a week. As a sophomore, he found the King Philip football program, and his life continued to change for the better. Advertisement“I lay the ball on the tee,” Cherant said, “kick it, and hope for the best.”* * *Pat Lydon’s father attended every King Philip football game. Lydon will be thinking of his dad when King Philip takes the field. They are two seniors who found strength in the bonds formed with their teammates, forever appreciative for the football family that was quick to support them in their times of need.
De La Salle starts slow, then rolls past San Ramon Valley
       
But for a little while in the first half Saturday night, the De La Salle Spartans hadn’t pulled away from San Ramon Valley. The score was 14-6 in the second quarter before De La Salle, the Bay Area News Group’s top-ranked team, took command. Since the Spartans survived a 28-27 scare at San Ramon Valley in 2016, they have beaten the Wolves 49-14, 48-14, 52-0 and now 49-6. Sixth-ranked San Ramon Valley (2-1) moved into DLS territory multiple times but couldn’t score. San Ramon Valley is scheduled to play host to California next Saturday.
Davonte Davis’ jumper gives Arkansas 72-70 win over Oral Roberts
       
Davonte Davis hit a short jumper with 2.9 seconds left, and Arkansas advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in 26 years with a 72-70 win over Oral Roberts in the South Region semifinals Saturday night. 15 seed to reach the Elite Eight, Oral Roberts stumbled with a series of turnovers and missed shots. “We gave him a pass option, we gave him a dribble option,” Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills said. Oral Roberts knew it had a chance to top it against the Razorbacks after playing them earlier in the season. Oral Roberts led by 10 at halftime in Fayetteville on Dec. 20 before Arkansas bullied the Golden Eagles in the second half for an 87-76 win.
Rockies Recap: German Marquez finishes so-so spring with 5.68 ERA
       
White Sox 8, Rockies 2Saturday at Salt River FieldsOn the mound: In his final start of spring training, right-hander German Marquez gave up three runs on six hits, with two walks and a strikeout over three innings. … Right-hander Robert Stephenson, part of the Jeff Hoffman trade with Cincinnati, gave up a long, two-run homer to Jose Abreau in the seventh. At the plate: While the White Sox lit up Colorado pitching for 14 hits, the Rockies managed only six. Worth noting: Right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez, added to the 40-man roster Saturday, gets the start Sunday with a chance to show he deserves a spot in the starting rotation. Up next: Royals (14-8) at Rockies (12-13), 2:10 p.m. (MDT) Sunday, Salt River FieldsRockies pitchers: RHP Chi Chi González, RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Mychal Givens
Close range: Baylor grinds to Elite 8 in 62-51 win ova ‘Nova
       
INDIANAPOLIS — Top-seeded Baylor overcame some frigid outside shooting Saturday to move into the Elite Eight, getting 16 points from Adam Flagler in a 62-51 victory over Villanova and its amoeba-like defense. This game changed midway through the second half when Baylor all but abandoned what is normally its go-to shot — the 3. This marked only the second time the high-powered Baylor offense was held under 65 points this season. Even without the 3s, and even with off nights from the other two of the team’s high-powered guards, Baylor figured out a way to win. Jared Butler scored nine points on 1-for-9 shooting from 3, and MaCio Teague had five points and also didn’t make a 3.
‘You can’t ask for better scoring chances’: Stars squander opportunities in OT loss to Panthers
       
John Klingberg had his chance to win the game for the Stars on Saturday night. After Sergei Bobrovsky made the save and Aaron Ekblad scored the game-winner in overtime, Klingberg fell on his sword, taking the blame for a 4-3 Stars loss. As a result, Ekblad and Jonathan Huberdeau led a 2 on 1 the other way, finishing with another Stars loss. “We had the looks, we just can’t score a goal,” Klingberg said. “You can’t ask for better scoring chances than we had in overtime.
Kessel's hat trick, Hill's shutout help Coyotes roll to win over Sharks
       
Phil Kessel is on a roll, and with it, the Arizona Coyotes are on a bit of one themselves. The Coyotes' fourth win in five games and third straight win overall lifted them into a tie for fourth place and a playoff spot in the West Division. The Sharks were faster to the puck, had more offensive zone time and outworked the Coyotes in the first period. Keller, who had two assists, surpassed Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet for 13th-most goals scored in Coyotes history. Coyotes FaceoffUp NextThe Coyotes embark on a nine-game road trip that will take them to five different cities.
One day after being released in 'a business move,' a veteran right-hander has returned to the Brewers
       
PHOENIX - The Milwaukee Brewers wanted to preserve pitching depth. Jordan Zimmermann wanted to continue pitching. After returning to Milwaukee with the Brewers, Zimmerman will head to Appleton to begin his work at the alternate training site. "I think Jordan is going to help us at some point in the season," manager Craig Counsell said. I just kept throwing and throwing and throwing.
No. 4 Indiana upsets No. 1 NC State in women's NCAA Tournament to reach first ever Elite Eight
       
1 seeded N.C. State in the NCAA women's basketball tournament. N.C. State saw a lead as large as 11 in the first half, but Indiana continued to battle. N.C. State’s Jada Boyd scored nine first-quarter points, but she picked up her second foul a minute into the second quarter. Holmes fouled out with about 3:30 to go in the game, which opened up a later surge for N.C. State. “This is a dream to play for Indiana," Patberg said.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Unders sweep the board
       
The Cougars are -10½ on the live spread (live line turned off). First-half winners: Oral Roberts +6, under 74½, Oral Roberts +260 ML. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML. 8 Loyola Chicago 58Full-game winners: Oregon State +7, under 125, Oregon State +250 MLFirst-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½ (Oregon State 24-16)Second-half winners: Oregon State +5½, over 66 (Loyola 42-41)— No. 15 Oral Roberts 70Full-game winners: Oral Roberts +11½, under 157½, Arkansas -700 MLFirst-half winners: Oral Roberts +6, under 74½ (Oral Roberts 35-28)Second-half winners: Arkansas -8½, under 82 (Arkansas 44-35)Contact Jim Barnes at jbarnes@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0277.
No. 2 Baylor edges No. 6 Michigan in OT to advance to women's Elite 8
       
In Michigan women’s basketball’s maiden voyage into the Sweet 16, these maize and blue athletes masked as Cinderella at the ball were determined to keep dancing. Several times throughout the game, Baylor had appeared to distance themselves from the Wolverines, even carrying a 12-point lead. Yet, Michigan kept fighting back behind big baskets from Leigha Brown and Big Ten Player of the Year Naz Hillmon — who hit the game-tying bucket with 17 seconds left to force overtime. ANALYSIS: Why Iowa's loss is a win for women's basketballIN-DEPTH: Why can't NCAA get women's basketball right? In the second half, just as in the second round game vs. Tennessee, Brown came alive for the Wolverines' offense.
Silver Knights rally, then hold off Eagles for home win
       
Tomas Jurco and Lucas Elvenes each had a goal and an assist in a four-goal second period. Lucas Elvenes (Las Vegas Review-Journal)Tomas Jurco and Lucas Elvenes each had a goal and an assist in a four-goal second period and the Henderson Silver Knights held on Saturday night for a 4-3 American Hockey League victory over the Colorado Eagles at Orleans Arena. Paul Cotter and Jimmy Schuldt also scored for the Silver Knights, who trailed 2-0 before Jurco started the rally with his third goal at 6:59 of the period. Logan Thompson made 42 saves, including 19 in the third period, in winning for the ninth time in 11 starts.
Leonard leads Clippers past 76ers in Rivers' first game back
       
LOS ANGELES - (AP) -- Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Terance Mann added a season-high 23 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-112 on Saturday night in their first game against former coach Doc Rivers. He took the Philadelphia job less than a week after being fired by Los Angeles. The star forward had 19 points in the first half, including 12 in the second quarter. Los Angeles led by five at halftime, but took control with seven straight points to open the third quarter. DWIGHT TOSSED ... AGAINDwight Howard was ejected for the second straight game when he picked up two technical fouls with 10:35 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Kings beat Cavs on Barnes' 3-pointer at the buzzer
       
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) -- Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer after catching an inbounds pass from the opposite end of the court and the Sacramento Kings beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-98 on Saturday night. Collin Sexton scored 26 points, including a layup with 1.6 seconds remaining after Holmes was called for goaltending. Fox then heaved the ball from one baseline to Barnes, who caught the ball and took a few steps before launching a 26-footer as the buzzer sounded. As soon as the ball went through the net, Kings players stormed the court and mobbed Barnes. KINGS NEWCOMERS PLAYTwo days after being acquired in a series of trades, Kings newcomers Delon Wright, Terence Davis II and Moe Harkless were on the floor together as part of Sacramento's second unit late in the first quarter.
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 roundup: Baylor knocks off Villanova, Arkansas ends No. 15 seed Oral Roberts’ dreams and Houston KOs Syracuse
       
The game changed midway through the second half when Baylor all but abandoned what is normally its go-to shot — the 3. The Bears took a six-point lead with a 14-2 run during which not one point came from outside the arc.
UFC 260 photos
       
Scenes from UFC 260 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on March 27, 2021. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 27: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon kicks Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 27: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon punches Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 27: (L-R) Vicente Luque punches Tyron Woodley in their welterweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kessel hat trick lifts Coyotes past Sharks 4-0
       
GLENDALE, Ariz. - (AP) -- Phil Kessel scored three goals for his seventh career hat trick and Adin Hill made 33 saves to lead the Arizona Coyotes to their third straight victory, 4-0 over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Kessel scored on a power play in the second period, scored on a rebound in front of the net with 5:57 left. The Coyotes trimmed the shots advantage during the major, but couldn't get one past Dubnyk despite seven shots on goal. DURABILITYPatrick Marleau played in his 1,756th career game Saturday night, tying Mark Messier for second place in NHL history. Kessel, who reached 1,100 career games on Friday, has played in 878 straight games through Saturday.
State girls hockey: Eastview makes early goal stand up
       
The Lightning scored on their first shot and beat Stillwater 1-0 in the final girls’ hockey Class 2A quarterfinal at the Xcel Energy Center. Eastview finished third in the South Suburban Conference but has won six straight and is 9-1-1 in its past 11 games. The Lightning scored five goals in each of their section games, but that was going to be tough to match in a nail-biter that was fitting between the tournament’s No. So was the Eastview defense, which largely limited shots to the outside with Ponies struggling to set up in front of Lombardi. Stillwater pulled Timmons with about 90 seconds left, and, while spending much of the time in the Eastview end, was unable to get many good looks.
Timberwolves’ rematch with Rockets turns into a mismatch
       
In the aftermath of a 22-0 run that gave the Timberwolves an improbable victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night, Karl-Anthony Towns made it clear no one in the winning locker room was celebrating. The Wolves would have to be far sharper in the rematch against the Rockets on Saturday night at Target Center. The Rockets scored 41 points in the first quarter, held a 26-point lead at halftime and embarrassed the Wolves, 129-107. “No offense to the Rockets, but they had gone on a 20-game losing streak before this. To be the team where they’re joking around and beating us by 30, we’ve got to hold each other accountable.
UFC 260: Francis Ngannou becomes new heavyweight champion by stopping Stipe Miocic
       
LAS VEGAS - Francis Ngannou claimed the UFC heavyweight championship on Saturday night, stopping Stipe Miocic with ferocious punches early in the second round at UFC 260. The first UFC heavyweight champion from Africa flattened Miocic (21-3) twice early in the second, finishing the fight 52 seconds into the round. The fight ended quickly after Ngannou won the first round. In the Vegas cage, Ngannou was far too much for Miocic, the firefighter from Cleveland who is the most accomplished heavyweight champion in UFC history. Miocic won the final two fights of his trilogy with Cormier to cement his heavyweight supremacy over the only opponent he had fought since the first bout with Ngannou.
Williams, Bueckers lead UConn past Iowa in NCAA Sweet 16
       
SAN ANTONIO - The game was billed as a marquee matchup of uber-talented freshmen Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. Williams scored 27 points and Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament. Clark, shadowed on defense by Williams on almost every possession, finished with 21 points -- below her nearly 27-points-per-game average. “I thought we played a great team basketball game," Williams said.
Houston locks in on defense, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAs
       
Quentin Grimes scored 14 points while Houston's defense locked down on surging Buddy Boeheim, helping the Cougars beat Syracuse 62-46 on Saturday night in the Sweet 16. That sent the second-seeded Cougars through to their first regional final in 37 years, earning a matchup with No. Houston hadn't reached a regional final since a run of three straight Final Fours with its high-flying style under coach Guy Lewis in the 1980s. Houston (27-3) came in holding opponents to a national-low 37.3% shooting, and then harassed Syracuse (18-10) into just 28% (14 for 50). You can't be a great defender if you're not smart.”UP NEXTThe Cougars advanced to Monday's regional final to face 12th-seeded Oregon State.
Central Catholic dominates second half, beats Grant 35-21
       
“Like I told them at halftime, ‘Adversity will show your true character, So, who are you guys?’ " Central Catholic coach Steve Pyne said. “I think they came out and showed who they could be.”Early on, it looked like the Rams might run away with it. 2:53 1Q - @ccramfootball Luke Johnson to Gavin Jackson 8-yard TD pass. Central Catholic 13, Grant 0. 3:29 3Q - Luke Johnson to Zach Grisham for a 5-yard TD.
Winterhawks suffer first regulation loss, 3-2 to Seattle
       
HeadlinesWinterhawks suffer first regulation loss, 3-2 to Seattle: Jordan Gustafson’s first Western Hockey League goal in the last minue of the 2nd period proved to be the game winner as the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington. He played 5 games for Moose Jaw last season without a win but played well in his Seattle debut. Jarvis scores his first goal of the season: Portland star forward Seth Jarvis scored his first goal of the season to give Portland a 1-0 lead. Portland’s first regulation loss: It was the Winterhawks’ first game of the season without a point in the standings after two wins and two overtime losses. Next gamesSunday at Seattle, 5pmFriday vs. Tri-City, 5pmnext Saturday at Everett, 6pmLooking ahead: Friday April 9 at Spokane, 6pm
NCAA men’s hockey tournament: No. 1 Gophers on top of their game, for starters
       
Nevers scored the first two goals of his collegiate career on Saturday night, as the Gophers opened the NCAA tournament with an attitude in the high altitude of Colorado, routing Omaha 7-2 and advancing to Sunday’s regional tournament final. The goal by Perbix was the second scored by his family in the NCAA tournament on Saturday. Cloud State in their 6-2 win over Boston University in Albany, N.Y.With the win, the Gophers set up an all-Minnesota finale on Sunday. MSU trailed Quinnipiac 3-1 in the third period on Saturday before rallying to win 4-3 in overtime for that program’s first NCAA tournament victory. For the Gophers, Saturday marked their record 38th appearance in the national tournament, but it was their first NCAA tournament game since 2017, when they were a top seed in Manchester, N.H., and fell to Notre Dame 3-2.
City holds distanced ceremonies for mass shooting victims
       
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The city of Boulder encouraged people nationwide to hold a moment of silence and conduct a candle-lighting ceremony to honor the victims of a mass shooting at a local supermarket that killed 10 people last week. Boulder officials asked participants to observe 10 minutes of silence and leave a candle or light in front of their homes at 8 p.m. Saturday to honor the victims. The ceremonies had to be conducted privately in lieu of a mass gathering because of health restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, residents such as Susan Sierota extolled the virtues of the socially distanced ceremonies. But right now we can’t because of the pandemic,” said Sierota, a 30-year Boulder resident.
Pistons' Isaiah Stewart on 30-point deficit: 'We weren't playing hard at all'
       
Pistons' Isaiah Stewart on 30-point deficit: 'We weren't playing hard at all'Isaiah Stewart had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the 106-92 loss in Washington: "We have to come in ready to play.”
WATCH: Dixie Heights, Notre Dame advance in 9th Region semifinals
       
WATCH: Dixie Heights, Notre Dame advance in 9th Region semifinalsThe Colonels and Pandas will meet Monday night with a spot at state on the line.
UFC 260: Francis Ngannou overwhelms Stipe Miocic to claim heavyweight title
       
Francis Ngannou claimed the UFC heavyweight championship on Saturday night, stopping Stipe Miocic with ferocious punches early in the second round at UFC 260. The first UFC heavyweight champion from Africa flattened Miocic (21-3) twice early in the second, finishing the fight 52 seconds into the round. The fight ended quickly after Ngannou won the first round. In the Vegas cage, Ngannou was far too much for Miocic, the firefighter from Cleveland who is the most accomplished heavyweight champion in UFC history. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Francis Ngannou reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic on Saturday night.
Rule of six-aside: Why it's never too late to take up a team sport
       
This will be welcome news for the 7 million adults in the UK who played a team sport in the past year. It’s not just young adults who enjoy sport: last year, almost half a million adults in the UK over the age of 55 played a team sport, according to Sport England’s Active Lives survey. The advent of “veteran” and “development” teams for older players, and new variations on sport, such as walking football and walking netball, means that age is not a barrier. (If you have existing health conditions, he recommends speaking to your GP before taking up a sport.) Confidence, or rather lack of it, plays a role too, according to Sport England’s director of insight, Lisa O’Keefe.
UFC 260 results: Francis Ngannou devastates Stipe Miocic to win heavyweight title as Jon Jones waits in the wings
       
Francis Ngannou delivered a brutal knockout to defeat Stipe Miocic and become the new UFC heavyweight champion in the main event of UFC 260 on Saturday night. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. The new heavyweight champion of the world is on cloud nine and should stay there for some time. Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Shane Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)Early prelimsMarc-Andre Barriault def.
Soccer players must change mindset over brain injuries, union official says
       
A 2019 study carried out in Scotland found that professional soccer players were three-and-a-half times more likely to die from neurodegenerative disease compared with members of the general population. “I think football doesn’t want to think it can be a killer,” she added. “They are hot-wired from a very young age to disregard not just brain injuries but all sorts of injuries. The Premier League, by contrast, is trialing permanent concussion substitutes, which can take place after an on-field clinical assessment. “Permanent concussion substitutes only solves 10% of the problem,” said Mousinho.
Kei Nishikori through to 3rd round in Miami
       
Kei Nishikori overcame early struggles with unforced errors Saturday to advance to the third round of the Miami Open with a 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-4 win over Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene. The 39th-ranked Nishikori, who beat Bedene in straight sets at last week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, faced a much sterner challenge against the world No. Picking up the pace in the third set, Nishikori closed out the match in 2 hours and 50 minutes to set up a third-round showdown with world No. 4 Nishikori is the 28th seed in Miami. The 31-year-old is trying to work his way back to the top 10 following an elbow operation in late 2019 that sidelined him for most of last year.
A short river
       
The D River in Lincoln City, Oregon, which flows from Devils Lake into the Pacific Ocean, claims to be the world’s shortest river. The River is 440 feet long and has been listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest river. However, in 1989, some Montana Boy Scouts convinced Guiness that Montana’s Roe River which flows into the Missouri River in Great Falls was actually shorter. The Guiness Book of World Records has dropped the world’s shortest river category from its listings. Shown below are some photographs of Lincoln City’s D River Open Space.
Opinion: No. 15 seed Oral Roberts didn't get lucky in men's NCAA Tournament run. Golden Eagles are just really good.
       
15 seed ever to make the Sweet 16, few would have expected Oral Roberts to come so close to yet another upset in this tournament. 3 seed Arkansas suggests it’s only a matter of time before a team like Oral Roberts breaks through to make a Final Four. “I’m proud, but you always think you're capable of so much more,” Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills said after the 72-70 loss. Oral Roberts didn’t win Saturday, but it made it seem possible that a No. 15 seed going to an Elite Eight or further is not just within reach.
Arkansas fans savor the moment as Razorbacks reach Elite Eight for first time in 26 years
       
The Razorbacks fans bought up the suites, gobbled up tickets to three quarters of the available Bankers Life seats and overwhelmed the small but vocal contingent of Oral Roberts fans that made the trip from Tulsa. 15 seed Oral Roberts didn't get lucky in men's NCAA Tournament run. Elite Eight or sent packing:Winners and losers from the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16Brackets:How are your NCAA Tournament picks looking? Fifteen seed or not, Oral Roberts kept the pressure on Arkansas all night. “We needed paint points,” Davis said.
Alabama coach reaches out to idol Rick Pitino after ousting Gaels
       
15 seed Iona, Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats reached out to Gaels coach Rick Pitino for advice. Alabama coach Nate Oats receives congratulations from Rick Pitino after his team’s win over the Gaels in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. “What’s the big-time golf course up there?”When one of the show’s hosts asked if Oats meant “Winged Foot,’’ Oats said, “Winged Foot, sorry yeah, I’m not a big golfer. Surely, Oats is hoping his Tide are able to roll the way that 1996 Kentucky team Pitino coached did. Something to watch in this game: Alabama leads the nation in rebounding and UCLA is ranked 173rd.
No. 2 Houston locks up Buddy Boeheim, dispatches No. 11 Syracuse to reach Elite Eight in men's NCAA Tournament
       
Houston executed its game plan – smothering Syracuse sharp-shooting guard Buddy Boeheim – and walked away with a 62-46 win on Saturday to advance to the Elite Eight of the men's NCAA Tournament. 2 seeded Cougars (27-3) limited Boeheim to 12 points on 3-for-12 shooting, including 1-for-9 on three-point attempts. For all the bracket-busting upsets and double-digit seeds prevailing in this tournament, Houston has stayed true to its No. Coach Jim Boeheim put off his retirement in 2018 in large part to coach his son, Buddy. Buddy "Buckets" Boeheim had his moment in the spotlight this March – as the catalyst to a Sweet 16 team.
Knicks’ Derrick Rose chokes up after hearing about Robinson’s injury during interview
       
Derrick Rose didn’t know about Mitchell Robinson’s fractured foot until after the Knicks’ 102-96 win over the Bucks on Saturday night. But the news appeared to hit Rose like a ton of bricks when he learned of the diagnosis on a postgame interview on MSG. “Ahh,” a visibly crushed Rose said after MSG’s Mike Breen revealed the specific injury. “It sucks, man,” Rose said later in his postgame Zoom. But for someone like him, seeing how hard he worked to get back, for this to happen, it just sucks.”
Francis Ngannou becomes new UFC heavyweight champ after Stipe Miocic knockout
       
Francis Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic in the second round of UFC 260 to become the new heavyweight championship on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Ngannou landed a couple of nasty punches early in the second round and appeared to corner Miocic against the cage. Miocic got back up and hit Ngannou and thought he had the advantage in the moment but opened himself up for more damage from the Cameroon native. It was a complete 180 from their first match at UFC 220 in 2018 when the fight went the full five rounds. UFC legend Daniel Cormier, who was on the ESPN broadcast, floated the idea of a fight between Ngannou and Jon Jones.
McDonald propels Arizona over Texas A&M 74-59
       
2 Texas A&M 74-59 on Saturday night in the Sweet 16, sending the Wildcats to the regional final for the first time. Arizona poured in 13 team 3-pointers with McDonald making six from long range. McDonald came in averaging 19.6 points and scored 19 by halftime in carrying Arizona to a 35-32 lead. That stretched to 13 by the end of the third quarter as Arizona made four 3-pointers, three by McDonald, in the period. "When they made their roll, we couldn't answer back because of turnovers," Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said.
LaMarcus Aldridge Signs 1-Year Contract with Nets After Spurs Buyout
       
The Miami Heat were the front-runners to sign the center, but Aldridge planned to "talk with several teams," according to Wojnarowski. Aldridge appeared in 53 games for the Spurs last season and averaged 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds, a year removed from his second of two consecutive All-Star selections. Aldridge joins a loaded Nets team that sits second in the Eastern Conference with a 30-15 record. Per Wojnarowski, Aldridge is expected to see a "significant amount" of his minutes at center. He joins the recently added Blake Griffin, the six-time All-Star whom the Nets signed on March 8.
NCAA Men's Tournament 2021: Saturday's Sweet 16 Winners and Losers
       
1 of 8Darron Cummings/Associated PressNot many teams can shoot 17.4 percent from the floor in the first half and still have a chance to win. Despite those early struggles, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers were right in the thick of things late in the second half, and a Tate Hall layup with 6:56 remaining trimmed the deficit to 45-39. An alley-oop to Aher Uguak made it a three-point game with 3:30 remaining, but the lead swelled back to seven points in less than a minute. Their undoing proved to be a 5-of-23 shooting performance from beyond the arc against the Oregon State zone. Credit the Beavers for making it an uncomfortable game from start to finish, but the Ramblers had their chances to claw back into the game.
Outspoken Sean O'Malley won't allow first loss to shake his confidence
       
The colorful and outspoken striker will return to action for the first time since August, when he suffered a case of drop foot in a loss to Marlon Vera. Vera’s only loss in that stretch was to Song Yadong, a close bout many saw going Vera’s way. (L-R) Sean O'Malley kicks Marlon Vera of Ecuador in their bantamweight bout during UFC 252 at UFC APEX on Aug. 15, 2020 in Las Vegas. His critics may point to Vera’s performance as to why that happened, but O’Malley is still bubbling with confidence. In the build-up to the bout, he’s been asked repeatedly about the Vera fight and bristles at the mention of it.
Sweet 16 recap: Recent WNIT champs No. 3 Arizona, No. 4 Indiana guarantee first-time Final Four team
       
The right side of the NCAA women's tournament bracket is the haves and the have-nots after the first day of Sweet 16 action. Barnes was on the last Arizona team to reach the Sweet 16 and returned home to slowly build the program to prominence. 1 recruit in the 2018 class, led the Huskies in the Sweet 16. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)It's understandable and fair that the Sweet 16 matchup between No. Sunday's Sweet 16 scheduleAll times are ET.
UFC 260 ‘Embedded,’ No. 5: Sean O’Malley feels ‘like a million bucks’
       
The bout is the UFC 260 main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Miocic (20-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) and Ngannou (15-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) first met in 2018, in the main event of UFC 220. The highly anticipated rematch features the top two fighters in the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie heavyweight rankings bidding for the UFC belt. The fifth episode features Miocic and Ngannou, as well as Tyron Woodley, Vicente Luque, and Sean O’Malley. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic dresses for the press and faces off against Ngannou ahead of their rematch.
Houston holds off No. 11 seed Syracuse to reach first Elite Eight since Phi Slama Jama
       
11 seed Syracuse, 62-46, in the Sweet 16 on Saturday to book their trip to the Midwest regional final, where they will face yet another double-digit seed, No. With the exception of a brief stretch in the first half, Houston was in control for most of the game. Houston went more than three decades without winning another NCAA tournament game, but its fortunes have changed under Kelvin Sampson. The Cougars won a tournament game in 2018, reached the Sweet 16 in 2019 and have now reached the Elite Eight in 2021. To reach the Final Four, Houston will have to defeat one of the tournament's biggest Cinderellas, Oregon State.
UFC 260 results: Sean O’Malley blasts Thomas Almeida with violent KO sequence
       
At UFC 260, O’Malley (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) put on a striking clinic for two rounds before he blasted Thomas Almeida with a violent knockout sequence late in Round 3. The bantamweight bout was part of the UFC 260 main card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. With less than two minutes left in the round, Almeida moved in and ate a short left hand that sent Almeida tumbling. He has not won a fight since he defeated Albert Morales at UFC Fight Night 100 in November 2016. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:
Houston’s defense locks in, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAs
       
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Quentin Grimes scored 14 points while Houston’s defense locked down on surging Buddy Boeheim, helping the Cougars beat Syracuse 62-46 on Saturday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Boeheim managed just one first-half basket and finished with 12 points on 3-for-13 shooting, including 1 for 9 from 3-point range. As for Kelvin Sampson’s Cougars, Houston shot just 38% and 7 for 26 from 3-point range. UP NEXTThe Cougars advanced to Monday’s regional final to face 12th-seeded Oregon State. The Beavers beat eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago 65-58 earlier Saturday to emerge from the upset-riddled top half of the region bracket.
Clippers’ addition of Rajon Rondo gives them a needed ‘orchestrator,’ team president says
       
It was an appropriate seating arrangement for a point guard the Clippers say will act as an extension of the coaching staff when on the floor. “I think he’s a guy that we’ve targeted for a while, and when we looked at our needs, I think one of the things, despite the success of this group, we were looking for an orchestrator. And understanding kind of different moments and being able to see it in real time, not after the fact, Rondo, he’s a force. He’s a force and I think … he’s really, really going to fit. Last season, “I think it was fair to say hey, this is a group that would flip the switch,” Frank said.
Augustus plans to get married after season
       
Lynx star LySeimone Augustus said she plans to get married after winning another WNBA championship this season. Lynx star LySeimone Augustus said she plans to get married after winning another WNBA championship this season.
Saturday’s prep football roundup: Serra, Kennedy-Fremont, Pinole Valley, Hillsdale, St. Ignatius win
       
Support our high school sports coverage: Our current offer is three months for 99 cents (total). — Brendan CrossSAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 27: Mt. Tamalpais as a backdrop, St. Ignatius hosts Riordan for a WCAL high school football game at J.B. Murphy Field in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, March 27, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 27: St. Ignatius' Ryan Ivers (83) torches Archbishop Riordan on a 74-yard touchdown reception during a WCAL high school football game in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, March 27, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 27: St. Ignatius' Jahsai Shannon (4) rushes against Archbishop Riordan during a WCAL high school football game in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Oliver Ames alum donates $1 million for scholarships
       
The 1,132-student Oliver Ames on Lothrop Street is Easton’s public high school. Thankful for the scholarships he received when he graduated from Oliver Ames High School, an anonymous donor has given $1 million to the Easton public schools to help future students get the same support. “At my graduation, I was awarded scholarships totaling about $500, and what I’m doing now is ‘paying it forward’ to a new generation of Oliver Ames graduates.”Susan Mancuso, Oliver Ames’ guidance director, said the school was “grateful and excited” to receive the donation. “Easton is very fortunate to have such a generous donor,” School Committee chair Nancy De Luca said in an e-mail. “The School Committee is truly appreciative of the awards to Oliver Ames’s students” provided through the scholarship.
Elite Eight or sent packing: Winners and losers from the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
       
We got one of the two, following Oregon State's 65-58 upset of Loyola Chicago in the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Saturday. A look at the biggest winners and losers from Saturday's Sweet 16 games in Indianapolis:WinnersArkansas. By the time Loyola Chicago caught up in the second half and players not named Cameron Krutwig started making shots, it was too late. They kept that momentum going early in the second half. Yet it was the absence of Gillespie that was most felt late in the second half when 'Nova needed a boost.
Stars’ inability to win consecutive games has Dallas hovering in mediocrity after OT loss to Panthers
       
Before the Stars’ 4-3 overtime loss over the Panthers on Saturday night, a pair of dubious distinctions presented themselves for Dallas to extinguish. The Stars had not won consecutive games since Jan. 26, when they completed a perfect four-game home stand to begin the regular season. And they had not been over .500 since Feb. 27, hovering in Central Division mediocrity for the past month. No team has lost more than Dallas’ nine overtime or shootout games. The speed of the game makes the officials’ job that much more difficult today.”Find more Stars coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
‘Force of nature’ Zion Williamson, Pelicans too much for short-handed Mavericks to overcome
       
After arriving at Smoothie King Center Saturday night, Doncic felt ill and was sent back to the Mavericks’ hotel. Facing those obstacles, and Zion Williamson, Tim Hardaway Jr. led a gritty comeback that pushed the Mavericks into the lead, but in the fourth quarter the Pelicans pulled away for a 112-103 victory. Hardaway scored 30 points for Dallas and Jalen Brunson scored 24, but Williamson scored 38 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, one-upping of his then-career-high 36-point effort in a Feb. 12 loss in Dallas. And it came just one night after Williamson scored a career-high 39 points against Denver. Porzingis scored 31 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in that loss, but also played a season-high 37:32, so it wasn’t surprising that he sat out Saturday.
Elite Eight or sent packing: Winners and losers from the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
       
We got one of the two, following Oregon State's 65-58 upset of Loyola Chicago in the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Saturday. A look at the biggest winners and losers from Saturday's Sweet 16 games in Indianapolis:WinnersArkansas. By the time Loyola Chicago caught up in the second half and players not named Cameron Krutwig started making shots, it was too late. They kept that momentum going early in the second half. Yet it was the absence of Gillespie that was most felt late in the second half when 'Nova needed a boost.
New-look Bulls have a tough opening act in loss to the Spurs
       
If there was good news to come out of the loss for the new-look roster it was they have an important practice scheduled in the Bay Area during Sunday’s off day. All-Star center, and trade deadline addition, Nikola Vucevic knows that he and Zach LaVine will work, but as the loss in San Antonio showed it’s about getting all the pieces to work together. But playing with a player like that will take an adjustment period, not only from [LaVine], but I think from everybody.’’Vucevic agreed. How all the combinations will work once Daniel Theis joins the team in time for the game at Golden State? By the end of the first, the Spurs (23-20) had a 33-20 lead, and then piled onto it.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Houston wins, covers vs. Syracuse
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. The Cougars are -10½ on the live spread (live line turned off). 5:22 p.m.: Arkansas is still favored at -142 on the live line (Oral Roberts +116), spread -2½, total 145½. First-half winners: Oral Roberts +6, under 74½, Oral Roberts +260 ML. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML.
Mitchell scores 35, leads Jazz past Grizzlies 126-110
       
SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) -- Donovan Mitchell had 35 points and seven assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 126-110 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points off the bench. Memphis chipped away early in the second quarter and cut it to 45-36 on a 3-pointer from Brooks. Mitchell scored three straight baskets and assisted on three 3-pointers from Clarkson, fueling an 18-6 run that put the Jazz up 63-42 late in the second quarter. … Memphis scored 32 points off 22 Jazz turnovers.
Williamson scores 38, Pelicans use late run to top Mavericks
       
Dallas led 95-94 with 3:42 left, but Williamson closed with 10 points down the stretch and Alexander-Walker added two 3-pointers. The Pelicans closed the first quarter with 13 consecutive points to build a 35-20 lead. Williamson led the Pelicans with 15 first-half points on 6-of-10 shooting. Eric Bledsoe's 3-pointer capped a 9-3 run for New Orleans as the Pelicans regained the lead, 70-68. Williamson 10 points in the quarter and the Pelicans took an 80-78 lead into the fourth.
Nikola Vucevic scores 21 points in his Chicago Bulls debut, but the San Antonio Spurs hold on for a 120-104 victory
       
“I’m trying to find my teammates and get a feel for everything that we are running,” Vucevic said. “It was pretty good for a first game, and as the game went on, it was better.”
Tatum scores 27 points, Celtics rally to beat Thunder 111-94
       
OKLAHOMA CITY - (AP) -- Jayson Tatum scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half and the Boston Celtics rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-94 on Saturday night. Jaylen Brown added 25 points to help the Celtics close out a four-game trip and even their season record. 'We've got to establish some momentum here.”Moses Brown scored a career-high 21 points and tied a Thunder record with 23 rebounds. The Celtics shot 56% in the fourth quarter and outscored the Thunder 35-14. The fourth quarter offered a glimpse of the way the Celtics want to play the rest of the season.
Time, TV channel set for Oregon State men’s basketball’s Elite Eight game against Houston
       
Fans can mark their calendar and set their DVRs, because the matchup and game time are set for the Oregon State Beavers men’s basketball team’s Elite Eight game in the NCAA Tournament. 2 seed Houston Cougars at 4:15 p.m. PDT Monday in the Midwest Region final. 4 seed Oklahoma State and No. 15 seed Cleveland State, No. The Cougars ousted the Orange 62-46 on Saturday night and now will face their fourth consecutive double-digit seed.
Houston-Syracuse winner will have early NCAA game Monday night
       
Minutes before Houston and Syracuse tipped off in Indianapolis, CBS announced its starting times for Monday’s regional final games on the network. The Houston-Syracuse winner will have the 7:15 p.m. game against Oregon State. Baylor and Arkansas will meet at 9:57. The schedule (with times, networks and announcers):Monday, March 297:15 (CBS): Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)—2-Houston/11-Syracuse vs. 12-Oregon State (Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Jamie Erdahl)9:57 (CBS): Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)—1-Baylor vs. 3-Arkansas Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson)
Gary Trent Jr.’s departure from the Portland Trail Blazers wasn’t without sadness: ‘On our team, we’re more than just teammates’
       
Last Thursday began like another typical game day for Gary Trent Jr. He went to the Portland Trail Blazers’ shootaround that morning in Miami, worked on his shot, joked with teammates. “He just told me, ‘you’re going to get traded,’” Trent said. Great teammates. It’s crazy, though.”Trent Sr. has filled in Trent Jr. on what it’s like living and playing in Toronto.
State girls hockey: Andover two wins from Class 2A repeat
       
That’s how many more wins the Huskies need to repeat as Class 2A state girls’ hockey champions. The goal-scoring, lockdown-defense machine continued to hum on most cylinders in Saturday’s state quarterfinals, as Andover beat Farmington 4-0 at the Xcel Energy Center. We think it’s a good thing because we get everyone’s best and it’s super fun and competitive. Three minutes later, a perfectly executed zone breakout went from Gabby Krause to Hemp to Boerger behind a pair of defenders. Sadie Long’s attempted conversion of a feed from Liv Helleson hit a defender during a power play, and Helleson’s shot went just wide on a breakaway.
University of Cincinnati football coach Luke Fickell reloads with deep roster, high expectations
       
"We're feeling like things are starting to move themselves back that way, our guys feel that — it's exciting," the fifth-year coach said. More:Luke Fickell's focus for spring is to figure out 'how do we go to the next level'"We talk about leadership makes everybody better; he (Sanders) makes the coaches better," Fickell said. "It makes everyone better — makes the O-line better, makes the backs better, tight ends better. UC Bearcats football recruiting: All-Ohio offensive lineman Ethan Green commits to Luke Fickell, Cincinnati BearcatsIrons will be sharpened when it comes to who will protect Ridder this season. Fickell doesn't want to hear about early college football polls, he just wants to remind his team to keep setting the bar high as expectations continue to increase.
Thunder vs. Celtics: Five takeaways from loss to Boston
       
Brown, a 21-year-old on a two-way contract, made history Saturday night in the Thunder’s 111-94 loss to the Celtics. Here are four other takeaways:Celtics pull awayCenter Luke Kornet, in his first game with the Celtics after being traded from the Bulls, nailed back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to give Boston the lead. The Celtics crushed the Thunder in the fourth quarter, opening with a 21-2 run that was punctuated by a Jayson Tatum slam. Boston won the fourth quarter 35-14. At the 8:53 mark in the first quarter: Thunder guard Luguentz Dort 8, Celtics 0.
Eastern Massachusetts high school football scores and highlights
       
… Keesean Kerr rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, leading Boston English/New Mission (1-2) to a 48-0 win over South Boston/Burke. Kevin Hughes ran for three scores and Cole Dixon added a pair as Apponequet rolled to a 45-7 win over Greater New Bedford in the South Coast Conference. … Joe Carrara ran for three touchdowns and threw for a fourth as Bourne (1-0) coasted to a 47-14 win over Wareham. … Dylan Rodriguez ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns as Somerset Berkley (1-0) defeated Seekonk, 38-0. Luke Tacelli completed 9-of-18 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, while Jaison Tucker added 175 rushing yards and two scores as Wayland (2-0) defeated Bedford, 38-7, in the Dual County League.
Celtics close out road trip with 111-94 win over OKC
       
“I don’t know how many teams have played more road games than us. I certainly feel it, personally, And certainly this has been a tough stretch,” Stevens said of the four-game road trip that ended in a 111-94 win in Oklahoma City Saturday night. The Celtics, who put this one away with a 22-2 fourth-quarter run that included their first lead of the night, thus finished their last road trip for two weeks at 2-2. One night after arguably their biggest win of the season in Milwaukee, the Celtics got off to one of those familiar low energy starts. He’s got a small, I don’t know if it was a contusion or a small, small tear in that oblique,” said the Celtics coach.
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Night' game
       
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Virginia Lottery's "Pick 3 Night" game were:6-0-5(six, zero, five)
Cibola offense dominates in shootwin win over Volcano Vista
       
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For a team that didn’t already have a game under its belt, Cibola looked in midseason form. The Cougars scored on four of their five first-half possessions, and cruised to a 49-33 win over Volcano Vista at Nusenda Community Stadium on night. “(Slayd) was the main reason we won , and he was the glue that held us together,” said Cibola coach Rod Williams. Campos’ seven-yard TD run in the fourth extended the Cougars’ lead to 49-25, and it also put a bow on his senior class’ first win over Volcano Vista. Punts-avg: C 1-28; VV 4-24.3; Fumbles-lost: C 2-0, VV 1-0; Penalties-yds: C 6-65, VV 14-116.
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Night' game
       
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Virginia Lottery's "Pick 4 Night" game were:9-9-6-8(nine, nine, six, eight)
Westbrook, Wizards beat Pistons 106-92 despite Beal injury
       
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Washington Wizards completed a 106-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night after All-Star guard Bradley Beal's injury-shortened outing. Beal had 17 points in 21 minutes before the NBA's leading scorer departed early in the third quarter, having started the game with a sore right foot. After nearly giving back a 30-point lead, Westbrook's NBA-best 15th triple-double helped the Wizards secure just their second win in 10 games since the All-Star break. Wayne Ellington scored 15 points for the last-place Pistons, who have lost four in a row and 14 of their last 18. Its starters were outscored 67-50 despite Beal's early exit.
Holiday cancelled? Here's why you should visit a National Garden Scheme garden this summer
       
