AP Sports Wrap from Saturday, March 12, 2016
UNDATED (AP) — There's been a shocking upset in college basketball. For the first time since 1993, Seton Hall is Big East tournament champion.
The unranked Pirates stunned third-ranked Villanova 69-67 behind 26 points from Isaiah Whitehead. The third-seeded Pirates earned the Big East's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. It's the first time in 10 years Seton Hall is going to the NCAA tourney.
Today is Selection Sunday when pairings for the 68-team NCAA men's tourney are announced. But several teams already have all but secured No. 1 seeds in the tourney by impressively winning their conference tournaments.
In other conference tournament action:
— Top-ranked Kansas rolls into the NCAA tournament on a 14-game winning streak. The Jayhawks beat ninth-ranked West Virginia 81-71 for their 10th Big 12 title. Devonte (deh-VAHN'-tay) Graham led the Jayhawks with a career-high 27. Wayne Selden Jr. added 21. West Virginia's Devin Williams led all scorers with 31 points and 10 rebounds.
— Texas A&M and Kentucky will battle it out for the Southeastern Conference championship on Sunday. The 17th-ranked Aggies rolled over LSU 71-38 as Tonny Trocha-Morales scored 13 points. Before the game A&M announced a new five-year deal with coach Billy Kennedy.
In the second semifinal Jamal Murray had 26 points and Tyler Ulis added 25 as the 16th-ranked Wildcats beat Georgia 93-80.
— In Sunday's Big Ten title game Purdue, the 13th-ranked team in the AP poll, is going to face second-ranked Michigan State. The Boilermakers got 27 points and 11 rebounds from A.J. Hammons in their 76-59 win over Michigan. In the Spartans' 64-61 win over 18th-ranked Maryland Denzel Valentine had 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
— Seventh-ranked North Carolina swept both the regular-season and ACC Tournament titles. The Tar Heels upset fourth-ranked Virginia 61-57. The Tar Heels were in the ACC final for the fifth time in the past six years, and finally came away with their first tourney title in that span. Joel Berry II led the Tar Heels with 19. Marcus Paige added 13 and did a splendid defensive job on ACC player of the year Malcolm Brogdon, who was held to 15 on 8 of 31 shooting from the field. The Tar Heels held Virginia without a basket for more than eight minutes in the second half.
— Eighth-ranked Oregon rolled to the Pac-12 tournament title by steamrolling 12th-ranked Utah 88-57. Freshman Tyler Dorsey led the Ducks scoring parade with 23. Dillon Brooks added 18. Elgin Cook added 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. It's the first time Oregon swept both the regular season and Pac-12 tournament titles. The Ducks had 13 steals and scored 28 points off the Utes' 20 turnovers to win their fourth Pac-12 tournament title.
— The winner of the Conference U.S.A. tournament is Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders are headed to the NCAA Tournament after a 55-53 win over Old Dominion.
— Weber (WEE'-bur) State won the Big Sky tournament by edging Montana 62-59.
— Marvelle Harris scored 18 points to lead Fresno State to a 68-63 victory over San Diego State to win the Mountain West Tournament title and earn its first NCAA berth since 2001.
— Hampton wins the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title by beating South Carolina State 81-69. Brian Darden led the Pirates with 22.
— Buffalo is in the NCAA tourney for the second straight year. The Bulls posted a 64-61 win over Akron in the Mid-American Conference title game on Blake Hamilton's 3-pointer with 2 seconds left.
__ Thomas Walkup had 19 points and six rebounds to lead Stephen F. Austin to its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance with an 82-60 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to win the Southland Conference tourney.
— And Vermont is going to the NCAAs after beating New Hampshire 63-56 to win the America East.
7 straight for Hornets...Warriors and Spurs still perfect at home
UNDATED (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, and the Charlotte Hornets used a 27-8 run to open the fourth quarter and beat the Houston Rockets 125-109. That's their seventh straight victory.
Marvin Williams added 25 points. Jeremy Lin scored 16 and Al Jefferson added 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Hornets, who've won 13 of their last 15 games during their recent playoff push.
In other NBA:
__ Stephen (STEH'-fihn) Curry scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 12 minutes to beat the Phoenix Suns 123-116. The Warriors extended their NBA-record 48-game regular season home win streak. They are 30-0 this season and 59-6 overall. That's one game ahead of the pace of the 1995-96 Bulls, who set an NBA record with 72 wins.
— The San Antonio Spurs won their 41st straight regular season home game -- to go 32-0 at home this season -- by rallying to beat Oklahoma City 93-85. Kawhi (kuh-WY') Leonard scored 26 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 24.
— Damian Lillard scored 19 points and had 10 of Portland's season-high 34 assists as the Trail Blazers routed Orlando 121-84.
— DeMar DeRozan matched his season high with 38 points and added 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 112-104 in overtime.
— Atlanta downed Memphis 95-83. Paul Millsap led five Hawks in double figures with 21. Al Horford had 19 points and Jeff Teague scored 18 for Atlanta.
— Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis scored 17 and Paul George had 18 of his 20 in the second half as the Pacers extended the Mavericks' longest losing streak of the season to five games with a 112-105 victory. The game's leading scorer was the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) with 30.
— Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23, Tobias Harris added 21 and the Detroit Pistons used a big second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 125-11.
__ Milwaukee downed New Orleans 103-92. Khris Middletown led six Bucks in double figures with 19. He also had 10 rebounds.
— Denver placed seven players in double figures as the Nuggets rallied to beat Washington 116-110. The Nuggets outscored the Wizards 41-17 in the fourth quarter. Jusuf Nurkic (NUR'-kihch) came off the bench and scored 17 for the Nuggets. The Wizards have lost five in a row.
