National Sports

Hoosiers say it’s Miller time for IU

On Saturday, less than 24 hours after UCLA coach Steve Alford pulled his name out of the sweepstakes, Indiana announced the hiring of Archie Miller from Dayton as its new men’s basketball coach. Miller replaces Tom Crean, who was fired March 16 after missing the NCAA Tournament five times ...

UConn receives minor scare, still wins

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Napheesa Collier had 27 points and 14 rebounds to help UConn beat UCLA 86-71 on Saturday, putting the Huskies in the Bridgeport Regional final. The victory was the 110th straight for the No. 1 Huskies, who will face 10th-seeded Oregon on Monday night. The Ducks pulled ...

Florida, USC are familiar opponents

The Associated Press NEW YORK — There’s no need for introductions in the East Regional final. Scouting reports aren’t really necessary. Fourth-seeded Florida and seventh-seeded South Carolina, two Southeastern Conference foes, will meet today at Madison Square Garden with the winner ...

Owners mull over several rule changes

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press NEW YORK — NFL owners will consider proposals next week to cut regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10; eliminate players leaping over the line on kick plays; and expansion of coaches’ challenges and what can be reviewed by officials. In what ...

Players are feeling proud

By Beth Harris The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue ...

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 ...