AP Monday Sports Roundup
Badgers win on buzzer-beater...Texas A&M survives in double-OT...Top-seed Oregon squeaks by
UNDATED (AP) — After 52 NCAA Tournament games, the Sweet 16 is set.
Oregon was the last team to punch its ticket as the second round of the NCAA Tournament ended with a flurry of frantic finishes. Now it's on to the regional semifinals that start on Thursday.
The round of 16 will include the following matchups by region:
In the South, it's No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Maryland and No. 3 Miami vs. No. 2 Villanova.
In the West, it's No. 1 seed Oregon vs No. 4 seed Duke and No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 2 Oklahoma.
The East has No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Indiana and No. 6 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Wisconsin.
And the Midwest has No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Iowa State and No. 11 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 Syracuse.
Here's how Sunday's winners got to the Sweet 16:
Bronson Koenig has made a memory of a lifetime. The Wisconsin guard came off a last-second screen and buried a game-winning 3-pointer from the corner to give the seventh-seeded Badgers a 66-63 win over Xavier to send them into the Sweet 16 against Notre Dame on Friday.
Koenig got the inbound pass in front of his own bench and buried the fallaway shot, sending the jubilant Badgers streaming onto the court and into another Sweet 16.
In other round of 32 games:
— Third seed Texas A&M defeated Northern Iowa with an amazing comeback to win in double overtime, 92-88. Northern Iowa led by 12 with 44 seconds left in regulation before the Aggies went on a 14-2 tear down the stretch. Texas A&M was led by Alex Caruso's 25. Danuel House missed his first nine shots but finished with 22 -- all after halftime for the Aggies, who play Oklahoma next.
— Buddy Hield scored 19 of his 36 points in the final eight minutes to help No. 2 seed Oklahoma hold off No. 10 seed VCU 85-81 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
— Oregon, top seed in the West, survived a huge scare by Number-11 seed St. Joseph's, 69-64. Dillon Brooks refused to let top-seed Oregon and the Pac-12 Conference be eliminated on the first weekend. He poured in 25 to send the Ducks into the Sweet 16 against Duke.
— Syracuse is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013. The Orange eliminated 15-seed Middle Tennessee 75-50. Michael Gbinije poured in 23 points, Tyler Lydon added 14 and the Orange. Six of the teams in the Sweet 16 are from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orange will play Gonzaga next.
— Maryland, which recently left the ACC for the Big Ten, advanced to play Kansas in the round of 16. It's the first trip to the Sweet 16 for Maryland in 13 years. The Terps wore down Hawaii 73-60. The Terps won despite making just 1 of 18 shots from 3-point land. Melo Trimble led the Terps with 24. Maryland plays Kansas next.
— Villanova secured a trip to Louisville and a spot in Sweet 16 play with a win over Iowa, 87-68. Villanova shot just over 59 percent from the field and hit 10 of 19 3-pointers. Guard Josh Hart led the attack with 19 points. The result of the game was never in question as the Wildcats led 54-29 at the half. Villanova plays Miami next.
— In the second game in New York in East Regional play Notre Dame advanced to Philadelphia with a hard-fought 76-75 win over Stephen F. Austin. Rex Pflueger won the game with a tip-in with 1.5 seconds left to send the Irish to their second straight Sweet 16.
__ The Atlantic Coast Conference is the big winner with six of the 16 teams in the Sweet 16. Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia and Syracuse represent the most of any conference ever in the Sweet 16. The ACC is 12-1.
Notes from spring training
UNDATED (AP) — Veteran relief pitcher Rafael Soriano has announced his retirement from baseball after 14 seasons in the major leagues. The 36-year-old signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays last month but never reported to spring training because of visa issues. Soriano pitched six games for the Chicago Cubs last July after signing as a free agent, going 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA. His last full season came in 2014 with the Nationals. Soriano was an All-Star with Tampa Bay in 2010.
— Chone Figgins has signed a one-day contract with the Angels with an eye on retiring Monday. The 38-year-old utility player spent eight of his 12 big league seasons with the Angels.
— The Yankees report that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is out until at least Thursday because of an injured right wrist. Ellsburgh was hit by a fastball during a game Saturday with Atlanta.
Dirk hits 40 as Mavs outlast Blazers in OT...Raptors gain on Cavs
UNDATED (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points and Deron Williams had 31 points and 16 assists in the Dallas Mavericks' 132-120 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Nowitzki and Williams capped season-high scoring efforts with the first 11 points in overtime.
