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#SportsReport: Final Four Set

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The Final Four is set. In men’s college basketball, No. 1 Gonzaga faces No. 7 South Carolina Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and No. 1 North Carolina takes on No. 3 Oregon at 8:45 p.m. Yesterday North Carolina defeated No. 2 Kentucky 75-73 for its shot in the Final Four while South Carolina topped No. 4 Florida 77-70 for its spot.

In women’s college basketball, No. 2 Mississippi State advanced to the Final Four and will face the winner of the UConn/Oregon game tonight starting at 7 p.m. No. 2 Stanford secured its spot it the Final Four and will take on the winner of the South Carolina/Florida State game tonight starting at 9 p.m.

In men’s college hockey, Notre Dame faces Denver on April 6th at 9:30 p.m. and Harvard takes on Minnesota-Duluth on the 6th at 6 p.m. Over the weekend Union fell to Penn State 10-3, Cornell was defeated by UMass-Lowell 5-0, and it was Notre Dame over UMass-Lowell 3-2 to advance to the semifinals.

A University of South Florida football player has been injured from a shooting. The school issued a statement saying safety Hassan Childs was in stable condition following the shooting that took place off campus. The statement added no one else was injured. Police were investigating what the Tampa Bay Times reported was a road rage incident. A man identified as Jovanni Jimenez told detectives that Childs had pointed at gun at him, wife and child at an apartment complex. Jimenez says he pulled his gun out and shot Childs in what he told police was self-defense.


In the NBA, Brooklyn topped Atlanta 107-92, Boston squeaked by Miami 112-108, Charlotte won against Phoenix 120-106, Sacramento bested the Clippers 98-97, Chicago beat Milwaukee 109-94, Houston topped Oklahoma City 137-125, Indiana won against Philadelphia 107-94, Golden State beat Memphis 106-94, New Orleans bested Denver 115-90, and it was Portland over the Lakers 97-81.

Russell Westbrook recorded his 36th triple-double of the season on Sunday, leaving him five behind Oscar Robertson's NBA record set in 1961-62. However, Westbrook's 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds couldn't prevent Oklahoma City from falling 2 1/2 game behind Utah for the Northwest Division lead and the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.


In the NHL, Anaheim doubled up the Rangers 6-3, Dallas won against New Jersey in overtime 2-1, Detroit edged Minnesota in overtime 3-2, Winnipeg topped Vancouver 2-1, and it was Philadelphia over Pittsburgh 6-2.

The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Clayton Keller, their first-round draft pick last year, to an entry level contract. Keller was the seventh overall pick in last year's NHL entry draft. Coyotes general manager John Chayka says Keller will join the team for the remainder of the season. The 18-year-old Keller just finished his freshman year at Boston University, where he led the team in scoring with 21 goals and 24 assists ian 31 games.


In baseball’s spring training, the Yankees beat Tampa Bay 7-4, Boston won against Minnesota 7-2, and the Mets topped Atlanta 8-2.

Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his Monday start in a minor league game because of tenderness in his left elbow. Matz was scheduled to pitch on the back fields at the team's complex to start the final week of spring training. He is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in four starts this spring.

Also in the majors:

— First baseman Mark Reynolds appears to have made the Rockies season-opening roster after signing a minor league contract during the offseason. Colorado has purchased his contract from Triple-A Albuquerque and is expected to start him at first base while Ian Desmond recovers from a broken left hand. Reynolds hit a career-best .282 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs last season.

— Colorado also placed right-hander Chad Bettis on the 60-day disabled list as he deals with testicular cancer. There is no timetable for Bettis' return.


After three straight second-place finishes, Kyle Larson endured four straight restarts to win at Fontana and add to his Monster Energy points lead. He also won the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, giving him a clean sweep of the weekend racing. Brad Keselowski was second, and Clint Bowyer came in third for his best finish since June 2015.


Sebastian Vettel broke Ferrari's Formula One drought with a victory over Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari hadn't won an F1 GP since Vettel's victory in Singapore in 2015, and Mercedes dominated in 2016.


Dustin Johnson has become the first player to sweep the World Golf Championships by winning the Match Play in Austin. Johnson escaped a furious charge by Jon Rahm when the 22-year-old Spaniard failed to birdie the 18th hole. Johnson's 1-up victory completed a week in which he never trailed in any of his seven matches.

D.A. Points has earned a two-stroke victory over Retief Goosen, Bill Lunde and former U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau at the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande. Points opened his final round with five consecutive birdies and closed with a 6-under 66 for his third PGA win. Third-round leader Chris Stroud failed to earn his first PGA Tour win in 277 career starts, finishing four shots back.


Resi Stiegler and AJ Ginnis won slalom titles yesterday in the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf Mountain. Stiegler was timed at 1:39.68 for her second U.S. slalom title and third national championship overall. The two-time Olympian won the slalom and giant slalom in 2007 at Alyeska, Alaska. Ginnis won his first U.S. title, beating four-time champion and U.S. ski team captain David Chodounsky by 0.15 seconds, in 1:35.75.

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