Update on the latest in sports:
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Guy, Salt help No. 2 Virginia beat NC State 76-56 in ACCs
UNDATED (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, and second-ranked Virginia pulled away in the second half to beat North Carolina State 76-56 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Big man Jack Salt provided an unexpected offensive boost with a career-high 18 points for the top-seeded Cavaliers, who trailed 29-27 at halftime.
Markell Johnson had 13 points to lead the eighth-seeded Wolfpack.
In other Top-25 results:
— Eric Paschall had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 25 Villanova took control in final nine minutes to beat Providence 73-62 in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament. Collin Gillespie added 19 points and six assists for the top-seeded and two-time defending champion Wildcats. Villanova capitalized on a 17-5 run to beat the Friars for the third time this season.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-NEWS
Williamson to play vs Syracuse
UNDATED (AP) — Duke freshman star Zion Williamson will play in the Blue Devils’ quarterfinal matchup with Syracuse Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
The fifth-ranked Blue Devils announced Williamson’s status Thursday morning after he had missed nearly six full games with a knee sprain.
The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of last month’s loss to North Carolina. The Blue Devils had been 3-3 with Williamson out.
Williamson — The Associated Press’ player and newcomer of the year in the ACC — is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds.
In other Top-25 news:
— LSU says Will Wade won’t resume his duties as men’s basketball coach unless he speaks to university officials about the reports of an FBI wiretap that resulted in his suspension. Thursday’s statement comes amid reports that Wade wants to resume his duties as the ninth-ranked Tigers prepare for the postseason. LSU suspended Wade indefinitely last week following reports that FBI wire-tap captured his telephone conversations with a person convicted last year of funneling money to the families of basketball recruits.
Lefty reliever Sipp passes physical, signs with Nationals
UNDATED (AP) — Left-handed reliever Tony Sipp has passed his physical and signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals that guarantees him $1.25 million and includes a mutual option for 2020.
The Nationals announced an agreement with Sipp on Thursday.
The 35-year-old Sipp was 3-1 with a career-best 1.86 ERA in 54 games for the Houston Astros last season, with 42 strikeouts and 13 walks in 38 2/3 innings.
Lefty batters hit .191 with a .263 on-base percentage against Sipp in 2018.
Sipp makes a $1 million salary in 2019. The contract includes a $2.5 million mutual option for next year, with a $250,000 buyout.
This move gives Washington’s rebuilt bullpen someone to use in a key spot against left-handed batters — such as Bryce Harper, the former Nationals slugger who joined NL East rival Philadelphia.
In other baseball news:
— Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) has been picked to start the Milwaukee Brewers’ opener against St. Louis on March 28. The 31-year-old right-hander was 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 35 starts last season. He also started openers for Colorado in 2013 and San Diego in 2017.
— Major League Baseball and its players’ union have agreed to discuss renegotiating their labor contract that has three seasons left. This is part of a deal that includes modest rule changes for 2020 and drops pitch clocks until 2022 at the earliest. Players have been furious at slow free-agent markets during the first two offseasons of the five-year labor contract. The agreement eliminates all trades from July 31 through the end of the season starting this year, though players who clear outright waivers can still be claimed and will be eligible for the postseason if they are in the organization before Sept. 1. And, mound visits without pitching changes will be cut from six to five.
— A New Jersey appeals court has upheld a $1.5 million jury award to former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams over his firing by the MLB Network. The former closer nicknamed “Wild Thing” for his on-field antics was fired in 2014 after reports about his conduct at a youth game where he was coaching his son’s team. MLB Network fired Williams, citing a morals clause in his contract. Williams sued for breach of contract, and a jury decided in his favor in 2017. The network appealed, arguing the trial judge made unfair evidence rulings and erred by not dismissing the case before it went to trial.
Latest on NFL free agency
UNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are keeping a key piece to their offense from last year’s playoff team. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, the Seahawks have reached agreement on a two-year deal with offensive linemen D.J. Fluker. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Thursday because the team had not announced the deal. Fluker was a key influence in Seattle’s resurgence as the top running team in the NFL.
Among other moves:
— The Dallas Cowboys have reached agreements on one-year deals to keep receiver Tavon Austin and add defensive tackle Christian Covington.
