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Kentucky Overcomes Late Deficit to KO Notre Dame, Advance to Final Four

Kentucky Overcomes Late Deficit to KO Notre Dame, Advance to Final Four Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The luck of the Irish ran out.Leading most of the second half, No. 3 Notre Dame slowly watched top-ranked Kentucky come back and eventually take the lead for good when Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, as the Wildcats edge the Fighting Irish 68-66 to advance to the Final Four of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.Kentucky (38-0) gets to continue its undefeated season with large thanks to the Harrison twins. Aaron Harrison made an NBA range 3-pointer with 3:18 remaining to give Kentucky its first lead since the 15:06 mark of the second half. Notre Dame's Jerian Grant answered Harrison's three with one of his own with 2:36 remaining to put Notre Dame up by two. Karl-Anthony Towns then scored two of his game-high 25 points to tie the contest before the other Harrison hit his free throws to seal the game.Notre Dame (32-6), which had a decided size disadvantage with the Cats, was only outrebounded by one in the loss. It also doubled Kentucky 16-8 in assists.Zach Auguste scored 20 while Steve Vasturia and Grant added 16 and 15 points respectively in a losing effort. Kentucky advances to the National Semifinal in Indianapolis next weekend where it will meet Wisconsin. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bruins Ruin Lundqvist’s Return

Bruins Ruin Lundqvist’s Return iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Milan Lucic scored twice to help the Boston Bruins upend the New York Rangers 4-2 Saturday, spoiling goalie Henrik Lundqvist's return to the ice. Lundqvist, who missed the past seven weeks with a vascular injury, was instantly challenged. Lucic scored just 1:41 into the game when a puck went off his skate and past the former Vezina Trophy winner. Lucic scored again just over seven minutes later when Torey Krug dished the puck to the B's hulking winger, who slapped it between Lunqvist's legs for a 2-0 lead. "It seemed like everything kind of kept rolling after we got that break on the first goal," Lucic said. "It's good to see us step up and play the way we can play. Right now it's just continuing to recapture what we had here tonight." The Bruins did receive a scare early in the second period when goalie Tuukka Rask left the game for the locker room. He didn't return to the bench but Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after the game that it appeared Rask was just dehydrated. "He's scheduled to travel with us, he's scheduled to be with us and he should be fine for (Sunday against Carolina)," Julien said. "We just found out at the beginning of the second (period). I said, `Are you still having those symptoms?' He said, `Yep.' So I said, `Let's get you out of here." Rick Nash scored his 40th goal of the season for the Rangers (47-20-7, 101pts) in the loss. With the win the Bruins (37-25-13, 87pts) snap a six-game losing streak and take over sole possession of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/28/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/28/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (37-25-13, 87 pts) - New York Rangers 2 (47-20-7, 101 pts) Detroit Red Wings 4 (40-22-12, 92 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (46-23-7, 99 pts) Nashville Predators 4 (47-21-8, 102 pts) - Washington Capitals 3 (40-25-10, 90 pts) Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (41-23-11, 93 pts) - Arizona Coyotes 2 (23-45-8, 54 pts) San Jose Sharks 3 (37-30-8, 82 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (30-29-17, 77 pts)(F/SO) Anahiem Ducks 3 (48-22-7, 103 pts) - New York Islanders 2 (44-27-5, 93 pts) NCAAM: (1) Wisconsin 85 - (2) Arizona 78 Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Longhorns Fire Rick Barnes

Longhorns Fire Rick Barnes Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Tx) -- After seventeen seasons, the Texas Longhorns will be seeking a new leader for their men's basketball program. The University informed Rick Barnes Saturday that he will be relieved of his duties, according to ESPN. The Longhorns suffered a first-round exit in this season's NCAA tournament when they were knocked out by Butler 56-48. Texas finished the regular season 20-14 with an 8-10 record in the Big 12. The 60 year-old Barnes amassed a 402-108 record in his tenure, overseeing the growth of future NBA stars such as T.J. Ford, Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Verlander Leaves Game with Triceps Injury

Verlander Leaves Game with Triceps Injury Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images (DUNEDIN, Fla.) -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander left his spring training start against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, with cramping in his right triceps.Despite leaving the game in the third inning, the former American League MVP doesn't seem too concerned about the injury. He cites not drinking enough water and a tweak in his mechanics as being possible reasons for the cramping."I don't think I'm injured," Verlander said. "The only concern I have is if it would linger. Just felt crampy."Verlander pitched 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball before exiting."Not overly concerned," Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus said. "He said it felt like more of a cramp than a strain. It doesn't mean we're out of the woods. It's not as concerning of an area." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rozier Leads Louisville Past NC State, Into Elite 8

