Sports Roundup: NCAA Tourney has First Entries; NBA, Baseball, NFL, Golf, NHL

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(AP)--The first three teams have played their way into the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Laurent Rivard scored 17 points and Siyani Chambers added 16 as Harvard beat Cornell 65-56 and won its third straight Ivy League title. The Crimson clinched a share of the conference championship with their victory, then claimed it outright when Brown beat Princeton 80-67 about a half-hour later.
The Ivy League is the only conference that awards its automatic NCAA tournament berth to the regular-season champion.

In other NCAA tournament bids:
-- Brett Comer scored 21 points and Florida Gulf Coast claimed the first NCAA tournament berth in school history by knocking off top-seeded Mercer 88-75 in the Atlantic Sun championship game.
---- Kerron Johnson hit a 10-foot pull-up jumper with 1.2 seconds left, and Belmont capped its first season in the Ohio Valley Conference by beating league power Murray State 70-68 in overtime Saturday night for the tournament championship.

(AP) -- Georgetown, Marquette and Louisville are sharing the Big East regular-season title.
Fifth-ranked Georgetown crushed No. 17 Syracuse 61-39 in Washington. Markel Starks was high man for the Hoyas with 19 points. National player of the year candidate Otto Porter Jr. didn't make a field goal until the second half and wound up with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Georgetown improves to 24-5 overall while the Orange fall to 23-8 after their lowest-scoring Big East game. It was the last scheduled contest between the long-time rivals. Syracuse is heading off to the ACC.
In New York, Vander Blue's driving shot fell through the rim as the overtime buzzer sounded, giving No. 15 Marquette a 69-67 victory over St. John's. It's the Golden Eagles' first title since joining the conference in 2005-06. Blue scored four of Marquette's six points in OT and finished the game with 16.
And in Louisville, the eighth-ranked Cardinals beat No. 24 Notre Dame 73-57, Gorgui Dieng had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

Also on the college hardwood:
-- Elias Harris had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount 66-48 in the semifinals of the West Coast conference tournament. The 32-2 Bulldogs are bidding for a top seed in the NCAA tournament.
-- Seth Curry hit his first seven shots during No. 3 Duke's torrid start, helping the Blue Devils jump to a big lead and beat rival North Carolina 69-53. Curry finished with 20 points, while Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance in a month with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
-- Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists as Baylor finished the regular season with an 81-58 victory over Kansas to keep the fourth-ranked Jayhawks from the outright Big 12 regular-season title.
-- Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 62-49 victory over visiting Clemson that gives sixth-ranked Miami its first ACC title. The win snaps the Canes' two-game losing streak and gets them to 24-6. That ties the school record for victories in a season.
-- Defending national champion Kentucky revived its NCAA tournament prospects by upsetting No. 11 Florida 61-57. The Wildcats ended the game on an 11-0 run. Kentucky still needs a win in next week's SEC tournament to bolster its bid. The Gators had already clinched their second outright SEC title in three years.
-- Thirteenth-ranked Oklahoma State knocked off No. 9 Kansas State 76-70 in Stillwater. Le'Bryan Nash scored 24 points for the Cowboys, who got another 21 from Marcus Smart.
-- Todd Fletcher hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to give Air Force an 89-88 victory over No. 12 New Mexico. That snaps an eight-game win streak for the Lobos.
-- Dwayne Evans had 16 points and 17 rebounds and No. 16 Saint Louis clinched at least a share of the Atlantic 10 title with a 78-54 victory over La Salle. It's the Billikens' first conference title since 1970-71 in the Missouri Valley. Saint Louis has won 12 of 13 and can take the title outright if VCU loses at Temple on Sunday.
-- Nick Johnson scored 17 points, Solomon Hill added 12 in his final home game and No. 18 Arizona earned a first-round bye in next week's Pac-12 tournament with a 73-58 rout over rival Arizona State.
-- No. 19 Oregon failed to claim a share of the Pac-12 title, losing to Utah 72-62. Jason Washburn had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Utes, who won consecutive conference games for the first time since joining the league
-- Junior forward J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench and No. 20 Pittsburgh shot a school-record 72 percent to beat DePaul 81-66 in the Panthers' last Big East regular-season game. Pitt is headed to the ACC next season.
-- No. 23 UCLA clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 61-54 win over Washington and then took the title outright when No., 19 Oregon was upset by Utah. Shabazz Muhammad led the Bruins with 21 points.
-- Joe Jackson had 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help No. 25 Memphis complete an undefeated Conference USA campaign with an 86-71 victory over UAB. Chris Crawford led the Tigers with 20 points. Memphis has won 21 of its last 22 games and is 27-4 overall.

