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(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56

(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56

G Fiume/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) --  Frank Mason III scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack, and second-seeded Kansas rolled to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 New Mexico State on Friday, giving the Big 12 its first NCAA Tournament victory in four tries this March.

"It was nice to see the lid come off the basket," said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team had twice failed to hit a single 3-pointer in games during the last few weeks of the season.  

Perry Ellis added nine points for the Jayhawks in the win.

The Jayhawks will either play No. 7 Wichita State or No. 10 Indiana in the Round of 32.

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Mets’ Zack Wheeler Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Mets’ Zack Wheeler Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) -- New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will undergo Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss at least 14 months of baseball action.

Wheeler fully tore his ulnar collateral ligament during a spring training game last week. He is set to have surgery next week.

"Of course I'm nervous about it, but you've got to do it and have that mindset when you're coming back that you're going to be 100 percent and better than you were before," Wheeler said. "... I knew it probably eventually was going to happen. You aren't meant to throw overhand and throw hard."

Wheeler has been throwing hard his entire career and saw this injury coming.

"Honestly, I've had pain in that spot in my elbow since I got drafted -- since before I got drafted," Wheeler said. "It just happened to really flare up and be a little more painful last year, but not enough to where I was actually like, 'Oh my gosh.'"

Wheeler was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA with 187 strike outs last year.

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Tigers Name David Price Opening Day Starter

Tigers Name David Price Opening Day Starter

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Tigers named David Price the Opening Day starter over Justin Verlander on Friday.

Verlander had been given the ball seven straight times on Opening Day, but instead, Price will get his fourth straight season opening start.

"Looking at it from a baseball perspective, I felt this was the (right) decision and it wasn't an easy decision," Brad Ausmus told the Detroit News. "Justin Verlander has been an outstanding pitcher for a long time. He has done a lot for the Tigers and this organization. But, I have to make a decision based on baseball and what is best for the 2015 Tigers."

Price came over to Detroit in a trade last season after spending his entire career with the Rays. Price was 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA last season between both teams.

Verlander was 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA last year and had 159 strike outs.

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Russell Leads (10) Ohio St. Past (7) VCU in OT

Russell Leads (10) Ohio St. Past (7) VCU in OT

Getty_Ohio_State_Mascot.jpg(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Freshman guard D'Angelo Russell had 28 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to help No. 10 Ohio State eliminate No. 7 VCU 75-72 in overtime in their second-round NCAA Tournament game Thursday.Russell made 50 percent of his shots and went 4 of 7 from 3-point distance, leading Ohio State (24-10) to their first tournament win since 2013.The victory did not come easily for the Buckeyes. They fell behind by 12 in the first half before battling back to make it a one-point game at halftime. From that point on, there were nine lead-changes before the Buckeyes improved their NCAA Tournament record under head coach Thad Matta to 18-8.Jae'Sean Tate had 12 points and eight boards while guard Shannon Scott dished out 10 assists in the victory.Melvin Johnson scored 17 points for VCU (26-10) who is going home in their tournament opener for the second straight season.

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Late Goaltending Call Vaults (11) UCLA over (6) SMU

Late Goaltending Call Vaults (11) UCLA over (6) SMU

J. Meric/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- With 13 seconds remaining in the game, SMU center Yanick Moreira was called for goaltending on a Bryce Alford 3-point attempt, giving No. 11 UCLA the lead and ultimately the win over the No. 6 Mustangs 60-59 in the second round of the NCAA tournament."I had a pretty good look at it because I shot it," Alford said. "From my angle, I saw Kevon (Looney) and another player going after it, and I was confused because he went up and grabbed it on its way to the rim."I don't know if it would have gone in or not, but he definitely grabbed it on the way."The officials reviewed the play to make sure Alford was behind the 3-point line, but they said the goaltending call wasn't reviewable.SMU's Nic Moore scored 24 points but missed two go-ahead shots at the end of the game to send the Bruins into the third round of the tournament.Alford finished the night with 27 points, making 9-11 3-point shots.SMU (27-7) was appearing in its first tournament since 1993.UCLA (21-13) advances to take on No. 14 UAB which upset No. 3 Iowa State earlier in the day.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/19/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/19/15

