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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 3:03 AM

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — After two initial replays, CBS stopped showing footage Sunday of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware breaking his leg during the first half of his team's NCAA men's tournament game against Duke.

The injury during the nationally televised game, and the shocked reaction of Ware's fellow players, called to mind the gruesome broken leg suffered by Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann during Monday Night Football in 1985.

Ware had leaped to try and block a shot by Duke's Tyler Thornton. His leg landed awkwardly, buckled and flopped as he fell to the ground. CBS commentator Clark Kellogg called it "gruesome."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Alford was hired as UCLA basketball coach on Saturday, spurning New Mexico days after he agreed to a new 10-year deal with the Lobos for a chance to run what he called "the premier basketball program in the country."

The Bruins are bringing in someone who shares the same Indiana roots as John Wooden, who led UCLA to a record 10 national championships, including seven in a row, before retiring in 1975.

Alford agreed to a seven-year deal worth $18.2 million, with a yearly salary of $2.6 million and a $200,000 signing bonus, according to UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.

Alford will be introduced in Westwood on Tuesday.

NHL

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby has a broken jaw and is out indefinitely after being hit in the mouth with a puck during a win against the New York Islanders on Saturday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins said on the team website Sunday that Crosby had surgery Saturday night, and there will be an update on his status later in the week.

Crosby, leading the NHL with 56 points, was struck in the face during the first period of a 2-0 win. Replays showed multiple teeth flying out of his mouth after the puck struck him during his first shift. The team said Crosby had "major dental work" and will have more done later in the week.

The Penguins have won 15 straight games, and next play Buffalo on Tuesday.

GOLF

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — D.A. Points came back from a long rain delay and made four pars, the last one giving him a one-shot victory in the Houston Open and a trip to the Masters.

With a putter he once borrowed from his mother and never returned, Points rolled in a putt from just outside 12 feet on the final hole to polish off a 6-under 66 and avoid a sudden-death playoff with Masters-bound Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.

It was quite a turnaround for Points, whose only other PGA Tour win was at Pebble Beach two years ago with actor Bill Murray along for the laughs. He started the year by missing the cut seven times in nine tournaments and arrived at Redstone Golf Club having not broken 70 in last nine rounds.

TENNIS

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Andy Murray erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in a grueling, dramatic final at the Sony Open.

One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the baseline to stay in the match. He then dominated the tiebreaker, while Ferrer appeared to cramp and collapsed to the court after one long exchange.

The match was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes and one lasting 34. Murray and Ferrer dueled for 2 hours, 45 minutes. The match went so long that CBS had to cut away for the tipoff of an NCAA tournament game between Michigan and Florida.

NCAA HOCKEY

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh will host the Frozen Four for the first time next month. And in a season of firsts, three of the teams will play in the national hockey showcase for the first time.

UMass Lowell (28-10-2), Saint Cloud State (25-15-1) and Quinnipiac (29-7-5) all clinched berths in the national semifinals for the first time this weekend, setting up a new look at the Consol Energy Center April 11-13. And the fourth member, Yale (20-12-3), hasn't been this far since 1952, when the entire tournament field featured just four teams.

The River Hawks will meet the Bulldogs in an all-New England matchup, while the Bobcats, the No. 1 overall seed, will meet the Huskies.

BOWLING

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pete Weber tied Earl Anthony by winning his 10th major Professional Bowlers Association title, 224-179 over Australian Jason Belmonte in the Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

Weber also became the first bowler to finish the PBA triple crown a second time by adding his second Tournament of Champions to his two World Championships titles and five U.S. Opens.

Weber won with three doubles, four spares and help from Belmonte, who left the 4-10 split three times and failed to convert it twice. The 50-year-old said he has no plans to retire soon.

His win was his 37th, tying him for third place on the PBA list with Norm Duke, behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Anthony (43).

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