AP Saturday Sports Roundup
Dayton pulls off day's lone shocker
UNDATED (AP) — The second round of the NCAA's men's basketball tournament is complete as Friday's schedule came and went with just one upset.
Dayton pulled off the day's surprise as Dyshawn Pierre scored 20 points and had nine rebounds in a 66-53 triumph over No. 6 Providence in the East Region. Jordan Sibert added 15 points for the Flyers, who are still alive after playing their way into the second round.
Dayton next plays No. 3 Oklahoma. The Sooners were 69-60 winners against Albany as TaShawn Thomas provided 18 points and four blocks. Buddy Hield (hyld) added 15 points and Ryan Spangler had 11 rebounds for the Sooners.
Also in the East Region:
— Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to seal Michigan State's 70-63 triumph over Georgia in Charlotte. Travis Trice scored 15 points for the Spartans, who saw a 13-point, halftime lead trimmed to two before going on a 19-8 run.
— The Spartans next take on second-seeded Virginia, which got 22 points from Malcolm Brogdon in a 79-67 win against No. 15 Belmont. Anthony Gill finished with 16 points and Justin Anderson added 15 in the Cavaliers' 30th victory.
— Freshman Quentin Snider hit the winning free throws and Wayne Blackshear finished with 19 points as fourth seed Louisville escaped with a 57-55 win against UC Irvine. Snider finished with a career-high 16 points, including two free throws with 8.9 seconds left.
— Paul Jesperson led five Northern Iowa players in double figures with 16 points and Seth Tuttle had 14 in a 71-54 win over Wyoming. The fifth-seeded Panthers built a 21-point lead after scoring 11 of the first 12 points to start the second half.
— Third seed Oklahoma was a 69-60 winner against Albany as TaShawn Thomas provided 18 points and four blocks. Buddy Hield (hyld) added 15 points and Ryan Spangler had 11 rebounds for the Sooners.
Out in the West Region:
— Joseph Young scored 27 points and Elgin Cook added 18 to carry No. 8 Oregon to a 79-73 triumph over Oklahoma State in the West. Dillon Brooks had 17 points for the Ducks.
— Oregon's reward for winning is a Sunday clash with top-ranked Wisconsin, which beat Coastal Carolina 86-72. Frank Kaminsky had 27 points and 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. Sam Dekker added 20 points to the win.
Over in the South Region:
— Top seed Duke has advanced as Quinn Cook scored 22 points in an 85-56 rout of Robert Morris. Freshman Jahlil Okafor added 21 points for the Blue Devils, who hit their first seven shots and 12 of 15.
— Next up for Duke is No. 8 San Diego State, which used JJ O'Brien's 18 points to beat St. John's 76-64. Dwayne Polee II scored all 15 of his points on treys, and Skylar Spencer added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Aztecs.
— Aaron White scored 13 straight points as part of an 18-3 run early in the second half of Iowa's 83-52 pounding of Davidson. White delivered 26 points for the seventh-seeded Hawkeyes, while Mike Gesell added 15 to help Iowa advance to play second seed Gonzaga.
— The Bulldogs were 86-76 winners against North Dakota State behind Kyle Wiltjer's 23 points. Kevin Pangos had 18 points to help Gonzaga move within one victory of their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2009.
And n the Midwest Region:
— Frank Mason III scored 17 points and second-seeded Kansas raced out to a 34-16 lead en route to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 seed New Mexico State. Perry Ellis added nine points for the Jayhawks, who were 9 of 13 from 3-point range.
— Fred VanVleet matched his career high with 27 points and Ron Baker made big free throws late in Wichita State's 81-76 triumph against Indiana. Baker scored 15 points, making 7 of 8 free throws in the last 2 minutes of the Shockers' 27th victory.
— Melo Trimble, Dez Wells and Jared Nickens each scored 14 points as fourth seed Maryland knocked out Valparaiso 65-62 to set up a game against No. 5 West Virginia. Wells converted an offensive rebound into a three-point play that made it 65-61 with 1:44 left.
— Devin Williams led the Mountaineers with 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and hit two free throws with 2:10 left to put his team ahead to stay in a 68-62 win over Buffalo. Juwan Staten had 15 points and seven assists for West Virginia.
Browns sign WR Bowe
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have signed free-agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who gives them a legitimate down-the-field target to help their passing game. The 30-year old spent the previous eight seasons with Kansas City and is second on the Chiefs' all-time list with 532 receptions. He also scored 44 touchdowns.
The Browns have been in need of a No. 1 wide receiver since former Pro Bowler Josh Gordon was suspended by the NFL for the 2015 season for drug violations.
Another triple for Westbrook
UNDATED (AP) — Russell Westbrook put the Oklahoma City Thunder in a better mood after the team learned they'd likely play the rest of the season without Kevin Durant.
Westbrook recorded his seventh triple-double since the NBA All-Star break and scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter of the Thunder's 123-115 victory against Atlanta. He also had 10 rebounds and 14 assists while hitting all 17 of his free throws.
Dion Waiters matched a season high with 26 points, and Anthony Morrow scored 12 of his 21 in the final period.
The win gives the Thunder a two-game lead over New Orleans for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
The victory came hours after Thunder GM Sam Presti said Durant continues to experience pain in his right foot. Durant last played Feb. 19 against Memphis and had surgery three days later to replace a screw that was causing discomfort in the right foot that he broke during the preseason.
In other NBA action:
— Stephen Curry missed 12 of his first 13 shots but still delivered 16 points and 11 assists as Golden State whipped New Orleans 112-96 to improve to a league-best 55-13. Harrison Barnes had 22 points for the Warriors, who are four victories away from tying the franchise record.
