Cardinals advance, Jayhawks fall
UNDATED (AP) — Louisville will be the only No. 1 seed participating in the NCAA regional finals this weekend. And Florida Gulf Coast's expected run in the men's basketball tournament is over.
Top seed Kansas squandered a 10-point lead in the last three minutes of regulation and lost to No. 4 Michigan 87-85. Trey Burke scored all 23 of his points after halftime, including the tying three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and another trey to begin the scoring in overtime.
Mitch McGary had game highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Wolverines, who are in the regional finals for the first time since the Fab Five era 19 years ago.
Michigan now prepares to face Florida, which ended Florida Gulf Coast's season by beating the Eagles 62-50. Florida Gulf Coast led 17-6 midway through the first half before the Gators 31-9 run to go up 37-26.
Mike Rosario paced the Gators with 14 points and five rebounds, while Scottie Wilbekin added 13 points.
Russ Smith matched his career high with 31 points as the Cardinals held off Oregon 77-69. Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and nine rebounds for Louisville, which won its 13th in a row and allowed coach Rick Pitino to improve to 11-0 in regional semifinals.
The Ducks made things interesting after falling behind 66-48, hitting six straight shots to get within 70-64. Oregon is the only team to lose to the Cardinals by fewer than 10 points during Louisville's winning streak.
Louisville's next opponent is No. 2 Duke, which advanced with a 71-61 win over third seed Michigan State. Seth Curry poured in 29 points, including a three-pointer that broke a 38-all tie and sent the Blue Devils on a 9-0 run.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF'-skee) will tie John Wooden's record of 12 Final Four trips if the Blue Devils can beat the Cardinals on Sunday.
Spurs pad lead...Heat start new streak
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs were able to stretch their lead in the NBA's Western Conference by fending off the Los Angeles Clippers.
Tim Duncan converted a game-winning, three-point play with 2.2 seconds left as the Spurs downed the Clippers 104-102. Duncan finished with a season-high 34 points and also had 11 rebounds in the Spurs' seventh straight home win.
The outcome puts the Spurs 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Oklahoma City, which lost at Minnesota.
Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Timberwolves dumped the Thunder 101-93. Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to the win.
Miami bounced back after their 27-game winning streak ended in Chicago two nights earlier.
LeBron James had 36 points and Dwyane Wade added 17 as the Heat downed the Hornets 108-89 in New Orleans. James hit six consecutive three-pointers during a six-minute span of the first half.
Miami led by 17 at the break and carried a 21-point edge into the final period before wrapping up homecourt advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Also in the NBA, Memphis ended a two-game slide by defeating Houston 103-94 behind Zach Randolph's 21 points and 12 rebounds. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') also had 21 points, and Tony Allen finished with 16 while limiting James Harden to seven on 3-of-9 shooting.
J.R. Smith poured in 37 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead New York's scoring in a 111-102 win over Charlotte. Carmelo Anthony added 32 points and Raymond Felton added 18 in the Knicks' seventh straight win.
Rookie Evan Fournier scored 10 of his season-high 19 points in the fourth quarter of Denver's 18th straight home win, a 109-87 rout of Brooklyn. Wilson Chandler had 16 points and Corey Brewer and Kosta Koufos (KOO'-fohs) added 13 points apiece for the Nuggets.
Paul Pierce had a triple-double of 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as Boston beat Atlanta 118-107. Jeff Green finished with 27 points and Jason Terry added 24 in the Celtics' second straight win since a five-game skid.
Mo Williams scored 28 points, Paul Millsap had 25 and Al Jefferson chipped in 22 in Utah's 105-95 triumph at Portland. The Jazz have won three straight to move back into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
Orlando's eight-game losing streak is over after Tobias Harris delivered 30 points and 11 rebounds in the Magic's 97-92 win over Washington.
Evan Turner scored 23 points and Philadelphia handed Cleveland its season-high seventh consecutive loss by downing the Cavaliers 97-87.
DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay each scored 21 points as Toronto whipped Detroit 99-82 to end a five-game losing streak.
Ducks creep closer to West lead
UNDATED (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks ended a four-game losing streak while inching closer to first-place Chicago in the NHL's Western Conference.
Sheldon Souray (SOO'-ray) scored the go-ahead goal with 2:08 remaining as the Ducks beat the Blackhawks 2-1 in Chicago. Souray made up for a minor penalty that allowed Patrick Kane to score a power-play goal early in the third period.