Rozier Leads Louisville Past NC State, Into Elite 8 Joe Robbins/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Terry Rozier had 17 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 4 Louisville down No. 8 North Carolina State 75-65 in the East Regional semifinals of the Men's NCAA Tournament, Friday.Louisville and NC State traded punches throughout the game. After a Ralston Turner 3-pointer put the Wolfpack down one with 4:35 remaining in the game, the Cardinals went on a 9-0 run. NC State could never recover as Louisville heads to the Elite 8 for the third time in four years.Montrezl Harrell had 24 points for the Cardinals (27-8) in the win.Trevor Lacey put up 18 points for NC State (22-14) in the loss.Louisville advances to take on Michigan State on Sunday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Gonzaga Stomps Over UCLA and into Elite 8

Gonzaga Stomps Over UCLA and into Elite 8 Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 2 Gonzaga to its first Elite 8 appearance since 1999 by beating No. 11 UCLA 74-62 in the Men's NCAA Tournament, Friday.Gonzaga (35-2) was dominant, never trailing after the 17:14 mark of the first half.UCLA (22-14) went on a 6-0 run to open the second half and cut the Zags lead to one, but the Bulldogs countered by scoring 12 straight points, blowing the game open for good.The win marks the first time Gonzaga head coach Mark Few has reached the round of eight. He took over the team the year after it last made the regional final.Tony Parker had 16 points and 11 rebounds for UCLA in the loss.Gonzaga will take on Duke Sunday with the winner headed to the Final Four. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/27/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/27/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Sweet 16: (2) Gonzaga 74 - (11) UCLA 62 (4) Louisville 75 - (8) North Carolina State 65  NBA: Detroit Pistons 111 (28-44) - Orlando Magic 97 (22-52) Los Angeles Clippers 119 (48-25) - 76ers 98 (18-55) Atlanta Hawks 99 (55-17) - Miami Heat 86 (33-39) Toronto Raptors 94 (42-30) - Los Angeles Lakers 83 (19-51) Brooklyne Nets 106 (47-26) - Cleveland Cavaliers 98 (30-40) Boston Celtics 96 (32-40) - New York Knicks 92 (14-59) New Orleans Pelicans 102 (38-34) - Sacramento Kings 88 (26-46) Washington Wizards 110 (41-32) - Charlotte Hornets 107 (30-41) (F/2OT) Golden State Warriors 107 (59-13) - Vancouver Grizzlies 84 (50-23) Houston Rockets 120 (49-23) - Minnesota Timberwolves 110 (16-56)   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Volunteers Fire Donnie Tyndall

Volunteers Fire Donnie Tyndall G Fiume/Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, Tn.) -- After one season on the job, Donnie Tyndall has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball team. The university fired Tyndall Friday after they learned of his unethical behavior while coach at Southern Mississippi from an NCAA investigation.  "I apologize to my players, assistant coaches, and the entire UT community that past occurrences led to today's result.," Tyndall said in a statement. "I have truly loved my time at Tennessee and appreciated the effort of our players and staff." The statement acknowledged that Tyndall is "highly likely" to have committed Level I and Level II infractions against NCAA rules. Tyndall will be accused by the NCAA under the new coach control policy, of financial and academic violations, according to ESPN's Andy Katz. The Volunteers will now be seeking their fourth head coach in four seasons for their men's basketball team.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Notre Dame Cruises into Elite 8

Notre Dame Cruises into Elite 8 Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points, and Pat Connaughton added 16 while grabbing 10 rebounds, to lift No. 3 Notre Dame over No. 7 Wichita State 81-70 Thursday. The Irish have advanced to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.Notre Dame (32-5) had its offense going from tip off to the final buzzer. The Fighting Irish shot 55.6 percent from the field, while connecting on 9 of 19 from 3-point land.Notre Dame led or was tied with Wichita State for all but 36 seconds of the game.Wichita State (30-5) had a rough time shooting the three, hitting 3 of 18 from long distance. Fred Van Vleet led the Shockers with 25 points in the loss.Notre Dame advances to take on top-seeded Kentucky Saturday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Wisconsin Battles Back; Upends UNC, Reaches Elite 8

