Louisville, Michigan head to Atlanta
UNDATED (AP) — Louisville put the finishing touches on the Final Four by rolling past Duke 85-63 to win the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Russ Smith scored 23 points to lead the way while Gorgui (GOR'-gee) Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Louisville managed to pull off the overwhelming win despite seeing teammate Kevin Ware suffer a gruesome broken leg in the first half.
The injury occurred as Ware tried to contest a shot and the leg buckled when he landed, bending almost at a right angle.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino said after the game that the bone broke in two places and was protruding out of Ware's leg.
Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said hospital officials told the school that Ware was "resting comfortably" and that the pain is "under control."
As the final seconds ticked down, Chane (shayn) Behanan put Ware's jersey on and stood at the end of the Louisville bench as screaming. Cardinals fans chanted Ware's name.
The Cardinals earned their second straight trip to the Final Four and will meet surprising Wichita State in the semifinals on Saturday.
Earlier, Michigan earned a trip to Atlanta next week with a by dominating Florida 79-59 to clinch the South Regional title.
Nik Stauskas led the way to the Wolverines seventh Final Four appearance with 22 points, including six three-pointers. Big Ten player of the year Trey Burke added 15 points while Mitch McGary chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds.
The win moves Michigan into a Saturday's national semifinal meeting with Syracuse.
Kentucky loses guard
ATLANTA (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari says sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow is transferring to Georgia State to be closer to his family.
Harrow averaged 9.3 points per game as a freshman at North Carolina State in the 2010-11 season before transferring to Kentucky. He sat out the Wildcats' 2011-12 national championship season and averaged 9.9 points in 29 games, including 24 starts, for Kentucky last season.
Heat sweep Spurs
UNDATED (AP) — Even without LeBron James and Dwyane (dwayn) Wade the Heat got the best of San Antonio.
Chris Bosh drained a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to lift Miami over the Spurs 88-86 to complete a regular season sweep. By earning the head-to-head tiebreaker with San Antonio, the Heat essentially have a four-game cushion with nine remaining for the league's best record and home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.
Bosh wound up with 23 points while James and Wade sat out with injuries.
Ray Allen had 14 points, Norris Cole added 13 and Mike Miller 12 for Miami.
Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who saw a seven-game home winning streak snapped.
In other NBA play;
— Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the Knicks extend their winning streak to eight games with a 108-89 victory over Boston. The Knicks beat the Celtics for the second time this week and won the season series for the first time since 2003-04. New York climbed back into a tie with Indiana in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, which would currently mean a playoff meeting with the Celtics.
— Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) scored 28 points, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson each added 16, and the Chicago Bulls beat Detroit 95-94 to extend their winning streak against the Pistons to 18 straight.
— Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his return to the lineup, leading Washington to a 109-92 victory over Toronto. Beal missed the five previous games with a sprained ankle.
— Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 to lead New Orleans to a 112-92 victory over Cleveland.
Green light for Irving
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving has been cleared to play after missing eight games with a strained left shoulder. The 21-year-old had been sidelined since March 15, when he hurt his left shoulder in a collision against a member of the Raptors.
Astros open season with win
The Houston Astros are winners in their first game as an American League team.
Pinch-hitter Rick Ankiel (AN'-keel) belted the first major league homer of the season, a three-run blast to give the Astros a 7-2 lead in the sixth inning of an 8-2 win over the Texas Rangers. Justin Maxwell had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice to help the Astros trounce their new arch-rivals.
Winning pitcher Bud Norris carried a shutout into the sixth and was charged with two runs and five hits over 5 2/3s. Erik Bedard notched a save with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Louisville stuns Baylor
UNDATED (AP) — Monique Reid hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to lift fifth-seeded Louisville to a stunning 82-81 upset of top-ranked, defending national champion Baylor in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women's tournament.
Odyssey Sims scored 29 points and hit a pair of free throws with 9.1 seconds left to give the Lady Bears (34-2) their only lead of the game.
Reid caught an inbounds pass near the baseline after that and went coast to coast before getting fouled by All-American Brittney Griner on her way to the basket. Griner, who is the dominant player in the game, was held without a basket in the first half and finished with 14 points and ten rebounds in the unexpectedly abrupt end to her college career.
The Lady Bears had been practically invincible for the past four months, winning 32 straight games mostly by double digits.
The win earns the Cardinals a date with Tennessee in the regional finals.
Kamiko Williams scored 15 points, Cierre Burdick had 13 and second-seeded Tennessee routed Oklahoma 74-59 in the other semifinals.
Skylar Diggins scored 22 of her 27 points by halftime, becoming Notre Dame's career scoring leader, as the top-seeded Fighting Irish beat Kansas 93-63 in the semifinals of the Norfolk Regional. Diggins rounded out here performance with nine assists and three steals.
The victory was the 29th in a row for Notre Dame, and left the Irish one victory shy of a third consecutive trip to the Final Four. They have lost in the title game each of the last two years.
In the second game, Tricia Liston scored 17 points and Duke shook off a slow start to beat Nebraska 53-45.
Blackhawks increase lead in West
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago scored on its first three shots of the game in a 1:39 span and went on to crush the Red Wings 7-1.
Matthew Saad and Dave Bolland were part of that spree and wound up with a pair of goals each in the rout. Jonathan Toews (tayvz) added a goal and two assists as Jeremy Morin and Nick Leddy also scored for Chicago. Cory Crawford made 33 saves.
Elsewhere around the NHL;
—David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) and Nathan Horton scored 2:50 apart in the third period to lift Boston to 2-0 win over Buffalo. Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots to earn the shutout.
— Brad Richardson and Justin Williams scored third-period goals just over a minute apart to help lift the Kings to a 3-2 victory over Dallas.
— Ruslan Fedotenko scored 1:34 into overtime after Kimmo Timonen got the tying goal with 9.5 seconds left in regulation, and the Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-4.
— Mark Letestu set up the only goal in regulation and scored the game-winner in overtime as Columbus edged Anaheim 2-1. The Blue Jackets have earned points in 15 of their last 17 games to get back in the playoff picture.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby has a broken jaw and is out indefinitely after being hit in the mouth with a puck in a win against the Islanders Saturday. The club said on its website that the NHL's scoring leader underwent surgery after the game and that there will be an update on his status later in the week.
The Penguins have won 15 straight games, and next play Buffalo on Tuesday.
Points wins in Houston
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — D.A. Points fired a bogey-free 6-under 66 to win the Houston Open, his second victory on the PGA Tour. Points finished up with a 16-under total for a one-shot win over Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel, who also posted 66's.
Points kept alive the streak of Americans winning all 14 events on the PGA Tour this year. He also earned a spot in the Masters in two weeks as did Stenson.
Play was delayed for 2 hours, 38 minutes late in the round due to inclement weather.
Murray edges Ferrer
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Andy Murray erased a championship point to rally past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 in a grueling final at the Sony Open. One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the baseline to stay in the match. He then dominated the tiebreaker as Ferrer appeared to cramp before collapsing to the court after one long point. The pair dueled for 2 hours, 44 minutes, and as a result, those viewing on CBS weren't able to watch the end of the match as the network had to switch to the NCAA tournament game between Michigan and Florida.