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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 8:06 AM

NCAA-MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Harvard shocks New Mexico

UNDATED (AP) — Harvard's men's basketball program has established an athletic achievement that ranks up there with some of the school's academic highlights.

The 14th-seeded Crimson sprung the upset of the NCAA tournament so far, dumping third seed New Mexico 68-62 in the second round. It's the first NCAA tournament win for the Ivy League champs and comes against a Lobos team that was expected to advance deep into the tournament.

Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard had 17 to pace Harvard's advance to a meeting against Arizona.

Alex Kirk had 22 for New Mexico which hasn't made it out of the first weekend of the tournament since 1974.

Gonzaga had to scramble to keep from becoming the first No. 1 seed that was knocked off by a 16th seed. The Bulldogs held off an upset bid from Southern 64-58, behind 21 points from Kelly Olynyk. The Jaguars tied the game at 56 on a jumper from Derick Beltran with 3:45 to go. But Southern would only get a pair of free throws from Beltran the rest of the way to squelch any ideas of making NCAA tournament history.

In other second-round play:

— Russ Smith led the way for No. 1 overall seed Louisville in a 79-48 blowout of North Carolina A&T. The Cardinals recorded a tournament record 20 steals and forced the Aggies in 27 turnovers.

— Marquette had to rally from a nine-point deficit to edge Davidson 59-58. Vander Blue's layup with one second left capped the Golden Eagle's rally.

— Memphis held on to beat Saint Mary's 54-52. Matthew Dellavedova's 3-pointer from the right wing sailed long as time expired on the Gaels, allowing the Tigers to advance.

— VCU made NCAA history with an 88-42 blowout of Akron behind 23 points from Troy Daniels and 21 from Juvonte Reddic. It's the most lop-sided win by a No. 5 seed over a 12th seed in the tournament.

— Syracuse crushed Montana 81-34 in the Orange's most one-sided tournament win since beating Brown 101-52 in 1986. Brandon Triche (TRISH) led the way with 20 points.

— Dorian Green scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half when Colorado State shot 58 percent and the Rams went on to beat Missouri 84-72.

— Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway, Jr. each scored 21 points to lead fourth-seed Michigan to a 71-56 win over South Dakota State. The Wolverines won despite having star guard Trey Burke held to six points, the first time he scored in single digits all season.

— Mark Lyons scored 23 points to lead Arizona to an 81-64 rout of Belmont. The Wildcats held a 44-18 edge on the boards, outscored Belmont 36-18 in the paint, blocked five shots and outshot the Bruins from 3-point range.

— Allen Crabbe had 19 points and nine rebounds and reserve Robert Thurman scored all 12 of his points on dunks as 12th-seeded California upset fifth-seeded UNLV 64-61. Cal held the Runnin' Rebels without a basket for 11 minutes in the second half.

— Michigan State moved past Valparaiso 65-54. Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Spartans.

— Damyean Dotson scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 17 rebounds to help 12th-seeded Oregon knock off fifth-seeded Oklahoma State 68-55.

— Malcolm Armstead scored 22 points, Cleanthony Early added 21 and ninth-seeded Wichita State defeated eighth-seeded Pittsburgh 73-55. Freshman Steven Adams led Pitt with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

— Fourth-seeded Saint Louis had little trouble with New Mexico State 64-44. Dwayne Evans scored 24 points and Cody Ellis added 12 points for the Billikens.

— Butler made its free throws down the stretch to hold off upset-minded Bucknell 68-56. Andrew Smith had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds while Roosevelt Jones added 14 points for Butler.

NBA-SCORES

Nuggets rally to extend winning streak

UNDATED (AP) — Corey Brewer made three free throws with 2.1 seconds left to lift Denver to a 101-100 win over Philadelphia for the Nuggets 14th straight win. Brewer finished with 29 points including a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left that got Denver within two points of the lead.

Evan Turner had a chance to ice the game for Philadelphia but missed a pair of free throws with 7.1 seconds left to set the stage for Brewer to win it.

Damien Wilkins scored 24 for the 76ers and Jrue (DROO) Holliday chipped in with 18 and 15 assists.

In other NBA action;

— Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points and Tyreke Evans scored 11 of his 21 in the fourth quarter to help Sacramento top Minnesota 101-98. The injury-plagued Timberwolves are 7-28 since Jan. 8.

— Portland got 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 24 from Damian Lillar in a 99-89 win over Chicago that completed a two-game season sweep of the Bulls.

MLB-NEWS

Dodgers take a hit

UNDATED (AP) — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his injured right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks. The Dodgers say an MRI indicates that a ligament in Ramirez's thumb was torn.

Ramirez suffered the injury Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco.

