WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-UCONN-LOUISVILLE
Eight is great for UConn women
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Connecticut women made it look easy in the Big Easy.
Connecticut ruined the Louisville women's dream of trying to equal the Louisville men's team's national championship by routing the Cardinals 93-60 to win its eighth national title. The eight titles ties UConn with Tennessee for most women's NCAA basketball titles.
The 33-point margin was the largest in an NCAA women's championship. Freshman Breanna (BREE'-ah-nah) Stewart led UConn with 23 points and nine rebounds.
Only one school has won the men's and women's national basketball championships in the same year. That was Connecticut in 2004.
Championship player going to the NBA... Hoosiers Oladipo to turn pro
UNDATED (AP) — The day after Louisville won the national championship, the father of Russ Smith says the Louisville junior guard will leave school to enter the NBA draft. Russ Smith, Jr. said his son will announce his decision in the next week.
During Smith's stay at Louisville, he and his fellow Cardinals shared in the national championship and two Big East titles and he was an all-conference first-team selection this season. Smith averaged 18.9 points this season including 23.3 in six NCAA tournament games.
In other college-to-NBA news:
— Indiana's Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh) is heading to the NBA where he projected to be a top-six pick. The junior, first-team All-American was the Hoosiers' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game.
— Talented Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore is heading to the NBA. The decision comes after perhaps the most successful season by a freshman in the school's history. The 6-foot-6 second-team All-American is expected to be a lottery pick in June after breaking the Jayhawks' freshman scoring record held by Danny Manning. McLemore averaged nearly 16 points for a team that went 31-6 and won a share of its ninth straight Big 12 championship.
— Duke's Ryan Kelly will be out 12 weeks after having surgery on his injured right foot. The Duke-issued timeline would keep the 6-foot-11 senior out until early July. The NBA draft is June 27.
— Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson will play at least another season for the Sun Devils. He was the co-freshman of the year in the Pac-12, averaging 18.5 points and 5.1 assists a game.
Yanks go deep for Pettitte
UNDATED (AP) — Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') hit one of New York's five homers and drove in five runs, Andy Pettitte (PEHT'-iht) pitched seven solid innings and the Yankees romped to a 14-1 win over the Cleveland Indians,
The 40-year-old Pettitte is 4-0.
In other baseball action:
— Kris Medlen allowed only an unearned run in seven innings and the Atlanta Braves earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating the punchless Miami Marlins 3-2. The Braves improved to 7-1, their best start since 2007.
— Michael Young and Ryan Howard homered, Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 8-3.
— Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for the San Diego Padres, who rebounded from a dreadful six-game trip to win their home opener 9-3 against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
— Lance Lynn struck out 10 in six sharp innings and rookie Matt Adams connected for his first career pinch-hit homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1.
— Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and David DeJesus (deh-HAY'-zoos) added a two-run single, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3.
— Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to cap San Francisco's rally from a four-run deficit and the Giants went on to beat the Colorado Rockies for the eighth straight time, 9-6.
— The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 for their first winning streak of the season. Garrett Jones had three hits and drove in two.
— In the interleague game, the Washington Nationals held off the Chicago White Sox 8-7. Adam LaRoche homered twice to end a 0-for-15 start to his season. Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer and Ian Desmond hit a solo shot to help reliever Craig Stammen win his second game of the year.
Over in the AL:
— It took Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera into the second week of the baseball season to hit his home run. It was part of a productive day for the AL MVP as Detroit topped Toronto 7-3. The homer was among four hits for Cabrera who also drove in four runs and scored three.
— Kansas City beat Minnesota 7-4. Jeremy Guthrie won his career-best seventh straight decision, dating to last season.
— Lance Berkman had a key two-run single among three hits and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1.
— John Jaso's three-run homer sparked a five-run seventh inning that carried Oakland past the L.A. Angels 9-5.
— Lowly Houston routed Seattle 16-9 behind a 22-hit attack. Chris Carter had four hits and drove in three.
Jeter running...Angels' Weaver on DL
UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter ran on a field for the first time in several weeks, his biggest steps yet in his comeback from injury.
Manager Joe Girardi (jer-AR'-dee) said Jeter did some sprints, took grounders and hit indoors at the team's training complex in Tampa, Fla.
Girardi has been watching videotapes of Jeter's workouts and said the perennial All-Star "looked as good as at any point that I had seen him in spring training."
Jeter hasn't played since March 23. He was placed on the disabled list on March 31 and there's no timetable on when the 38-year-old will be activated.
In other baseball news:
— The Los Angeles Angels placed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left elbow. The right-hander is expected to miss at least four weeks. Weaver left Sunday's loss against the Texas Rangers early after jamming his non-throwing arm while dodging a line drive. He was initially said to have suffered a strained elbow.
— Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (REHN'-ih-kee) went to a Chicago hospital emergency room Tuesday because of back pain but rejoined the team hours later for a game at Wrigley Field.
— St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte (maht) faces reconstructive elbow surgery if his condition does not improve in the next three weeks or so. Motte, who had a career-high 42 saves last season, has been shut down since late March because of a strained right elbow.
— Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann decided on season-ending shoulder surgery after his arm didn't respond well to a move to the bullpen. Niemann's surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff will be performed today in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by Texas Rangers team doctor Keith Meister, who gave the pitcher a second opinion Monday.