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(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament –Second Round – East Region: (1) Villanova 93 (33-2) – (16) Lafayette 52 (20-13)

Midwest Region: (3) Notre Dame 69 (30-5) – (14) Northeastern 65 (23-12)

(8) Cincinnati 66 (23-10) – (9) Purdue 65 (21-13) OT

(6) Butler 56 (23-10) – (11) Texas 48 (20-14)

South Region: (5) Utah 57 (25-8) – (12) SF Austin 50 (29-5)

(11) UCLA 60 (21-13) – (6) SMU 59 (27-7)

(14) UAB 60 (20-15) – (3) Iowa State 59 (25-9)

West Region: (2) Arizona 93 (32-3) – (15) Texas Southern 72 (22-13)

(4) North Carolina 67 (25-11) – (13) Harvard 65 (22-8)

(6) Xavier 76 (22-13) – (11) Mississippi 57 (21-13)

(10) Ohio State 75 (24-10) – (7) VCU 72 (26-10)

(14) Georgia State 57 (25-9) – (3) Baylor 56 (24-10)

NBA:  Houston Rockets 118 (46-22) – Denver Nuggets 108 (26-43)

Minnesota Timberwolves 95 (15-53) – New York Knicks 92 (14-54)

NHL: Ottawa Senators 6 (35-24-11; 81pts) – Boston Bruins 4 (36-24-11; 83pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (35-28-8; 78pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (27-39-6; 60pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (45-20-7; 97pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 0 (26-35-9; 61pts)

Florida Panthers 3 (32-25-14; 78pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (38-20-11; 7pts)

Washington Capitals 3 (39-23-10; 88pts) – Minnesota Wild 2 (39-25-7; 85pts)

Winnipeg Jets 2 (36-23-12; 84pts) – St. Louis Blues 1 (45-20-6; 96pts)

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(14) UAB Ousts (3) Iowa State, 60-59

(14) UAB Ousts (3) Iowa State, 60-59

iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Blazers freshman forward William Lee hit the go-ahead jumper with 26 seconds left as 14th-seeded UAB (20-15) tripped up third-seeded Iowa State (25-9), 60-59, in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday.

Lee finished the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Robert Brown led the way for UAB with 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting.

Iowa State sophomore guard Monte Morris had a team-high 15 points, while junior forward Jameel McKay had 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

The Blazers outrebounded the Cyclones, 52-37.

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Jaguars Claim Bernard Pierce Off Waivers

Jaguars Claim Bernard Pierce Off Waivers

IStockPhoto/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed running back Bernard Pierce off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens, who cut the fourth-year player following his DUI arrest on Wednesday.

Pierce rushed for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns in his four-year career with the Ravens, including 532 yards as a rookie in 2012 to help the Ravens win the Super Bowl.

He was supposed to split time with Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro in 2014 after Ray Rice was suspended. However, he was benched in the season opener for fumbling and eventually lost the job to Forsett, who ran for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Jaguars did not release a statement regarding Pierce other than announcing that they had claimed him off waivers. General manager David Caldwell was unable to be reached for comment.

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Browns Add Dwayne Bowe

Browns Add Dwayne Bowe

Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on a two-year deal, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Bowe visited Cleveland last week and had a productive meeting with the staff. He has a relationship with general manager Ray Farmer, who previously worked in Kansas City's personnel department.  

He finished his Chiefs career with 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns. He accomplished this despite playing with a collection of mostly journeyman quarterbacks and others who never established themselves in the NFL.

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Devon Still Resigns with Bengals

Devon Still Resigns with Bengals

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Defensive tackle Devon Still resigned with the Bengals on Thursday.

Still and his daughter Leah were one of the great stories in the NFL last season.

The Bengals signed Still to their practice squad so he could afford Leah's treatment for her Stage 4 neuroblastoma and the team made jersey's that raised money as well.  

Many former and current players and coaches bought jerseys and sent messages to Leah.

