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UConn holds of Louisville...Rays beat Astros...Yelich ties MLB record start

March 31, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 29 points and second-seeded UConn held off No. 1 Louisville 80-73 in the NCAA Albany Regional Final, extending the Huskies’ record Final Four run to 12 consecutive years. The Huskies have won six national championships and had a 111-game winning streak during their remarkable Final Four run. They will be looking to try to reach the title game for the first time in three years after losing on last-second shots in the past two national semifinals.

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yonny Chirinos covered splendidly for Tampa Bay’s taxed bullpen, Austin Meadows hit his second homer and the Rays took three of four games from the Houston Astros with a 3-1 victory. Chirinos pitched seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks while striking out six. The only run came on Jake Marisnick’s homer in the sixth. Diego Castillo, the fourth Tampa Bay reliever, closed out a three-hitter with three outs in the ninth. None of those relievers threw more than 17 pitches.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) of the Milwaukee Brewers has extended his season-opening home run streak to four games, tying the major league record for homers in consecutive games to start a season. Yelich also became the first player to win the MVP award and then homer in his first four games of the next season. He hit 36 home runs in 2018. Yelich connected in the first inning today off the St. Louis Cardinals’ Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh), sending a 1-0 fastball into the second deck at Miller Park.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer has become tennis’ first repeat champion of 2019. He won his 101st career title today by beating defending champion John Isner in the Miami Open final, 6-1, 6-4.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kevin Kisner outlasted British Open champion Francesco Molinari and reached the Dell Technologies Match Play final. It’s the second straight year for Kisner to reach the championship match at Austin Country Club, and the second straight year for an All-American final. Matt Kuchar won his semifinal match this morning against Lucas Bjerregaard.