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March 31, 2019


Krzyzewski-Izzo matchup highlights Elite Eight

UNDATED (AP) — A coaching matchup for the ages highlights Sunday’s regional finals in the NCAA Tournament.

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo (IH’-zoh) face off in the East Region. Krzyzewski has 12 Final Four trips and five national titles. Izzo has seven Final Four appearances and a national championship since taking over at Michigan State in 1995.

History favors Duke against Michigan State — the Blue Devils have won nine of the past 10 and seven straight in the series, including a victory in the 2015 Final Four. But Krzyzewski says what happened in the past doesn’t matter - “you play the team that you’re going to play against right now.”

In Sunday’s other regional final, Kentucky faces Auburn in the Midwest.

Auburn already has NCAA Tournament wins over Kansas and North Carolina. The Tigers’ most recent loss was an 80-53 defeat at Kentucky. Since then, the Tigers have won 11 straight overall, including the SEC Tournament, on their way to the Elite Eight.

Auburn will be without Chuma Okeke, who tore his left ACL in the win over North Carolina on Friday night.


Women’s Elite Eight features all top seeds

UNDATED (AP) — The cream of women’s basketball has risen to the top.

For the fourth time since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams, all the No. 1 and 2 seeds have advanced to the regional finals.

It last happened in 2012, when Baylor won the national championship. The Lady Bears are in position to reach their first Final Four since that season when they face second-seeded Iowa on Monday night. Notre Dame, which Baylor beat for the title that season, will play Stanford in the other Elite Eight game Monday. By that point, two teams will already have earned a spot in Tampa for the national semifinals Friday night.

Top seed Louisville faces UConn on Sunday, and then No. 1 seed Mississippi State will play Oregon.


Hawks lose center Dedmon to season-ending ankle injury

UNDATED (AP) — Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon will miss the rest of the season with a left ankle injury.

The Hawks say Dedmon has been scheduled for a non-surgical procedure to address ongoing left ankle soreness. He is expected to be cleared for regular workouts following what the team says will be a short rehabilitation period.

Dedmon has started 52 of Atlanta’s 64 games this season and averages 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds.

In other NBA news:

— Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) is out for Sunday’s Milwaukee Bucks’ game against the Atlanta Hawks because of a right ankle sprain. Antetokounmpo aggravated the ankle injury after scoring 34 points in the Bucks’ 128-118 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. He left the game midway through the fourth quarter and did not return. Milwaukee entered Sunday’s game 3½ games ahead of Toronto in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The decision to rest Antetokounmpo came with the Bucks close to securing home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.


Braves and Phillies wrap up 3-game series

UNDATED (AP) — Bryce Harper and the Phillies conclude their first series a day after he hit a mammoth home run and got a rather enthusiastic curtain call for the second game of the season.

Harper’s homer was projected to 465 feet, traveling well into the second deck in right-center field at Citizens Bank Park. The crowd responded with a long ovation, including the Phillie Phanatic, who wore cleats bearing Harper’s face after Harper did the same for the green, fuzzy mascot in his Phillies debut.

Right-hander Jake Arrieta is scheduled to start for Philadelphia against Braves rookie righty Kyle Wright.

It will be the first of the ESPN Sunday night telecasts that start an hour earlier this season.

Among other Sunday games:

— The Blue Jays and Tigers are set to finish a four-game series after each of the first three ended in a shutout. The Tigers won 2-0 on opening day, and the Blue Jays followed with 6-0 and 3-0 victories. Toronto threw just three shutouts all of last season, the fewest in the majors. Detroit was last with two. Matt Moore is set to make his first start with Detroit, and Trent Thornton is tabbed to make his major league debut for the Jays.

— Twins right-hander Michael Pineda will step onto a major league mound for the first time since July 5, 2017, when he was pitching for the Yankees. He had Tommy John surgery later that month, signed with the Twins in the offseason, and spent all of 2018 on the disabled list. Pineda pitched a team-high 20 1/3 innings in spring training and struck out 20. He’ll face Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who is coming off a year in which he set a career high with 231 strikeouts in 192 innings.

— The Astros hope to get Carlos Correa back at shortstop after he missed the season’s first three games with neck stiffness. Aledmys Diaz filled in for the first two games against Tampa Bay and made two errors. Alex Bregman slid over from third to short Saturday and hit his first homer of the season on his 25th birthday. Veteran lefty Wade Miley is slated to make his first start with the Astros after signing a $4.5 million, one-year free agent deal. Yonny Chirino starts for the Rays.


Man hospitalized after fight outside Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a 47-year-old man has been hospitalized after an argument turned violent outside Dodger Stadium.

Police say the man was punched once by another man and fell to the ground in a parking lot following the six-hour game Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Christel Reyna says her husband, Rafael Reyna, sustained a skull fracture and is on life support following the encounter.

Reyna says she was on the phone with her husband as he was leaving the stadium and heard a woman and a man arguing with him.

She says she heard a crack and then her husband started moaning.

Police say they are investigating the encounter as an assault. No arrests have been made.


Canadian Women’s Hockey League going out of business

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian Women’s Hockey League will discontinue operations on May 1.

The league announced the news Sunday, a week after the 12th edition of its championship game, the Clarkson Cup.

In a statement, the league said: “Unfortunately, while the on-ice hockey is exceptional, the business model has proven to be economically unsustainable.”

The CWHL was founded in 2007 with a mandate to increase interest in women’s hockey. The league has six teams — four in Canada, one in the United States and one in Shenzhen, China.

The Calgary Inferno won the title game last Sunday, beating the Montreal Candiennes 5-2.