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Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 31 at 7:06 AM


Wichita State, Syracuse head to Final Four

UNDATED (AP) — There are just as many ninth seeds as No. 1 seeds still alive in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points and No. 9 Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 by defeating second seed Ohio State 70-66. The Shockers led by 20 with 11 minutes left before the Buckeyes whittled the difference to three. Fred Van Vleet helped the Shockers hold off Ohio State by hitting a big basket with one minute left.

Van Vleet finished with 12 points as Wichita ended the Buckeyes' 11-game winning streak.

Wichita State will have five days to prepare for the winner of Sunday's game between Louisville and Duke.

The Syracuse Orange are going to the Final Four for the first time in a decade after holding their opponent to a season low in points for the second straight game.

James Southerland scored 16 points and the Orange allowed Marquette to shoot just 23 percent in a 55-39 win over the Golden Eagles. Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams was named the regional's top player after contributing 12 points and eight rebounds to the East Regional final victory.

Marquette shot 3-for-24 from three-point range in scoring eight fewer points than its previous season-low. Vander Blue and Davante Gardner each scored 14 points, but Blue was 3-for-15 from the floor.

Syracuse next plays the winner of Sunday's game between Florida and Michigan.


Bruins take Alford from New Mexico

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA has hired Steve Alford as men's basketball coach, luring him from New Mexico days after he signed a new 10-year deal with the Lobos.

Bruins athletic director Dan Guerrero says Alford is "the perfect fit for UCLA" because he connects with a new generation of players and brings an up-tempo and team-oriented style of play to Westwood. Alford agreed to a seven-year deal worth $18.2 million, with a yearly salary of $2.6 million, according to Guerrero.

Alford was 155-52 in six years at New Mexico, including a 29-6 mark this season.


Cardinal ousted...UConn, Kentucky advance

UNDATED (AP) — Stanford has become the first No. 1 seed to be eliminated in the the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

Jasmine Hassell scored six of her 13 points in the final three minutes to carry Georgia past the Cardinal 61-59. Jasmine James led Georgia with 16 points, including a pair of free throws with 23.5 seconds left that gave the Lady Bulldogs a 60-56 lead.

It will be top seed Connecticut taking on Kentucky in the Bridgeport Regional final of the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 17 points to lead the Huskies over Maryland 76-50.

Jennifer O'Neill scored 19 points and A'dia Mathies added 16 to help the Wildcats hold off Delaware 69-62.


Thunder beat Bucks

UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up a huge victory as they try to catch the first-place San Antonio Spurs in the NBA's Western Conference.

Kevin Durant poured in 30 points and Russell Westbrook had a triple-double in the Thunder's 109-99 win at Milwaukee. Westbrook had 23 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who climbed within two games of the Spurs.

San Antonio has two games in hand.

Also in the NBA, Marc Gasol scored 21 points and Mike Conley added 19 as Memphis beat Minnesota 99-86. Darrell Arthur had 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Grizzlies end a five-game road losing streak with their 11th straight victory over the Timberwolves.

Chandler Parsons, Francisco Garcia and Jeremy Lin each had 15 points as Houston downed the Los Angeles Clippers 98-81. Omer Asik added 13 points and 12 rebounds to help the Rockets win while James Harden sat out with a sprained right ankle.

Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry hit seven three-pointers and finished with 39 points in Golden State's 125-98 rout of Portland. Carl Landry added 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting as the Warriors stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of seventh-place Houston in the West standings.

Paul George dropped in 25 points and Roy Hibbert added 20 to carry Indiana to its seventh victory in eight game,s a 112-104 triumph at Phoenix. Lance Stephenson's 16 points helped the Pacers move a half-game ahead of New York for second place in the East.

Dirk Nowitzki drained a three-pointer with 2.9 second left to cap his 35-point performance and give the Mavs a 100-98 win over Chicago. Nowitzki scored the last eight points for the Mavericks, who went on a closing 15-1 run to erase a 12-point Chicago lead.

Ivan Johnson came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points in Atlanta's 97-88 victory over Orlando. Josh Smith scored 14 of his 21 points by halftime, and Devin Harris contributed 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks moved into fifth in the East, a half-game ahead of the Bulls.

Randy Foye tied a career high with eight three-pointers and finished with 26 points in Utah's 116-97 downing of Brooklyn. The Jazz trailed by two at halftime before winning their fourth in a row.

Utah and the Los Angeles Lakers remain tied for the final Western Conference playoff berth after Dwight Howard contributed 24 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks to L.A.'s 103-98 win at Sacramento. Kobe Bryant finished with 19 points and moved past Wilt Chamberlain and into fourth on the all-time scoring list.

Evan Turner finished with 21 points Jrue (juh-ROO') Holiday scored 11 of his 14 in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia beat Charlotte 100-92.


Ginobili sidelined

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs will be without guard Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) for their showdown with the Miami Heat Sunday. He's suffering from a strained right hamstring and the timetable for his return is unknown.


Penguins streak continues; Crosby hurt

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak but lost their team captain and Hart Trophy candidate in the process.

The Pens upped their winning streak to 15 with a 2-0 victory over the Islanders. Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') turned away 35 shots for his second straight solo shutout and the team's third in a row.

