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April 7, 2019


Virginia, Texas Tech reach title game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Virginia and Texas Tech have never appeared in an NCAA men’s basketball championship game, but that will change on Monday. The Cavaliers have advanced with help from a questionable call, while the Red Raiders moved on with a stifling defensive performance.

Kyle Guy sank three free throws with 0.6 seconds left as the Cavaliers survived a frantic rally by Auburn in a 63-62 triumph over the Tigers. The Cavaliers inbounded the ball with 1.5 seconds left and got the ball to Guy, who was bumped by the Tigers’ Samir Doughty on a 3-point shot from the corner.

The buzzer sounded and Auburn thought it had won, but official James Breeding had called a foul and sent Guy to the line. Seconds earlier, it appeared the officials also missed a double-dribble by Virginia’s Ty Jerome.

The free throws came after the Tigers used a 14-0 run to erase a 10-point deficit and take a 61-57 lead with 19.3 seconds remaining. Auburn had a chance to go ahead by three with 7.4 seconds to play, but Jared Harper could only make the front end of a one-and-one.

Guy finished with 15 points, while Ty Jerome had team highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. De’Andre Hunter had 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting for the Cavaliers, who are in the title game for the first time in team history.

Samir Doughty had a team-high 13 points for the Tigers.

The Red Raiders also won a low-scoring game by limiting Michigan State to 31.9% from the floor in a 61-51 victory over the Spartans. Matt Mooney matched his season-high with 22 points, including three 3-pointers over the span of 3 minutes to give Texas Tech a 13-point lead midway through the second half. Mooney helped the Red Raiders advance despite a quiet performance by Jarrett Culver, who was held to 10 points and five boards.

Cassius Winston led the Spartans with 16 points, but it came on 4-for-16 shooting. He didn’t score his first second-half points until more than 10 minutes had elapsed.

The other Spartans combined for just 35 points in the team’s season-low offensive display.

Michigan State is now 1-7 in national semifinal games under coach Tom Izzo (IH’-zoh).


Tennessee Tech hires former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Arkansas and South Alabama coach John Pelphrey is returning to the head coaching ranks by taking over the Tennessee Tech program.

Pelphrey replaces Steve Payne, who resigned last month after going 118-134 in eight seasons.


Hall of Famers announced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NBA stars Vlade Divac (VHA;-day DEE’-vahts), Sidney Moncrief (MAHN’-kreef) and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Saturday.

Also selected were NBA players Al Attles, Carl Braun, Chuck Cooper, Bobby Jones and Paul Westphal. NBA coach Bill Fitch and WNBA great Teresa Weatherspoon were selected as well.

Two teams will also be inducted. The Tennessee A&I men’s teams from 1957-59 are to be honored after winning back-to-back titles. And the Wayland Baptist University women’s team will be inducted for winning 131 consecutive games from 1953-58 and 10 Amateur Athletic Union national championships overall.

The class will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sept. 6.


3 homers lead Twins past Phils

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have dropped two of three since a 4-0 start.

Max Kepler and Willians Astudillo hit back-to-back homers before Eddie Rosario clubbed a three-run shot in the Twins’ 6-2 win at Philadelphia. Minnesota was clinging to a 3-2 lead in the ninth until Rosario slammed his first home run of the year.

Winning pitcher Michael Pineda (pih-NAY’-dah) allowed two runs and four hits while striking out five in five-plus innings to help the Twins improve to 5-2.

Rhys Hoskins homered for the Phils.

In Saturday’s other major league action:

— The Cubs cooled off the Brewers as Jason Heyward had his first two-homer game for Chicago in a 14-8 slugfest at Milwaukee. Javier Baez and Victor Caratini also left the ballpark as the Cubs dropped the Brew Crew to 7-2.

— The Diamondbacks picked up a 5-4 victory over the sputtering Red Sox on Carson Kelly’s line drive single to left field with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kelly went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs as Arizona dropped Boston to 2-8.

— The Dodgers already have 22 home runs through nine games this year after Alex Verdugo delivered a solo shot and an RBI triple in a 7-2 win over the Rockies. Hot-hitting Cody Bellinger delivered a double and an RBI triple to help Los Angeles win its seventh straight over Colorado dating to last season.

— Jay Bruce hit two solo home runs and Tim Beckham had a three-run shot among his four hits to highlight the Mariners’ 9-2 thumping of the White Sox. Ryon Healy doubled in a pair for Seattle, which is off to the best start in club history at 8-2.

