Duke, Virginia fall…Kentucky still perfect
UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Duke and No. 3 Virginia may have damaged their shots at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by falling in the ACC semifinals on Friday.
Marcus Paige hit a huge shot in the final minute and added two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to lift No. 19 North Carolina past the Cavaliers 71-67. Freshman Justin Jackson scored a season-high 22 points for the Tar Heels, who never trailed and led by as many as 13 before dropping Virginia to 29-3.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 22 of his 25 points after halftime for the Cavaliers.
Next up for the Tar Heels is No. 11 Notre Dame, which knocked off the Blue Devils 74-64. Bonzie Colson scored 17 points, Demetrius Jackson added 15 points and the Irish led by as many as 17 before holding off Duke’s late rally.
Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL OH’-kah-fohr) had 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting in the Blue Devils’ first loss in 13 games.
Checking out the other men’s conference tournament games:
— Aaron Harrison and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 13 points as top-ranked Kentucky defeated Florida 64-49 in the SEC quarterfinals to improve to 32-0. Kentucky benefited by a huge edge at the free throw line, hitting 19 of 23 while the Gators were just 3 of 5.
— Fourth-ranked Villanova pulled out a 63-61 win over Providence on Ryan Arcidiacono’s (ahr-see-dee-ah-KOH’-nohz) two free throws with 3.1 seconds left. Josh Hart had 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting to help the Wildcats advance to the Big East final.
— Arizona is in the Pac-12 title game after Brandon Ashley scored 24 points to send the fifth-ranked Wildcats past UCLA 70-64. Arizona scored 15 straight second-half points to pull away.
— Sixth-ranked Wisconsin beat Michigan 71-60 in the Big Ten quarterfinals as Sam Dekker scored a team-high 17 points in the victory. Frank Kaminsky added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Badgers, who were tied at 54 until Dekker and Kaminsky combined to score all of Wisconsin’s points in a 9-2 run.
— Dez Wells scored 22 points and Melo Trimble added 17 to lead eighth-ranked Maryland to a 75-69 win over Indiana in the Big Ten quarterfinals. The Terrapins sealed the victory in their first Big Ten tournament game by going 7 of 8 from the line in the final 39 seconds.
— Ninth-ranked Kansas silenced No. 16 Baylor 62-52 as Wayne Seldon Jr. scored 20 points to lead the Jayhawks into the Big 12 tournament title game. Perry Ellis added 11 points in his return from an injury, but he had to leave the game after appearing to injure his left knee in a collision late in the game.
— No. 13 Iowa State rallied from a double-digit deficit for the fourth straight game, but the Cyclones needed Ryan Spangler to miss a point-blank layup at the buzzer to beat 15th-rated Oklahoma 67-65. Georges Niang had 13 points and Jameel McKay added 12 as Iowa State advanced to the Big 12 final.
— Joseph Young poured in 25 points and Oregon earned the right to face number 5 Arizona in the Pac-12 title game by surprising No. 17 Utah 67-64. Brandon Taylor shot 6-for-9 from 3-point range and finished with 24 in a losing cause.
— Nic Moore scored 20 points and 20th-rated SMU advanced to the American Athletic Conference semifinals by downing East Carolina 74-68. Markus Kennedy added 15 points and six rebounds for the top-seeded Mustangs.
— No. 22 Arkansas coughed up most of a 20-point lead in the second half before Rashad Madden made four late free throws to push the Razorbacks over Tennessee 80-72 in the SEC semifinals. Bobby Portis scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half for Arkansas.
— Xavier saw a 21-point lead shrink to one before the Musketeers made five of six in the final 10.3 seconds to beat No. 23 Georgetown 65-63 in the Big East semifinals. Matt Stainbrook had 20 points and nine rebounds as Xavier earned the right to play Villanova for the league crown.
