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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 9:36 AM

NCAA TOURNAMENT-SECOND ROUND

How's your bracket faring?...So you had Harvard, Dayton and North Dakota State?

UNDATED (AP) — Several upsets and a record four overtime games highlighted second round play at the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

No. 12 seed Harvard got 11 points from Siyani Chambers, including five straight in the final two minutes of a 61-57 upset of fifth-seed Cincinnati. Wesley Saunders scored 12 for the 27-4 Crimson who didn't trail after the opening minutes of the game. Harvard becomes the first Ivy League school with NCAA tourney wins in consecutive years since Princeton in 1983-84.

Harvard was another dangerous No. 12 seed. In 27 of the last 30 NCAA tournaments, the 12th seed has knocked off a five seed.

Cincinnati got 18 points from Sean Kilpatrick and finished 27-7.

In another 12-over-5 upset, the North Dakota State Bison upset Oklahoma 80-75 in overtime in the West region. It's the first-ever NCAA tournament victory for the Bison from Fargo. Lawrence Alexander hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to force overtime and freshman Carlin Dupree scored four points in the final 75 seconds to seal it. Alexander hit for a career-high 28.

Cameron Clark led Oklahoma with 25.

Vee Sanford scored on a layup with 3.8 seconds left to lift 11th-seeded Dayton to a 60-59 victory over sixth-seeded Ohio State in Buffalo.

Sanford finished with 10 points, while Dyshawn Pierre led the 24-10 Flyers with 12 points in a matchup of Ohio schools separated by about 75 miles.

The Buckeyes (25-10) had one last chance to pull out the victory, but Aaron Craft's driving 10-footer hit off the backboard and rolled off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Sam Thompson scored 18 points and Craft added 16 for Ohio State, which was eliminated after one game for only the third time in its 26 tournament appearances.

In other second-round tournament games:

— Florida, the top overall seed, got a tougher-than-expected test from 16th seed Albany before getting by the pesky Great Danes 67-55 in the South Region. Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points as the Gators ran their winning streak to 27.

— Michigan State, which is President Barack Obama's pick to win it all, got off to a fast start by beating 13th-seed Delaware 93-78 in the East region. Adreian Payne poured in a career-best 41 points for the fourth-seeded Spartans. He set an NCAA tournament record by making all 17 of his free throws.

— Defending national champion Louisville was all out to win its opener against upset-minded Manhattan. Luke Hancock launched two huge 3-pointers in the final two minutes to give the Cardinals a 71-64 win over the gutty Jaspers. Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 18.

— Ben Brust scored 17 points and Wisconsin devastated American with a 22-5 run to close the first half in a 75-35 victory. The second-seed Badgers trailed by seven points early in the game, but recovered to turn it into a rout. Wisconsin shot 57 percent in the second half to improve to 27-7.

— Guard Trevor Cooney scored 18 points and backcourt mate Tyler Ennis added 16 as Syracuse dumped Western Michigan 77-53. The 28-5 Orange forced 11 turnovers in the opening half and scored 13 points off them in running out to a double-digit lead before the midpoint of the period.

— Talib Zanna scored 16 of his 18 points in the opening half, helping Pittsburgh build a 28-point lead on the way to a 77-48 rout of Colorado. The Panthers shot 51 percent to improve to 26-9.

— Oregon held BYU to 33 percent shooting in running away from the Cougars 87-68 in the West Region. Elgin Cook scored a career-high 23 for the seventh-seeded Ducks.

— Connecticut, the seventh seed in the East, needed overtime to beat 10th-seed St. Joseph's 89-81. Shabazz Napier (shah-BAHZ' NAH'-pee-ayr) scored nine of his 24 points in OT.

— Saint Louis, the fifth seed in the Midwest, survived a scare from 11th-seed N.C. State before outlasting the Wolfpack 83-80 in OT. Jordair Jett scored 16 of his 17 points after the first half. Rob Loe scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

— Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points, Jordan Morgan had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and the second-seeded Michigan Wolverines started their quest for a second straight trip to the Final Four by beating 15th-seeded Wofford (WAHF'-urd) 57-40.

— Texas, seventh seed in the Midwest, nipped Arizona State 87-85 on Cameron Ridley's buzzer-beating layup. Ridley finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

— Villanova, second seed in the East, ran away from Milwaukee 73-53. Darrun Hilliard scored 16 points and JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 for 'Nova.

— In the fourth overtime game of the day, fourth-seed San Diego State won a West regional second round game by beating New Mexico State 73-69. Xavier Thames (taymz) led the Aztecs with 23.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST-BZDELIK OUT

Bzdelik steps down at Wake

UNDATED (AP) — Wake Forest has announced that Jeff Bzdelik (bihz-DEHL'-ihk) has resigned as its basketball coach. The 61-year old coach says in a statement issued by the school that he was stepping down because "there needs to be a positive environment for the players to realize their potential."

Bzdelik was 51-76 in four mostly disappointing seasons with a 17-51 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Durant still streaking

UNDATED (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) had 16 as the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a furious Cleveland comeback for a 102-95 win over the Cavaliers. Durant, the NBA's top scorer, scored 25 or more in 33 straight games -- seven shy of Michael Jordan's record of 40 straight games of scoring 25 or more.

With their 50th win, the Thunder moved within 1½ games of San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City played without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who was resting his knee.

Dion Waiters scored 30 for the Cavs.

In other NBA action:

— James Harden had 28 points with eight assists and the Houston Rockets rolled to an easy 129-106 win over Minnesota.

