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Minnesota beats Louisville...LSU slips past Yale...Ichiro Suzuki retires

March 21, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota has rolled past Louisville 86-76 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. It’s the first tournament win in Richard Pitino’s six seasons coaching the Gophers, and it came against the school that fired his father, Rick Pitino, in 2017. Freshman Gale Kalscheur had 24 points and Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey each had 18 points for the 10th-seeded Gophers.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Skylar Mays hit four free throws in the final 15 seconds to help embattled LSU slip past 14th-seeded Yale 79-74. Mays scored 19 points but sealed the game from the charity stripe, and the Tigers needed each one of his free throws. Yale hit four 3-pointers in the final minute and whittled an 18-point deficit to three in the closing seconds.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Top-seeded Duke will have 6-foot-11 center Marques Bolden back for its NCAA Tournament opener against North Dakota State, but will be minus forward Jack White. White hurt a hamstring in the ACC championship game and won’t play against the 16th-seeded Bison in the East Region game tomorrow night. Bolden missed the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a sprained ankle.

TOKYO (AP) — Baseball’s all-time hits leader says he has taken his final swing. Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement today in Tokyo, after his Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 5-4 in 12 innings. The 45-year-old went 0 for 4 in the second game of the Major League Baseball season. He left the field in the eighth inning, waving goodbye to the packed crowd amid hugs from his teammates.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) has returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing a heart procedure in December. Sabathia allowed one run and two hits over two innings today in a minor league exhibition game, striking out three for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo, Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate. Sabathia, who has announced he’s retiring after the season, said he “felt great” after his 26-pitch outing.