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Sports Report: NCAA Tournament Starts, Buffalo And Iona Out Of The Dance

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In the NBA, Chicago beat Brooklyn 118-102, Toronto topped Indiana in overtime 101-94, Washington won against Philadelphia 99-94, Charlotte defeated Miami 109-106, Atlanta bested Denver 1116-98, Milwaukee beat Memphis 96-86, San Antonio trumped Portland 118-110, and it was Utah over Phoenix 103-69.


In the NHL, New Jersey topped Minnesota 7-4, Nashville doubled up the Islanders 4-2, Los Angeles won against the Rangers in overtime 4-3, Arizona bested San Jose 3-1, Dallas beat Tampa Bay 4-3, Florida defeated Toronto 4-1, Detroit won against Columbus 3-1, and it was Pittsburgh over Carolina 4-2.


In the NCAA Tournament, UConn beat Colorado 74-67 to advance to the second round against No. 1 seed Kansas on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. No. 3 Miami topped No. 14 Buffalo 79-72. No. 4 Iowa State defeated No. 13 Iona 94-81.

Tonight at 7:27 p.m. Holy Cross goes up against No. 1 seed Oregon. At 12:15 p.m. No. 7 Dayton plays No. 10 Syracuse.

Another 12th seed has beaten a fifth seed. Arkansas-Little Rock needed double overtime to knock off Purdue out of the Big Ten, 85-83. Josh Hagins sent the game into overtime with a shot from the edge of the midcourt logo, and then into double OT with an arcing shot off glass over an outstretched defender. He finished with 31.

Yale showed it belonged in making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 54 years by upsetting fifth-seed Baylor 79-75 behind Makai Mason's 31. The Bulldogs advance to face fourth-seeded Duke on Saturday.

In other NCAA tournament play:

— Svi Mykhailiuk scored a career-high 23, Perry Ellis added 21 and top-seeded Kansas throttled Austin Peay 105-79. Landen Lucas scored 16 points for the 31-4 Jayhawks, the No. 1 overall seed who will face Connecticut on Saturday with a chance to return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013.

— Duke recovered from a three-point halftime deficit to beat UNC Wilmington 93-85. Marshall Plumlee had a career high 23 points in the win.

---- East top-seed North Carolina turned a one-point halftime lead into a 83-67 breeze over play-in qualifier Florida Gulf Coast. That is coach Roy Williams' 66th NCAA tournament victory, passing the late Dean Smith for second on the all-time list. Brice Johnson had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks for the Tar Heels.

— Midwest Top-seed Virginia got a scare when coach Tony Bennett collapsed just before halftime and was taken to the locker room. Turns out it was just dehydration and he returned for the second half of an 81-45 blowout of Hampton.

— Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker combined for 29 points and Wichita State's swarming defense did the rest as the Shockers beat Arizona 65-55. Wichita State will play Miami, the third seed in the South Region, on Saturday.

__ Angel Rodriguez had 24 points and seven rebounds as third-seeded Miami held on to defeat No. 14 seed Buffalo 79-72.

— Gonzaga is moving on after pulling away from Seton Hall for a 68-52 win behind 21 points and 16 rebounds from Domantas Sabonis. The 'Zags will play Utah on Saturday.

— Third seed Utah out of the Pac-12 defeated Fresno State 80-69. Sophomore 7-footer Jakob Poeltl scored 16 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds.

— Providence nipped Southern California 70-69 on Rodney Bullock's basket with 1.5 seconds left. Ben Bentil scored 19 points and Bullock finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the ninth-seeded Friars (24-10) earn their first win in the tournament since 1997.

— Kentucky took out its disdain for that No. 4 seed out on Stony Brook 85-57 with an inspired performance on both ends of the floor. Jamal Murray led five players in double figures with 19. Coach John Calipari had been upset at the seeding, but his team is moving on to play Indiana.

— Yogi Ferrell had 20 points and a season-high 10 assists, O.G. Anunoby pitched in 14 points and No. 5 seed Indiana routed Chattanooga 99-74.

