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Monday
Mar272017

Scoreboard roundup — 3/26/27

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Houston 5, Washington 1
Texas 3, L.-A. Dodgers 2
Oakland 11, Milwaukee 1
Seattle 7, Cincinnati 6
Chi. White Sox 4, San Francisco  3
Cleveland 6,  Arizona 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 4, Detroit 3
Boston 7,  Minnesota 2
N.-Y. Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 4
Baltimore 2,  Toronto 1
Kansas City 8,  L.A. Angels  7

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 3
St. Louis 3, Miami  0
N.-Y. Mets 8, Atlanta 2
San Diego 9, Chi Cubs 4
Chi. Cubs 22, Cincinnati 4
Colorado 4, San Diego 1


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Brooklyn 107,  Atlanta 92
Charlotte 120,  Phoenix 106
Sacramento 98,  L.A. Clippers 97
Chicago 109,  Milwaukee 94
Houston 137,  Oklahoma City 125
Boston 112,  Miami 108
Indiana 107, Philadelphia 94
Golden State 106,  Memphis 94
New Orleans 115,  Denver 90
Portland 97,  L.A. Lakers 81


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

OT/Detroit 3,  Minnesota 2
OT/Dallas 2,  New Jersey 1
Philadelphia 6,  Pittsburgh 2
Winnipeg 2,  Vancouver 1
Anaheim  6,  N.-Y. Rangers 3


NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

(1) North Carolina 75,  (2) Kentucky 73
(7) South Carolina 77,  (4) Florida 70

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Sunday
Mar262017

South Carolina, UNC advance to 'Final Four'

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The Final Four of the NCAA Tournament is set, with one more impressive victory after another filling out the final two spots.

In Sunday's first game, seventh seeded South Carolina took on fourth seeded Florida in an SEC mathcup. By the end of the first half, the Gamecocks were down 40-33, but South Carolina's defense came alive in the second half.

SC held the Gators to no three pointers and outscored them 44-30 in the second, to advance to their first Final Four in program history with a 77-70 victory. The Gamecocks take on first seeded Gonzaga, who also made their first Final Four, next Saturday.

The second game featured first seeded North Carolina take on second seeded Kentucky. The two met in one of the best games of the regular season, with the Wildcats defeating the Tar Heels 103-100.

Much like that contest, this game was tight until the end. Kentucky's Malik Monk hit a three to tie the game at 73. As Tar Heel fans were flashing back to last year's final, when they lost on a heartbreaking buzzer beater to Villanova, UNC drove down the court and Luke Maye hit a jumper with under a second to go to seal the victory for North Carolina.

 

 

UNC will play third seeded Oregon on Saturday. 

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Sunday
Mar262017

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell critical of Oakland as an owners' vote to move the Raiders to Las Vegas looms

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- ESPN reports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff, criticizing Oakland's solution to keep the Raiders in their city while NFL owners are preparing to vote on whether to allow the franchise to move to Las Vegas.

In the letter Goodell sent Friday, which was obtained by ESPN, the NFL commissioner claims:

"The material that we reviewed earlier today ... confirms that key issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are simply not resolvable in a reasonable time... and in that respect, the information sent today does not present a proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable time frame and free of major contingencies."

ESPN reports Goodell sent the letter on the same day Oakland and its partners submitted a revised financial plan to fund a new stadium. In the proposal, the city would construct a $1.3 billion mixed-use stadium on the southern edge of the Oakland Alameda Coliseum, which the Raiders and Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball currently share.

Goodell added that he has concerns about Oakland having two professional teams, saying, "The long-term nature of the commitment to the A's remains a significant complication, and the resolution of that issue remains unknown."

Other cities, such as Seattle, Baltimore, and Arlington, Texas, have multiple professional clubs with similar set ups to what is being proposed by Oakland.

The Raiders need two thirds of NFL owners to vote yes (24 of 32) to receive approval for a move. Owners can vote as early as Monday on Raiders' owner Mark Davis' application to move the team to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas has already pledged $750 million in public funding to build a new stadium for the team.

The Raiders moved back and forth from Oakland to Los Angeles over its 58 season-franchise history, spending 45 of them in Oakland.

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Sunday
Mar262017

Indiana hires Archie Miller as men's basketball team's next head coach

Eddie Perlas/ESPN Images(BLOOMINGTON, Indiana) -- The Indiana Hoosiers have hired Archie Miller to become the next head coach of their men's basketball team according to an ESPN report.

Miller will leave the University of Dayton, where he served as head coach for the past six years. He brought the Flyers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his final four seasons with the school, leading the program to a surprise Elite Eight appearance in 2014.

ESPN reports Miller agreed to a seven-year deal worth $3.5 million annually.

Miller released a statement on Saturday, saying:

"I am honored to be the head coach at Indiana University. IU is one of the greatest basketball programs and academic institutions in the country, and I cannot wait to get started. With peerless fan support, outstanding facilities and tradition, a beautiful campus, and located in one of the most fertile recruiting areas in the country, IU is a dream destination for me and my family."


Miller replaces Tom Crean, who the Hoosiers dismissed on March 16 after nine seasons.

Dayton says it is already searching for Miller's replacement.

