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Associated Press

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 9:36 AM

NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT

Kansas beats Heels...Hoosiers and Buckeyes advance

UNDATED (AP) — History has been made in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Florida Gulf Coast has become the first No. 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16, doing so with an 81-71 win over No. 7 San Diego State. Bernard Thompson scored 23 points and Sherwood Brown added 17 for the Eagles, who are in just their second season of eligibility for postseason play.

Brown scored eight of the first 10 points in a 17-0 run that put FGCU ahead 71-52 with 4:19 remaining.

The outcome sets up an all-Florida game in the South Region semifinals, with the Eagles taking on third seed Florida.

Third seed Florida built a 21-point halftime lead and whipped Minnesota 78-64 to reach the South Region semifinals in Dallas against Florida Gulf Coast.

Mike Rosario scored 25 points for the Gators, who shot 65 percent in the first half to take a 48-27 lead.

Miami is the third Florida team to reach the Sweet 16 after Rion Brown hit five three-pointers and finished with 21 points in the Hurricanes' 63-59 win over Illinois in the East Region. Shane Larkin added 17 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with a minute left.

No. 13 La Salle continued its unexpected run by beating No. 12 Mississippi 76-74 on Tyrone Garland's layup with two seconds left. Ramon Galloway had 24 points for the Explorers, who were playing its third game in five days as they reached the Round of 16 for the first time since playing for the 1955 national championship.

Next up for La Salle is No. 9 Wichita State in the West regional semifinals in Los Angeles.

Jeff Withey had 16 points and 16 rebounds as No. 1 Kansas downed Roy Williams and North Carolina 70-58. Travis Releford added 22 points and helped Kansas storm back from a 30-21 halftime deficit.

K-U will take on Michigan in the South Region semifinals.

Top seed Indiana staved off a challenge by closing on a 10-0 run to beat No. 9 seed Temple 58-52 in an East Region game in Dayton, Ohio. Victor Olapido (oh-lah-PEE'-dohz) 3-pointer with 13 seconds left was the final nail in the Owls' coffin. He finished with a team-high 16 points and teammate Cody Zeller had 15.

Indiana earned a date with fourth-seeded Syracuse in the regional semifinals on Thursday in Washington.

No. 2 Ohio State earned a school-record fourth straight trip to the round of 16 in Dayton. Aaron Craft swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key with half a second on the clock to lift the Buckeyes past No. 10 Iowa State 78-75 in a West Regional game. Craft finished with 18 points and DeShaun Thomas added 22 as Ohio State earned the right to play sixth seed Arizona on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Second seed Duke capped Sunday's third-round action by whipping Creighton 66-50. Rasheed Sulaimon paced the Blue Devils with 21 points and Seth Curry had 17 as Duke earned a meeting with Michigan State on Friday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-UCLA/HOWLAND

Howland dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben Howland has become UCLA's former basketball coach.

He was fired Sunday night following 10 seasons with the Bruins, a span that included three Final Four appearances but culminated with another early-round exit from the NCAA tournament.

Howland had a 233-107 record in Westwood, including three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006-08 and four Pac-12 championships.

COLLEGE SPORTS-GEORGE MASON

Patriots joining A-10

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that George Mason is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association for the A-10 as of July 1. That's according to an official with knowledge of the agreement. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because both the school and the conference plan to announce the move today.

NCAA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT

No. 1s reach second round

UNDATED (AP) — The No. 1 seeds in the NCAA women's basketball tournament have moved into the second round.

Notre Dame crushed Tennessee-Martin 97-64, Stanford knocked off Tulsa 72-56 and Baylor hammered Prairie View 82-40.

Connecticut advanced with Saturday's blowout win.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Heat win easily

UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat's 26th consecutive victory was a blowout.

The Heat didn't miss an injured Dwyane (dwayn) Wade as they coasted to a 109-77 pounding of Charlotte. LeBron James finished with 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, while Chris Bosh and Norris Cole each chipped in 15 points.

