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Ravens CB Tray Walker Seriously Injured in Dirt Bike Crash
Ravens cornerback Tray Walker is in critical condition after being involved in a dirt bike crash in Miami

Zags: Gonzaga Moves on With 68-52 Victory Over Seton Hall
Gonzaga is moving on in the NCAA Tournament after pulling away from Seton Hall for a 68-52 victory Thursday night behind 21 points and 16 rebounds from Domantas Sabonis

Ollie and 0: UConn’s Coach Is 7 for 7 in NCAA Tourney Games
Look at the “O” in Kevin Ollie’s last name long enough, and the letter might flatten into a zero

From Controversy to NCAA Upset Artist, Yale Eyeing More
Yale wants more after its first-ever NCAA Tournament win

TIPPING OFF: What to Watch in Second Day of NCAA Tournament
TIPPING OFF: California attempts to overcome distractions, Texas schools try to end skid, South Dakota State looks to continue success of No. 12 seeds, Oregon State returns to NCAA field with familiar name

Benn Scores Twice, Stars Rally Past Lightning for 4-3 Win
Jamie Benn scored two goals for a career-best 36 this season, and the Dallas Stars took sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with a 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning

Extra Point, Chop Block and Replay on NFL Owners’ Agenda
The NFL’s powerful competition committee is recommending making extra-point kick snaps from the 15-yard line permanent, eliminating all chop blocks, and ejecting a player for twice receiving certain unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game

Jason Day’s Big Finish Gives Him Lead at Bay Hill
May Day! Off to a slow start, Jason Day finally puts up a number (66) to lead Bay Hill

Kentucky Blows Past Stony Brook 85-57 in NCAA Tournament
Murray’s 19 points helps Kentucky blow past Stony Brook 85-57, sets up NCAA tourney showdown with rival Indiana

Wichita State Swarms Arizona, Beats Wildcats 65-55
Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker combined for 29 points and Wichita State’s swarming defense did the rest as the Shockers beat Arizona 65-55 on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

A Big Comeback for Little Rock, 85-83 Over Purdue in 2OT
Little Rock is moving on in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to an out-of-nowhere comeback that led to an 85-83 double-overtime victory over Purdue on Thursday

Yale Upsets Baylor 79-75 to Post 1st NCAA Tourney Win
Makai Mason had a career-high 31 points, including six of Yale’s final nine points, and the No. 12 seed Bulldogs held on to upset fifth seed Baylor 79-75 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament



Olympic Drug-Test Lab Gets Go-Ahead With Presidential Decree
Brazil has enacted new drug-testing regulations to fall into line with rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency

Playoff-Minded Capitals Hope to Buck Trend of Slow Starts
The Washington Capitals have given up the first goal in 13 of their past 16 games, yet keep winning

Matt Harvey to Get the Ball for Mets on Opening Day
The New York Mets have named their opening day starter _ Matt Harvey, who will get another shot at the World Series champion Kansas City Royals

FIFA Paid Blatter $3.76M in 2015, Reports $122M Loss
FIFA says it paid Sepp Blatter $3.76 million in 2015, and the governing body reported a loss of $122 million for a year marred by scandal

Swiss Open Criminal Case Against Fired FIFA Official Valcke
Switzerland’s attorney general has opened a criminal case against former FIFA official Jerome Valcke “on suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement.”

Patriots Acquire Tight End Bennett in Trade With Bears
The New England Patriots have acquired Martellus Bennett from the Chicago Bears, giving them another colorful and talented tight end to pair with All-Pro Rob Gronkowski

The Latest: Duke Beats UNC Wilmington in First-Round Game
Duke moves on in its long shot bid to repeat as national champion


Tipoff Is Near for First Full Day of NCAA Tournament
We’re a few minutes away from tipoff on the first full day of the NCAA Tournament, which just happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day


Overall Champion Gut Overtakes Vonn to Win Super-G Title
Lara Gut won the season-long super-G title on Thursday, finishing second behind Tina Weirather at the World Cup finals and overtaking the injured Lindsey Vonn for the crystal globe

President Obama predicts UConn will retain women’s title
While President Barack Obama’s second term is coming to an end, he sees the reign of Geno Auriemma and the top-ranked Connecticut Huskies continuing for a fourth straight term as NCAA women’s basketball champions. The president, making his annual picks for ESPN, is choosing UConn to beat Notre Dame on April 5 in Indianapolis. It’s the fifth time in seven years that Obama is selecting the Huskies. He correctly picked them in 2015, 2014 and 2010, and his selection of the Huskies in 2011 was wrong as Texas A&M won the national title. He’ll discuss his selections in detail on SportsCenter on Thursday morning. Obama picked Kansas to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship on Wednesday. UConn also won the title in 2013 as Obama incorrectly picked Baylor to defend its crown, which he predicted in 2012. While President Obama also selected South Carolina as his third No. 1 seed to reach this year’s Final Four, he does have a surprise…

