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BC-AP Sports Digest

March 31, 2019

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WASHINGTON _ Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and No. 1 overall seed Duke try to get to the Final Four by beating coach Tom Izzo’s Michigan State in the East Region final Sunday. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5:05 p.m.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Auburn looks to topple SEC nemesis Kentucky as the Tigers take on the second-seeded Wildcats for spot in the Final Four. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 2:20 p.m.

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An early preview of the Final Four in Minneapolis. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Kevin Kisner and Matt Kuchar meet in the final of the Dell Technologies Match Play, the second straight all-American final in this World Golf Championship. Kisner was the runner-up last year. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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FORT WORTH, Texas _ Jimmie Johnson, his career-long winless streak up to 65 races, starts from the pole at Texas. Kyle Busch has a chance for a NASCAR tripleheader weekend sweep. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Race starts at 3 p.m.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. _ It’s fair to say there would be no Final Four for Texas Tech if there weren’t plenty of places like Fort Scott. Fort Scott Community College in Kansas is one of the 11 stops Red Raiders coach Chris Beard made before he landed the top job in Lubbock, Texas, where he’s built the Red Raiders into a title contender in a mere three years. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 600 words, photos.



ALBANY, N.Y. _ Second-seeded UConn will try to advance to the Final Four for a 12th consecutive year when it faces No. 1 seed Louisville. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at noon.


PORTLAND, Ore. _ The second-seeded Oregon Ducks vie for their first-ever trip to the Final Four on Sunday against top-seeded Mississippi State. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m.


GREENSBORO, N.C. _ For the first time in this NCAA Tournament, top overall seed Baylor might actually face a challenge: Finding a way to slow Megan Gustafson. The nation’s leading scorer has second-seeded Iowa in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photos by 5 p.m.



SEATTLE _ The Seattle Mariners look to take three of four from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox as the teams close out their four-game series. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:10 p.m.


WASHINGTON _ The New York Mets look to starter Zach Wheeler in their bid to complete a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:35 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA _ Bryce Harper tries to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a sweep of the Atlanta Braves. Jake Arrieta gets the start for Philly. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


NEW YORK _ Yankees LHP J.A. Happ makes his first start since returning to New York on a free agent deal this offseason. RHP Dylan Bundy is set to make his first start of the season for Baltimore. By Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.


ARLINGTON, Texas _ Cole Hamels is the second former Rangers ace to pitch against Texas in consecutive days, when the lefty and the Chicago Cubs wrap up a season-opening three-game series. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 4:05 p.m.



MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ Roger Federer tries to become the first repeat champion in professional tennis this year when he faces defending champion John Isner on Sunday in the final at the Miami Open. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Match begins at 1:10 p.m.



SAN ANTONIO _ The Spurs continue the jostling for seeding near the bottom of the playoff race with all the West postseason spots already set. Sacramento is the opponent. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.



TORONTO _ The Canadian Women’s Hockey League will discontinue operations on May 1, the league announced Sunday. A week after the Calgary Inferno won the league championship and hoisted the Clarkson Cup trophy, the CWHL said in Toronto that the 12-year-old league will discontinue operations May 1. SENT: 420 words; will be updated.


PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes _ both battling for a playoff spot _ meet on Sunday night. The Penguins are third in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes are currently in the top wild card spot. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.


BUFFALO, N.Y. _ The Columbus Blue Jackets have won four straight to move into eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings in preparing to play the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.


SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The Calgary Flames visit the San Jose Sharks in a matchup between the top teams in the Pacific Division. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.



SAKHIR, Bahrain _ Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton profited from Ferrari’s latest failure and won a dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. The race looked likely to finish a Ferrari 1-2 for Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. But Vettel cracked under the pressure of Hamilton’s attack with less than 20 laps left and span out of contention. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 830 words, photos.


_ SOC--LIVERPOOL-TOTTENHAM _ Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League as a 90th-minute own-goal from Toby Alderweireld gave Juergen Klopp’s team all three points at Anfield on Sunday in a 2-1 win over third-placed Tottenham. SENT: 190 words, will be updated.

_ SOC--SPANISH RDP _ Third-place Real Madrid hosts last-place Huesca, while Sevilla welcomes Valencia, Real Betis visits Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad plays at Valladolid and Eibar is at Levante. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

_ SOR--GERMAN RDP _ Schalke visits Hannover for a relegation battle and Eintracht Frankfurt can stake a claim for Champions League qualification with a win at home over Stuttgart. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

_ SOC--ITALIAN RDP _ A 4-1 thrashing at home by Napoli on Sunday added another chapter to Roma’s season of discontent. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 540 words, photos.

_ SOC--FRENCH RDP _ Forward Enzo Crivelli scored the winner as Caen upset Monaco 1-0 in the French league to move out of the relegation zone on Sunday. SENT: 250 words; will be updated.

_ SOC--CARDIFF-CHELSEA _ Cardiff manager Neil Warnock stood in the center circle, hands on hips, silently staring toward the referee and his assistants after an officiating mistake helped Chelsea to come back and win 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.



TOKYO _ Russian Timofey Nasyukhin upset American Eddie Alvarez with a first-round technical knockout in the mixed martial arts One Championship on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo’s premier sumo venue. Nasyukhin floored Alvarez with a right hand to the side of the head with 55 seconds left in the opening round of the lightweight bout, which was Alvarez’s debut with One Championship. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 470 words, photos.


_ GLF--DOMINICAN REPUBLIC _ Graeme McDowell led by one shot heading into the final round of the PGA Tour event in the Dominican Republic. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

_ GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS _ Kevin Sutherland takes a three-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Rapiscan Systems Classic at Fallen Oak in Biloxi, Mississippi. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m.

_ GLF--LPGA TOUR _ Seeking to end a yearlong victory drought, Inbee Park led by one shot entering the final round of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10 p.m.

_ GLF--INDIAN OPEN _ Stephen Gallacher birdied three of his last four holes in a stunning comeback to win the Indian Open on Sunday. SENT: 150 words.









Sunday Time Schedule (EDT)

Men’s NCAA Tournament

Regional Final

Midwest: Auburn vs. Kentucky at Anaheim, California, 2:20 p.m.

East: Michigan State vs. Duke at Washington, 5:05 p.m.

Women’s NCAA Tournament

Regional Final

UConn vs. Louisville at Albany, N.Y., noon.

Mississippi State vs. Oregon at Portland, Oregon, 2 p.m.


Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Detroit at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Houston at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Colorado at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Cleveland at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Texas, 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 4:07 p.m.

Boston at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

San Francisco at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.


Milwaukee at Atlanta, 12:30 p.m.

Dallas at Oklahoma City, 3:30 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 6 p.m.

Sacramento at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

Washington at Denver, 8 p.m.

Charlotte at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.

Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 12:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Arizona, 5 p.m.

Carolina at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.

Columbus at Buffalo, 6 p.m.

Boston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Calgary at San Jose, 8 p.m.


D.C. United at Orlando City, 6:30 p.m.

Portland at LA Galaxy, 9 p.m.