Among all the pain and uncertainty, for our garden owners a regular pattern emerged. They found that while their gardens could not welcome visitors, they could offer vital continuity and reassurance to those fortunate enough to inhabit them. The anticipation is palpable among garden owners; they are like Henry V’s “greyhounds in the slips”. At the moment all NGS gardens in Wales remain closed, but we hope they will soon be able to open. The feeling of gratitude has been immense, along with ­comments about being privileged to be allowed to visit the garden.
The return of Marine Le Pen
       
Early polls show Marine Le Pen winning a larger share of the vote than ever before | Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty ImagesPress play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyPARIS — Marine Le Pen has never been closer to seizing power in France than she is now. On Thursday, Le Pen will cross swords on prime time TV with Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin. Crisis of inertiaIn recent months, Le Pen has struggled to find a voice. To build momentum, Le Pen will need a strong showing at regional elections, currently planned for June. “Marion is suspected of preparing the post-[Marine Le Pen], of preparing for a failure of Marine Le Pen,” the official said.
City holds distanced ceremonies for mass shooting victims
       
Boulder officials asked participants to observe 10 minutes of silence and leave a candle or light in front of their homes at 8 p.m. Saturday to honor the victims. The ceremonies had to be conducted privately in lieu of a mass gathering because of health restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, residents such as Susan Sierota extolled the virtues of the socially distanced ceremonies. “It's comforting.”David A. Humdy, a 25-year Colorado resident, said the ceremonies are important as a way to reflect on what happened. The Boulder mass shooting occurred just days after another mass killing took place in Atlanta where eight people were killed, six of them women of Asian descent.
Southern states brace for another round of severe weather, including tornadoes
       
Parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee face an enhanced risk warning for severe weather and tornadoes on Saturday, the NWS' Storm Prediction Center reported. Heavy rain, hail and wind is expected in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday afternoon and into the evening. 'Airplanes torn apart like toys': Severe weather in the South leaves 5 dead in Alabama, 1 in GeorgiaMeanwhile in the Midwest, eastern Missouri and Illinois can expect isolated severe weather late Saturday afternoon. The severe wave of tornadoes left at least six people dead — five people in Alabama and one person in Mississippi. "Alabama endured another long day of severe weather yesterday with several areas being hit hard by tornadoes (and) flooding," Ivey wrote, in part.
Mitchell Robinson injury overshadows Knicks’ win over Bucks
       
Already playing without All-Star forward Julius Randle, the Knicks lost starting center Mitchell Robinson for an extended period for a second time this season. Robinson broke his right foot during the first quarter to put a heavy damper on the Knicks’ 102-96 win over the injury-riddled Bucks, who were missing two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and three other starters. MItchell Robinson, trying to grab a rebound earlier in the game, broke his right foot in the Knicks’ 102-96 win over the Bucks. Antetokounmpo’s brother, Thanasis, a former Knicks draft pick, scored a career-high 23 points and Jordan Nwora had 21 for the Bucks (29-16). Burks’ 3-pointer 16 seconds later vaulted the Knicks back ahead, giving him at least 20 points for a fifth consecutive game.
Bradley Beal leaves early, but Wizards still have enough to hold off Pistons
       
The Wizards rebounded for a much-needed 106-92 win against the Detroit Pistons for their first victory in four games. ADADWizards Coach Scott Brooks did not have an update after the game on Beal, who was also dealing with right foot soreness entering the game. ADBeal headed to the locker room when it seemed the Wizards were on cruise control just over three minutes after halftime. The veterans and Hachimura helped the Wizards to a 9-0 run in the fourth that got them safely out of trouble. ADBefore the disjointed third quarter, Washington played a dominant first half that ended with a 68-41 lead.
Ali Patberg leads Indiana, her hometown school, to upset of top-seeded N.C. State
       
ADAD“This is a dream to play for Indiana,” Patberg said. “Ali Patberg is one of the best kids I will ever coach,” Hoosiers Coach Teri Moren said. She loves being in the gym.”Patberg is averaging 14.1 points this season as Indiana’s third-leading scorer. Patberg lead the Hoosiers in minutes per game (33.9) and was one of four players to log at least 37 against the Wolfpack. “She was broken when she arrived at Indiana,” Moren said.
Arkansas hangs on as No. 15 Oral Roberts misses a three-pointer at the buzzer
       
15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 (after Florida Gulf Coast in 2013), would not have the first No. It would not boast an Oral Roberts that finished fourth in the Summit League before a mad surge through some rugged Dakotan teams in the conference tournament, then No. 3 seed Arkansas following its escape by trying to solve No. And it looked like their tack against Oral Roberts’ other point-gusher, Kevin Obanor, had worked, with Obanor squeezing out only seven shots and 12 points. … You always think a shot here, a shot there, if Coach Mills doesn’t get a technical foul (in the first half) …”
2021 NCAA tournament live updates Sweet 16 scores and analysis from Saturday’s games
       
The game tips off at 7:25 p.m. and will air on TBS. The Razorbacks rank 10th in adjusted defensive efficiency by KenPom.com and have held their previous two opponents to 37.9 percent shooting from the field. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 having defeated No. Despite losing to Arkansas on the road in December, guard Max Abmas, has since found a new gear and emerged as the nation’s leading scorer. The team is 8-2 since Glasper’s injury and rides a seven-game winning streak into the round of 16.
Indiana in first Elite Eight with 73-70 win over NC State
       
The Hoosiers led 70-60 with 2:51 left before N.C. State scored eight straight points to get within two with 1:21 left. The Wolfpack weren't done, with Raina Perez making a jumper in the lane to get N.C. State back within two with 13.5 seconds left. They did a great job," N.C. State coach Wes Moore said. Jada Boyd scored 18 points for N.C. State, and Perez had 17. N.C. State was trying to secure the program's second Elite Eight berth and first since the 1998 tournament, when they were coached by the late Kay Yow.
Davis' jumper gives Arkansas 72-70 win over Oral Roberts
       
15 seed to reach the Elite Eight, Oral Roberts stumbled with a series of turnovers and missed shots. "We gave him a pass option, we gave him a dribble option," Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills said. Oral Roberts knew it had a chance to top it against the Razorbacks after playing them earlier in the season. Oral Roberts led by 10 at halftime in Fayetteville on Dec. 20 before Arkansas bullied the Golden Eagles in the second half for an 87-76 win. REBOUNDING RAZORBACKSArkansas had 24 offensive rebounds in its regular-season win over Oral Roberts and owned the offensive glass again in the Sweet 16.
Williams, Bueckers lead UConn past Iowa in NCAA Sweet 16
       
The game was billed as a marquee matchup of uber-talented freshmen Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. Williams scored 27 points and Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament. Evina Westbrook just missed the 18th triple-double in NCAA women's tournament history, with 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for UConn (27-1). "I thought we played a great team basketball game," Williams said.
Baylor grinds to Elite 8 in 62-51 win ova 'Nova
       
Jared Butler scored nine points on 1-for-9 shooting from 3, and MaCio Teague had five points without a 3. Because of that, Baylor shot 53% in the second half, even though it made only one 3. The game changed midway through the second half when Baylor took Drew's words to heart and started pounding inside. Constantly harassing Villanova shooters who'd carved out space in the first half, Baylor held Villanova to 37.5% shooting in the second and 0 for 9 from 3. Forward Brandon Slater left the game about midway through the second half after landing awkwardly during a fight for a rebound.
No. 3 Arkansas Survives Against No. 15 Oral Roberts to Advance to Elite Eight
       
The Arkansas Razorbacks played spoiler to the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles' Cinderella run with a 72-70 victory in Saturday's Sweet 16 game of the 2021 NCAA men's tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. 3 seed in the South Region, helping the Razorbacks advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995. The Razorbacks handled Oral Roberts by 11 points in December by exploiting their size advantage. Oral Roberts enjoyed the rebounding advantage and held Smith to just four points on the way to a seven-point halftime lead. Supporting Cast Comes Up Short for Oral RobertsThe formula was straightforward for Oral Roberts in the Big Dance.
Analysis: Caitlin Clark loses, but women's basketball wins with emergence of a new superstar
       
Women's basketball won on Saturday, and it's because of Caitlin Clark and Iowa, even if the Hawkeyes lost the Sweet 16 marquee matchup 92-72. Clark, who is from West Des Moines, grew up in a state that adores women’s basketball. MORE: Maryland women's basketball coach driven by ailing fatherMORE: 'I assumed they were treating us fairly'. Why can't NCAA get women's basketball right? Follow Lindsay Schnell on Twitter @Lindsay_SchnellThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Iowa, Caitlin Clark lose but women's basketball gets big win
NASCAR: Rain cancels Cup Series heat races on Bristol dirt and pushes Truck race to Sunday
       
Rain canceled heat races for both the Cup Series and Truck Series on Saturday and forced the Truck Series race to move from Saturday night to Sunday night at 9 p.m. The Cup Series race is still scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Both the Cup Series and Truck Series races were scheduled to have heat races to set the starting lineup. Kyle Larson is set to first for the Cup Series race while John Hunter Nemechek starts first for the Truck Series race. From too dusty to too wetPractice for both the Cup Series and Truck Series featured a very dusty track.
Cup Series cars hit Bristol dirt for the first time
       
Associated PressNASCAR feverishly tried to save its ballyhooed first Cup Series dirt race since 1970 from turning into a total disaster, the likes not seen since the 2008 tire debacle at Indianapolis made for one of the worst events in the sport's history. The Cup Series is slated to race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, where 2,300 truckloads of red Tennessee clay have filled the famed bullring for an experimental — some might say gimmicky — stab at grassroots racing. Yes, drivers had a blast playing in the dirt, some for the first time since they were kids.
What Geno Auriemma told Iowa phenom Caitlin Clark postgame
       
Moments after his team defeated Iowa to advance to its 15th consecutive Elite Eight, UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma walked to mid-court and pointed in the direction of Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark. Clark said that Auriemma told her that she was “crazy good” and that it was “kind of a shame that there had to be so much pressure” on her and UConn’s Paige Bueckers. Auriemma told Clark that she and Bueckers both appeared “antsy” in the first half of a Sweet 16 game billed as a showdown between women’s college basketball’s two top freshmen. “He told me, ‘What you have done for Iowa this season has really been special and you have a bright future,’” Clark said. The former five-star recruit entered Saturday averaging nearly 27 points per game and shooting over 40 percent from behind the arc.
Tornadoes, thunderstorms continue to batter the South
       
Tornadoes and thunderstorms on Saturday continued to pummel the South, which has been battered by extreme weather since mid-March. At least 24 tornadoes have touched down in Georgia and Alabama since Thursday, the National Weather Service said. The weather service office in Atlanta said Friday that at least one tornado displayed evidence of 170 mph winds. About 30 million people in the South and Mid-Atlantic continued to be under the threat of severe weather. "The primary hazards associated with the severe thunderstorms are frequent lightning, severe wind gusts, hail, and tornadoes," the NWS said in a forecast discussion.
Report: Celtics target Andre Drummond looks headed to Lakers
       
Andre Drummond is expected to join the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, according to an ESPN report, scuttling Celtics plans to add the big man. Drummond was bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, sparking a frenzy for the 27-year-old, who made two All-Star teams during eight seasons with the Detroit Pistons. That battle looks like it will be won by Los Angeles, with ESPN reporting “star players and front office [members] have been recruiting Drummond hard, selling him on the opportunity to step into the defending champion’s starting lineup.”
Prep football: St. Ignatius blanks Archbishop Riordan to open its season
       
St. Ignatius took hold of this game from the start Saturday as senior running back and safety Jahsai Shannon took the opening kickoff to the house in a 42-0 home victory over rival Archbishop Riordan. It is the third consecutive shutout victory for the Wildcats over the Crusaders. The Gil Haskell Trophy, annually awarded to the winner of this game, stays with St. Ignatius for at least another year. The trophy is named after former head coach Gil Haskell, who coached for the Crusaders from 1965-68 and for the Wildcats from 1973-77. St. Ignatius used three different quarterbacks in the game, juniors Aidan Smith and Charlie Pyfer and senior Cheddar Tunney.
Former Celtic Al Horford won’t play again for Oklahoma City
       
OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Celtics center Al Horford did not get a chance to face his former team Saturday, as the Oklahoma City Thunder decided to shelve the 34-year-old former All-Star for the rest of the season as the organization seeks an offseason trade. Horford opted out of the final year of his contract with the Celtics to sign a four-year, $109 million contract with the 76ers. Horford played 28 games with the Thunder, averaging 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 36.8 percent from the 3-point line. Horford is signed through 2022-23 and has $53 million remaining on his contract, making it challenging to move Horford. And with two years left on his contract, Horford was an unlikely buyout candidate.
Celtics rally late to pull out win in Oklahoma City
       
This group of Oklahoma City prospects were outworking and outplaying the Celtics for three quarters and Boston risked another embarrassing loss. OKLAHOMA CITY — It seems Brad Stevens had exhausted all his options to spark a team that was playing listless and uninspired Saturday against a Thunder team that resembled the G-League Ignite squad. Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) goes up strong against the strong-armed opposition of Thunder center Moses Brown (9) in Saturday night's game in Oklahoma City. Brown had as offensive rebounds as the Celtics team in the first half. ? When the Celtics started out flat and lethargic in the opening period, Celtics coach Brad Stevens countered Oklahoma City’s kids with kids of his own.
McDonald, Arizona women advance to Elite Eight with win over No. 2 Texas A&M
       
Adia Barnes had some glory days as a player at the University of Arizona. Barnes' tenacious Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in history turning back No. 2 seed Texas A&M 74-59 Saturday night in Mercado Region play at the Alamodome. "As a player, Arizona is special to me. Trinity Baptiste scored inside for a 52-44 Arizona lead.
Woman critically injured in hit-and-run crash in Parkway Gardens
       
A 28-year-old woman was critically injured Saturday in a hit-and-run crash in Parkway Gardens on the South Side. About 7:30 p.m., she was standing in the middle of both lanes of traffic in the 6400 block of South King Drive, when she was struck by a gray Jeep, Chicago police said. The Jeep fled the scene after the crash,The woman was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, police said. Area One detectives are investigating.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Houston leading in 2nd half
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. Refresh this blog throughout the day to track bad beats, movement on the live betting line, props, halftime bets and much more. The Razorbacks are favored again at -164 on the live line (Oral Roberts +134), spread -2½, total 143½. 5:22 p.m.: Arkansas is still favored at -142 on the live line (Oral Roberts +116), spread -2½, total 145½. First-half winners: Oral Roberts +6, under 74½, Oral Roberts +260 ML.
Blackhawks’ ugly loss to Predators spoils Kirby Dach’s surprise return
       
The NHL trade deadline remains two weeks away, but the Blackhawks on Saturday debuted their biggest mid-season addition: Kirby Dach. Dach returned from his right wrist injury more than a month ahead of schedule in the Hawks’ 3-1 loss to the Predators. “I never had doubts in my mind that I was going to play [this season],” Dach said. The surging Predators, now 6-1 in their last seven games entering Sunday’s rematch, were on the front foot throughout. “He wasn’t going to be in tonight, so we wanted him to play a bunch of minutes in Rockford,” Colliton said.
Westbrook, Wizards beat Pistons 106-92 despite Beal injury
       
WASHINGTON - (AP) -- Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Washington Wizards completed a 106-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night after All-Star guard Bradley Beal's injury-shortened outing. Beal had 17 points in 21 minutes before the NBA's leading scorer departed early in the third quarter, having started the game with a sore right foot. After nearly giving back a 30-point lead, Westbrook's NBA-best 15th triple-double helped the Wizards secure just their second win in 10 games since the All-Star break. Wayne Ellington scored 15 points for the last-place Pistons, who have lost four in a row and 14 of their last 18. Beal appeared to pick up or aggravate an injury late in the second quarter on an awkward fall after driving and charging into Detroit's Saddiq Bey.
Ekblad scores two goals in OT — and one counts — as Panthers edge Dallas to end three-game pointless skid
       
Carter Verhaeghe got the Panthers to overtime with a hat trick and they snapped a three-game losing streak that marked their longest of the season. Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves in the first of back-to-back games between the teams in Dallas.
Ekblad's goal in OT gives Panthers 4-3 win over Stars
       
DALLAS - (AP) -- Aaron Ekblad scored with 9.3 seconds left in overtime after his apparent winner moments earlier was wiped out by a replay review, and the Florida Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Saturday night. Carter Verhaeghe got the Panthers to overtime with a hat trick and they snapped a three-game losing streak that marked their longest of the season. Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves in the first of back-to-back games between the teams in Dallas. Ekblad scored on a backhand after being denied a goal with 47.8 seconds remaining in the extra period when a video review determined the play was offside. UP NEXTSunday's game will be the fourth of a five-game homestand for the Stars and the fourth of a five-game road trip for the Panthers.
Poeltl, DeRozan lead Spurs past Bulls in Vucevic's debut
       
SAN ANTONIO - (AP) -- Jakob Poeltl scored 20 points, DeMar DeRozan had 17 and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat Chicago 120-104 on Saturday night in Nikola Vucevic's debut with the Bulls, snapping a four-game losing streak. San Antonio nearly blew a 36-point lead but held on to win for the first time since defeating Cleveland on March 19. Coming off two disappointing losses to the Los Angeles Clippers, including a 134-101 blowout Wednesday, San Antonio needed a boost and their veterans provided it. DeRozan and Poeltl combined to score the next seven points to give San Antonio a 114-98 lead with 3:23 remaining. … The last time the Spurs held a 30-point lead was Feb. 12 against the Atlanta Hawks.
Predators beat Blackhawks 3-1 for 4th straight win
       
CHICAGO - (AP) -- Mikael Grunland, Rocco Grimaldi and Ryan Johansen scored, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive win. Pius Suter scored for the third straight game, but the Blackhawks were unable to generate much offense against the defensive-minded Predators. With the Predators keeping the Blackhawks on the perimeter for most of the night, Saros stopped 29 shots in his ninth win of the season, moving ahead of No. The third-overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft had eight goals and 15 assists in 64 games during his rookie season with the Blackhawks. UP NEXTThe Blackhawks host the Predators again on Sunday night.
Porter scores 25 points, Rockets beat Timberwolves 129-107
       
MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) -- Kevin Porter Jr. scored 25 points in his return to Houston's lineup, John Wall had 13 points and 12 assists and the Rockets rebounded to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 129-107 on Saturday night. The Rockets came back a night later to win for the second time in four games after a 20-game losing streak. Kelly Olynyk added 16 points in his first game for Houston after coming over from Miami in the trade for Victor Oladipo. “I didn't really get comfortable until the last like four minutes or so, maybe six,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. Led by their holdover star Wall, the Rockets shot 73.9% in the first quarter and scored 41 points.
Minnesota state high school wrestling meet: Kimball Area wins Class A team title
       
Kimball won its first state wrestling team title Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville, toppling Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parker 49-21 in the Class A championship match. Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parker won the first three matches of the duel, before Kimball reeled off 10 straight victories, including six pins. Gavin Winter (126), Alex Nelson (136), Brett Schiefelbein (145), Logan Kuseske (152), Zack Holtz (160) and Haden Rosenow (182) all registered falls. Kimball Area topped Royalton-Upsala 45-26 in the semifinals earlier in the day. Holtz went on to reach the individual finals later in the day.
State gymnastics: Forest Lake’s Claire O’Gorman shines in final meet, Sartell dominates 2A field
       
Claire O’Gorman’s mom gave her sage advice as she was set to begin the final meet of her gymnastics career: Savor the moment. The senior won the floor exercise title, finished second in the all-around and helped Forest Lake place second as a team. “It was so meaningful, just because it was my last ever meet doing gymnastics,” O’Gorman said. “I’ve been doing it ever since I was 5, all day, every day, and just to be done was insane.”Sartell won the team title with a score of 148.050. “This was the biggest meet we’ve had all season,” Olson said.
State girls hockey: Gentry Academy rolls past River Lakes
       
She scored two goals and tallied an assist in a 4-1 win over River Lakes (13-6-2) at Xcel Energy Center. Unseeded River Lakes held its own against top-seeded Gentry, putting together a strong first period. River Lakes forward Mychkenzie Cremers scored the game-opener off a perfect pass in front of the net from forward Hannah Zimmer. Sajevic scored her second goal of the night on a breakaway early in the period, using a pretty move to slip the puck past River Lakes goaltender Kaydence Roeske. Ruiz’s goal capped a dominant period for Gentry, who outshot River Lakes 13-5 in the third and 36-20 in the game.
Garret Forrester’s homer, 4 RBIs power Oregon State baseball to 8-1 drubbing of Washington
       
Garret Forrester hit a two-run homer, tallied three hits and drove in four runs, and Ryan Ober also hit a two-run homer as Oregon State routed Washington 8-1 Saturday to clinch their Pac-12 baseball series at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. Meanwhile, Oregon State starter Cooper Hjerpe held Huskies batters in check throughout the afternoon, striking out seven in seven innings while allowing just one hit, a single by Washington’s Cole Miller in the seventh. Forrester got the Beavers rolling with a two-run double in the top of the first that scored Ober and Micah McDowell. Ober’s homer came in the sixth and pushed the lead to 6-1 for the Beavers (16-5, 4-1 Pac-12). Next up: The Beavers and Huskies close out their series at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Whitecaps come up short with 4-3 loss in Isobel Cup Final
       
Trailing the Boston Pride in the final minute of the Isobel Cup Final, the Whitecaps got a goal from Meaghan Pezon to make things interesting down the stretch. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough as the defending champion Whitecaps bowed out with a 4-3 loss. They got to hold the Isobel Cup an extra year after last year’s final against the Pride was cancelled due to COVID. Allie Thunstrom scored a pair of goals for the Whitecaps to get the scoring started before Pezon netted a goal in the final minute. Mary Parker, Jillian Dempsey, Lexie Laing, and Taylor Wenczkowski scored the goals for the Pride as they became the first team to win the Isobel Cup a second time.
No reward for third-quarter rally, Pistons still lose to Wizards
       
It was apparent in the first few minutes of the game that the Pistons were going to be challenged to stay close. The Pistons clawed their way back into the game and made it interesting. BOX SCORE: Wizards 106, Pistons 92Rui Hachimura (14 points) hit a jumper at the 9:09 mark to start the decisive streak and Westbrook scored on a lay-in. Hachimura had six more points during the run and the Wizards extended the margin to 99-83 with 3:45 left, averting the shocking turnaround. The Pistons don’t play again until Monday, hosting the Toronto Raptors at Little Caesars Arena.
58 minutes of terror: How the Boulder King Soopers shooting unfolded
       
BOULDER — Logan Smith sat down for a quick lunch with Rikki Olds and another coworker after a slow Monday morning staffing the Starbucks kiosk in the south Boulder King Soopers. Reporters also pored over police records, radio traffic and video taken at the scene to determine how the shooting unfolded over nearly 58 minutes. Just inside, the gunman shot Rikki Olds, a 25-year-old service manager who was working the self-checkout lines. “We have a report of a shooting in progress, King Soopers, 3600 Table Mesa,” a dispatcher said. No other customers or employees were shot after officers engaged the gunman, Boulder police said in a tweet on Friday.
Spring sports roundup: Lobos prevail in marathon opener of baseball twin bill
       
It took a while, but the University of New Mexico baseball team finally found a few clutch hits on Saturday. SOFTBALL: On its home field for the first time this season, New Mexico finally got its second win of the season. • In Las Cruces, Hannah Leitner’s goal in the 50th minute decided the 1-0 win for host New Mexico State (4-9-1) over Dixie State (2-8-2). WOMEN’S TENNIS: At the McKinnon Family Tennis Center, UNM improved to 7-2 by beating Utah State 4-0. MEN’S TENNIS: In Phoenix, New Mexico State won its WAC opener 7-0 over short-handed UTRGV.
Prep cross country: Eldorado’s Sisneros, Piedra Vista’s Harvey race to titles
       
The second and final day of the state cross country meet belonged to “Lolo Bird” and a COVID-19 survivor. Eldorado’s Laurynn Sisneros and Piedra Vista’s Makua Harvey were individual champions in the Class 5A meet Saturday afternoon at Albuquerque Academy, while the Cleveland boys and Rio Rancho girls took home blue trophies. Rio Rancho, in winning state for the first time since 2015, finished nine points ahead of Eldorado, 35-44. Rangel-Valencia, in his first season running cross country for the Storm, had overtaken Harvey for the lead with about 150 meters to go. The Storm finished four points (31-35) ahead of rival Rio Rancho, which had defeated Cleveland last week at district.
Lobo Taylor plays, and talks, a good game
       
Taylor slowed down slightly to outjump Hightower and beat him to the ball for a spectacular 40-yard catch. The UNM wide receivers have been labeled as young and inexperienced by offensive coordinator Derek Warehime and wide receivers coach Brandon Blackmon. Talented, big and athletic can be added as descriptions for the wide receivers, especially with Taylor’s big-play ability in the mix. The wide receivers, including Taylor and senior Manny Logan-Greene, helped flip the script on Saturday. Gonzales said he hopes there is at least 10 times the number of Saturday’s fans for next weekend’s spring game.
Oldham County holds off North Oldham to claim Eighth Region championship, Sweet 16 berth
       
Steve BittenbenderSpecial to The Courier JournalNEW CASTLE – The seniors did it for Oldham County. As the buzzer sounded and Oldham County students rushed the floor to congratulate their classmates, the emotions caught up with coach Coy Zerhusen. Oldham County (14-4) – Tyler Sloan 17, Grant Gibson 7, Deaton Oak 11, Xander Wagner-Rose 8, Sam Campbell 11, Hayden Burgess 8. Eighth Region All-Tournament TeamTeagen Moore, Owen County; Brandt Smithers, Walton-Verona; Trevor Hardin, Henry County; Tristan Staley, Anderson County; Xavier Jordan and Dawson Eden, Collins; Isaac Miller and Kelly Niece, Simon Kenton; Ian Higdon, Austin Carr-Cole and Dallas Roberts, North Oldham; Tyler Slone, Grant Gibson, Xander Rose-Wagner and Deaton Oak, Oldham County. Eighth Region Tournament MVP: Sam Campbell, Oldham County.
Park stretches lead to five strokes at LPGA Kia Classic
       
South Korea's Park In-bee fired a three-under par 69 to seize a five-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the LPGA Kia ClassicAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)LPGA Hall of Famer Park In-bee of South Korea fired a three-under par 69 and stretched her lead to five strokes after Saturday's third round of the LPGA Kia Classic. Park, a seven-time major champion seeking her 21st career LPGA title, stood on 12-under 204 after 36 holes at Aviara, north of San Diego. Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom fired a 64 to share fifth on 210 with South Korean Ko Jin-young and American Lexi Thompson. "I was just going through that a little bit of a rough time, was going down a little bit," Park said. "They made the course very reachable and I couldn't take advantage of those holes, but I played the rest of the holes good, so I'm happy with that," Park said.
Cardinals' Kim Kwang-hyun allows 2 runs in 2 innings in return to spring training action
       
Kim's spring ERA sits at 16.20, with nine earned runs in five innings.Kim threw 35 pitches, 21 for strikes. "I think I pushed myself two hard after struggling in my first two spring training games," said Kim, who allowed eight runs -- one unearned -- in three innings in those two games. Shildt had previously said Kim's injury setback in spring training won't cost him a spot in the starting unit. "Kim will stay back in Jupiter after the Cardinals break camp and visit Cincinnati to open the season. "I am thinking I may miss a couple of turns in the rotation at the beginning of the season," Kim said.
Cardinals' Kim Kwang-hyun allows 2 runs in 2 innings in return to spring training action
       
(AP-Yonhap)Pitching in his first spring training game in nearly three weeks, Kim Kwang-hyun of the St. Louis Cardinals was undone by extra-base hits. "I think I pushed myself two hard after struggling in my first two spring training games," said Kim, who allowed eight runs -- one unearned -- in three innings in those two games. Shildt had previously said Kim's injury setback in spring training won't cost him a spot in the starting unit. Kim will stay back in Jupiter after the Cardinals break camp and visit Cincinnati to open the season. "I am thinking I may miss a couple of turns in the rotation at the beginning of the season," Kim said.
Dillian Whyte knocks out Alexander Povetkin in Gibraltar rematch
       
Whyte sent Povetkin to three sides of the ring with three successive blows in the fourth roundDillian Whyte kept alive his hopes of a heavyweight world title shot by emphatically gaining revenge over Alexander Povetkin with an impressive knockout win in their rematch. A right hand sent Povetkin backwards, another sent him into the ropes and a left hook floored him heavily. "I want the world title." For 41-year-old Povetkin, retirement now surely looms while for Whyte there are at least exciting possibilities on the horizon again. Yes, he might have to wait for that world title chance but he's used to that.
Three reasons Elite Eight-bound Baylor, not Gonzaga, will cut the nets in men's NCAA Tournament
       
Much of the hype this season has gone to undefeated Gonzaga, the top overall seed in the tournament. Much like the 'Zags, Baylor brought back its core roster from last year's team that would have been a No. 1 seed in the 2020 men's NCAA Tournament had it not been cancelled because of the pandemic. 1 Baylor – the second top seed in this tournament – will be the team cutting down the nets, and not Gonzaga. 12 seed to make men's Elite EightMORE: Why can't NCAA get women's tournament right?
Al Horford to sit out rest of season as Thunder focus on youth movement
       
Horford, under contract for two more seasons, will remain a member of the Thunder and will continue to train at the team’s facility. Bradley was acquired at the trade deadline and is in Oklahoma City, Daigneault confirmed. Horford remained with the Thunder through the trade deadline Thursday, but finding a trade for him was always more likely in the offseason. The Thunder have been resting key players, including Horford, due to the condensed season and the Thunder’s non-chances of contending. Without Horford for the rest of the season and Gilgeous-Alexander for at least a sizable stretch, it’s likely the Thunder’s lottery odds will improve.
Inbee Park opens huge lead on a day when LPGA enjoys eagle-fest at Kia Classic
       
Inbee Park shot a second straight 69 and her third round in the 60s this week to race out to a five-shot lead heading into the final round of the Kia Classic. Park, who has 20 wins in her LPGA career, had four birdies and a bogey on Saturday at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California. She, too, eagled the 16th and then two holes later, she one-hopped in another eagle to end her round. ? Nothing but cup for @Marina_Deee and her second eagle of the day. ?#SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/lNK6Q9WhIk — LPGA (@LPGA) March 28, 2021Other eagles on Saturday:Minjee Lee, 9thCydney Clanton, 8thNelly Korda, 8thSsu-Chia Cheng, 16thSo Yeon Ru, 9thAditi Ashok, 8thHannah Green, 9thThe Aviara course on Saturday was playing 6,125 yards, setting up two drivable par 4s.
Arkansas survives big Oral Roberts scare to reach Elite Eight
       
15 seed to reach the Elite Eight, Oral Roberts stumbled with a series of turnovers and missed shots. Oral Roberts knew it had a chance to top it against the Razorbacks after playing them earlier in the season. Oral Roberts led by 10 at halftime in Fayetteville on Dec. 20 before Arkansas bullied the Golden Eagles in the second half for an 87-76 win. Carlos Jurgens, who averages 5.7 points per game, took advantage of repeatedly being left open, scoring 11 to help Oral Roberts lead 35-28 at halftime. Arkansas chipped the lead down to four midway through and finally caught, then passed, the Golden Eagles into the Elite Eight.
Islanders have no answers for Bryant Rust, Penguins
       
The Islanders had no answers for the Penguins’ firepower. Bryan Rust had a hat trick and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist Saturday for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who built a five-goal lead en route to a 6-3 win over the visiting Islanders. Bryan Rust celebrates with teammates after scoring one of his three goals in the Islanders’ 6-3 loss to the Penguins. At 8:21 of the second, Rust struck again, this time on a backhander in tight to make it 5-0. Rust got an empty-netter with 41.1 left for his fourth career hat trick.
Thunder to make Al Horford inactive for rest of season
       
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder said Saturday that veteran center Al Horford will remain inactive for the rest of the season as the team’s young talent develops. Horford, 34, averaged 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds this season. The five-time All-Star will remain with the team and train, but he will not travel. “When I arrived, I understood the direction of the team, we had a great individual plan in place for me, and I feel like as a result I’ve played really good basketball for the Thunder,” Horford said in a statement. Al Horford APThunder coach Mark Daigneault said Horford has been a critical part of the development process for Brown and Isaiah Roby.
Picked last, Oregon State now Elite after beating Loyola
       
Picked to finish dead last in the Pac-12, Oregon State instead might be the last one standing. 12 seed Beavers and their brilliant defense shut down eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago in a 65-58 victory on Saturday that sent their long-suffering program into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Then the Ramblers, who failed to take advantage of their defense, proceeded to miss 11 consecutive shots as Oregon State flip-flopped between man-to-man and zone defenses. Oregon State built on Warith Alatishe's buzzer-beating bucket to end the first half by getting some shots to go in the second. Oregon State has never played Syracuse, but it beat Houston in the 1966 West Region semifinal and again in the 2009 CBI Tournament.
49ers' No. 3 draft pick trade will define Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch era
       
3 pick trade will define Shanahan, Lynch era originally appeared on NBC Sports BayareaMarch 26, 2021 will go down as one of the most pivotal days in the John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan era. The 49ers pulled off a blockbuster trade to move up nine spots in the 2021 NFL Draft, sending their No. The most striking aspect of this move is the potential it has to define the Lynch and Shanahan regime’s place in 49ers and even NFL history. If who the 49ers draft at No. If whomever the 49ers draft on April 29th ends up being considered a bust, fans and football pundits alike could tap the entire Shanahan and Lynch era a failure.
Sweet 16: McDonald propels Arizona over Texas A&M 74-59
       
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Aari McDonald scored 31 points to lead No. 2 Texas A&M on Saturday night in the Sweet 16 and send the Wildcats to the regional final for the first time in program history. McDonald came in average 19.6 points and scored 19 by halftime in carrying Arizona to a 35-32 lead. Aaliyah Wilson scored 17 points to lead Texas A&M (25-3). ___More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Davis’ jumper gives Arkansas 72-70 win over Oral Roberts
       
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Davonte Davis hit a short jumper with 2.9 seconds left, and Arkansas advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in 26 years with a 72-70 win over Oral Roberts in the South Region semifinals Saturday night. 15 seed to reach the Elite Eight, Oral Roberts stumbled with a series of turnovers and missed shots. Oral Roberts knew it had a chance to top it against the Razorbacks after playing them earlier in the season. Oral Roberts led by 10 at halftime in Fayetteville on Dec. 20 before Arkansas bullied the Golden Eagles in the second half for an 87-76 win. Arkansas chipped the lead down to four midway through and finally caught, then passed, the Golden Eagles into the Elite Eight.
Indiana in first Elite Eight with 73-70 win over NC State
       
People talk about Indiana basketball and we didn’t want it to be exclusive just to the men’s side.”Patberg, who is from Columbus, Indiana, was emotional after the game. The Hoosiers led 70-60 with 2:51 left before N.C. State scored eight straight points to get within two with 1:21 left. They did a great job,” N.C. State coach Wes Moore said. Jada Boyd scored 18 points for N.C. State, and Perez had 17. N.C. State was trying to secure the program’s second Elite Eight berth and first since the 1998 tournament, when they were coached by the late Kay Yow.
Police in Belarus capital arrest more than 100 protesters
       
Police officers detain a demonstrator as they prevent an opposition action to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Belarusian opposition has urged people to protest against repressions in the country and Lukashenko's regime. (AP Photo)Police officers detain a demonstrator as they prevent an opposition action to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, March 27, 2021. Belarusian opposition has urged people to protest against repressions in the country and Lukashenko's regime. (AP Photo)KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in the capital of Belarus arrested more than 100 people who assembled for a protest march Saturday to call for the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president.
Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia claim unique spot in golfing history with back-to-back holes-in-one
       
Tommy Fleetwood - GETTY IMAGESTommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia both crashed out at the quarter-final stage of the WGC Match Play as the Americans re-emphasised their impressive depth ahead of this year’s Ryder Cup. That was the question the statisticians were scrambling to answer as Fleetwood emulated Garcia’s hole-in-one on the fourth at Austin Country Club. Those odds are perhaps reduced because of the expertise of Fleetwood and Garcia, but even so… Westwood could not believe it, tweeting straight after Fleetwood’s shot: "Incredible! Using a seven-iron to Garcia’s nine-iron, Fleetwood also flew the pin, employing the slope to bring it into the cup. I think that was back-to-back holes-in-one on that hole because Sergio was the last person to play it last night.
2021 NFL Draft: Kyle Shanahan worked out Justin Fields at QB camp
       
Shanahan worked out QB prospect Fields at exclusive camp originally appeared on NBC Sports BayareaIt now appears certain that the 49ers will be selecting a quarterback in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, after the team pulled off a blockbuster trade to move up from No. 3, sending a trio of first-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins to complete the move. It remains unclear, but this photo from a workout at the QB Collective seems to indicate that Ohio State's Justin Fields was in a workout with none other than 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. The only pro-style quarterback development pipeline led by the coaches who (just might) draft you.#QBCollective pic.twitter.com/dwOFaHBubi — QB Collective (@QBCollective) March 3, 2021The QB Collective is a "pro-style development pipeline" for high school athletes looking to refine their skills at quarterback. Wilson and Fields offer differing skillsets, but clearly the 49ers' offensive brain trust has gotten a first-hand look at Fields for years through his work with the QB Collective.
Long time coming: Arkansas finally back in national picture after surviving Oral Roberts
       
15 Oral Roberts in a game that rekindled the gamut of emotions. Oral Roberts appeared on the cusp of becoming the first No. Oral Roberts had a clean look at the buzzer to win. Arkansas guard Desi Sills attempts to shoot over Kevin Obanor of Oral Roberts during the first half on March 27. The victory for the Hogs ended the historic run for Oral Roberts, which became just the second No.
UFC 260 live results: Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou updates, highlights and more
       
On Saturday at UFC 260 in Las Vegas, No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou (15-3, 11 KOs) finally gets another shot at the heavyweight title he failed to take from Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 on Jan. 20, 2018. UFC 260 live blogUFC 260 main card (Start time 10 p.m. Whatever you call it - @AlonzoMenifield just got it done ? #UFC260 pic.twitter.com/1eLTs11ZZY — UFC (@ufc) March 28, 2021Abubakar Nurmagomedov (16-3-1) def. Shane Young (13-6) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)UFC 260 early prelims resultsMarc-Andre Barriault (12-4) def.
Winning on a poor shooting night shows how good Baylor is
       
Baylor misfired on 16 of its 19 attempts from behind the arc on Saturday in its Sweet 16 matchup against Villanova. In most instances, that’s a recipe for NCAA tournament heartbreak. Fueled by ferocious on-ball defense and newfound aggressiveness attacking the rim, Baylor survived Villanova’s spirited upset bid. Baylor’s reversal of fortune began when it entered the halftime locker room shooting just 2 of 12 from behind the arc. “Going into halftime, coach told us we can get to the paint anytime we want,” Baylor guard Davion Mitchell said.
Late Arkansas game-winner, narrow miss leave Oral Roberts inches short of March Madness history
       
Oral Roberts came oh-so close on Saturday night. Max Abmas, the nation's leading scorer, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would've sent Oral Roberts to the Elite Eight. Oral Roberts gives Arkansas a scareStory continuesOral Roberts made more 3-pointers per game than anybody in Division I men's basketball this season. Oral Roberts' runAround a month ago, Oral Roberts was an NCAA tournament afterthought. Oral Roberts came much closer on Saturday night to a remarkable third win.
U.S. soccer team seeks to clinch berth in Olympics with win over Honduras
       
The United States traditionally has had a lot of luck in Olympic soccer qualifying. The U.S. gets another chance at qualifying for the Summer Games on Sunday when it faces Honduras in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. To represent your country in an Olympics would be amazing,” said Pulisic, who plays club soccer for Chelsea. Honduras won Group B, beating Haiti and drawing against El Salvador and Canada. It would qualify for its third straight Olympic tournament with a victory over Canada.
O’Bryant boys’ soccer achieves ‘something special’ with victory over Burke
       
Brock said senior captain Ethan Somers helped spark the team with a simple message in their group chat Friday. “It’s a huge win for the program overall,” O’Bryant coach Drew Brock said. To win is truly something special.”The O’Bryant boys’ soccer team knew it had something special when the Tigers returned to the pitch this season. Solid conditioning, lockdown defense, and a set piece goal from senior captain Conan McCusker led the Tigers to a 1-0 win over Burke on Saturday. Woburn 3, Reading 0 — Sophomores Hannah Nowell and Meg Qualey had seven kills each for the host Tanners (3-1) in the Middlesex Liberty.
Akye Boston, Framingham flying high after knocking off 12th-ranked Wellesley
       
Senior Akye Boston ran for touchdowns of 17 and 99 yards in the first half, and got the winning 1-yard blast in the fourth quarter. Framingham (2-0) compiled 250 yards on the ground and 125 yards passing. Peabody 14, Masconomet 10 — Shea Lynch scampered for the go-ahead 6-yard score late in the fourth quarter to lift the visiting Tanners (1-1) to the Northeastern Conference win. AdvertisementSandwich 13, Martha’s Vineyard 7 — Patrick Morin ran in a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter for the visiting Blue Knights (3-0) in the Cape & Islands League battle. Senior Bobby Hubert (8 and 56 yards) and Chris Ferrara (35 and 35 yards) scored two touchdowns apiece for the Vikings (2-0).
After waiting for a year, the Boston Pride claim NWHL’s Isobel Cup
       
The Pride rallied from an early deficit with a three-goal second period to take their second NWHL title. The Boston Pride had to wait a year, but their patience paid off as they took a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Whitecaps to capture the Isobel Cup at Warrior Ice Arena Saturday night. The Boston Pride waited a year for this celebration after their victory over the Minnesota Whitecaps in the Isobel Cup. The Pride failed to find a rhythm in the opening period, but Sammy Davis produced two shots saved by Amanda Leveille. AdvertisementIn the final period, the Pride squandered a chance to increase the lead as Tori Sullivan’s penalty shot was kick-saved by Leveille at 7:39.
McDonald, Arizona women advance to Elite Eight with win over No. 2 Texas A&M
       
Adia Barnes had some glory days as a player at the University of Arizona. Barnes' tenacious Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in history turning back No. 2 seed Texas A&M 74-59 Saturday night in Mercado Region play at the Alamodome. The Wildcats (19-5) advance to Monday's Elite 8 showdown against No. Trinity Baptiste scored inside for a 52-44 Arizona lead.
Phoenix Suns: Look back at narrow win vs. Toronto, ahead to rematch vs. Hornets
       
Phoenix lacked it in the final six minutes of Friday's game that got too close for the Suns' comfort. "The bottom line is we won the game," Suns coach Monty Williams said. We're in the business of winning games. "It takes a lot of pressure off you knowing you don't have to perform at the highest, highest level every night to win games," he said. We have a selfless team and we can win by one point, we can win by 20.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Arkansas survives Oral Roberts
       
5:22 p.m.: Arkansas is still favored at -142 on the live line (Oral Roberts +116), spread -2½, total 145½. First-half winners: Oral Roberts +6, under 74½, Oral Roberts +260 ML. Arkansas is still -188 on the live line (Oral Roberts +152), spread -3½, total 146½. Arkansas is -500 on the live line (Oral Roberts +360), spread -7½, total 150½. Arkansas is -400 on the live line (Oral Roberts +300), spread -7½, total 153½.
Column: Doubters aside, Golden Knights impress in bounce-back win
       
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar (55) fights Colorado Avalanche defenseman Dan Renouf (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) watches Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez' goal against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Colorado Avalanche defenseman Dan Renouf (2) fights Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez (23) pumps his fist after a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)I’m not sure who would be doubting a team that has won as much as the Golden Knights.
Kiszla: Are Artsy Avs too soft to win Stanley Cup? The Dark Knights are itching to find out.
       
