Sports Report: Men's Final Four Is Set; UConn In Albany Tonight
The Final Four is set. Top seed Duke beat Gonzaga 66-52 to win the South Region and advance to the NCAA Final Four where they will see Michigan State on Saturday after its victory in the East Region as the seventh seed, knocking off Louisville 76-70 in overtime. Kentucky will take on Wisconsin on Saturday.
In women's college basketball, Dayton is ready for the challenge of facing top-seeded UConn tonight at 7 in the Albany Regional. The Huskies are looking for their eighth straight trip to the national semifinals and a third consecutive championship. Maryland will take on Tennessee for the spot in the semifinals. Meanwhile both South Carolina and Notre Dame have reached the Final Four.
Louisiana-Lafayette beat Siena last night in the WBI final 52-50.
In men's college hockey, Providence beat Denver 4-1 last night in the NCAA East Regional final to advance to the Frozen Four. Tom Parisi broke a tie on a power play goal with 5:01 left. Providence will face Nebraska-Omaha on April 9th in Boston. Boston University will play North Dakota in the other semifinal.
In the NBA, Brooklyn beat the Lakers 107-99, the Clippers bested Boston 119-106, Cleveland squeaked by Philadelphia 87-86, San Antonio beat Memphis 103-89, Oklahoma City bested Phoenix 109-97, Indiana topped Dallas 104-99, Miami defeated Detroit 109-102, New Orleans trumped Minnesota 110-88, and it was Houston over Washington 99-91.
Over on the ice, Washington topped the Rangers 5-2, Boston beat Carolina in overtime 2-1, the Islanders bested Detroit 5-4, Florida doubled up Ottawa 4-2, Pittsburgh skated past San Jose in a shootout 3-2, Chicago edged Winnipeg 4-3, Anaheim beat New Jersey 2-1, and Calgary won against Nashville 5-2.
In baseball spring training, the Yankees blanked Houston 7-0, the Mets slid past St. Louis 3-2, Boston edged Tampa Bay 3-2 in 10 innings, Detroit tied Philadelphia 4-4, Washington bested Miami 11-7, Pittsburgh doubled up Atlanta 4-2, Baltimore beat Toronto 4-2, Cincinnati won against the Angels 8-6, the White Sox defeated Cleveland 4-1, the Cubs blanked Kansas City 7-0, San Francisco beat the Dodgers 11-9, Oakland shut out Milwaukee 7-0, San Diego beat Seattle 8-5, the Dodgers doubled up Texas 10-5, Colorado beat Arizona 2-1, and Colorado topped Arizona 11-10.
Jimmy Walker birdied the 16th and 17th holes in closing out a four-shot victory over Jordan Spieth in the PGA's Texas Open.
The San Antonio native closed with a 2-under 70 for an 11-under total in his hometown tournament. Walker won the Sony Open in Hawaii by nine shots in January and has a tour-best five victories in the past two seasons.
FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel was third at 4 under after a 71.
Cristie Kerr was the winner of the LPGA's Kia Classic, finishing two shots ahead of Mirim Lee. Kerr closed with a 7-under 65 for to finish minus-20 for the tournament.
Lydia Ko was three shots back and one ahead of Alison Lee.
David Frost shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to win the Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. His 10-under par was one shot better than Kevin Sutherland and Tom Lehman. Sutherland closed with a 72, Lehamn shot 70.
Denny Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go and went on to end Toyota's 32-race winless streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.
The driver for Joe Gibbs Racing held off a five-lap, bumper-to-tail challenge from Brad Keselowski for his 25th career victory and his fifth at the smallest and oldest track in the premier series.
Pole sitter Joey Logano finished third, followed by Matt Kenseth and David Ragan.
The race also ended Kevin Harvick's streak of top-two finishes at eight, three shy of Richard Petty's record. Harvick finished eighth.
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has won the Malaysian Grand Prix to end Mercedes' long Formula One winning streak.
Mercedes had won the previous eight races dating back to last season.
It was Ferrari's first victory since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.
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