"It's great to have Devon back with us," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "We know it has been a very difficult journey for him the last year. Devon remains focused on Leah's recovery and on furthering his NFL career, and we're excited to be able to provide that opportunity."

Doctors originally said Leah had a 50-50 chance of living, but Still announced on Instagram Tuesday that doctors didn't "see any active disease" in her body.

Still played 12 games last season and was side by side with Leah throughout her treatments.

"Now that it looks like things are headed on the right path, I'm ready to go back and play football," Still said in the team's statement.

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Report: Marlins Agree to Seven Year Deal with OF Yelich

Report: Marlins Agree to Seven Year Deal with OF Yelich

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Marlins have agreed to a seven-year deal with outfielder Christian Yelich on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Yelich will receive $49.5 million with a club option for an eighth year, according to reports.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond voiced his support for Yelich.

"He's very mature for his age," Redmond said on Wednesday. "It's amazing when you watch him play and watch his at-bats, and his approach, how professional they are at such a young age."

"He's hungry, and that's what you want," Redmond continued. "You want young guys to come to the big leagues, and they aren't satisfied with one good year. They want to be better, and that's how you build championship teams, is to have young players that are hungry and want to win, and will do whatever they can to help the ballclub."

Yelich batted .284 with nine homers and 54 RBI's last season.

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Lundqvist Not Rushing Return

Lundqvist Not Rushing Return

Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has resumed practicing with the team, but says he will not rush his way into the starting lineup."I want to take the first week and skate with the guys and get more speed, and then we'll take it from there," Lundqvist said. "I don't want to rush back."Lundqvist has been out since Feb. 2 with a damaged blood vessel in his neck. On Wednesday morning he took high shots with Rangers coaches. He will be a full participant in practice for the first time on Friday.Cam Talbot has taken over since Lundqvist has been out. During that time, the Rangers have gone 15-2-3.Lundqvist, the former Vezina Trophy winner, started 39 games before the injury, posting a 25-11-3 record, .922 save-percentage, and a 2.25 goals-against average.The Rangers only have 13 regular-season games remaining, but head coach Alain Vigneault isn't worried that his start goalie will get enough ice time before the playoffs."I think if he plays two, three, four, five games, he'll be fine," Vigneault said. "In training camp, it only takes him a couple, and he's good to go. Yes, he's been out, but he's been active. So I don't expect this to be a long time for him to tell me he's good to go."

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Robert Morris Rallies to Beat North Florida; Setup Showdown with Duke

Robert Morris Rallies to Beat North Florida; Setup Showdown with Duke

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DAYTON, Ohio) -- Robert Morris wanted to dance a little longer.The Colonials overcame a 13-point second half deficit to knock off North Florida 81-77 in the first-round of the Men's NCAA Tournament Wednesday.Robert Morris (20-14) advances to take on top-seeded Duke in second round play on Friday in Charlotte.The Colonials had three players that scored more than 19 points in the win, including Lucky Jones, who had 21 points, seven rebounds, and five steals.Robert Morris was able to overcome a 42-31 rebounding margin that favored North Florida by forcing the Ospreys into 19 turnovers that led to 21 points for the Colonials.Beau Beach scored a game-high 28 points for North Florida (23-12) who were the champions of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.Robert Morris hasn't been in the tournament since 2010 when, as a No. 15 seed, they almost eliminated the No. 2 seed Villanova in the first round. Robert Morris lost that game 73-70 in overtime.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/18/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/18/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 94 (16-52) - Detroit Pistons 83 (24-44)

Cleveland Cavaliers 117 (44-26) - Brooklyn Nets 92 (27-39)

Toronto Raptors 105 (41-27) - Minnesota Timberwolves 100 (14-53)

Miami Heat 108 (31-36) - Portland Trail Blazers 104 (44-22)

San Antonio Spurs 114 (42-25) - Milwaukee Bucks 103 (34-34)

Chicago Bulls 103 (41-28) - Indiana Pacers 86 (30-37)

Oklahoma City Thunder 122 (38-30) - Boston Celtics  118 (30-37)

Dallas Mavericks 107 (43-25) - Orlando Magic 102 (21-48)

