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Eight advance to NCAA regional semis...Big deals for Sale, Verlander, Goldschmidt

March 24, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State will take on LSU in the NCAA men’s basketball regional semifinals on Thursday. The Spartans are back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2015 after Xavier Tillman scored a team-high 14 points in a 70-50 rout of Minnesota. Tremont Waters drove past three defenders and flipped in a shot with 1.6 to give the third-seeded Tigers a 69-67 triumph over Maryland.

UNDATED (AP) — Top seed Gonzaga will battle No. 4 Florida State in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday. The Bulldogs earned an 83-71 win over Baylor behind Brandon Clarke’s five monster dunks, five blocks and 36 points. Mfiondu Kabengele (kab-ehn-GAY’-lee) scored 22 points and Terance Mann added 18 in fourth-seed Florida State’s 90-62 dismantling of Murray State.

UNDATED (AP) — Carsen Edwards had a career night, scoring 42 points as Purdue knocked out reigning national champion Villanova, 87-61 to reach the NCAA men’s basketball regional semifinals. Matt Haarms added 18 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Boilermakers, who will play either Iowa or Tennessee on Thursday. Reid Travis had 14 points and 11 rebounds as second seed Kentucky got past Wofford, 62-56 to earn a Sweet 16 meeting with Houston or Ohio State.

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan is back in the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year after pulling away for a 64-49 win over Florida. Jordan Poole scored 19 points and fueled a game-ending, 13-5 spurt as the Wolverines advanced to face Buffalo or Texas Tech. Auburn is headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 16 years after Bryce Brown nailed seven 3-pointers while scoring 25 points in the Tigers, 89-75 dismantling of Kansas.

UNDATED (AP) — In Major League Baseball signings, ace left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a new contract that guarantees an additional $145 million from 2020 to 2024. Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year, $66 million contract extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. Paul Goldschmidt will be a Cardinal through the 2024 season after accepting five-year, $130 million extension that will take effect following the 2019 season.