Wolverines, Gators, Devils and Cards advance...Big contracts


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan will face Florida in the South Regional final of the NCAA men's basketball tournament tomorrow. Trey Burke scored all 23 of his points after halftime as the Wolverines managed to beat top seed Kansas 87-85 despite trailing by 10 with three minutes left. Mike Rosario's 14 points led the Gators in a 62-50 win over Florida Gulf Coast.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Midwest Regional of the NCAA men's basketball tournament will have top seed Louisville against No. 2 Duke. Russ Smith matched his career high with 31 points as the Cardinals held off Oregon 77-69. The Blue Devils used Seth Curry's six three-pointers and 29 points to beat Michigan State 71-61.

UNDATED (AP) — Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey have accepted lucrative contracts. Verlander's new contract includes an option for 2020 that could become guaranteed, making the pact potentially worth $202 million over eight seasons. Posey's package includes a club option for 2022 that could raise the value to $186 million over a decade.

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.

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 is 10-under as he tries to become the first Monday qualifier since 2010 to win a PGA event. Jason Kokrak and D.A. Points are one shot back and two ahead of Stewart Cink (sink) and Brian Davis.

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