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NCAA No. 1 seeds ... Woods, Els to captain Australia’s Presidents Cup ... Putin says he approved plane shootdown before Sochi Games

March 12, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — The No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier with the top-ranked Cavaliers getting preferential seeding in the South Region. The first four games in Dayton, Ohio, will be LIU-Brooklyn against Radford and St. Bonaventure against UCLA on Tuesday night, and North Carolina Central against Texas Southern and Arizona State against Syracuse on Wednesday night.

UNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will duel in the Presidents Cup again, this time as captains. Two people involved in the Presidents Cup tell The Associated Press that Woods and Els have agree to be captains for the 2019 matches in Melbourne.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he approved of a plan to shoot down a hijacked passenger jet in 2014, right before the Winter Olympics in Sochi. A Ukrainian man tried to hijack a Turkey-bound flight and demand that it go to the Winter Games. Instead, the pilot tricked the man, who was drunk and falsely claimed he had a bomb, and landed in Istanbul.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that free agent ace Jake Arrieta and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year deal. Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract is pending a physical. The deal is reportedly worth $75 million. NBC Sports Philadelphia first reported the agreement.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward has agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers and Hayward’s agent, David Mulugheta, have confirmed the deal. NFL.com first reported the extension, which includes $20 million guaranteed. Hayward has been selected for the Pro Bowl in each of his two seasons with the Chargers, who signed him as a free agent from Green Bay in 2016.

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