NCAA Tournament and AP Friday Sports Roundup
Yale pulls off shocker...Arkansas-Little Rock upsets Purdue...Friars escape in final seconds
UNDATED (AP) — Yale made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 54 years a memorable one.
The 12th seeded Bulldogs got 31 points from Makai Mason in a 79-75 upset of fifth-seeded Baylor in the West Region. It is Yale's first NCAA Tournament win in school history.
The Ivy League champs led by as many as 13 in the second half before having its lead cut to 1 point. But a late turnover by the Bears helped Yale secure the victory.
Taurean Prince led 22-12 Baylor with 28 points.
Yale advances to play Duke in the second round. The two teams met in November with the Blue Devils winning by 19.
In other NCAA tournament play:
— Arkansas-Little Rock is moving on in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to an out-of-nowhere comeback that led to an 85-83 double-overtime victory over Purdue. Josh Hagins sent the game into overtime with a shot from the edge of the midcourt logo, and then into double OT with an arcing shot off glass over an outstretched defender. He finished with 31, sending Little Rock against Iowa State in a second round game.
— Svi Mykhailiuk scored a career-high 23, Perry Ellis added 21 and top-seeded Kansas throttled Austin Peay 105-79. Landen Lucas scored 16 points for the 31-4 Jayhawks, the No. 1 overall seed who will face Connecticut on Saturday with a chance to return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013.
— Duke recovered from a three-point halftime deficit to beat UNC Wilmington 93-85. Marshall Plumlee had a career high 23 points in the win.
---- East top-seed North Carolina turned a one-point halftime lead into a 83-67 breeze over play-in qualifier Florida Gulf Coast. That is coach Roy Williams' 66th NCAA tournament victory, passing the late Dean Smith for second on the all-time list. Brice Johnson had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks for the Tar Heels.
— Midwest Top-seed Virginia got a scare when coach Tony Bennett collapsed just before halftime and was taken to the locker room. Turns out it was just dehydration and he returned for the second half of an 81-45 blowout of Hampton.
— Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker combined for 29 points and Wichita State's swarming defense did the rest as the Shockers beat Arizona 65-55. Wichita State will play Miami, the third seed in the South Region, on Saturday.
__ Angel Rodriguez had 24 points and seven rebounds as third-seeded Miami held on to defeat No. 14 seed Buffalo 79-72.
— Gonzaga is moving on after pulling away from Seton Hall for a 68-52 win behind 21 points and 16 rebounds from Domantas Sabonis. The 'Zags will play Utah on Saturday.
— Third seed Utah out of the Pac-12 defeated Fresno State 80-69. Sophomore 7-footer Jakob Poeltl scored 16 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds.
— Providence nipped Southern California 70-69 on Rodney Bullock's basket with 1.5 seconds left. Ben Bentil scored 19 points and Bullock finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the ninth-seeded Friars (24-10) earn their first win in the tournament since 1997.
— Kentucky took out its disdain for that No. 4 seed out on Stony Brook 85-57 with an inspired performance on both ends of the floor. Jamal Murray led five players in double figures with 19. Coach John Calipari had been upset at the seeding, but his team is moving on to play Indiana.
— Yogi Ferrell had 20 points and a season-high 10 assists, O.G. Anunoby pitched in 14 points and No. 5 seed Indiana routed Chattanooga 99-74.
—Georges Niang had 28 points to lead Iowa State past Iona, 94-81.
— Kelan Martin came up big for Butler in a 71-61 win over Texas Tech. He scored all 11 of his points in the final 8 1-2 minutes, including consecutive 3-pointers that broke a tie-game.
— Rodney Purvis scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to help Connecticut take out Colorado 74-67.
California loses point guard
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — California point guard Tyrone Wallace is out for the rest of the season after he suffered a broken right hand during a non-contract drill. The Golden Bears senior leader was injured when his hand got caught in a teammate's shirt just two days before Cal plays Hawaii in their NCAA Tournament opener.
California coach Cuonzo Martin says that Sam Singer will start Friday.
Valpo into the third round
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Alec Peters scored 16 of his 26 in the first half and finished with nine rebounds, while Shane Hammink added 18 points to help top-seeded Valparaiso beat No. 4 seed Florida State 81-69 in the second round of the NIT.
Keith Carter added 13 points and six assists for Valpo, which next plays the winner of Sunday's Georgia-Saint Mary's game.
Hornets stay hot...Bulls take over eighth spot in East
UNDATED (AP) __ Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each scored 21 points, and the Charlotte Hornets rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat the Miami Heat 109-106.
Nic Batum scored 19 for the Hornets, who split four games with Miami this season. The Hornets now have the same 39-29 record as the Heat in the tight Eastern Conference playoff chase. The Hornets are now 15-3 in their last 18 games.
In other NBA:
— Doug McDermott had his third straight 20-plus point effort with 25 and Jimmy Butler added 22 to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-102. Chicago moved a half-game in front of idle Detroit into eighth place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
— Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-110 to secure the second-best home start to a season in league history. The Spurs have won 34 straight at home to open the season.
— Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a season-high 21 points in his first start of the season and the surging Atlanta Hawks beat the Denver Nuggets 116-98. The Hawks have won four straight and seven of eight.
— DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry each scored 28 points to lead the Toronto Raptors over the Indiana Pacers 101-94 in overtime.
— Washington continued its late-season playoff push by beating Philadelphia 99-94. John Wall had 16 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his fourth triple-double of the season.
— Tyler Ennis scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 96-86 victory over Memphis.
— Utah routed Phoenix 103-69. Joe Ingles had a season-high 15 points and six steals.
Add to the Crosby highlight reel...Stars in first place
UNDATED (AP)— Sidney Crosby scored a pair of highlight-reel goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on for their fourth straight victory.
Crosby beat Eddie Lack with a slick backhander in the first period. Then he added a redirect from his knees in the second to extend his points streak to 10 straight games. Pittsburgh strengthened its grip on seventh in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race.
In other hockey:
— Jamie Benn scored twice to give him a career-best 36 this season and the Dallas Stars took over first place in the Western Conference by rallying to beat Tampa Bay 4-3.
— Arizona welcomed back goalie Mike Smith from a 40-game absence because of a core muscle injury and beat San Jose 3-1. Shane Doan scored with 1:31 left. Smith made 27 saves.
— The L.A. Kings edged the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime. Anze Kopitar scored twice, including the game-winner in OT.
— Devante Smith-Pelly, Mike Sislo and Adam Henrique scored two goals apiece and the New Jersey Devils had their best offensive performance of the season with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
__ Jaromir Jagr scored his 24th goal in the Florida Panthers' 4-1 win over Toronto.
__ Detroit scored a pair of third period goals to beat Columbus 3-1. Henrik Zetterberg scored his 13th of the season.
— James Neal and Ryan Johansen each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. Nashville has a point in 16 of its last 17 games.
NFL owners to get rules proposals
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's powerful competition committee is recommending making permanent extra-point kick snaps from the 15-yard line, eliminating all chop blocks and ejecting a player for twice receiving certain unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game.
When NFL owners meet next week in Florida, they also will consider such proposals as moving the line of scrimmage up 5 yards to the 25 on kickoff touchbacks, allowing coaches and players to use video rather than just photos on sideline tablets, and giving coaches three challenges per game instead of two.
A big trade tops NFL news
UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots now have two big-time tight ends. They have acquired Martellus Bennett in a trade with Chicago to go along with All-Pro Rob Gronkowski. New England also gets Chicago's sixth-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for the Patriots' fourth-rounder in the deal.
The 29-year-old Bennett has spent eight seasons in the NFL, the past three in Chicago. He made the Pro Bowl in 2014 and has 3,586 yards with 23 touchdowns in his career.
Elsewhere around the NFL:
— Revis Island is under repair. New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had surgery in Manhattan to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist and is expected to be in a hard cast for two to three months. He's expected to be fully recovered by training camp in July.
— The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on free-agent contracts with linebacker James Laurinaitis and safety Jamarca Sanford. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced.
— Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker is in critical condition after being involved in motorcycle accident. The fourth round draft pick played in eight games last season, mostly on special teams.
Harvey to start opener for Mets
UNDATED (AP) —Matt Harvey will get the start for the Mets when they open the season against Kansas City April 3. Harvey started Games 1 and 5 against the Royals in the World Series last year and the Mets lost both games in extra innings.
In other spring training notes:
— Veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd has agreed to a minor league contract with Cleveland. A 14-year veteran, Byrd has a .275 career average with 154 homers and 691 RBIs for nine teams. The Indians have been acquiring outfielders to compensate for the loss of one player to a drug suspension and the continued rehabilitation of left fielder Michael Brantley.
— Right-hander Alfredo Simon has returned to Cincinnati on a 1-year deal. He spent three years with Cincinnati, the first two as a reliever. He moved into the rotation in 2014 and went 15-10 before being traded to Detroit where he was 13-12 last season.
Day lights it up at the Palmer Invitational
ORLANDO (AP) — Jason Day posted seven birdies and an eagle on the way to 6-under 66 and the lead after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Five golfers are one shot back including Day's fellow Aussies Adam Scott and Marc Leishman. Scott is looking for his third straight tournament win.
Lee shoots 62
PHOENIX (AP) — Mi Hyang Lee shot a tournament-record 10-under 62 in the JTBC Founders Cup after playing her first nine holes in 9 under.
Sei Young Kim and Brittany Lang shot 63.
South Korean pioneer to retire at 38
PHOENIX (AP) — Se Ri Pak is retiring after the season, ending a Hall of Fame career that inspired a wave of South Korean players who followed her to the LPGA Tour.
The 38-year-old Pak broke the news after opening with a 3-under 69 in the JTBC Founders Cup.
Pak won 25 LPGA Tour titles and five majors, two of them as a rookie in 1998.
Embattled organization has deep pockets
ZURICH (AP) — Despite spending over $61 million dollars last year on "legal matters", FIFA, the governing body of soccer, has over $1 billion in reserves.
Those pieces of information and more on the organization's finances have been released in FIFA's annual accounts report. And after years of secrecy about presidential pay, FIFA has revealed the salary of outgoing president Sepp Blatter. For his part in the scandal filled year of 2015 Blatter was paid $3.76 million.