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Sunday
Mar262017

Gonzaga and Oregon punch their tickets to the Final Four

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Oregon and Gonzaga won their Elite Eight matchups to become the first two teams in the 2017 NCAA Tournament to reach the Final Four. No. 1 Gonzaga first defeated No. 11 Xavier 83-59 to win the West Region, and No. 3 Oregon upset No. 1 Kansas 74-60 to win the Midwest Region.

The Bulldogs (36-1) reached the Final Four for the first time in the history of the program by dominating the lowest-seeded team remaining in the tournament. ESPN notes Gonzaga is also the first team from the West Coast Conference (WCC) to reach the Final Four in 60 years.

Gonzaga played efficient offense, converting 50% of their three point shots in the game, and held Xavier (24-14) to under 60 points for the first time in the tournament.

Xavier star Trevon Bluiett, who was held to 10 points, told reporters, "They were just locked in."

Head coach Mark Few said after his team's victory, "Just an incredible feeling of elation and satisfaction. It's been a long, hard journey to get this program here."

Gonzaga will face the winner of Sunday's South Carolina-Florida Elite Eight matchup in the Final Four next week.

Coming off an Elite Eight loss last season, the Oregon Ducks (33-5) handily beat Kansas (31-5), one of the top-performing teams in the tournament.

The victory marks the Ducks' first Final Four appearance since the 1938-39 season, nearly 80 years.

Ducks' guard Tyler Dorsey was the game's top scorer, notching 27 points in 35 minutes, and forward Jordan Bell was a force defensively, blocking eight shots and nearly recording a triple-double.

Oregon head coach Dana Altman told the media after the victory, ""You feel so good for so many people. It's a team effort. You feel good for a lot of people."

Oregon will take on the winner of Sunday's Elite Eight matchup between No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Kentucky.

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Saturday
Mar252017

New York Knicks' Joakim Noah suspended for drug violation

Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has been suspended by the NBA for 20 games afer violating the league's anti-drug policy.

Noah tested positive for selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, an over-the-counter supplement banned by the league.

The 32-year-old center has been out since Feb. 4 because of knee surgery. The NBA said Noah's suspension would start when he is "eligible and physically able to play" in either a regular season or playoff game, according to ESPN.

The National Basketball Players Association said in a statement neither the union nor Noah would appeal the suspension and he "has offered his deepest apologies for this infraction," according to ESPN.

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Saturday
Mar252017

Suns' Booker scores 70 in loss

Purestock/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) – Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker scored 70 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday night, the most by an NBA player this season.

Booker becomes only the sixth player in NBA history to score 70, joining Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and Kobe Bryant.

Booker shot 21-of-40 from the floor, hit four three pointers and sank 24 free throws on the night.

"This doesn't happen very often," Booker said after the game. "Especially against a really good defensive team like the Boston Celtics. I knew I was going to have to come in, lock in mentally tonight -- playing at Boston isn't easy all the time. They made it tough for me in the first half, and I tried to get it going. I was ultra-aggressive, my teammates started finding me, they started setting really good screens for me and the rest is history."

The Suns fell to the Celtics 130-120.

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Friday
Mar242017

Bill Murray cheers on Xavier basketball team's upset win over Arizona

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Bill Murray was seen cheering on No. 11-seed Xavier University in the team's victory over No. 2-seed University of Arizona in Thursday's NCAA tournament matchup.

Murray's son Luke Murray is in his second year as an assistant coach for Xavier's basketball team.

When the team pulled off the shocking 73-71 win over Arizona, Murray went crazy in the stands, high-fiving those around him and rubbing the head of Sister Rose Ann Fleming, the now-famous 77-year-old nun who makes sure all of Xavier's student-athletes meet the school's academic standards.

Murray, 66, hasn't missed a single tournament game, which has some suggesting he could be behind the team's winning streak.

"Tons of credit to Bill Murray," Entourage actor Jerry Ferrara tweeted after the win.

Murray is having a stellar sports year. Not only is his son's team on a roll, but last year, his favorite major league baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, clinched the World Series title for the first time in 108 years.

You can bet the actor will be in the stands when Xavier takes on No. 1-seed Gonzaga on Saturday for a chance to go to the Final Four.

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Friday
Mar242017

Pat Kelsey backs out of UMass contract, returns to Winthrop 

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Pat Kelsey has backed out of his contract to coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, just two days after signing the deal.

"For personal reasons, I have asked the University of Massachusetts to allow me to be released from the offer I accepted to be the head men's basketball coach," Kelsey said in a statement Thursday. "To be clear, this decision is entirely personal and in no way an assessment of the commitment UMass made to me personally or to the resources available at UMass to have a nationally-recognized program."

"I apologize to Chancellor [Kumble] Subbaswamy, Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford, members of the basketball program and the UMass community who embraced my appointment this week and made me feel welcome since arriving on campus yesterday," he added.

Kelsey, 41, announced later Thursday that he will instead head back to Winthrop University, where he has been the head coach since 2012.

"I realized that at this point in my career Winthrop and Rock Hill is the best place for my family and me," he said in a news release.

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Friday
Mar242017

Xavier scores huge 'Sweet 16' upset

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Three of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 games came down to the final shot, but it was 11th seeded Xavier’s David and Goliath upset over no. 2 seed University of Arizona that had people talking Friday morning. The Muskateers beat the Wildcats 73-71.

Meanwhile, Oregon topped Michigan to advance to the Elite 8 along with Kansas and Gonzaga.

Xavier will face no. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite 8 on Saturday.


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