Final 4-Field set….Villanova-Okahoma….Syracuse-North Carolina
Oklahoma-W-Oregon..Sooners blitz Ducks in 1st half-build 19P-lead-Oregon never recoves…Oklahoma G-Buddy Hield (37P)-hits 8’3s in blowout win…Ducks star Dellin Brookes held to (7P)…Oklahoma hit 12-3’s in win….Sooners meet Villanova is likely wild shooting contest.
Villanova-W-Kansas…Cats defense holds Perry Ellis-Wayne Selden to 1-basket in first half…then withstand Jayhawks comeback in 2nd half…Villanova hits 8-straight free throws down the stretch and get 2-turnovers in final (:20) to knockout number 1-seed KU..
Syracuse-Virginia…Orange wipe out 16-point deficit in 2nd half…Go on (25-4) scoring rampage in final 9-minutes….SU hits 3-3’s and converts (20-of-25)FT in the emotional comeback…Defense has 7-blocked shots and forced 13-turnovers…Orange become lst number 10-seed to get to the Final Four.
North Carolina-W-Notre Dame..Tar Heels run off a (14-4) spurt midway thru 2nd half to finally put away fatigued Irish…UNC outscores ND (42-26) in the paint…Brice Johnson scores (23P)….all 5-North Crolina starters in double figures…Irish traded baskets in lst half to stay in game..then had (10-0) early in 2nd half to get back in it before Heels burst..North Carolina (29-6) faces Syracuse.
Aztecs….Shootaround at Madison Square Garden…face George Washington on Tuesday night (6pm)….BYU-Valpariso in other semi-final game.
UNLV..Interviews Marvin Menzies-New Mexico State-stays with Aggies
UNLV..In contact with Chris Beard-Arkansas Little Rock
UNLV..Interviews Steve Lavin-ex UCLA-St John’s.
Pitt..Hires Kevin Stallings-spent 17Y-at Vanderbilt
Western Kentucky..Hires Rick Stansberry-assistant at Texas AM
Stanford..Hire Jarrod Haase-head coach-UAB
Georgia Tech..Fires Brian Gregory despite (21-15) record-NIT berth
Washington..Huskies top 2-players-Dijounte Murray-Marquese Chriss-leave school-hire agents-for NBA draft.
Lakers-L-Washington…LA falls to (15-58)..G-John Wall runs wild in lst half.
Clippers-W-‘Denver…(105-90)..DeAndre Jordan (16P-16R)..LA (45-27)
Golden State-W-Suns..Warriors score 71P-in lst half.. (35-0) home..(66-7) on year.
Oklahoma City-W-Spurs…Greg Popovich rests 4-veteran starters…Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook combine for 60-in win…Spurs (61-12)..OKC (51-22)
Cleveland-W-Knicks..LeBron James (27P-11R-10A)..Cavs (52-21)
Lakers..G-DeAngelo Russell-sprained ankle
Cavaliers..Coach Tyronne Lue-LeBron James-criticize team-not playing hard..”Where’s the toughness”
Cleveland..G-JR Smith sued (2.5M)..assault teen in 4am-fite-pizza shop
New Orleans..GM-Del Demps under fire-undercutting Coach-Alvin Gentry
New Orleans..Police report-driver who killed wife of Pelicans assistant coach Monty Williams-had meth in her system at time of accident.
Padres-W-Astros (21-6) Sunday…Friars score 9R in lst inning…8R in 7th inning…Jabari Blash 3R-HR..John Jay 3R-HR..Corey Spangenberg (3-3).
Padres-L-Angels..(11-2)..Andrew Cashner gives up 4R-in 1st inning…2-home runs…ERA goes to (4.91) split squad loss..Wil Myers-BJ Upton HRs.
Padres…Now (8-18-2) heading to final week of Cactus League.
Padres..Put P-Blake Smith on waivers-to return him to White Sox in Rule 5-deal.
