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NCAA second round begins...Chen wins gold...Casey and Cook share 36-hole lead at Valspar Championship

March 23, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — The first teams will earn their spot in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 today. The schedule includes a Big Ten matchup between Michigan State and Minnesota, while top-seeded Gonzaga meets Baylor in the West bracket. There’s also a game between Kansas and Auburn teams that have had wild swings in their season.

UNDATED (AP) — There’s afternoon action in the NHL today, starting with Arizona at New Jersey and the New York Islanders at Philadelphia. Colorado hosts Chicago and Ottawa visits Edmonton.

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Defending champion Nathan Chen has produced a spectacular free skate to win the gold medal at the figure skating world championships in Japan. First after the short program, the 19-year-old Chen made no mistakes and landed four quadruple jumps. Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu also had a strong free skate with four quads and finished second. American Vincent Zhou was third.

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Paul Casey and Austin Cook are co-leaders through two rounds of the PGA’s Valspar Championship in Florida. Casey holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the 599-yard fifth hole and made short birdie putts on the other three par 5s on his way to a 5-under 66. Cook’s 67 left him even with Casey at 6 under after 36 holes.

PHOENIX (AP) — Sung Hyun Park shot her second straight 6-under 66 at the Founders Cup for a share of the lead with Yu Liu. Coming off a victory three weeks ago in Singapore, the top-ranked Park birdied five of the first six holes on her final nine at Desert Ridge in Phoenix. Liu had 10 birdies in a 64.