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Top seeds advance...Oregon stays hot...Gronk retires...Keselowski tames Martinsville...Casey wins

March 25, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — No. 1 seeds Duke, Virginia and North Carolina have played themselves into the Sweet 16 in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Zion Williamson had 32 points and RJ Barrett scored on a putback to put the Blue Devils ahead in a 77-76 triumph over UCF. Mamadi Diakite (MAH’-mah-dee dee-ah-KEE’-tay) scored 14 points in the Cavaliers’ 63-51 victory over Oklahoma, and Luke Maye delivered 20 points and 14 rebounds in the Tar Heels’ 81-59 romp over Washington.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Oregon is the lone double-digit seed remaining in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament following its 73-54 thumping of UC Irvine. Payton Pritchard dropped in 18 points and Louis King added 16 as Oregon won its 10th in a row following a 15-12 start. The 12th-seeded Ducks used a 15-3 run in the second half to take control and end the Anteaters’ 17-game winning streak.

BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement after nine NFL seasons, saying on Instagram that it was the biggest decision of his life. Gronkowski thanked team owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick for the opportunity to play in the league. Gronkowski had 521 career receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 games while winning three Super Bowl rings.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brad Keselowski routed the field at Martinsville Speedway to give Team Penske its third Cup victory through the first six races of the NASCAR season. Keselowski led 446 of the 500 laps around the shortest track on the NASCAR schedule, giving the new Ford Mustang its third win of the season. Chase Elliott was the only driver to pass Keselowski, holding the lead for 49 laps before finishing second.

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Paul Casey has become the first back-to-back winner in the 19-year history of the Valspar Championship. Casey closed with a 1-over 72 for an 8 under total, one shot ahead of Jason Kokrak (KOHK’-rak) and Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hay-zehn). Kokrak and Oosthuizen each had a share of the lead on the back nine.