Grizzlies' Conley out up to 4 weeks...Warriors lose Iguodala 2 weeks with sprained ankle
UNDATED (AP) — Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has Achilles tendinitis in his left foot and will miss up to four weeks. Conley has missed the last three games with soreness in his foot. He started all 56 games he has played this season, averaging 15.3 points and a team-high 6.1 assists.
In other NBA news:
— Golden State forward Andre Iguodala (ihg-woh-DAH'-lah) will miss at least two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. Iguodala got hurt in the second half of Friday's game against Portland. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bears have added another inside linebacker, agreeing to a three-year contract with Jerrell Freeman. The 29-year-old started all 57 games he played in the past four seasons with Indianapolis after spending three years in the Canadian Football League.
— The Redskins have signed punter Tress Way to a five-year contract extension. Way has been the Redskins' punter since winning the job before the 2014 season. The 25-year-old lefty averaged 46.1 yards and 39.8 net yards on his 70 punts last season.
— The Titans have agreed to terms on a new deal to keep defensive tackle Al Woods. His representatives, SportsTrust Advisors, wrote on Twitter that their client received a three-year deal to return. Woods tied his career high with 31 tackles last season. He has 62 tackles combined over his two seasons with the team.
— Kansas City has signed free-agent cornerback Jamell Fleming and wide receiver Rod Streater. Fleming appeared in all 16 games for the Chiefs last season while Streater spent the past four seasons with the AFC West-rival Oakland Raiders.
— DeMarcus Ware has restructured his contract to stay with the Denver Broncos. Ware finished second on the team behind Von Miller with 7 1/2 sacks last season despite missing five games and parts of two others with a bad back.
Wide receiver Bryant facing year-long suspension
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is facing a one-year suspension from the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the second time.
Bryant's agent, Thomas Santanello, confirmed the potential discipline in email to The Associated Press on Saturday night and said Bryant has filed an appeal. The suspension was first reported by DKPittsburghsports.com.
The 24-year-old Bryant caught 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns and was dynamic in the playoffs.
Bruins extend lead...Blues tie Stars atop West
UNDATED (AP) — Boston improved its lead in the NHL's Atlantic Division with a 3-1 win over the Islanders. David Pastrnak scored two goals in the win and Tuukka Rask (TOO'-kah rask) made 25 save as the Bruins upped their season points total to 88. Loui Eriksson added a goal and two assists for the Bruins, who have won their last five games against the Islanders.
In other hockey:
— Alex Pietrangelo scored 2:11 into overtime after Jamie Benn pulled Dallas even late in regulation and St. Louis ended up tied with the Stars atop the Western Conference after the Blues' 5-4 win.
— Mike Smith made 44 saves in his return from a 40-game injury absence and Antoine Vermette had two goals and an assist to help the Arizona Coyotes beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0.
__ San Jose rallied with three goals in the final period and beat NHL-leading Washington 5-2. Joe Pavelski got the go-ahead score, his 32nd goal of the season.
__ New Jersey nipped the L.A. Kings 2-1 in overtime. John Moore circled the net and scored with 15.2 seconds left in overtime.
— Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist and the Vancouver Canucks beat Nashville 4-2. That ends the Predators' franchise-record 14-game point streak.
— Jack Eichel (EYE'-kehl) scored his second goal on a breakaway at 4:59 of overtime in Buffalo's 3-2 victory over Carolina. Evander Kane had two assists and Chad Johnson made 28 saves for the Sabres, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
— Brad Richards tied the game with 31.8 seconds left in the third period, and then Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT'-sook) scored in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
— Craig Anderson made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the Ottawa Senators blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0.
— Mark Scheifele (SHIHF'-lee) had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to seven games and the Winnipeg Jets erased a two-goal deficit to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.
— Aleksander Barkov scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 victory over Philadelphia.
— Minnesota downed Montreal 4-1 behind a pair of goals from Mikael Granlund.
Injured official to miss rest of the season...Penguins Malkin out 6-8 weeks
UNDATED (AP)— The NHL Officials Association says Don Henderson, the linesman knocked to the ice by Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman in January, is still recovering from the concussion he suffered and is out for the season.
On Friday an independent arbitrator reduced Wideman's suspension from 20 games to 10. The officials union says it "strongly disagrees" with the decision and that it sends the wrong message to players in every sport.
In other hockey news:
— The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to make their push for a playoff spot without star center Evgeni Malkin. General manager Jim Rutherford announced Saturday that Malkin will miss six to eight weeks with an upper-body injury. Malkin left a 3-2 victory Friday night over Columbus following a collision with Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout.
Haas moves up
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Bill Haas starts the final round of the PGA's Valspar Championship in the lead. He shot a third round 4-under-67 and stands 8-under, one shot in front of Graham DeLaet.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth (speeth) has played himself back into contention. After barely making the cut, the winner of the Masters and U.S. Open last year shot a 67 and is six shots off the pace entering the final round.
Qualifying over for season opening race
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Will Power is starting from the pole for today's season opening IndyCar race in St. Petersburg, Florida. In grabbing the pole he broke his own track record three times. He has now won the pole six times in St. Pete and has 43 career poles.
Team Penske swept the top four spots in qualifying for the race with Simon Pagenaud second followed by Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh cas-troh-NEHV'-us) and Colombian sensation Juan Pablo Montoya, the defending race winner.
Kyle Busch 3-for-3
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Busch made it 3 for 3 in the Xfinity Series this season, cruising to another victory at Phoenix International Raceway.
A week after leading all but one lap at Las Vegas, Busch led 175 of 200 laps on the mile oval to win for the record 79th time in the second-tier series.
Rookie Erik Jones ran second.