Padres-L-Astros (11-0) Saturday-Mexico City series…Robbie Erlin 5-strong innings-gives up 2HRs…Young bullpen gives up 7R-late…..
Padres-L-Angels..James Shields (7inn-5R-7H)…Matt Thornton (.2inn-3R)
Padres..P-Brandon Morrow likely to stay in extended spring training..(2.1inn-4R-5H-2HR) build innings following shoulder surgery.
Padres..Deny New York report-team trying to trade P-James Shields-Boston..Shields owed (3Y-65M) on contract.
Dodgers…Injury siege continues…Yasiel Puig leaves game with hamstring tightness-injured hamstring 3X-last year…Yasmani Grandal-shutdown forearm issues…Howie Kendruck-held out calf….Scott Kazmir-dehydration causing cram;ing-not oblique injury.
Dodgers..Time Warner Cable Crisis continues…Cable carriers reject overtures to reduce cable fees from (4.90-to-3.50) per customer to carry games this year…70% of LA market has not seen Dodgers baseball on TV in last two years.
Angels…Albert Pujols-bruised foot returns to lineup hits HR
Angels..P-Jered Weaver-clocked 80mph in weekend start
Angels..P-CJ Wilson-shutdown-2nd setback shoulder woes-headed to DL
Angels..Acquire P-Troy Scribner from Astros
Padres-W-Houston…Friars 9R in lst inning…Jabari Blash 3R-HR..John Jay 3R-HR
Padres-L-Angels..Andrew Cashner gives up 4R-lst inning…2HRs…
Dodgers-L-Reds..Jay Bruce 3H-Cincinnati..Kenta Maeda (5.1-3R)..
Orioles-W-Pirates..Pedro Alvarez-Nolan Reimold HRs..
Giants-L-White Sox..Travis Ishakawa-Todd Frazier combine 8RBI..
Cubs-L-Mariners..Robbie Cano (4-4)..3HRs-7RBI
Arizona-L-Texas..Prince Fielder 3R-HR..
Royals-L-A’s..Chris Coughlin-Jed Lowrie HRs..
Indians-W-Brewers..Juan Uribe-Francisco Lindor HRs
Mets-Tie-Nationals..Stephen Matz (5.2inn-1H)..Asdrubal Cabrera 3H..
Toronto-W-Tampa Bay..Drew Hutchinson (4.1inn-1H) allowed..
Cardinals-L-Miami..JT Realmuto 2R-single..
Washington-W-Atlanta..Gio Gonzalez (6inn-2R)..
Yankees-L-Twins..Phil Hughes (6inn-1R)..
Houston-W-Tigers..AJ Reed (3H-2R-HR)
Red Sox-W-Phillies..Mookie Betts-Dustin Pedroia-Xander Boegarts 7H
Brewers..OF-Rymer Liriano-Surgery-Monday-multiple fractures faces
Orioles..P-Kevin Glausman-shoulder-cortisone-shutdown 2W-headed to DL…Brian Matusz-test back-epidural shot in back
Cubs..OF-Shane Victorino-calf-will stay in extended spring training.
Tampa Bay..P-Brad Boxberger-out 8W-groin surgery.
Cardinals..P-Jordan Walden-shutdown-lat shoulder injury
Cardinals..2B-Kolten Wong-Bruised kneecap
Brewers..P-Will Smith-torn knee ligament-injury taking off a shoe.
Indians..OF-Michael Brantley-setback-rehab shoulder-miss start season.
Arizona..OF-AJ Pollock-headed to DL-ongoing elbow pain
Cardinals..coach Jose Oquendo leaves team-possible knee replacement surgery
Twins…Ask Carlos Quentin to start season AAA.
