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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 3:35 PM

NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT

Buckeyes in familiar territory

UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State is in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 for a school-record fourth straight year. But the second-seeded Buckeyes had to work hard to get there.

Aaron Craft's swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key with five-tenths of a second on the clock lifted second seed Ohio State past No. 10 seed Iowa State 78-75 in a West Regional game in Dayton, Ohio.

The Buckeyes will play sixth seed Arizona on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Dayton is also hosting an East Regional. No. 1 seed Indiana is taking on ninth-seeded Temple.

The third start today matches two college basketball blue bloods. It's a South Regional game in Kansas City between No. 1 seed Kansas and eighth-seeded North Carolina.

Also today, Florida plays Minnesota, San Diego State takes on the Florida Gulf Coast team that ousted second-seeded Georgetown, La Salle meets Mississippi for a battle of double-digit seeds, Illinois faces Miami and Duke takes on Creighton.

NCAA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT

Three No. 1s on today's tourney schedule

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor, Notre Dame and Stanford hope to join fellow No. 1 seed Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA tournament with wins today.

UConn blasted Idaho 105-37 yesterday.

MLB-SPRING TRAINING

Cedeno signs with Astros...Jeter still sore

UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros have signed shortstop Ronny Cedeno (seh-DAYN'-yoh) to a one-year contract. They also informed shortstop Tyler Greene he will not make the season-opening roster. He batted a buck-67 in 42 spring training at-bats.

The 30-year-old Cedeno is an eight-year major league veteran who hit .259 in 78 games with the New York Mets last season. He was released by the St. Louis Cardinals March 19.

Astros manager Bo Porter says the club is exploring its options with the 29-year-old Greene, who would have to clear waivers before they can send him to the minors.

Also:

The Rangers have claimed pitcher Brad Mills off waiver from the Los Angeles Angels. The left-hander was 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA in three exhibition games with the Halos. 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. He says the Yankees' captain is a little sore, one day after getting four at-bats as the designated hitter in a minor league exhibition game. The 38-year-old Jeter had surgery for a broken left ankle last October.

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.

NHL-KOVALCHUK

Kovalchuk will miss time

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk will be out 2-4 weeks after hurting his right shoulder during Saturday night's game.

General manager Lou Lamoriello says he won't need surgery.

Kovalchuk is second on the team with 10 goals and 27 points.

PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL

On hold in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A raging thunderstorm in Orlando halted final round play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, so 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.

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

They'll pick back up at 10 o'clock Monday morning (Eastern).

Woods is hunting an eighth Bay Hill title that would get him back to No. 1 for the first time since the final week of October in 2010.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC

Allen swinging hot stick

SAUCIER, MISS. (AP) — Michael Allen is 6-under-par through 12 holes and holding a two-stroke lead midway through the final round of the Champions Tour event in Mississippi.

Bernhard Langer was alone in second placed when he made the turn.

LPGA-KIA CLASSIC

Recari on top

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Beatriz Recari was two shots better than Karrie Webb heading into today's final round of the LPGA's Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California. Recari is coming off a 3-under 69 that dropped her to 11-under total.

Paula Creamer (KREE'-mur) and I.K. Kim were three strokes back after 54 holes.

NASCAR-AUTO CLUB 400

Racing on a two-mile oval this week

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Denny Hamlin had the pole for today's Sprint Cup race in Fontana, California.

Defending race champion Tony Stewart qualified eighth on the two-mile oval.

Kasey Kahne (kayn) qualified 16th, a week after winning on the short-track at Bristol.

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.

Marco Andretti used a late push to finish third on the downtown street course.

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 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.

NBA-SCHEDULE

First vs. worst

UNDATED (AP) — Miami can creep within seven of the NBA's all-time longest winning streak with a victory tonight over visiting Charlotte. The league-leading Heat have won 25 in row. The league-worst Bobcats have won 16 games total.

Also tonight, West leader San Antonio will be looking to extend a four-game winning streak when it takes the floor at Houston, Atlanta is at Milwaukee, Chicago visits Minnesota, Oklahoma City entertains Portland, Utah plays at Dallas, Phoenix hosts Brooklyn and Philadelphia is at Sacramento.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Penguins on a roll

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will be chasing the longest winning streak in the league this season when they host the state-rival Philadelphia Flyers this evening. The East leaders have won 11 in a row, coming from behind in eight of them. The Pens enter the contest with a three-point lead over idle Montreal in the conference race.

Pacific Division leader Anaheim will be looking to avenge Friday's 5-1 loss to visiting Detroit when they host the Red Wings again tonight.

Elsewhere on the ice, the New York Islanders host Florida, the New York Rangers entertain Washington, Tampa Bay skates at Pittsburgh, Vancouver is at Colorado and Calgary is home to St. Louis.

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