Matt Cooke and James Neal scored third period goals to pull the Penguins within two of tying the all-time record for consecutive wins set by the 1992-93 Pens.

Pittsburgh went 15-0-0 in March, the first perfect month in league history.

The victory was marred by an injury to NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby, who left the game after being struck in the mouth by a puck early in the first period and didn't return. Crosby lost several teeth and needed oral surgery. It's not known if he'll miss any playing time.

Pittsburgh still leads the East by seven points over Montreal after Carey Price turned back 34 shots to lead the Canadiens past the New York Rangers 3-0. P.K. Subban set up goals by Michael Ryder, Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KA'-nehts) and Brendan Gallagher to support Price's third shutout of the season and 19th of his career.

In other NHL results;

— Nazem Kadri (NAH'-zehm KAH'-dree) had a hat trick and James Reimer made 31 saves as Toronto blanked Ottawa 4-0. Joffrey Lupul also scored and added three assists in the Maple Leafs' third straight win.

— Justin Peters made 34 saves to help Carolina bolstered its playoff hopes with a 3-1 victory over the Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg. Alexander Semin (SEH'-mihn)and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist to help the Hurricanes snap a seven-game winless streak.

— Mike Knuble (kuh-NOO'-buhl) and Matt Read scored to lead Philadelphia to a 3-1 win over slumping Boston. Ilya Bryzgalov (brihs-GAH'-lawf) made 33 saves to help the Flyers snap a four-game losing streak and drop the Bruins to 2-4-1 in their last seven games.

— Taylor Hall had a hat trick and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) stopped 23 shots in Edmonton's 4-0 shutout of Vancouver, ending the Canucks' six-game winning streak. Ladislav Smid (shmihd) added a goal and an assist while the Oilers were scoring four times in the first eight minutes.

— Mikko Koivu (MEE'-koh KOY-voo) had two assists before scoring in a shootout that gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Los Angeles. Zach Parise (pah-REE-say) had a goal and an assist in the Wild's eighth victory in nine games.

— Florida beat New Jersey 3-2 on Dmitry Kulikov's (KOO'-lih-kohvz) goal at 1:43 of overtime. Shawn Matthias scored twice and Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots as the Panthers dealt the Devils their third straight loss.

— Logan Couture (koo-CHOOR') scored the lone shootout goal to complete San Jose's comeback in a 3-2 win against Phoenix. Joe Pavelski scored the Sharks' first goal and assisted on Marc-Edouard Vlasic's game-tying tally with five minutes left in regulation.

— Alex Ovechkin scored once in regulation and again in a shootout as Washington rallied to beat the Sabres 4-3 in Buffalo. The Sabres led 3-2 until Mike Green scored with 40 seconds left in regulation.

— Tyson Barrie scored at 50 seconds of overtime to give Colorado 1-0 win over Nashville. Semyon Varlamov (SEHM'-yahn var-LAH'-mawf) stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and the 11th of his career.


Sabres sent Leopold to Blues

UNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have traded defenseman Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in this year's draft.

Leopold is a 10-year NHL veteran who has spent the past three seasons in Buffalo and is in the final year of his contract. He has two goals and six assists in 24 games this season.

Also in the NHL, Tampa Bay forward Nate Thompson was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for an illegal check to the head against New Jersey's Matt D'Agostini. The incident happened in the Lightning's shootout win Friday.


Cink, Haas top field

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Stewart Cink (sink) and Bill Haas wound up with a share of the lead Saturday in the Houston Open, and they have plenty of company.

Cink shot a 4-under 68 and was tied with Haas, who had a 67. Cink is winless in 75 starts on the PGA Tour since edging Tom Watson for the 2009 British Open title.

Cink and Haas are at 11-under par, a shot better than four others. Steve Wheatcroft is in that third-place tie after qualifying for the tournament on Monday. Ben Crane, D.A. Points and Jason Kokrak are also one shot behind.


Williams beats Sharapova

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams stands alone as the queen of the Sony Open. The 31-year old has claimed a tournament record sixth title after beating Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) 4-6, 6-3, 6-love. Williams enhanced her top ranked status by becoming the oldest winner of the tournament and breaking a tie with Steffi Graf for most titles.

Williams has now won 11 straight matches against Sharapova, who is now 0-for-5 in Sony title matches.


Goldschmidt lands new deal

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have completed a five-year, $32 million contract agreement with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The contract runs through the 2018 season with a $14.5 million club option for 2019.

The 25-year-old first baseman hit .286 with 43 doubles, 20 home runs and 82 RBIs last year, his first full season in the majors.


Santana surgery set

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Johan Santana is set for another shoulder surgery that he hopes will save his career.

The New York Mets say their former ace will have surgery Tuesday to repair the re-torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is likely to miss the entire season for the second time in three years. Santana had surgery Sept. 14, 2010, and did not make it back to the major leagues until last April 5.


Ex-Alabama AD dies

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Longtime Alabama athletic director Mal Moore has died.

The school says the 73-year-old Moore died on Saturday at Duke University Medical Center, where he had been since March 13 with pulmonary problems.

He had been part of 10 football national championships as a Crimson Tide player, coach or administrator. Moore was athletic director since 1999 before stepping down March 20 because of the health problems.