Associated Press Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NCAA-LOUISVILLE REACTION
Celebrating a championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Fans poured into the streets to celebrate the Cardinals' NCAA championship win over Michigan, throwing all-night parties that at one point became so raucous police in riot gear used pepper spray to break them up.
Gatherings were mostly peaceful last night following Louisville's 82-76 victory -- the school's third title, and first title since 1986. Louisville police said most of the 23 arrests were due to drunken or disorderly conduct.
Hundreds streamed onto Cardinal Boulevard after Louisville's win, screaming, dancing and setting off small fireworks in revelry that lasted into the early hours.
But things got out of hand as the celebration was winding down early this morning, with police in riot gear and an armored car arriving after large, unruly crowds refused to disperse.
Several scuffles followed and some partiers threw bottles at police, hitting an officer in the head. A police spokeswoman says the officer received minor injuries and was treated at a hospital and released. Police responded to the bottle throwers with pepper spray.
A few revelers received minor injuries, according to University of Louisville spokesman John Drees. He said two were injured in falls and another suffered a cut foot.
NCAA-WOMEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Louisville-Connecticut
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH'-muh) has never lost an NCAA championship game.
Of course, his UConn Huskies haven't had to face a team like upstart Louisville, which is making an unprecedented run through the women's tournament. A victory tonight over the Cardinals would be UConn's eighth title, matching them with Tennessee for the most ever in women's basketball.
With the Louisville men's 82-76 victory over Michigan last night, the school has a chance to join the Huskies as the only ones ever to win both titles in the same season.
MLB-SCHEDULE
Home opener in San Diego
UNDATED (AP) -- The Major League Baseball schedule today includes the home opener for the San Diego Padres. The team is hoping for more offense by moving the fences in at Petco Park. From the right-field porch to the right-center gap, the fence was moved in from 402 feet to 391 feet and lowered to just under 8 feet, matching the rest of the outfield wall. In left-center, the fence came in from 402 feet to 390 feet. The 1-5 Padres host the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Elsewhere:
-- The two heavyweights in the National League Central meet again tonight in St. Louis. The Cincinnati Reds offense lifted them to a 13-4 win last night. Cincinnati has won five of six. Bronson Arroyo pitches for the Reds against St. Louis' Lance Lynn.
-- Anibel Sanchez makes his first start of the season at Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers host the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon. The Jays send Brandon Morrow to the mound. Toronton has struggled to start the season, they are 2-4.
-- Andy Pettite pitches tonight for the New York Yankees against the Indians in Cleveland. The Yankees totaled 17 runs while starting the season 1-4, but have 18 runs on 26 hits over their last two, including an 11-6 win at Cleveland in the series opener yesterday. Carlos Carasco pitches tonight for Cleveland.
-- There is one interleague game tonight. The Chicago White Sox are in Washington to start a series with the Nationals. Gio Gonzalez will try to build on an impressive season debut and lead his franchise to its first 4-0 start at home in a decade. The White Sox are looking for a third straight victory when Jake Peavy takes the mound.
-- Also tonight: New York Mets at Philadelphia, Atlanta at Miami, Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh at Arizona, Colorado at San Francisco, Houston at Seattle, Oakland at LA Angels, Minnesota at Kansas City and Tampa Bay at Texas.
MLB-RAYS-RANGERS-BLOWN CALL
Umpire says he was wrong
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon knew it was ball four to Ben Zobrist, who was already headed toward first base. Even Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan expected that would be the call after his full-count pitch.
Except plate umpire Marty Foster called a game-ending third strike -- one he later admitted was wrong.
Nathan mouthed "Wow!" when the strike was called to wrap up his 300th career save, which along with the Rangers' 5-4 victory stood despite Foster's postgame admission late last night.
The last pitch, a curveball, was low and outside. Zobrist put both hands on his helmet and took it off in disbelief while Maddon quickly came out and argued with the umpires for several minutes, even standing in front of them at the gate where they exit the field.
Foster told a pool reporter after the game that if he had a chance to do it again, he "wouldn't call that pitch a strike."