Wisconsin Battles Back; Upends UNC, Reaches Elite 8 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Trailing by seven with 10:25 remaining, Wisconsin went on a 19-6 run, finished off by a Sam Decker layup, which gave the top-seeded Badgers the lead for good; they moved on to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament by knocking off the Tar Heels 79-72 Thursday.Decker finished the game with a career high 23 points, and Frank Kaminsky added 19 in the win. Wisconsin (34-3) is headed to its second straight Elite 8 and ends North Carolina's 11-game win-streak in the Sweet 16.In a game where who could rebound more was thought to be key, the Badgers won the matchup 35-28. Kennedy Meeks, whose status was uncertain after spraining his knee last weekend, played 14 minutes and scored four points for North Carolina (26-12) in the loss.Wisconsin will take on Arizona Saturday in Los Angeles. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/26/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/26/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men's Tournament:  Midwest Region: (1) Kentucky 78 (37-0) - (5) West Virginia 39 (25-10)  (3) Notre Dame 81 (32-5) - (7) Wichita St 70 (30-5) West Region: (1) Wisconsin 79 (34-3) - (4) North Carolina 72 (26-12) (2) Arizona 68 (34-3) - (6) Xavier 60 (23-14)   NHL: Carolina Hurricanes 5 (27-36-10, 64 pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 2  (40-23-11, 91 pts) Los Angeles Kings 3 (37-23-14, 88 pts) - New York Islanders 2 (44-26-5, 93 pts) Washington Capitals 3 (40-24-10, 90 pts) - New Jersey Devils 2 (31-31-12, 74 pts) *F/OT Arizona Coyotes 4 (23-44-8, 54 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (20-46-8, 48 pts) *F/OT Anaheim Ducks 3 (47-22-7, 101 pts) - Boston Bruins 2 (36-25-13, 85 pts) *F/OT New York Rangers 5 (47-19-7, 101 pts) - Ottawa Senators 1 (37-25-11, 85 pts) San Jose Sharks 6 (36-30-8, 80 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 4 (39-22-12, 90 pts) Nashville Predators 3 (46-21-8, 100 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (46-22-7, 99 pts) Florida Panthers 4 (34-26-14, 82 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (27-42-6, 60 pts) Winnipeg Jets 5 (39-24-12, 90 pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (46-21-8, 100 pts) Colorado Avalanche 4 (33-28-12, 78pts) - Vancouver Canucks 1 (43-26-4, 90pts) NBA: Milwaukee Bucks 111 (36-36) - Indiana Pacers 107 (31-41) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

49ers Waive OL Jonathan Martin

49ers Waive OL Jonathan Martin Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers released offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on Thursday, the team announced. Martin spent one season in San Francisco, appearing in 15 games (nine starts) at right tackle. Martin played at Stanford and was a 2012 second-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins, where he started all 16 games as a rookie. In Martin's second season with Miami, he left the team after a bullying controversy involving former teammate Richie Incognito. Martin played the first seven games but sat out the rest of the 2013 season, and then in the offseason the Dolphins traded him to the 49ers for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

NFL Makes Rule Change Because of the Patriots

NFL Makes Rule Change Because of the Patriots Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The New England Patriots gained a crucial first down against the Baltimore Ravens in their playoff game in January when running back Shane Vereen lined up as an ineligible slot receiver to confuse the Ravens. If they try that again next season, they will be penalized five yards.On Wednesday, the NFL passed a rule making it illegal for an offensive player wearing an eligible number between 1-49 and 80-89 to lineup outside of the tackle box and report as ineligible. If that were to happen next season, the violating team would be penalized for illegal substitution."Whatever it is, it is," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. "It would affect a lot of other plays, the spread punt formation and stuff like that. Whatever the rule is, it is."According to competition committee co-chair Jeff Fisher, many teams felt there needed to be a rule in place to stop the kind of substitution the Patriots used in the playoffs. Fisher himself said without change, "this may get out of hand." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