Is the Avalanche too soft to win the Stanley Cup? In Las Vegas, the Knights are golden, beloved by fans. And these Dark Knights are itching to find out: Is Colorado too soft to win the Cup? A festering rivalry between Colorado and Las Vegas is just what this hockey town needs. Kudos for end-of-the-bench defenseman Dan Renouf for dropping his gloves and trading punches with Kolesar fewer than 90 seconds into the opening period to remind the Dark Knights that trying to bully Byram would not be tolerated.
DeSoto girls look as dominant as ever in winning the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays track meet
       
DeSoto girls win 4x100 relay in 46.30 at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. That relay team broke the high school national record twice that year — first running 44.44 at the regional meet and then winning the Class 6A state championship with a time of 44.24. Diallo Good anchors Cedar Hill to victory in boys 4x200 relay at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in 1:25.92, sixth-fastest time in nation. That is huge news for DeSoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill and Mansfield Lake Ridge, which have a combined 21 boys and girls relay teams ranked among the top 35 in the nation and will compete at the same district meet (11-6A), area meet and regional meet. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)(Stewart F. House)Find more high school sports coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Hurricanes G Chris Lykes opts to enter transfer portal instead of going pro
       
“It was always a dream of mine to follow in the footsteps of campus legends like Shane Larkin and Angel Rodriguez,” Lykes wrote. “I felt I could have the same impact on the game that they had and Coach L, along with his staff, believed in me the entire way. It took my confidence to the next level. It’s unfortunate that a number of seasons for me have been hindered with injuries and I wish I could’ve done more, but life teaches us to live in the moment and be grateful for everything we do have.
NCAA Tournament: When — and what channel — to watch all the games from the unusual Indiana bubble
       
“You dream big,” Byington wrote on her website. You let the results come as they may … but if you do those first two things, chances are you won’t have any regrets. The NCAA Tournament has always been my favorite event. To me, it’s the equivalent of getting to do your own Super Bowl. And yes, I understand the history piece of this.”
Necas scores twice as Hurricanes top Lightning 4-3
       
RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) -- Martin Necas scored his second goal of the game to break a tie with 3:53 remaining and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night in a matchup between the top two teams in the Central Division. Goals by Cedric Paquette and Sebastian Aho in a 62-second span early in the second knotted the score. Necas put Carolina ahead with his first goal later in the period. Since joining the Hurricanes in a mid-February trade, Paquette has scored two of his three goals against Tampa Bay. Hurricanes: Play on Tuesday and Thursday at Chicago.
Ilya Sorokin pulled as Islanders' three-game winning streak ends in Pittsburgh
       
In all, the Islanders spotted the Penguins a five-goal lead and lost, 6-3, as the teams opened a two-game series in Pittsburgh. The Islanders (22-9-4) had a three-game winning streak snapped as rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin was pulled for the first time after allowing four goals on nine shots. Sorokin had made a season-high 36 saves against the Flyers as coach Barry Trotz acknowledged his rookie goalie stole that victory for the Islanders. During a stoppage shortly after Sorokin was pulled, Varlamov skated to the Islanders’ bench to tap gloves in encouragement with his goalie partner. Crosby’s power-play backhander then made it 3-0 at 4:26 of the second period with defenseman Nick Leddy off for slashing Lafferty.
Auston Matthews scores in OT to lift Maple Leafs past Oilers
       
TORONTO - (AP) -- Auston Matthews scored 54 seconds into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. Matthews fired the puck towards the net that it went off Edmonton's Darnell Nurse and got past goalie Mike Smith. Matthews broke a tie with Oilers star Connor McDavid for the NHL goals lead with his 22nd. The Toronto star also had an assist. Mike Smith made 27 saves.
Kentucky high school basketball: Campbell County falls at the buzzer in 10th Region final
       
Jerone Morton’s driving layup at the buzzer gave George Rogers Clark a 60-59 win over the Camels in the KHSAA 10th Region championship game at Mason County. More:KHSAA high school basketball: Dixie Heights girls get payback on Cooper in 9th Region gameMore:Kentucky high school basketball: Dixie Heights rallies past Highlands in 9th Region semisMore:KHSAA high school basketball: Highlands tops Holy Cross 59-43, advances in 9th Region“It’s tough,” said Campbell County head coach Aric Russell. It was only the second shot of the game for the senior guard, who averages three points a game. GRC led 35-28 at halftime. Morton answered with a three at the buzzer, and GRC led 45-43 after three.
Thunder's Al Horford to sit out rest of season
       
Thunder center Al Horford will sit out for the team’s final 28 games as the Thunder focuses on developing its younger players while also ensuring the 34-year-old Horford stays healthy leading up to a potential trade this offseason. Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said Horford is unlikely to travel for away games. The Thunder has been resting key players, including Horford, due to the condensed season and the Thunder’s non chances of contending. Without Horford for the rest of the season and Gilgeous-Alexander for at least a sizable stretch, it’s likely the Thunder’s lottery odds will improve. Daigneault said Horford has expressed an interest in continuing to mentor players like Brown and Roby.
Arkansas storms back to evade historic upset bid from Oral Roberts, reach men's Elite Eight
       
Arkansas was down by 12 points five minutes into the second half Saturday and was on the verge of being on the wrong side of a historic upset. Oral Roberts star Max Abmas (25 points), the leading scorer in the country, missed a potential game-winning three-pointer as time expired. The Razorbacks fed off offensive rebounds for second-chance points, while out-rebounding Oral Roberts 46-35. Oral Roberts was much closer in this game than during a Dec. 20 meeting between the teams when the Razorbacks won by 11. But both players had four fouls and Oral Roberts got no points from its bench.
Bullitt East rolls past Western to win the Sixth Region tournament title
       
Bullitt East rolls past Western to win the Sixth Region tournament titleCheck out highlights of Bullitt East's Sixth Region title victory over Western.
Bullitt East tops Western in Sixth Region final, clinches first trip to Sweet 16 since 2012
       
It was Western’s second loss this season to Bullitt East, which also defeated the Warriors 67-44 on March 4 in an LIT consolation-round game. Bullitt East came out with good energy and hit us early, and we kind of got in panic mode. Girls:Butler pulls away from Mercy to advance to Sixth Region championship game“That was the plan,” Brogan said. Then Bullitt East survived a scare in the first round of the 24th District Tournament, beating Jeffersontown 59-57. Bullitt East (15-8) – Adam Pruitt 11, Camron Brogan 13, Daniel Davis 2, Collin Powell 16, Will Blanford 11, Nolan Davenport 2, Tucker Blanford 13, Travis Egan 1.
Pairings, schedule set for KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena in Lexington
       
Here are the pairings for the KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 set for March 31-April 3 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Rankings are from the final Associated Press poll. 4 Elizabethtown (19-2) vs. Knott County Central (18-7)2 p.m. – University Heights (15-9) vs. No. 1, Friday's early winners2 p.m. – Semifinal No. 2, Friday's late winners8 p.m. – FinalJason Frakes: 502-582-4046; jfrakes@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @kyhighs.
St. Xavier's Matthew Meyer wins 113-pound title at KHSAA state wrestling tournament
       
(Fall 0:40)113: 1st Place - Matthew Meyer (St. Xavier) 24-0, Sr. over Adam Williams (Johnson Central) 37-2, Sr. (Dec 7-5). (Dec 3-0)120: 1st Place - Spencer Moore (Walton-Verona) 27-0, Sr. over Trayce Eckman (Union County) 28-1, Jr. (Fall 0:50). 160: 1st Place - Thomas Ketchen-Carter (Campbell County) 43-1, Sr. over Cole Nance (Anderson County) 35-2, Sr. (Fall 1:21). over Quinten Cox (Union County) 13-5, Sr. (MD 11-1)170: 1st Place - Noah Duke (Ryle) 39-0, Jr. over Dalton Russelburg (Union County) 26-3, Sr. (Fall 0:36). 182: 1st Place - Stephen Little (Union County) 29-0, Jr. over Everett Marret (St. Xavier) 24-2, Sr. (MD 21-8).
Bullitt East is celebrating after winning the Sixth Region, beating Western
       
Bullitt East is celebrating after winning the Sixth Region, beating WesternBullitt East gets over the hump and tops Western to claim the Sixth Region crown and earn a trip to the Sweet 16.
Coleen Rooney fears that she may be forced to accept defeat in legal battle with Rebekah Vardy
       
Coleen Rooney fears that she may be forced to accept defeat in her ‘War of the Wags’ legal battle with Rebekah Vardy. It is understood that Mrs Vardy is asking that Mrs Rooney pays her costs and damages and issues a public apology. A source close to Mrs Vardy, whose husband Jamie played for England with her rival’s husband, said: ‘Rebekah will not drop her demands of a sorry from Coleen. Court papers filed by Mrs Rooney last year claimed Mrs Vardy was the ‘Secret WAG’ behind an anonymous column in The Sun on Sunday. Last summer, Mrs Rooney instructed celebrity barrister David Sherborne to represent her.
Boston Pride capture Covid-delayed hockey crown
       
The Boston Pride celebrate a goal in Saturday's National Women's Hockey League final, in which the hosts beat Minnesota 4-3 to win the Isobel Cup titleAdvertising Read moreNew York (AFP)The Boston Pride edged the Minnesota Whitecaps 4-3 in Saturday's National Women's Hockey League Finals, completing a playoff run postponed from February by a failed Covid-19 quarantine bubble. Boston's Taylor Wenczkowski netted a power play goal with 6:28 remaining in the third to give the Pride a 4-2 advantage. Boston equalized when Mary Parker netted the equalizer only 2:41 into the second period and Jillian Dempsey put the Pride ahead with 4:55 remaining in the period. Lexie Laing boosted Boston's lead to 3-1 after two periods with a power play goal 17:31 into the second. Thunstrom lifted the Whitecaps within 3-2 on her second goal with 12:14 remaining in the third period.
Baylor solves Villanova test in program-enhancing win
       
“I hope we’re not the game that changes the public perception,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said before his No. 5 seed Wildcats played the top-seeded Bears on Saturday night in a South Region Sweet 16 game at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Baylor stopped forcing 3-pointers and started attacking the Wildcats in the paint, and the Bears were stunningly successful at it. Villanova, which led 30-23 at the half, entered the game 15-0 this season when leading opponents at halftime. The Wildcats ended the first half on a 19-5 run after Baylor had opened its largest lead of the first 20 minutes.
No. 4 Indiana upsets No. 1 NC State in women's NCAA Tournament to reach first ever Elite Eight
       
Stefan KrajisnikSpecial for the Indianapolis StarIndiana women’s basketball is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history following a 73-70 win Saturday against No. 1 seeded N.C. State in the NCAA women's basketball tournament. N.C. State saw a lead as large as 11 in the first half, but Indiana continued to battle. N.C. State’s Jada Boyd scored nine first-quarter points, but she picked up her second foul a minute into the second quarter. Holmes fouled out with about 3:30 to go in the game, which opened up a later surge for N.C. State.
Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson exits with broken right foot
       
Mitchell Robinson was playing his fourth game back from a broken hand Saturday night. Now the Knicks center figures to be out for the foreseeable with another broken body part. The 22-year-old Robinson had recently missed 15 games with a broken hand. The Knicks already were without All-Star forward Julius Randle (contused right thigh). Robinson’s crushing injury came as the Knicks were leaning against making a big move for recently bought-out center Andre Drummond, The Post’s Marc Berman reported.
What Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd means for America
       
“The irony is that race may not come up in the actual courtroom during the trial. ADADBut Moriarty said the ongoing pandemic may also have contributed to the makeup of the Chauvin jury in other ways, pointing to the large number of young people on the jury, including people of color. He did not tell Floyd who he was or what he was investigating, causing Floyd to panic, cry and beg officers not to kill him. Thao suggested placing Floyd on the ground, where Lane held Floyd’s legs, Kueng held his back and Chauvin pinned him at the neck. “One question would be, should they try to communicate to the jury that Chauvin is not a racist?” Butler, the Georgetown Law professor, said.
With shots not falling, Baylor leans on its defense to take care of Villanova
       
The top-seeded Bears and their stout defense thrived, forcing Villanova into a sloppy outing. Villanova only managed to score 21 points during the final 20 minutes, and the Bears’ aggressive defense forced mistakes. AD“Down the stretch, their defense just got into us and wore us down,” Villanova Coach Jay Wright said. With the commitment to driving inside, Baylor tied the game with 11:56 remaining and gradually exerted its control from there. But against the Wildcats, Baylor missed 10 of 12 attempts from three in the first half and didn’t improve as the game progressed.
A doctor said she had extensive training in diagnosing child abuse. Her résumé shows otherwise.
       
Officials at Seattle Children’s, which manages the state’s child abuse medical consultation network, did not answer specific questions about Woods’ qualifications. “This training allows [child abuse pediatricians] to diagnose abuse in a scientific manner. That goes against the guidance of leading child abuse pediatricians, who say their role is to identify abuse, but not who committed it. Based on her report, police charged the mother, Baylen Armendariz , with felony child abuse, and Child Protective Services took custody of the children. “If I ask, ‘Does this person have abuse training, or does this person have extensive abuse experience?’ I think that's an important question,” she said.
Oregon State is 18th double-digit seed in NCAA Elite Eight
       
Oregon State won 65-58. Oregon State won 65-58. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Add Oregon State to the relatively short list of double-digit seeds that have reached a regional final in the NCAA Tournament. “It’s an amazing feeling to be just part of the success, really,” Oregon State star Ethan Thompson said. 7 seed Oregon in the West Region.
Megan Rapinoe takes issue with Draymond Green's suggestions on equal pay
       
As a loaded Saturday Sweet 16 slate tipped off with a heavyweight women's matchup between UConn and Iowa, Draymond Green weighed in on the equal opportunity conversation that's dominated March. There’s no argument for lack of revenue, unless... — Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 27, 2021You make those that say they stand for women actually stand up. Because these same companies that are telling women empowerment are not putting their money where their mouth is. To infuse capitol into... — Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 27, 2021The business. Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors looks on in the first half against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on January 04, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
Baylor goes inside, muscles past Villanova into Elite Eight
       
Top-seeded Baylor overcame some frigid outside shooting Saturday to move into the Elite Eight, getting 16 points from Adam Flagler in a 62-51 victory over Villanova and its versatile defense. Baylor, which started the season 18-0 and won its first-ever Big 12 regular-season title, is one win from the Final Four for the first time since 2012. ADVERTISEMENTThis game changed midway through the second half when Baylor all but abandoned what is normally its go-to shot — the 3. Baylor held Villanova to 37.5% shooting in the second half and 0 for 9 from 3. MIDWESTOREGON STATE 65, LOYOLA CHICAGO 58Ethan Thompson scored 20 points, including a pair of clinching foul shots with 35 seconds left, and No.
Bueckers, UConn beat Clark, Iowa in women’s Sweet 16
       
UConn guard Paige Bueckers (5) and Iowa guard Caitlin Clark (22) walk off the court after their college basketball game in the Sweet Sixteen round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Christyn Williams scored 27 points, Paige Bueckers had 18 and No. 1 UConn beat fifth-seeded Iowa 92-72 on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Indiana (21-5) had been in the Sweet 16 just once before, back in 1983 before the women’s NCAA Tournament became a 64-team field. 4 seed Indiana led 70-60 with 2:51 left before top-seeded N.C. State scored eight straight points to get within two with 1:21 left.
Baylor defense too much for Villanova in flat 2nd half
       
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jay Wright kept finding ways to help fifth-seeded Villanova advance in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats’ stout defense wore down, their steady offense stalled and their worst half of the season was their last as they lost 62-51 to top-seeded Baylor in a South Region semifinal. “They really got into our guards and prevented us from initiating offense,” Wright said. Plus, under the constant pressure of Baylor’s in-your-face defense, Villanova had 16 turnovers — one short of a season high. “You play a good opponent like Baylor, a great opponent and you give them credit and learn from them.
Todd Pletcher’s Known Agenda wins Florida Derby, appears headed to Kentucky Derby
       
Trainer Todd Pletcher is no stranger to the Kentucky Derby, having 55 starters in the most famous horse race in the world. Known Agenda, a horse that had never won a graded stakes, proved resilient after taking the lead at the top of the stretch and won the $750,000 Florida Derby. Known Agenda was comfortable to sit in the middle of the pack on the rail and slowly gain ground on the leaders. Known Agenda entered the Florida Derby coming off an impressive 11-length victory in an allowance at Gulfstream Park. Next Saturday is the biggest on the Kentucky Derby prep trail, with the Santa Anita Derby, the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
NFL free agency’s best moves and biggest head-scratchers
       
Barry Chin/Globe Staff? The Bills have mostly been quiet in free agency, but I love the signing of veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Stephen Brashear/Associated PressThe 49ers shook up the NFL on Friday by trading a boatload of picks to the Dolphins to jump from No. The Dolphins now have picks 6, 18, and 36 this year, plus several extra high picks the next two seasons. Rohrwasser joins an alarmingly growing list of wasted draft picks by Belichick in the last five years. Extra pointsThe NFL Draft was held in Roger Goodell’s basement last year but should look fairly normal this year.
Nathan Chen wins third straight world men’s figure skating title
       
Nathan Chen became the first American since Scott Hamilton to win a third straight World Figure Skating Championships men’s title. A fourth-place finish for Mikhail Kolyada assured Russia of three men’s spots at Beijing. American Jason Brown , who doesn’t have the bigger jumps to match the medalists but is masterful at artistry, finished seventh. Voit hit 22 homers in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season … Outfielder Jay Bruce made the Yankees’ opening day roster. Verstappen earned his fourth career pole to deny Hamilton his 99th, edging out the world champion by .39 seconds on his final attempt.
Adbert Alzolay makes Cubs’ Opening Day roster, will start season in rotation
       
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Adbert Alzolay came into camp with one goal in mind and that was making the Cubs’ Opening Day roster. “My main thing is to make the roster,” Alzolay said Thursday. “He’s put in a lot of good work. Alzolay will make his first start against the Brewers on April 6 and will have an opportunity to build off a successful 2020 season. … Making that Opening Day roster and getting that news is big and Adbert was fired up.
Keeler: Dick Monfort made Rockies an MLB punchline. Only after Nolan Arenado, the joke’s on us.
       
These are Oakland headlines, Oakland gaffes, Oakland shambles, Oakland shames, played out in LoDo. Which also sticks the dismount, frankly, given that the Rockies are reading from the Athletics’ spiral notebook as scripture, at least on the budgetary side. While Monfort empties his barren hip pockets and shrugs like Monopoly’s Uncle Pennybags, Forbes magazine says that’s a load of malarkey. The publication released its 2021 valuations for MLB franchises this past Friday, estimating the Rockies’ worth at $1.3 billion. 21 in MLB franchise value, same as Forbes’ 2020 list, sandwiched between the Diamondbacks ($1.32 billion) and the Pirates ($1.285 billion).
The Bulls’ Billy Donovan is no stranger to coaching on the fly
       
Billy Donovan has had an All-Star dropped at his doorway last minute before. Not ideal, but adding five players as Thursday’s trade deadline expired meant having to teach the new faces on the fly. Along with Vuevic and Aminu, the Bulls also acquired Troy Brown Jr., Javonte Green and Daniel Theis. “So growing up I think like obviously many people I was a big Bulls fan because of [Michael] Jordan. And I was just obsessed with Jordan and Jordan gear and everything that came with it.
Doubters aside, Golden Knights impress in bounce-back win
       
(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) watches Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez' goal against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar (55) fights Colorado Avalanche defenseman Dan Renouf (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Colorado Avalanche defenseman Dan Renouf (2) fights Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez (23) pumps his fist after a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)I’m not sure who would be doubting a team that has won as much as the Golden Knights.
Golden Knights fourth line makes impact in victory
       
The Golden Knights fourth line has scored in four of the past six games after William Carrier produced the tying goal Saturday. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)DENVER — Colorado’s formidable depth at forward was a deciding factor in the opener of the series, as the Avalanche’s fourth line was on the ice for three of their five goals. The Golden Knights’ fourth line flipped the script and made a difference in Saturday’s finale. William Carrier notched the tying goal early in the second period to help the Knights grab a 3-2 overtime victory at Ball Arena. The Knights’ fourth line has scored in four of the past six games.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Arkansas finally retakes lead
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. Refresh this blog throughout the day to track bad beats, movement on the live betting line, props, halftime bets and much more. The Golden Eagles are favored at -128 on the live line (Arkansas +104), spread -1½, total 148½. 5:22 p.m.: Arkansas is still favored at -142 on the live line (Oral Roberts +116), spread -2½, total 145½. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML.
Picked last, Oregon State now Elite after beating Loyola
       
INDIANAPOLIS - (AP) -- Picked to finish dead last in the Pac-12, Oregon State instead might be the last one standing. 12 seed Beavers and their brilliant defense shut down eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago in a 65-58 victory on Saturday that sent their long-suffering program into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Then the Ramblers, who failed to take advantage of their defense, proceeded to miss 11 consecutive shots as Oregon State flip-flopped between man-to-man and zone defenses. Oregon State built on Warith Alatishe's buzzer-beating bucket to end the first half by getting some shots to go in the second. Oregon State has never played Syracuse, but it beat Houston in the 1966 West Region semifinal and again in the 2009 CBI Tournament.
Jack Cheshire leads Sayville past Floyd in shutout victory
       
Sayville, the defending Suffolk Division III titlist, and Floyd, the defending Division I champion, were getting it on. The Sayville – Floyd outcome won’t end the debate. He added a 6-yard scoring run with 18 seconds left in the half for a 14-0 lead. But what will be remembered will be the intense atmosphere and the physicality of the Sayville defense which suffocated Floyd’s offense. "The Sayville defense was excellent, very fast off the ball," said Floyd coach Paul Longo.
Tyler Roszko's fourth-quarter, goal-line TD lifts Manhasset over Plainedge
       
Enter the shifty, 5-7, 180-pound Tyler Roszko, who made sure to reward his coaching staff for their confidence in him, especially during a showdown against the defending Long Island Class III champions. The loss for Plainedge (2-1) was also the program’s first since the 2018 Long Island Class Class III championship. Subscribe to Newsday's high school sports newsletter Newsday's weekly newsletter takes you on the field and inside the high school sports scene across Long Island. "So much respect for Plainedge, such a great team and very well-coached. "Great coaching, great game plan and the defense really stepped it up, holding the defending Long Island champions to seven points.
Close range: Baylor grinds to Elite 8 in 62-51 win over 'Nova
       
Davion Mitchell, a 46% shooter from 3 this season, went 0 for 3 from long range on a 14-point day. Jared Butler scored nine points on 1-for-9 shooting from 3, and MaCio Teague had five points without a 3. Because of that, Baylor shot 53% in the second half, even though it made only one 3. Constantly harassing Villanova shooters who'd carved out space in the first half, Baylor held Villanova to 37.5% shooting in the second and 0 for 9 from 3. Forward Brandon Slater left the game about midway through the second half after landing awkwardly during a fight for a rebound.
Indiana in first Elite Eight with 73-70 win over NC State
       
Indiana led 70-60 with 2:51 left before N.C. State scored eight straight points to get within two with 1:21 left. The Wolfpack (22-3) had a chance to tie it, but star Elissa Cunane missed a contested layup with 30 seconds left. The Wolfpack weren't done, with Raina Perez making a jumper in the lane to get N.C. State back within two with 13.5 seconds left. Jada Boyd scored 18 points for N.C. State, and Raina Perez had 17. N.C. State was trying to secure the program's second Elite Eight berth and first since the 1998 tournament, when they were coached by the late Kay Yow.
With a Final Four in sight, Oregon State braces for a week rivaling the school’s 2001 Fiesta Bowl run
       
If Oregon State wins Monday’s Midwest Regional final in Lucas Oil Stadium against either Houston or Syracuse, the Beavers would become the lowest seed ever to play in the Final Four. Regardless of how it plays out, Tinkle is proud at the path the Beavers took to get here. Oregon State has been nothing short of great on defense during its three-game NCAA Tournament run. Loyola coach Parker Moser paid the ultimate compliment to Oregon State. “They play the right way.”One reason Oregon State didn’t go crazy after beating the Ramblers?
No. 15 Oregon baseball clubbed in 15-2 loss at Arizona
       
Oregon struck first but Arizona reeled off 12 straight runs to clinch the series win. In between, Arizona (16-6, 3-2 Pac-12) scored nine runs, seven earned, off UO’s Cullen Kafka (2-1), who gave up seven hits, two walks and hit three batters and struck out eight over 5.1 innings. Tanner O’Tremba hit an RBI single to score Holgate and tie the game at 1 after two. Holgate’s bases-clearing triple opened the scoring for UA in the third and O’Tremba followed with an RBI triple to make it 6-1. Garrett Irvin (1-1) allowed one run on six hits and a walk and struck out four over seven innings for Arizona.
Wisconsin hires former UConn assistant Marisa Moseley as women’s basketball coach
       
“I am thrilled to be a Badger and to lead this program back to great heights!” Moseley said Friday in a statement released by the university. “Wisconsin has a rich and storied tradition of success in all its sports, and I am confident that our women’s basketball program will be joining those ranks in the future!”
Kentucky high school basketball: Dixie Heights rallies past Highlands in 9th Region semis
       
COVINGTON — Dixie Heights head girls basketball coach Joel Steczynski needed his best player to take over. Dixie Heights' advantage game from beyond the arc, where they went 8-for-20 as a team. Dixie Heights 54, Highlands 42Dixie Heights (26-2): Lawson 3 0 6, Steczynski 4 0 12, Reinhart 3 2 10, Lockard 5 2 13, Smith 2 0 4, Berman 4 0 9. Highlands (20-7): Listerman 6 0 13, Riccobene 6 2 15, Harris 1 1 3, O'Hara 2 1 6, Mallery 2 0 5. 3-pointers: DH 8 (Steczynski 4, Reinhart 2, Lockard, Berman), H 4 (Listerman, Riccobene, O'Hara, Mallery).
Blue Jackets' listless letdown in Detroit tops the takeaways from a stinging loss
       
The Blue Jackets didn’t even talk about guarding against a letdown against the worst team in the Central Division on Saturday because they’re really not in any kind of shape to be letting down against anybody. They weren’t supposed to have a “letdown” game against the Red Wings, but that’s exactly what happened in a stinging 3-1 loss Saturday at Little Caesar’s Arena. And, once again, the Blue Jackets are face first on the canvas with the challenge of picking themselves back up Sunday in a rematch on the same ice. We don’t have any cushion right now.”Here are some additional takeaways:Horrendous startHow bad was it for the Blue Jackets to start out? The Red Wings quickly took control with a relentless puck-possession and forechecking effort that appeared to catch the Jackets off-guard.
Mancuso, Richmond beat Elon 31-17
       
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Joe Mancuso completed 21 of 35 passes for 251 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to help Richmond beat Elon 31-17 on Saturday. Mancuso ran six times for 48 yards and Aaron Dykes had 102 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns for the No. 21 Spiders (3-0, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association). Richmond took a 14-0 lead with touchdowns on its first two drives of the game and led 24-7 at halftime. The Spiders ran for 192 yards while holding the Phoenix to 30 yards on 24 carries.
IU women knock off No. 1 seed N.C. State, reach NCAA tournament Elite Eight for first time
       
Stefan KrajisnikSpecial for IndyStarIndiana women’s basketball is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history following a 73-70 win Saturday against 1-seed N.C. State. N.C. State saw a lead as large as 11 in the first half, but IU continued to battle. N.C. State’s Jada Boyd scored nine first-quarter points, but she picked up her second foul a minute into the second quarter. She had 10 points in the second half — seven of which came in the third. Holmes fouled out with about 3:30 to go in the game, which opened up a later surge for N.C. State.
Miocic vs Ngannou 2 live updates: Latest UFC 260 results
       
Stipe Miocic (left) defends his heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou for the second time (Zuffa LLC)Three years after their first clash, Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou will again compete with the UFC heavyweight title on the line in the main event of UFC 260 this evening. Can 38-year-old Miocic, the consensus greatest heavyweight in UFC history, again withstand Ngannou’s power and make a mockery of the betting odds once more? Find out below as we provide live updates from the UFC 260 main card and prelims. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Dillian Whyte’s next fight revealed by Eddien Hearn after Alexander Povetkin knockout
       
Eddie Hearn has revealed he plans to take Dillian Whyte to the United States for his next fight after the Briton secured revenge in a knockout victory over Alexander Povetkin. But both Whyte and promoter Hearn are reluctant to wait until that fight unfolds, with the Matchroom boss eager to take Whyte to the United States for his next bout. He carried on where he left off before the knockout,” Hearn told Sky Sports Box Office after the fourth-round victory in Gibraltar. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Dillian Whyte punishes Alexander Povetkin to claim revenge in fourth-round knockout
       
Revenge was sweet for Dillian Whyte after wiping out Alexander Povetkin in four flawless rounds to catapult himself back into contention for a world heavyweight title. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Whyte hurt his opponent once more with a classic straight right, sending Povetkin sprawling into the ropes. And after wobbling Povetkin, Whyte finally sensed the moment to deliver his signature punch, ruthlessly unleashing a vicious left hook that dropped his opponent and swiftly forced the referee to end the contest.
Campbell Hatton - son of Ricky - marks professional debut with victory against Jesus Ruiz
       
Quite where it ends for Campbell Hatton is a mystery for another day but his debut assignment as a professional was passed with a points win over Jesus Ruiz in Gibraltar. Hatton absorbed another soft shot from Ruiz early in the second, before bloodying the Spaniard’s nose and teeing off with more body work. A few uppercuts from Hatton missed their mark but by the midway point of the second his opponent looked close to exhaustion. Credit to Ruiz, he proved himself durable, and credit to Hatton, he is off the mark. His uncle and trainer Matthew Hatton said: ‘We saw some little flashes, a few body punches but it was all a learning experience.
Wales finally lift the Six Nations trophy in private behind closed doors ceremony at training ground
       
Wales were handed the Six Nations trophy in a behind closed doors celebration on Saturday after they were confirmed as the tournament champions on Friday night. Wayne Pivac's side were presented with the trophy at their training ground headquarters, which captain Alun Wyn Jones lofted high in the air to spark jubilant scenes among the reunited players. The Wales coach told reporters: 'Alun Wyn will go down as one of the greatest players of all time and rightly so. I suspected he would go well (in the Six Nations), but he surpassed what I thought he would deliver. On Wales' Six Nations' performance this year, Jones added: 'I am just really proud of the attitude on the field, but also the discipline off-field.
Eddie Hearn to set off on worldwide search for a venue for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury
       
Eddie Hearn will embark on a world tour this week in a bid to find a site for the showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. The Middle East remains the most likely destination owing to its ability to pay the most lucrative site fees, with operators in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Dubai all in talks with Hearn. He said: 'I am going to the Middle East, the Far East and America to meet people. 'June and July in the Middle East are very warm so most people would prefer it to be a little bit later. The Middle East remains the most likely destination owing to its ability to pay lucrative fees'We want two fights this year and the first one will be in the summer.
How our own drug busters allowed British Olympians to avoid crucial doping probe
       
British Cycling was allowed by the UK Anti-Doping Agency to conduct their own internal doping probe in the years leading up to London 2012But today, yet again, the achievements of Britain’s cyclists will be viewed through a different prism as the sport’s national governing body, British Cycling, is under the spotlight for the wrong reasons. Sources say the British Cycling probe ended when supplement contamination was ruled out and the samples came back clean. ‘He was also often referred to as “Head of People” during his time at British Cycling. The MoS asked British Cycling a detailed set of questions, including why it went no further when contamination and naturally occurring nandrolone had been ruled out. A spokesman for British Cycling said: ‘None of the people relevant to your enquiry now work for British Cycling and this makes it difficult to check any of the information you have sent, particularly given the events you describe are over a decade ago.
Harry Kane will decide his Tottenham future after Euros
       
Yet there is also one rather significant issue that lingers unresolved and that is his future at Tottenham. But to be 27, a World Cup Golden Boot winner, acknowledged as one of the world's best strikers but having no trophies is a mightily uncomfortable place to be. Or, at Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has won the Premier League, Champions League, World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup all by the age of 22. England captain focused on England's next two World Cup qualifiers and remainder of seasonUnder Jose Mourinho his game has developed this year. It was great to have the World Cup in 2018, to score there and be a big part of that.
Cristiano Ronaldo left FURIOUS as he is denied a late winner for Portugal in Serbia
       
Cristiano Ronaldo was left furious on Saturday night after being denied what appeared to be a clear goal and late winner in Portugal's 2-2 draw with Serbia. But replays showed the ball had clearly gone over the line and Ronaldo was left furious. Ronaldo then had a seemingly good goal denied seconds later. Ronaldo beat Serbia keeper Marko Dmitrovic to a long ball and side-footed it towards goal only for Stefan Mitrovic to clear it but television replays suggested it had crossed the line. The result left both sides on four points from two games as Serbia edged Ireland 3-2 at home in their opening game on Wednesday while Portugal eked out a 1-0 win over Azerbaijan.
UK Anti-Doping investigated after British Cycling conducted their OWN drug probes at London 2012
       
British sport’s drug busters have been placed under formal investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The dramatic development follows a lengthy investigation by this newspaper into events before London 2012 when UK Anti-Doping effectively let British Cycling conduct their own private probe (including urine testing) following an abnormal test by a rider. UKAD themselves admit they have ‘no record’ of what happened after one of their officials green-lighted the British Cycling private testing. ‘However, all such NGBs are under the umbrella of the relevant signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code and therefore bound by its terms. A spokesman for British Cycling said: ‘None of the people relevant to your enquiry now work for British Cycling and this makes it difficult to check any of the information you have sent, particularly given the events you describe are over a decade ago.
Dillian Whyte delivers sensational performance to knock out Alexander Povetkin
       
Seven months after his night of missed opportunities and one hard landing on Eddie Hearn’s lawn, Dillian Whyte bludgeoned his way to quick and impressive revenge over Alexander Povetkin on the Iberian Peninsula. Whether Whyte will ever make for a fully convincing candidate for the heavyweight title is open to some debate. But for now, with this fourth-round exorcism of a career-halting ghost, his positioning as the WBC’s mandatory challenger is restored. Whyte had wobbled Povetkin with a right hand inside 45 seconds and twice more in the next minute or so in a rush of wild swings. Into the fourth round and this time there was no escape for Povetkin.
OLIVER HOLT: Ditch the drivel, United... Solskjaer knows second to City is not worth celebrating
       
'No one in the world is happier than me with the phenomenal success he is bringing,' Arnold said after the announcement of a sponsorship deal. Solskjaer has United second in the table and in the Europa League last-eight - is that enough? Even those of us who admire the job Solskjaer is doing could scarcely claim that he has achieved 'phenomenal success' at Old Trafford. That is not 'phenomenal success', either. Until then, someone should tell Arnold to keep his idea of 'phenomenal success' to himself.
Halifax police officer threatens to shoot man full of 'lead' in video
       
A video shared on social media shows a white Halifax Regional Police officer pointing a gun and saying 'I will fill you full' of 'lead' to a Black manOn Saturday evening, a video was shared on Twitter of a white Halifax Regional Police officer pointing a gun and saying "I will fill you full of f**cking lead" to a Black man. What you are watching is a white officer pointing a gun at a black male in Halifax with his hands up. Some are saying the officer said, "I will shoot you for a f**cking laugh." In a news release, Halifax Regional Police (HRP) said the incident occurred on Friday, March 26 and involved drugs and weapon offences. HalifaxToday.ca has reached out to Halifax Regional Police and the poster of the video for further comment.
Elite Eight or sent packing: Winners and losers from the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
       
Now it's happening again, following Oregon State's 65-58 upset of Loyola Chicago in the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Saturday. A look at the biggest winners and losers from Saturday's Sweet 16 games in Indianapolis:WinnersOregon State. By the time Loyola Chicago caught up in the second half and players not named Cameron Krutwig started making shots, it was too late. They kept that momentum going early in the second half. Yet it was the absence of Gillespie that was most felt late in the second half when 'Nova needed a boost.
Underdogs rule the day in the wonderful, wacky WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
       
So in keeping with its quirky host city, the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play has kept it weird. In this tournament’s brief five-year history, there hasn’t been a more unorthodox Dell Match Play event than this one, and that’s even with the bizarre quality that match play tournaments can often feature. Gallery Photos: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club view 43 imagesAnd Texas’ Scottie Scheffler, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, knocked off third-seeded and former No. He’s been so dominant, he didn’t trail for a single hole against Rahm and on the day made 15 birdies in 31 holes. Upsets ruled the week, which is the beauty — and the bite — of match play.
UFC 260 play-by-play and live results
       
He continues punching and lands a nice left hand before moving into the clinch again. Punch from Azaitar lands to the groin, and we have another quick break. Azaitar lands a nice uppercut, but Barriault answers over the top with a right hand. Another right hand lands. Azaitar doesn’t like it and shoves Valel away when he comes in to check on him.
Rangers ship Brendan Lemieux to Kings for fourth-round pick
       
Brendan Lemieux’s time with the Rangers is over. The Rangers traded the forward to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the team announced. The 25-year-old Lemieux, who has been with the Blueshirts since they acquired him and draft picks from the Winnipeg Jets in February 2019 in exchange for Kevin Hayes, had two goals and five assists this season in 30 games. The winger is most known for his rugged, yet at times undisciplined, game. This past summer, the Rangers signed Lemieux to a two year deal with an average annual value of $1.55 million.
Sergio Garcia hits the rarest of shots: A walk-off hole-in-one
       
The TelegraphTommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia both crashed out at the quarter-final stage of the WGC Match Play as the Americans re-emphasised their impressive depth ahead of this year’s Ryder Cup. That was the question the statisticians were scrambling to answer as Fleetwood emulated Garcia’s hole-in-one on the fourth at Austin Country Club. Westwood tweeted, after reflecting on Garcia’s walk-off shot. The National Hole-In-One Registry reports that the odds of two players playing together making aces on the same hole as 17million-1. Using a seven-iron to Garcia’s nine-iron, Fleetwood also flew the pin, employing the slope to bring it into the cup.
Tommy Fleetwood books quarter-final place in Austin after hole-in-one
       
A hole-in-one helped Tommy Fleetwood become the first player to book his spot in the quarter-finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The Englishman saw off the challenge of Dylan Frittelli after he was four up with three to play in Austin. @TommyFleetwood1 makes the second ACE on the par-3 4th this week. pic.twitter.com/XeOt5lT1tJ — WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (@DellMatchPlay) March 27, 2021MacIntyre’s fairytale debut ended a day after the Scot had helped knock Dustin Johnson out of the £7.6million event. Story continuesA birdie on the second helped the 24-year-old level after Perez had moved one up after the first hole.
AP source: LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with Brooklyn Nets
       
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) is blocked by San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) as he tries to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)NEW YORK (AP) — The Nets aren’t finished bringing big names to Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge is next after deciding Saturday to sign with the Nets for the remainder of the season, a person with knowledge of the details said. After reaching a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, the veteran forward quickly became a coveted free agent for contending teams. An All-Star in three of his seasons in San Antonio, Aldridge fills one of the few holes for the potent Nets.
Indiana survives late NC State rally as first No. 1 seed falls in NCAA women's tournament
       
(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)NC State made a habit this March of falling behind early before rallying to victory. NC State looked in control while holding Indiana to 8-of-27 shooting to start the game. NC State was forced to foul while trailing in the game's final minute. With Indiana holding a 70-68 lead, NC State sent Cardano-Hillary to the line with 22 seconds remaining. A 50% free-throw shooter on the season, she sank both shots to extend the Hoosiers' lead to two possessions, a deficit NC State would not overcome.
No. 1 Baylor storms back in second half to beat No. 5 Villanova and advance to Elite Eight
       
1-seeded Bears forced six Villanova turnovers in a four-minute span midway through the second half in the middle of a 16-4 run to advance to the Elite Eight with a 62-51 win over the No. Villanova had a seven-point lead at halftime and maintained that lead for the first few minutes of the second half. Villanova got within five in the final five minutes but didn't have enough offensive firepower to come any closer. Adam Flagler was the only Baylor player with two threes — he had a team-high 16 points — and Jared Butler was 1-of-9 from deep. Jermaine Samuels led Villanova with 16 points while Justin Moore had 15.
Close range: Baylor grinds to Elite 8 in 62-51 win ova ’Nova
       
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top-seeded Baylor overcame some frigid outside shooting Saturday to move into the Elite Eight, getting 16 points from Adam Flagler in a 62-51 victory over Villanova and its amoeba-like defense. ADVERTISEMENTThis game changed midway through the second half when Baylor all but abandoned what is normally its go-to shot — the 3. Constantly harassing Villanova shooters who’d carved out space in the first half, Baylor held Villanova to 37.5% shooting in the second and 0 for 9 from 3. Baylor had four of its five blocked shots in the second half. Jared Butler scored nine points on 1-for-9 shooting from 3, and MaCio Teague had five points and also didn’t make a 3.
NCAA Sweet 16 matchups: When do UCLA and USC play?
       