Orioles..P-Dale Thayer-opts out of contract
Indians..P-Joe Thatcher-released…Release P-Tom Gorzellany
Indians..OF-Will Venable opts out contract-become free agent
Yankees..OF-Chris Denorfia-opts out contract
Yankees..Option 2B-Rob Refsnyder to AAA
Red Sox..OF-David Murphy-opts out of contract
Brewers..Option 3B-Will Middlebrooks-OF-Eric Young to AAA
Mariners..Release OF-1B-Jesus Montero-attitude issues..(.355) at AAA
Houston..Release P-Neal Cotts
Twins..Release OF-Ryan Sweeney
Mets..Release P-Buddy Carlyle
Mets..Option OF-Roger Bernadina to AAA
Reds..Sign FA-P-Ross Ohlendorf-opted out Royals
Pirates-Braves..Trade..Buccos send P-Eric O’Flaherty to Atlanta
Braves-Nationals..Trade..Atlanta deals 1B-Nate Frieman to Nats
Diamondbacks..Feuding with Maricopa County-demand 4M-year lease payments be reduced to 200,000 a year…Diamondbacks demanding restructure clause that has club paying (187M) in longterm upgrades at Chase Field
Montreal…Sell 106,000 tickets for weekend Red Sox-Blue Jays exhibition series at Olympic Stadium.
Phillies..Give Manager Pete Mackanin extension thru 2018..(37-56) record end of last year.
49ers…Facing April 1st deadline-Colin Kaperneck (11.9M) contract becomes full guaranteed on that day…Niners OTA workouts begin April 4th…Kaperneck threatening to boycott-demandng trade
Broncos..Talk to Browns about deal QB-Josh McCown…Talk to Texans about deal for QB-Brian Hoyer.
Falcons..Sign FA-LB-Courtney Upshaw-Ravens.
Tiants..Sign FA-S-Rashard Johnson-Arizona
Bills..Sign FA-WR-Leonard Hankerson-Falcons.
Jets..Sign FA-CB-Daryl Morris-Houston
Steelers..Sign FA-LB-Steven Johnson-Titans
Saints..Match contract offer TE-Josh Hill-Bears. ..
Saints..Visit with FA-DT-Nick Fairley-Rams
Carolina..Visit with CB-Brandon Boykin-Steelers
Buffalo…Erie County Executives rebuff NFL-says Bills need new stadium…”NFL not about making money-NFL about making most money-Bills are profitable-NFL not care about Bills fans-nor the economic situation in upstate New York
New England..Banks foreclose on 1.5M home of ex-Patriots TE-Aaron Hernandez-in prison on murder conviction.
USC…DT-Ken Bigelow lost for season-torn knee ligament in spring ball…knee buckled with no one around him.
NHL..Fines Ducks D-Josh Manson (2,486) for throat slash sign at Maple Leafs player.
Tampa Bay..Lose D-Anton Stralman-broken leg.
Ducks-at-Edmonton..Monday night matchup
Kings-at-San Jose…battle lst-vs-3rd place team in Pacific
Ducks-W-Ottawa..Saturday-Anaheim wipes out (3-0) deficit-wins in OT
Kings-W-San Jose…Saturday nite win-Tyler Taffoli-29th goal..Jeff Carter-20th
Gulls-L-San Jose…Lose Saturday nite game with listless performance.
Gulls-W-San Jose..Sunday game..Anton Langaniere scores 2-goals..Anton Khudobin 35-saves in road win…Gulls kill off 5-Barracuda power plays.
UWisconsin…Hires ex-LA Kings-NY Rangers star Tony Granato as head coach-had been former head coach Penguins…currently assistant Red Wings.
US-Guatemala…..Soccer…US World Cup team loses (2-0) in Guatemala-team it had beaten 21-games in a row….Injuries-Defensive lapses-shaky goaltending…US hosts Guatemala-Tuesday night in Columbus.
PGA Golf…Dell Match Play….Jason Day wraps up amazing weekend…beats Rory McIlroy in semi-finals on Sunday morning…comes back bombs Louis Oosterhuizen 5-and-4 to win….Day rockets to #1-ranking in world…..Jordan Spieth-Phil Mickelson-eliminated on Saturday.
Key Biscayne Classic….Tennis star Roger Federer pulls out-virus infection…Rafael Nadal-heat prostation.