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(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia

(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help Michigan State beat Georgia 70-63 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64. Travis Trice scored 15 points and Branden Dawson had a strong second half for the Spartans (24-11), who answered a push from the Bulldogs with a poised run to take back control of the game. Valentine's free throws were critical as Georgia (21-12) rallied to make it a one-possession game in a finish that at one point had Spartans longtime coach Tom Izzo turning and punching the scorer's table in fury. Still, Michigan State did enough to hang on, showing at least glimpses of the experience from playing in 18 straight NCAA Tournaments. Michigan State will take on (2) Virginia or (15) Belmont in the Round of 32. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Bowe's best season was 2011, when he caught 81 passes for 1,159 yards and led the NFL with 15 receiving touchdowns. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.    

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." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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 Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

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. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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 ...

NHL Considering 3-on-3 Overtime

NHL Considering 3-on-3 Overtime Len Redkoles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NHL is exploring ways to change overtime once again. Three-on-three hockey is being discussed as a new format to reduce the number of games that end in a shootout. The NHL does not want to eliminate the shootout, rather add a five minute period of three-on-three play after the five minute four-on-four overtime period -- similar to the AHL rule. "That's something we're going to discuss with the competition committee because, obviously, we want the players' association input on how we're going to approach it," Commissioner Gary Bettman. "So we're going to look at both variables and figure out which one, collectively with the competition committee, we think makes the most sense. Then ultimately, it's subject to Board Of Governor approval." The rule could be implemented as soon as the 2015-2016 season, if it is approved by the NHL's competition committee. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Clay Signs $38 Million Offer Sheet with Buffalo Bills

Clay Signs $38 Million Offer Sheet with Buffalo Bills Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills have extended an offer sheet to Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay worth $38 million. The Miami Dolphins assigned the transition tag to Clay before free agency began, which allows them the right to match any offer that another team would make to him. The Bills offer includes $20 million in guaranteed money and schedules Clay to earn over $24 million in the first two seasons of the five-year contract.  After signing Ndamukong Suh to a $114 million contract at the beginning of free agency, Miami is left with a little over $9 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.   As Miami began to see multiple teams interests in Clay grow, the team signed former Browns tight end Jordan Cameron to a two-year, $15 million contract. Last season, Clay, 26, caught 58 passes for 605 yards. Miami has five days to match Buffalo's offer. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Texans Add Cecil Shorts and Vince Wilfork

Texans Add Cecil Shorts and Vince Wilfork Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Texans are taking a swing at the second round of free agency. The team came to terms with free agent wide receiver Cecil Shorts III and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. Shorts, 27, who spent the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, signed a two-year $6 million contract. Shorts caught 53 passes for 557 yards and one touchdown last season. Wilfork, 33, also signed a two-year deal, worth $9 million.  He had spent the last 12 seasons as a member of the New England Patriots.  Wilfork will join former teammate Mike Vrabel -- who now serves as the teams linebacker coach -- as well as former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who is Houston's head coach. Wilfork thanked the New England fans on his Twitter page after signing with Houston: "Thank you everyone for everything your support has been tremendous." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Commissioner Manfred to Consider Rose Reinstatement

Commissioner Manfred to Consider Rose Reinstatement iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Pete Rose has applied for reinstatement to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Commissioner Manfred stated that he will consider the appeal "on its merits." Rose accepted voluntary banishment from baseball in August of 1989 after a Sports Illustrated story proved that he had gambled on games while he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Rose has previously petitioned for reinstatement under previous commissioners Fay Vincent and Bud Selig, but was never considered. From 1963 to 1986, Rose totaled 4,256 hits -- making him the all-time leader in the category. Reinstatement into the game would be the first step towards being nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is no sure thing that he would be nominated once he was reinstated, but it would give Rose his first chance as the Hall of Fame adopted rules in 1991 stating that no player on the banishment list could be considered for enshrinement. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

49ers Chris Borland Suddenly Retires

49ers Chris Borland Suddenly Retires Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images (SAN FRANCISCO, Ca.) -- Within two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers have lost two inside linebackers to retirement.  Second year linebacker Chris Borland has decided to hang up his cleats due to fears of long term effects from head trauma. Borland delivered the news on ESPN's Outside the Lines. "I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," Borland explained. "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk." Borland, 24, was a third-round draft pick of the 49ers last season and was expected to start for the team this season after Patrick Willis retired last week. During training camp last year, Borland believes he suffered a concussion but played through it because he wanted to make the team. Borland was a first-team All American at the University of Wisconsin.  He plans to re-enroll in school and pursue a career in sports management.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mets Lose Wheeler to Tommy John Surgery

Mets Lose Wheeler to Tommy John Surgery Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- For the second straight season, the New York Mets will be without one of their top pitchers. Zach Wheeler has been diagnosed with a full tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair it. Last season, the Mets were without ace Matt Harvey as he also recovered from Tommy John surgery.  "Obviously we wish the best for him," Harvey said. "We're all going to be behind him. Obviously being pretty recently through that process, anything he needs, we're going to always be there and help him out. It's an unfortunate thing. He wants to be playing just as bad as the next guy. It's a tough day for all of us." The team also lost left-handed reliever Josh Edgin to the same surgery on Sunday. The Mets will lean on Dillon Gee, who started 22 games last season for New York, in place of the injured Wheeler. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/16/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/16/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Washington Wizards 105 (39-28) - Portland Trail Blazers 97 (44-21) Toronto Raptors 117 (40-27) - Indiana Pacers 98 (30-36) Boston Celtics 108 (30-36) - Philadelphia 76ers 89 (15-52) Brooklyn Nets 122 (27-38) - Minnesota Timberwolves 106 (14-52) Memphis Grizzlies 92 (47-20) - Denver Nuggets 81 (26-42) Miami Heat 106 (30-36) - Cleveland Cavaliers 92 (43-26) Utah Jazz 94 (30-36) - Hornets 66 (29-36) Dallas Mavericks 119 (43-25) - Oklahoma City Thunder 115 (37-30) Atlanta Hawks 110 (53-14) - Sacramento Kings 103 (22-44) Golden State Warriors 108 (53-13) - Los Angeles Lakers 105 (17-49) NHL: Washington Capitals 4 (38-23-10, 86pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (19-43-7, 45pts) - SO Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (43-21-7, 93pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (43-20-7, 93pts) Edmonton Oilers 4 (19-39-12, 50pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (27-38-6, 60pts) Los Angeles Kings 1 (34-22-13, 81pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (21-41-8, 50pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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