— The Pittsburgh Steelers have added depth at wide receiver, signing former Jacksonville Jaguar Donte Moncrief to a two-year deal. The team also re-signed veteran backup Eli Rogers to a two-year contract.
— The Detroit Lions have signed a trio of free agents to address pressing needs: defensive end Trey Flowers, cornerback Justin Coleman and tight end Jesse James.
— The Patriots have completed a trade with the Eagles for defensive end Michael Bennett. New England is sending a fifth-round draft pick in 2020 in exchange for the 33-year-old veteran edge rusher. In addition to Bennett, Philadelphia is also sending the Patriots its seventh-round pick in 2020.
— The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with former Tampa Bay and Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker.
— A person familiar with the discussions confirms to The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign return specialist and receiver Andre Roberts. Roberts has eight seasons of NFL experience and earned his first All-Pro honors last season after leading the NFL with 1,174 kickoff return yards with the New York Jets. He also led the NFL in averaging 14.1 yards per punt return.
— The New York Jets have released running back Isaiah Crowell, an expected move after the team agreed to terms early Wednesday morning with Le’Veon Bell. Crowell spent one season with the Jets after playing his first four in Cleveland. He broke the franchise record with 219 yards rushing on just 15 carries in New York’s win over Denver in Week 5. He also set the team mark with 231 yards from scrimmage.
NEW YORK (AP) — NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura has earned the most in performance-based pay given out by the NFL. Skura, an undrafted player in 2016, earned a total of $533,558, nearly doubling his 2018 salary.
The program is a collectively bargained benefit that compensates all players, including rookies, based upon their playing time and salary levels.
NFL players will receive $140.88 million in performance-based pay” for the 2018 season.
The players’ union will dedicate $48 million in benefits or, $1.5 million per team, to fund the veteran performance-based compensation pool for players with one or more accrued seasons. In total, $188.88 million will be disbursed to players under the combined pools.
Sharks defenseman Radim Simek needs knee ligament surgery
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek needs surgery for torn ligaments in his right knee.
General manager Doug Wilson said Thursday that Simek tore his ACL and MCL after a hit in Tuesday night’s win against Winnipeg.
Simek has one goal and eight assists in 41 games this season. He has mostly been paired with Brent Burns.
The first-place Sharks have depth at defense and will move Joakim Ryan into the lineup. Erik Karlsson remains sidelined by a groin injury but is expected to be healthy for the playoffs.
Shiffrin, Paris win World Cup super-G titles
SOLDEU, Andorra (AP) — Mikaela (mih-KAY’-luh) Shiffrin won the World Cup super-G title for her 10th career crystal globe.
Shiffrin, who locked up the overall and the slalom titles weeks ago, is the first woman since Tina Maze (MAH’-zeh) six years ago to win discipline titles in a technical and a speed event in the same season.
This season, Shiffrin’s title chase got a boost because several races she had not entered were canceled, most notably last week in Sochi, where two super-Gs were called off because of bad weather.
HORSE RACING-SANTA ANA-FATALITY
22nd horse suffers fatal injuries at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A filly broke both front legs at the end of a workout on the main dirt track at Santa Anita and has been euthanized, becoming the 22nd horse to suffer catastrophic injuries since Dec. 26.
Trainer and owner David Bernstein says the 3-year-old filly named Princess Lili B broke down just past the finish line on Thursday morning.
Santa Anita had reopened its main track for limited workouts on Monday, with horses limited to jogging and galloping while the surface was monitored for any irregularities that may have caused the deaths of 22 horses since the winter meet began on Dec. 26.
This week’s workouts were the first conducted under the track’s new training protocols, which include two veterinarians observing each horse going to and from the track.
Brown says athlete review finds no concerns
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Brown University spokesman says the Ivy League school has completed “a case-by-case review” of its athletes, which “generated zero concerns” related to the college admissions scandal.
Brian Clark said Thursday that the review looked at every varsity athlete admitted and enrolled as part of the athletic recruitment process over the last four years.
He says it’s part of an effort to verify the integrity of the admissions process.
Golfer Phil Mickelson on Thursday said his family hired the man at the center of the alleged scheme, William “Rick” Singer, but emphasized they were not involved in any fraud.
Mickelson’s daughter attends Brown.
Asked about her, Clark declined to disclose student names but said university officials reviewed a student’s application material and academic credentials and that the review “raised no concerns at all.”