Sports Roundup: NASCAR & March Madness

By: AP
By: AP

NASCAR-NATIONWIDE
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Kyle Busch held off rookie Kyle Larson at the finish to win the Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
It's Busch's second victory of the season and fifth career Nationwide victory at Bristol, tying him with Kevin Harvick for the most in the series. Busch has a series-record 53 wins.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS
(AP) -- Peyton Siva (SEE'-vah) had 11 points and eight assists to lead fourth-ranked Louisville to a 78-61 victory over No. 19 Syracuse as the Cardinals' furious second half rally earned their second straight Big East tournament title. The Cardinals overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half
Second-seeded Louisville won its 10th straight game with its defense. The Cardinals forced Syracuse into 20 turnovers and keeping the Orange off balance during the 24-3 run that turned the 16-point deficit into a 56-48 lead with 8:51 to play. Montrezl Harrell led Louisville with 20 points.
C.J. Fair had 21 points for the Orange.
Elsewhere:
---- -- Kansas wasn't about to share this title with Kansas State. Jeff Withey had 17 points and nine rebounds, Perry Ellis and Naadir Tharpe added 12 points each, and the seventh-ranked Jayhawks pounded the No. 11 Wildcats 70-54 to win their ninth Big 12 tournament championship. Kansas and K-State shared the regular season Big 12 crown.
-- No. 9 Miami topped North Carolina State 81-71 in the first ACC semifinal. Durand Scott scored a career-high 32 points and Shane Larkin added 23 for the top-seeded Hurricanes, who will play North Carolina in Sunday's finale in Greensboro. The Tar Heels beat Maryland 79-76 a day after the Terrapins eliminated second-ranked Duke.
-- Thirteenth-ranked Florida beat Alabama 61-51 in the SEC tournament semifinals. After being held scoreless for the first 25 minutes, senior guard Kenny Boynton scored 11 straight points during a 15-0 second-half run to help the Gators overcome a 10-point deficit. Top-seeded Florida will face Mississippi in the championship showdown. Marshall Henderson's 23-point performance led the third-ranked Rebels to a 64-52 win over Vanderbilt in the second semifinal in Nashville. Another win would give coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA berth and the Rebels' first since 2002.
---- The 15th-ranked New Mexico Lobos are NCAA tournament-bound after winning the Mountain West Conference tourney with a 63-56 victory over UNLV. Tony Snell scored 13 straight points during a second half rally and led the Lobos with 21.
-- Sixteenth-ranked Saint Louis beat Butler 67-56 to reach its first Atlantic 10 title game. Dwayne Evans had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Billikens to their 26th win in 32 games this season. Saint Louis will face VCU in its first A-10 final since joining the league in 2005-06. The 25th-ranked Rams beat UMass 71-62 behind Troy Daniels' 20 points.
----Wisconsin and Ohio State will play for the Big Ten title. The 22nd-ranked Badgers were first to make it to the championship game, beating No. 3 Indiana 68-56. Despite the disparity in rankings it's hard to call this one an upset. It is the 12th straight time Wisconsin has beaten the Hoosiers. Ryan Evans was high man for the winners with 16 points. The tenth-ranked Buckeyes followed with a 61-58 victory over No. 8 Michigan State.
-- Twentieth-ranked Memphis fended off a spirited challenge to win the Conference USA tournament, outlasting unranked Southern Mississippi 91-79 in double overtime. Chris Crawford scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in double overtime. The Tigers head to the NCAA tournament with a 30-4. Southern Miss. is 25-9 and appears to be on the bubble of the 68-team NCAA field.

NCAA TOURNAMENT-AUTOMATIC BIDS
Not on the bubble now
(AP) -- Several unranked teams played their way into the 68-team NCAA men's tournament field that officially will be announced Sunday night:
-- Albany will be making its third trip to the NCAA tournament and first since back-to-back appearances in 2006 and 2007 following a 53-49 victory over Vermont in the championship game of the America East tournament. The Catamounts were looking for their sixth invite to the big dance in 11 years.
---- Derick Beltran had 13 points with a late steal and breakaway layup, and Southern University got its first NCAA tournament berth since 2006 with a 45-44 victory over Prairie View in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament championship game
---- Adrian Powell scored 14 points, including two critical free throws with 23.4 seconds to play, and then blocked a potential tying 3-pointer in the final seconds Saturday as North Carolina A&T beat Morgan State 57-54 to win its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament title since 1995.
----Demetrius Treadwell scored 13 points and top-seeded Akron beat Ohio 65-46 to win the Mid-American Conference championship and the league's automatic spot in the NCAA tournament.

NBA-LATEST SCORES
(AP) -- Spencer Hawes had 18 points and career highs with 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 98-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Jrue (zhroo) Holiday added 27 points and 12 assists to help the Sixers win for only the third time in 15 games. While the Sixers are one of the worst road teams in the league, they are 19-17 at home.
In other NBA action:
-- Paul Pierce had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Boston Celtics won their 11th straight at home, beating the Charlotte Bobcats 105-88.
-- Martell Webster scored a career-high 34 points and became the Washington Wizards' first 30-point scorer this season in a 127-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
-- Tim Duncan had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 24 points and 13 boards, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-113.