— Rookie Pete Alonso and Robinson Cano (kah-NOH’) belted consecutive homers to open the eighth before Keon Broxton delivered a tiebreaking, RBI single later in the inning to send the Mets past the Nationals, 6-5. Unlikely cleanup man J.D. Davis homered twice and Michael Conforto also went deep as New York moved to 6-2.

— Jorge Alfaro smacked a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning after poking a solo shot in the Marlins’ 4-2 win over the Braves. Atlanta Braves wasted a 2-0 lead and went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position before ending a four-game winning streak.

— The Pirates celebrated a 6-5 win over the Reds after Kevin Newman hit a game-ending double in the 10th inning. Starling Marte laced a two-run double and Josh Bell had three extra-base hits, including a fourth-inning home run in Pittsburgh’s third consecutive victory.

— The Padres also have a three-game winning streak after Austin Hedges and Manny Machado crushed two-run homers off Andrew Miller in the eighth inning of a 6-4 comeback over the Cardinals. St. Louis starter Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah) allowed one run on three hits in 5 2-3 innings while allowing a career-high eight walks, shattering his previous high of five.

— Brandon Belt homered and drove in three in the Giants’ 6-4 win over the Rays. Steven Duggar had three RBIs as San Francisco ended a three-game skid while playing in front of its smallest home crowd since September 2010.

— Michael Brantley broke out of a slump with two hits, including a two-run homer in the Astros’ 6-0 rout of the Athletics. George Springer added a two-run shot to support Wade Miley, who allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

— Aaron Judge homered twice and Clint Frazier hit a three-run shot in the eighth inning as the Yankees knocked off the Orioles, 6-4. New York trailed 4-3 in the eighth before winning a series for the first time in three tries.

— Carlos Carrasco became the first Indians pitcher since at least 1908 to strike out 12 over five innings, leading a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. Jake Bauers’ two-run single with the bases loaded was the key hit in Cleveland’s three-run third.

— Mike Trout’s fourth home run in three days was a grand slam that was the difference in the Angels’ 5-1 downing of the Rangers. Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) added his 634th career homer in the seventh for Los Angeles.

— The Tigers pulled out a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Cristin Stewart’s grand slam with two out in the seventh. Whit Merrifield, Jorge Soler and Hunter Dozier all homered for the Royals, but Kansas City’s bullpen couldn’t protect a 4-2 lead.



Detroit’s Moore sprains knee

UNDATED (AP) — Tigers pitcher Matt Moore left Saturday’s game against Kansas City with a sprained right knee after pitching the first three innings.

He retired his first eight batters before injuring the knee while handling Billy Hamilton’s bunt to the right of the mound. Moore got out of the inning before being replaced by Daniel Norris.

Moore has tossed 10 shutout innings for Detroit since being signed in the offseason.

In other baseball news:

— Rockies hard-throwing righty German (hur-MAHN’) Marquez has agreed on a contract that runs through the 2023 season and includes a one-year option. Marquez is 1-0 in two starts this season and has allowed just one run. He had a franchise-best 230 strikeouts last season while finishing 14-11 with a 3.77 ERA.


Predators take Central crown

UNDATED (AP) — It took all 82 games, but the NHL has finally crowned a Central Division champion.

The Nashville Predators have taken the title for the third straight year by downing the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2. The Predators trailed 2-0 midway through the second period until Dante Fabbro scored his first NHL goal.

Filip Forsberg tied it later in the period and Viktor Arvidsson put the Predators ahead with a power-play goal 3:33 into the third.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— Mark Scheifele (SHY’-flee) and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist as the Jets doubled up the Coyotes, 4-2 to wrap up home-ice advantage in their series with St. Louis. Jacob Trouba (TROO’-bah) and Nikolaj Ehlers (EE’-lurz) also tallied for Winnipeg.

— Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron scored shootout goals as the Blues earned a 3-2 victory over the Canucks. Vladimir Tarasenko put St. Louis ahead 2-1 by scoring a power-play goal midway through the third period, but Vancouver extended the game on Elias Pettersson’s power-play tally with 2:09 left in regulation.