Los Angeles Clippers 116 (44-25) - Sacramento Kings 105 (22-45)

Washington Wizards 88 (40-28) - Utah Jazz 84 (30-37)

Golden State Warriors 114 (54-13) - Atlanta Hawks 95 (53-15)

NCAA Men's Basketball:

South Region: (16) Robert Morris 81 (20-14) - (16) North Florida 77 (23-12)

East Region: (11) Dayton 56 (26-8) - (11) Boise State 55 (25-9)

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks 1 (43-21-6, 92 pts) - New York Rangers 0 (44-18-7, 95 pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (31-35-4, 66pts) - Edmonton Oilers 3 (19-39-13, 51pts) - SO

Anaheim Ducks 3 (45-20-7, 97pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (34-22-14, 82pts) -OT

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Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy to 1-Year Deal

Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy to 1-Year Deal

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end Greg Hardy to a one-year, $11.3 million deal that could be worth up to $13 million, according to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.

Hardy could face a league suspension for violating the NFL's domestic conduct policy. However, an NFL spokesman told ESPN that Hardy's situation remains under review and that the league will have a resolution on his status as soon as possible.

Hardy was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection after leading the Panthers with 15 sacks, tying a team single-season record.  He started 39 games between 2011 and 2013 and has 34 career sacks.

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Bernard Pierce Cut by Ravens

Bernard Pierce Cut by Ravens

Scoot Boehm/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens cut running back Bernard Pierce hours after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday.

Pierce was the third Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, and the Ravens have now cut all three within a day of learning of their off-field incidents.  Pierce failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over near the Baltimore beltway just before 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday and he was arrested, according to Baltimore County police.

Pierce was a third-round pick by the Ravens in 2012, and he has averaged fewer than 4 yards per carry the past two seasons for the team.

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Rays Pitcher Alex Cobb Won’t Start on Opening Day

Rays Pitcher Alex Cobb Won’t Start on Opening Day

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DUNEDIN, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays announced on Wednesday that pitcher Alex Cobb won't start on Opening Day after being diagnosed with tendinitis.

Cobb pitched three perfect innings against the Phillies on Tuesday, but had "a little bit" of right forearm-tightness leading up to the start.

Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA with 149 strike outs last season.  The Rays originally selected Cobb in the fourth round of the 2006 amateur draft. In four big league seasons, he has compiled a record of 35-23 along with a 3.21 ERA.

The Rays will most likely lean on Chris Archer on Opening Day.

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Popovich: ‘We Didn’t Respect the Game’

Popovich: ‘We Didn’t Respect the Game’

San Antonio Spurs/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich ripped into his team after their 104-100 overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

Popovich watched his team fall to a 14-53 team after having a 13-point lead in the third quarter.

"We didn't respect the game, we didn't respect our opponent," said Popovich. "It was a pathetic performance and I hope that every player is embarrassed. Not because 'we are supposed to win the game' but it is about how you play the game."

Popovich credited the play of New York under first-year head coach Derek Fisher.

"They were really good," Popovich said. "I take my hat off to him, a really difficult year and watching Derek conduct himself the way he has all year long is a really impressive thing. He and the coaches deserve a lot of credit and the players were fantastic tonight. They moved the ball better than we did, they played better team basketball."

The Spurs will look to rebound against the Raptors on Wednesday night.

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Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days

Klay Thompson Out 7-10 Days

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- The Golden State Warriors will be without Klay Thompson for at least a week, according to coach Steve Kerr.

Thompson injured his ankle in Tuesday's 108-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. 

"He said it didn't hurt that bad at all. It wasn't a bad sprain," Kerr said. "So he went to the locker room, got it re-taped. They got it checked out."

Justin Holiday will likely get the nod in Thompson's place, according to Kerr.

This season, Thompson is averaging 21.9 points, 2.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds through 64 games.

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Sabathia Makes Spring Training Debut

Sabathia Makes Spring Training DebutHannah Foslien/Getty Images (TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- C.C. Sabathia allowed two runs over two innings in his first game action since undergoing knee surgery last season. Sabathia's season ended last July as he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a ...

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