ESPN: MLB Investigating Marlins P Jarred Cosart for Gambling

ESPN: MLB Investigating Marlins P Jarred Cosart for Gambling Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for possible involvement in sports related gambling, according to ESPN.com.Trouble came Cosart's way when he allegedly exchanged multiple direct messages with a gambling authority on his Twitter account. This exchange became public when it was shared on the site by a third party. Cosart has since deleted his Twitter account.According to ESPN.com, MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed that the commissioner's office is investigating the situation.ESPN.com also reports it's unclear whether the allegations involve baseball betting or sports betting in general.MLB Rule 21 states clearly you can't gamble on baseball."Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform, shall be declared ineligible for one year," the rule states. "Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible."The 24-year-old Cosart seems to have created an unconfirmed Twitter account. On it, he claimed Wednesday that his original account had been hacked.The Marlins acknowledged the situation in a statement, "Major League Baseball is aware and they are investigating it and we have no further comment at this time." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

West Virginia Freshman Says Ketucky Will Be 36-1 After Thursday

West Virginia Freshman Says Ketucky Will Be 36-1 After Thursday G. Fiume/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- There may not be many people that think Kentucky will lose their perfect season and a chance at winning a national title when they play West Virginia Thursday, but there's at least one: Mountaineers guard Daxter Miles Jr."I give them their props," Miles said Wednesday. "Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they're gonna be 36-1."Miles continued to say the Wildcats should fear the Mountaineers."They should be more intimidated," Miles said. "Because they're the ones who have the high standard, and we're coming for them."West Virginia (25-9) forces opponents into turnovers on 28.3 percent of possessions, the best percentage in Division I.Also, the Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins is 8-2 in games against Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Despite all of that, as of Thursday morning, Vegas has Kentucky as 13.5 point favorites.We'll find out Thursday night if Miles' prediction is correct. West Virginia and Kentucky are scheduled to tip off at 9:45 p.m. ET in Cleveland. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brock Lesnar Signs New Contract with WWE, UFC Career Over

Brock Lesnar Signs New Contract with WWE, UFC Career Over Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar announced on Tuesday that he won't be headed back to the octagon. Instead, he's re-signed with the WWE. "I'm officially closing the door on MMA," Lesnar told ESPN. "It was hard. I re-signed last night with the WWE." Lesnar said he weighed out this decision for a year, but in the end, he thought about his kids and his health. "It was a very hard decision at this stage of my career," Lesnar said. "The fighter inside me wants to compete. The father and husband -- I'm an older caveman now. I make wiser caveman decisions. So, I'm here to say my legacy in the Octagon is over." Lesnar's last appearance in the UFC was in December 2011 at UFC 141 when he lost to Alistair Overeem. He's scheduled to appear in a title match at this Sunday's Wrestlemania 31. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rockets Expect Howard to Return Wednesday

Rockets Expect Howard to Return Wednesday Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is expected to play in Wednesday night's game against New Orleans, according to head coach Kevin McHale.Howard has not played since Jan. 23 due to knee problems. He's expected to be limited to 20 minutes per game as he works his way back into the lineup. “I am always anxious to play,” Howard told the Houston Chronicle. “Not being on the floor for a long time, watching from the sidelines is hard. I will be happy to finally get back out there and play.”The Rockets have gone 17-9 since losing Howard, and have the third-best record in the Western Conference.The 29-year-old Howard has played in 32 games this season, averaging 16.3 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dodgers Sign Cuban Infielder Hector Olivera to 6-Year Deal

Dodgers Sign Cuban Infielder Hector Olivera to 6-Year Deal Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to his agent Greg Genske.The soon-to-be 30-year-old Olivera's contract includes a $28 million signing bonus, the rep notes. Olivera's main position in Cuba was second base, but he's expected to play third for the Dodgers, who already have Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins playing in the infield.Olivera has played 10 seasons for Santiago de Cuba. During that time, he's compiled a .323 batting average, 96 home runs, 433 RBIs, and a .407 on-base percentage. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NFL Considering Removing Disoriented Players from Game

NFL Considering Removing Disoriented Players from Game Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHOENIX, Az) -- Discussed at the NFL owners meetings was a proposed rule change would grant medical officials more power over the players on the field. If a medical advisor witnesses a player showing symptoms of disorientation or otherwise abnormal behavior, under the proposed rule, officials could stop the game and take the player to the sidelines for evaluation. Currently the league employs medical spotters that are seated in the press box to monitor and record any injuries to players. ''We got the (medical) spotters, they've got a really good vantage point, they've got technology in their booth, they're communicating pretty well with our trainers and doctors and we've got a pretty good rhythm going there,'' said Rich McKay, co-chairman of the competition committee and president of the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams would then be allowed to substitute players if an event were to occur. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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