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March 31, 2019


Virginia beats Purdue in OT to reach Final Four

UNDATED (AP) — Virginia is heading to the Final Four for the first time since 1984.

Kyle Guy had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Cavaliers withstood a brilliant performance from Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and beat the third-seeded Boilermakers 80-75 in overtime.

Virginia had forced overtime on a buzzer beater from Mamadi Diakite (dee-ah-KEE’-tay).

Edwards matched a career-high with 42 points and shot 10 of 19 from 3-point range. He was one shy of the NCAA Tournament record of 11 3-pointers in a game, set by Loyola Marymount’s Jeff Fryer against Michigan in 1990.

Purdue was seeking its first Final Four appearance since 1980.

In other tournament action:

— Texas Tech is going to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Jarrett Culver scored 19 points and the third-seeded Red Raiders produced a suffocating defense in the second half to beat No. 1 seed Gonzaga 75-69 in the West Region final. Tech led 71-69 with 11 seconds left when Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins committed a technical foul by making contact with Matt Mooney, who was out of bounds attempting an inbounds pass. Texas Tech went 4 of 4 on free-throw attempts the rest of the way to seal the victory.


Notre Dame downs Texas A&M

UNDATED (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored a career-high 34 points, Jessica Shepard added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and defending national champion Notre Dame beat Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, 87-80 on Saturday.

Ogunbowale, the Irish’s career scoring leader, surpassed her previous high of 32 points. Shepard dominated down low, and Notre Dame got a sweet repeat to go with its 12th straight win. Chennedy Carter led Texas A&M with a season-high 35 points in another impressive NCAA performance.

In other tournament action:

—Baylor reached the Elite Eight for the fifth time in six years with another dominant 93-68 win over South Carolina. Baylor will play second-seeded Iowa on Monday night with the winner advancing to the Final Four.

— Megan Gustafson had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Iowa past North Carolina State 70-61 in the Greensboro Regional semifinals. Hannah Stewart added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Gustafson, who averages a Division I-best 28 points while also ranking second in rebounding, finished with her 33rd double-double to match the NCAA’s single-season record. She made 10 of her 13 shots.


AP Source: Nebraska hires Fred Hoiberg to elevate program

UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the negotiations has told The Associated Press that Nebraska has finalized a deal to hire Fred Hoiberg as its coach.

Hoiberg was fired in December by the Chicago Bulls. He takes over for Tim Miles, who was dismissed on Tuesday after seven seasons.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because the school has not announced the hiring.

The 46-year-old has ties to Nebraska. He was born in Lincoln and his grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the Cornhuskers’ coach from 1954-63.

Hoiberg went 115-155 from 2010-15 with the Bulls.

In other college basketball news:

— Kansas guard Charlie Moore has decided to transfer for the second time after an uneventful season with the Jayhawks. Moore began his career at California before transferring to Kansas, where he sat out last season as the Jayhawks made a run to the Final Four.


The Beard goes for 50

UNDATED (AP) — James Harden had 50 points 11 rebounds and 10 assists, scoring 10 straight Houston points down the stretch to help the Rockets beat the Sacramento Kings 119-108 on Saturday.

Harden had his 42nd career triple-double and third 50-point game in the last six. He made seven 3-pointers to become the ninth player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career 3s.

Houston had a three-point lead when Harden re-entered with less than seven minutes left. Willie Cauley-Stein made an alley-oop dunk to cut it to one before Harden scored all of Houston’s points in a 10-2 run that made it 111-102 with three minutes to go. Harden grabbed the rebound after a miss by Marvin Bagley and found Clint Capela for a dunk that pushed the lead to 113-104.

In other NBA action:

— Tobias Harris scored 25 points for Philadelphia in Jimmy Butler’s jeer-filled return to Minnesota, helping the 76ers hang on to beat the Timberwolves 118-109 and move one step closer toward solidifying the No. 3 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs. Butler, who was booed each time he touched the ball, had a quiet night.

— Dion Waiters scored 28 points, Dwyane Wade added 16 in his last game at Madison Square Garden, and the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 100-92.