× Highlights from Oregon’s win over Iowa in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Monday. 2 seed Iowa 95-80 on Monday to reach the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the past five NCAA tournaments. The seventh-seed Ducks (21-6) were put in an unprecedented spot, advancing to the West Region’s second round without playing a game. Virginia Commonwealth’s multiple positive coronavirus tests took care of that, leaving Oregon with a nine-day break since losing in the Pac-12 tournament title game. Their sweet offensive movements left the Hawkeyes (22-9) flailing, one game short of the Sweet 16 for the fourth time under Fran McCaffery.
With captains the catalysts, Tewksbury football takes control early against Billerica
       
On the game’s first play Saturday afternoon, McKay set the tone, taking the kickoff back 75 yards for a touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Rametta tossed a 35-scoring pass to Darrigo and the Redmen were on their way to a 41-14 Merrimack Valley Conference victory over Billerica at Ed Dick Field. At Tewksbury High, 24-year coach Brian Aylward has leaned on captains Will McKay, Ryne Rametta and Kyle Darrigo in a 3-0 start. In the second half, Tewksbury forced three turnovers, starting with a 30-yard pick-six for sophomore Michael Sullivan. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Michael Duggan pounced on a Billerica fumble, setting up a 5-yard TD run for Darrigo.
Javonte Green’s departure disappointed Jayson Tatum: “I didn’t see that coming”
       
OKLAHOMA CITY — Jayson Tatum is generally a man of few words, very rarely changing expressions. In 73 career games with the Celtics, Green averaged 3.7 points and 2 rebounds. Horford is signed through 2022-23 and has $53 million remaining on his contract, making it challenging to move Horford. And with two years left on his contract, Horford was an unlikely buyout candidate. Newly acquired Austin Rivers is likely to never play for the Thunder while backup center Tony Bradley was unavailable.
After decades in the wilderness, UMass men’s hockey is headed to a second straight Frozen Four
       
The relentless UMass hockey team punched its return ticket to next month’s Frozen Four on Saturday night, battering overmatched Bemidji State, 4-0, in the NCAA regional final at Bridgeport, Conn.’s Webster Bank Arena. Carson Gicewicz turned his first career hat trick as the Minutemen (17-5-4), who extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games, will face the winner of Saturday night’s showdown between two-time defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth and eight-time titlist North Dakota.
Baylor’s defense stifles Villanova in 62-51 win as Bears advance to Elite 8
       
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top-seeded Baylor overcame some frigid outside shooting Saturday to move into the Elite Eight, getting 16 points from Adam Flagler in a 62-51 victory over Villanova and its amoeba-like defense. The Bears took a six-point lead with a 14-2 run during which not a single point came from outside the arc. Constantly harassing Villanova shooters who’d carved out space in the first half, Baylor held Villanova to 37.5% shooting in the second and 0 for 9 from 3. Villanova (18-7) came in without injured point guard Collin Gillespie and with a middling defense at best, but looked to be turning things around for a while. Jared Butler scored nine points on 1-for-9 shooting from 3, and MaCio Teague had five points and also didn’t make a 3.
Mavs’ Luka Doncic out vs. Pelicans due to ‘non COVID related’ illness; Kristaps Porzingis also out
       
Doncic, who missed Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers because of lower back tightness, will miss Saturday’s contest against the New Orleans Pelicans because of a “non-COVID related” illness. Rick Carlisle says Luka Doncic will not play tonight, due to illness "non COVID related." — Brad Townsend (@townbrad) March 27, 2021The absence of its two best players is exacerbated by Dallas’ recent trade for JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli. — Brad Townsend (@townbrad) March 27, 2021Redick was out because of right heel soreness and Melli, because he was not with the team. Mavs’ 2021, summed up by Rick Carlisle pic.twitter.com/p7JbVFK2YU — Brad Townsend (@townbrad) March 28, 2021“There’s something coming up all the time,” Carlisle said.
Live coverage: Bucks vs. Knicks
       
After having an eight-game winning streak snapped Friday night, the Bucks face the New York Knicks at Fiserv Forum Saturday. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo and Bobby Portis are all getting the night off. Get live updates from Bucks beat writer Jim Owczarski.
No. 1 seed Baylor survives No. 5 Villanova, advances to Elite Eight in men's NCAA Tournament
       
Adam Flagler had a team-high 16 points for Baylor, which will play Monday against the winner of the Arkansas-Oral Roberts game later Saturday. To stay alive, the Bears needed to stage a big comeback in the second half. With their tournament lives on the line, Baylor came out more aggressive on offense and defense in the second half. 12 seed to make men's Elite EightUGLY WIN: Sweet 16 victory a game of beauty - for the BeaversThe Wildcats still hung tough. Flagler's three-pointer, the team's only one of the second half, pushed the lead to seven.
No. 1 UConn outduels No. 5 Iowa in battle of freshmen phenoms to advance to women's Elite 8
       
Connecticut is back in the Elite 8 for its 15th consecutive appearance after rolling past Iowa Saturday, 92-72, in the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. 1 recruit, led the team with 27 points, and Bueckers showed her all-around game with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. “Like I told the team before the game, in all these matchups, it comes (down) to somebody else. It was not going to be easy on either Caitlyn or Paige to play their normal game." ANALYSIS:Why Iowa's loss is a win for women's basketballIN-DEPTH:Why can't NCAA get women's basketball right?
Oregon State 65, Loyola 58: After a sudden end, where do the Ramblers go from here?
       
A 65-58 loss Saturday to Oregon State at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis was an upset, sure, was heartbreaking, sure, came too damn soon, sure. But have we really reached a point where the Ramblers making it to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is anything less than a gigantic success? And they’ll think about the way this run ended, with a nightmarish shooting performance for the eighth-seeded Ramblers (26-5). Didn’t we think the Ramblers would beat Oregon State even though the Pac-12 tournament champs were red-hot and coming off an enormously impressive second-round win against potential No. For all the teams that don’t do that enough, the end rushes in on a wave of disappointment and tears.
Knicks assistant Kenny Payne passes on DePaul job
       
The DePaul coaching search moves to its next phase. While first-year athletic director DeWayne Peevy has interviewed several candidates, the primary focus for weeks has been on New York Knicks assistant coach Kenny Payne. According to sources, the early process centered on Payne, Cleveland State coach Dennis Gates and Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer. Maybe the question is how does DePaul not go after the coach who’s a little over six miles from its campus? But Moser does have options — and potentially others coming — including staying at the program he has built from the ground up.
Adbert Alzolay makes Cubs’ Opening Day roster, will start season in rotation
       
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Adbert Alzolay came into camp with one goal in mind and that was making the Cubs’ Opening Day roster. It wasn’t going to be easy and with some difficult roster decisions looming, it looked like Alzolay’s time wasn’t going to come. “My main thing is to make the roster,” Alzolay said Thursday. “He’s put in a lot of good work. … Making that Opening Day roster and getting that news is big and Adbert was fired up.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Oral Roberts scores 1st-half upset
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. UPDATES5:22 p.m.: Arkansas is still favored at -142 on the live line (Oral Roberts +116), spread -2½, total 145½. Arkansas is still -188 on the live line (Oral Roberts +152), spread -3½, total 146½. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML. The Ramblers are -550 on the live line (Oregon State +390), spread -9½, total 115½.
Problem gambling among young adults may grow, report warns
       
A UNLV expert wants to see gambling companies that partner with universities step up their education efforts involving problem gambling. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raeIt’s not a coincidence that Problem Gambling Awareness Month occurs during one of the biggest sports wagering opportunities of the year — the March Madness NCAA Tournament. The council said college and university students tend to have higher rates of problem gambling compared with the general population and college student athletes have an even greater risk for gambling problems than the general college population. “There has been no shortage of hypocrisy in the collegiate environment when it comes to sports and commercialism and sports and gambling,” Feldman said. “Gambling education is something we really ought to be considering nationwide for middle-schoolers and beyond.”Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893.
Blackhawks’ Kirby Dach returns from injury, playing against Predators
       
The centerpiece of the Blackhawks’ future core was activated off long-term injured reserve Saturday and officially returned to the lineup against the Predators. Dach had missed the first 34 games of the season recovering from wrist surgery in December after a freak injury in the World Junior Championships. Dach centered a new third line with Mattias Janmark and Dylan Strome in warmups before puck drop against the Predators. The 20-year-old forward, the third overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft, demonstrated tremendous growth during his 2019-20 rookie season. He won’t be tasked with that much playing time immediately this spring, but he may well finish the season receiving it.
Golden Knights back in first after OT win over Avalanche
       
Max Pacioretty scored 1:56 into overtime Saturday, and the Golden Knights earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) watches Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez' goal against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier (28) hops over a shot against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) as Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek (92) moves in during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Colorado Avalanche right wing Joonas Donskoi (72) shoots against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) as Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore (27) and Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) position in the crease during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. After taking a beating in the series opener, the Knights showed they have an answer for the powerful Colorado Avalanche.
Kirby Dach makes his season debut tonight for the Chicago Blackhawks after missing the first 34 games with a broken wrist
       
He’s likely to slot into the top line with Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat, at least eventually. For now, the Hawks will want him simply to focus on getting his legs back, which he had been working on in recent practices with the team.
Portugal, Belgium held in WCup qualifying, Ireland shocked
       
Portugal and Belgium were left frustrated by draws in their World Cup qualifying matches. On a night when underdogs tested big names, Luxembourg pulled off the biggest shock of all to beat Ireland 1-0. Stéphanie Frappart made more history as the first woman to referee a men's World Cup qualifier as the Netherlands beat Latvia 2-0. TV replays indicated the ball did cross the line, but goal-line technology and video review aren't used in the World Cup qualifiers. Artem Dzyuba scored both of Russia's goals to move within one goal of the Russian team record of 30 held by retired striker Alexander Kerzhakov.
Highlights: Manhasset vs. Plainedge football
       
Highlights of Manhasset’s 13-7 road victory over Plainedge in a Nassau Conference III football game on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Credit: Newsday / Michael Ruiz
Mark Anthony Scott, defense carry St. John the Baptist over Kennedy Catholic
       
But when it came time for his first carry of the second half, the St. John the Baptist running back wasn’t going to let anything get in his way. St. John the Baptist (2-0) and Kennedy Catholic played an entertaining, high-scoring opening half with the score tied at 27 at intermission. But the Cougars defense made key second-half adjustments to shut out Kennedy Catholic over the final 24 minutes. Kennedy Catholic (1-2) scored the game’s first touchdown before St. John the Baptist answered with three of the next four scores. St. John the Baptist expected a strong showing from Kennedy Catholic.
Cincinnati Reds GM Nick Krall: 'Looking like' Eugenio Suárez will be starting shortstop
       
But the answer to the long-debated question of the Opening Day shortstop looks like it will be Eugenio Suárez. More:Here are the 5 Cincinnati Reds pitchers who will begin the season in the starting rotation“It’s looking like he’s going to end up being the everyday shortstop,” general manager Nick Krall said. With Senzel’s status in flux, outfielder Aristides Aquino was in the starting lineup with the other seven regulars on Saturday night against the Chicago Cubs. “But we’re getting closer.”India’s chances to make the Opening Day roster have improved as the infield depth has been tested. The rest of the Opening Day lineup appears to be set: third baseman Mike Moustakas, left fielder Jesse Winker, right fielder Nick Castellanos and catcher Tucker Barnhart.
UConn women’s NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 win over Iowa showcases the team play that the Huskies are all about
       
In UConn’s three games in San Antonio, Edwards has arguably been the Huskies’ MVP. Her performance Saturday was just one example of that. The freshman forward scored six of UConn’s first eight points, establishing UConn’s paint presence, and finished with 9 of 11 shooting, the sort of efficiency fans have come to expect as she approaches the end of her freshman year. Edwards has only missed four shots from the field in San Antonio, putting up at least 17 points in each of her tournament games, and her defense (two blocks, two steals) continues to impress.
LaMarcus Aldridge to sign with Brooklyn Nets: AP source
       
NEW YORK — LaMarcus Aldridge plans to sign with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday. After reaching a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, the veteran forward quickly became a coveted free agent for contending teams. He decided to become the latest big name on the Brooklyn roster, the person told The Associated Press. Aldridge averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in 5 1/2 seasons for the Spurs, before they removed him from the rotation earlier this season. 2 overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft, Aldridge spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Celtics lose Evan Fournier to health and safety protocol
       
Instead, he missed Saturday’s game against Oklahoma City due to health and safety protocol. “I don’t really want to get into the specifics of everything, because I don’t know all the answers,” Brad Stevens said before the Thunder game. But I guess that’s just part of it.”Next German upAmong other things, the Celtics traded members of the German national team for each other — Daniel Theis and Mo Wagner. “In the sense that we’re both German and have kind of played for the German national team,” said Wagner. “But I haven’t really played a lot for the German national team and thus not really with him.
Catholic Memorial runs all over St. John’s Prep in big win
       
From the opening kickoff it was clear that Catholic Memorial’s speed and athleticism was a cut above the rest. 1 Super Bowl champion St. John’s Prep, 49-24, on Saturday afternoon at Catholic Memorial. “Today and against St. John’s (Shrewsbury) we started slow with turnovers. It’s an impressive group.”St. John’s Prep forced six turnovers on the day, including four interceptions, but could only turn them into 10 points. St. John’s Prep had a chance to draw closer after a Matt Michell interception gave the Eagles good field position, but the Knights defense forced a three-and-out.
Blue Jackets fall flat in Detroit, lose 3-1 to struggling Red Wings after listless start
       
"Time's up, guys," he said to reporters on a video conference, when asked if Alexandre Texier might get back into the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit absolutely dominated the first period, which also led to them outplaying the Blue Jackets in parts of the next two periods too. Adam Erne, Robbi Fabbri and Anthony Mantha scored the goals for the Red Wings, while Calvin Pickard earned the win in a surprise start for Detroit. They played like the team in contention for a playoff spot and traded places with the Blue Jackets. “That was brutal,” Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski said during an interview on Fox Sports Ohio during the first intermission.
Red Wings' Pickard gets rewarded for dedication with victory in first start
       
Calvin Pickard has been in that role most of this season for the Red Wings, and Saturday he was rewarded for his effort. Pickard stopped 21 shots while helping the Wings stop a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Columbus. "Our guys really like him," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's never easy, obviously you're a competitor and you want to play," Pickard said. Blue Jackets at Red WingsFaceoff: 3 p.m. Sunday, Little Caesars Arena, DetroitTV/radio: FSD/97.1Outlook: The Red Wings (11-20-4) and Blue Jackets (13-14-8) conclude a back-to-back series at LCA.
Brooklyn Nets add sixth All-Star to roster with LaMarcus Aldridge signing
       
LaMarcus Aldridge plans to sign with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday. After reaching a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, the veteran forward quickly became a coveted free agent for contending teams. He decided to become the latest big name on the Brooklyn roster, the person told the Associated Press. Aldridge averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in five and a half seasons for the Spurs, before they removed him from the rotation earlier this season. He was an All-Star in three of his seasons in San Antonio.
'A better life': New group connects families of homicide victims to local youth outreach
       
Following a year of record violence for Louisville, community activist Christopher 2X said his nonprofit, Game Changers, has been inundated with phone calls from gun violence survivors and families of victims. "We're not a save-all for survivors," 2X said. Gun violence in 2021: The latest on Louisville's homicides"It's also about giving them an outlet to channel this pain into something that can go further than where they are now," Welch said. Game Changers will help guide survivors into outreach in early childhood education, a focus of the Louisville nonprofit in its efforts to end gun violence. "Youth, gun violence, and early childhood education is important in any community, and especially here."
Dillian Whyte stops Alexander Povetkin to keep world title dream alive
       
Whyte then nailed him with a short right followed by a scything left hook which sent the Russian crashing to the canvas. Whyte came out with positive and aggressive intent in the opening round and Povetkin was soon caught off balance. An ugly swelling began to form under Povetkin’s left eye in round two as Whyte dominated with his jab. The debilitating impact of the virus on other fighters has been evident and, even before he stepped into the ring, Povetkin looked to have lost some of his muscled bulk. Whyte can now, once more, lay legitimate claim to being the fourth-best heavyweight in the world behind Tyson Fury, Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
Kentucky Derby preps roundup: Todd Pletcher's Known Agenda wins Florida Derby
       
Todd Pletcher found his horse for the 2021 Kentucky Derby with Known Agenda. Trained by Pletcher and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Known Agenda covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.45 and paid $12.80. Related coverage: Who's in, who's on bubble for 2021 Kentucky Derby fieldKnown Agenda earned 100 qualifying points toward the May 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Like the King earned 100 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby, and Sainthood earned 50. Owned by Godolphin, Rebel’s Romance earned 100 qualifying points toward the May 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Ireland's Bennett marked man in Gent-Wevelgem classic
       
Sam Bennett won his first one day World Tour race on WednesdayAdvertising Read moreBrussels (AFP)Form sprinter Ireland's Sam Bennett will be a marked man at Sunday's Belgian cycling classic, the epic 254km Gent-Wevelgem. The nature of the Gent-Wevelgem course has led half of the past 10 races to finish in a sprint. If that happens Sunday the gentle giant Bennett is the current fastest man in the business having forged a close understanding with his sprint lead-out man, the veteran Michael Morkov. The 30-year-old Bennett won two stages at both the Paris-Nice and UAE Tour stage races before storming the Bruges-La Panne classic on Wednesday, his team's 12th victory of 2021. "It's my first one-day World Tour win," Bennett said Wednesday.
'I can beat anyone': Whyte KOs Povetkin, eyes undisputed heavyweight title
       
Dillian Whyte was defeated by Anthony Joshua in London in 2015Advertising Read moreGibraltar (AFP)Britain's Dillian Whyte avenged his defeat by Alexander Povetkin to be crowned WBC interim heavyweight champion on Saturday and immediately set his sights on becoming the undisputed world champion. Last August, Whyte twice put 41-year-old Povetkin on the canvas, only to see the former WBA champion defeat him with a fifth-round knockout. Whyte said on the eve of Saturday's fight that victory should give him a shot at facing the winner of a future bout between Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury, with the undisputed heavyweight title on the line. He is a tough guy but I felt I could have finished it early," Whyte told Sky Sports. I want the world title."
'Embarrassing' Ireland suffer shock World Cup loss to Luxembourg
       
Gerson Rodrigues fired the only goal in Luxembourg's 2022 World Cup qualifier with IrelandAdvertising Read moreDublin (AFP)The Republic of Ireland fell to a shock 1-0 defeat by minnows Luxembourg in their 2022 World Cup qualifier in Dublin on Saturday with the home team described as "embarrassing" by their own captain. Dynamo Kiev midfielder Gerson Rodrigues condemned the Irish to their second defeat in as many Group A games with a superb long-range effort five minutes from the end. Ireland sit bottom of the group on zero points, four behind leaders Serbia and Portugal who drew 2-2 in Belgrade. Luxembourg meanwhile are a point behind the two leading teams after a rare World Cup qualifying victory for the tiny country. His next opportunity will come on Tuesday when Ireland face World Cup hosts Qatar in a friendly in the Hungarian city of Debrecen.
Nets adding another All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge after buyout with Spurs
       
The Brooklyn Nets landed another former NBA All-Star in the buyout market. Almost three weeks after signing free agent Blake Griffin, who was bought out by the Detroit Pistons, the Nets reached a deal with LaMarcus Aldridge, a person familiar with the agreement told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the signing is official. Aldridge, a seven-time All-Star, reached a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday after the team couldn’t find a deal before the trade deadline expired. They are 31-15, 1½ games behind the first-place Philadelphia 76ers in the East and have won nine of their past 11 games.
NCAA Tournament scores: How Sweet 16 results affect both brackets
       
From men's basketball Cinderalla team Loyola Chicago and Cameron Krutwig taking down No. UConn's Paige Bueckers and Iowa's Caitlin Clark were the freshmen stars poised to steal the show in this highly anticipated Sweet 16 tip-off, but beating the Hawkeyes was a full-squad effort. 8 Loyola Chicago 58The No. 12 seeded Beavers stifled Loyola Chicago early with a zone defense and fed off star Ethan Thompson on offense to upset the Ramblers 65-58 in the Sweet 16 at Indianapolis. Loyola Chicago had one of its worst shooting games of the season, only going 5-for-23 from three-point range (22%) and managing a season-worst 16 points in the first half.
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Sunday matches, tee times, how to watch
       
We are down to the final four at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas. First up on Sunday is the semifinals, followed by the third-place match and the final. Check out the Sunday matches and tee times below, as well as the broadcast, streaming and radio schedule. WGC-Dell Match Play: Scores | PhotosSunday’s semifinalsTime Players 9:05 a.m. Victor Perez (31) vs. Billy Horschel (32) 9:20 a.m. Matt Kuchar (52) vs. Scottie Scheffler (30)Following the semifinal matches will be the third-place match and the final. How to watchSunday, March 28TVGolf Channel (Watch for free on fuboTV): 10 a.m.-2 p.m.NBC: 3-7 p.m.STREAMINGPGA Tour Live: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.RADIOPGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.We recommend interesting sports viewing and streaming opportunities.
WGC Match Play: Who reached the Final Four (and how did they get there)?
       
AUSTIN, Texas — Those hoping this was the year the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play would produce two semifinal matches between top seeds were likely disappointed with Saturday’s results — but the day held plenty of excitement. The Final Four includes all seeds of 30 or higher as we head into Sunday’s final day of action at Austin Country Club. Among the big names eliminated on Saturday were Jordan Spieth — who had a chance to take a late lead in his Round-of-16 match, but failed to take advantage — Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson. That leaves just four, all of whom will play a pair of matches on Sunday. Here’s a look at those still standing and how they got to the final day.
Kenny Payne not leaving Knicks for DePaul job
       
The “father figure” of the Knicks’ Kentucky contingent may not be going anywhere after all. Assistant coach Kenny Payne was reportedly a strong candidate to be hired as DePaul’s next head coach, but instead he will be staying with the Knicks, a league source confirmed. “He puts the players first,” rookie point guard Immanuel Quickley, who had Payne as an assistant at Kentucky, said Saturday before the Knicks took on the Bucks. Payne has been credited for playing a key role in Julius Randle’s breakout season, in which the Kentucky product has shouldered the load for the Knicks. But the 54-year-old Payne, who helped recruit Quickley for Kentucky, will continue working with his Wildcats-turned-Knicks.
ESPN’s Louis Riddick rains on Jets’ Zach Wilson parade: ‘Hilarious’
       
Imagine Zach Wilson making that crazy cross-body on-the-run throw from BYU’s Pro Day in a Jets game. To do so, he pulled up a video clip of Darnold making a very similar throw to Wilson that had Jets fans drooling Friday. He added, “Some of you really think the Jets would have been good if it just wasn’t for Sam Darnold screwing it up huh? 12 – seem to indicate the rest of the league knows the Jets are set to draft Wilson at No. The 49ers and Eagles should have insight into the Jets’ plans because of their ties to coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas, respectively.
Los Angeles agency votes for $36M police funding boost as crime surges
       
Officials in Los Angeles voted this week to re-fund their police amid an upswing in crime. Less than a year after “defund the police” fervor swept across major cities from coast to coast, Los Angeles County Metro, the region’s public transportation agency, voted Thursday to boost police funding by $36 million. The money will go toward the agency’s law-enforcement contracts with the Los Angeles Police Department, Long Beach Police Department and Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department. Los Angeles has been among the nation’s leading communities in efforts to defund the police. Passengers wait for a Los Angeles gold line train to depart from a station in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 2, 2010.
Knicks no longer interested in veteran center Andre Drummond
       
Don’t expect center Andre Drummond to suit up for the Knicks anytime soon. The Celtics met with Drummond on Friday and could be the favorites for the former Connecticut star and Mount Vernon native. Andre Drummond APThe Knicks believe Drummond is going to want to start, but the Knicks have visions of closing the season with the young, shot-blocking Robinson in the starting lineup. The Knicks have $15 million in cap space and could easily outbid Boston, the Lakers and Clippers. Third-string center Taj Gibson’s performance in the win over the Wizards on Thursday might have sealed the deal on the Knicks losing some interest in Drummond.
The White Sox have October ambitions. To get there, they staged a high school reunion.
       
ADSimilarly, the White Sox are no longer stockpiling talent in hopes of a brighter, distant future. They named Tony La Russa, who has won baseball games in five decades, the team’s new manager. He called anyone who would listen and made his case: The guy the White Sox needed, Giolito insisted, was … his high school pitching coach. As it happened, Rodón’s success meant former Nationals prospect Reynaldo López was bumped out of the White Sox rotation for now. “It wasn’t okay.”After getting limited chances in 2017, the White Sox gave Giolito his first chance to pitch a full season in 2018.
Connecticut shows off its top-to-bottom excellence in Sweet 16 win over Iowa
       
I could tell you guys were so antsy in the first half, which I think is kind of true. “But Paige, before the game, she was telling us that this is a team game, don’t worry about the media. Bueckers (averaging 19.9 points, 6 assists and 2.4 steals) was a bit more efficient, but the Huskies (27-1) didn’t need to lean on her. “I think our defense, as bad as it was at times, was really, really good when it had to be. Obviously neither of them did, even though both of them played really, really well.”The Hawkeyes cut the lead to nine early in the fourth quarter, but Bueckers wasn’t entertaining any thoughts of a comeback and sank a three-pointer from the corner.
2021 NCAA tournament live updates Sweet 16 scores and analysis from Saturday’s games
       
3 Arkansas and No. 15 Oral Roberts will meet in the South Region semifinal at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, a rematch of their Dec. 20 contest which the Razorbacks rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to win 87-76 in Fayetteville, Ark. The game tips off at 7:25 p.m. and will air on TBS. The Razorbacks rank 10th in adjusted defensive efficiency by KenPom.com and have held their previous two opponents to 37.9 percent shooting from the field. 15 Oral Roberts (18-10)
Oregon State’s NCAA tournament run continues with a win over Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16
       
8 seed Loyola Chicago. “Beaver Nation has waited a long time.”Where Loyola Chicago had deprogrammed No. 1 seed Illinois, Oregon State deprogrammed Loyola Chicago. “Very hard scene in our locker room,” said Porter Moser, the coach who led Loyola Chicago to the Final Four in 2018. ADBut as the half wore on and Loyola Chicago reached a desolate 16-13 lead, things turned.
Staley ready for day hoops the sole focus of women’s tourney
       
Staley and others continue to address differences and inequality between the women’s and men’s tournaments. Of course as a coach, she would rather be spending her time talking about her next opponent and basketball strategies. While Staley supports the actions of her players, she has stood up during the anthem this season. UPON FURTHER REVIEW ...ADVERTISEMENTLouisville and the other teams left in the women’s NCAA Tournament will be able to take outdoor walks. CORONAVIRUS TESTSThe bubble for the women’s NCAA Tournament appears to be working well.
Viola’s Known Agenda prevails in Florida Derby at Gulfstream
       
And he also owns Known Agenda, who is now well on his way to the Kentucky Derby. Known Agenda ran away from the field in the Florida Derby on Saturday, and might keep on going all the way to Churchill Downs to start the Triple Crown season. Pletcher won the Florida Derby for the sixth time, and Known Agenda covered the 1 1/8 miles on the dirt in 1 minutes, 49.45 seconds. Known Agenda was gone. He ran great.”Soup and Sandwich picked up 40 Derby standings points, and Greatest Honour got 20.
Loyola Chicago’s Moser says he’s not ready to discuss future
       
Oregon State won 65-58. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Loyola Chicago’s Porter Moser has accomplished enough over the last four seasons to become one of the nation’s most attractive candidates for any coaching vacancy. Moser wouldn’t say which way he was leaning Saturday after Oregon State eliminated Loyola 65-58 in a Midwest Region semifinal. “I’ve had my blinders on and given 100 percent of Porter Moser to this Rambler team. He was more interested Saturday in talking about the legacy Loyola has established with these last two NCAA Tournament runs.
NCAA Board of Governors chair expresses confidence in Emmert
       
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert testifies during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on intercollegiate athlete compensation on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert testifies during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on intercollegiate athlete compensation on Capitol Hill in Washington. Because of the pandemic, the NCAA took the unprecedented step of staging both basketball tournaments in single geographic locations this year. DeGioia said Emmert has been attentive to the need for reform while negotiating the complications of the NCAA’s shared governance structure. ___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
What a Mess: NASCAR worried about first Bristol dirt race
       
Bristol also made a bold change this year by converting its facility into a dirt race as part of radical changes to the 2021 schedule. NASCAR needed a major shakeup and the dirt race joined an influx of road courses and new venues for the most adventurous schedule in sport history. So when NASCAR broadcast partner Fox pushed for a dirt race on the Cup schedule, Speedway Motorsports said Bristol would be the guinea pig. “That's probably the most uncomfortable I've ever been in a race car,” said Kevin Harvick, running his first Truck Series race since 2015. The first NASCAR Cup Series points-paying sanctioned race in the inaugural 1949 season was on dirt at Charlotte (Old) Speedway.
Elite advice: How a stranger's wisdom helped Oregon State's historic NCAA run
       
12 seed Oregon State on the cusp of the Final Four, coach Wayne Tinkle pointed to an unusual source of inspiration before they upset No. Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle hugs Ethan Thompson after defeating Loyola Chicago on March 27. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)Allen and Tinkle didn’t know each other prior to Oregon State arriving here two weeks ago, according to a school spokesman. Story continuesThe Oregon State news conference sounded more like a reading of the sayings off a Lululemon bag than the normal assemblage of postgame clichés. “We talked about keeping a free mind, playing hard, playing together,” Tinkle said.
Scottie Scheffler mows down European stalwarts in Match Play
       
Scottie Scheffler delivered all the right shots Saturday and moved into the semifinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play by taking down Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm. AdvertisementHe advances to a final day that features three Americans and one European — Victor Perez of France, who made short work of Sergio Garcia in their quarterfinal match. AdvertisementKuchar won the Match Play in 2013 and lost in the championship match two years ago to Kevin Kisner. He never gave Poulter, a Ryder Cup stalwart and past winner of the Match Play, much of a chance. AdvertisementIn the quarterfinal match, Rahm fell 3 down when his approach to the par-five 12th found the water.
Trevor Bauer hosts bullied boy at Dodgers game: ‘That is a story I identify with’
       
Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer saw the post and invited the Aronson family to Saturday’s game, presenting Kanon with a personalized jersey and signing it thus: “It’s cool to be different! AND IN THE GAME: Bauer had some fun with his former Cleveland teammates, challenging Jose Ramirez in part by telling him what pitch was coming. The 11-pitch walk contributed to a first inning in which Bauer made 33 pitches, got two outs, and was removed. AdvertisementEXTRA BASES: The Dodgers’ rotation for the opening series that starts Thursday in Colorado, in order: Clayton Kershaw, Bauer, Walker Buehler and Julio Urias. UP NEXT: David Price and the Dodgers face the Angels on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Angel Stadium.
Julien Acevedo-Torres is the difference as Whittier Tech debuts with a dominant ground game
       
“He said, ‘I want to make a difference this year’,” Whittier coach Kevin Bradley said of Acevedo-Torres. HAVERHILL — The start of Whittier Tech’s Fall II season was delayed, but Julien Acevedo-Torres and his Whitter Tech teammates did not waste any time getting going in Saturday’s opener against visiting Essex Tech. The Wildcats scored on every possession but one and only threw one pass, a 10-yard TD strike from junior Niko Burke to Bryant Eno. Burke also scored on a 12-yard keeper in the third quarter for a commanding 28-0 margin. But Whittier put the game away on a 42-yard scoring run from Jyzaiah Ferreira with 1:19 remaining, with Burke adding the conversion.
Uneventful Red Sox spring training got eventful in a hurry
       
A day later, the Red Sox decided to scratch Eduardo Rodriguez from his Opening Day assignment because of a dead arm, which sounds worse than it actually is but isn’t good by any means. What had been a quiet and productive camp for the Red Sox flipped in a span of about 40 hours, and Opening Day is coming up Thursday at Fenway Park. He put aside the baseball problems for a day and focused on making sure the Sox were following the right procedures. One positive test is not enough to cancel a game, even in spring training. He had some tests to make sure his vision wasn’t affected by the accident, but the expectation is he’ll be ready for Opening Day.
Scottie Scheffler makes himself at home in Match Play semifinals
       
Kuchar won the Match Play in 2013 and lost in the championship match two years ago to Kevin Kisner. AdvertisementHe never gave Poulter, a Ryder Cup stalwart and past winner of the Match Play, much of a chance. Poulter didn’t win a hole as Scheffler made seven birdies in a match that ended on the 14th hole. Spieth went 30 feet long, Kuchar was 6 feet short, and Kuchar won with a birdie. The winner this year will not be rewarded with a Masters spot because the tournament is being played opposite the WGC Match Play event.
UConn upperclassmen make the difference in No. 1 seed’s victory over No. 5 Iowa
       
Williams scored 27 points and Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women’s NCAA Tournament in San Antonio. Christyn Williams, Evina Westbrook, and Olivia [Nelson-Ododa], our three juniors were amazing, played the way you wanted your upperclassmen to play. “I thought we played a great team basketball game,” Williams said. It pushed Baylor into the first overtime game in the Sweet 16 since Tennessee’s victory over Gonzaga in 2015.
Austin Slater might be getting it right for Giants
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Spring training always has been a time of change for Giants outfielder Austin Slater. Slater, 28, an eighth-round draft choice from Stanford in 2014, has crushed left-handed pitching in his four partial seasons with the Giants. Related Articles SF Giants: Non-roster invitee makes final pitch to make Opening Day rosterSF Giants HQ: Why Posey won’t play first, Gausman’s big change, farm system loaded with hittersEvaluating the SF Giants’ Opening Day decision for Brandon Belt (plus the backup plan)Aaron Sanchez has his ‘stock market pitch’, so what’s next for the SF Giants pitcher? SF Giants’ Farhan Zaidi provides outlook for roster, details upcoming ‘tough decisions’“I’m pretty happy with the results so far, especially to be able to do it off righties,” Slater said. “It’s really hard to deny that Slater is having equally good at-bats against right-handed pitching as he is against left-handed pitching,” Kapler said.
A’s takeaways: Did A.J. Puk secure his fifth starter spot?
       
Recuperating from shoulder surgery he had in September, the 25-year-old made a delayed start this spring. Melvin and Puk have said they aren’t concerned about the lost velocity. Puk has plenty of deception, and his height is a factor in making the 93-94 mph fastball play up, Melvin said. Puk, who Melvin dubbed the ideal candidate to take the rotation spot, needed to answer. “We’ve seen a different guy this spring,” Melvin said.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa has made a career of proving doubters wrong, and he just got some extra motivation
       
This week it was the baseball data-centric site Fangraphs.com, which, in its position-by-position analysis of MLB rosters, projected the Rangers shortstop play to be the worst in the majors. It appears here, according to Baseball-Reference.com, that the AL leader was a tie between Minnesota’s Byron Buxton and, well — would you look at that — Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Kiner-Falefa has made a career already of taking conventional evaluations of him that sell him short, using them as fuel, and turning them on their head. The last time MLB played a 162-game season, the league average OPS for shortstops was .772, the highest ever. If he is going to stick there long-term, he’s going to have to improve the offensive numbers.
Scott Oberg’s latest surgery for blood clots leaves Rockies feeling “devastated”
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Pitcher Scott Oberg’s career is likely over after undergoing surgery to remove blood clots in his right elbow Thursday night. I hate to see this happen.”Thursday marked the fourth time in the right-hander’s career that blood clots took him off the mound. He had hoped the procedure would prevent the blood clots from returning. Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger, who has been monitoring the pitcher carefully during camp, alerted doctors and Oberg was taken to the Mayo Clinic for an operation to remove the blood clots. The last three came after catcher Tony Wolters singled home the go-ahead run in Colorado’s 2-1 victory.
Unfortunately for Loyola, the clang was all there in a Sweet 16 loss to Oregon State
       
There were two ways to watch Loyola’s Sweet 16 matchup with Oregon State on Saturday — one with eyes open for character-building purposes and the other with eyes closed for emotional protection. So getting past Oregon State, a 12th seed? Moser said Oregon State’s size made it hard for Loyola to get off good shots consistently. But when you go 5-of-23 on three-pointers and miss seven free throws, as they did against Oregon State, there’s an excellent chance you’re going to lose. Oregon State did both Saturday.
Is Marquette a job Shaka Smart should have left Texas for?
       
