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Sweet 16 begins tonight

The Associated Press The NCAA Tournament’s first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and ...

Audition for Kuhl continues with Bucs

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates were clutch in the late innings Tuesday afternoon and it got the team another victory. Jacob Stallings hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Gift Ngoepe delivered a walk-off single in the ninth, helping the ...

Endless optimism awaits the Sweet 16

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s win over defending national champion and overall No. 1 seed Villanova shook up office pools around the country, though the tested Badgers aren’t a typical No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded Xavier might be a surprise ...

Michigan win could create ‘Madness’

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — This is March Madness on a whole different level. A bet between two Las Vegas casino owners will cost one of them $1 million if Michigan wins the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Derek Stevens, who owns The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate casinos, plunked down $12,500 ...

UConn routs Syracuse in title rematch

STORRS, Conn. — UConn’s Kia Nurse heard the boasts from Syracuse that it would bring the best backcourt in America into Monday night’s second-round rematch of last year’s national championship game. She used that as motivation. The junior guard scored 29 points and tied an NCAA ...

Upsets reshape bracket

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference’s strong regular season only stood to set up a first-weekend flameout in the NCAA Tournament. The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South Region’s No. 1 seed was fortunate to ...

Guards getting it done for WVU

Just in time, West Virginia’s Bob Huggins is getting the most out of his top three guards. Jevon Carter, Daxter Miles Jr. and Tarik Phillip were terrific on offense in a win over Notre Dame on Saturday that propelled the Mountaineers into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The trio ...

No. 11 Xavier overcomes setbacks

CINCINNATI — Point guard Edmond Sumner eased himself down the hallway from Xavier’s practice gym on Monday using a pair of crutches to protect his surgically repaired knee. Somehow, his team has figured out how to move on without him. The Musketeers (23-13) are the biggest surprise in the ...

Yankees shortstop hurt at WBC event

The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn’t put on a timetable on a return, only ...

Steelers add depth to their backfield

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers signed two free agents on Monday, including running back Knile Davis to a one-year contract. Davis, an unrestricted free agent, is entering his fifth NFL season in 2017. The Arkansas product originally entered the NFL as a ...

Federal agents track down Brady’s jersey across the border

The Associated Press BOSTON — Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots’ locker room — but the mystery isn’t over. The NFL said the jersey was found in “possession of a credentialed member of the international ...

Teams must monitor cap issues very closely

The Associated Press When the Packers gave Brett Favre the NFL’s first $100 million contract in 2001 — well, first “$100 million contract,” because, like so many deals in the league, it wasn’t ultimately worth the advertised amount — the team structured it to create extra space ...

Badgers first team to knock off a No. 1; WVU moving on

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court. There would be no game-winning shot, no confetti-filled celebration, no more games. The defending champions — and ...

UConn’s new blood leads team in opener

The Associated Press STORRS, Conn. — Napheesa Collier and Gabby Williams didn’t play big roles for UConn on last season’s national championship team. The Husky forwards sent a message during Saturday’s 116-55 first-round rout of Albany that they plan to lead the team in the quest ...

Lakers coach furious over players’ ejections

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Malcolm Brogdon delivered a hard foul to Nick Young, who shoved back. Greg Monroe then staggered Young with another shove, which got D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram involved — along with a Milwaukee Bucks security guard. The third-quarter fracas ...

Fantasy owners need to notice spring stats

The Associated Press Despite being told yearly that spring training statistics are overrated, fantasy baseball owners still buy into them and will over or underrate players as a result. While it’s true that most spring training stats are meaningless and muddy the picture more than ...

Giants come to terms with star defensive end

From Mirror, wire reports EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has signed a four-year contract to remain with the New York Giants. The team gave Pierre-Paul the franchise tag last month, and reached the long-term deal Friday. A two-time Pro Bowl player, ...

Logano offers up explanation over fight

By Bob Baum The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. — The first face-to-face meeting between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano since last week’s post-race scuffle in Las Vegas is over. Whether the drivers feel any better about things headed into Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway ...

Vikings pick up back from Oakland’s roster

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson has taken his final handoff for Minnesota, a 10-year run featuring a league MVP award, plenty of off-the-field drama and a franchise-leading 11,747 yards rushing over 123 regular-season games. After the Vikings declined their $18 million ...

Jurors to deliberate on case

The Associated Press MIAMI — Federal prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that a Florida sports agent and a baseball trainer orchestrated an illegal Cuban ballplayer smuggling ring to get rich by making it easier for the players to escape the communist island and sign lucrative Major League ...