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College basketball tournaments under way...Sipp cleared to join Nationals... Fleetwod leads at Players

March 14, 2019

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.

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 this 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. He’s averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds.

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 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.

NEW YORK (AP) __ 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.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood kept a clean card in the March wind and finished with three straight birdies for a 7-under 65, setting the early pace in The Players Championship. The move from May to its traditional spot on the calendar brought green, softer conditions and more wind than usual. Even so, Byeong Hun An and Brian Harman were at 66, while Rory McIlroy also played bogey-free for a 67.