Corey Perry also scored, Jonas hiller stopped 25 shots and Francois Beauchemin (BOH'-sheh-mihn) had two assists as the Ducks pulled within three points of the Hawks.
Elsewhere on ice, Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney and Cody Eakin each had a goal and an assist as Dallas beat Minnesota 5-3 to end the Wild's seven-game winning streak. Erik Cole and Tomas Vincour also scored for the Stars, who moved within one point of the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
Alex Killorn scored with 15.1 seconds left in regulation before the Lightning outscored New Jersey 2-0 in a shootout to beat the Devils 5-4. Steven Stamkos scored his league-high 24th and 25th goals and added an assist as the Lightning won their first game under new coach Jon Cooper.
Vinny Prospal had the go-ahead goal and an assist in a four-goal second period to help Columbus down Calgary 6-4. The Blue Jackets evened their record at 14-14-7 and snapped the Flames' eight-game home winning streak.
Verlander, Posey strike it rich
UNDATED (AP) — Justin Verlander and Buster Posey came away with postseason awards last fall after helping their respective teams win a pennant. The two will be very well compensated over the next few seasons.
The Detroit Tigers and Verlander have agreed to a five-year contract covering 2015-19. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner gets a deal through that calls for him to earn $20 million in each of the next two seasons. The new contract includes an option for 2020 that could become guaranteed, making the pact potentially worth $202 million over eight seasons.
The San Francisco Giants have rewarded Posey for winning the NL MVP award and batting title with a $167 million, nine-year contract. The deal includes a club option for 2022 that could raise the value to $186 million over a decade.
The agreement is the longest for a catcher and the largest in Giants history, surpassing Matt Cain's $127.5 million, six-year contract signed before the start of last season.
Also in the majors, former AL MVP Miguel Tejada (mee-GEL' tay-HAH'-dah) has made the Kansas City Royals' opening-day roster as a utility infielder. The 38-year-old is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with San Francisco.
A person familiar with the negotiations says first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks are close to agreement on a $32 million, five-year contract that would run from 2014-18. As a rookie last year, Goldschmidt hit .286 with 43 doubles, 20 home runs and 82 RBIs.
David Wright made his first exhibition game appearance since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0 for 3 and playing five innings for New York in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He says he didn't feel any tightness or pain.
Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia has accepted a minor league pact with Baltimore after being released by San Diego earlier this week. The 36-year-old Garcia was 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six spring training starts for the Padres.
Colorado designated catcher Ramon Hernandez for assignment and purchased fellow backstop Yorvit Torrealba (YOHR'-veet tohr-ee-AHL'-bah). The Rockies also purchased the contract of right-hander Chris Volstad
Romo cashes in
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $108 million, with about half of it guaranteed.
The deal will lower Romo's salary cap number of $16.8 million for 2013, giving the team more room to sign free agents and draft picks.
The 32-year old Romo gets $55 million guaranteed and could be with Dallas through 2019. Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco got $52 million guaranteed in the six-year, $120.6 million contract he signed with Baltimore earlier this month.
Report: Redskins retain Davis
WASHINGTON (AP) — According to a person familiar with the deal, tight end Fred Davis has agreed to a one-year contract to remain with the Washington Redskins after being pursued by the Bills and Jets. Davis had 24 catches for 325 yards in seven games last year.
Wheatcroft leads the pack
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Steve Wheatcroft shot a 5-under-67 to take the lead at the midway point of the PGA's Houston Open. Wheatcroft had to qualify Monday to make it into the field and has made the most of it through two rounds with a 10-under total.
Jason Kokrak and D.A. Points are one shot back and two ahead of Stewart Cink (sink) and Brian Davis.
Rory McIlroy also shot a 70 and is 1-under for the tournament. That might be good enough for him to make the cut.
McIlroy will play next week in the Texas Open, wanting one more tournament to try to find his form ahead of the first major of the year. The two-time major champion has only played five tournaments this year, making just two cuts.
Vickers to replace Hamlin
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A deal to loan Mark Martin to Joe Gibbs Racing as a replacement driver for injured Denny Hamlin fell apart when Michael Waltrip Racing said Martin will fulfill his commitment to its team.
Brian Vickers wound up as the replacement driver for at least four races while Hamlin recovers from a fractured vertebra in his lower back.
Ferrer wins again
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — David Ferrer and Andy Murray have reached the final at the Sony Open.
Ferrer rallied from a break down in the third set to beat Tommy Haas 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Ferrer improved to 25-4 this year and leads the tour in victories.
Murray advanced with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Richard Gasquet.