How to bet every tournament first-round game
With more than 9.2 quintillion possible NCAA tournament brackets, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But fear not: Chalk’s college basketball experts are here to help with analysis on every game. Dave Tuley and Andrew Lange break down how to bet all 32 first-round matchups below, with lines courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. And if you’re looking for more analysis, be sure to check out PickCenter, which has projections on every NCAA tournament game, and the Chalk home page. ATS picks for every game Note: Picks marked with an asterisk (*) are best bets. South | West | Midwest | East South Regional No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (-26) vs. No. 16 Austin Peay Governors Current total: 152 PickCenter consensus pick: 61 percent…

Russian Swim Star Efimova Suspended Over Doping Violation
World champion Yulia Efimova has been provisionally suspended on suspicion of breaking anti-doping rules

APNewsBreak: Longtime MLB Umpire Tim Welke Calls It a Career
Major League Baseball umpire Tim Welke is calling it a career after 33 seasons


US Middle-Distance Runner Brenda Martinez Fed up With Dopers
‘They can be the example _ don’t cheat’: US middle-distance runner Brenda Martinez applauds suspension of Russian athletes for world indoor championships amid doping charges

Stephen Curry Adds to Record 3-Pointer Total With 8 More
Stephen Curry scores 34 points with eight more 3-pointers added to his record total to lead the Golden State Warriors past New York for their record 50th straight home victory at Oracle Arena

Cal to Face Familiar Friend in Hawaii Assistant Montgomery
California’s first-round NCAA Tournament matchup comes against a familiar face in former coach and now Hawaii assistant John Montgomery, whose father Mike coached the Golden Bears

TIPPING OFF: What to Look for on First Day of the Tourney
TIPPING OFF: Iona and Iowa State get together in Denver, and the “Mile High City” and its thin air may be just what this high-octane matchup needs


Holy Cross Tops Southern for First NCAA Win in 63 Years
Robert Champion scored 19 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, to help Holy Cross beat Southern University 59-55 for its first NCAA Tournament victory in 63 years

Irving Leads LeBron-Less Cavaliers Over Mavericks 99-98
Kyrie Irving scored 33 points and made a key steal in the closing seconds, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers _without resting LeBron James _ to a 99-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks

Michigan Wins on Another Late Shot, Beating Tulsa 67-62
Zak Irvin hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and a pair of free throws in the closing minute as Michigan pulled out another one at the end on Wednesday night, beating Tulsa 67-62 in the First Four


UC Berkeley to Review Head Coach’s Role in Harassment Case
Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, are reviewing whether the men’s head basketball coach correctly handled sexual harassment allegations against one of his assistants

NFL Remarks on Football-Brain Link Come Before Court Ruling
The NFL’s sudden acknowledgement of a link between football and brain disease comes as a U.S. appeals court prepares to rule on the fairness of a likely $1 billion settlement of concussion-related claims

Friendly Homers Between Bonds and Stanton at Spring Training
Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and hitting coach Barry Bonds showed off their home run prowess at spring training

Told to Cut Son’s Time in Clubhouse, LaRoche Left White Sox
Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche said he planned to retire and walk away from a $13 million salary after being told by the team president to cut down the time his son spent in the clubhouse


Nome Gives Every Musher a Hero’s Welcome
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is not over, even though the winner was crowned on Tuesday

Spartans, Badgers, Shockers Among Most NCAA Tourney-Tested
If postseason experience matters in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State and North Carolina are among the best in the field

Former Pitt WR Boyd Tries to Leave Impression at Pro Day
Former Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd did his best to impress two dozen NFL scouts at the school’s annual Pro Day.

Cavaliers Resting LeBron James Against Mavericks
Cavaliers star LeBron James will sit out Wednesday’s game against Dallas, part of coach Tyronn Lue’s plan to rest him before the playoffs

MLB Won’t Discipline Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig for Club Incident
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will not be punished for his involvement in an incident in a Miami club last fall


Yale Blocks out Captain’s Dismissal Heading to NCAA Tourney
Yale has had to deal with some tough off the court issues on their way to the NCAA tournament following the expulsion last month of former captain Jack Montague after a sexual assault allegation

At Stony Brook, Team and Fan Help Each Other Cope With Loss
At Stony Brook, a team’s small acts of kindness helped a fan and his family cope with cancer

Before 1st NCAA Upsets of 2016, Some Past Underdog Winners
There are always a few surprises in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