Wade was held from the lineup because of right knee soreness that the team believes is minor.

Miami is within seven of the NBA record for consecutive victories set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Also in the NBA, Houston beat San Antonio 96-95 on James Harden's off-balance jumper with 4.5 seconds left. Harden scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half as the Rockets rallied from three down in the final minute to snap a four-game losing streak to the Spurs.

Oklahoma hammered Portland 103-83 behind Kevin Durant's 24 points and 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook added 21 points and fueled a key third-quarter spurt that helped the Thunder pull within 1 1/2 games of the West-leading Spurs.

Brooklyn was a 102-100 winner over Phoenix as Dereon Williams contributed 21 points and 11 assists for the Nets. Brook Lopez added 20 points, Kris Humphries 17 and C.J. Watson 14 to help the Nets win without an injured Joe Johnson.

Chicago knocked off Minnesota 104-97 behind Nate Robinson's 22 points and 10 assists. Carlos Boozer added 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Bulls win the battle of the boards 52-32.

Atlanta put together a 9-1 run over the final 65 seconds to beat Milwaukee 104-99. Al Horford scored 24 points for the Hawks, while Josh Smith added 23 and nine rebounds.

Mike James scored a season-high 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 17 as Dallas beat Utah 113-108. Vince Carter and Shawn Marion each had 15 points for the Mavericks, who moved within two games of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Philadelphia had dropped 14 straight road games before Dorrell Wright hit six three-pointers and had 22 points in a 117-103 win at Sacramento.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Pens' streak reaches a dozen

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins needed overtime to pick up their 12th straight win and stretch their lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference to five points over Montreal.

Tyler Kennedy scored 2:33 into the extra session to complete the Pens' 2-1 comeback win over Philadelphia. The Flyers had a 1-0 lead until Sidney Crosby notched a power-play goal with 6:14 to play.

Also on ice, Jimmy Howard made 33 saves and Detroit picked up its fourth straight win by winning at Anaheim for the second time in three days, this time 2-1. Dan Cleary and Drew Miller scored first-period goals against the Ducks, who've lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

Bryan Little collected a goal and two assists in Winnipeg's 3-2 verdict over Tampa Bay. Defensemen Dustin Byfuglien (BUF'-lihn) and Tobias Enstrom also scored and Blake Wheeler picked up two assists as the Jets halted a two-game skid.

Calgary beat St. Louis 3-2 on Jarome Iginla's (ih-GIHN'-luhz) goal with 7:02 remaining. Roman Cervenka scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff (MEE'-kuh KIP'-ruh-sahf) stopped 36 shots as the Flames ended a three-game losing streak

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) each scored once in regulation and once in a shootout as Washington outlasted the New York Rangers 3-2. Braden Holtby made 30 saves before stopping three of four Rangers in the shootout to secure the Capitals' third straight win.

Second-period goals by Mason Raymond and Alexandre Burrows gave Vancouver a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 triumph at Colorado. Cory Schneider made 26 saves in the Canucks' fourth straight win.

Andrew McDonald scored the game-winner in the first period and Evgeni Nobokov (nah-BAH'-kahv) stopped 26 shots as the New York Islanders blanked Florida 3-0 to salvage the finale of a four-game homestand. John Tavares and Casey Cizikas (sih-ZEE'-kihs) added empty-netters in the final minute to support Nabokov's third shutout of the season.

NHL-LIGHTNING-BOUCHER

Tampa Bay looking for new bench boss

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired coach Guy Boucher (gee boo-SHAY') 31 games into his third season. Tampa Bay is next to last in the Eastern Conference with a 13-17-1 record.

Assistant coaches Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix will share coaching responsibilities for tonight's game at Winnipeg.

In other NHL news, New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) will be out 2-4 weeks after hurting his right shoulder during Saturday night's game. Kovalchuk is second on the team with 10 goals and 27 points.

