NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT
Buckeyes win thriller; Orange, Golden Eagles, Shockers advance
UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State got a go-ahead 3-pointer from LaQuinton Ross with 2 seconds to play in a 73-70 win over Arizona in the NCAA West Regional semifinals.
Ross scored 14 of his 17 in the second half for the Buckeyes who rallied from an early 11 point deficit for their 11th straight win.
DeShaun Thomas had 20 points for Ohio State.
Malcolm Armstead scored 18 points and Carl Hall added 16 points as Wichita State advanced to the final eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 32 years with a 72-58 win over LaSalle. That has earned the Shockers a shot at Ohio State in the West Regional final.
Wichita State led all the way in eliminating the 13th seeded Explorers. The Shockers 29th win of the season equaled the school record for most in a season.
Michael Carter-Williams poured in 24 points and Syracuse rode a disruptive zone defense to a 61-50 win over top-seeded Indiana to reach the NCAA tournament's East Regional final.
Syracuse limited Indiana to its lowest point total of the season, forced 19 turnovers, compiled 10 blocks and held the normally efficient Hoosiers to 33 percent shooting.
Syracuse (29-9) will face No. 3 seed Marquette on Saturday night in an all-Big East matchup for a berth in the Final Four. Coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) and the Orange haven't been to the national semifinals since Carmelo Anthony led them to the 2003 title.
Marquette built a double-digit lead in the first half and went on to a 71-61 win over Miami to earn a spot in the East Regional title game. Jamil Wilson scored 16 for the Golden Eagles who got a shot at the Hurricanes after a couple of close comeback wins. But this one was different.
Vander Blue scored 14 as Marquette made it to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003.
Shane Larkin scored 14 for the Hurricanes who shot just 35 percent.
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Cyclones coach gets new deal
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has agreed to a new 10-year, $20 million contract that will run through 2023. Hoiberg just completed his third season at his alma mater.
Hoiberg has led Iowa State to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in 12 years.
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Wolfpack loses Brown
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State's Lorenzo Brown has announced he's going to skip his senior season for a shot with the pros. Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried says he has spoken with representatives of about 15 to 20 NBA teams and believes that Brown can be a first-round pick. A second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick by both the media and the coaches, the 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 12.4 points and a league-best 7.2 assists per game.
Penguins march on
UNDATED (AP) — Thomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') made 20 saves to earn the shutout and picked up his first assist as Pittsburgh blanked Winnipeg 4-0 in a battle of two of the top teams in the NHL. The victory extends the Penguins winning streak to 14, three short of the NHL record.
Pascal DuPuis (pas-KAHL' doo-PREE') had a pair of goals for the Penguins, who also got one from Evgeni Malkin in his return to the line-up. It was his first since March 4. Chris Kunitz scored his 20th of the season.
In other NHL play;
— Phoenix erupted for five goals in a 6:40 span during a six-goal first period and went on to beat Nashville 7-4. The Coyotes snapped a seven-game losing streak during which they scored one more total goal than they did in the win. Radim Vrbata (rah-DEEM' vuhr-BAH'-tuh) scored twice for Phoenix.
— Antii Niemi made 27 saves for his second shutout in two nights as San Jose won their third straight game in regulation, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-0. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns each scored for the third consecutive game for the Sharks, who are on their longest winning streak since starting the season with seven straight wins.
— Ben Bishop made 24 saves for his second career shutout as Ottawa stopped the Rangers 3-0.
— Daniel Sedin (seh-DEEN') had the go ahead score in a three-goal third period to lift Vancouver past Colorado 4-1. Vancouver has not lost in regulation to the Avalanche since Oct. 2009, going 18-0-2 in that stretch.
— Mike Richards scored the go ahead goal with just under three minutes to play and Los Angeles went on to beat St. Louis 4-2 for their eighth straight win over the Blues.
— Joffrey Lupul scored the go ahead goal with just over three minutes to play and Toronto added two more in the final minute for a 6-3 win over Carolina.
— Josh Bailey scored the winning goal in the shootout to give the Islanders a 4-3 win at Philadelphia. Colin MacDonald tallied twice for the Islanders in regulation.
— Ales Hemsky's go-ahead goal with just over three minutes left vaulted Edmonton past Columbus 6-4.
— Mike Santorelli's shootout goal was the difference as Florida topped Buffalo 5-4.
Pens acquire All-Star forward
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The already loaded Pittsburgh Penguins got stronger in the wee hours of Thursday morning when they completed a trade with Calgary for Jerome Iginla (juh-ROHM' ih-GIHN'-luh). The six-time all-star agreed to the deal after initially okaying a trade to Boston.
The 35-year old Iginla join a team has a star-studded line-up that includes NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and all-star James Neal among others.
Iginla is not expected to suit up for the Penguins until Saturday night.
Sanders leads Bucks
UNDATED (AP) — Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter to help Milwaukee rally for a 113-103 win over the Lakers. Sanders was 8 of 11 from the floor and had 13 rebounds.
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points for Los Angeles. That leaves him four points behind Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA's career list. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Steve Nash scored 16 points.
Bryant left the arena using a crutch but appeared to be walking without pain. The Lakers say that he has a bone spur on his left foot.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
— Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds and Indiana broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat Dallas 103-78. The Central Division-leading Pacers won their fourth straight and have a half-game lead for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points for Dallas, which remained 1½ games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference
— DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 consecutive points in the first half and finished with 34 and 14 rebounds in Sacramento's 117-103 victory over Phoenix.
Sixers welcome Iverson back
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Allen Iverson has accepted the Philadelphia 76ers' invitation to return for his bobblehead night Saturday and will present the game ball before they play Charlotte.
The Sixers will salute one of their greatest players with a video tribute. Iverson led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA finals and is firmly cemented as one of the franchise's all-time greats. He holds a number of franchise records.
Martin to drive for Hamlin
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mark Martin will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing while Denny Hamlin recovers from a fractured vertebra in his lower back. Martin's first start will be next week at Martinsville Speedway, where he wasn't scheduled to race.
The 54-year-old Martin has driven one other time for JGR, in the Nationwide Series last year at Las Vegas, where he finished second.
Hamlin is expected to miss at least five races while he heals. JGR didn't specify how long Martin will be in the car, but the fifth race is at Talladega, a track Martin has opted to skip the last few years.
Granger set for surgery
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers say Danny Granger will have left knee surgery and miss the rest of the season, leaving them without one of their best offensive players for the postseason. Granger's injury-plagued season will be cut short after just five games.
Granger underwent a procedure for patellar tendinosis in October and returned Feb. 25 before he went back to the sideline because of continued pain.
Giants extend Bochy, Sabean
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are sticking with a winning combination by extending the contracts of general manager Brian Sabean (SAY'-bee-an) and manager Bruce Bochy (BOH-chee) through the 2016 season. Both had previous deals set to expire after this summer.
Under the leadership of the two, the Giants have won two of the last three World Series titles.
Mets could lose Santana for season
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets say Johan Santana has injured his left shoulder again and likely will need surgery that will cause him to miss the 2013 season.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner missed the 2011 season following shoulder surgery in September 2010. He returned last year and pitched the first no-hitter in the team's history. Santana hasn't pitched in an exhibition game this year because of arm weakness.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Santana's $25 million salary this year is not covered by insurance. The Mets will also owe him a $6 million buyout after this season.
Rodriguez has reconstructive surgery
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oakland Athletics right-hander Fernando Rodriguez has undergone reconstructive elbow surgery. The team said before Thursday's exhibition at the San Francisco Giants that the procedure had no complications.
Rodriguez will rejoin the A's on Saturday to begin his rehabilitation process. Typical recovery time is 12 to 18 months.
Rodriguez was acquired from the Houston Astros in a February trade.
Former big league skipper lands a TV job
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine will be a pregame and postgame analyst for some of the team's telecasts on cable channel SNY this season. Valentine was an analyst for ESPN in 2011 before taking over the Red Sox last season. He has also been manager of the Texas Rangers and Japan's Chiba Lotte Marines. He is also the new athletic director of Sacred Heart in Connecticut and an analyst for NBC Sports Radio.
Cards to honor Stan The Man
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals will wear a patch on their left sleeve this season to honor the memory of Stan Musial. The Hall of Famer died in January. The Cardinals will debut the patch in the season opener Monday at Arizona.
Hall of Famer honored
CLEVELAND (AP) — Late Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller is being honored by Major League Baseball with an annual award named for him. The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award will be given each year to a major leaguer and Hall of Famer who displays good character, assists those less fortunate, supports U.S. servicemen and women and conducts himself with dignity on and off the field. Feller served in the Navy during World War II, interrupting his baseball career to enlist immediately after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Despite missing four seasons of play, he recorded 266 career victories and led the American League in wins six times and strikeouts seven times.
Defensive lineman agrees on deal
MIAMI (AP) — Defensive lineman Vaughn Martin has agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins after starting the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Martin played end in the Chargers' 3-4 scheme but likely will play tackle in the Dolphins' 4-3 defense. He was a fourth-round draft pick by the Chargers in 2009 and started 27 games the past two years. He missed the final three games in 2012 with a groin injury.
Colts and Eagles pull off deal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with Philadelphia in exchange for defensive end Clifton Geathers. Indy also says Jeff Linkenbach, a restricted free agent, signed his qualifying offer. He has played in all 48 regular-season games since the Colts signed him in 2010.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — D.A. Points rolled in birdie putts on the first five holes and went on to an 8-under 64 for the lead in the first round of the Houston Open. That's given him a one-shot edge over Cameron Tringale and John Rollins. Angel (AHN'-hehl) Cabrerra is in a group two shots back and Lee Westwood is among those that trail by four.
Phil Mickelson closed with a double bogey and two bogeys in his final four holes and settled for a 72. Rory McIlroy shot 73.
Williams, Sharapova advance
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Five-time champ Serena Williams has advanced to the Sony Open title match with a 6-love, 6-3 drubbing of Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh). It was Williams' 60th win at Key Biscayne, breaking the tournament record.
Williams will next face four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) who beat Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) 6-2, 6-1.
Andy Murray will take on Richard Gasquet (ree-SHARD' gas-KAY') for the men's title. Murray beat Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) 6-4, 6-3, while Gasquet topped Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-3, 6-3.
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Ex- Syracuse coach to sue ESPN
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has filed the initial paperwork in a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting two former ball boys' claims that the longtime coach sexually abused them.
A yearlong federal investigation that followed accusations that Fine abused team ball boys ended with no charges. Fine was Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim's assistant for 35 seasons.
ESPN reported the allegations on Nov. 17, 2011. Fine was fired 10 days later when a third man made similar claims.
ESPN spokesman David Scott said the network doesn't comment on pending litigation and stands by its reporting.