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Top seeds advance, longshots win in NCAA tournament...Nuggets catch Warriors...Wild top Caps

March 23, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — No. 1 seeds Duke, North Carolina and Virginia have advanced to the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett scored 25 points apiece in the Blue Devils’ 85-62 win over North Dakota State, and Cameron Johnson had 21 points and freshman Nassir Little had 19 off the bench to help the Tar Heels knock off Iona, 88-73. De’Andre Hunter scored a team-high 23 points and the Cavaliers rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Gardner-Webb, 71-56.

UNDATED (AP) — Caleb Homesley scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half and Lovell Cabbil hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:16 to play to send 12th-seeded Liberty to an 80-76 win over fifth-seeded Mississippi State in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. No. 13 UC Irvine got back-to-back 3-pointers from Evan Leonard to spark the deciding run in a 70-64 upset over Kansas State. And No. 12 Oregon continued its postseason run as Payton Pritchard scored 19 points and Louis King added 17 in a 72-54 stifling of Wisconsin.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Denver Nuggets are dead even with the Golden State Warriors for first place in the NBA’s Western Conference. The Nuggets picked up their sixth consecutive victory as Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kihch) contributed 21 points and 17 rebounds to a 111-93 rout of the Knicks in New York. Will Barton added 10 of his 12 points while the Nuggets were building a 37-18 lead in the opening period.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Luke Kunin (KOO’-nihn) scored the go-ahead goal with 7:35 left as the Wild downed the Caps, 2-1 to move into the second wild-card spot in the NHL’s Western Conference. Jordan Greenway also tallied and Ryan Donato had two assists to back Devan Dubnyk (DOOB’-nihk), who haned 21 shots in Minnesota’s first win in three games. The Capitals still lead the Metropolitan Division by three points over the Islanders and Penguins with seven games to play.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Astros and third baseman Alex Bregman have worked out a five-year, $100 million contract that begins in 2020. His 2019 contract was renewed this month by the Astros for a major league salary of $640,500 this year. Bregman last season batted .286 with 31 home runs, a league-leading 51 doubles and 103 RBIs.