Heat getting closer to clinching home court...Lakers move up in West
UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James scored 28 points in 30 minutes, Udonis Haslem (yoo-DAH'-nihs HAZ'-lehm) had his first double-double of the season and the Miami Heat moved a step closer to wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs by topping the Milwaukee Bucks 94-83. With five games left, Miami needs only one more win or one San Antonio loss to clinch the top overall seed throughout the playoffs.
The Heat tied a franchise record with their 61st victory. Brandon Jennings had 30 for the Bucks.
In other NBA action:
— The New York Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the Washington Wizards 120-99 for their 13th straight victory.
— The L.A. Lakers moved a half-game ahead of Utah for the final playoff spot in the West by beating New Orleans 104-96. Kobe Bryant poured in 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. The Jazz hold the tiebreaker against the Lakers, however.
— Russell Westbrook scored 25 points, Kevin Durant added 21 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 90-80.
— The Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff berth by routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-89. Klay Thompson hit for 30.
— Brook Lopez scored 29 points and Reggie Evans added 17 points and 24 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets firmly held their ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 104-83 victory over Philadelphia. The Nets own a two-game lead over Chicago for the fourth seed in the East.
— George Hill scored 27 points and David West added 15 to help the Indiana Pacers rally from a 20-point deficit for a 99-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
— DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Rudy Gay added 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 101-98.
— Mike Conley scored 20 points, Zach Randolph had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-75.
— Houston held off Phoenix 101-88. James Harden led the way with 33 for the Rockets.
Penguins clinch division...Five straight for the Caps
UNDATED (AP) — Beau Bennett and Evgeni Malkin scored 13 seconds apart in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title by beating the free-falling Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. The 'Canes have lost a club-record eight straight home games.
Brenden Morrow scored his first goal with the Penguins, Robert Bortuzzo added a goal, and Pascal Dupuis had an empty-netter and two assists.
In other NHL action:
— Washington spotted Montreal an early goal and then scored three straight times in its 3-2 win over the Canadiens. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH'-kin) scored his 26th goal for the Southeast Division-leading Caps, who've won five straight.
— Columbus blanked San Jose 4-0. Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his fourth career shutout — all in his last 15 games.
— Michael Grabner scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Evgeni Nabokov (nah-BAH'-kahv) made 26 saves as the New York Islanders took another step toward the playoffs with a 4-1 win over Philadelphia.
— Marian Hossa's unassisted goal late in the second period lifted the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth win in six games, 1-0 over the Minnesota Wild.
— Brian Elliott made 15 saves and Alex Steen scored to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 1-0 victory over Nashville.
— Tampa Bay nipped Ottawa 3-2. Steven Stamkos got the game-winner with 5:04 left, his 26th of the season.
— Aaron Gagnon scored his first NHL goal to help the Winnipeg Jets earn a 4-1 win over Buffalo.
— Dallas routed the L.A. Kings 5-1. Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler both scored twice during the Stars' four-goal third period.
Masters pairings announced
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of the Masters with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy.
Woods has played with Donald before in majors, though never in the opening rounds at Augusta National. Piercy is making his Masters debut. They are in the morning wave Thursday, teeing off at 10:45 a.m.
Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are at the back end of the draw for the opening round.
Mickelson, going after a fourth green jacket, tees off at 1:30 p.m. with Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) and Martin Kaymer (KY'-mur). McIlroy is in the group right behind him with Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson of Sweden.
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old from China, plays with Matteo Manassero and 61-year-old Ben Crenshaw.
The par-3 contest is today. That's a mixed blessing. No winner of the par-3 has gone on to win the Masters that year.
US judge in Philly to uphold NFL concussion suits
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of Philadelphia has a billion dollar problem on her hands.
Brody heard high-powered arguments Tuesday on lawsuits that accuse the NFL of hiding links between concussions and brain injuries.
Brody could side with the 4,200 former players and keep their lawsuits in federal court. She could rule for the NFL and send the health complaints to arbitration.
Or she could issue a split decision, keeping some of the fraud and negligence claims in court.
The cases could be worth more than a billion dollars.
About one third of the league's 12,000 former players have signed on. Some suffer from dementia, depression and other brain disorders.
The NFL insists that player safety is a top priority. But league officials say players are bound by terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
More allegations involving former Rutgers coach
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A former Robert Morris player has told school officials former coach Mike Rice used a homophobic slur and threw a basketball at a player "once or twice" during his time at the university.
Rice was fired by Rutgers last week after video of the coach verbally and physically abusing players became public. A former Rutgers staff member alleged Rice engaged in several "coaches versus players" brawls while coaching the Colonials from 2007-10.
Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman says an internal investigation uncovered no evidence of the alleged fights. Coleman says one player, who left the program while Rice was in charge, told officials Rice directed a gay slur at him and got into a shoving match with another player during halftime of a game. The other player denied having improper contact with Rice.
Case against administrators goes forward
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up complaints about Jerry Sandusky have lost a set of rulings, allowing their criminal cases to move forward.
Judge Barry Feudale denied an attempt to throw out the grand jury report backing up the accusations and ruled against two other defense requests.
Defendants Gary Schultz, Tim Curley and Graham Spanier are charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy.