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Unknowns welcoming spotlight

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Andrew Fleming has all of 1 minute of March Madness playing experience in his career, coming late in a lopsided loss at another school. Yet on this Lipscomb team — and for a handful of teams playing opening-round games around the country today — ...

No. 11 Loyola pulls off first big upset

The Associated Press DALLAS — Donte Ingram hit a 3-pointer from the March Madness logo just before the buzzer, lifting Loyola-Chicago over Miami 64-62 in a Thursday afternoon thriller to celebrate its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 33 years. Ingram’s long shot from well above the ...

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Stenson leads at Bay Hill ORLANDO, Fla. — Henrik Stenson had a hot putter, a much quieter crowd and a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. One week after Stenson returned from his winter break and spent two days with Tiger Woods and his raucous crowds, he made birdie on half ...

Cincinnati decides to keep 2 of its own

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a one-year deal with often-injured tight end Tyler Eifert and a three-year deal with punter Kevin Huber on Thursday, holding onto two of their unrestricted free agents. Eifert has been hurt during much of his five-year ...

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Johnson, Lowe’s parting ways CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lowe’s, one of the last remaining corporate giants in NASCAR, announced Wednesday that it will not sponsor seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson after this season, an ominous sign for the nation’s top racing series. For Johnson and ...

Auriemma not interested in coaching men

STORRS, Conn. — University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma says he has no doubt he could coach the school’s men’s basketball team and enjoy it. But the 63-year-old Auriemma says at his age, he has no interest in starting over as a men’s coach. UConn fired ...

Hoops du jour

Temple at PSU men NIT first round Tipoff: 8 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center Records: Penn State (21-13, 11-10 Big Ten); Temple (17-15, 8-10 AAC) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 108-122 in his seventh season at Penn State and 150-150 in nine seasons overall. Fran Dunphy is 247-151 in his 12th ...

ASU, ’Cuse want to prove they belong

DAYTON, Ohio — Bobby Hurley isn’t intimidated by the NCAA Tournament, of course, but the former Duke star usually doesn’t have to prove he belongs here. Hurley, the explosive point guard who led the Blue Devils to back-to-back national championships in 1991-92, is the third-year coach ...

Tremors heard throughout league on free agency horizon

The Associated Press Adrian Peterson’s short stint in Arizona is over. Jordy Nelson long and productive stay in Green Bay has ended, too. Meanwhile, Drew Brees is staying put in the Big Easy, Case Keenum is headed to the Rocky Mountains, and Kirk Cousins will make his first visit as a ...

Bills trade starting OT for Cincy’s No. 12 pick

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Associated Press has learned the Buffalo Bills have moved up nine spots in the draft by swapping first-round picks with the Cincinnati Bengals, who also acquired high-priced left tackle Cordy Glenn as part of the trade. The person spoke to The AP ...

Ex-Pirate will wear pinstripes this year

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Joining the New York Yankees caused Neil Walker to smile, despite a hefty drop in salary. The free agent infielder agreed Monday to a $4 million, one-year contract, a 77 percent pay cut in a deal that allows New York prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel ...

Loyola of Chicago returns to dance after drought

CHICAGO — As the players walked into the video room at the end of a grueling boot camp last fall, Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser made sure “One Shining Moment” was playing. He wanted his team to hear that anthem of the NCAA, to see what the payoff could be for their sweat, their ...

Tiger one stroke short

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Right when Paul Casey felt he was a winner in the Valspar Championship, he looked up at the TV and saw a scene that was all too familiar. Tiger Woods, red shirt blazing on Sunday, holed a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Innisbrook that pulled him to within one ...

Harvick wins again

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick is at his best when he’s mad, so much so that former crew chief Gil Martin used to try to rile him up during races. Harvick was running extra hot when he got to ISM Raceway after penalties for technical violations marred his victory last week at Las Vegas. ...

First Four games could mean a lot

Ordinarily, the rule when filling out brackets is that the First Four games in Dayton should be ignored because those teams are all incapable of winning a game when the “real” tournament starts on Thursday. Oops. Welcome to 2018, where two of the last three teams picked for this ...

Harvick chasing 3rd win in a row

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick left everyone else behind the last two weeks in Atlanta and Las Vegas. He figures to be even harder to beat today at ISM Raceway, the mile oval in the foothills outside Phoenix where he has a record eight victories. Trying to become the first driver to win ...

Keselowski takes Xfinity race

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Brad Keselowski overcame an early pit-road speeding penalty Saturday to win the rain-delayed NASCAR Xfinity Series at ISM Raceway. Keselowski took the lead off a pit stop with 32 laps left and held off Justin Allgaier in the race that was delayed two hours because of light ...

Browns continue to swing deals

CLEVELAND — Danny Shelton always ended his interviews with a smile and saying, “Go Browns!” It was the Browns turn to say, “Go Danny!” New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey continued to wheel and deal on Saturday by agreeing to send Shelton, a former first-round draft pick, to ...

Woods within 1 entering last round

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Canadian rookie Corey Conners kept the lead in the Valspar Championship and had a clear view of what he faces in the final round. Tiger Woods was right in front of him Saturday, and Conners could hear the roars all afternoon. Conners, who ran off birdies in the early ...

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Browns make three trades CLEVELAND — With three stunning trades on the eve of free agency, the Cleveland Browns landed a proven starting quarterback, a game-breaking, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and a shut-down cornerback. New general manager John Dorsey addressed major roster needs ...