— Steven Stamkos notched a short-handed goal while the Lightning scored three times in the second period of a 6-3 victory against the Bruins. League scoring leader Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) had a goal and an assist to finish this season with 128 points. The Lightning picked up their 62nd win to tie the 1995-96 Red Wings for the most in team history, but they fell well short of the modern league record for winning percentage set by the 1976-77 Canadiens.

— Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) notched his 50th goal and Alex Chiasson (CHAY’-sahn) snapped a 1-1 tie with a power-play tally in the Oilers’ 3-1 win at Calgary. Mark Jankowski had the lone goal for the Flames, who host the opener of their series with Colorado.

— The Islanders clinched second place in the Metropolitan Division as Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR’-ee FIHL’-poo-lah) scored twice in his return from an elbow injury to send New York to a 3-0 shutout of the Capitals in Washington. Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) stopped 29 shots for his career-high sixth shutout of the season and the Isles’ team-record 11th.

— Penguins forward Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) reached the 40-goal mark with a game-tying tally with 2:35 left in regulation, but the Rangers earned a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh on a goal by Ryan Strome 2:09 into overtime. The Pens will open the playoffs against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

— Toronto tuned up for its playoff opener in Boston by falling to the Canadiens, 6-5 in a shootout. Ryan Poehling became the first player since Auston Matthews in 2016 to register a hat trick in his NHL debut.

— Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal in the second period of the Hurricanes’ fourth win in five games, 4-3 versus the Flyers. Warren Foegele (FOH’-gul), Justin Faulk and Teuvo Teravainen (TOO’-voh terh-ah-VY’-nehn) all scored in the first period for the Hurricanes, who will open the playoffs in Washington after earning the first wild card in the East.

— The Blue Jackets rolled to a 6-2 win at Ottawa as Pierre-Luc Dubois (look doo-BWAH’) scored twice and Joonas Korpisalo (YOO’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) made 27 saves. Alexandre Texier scored in his second NHL game for Columbus, which heads to Tampa Bay for a first-round meeting with the Lightning.

— Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) scored twice in the third period of the Stars’ 3-0 shutout of the Wild. Ben Bishop stopped 24 shots for Dallas, which will take on the Predators in Nashville to open their first-round series.

— Ilya Kovalchuk (KOH’-vul-chuhk) scored twice and Dustin Brown had two assists for the last-place Kings in a 5-2 triumph over the Golden Knights. Vegas will take on San Jose in the first round.

— The Sharks wrapped up the second-best record in the West by beating the Avalanche, 5-2. Evander Kane scored to make San Jose the first team in 10 years with at least four 30-goal scorers.

— Nathan Bastian scored twice before Travis Zajac (ZAY’-jak) provided the overtime goal in the Devils’ 4-3 verdict over the Panthers.

— Jeff Skinner reached the 40-goal mark for the first time by scoring twice in the Sabres’ 7-1 pounding of the Red Wings.


Nets stop Bucks to inch closer to playoffs.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have taken a major step toward reaching the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2015.

The Nets are tied for sixth in the East with Orlando at 40-40 following a 133-128 triumph over the Bucks in Milwaukee. D’Angelo Russell had 25 points and 10 assists for the Nets, who had dropped four of five before moving a half-game ahead of Detroit. Caris LeVert had 24 points, and Jared Dudley finished with 16.

Brooklyn is 1 ½ games ahead of ninth-place Miami, although the Heat have a game in hand.

Milwaukee played without MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh), who was sidelined by a left calf injury.

In the only other NBA game of the night, Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the 76ers hammered the Bulls, 116-96 to move two games ahead of Boston for the third seed in the East. JJ Redick added 23 points to the victory.


Kim’s lead cut to 1

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Si Woo Kim narrowly missed a second hole-in-one on consecutive days and saw his four-shot lead trimmed to one over qualifier Corey Conners through three rounds of the PGA’s Valero Texas Open.

Kim aced the 16th hole at the TPC San Antonio on Friday, and he missed it by inches on the way to a third round 3-under 69 that puts him 15 under.

Connors fired a 6-under 66 as he attempts to become the first Monday qualifier to win on the PGA Tour since 2010.


Sato takes Indy pole

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Takuma Sato will start from the pole for Sunday’s Indy-Car race at Barber Motorsports Park

Sato claimed the eighth pole of his career by beating out teammate Graham Rahal. It was Sato’s first pole since Pocono in 2017, the year the Japanese driver won the Indianapolis 500.

Team Penske was shut out of the Fast Six qualifying group for the first time since Long Beach in 2014.