— Aaron Gordon had 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and the Orlando Magic racked up a season-high 37 assists in a 121-116 win over the Indiana Pacers to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Orlando remained a half-game behind Miami for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

— Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points and eight assists, as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-108. The victory pushed the Clippers’ record to 46-31, a half game back for San Antonio for the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

— D’Angelo Russell scored 20 of his 29 points in another blistering third quarter against Boston, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 110-96 victory over the short-handed Celtics.



LeBron James to sit out rest of the season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James’ first season with the Lakers is over.

The team announced Saturday he would sit out the remainder of its games, allowing him more time to rest the first significant injury of his career.

James was hurt in a victory over Golden State on Christmas and in his 16th season was forced to miss substantial time after being largely healthy since coming into the NBA as the first pick in the 2003 draft. He sat out 17 games before returning on Jan. 31, and the Lakers were unable to recover and make the playoffs.

They are 34-42 after beating Charlotte 129-115 on Friday, with James scoring 27 points in what turned out to be his final appearance.

It’s the first time James won’t play in the postseason since 2005, when he was in his second NBA season with Cleveland. He had appeared in the last eight NBA Finals.

James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 games.

In other NBA news:

— LeBron James will sit out the rest of the season, ending his first year with the Los Angeles Lakers with six games to play. The Lakers said Saturday that holding James out would allow his groin to fully heal. James is the NBA’s fifth-leading scorer with 27.4 points per game, and he averaged 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in his first season on the West Coast.

— The Toronto Raptors will be without forward Patrick McCaw for about weeks because of a sprained right thumb. He was hurt during Thursday night’s win at New York. He will wear a splint while he is sidelined. McCaw is averaging 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds through 26 games with Toronto. The Raptors lead the Atlantic Division and have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.


Hyde gets 1st win as manager, Orioles beat Yankees 5-3

UNDATED (AP) — Brandon Hyde earned his first win as Baltimore Orioles manager when slow-footed catcher Jesus Sucre was aggressive on the bases to score the go-ahead run, then added three late RBIs to beat the New York Yankees 5-3 Saturday.

Hyde, a Chicago Cubs coach for the past five seasons, was hired in December to fill the last manager opening in the major leagues.

In other MLB action:

— Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Rangers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-6, long after Yu Darvish flopped in the former Texas ace’s return to his first home in the majors.

— Reyes Moronta struck out five in two innings of lights-out relief work, including Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr., and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 for their first victory this season. The Giants were at risk of going 0-3 for the first time since 2012.

— Mark Canha hit a two-run homer in the fourth that held up for Brett Anderson, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2.

— Miguel Rojas and Martin Prado each had three hits and the Miami Marlins won for the first time this season, beating the Colorado Rockies 7-3.

—Christian Yelich became the first MVP to homer in the first three games of the following season, Josh Hader closed things out with an immaculate inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.

— Tyler Glasnow and four relievers shut down the Houston Astros after Alex Bregman’s first-inning homer, and the Tampa Bay Rays won 3-1. Bregman went deep on his 25th birthday, but Glasnow was otherwise excellent, striking out four and allowing six hits over five innings.

— Miguel Rojas and Martin Prado each had three hits and the Miami Marlins won for the first time this season, beating the Colorado Rockies 7-3. Limited to a total of six hits in a pair of losses to Colorado earlier this week, the Marlins broke loose for 16 hits against starter Tyler Anderson and four relievers.

—Jorge Soler had three hits and three RBIs, Alex Gordon scored three runs despite not getting a hit and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-6 on a wet, cold and windy day. Billy Hamilton got three hits and scored twice for the speedy Royals, off to a 2-0 start for the first time since their World Series-winning season in 2015. The first pitch was delayed 30 minutes because of rain. When the game began, it was 38 degrees and felt like 28, whipped by 18 mph winds.

— Bryce Harper homered deep into the second deck in right-center field for his first hit with Philadelphia and celebrated with an emphatic curtain call, highlighting the Phillies’ 8-6 win over the Atlanta Braves. Hitless over five at-bats this season after signing a $330 million, 13-year deal, Harper crushed Jesse Biddle’s fastball 465 feet with two outs in the seventh. Fans gave Harper a standing ovation and chanted “MVP! MVP!”

