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Huskies facing Wildcats tonight

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The men's college basketball season comes to an end tonight as Kentucky faces Connecticut in the NCAA championship game. Another huge crowd at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will be on hand to watch the Wildcats of coach John Calipari square off against the Huskies of UConn coach Kevin Ollie.

The `Cats advanced with a 74-73 win over Wisconsin two nights ago while UConn upset top-seed Florida 63-53.

At this point of the season, records don't mean anything. But for the record, Kentucky is 29-10 entering the game while UConn is 31-8.

The leader of the Huskies is All-American Shabazz Napier while the Wildcats are led by big man Julius Randle and twins, Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

UConn and UK met in the 2011 NCAA Tournament national semifinals with the Huskies winning. They went on to win the national title that year.


Huskies to face Irish tomorrow night

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The women's NCAA basketball title game will take place tomorrow night in Nashville, Tenn. The matchup is the one many fans had hoped for with two unbeaten teams squaring off, 39-0 Connecticut and 37-0 Notre Dame.

The Huskies advanced last night with a win over Stanford while the Irish eliminated Maryland.


Postponed race set for today

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- The rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup race is being held today in Fort Worth, Texas. The race was postponed last night after rain all day. This is the seventh Sprint Cup race of the season and third event hampered by rain. The season-opening Daytona 500 was stopped for more than six hours, and the race at Bristol Motor Speedway had two delays totaling more than five hours.


More home openers today

UNDATED (AP) -- Three teams are having their home opener today in Major League Baseball, the Yankees, Twins and Cardinals.

In New York this afternoon, the pinstripes are playing host to Baltimore with Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kih-ROH'-dah) getting the ball from skipper Joe Girardi while the Orioles counter with Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh hih-MEN'-ez). In Minneapolis, the Twins are hosting the Athletics this afternoon and Kevin Correia (kohr-AY'-uh) is getting the start for the home team against Scott Kazmir. And in St. Louis this afternoon, the Cardinals are facing the Reds with Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh) going up against Cincinnati's Tony Cingrani.

In the only other day game, the Astros are entertaining the Los Angeles Angels.

In interleague play tonight, the Indians are home to the Padres, while the rest of the evening schedule features the Red Sox at home to the Rangers, Tampa Bay at Kansas City and Chicago's White Sox playing in Denver against the Rockies.

Today's Milwaukee at Philadelphia game was called off yesterday because of the forecast of bad weather.


Night off for the pros

UNDATED (AP) -- In deference to this evening's NCAA men's basketball championship game the NBA is taking the night off.

With the end of the regular season in sight, a check of the standings shows Miami and San Antonio the conference leaders -- the Heat by a game over Indiana and the Spurs by 4 1/2 games over Oklahoma City. The only divisional race still in question is the Atlantic as Toronto tops Brooklyn by 2 1/2 games.


Ducks look to improve position

UNDATED (AP) -- The only game of note in the NHL this evening is taking place in Vancouver as the Canucks entertain the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim starts the day in first place in the Pacific Division, by one point over idle San Jose. In the Western Conference standings, the Ducks are three back of idle St. Louis for the top seed.

The remaining games on a light night of play in hockey have Calgary skating at New Jersey and Minnesota at Winnipeg. The Calgary-Jersey game has value for the Devils as they are three points back of Columbus for the final playoff berth in the East.

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