A Guide to the NCAA Tournament Bracket
NCAA Tournament Guide: The top teams, players and games in this year’s bracket

FIFA Hypes Its Role in Soccer to Make Case for Restitution
Still portraying itself as a victim, FIFA has now added some startling and self-aggrandizing claims about its role in making soccer the world’s most popular sport


March Madness: Some Businesses Will Let Workers Watch NCAA
When the NCAA basketball tournament tips off, employees of some small businesses will watch March Madness while they work

Power Misdiagnosed With Concussion Before IndyCar Opener
Will Power was misdiagnosed with a concussion the morning of the IndyCar season opening race

Gut Takes Overall World Cup Title, Vonn Wins Downhill
Lara Gut made her overall World Cup title official on Wednesday, and Lindsey Vonn flew in to collect her eighth crystal globe in the downhill

President Obama Makes His Final 4 Picks; Kansas as Champs
President Barack Obama has made his final NCAA Tournament call in office: Rock Chalk, champions

Texas Western’s Championship Looks Different 50 Years Later
The names aren’t remembered individually but what they did as a team is etched in the minds of America, not just American sports


FIFA Admits to World Cup Hosting Bribes, Asks US for Cash
While acknowledging for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests, FIFA is seeking “tens of millions of dollars” in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors

Barnwell grades free-agent deals
Money is flying all over the place in free agency. Who deserves high marks, and who will come to regret their decisions? Bill Barnwell breaks down each big deal. Editor’s note: This article will be updated throughout the week, with the most recent write-ups at the top. Free-agent tracker | Notable deals | Full reaction and analysis Tuesday, March 15 C.J. Anderson (Broncos): C- The possibility of an Anderson signing was covered in this space when Miami initially submitted its offer sheet, but it’s bizarre to think that the Broncos chose to match. Again, the Broncos didn’t think it was worth the extra $900,000 or so it would have taken to slap Anderson with the second-round tender instead of the lowest-tier tender, which opened up the possibility of him getting an offer sheet. Now, they’ll pay Anderson $5.6 million in guaranteed money this year,…

Once hands off, sense of urgency now drives Phil Jackson
LOS ANGELES — Phil Jackson sat about 10 rows up from the New York Knicks bench on Sunday night as his team played yet another meaningless game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The game was ugly. Except for the back and forth between Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony and Kobe’s former teammate Sasha Vujacic, it will be forgotten quickly. Neither team is going to the playoffs. Whatever nostalgia may have been conjured up by seeing Bryant and the coach with whom he won five NBA titles in the same basketball arena one last time before Bryant retires was just a fleeting emotion. Mentally and spiritually, Bryant has already moved on and is just trying to enjoy his final 15 games for what they are. Jackson is the one in transition, metaphorically and existentially as he sat above the Knicks’ bench but still with the Lakers in the field of view. At the end of the first quarter, Lakers fans stood to applaud as Jackson was…

Texas Hoping Shaka Smart Can Spark Tournament Success
Texas wasn’t winning in March

50 Years Later, Black Basketball Team’s Victory Resonates
It’s been 50 years since Texas Western won a title, struck a blow for civil rights and changed college basketball

Down to a Science? Math Won’t Always Add up at Bracket Time
The industry of sports analytics has taken off over the last several years

LEADING OFF: Prized Youngsters on Mound, Zimmerman at First
LEADING OFF: Prized youngsters Urias and Rodon on mound, Zimmerman plays first base for Nats

Djokovic, Williams Roll in Straight Sets at Indian Wells
Defending champion Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of Philipp Kohlschreiber, winning 7-5, 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday


Leonard Leads Spurs to 108-87 Win Over Clippers
Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs wore down the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 108-87 to match the second-longest home winning streak to open a season in NBA history

Former Oregon Basketball Players Sue After Rape Accusations
Two former University of Oregon basketball players dismissed in 2014 as a result of rape allegations involving a freshman student are suing the university for $10 million each

Florida Gulf Coast Beats Fairleigh Dickinson in First Four
Florida Gulf Coast capitalized on poor shooting and lackluster defense by Fairleigh Dickinson in a dominating 96-65 win on Tuesday night in a First Four game in Dayton

Ovechkin Scores as Capitals Clinch Playoff Berth
Alex Ovechkin fittingly scored in overtime as the Washington Capitals picked up their 50th win of the season and became the first NHL team to clinch a playoff spot as they beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 Tuesday

Talk It out: Ortiz, A-Rod Speak for First Time in 2 Years
Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz are back on speaking terms. For the first time in more than two years, the sluggers talked before A-Rod and the New York Yankees beat Big Papi and the Red Sox 6-3 Tuesday night

Wichita State’s Guards Lead 70-50 NCAA Win Over Vanderbilt
Wichita State’s guards used their Final Four experience to pull out a defense-dominated First Four game on Tuesday night, leading the way to a 70-50 victory over Vanderbilt


Deyonta Davis Has Shot to Shine for 2nd-Seeded Spartans
Soft-spoken Deyonta Davis has a shot to shine for the second-seeded Spartans, starting Friday afternoon against 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee in St. Louis

King’s Heart: Baylor Freshman Playing With Defibrillator
King McClure is getting ready with Baylor for the NCAA Tournament nine months after being diagnosed with a heart condition. He is playing with a defibrillator in his chest.

