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By: AP
By: AP

(AP) -- The Gonzaga Bulldogs may have been No. 1 in the final Associated Press men's basketball poll, but they're also the first No. 1 seed to be eliminated in the NCAA tournament.
No. 9 Wichita State hit a season-high 14 three-pointers, including seven during the final stages of a 76-70 win over the Bulldogs. The Shockers lived up to their nickname as they went ahead by 13 early in the game and stayed ahead with their late barrage of threes.
Cleananthony Early and Ron Baker each had 16 points as Wichita State moved into the Round of 16 for the first time in seven years.
The Shockers face the winner of Sunday's game between La Salle and Ole Miss.
Michigan's most storied college basketball programs have advanced to the regional semifinals. Michigan State is there for the fifth time in six years, while Michigan is in the round of 16 for the first time since 1994.
The third-seeded Spartans blasted No. 6 seed Memphis 70-48 in the Midwest Regional at the Place of Auburn Hills. Gary Harris was high man for the winners with 23 points, while post players Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds.
Also at the Palace, the fourth-seeded Wolverines breezed past VCU 78-53 in a South Regional contest. Six-foot-10 freshman Mitch McGary led the Wolverines with season highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Trey Burke finished with 18 points, while Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson each added 14.
Top seed Louisville will carry a 12-game winning streak into the NCAA's Midwest Regional semifinals.
Russ Smith poured in 27 points and the Cardinals forced eighth seed Colorado State into a season-high 20 turnovers in ripping the Rams 82-56 in Lexington. The Cards took control with a 17-6 run that gave them a 43-28 lead in the first half.
Louisville will play Oregon on Friday in Indianapolis.
The 12th-seeded Ducks were 75-57 winners over No. 4 Saint Louis as Damyean Dotson hit his first five three-point attempts and finished with 23 points. Carlos Emory added 14 points for Oregon, which shot 8-for-11 from beyond the arc, while the Billikens went 3-for-21.
No. 3 Marquette trailed 35-27 at halftime before topping Butler 74-72 in the East Regional. Vander Blue scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half, including a game-tying three-pointer with 1:25 to play.
Trent Lockett and Wilson each added 13 points for Marquette, which will take on Sunday's winner between Miami and Illinois in the East Regional semifinals.
Fourth seed Syracuse went more than 12 minutes in the second half without a field goal and still managed to beat No. 12 California 66-60. C.J. Fair scored 18 points, James Southerland added 14 and the Orange won despite shooting 39 percent from the field and 63 percent from the line.
Syracuse takes on either Indiana or Temple in the East Regional semifinal on Thursday.
Arizona rolled to a 74-51 rout of Harvard to reach the Sweet 16 for the 15th time. Mark Lyons matched his career high with 27 points for the sixth-seeded Wildcats, who raced out to a 30-9 lead while the Crimson missed 20 of their first 22 shots.

NCAA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT
(AP) -- Connecticut was the only No. 1 seed to see action on the opening day of the NCAA women's basketball tournament and it was no contest. Six Huskies scored in double figures during a 105-37 rout of Idaho.
No. 1 seeds Baylor, Notre Dame and Stanford start play Sunday.

NBA-SCHEDULE
(AP) -- The Denver Nuggets didn't need injured players Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler as they stretched their winning streak to 15 games.
Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points and the Nuggets set a team record with their 17th consecutive home win by downing Sacramento 101-95. Kenneth Faried (fah-REED') had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets, including a fast-break dunk that gave Denver a 95-88 lead with 3:44 left.
In other NBA action, Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and J.R. Smith added 25 as the New York Knicks won their fourth in a row, hammering Toronto 110-84. Kenyon Martin finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, one night after providing 19 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Raptors.
Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) scored 13 of his 20 points by halftime as Chicago outlasted Indiana 87-84. Carlos Boozer added 18 points to help the Bulls overcome the absence of Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah, who missed the game with a foot injury.
Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 30 points as Memphis handed Boston its fourth straight loss, 110-106. Darrell Arthur had 18 points while starting in place of Zach Randolph, who came off the bench to add 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Charlie Villanueva scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead layup with 15 seconds left in Detroit's 92-91 win at Charlotte, ending the Pistons' 10-game losing streak.