— J.D. Davis delivered a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning and rookie Pete Alonso contributed three hits and two RBIs as the new-look New York Mets improved to 2-0 with an 11-8 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

— Greg Allen hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning, then Cleveland reliever Brad Hand escaped a bases-loaded jam and the Indians held off the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Saturday. The three-time AL Central champion Indians posted their first win of the season and handed new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli his first loss. The teams combined for just six hits, four by the Indians.

— The second game of a series between the Pirates and Reds was postponed Saturday because of rain. The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes before it was called.


Hurricanes boost playoff hopes

UNDATED (AP) — Teuvo Teravainen and Dougie Hamilton scored 21 seconds apart in the first period, and the Carolina Hurricanes gave their playoff hopes a boost with a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Petr Mrazek made 30 saves for Carolina, which is in position for the first Eastern Conference wild card. The Hurricanes increased their lead to three points over Montreal and Columbus, both of which were playing Saturday night.

Seeking its first playoff appearance since 2009, Carolina also pulled within two points of Pittsburgh for the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division and could tie the Penguins in the standings with a win Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Claude Giroux and Oskar Lindblom scored and Cam Talbot made 27 saves for Philadelphia, which was eliminated from playoff contention.

In other NHL action:

— Cam Atkinson scored twice and Artemi Panarin had four assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators for their fourth straight win. Columbus maintains its hold on the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

— Anthony Duclair scored twice and Craig Anderson made 42 saves to help the last-place Ottawa Senators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. Toronto missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth, falling to 3-5-2 in its last 10 games.

— Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season, leading the Washington Capitals to a 6-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie also scored twice, while Braden Holtby finished with 25 saves as the Capitals won their fourth consecutive game.

— Jordan Eberle continued his scoring surge with another goal, Anthony Beauvillier added two of his own and the New York Islanders clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2016 with a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

— Defenseman Vince Dunn scored in close with 2.8 seconds left in overtime and the St. Louis Blues beat New Jersey 3-2 for their 11th straight victory over the Devils. Robert Thomas and Tyler Bozak also scored for the Blues.

— Troy Brouwer scored a short-handed goal and Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots to help the Florida Panthers beat Boston 4-1 and hand the Bruins their first loss at home since January. Boston has already clinched a playoff berth and will most likely open the postseason at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers have been eliminated from playoff contention.


Coyotes sign Schmaltz to 7-year contract extension

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed Nick Schmaltz to a seven-year contract extension.

Financial terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed. The 23-year-old Schmaltz arrived in the desert in a November trade that sent forward Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to Chicago.

Schmaltz got off to a strong start with the Coyotes, scoring five goals with nine assists in 17 games, but went down with a season-ending knee injury in December. He recently started skating as part of his rehabilitation.

Schmaltz had career highs of 21 goals and 31 assists in 78 games with the Blackhawks this season. He had seven goals and 18 assists in 40 combined games this season.


Busch wins Xfinity for chance at Texas tripleheader sweep

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Busch has set himself up for the chance at a Texas three-step.

Busch rocketed ahead of Tyler Reddick on the final restart with six laps remaining and won the NASCAR Xfinity race Saturday, setting up the possibility of a tripleheader weekend sweep in Texas.

While Busch will be going for his third career NASCAR tripleheader sweep — he did it at Bristol in 2010 and 2017 — he missed out on the chance for one at his home track in Las Vegas four weeks ago with a third-place Cup finish after winning the Xfinity and Truck Series races. He missed sweep chances at Texas in 2009 and 2014.

He got his 55th career Truck Series win Friday night at Texas, and will start 16th for Sunday’s Cup race at the 1 1/2-mile track where he won last spring. His 53 career Cup wins include three in Texas.


Woods beats McIlroy but upset later

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tiger Woods finally met his match Saturday, and it wasn’t Rory McIlroy.

Lucas Bjerregaard delivered the clutch shots so often seen from Woods to tie the match on the 16th hole and beat him on the 18th hole in a shocking conclusion when Woods missed a 4-foot putt. The victory sends the 27-year-old Dane into the semifinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play.

He called it a shame that the match ended the way it did.

Equally surprising was how Woods won earlier Saturday against McIlroy, a big match between the two biggest stars left at Austin Country Club. McIlroy was on the verge of squaring the match on the 16th hole when he had a short iron for his second shot into the par-5 16th. He made 7 and Woods closed him out on the next hole.