Dallas Seavey Has Knack for Winning Iditarod With Few Dogs
Dallas Seavey won his third straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday morning, winning the race with only six dogs on his team while most other mushers are still running with 10 or more dogs


Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Tournament Fit for a King
Arnold Palmer won’t be seen as much at his PGA Tour event this week at Bay Hill, but his presence looms large

Can Anyone Stop UConn? Here Are a Few Teams That Could
There’s no doubt that UConn is the overwhelming favorite to win an unprecedented fourth straight national championship and 11th title overall

It’s All About the Bracket for Many NCAA Tournament Watchers
With varying degrees of effort, people across the country are spending this week filling out their NCAA Tournament brackets


NHL General Managers Discuss Streamlining Goalie Equipment
Goaltending equipment was the hot topic Tuesday on the second day of the NHL general managers meeting with the focus on making it smaller to increase scoring

Coaching Carousel Pays off for Texas, VCU, Chattanooga
One year after they were linked in the offseason coaching carousel, Texas, VCU and Chattanooga have something else in common: All three are in the NCAA Tournament with their new staffs

Palmer to Skip Opening Tee Shot at Masters
Arnold Palmer has decided not to hit the ceremonial tee shot at the Masters for the first time since 2007


Obama Administration Punches New Holes in Embargo on Cuba
The Obama administration punched a new series of holes in the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba on Tuesday, turning a ban on U.S. tourism to Cuba into an unenforceable honor system and paving the way for Cuban athletes to one day play U.S. professional sports

Unlikely Qualifier Holy Cross Plays Southern in First Four
Holy Cross, which finished the season with a losing record, will try to prove it belongs in the NCAA Tournament when the Crusaders play Southern University in a First Four game Wednesday night

NFL Official Links Football, CTE; Could It Affect $1B Deal?
Critics of the NFL’s proposed $1 billion plan to settle concussion claims say a league official’s acknowledgement of a link between football and chronic brain injury is a game changer for the court case

UN Agency Stops Work With Ambassador Maria Sharapova
A United Nations agency says it has stopped working with Maria Sharapova pending the tennis star’s doping case

From Syria to Sudan: Refugee Athletes Train for Olympic Team
From Syria to Sudan: Team of refugee athletes taking shape for Olympics in Rio de Janeiro


Bayern to Go on the Attack Against Juventus
Bayern Munich hopes its powerful attack compensates for depleted defense in match against Juventus

Antonio Conte to Step Down as Italy Coach After Euro 2016
Antonio Conte will step down as Italy coach after this year’s European Championship

Creme: Women’s committee got bracket right
Less than 24 hours after the men’s selection committee got pounded by media and fans alike for its selections, seeding and geographical placement, the women’s committee took its turn. Unlike their counterparts on the men’s side, the women’s committee got it right. Not that the committee needs my validation, but this group doesn’t leave much to be criticized. My last projections produced two misses, but neither is worth quibbling over. The teams that got in were just as worthy as those that didn’t. So this year, I forgo the usual critique with some observations and explanations. Notre Dame, not South Carolina, to Lexington. This may be the most interesting situation in the entire bracket. South Carolina stayed the No. 2 team overall on the committee’s board with Notre Dame as the No. 3. It’s an evaluation many fans and media disagreed with throughout February as the committee revealed its top-10 three times and it’s a topic committee chair Chris Dawson has admitted all…

Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto takes line drive off forehead
MESA, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto returned to Scottsdale to be evaluated by team doctors after the right-hander was hit in the forehead by a line drive Monday night. The team initially said he was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons before clarifying that team doctors were handling his care. Manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto was being treated for a contusion and monitored for concussion symptoms. “We are going to monitor him tonight, tomorrow for concussion symptoms, but he’s shown no sign of that, so he’s just being treated for a contusion,” Bochy said after the game. “He responded well out there. It’s why he stayed in the game; he answered all the questions from our trainer out there. … He wanted to stay out there. We did take him back to have our docs look at him at our complex.” Cueto was struck by a ball hit by Oakland Athletics leadoff man Billy Burns. He underwent a quick check of his ability to…

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