National Sports

Bluegrass romp: Kentucky blows out Abilene 79-44 at NCAAs

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky could afford to be down a man against NCAA Tournament newcomer Abilene Christian. Going forward, the Wildcats are surely going to need that guy who was zipping around the arena on a scooter, most of his lower left leg ...

Baylor shoots past Syracuse 78-69 in NCAA’s West Region

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Baylor heard all week about Syracuse's vaunted zone, how long the Orange are, how difficult it is to find openings. The Bears solved it by going over the top — after getting it inside. Creating open shots through the high post ...

Edwards leads Purdue past ODU 61-48 in 1st round of NCAA

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — If this is what a slump looks like for Carsen Edwards, Purdue coach Matt Painter can live with it. Edwards scored 26 points and third-seeded Purdue coasted to a 61-48 victory against Old Dominion on Thursday night in the ...

Ja Morant’s triple-double leads Murray State over Marquette

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ja Morant recorded the ninth triple-double in the NCAA Tournament since 1987 as Murray State trounced fifth-seeded Marquette 83-64 in the first round of the West Region on Thursday. Murray State continued a trend of a No. 12 seed winning at least one game in all but ...

Ichiro walks off into history in ‘sayonara’ at Tokyo Dome

By Stephen Wade and Tim Booth AP Sports Writers TOKYO (AP) — At times, it seemed as if he’d go on hitting forever. But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing. The great Ichiro has said ...

Kalscheur, Gophers knock off Louisville 86-76

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota won its first NCAA Tournament game in six years behind 24 points from freshman Gale Kalscheur as the 10th-seeded Gophers rolled past Louisville 86-76 in the opening round of the East Region on Thursday. It was the first ...

LSU advances with 79-74 victory over Yale

Third-seeded LSU has advanced in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, holding off upset-minded Yale 79-74. The Tigers led 45-29 at halftime and pushed the edge to as many as 18 points before the Bulldogs rallied down the stretch with a barrage of 3-pointers. But LSU made enough free ...

Calipari: Washington out for NCAA opener with sprained foot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari says in a tweet that leading scorer and rebounder PJ Washington has a sprained foot and will miss the second-seeded Wildcats' NCAA Tournament opener against No. 15 seed Abilene Christian. Calipari also said Thursday on his verified ...

March Madness arrives: Round 1 of NCAA Tournament starts

By The Associated Press undefined Millions of brackets are filled with millions of guesses and it's time to find out how they fare. The crush of March Madness hits Thursday with 16 games in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Reigning champion Villanova is playing and so is Michigan, the ...

Cristiano Ronaldo fined $22K by UEFA for obscene gesture

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined 20,000 euros ($22,750) by UEFA for making a provocative gesture after Juventus beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. UEFA says its disciplinary panel found the Juventus star guilty of improper conduct. Ronaldo was fined the ...