—Georges Niang had 28 points to lead Iowa State past Iona, 94-81.

— Kelan Martin came up big for Butler in a 71-61 win over Texas Tech. He scored all 11 of his points in the final 8 1-2 minutes, including consecutive 3-pointers that broke a tie-game.

— Rodney Purvis scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to help Connecticut take out Colorado 74-67.

In women’s college basketball, the NCAA Tournament starts today. No. 12 UAlbany takes on No. 5 Florida at noon today. Then at 2:30 p.m. No. 4 Syracuse sees No. 13 Army and No. 14 Buffalo goes head to head with No. 3 Ohio State. No. 1 UConn goes up against No. 16 Robert Morris tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Then No. 15 Iona takes on No. 2 Maryland at 1:30 p.m.


The New England Patriots have acquired Martellus Bennett from the Chicago Bears, giving them another talented tight end to pair with All-Pro Rob Gronkowski. New England also gets Chicago's sixth-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for the Patriots' fourth-rounder in the deal.

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist and is expected to be in a hard cast for two to three months. The team says Revis will be limited during the offseason program, but is expected to be fully recovered for training camp in late-July.

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on free-agent contracts with linebacker James Laurinaitis and safety Jamarca Sanford. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced.

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker is in critical condition after being involved in motorcycle accident. The fourth round draft pick played in eight games last season, mostly on special teams.

The NFL's powerful competition committee is recommending making permanent extra-point kick snaps from the 15-yard line, eliminating all chop blocks and ejecting a player for twice receiving certain unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game. When NFL owners meet next week in Florida, they also will consider such proposals as moving the line of scrimmage up 5 yards to the 25 on kickoff touchbacks, allowing coaches and players to use video rather than just photos on sideline tablets, and giving coaches three challenges per game instead of two.


The New York Mets have named their opening day starter — Matt Harvey, who will get another shot at the World Series champion Kansas City Royals. Manager Terry Collins announced the decision yesterday for the April 3rd game. Harvey started Games 1 and 5 against the Royals in the World Series last year. The Mets lost both games in extra innings.

The Boston Red Sox overcame a rough outing by left-hander Henry Owens to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-5 yesterday. Owens is competing for a spot in the Red Sox rotation. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his fourth Grapefruit League appearance. He gave up three runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts and two hit batters.

The New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 yesterday. Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom showed no lingering effects from the back tightness that forced him to miss Monday's start, out-pitching Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. DeGrom limited the Marlins to one hit in three innings while striking out three.

The New York Yankees beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 yesterday. Rob Refsnyder and Starlin Castro homered off Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke. In the first inning, Andrew McCutchen hit Masahiro Tanaka's first offering onto the boardwalk beyond the left-field wall for his third home run in four games for Pittsburgh.


Jason Day posted seven birdies and an eagle on the way to 6-under 66 and the lead after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Five golfers are one shot back including Day's fellow Aussies Adam Scott and Marc Leishman. Scott is looking for his third straight tournament win.


Mi Hyang Lee shot a tournament-record 10-under 62 in the JTBC Founders Cup after playing her first nine holes in 9 under. Sei Young Kim and Brittany Lang shot 63.

Se Ri Pak is retiring after the season, ending a Hall of Fame career that inspired a wave of South Korean players who followed her to the LPGA Tour. The 38-year-old Pak broke the news after opening with a 3-under 69 in the JTBC Founders Cup. Pak won 25 LPGA Tour titles and five majors, two of them as a rookie in 1998.


Despite spending over $61 million dollars last year on "legal matters", FIFA, the governing body of soccer, has over $1 billion in reserves. Those pieces of information and more on the organization's finances have been released in FIFA's annual accounts report. And after years of secrecy about presidential pay, FIFA has revealed the salary of outgoing president Sepp Blatter. For his part in the scandal filled year of 2015 Blatter was paid $3.76 million.

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