(AP)-- J.R. Smith scored 24 points and the New York Knicks shook off the absence of Carmelo Anthony and the shock of Amare Stoudemire (ah-MAR'-ay STOW'-duh-my-ur) needing more knee surgery to rout the slumping Utah Jazz 113-84.
The Knicks learned earlier Saturday that Stoudemire will have right knee surgery that will sideline him approximately six weeks. But they still have plenty of scoring off the bench, with Steve Novak adding a season-high 20 points.
Alec Burks scored 14 points and Gordon Hayward had 13 for the Jazz, who completed a 0-4 road trip that dropped them into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

In other NBA action:
-- Goran Dragic (GOHR'-uhn DRAH'-gitch) scored 13 of his 18 points to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Houston Rockets 107-105. The Suns withstood a 38-point effort from Rockets star James Harden.
-- Ty Lawson matched his season high with 32 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves 111-88 to stretch their home winning streak to 13 games.
----Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche each scored 18 points, Deron (DEHR'-ihn) Williams added 17 and the Brooklyn Nets won their third straight game, 93-80 over the Atlanta Hawks. Williams was coming off a season-high 42 point effort Friday night against Washington.
-- Mike Conley scored 22 points, seven Memphis players finished in double figures and the Grizzlies won their fourth straight with a 96-85 victory over New Orleans.
-- The Washington Wizards routed the Charlotte Bobcats 104-87 with Trevor Ariza scoring a season-high 26 points.
---- Milwaukee posted a 103-93 road win at Golden State. Brandon Jennings led the way with 31.

PHOENIX (AP) -- David Wright cracked a fifth inning grand slam and the U.S. beat Italy 6-2 at the World Baseball Classic following the Americans' 5-2 loss to Mexico Friday night. The U.S. is participating in Group D of the Classic which includes Mexico, Italy and Canada.
The United States winds up group play with a game against Canada on Sunday. A victory sends the U.S. into the second round. Italy already has advanced.

In other WBC action:
-- Mike Aviles drove in three runs and Puerto Rico beat Venezuela 6-3 to advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
---- Dominican Republic doubled up Spain 6-3 to advance to the second round. Carlos Santana homered.

Take me out the brawl game
PHOENIX (AP) -- A fierce brawl that saw Alfredo Aceves (ah-SEE'-vihs) and several players throw nasty punches erupted Saturday in the ninth inning of Canada's 10-3 romp over Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in a melee that also involved fans.
The fights broke out after Canada's Rene Tosoni was hit by a pitch from Arnold Leon with Canada leading 9-3 at Chase Field. It turned into a wild scene, as chaotic as any on a major league field in recent years.
Even when the fisticuffs ended, a full water bottle thrown from the crowd struck the face of a Canadian coach. Canada shortstop Cale Iorg angrily threw the bottle back into the crowd.
Several police officers came onto the field trying to restore order, and there were a few skirmishes in the seats. Seven players were ejected.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says this will be his final season.
Rivera made the announcement Saturday at the team's spring training complex. There was word this week that he will retire after the season, and he made it official at a news conference.
The 43-year-old Rivera holds the career saves record with 608 and has helped the Yankees win five World Series titles. He is regarded as the greatest closer of all time.
Rivera missed most of last year after tearing his right knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice in early May.

(AP) -- Boston scored all of its goals in the first period and went on to beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 3-zip. Tyler Seguin scored his third goal in two games and Tuukka Rask (TOO'-kah rask) made 23 saves to earn his second shutout of the season. One week after reaching .500 for the first time this season, the Flyers lost their third straight.

