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NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT-SELECTION SUNDAY
Break out those brackets!
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The selection committee has set the field for the NCAA's 68-team men's basketball tournament.
They've anointed fourth-ranked Louisville as the No. 1 overall seed. The Big East champions are in the Midwest Region and will play the winner of the North Carolina A&T versus Liberty game in the second round.
Top-ranked Gonzaga the No. 1 seed in the West. The West Coast Conference title winners will go up against Southern in their tournament opener.
Third-ranked Indiana gets the No. 1 nod in the East and will take on the winner of the first round game between LIU Brooklyn and James Madison.
Seventh-ranked Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the South. The Big 12 champs will open against Western Kentucky.
The Big East led all conferences with eight teams chosen. The Big Ten was next with seven.
NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNEY-LITTLE GUYS
Smaller schools coming up big
UNDATED (AP)-- The little guys are getting some big respect in the NCAA tournament.
The selection committee handed out 11 at-large bids to teams from outside what are often called the power conferences.
The budding trend was most noticeable with the last four teams chosen for the field on Sunday. The committee chose La Salle, Boise State, St. Mary's and Middle Tennessee State over the likes of Tennessee, Kentucky and Iowa, all 20-win teams from bigger conferences.
NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNEY-ANALYSIS
Indiana tops brutal East Region
UNDATED (AP)-- Who has the toughest bracket? It could be those 16 teams lumped in the East Region, where Indiana is No. 1. The Hoosiers have plenty of former NCAA championship company in the East.
UNLV, Syracuse, California and Marquette are all former national champions. So is North Carolina State, in the region as a No. 8 seed on the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest championship game upsets, Jimmy Valvano's 1983 upset of heavily favored Houston.
Temple, Colorado and Illinois have all played in regional finals.
Cal, the 1959 national champs, are the No. 12 seed and play fifth-seeded UNLV.
NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNEY-FIRST ROUND
Eight teams meet in Dayton Tuesday and Wednesday
DAYTON, Ohio (AP)-- Liberty, the upset victor of the Big South tournament, will open the NCAA tournament Tuesday night in Dayton. Coach Dale Layer's Flames take their 15-20 overall record and will open against 19-16 North Carolina A&T, winner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
That game will be followed by Middle Tennessee State against Saint Mary's of California.
On Wednesday night, LIU Brooklyn out of the Northeast Conference takes on James Madison, winner of the Colonial Athletic Association. That will be followed by Boise State against LaSalle.
NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNEY-NIT
Up-and-down Wildcats going to NIT
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's inconsistent play this year has left the Wildcats without a chance to defend their national championship. Kentucky becomes the 20th national champion to miss the tournament the following season, according to Stats LLC.
The 21-11 Wildcats aren't the only SEC team snubbed by the NCAA tournament selection committee.
Alabama and Tennessee also missed the cut, marking the first time in 39 years that the Wildcats, Crimson Tide and Volunteers were left out of the same NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats and Crimson Tide are No. 1 seeds in the NIT, along with Southern Mississippi and Virginia.
Kentucky opens its NIT bid at Robert Morris Tuesday.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
We are the champions
UNDATED (AP) -- Tenth-ranked Ohio State claims the Big Ten championship with a 50-43 victory over No. 22 Wisconsin in the conference tournament finale. DeShaun Thomas led the Buckeyes to their fifth tournament title in nine appearances by scoring 17 points. Ohio State held Wisconsin to 38.3 percent shooting from the field.
The Buckeyes head into the NCAA tournament with a 26-7 record. The Badgers are 23-11.
Shane Larkin scored eight of his career-high 28 points in the final two and a-half minutes and ninth-ranked Miami pulled away late and beat North Carolina 87-77 in the ACC championship game in Greensboro. The sophomore guard is the son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.
Trey McKinney Jones added a career-high 20 for the top-seeded Hurricanes, who improve to 27-6.
P.J. Hairston scored a team-high 28 for the Tar Heels, who fall to 24-10.
Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and Marshall Henderson added 21 as Mississippi upset 13th-ranked Florida 66-63 in the SEC title showdown in Nashville. The Rebels' first tournament title since 1981, and second ever, gives coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA tournament berth.
Top-seeded Florida hasn't won the tournament since wrapping up a three-peat in 2007.
The Gators go into the NCAA tournament 0-6 in games decided by six points or less.
Sixteenth-ranked Saint Louis won the Atlantic 10 title in its first season in the conference. Kwamain Mitchell scored 19 points and tournament MVP Dwayne Evans contributed 16 to the top-seeded Billikens' 62-56 victory over 25th-ranked VCU in a championship game played in Brooklyn.
NBA-LATEST SCORES
Heat stretch streak
UNDATED (AP) -- The NBA's defending champs have matched the second-longest winning streak in league history.
LeBron James had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as Miami made it 22 wins in a row with a 108-91 victory at Toronto.
Dwyane (dwayn) Wade contributed 24 points and nine assists. And Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Heat take control of what was a close game.
Miami can break a tie with the 2007-2008 Houston Rockets by beating the Celtics in Boston on Monday night, but they'd still be 10 shy of the league record for consecutive wins set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Also on the pro hardwood:
-- Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists and Blake Griffin contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the injury-depleted New York Knicks 93-80 in a meeting of division leaders. The Clips steadily pulled away in the second half of their first home win over New York since February 2009. Vinny Del Negro notches his 200th NBA coaching win.
-- Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis scored 25 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter as Milwaukee rallied past Orlando 115-109 and halted a three-game losing streak. The Bucks ended the game on a 30-12 run.
-- Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 26 with six 3-pointers, and Golden State stayed ahead of Houston in the Western Conference standings with a 108-78 win over the Rockets. Houston trails Golden State by a game and a-half in the West.
-- Derrick Williams scored a career-high 28 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 with six assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Hornets 97-95.
-- Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook had 35 including the go-ahead jumper with 1 minute left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-101.
----Al Horford had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks dominated the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 105-93.
NHL-LATEST SCORES
Penguins nip Bruins
UNDATED (AP) -- Joe Vitale's (vih-TA'-leez) goal late in the first period snapped a 1-1 tie and Pittsburgh hung on for a 2-1 victory over visiting Boston in a matchup of Eastern Conference contenders. Sidney Crosby netted his 13th goal of the season for the Penguins, who notched their ninth straight victory and moved two points clear of idle Montreal at the top of the conference standings. Pens goalie Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') was credited with 31 saves.
In other NHL action:
---- Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH'-kin) scored his 350th career goal in Washington's 5-3 win over Buffalo.
-- Jakob Silfverberg scored twice to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
MLB-YANKEES-TEIXEIRA
Teixeira's injury more serious than announced
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) says he has a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist and doesn't rule out missing up to two months of the regular season.
The first baseman rejoined the New York Yankees at spring training Sunday after getting hurt March 5 while swinging a weighted bat left-handed off a tee in an indoor cage.
Teixeira plans to start limited baseball drills in about a week and is optimistic that surgery will not be necessary.
The Yankees have said Teixeira will be out until at least May.
WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC
Four left to fight for WBC crown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Puerto Rico is leading two-time defending champion Japan 1-0 early in the opener of the World Baseball Classic semifinals tonight in San Francisco.
Undefeated Dominican Republic and the Netherlands meet Monday night in the City by the Bay.
NFL-GIANTS-MYERS
Giants ink tight end
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Former Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers has signed with the New York Giants as a free agent.
Myers spent the first four seasons of his career with the Oakland Raiders. He played in 58 games with 28 starts and posted his best season in 2012, when he started all 16 games and had career-high totals of 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns.
PGA-TAMPA BAY CHAMPIONSIP
Streelman breaks through
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) -- Kevin Streelman captured his first PGA Tour title in his 153rd start.
The 34-year-old journeyman closed with a 4-under-par 67 to get to 10-under for the tournament. That was two strokes better than Boo Weekley, who soared into contention early in the day with a tournament-best 63.
The win puts Streelman into the Masters for the second time in his career.
Nineteen-year-old Jordan Speith (speeth) tied for seventh and earned a special temporary membership on the PGA Tour for the rest of the season.
LPGA-FOUNDERS CUP
Lewis takes over No. 1 in world
PHOENIX (AP) -- Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato's (EYE mee-yah-ZAH'-tohz) collapse on the 16th hole.
The American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey following an errant approach shot that left her with an unplayable lie in a desert bush.
Coming off a victory two weeks ago in Singapore, Lewis won for the seventh time in her LPGA Tour career to end Yani Tseng's (YAH'-nee sehngz) 109-week run at No. 1.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-TOSHIBA
Frost warning in California
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- David Frost won the Toshiba Classic with a final-round 65 to defeat Fred Couples by five strokes and tie the tournament record of 19-under 194 set by Jay Haas in 2007.
Frost joined 2011 winner Nick Price as the only golfers to lead wire to wire in the event's 19 years. It was his fourth career Champions Tour victory and first since last year's AT&T Championship in San Antonio.
NASCAR-SPRINT CUP
Kahne gets his first Bristol win
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Kasey Kahne (kayn) took the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time. It was the first short-track race of the Sprint Cup season. It's Kahne's 15th career win in NASCAR's top circuit.
Kyle Busch finished second in the Food City 500. Brad Keselowski was third and takes over the series points lead as the only driver to open the season with four top-five finishes.
Tempers flared after the race when Joey Logano leaned inside the car window of former teammate Denny Hamlin to complain about Hamlin spinning him during the race. At the time, Logano was racing Jeff Gordon for the lead.
AUTO RACING-F1
Lotus serves notice
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Formula One season got under way Sunday in Melbourne, where Kimi Raikkonen's (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehnz) Lotus was first to cross the finish line for the Australian Grand Prix.
The Finn took the lead for good on lap 43 of 58 in a race that had seven different leaders.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second, while pole sitter and three-time reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was third.
TENNIS-INDIAN WELLS
Sharapova's first of the season
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) defeated Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) 6-2, 6-2 to win her first title of the year at the BNP Paribas Open. The final matched two former top-ranked players.
Sharapova is projected to rise one spot in the WTA Tour rankings to No. 2 on Monday, dropping Victoria Azarenka to third.
Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') and Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) are playing in today's men's final at Indian Wells.
WORLD CUP SKIING
Strong finish to historic season
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) -- Tina Maze (MAH'-zeh) won the season-ending giant slalom race to complete the most statistically dominating year since the World Cup started in 1967.
The Slovenian racer's 11th World Cup victory this season extends her record overall points total to 2,414. Austrian great Hermann Maier set a mark of 2,000 in the 1999-2000 season.


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