NFL-NEWS
-- The Patriots have released receiver Brandon Lloyd and re-signed defensive backs Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Adrian Wilson. Lloyd had 74 receptions for 911 yards and four touchdowns last season for New England, with 12 receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown in two playoff games.
-- The 49ers have found a replacement for departed free agent safety Dashon Goldson. San Francisco has signed Craig Dahl to a three-year contract. The 27-year-old Dahl spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Rams and had 78 tackles and an interception in 2012.
-- Former Dallas defensive end Marcus Spears has agreed to a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. The Cowboys' first-round pick in the 2005 draft is expected to take a physical and sign the deal within the next few days. The Super Bowl champions have lost several key players during free agency, but they've enhanced their defensive line by signing Chris Canty and Spears, who has 89 starts over his NFL career.
-- Former Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor has signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. Connor started five games at middle linebacker for Dallas last season, making 56 tackles. He also started three games at weakside linebacker. He played his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
-- Darrelle Revis (duh-REHL' REE'-vihs) is still with the New York Jets. And, he's got $1 million more to show for it. The star cornerback, the subject of trade rumors, earned a roster bonus as a result of a clause in his contract with New York.

NHL-LATEST SCORES
Blackhawks score eight in Big D...Penguins and Habs both win, still tied at the top
(AP) -- Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and Marian Hossa each scored twice in leading the Chicago Blackhawks to an 8-1 road rout of the Dallas Stars.
Nick Leddy and Patrick Kane each had a goal and two assists as eight Blackhawks scored two or more points. Chicago boosted its road record to 12-1-2 with a dominant win on the second stop of a four-game road trip.
Corey Crawford made 18 saves for his 13th victory.
In other NHL action:
----The Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the visiting New York Rangers 3-0 to remain tied with Montreal for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Marc-Andre Fleury (marhk-ahn-dray FLOOR'-ee) stopped 23 shots to tie the club record with his 23rd career shutout.
---- Montreal nipped New Jersey 2-1. Tomas Plekanac (pleh-KA'-nehk) got the game-winner in the third period.
----Boston remains two points behind Pittsburgh thanks to a 4-1 victory over Washington. It avenges a frustrating loss to the Capitals earlier this month. Nathan Horton and David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) each had a goal and two assists for the Bruins.
-- Devin Setoguchi (seht-oh-GOO'-chee) scored twice and added his 100th career assist to help Minnesota hold off the slumping Colorado Avalanche 6-4. It's the Wild's fourth win in five games.
-- Ottawa spotted Buffalo a 2-0 lead after one period and then blew a 3-2 third-period lead before slipping past the Sabres 4-3 in overtime. Kyle Turris netted his second goal of the game with just over a minute left in OT. Drew Stafford had two goals in a losing effort.
-- Tyler Johnson and Ondrej (AWN'-dray) Palat both scored their first NHL goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1.
---- Columbus blanked Phoenix 1-0 in a shootout. Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in regulation and overtime, then two more in the shootout to finish with his second career shutout.
-- Casey Cizikas (sih-ZEE'-zuhs) broke a third-period tie, and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead.
---- Zach Bogosian scored in the 10th round of the shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
-- Chris Stewart scored 45 seconds into overtime and rookie Jake Allen made 27 saves, helping the St. Louis Blues end the Anaheim Ducks' five-game winning streak, 2-1.

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC
Dominicans win again
MIAMI (AP) -- Wandy Rodriguez pitched six innings, and three relievers completed a three-hitter to help the unbeaten Dominican Republic top Puerto Rico 2-0 in the World Baseball Classic.
Carlos Santana broke a scoreless tie with his second home run in the fifth inning.
Both teams had already qualified for the semifinals in San Francisco, and the game merely determined seedings. Puerto Rico plays Japan on Sunday night, and the Dominicans face the Netherlands on Monday night, with the winners advancing to the championship game Tuesday.

PGA-TAMPA BAY CHAMPIONSIP
A crowded leaderboard in Florida
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) -- There is a three-way tie for the lead after three rounds of the PGA Tour's Tampa Bay Championship.
Kevin Streelman got a share with a day's best 6-under-par 65 as he hunts his first PGA Tour title. Justin Leonard and South African George Coetzee also sit at 6-under for the tournament after shooting 67 and 68, respectively.
Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) heads up a quartet of golfers just a shot back with 18 holes to play. Five more are two shots off the pace, including Luke Donald.
LPGA-FOUNDERS CUP
Finishing up second-round play
PHOENIX (AP) -- Japan's Ai Miyazato (EYE mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) is holding a two-stroke lead over American Stacy Lewis entering Sunday's final round of the LPGA tournament in Phoenix.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-TOSHIBA CLASSIC
Frost warning in California
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- First round leader David Frost tops Fred Couples by one stroke after the second round at the Champions Tour event in Newport Beach, California. Frost shot a 5-under 66. Jim Gallagher Jr. is five shots off the lead.

TENNIS-INDIAN WELLS
Nadal into another final
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') rallied to beat Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open. The Spaniard will be playing in his fourth ATP Tour final in as many events. Nadal faces a stiff test in Sunday's final. He's up against Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh), who knocked off top-seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak YOH'-koh-vihch) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

WORLD CUP SKIING
Good day for American skiers
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) -- American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin delivered an astonishing second run to overtake Tina Maze (MAH'-zeh) and clinch the World Cup slalom title with an improbable come-from-behind victory in Switzerland.
And U.S. teammate Ted Ligety (LIHG'-eh-tee) capped his season-long dominance in giant slalom with a sixth World Cup win Saturday.
Ligety joins the legendary Ingemar Stenmark as the only men in the 47-year history of the World Cup to get six GS victories in a season. Stenmark's 10-race sweep in 1978-79 is the record.


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