— Wesley Matthews hit for 28 in leading Portland past Washington 116-103. Damian Lillard added 23 points, six rebounds and 10 assists.

— Golden State held off Milwaukee 115-110. Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry had 31 points. Klay Thompson added 29 for the Warriors.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Alfredsson's last-second goal...Sharks back in first

UNDATED (AP) — Daniel Alfredsson scored his second goal of the game with less than 1 second left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Alfredsson's shot went off Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (marhk-ahn-dray FLOOR'-ee) and appeared to be knocked into the net by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi, who scored into his own net earlier in the game. The goal stood after video review.

Detroit was up 2-0, trailed 3-2 and led 4-3 lead with 7:43 left. Craig Adams pulled Pittsburgh back into a tie two minutes later before Alfredsson's game-winner.

In other NHL action:

— Brent Burns scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:59 to play to help the San Jose Sharks take sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division for the first time in more than three months by beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.

— The L.A. Kings beat Washington 2-1 in a shootout. Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik scored shootout goals for the Kings.

— Teddy Purcell scored twice and Ryan Callahan had a power-play goal midway through the third period to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

— The New Jersey Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild. Andy Greene got the game-winner.

— Columbus ended the Montreal Canadiens' three-game winning streak, 3-2. Ryan Johansen got the game-winner with 3:01 left.

— Wayne Simmonds scored two goals and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 for their fourth straight win.

— Radim Vrbata (rah-DEEM' vur-BAH'-tah) and Antoine Vermette scored first-period goals and the Phoenix Coyotes held on to win their third in a row, 2-1 over the Florida Panthers.

— Cory Conacher had two goals and one assist in Buffalo's 3-1 win over Edmonton. That ends the Sabres' seven-game losing streak.

MLB-SPRING TRAINING

Surgery for Chapman....Tigers Iglesias sidelined 4-6 months...Braves' Beachy will miss season

UNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati pitcher Aroldis Chapman underwent a two and a-half hour operation to repair a broken bone above his left eye but has no other serious injuries. The Reds closer was hit in the face by a line drive in a spring training game Wednesday.

Team doctor Tim Kremchek says Chapman could be playing again in six to eight weeks. He called the Cuban fireballer "a very lucky guy."

In other spring training news:

— Detroit's Jose Iglesias will be out four to six months because of stress fractures in both legs. The Tigers shortstop was examined by a specialist on Tuesday, and is scheduled to be reevaluated in four months. Iglesias will be relegated to non-weight bearing exercises and upper-body conditioning for four to six months.

— Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time Friday and is expected to miss the entire season.

— New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby (juh-KOH'-bee) Ellsbury was sent for an MRI of his ailing right calf yesterday. It was negative. Ellsbury hasn't played since March 14. He was scratched from Sunday's game against Atlanta because of right calf tightness.

— The Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs included a pair of big names in a minor league trade. The Angels dealt first baseman Matt Scioscia (SOH'-shuh), the son of manager Mike Scioscia, to the Cubs for outfielder Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky.

GOLF-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL

Scott comes out firing

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Masters champion Adam Scott shot a course record-tying 10-under 62 at Bay Hill to grab the lead after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The round was the lowest in 30 years at Bay Hill. Scott made two eagle putts and had three birdie putts longer than 20 feet during the round.

The 33-year-old Australian has a three-shot lead over Ryo Ishikawa (REE'-oh ihsh-ee-KOW'-uh) and John Merrick.

LPGA-JTBC FOUNDERS CUP

Lee leads in desert

PHOENIX (AP) — Mirim Lee shot a 64 for the first-round lead at the JTBC Founders Cup on the LPGA Tour. Morgan Pressel was one shot back, Top-ranked Inbee Park, defending champion Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie (wee), Gerina Piller and Karrie Webb all shot 66, two shots off the lead.

NFL-SIGNINGS

Woodson stays with Raiders...Texans sign QB Fitzpatrick

UNDATED (AP) — Safety Charles Woodson has agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the Oakland Raiders.

Woodson returned to his original NFL team last season after spending the previous seven years with Green Bay. The 37-year-old started all 16 games with one interception, two sacks, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Elsewhere around the NFL:

— The Houston Texans have signed veteran free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The nine-year NFL veteran started nine games for the Titans last season and threw for 2,454 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has appeared in 85 games with 77 starts in his career.

— Arizona has agreed to a one-year contract with free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The three-time Pro Bowl selection spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets. He led the Jets last season with three interceptions. Cromartie was released by the Jets on March 9.

— The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with return specialist Devin Hester. The 31-year-old is a three-time Pro-Bowler who last year tied an NFL record with his 19th scoring return in eight seasons with the Chicago Bears. Hester has scored on 13 punt returns, five kickoff returns and off a missed field goal. He led the NFL in kickoff return yards (1,436) and total return yards (1,692) last season.

— The Bengals have signed quarterback Jason Campbell to be Andy Dalton's backup. Campbell has played for Washington, Oakland, Chicago and Cleveland. He started eight of the Browns' last nine games last season.

— Carolina has signed free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who spent the last three seasons with Pittsburgh.

— Fullback Bruce Miller signed a three-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers.

TENNIS

Check, please

UNDATED (AP) — Bernard Tomic lost the shortest completed ATP match on record. It lasted just 28 minutes at the Sony Open in Florida.

Ending a two-month layoff, Tomic won just 13 points and lost to Jarkko Nieminen (YAR'-koh NEE'-mih-nin) 6-love, 6-1. It was the quickest match since the ATP started keeping such records in 1991.

Tomic, an Australian, was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2011. He has been ranked as high as 27th and is now 74th.

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