NBA-SCHEDULE
Heat play the Bucks
UNDATED (AP) -- LeBron James will be in uniform for a second straight start after sitting out three games with a right hamstring tear. They host the Milwaukee Bucks, who just clinched a playoff spot. LeBron James was anything but rusty in leading Miami to its 60th win Saturday night, 106-87 over Philadelphia.
Also tonight: Cleveland at Indiana, Washington at New York, Philadelphia at Brooklyn, Phoenix at Houston, Charlotte at Memphis, Toronto at Chicago, Oklahoma City at Utah, New Orleans at the L.A. Lakers and Minnesota at Golden State.
NHL SCHEDULE
Sabres-Jets tonight
UNDATED (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres look to continue their roll and end a four-game skid against the Jets as they visit Winnipeg tonight in a crucial matchup for both teams. The Sabres appeared headed for a second straight season without a playoff appearance, but they are surprisingly making a late push. The Jets just snapped a five-game losing skid and have dropped out of first place in the Southeast Division.
The surging Washington Capitals travel to Montreal. While the Capitals are two points ahead of Winnipeg for the Southeast Conference lead, the Canadiens are trying to stave off Boston atop the Northeast Conference.
Also tonight, Pittsburgh at Carolina, Philadelphia at the NY Islanders, San Jose at Columbus, Ottawa at Tampa Bay, Chicago at Minnesota, St. Louis at Nashville and Los Angeles at Dallas.
NFL-CONCUSSIONS LAWSUITS
Court hearing today
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal court hearing today in Philadelphia could determine whether the NFL faces years of litigation over concussion-related brain injuries.
Thousands of former players have accused league officials of concealing what they knew about the risk of playing after a concussion. The lawsuits allege the league glorified violence as the game became a $9 billion-a-year industry.
Some former players suffer from dementia, depression and other brain diseases, and a few have committed suicide. Others are seeking medical monitoring.
The NFL denies any fraud or negligence, and insists that player safety has always been a priority. The league believes the complaints should go to arbitration under terms of the players' collective bargaining agreement.
ROBERT MORRIS-RICE
More allegations involving former Rutgers coach
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) -- A former Robert Morris player has told school officials former coach Mike Rice used a homophobic slur and threw a basketball at a player "once or twice" during his time at the university.
Rice was fired by Rutgers last week after video of the coach verbally and physically abusing players became public. A former Rutgers staff member alleged Rice engaged in several "coaches versus players" brawls while coaching the Colonials from 2007-10.
Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman says an internal investigation uncovered no evidence of the alleged fights. Coleman says one player, who left the program while Rice was in charge, told officials Rice directed a gay slur at him and got into a shoving match with another player during halftime of a game. The other player denied having improper contact with Rice.
OLY-WOMEN'S HOCKEY
Official: Olympic status not in doubt
OTTAWA (AP) -- The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation believes the 2013 women's world hockey championship has been competitive enough to quell any threat of the sport being dropped from the Olympics.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge (zhahk ROH'-geh) said at the conclusion of the 2010 Winter Olympic women's hockey tournament that "we cannot continue without improvement."
Five women's games at those Olympics were won by nine goals or more.
Rogge's implied threat to boot women's hockey out of the Games led the IIHF into putting more resources into the game. IIHF president Rene Fasel doesn't believe women's hockey is at risk in the Winter Olympics.
NBA-MOST POPULAR JERSEYS
Anthony Number 1
NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony now tops the NBA's scoring race and its most popular jerseys list.
Anthony took over the No. 1 spot on the league's sales list, moving past MVP LeBron James and becoming the first Knicks player at the top since the first list was released in 2001-02.
Anthony was No. 4 last year on the list, which is based on sales at the NBA Store in New York and on NBAStore.com since last November. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week edged past Kevin Durant in the scoring race after averaging 41.8 points last week.
Durant was third on the jersey sales list, followed by seven-time No. 1 Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose.
The Knicks remained first in team sales, followed by Miami and the Lakers.


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