Marquette has lost a lot of basketball luster since then nationally. In fact, inquiring minds wanted to know if Marquette is a job you leave Texas for in wake of Shaka Smart's decision to do just that. Adande, ESPN contributor"It is a job you leave Texas for if you have to leave Texas. Kevin Blackistone, ESPN contributor"If you're a basketball coach, you want to be at a basketball school. Marquette we know is a basketball school.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Baylor rallies to win, cover
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. Refresh this blog throughout the day to track bad beats, movement on the live betting line, props, halftime bets and much more. 2:09 p.m.: Oregon State was +750 at BetMGM to win by six to 10 points. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML. 12:13 p.m.: Oregon State rallies from a 9-3 deficit to take a 10-9 lead, and the Beavers actually win the race to 10 points at +120.
Moncada: With Eloy Jimenez out, White Sox hitters must stay in their lane
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The loss of Eloy Jimenez’ bat in the middle of the White Sox lineup is hard to quantify. La Russa praised Moncada’s work habits and his desire to play Saturday after fouling a pitch off his leg Friday. “It ells a lot about where his head is and it’s in a great place for us,” La Russa said. La Russa said Andrew Vaughn, who did not play Saturday, is more than a possibility to see time in left field. “He’s such a strong individual between the ears that he’s ready to do it,” La Russa said.
Morgan Park shuts out Curie
       
Morgan Park’s Camron Fulton was set to make the handoff to Aaron Warren eventually. The junior showed why he’s up to the job in Saturday’s 26-0 Illini Red Bird win over Curie at Gately Stadium. Warren ran 20 yards for Morgan Park’s first touchdown and added a 14-yard scoring pass to freshman Chris Durr. Morgan Park graduated 22 seniors and has a roster featuring a number of talented underclassmen. “I was just happy my guys got to play and we got the win,” James said.
Heat buyout target LaMarcus Aldridge opts to sign with Nets
       
Because of the Heat’s position near the luxury tax, they have room to take in a single player at the NBA veteran’s minimum salary at the moment, with the ability to later fill the final roster spot with a minimum-scale player closer to the May 16 close of the regular season.
Viola's Known Agenda prevails in Florida Derby at Gulfstream
       
And he also owns Known Agenda, who is now well on his way to the Kentucky Derby. Known Agenda ran away from the field in the Florida Derby on Saturday, and might keep on going all the way to Churchill Downs to start the Triple Crown season. Pletcher won the Florida Derby for the sixth time, and Known Agenda covered the 1 1/8 miles on the dirt in 1 minutes, 49.45 seconds. Known Agenda was gone. Soup and Sandwich picked up 40 Derby standings points, and Greatest Honour got 20.
Max Pacioretty scores in OT, Knights beat Avalanche 3-2
       
DENVER - (AP) -- Max Pacioretty scored at 1:56 of overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. “As a group we were really disappointed with our effort (Thursday night) and we responded,” Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer said. The last time an opponent outshot the Avalanche was Vegas on Feb. 16. Byram left the game after getting checked against the boards with a hit the Avalanche felt was excessive. ... Golden Knights RW Mark Stone entered Saturday leading the NHL in points in March with 22 (eight goals, 14 assists).
John Giller, O-line lead Massapequa to win over Farmingdale
       
Massapequa senior quarterback John Giller knew his offensive line would be the key to overcoming rival Farmingdale in the signature Nassau I matchup on Saturday afternoon. The line made key blocks all day and Giller took full advantage, leading Massapequa (3-0) with four total touchdowns in a 32-3 win. "We were making some silly mistakes and we just had to compose ourselves," Massapequa head coach Kevin Shippos said. Giller broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 14-3 with 8:42 to go in the first half. Giller completed an out-route to Morrow, who blew past the defense for the 53-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 26-3.
Leisaan Hibbert helps Hills East rout Smithtown East
       
Neither were his Half Hollow Hills East football teammates. Hibbert recorded the first of four Hills East INTs and returned it 57 yards to open the scoring. "But coach told us, ‘Don’t worry, we are Hills East. The Hills East defense responded again and stopped Smithtown East on a 4th-and-3 at the Bulls 41. "Every week has been a challenge," Hills East coach Mike Maratto said.
Stony Brook men's lacrosse tops Albany for third straight win
       
After a three-game losing skid earlier this season, the Stony Brook men’s lacrosse team have found themselves a winning streak. Thanks to a 16-10 win over visiting #19 University of Albany Saturday afternoon, the Seawolves have won three straight. Anthony Palma made 12 saves for Stony Brook (5-3, 3-1). Devin O’Leary scored with 4:19 left in the first half to give Stony Brook a 7-5 lead. Albany hung around through the third quarter, but could never completely keep up with Stony Brook.
In first start in 26 days, Jordan Dail combines for shutout at No. 3 Oregon softball completes sweep of LMU
       
In her first action in nearly three weeks and first start in 26 days, Jordan Dail was effective over four scoreless innings. Dail allowed three hits, walked one and struck out two and combined with Samaria Diaz for a shutout as No. 3/4 Oregon competed the sweep of Loyola Marymount, 6-0, at Jane Sander Stadium on Saturday. “I think she’s handled it well,” Lombardi said. “I think when she’s got her opportunities she’s done that and also I think she’s been a good teammate as well when she’s not on the mound.”
Saturday Spotlight: Oregon high school football Week 4 schedule, scores
       
Week 4 of the Oregon high school football season continues on Saturday with nearly a dozen games across the state. In the early Class 6A games, Roosevelt was visiting Franklin, Reynolds was at Centennial and The Dalles was playing host to Wilson. Later Saturday, Lincoln is set to visit Cleveland, Barlow is playing host to Gresham, Westview is at Jefferson and Central Catholic is taking on Grant at Franklin. Follow along here throughout the afternoon and evening for live updates and scores from around the state as the shortened high school football season continues. Wells at The Dalles, 1 p.m.Gresham at Barlow, 4 p.m.Lincoln at Cleveland, 4 p.m. | Watch live streamWestview at Jefferson-Portland, 4 p.m. | Watch live streamCentral Catholic at Grant, 6 p.m. | Watch live streamClass 4AVale at La Pine, 1 p.m.Class 3ACoquille at Douglas, 1:30 p.m.Waldport at Taft, 7 p.m. | Watch live streamBrookings-Harbor at Douglas, canceledClass 2AWeston-McEwen at Heppner, 7 p.m.Coquille at Rogue River, canceledClass 1ANorth Lake/Paisley at Siletz Valley, canceled
Dom Amore: How one word from UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma helped Christyn Williams rise from ‘uncoachable’ to unstoppable
       
“I told ‘C’ two days ago, this was going to be her game,” Bueckers said. “That she was going to be able to take over and lead our team, and she came in with that mentality. Everybody saw her offense, but what she did on the defensive end was huge. Her play, everybody saw it, it was amazing. For her to come out like that and lead the team, it set the tone for all of us.”
Pro basketball can wait, as Oregon State’s Ethan Thompson stamps himself as one of the school’s greats with impactful NCAA tourney run
       
INDIANAPOLIS – Ethan Thompson twice left Oregon State’s program for the NBA draft, only to return to school after getting feedback regarding his possibilities as a future pro. Oregon State is the second 12 seed in NCAA Tournament history to earn a berth in the Elite Eight. Deciding to stick around for a third and fourth year at Oregon State rather than commence a professional basketball career? On the upcoming inbounds play, Loyola pressured Oregon State in the backcourt, but Thompson and Warith Alatishe had a plan. Everything is coming together and working for Oregon State in Indianapolis.
Sweet sorrow: Michigan women rally to force OT, fall to Baylor in NCAA regional semifinal
       
Leigha Brown’s layup with 15 seconds left pulled Michigan within, 76-75, but Baylor extended the lead to three on Moon Ursin’s layup. “They’re devastated, they’re distraught,” Barnes Arico said of her players. “Our defense was ridiculous,” Barnes Arico said. Barnes Arico said the team often felt “disrespected” this season. Real toughness, Barnes Arico said, versus false toughness.
Eight-run eighth gives Tigers wild victory over Phillies
       
The Tigers got eight runs in the eighth inning, turning an 8-1 Phillies lead into a game the Tigers discovered, much to their shock, they led. “What a mess throughout the entire game,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said as he appraised the day’s mishaps and missed strike zones. BOX SCORE: Tigers 9, Phillies 8The eighth carried on — with of course more walks and walked-in runs. Grayson Greiner led off the preposterous Tigers eighth with a liner onto the left-field berm for his second spring home run. He got one of the Tigers’ seven walks in the eighth, then made a solid play, and strong throw, as DeCaster put away the Phillies in the ninth.
Here are the 5 Cincinnati Reds pitchers who will begin the season in the starting rotation
       
GOODYEAR, Arizona – The Cincinnati Reds expect the starting rotation to be one of the main strengths of the roster this season, but it’ll look a lot different in the first week of the season than it did at the beginning of camp. Sonny Gray and Michael Lorenzen are expected to begin the season on the 10-day injured list, but they will join the rotation when they’re healthy. The Reds love their potential, but they haven’t had consistent success at the Major League level. “That’s not to say that I don’t think he will pitch well because I do. Here we go.’ I just don’t think we’ve put ourselves in a position to do that quite yet.”
Jaap Stam on FC Cincinnati's 2-1 win against Chicago Fire FC
       
Jaap Stam on FC Cincinnati's 2-1 win against Chicago Fire FCFC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam gave his thoughts on the club's 2-1 win in a preseason match played against Chicago Fire FC March 27 in Orlando.
Cincinnati Reds GM Nick Krall: 'Looking like' Eugenio Suárez will be starting shortstop
       
But the answer to the long-debated question of the Opening Day shortstop looks like it will be Eugenio Suárez. “It’s looking like he’s going to end up being the everyday shortstop,” general manager Nick Krall said. With Senzel’s status in flux, outfielder Aristides Aquino was in the starting lineup with the other seven regulars on Saturday night against the Chicago Cubs. “But we’re getting closer.”India’s chances to make the Opening Day roster have improved as the infield depth has been tested. The rest of the Opening Day lineup appears to be set: third baseman Mike Moustakas, left fielder Jesse Winker, right fielder Nick Castellanos and catcher Tucker Barnhart.
MORNING ROUNDUP: OU softball off to best start in program history
       
OklahomanOU softball wins to set record for best start in program historyTop-ranked Oklahoma softball run-ruled Iowa State, 10-2, in six innings on Saturday for the school's best start in program history. OSU blasts Kansas State in Big 12 Conference home openerNo. 13 Oklahoma State baseball scored seven runs in the seventh inning to beat Kansas State, 14-5, in its Big 12 Conference home opener Friday night. It was the Big 12 opener for the Sooners (12-9, 0-1 Big 12). Entering his eighth NFL season, Watkins has been a solid target for Buffalo (2014-16), the Los Angeles Rams (2017) and the Chiefs (2018-20).
Oklahoma City police officer arrested in domestic assault case
       
An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic assault and battery. Kristopher Gellenbeck, a sergeant with 7.5 years of service with the police department, was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County jail, according to the department. More:Oklahoma County judge resigns after allegations of sexual misconductIn a news release, the police department said the Domestic Violence Unit was made aware of a domestic abuse case that occurred Friday involving a fellow officer at a home in northwest Oklahoma City. After interviewing all parties, including the officer, investigators determined that Gellenbeck was involved in a physical altercation that caused injuries. Staff writer Dale Denwalt covers technology, aerospace and Oklahoma business news for The Oklahoman.
Boston’s 99-yard run leads Framingham to upset of Wellesley
       
WELLESLEY – For the past two decades, Framingham football fans became accustomed to marking down Wellesley as a scheduled loss on the calendar. With 3:48 remaining in the first quarter, the Flyers handed the ball to Boston on 4th down, only needing a single yard to pick up the first. He broke two tackles, then fought his way into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown as Framingham took a 6-0 lead. Senior Robert Viele corralled the pass and jogged the rest of the way for a 42-yard touchdown reception, making it 12-0. The senior sprinted toward the goal line and extended the ball but at the last second, Framingham junior Zach Semakula converged on the receiver with a few teammates, punching the ball free.
Tramel: Howard Schnellenberger was terrible but terribly interesting for OU football
       
The Colonel from Kentucky never got tired of talking football, and I never got tired of hearing him talk football. Schnellenberger, the ill-fitted and ill-fated coach of the Sooners in 1995, died Saturday at age 87 in Boca Raton, Florida, his final football stop. Except for those of us who like to talk football. But they really don't want to talk football. He was fun, and we were talking football, and being a terrible fit for Oklahoma, taking a job he never should have been offered, is not all that I remember about Schnellenberger, who supplied the most interesting football season of my career.
Boston University ousted from hockey tourney, falls 6-2 to St. Cloud
       
Cloud scored three goals under unimaginable circumstances and rolled to a 6-2 victory over Boston University in the Northeast Regional opener on Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.St. Cloud coach Brett Larson. “For us it’s time for the reset button and we have to play the game the right way to have any chance (against BC).”St. Cloud went up 3-2 on a play in the crease by Brodzinski at 16:00. “I think Lady Luck was on their side in the first two goals,” said BU coach Albie O’Connell.
Rested Tewksbury rolls over Billerica 41-14
       
TEWKSBURY — Starting the year with two games in five days, both on the road and in cold weather, while missing a key starting offensive player, the Tewksbury Redmen needed some rest. On the opening kickoff, Tewksbury senior captain Will McKay returned it 71 yards for a score that set the tempo to this one-sided contest. Tewksbury responded with a 10-play, 64-yard drive capped off with a 6-yard TD run by Olu, closing the half out at 21-8. Sophomore Michael Sullivan had a pick-six from 26 yards out, followed by a 4-yard TD run by Darrigo and a 1-yard TD run by Sean Fahey to cap the scoring. Billerica’s Joseph Green converted on a 5-yard run for the Indians’ second score coming late in the fourth quarter.
Morgan leads late VMI comeback in 36-31 win over Wofford
       
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Seth Morgan threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns and his 14-yard scoring pass to Jakob Herres with 35 seconds left sent VMI past Wofford 36-31 on Saturday. Morgan led a seven-play, 79-yard drive in just 63 seconds for the go-ahead score for the No. Wofford got the ball to it's own 41-yard line following a short kickoff but ran out of time. Morgan completed a 15-yard touchdown to Herres to put VMI up 27-24 with 9:24 remaining. Weirick threw for 170 yards and a touchdown and Nathan Walker ran for 81 yards and touchdown for Wofford (1-3, 1-3).
Nationals send projected starting 3B Kieboom to minors
       
Carter Kieboom, a first-round draft pick and the expected starting third baseman for the Washington Nationals, was sent to the minor leagues on Saturday. Drafted in 2016, Kieboom has struggled at the plate in limited opportunities in the majors, batting .181 in 44 games over two seasons with Washington. Also optioned to Triple-A Rochester were INF Luis Garcia, LHP Sam Clay, RHP Kyle McGowin and OF Yadiel Hernández. Surprising additions to the team’s major league roster were INF Jordy Mercer and INF/OF Hernán Pérez. The Nationals also released Yasmany Tomás and T.J. McFarland from their minor league contracts and first baseman Jake Noll was designated for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster.
What a Mess: NASCAR worried about first Bristol dirt race
       
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR feverishly tried to save its ballyhooed first Cup Series dirt race since 1970 from turning into a total disaster, the likes not seen since the 2008 tire debacle at Indianapolis made for one of the worst events in the sport's history. The Cup Series is slated to race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, where 2,300 truckloads of red Tennessee clay have filled the famed bullring for an experimental — some might allege gimmick — stab at grassroots racing. But the dirt, the 28-degree Bristol banking and the leaden 3,400-pound cars appear to be a terrible fit. Yes, drivers had a blast playing in the dirt, some for the first time since they were kids. The three layers of dirt acted as a cheese-grater and the tires in turn dug deep divots into the surface.
Republic of Ireland embarrassed by Luxembourg and Gerson Rodrigues
       
Instead Ireland flopped to a new low, with defeat the consequence of a grim performance. Bazunu’s performance was the only bright note on a bleak night for Ireland, although they would have preferred him to have been less busy. Not until the 18th minute did Ireland muster a shot and it came from the sort of intricate move that Kenny advocates. Bazunu had to make another save to foil Vincent Thill as Luxembourg grew in confidence. Rodrigues gave them victory when he rammed an excellent low drive beyond the helpless Bazunu from 25 yards.
Ronaldo rues absence of VAR as Portugal winner in Serbia is ruled out
       
The match had a controversial climax as Cristiano Ronaldo was denied a clear stoppage-time winner for Portugal when Serbia defender Stefan Mitrovic cleared the ball after it had crossed the line as shown by television replays. But with no VARin place, Dutch referee Danny Makelie waved play on and Ronaldo saw his follow-up shot cleared off the line before he was booked for dissent. Latvia defended heroically for most of the match, except at a 69th-minute corner when De Jong headed in the second. The players also held up their left hands, mirroring the international logo for human rights. But Lukaku levelled in the 60th minute when he turned defender Ondrej Celustka and sent a shot that deflected off the keeper’s right leg into the net.
Wada launches investigation over GB rider's 2010 drug test
       
UK Anti-Doping and British Cycling are facing questions from the World Anti-Doping Agency following the emergence of a sample on a rider dating from 2010, which contained traces of a banned performance-enhancing substance. Neither British Cycling nor Ukad would comment on Saturday night on the test, which returned positive for a metabolite of nandrolone. But a Ukad spokesperson did offer guidance on the testing process in general, suggesting the test would have been below the threshold above which it would investigate. The emergence of the sample is likely to lead to further searching questions for both Ukad and British Cycling, coming hot on the heels of Dr Richard Freeman’s medical hearing. A Wada spokesperson said: "We have asked our independent Intelligence and Investigations Department to look into this matter and contact UKAD."
England players to consider social media blackout during Euro 2020
       
England’s squad could implement a social-media blackout during the European Championship following the abuse suffered by players this season. Gareth Southgate, the England manager, says his squad will discuss quitting Twitter, Facebook and Instagram because it could damage their performances this summer. “It’s something, absolutely, for our players to consider,” Southgate, who will leave the final decision with his squad, said. England players Marcus Rashford and Reece James are among the Premier League footballers who have spoken out about the racist abuse directed at them this season. I made a conscious decision to come off social media when I took the Under-21 job.
Rodrigues strikes for Luxembourg in shock win at Ireland
       
Gerson Rodrigues fired the only goal in Luxembourg's 2022 World Cup qualifier with IrelandAdvertising Read moreDublin (AFP)The Republic of Ireland fell to a shock 1-0 defeat by minnows Luxembourg in their 2022 World Cup qualifier in Dublin on Saturday. Dynamo Kiev midfielder Gerson Rodrigues condemned the Irish to their second defeat in as many Group A games with a superb long-range effort five minutes from the end. Luxembourg meanwhile are a point behind the two leading teams after a rare World Cup qualifying victory for the tiny country. Stephen Kenny is still looking for his first win as Ireland boss, with his run of games without a win since taking charge last year now at 10. His next opportunity will come on Tuesday when Ireland face World Cup hosts Qatar in a friendly in the Hungarian city of Debrecen.
Star-studded Nets land free agent forward Aldridge: report
       
The Miami Heat were reported to be the "front-runner" to land Aldridge, but agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN on Saturday that he would sign with Brooklyn, who are in second place in the Eastern Conference behind the Philadelphia 76ers. The Nets had already nabbed free agent Blake Griffin, the former number one NBA draft pick, after his exit from the Detroit Pistons. The Spurs confirmed this month that they had "mutually agreed" to part ways with 35-year-old Aldridge, who had been with the team for six seasons. San Antonio explored trade options but couldn't get a deal done before the deadline. Aldridge averaged 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game this season.
Portugal coach says 'not possible' Ronaldo goal ruled out
       
Advertising Read moreBelgrade (AFP)Portugal coach Fernando Santos said "it isn't possible" that a what he saw as a clear goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Serbia could be ruled out. With the scores level at 2-2, Ronaldo thought he had won the game in the 93rd minute when he slotted the ball home. "We scored a goal that was not given when the ball went in," Santos told Portuguese broadcaster RTP. "In a match of this level, that isn't possible." "We tried to get a third goal and we managed to do it but the referee didn't allow it although in my opinion it was clearly a goal," he said.
Hacker John Draper banned from DefCon for sexual misconduct
       
Due to accusations of sexual misconduct, legendary hacker John Draper, aka Captain Crunch, has been banned from attending several hacker conferences. A person can get by with a lot at hacker conferences, meaning it would take beyond a lot to get banned. Draper banned from several hacker conferencesIn fact, the newest set of public accusations have resulted in Draper being banned from several hacker conferences. ToorCon also said the 74-year-old Captain Crunch will be banned from attending future conferences. More and more people are coming forward with their versions of what happened with Captain Crunch.
NCAA Tournament scores: How Sweet 16 results affect both brackets
       
1 Illinois in the second round to Jordan Nixon leading Texas A&M past Iowa State with 35 points and a game-winner in overtime in the women's competition, we have finally made it to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. With so much action going on Saturday, USA TODAY Sports is breaking down all the results and how they affect the respective brackets below. UConn's Paige Bueckers and Iowa's Caitlin Clark were the freshmen stars poised to steal the show in this highly anticipated Sweet 16 tip-off, but beating the Hawkeyes was a full-squad effort. 12 seeded Beavers stifled Loyola Chicago early with a zone defense and fed off star Ethan Thompson on offense to upset the Ramblers 65-58 on Saturday in the Sweet 16 at Indianapolis. Loyola Chicago had one of its worst shooting games of the entire season, only going 5-for-23 from three-point range (22%) and managing a season-worst 16 points in the first half.
No. 2 Baylor edges No. 6 Michigan in OT to advance to women's Elite 8
       
In Michigan women’s basketball’s maiden voyage into the Sweet 16, these maize and blue athletes masked as Cinderella at the ball were determined to keep dancing. All the way down to 0.9 seconds, against the defending women's national champion. Several times throughout the game, Baylor had appeared to distance themselves from the Wolverines, even carrying a 12-point lead. Yet, for every Michigan score, Baylor had an answer. Baylor will next take on the UConn Huskies, who took down another Big Ten team in Iowa, in the Mercado regional final on Monday.
Joel Dahmen, co-leader at Corales Puntacana, says wife 'gives me a hug and a kiss and tells me to go kick butt'
       
Joel Dahmen hasn’t won a professional event since claiming two titles on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada nearly seven years ago. Positive vibes from his wife might help him breakthrough on the PGA Tour this week. After 54 holes in the Dominican Republic, Dahmen is in position to win for the first time on golf’s big stage. Campos is also seeking his first Tour win. The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, also held last September, is the first PGA Tour event to be staged twice in the same season in 70 years.
Ugly Sweet 16 game a beautiful win for Oregon State over Loyola Chicago in men's NCAA Tournament
       
Sadly, there was no other game going when Oregon State and Loyola Chicago opened the Sweet 16 Saturday with the 12th-seeded Beavers pulling off a 65-58 defeat of the No. Oregon State led after the first half 24-16 with just 12 made field goals to celebrate. The national title game between Butler and Connecticut in 2011 ended the first half with 41 points scored. Oregon State took down both Tennessee and Oklahoma State and was in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1982. Things improved in the second half as the teams played more relaxed.
Giancarlo Stanton up for ‘conversation’ about moving All-Star Game
       
TAMPA — The MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for July 13 at Atlanta’s Truist Park. After the Georgia state legislature passed a restrictive election reform bill, the MLB Players Association is considering approaching the league about moving the game. “As it relates to the All-Star Game, we have not had a conversation with the league on that issue,’’ Clark told The Globe. Giancarlo Stanton Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post“It needed to be done,’’ Stanton said of speaking out. In the coming months, the MLB All-Star Game might become a point of contention over the possibility of playing the game in front of full capacity.
Dominic Smith not counting on potential DH rule change
       
PORT ST. LUCIE — Dominic Smith expects he will be playing left field Thursday night when the Mets open their season in Washington. Between now and then, there is always the possibility talks will rekindle between MLB and the MLBPA to implement the universal designated hitter, but Smith isn’t counting on it. “I would be surprised,” Smith said Saturday after blasting two homers in the Mets’ 8-3 exhibition victory over the Astros at Clover Park. “We haven’t really thought about the DH because we have been seeing the pitchers hit for the last 1 ½ weeks, I have been out in left field every day,” Smith said. “If we are locked in and we’re focused, I think we can compete with any lineup in baseball,” Smith said.
Nets signing LaMarcus Aldridge to loaded roster
       
The Nets added another star to their roster Saturday, signing forward LaMarcus Aldridge to a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum salary, according to multiple reports. Aldridge, 35, agreed to a contract buyout with the Spurs last week. He averaged 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21 games this season. The seven-time All-Star joins a Nets roster filled with big names, including Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin.
NCAA March Madness betting: $306K Loyola bet loses as Oregon State's remarkable ATS run continues
       
After Loyola Chicago put forth a tremendous performance to upset No. One BetMGM customer did so in a big way, wagering $306,000 on Loyola Chicago -6 against OSU on Saturday. Oregon State baffled the Loyola offense with a relentless zone defense and pulled off a 65-58 upset. Oregon State won 65-58. At BetMGM, 59% of the tickets and 54% of the money was on Oregon State.
Report: Nets add LaMarcus Aldridge to increasingly loaded frontcourt
       
The Brooklyn Nets just keep adding pieces. The same month the team added Blake Griffin following a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, it did the same thing with LaMarcus Aldridge after his exit from the San Antonio Spurs. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that Aldridge plans to sign with the Nets. Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge plans to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 27, 2021The deal is for one year and the veteran's minimum, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Against all odds, Oregon State just keeps winning — and now it's one game from making history
       
“I knew that this thing was meant to be,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. Story continuesRoman Silva (12) and Maurice Calloo (1) of the Oregon State Beavers celebrate after defeating Loyola Chicago on March 27. Senior guard Ethan Thompson ended up the offensive bell cow for Oregon State, as he finished with 22 points. Instead, this will go own as the defensive gem of this unlikely Oregon State run. Regardless, Oregon State has once again announced it’s not leaving the party.
NCAA Sweet 16: Baylor beats Michigan in OT 78-75
       
6 Michigan 78-75 in the Sweet 16 of the women’s NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Egbo gave Baylor a 78-75 lead with a foul shot with 19 seconds left. After Leigha Brown scored for Michigan, Egbo picked up an assist on Moon Ursin’s wide-open layup. It pushed Baylor into the first overtime game in the Sweet 16 since Tennessee’s victory over Gonzaga in 2015. ___More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Kawhi Leonard buys massive $17M luxury home in Los Angeles
       
Canadian men's singles skater Keegan Messing, who finished sixth in his event earlier in the day, stood in the upper bowl of the rink waving a massive Canadian flag. "I'm so proud that we pushed through and we didn't let the uncertainty of everything get in the way. And Chen believes he has been — and can be — even better.“I wouldn’t say this is my best free program ever,” he said. I don’t know how many more world championships I’ll get to be at. He rallied with a spectacular free skate to climb from 17th place to fifth.He's been unmatched since, winning at worlds, nationals, Skate Americas and Grand Prix Finals.
Jorge Rojas, 28, finally breaks through to the big leagues with the Angels
       
The Angels lost their last Cactus League game Saturday, falling to the San Diego Padres 2-0 in seven innings. “It’s pretty surreal — it hasn’t really sunk in,” Rojas, a 36th-round pick in 2016, said Saturday. AdvertisementAT THE PLATE: The Padres scored the only runs in the fifth on Jorge Mateo’s two-out, two-run double off left-hander Alex Claudio. … The Angels made the signing of veteran reliever AJ Ramos to a minor league deal official Saturday. UP NEXT: Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney will face Dodgers left-hander David Price in the opener of the three-game Freeway Series on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Angel Stadium.
UCLA hopes defense will carry Bruins past Alabama and into the Elite Eight
       
UCLA is making its opponents feel like they’re stuck in mud again, just like it did at the end of last season. UCLA coach Mick Cronin instructs his players during the Bruins’ NCAA tournament win over Michigan State on March 18. The Crimson Tide snagged 15 offensive rebounds in the second round against Maryland, leading to 23 second-chance points during a runaway 96-77 victory. At least the Bruins possess a defense that’s been on the rise even without Chris Smith (knee) and Jalen Hill (personal issues), the team’s two most bouncy defenders. Beyond unleashing more active hands and ramping up its ball pressure, the defense has also reflected its fiery coach.
Oregon State keeps NCAA tournament dream alive with win over Loyola Chicago
       
12 seed Oregon State kept its dream March going with a 65-58 victory over eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. Not even the fervent prayers of Sister Jean could help Loyola (26-4) deal with the constantly changing defenses that Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle rolled out. Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson celebrates during the Beavers’ Sweet 16 win over Loyola Chicago on Saturday. Loyola, failing to take advantage of its defense, proceeded to miss 11 consecutive shots as Oregon State flip-flopped between man-to-man and zone defenses. Kennedy hit a three-pointer as the Ramblers edged to within 51-47, then another shot to get within 53-49, but the Beavers kept finding answers.
Anthony Morrison (312 yards), Bridgewater-Rayham run through New Bedford
       
They might as well have been singing that there ain’t no defense strong enough to contain Anthony Morrison. “I say it every week, the offensive line has been doing really, really well,” said Morrison, who also plays defensive back and is headed to Williams College. Two plays later, Morrison broke off a 58-yard touchdown run. After the fast start, it would be another 16 minutes before Morrison’s second touchdown put B-R ahead for good. Morrison raced 24 yards untouched for his final touchdown with eight minutes to play.
Picked last in the Pac-12, Oregon State proves elite with NCAA win over Loyola Chicago
       
12 seed Beavers and their brilliant defense shut down eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago, 65-58, in a victory on Saturday that sent their long-suffering program into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. INDIANAPOLIS — Picked to finish dead last in the Pac-12, Oregon State instead might be the last one standing. Then the Ramblers, who failed to take advantage of their defense, proceeded to miss 11 consecutive shots as Oregon State flip-flopped between man-to-man and zone defenses. Oregon State built on Warith Alatishe’s buzzer-beating bucket to end the first half by getting some shots to go in the second. Even when the shots wouldn’t fall, Loyola continued to play defense, and that kept the game close.
New England news in brief
       
Prosecutors are also seeking a preliminary injunction to preserve Larocque’s assets to be used to repay students, the statement said. The victim was identified as Rhonda Pattelena, 35, also of Bedford, according to a statement from Maine State Police. The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit — South was called to assist the York Police Department with the investigation. Maine State Police detectives and crime scene technicians remained at the scene Saturday and were expected to continue the investigation throughout the weekend. Buchannan is expected to make his first court appearance at York County Superior Court in Alfred after the weekend, State Police said.
Eduardo Rodriguez back on mound, feeling better after ‘dead arm’
       
Rodriguez threw 36 pitches off a bullpen mound and said afterward that the arm fatigue that cut short his last start had dissipated. BRADENTON, Fla. — Eduardo Rodriguez emerged from the clubhouse at 9:20 on Saturday morning, picked up a baseball, and started playing catch with catching coach Jason Varitek . “I feel really good, threw all my pitches, feel strong,” Rodriguez said. It was a case of what’s known within baseball as “dead arm,” a condition that sometimes occurs in spring training. Just need to feel stronger to throw all those innings.”AdvertisementRodriguez agreed with the decision to scratch him from Opening Day.
ASU basketball adds third player in as many days in Boston College transfer Jay Heath
       
The reinforcements keep coming for he Arizona State basketball program and the latest one comes in the form of Boston College transfer Jay Heath. He is the third pickup in as many days for coach Bobby Hurley, who a day earlier landed Robert Morris transfer A.J. The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard averaged a team-high 14.5 points along with 3.1 rebounds in 19 games for the Eagles. He shot 41 percent from the field, 35 percent from long distance and 78 percent from the free-throw line. Heath entered the transfer portal on March 17, three weeks after the Eagles fired their coach Jim Christian.
One of these six individuals will be named the area boys hockey player of the year
       
The choice for the Journal Sentinel's area boys hockey player of the year is down to six athletes. He received honorable mention on the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association all-state team. Tyler Dale, jr., Catholic Memorial: The Classic 8 Conference coaches named the forward its player of the year and the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association tabbed him as a second-team all-state pick. Jack Schroeder, jr., University School: The second-team all-state selection posted three shutouts with a .932 save percentage and a 1.87 goals-against average. RELATED:University School hockey teams won big on the ice and then scored big on the all-state teams
State of the Rockies: Colorado enters 2021 in downward spiral with not much hope for future
       
With Colorado entering 2021 widely projected to finish at the bottom of the National League West, this summer will shed light on both questions. Free agency failuresThere’s a notion the Rockies don’t spend money in free agency. Even though Colorado hasn’t signed a major-league free agent since Daniel Murphy’s two-year, $24 million deal on Dec. 21, 2018, the Rockies have spent. He gave Ian Desmond a five-year, $70 million contract to play first base, a position Desmond had no experience at. Monfort said the Rockies dealt Arenado in order to get a return on a player who demanded to be traded.
Avalanche extends points streak but loses in overtime to Vegas Golden Knights
       
The Vegas Golden Knights scored 1:56 into overtime on Saturday to defeat the Avalanche 3-2 at Ball Arena. The Avs, who fell a point behind the Knights for the West Division lead, had their seven-game home winning streak snapped but extended their points streak to 10 games (8-0-2). Vegas tied it 1-1 on its first power play late in the first period. But the Avs regained the lead shortly thereafter when Devon Toews and Nathan MacKinnon worked a give-and-go and Toews scored on the shot. The Knights tied it again when William Carrier redirected Shea Theodore’s shot from the point, and it stood 2-2 to begin the third frame.
Nolley 27 points, Memphis 14 3s over Colorado St in NIT semi
       
Our most complete game all year was today, even though we started off kind of slow still scored 90 points,” Hardaway said. DeAndre Williams finished with 21 points for Memphis, and Quinones had 18 with four 3s. David Roddy had 18 points and Isaiah Stevens 17 for Colorado State (20-7). ”After Roddy started the second half with a 3 to get Colorado State within three points, Memphis responded with a 16-3 run that included seven points from Nolley. “We let their shooters have too many rhythm 3s,” Colorado State coach Niko Medved said.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Villanova upsets Baylor in 1st half
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. Baylor is still favored at -134 on the live line (Villanova +110), spread -1½, total 131½. The Bears are -420 on the live line (Villanova +310), spread -6½, total 134½. Baylor is -400 on the live line (Villanova +300), spread -7½, total 140½. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML.
Loyola’s NCAA Tournament run meets bitter end in Sweet 16 loss to Oregon State
       
12 seed Oregon State kept its dream March going with a 65-58 victory over eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Not even the fervent prayers of Sister Jean could help Loyola (26-4) deal with the constantly changing defenses that Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle rolled out. Then the Ramblers, who failed to take advantage of their defense, proceeded to miss 11 consecutive shots as Oregon State flip-flopped between man-to-man and zone defenses. Oregon State built on Warith Alatishe’s buzzer-beating bucket to end the first half by finally getting some shots to go in the second. Oregon State has never played Syracuse, but it beat Houston in the 1966 West Region semifinal and again in the 2009 CBI Tournament.
David Bote wins Cubs’ second-base job, Nico Hoerner optioned to Triple-A Iowa
       
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – David Ross made it clear at the beginning of spring training that the Cubs’ second-base job would have to be earned. It was an uphill battle for Bote after Nico Hoerner’ hot start to the spring. I think David had been hearing the message a long time that it’s someone else’s turn. So now David gets an opportunity.”With the Cubs making their decision at second base, Hoerner was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. “We love Nico and I think Nico is going to be a stud here for a long time,” the Cubs’ skipper said.
Golden Knights move back into first with OT win over Avalanche
       
Max Pacioretty scored 1:56 into overtime Saturday, and the Golden Knights earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena. Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) watches Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez' goal against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar (55) fights Colorado Avalanche defenseman Dan Renouf (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)Colorado Avalanche defenseman Dan Renouf (2) fights Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar (55) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)DENVER — Max Pacioretty scored 1:56 into overtime Saturday, and the Golden Knights earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena.
Nikola Vucevic — who remains emotional about leaving the Orlando Magic — is learning to embrace his new home and believes he can ‘fit right in’ with the Chicago Bulls
       
“There’s a good group here. And one thing that I really liked when I watched practice yesterday, I couldn’t be part of it, but there was just very positive energy around the group. Guys really work hard and you can tell that there was just this positive vibe and guys are really motivated to have success and achieve something. So it’s always great to see and that’s kind of the base you have to have that guys are willing to get to that level. Hopefully I can fit right in and help them get to that next step.”
Luke Voit's injury opens Yankees roster spot for Jay Bruce
       
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit will start the season on the injured list after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee, opening up a spot for Jay Bruce to make the roster. Newsday's Erik Boland has more. Credit: Newsday / Erik Boland
Calvin Pickard makes 21 stops as Red Wings beat Blue Jackets
       
DETROIT - (AP) -- Adam Erne and Robby Fabbri scored 29 seconds apart in the first period and Calvin Pickard made 21 saves in his first start of the season, helping the Detroit Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday. Pickard earned his first NHL win in more than two years. Merzlikins made 31 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight. WINNING WAYIt was Pickard's first NHL win since Nov. 23, 2018. That night, Pickard made 31 saves to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-0 win against the New York Rangers.
No. 2 Baylor beats Michigan in OT 78-75; sets up Elite 8 meeting with UConn
       
Brown scored 23 for Michigan (16-6), which had never before advanced this far in the tournament. It pushed Baylor into the first overtime game in the Sweet 16 since Tennessee’s victory over Gonzaga in 2015.
Jay Bruce stays with Yankees as Luke Voit heads to injured list
       
TAMPA, Fla. — After a flurry of speculation during the last week, and in the last 48 hours in particular, Jay Bruce is in. Asked if that means a return by June, Boone said he believes it will be "considerably sooner" than that. The Voit injury opened a roster spot for Bruce, who primarily has been an outfielder in his career but also can play first base. "I’m extremely excited about making the team," Bruce said. My goal is not to come here to replace Luke Voit, it’s to be Jay Bruce and help the team, just like I planned on helping the team when I signed the contract to come here.
Giancarlo Stanton agrees with Tony Clark about asking to move All-Star Game from Atlanta
       
TAMPA, Fla. — Giancarlo Stanton is on board with union chief Tony Clark, who floated the possibility this past week of having discussions with MLB requesting that this year’s All-Star Game be moved from Atlanta after Georgia passed a law that would appear to disproportionally affect voters of color. Talk about it, get the best game plan and move forward with it." "As it relates to the All-Star Game, we have not had a conversation with the league on that issue. "As we get to that point and we know more, I will make a better decision. But I do think that if it gets to that point, it will certainly be a decision I have to make personally."
Mets' opener/starter experiment a success
       
"That went really well," Rojas said after the Mets beat the Astros, 8-3. That is basically how the Mets wanted the opener/starter sequence to work. Lucchesi went through his same pregame procedure, just a little later than normal. This experiment was one of the final pieces of data the Mets sought before deciding on a fifth starter. If the Mets go with Lucchesi, they can do so knowing that pairing him with an opener is something comfortable for all involved.
Canzano: Oregon State men’s basketball team believes it’s their time as they dance into Elite Eight
       
What Oregon State pulled off on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse rests somewhere beautifully in between. But Oregon State has now played well for so long now we have to recognize that they’re just plain good. It’s like Oregon State is floating along, joyfully, while everyone else in Indianapolis is drowning in a sea of single-elimination pressure. Oregon State has two exceptional ones. So who’s going to keep Oregon State from reaching the Final Four?
Oregon State advances to Elite Eight after upset win over Loyola Chicago, social media reacts
       
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but the Oregon State Beavers are headed to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament after a 65-58 upset victory over the Loyola Chicago Ramblers in Indianapolis on Saturday. The Beavers were the first team to punch their ticket to the Elite Eight this weekend and it’s just the third time in school history Oregon State has won three men’s NCAA Tournament games. — Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) March 27, 2021Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports mentioned how Oregon State’s run is benefiting the Pac-12:The Pac-12 should be sending a thank you note to Oregon State. !” ? @marchmadness @BeaverMBB pic.twitter.com/VUiQ3ZCsKG — Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) March 27, 2021And you’ve got to like Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd poking a little fun:Most people picked Oregon State to finish last in the Pac 12. — Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) March 27, 202154 Oregon State vs. Loyola Chicago in men's Sweet 16-- Aron Yohannesayohannes@oregonian.com; @aronyohannes
Michigan's Johns finds his confidence and his comfort level
       
That’s a good sign for the Wolverines heading into Sunday’s Sweet 16 matchup against Florida State in Indianapolis. “My teammates and my coaches have been helping me a lot, trying to instill confidence in me,” Johns said. “I’m trying to reciprocate that. “I just want to be ready, be there for my teammates and be a reliable source for my teammates,” Johns said. … Florida State beat UNC Greensboro, 64-54, and Colorado, 71-53, to reach the Sweet 16.
Oklahoma State basketball: Looking at 2021-22, who's in, who's out, who's back
       
STILLWATER — A week ago, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton sat at the podium inside Hinkle Fieldhouse fighting back emotions. As the page turns on the season, Boynton knows his team will look different next season. Here is what to watch for the upcoming offseason and the 2021-22 season for the Cowboys’ roster:Who’s gone? Keylan Boone finished the season strong, coming up with clutch 3-pointers. Plus, the Cowboys’ bench could get a strong boost if guards Chris Harris Jr. and Donovan Williams return strong from their knee injuries.
Oklahoma State football: What do coaches want to see from Spencer Sanders in spring?
       
