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LSU beats Maryland with last-second shot...AP source: Astros, Verlander agree to 2-year extension...Bruins extend Chara

March 23, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Third-seeded LSU is heading to the Sweet 16 for first time since reaching the Final Four in 2006. The Tigers beat Maryland 69-67 today in a thrilling finish to their second-round East Regional game. Tremont Waters drove around three defenders and flipped in a shot with 1.6 seconds remaining. LSU will next face the winner of tonight’s Michigan State-Minnesota game.

UNDATED (AP) — Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $66 million, two-year contract extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The agreement will keep the 36-year-old right-hander in Houston through the 2021 season. Verlander was entering the last year of his contract. He was traded from Detroit to Houston in August of 2017 and helped the Astros win their first World Series that season.

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed catcher Pedro Severino off waivers from the Washington Nationals. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter batted .187 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 105 games over the last four seasons with the Nationals. To make room for Severino on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Stevie Wilkerson for assignment.

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have signed 42-year-old defenseman Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY’-noh CHAH’-rah) to a one-year, $2 million contract extension. Chara is in his 13th season with Boston and 21st in the NHL. He is the second-oldest active NHL player, behind Pittsburgh’s Matt Cullen. In 55 games this season, Chara has four goals and seven assists. He led the Bruins to the playoffs in nine of his 12 completed seasons with the team, including a Stanley Cup title in 2010-11.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose has undergone arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. The Timberwolves announced today that Rose had the procedure done at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The Wolves previously said Rose was unlikely to play again this season. They’re already eliminated from playoff contention.