— Zach Randolph scored 21 points and Memphis ended a three-game road losing streak by topping Dallas 112-101. Marc Gasol had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Southwest Division-leading Grizzlies moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Houston.
— LeBron James battled a head cold while scoring 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 26th victory in 32 games, 95-92 against Indiana. Kevin Love chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Central Division leaders, who remain two games ahead of Chicago.
— The Bulls thumped Toronto 108-92 as Nikola Mirotic matched a career high with 29 points. Joakim Noah had 10 rebounds, equaled a career high with 14 assists and scored eight points as the Bulls moved a half-game ahead of the Raptors for third in the East.
— Chris Paul had 30 points and 15 assists in the Los Angeles Clippers' 113-99 win against Washington, ending the Wizards' five-game winning streak. J.J. Redick scored 26 points, Blake Griffin had 22 and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 23 rebounds.
— Orlando's six-game skid is over after Elfrid Payton posted his second straight triple-double, finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 111-104 win over Portland. The Magic closed on a 20-8 spurt to send the Trail Blazers to their third straight loss.
— Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and San Antonio never trailed in a 101-89 win over Boston. Tony Parker had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Tiago Splitter added 18 points in the Spurs' seventh straight win over the Celtics.
— Miami has a three-game winning streak after Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and Goran Dragic added 18 in a 108-91 downing of Denver. Michael Beasley added nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Heat.
— Rudy Gay had 33 points and nine rebounds as Sacramento handed Charlotte its third straight loss 101-91. Gerald Henderson had a team-high 20 points for the Hornets, who remain a half-game behind Boston and Indiana for the final Eastern Conference playoff slot.
— Brook Lopez had 32 points and a season-high 18 rebounds to help Brooklyn earn a triple-overtime win against Milwaukee, 129-127. The Bucks led by 14 points in the second half before falling for the 10th time in 12 games, just 1 1/2 games ahead of Miami for sixth in the East.
— Nerlens Noel scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Philadelphia won a matchup of the worst teams in the East, downing New York 97-81.
Lightning top Wings
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have closed the gap on Montreal in the NHL's Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division standings.
Alex Killorn scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to send the Lightning to their sixth victory in eight games, 3-1 over Detroit. Ben Bishop turned back 30 shots and blanked the Red Wings after Tomas Tatar beat him seven minutes into the second period.
Anton Stralman and Steven Stamkos also tallied to help Tampa Bay pull within two points of the Canadiens with 10 games remaining.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— Corey Perry's goal at 1:25 of overtime gave Anaheim a 3-2 victory over Colorado and a three-point lead over St. Louis in the Western Conference. Jiri Sekac and Rickard Rakell each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks.
— Steve Bernier scored twice, including his 100th career goal, in a 3-1 win at Buffalo. The Devils are 3-0-1 in their last four.
Subban fined for diving
NEW YORK (AP) — Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has been fined $3,000 for diving during a game against Ottawa last week, his third such infraction in three months,
If he gets another warning this season, he will be fined an additional $4,000, and Montreal coach Michel Therrien must pay a $2,000 penalty.
Martinez back in Kings' lineup
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Alec Martinez from injured reserve after an 18-game absence with an apparent concussion.
Martinez hasn't played since Feb. 7, when he was hurt in a game at Tampa Bay on a hard check from Cedric Paquette. He has five goals and 17 points in 45 games this season.
Former All Pro works out plea agreement
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former All Pro Darren Sharper is looking at a long stretch in prison.
The attorney for the former safety has reached a plea agreement for Sharper that will settle rape charges involving at least nine women in four states.
All the alleged incidents came after Sharper's retirement in 2011. The cases involved similar allegations that he slipped drugs to women and sexually assaulted them when they were unconscious or otherwise unable to resist or consent.
The Clark County, Nev. district attorney says Sharper is expected to plead guilty there on Tuesday to one felony charge of attempted sexual assault, with the expectation that he'll face between 38 months and eight years in prison.
Wheeler surgery set
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will have Tommy John surgery early next week and is expecting a 14-month rehabilitation. That timetable would put him back in the major leagues in June 2016.
The 24-year-old right-hander has a complete tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, a partial tendon tear and a calcium deposit on the bone.
Hoffman expands lead
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Morgan Hoffman was able to expand his lead in the second round of the PGA's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Hoffman carded nine birdies for a 7-under 65 that leaves him 13-under, three shots ahead of Henrik Stenson, Harris English and defending champion Matt Every. Every, Stenson and English each shot 66's.
LPGA-JTBC FOUNDERS CUP
Jang has clubhouse lead
PHOENIX (AP) — Ha Na Jang was the leader when the second roud of the LPGA Tour's JTBC Founders Cup was suspended by darkness.
Jang birdied her final four holes to reach 11 under with seven holes left in the second round.
Fellow South Korean player Hyo Joo Kim was a stroke back.
Vickers clots return
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — NASCAR driver Brian Vickers has had a recurrence of blood clots and will step out of his Michael Waltrip Racing ride this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.
Brett Moffitt will return to the No. 55 Toyota as Vickers' replacement.
The blood clots have been a persistent problem: Vickers missed the final five races of the 2013 season because he was placed on blood thinners to treat a clot. He also missed 25 races during the 2010 season when clots were discovered in his legs and lungs.
Kurt Busch wins qualifying at Fontana
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Kurt Busch has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway in California, turning a lap of 185.142 mph.
Busch was coming off a fifth-place finish at Phoenix after serving a three-race suspension over allegations of domestic assault involving his ex-girlfriend. He ended up not being charged.
Kevin Harvick finished second in qualifying as he seeks his third consecutive win and eighth straight top-two finish.