STILLWATER — Kasey Dunn stated a specific goal for the direction of his offense as he begins his second year as the Oklahoma State coordinator. OSU ranked 53rd in passing yards per game last season, averaging 239.5. In 2019, the Cowboys averaged 224.1 yards per game and ranked 71st. In the past 11 seasons, OSU has averaged over 300 passing yards per game seven times. And that’s the direction it’s going.”That’s what makes this spring so important for Sanders.
Red Wings rebound, show resolve in 3-1 victory over Blue Jackets
       
Detroit — This was a different looking Red Wings team Saturday afternoon and, ultimately, a better one. Particularly better than the past seven days, as the Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1, ending a three-game losing streak. Particularly after Thursday’s ugly loss in Nashville, the Wings were intent on out-working, then outplaying the Blue Jackets and that’s what the Wings did. BOX SCORE: Red Wings 3, Blue Jackets 1The Wings (11-20-4) and Columbus (13-14-8) conclude the two-game series with another 3 p.m. start Sunday at LCA. Nick Foligno scored for the Blue Jackets, who are winless in three games (0-2-1), and desperately need points to stay in the playoff chase.
Virginia Beach police arrest 3, identify victims in 'very chaotic' shootings that killed 2, hurt 8
       
The man who was fatally shot by a police officer has been identified as Donovon W. Lynch, 25, of Virginia Beach. He has been with the department for five years and is assigned to its special operations division. Montgomery said a woman told a man that she didn't want his phone number, which led to an altercation between that man and another man. "At that point, it just became a shooting gallery," Montgomery said. Montgomery, 31, said the people he saw get shot appeared to be innocent bystanders.
Oregon State hold off Loyola Chicago to reach first Elite Eight since 1982
       
They’re headed for their first Elite Eight since 1982 – one that was later vacated by the NCAA – and will play second-seeded Houston or No. Not even the fervent prayers of Sister Jean could help Loyola (26-4) deal with the constantly changing defenses that Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle rolled out. Then the Ramblers, who failed to take advantage of their defense, proceeded to miss 11 consecutive shots as Oregon State flip-flopped between man-to-man and zone defenses. Oregon State built on Warith Alatishe’s buzzer-beating bucket to end the first half by finally getting some shots to go in the second. Kennedy hit a three-pointer to get the Ramblers within 51-47, then another shot to get within 53-49, but the Beavers kept finding answers.
Ballard rolls past Manual in Seventh Region boys basketball final, heads to Sweet 16
       
Having lost in three straight Seventh Region Tournament championship games, Ballard High School boys basketball coach Chris Renner admits he was hearing some voices in his head Saturday morning. Gabe Sisk helped Ballard take a quick 11-0 lead and the Bruins had runs of 19-0 and 11-0 later in the game during an 83-55 rout of Manual in the Seventh Region final at Valley. Related coverage: Oldham County routs Collins in Eighth Region semifinalKeno Hayden scored 28 points, Sisk posted 18 and Jalen Buford chipped in 14 as the Bruins (19-2) – ranked No. In his 23rd season as Ballard’s head coach, Renner is headed to the Sweet 16 for the ninth time. “You definitely love games like this that are running clock in the fourth quarter, but at the same time that’s not indicative of the Manual basketball team,” Renner said.
Manual comes up one game short of the goal of the state tournament
       
Manual comes up one game short of the goal of the state tournamentManual coach Miquel Coleman says the program is here to stay after losing in the regional finals to Ballard on Saturday at Valley High School.
Ballard feeling confident heading into the KHSAA Sweet 16
       
Ballard feeling confident heading into the KHSAA Sweet 16Ballard reacts moments after winning the 7th Region title and looks ahead to its trip to Rupp Arena for the KHSAA Sweet 16.
Ballard wins the Seventh Region championship, taking down Manual in the final
       
Ballard wins the Seventh Region championship, taking down Manual in the finalBallard dismantles Manual 83-55 to win its first region title since 2017 and earn a trip to Rupp Arena for the KHSAA Sweet 16.
'Under constant review': Eddie Jones will be set targets to hit if he keeps England job
       
I was asked in Japan if I was happy with just one World Cup win in 2003 and clearly we (the RFU) are not. We want to win World Cups. Against that you have the commercial aspects of pay TV. There is a reason why we like such aspects because every penny gets invested back into the game. Particularly post Covid, we have got to make sure we are doing the right things to invest into the game, but we want that balance between pay TV and free-to-air.
Lozowski guides Montpellier past 'very, very ordinary' Toulouse
       
To win in Toulouse: Montpellier try scorer and No. English fly-half Alex Lozowski, on loan from Saracens, kicked 16 points for the visitors at Stade Ernest-Wallon to help billionaire-backed Montpellier move nine points clear of the relegation play-off. They are three points clear of La Rochelle, who claimed a first win at Bordeaux-Begles since 2015. When we don't play with speed we become an ordinary team," Mola said. Vito's outfit moved four points clear of Racing 92 who are third, outside an automatic semi-final spot.
Lukaku on target as Belgium draw with Czech Republic
       
Advertising Read morePrague (AFP)Romelu Lukaku's second-half equaliser handed Belgium a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic in a Group E World Cup qualifier in Prague on Saturday. Just before the final whistle, Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek saw his header headed out of the goal off the goalline by Toby Alderweireld. They skipped the game on concerns they may have to go into quarantine after returning from the Czech Republic deemed as a top-risk country by Germany. Belgium started the qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Wales on Wednesday, while the Czechs prevailed 6-2 over Estonia. Belgium are now due to host Belarus on Tuesday while the Czech Republic will play in Wales on the same day, both teams having the Germany-based players back for the ties.
Willett charges while Dahmen leads at PGA Dominican event
       
"I took advantage of the par 5s and just hang onto your hat on 16, 17 and 18," Dahmen said. Campos, a 36-hole co-leader, sank a long birdie putt at 18 to finish on 69 and match Dahmen, who fired a 68. "I can't believe I'm where I'm at but I'm happy to be in this position." The last four holes played really tough, so I think to play them in level was probably the icing on the cake." With a return trip to the Masters less than two weeks away, Willett enjoyed being back in the Sunday hunt.
Record-setting Bagnaia takes first MotoGP pole of season in Qatar
       
Advertising Read moreDoha (AFP)Italian Francesco Bagnaia of Ducati grabbed the first pole position of the new MotoGP season in Qatar on Saturday after edging Frenchman Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha in qualifying. Bagnaia, the 2018 Moto2 champion before stepping up to the elite class the following year, claimed his maiden pole in a track record of 1 minute 52.772 seconds. Zarco, meanwhile, was able to boast the fastest speed on a MotoGP lap, 362.4 km/h (225 mph). The third row on Sunday will see Italian Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha-SRT) alongside Spain's Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) and Spain's Alex Rins (Suzuki). Bagnaia predicted that Ducati, Yamaha and Suzuki could all be in with a chance of winning on Sunday.
Legendary football coach Howard Schnellenberger dies at 87
       
(CNN) Howard Schnellenberger, the legendary football coach who led the University of Miami Hurricanes to national prominence after winning the school's first national title, has died. Schnellenberger passed away on Saturday at age 87, his family announced through Florida Atlantic University. "Howard always allowed me to be a part of his football life," Beverlee Schnellenberger, who was married to the coach for 61 years, said in the release. "I will miss his warm heart, his warm hands and soft kisses. Howard always treated me special, like a queen, and was truly a husband that every Canadian girl dreams of," she added.
The Movement to Exclude Trans Girls from Sports
       
A federal complaint filed in Connecticut alleges that trans girls’ participation in high-school sports constitutes discrimination under Title IX. Many trans girls are taking testosterone blockers and estrogen. Trans girls were not a part of this imaginary equation, and this was perhaps the most telling part of the hearing. The goal of this campaign is not to protect cis-girl athletes as much as it is to make trans athletes disappear. This is a movement to exclude trans girls from community and opportunity.
Oregon State Gets Past Loyola, Extending a Surprise March Run
       
And Oregon State, which arrived in Indiana as a No. Oregon State’s bench added 15 to help secure a win, 65-58. It came after a first half that offered one of the least dazzling offensive displays in the history of the tournament: a combined 40 points between Loyola and Oregon State. Struggling with Oregon State’s defense, Loyola had more turnovers than field goals and missed its last seven shots before the intermission to finish the half with a miserly 17.4 percent shooting. Oregon State, with its 33.3 percent showing, seemed kingly, but only because it managed an 11-0 run before halftime.
UConn Routs Iowa in Round of 16, Will Meet Baylor
       
5 seed Iowa, 92-72, to earn a trip to the round of 8. It was two juniors, Christyn Williams and the redshirt Evina Westbrook, who carried the show for UConn. Westbrook missed only two shots and finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists for the Huskies. Together, they spent much of the afternoon in a tag-team, poking holes in Iowa’s defense to help UConn’s lead grow. “I am a complete player and I feel like people have forgotten that,” Williams said in a postgame interview.
Hinkle Fieldhouse Is Still Ready for Its Closeup
       
Ballock and his team beat Ohio on Monday night, and they will return to Hinkle to play top-ranked Gonzaga this Sunday. Twenty-four teams played there through the first two rounds, some bathed in the sepia tones of late-afternoon light that streams through the windows. The last time national tournament games were played at Hinkle was in 1940, when the entire event had just eight teams. Making an entrance at Hinkle can be a transportive experience for a player, calling to mind the final scenes of the movie and thoughts of giants who crossed the same threshold. Or Oscar Robertson, whose Crispus Attucks Tigers became the first all-Black team to win an integrated state tournament.
About Half of U.S. States Will Open COVID Vaccine Eligibility to All Adults by Mid-April
       
During a Friday press briefing, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said that more than half of states — 26 — will open up eligibility to all adults by April 15. Fourteen of the 26 have already opened eligibility to all adults, or will in the coming week, and 12 additional states are expected to open by April 15. In all, 46 total states plus the District of Columbia have announced plans to open up eligibility no later than May 1. Still, Zients cautioned that Americans must still be diligent in wearing masks and social distancing throughout the vaccine effort. We need to follow the public health guidance, wear a mask, socially distance, and get a vaccine when it's your turn."
Man advertises room for rent with brutal amount of honesty
       
Added: 15.01.2018 13:26 | 9 views | 0 commentsRaphael Briand is leaving London and is trying to get a new renter to move into his old room (some may find the language offensive)
Stomach-churning moment hundreds of deadly baby spiders burst out of egg sack for the first time
       
Stomach-churning moment hundreds of deadly baby spiders burst out of egg sack for the first timeAdded: 15.01.2018 9:46 | 9 views | 0 commentsThe tiny, venomous funnel web spiders were filmed by staff at the Australian Reptile Park as they crawled out of their egg sack
The best video you'll see of a Walrus dancing like Michael Jackson this week
       
Added: 08.10.2020 11:20 | 7 views | 0 commentsDancing like Michael Jackson requires that certain something. 300lbs and flippers aren't features that I'd usually think would qualify, but there's always a first time. We're not sure where this footage was shot, but it is without doubt the best video you'll see of a walrus dancing like Michael Jackson this week.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
       
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 13 views | 0 commentsWith the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.
Djokovic says important all players free to travel to U.S. Open
       
Added: 18.06.2020 16:22 | 14 views | 0 commentsWorld number one Novak Djokovic says he is excited by the prospect of playing at the U.S. Open but says it would only be fair if every player eligible is able to compete.
Alcott slams U.S. Open 'discrimination' over wheelchair omission
       
Added: 18.06.2020 15:10 | 12 views | 0 commentsAustralian Paralympic tennis champion Dylan Alcott has slammed the omission of the wheelchair tournament from the U.S. Open, calling it "disgusting discrimination".
On this day: Born June 19, 1978
       
Added: 18.06.2020 12:59 | 12 views | 0 commentsDallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki was one of the finest imports to feature in the NBA and became the first European player to win the league's Most Valuable Player award (MVP) in 2007 before he led the franchise to a maiden championship in 2011.
Garcia hits hole-in-one to win sudden death playoff
       
Added: 27.03.2021 13:18 | 27 views | 0 commentsLee Westwood was shocked but also in awe of Sergio Garcia after the Spaniard hit a hole-in-one to win a sudden death playoff against the Briton to reach the WGC Matchplay knockout rounds.
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed
       
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayedAdded: 18.06.2020 19:42 | 10 views | 0 commentsSome NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.
Golf: Poulter, Hubbard share early lead at RBC Heritage
       
Added: 18.06.2020 19:37 | 13 views | 0 commentsBritain's Ian Poulter capped an error-free opening round with a birdie-birdie finish to grab a share of the early lead with American Mark Hubbard at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Thursday.
Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup
       
Added: 18.06.2020 19:33 | 14 views | 0 commentsStradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Golf: Spieth uses birdie blitz to climb Harbour Town leaderboard
       
Added: 18.06.2020 18:52 | 12 views | 0 commentsJordan Spieth recovered from a poor start with a stunning run of birdies to tie the lowest nine-hole score of his career in the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday.
Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced
       
Added: 18.06.2020 18:50 | 13 views | 0 commentsLawyers for former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who is on trial for corruption, on Thursday protested their client's innocence and said the 87-year-old would die in jail if sentenced to a prison term.
Kaepernick joins Medium, will create content on race and civil rights
       
Added: 18.06.2020 18:44 | 12 views | 0 commentsFormer NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has joined the board of directors of Medium and will work on content focused on race and civil rights, the U.S.-based online publishing platform announced on Thursday.
Prince William crowned 'world's sexiest bald man' and Stanley Tucci fans aren't having it
       
Added: 27.03.2021 18:40 | 13 views | 0 commentsPrince William has been crowned as the world's sexiest bald man and social media users are not on board, naming Stanley Tucci as the real bald champion.
Spring break party? After COVID-19 school changes, families, not students, pack Daytona's beaches
       
Spring break party? After COVID-19 school changes, families, not students, pack Daytona's beachesAdded: 27.03.2021 12:01 | 16 views | 0 commentsSpring break students are down this year in Daytona Beach, Florida, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on college schedules.
Jets' Corey Davis social media activity raises questions over commitment to Sam Darnold
       
Added: 27.03.2021 20:51 | 11 views | 0 commentsFormer Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis signed with the New York Jets this week with the “understanding” that Sam Darnold would be his quarterback but his recent activity on social media has fans thinking otherwise.
CNN's Chris Cuomo forges ahead in 'Hack' tournament amid scandal, Jeffrey Toobin fails to pull out a victory
       
CNN's Chris Cuomo forges ahead in 'Hack' tournament amid scandal, Jeffrey Toobin fails to pull out a victoryAdded: 27.03.2021 19:37 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.towleroad.comCNN anchor Chris Cuomo may be reaping the benefits of his brother's growing scandals as he eyes the top prize in the second annual "Liberal Hack Tournament." More in www.foxnews.com »
Nolley 27 points, Memphis 14 3s over Colorado St in NIT semi
       
Added: 27.03.2021 19:32 | 8 views | 0 commentsLanders Nolley II scored a career-high 27 points with seven of Memphis' season-high 14 made 3-pointers, and the Tigers advanced to their first NIT championship game since winning the title in 2002 with a 90-67 semifinal win over Colorado State on Saturday.
Campbell Hatton: Ricky Hatton's son claims debut win against Jesus Ruiz
       
Added: 27.03.2021 22:03 | 3 views | 0 commentsCampbell Hatton - the son of former world champion Ricky Hatton - wins on his professional debut in Gibraltar.
WSL highlights: Manchester City 1-0 Reading
       
Added: 27.03.2021 20:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsWatch highlights as Women's Super League leaders Manchester City leave it late at home to beat Reading 1-0 with Chloe Kelly scoring the only goal of the game with three minutes remaining.
Leinster 16-6 Munster: Holders secure fourth straight Pro14 title by seeing off Irish rivals
       
Leinster 16-6 Munster: Holders secure fourth straight Pro14 title by seeing off Irish rivalsAdded: 27.03.2021 20:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsLeinster wear down a dogged Munster side to secure a fourth straight Pro14 title with a deserved 16-6 victory at the RDS in Dublin.
Wada launches investigation into 2010 GB cyclist nandrolone case
       
Added: 27.03.2021 20:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsWada launches an investigation after it emerges the sample of a British Cycling rider contained traces of the steroid nandrolone after a test in late 2010.
The Moneyist: I lost my job at 55 and started my own successful business. I now constantly get texts from friends and former coworkers asking how I did it. What do I do?
       
The Moneyist: I lost my job at 55 and started my own successful business. I now constantly get texts from friends and former coworkers asking how I did it. What do I do? Added: 27.03.2021 21:21 | 3 views | 0 comments‘I liken these friends and former colleagues to the kids at school who march right to the head of the lunch line to get their food, without waiting in line like the rest of us.’
It's Time to Admit That the U.S. Is No Longer #1
       
It's Time to Admit That the U.S. Is No Longer #1Added: 27.03.2021 13:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsSource: www.naturalnews.comFrom birth, we here in the US are raised to think of this as the greatest country in the world. Well, it's time to think again. We no longer live up to our own hype by almost any metric. More in www.realclearpolitics.com »
US immigration: The suffocated youth unafraid of a perilous journey
       
Added: 27.03.2021 14:16 | 12 views | 0 commentsTougher policies and deaths on the road are unlikely to stop Guatemalans from trying to reach the US.
Southern states brace for another round of severe weather, including tornadoes
       
Added: 27.03.2021 17:02 | 11 views | 0 commentsA third round of severe weather, including tornadoes, in two weeks is predicted to hit several states in the South this weekend.
What Makes Owen Power a Top NHL Draft Prospect
       
The fight for top prospect status for the 2021 NHL draft is still ongoing, but Owen Power has made a strong case for that honor. University of MichiganIf you've followed The Hockey News Prospect Podcast for any length of time – and I fully recommend you do – you know that we, and many NHL scouts, consider Owen Power to be one of the best prospects in the 2021 NHL draft. 1 favorite, but the one that many NHL scouts point to is Power, the hulking 6-foot-5 defenseman out of the University of Michigan. To get a further look as to what makes Power such a dominant prospect, I chatted with Dan Ninkovich, the program coordinator at Beyond The Next Level in Oakville, Ont. Ninkovich said it only took just one scrimmage against older competition for him to notice just how special Power was a prospect.
Early End to SJHL Season a Tough Blow For League's 20-Year-Olds
       
There are more important things in the world right now than junior hockey. For many, their 20-year-old season was their final chance to show scouts, schools and other teams what they're capable of. It's something hundreds of players have to deal with across Canadian junior leagues each year, but it's usually done under different circumstances under their own control. But that doesn't make the loss of his final junior hockey season sting any less. After losing the end of the 2019-20 season and nearly the entire 2020-21 season, could it impact player signings in the future?
After a Long Journey to the NCAA Tournament, Alabama's Jahvon Quinerly Isn't Looking Back
       
After his de-commitment, Quinerly found a home with coach Jay Wright and Villanova but that didn't last long. After his transfer wavier was denied by the NCAA, Quinerly sat out all of the 2019-2020 season. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound point guard has had a huge say in helping change the narrative surrounding Alabama with Oats. In Alabama's second-round thrashing of Maryland, Quinerly was the engine of the offense, scoring 14 points and dishing out a career-high 11 assists. Oats recalled the story of getting Quinerly to end up in Tuscaloosa and why Alabama's system worked compared to others.
Draymond Green tweets: Megan Rapinoe, Layshia Clarendon push back
       
"But there were people behind it, building the platform, and more importantly telling INDIVIDUAL stories and building up the interest in the players. Building the interest and transforming women’s basketball into a global game?" Because these same companies that are telling women empowerment are not putting their money where their mouth is," Green said. Green said he wanted to help drive the conversations and raise awareness for women's basketball, acknowledging how the NBA has benefited from financial backing and coverage. It boiled down to him telling women what they need to do differently in pursuit of equity, something that USWNT legend Megan Rapinoe and Liberty's star Layshia Clarendon quickly pointed out.
Luke Voit injury: Yankees first baseman has partial meniscus tear
       
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit, the MLB's reigning home run leader, will miss the first month of the regular season following an MRI revealing a partial meniscus tear in his left knee. Yankees' manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Voit decided to have surgery on his knee, which will take place next week in New York. With Voit out, Jay Bruce will step in as the Yankees' first baseman. He recorded a .194 batting average along with two home runs and three RBIs in 13 games as of Saturday. He recorded six home runs, 14 RBIs in 96 at-bats with the Phillies in the pandemic season.
Howard Schnellenberger death: Miami, FAU coaching legend dies
       
Howard Schnellenberger, the architect of the FAU football program and head coach who led the University of Miami to its first national championship, has died, FAU announced on Saturday. After serving as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins under Don Shula, Schnellenberger was hired by the Hurricanes in 1979 to turn around their football program. Five seasons later, Schnellenberger coached Miami to an upset victory over No. "Howard always allowed me to be a part of his football life," Schnellenberger's wife Beverlee said in a statement released by FAU. From the Vault:• No Team Was Ever Higher: Miami's Stunning Orange Bowl Upset Over Nebraska• How Howard Schnellenberger Built Florida Atlantic From Scratch
Evan Mobley is the special talent who could help USC make history
       
It was probably a good time to start paying attention to the USC Trojans before they beat Kansas by 34 points in the Round of 32. He won Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Yet there’s never been a point this season where Mobley and the Trojans have been college basketball’s top story—not even now. 6 seed (still the highest of anyone in its conference other than Colorado, which is the only Pac-12 team that's been eliminated). As the story goes, the Mobley brothers landed at USC after Enfield hired their father, Eric, as an assistant coach in March 2018.
March Madness scores: Saturday schedule, Sweet 16 results
       
After a couple days off from the madness, the 2021 Sweet 16 is here. The UConn vs. Iowa women kicked off the day of games on Saturday, while the Houston vs. Syracuse men will close out the night. 1 UConn vs. No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 1 Baylor vs. No.
Report: LaMarcus Aldridge to Sign With Nets
       
The Nets will reportedly sign former Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Aldridge was recently bought out of his contract with the Spurs after San Antonio failed to execute a trade before Thursday's trade deadline. Aldridge is the second former All-Star big man to join Brooklyn this month after Blake Griffin signed with the team on March 8. Aldridge, 35, joins a front court depth chart that includes Griffin, Jeff Green, DeAndre Jordan and Nicolas Claxton. The Nets are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, just 1.5 games behind the 76ers.
One Thing to Watch on Every Men's Sweet 16 Team
       
The men's Sweet 16 kicks off Saturday with four games, and four more on Sunday. Here's one thing to watch on every team:AlabamaThe Tide's vicious top gear. The Cougars do it at a better rate than all but one team in the country. Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY SportsICYMIWe revisited men's college basketball's last unbeaten, 1975–76 Indiana, to get their thoughts on Gonzaga's chase and more. (By Elizabeth Swinton)Family, basketball and a sweet reunion: Mick Cronin and his father, Hep, are extra thankful for UCLA's Sweet 16 run.
Max Abmas: Oral Roberts sharpshooter is proving everyone wrong
       
The legend of Max Abmas begins long before he was draining threes from just inside of halfcourt in the men's NCAA tournament for Oral Roberts. “Max has done an exceptional job of proving everyone wrong.”Courtesy of NCAA PhotoIt’s not like those big programs never saw Abmas play. On his Oral Roberts roster bio, Abmas is listed at 6’ 1” and a slender 165 pounds. “He just used it as fuel to get better.”Once Abmas arrived at Oral Roberts, his game took off. “People won’t forget the school Oral Roberts and they won’t forget the name Max Abmas after this thing is all said and done,” Butler says.
March Madness Daily: Juwan Howard vs. Dawn Staley Money Matchup
       
Dawn Staley and Juwan Howard both had successful professional basketball careers before stepping off the court and onto the sidelines. Not bad, but it still pales in comparison to the $149 million Howard is estimated to have earned during his 19-season NBA career, according to Spotrac. Her contract calls for an escalating NCAA tournament bonus, which starts at $25,000 for a first-round victory and jumps to $50,000 for an appearance in the Sweet 16. Sportico will be publishing one short business highlight every weekday (and on some weekend days) during the three-week NCAA tournament. March 18: The NCAA’s Billion-Dollar Empire is Built on BasketballMarch 19: How Much is an NCAA Tournament Win Worth?
Francis Ngannou has tools to take Stipe Miocic’s title at UFC 260
       
UFC 260 lost its co-main event when featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski tested positive for COVID-19, so his title defense against Brian Ortega will be rescheduled. The main event is the heavyweight title bout between the champ Stipe Miocic, who is the +110 underdog, and No. His wrestling, striking, cardio and confidence compose the complete fighter. In five fights since the loss to Miocic, Ngannou has a 4-1 tally. Also know that addressing and countering Miocic’s wrestling pressure has also been drilled into Ngannou for the past couple of years.
Analysis: Caitlin Clark loses, but women's basketball wins with emergence of a new superstar
       
Women's basketball won on Saturday, and it's because of Caitlin Clark and Iowa, even if the Hawkeyes lost the Sweet 16 marquee matchup 92-72. Clark, who is from West Des Moines, grew up in a state that adores women’s basketball. Both the Hawkeyes and in-state rival Iowa State are regulars in the NCAA Tournament. MORE: Maryland women's basketball coach driven by ailing fatherMORE: 'I assumed they were treating us fairly'. Why can't NCAA get women's basketball right?
Fantasy baseball rebound candidates to watch
       
One of the most common mistakes novice fantasy baseball players make while preparing for their drafts is how easily they overlook strong talent coming off a bad year. Watch how all eyes are on the Orioles’ Trey Mancini, who beat cancer in 2020 and is expected to have an outstanding rebound season. Ramon Laureano APLike many players, Laureano struggled with the unconventional spring and delayed season in 2020, and he was limited early with a calf injury. Now, entering his age-26 season, Laureano is looking to put 2020 behind him and get back to business. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy baseball advice.
Moments that changed NY college basketball forever
       
We get the odd power surge from a Manhattan or an Iona, but those are generally contained to campus and alumni. It was the scandals of 1951 that started it all, precipitating the stunning downfall of CCNY and LIU. Then Johnny Dee retired in South Bend, Phelps left for $18,000 per year (even though Fordham countered with $20,000). “People have never believed me, but it ripped my heart out to leave Fordham,” Phelps told me not long ago. Cheers to the crew at Chaminade High, my alma mater, who cut down the nets for another Long Island Catholic League basketball title this week.
Oregon State’s Cinderella run continues with Elite Eight berth
       
Oregon State’s Cinderella run through March Madness continued Saturday with a 65-58 win over No. 8 Loyola in the Sweet 16. Ethan Thompson’s 22 points led the 12-seeded Beavers, who were picked to finish last in the preseason Pac-12 poll.
Syracuse vs. Houston odds, prediction: Orange the pick
       
For the third time in the last five NCAA Tournaments, Syracuse has made the second week as a double-digit seed, and the Orange will look to keep their run going against Houston in the Sweet 16. Dejon Jarreau, Houston’s leader in assists, is dealing with an injury to his hip, but is expected to play through the ailment. Syracuse has been a unique case with its 3-point shooting. Houston also fouls on 27.7 percent of its possessions, which ranks 324th in the country. Because Syracuse ranks 16th in the country in free-throw shooting percentage at 78.2, the Orange have the goods to hang within the number and a puncher’s chance make it back to the Elite Eight.
Gleyber Torres has Yankees ‘excited’ with powershow
       
Observations from the Yankees’ 5-1, eight-inning spring training win over the Blue Jays on Saturday. In camp on a minor league deal, Chacin could give the Yankees added depth either as a starter or long reliever. It was the first of his two homers — and three hits — on the day as he tries to put 2020 behind him. “I’m excited about where Gleyber is and have been since day one of spring training,’’ Aaron Boone said. Sunday’s ScheduleCorey Kluber gets the start on the mound — with Bruce at first — as the Yankees visit the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Fla.
2021 NCAA tournament live updates Sweet 16 scores and analysis from Saturday’s games
       
There will be no Final Four for Sister Jean and Loyola Chicago this time around. Oregon State, meanwhile, is headed to its first Elite Eight since 1982. The Beavers used a 2-3 zone to confound the Ramblers in a 65-58 Sweet 16 victory that set up a meeting with either Houston or Syracuse in Monday’s Midwest region final. The Beavers (20-12) were 10-10 at one point, with a loss to a Portland team that went winless in West Coast Conference play and lost its league games by an average of 23.5 points. But they came on strong to defeat UCLA, Oregon and Colorado (all NCAA tournament teams) for the conference crown.
Jets' Corey Davis social media activity raises questions over commitment to Sam Darnold
       
Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis signed with the New York Jets this week with the "understanding" that Sam Darnold would be his quarterback but his recent activity on social media has fans thinking otherwise. TOM BRADY REACTS TO BUCS RE-SIGNING LEONARD FOURNETTE WITH HILARIOUS TWEET"Obviously, I'm coming with my understanding that Sam is the guy," he said. I've seen Sam do great things, and I have all the belief in him. 3 overall pick in 2018, has struggled with inconsistency and injuries during his three seasons with the Jets. He's coming off his worst statistical season — nine TDs, 11 INTs — and never meshed with former coach Adam Gase in their two seasons together.
Meet Chloe V. Mitchell: one of the first college athletes to make money from her likeness
       
Now, Chloe V. Mitchell, a freshman volleyball player at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan is believed to be the first college athlete to make money from her likeness. That's kind of our thing," she says. "So if we are given that opportunity to participate in [capitalism], as I think we should be, speaking as a student-athlete, then we should be able to make money off our name." I needed space from my family." The now 19-year-old found that space in a small shed in her backyard and decided to turn it into a "she-shed."
Oakland teachers refuse to return to school, despite getting COVID vaccine priority
       
Public school teachers in Oakland, Calif., have opted not to return to the classroom until the mandatory start date in mid-April, despite priority vaccinations and cash incentives. School officials on Thursday, were forced to cancel their previously scheduled reopening dates next week at six elementary schools and 10 preschools, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. "At this time, we simply do not have enough staff who opted in for in-person instruction to open our classrooms to K-2 and priority students on Tuesday," a Cleveland Elementary School official said in a letter to parents. SF SCHOOL BOARD TAKES COMMUNITY TEMPERATURE AFTER ANTI-ASIAN AMERICAN TWEETS BY PANEL'S VP SURFACEOakland parents frustrated with the district and union’s inability to force teachers to return for in-person teaching on Tuesday have called the situation "laughable." Fox News could not immediately reach Oakland School Board Director Shanthi Gonzales for comment, but she described the lack of teacher volunteers as "disappointing" Friday.
Beavers bound for Elite Eight with 65-58 win over Loyola
       
12 seed Oregon State kept its dream March going with a 65-58 victory over eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. ADVERTISEMENTNot even the fervent prayers of Sister Jean could help Loyola (26-4) deal with the constantly changing defenses that Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle rolled out. BIG PICTUREOregon State is making the most of its second NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990. Loyola Chicago was trying to become the first No. Oregon State has never played Syracuse, but it beat Houston in the 1966 West Region semifinal and again in the 2009 CBI Tournament.
What a Mess: NASCAR worried about first Bristol dirt race
       
But the dirt, the 28-degree Bristol banking and the leaden 3,400-pound cars appear to be a terrible fit. Bristol also made a bold change this year by converting its facility into a dirt race as part of radical changes to the 2021 schedule. NASCAR needed a major shakeup and the dirt race joined an influx of road courses and new venues for the most adventurous schedule in sport history. ADVERTISEMENTSo when NASCAR broadcast partner Fox pushed for a dirt race on the Cup schedule, Speedway Motorsports said Bristol would be the guinea pig. The issues slowly started to snowball during roughly four hours of Friday practice time between the Truck and Cup Series.
How a search party, an unfavorable ruling and a missed 6-foot putt sunk Jordan Spieth on Saturday
       
Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar wide-clapped as he trudged across the green, soaking up the moment and the inevitable “Koooooch” that seems to follow him throughout the PGA Tour. Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY SportsFans help Matt Kuchar find his ball in the rough on No. Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY SportsFans and Jordan Spieth, top right, help Matt Kuchar find his ball in the rough on No. 16 during the Round of 16 of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY SportsAfter fans helped him locate his ball, Matt Kuchar hits from the rough on No.
Oregon St. beats Loyola at its own game, crashes Elite 8 as 12 seed
       
Unfortunately for the Ramblers, Oregon State's was better. Loyola had no answers for Oregon State's 2-3 zone, which stifled the Ramblers inside and out all day. Oregon State's unlikely tournament run continues. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Loyola entered the game with college basketball's stingiest defense and gave Oregon State a heavy dose of it from the opening tip. Oregon State didn't score its first field goal until a Rodrigue Andela layup with 13:50 remaining in the first half.
Saturday’s Red Sox spring training report: Six-run sixth helps beat Pirates
       
Breakdown: Trailing, 4-1, the Sox sent nine men to the plate and scored six runs in the sixth inning. Five of the runs scored on singles. Bobby Dalbec’s fly ball to center field scored two runs after it was lost in the sun. Kevin Plawecki’s line drive to center made it 6-4 before another run scored on a ground out by Gilberto Jimenez. The Sox used five pitchers.
Michael Berluti, Xaverian have memorable day in rout of Brockton
       
That was a 41-21 loss that Berluti said resonated for the Hawks in the leadup to the nonleague matchup this weekend. BROCKTON — Xaverian quarterback Michael Berluti said that he wanted to come into Rocky Marciano Stadium and let host Brockton know who the Hawks were this year. He also ran for a 4-yard touchdown, the game’s first score with 7:47 remaining in the first quarter on an option. Brockton, meanwhile, struggled mightily in protecting quarterback Devonte Medley, allowing the senior to be sacked five times. “We’ll chase perfection hoping to catch excellence,” said Xaverian coach Al Fornaro, whose Hawks face fellow unbeaten Catholic Memorial in a Catholic Conference showdown next week.
St. Cloud State ends BU’s hockey season in opening round of NCAAs
       
It began to unravel for BU in the second period when the Terriers had a chance to clear the puck, but muffed the attempt, with St. Easton Brodzinski ended up with it behind the net, and his pass was deflected straight up. Everything was going just fine for Boston University halfway through Saturday’s opening round game of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament. The puck luck continued for the Huskies 75 seconds later when they again were able to keep the puck in the BU zone. BU captain Logan Cockerill hustled back and was able to poke the puck away, but he tripped Krannila in the process.
With dominant ground game, Catholic Memorial passes test against St. John’s Prep
       
The top-ranked Knights committed five turnovers in Saturday’s matchup with two-time Division 1 state champion St. John’s Prep, yet led throughout a convincing 49-24 Catholic Conference victory. He started the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter and softened the interior defense to set up the Knights speedier backs. Owen McGowan led a potent Catholic Memorial ground game that St. John's Prep was unable to catch. Devon Marshall added a 51-yard rushing touchdown to help CM take a 21-16 halftime lead. Kyle King added a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, as six different Knights found the end zone.
Howard Schnellenberger, 87, Miami, Louisville coach, dies
       
MIAMI (AP) — Howard Schnellenberger was a pipe smoker with a push-broom mustache and gruff baritone, and he paired his grandiloquent manner with grandiose visions for football at Miami, Louisville and Florida Atlantic that caused snickers. Mr. Schnellenberger had a career record below .500, but when it came to building, he was a winner. Mr. Schnellenberger was born March 16, 1934, in Saint Meinrad, Indiana, and played for “Bear” Bryant and Blanton Collier at Kentucky. AdvertisementAt Miami, Mr. Schnellenberger took over in 1979 amid debate about whether the moribund program should fold. But in 1995 Mr. Schnellenberger left to coach Oklahoma, and the move was a disaster.
Lack of practice, compact 72-game sked making film study more important in 2020-21 season
       
Lack of practice, compact 72-game sked making film study more important in 2020-21 seasonLeBron James (L.A. Lakers), Jae Crowder (Phoenix), Quin Snyder (Utah) and Chris Finch (Minnesota) discuss the importance of film study this season.
Kindra Hackbarth escapes rundown in ASU softball win over No. 6 Washington
       
14 Arizona State softball escaped a rundown in the seventh inning Friday night, converting the base-running trouble into a walk-off 5-4 win over No. With runners on first and third and one out at Farrington Stadium, Maddi Hackbarth missed on a bunt attempt, leaving her sister Kindra trapped trying to come home. During that rundown, Jazmine Hill advanced to second and on to third before retreating as Kindra dove safely back into third. When the Huskies then went after Hill on her way back to second, Hackbarth raced home with the winning run. I've said this before, base running will win or lose your ball games, and tonight it won us a game."
Kickin’ It with Kiz: Did Broncos’ pursuit of franchise QB get out-smarted and out-maneuvered by Kyle Shanahan?
       
As a Broncos fan, I’m very envious of San Francisco trading up for the No. Jeromie, has seen this movieKiz: Young Shanahan and our old friend John Lynch almost won Super Bowl LIV before Mahomes stole the Lombardi Trophy from them in the fourth quarter. 1 and Brigham Young quarterback Zach Wilson goes at No. If Shanahan is bold he will trade up one more slot for the New York Jets’ pick. Has anybody mentioned the Broncos should have hired Shanahan instead of Vance Joseph?
One day after being released in 'a business move,' a veteran right-hander has returned to the Brewers
       
Jordan Zimmermann wanted to continue pitching. "I think he's a great presence in the clubhouse and I'm happy we were able to work something out for him to be able to stay with us. I think he's pitching well. I think he's healthy. I just kept throwing and throwing and throwing.
No. 12 Oregon State ousts No. 8 Loyola Chicago, advances to Elite Eight of men's NCAA Tournament
       
But Oregon State (20-12) made the offensive plays it needed down the stretch – going 18-for-20 from the free-throw line to reach its first Elite Eight since 1966. Loyola senior big man Cameron Krutwig led the way for the Ramblers with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Oregon State kept the momentum against a Loyola squad that predicated its wins this season – including a thrilling upset of No. Oregon State's win Saturday continues an epic run for the Pac-12 in this tournament. The league sent four teams to the Sweet 16, with at least two reaching the Elite Eight – Oregon State and the winner of Oregon-Southern California.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Beavers upset Loyola at +250
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. The Beavers are -850 on the live line (Loyola +500). The Beavers are -480 on the live line (Loyola +350), spread -5½, total 110½. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML. Loyola is -520 on the live line (Oregon State +370), spread -8½, total 113½.
Former Wisconsin football players share stories about how Barry Alvarez affected their lives
       
More than two decades later, the 43-year-old Pisetsky speaks with reverence about the job Alvarez did reviving the football program and serving as athletic director for the past 17-plus years. “The man has got amazing people skills,” Pisetsky said Saturday after learning Alvarez plans to retire as early as July. As I understand it – and I don’t have Wisconsin roots – but to take a (football) program that was in the gutter and to turn it into a sustained success story … it has become a very powerful brand. Why are you going to Wisconsin?’ ” Stark, 47, recalled. The 21-16 victory over UCLA in the ’94 Rose Bowl was a magical moment for many UW football fans and put the program on the national map.
Column: Former UNLV football coach fondly remembered
       
Denver Broncos defensive lines coach Wayne Nunnely looks on as players take part in drills during the team's training camp at the Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Former UNLV football players and assistant coaches paid respects to former Rebels coach Wayne Nunnely at a graveside ceremony in his hometown of Monrovia, California, Friday. Harvey Hyde, who preceded Nunnely as UNLV coach, sent flowers. Lon Kruger will retire, and is expected to move back to Las Vegas to be around his son, new UNLV coach Kevin Kruger, and also spend time with his grandkids. The Belmont campus in Nashville, Tennessee, is where Lady Rebels coach Lindy La Rocque began her coaching career.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Beavers upset Loyola at +250
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. The Beavers are -850 on the live line (Loyola +500). The Beavers are -480 on the live line (Loyola +350), spread -5½, total 110½. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML. Loyola is still favored at -210 on the live line (Beavers +168), spread -3½, total 111½.
What a Mess: NASCAR worried about first Bristol dirt race
       
But the dirt, the 28-degree Bristol banking and the leaden 3,400-pound cars appear to be a terrible fit. Bristol also made a bold change this year by converting its facility into a dirt race as part of radical changes to the 2021 schedule. NASCAR needed a major shakeup and the dirt race joined an influx of road courses and new venues for the most adventurous schedule in sport history. So when NASCAR broadcast partner Fox pushed for a dirt race on the Cup schedule, Speedway Motorsports said Bristol would be the guinea pig. The issues slowly started to snowball during roughly four hours of Friday practice time between the Truck and Cup Series.
Zack Collins is excelling as he attempts to land on the Chicago White Sox opening-day roster: ‘I’m going to go out there and do anything that they ask me’
       
“Obviously Eloy is one of our top bats; you never want to lose a guy like that,” Collins said. “But my job isn’t to fill his shoes, my job is to go out there and do as best I can and try to help the team win every way I possibly can and ... try to have as much fun as possible.”
Long Beach's Ryan Buonocore, Izzy Maldonodo will be rivals this fall
       
This is the destiny for Long Beach seniors Ryan Buonocore and Izzy Maldonado. "We get one last ride together this season," Buonocore said. We are a couple of dogs out there for Long Beach. Buonocore, at 5-11 and 175 pounds is the strong safety for Long Beach. Together they spearhead the Marines defense while playing running back and receiver on offense, respectively.
Loyola falls to Oregon State 65-58, ending the Ramblers’ NCAA Tournament run in the Sweet 16
       
The Beavers kept draining shots — something they struggled with early — and a Jarod Lucas 3-pointer seemed to put them out of reach 56-49 in a game in which field goals were especially precious.
Portland Winterhawks at Seattle Thunderbirds: Preview, updates, chat, how to listen and watch
       
What: The Portland Winterhawks (2-0-2) take on the Seattle Thunderbirds (2-1). Follow:Portland WinterhawksThe Portland Winterhawks Friday night had to be content with moral victories. He’ll look for his first big game as the Winterhawks try for two straight wins against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Leading forwards: Newkirk (5 points/4 games), Mannek (3/4), Dureau (3/4), Knak (3/4), Klassen (3/4). Leading forwards: Jeri-Leon (4/3), Davidson (3/3), Roulette (3/3), Rempe (2/3), Ciona (2/3), Gustafson (2/3), Ludwig (2/3).
Wild goaltender Cam Talbot reminding everyone who he is
       
Remember a few weeks ago when Wild Twitter wanted goaltender Cam Talbot relegated to a backup role? Just as that narrative started to take form with rookie goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen playing out of his mind, Talbot responded with arguably his best stretch of the season. It’s also the type of performance Talbot knew he could provide if a team trusted him to be the No. As coach Dean Evason put it, “Not only a quality, quality goaltender but a quality, quality person.”“It doesn’t seem like he’s like, ‘Oh I have to be the No.1 guy,” ” Evason added. Fortunately for Talbot, he’s been able to move past both situations, and he’s finally gaining some traction with a 9-5-1 record, a 2.34 goals against average, and a .925 save percentage.
Schedule: Minnesota 2021 boys basketball state tournament brackets
       
The Minnesota high school boys basketball state tournament brackets have been set, neutral sites and all. 1-4 vs. North No. 1 Minneapolis North vs. North No. 1-4 vs. South No. 1-4 vs. North No.
Oregon State’s sizzling postseason continues, as Beavers reach Elite Eight with a 65-58 win over Loyola of Chicago
       
