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Nun-and-done: Loyola Chicago stuns top-seeded Illinois, 71-58

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — If the pregame prayer sounded more like a scouting report, it was. And if Sister Jean didn't have any plans for next weekend, well, she does now. Loyola Chicago carried out its 101-year-old superfan's plans to a T on Sunday, moving to the Sweet 16 with a 71-58 win over ...

No. 15 seed Oral Roberts stuns Florida, 81-78

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dunk City, say hello to Max Abmas and soaring Oral Roberts. The fraternity of No. 15 seeds to reach the second week of the NCAA Tournament has its second member. "It's really just mind blowing," forward Kevin Obanor said. "We're grateful. Just happy that we got the ...

Blaney wins at Atlanta after Larson fades on old tires

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Ryan Blaney knew he had to let Kyle Larson go. Patience was the key, especially on a day when Larson looked unbeatable. In the end, Larson faded on an battered set of tires, and Blaney raced by him for an improbable victory Sunday. “I was not going to be able to ...

NMU to skate for WCHA championship

MANKATO, Minn. — The Northern Michigan University hockey team advanced to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s conference final with a 5-1 victory Friday over No. 3 Minnesota State University - Mankato. The Wildcats lit the lamp just over a minute into the opening period when Andre ...

Woodruff to start opener

Brandon Woodruff is stopping the Milwaukee Brewers’ revolving door of opening-day starting pitchers. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Thursday that Woodruff will start the Brewers’ season opener for a second straight year. He will be facing Kenta Maeda when the Brewers host the ...

Spartans, Izzo in new spot as First Four participants

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan State and coach Tom Izzo are in an unfamiliar position. Last time there was an NCAA Tournament, the Spartans reached the Final Four in 2019 — the most recent of eight trips under Izzo. This time, Michigan State needed a late surge just to get into the Big ...

Tramon Williams retiring

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Veteran cornerback Tramon Williams announced via social media on his 38th birthday that he’s retiring from football. Williams opened an Instagram post by referencing the uniform number he wore with the Green Bay Packers and saying that “No. 38 is clocking out at ...

Michigan poised to raise 1,000-fan limit at Comerica Park

LANSING (AP) — Michigan appears poised to amend a 1,000-patron limit so more Detroit Tigers fans can attend home games on Opening Day and after. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said Monday that the state health department has had talks with the team “to find a safe path forward to expand ...

Lions agree to deal to retain Okwara

Defensive end Romeo Okwara has agreed to stay with the Detroit Lions, a person familiar with the situation says. Reports say the unrestricted free agent landed a $39 million, three-year contract. Okwara had a career-high 10 sacks last season in his third year with the Lions and fifth in ...

Record-setting Saints QB Brees announces retirement at 42

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Drew Brees era with the New Orleans Saints — marked by a Super Bowl celebration, raucous record-setting nights in the rebuilt Superdome and the undersized quarterback's outsized role in a historic city's rebirth — has ended. Brees, the NFL's leader in career ...

Martin Truex Jr. wins at Phoenix Raceway

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Logano has won a few times at Phoenix Raceway and knows a good restart when he feels one. With 25 laps to go Sunday, he got a good run on the green flag, dipped down low on the dogleg and felt great. Then he realized Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 19 Toyota was still ...

Howard tossed, No. 4 Michigan tops Maryland; Ohio State next

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All Michigan coach Juwan Howard intended to do, he said, when he started walking toward the baseline during the second half of Friday’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals was question a call. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, meanwhile, had already seen enough. He didn’t ...

Antetokounmpo triple double helps Bucks beat Wizards 125-119

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for his sixth triple-double of the season to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 125-119 victory over the short-handed Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Jrue Holiday added 10 of his 18 points during the ...

Boxing great Marvelous Marvin Hagler dies at 66

Marvelous Marvin Hagler stopped Thomas Hearns in a fight that lasted less than eight minutes yet was so epic that it still lives in boxing lore. Two years later he was so disgusted after losing a decision to Sugar Ray Leonard — stolen, he claimed, by the judges — that he never fought ...

Harden has triple-double, carries Nets over Pistons 100-95

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and had his ninth triple-double with the Nets to help Brooklyn beat the Detroit Pistons 100-95 on Saturday night. Harden also added 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his 55th triple-double as Brooklyn improved to ...

Maryland beats Michigan State 68-57 in Big Ten tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Ayala scored 21 points, Aaron Wiggins added 19 and Maryland dominated Michigan State in the second half to take a 68-57 win in a first-round Big Ten tournament game on Thursday. The eighth-seeded Terrapins (16-12) gave their NCAA Tournament hopes a big boost but ...

WCHA sets postseason tournament schedule

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The seeds were announced on Sunday for the 2021 Western Collegiate Hockey Association postseason tournament, which begins Friday and continues through Sunday, with the top four teams each hosting a best-of-three quarterfinal round series. From there, the four highest ...

Still perfect: Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game, 170-150

ATLANTA (AP) — Even in the strangest NBA All-Star Game of them all, LeBron James was still the perfect captain. Team LeBron showed off its high-flying and long-range skills during a dominating run to close out the first half, setting up a 170-150 romp over Team Durant in the league's 70th ...

Kyle Larson celebrates return with first win since suspension

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kyle Larson wasn’t sure he’d ever race again in NASCAR, and if he could, he didn’t know who would even hire him. It was Rick Hendrick who took the chance on a driver many believed was radioactive for sponsors. Larson’s use of a racial slur while participating in an ...

Indians minus Ramirez, Reyes after they break virus protocol

The Cleveland Indians have broken COVID-19 protocols for the third time in less than a year, this time costing them third baseman Jose Ramirez and slugger Franmil Reyes. Manager Terry Francona said Sunday the two players were sent to their Arizona homes while the Indians wait to hear from ...