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USC shuts down Oregon 82-68 to end 20-year Elite Eight wait

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Southern California's dark days lasted far longer than the Trojans would have liked. A once-elite program had fallen into into mediocrity, losing seasons mixed in with short-lived trips into the NCAA Tournament. A two-week run of ...

ACC ends forgettable season with early NCAA Tournament exit

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Based on its own lofty standards, the Atlantic Coast Conference had a poor regular season. Its postseason was even worse. Florida State and Syracuse were the only ACC teams to make it past the first round, and both lost convincingly in the regional ...

Timme, top-seeded Gonzaga roll past Creighton to Elite Eight

By The Associated Press undefined Drew Timme scored 22 points and top-seeded Gonzaga did against Creighton what it's done throughout this unblemished season, rolling past the fifth-seeded Bluejays with versatile offense and efficient defense to win 83-65 on Sunday in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA ...

Big upset day in NCAAs: Has the mid-major revolution begun?

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer In any other college basketball season, four upsets in the eight second-round games played at the NCAA Tournament would be a sign that something big is brewing. Were those the opening shots in the long-rumored mid-major revolution? Have enough talented kids and ...

10,000 and counting: The ‘Point God’ shows no signs of age

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul says he knows the secret for why he's still a dominant NBA point guard at an age when most of his peers are getting into coaching or figuring out their next steps in life. "I told the guys in the locker room I've got the easy job," ...

Again, Syracuse makes Sweet 16 as double-digit seed

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer For the third time since 2016, Syracuse is headed to the Sweet 16 as a double-digit seed. In all, nine double-digit seeds have reached the regional semifinals in that time span — so the Orange have accounted for one third of them. Later on Sunday, ...

Oregon State bounces Oklahoma State, Cunningham from NCAAs

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oregon State embraced the role of the Hickory Huskers — results and all. Hours before their second-round NCAA Tournament game against Oklahoma State, the Beavers' basketball Twitter account posted a video of center Roman Silva carrying ...

Monday Fun Day: March Madness kicks off the week

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It's not like anyone's going to the office anyway. The change in the March Madness schedule brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will give basketball fans a first-of-its-kind experience -- eight games on a Monday. The second-round ...

Harris leads 76ers to 6th straight win, 99-96 over Knicks

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tobias Harris scored the baskets that let the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks for the 14th straight time and yelled, "I'm an All-Star!" Fueled by a perceived snub, Harris has become a closer in the clutch and kept Philadelphia ...

Frederic’s third-period goal carries Bruins past Penguins

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trent Frederic scored the lone goal of the third period and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday night. Frederic gave the Bruins the lead for good at 7:07 of the third. He beat goaltender Casey DeSmith with a wrist ...

Ovechkin nets 718, passes Espo for 6th as Caps stop Isles

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 718th goal to pass Phil Esposito for sole possession of sixth on the NHL's career list and became the second active player with 1,300 points, helping the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday ...

LeBron James becomes partner in group that owns Red Sox

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LeBron James is becoming a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar confirmed Tuesday night that he and his longtime business partner, Maverick Carter, are taking an ownership stake in the Fenway Sports Group. "For me and my ...

Sabres fire coach Krueger while in midst of 12-game skid

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Twelve consecutive losses — and with no indication of the skid ending — were enough for Sabres first-year general manager Kevyn Adams to determine it was time to fire coach Ralph Krueger on Wednesday. The Sabres made the move the ...

What to watch the first week of the NCAA Tournament

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer The 2020 NCAA Tournament was wiped out by the coronavirus, robbing the sports world of one of its greatest spectacles. After a chaotic season through a pandemic, March Madness is back. You know the players are ready. So are the coaches. The fans, ...

Tokyo Olympic torch relay: Masks, quiet cheering and caution

By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Organizers plan to exercise extreme caution when the Olympic torch relay starts next week, knowing any stumble could imperil the opening of the Tokyo Games in just over four months. The organizers spoke in detail on Tuesday about their plans for ...

Winston re-joins Saints for 2021 after Brees retirement

By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are bringing back quarterback Jameis Winston on a one-year contract. The move announced by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis comes on the heels of Drew Brees' decision over the weekend to retire and provides ...

Malkin records 1,100th NHL point, leads Pens to win

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored on a power play for his 1,100th career point and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Monday night. Malkin is the third Russian-born player to reach 1,100 points in the NHL, joining Alex Ovechkin and ...

LeBron, short-handed Lakers beat up on Warriors 128-97

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LeBron James had a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, leading the injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers past the Golden State Warriors 128-97 on Monday night. Montrezl Harrell backed up James' fourth triple-double ...

Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod, matches most wins by a musher

By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Ever since Dallas Seavey became the youngest musher to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2012, he's been bombarded by questions on whether he would eventually get five race titles, the most ever by a musher. "I think it was ...

Gonzaga’s bid for perfection begins with No. 1 overall seed

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Gonzaga's road to perfection will be filled with familiar faces. The Bulldogs were the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament bracket announced Sunday as they try to become the first team in 35 years to complete a perfect season. Gonzaga is the top ...