The last time Oregon State reached the Elite 8 was 1982, when the Beavers lost to the Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown Hoyas 69-45. Oregon State has reached the Final Four twice in school history, in 1949 and 1963. Four minutes into the second half, OSU stretched the lead to 33-22 after Jarod Lucas hit his first three of the game. Lucas gave Oregon State was breathing room on the next possession, knocking down a three-pointer for a seven-point lead and a 1:10 left. Oregon State was allotted 350 tickets for the game.
Oklahoma high school baseball: Six players to watch in 2021
       
Here are six local baseball players to watch this spring. Payton Tolle, Sr., Bethany: The Wichita State signee has recorded five home runs, 20 RBI and seven doubles in his 11 games played since the basketball season. Brumbaugh, an Oklahoma State signee, has helped the Wolves to a 6-6 record. Bates has helped Washington to a 6-4 start as the leader of the infield. Bode Brooks, Sr., Tuttle: The Oklahoma signee has shown why he is a Division-I talent so far this season.
Red Sox notebook: Eduardo Rodriguez feeling better as he rebounds from dead arm
       
Fresh off losing his Opening Day start due to a case of dead arm, Eduardo Rodriguez returned to the mound Saturday morning and said he felt great. Rodriguez was supposed to be the Opening Day starter last year, too, but was replaced by Nathan Eovaldi due to myocarditis. “It was hard for me because everyone wants to go out and do Opening Day one time in their career,” he said. The Atlanta Braves announced that the former Red Sox third baseman made the Braves’ Opening Day roster. The Red Sox were still paying him through 2020, when they paid $5 million to buy him out of his contract.
What's happening to wild turkeys? Sharp decline in population has biologists concerned
       
Heading into next month's spring turkey season, the population has dropped significantly in western Oklahoma over the last two years. They are also in the process of hiring a university-led research team to study the wild turkey population to try and learn what is causing the plunge. But Goodpasture said wild turkeys as a whole are finding fewer places where they can live. Zoom meeting about turkeysLandowners are invited to participate in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday to learn how to improve wild turkey populations. Topics of discussion will cover prescribed fire, forest thinning, food plots, and other habitat management relative to wild turkey.
Top-ranked James Madison grinds past William & Mary 38-10
       
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Cole Johnson passed for 220 yards with a touchdown, Kaelon Black gained 141 with a score on the ground, and top-ranked James Madison defeated William & Mary 38-10 on Saturday, playing for the first time since March 6. But they opened Saturday's game with a 13-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ate up 5:27 of the first quarter. James Madison scored the game's first four touchdowns, adding drives of 80, 11 and 81 yards. William & Mary (1-2, 1-2) didn't get on the board until Ethan Chang kicked a 29-yard field goal late in the second quarter. Jawon Hamilton scored two rushing TDs for the Dukes, and Ethan Ratke kicked a 42-yard field goal.
Bayern Munich icon Thomas Muller on Musiala, Guardiola and why he's STILL hungry after 27 trophies
       
Muller's trophy cabinet 1x World Cup 9x Bundesliga 2x Champions League 6x German Cup 2x FIFA Club World Cup 2x UEFA Super Cup 6x German Super Cup Advertisement‘That can be coached, for sure,’ he says, keen to debunk the mystique. So it’s more logical than my born talent.’Of course, were it quite that easy, we would all be World Cup winners, lauded around the globe as one of the game’s great players. The set-up now, with his long contract to play in Bayern and decision for the German national team, fits very well. For Muller, it would be a fascinating contest, taking on his old boss Pep Guardiola, who had three years at Bayern. [The way he] he prepares his teams, his team against smaller teams, he is the best.
Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg - World Cup qualifier: Live score, lineups and updates
       
Despite losing the 3-2 to Serbia in midweek in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier, the Republic of Ireland at least managed to arrest a slump of seven games without a goal, a run that saw them lose home and away to Finland and resulted in their Euro 2020 qualifying dreams dashed at the final hurdle by Slovakia. Aaron Connolly has returned to club side Brighton after playing 67 minutes against the Serbians following a recent return to first-team action. The forward appeared to be bothered by cramp and a calf issue when he came off. Follow Sportsmail's Alex Bowmer for live World Cup qualifier coverage of the Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg, including scoreline, lineups and build-up. Elsewhere, Group A rivals Serbia and Portugal are also in action, which we will keep you up-to-date with.
Sale survive four yellow cards to snatch win against Wasps
       
Luke James, Akker van der Merwe, Byron McGuigan and AJ McGinty were all shown yellow cards. It did not take long before the powerful Sale pack made a major impact on the game and their counterparts. Du Preez drilled over a much longer and tougher kick in response when the home side were caught offside just inside their own half. A Sharks maul applied pressure on the Wasps line just before the break and Du Preez kicked his side into a three-point half-time lead. James returned for the visitors only for wing McGuigan to become the third Sale man shown yellow.
Chen wins third straight figure skating world title as Hanyu slips
       
Chen added to his 2018 and 2019 world titles. "It's amazing, the fact I'm able to be here at this world championships after this unprecedented year, it's amazing. Chen needed to make up eight points on Hanyu who was skating last, and opted for a routine that included a daunting five quads. Chen landed all his quads with elegant athleticism, starting with a Lutz and following that with a flip, a Salchow and two toe loops. Kagiyama, skating to the "Avatar" soundtrack, succeeded with a quad Salchow, quad toe-triple toe and quad toe as well as four more strong triples.
Barty, Tsitsipas advance in Miami as injured Halep pulls out
       
Former French Open champion Ostapenko, now ranked 54th in the world, broke Barty for a 2-0 lead to start the second set. Greece's Tsitsipas -- ranked fifth in the world but seeded second behind world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the Masters 1000 event that is missing top-ranked Novak Djokovic, world number three Rafael Nadal and No. "There isn't much I can tell you, it was a great match," Tsitsipas said. Even with my second serve I felt like I did a lot of damage, not giving him a chance to press first and apply pressure with his shots."
No. 1 UConn outduels No. 5 Iowa in battle of freshmen phenoms to advance to women's Elite 8
       
Connecticut is back in the Elite 8 for its 15th consecutive appearance after rolling past Iowa Saturday, 92-72, in the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. 1 recruit, led the team with 27 points, and Bueckers showed her all-around game with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. “Like I told the team before the game, in all these matchups, it comes (down) to somebody else. Christyn Williams, Evina Westbrook and Olivia (Nelson-Ododa), our three juniors were amazing — played the way you wanted your upperclassmen to play. Clark led Iowa with 21 points, 5 assists and three rebounds.
It's been a record year for religiously affiliated schools in the men's basketball tournament
       
The success of religious schools in men's college basketball has roots going back to the early days of the NCAA Tournament. However, no year has seen this much representation from religiously affiliated schools in the Sweet 16. There's only four religious schools in Power Five leagues — Baylor, Boston College, Notre Dame and Texas Christian University. The West Coast Conference and the Big East are the two Division I conferences with the highest representation of religious schools. Only Georgetown and Villanova have football teams.
No. 1 UConn outduels No. 5 Iowa in battle of freshmen phenoms to advance to women's Elite 8
       
Connecticut is back in the Elite 8 for its 15th consecutive appearance after rolling past Iowa Saturday, 92-72, in the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. 5-seeded Hawkeyes was a complete team effort by the Huskies. 1 recruit, led the team with 27 points, guard Evina Westbrook was just one rebound shy of a triple-double and freshman forward Aaliyah Edwards shined early and ended with 18 points. Clark, Iowa's freshman phenom, led the team with 21 points, 5 assists and three rebounds, while McKenna Warnock racked up 20 points. But consecutive 3-pointers from Bueckers and UConn's fourth-quater run allowed the Huskies to pull away.
Eloy Jimenez injury shakes up fantasy baseball drafts
       
The best part of any fantasy season is the draft, just ask Fantasy Madman Drew Loftis. In last year’s abbreviated season, the White Sox’s Eloy Jimenez hit .296 with 14 homers, 41 RBIs and a .891 OPS. Jimenez, originally ranked as Roto Rage’s sixth-best outfielder, will be out for 5-6 months with a torn pectoral muscle. There’s a chance the 24-year-old slugger will return in September, but that’s nothing fantasy owners should depend on. Before his injury, Jimenez carried a 36.5 average draft position, according to Fantasy Alarm.
Rangers’ domination of Flyers comes to end
       
With the Rangers playing the Flyers four times this month, and taking extremely lopsided wins in the previous two, they had a vengeful group on their hands Saturday afternoon. It was another tremendous outing for Shesterkin since his return in Thursday’s 8-3 victory over the Flyers, when he made 41 saves. But Zibanejad’s tear against Philadelphia continued at 9:29 of the first on the power play after Travis Konecny was called for roughing No. For the Rangers’ eighth power play goal in their past six games, Ryan Strome sent a pinpointed pass to Zibanejad for the one-timer into a wide-open net to take a 1-0 lead. The Rangers found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-on-3 opportunity halfway through the second period, which pumped some life back into Philadelphia.
Jets’ Joe Douglas can’t afford to be wrong about Zach Wilson
       
It is becoming clear Douglas is about to take BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. It is a move that comes with plenty of risk and will have devastating effects on the Jets and Douglas if he is wrong. Jets GM Joe Douglas; Zach Wilson Jets, APNow, it looks like he is going to draft his quarterback. Philadelphia decided to move back to 12, probably with the knowledge that Wilson won’t be there after the Jets’ pick. The first two years of Douglas’ tenure have felt like they were building toward this moment, in which he could make the Jets’ roster his own.
Nolley 27 points, Memphis 14 3s over Colorado St in NIT semi
       
Landers Nolley II scored a career-high 27 points with seven of Memphis' season-high 14 made 3-pointers, and the Tigers advanced to their first NIT championship game since winning the title in 2002 with a 90-67 semifinal win over Colorado State on Saturday. DeAndre Williams finished with 21 points for Memphis, and Quinones had 18 with four 3s. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMDavid Roddy had 18 points and Isaiah Stevens 17 for Colorado State (20-7). After Roddy started the second half with a 3 to get Colorado State within three points, Memphis responded with a 16-3 run in which Nolley hit a 3 and scored seven points. Colorado State plays the loser in a consolation game.
NCAA Sweet 16: Williams, Bueckers lead UConn past Iowa 92-72
       
Christyn Williams scored 27 points and Paige Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament. Bueckers also had nine rebounds and eight assists for UConn, which raised its record to 27-1. Williams missed five of her first seven shots before getting going on offense. She made six straight, including six in a row in the second quarter, to give UConn a 49-35 halftime lead.
Rick Pitino invited a Sweet 16 coach to Winged Foot — who didn’t know its prominence
       
Alabama men’s basketball head coach Nate Oats and Iona men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino talked on the phone after their teams played in the NCAA Tournament first round. Pitino invited Oats to come to Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester County, New York. The Iona College men’s basketball coach was photographed watching the U.S. Open from a perch behind the third green with assistant coaches Tom Abatemarco and Ricky Johns. The Hall-of-Fame coach, who surprised the college basketball world when he was hired by Iona in March, is a Winged Foot member. Richard Pitino recently became the New Mexico men’s basketball head coach after being the Minnesota head coach from 2013-21.
Sergio Garcia hits hole-in-one to reach WGC Match Play last 16
       
Sergio Garcia and Robert MacIntyre advanced to the last 16 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in spectacular fashion on a day of high drama in the £7.6million event. @TheSergioGarcia makes a walk-off hole-in-one to advance to the Round of 16. pic.twitter.com/FSbzaytTx8 — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 26, 2021“I had probably one of the best and one of the luckiest golf shots I’ve hit in my life,” MacIntyre said. “I hit a great nine iron, I knew it was straight on line but with the glare I couldn’t see,” Garcia told the Golf Channel. ?@TommyFleetwood1 gets out of trouble to win the group. pic.twitter.com/94KGTnL7sG — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 26, 2021Fleetwood will face Dylan Frittelli in the last 16 after the South African won group 12 despite losing to Will Zalatoris on Friday.
Howard Schnellenberger, famed NFL and college coach, dead at 87
       
Famed football coach Howard Schnellenberger, who led the University of Miami Hurricanes to its first national championship in 1983, died Saturday, his family announced. "Without him, there is no Miami Football," the Hurricanes tweeted Saturday. Schnellenberger started his football life in earnest as an All-American tight end at Kentucky in the 1950s. In 2001, Schnellenberger led the Florida Atlantic University Owls in their inaugural season and went on to spend 11 seasons at the Boca Raton school. "Howard always treated me special, like a queen, and was truly a husband that every Canadian girl dreams of," Beverlee Schnellenberger said in the statement.
Tsitsipas, with Big Three missing, makes 4th round in Miami
       
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI (AP) — For tennis up-and-comers like Stefanos Tsitsipas, the draw at the Miami Open began to look a lot less daunting even before the tournament began. “It’s a first test to see how it is playing without them,” Tsitsipas said after his third-round victory Saturday. 2-seeded Tsitsipas is among those with the best chance to take advantage, and he looked the part against Damir Dzumhur, winning 6-1, 6-4. “I created a lot of opportunities with my serve — I wasn’t rushing at all, finding the right angles and executing it perfectly,” Tsitsipas said. “So just to be back, you know, healthy and to compete at this level, it means a lot.”___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
What To Watch: Michigan seeks to keep Big Ten alive in NCAAs
       
Michigan has withstood an injury to second-leading scorer Isaiah Livers to become the last team remaining from the Big Ten’s nine NCAA Tournament selections. Florida State has allowed its first two NCAA Tournament foes to shoot just 33.6% and average 53.5 points. Michigan is averaging 84 points in the NCAA Tournament. 6 seed Oregon (15-8), Alamo Region semifinal, Alamodome, San Antonio. Oregon had lost five of six games heading into the NCAA Tournament but has bounced back with wins over South Dakota and Georgia.
Ayala’s Jacob Badawi gets four hits by day, a touchdown by night
       
The football and baseball teams are 2-0 and Badawi couldn’t be happier as a two-sport athlete celebrating the best of baseball and football. He’s headed to UC Riverside on a baseball scholarship but wanted to play a ninth year of football with his best friends. AdvertisementThen came Thursday’s opportunity to play two games in different sports and make an impact for both teams. The only other day he’ll have to play baseball and football is April 16. He also completed three passes for 58 yards and caught three passes for 25 yards.
Northeastern’s Aerin Frankel wins Patty Kazmaier Award for nation’s top women’s hockey player
       
Northeastern goaltender Aerin Frankel was named winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award on Saturday, the honor given to the nation’s top women’s college hockey player. Frankel, a senior, led the nation in save percentage (.965), goals-against average (0.81), and shutouts (9) while backstopping Northeastern to a 22-2-1 record and a spot in the Division I national championship game, which the Huskies lost to Wisconsin. Frankel also was named the Hockey East Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year.
Warm spring weather coming to the Bay Area
       
Warm, sunny days are coming to the Bay Area this weekend and then again in the middle of the week. Temperatures will be in the 70s throughout most of the Bay Area starting Saturday afternoon through Sunday, according to meteorologist Brayden Murdock with the National Weather Service. But the weather will start warming up again on Tuesday, and Wednesday will likely be the warmest day of the week, with coastal temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s. Temperatures will start to decline again on Thursday with a cooling onshore flow, although they could remain high in parts of the Bay Area. One model predicted rain for the Bay Area next week, but Murdock cautioned against rushing to unpack the raincoats and umbrellas just yet.
Craig Smith’s late goal helps Bruins extend Sabres’ losing streak to 17 games
       
Dan Vladar improved to 2-0 in the Boston net, turning away 25 shots. AdvertisementWithout a lead all afternoon, the Bruins finally pulled into a 2-2 tie on Ritchie’s strike 5:22 into the third. It was Ritchie’s first goal since March 5, and only his second since Feb. 25. The Sabres carried a lead (2-1) into the third period for only the seventh time this season, paced by goals from Sam Reinhart (power play) and Kyle Okposo. The Bruins, their offense sputtering the last 4-5 weeks, countered only with a Matt Grzelcyk goal that temporarily pulled the Black and Gold into a 1-1 tied in the second.
Prep football thriller: San Leandro, Moreau Catholic combine for 96 points
       
In a game that included a lot of big plays on both sides, San Leandro upped its record to 2-0 by beating Moreau Catholic 50-46 on Friday night in Hayward. HAYWARD, CA - MARCH 26: San Leandro's Ismael Sanchez (4) stiff arms Moreau Catholic's Jose Amezcua (3) during the third quarter of their football game at Moreau Catholic in Hayward, Calif., on Friday, March 26, 2021. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)HAYWARD, CA - MARCH 26: San Leandro's Enoch Ampofo (2) scores a 2-point conversion against Moreau Catholic High during the fourth quarter of their football game at Moreau Catholic in Hayward, Calif., on Friday, March 26, 2021. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)HAYWARD, CA - MARCH 26: Moreau Catholic quarterback Magnus Tucker (9) celebrates his touchdown pass against San Leandro High during the first quarter of their football game at Moreau Catholic in Hayward, Calif., on Friday, March 26, 2021. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)The combined total of 96 points was a little unexpected.
‘Mega PR and legal disaster’ possible after Tokyo’s overseas spectator ban
       
But it’s also made for a headache for hundreds of thousands of ticket-holders who don’t know when or how they’ll receive refunds. German leaders held a press conference in Dusseldorf in February as the country bids for the 2032 Games. The IOC has tapped Brisbane, Australia, as its preferred 2032 host, but likely will stop there. AdvertisementBig game for USMNTThe United States' men's soccer team defeated Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifying match earlier this month. Material from Olympic committees, sports federations, interviews, and wire services was used in this report.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Oregon State extends lead
       
12 seed Oregon State will try to stay hot against No. Oregon State is -310 on the live line (Loyola +240), spread -5½, total 108½. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML. The Ramblers are down to -290 on the live line (Oregon State +225), spread -5½, total 111½. The Ramblers are -550 on the live line (Oregon State +390), spread -9½, total 115½.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Oregon State extends lead
       
12 seed Oregon State will try to stay hot against No. Oregon State is -310 on the live line (Loyola +240), spread -5½, total 108½. First-half winners: Oregon State +3½, under 57½, Oregon State +180 ML. The Ramblers are down to -290 on the live line (Oregon State +225), spread -5½, total 111½. The Ramblers are -550 on the live line (Oregon State +390), spread -9½, total 115½.
White Sox’ Nick Madrigal says he’s ‘capable of a lot more’ in 2020
       
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.. — Second baseman Nick Madrigal brings a different baseball package to the table than most. A guy manager Tony La Russa can use and win with. A three-run homer is beautiful,” La Russa said Saturday. “I have a different style but I know it was only 20 or 30 games, and I’m a lot more capable of a lot more,” Madrigal told the Sun-Times. “I was excited when we hired him, because he’s more old school and likes to do a lot of different things and I feel I can fit that for him in the lineup,” Madrigal said.
Why those who know him say Kevin Kruger will succeed at UNLV
       
UNLV men's basketball coach Kevin Kruger poses for a photo on Friday, March 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeUNLV men's basketball coach Kevin Kruger poses for a photo on Friday, March 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeUNLV men's basketball coach Kevin Kruger poses for a photo on Friday, March 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. “Being head coach of UNLV is my dream job,” Kruger told Allen, a performance coach, motivational speaker, author and Rebels fan. “Whether I’m 37, 47 or 57, I want to be in Vegas and I want to be the head coach at UNLV,” Kruger said.
The judge presiding over the George Floyd murder trial is an Oconomowoc High School graduate
       
As the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin gets underway, an Oconomowoc High School graduate is at the center of it all. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who graduated from OHS in 1977, was assigned to oversee the cases of the four officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Jury selection began today in the trial of Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Former law partner Mike Colich told CBS Minnesota that Cahill is the right person for the Chauvin case. "He’s going to give everyone in that courtroom a fair trial, and he’s going to treat all of them equally."
Gas leak prompts evacuation of families in Davie
       
“There was never a fire,” he said. “Any flames you see is the actual burn off process that the hazmat teams are doing at this time.”
Bruins win 3-2 to extend Sabres skid to 17 straight losses
       
BOSTON - (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres lost their 17th consecutive game on Saturday, twice blowing a one-goal lead before Craig Smith scored with 3:50 left to snap a third-period tie and give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory. The Sabres have not won since Feb. 23, tying the 18th longest losing streak in NHL history. Sam Reinhart and Kyle Okposo scored for Buffalo, each time giving the Sabres the lead. Vladar, playing in just his third NHL game, started poorly with a giveaway behind his net during a Buffalo power play just two minutes in. Reinhart intercepted the pass and slid it into the net before the goalie could get back in position.
East Metro girls hockey player of year: Forest Lake’s Rachel Golnitz
       
Stephanie Golnitz grew up at hockey tournaments. Initially, that approach led Rachel Golnitz to karate. Ten years after picking up the sport, Forest Lake senior defender is one of the top two-way players in the state, and quite frankly, the country. The Rangers’ swiss army knife, Golnitz is the Pioneer Press East Metro girls hockey player of the year. This season alone, Golnitz led Forest Lake in goals (11) and assists (21), while also serving as a lockdown defender.
'It's just a game,' but UM hockey's Mel Pearson remains baffled by NCAA's decision
       
The Michigan hockey team hadn't had a positive COVID-19 test result since mid-July. Then came Thursday, when another player, a roommate of the other player, tested positive. Pearson said after the second player tested positive, Michigan still had 25 "healthy" players available. This is the second consecutive year the Michigan hockey team was denied a shot at its 10th national championship. Last year's NCAA Tournament, which was to end at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, was canceled amid the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bruins survive scare from Sabres, win 3-2
       
The Bruins passed Go and collected their two points from the lowly Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The B’s went into the third period trailing 2-1 and started the stanza turning over pucks left and right. Charlie McAvoy took not one but two round-the-world tours of the Sabres’ zone. He missed him and handed the puck right to Sam Reinhart, who simply had to step out in front and backhand the puck home for a 1-0 lead at 2:01. The Sabres kept the B’s hemmed in their zone until defenseman Henri Jokiharju flicked a wrister toward the net.
Tommy Fleetwood defies the odds to follow Sergio Garcia and achieve back-to-back holes-in-one
       
That was the question the statisticians were scrambling to answer as Tommy Fleetwood emulated Sergio Garcia’s hole-in-one on the fourth at Austin Country Club on Saturday. The National Hole-In-One Registry reports that the odds of two players playing together making aces on the same hole as 17million-1. Those odds are perhaps reduced because of the expertise of Fleetwood and Garcia, but even so Westwood could not believe it, tweeting straight after Fleetwood’s shot: “Incredible! Using a seven-iron to Garcia’s nine, Fleetwood also flew the pin, employing the slope to bring it into the cup. I think that was back-to-back holes-in-one on that hole because Sergio was the last person to play it last night.
Pedestrian killed after car hits her on Preston Crossing Boulevard, Louisville police say
       
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A female pedestrian was killed Friday night after a vehicle hit her as she tried to cross a street near Preston Highway. Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said Seventh Division officers responded about 10 p.m. Friday to a crash involving the pedestrian in the 9600 block of Preston Crossing Boulevard, which is by Preston Highway and Interstate 265. A preliminary investigation determined a passenger vehicle was headed northbound on Preston Crossing Boulevard and struck the female pedestrian as she tried to cross the road, Mitchell said, adding the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk. More:Kentucky man charged with Murray State University student's murderThe pedestrian, whose name and age have not been provided, was taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where she later died, Mitchell said. Reach Billy Kobin at bkobin@courierjournal.com.
Whyte vs Povetkin 2 live updates: Latest stream details and results
       
Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte takes place in Gibraltar (Matchroom)Dillian Whyte faces Alexander Povetkin for a second time after his stunning knockout defeat to the Russian at Matchroom HQ last summer. The Briton will hope to gain revenge and close in on a world title shot with both compatriots Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury on a collision course to unify all four world titles. I’m a competitor and I hate losing at anything so I want to make it 1-1. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Thomas Muller interview: Pep Guardiola, modern coaching and why good movement is ‘logical’
       
Thomas Muller, maybe typically, doesn’t go in the direction you might expect. One international once expressed incredulous frustration at how often a single Muller move repeatedly took four players out of the game. Muller begins to explain the thought process behind one of his runs, and what he sees as a move develops. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. We have to try it again, try it again, then maybe the defender makes a mistake at the 51st time.
England's Lozowski guides Montpellier to surprise Toulouse win
       
To win in Toulouse: Montpellier try scorer and No. Lozowski, on-loan from Saracens and ineligible for his country as he plays abroad, kicked 16 points in Toulouse as billionaire-backed Montpellier moved nine points clear of the relegation play-off. They are three points clear of La Rochelle, who beat Bordeaux-Begles. Vito's outfit moved four points clear of Racing 92 who are third, outside an automatic semi-final spot. In the final game of the day, the Springboks' World Cup winner Eben Etzebeth starts at blindside as Toulon head to Lyon.
Verstappen on Bahrain pole, says 'no guarantee' of beating Hamilton
       
Advertising Read moreSakhir (Bahrain) (AFP)Max Verstappen claimed pole position for Sunday's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix with a flawless final lap in a tense qualifying session, beating defending champion Lewis Hamilton by three-tenths of a second. The Dutchman grabbed the fourth pole position of his career for Red Bull with an emphatic demonstration of speed to deliver a first front row start alongside seven-time champion Hamilton in his Mercedes. Charles Leclerc was fourth on Saturday for Ferrari ahead of Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri and the McLarens of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris. Q3 began with Gasly setting the pace before Hamilton went top until Verstappen, hunting him down, beat his time by just 0.023 seconds. Bottas led the train ahead of Hamilton for the final run, but neither could stop Verstappen who delivered an emphatic final flying lap.
Chen wins third straight figure skating world title as Hanyu slips
       
Chen added to his 2018 and 2019 world titles. "It's amazing, the fact I'm able to be here at this world championships after this unprecedented year, it's amazing. Chen needed to make up eight points on Hanzu who was skating last, and opted for a routine that included a daunting five quads. Chen landed all his quads with elegant athleticism, starting with a Lutz and following that with a flip, a Salchow and two toe loops. Kagiyama, skating to the "Avatar" soundtrack, succeeded with a quad Salchow, quad toe-triple toe and quad toe as well as four more strong triples.
Dutch fans cheer win over Latvia as players protest for rights in Qatar
       
Dutch fans cheer on their team during the World Cup qualifying win over LatviaAdvertising Read moreAmsterdam (AFP)The Netherlands earned their first win of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Latvia in front of 5,000 fans, who saw Stephanie Frappart make history and another pre-match protest for human rights in Qatar. Frappart was once again a trailblazer as she became the first woman to take charge of a men's World Cup qualifier. France's Frappart was in December the first woman to referee a men's Champions League match, between Juventus and Dynamo Kiev. - Dutch join rights protests -The Dutch became the third team after Norway and Germany to carry out a pre-match protest in favour of rights for the migrant workers involved in stadium construction for next year's finals in Qatar. "We know that the workers who are building the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup are working under very difficult conditions.
Hamilton claims rule changes designed to 'peg us back'
       
Advertising Read moreSakhir (Bahrain) (AFP)Lewis Hamilton said Mercedes will rise to the challenge of coping with the Formula One rule changes designed to "peg us back" after he was beaten to pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix by Max Verstappen on Saturday. "I mean it's no secret that the changes, of course, they've been done to peg us back," he told reporters on Saturday. "We had the changes, of course, last year -- to our engine -- to do the same thing. Hamilton said he was buoyed by Mercedes' reaction since struggling to match Red Bull at a pre-season test earlier in the month. "Max did a great lap and nearly 0.4 seconds is a big gap so we have some work to do.
PCB signs agreement with SBP to build five star hotel near Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
       
The Sports Board of Punjab (SBP) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have agreed to build a five star hotel at Nishtar Park Sports Complex, near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Cricket Pakistan reported. In this regard, both parties also reached an agreement during a meeting held at National Hockey Stadium on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by the Director General Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Adnan Arshad Aulakh. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Senior General Manager Admin Col (retd) Ashfaq Ahmed, Consultant Abdul Ghafoor Bhatti, Director Admin Javed Chohan and other officials were also part of the meeting. The construction of a hotel near the stadium will help solve traffic problems in the city.
Olympic Officials Dismissed Beijing Human Rights Concerns
       
During the call, campaigners said the Beijing Games would legitimize the Chinese government’s escalating human rights abuses. In response to a detailed list of questions for this article, the IOC said it factored in NGOs’ views on issues including human rights for the Beijing Games. Teng Biao, one of China’s best-known human rights lawyers, was on the call. “It’s too difficult to defend the Chinese government in terms of human rights or rule of law,” Teng told BuzzFeed News. Human rights groups are also seeking to pressure companies such as Airbnb to sever sponsorship ties with the 2022 Games.
Halle Berry Calls Out Racist Comments From A Now-Fired Radio Host
       
After since-fired Buffalo, New York radio host Rob Lederman compared the attractiveness of Black women’s skin tones to toaster settings, Halle Berry slammed the racist comments in a Friday, March 26 tweet. “ALL Black women are beautiful and worthy, Rob Lederman. The following day, station owner Cumulus Media confirmed in a statement to People that they’d indeed “swiftly” fired Lederman. “I never saw myself as anything close to even thinking a racist thought. Absolutely not.”While Lederman apologized to “anybody that would be hurt” by his comments, the public reaction has been largely decisive.
How a search party, an unfavorable ruling and a missed 6-foot putt sunk Jordan Spieth on Saturday
       
By virtue of a 6-foot putt on the 18th hole, Kuchar moved into the quarterfinals on Saturday, heading off to meet up with Brian Harman. Even Spieth offered a look as time started to tick away. Kuchar still had plenty of work to do, however, as Spieth hit his third shot to inside seven feet. Instead, Spieth missed the putt and the two left the 16th all square. Kuchar went on to win it on the 18th hole with a 6-foot birdie putt.
NHL’s referee problem goes way beyond Tim Peel debacle
       
Let me know when the NHL fires vice president and director of officiating Stephen Walkom instead of referee Tim Peel, and I’ll believe the league is onto something. That is the purpose of even-up, arbitrary calls — and, just as importantly, non-calls — that dot the landscape on a nightly basis. One way for 82 games (or, in the alternative, 56) and another way for the games that count the most. If there is to be change in the way games are officiated, there must be a change at the top of the department. And Tortorella, of course, does not have a contract that goes beyond this season in Columbus.
Tennessee governor signs bill to ban transgender athletes from girls’ sports
       
Tennessee student-athletes will have to submit proof of their biological sex at birth — and compete according to that designation — under a transgender sports bill signed into law by Republican Gov. “I signed the bill to preserve women’s athletics and ensure fair competition,” Lee tweeted after signing the bill Friday. But critics like Hedy Weinberg of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee called the bill a “shameful” effort to legalize discrimination. “Should any transgender student be excluded because of this new law, we will see [Lee] in court,” Weinberg said. Mississippi and Alabama have enacted similar laws in recent weeks, following Idaho’s transgender sports ban last year.
2021 NCAA tournament live updates Sweet 16 scores and analysis from Saturday’s games
       
INDIANAPOLIS — The Tinkle family of Montana, then of Europe, and nowadays of Oregon, is the first family of American basketball, and don’t you argue with that, you myopic East Coast snob. Their number of family members stands at five — two parents, two adult daughters, one adult son — and their number of family members who played in Division I stands at, wait, let’s check it, five. The five Tinkles have treated four universities to 7,224 points and 3,684 rebounds. If you’re one of those who recoils at diving through the intricacies of basketball, you ought not go messing around at their house in Corvallis, Ore., which is not to say the two Rottweilers and the Double Doodle will chase you off or anything.
16th woman files lawsuit accusing Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct
       
Two more women on Tuesday made sexual-misconduct allegations against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has now been accused of lewd behavior in 16 lawsuits. The trainer accused Watson of exposing himself and "ejaculating onto her" during a session at his Houston home May 28, according to her lawsuit. Watson allegedly hired the other woman for a massage Oct. 8, her civil complaint said. Late Monday, a Los Angeles massage therapist accused Watson of exposing himself before allegedly forcing her to "pleasure him," the civil complaint said. "I believe that any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false," Hardin added.
Nolley 27 points, Memphis 14 3s over Colorado St in NIT semi
       
DeAndre Williams finished with 21 points for Memphis, and Quinones had 18 with four 3s. David Roddy had 18 points and Isaiah Stevens 17 for Colorado State (20-7). After Roddy started the second half with a 3 to get Colorado State within three points, Memphis responded with a 16-3 run in which Nolley hit a 3 and scored seven points. After the 3s by Quinones, the Tigers led 37-23 on a jumper by Damion Baugh with 3:40 left in the first half. Colorado State plays the loser in a consolation game.
Williams, Bueckers lead UConn past Iowa 92-72
       
UConn guard Paige Bueckers (5) works the ball past Iowa guard Caitlin Clark (22) during the first half of a college basketball game in the Sweet Sixteen round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Christyn Williams scored 27 points and Paige Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women’s NCAA Tournament. The game featured a matchup of two extremely talented freshmen in Bueckers and Iowa’s Caitlyn Clark. She made six straight, including six in a row in the second quarter, to give UConn a 49-35 halftime lead.
Harman turns tables on Watson, Kuchar ousts Spieth in Austin
       
At left is Brian Harman, who won the hole and the match. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Brian Harman appeared headed for an early loss when he fell 4 down to Bubba Watson through five holes. Eight straight birdies later, Harman turned out a 2-and-1 victory to reach the quarterfinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play. He was just waiting for a spark.”Scheffler advanced to play Jon Rahm, a finalist four years ago in Match Play, who knocked out Erik van Rooyen. It was the second time in the Match Play that Watson and Harman, who both went to Georgia, squared off in the round of 16.
49ers trade 3 first-round picks, 3rd-round pick for No. 3 pick in 2021
       
3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 12 pick, a 2021 third-round pick (SF’s comp pick for Robert Saleh hiring) and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, per sources. pic.twitter.com/nRLMUaWGo5 — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2021The 49ers on Friday made a massive splash in the NFL draft. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, San Francisco is dealing the No. 12 overall pick and their third-round pick in the 2021 draft, as well as their first-round choices in 2022 and 2023 for the No.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s future likely won’t be in San Francisco
       
If, as it appears, the 49ers gave up the 12th overall pick, two future first-round picks, and third-round pick for a quarterback, it means that Jimmy Garoppolo and his $25 million compensation package for 2021 will be gone. Barring a steep pay cut and an understanding that he’s simply keeping the seat warm for the rookie, Garoppolo will be traded or released. Barring a steep pay cut to facilitate a trade, Garoppolo will be released. Unless they can find a trade partner or get Jimmy to take less, Jimmy likely will be gone. Jimmy Garoppolo’s future likely won’t be in San Francisco originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Nine years later, Kyle Shanahan makes his RGIII trade
       
The coach and offensive coordinator at the time, Mike and Kyle Shanahan, respectively, were not on board with that approach. Nine years later, Kyle Shanahan has made an RGIII-style trade of his own. During a lost 2020 season, Jimmy G’s inability to stay healthy sufficiently freaked out Shanahan to move on. If they’re telling the truth about Garoppolo and not simply posturing for a trade, they’re making a big mistake. Nine years later, Kyle Shanahan makes his RGIII trade originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Junior Christyn Williams scores 27, leads No. 1 UConn over No. 5 Iowa in Bueckers vs. Clark showcase
       
UConn juniors Christyn Williams and Evina Westbrook led the way along with Aaliyah Edwards, a strong freshman post who is often overlooked next to Bueckers. She came out hot for UConn in a tight first quarter and set the tone for a team-wide effort. Those talents are why UConn great Diana Taurasi calls her "the best player in basketball" and they were on display against Iowa. The freshman had four in the first half as UConn assisted on 17 of 22 field goals. Christyn Williams leads Huskies team effortUConn junior Christyn Williams scored 27 points to lead UConn in a game highlighted by the freshmen talent on both sides.
Previewing the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix
       
With 2 races left in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Championship, Brad Keselowski trails Jimmie Johnson by 7 points going into Phoenix. CineSport's Noah Coslov & NASCAR Wire Service's Reid Spencer discuss. With 2 races left in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Championship, Brad Keselowski trails Jimmie Johnson by 7 points going into Phoenix. CineSport's Noah Coslov & NASCAR Wire Service's Reid Spencer discuss.
Dick Stockton decides to call it a career
       
His voice resonated then, when he called the Red Sox alongside Ken “Hawk” Harrelson on Ch. Stockton, a 1964 Syracuse graduate, arrived in Boston in 1971, making his name in the market as the sports director at Ch. AdvertisementStockton was a novice to baseball broadcasting in ’75, having no experience calling the sport when he got the Red Sox job. As Stockton recounted to Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci for a 2015 feature on the 1975 World Series’ lasting impact on sports television, the network integrated the local broadcasters into their World Series coverage in those days. Stockton recalled receiving a telegram from NBC Sports executive of programming Chet Simmons that informed him of his opportunity.
With clear eyes, Toronto says goodbye to championship core — except Kyle Lowry
       
Ujiri decided to hold on to Lowry, a 35-year-old impending free agent who was ready to be traded to a contender. So Lowry stayed in Toronto, but it appears unlikely at best the club will re-sign him long term. Kyle Lowry, right, and the Raptors are 18-24 entering Saturday's games. LayupsThe Lakers showed how much they covet second-year guard Talen Horton-Tucker, whom they refused to include in a deal for Kyle Lowry. The Lakers feel they need reinforcements to make another title run and Lowry would have been a perfect addition.
Oakland A’s final roster projection and good news for Jed Lowrie fans
       
Two position battles have been officially settled, and the Oakland A’s have five more cuts to make before the Opening Day roster is a finished project. After getting surgery in October, Lowrie returned to the A’s for a third stint and looked like he never left. “It’s more of a monitor each and every day thing,” Melvin said of how they’ll play Lowrie. His last couple outings, and what he did with Daulton last time, really resonated.”With 31 players still in camp, here’s how the final Opening Day 26-man roster should shake out. Related Articles A’s spring training: Cole Irvin makes his pitch in win over DodgersA’s mailbag: Who will be Opening Day leadoff hitter?
NHL fines Coyotes’ Nick Schmaltz for hit on Radim Simek: “That’s a dangerous play”
       
Radim Simek is considered questionable to play Saturday when the Sharks look to split their two-game series with the Arizona Coyotes. For the hit, Schmaltz was given a two-minute minor for boarding and on Saturday, fined $5,000 by the NHL. “I didn’t like the hit,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said Saturday. Now we have a player today who may not play tonight, who’s pretty stiff after that. “But I know he’s sore this morning.”If Simek can’t play, either Christian Jaros or Fredrik Claesson will dress in his place.
Man sought in shooting near Mexia that left Texas state trooper in critical condition
       
Authorities on Saturday were looking for a man accused of shooting a Texas state trooper the day before near Mexia. DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, was being sought in connection with the shooting, which happened near U.S. Highway 84 just west of Mexia in Limestone County, about 80 miles southeast of Dallas, according to the DPS. DeArthur Pinson Jr. (Texas Dept. Walker was called to FM2848 near U.S. 84 to help a motorist whose vehicle had become disabled, the officers association said. The DPS described Pinson as Black, 6 feet tall and about 220 pounds.
JaVale McGee: Nuggets have “all the pieces” to win NBA championship
       
And if you ask the Nuggets’ new center, this Denver roster is giving off the same sort of vibes. “And the Denver Nuggets are a different animal with players like Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. He’ll likely be counted on to provide a physical spark off the bench similar to what former Denver big man Mason Plumlee once brought. “I feel like this team has all the pieces,” McGee said of his new squad. But I feel like we have all the pieces for it to go right.”Enough pieces to win it all?
‘Mattress Mack’ bets big on Houston to win NCAA Tournament
       
Houston furniture store owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale made a $1 million wager to win $9 million on the Houston Cougars to win the NCAA title. Houston furniture store owner Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale placed a $3.46 million bet on the Buccaneers over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Houston furniture store owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale made a $1 million bet to win $9 million on the Houston Cougars to win the NCAA title. Mack flew from Houston to Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday night to place the wager on his DraftKings sportsbook mobile app. “It was a quick turnaround trip and now I’m back here with 10 toes down and pulling for the Houston Cougars.
Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon: “I’m just happy that I found a new home”
       
For days leading up to the trade deadline, Aaron Gordon sat on proverbial pins and needles. While still with the Magic, Gordon was asked about his trade request and cited years of losing as a primary factor. It’s what the Nuggets have done in the six years Nuggets coach Michael Malone and president Tim Connelly have been at the helm together. If I can help this team in defending some of the best players in the league, I’m more than happy to. Gordon, the Nuggets hope, is the answer.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Beavers erase Loyola lead
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. 12 seed Oregon State will try to stay hot against No. The Ramblers are down to -290 on the live line (Oregon State +225), spread -5½, total 111½. Loyola is -520 on the live line (Oregon State +370), spread -8½, total 113½. The Ramblers are -550 on the live line (Oregon State +390), spread -9½, total 115½.
Xavier Restrepo, young QBs come up big in Miami Hurricanes’ first spring scrimmage
       
“I don’t know that there is Miami football without Howard Schnellenberger — not the way that we know it,” Diaz said. “It’s hard to imagine the state that this program was in when he came here. If you look, historically, throughout college football, there are the blue bloods, and it’s very, very hard to join that group. Howard Schnellenberger came to the University of Miami, and he took down the establishment.
Vikings to sign safety Xavier Woods to one-year deal worth as much as $2.25 million
       
