It’s selection Sunday
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The work of the NCAA Division 1 tournament selection committee comes to an end today. The final spots in the 68-team field are being determined this afternoon, and early this evening the committee will announce the field.
And with that the quest for a spot in the Final Four begins. The first games in the NCAA Tournament are Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio, in what the NCAA now calls the First Four.
Getting ready for the NCAA Tournament
UNDATED (AP) — Championship week ends today with three games involving Top-25 teams. No. 1 Kentucky is looking to extend its record to 34-0 with a win over 21st-ranked Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference title game. There is little doubt the Wildcats will be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
In the Big Ten title game in Chicago sixth-ranked Wisconsin is facing Michigan State while in Hartford, Connecticut, defending national champion UConn plays 20th-ranked SMU for the American Athletic Conference championship.
Matinee play in the NBA
UNDATED (AP) — There are two day games in the NBA and the result of each will have an impact on the standings. In Oklahoma City the Thunder are playing host to Chicago’s Bulls. The game means a bit more to the Thunder as they are battling for a playoff spot. They start the day tied for the eighth and final berth in the in the Western Conference, while the Bulls know they are playoff bound but unsure at what seed in the East. As the new day of play starts the Bulls trail Cleveland, which is in Orlando tonight, by two games in the Central Division as well as in the Eastern standings.
The second day game features the Rockets playing the Clippers in Los Angeles. Houston stands in fourth place in the West with the Clippers just 1 1/2 games behind. Record wise L.A. is 42-24 and Houston 43-22. The Rockets can also improve their position in the Southwest Division as they trail first-place Memphis by just 2 ½ games.
Among the games tonight the first-place Toronto Raptors of the Atlantic Division are home to Portland, the top team in the Northwest. The remaining games feature Denver at New Orleans, the Spurs home to the Timberwolves, New York at Phoenix and the Hawks in L.A. to play the Lakers.
Afternoon action on ice
UNDATED (AP) — Three games comprise the afternoon portion of the NHL schedule today. In the opening contest the Penguins are playing host to the Red Wings. The Pens, who played an afternoon game yesterday as well, are five points back of the Rangers in both the Metropolitan Division standings and the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are currently in sixth place in the East.
In New York the Rangers are playing the Panthers. New York starts the day sharing the Eastern Conference lead with Montreal, which also has 93 points. Wedged in between is Tampa Bay with 91.
The final day game features the Hurricanes in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.
Your night games have St. Louis skating in Dallas, Ottawa home to the Flyers, Boston in Washington and Nashville at Anaheim in a huge game in the West as the teams are tied for the conference lead with 93 points. The Predators lead the Central Division while the Ducks top the Pacific.
AUTO RACING-FORMULA 1
Hamtilon wins again
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The opening race of the 2015 Formula One Grand Prix season finished just like last season did, with a win by world champion Lewis Hamilton. He led Nico (Nee’-koh) Rosberg to a one-two finish for Mercedes with Ferrari newcomer and former world champion Sebastian Vettel third.
Hamilton stood on the podium after the race with Arnold Schwarzenegger and in unison they repeated the actor’s trademark phrase: “I’ll be back.”
Hamilton is back and the reigning world champ is off and running once again.
Moore is the man to beat
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Moore starts the day in first place at the PGA’s Valspar Championship. After three rounds he stood 9-under-par, one shot in front of Jordan Spieth (speeeth). A shot back of Spieth is Derek Ernst.