Men’s Final Four...Women’s title game...NBA jumble
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Following an epic Elite Eight and a week of buildup, the men’s basketball Final Four is finally here. Michigan State has beena regular, making its eighth appearance in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament under coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will face Final Four newbie Texas Tech. Virginia, the only No. 1 seed left in the bracket, hasn’t been to a Final Four since 1984. Opponent Auburn with its free-form shooting style, has never been.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Baylor and NotreDame are each looking for a third NCAA women’s basketball title whenthey meet Sunday. It’s a rematch of the 2012 title game won by the Lady Bears 80-61. And for the fist time since that game,bothteams’ head coaches are women. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said during her Thursday’s news conference that it’s time for more women in positions of power in all walks of life.
UNDATED (AP) — It’s a very light NBA slate today with two games. Brooklyn takes on Milwaukee, which is going for a 60 win season. Philadelphia visits Chicago in the other game. There are still playoff questions. In the East, Miami, Brooklyn, Detroit and Orlando can get in if they win out. Charlotte is still alive but needs help. In the West, there still isn’t a single seed clinched but the picture is starting to get clear. Golden State beat Cleveland to cut its magic number for the top seed to one. Denver, currently No. 2 and cannot fall past the fourth spot no matter what.
UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball features an 18-game schedule, evenly split between the American and National Leagues. The AL has six afternoon games while the NL offers five.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — It’s the third round of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Si Woo Kim was 12 under and led by four after the first two rounds. Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth were at minus eight along with four other players.