The Vikings will sign free-agent safety Xavier Woods to a one-year contract that could be worth as much as $2.25 million, a source said Saturday. Woods will receive $1.75 million guaranteed, which includes a $1.25 million salary and a $500,000 signing bonus, which will make his salary-cap number $1.75 million. Woods, 25, played his first four NFL seasons with Dallas, starting 48 of the 60 games in which he appeared. He is in line to take over as a starting safety in place of Harris, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal as a free agent with Philadelphia after being Minnesota’s starter the past 2 1/2 seasons. A source said the Vikings initially had offered Woods a one-year contract for the minimum, which would have been less than half of the $2.25 million he might be able to earn.
No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team blows past No. 5 Iowa 92-72 in Sweet 16; Christyn Williams leads way with 27
       
She scored 11 of UConn’s first 16 points in the second quarter as the Huskies opened the period on a 16-10 run. The junior sank a jumper with 3:21 to go in the second to give UConn a 38-28 lead. Williams scored 14 of her 18 first-half points in the second quarter, and helped the Huskies stake the 14-point lead at halftime.
Oregon women’s basketball will face its toughest individual test yet from Louisville All-American Dana Evans in Sweet 16
       
Oregon faced a gauntlet schedule in the Pac-12, but the Ducks haven’t faced a better individual player than Louisville’s Dana Evans. 2 seed Cardinals (26-3) to the Sweet 16, where they’ll face the No. The two-time ACC player of the year, Evans is averaging 19.6 points, 4.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals. “She’s a great player all the way around and when she’s on, she’s on,” Oregon forward Erin Boley said. She really has jumped right into this role after Te-Hina being injured and now we’ve got Jaz (Shelley) injured.
Reds notes: Cincinnati Reds cut reliever Noé Ramirez, the main return from the Raisel Iglesias trade
       
GOODYEAR, Arizona – Just four months ago, the Cincinnati Reds traded longtime closer Raisel Iglesias for a veteran reliever, Noé Ramirez. On Saturday, after the Reds released Ramirez, that financial flexibility will now be the only part of the deal that will help the Reds in 2021. He entered the spring with an inside track to making the bullpen, but Ramirez pitched in only six spring games. Here's a lookWade Miley back on trackCincinnati Reds pitcher Wade Miley didn’t think he threw his best game on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. I didn’t put a lot of pressure on myself.”More:Jesse Winker stands out in victory over DiamondbacksMiley was most encouraged by his final innings.
Photos: University of Arizona spring season
       
The Wildcats opened their spring season and their first day under new head coach Jedd Fisch in the rain and with a few fans, March 23, 2021, T…
Louisville, Oregon women's basketball teams collide in battle of Sweet 16 regulars
       
Coach Kelly Graves gave only that nugget of information – the word itself – in a virtual press conference ahead of Sunday's 7 p.m. Sweet 16 game against No. The sixth-seeded Ducks dispatched South Dakota and Georgia to reach the program's fourth straight Sweet 16 after losing five of their prior six games. The Cards (25-3) will have their hands full against an entire Oregon contingent (15-8) that has lost twice to four NCAA Tournament teams: Arizona, Stanford, Oregon State and UCLA. For Louisville to reach its third straight Elite Eight, Walz said the Cardinals must play their best basketball. NCAA Tournament Sweet 16No.
Whyte vs Povetkin 2: live round-by-round fight updates from rematch in Gibraltar
       
For the two men working tonight, this fight represents a ticket to the big time. “Look, one of Fury or Joshua might get knocked out in the first fight, and say they’ve had enough,” Whyte explained to Telegraph Sport. Why Povetkin vs Whyte is more than a fight: It's a £200 million auditionDillian was on top for the first four rounds and had knocked the Russian down twice. Povetkin, now 41, has - like Whyte - been just nibbling under the absolute top rank for a few years. AJ has beaten them both, Wlad beat Povetkin, Povetkin beat Whyte.
Max Verstappen lays down early marker and beats Hamilton to Bahrain F1 pole
       
There was frustration for Lewis Hamilton in his powerlessness to prevent Max Verstappen’s superb pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix. With the phoney war of testing concluded, F1’s first genuinely competitive conflict has conclusively confirmed that Hamilton and Mercedes are going to face their toughest fight since 2014. Verstappen and his Red Bull team have left them reeling with a positively bruising opening salvo. Hamilton was beaten into second on the grid for Sunday’s race by a huge four-tenths of a second. Verstappen in his Red Bull galloped away.
Wales vs Mexico, international friendly: live score and latest updates
       
What to make of Wales’ 3-1 defeat by Belgium on Wednesday? The first, let’s call it the ‘optimistic one’, says that they did as well as they could do against the No.1-ranked side in the world. They were never expected to win in Belgium so can be pleased with their performance and focus on the home clash against Czech Republic on Tuesday. The other school of thought, let’s call it the ‘pessimistic one’, has it that for all their brilliant players Belgium never really got out of third gear. It was a result that was never really in doubt from about 20 minutes onwards.
Northampton run riot in second half to thump struggling Worcester
       
Northampton fans spent the turn of the millennium watching Jon Sleightholme and Paul Grayson destroy opposition defences as the Saints became champions of Europe in 2000. Northampton remain in the hunt for the top four, but it’s a different story for Worcester who have won only three games all season. Worcester head coach Jonathan Thomas said: "We capitulated, but even when you go down to 13 or 14, you have to make your tackles. Grayson kicked well all day, but the second half was a blowout, especially once Ashton was dismissed. Worcester’s defence was non-existent in the final half-hour and it allowed Saints – and Sleightholme in particular – to run riot in devastating fashion.
Tommy Fleetwood defies the odds to follow Sergio Garcia and achieve back-to-back holes-in-one
       
That was the question the statisticians were scrambling to answer as Tommy Fleetwood emulated Sergio Garcia’s hole-in-one on the fourth at Austin Country Club yesterday. The National Hole-In-One Registry reports that the odds of two players playing together making aces on the same hole as 17million-1. Those odds are perhaps reduced because of the expertise of Fleetwood and Garcia, but even so Westwood could not believe it, tweeting straight after Fleetwood’s shot: “Incredible! Using a seven-iron to Garcia’s nine, Fleetwood also flew the pin, employing the slope to bring it into the cup. I think that was back-to-back holes-in-one on that hole because Sergio was the last person to play it last night.
Ill-disciplined Bath see red twice in defeat to London Irish
       
Spencer nudged Bath back ahead with a penalty before Irish came up with a cracking try, finished by Matt Rogerson but made by a sparkling run from full-back Parton. Paddy Jackson converted from the touchline to give Irish the lead for the first time, going into half-time ahead 17-3. Bath were then in real trouble when their replacement hooker Tom Dunn was sent off for a forearm to the head of London Irish's Agustin Creevy. From the resulting scrum Irish worked the ball wide for Loader to add his second in the corner and secure the bonus point. That left Bath briefly with just a dozen players, Irish making the most of another turnover by counter-attacking from their own 22, Curtis Rona adding their fifth try.
Grandmother, 74, says she was sexually harassed by ex-NFL star Derrius Guice, 23
       
A 74-year-old grandmother has broken down in tears recalling how she was allegedly sexually harassed by NFL star Derrius Guice in December 2017. Grandmother Gloria Scott, 74, has broken down in tears recalling how she was allegedly sexually harassed by NFL star Derrius Guice in December 2017. Scott told lawmwakers that she told Guice to show some respect given that she was a grandmother. 'I was so hurt, and I was so nervous and upset,' she told the Senate hearing. She says she subsequently received a call from LSU football coach Ed Orgero who offered to put Guice on the phone to apologize.
England's Southgate relaxed over Albania World Cup qualifier
       
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Gareth Southgate said he never feared that England's World Cup qualifier in Albania would be called off and was preparing for a tougher test than San Marino provided. "It definitely will be a tougher test," he said. "We will have to see whether they adapt to us but they play well with the ball and they're well organised defensively, they're well organised with their set-plays. There are also questions over the quality of the playing surface but Southgate has no worries about either issue. "There's never been any doubt in our mind of Luke's quality," said Southgate.
Poulter ousted as Rahm, Garcia advance at WGC Match Play
       
Spanish third seed Jon Rahm reacts to a victory Saturday that advanced him to the quarter-finals of the WGC Match PlayAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)Spanish stars Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia booked quarter-final berths on Saturday at the WGC Match Play, while 2010 winner Ian Poulter was ousted and ace-maker Tommy Fleetwood advanced. "I got up early in the match and I just kept putting the pressure on him," Scheffler said. Garcia birdied the ninth and 10th to seize the lead for good, won the 13th with an eagle and parred out from there to close out the victory. - Harman rally Masterful -His next foe is American 32nd seed Billy Horschel, who ousted US 53rd seed Kevin Streelman 3&1. "Finally made a good putt on seven and from there it was off to the races."
Netherlands bounce back in World Cup qualifying, Turkey win again
       
Advertising Read moreParis (AFP)The Netherlands secured their first win in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Saturday by beating Latvia 2-0 in Amsterdam, but Turkey took control of Group G with an impressive victory over Norway. The Netherlands players followed in the footsteps of their group rivals Norway, and Germany, in protesting in support of human rights in Qatar, where the 2022 World Cup finals will be held. The match was also the first World Cup qualifier to be refereed by a woman, as France's Stephanie Frappart took charge. The Netherlands failed to qualify for either Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup, but are among the title favourites for this year's delayed Euro 2020. They sit second in what looks to be a very competitive group, behind Turkey on goal difference.
Nathan Chen overtakes Yuzuru Hanyu for world title with five quads
       
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)American Nathan Chen rallied past Japanese megastar Yuzuru Hanyu for the figure skating world title with a masterful five-quadruple jump free skate in Stockholm on Saturday. “I wouldn’t necessarily say this was my best free program ever, but it’s definitely one that I’ll remember forever,” he said. A flawed Hanyu took bronze, another 2.59 back, after topping the short program. He put out the score to beat, which Hanyu could not sniff with four quads in his free skate 16 minutes later. Kagiyama, second after the short program, landed three quads in his free skate.
American Nathan Chen wins 3rd straight men's title at World Figure Skating Championships
       
Associated PressSTOCKHOLM -- Nathan Chen put himself in the company of history's best figure skaters, becoming the first American since Scott Hamilton to win a third consecutive men's title at the World Figure Skating Championships. "I wouldn't say this is my best free program ever," Chen said. "But it's one I will definitely remember forever and cherish, being able to skate like that and skate this piece here at worlds." The look on Chen's face at the conclusion of his free skate was intensely focused rather than celebratory. He rallied with a spectacular free skate to climb from 17th place to fifth.
Pablo Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP, makes Braves' opening day roster
       
APATLANTA (AP) — Kung Fu Panda has made the opening day roster for the Atlanta Braves. The team made a flurry of moves Saturday to complete its 26-man roster, which included selecting the contract of nonroster infielder Pablo Sandoval. The 34-year-old Sandoval is a two-time All-Star and 2012 World Series MVP looking to revive his career in a bench role with the Braves. He was added to Atlanta's postseason roster, going hitless in four plate appearances as the Braves came within one game of reaching the World Series. Adrianza claimed another opening on Atlanta's bench by hitting .412 in spring training, with two homers and a team-high 12 RBIs through Friday's game.
Michigan State basketball lands point guard transfer Tyson Walker from Northeastern
       
Tom Izzo got a new point guard from the portal, and Michigan State basketball now has a numbers problem. Northeastern transfer Tyson Walker announced Saturday via Twitter he plans to join the Spartans this fall. Izzo already has three incoming freshmen signed for this fall in five-star shooting guard Max Christie and a pair of four-stars in point guard Jaden Akins and combo guard Pierre Brooks II. MSU needs one more scholarship to come open for that class, plus a fourth to bring in Walker. Izzo rarely has taken inbound transfers during his 26 seasons, and even fewer at point guard.
After 'hanging onto a flagpole' during a hurricane, Dawie van der Walt keeps golf in perspective
       
Dawie van der Walt said the nightmares have finally stopped. “One hundred percent,” van der Walt said Friday. Except van der Walt needed to go back to his house to retrieve diapers for his infant daughter. It’s crazy.”He feels extremely fortunate that the disaster did not result in tragedy for the van der Walt family. “I’ve got to figure out how to keep doing this, how to keep the pedal down.”So far, van der Walt said Friday, nothing has worked.
James McCann Q&A: New Mets catcher buying Steve Cohen’s World Series talk
       
Post columnist Steve Serby caught up with new Mets catcher James McCann for some spring training Q&A. … The direction that he is taking this team, I think he’s the right man for the job. A: He’s gonna prove to you that he’s better than you. A: I had a really good one [last week] with Alex Avila. … I don’t know when he retired, but I don’t think I ever saw him pitch, Nolan Ryan.
The welcomed return of MLB fans and other camp observations: Sherman
       
Crochet was picked 11th last June and was promoted to the majors in time to throw six shutout innings of relief. Crochet was picked 11th last June and was promoted to the majors in time to throw six shutout innings of relief. How much work can pitchers handle following a 60-game regular season and no minor league season in 2020? Thus, a pitcher who can provide innings in a variety of ways — starting, short relief, long relief — will have great value. The Rays’ Ryan Yarbrough served often as the bulk-inning pitcher following a reliever in 2018 and represents the only pitcher to exceed 100 relief innings over the past 17 seasons.
NFL Mock Draft 3.0: The trade frenzy fallout
       
The Serby Mock 3.0, temporarily scrambled by Friday’s blockbuster trades, is post-free agency Mock 1.0, and once again, no trades are forecast for now. Mock 4.0 will be 1-25, Mock 5.0 and beyond will be the entire first round. San Francisco 49ers (from Dolphins): Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan make a bold move for their quarterback of the future. Atlanta Falcons: Trey Lance (QB, North Dakota State)New GM Terry Fontenot gets new coach Arthur Smith a new franchise quarterback for the future. Minnesota Vikings: DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama)A value pick for Kirk Cousins as the third receiver with 31-year-old Adam Thielen and youngster Justin Jefferson.
Deshaun Watson’s sexual assault attorney has history of shadiness
       
Hardin and Clemens brought with them publicity photos of Clemens for the famous pitcher to autograph for those who were to interrogate him. For crying out loud, Towns’ deputy chief of staff posed for a picture with Clemens, his arm around her shoulder. I’d say that 16 accusations of sexual malfeasance are tough to sell as a conspiracy to get to Watson’s money. But Hardin hasn’t yet begun to distribute Watson’s photo and autograph to those entrusted to pass judgment. Yet to transition from transistorTales of the Transistor: With baseball returning any minute, I spied the one non-baseball item that I find synonymous with baseball — my transistor radio.
Fans shelling out big bucks for Yankees, Mets home openers
       
Mets and Yankee fans are getting grand-slammed — in their wallets — as they try to buy rare tickets for their teams’ home openers. Cuomo, no more than 10,800 fans can attend Yankee games or 8,492 per Mets games, and fans must adhere to new rules calling for proof of negative COVID-19 tests or vaccination; cashless transactions, and mandatory mask wearing. Ralph Bracco, a 62-year-old actor from North Babylon, NY, has been a Yankee season ticket holder since the Reggie Jackson-led championship season of 1977. He also said Mets tickets are currently running much higher than Yankee tickets because there’s less inventory available. On Friday, there were roughly 4,000 Yankee tickets listed on the secondary market compared to about 400 Mets tickets.
2021 NCAA tournament live updates Sweet 16 scores and analysis from Saturday’s games
       
Connecticut and Iowa kick off women’s Sweet 16 play with a River Walk Region showdown at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game is being broadcast on ABC at 1 p.m. The winner will advance to play 2-seed Baylor or 6-seed Michigan in the Elite Eight. Despite coach Geno Auriemma missing the team’s first two NCAA tournament games after testing positive for coronavirus, Connecticut made quick work of each of its opponents — High Point and Syracuse — to reach its 27th straight Sweet 16. Connecticut is led by freshman all-American Paige Bueckers, who is averaging 19.9 points and 6 assists while shooting 46.7 percent from three.
Nets' James Harden shuts down MVP debate after big win over Pistons: 'It's just that simple'
       
James Harden had a rocky start to the season but after joining the Brooklyn Nets, his performance and confidence have clearly skyrocketed. After scoring 44 points in Friday night’s 113-111 win over the Detroit Pistons, Harden was asked by reporters if he believes he now belongs in the MVP debate. Harden had 14 rebounds and eight assists in a disjointed game that was full of free throws, technical fouls and other contentiousness. Harden is averaging 25.8 points, 11.2 assists and 9.3 rebounds per game going into Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWhile there’s a good argument for Harden as league MVP, the league has seen a number of its star players sidelined recently due to injury.
Kentucky town rallies to restore beheaded Mother Goose
       
Debris covers the ground after part of the Mother Goose house collapsed on March 24, 2021 in Hazard, Ky. The Kentucky town is rallying to help restore the 80-year-old landmark — an oval shaped building that has a domed roof with the neck and head of a goose sticking out the front. But community support for the Mother Goose house is pouring in. (Dakota Makres/WYMT via AP)Debris covers the ground after part of the Mother Goose house collapsed on March 24, 2021 in Hazard, Ky. But community support for the Mother Goose house is pouring in.
Unbeaten Zags hope to take next step against Creighton
       
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Top-seeded Gonzaga has heard the resounding refrain all week. Reaching this destination is hardly uncharted territory for the Zags: it’s their 11th Sweet 16 trip. This year, nobody questions the numbers or the domination the Zags have demonstrated game after game. They, like the Zags, spent most of this season ranked in the top 15. And Creighton plans to take advantage of the lessons it learned from those previous two losses to pull off the upset.
Love and basketball: UM’s Howard faces his friend at FSU
       
Michigan head coach Juwan Howard celebrates as he walks off the court after a second-round game against LSU in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium Monday, March 22, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It’s not that Juwan Howard doesn’t love his old friend and mentor, Leonard Hamilton. Howard and Hamilton struck up a strong friendship in 2000, when Howard was wrapping up his time with the Washington Wizards and Hamilton was coaching there. He said even if his late grandmother, Jannie Mae Howard, was alive and playing basketball, “I’d play her 1-on-1. He’s improved immensely.”___More AP College Basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball; and https://apnews.com/hub/ncaa-mens-bracket
Man wanted after trooper shot in the head, critically injured in Texas
       
Authorities are looking for a man accused of shooting a state trooper in the head Friday night in Texas. Officials issued an alert Saturday for DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, who they said should be "considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached." DeArthur Pinson Jr. Texas Department of Public SafetyThe trooper, identified as Chad Walker, responded to "a motorist assist" near Mexia, Texas, around 7:45 p.m. when he "came upon a disabled vehicle parked on the shoulder of the roadway," according to a Facebook post from the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association. Walker was taken to a hospital after with gunshot wounds to his head and abdomen. The Texas Department of Public Safety told KCEN-TV, NBC's affiliate in Temple, Texas, that the Facebook page where Walker was identified is a private group.
NCAA March Madness betting: The trends you need to know for Saturday's Sweet 16 games
       
After a few days without NCAA tournament action, it’s time to dive into this weekend’s Sweet 16 matchups. That includes both of its NCAA tournament games. The last time Villanova was an NCAA tournament underdog was in the Round of 32 against Purdue in 2019. Syracuse has covered in six straight NCAA tournament games as an underdog and is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 as an underdog in tournament games. In UH’s seven NCAA tournament games under Sampson, the under is 5-2.
Predictions for Saturday's NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 games
       
The Sweet 16 round in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is usually when March Madness becomes less mad and the true title contenders move on to the Final Four. The Loyola Ramblers point to Sister Jean after defeating Illinois in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. NCAA TOURNAMENT: Eight unappreciated breakout players in the Sweet 16RANKING SWEET 16 COACHES: Jay Wright, Jim Boeheim, Mark Few lead the March Madness listBRACKETS: Men's and women's NCAA Tournament results and schedulesNo. 15 Oral RobertsSouth RegionalTime/TV: 7:25 p.m., TBSThis is one of just two Sweet 16 contests that is a rematch. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: March Madness: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 men's basketball predictions
NHL referee caught covering mic while explaining non-call one day after Tim Peel firing
       
After veteran NHL official Tim Peel was fired for his recent "hot mic" moment, fellow refs are taking precautions to avoid a similar fate. (Screen grab via NHL Live)Tim Peel's hot-mic legacy will live on forever. The veteran NHL official was fired Wednesday morning after he was caught during a live broadcast explaining his decision to blow down a "make-up call" against the Nashville Predators during their contest versus Detroit last Tuesday. Of course, I'm not talking about NHL refs actually trying to get better at their jobs while the league overhauls how it directs officials to call games, I'm referring to Peel's fatal mistake: Getting caught. What an absolute veteran move from Eric Furlatt here to make sure there's zero chance of us hearing whatever garbage explanation he's giving to Wayne Simmonds.
'Not NCAA Property:' March Madness and Battle for Reform - Sport of Money
       
As the 2021 NCAA March Madness tournament enters its second week, college athlete pay is taking center stage under the #NotNCAAproperty hashtag. As many as six different piece of legislation have been introduced over the past 12 months to address college athlete pay. This week on Sport of Money we look at two of the latest bills introduced by senators looking to address different aspects of college athlete compensation, including the loss of scholarships and the right to market their own images and likenesses.
Hey Dieter: Should the Warriors embrace the tank? What happens with Oubre?
       
Hey, Dieter is a weekly wrap-up of the questions that I receive via email, Twitter, radio call-ins, and my morning rooms on the Locker Room app. Hey Dieter, What do the Warriors do with Kelly Oubre now? Now, we know the Warriors have the money, but is a sixth man worth nearly $100 million per season? Hey Dieter, should the Warriors start tanking? I understand that’s a big ask, but it might be less ridiculous than asking this Warriors team to start playing defense again.
Report: Ex-Cowboys safety Xavier Woods to sign one-year deal with Vikings
       
After spending the last three years as the Cowboys’ starting safety, it appears Xavier Woods’ time in Dallas is over. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Woods is signing with the Minnesota Vikings on a one-year, $2.25 million deal. Landing spot for ex-Cowboys S Xavier Woods. The Cowboys drafted Woods in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL draft. In four seasons in Dallas, Woods has appeared in 60 games, starting in 44 .
Hyde: Schnellenberger’s legacy is unique, his void unfillable | Commentary
       
His life bred such stories. Another one: He came to the Dolphins after coaching the Los Angeles Rams under George Allen, where he was asked to spy on opponents’ practices. The original Spygate. Schnellenberger didn’t follow through, telling Allen he couldn’t see anything and was happy to get to the Dolphins — and even happier to bump his pay from $21,000 to $23,000 a year.
1 killed, 3 injured in River Grove party bus shooting: police chief
       
Just after midnight, multiple 911 callers reported shots fired at River Road and Belmont Avenue, according to River Grove police Chief Michael Konwinski. There, responding officers learned a shooter or shooters fired at a party bus from another vehicle as the bus was stopped at the intersection.
Love and basketball: UM's Howard faces his friend at FSU
       
INDIANAPOLIS - (AP) -- It's not that Juwan Howard doesn't love his old friend and mentor, Leonard Hamilton. The Sweet 16 game Sunday between Michigan and Florida State also sets up a coaching confrontation between student and mentor. Howard and Hamilton struck up a strong friendship in 2000, when Howard was wrapping up his time with the Washington Wizards and Hamilton was coaching there. He said even if his late grandmother, Jannie Mae Howard, was alive and playing basketball, "I'd play her 1-on-1. “Johnny is young,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said after the BYU game.
Canzano: A regular walk in the park for the Oregon Ducks
       
A day earlier, Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle walked long, deliberate laps around the outfield while his team kicked soccer balls. At one point, one of the Oregon players lined up as a wide receiver and ran a deep pass pattern across the outfield grass that looked like it was fit for Autzen Stadium. First, though, the Ducks will have to beat USC in a Sweet 16 game that is now heavily loaded with emotion and anticipation. As Oregon’s team left the field, the Ducks walked through the stadium gates, and stood on the corner, waiting for the “WALK” signal. First, beat USC.
Can USC limit Oregon’s 3-point shooting? Will the Ducks be able to contain Evan Mobley? Defense could determine which Pac-12 team advances to Elite Eight
       
7 seed Oregon (21-6) relies heavily on three-pointers and has a starting lineup full of players who can shoot from the perimeter. 6 seed Trojans (24-7) have perhaps the best big man left in this year’s NCAA Tournament in Evan Mobley. USC is 8-4 when Mobley scores under 15 points compared to 16-3 when he tops 15 points. Oregon shot 7 of 17 (41.2%) from the perimeter in its loss at USC and averages 38.2% on the season. The 7-footer said sticking to the assigned gap and player rotations on defense is key to defending the three effectively.
Matt Barnes tests positive for COVID-19
       
Less than a week before the Red Sox begin their 2021 season, a COVID-19 outbreak is threatening to reshape their Opening Day roster. Reliever Matt Barnes tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday and the team is now scrambling to figure out if anybody else has been infected. Barnes has been ruled out for Opening Day. Cora said the team learned the results of Barnes’ positive test on Saturday and there are several players, including pitcher Matt Andriese, who are currently in the COVID-19 protocol while the team performs contact tracing. But trusting the process, trusting our medical staff, trusting the testing system, we should be OK.”
UPDATE: Family identifies Henrico girl killed 'in a senseless act of gun violence'
       
“HPD sending out reverse 9-1-1 to alert area residents of the suspect description,” Henrico police wrote. “Younger black male, 5’8”, 125, wearing a 2-toned hooded sweatshirt with camouflage on the bottom. School personnel were on-site to help reunite students with parents and guardians. Godwin had a home football game scheduled for 7 p.m. against Henrico High School, but the game was called off. Trees separate her neighborhood from Godwin’s football field, and a gravel path connects the neighborhood to the school property.
When can I play golf, tennis and other outdoor sports after lockdown? All you need to know
       
Organised community children’s sport will then resume three weeks after this date with a range of other outdoor activities. March 29 will also mark the reopening of a wide range of outdoor adult sports, including grass-roots football and golf as well as facilities including tennis and basketball courts. Protocols are already in place following the previous lockdown and, with evidence of significantly reduced Covid-19 transmission outdoors, there is a strong feeling that the health and wellbeing benefits of reopening outdoor sport will outweigh the risks. There has also been talk of those attending sporting events being sent rapid Covid-19 testing kits with their tickets. "You would expect, and we will be testing these things, things like one-way systems, things like masks, things like hand hygiene and everything else", he said.
Saracens snatch draw against Harlequins with last kick to maintain lead at Premier 15s summit
       
Zoe Harrison’s nerveless penalty denied Harlequins the victory at the death, the 22-year-old striking cleanly through the posts with the final kick of the game to maintain Saracens' six-point lead over their rivals at the top of the table. Match detailsScoring sequence: 5-0 (Cleall, try) 7-0 (Harrison, con) 7-3 (Green, pen) 7-8 (Fletcher, try) 7-10 (Green, con) 12-10 (Campbell try) 14-10 (Harrison con) 14-15 (Riley, try) 14-17 (Green, con) 17-17 (Harrison, pen). Replacements: S Green, K Clifford, B Cleall, T Taylor, R Galligan, E Hayward, A Corrigan, C Miell. Harlequins: A Scott; H Cowell (Wilcock 55), I Mayhew, L Tuima, J Breach; E Green, L Riley; V Cornborough, A Cokayne, C Edwards; F Fletcher, L Brooks, E Robinson, K Mew (Dainton 55). Replacements: A Eddie, T Viksten, H Duffy, B Dainton, J Mullen, L Packer, E Amory, B Wilcock.
Jake Paul and Ben Askren come to blows as bitter feud escalates at fiery press conference
       
Jake Paul and Ben Askren gave fans a taste of things to come as the duo came to blows at their press conference on Friday. Ahead of their boxing match on 17 April, the YouTuber and MMA fighter ignited their rivalry as Askren facepalmed Paul away. The clash came after the 24-year-old called UFC star Jorge Masvidal to ridicule Askren, as Masvidal famously knocked out the American in just five seconds at UFC 239. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Harry Maguire: England are a better team now than when they reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals
       
Defender Harry Maguire has insisted England are in a better place than when they reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. England performed well at the tournament, beating Colombia and Sweden in the knockout stages before taking the lead against Croatia in the semis but losing 2-1 after extra time. England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup but were knocked out in the semi-finalDespite a mixed record since then defender Harry Maguire has insisted the team has improvedBut Manchester United captain Maguire underlined the team's improvement since the last World Cup. Manchester United defender Maguire spoke ahead of qualifiers against Albania and Poland'Of course as a player, and as a team, three years is a long time to develop and we have developed in a positive way.' England travel to Albania on Sunday before hosting Poland at Wembley on Wednesday in Group I qualifying matches for the winter 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Gareth Bale 'is NOT part of Real Madrid's plans for next season and club are keen to cash in on him'
       
Gareth Bale is not wanted by Real Madrid next season and the club are looking to move him on this summer, according to reports in Spain. 'I always think when things aren't going too well at your club it's nice to get away. Ramon Calderon suggested Bale is not happy with how his Spurs return has panned outFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon also said this week Gareth Bale is 'not happy' at how his return to Tottenham has panned out. 'He's not happy about his time at Tottenham and Mourinho doesn't seem to be very happy either,' Calderon told talkSPORT. 'He's not counting on him in many matches and Bale is disappointed and maybe that's the reason he would like to return.'
Boy, 11, is killed while riding his peddle bike in Philadelphia while a 14-year-old boy is wounded
       
An 11-year-old boy was shot and killed while riding his dirt bike in Philadelphia on Friday night, while a 14-year-old boy on the bike was also wounded. The shooting took place in the Oxford Circle neighborhood of the city around 6:30pm on Friday. The 11-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and was pronounced dead at Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children before 7pm. The 14-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to his right arm and right ankle, but was listed in stable condition at Jeanes Hospital. CBS3 reports 114 people have been killed in Philadelphia during the first three months of 2021 so far, a 30 percent spike from a year ago.
Vettel 'upset and angry' after lowly finish on Aston Martin debut
       
Advertising Read moreSakhir (Bahrain) (AFP)Sebastian Vettel said he felt "upset and angry" after qualifying a lowly 18th on his Aston Martin debut ahead of Sunday's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. The four-time world champion, who joined the former Racing Point team this year after leaving Ferrari, failed to make the cut from Q1 and struggled to make an impression. "We'll have to see what we can do tomorrow, but I am still learning. The team remained optimistic and took some consolation from Lance Stroll qualifying 10th in the other Aston Martin car, the team seeking to shine as it returned the famous British brand to Formula One for the first time since 1960. Vettel had on Thursday revealed that he was dubbing his car 'Honey Ryder' in tribute to the original James Bond girl, played by Ursula Andress, in Dr No.
Red Bull boss says 'massive challenge' to beat Hamilton
       
Never write them off: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner wary of Mercedes challenge on SundayAdvertising Read moreSakhir (Bahrain) (AFP)Red Bull team chief Christian Horner was quick to warn of the threat from Mercedes after seeing Max Verstappen land pole position at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Horner was unable to hide his pleasure, but recognised that defending seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton had made a big improvement in qualifying since the pre-season test. Hamilton almost snatched pole before Verstappen responded with a flawless final lap to go fastest by three-tenths of a second. It was the Dutchman's fourth pole success and set up a front row start alongside the Briton on Sunday. "They are going to be a massive challenge for us to beat them, but we are starting in the best possible place."
121-day torch relay through Japan begins ahead of delayed Tokyo Olympics
       
The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics began its 121-day journey across Japan on Thursday and is headed toward the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23. The opening ceremony for the start of the relay was held at J-Village, a soccer training site. WATCH | Olympic torch begins 121-day journey:Olympic torch relay begins route in Japan Sports 0:40 Japanese torchbearer Azusa Iwashimizu, a member of Japan's women's national football team, lit the Tokyo Olympic torch to begin the relay in Fukushima, Japan. Local organizers and the International Olympic Committee hope the relay will turn public opinion in Japan in favour of the Olympics. The relay and the Olympics both stir fear that the events could spread the virus.
Civil rights group calls for PGA Tour, Masters to pull event from Augusta National in protest of Georgia's new voting law
       
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is calling on the PGA Tour and Masters Tournament to pull the upcoming event from Augusta National Golf Club in reaction to the recent passing of Georgia’s voter bill, SB 202. NBJC executive director David J. Johns said the law was created to restrict the voting rights of Black and disenfranchised voters in Georgia. The club began hosting the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019, the first women’s tournament held at Augusta National. President Joe Biden, who publicly condemned bills like the Georgia bill as “un-American” and “sick” in a news conference on Thursday, called the new Georgia voting law “an atrocity” on Friday. “We all must act to protect our democracy and the right to vote.”Neither Augusta National nor the PGA Tour has publicly commented on the NBJC’s request.
Jordan Spieth will play in San Antonio at Valero Texas Open
       
AUSTIN, Texas — With a spot on the PGA Tour schedule just ahead of the Masters, it’s often difficult for the Valero Texas Open to get a high percentage of the world’s top players as many are averse to making a cross-country trip just before the festivities begin in Augusta. Spieth, who is from Dallas but played up I-35 at the University of Texas, told reporters as late as last week that he wasn’t sure if he’d play in the Valero or not. Spieth played the event in 2019, finishing T-30, and his highest finish came back in 2015 when he finished second behind champ Jimmy Walker. Spieth joins Phil Mickelson, two-time Valero Texas Open champion Zach Johnson, Gary Woodland, Hideki Matsuyama, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh as notables scheduled to play next week. “We’re thrilled to add these world-class players to our already strong field,” said Larson Segerdahl, Executive Director of the Valero Texas Open.
Southern states brace for another round of severe weather, including tornadoes
       
Parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee face an enhanced risk warning for severe weather and tornadoes on Saturday, the NWS' Storm Prediction Center reported. Heavy rain, hail and wind is expectedin parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday afternoon and into the evening. 'Airplanes torn apart like toys': Severe weather in the South leaves 5 dead in Alabama, 1 in GeorgiaMeanwhile in the Midwest, eastern Missouri and Illinois can expect isolated severe weather late Saturday afternoon. The severe wave of tornadoes left at least six people dead — five people in Alabama and one person in Mississippi. "Alabama endured another long day of severe weather yesterday with several areas being hit hard by tornadoes (and) flooding," Ivey wrote, in part.
Ravens adding wide receiver Sammy Watkins in 1-year deal
       
(AP) — Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who won a Super Bowl with Kansas City, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. Entering his eighth NFL season, Watkins has been a solid target for Buffalo (2014-16), the Los Angeles Rams (2017) and the Chiefs (2018-20). He was the fourth overall selection in the 2014 draft by the Bills, who traded him to the Rams in 2017. Watkins has 321 career receptions for 4,665 yards and 33 touchdowns. The Ravens have been among the top rushing teams in the NFL with Jackson at quarterback but have needed an upgrade in their passing game.
Luke Voit surgery surprise leads to Jay Bruce making Yankees
       
TAMPA — The Yankees will be without Luke Voit to start the season due to knee surgery, manager Aaron Boone said Saturday, meaning veteran Jay Bruce will open the year as the starting first baseman. Voit, 30, is set to undergo surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and will be shut down from baseball activities for at least three weeks. Boone said Voit had been playing through the left knee injury suffered during camp, but the swelling had recently returned and he underwent an MRI exam that showed the tear. “He decided to get it cleaned up,’’ Boone said. “Calendar-wise, he felt it was best to get it over with and taken care of for the bulk of the season.”The 33-year-old Bruce, who will carry a $1.5 million contract, ends up on the roster after missing the last two days of camp as the deadline for him to be put on the Yankees’ 40-man roster approached.
74-year-old woman accuses Derrius Guice of sexual harassment: ‘He scarred me’
       
“I just had to come here today and let you all know that LSU hides a lot of things. He scarred me.”Guice was a 2018 second-round draft pick of the Washington Football Team who spent two seasons in the NFL. The alleged incident was said to have occurred when Guice and his friends were attending a high school football game, she said, according to multiple published reports. “I like to f— women like you, you older women, because y’all know y’all like us young men to f— y’all,” Scott said Guice told her, according to USA Today. Guice was never disciplined for this alleged incident or rape allegations while at LSU, according to the law firm’s findings.
Nationals say reliever Will Harris doesn’t have a blood clot after all
       
On March 13, Harris appeared in a B game and felt numbness in the fingers on his right hand. He went to a doctor in West Palm Beach, Fla. and was told he had a blood clot in his right arm. Before leaving camp for St. Louis, Harris did everything he could aside from throwing. It’s very likely he begins the season at the Nationals’ alternate site in Fredericksburg, Va., building up his arm strength. Without Harris, whose $8 million salary is the second highest in the bullpen, Martinez may have to reach for creative solutions.
This March Madness, the globetrotters have found their way to Indianapolis
       
A man from Bordeaux, France, as if that weren’t enviable enough, posted 12 points and eight rebounds for favored Gonzaga. A Slovakian player so commanded the flow of the game that his coach, the eternal Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, raved his way into a thick paragraph. It’s a big part of what we do.” Speaking of his team, who ever heard of a Jamaican big man (Kofi Cockburn) and a Georgian-Austrian big man (Giorgi Bezhanishvili) becoming mutual-adoring friends and cohabitating on the plains of Champaign, Ill.? As the years have gone along and the scouting has gone ascendant, the rich fabric of March Madness has grown richer. He’s just a terrific basketball player.
Ex-Tokyo Olympics chief again criticized for sexist comment
       
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who resigned last month as president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee over comments criticized as sexist, has made another remark that's getting slammed as disrespectful to women. Mori stepped down in February after a fury of criticism over his widely reported remarks at a Japan Olympic Committee meeting that women "talk too much." Despite being one of the most developed economies in the world, Japan has consistently lagged in promoting women to positions of power, including board rooms, parliament and the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. Women were also added to the organizing committee board, with less than four months to go before the Opening Ceremony. Public opinion surveys show the Japanese public is opposed to holding the Olympics, but the government remains determined to go ahead.
Howard Schnellenberger, 87, Miami, Louisville coach, dies
       
Howard Schnellenberger was a pipe smoker with a push-broom mustache and gruff baritone, and he paired his grandiloquent manner with grandiose visions for football at Miami, Louisville and Florida Atlantic that caused snickers. That football team was able to do something the federal government, city and county tried to do and couldn’t: bring the community together." "The thing I remember most about that game was the way South Florida rallied behind our team," Schnellenberger said a decade later. At Miami, Schnellenberger took over in 1979 amid debate about whether the moribund program should fold. When asked if the experience at Oklahoma soured him on football, Schnellenberger replied: "It soured me on Oklahoma only."
Tom Brady reacts to Bucs re-signing Leonard Fournette with hilarious tweet
       
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved to keep their Super Bowl roster together on Friday with the re-signing of running back Leonard Fournette, and Tom Brady took to Twitter to celebrate. Fournette and the Bucs reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal on Friday, with the chance to make up to $4 million in incentives, and with that Tampa signed all 22 offensive and defensive starters from their championship team. The deal isn’t official yet but Fournette posted a tweet on Friday seemingly confirming the news. Brady signed a contract extension earlier this month that will keep him playing with the Bucs through the 2022 season. Bucs' general manager Jason Licht said Friday during an appearance on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio that he is "beyond excited."
Haynes sources: Cavs, Andre Drummond to work on buyout
       
MMA WeeklyThe fighters stepped on the scale on Friday and the UFC 260 weigh-in results are in. The UFC 260 fight card was supposed to feature another title fight. Two undercard fighters initially missed the mark for their UFC 260 preliminary bouts Fabio Cherant weighed 206.5 pounds for his light heavyweight UFC 260 preliminary feature fight on ESPN. UFC 261 sold out 15,000 seats in minutes UFC 260 weigh-in results: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2 UFC 260 Main Card (10 p.m. UFC 260 weigh-in video: Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou UFC 260 weigh-in video: Tyron Woodley vs. Vicente Luque (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
American Nathan Chen lands 5 quads to win third consecutive world title ahead of 2022 Beijing
       
Nathan Chen became the first American since Scott Hamilton to win a third consecutive World Figure Skating Championships men's title on Saturday. Chen landed five quads — the four-rotation jumps that he's known for landing — in the free skate that analyst Johnny Weir called it "technical wizardry." ? Nathan Chen skates a clean program to reclaim his World title in the Men's Free Skating at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships! Final results: https://t.co/VIQO2st2ql#WorldFigure #FigureSkating pic.twitter.com/KDtcsZjWcO — ISU Figure Skating (@ISU_Figure) March 27, 2021Chen, 21, is undefeated since he placed fifth at the 2018 Olympics. He has a bronze medal in team figure skating from the Pyeongchang Games.
Cavaliers reach buyout with Andre Drummond; he meets with Celtics
       
Let the Andre Drummond sweepstakes begin. On Friday, the Cavaliers announced they had reached a buyout agreement with Drummond, making him a free agent. Boston has even met with Drummond already, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on the network Friday (via Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports). Per Woj on ESPN: "The Celtics met with Andre Drummond today. Check out more on the CelticsPBT Podcast: Breaking down NBA trade deadline winners, losers Winners, Losers from busy NBA trade deadline day NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: All the deals, rumors, reports in one placeCavaliers reach buyout with Andre Drummond; he meets with Celtics originally appeared on NBCSports.com