NHL-SCHEDULE
Habs, B's fall...Wild and Canucks post Ws
UNDATED (AP) -- Neither the Montreal Canadiens nor the Boston Bruins could make up any ground on Pittsburgh in the NHL's Eastern Conference.
Thomas Vanek scored twice and Buffalo picked up its third straight win by downing the Canadiens for the second time in five days, this time 2-1. Ryan Miller stopped 39 shots and was perfect until Michael Ryder scored a power-play goal with 11:43 remaining.
Montreal remains three points behind the East-leading Penguins, with the Bruins five points back.
The Bruins had beaten Toronto eight straight times until Nazem Kadri (NAH'-zehm KAH'-dree), Frazer McLaren and Mikhail Grabovski scored to put the Maple Leafs ahead 3-0 in a 3-2 triumph over the B's. James Reimer (RY'-mur) was outstanding in goal while the Bruins outshot the Leafs 33-13.
Also on the ice, Niklas Backstom earned his first shutout of the season by making 33 saves in Minnesota's 2-0 win over visiting San Jose. Ryan Suter (SOO'-tur) set up goals by Zach Parise (pah-REE'-say) and Jared Spurgeon to help the Wild run their winning streak to a season-high five games and remain tied with Vancouver for the Northwest Division lead.
The Canucks were 1-0 winners over Los Angeles as Cory Schneider turned back 20 shots for his sixth career shutout. Mason Raymond scored the lone goal in the opening period.
Four different Senators scored within a seven-minute span of the opening period and Ottawa hung on for a 5-3 victory over visiting Tampa Bay. Daniel Alfredsson had one of those early goals and closed out the scoring with an empty netter in the final minute.
Travis Zajac (ZAY'-jak) assisted on goals by Patrick Elias (EH'-lee-ahsh) and David Clarkson as New Jersey nipped Florida 2-1. Martin Brodeur finished with 17 saves as the Devils won their second straight since the 40-year-old goalie returned to the lineup following a one-month absence with a pinched nerve in his neck.
Jaroslav Halak (hah-LAHK') stopped 19 shots and assisted on the game-winner as St. Louis blanked Edmonton 3-0. Chris Stewart scored the game-winner 3:20 into the game on an assist from Alex Steen, who also notched the Blues' second goal.
The Blue Jackets' team-record 12-game point streak is over after Nashville erupted for four goals in the first period to beat Columbus 5-2. Taylor Beck had a goal and an assist in the opening stanza.
Derek Roy, Eric Nystrom and Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) each had a goal and an assist in the Dallas Stars' 5-2 win over Colorado. Jordie Benn got his first NHL goal and Jamie Benn had three assists as the Stars won its second straight since a 1-4-1 stretch.

PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
You've got to like his chances
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods worked his way to the top of the leaderboard with a 6-under-par 66 in round three of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. At 11-under for the tournament, Woods is two better than Rickie Fowler, John Huh and second-round co-leader Justin Rose, who shot 67, 71 and 72, respectively.
Woods can reclaim the No. 1 ranking for the first time since late October of 2010 by winning an eighth title at Bay Hill.
He is 41-2 on the PGA Tour when he has the outright lead going into the final round.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC
Still anybody's tournament
SAUCIER, MISS. (AP) -- There is a logjam at the top of the Champions Tour leaderboard with 18 holes to play. Bernhard Langer, Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn), Roger Chapman and Joe Daley are all 8-under par after 36 holes in Mississippi.
Three golfers are a single shot off the pace while four more sit two back of the leaders.

LPGA-KIA CLASSIC
Recari on top
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Beatriz Recari is two shots better than Karrie Webb through three rounds of the LPGA's Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California. Recari fired a 3-under 69 for an 11-under total.
Paula Creamer (KREE'-mur) and I.K. Kim are three strokes back.

MLB-SPRING TRAINING
Motte on hold
UNDATED (AP) -- The Cardinals have shut down Jason Motte (math) after an MRI showed their closer has a mild muscle flexor strain in his pitching arm.
Motte was 0-0 with one save and a 5.00 ERA in nine innings during spring training.
Setup man Mitchell Boggs will move into the closer's role.
Also:
-- The Yankees have signed Chien-Ming Wang (shee-EHN' ming wahng) to a one-year minor league deal. The soon-to-be 33-year-old right-hander was New York's opening day starter in 2008 before injuries derailed his promising career.

NFL-NEWS
Bengals giving Johnson opportunity
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals are giving former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Josh Johnson a chance to back up quarterback Andy Dalton.
Johnson was Tampa Bay's fifth-round pick in 2008 and started five games in four seasons with the Bucs.
Johnson knows Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden from their time together at Tampa Bay.
Elsewhere around the NFL:
-- We get word from Houston that the Texans have signed punter Shane Lechler (LEHK'-lur). The 36-year-old veteran was drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 draft and has spent his entire career with Oakland. Lechler is the second perennial Pro Bowler to join the Texans in two days. Safety Ed Reed was introduced at a news conference Friday.
-- The Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with safety Tom Zbikowski. The Arlington Heights, Illinois, native and Notre Dame alum has appeared in 64 games with 25 starts over five seasons with Baltimore and Indianapolis.


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