In other spring training developments;

— Matt Harrison has been named the Texas Rangers' opening day starter for their March 31 meeting with Houston. He will be the fourth different opening day starter in the past four seasons for the Rangers. Harrison was 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA, tops on the Rangers staff last season

NHL-SCORES

Goalie gets a goal

UNDATED (AP) — He already holds the records for most wins and shutouts by an NHL goalie. Now Martin Brodeur (mar-TAN' broh-DOOR') tops the league's netminders in goals scored.

The New Jersey goalie with credited with the third goal of his career in the Devils' 4-1 win over Carolina. The Hurricanes' Jordan Staal passed the puck from behind the net on a delayed penalty and it went all the way down the ice and into the Carolina net. Since Brodeur was the last Devils player to touch the puck, he earned the goal.

He also made 17 saves in his first game since Feb. 21 when he was sidelined with a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck.

In other NHL play;

— Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season as Dallas blanked the Los Angeles Kings 2-0. Forty-one-year-old Jaromir Jagr (YAR'-oh-meer YAH'-gur) and 40-year-old Ray Whitney scored 4:22 apart in the third period to back up Lehtonen's effort.

— Jordan Schroeder scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lift Vancouver to a 2-1 win over Phoenix.

— Braden Holtby made 19 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as Washington topped Winnipeg 4-0. Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and two assists.

— Dennis Seidenberg scored with 1:04 left to give Boston a 2-1 win over Ottawa.

— Mike Fisher scored twice in Nashville's 5-2 win over Calgary that snapped the Predators four-game losing streak.

— Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves to pace Florida to a 3-1 win over the Rangers. Brian Campbell stakes Markstrom to a first-period lead, and Scottie Upshall made it 2-0 in the second.

— Brian Gionta (JAHN'-tah) scored the go-ahead goal 48 seconds into the third period and Brendan Gallagher added two more as hard charging Montreal beat the Islanders 5-2. Montreal is 14-1-4 since the 6-0 drubbing by Toronto six weeks ago.

— Steve Ott scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout to give Buffalo a 5-4 win over Toronto.

PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL

Rose with the top score

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Justin Rose ran off a string of four straight birdies late in the round on the way to a 7-under 65 and the lead after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rose has a two-shot edge over John Huh. Tiger Woods opened with a 3-under-69.

LPGA-KIA CLASSIC

Park with early lead

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Jane Park shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take the lead after the opening round of the Kia Classic.

Park has a one-stroke lead over Caroline Hedwall and Karrie Webb.

Stacy Lewis, playing her first round since taking over the No. 1 spot in the world, was four shots off the lead after a round that she called frustrating. Lewis is trying to win her third straight tournament.

NFL-NEWS

NFL teams continue to tweak rosters

UNDATED (AP) — Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has signed his franchise tender, two weeks after the team placed the franchise tag on him.

The former first-round pick has locked down the left side of Kansas City's offensive line the past five seasons. Albert will make $9.828 million if he plays under the one-year contract.

The Chiefs have spoken to his representatives about a long-term deal, and it's also possible that Kansas City will trade Albert in the coming weeks.

In other pro football news:

— The New York Giants re-signed free-agent quarterback David Carr. The 2002 No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft has been Eli Manning's backup in four of the last five seasons. He played for San Francisco in 2010.

— The Titans have agreed to a one-year contract with safety Bernard Pollard. He's the second safety Tennessee has added in free agency this offseason. Pollard is a seven-year pro who spent the past two seasons in Baltimore.

ALABAMA-ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Battle receives endorsement

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama President Judy Bonner is recommending former Crimson Tide football player Bill Battle as athletic director.

Bonner says outgoing athletic director Mal Moore strongly endorsed Battle as his successor. Moore is stepping down to become a special assistant to Bonner because of health issues.

Battle played with Moore on Bear Bryant's 1961 national championship team.

SKIING-U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mancuso takes opener at US Alpines

SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Julia Mancuso raced to her record 16th title in the U.S. Alpine Championships, winning the giant slalom in her hometown.

The Olympic gold medalist beat World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.88 seconds in the opening event in the four-day competition at the 1960 Olympic mountain.

ATHLETICS-FLORIDA STATE SUSPENSIONS

Celebration goes overboard

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has suspended two of the nation's top sprinters after an early morning poolside shooting incident.

Ronell Mance won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and Stephen Newbold was the MVP at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field championships. A probable cause affidavit says Newbold was arrested for discharging a firearm in public and resisting without violence. Mance was arrested for unauthorized use of an ID and resisting without violence. No one was injured in the incident.

OBIT-HARLON HILL

Ex-Bears star Hill dies

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died. He was 80.

Jeff Hodges, chairman of the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, says Hill died Thursday at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence after a lengthy illness.

Hill was the NFL rookie of the year in 1954 after being drafted in the 15th round by the Bears, and became the first winner of the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL's most valuable player in 1955. In nine seasons with the Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, he averaged 20.2 yards per catch.

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