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March 29, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ty Jerome scored 13 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining, and No. 1 seed Virginia reached its second regional final in four years with a 53-49 victory over No. 12 Oregon in the NCAA South Region. In the West Region, Texas Tech defeated Michigan 63-44. Purdue advances in the South after taking Tennessee 99-94 in overtime. Gonzaga beat Florida state 72-58.

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 38 points and the Houston Rockets used a huge second quarter to build the lead and get an easy 112-85 win over the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets entered the day just a half-game behind the first-place Golden State Warriors in the West.

TORONTO (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Christian Stewart hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on opening day. Zimmermann, who pitched a no-hitter for Washington on the final day of the 2014 season, came close to bookending it.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manny Machado went hitless in his first game with the San Diego Padres and Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. singled twice in his big league debut, a 2-0 opening win over the San Francisco Giants. The Padres signaled their intentions to move beyond the rebuilding stage when they signed Machado to a $300 million, 10-year contract.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tiger Woods lost his match but still has a chance in the Dell Technologies Match Play. Woods, who lost on the 17th hole to Brandt Snedeker, can still advance if he wins his match and Snedeker loses or halves his match. A group that includes defending champion Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson were mathematically eliminated Thursday.