— Tyler Kalinoski beat the clock with a driving layup to cap a comeback by No. 24 Davidson in a 67-66 triumph over La Salle in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals. Jack Gibbs led Davidson with 22 points and helped the Wildcats erase a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes.
— Josh Adams scored 27 points and Larry Nance Jr. added 20 to lead Wyoming to a 71-66 overtime victory over No. 25 Boise State in the Mountain West semifinals. The Cowboys got four points from Riley Grabau and Derek Cooke Jr. in OT.
Westbrook lifts Thunder again
UNDATED (AP) — NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook continues to make a habit of recording triple-doubles as he strengthens his status as an MVP candidate.
Westbrook scored 15 of his 29 points of the final period as the Thunder downed Minnesota 113-99. The Oklahoma City guard also had 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his sixth triple-double in eight games.
Enes Kanter finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds in helping Oklahoma City move back into a tie with New Orleans for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
In other NBA finals:
— Denver has wins over both conference leaders this week after Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 17 rebounds to help the Nuggets beat Golden State 114-103. Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave Stephen (STEH’-fehn) Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) and Andrew Bogut (BOH’-gut) the night off since the team plays Saturday at home.
— Atlanta sank five treys in the final 6 1/2 minutes to beat Phoenix 96-87. Paul Millsap provided 23 points and Kyle Korver added 14 to help the Hawks take another step toward clinching the top seed in the East playoffs.
— Damian Lillard drained five 3-pointers in scoring 28 points and leading Portland to a 118-99 romp over Detroit. LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points for the Trail Blazers, who have won two of three since losing starter Wesley Matthews to a ruptured Achilles tendon.
— Chandler Parsons shot 5-for-6 from 3-point range while scoring 22 points to lead Dallas to an easy 129-99 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers. Tyson Chandler chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Mavericks climbed within two games of Houston for fourth place in the West.
— Gerald Henderson dropped in 20 points and Mo Williams added 18 as Charlotte rallied to beat the Bulls 101-91 to move a half-game ahead of Miami for the final East playoff slot. The Bulls are two games behind the first-place Cleveland Cavaliers in the Central Division race.
— The Heat had won 16 straight against Toronto before Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 in the Raptors’ 102-92 victory against Miami. The Heat lost despite Dwyane (dwayn) Wade’s 25 points.
— Robert Covington scored 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Sacramento 114-107.
— Evan Turner scored 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter of Boston’s 95-88 win over Orlando.
More deals for NFL teams
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAHTH’-lis-burgur) have agreed to a new 5-year contract that could keep him in black-and-gold the rest of the decade.
The 33-year-old Roethlisberger passed for 32 touchdowns and a career-high 4,952 yards last season, breaking his own team record and tying Drew Brees (breez) for NFL lead.
The move keeps the two-time Super Bowl winner in Pittsburgh beyond a previous deal that was set to expire after the 2015 season.
Also in the NFL:
— The Dallas Cowboys have inked running back Darren McFadden to a two-year deal, a day after DeMarco Murray bolted for the Philadelphia Eagles. McFadden has been a bust in Oakland since the Raiders drafted him fourth overall in 2008, averaging just 607 rushing yards a season.
— A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Vikings have acquired wide receiver Mike Wallace from the Miami Dolphins. The Vikings will send a fifth-round draft pick to the Dolphins for their seventh-round selection in the swap.
— The agent for Brian Orakpo (oh-RAK’-poh) says the former Washington linebacker has agreed to terms on a four-year, $35 million package with the Tennessee Titans.
— Free-agent cornerback Chris Culliver has joined Washington after four seasons in San Francisco.
— The St. Louis Rams added depth at linebacker by signing Akeem Ayers to a two-year deal.
— The Miami Dolphins have acquired receiver Kenny Stills from the New Orleans Saints for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft pick this year.
— The New Orleans Saints say free agent running back C.J. Spiller has agreed to a four-year contract.
— Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that Percy Harvin is rejoining Rex Ryan, agreeing to a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.
