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Gators, Badgers advance
UNDATED (AP) — The Florida Gators have advanced to the NCAA Final Four after three straight near-misses. They'll also be the only No. 1 seed playing in the national semifinals following Wisconsin's victory over Arizona.
The Gators earned a trip to Dallas and ended Dayton's surprising run in the tournament by downing the 11th-seeded Flyers 62-52 to win the South Regional in Memphis. Scottie Wilbekin (WIHL'-beh-kihn) scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as the Gators picked up their 30th consecutive victory. Patric Young added 12 and seven rebounds to help Florida finally reach the national semifinals after three straight exits in the regional finals.
Dyshawn Pierre had a team-high 18 points for the Flyers, who had advanced to the Elite Eight with wins against Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford.
The Badgers cut down the nets as West Regional winners following their 64-63 overtime triumph against top seed Arizona. Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Badgers to their first Final Four since 2000. Traevon Jackson was the only other Wisconsin player to score in double figures, finishing with 10 on 4 of 14 shooting.
Nick Johnson led the Wildcats with 16 points but was unable to release a shot before the final buzzer. Aaron Gordon had 18 rebounds for Arizona.
Police fire pepper spray at students after game
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson police say they shot pepper spray at several hundred fans who took to the streets and threw beer bottles and firecrackers at officers after the University of Arizona basketball team's overtime loss in the NCAA tournament.
Police say there were no reports of injuries to fans or officers, but 15 were arrested. Fourteen were released and one was jailed.
Wildcats may be short a man Sunday
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein has a walking boot on his left foot and coach John Calipari says the sophomore is doubtful for the regional final against Michigan on Sunday. Cauley-Stein left Friday's win over Louisville with about 13 minutes left in the first half and did not return. He told trainers he felt something pop in his left ankle.
Sixers finally halt streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have avoided setting a new NBA record for consecutive losses, but they still have a piece of the current mark.
The Sixers' losing streak has ended at 26 games as Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams each had 21 points to lead a 123-98 blowout win over Detroit. The 76ers shot 52 percent and held the Pistons to 39 percent from the field.
The 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers also lost 26 straight games.
The San Antonio Spurs stretched their winning streak to 17 games to stretch their lead in the Western Conference to 3 ½ games over Oklahoma City. Marco Belinelli had 18 points and the Spurs opened the game on a 23-6 run before completing a 96-80 win against New Orleans. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) each added 15 points to help the Spurs end the Pelicans' five-game winning streak.
Also in the NBA:
— Drew Gooden poured in 26 points and John Wall scored 25 as Washington downed Atlanta 101-97. The Wizards can wrap up their first playoff berth in 2008 as early as Sunday if the New York Knicks lose.
— The Los Angeles Clippers claimed their franchise-record third straight playoff appearance as Chris Paul scored 30 points and had 12 assists in a 118-107 win against Houston. The Rockets led by as many as 15 in the first half before ending a five-game winning streak.
— Miami stifled Milwaukee 88-67 as Chris Bosh scored 14 points and LeBron James added 13 to lead the short-handed Heat. Miami played their third straight game without Dwyane (dwayn) Wade, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers but still managed to pull within 1 ½ games of the East-leading Indiana Pacers.
— Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis had 17 and Dallas beat Sacramento 103-100. The outcome puts the Mavericks back in a tie with Memphis for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
Bruins clinch division
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues were unable to pad their lead in the NHL's Western Conference.
The Blues are three points in front of Anaheim and four ahead of San Jose after Colton Sceviour scored twice to give Dallas a 2-0 lead in a 4-2 win over St. Louis. Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel (roo-SEHL') each had a goal and an assist and Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots as the Stars moved within one point of Phoenix for the final playoff berth in the West.
The Ducks inched closer to the conference lead as Saku Koivu (SAK'-oo KOY'-voo) had a goal and an assist to lead Anaheim past Vancouver 5-1. Frederick Andersen stopped 31 shots and didn't allow a goal after Brad Richardson beat him midway through the final period.
The Boston Bruins wrapped up the Atlantic Division championship with a 4-2 win over the Capitals in Washington.
Carl Soderberg and Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM' ih-GIHN'-luh) scored 41 seconds apart in the second period to break open a close game. Iginla scored twice to reach the 30-goal mark, and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) added a goal as the Bruins won for the 14th time in 15 games.
Also on ice:
— Semyon Varlamov had a season-high 47 saves and the Colorado Avalanche clinched their first playoff berth in four years with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. Center John Mitchell had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who moved past Chicago into second place in the Central Division with 100 points. The win may have been costly as center Matt Duchene (DOO'-shayn) suffered a left knee injury on the opening shift when he collided with a teammate.
— Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-RET'-ee) had two goals and an assist to lead Montreal to a 4-1 verdict over Florida. Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY') chipped in a goal and an assist, while Carey Price stopped 36 shots in the Canadiens' fifth straight win.
— Steven Stamkos had two goals, including the game-winner in Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime win against Buffalo. The Lightning trailed 2-0 and 3-2 until Ryan Callahan scored midway through the final period.
— Columbus beat Carolina 3-2 on Ryan Johansen's goal at 2:40 of overtime. Artem Anisimov (ah-NEE'-see-mahv) scored the game-tying goal and assisted in the winner to help the Blue Jackets move into a tie with Detroit for the last two Eastern Conference playoff berths, two points ahead of Toronto and Washington.
— The Red Wings were 4-2 winners at Toronto as Darren Helm notched his first career hat trick. The Maple Leafs have dropped eight straight and nine of 10, all in regulation.
— Anze Kopitar (AHN'-zhay KOH'-pih-tahr) scored twice while Los Angeles was building a 3-0 lead in the first period of a 4-2 win against Winnipeg. Trevor Lewis and Tyler Toffoli also scored for the Kings in their sixth consecutive victory.
— Zach Parise sandwiched third-period goals around Jared Spurgeon's tally as Minnesota beat Phoenix 3-1. Ilya Bryzgalov (EEL'-yah brihz-GAH'-lahv) stopped 22 shots and blanked the Coyotes after Mikkel Boedker scored on a power play 3:16 into the game.
— Frans Nielsen scored once in regulation and once in the shootout as the New York Islanders topped New Jersey 2-1. Anders Nilsson turned back 23 shots and two more in the shootout.
Big deal for Trout
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have wrapped up Mike Trout through 2020. The American League Rookie of the Year in 2012 and runner-up in the AL MVP voting the last two seasons has agreed to a six-year, $144.5 million deal.
Also in the majors:
— Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner already had been scratched from his scheduled start in San Diego on Sunday after an MRI revealed the problem. Kershaw was hoping to get back in the rotation for Friday's home opener against San Francisco.
— Rookie Tommy Medica (MEHD'-ih-kuh)— and 35-year-old Xavier Nady (NAY'-dee) have made the San Diego Padres roster, while left fielder Carlos Quentin will start the season on the disabled list. Nady has battled injuries, including having reconstructive elbow surgery, and was in Triple-A all last year as he tried to keep his career going. A first baseman and outfielder, he made his big league debut with the Padres in 2000.
— Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren says right-hander Cory Gearrin has a "significant" injury to his right elbow. The reliever will be examined by Dr. James Andrews next week and will open the season on the disabled list.
Bowditch has the lead
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Australian Steven Bowditch has the lead after three rounds of the PGA's Texas Open in San Antonio. He shot a third-round 4-under 68 to finish play 12-under, three shots in front of Andrew Loupe and Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur).
Phil Mickelson withdrew during the third round because he pulled a muscle in his right side. Caddie Jim Mackay says Mickelson will play in Houston next week "if he can."
Carter stands in front
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Lizette Salas and Cristie Kerr are co-leaders after three rounds of the KIA Classic in Calif.
Salas shot a 3-under 69 and Kerr fired a 70, leaving them at minus-10 for the tournament. They are two strokes ahead of Anna Nordqvist, Ayako Uehara (oo-ee'-HAH'-rah), Shanshan Feng and second-round leader Dori Carter.
Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 at Malaysian GP
SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton led a one-two finish for the Mercedes team at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg by 17.3 seconds at the Sepang International Circuit, with defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull third.
Hamilton led throughout, making up for his retirement in the season-opening race in Australia and winning in Malaysia for the first time at his eighth attempt.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished fourth, ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren's Jenson Button, while Felipe Massa held on for seventh ahead of Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas despite being told by his team to let Bottas through.
McLaren's Kevin Magnussen was ninth and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat tenth.
Season-opener in Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Takuma Sato has the pole for Sunday's season-opening IndyCar Series race at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tony Kanaan (kah-NAHN') will make his debut in his new Target/Chip Ganassi Racing ride starting alongside Sato on the front row.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title when she overcame a slow start and a set point to beat Li Na (lee nah) 7-5, 6-1 at the Sony Open. The No. 1-ranked Williams surpassed the tournament record of six titles she shared with Andre Agassi (AG'-uh-see). By beating the No. 2-ranked Li, Williams extended her winning streak against top-10 opponents to 15 matches.