And Pittsburgh has traded Morrows with Dallas. The Penguins have acquired forward Brenden Morrow and a third-round pick in this year's draft for defenseman Joe Morrow and a fifth-round selection.

MLB-SPRING TRAINING

Cedeno signs with Astros...Jeter still sore

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees are near an agreement with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire outfielder Vernon Wells, who has slumped since hitting 32 homers with 106 RBIs for Toronto in 2006.

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the sides were bargaining over the money that would be included in a trade. Wells is owed $42 million over the next two seasons.

Also:

The Houston Astros have signed shortstop Ronny Cedeno (seh-DAYN'-yoh) to a one-year contract and informed shortstop Tyler Greene he will not make the season-opening roster.

The Rangers have claimed pitcher Brad Mills off waiver from the Los Angeles Angels. Mills is 3-3 with a 7.76 ERA in 15 career big league games.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it's "more likely than not" injured shortstop Derek Jeter will start the regular season on the disabled list because of ankle soreness. The 38-year-old Jeter had surgery for a broken left ankle last October.

NFL-NEWS

Dumervil joins NFL champs

UNDATED (AP) — Elvis Dumervil (DOO'-mur-vihl) has spurned the Denver Broncos for Baltimore. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says the three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman has agreed to a five-year deal.

Dumervil is expected to be in Baltimore Tuesday to take his physical and sign the paperwork.

Dumervil had 63½ sacks in seven seasons in Denver. He agreed to reduce his 2013 salary from $12 million to $8 million but the paperwork didn't reach the NFL offices in time and the Broncos were forced to release him on March 15. The sides continued negotiating but the Ravens swooped in.

Meanwhile:

The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with former Carolina Panthers linebacker James Anderson. The deal comes two days after they signed D.J. Williams from Denver to replace Brian Urlacher (UR'-lah-kur).

PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL

On hold in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods will have to wait another day to try and win a title that would boost him back to the top of the world rankings.

A violent thunderstorm with winds of more than 60 mph dumped nearly an inch and a-half of rain on the Bay Hill course in Orlando, halting final round play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods had just birdied the second hole to get three clear of Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, John Huh and Justin Rose when the horn sounded to call players off the course.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC

Going down to the wire

SAUCIER, MISS. (AP) — Michael Allen rallied to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic for his fourth Champions Tour title, shooting a 5-under 67 for an 11-under total.

Allen started the day two shots behind the leaders, but made five birdies on the front nine to vault into the lead.

Bernhard Langer finished one shot back and two ahead of Russ Cochran, Gene Sauers and Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr.

LPGA-KIA CLASSIC

Co-leaders headed down the stretch

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Beatrtiz Recari sank an 18-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff with I.K. Kim to win the Kia Classic. Recari closed with a 2-over 74 to match Kim at 9 under

NASCAR-AUTO CLUB 400

Kyle Busch wins

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Busch earned his first victory at Fontana on Sunday after rivals Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano wrecked on the final lap in a thrilling NASCAR finish.

Hamlin and Logano made contact while they raced side-by-side in the final lap of their first race since the drivers confronted each other last week at Bristol.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second, followed by Logano, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.

INDYCAR-ST. PETERSBURG

Hinchcliffe gets No. 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — James Hinchcliffe passed defending race winner Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh cas-troh-NEHV'-us) on the final restart to take the lead and held on to win by 1.09 seconds in St. Petersburg.

It's his first IndyCar series victory.

Hinchcliffe is the first Canadian to win since Paul Tracy's 2007 victory at Cleveland in the CART Series.

FORMULA ONE-MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX

Defending champ Vettel wins Malaysian Grand Prix

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel held off Mark Webber to win the Malaysian Grand Prix.

After battling his Red Bull teammate for much of the race, Vettel took the lead on the 46th lap and held on for his 27th F1 victory.

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