— The Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Christian Ponder, who spent the last four seasons with the Vikings.
Ducks beat Wild
UNDATED (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks are back atop the NHL’s Western Conference standings, moving two points ahead of Nashville and St. Louis with a 2-1 triumph at Minnesota.
John Gibson stopped 32 shots and was perfect after Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) briefly tied the game midway through the game. Jakob Silfverberg scored the game-winner in the second period and had an assist to help Anaheim move a step closer to winning the Pacific Division.
The Wild remain two points ahead of Los Angeles and three points in front of Winnipeg in the scramble for the last two Western Conference berths.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Andrew Hammond stopped 34 shots as Ottawa topped the New York Islanders 2-1 to pull within five points of Boston for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. The Islanders outshot Senators 22-9 in the second period, but Ottawa used goals by Matt Puempel (PUM’-pul) and Kyle Turris to take a 2-0 lead.
— Shawn Horcoff, Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) and Vernon Fiddler scored power-play goals as Dallas beat the Capitals 4-2 in Washington. The Stars climbed within five points of the final Western Conference playoff slot and kept the Capitals nine points off the Metropolitan Division lead.
— Michael Backlund and Sean Monahan scored short-handed tallies to cap Calgary’s four-goal first period in a 6-3 win over Toronto. Monahan finished with two goals and an assist as the Flames moved a point ahead of Vancouver for second place in the Pacific Division.
— Scott Hartnell scored the tying goal with 3:37 remaining before Alexander Wennberg notched the lone shootout goal in the fifth round to complete the Blue Jackets’ 5-4 win over Edmonton at Columbus.
Darvish out for the season
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish will have season-ending Tommy John surgery next week. The 28-year-old right-hander made his decision after several medical opinions.
An MRI last week revealed partially torn ligaments and inflammation after Darvish felt tightness in his triceps while warming up for his spring training debut. He threw 10 of 12 pitches for strikes in his only inning before telling anyone about the discomfort.
Also in the majors:
— The Boston Red Sox have a lot of faith in 19-year old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada (joh-WAHN’ mohn-KAH’-dah), who has accepted a minor league contract that includes a $31.5 million signing bonus. The deal is a record for an international amateur free agent under 23 and will cost the Red Sox an additional 100 percent tax to MLB on the bonus.
— Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen has undergone surgery on his non-pitching hand but is expected to be ready for opening day. The Nationals say the right-hander will miss three or four days of the exhibition season after having the hook on his hamate bone removed.
— Dontrelle Willis is ending his comeback bid with the Milwaukee Brewers and is set to retire after countless efforts to recapture what once made him so productive and popular. The lefty hasn’t been in the majors since going 1-6 in 2011 with Cincinnati.
Harvick goes for back to back wins
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has continued his exceptional start to the Sprint Cup season by winning the pole for Sunday’s race at Phoenix.
Harvick had final lap of 140.751 mph for his first Sprint Cup pole at Phoenix, where he’s won four of the last five races and six for his career. He won last weekend’s race at Las Vegas after runner-up finishes in the first two Cup races of the season.
Joey Logano was second in qualifying, followed by Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman.
Kurt Busch finished eighth in his first qualifying since coming off a NASCAR suspension.
De Jonge leads
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Brendon de Jonge is the leader midway through the Valspar Championship in Florida. He fired a 2-under 69 for a 6-under total as he seeks his first PGA victory.
De Jonge is one stroke ahead of Jordan Spieth (speeth), Henrik Stenson, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman and Derek Ernst. Spieth moved up the leaderboard with a 67. Lucas Glover, Sean O’Hair and Ian Poulter are two shots back.
Adam Scott missed a cut for the first time in three years by shooting a 75 that left him 4-over.
No go for former world No. 1
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) —Tiger Woods announced on his web site that won’t be at Bay Hill next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Woods hasn’t played since he withdrew after 11 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open with tightness in his lower back. He said last month he would not return to golf until his game was tournament ready.