Also on the ice:
-- Suddenly hot Columbus blanked the visiting Detroit Red Wings 3-0. Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves for his first career shutout. It's the Blue Jackets fourth straight win and sixth game in a row in which they've earned a point.
-- John Tavares netted two power-play goals in the third period and the Islanders beat the visiting Capitals 5-2. Evgeni Nabokov (ehv-GEH'-nee nah-BAH'-kahv) turned aside 22 shots while helping put an end to Washington's three-game winning streak.
-- Vladimir Sobotka (vlah-DIH'-meer soh-BAHT'-kah) recorded his first career hat trick and Patrik Berglund scored 72 seconds into overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues past the San Jose Sharks 4-3.
---- Montreal rallied with three unanswered goals to beat Tampa Bay 4-3. Rookie Brendan Gallagher got the go-ahead score. The Canadiens are 7-1-1 in their last nine road games.
-- Sidney Crosby and James Neal scored shootout goals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 for their NHL-leading 11th road win.
-- Carolina doubled up New Jersey 6-3. Jiri Tlusty (YIH'-ree tih-LOO'-stee) had two goals.
-- Rob Klinkhammer netted his first NHL goal in his Coyotes debut, and Shane Doan also scored as Phoenix beat the Dallas Stars 2-1.
-- Matt Cullen scored the shootout-winning goal to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.
---- The L.A. Kings outscored Calgary 6-2. Jeff Carter scored his 17th goal for the Kings.

DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods will bring a four-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell into the final round of the Cadillac Championship.
The world's second-ranked golfer capped a round of 5-under-par 67 with a birdie on 18. It was his seventh of the day, to go along with two bogeys. Woods has carded 24 birdies in his first 54 holes.
Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson are another stroke back after matching 69s.
Woods has a 39-2 record when he has the outright lead going into the final round.

Co-leaders with 18 holes to play
GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Fabian Gomez of Argentina made four birdies on the back nine for a 7-under 65 that gives him a share of the lead with Scott Brown going into the final round of the Puerto Rico Open.
Brown, who tied for fifth in the Puerto Rico a year ago, had a 67. They set the tournament record at 18-under 198 and is four strokes clear of four golfers.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have released linebacker James Harrison after the team and the hard-hitting defensive star who played on two Super Bowl champions failed to agree on a new contract.
Harrison was voted AP's NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 after setting a team record with 16 sacks. The five-time Pro Bowl player has the longest interception return in Super Bowl history, a 100-yarder for a score against the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.

-- A person with knowledge of the deal says the San Diego Chargers have agreed in principle to a four-year contract with kicker Nick Novak, who had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. He can't sign the contract until free agency begins on Tuesday afternoon.
-- The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to re-sign cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a four-year contract worth a little over $20 million. McKelvin is Buffalo's 2008 first-round draft pick, who was eligible to become a free agent on Tuesday. He was used mostly as a third cornerback last year. McKelvin has scored four touchdowns returning kickoffs and punts, including two last year.
-- Tight end Logan Paulsen has agreed to a three-year contract to remain with the Redskins. Undrafted out of UCLA, Paulsen has played three seasons in Washington, with his playing time increasing each season in large part because of injuries to Fred Davis and Chris Cooley. Offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger has agreed to a five-year contract to stay with the Redskins.

Ligety wins World Cup GS title with race to spare
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) -- Ted Ligety (LIHG'-eh-tee) clinched the World Cup giant slalom title by winning his fifth race of the season.
With one GS race still to go, the victory earned Ligety an insurmountable 125-point lead over Austria's Marcel Hirscher.
It's the American's fourth discipline title after also winning in 2008 and 2010-11. He also successfully defended his GS title at the world championships last month.

Hopkins oldest to win major title
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bernard Hopkins became the oldest boxer to win a major title on Saturday night, scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud to claim the IBF light heavyweight championship.
The 48-year-old Hopkins broke the record he set by beating Jean Pascal for the WBC light heavyweight title on May 21, 2011.