In other NBA:
— DeMar DeRozan had 25 points, Luis Scola added 20 more and the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 105-100. With the win, the Raptors moved just one game back of the idle Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
__ DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 20 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings had their best defensive performance of the season in an 88-80 victory over the New York Knicks. The Kings came in allowing a league-worst 109.6 points per game.
— Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and the injury-riddled New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105.
— Isaiah Thomas led six Celtics players in double figures with 26 to help Boston snap a four-game skid with a 120-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
__ Gordon Hayward scored 18 points, including 13 during a decisive third quarter, to lead the Utah Jazz over the Milwaukee Bucks 94-85. The Jazz have won five of six.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says All-Star forward Anthony Davis will miss the remainder of the season to have surgery to repair a recent knee injury. Gentry says Davis will probably miss the Olympics as well.
Davis left the Pelicans game with Portland on Friday night with a left knee injury that appeared to be caused by a collision with Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum and Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday .
Penguins hang 6 on Capitals
UNDATED (AP) — Rookie Tom Kuhnhackl had a goal and two assists on his way to a career-best three points and the Pittsburgh Penguins denied the Washington Capitals a chance to lock up the Metropolitan Division with a dominant 6-2 win.
Matt Cullen, Trevor Daley, Justin Schultz, Chris Kunitz and Bryan Rust also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby picked up two assists to push his scoring streak to 12 games as the Penguins won their sixth straight.
In other hockey:
— Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tiebreaking goal 8:38 into the third period and Scott Wedgewood made 27 saves in his NHL debut to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
__ Anaheim edged Winnipeg 3-2 in overtime. Jakob Silfverberg won it with a goal with 59 seconds left in OT.
__ Minnesota edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. The Wild won all four games this season against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Devan Dubnyk stopped all three shots in the shootout.
— The San Jose Sharks beat Arizona 3-0. Tomas Hertl scored his 18th goal. Joe Pavelski added an empty-net goal, his 34th score of the season.
— Colorado beat Edmonton 3-2. Gabriel Landeskog scored his 18th goal for the Avs.
__ Calgary routed Montreal 4-1. Sean Monahan scored twice and added one assist.
Flyers lose goalie
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia will have to make its playoff push without goaltender Michal Neuvirth. General manager Ron Hextall says that Neuvirth will miss the remaining three weeks of the regular season with an unspecified lower-body injury.
That leaves starter Steve Mason to shoulder the load for the Flyers, who are three points back of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
F1-AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Rosberg wins opening F1 race
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Formula One season got underway in Australia in spectacular fashion with Nico Rosberg of Mercedes beating out teammate and defending world champion Lewis Hamilton, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel third. The race was marred by a crash involving Fernando Alonso's car which, after colliding with the car being driven by Esteban Gutierrez, flew into the air, flipping twice. Alonso was able to walk away from the crash and thanked the advances in F1 technology.
And the race marked the debut of the new American-run Haas team. Not only did they compete, but Romain Grosjean finished in the points by ending the race in sixth place. A points finish for a new team in F1 is not a common thing.
Johnson edges Harvick to conclude West Coast swing
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Jimmie Johnson pulled away in overtime to beat Kevin Harvick on Sunday for the Southern California native's record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Fontana.
Johnson earned his 77th career victory, passing Dale Earnhardt Sr. for seventh place in NASCAR history.
Harvick finished second to Johnson for the ninth consecutive time that the California natives have occupied the top two spots.
That's the final race of a three-race West Coast swing for NASCAR. The next race is the STP 500 in Martinsville, Virginia.
Day wins wire-to-wire in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jason Day survived going into a sand bunker with his second shot on the par four 18th hole to par the hole and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational by a stroke. Day won wire-to-wire and finished a shot in front of Kevin Chappell, who bogeyed the 18th.
It was another great moment for Palmer, the 86-year-old tournament host who watched it unfold on the 18th green.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-CONQUISTADORES CLASSIC
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Woody Austin posted a one shot lead over Jim Carter to win the Champions Tour Conquistadores Classic in Tucson. Austin finished 16-under-par with a final round 65. Bernhard Langer finished third, two shots back.
Kim matches Sorenstam' 27-under record
PHOENIX (AP) — Sei Young Kim matched Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour scoring record of 27 under, closing with a 10-under 62 for a five-stroke victory in the JTBC Founders Cup.
Sorenstam set the mark in 2001 at nearby Moon Valley, shooting a record 59 in the second round. Kim also matched the tournament record of 62 set Thursday by Mi Hyang Lee.