- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece to lift Connecticut to a 60-54 win over Kentucky’s freshmen and a national title hardly anyone saw coming.

Napier had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists, and his partner in defensive lock-down, Ryan Boatright, finished with 14 points.

UConn (32-8) never trailed. The Huskies led by as many as 15 in the first half and watched the Wildcats (29-11) trim the deficit to one with 8:13 left. But Aaron Harrison, Kentucky’s big-moment shooter in the last three games, missed a 3-pointer from the left corner that would’ve given the ‘Cats the lead. Kentucky never got closer.

Kevin Ollie became the first coach since Michigan’s Steve Fisher in 1989 to win a national title in his first NCAA tournament as coach.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Jubilant fans celebrating UConn’s national basketball championship win smashed a window in an engineering building, broke street lights and overturned furniture inside the school’s student union.

Campus police had made 30 arrests by 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, while state police had made others and more were expected, said University of Connecticut spokesman Tom Breen.

“A lot of it was alcohol-related,” Breen said. “There was breech of peace, destruction of property, and we had a fireworks charge.”

Most of the property damage was minor, he said. No serious injuries had been reported.

AUTO RACING

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Joey Logano made a last-lap pass of Jeff Gordon during extra laps after a late caution in a rain-delayed race at Texas, becoming the seventh different winner in as many Sprint Cup races this season.

Logano had a 2.2-second lead on teammate Brad Keselowski and was within a half-lap of taking the white flag, which would have guaranteed no extra laps. But then came the caution for debris after Kurt Busch’s car brushed the wall and one of his tires tore apart.

On the ensuing pit stop, Gordon took only two tires and exited first. Both Team Penske drivers took four tires, but Keselowski missed a chance to become the season’s first two-time winner when he was penalized for speeding on pit road.

PISTORIUS TRIAL

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - His voice shaking, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand for the first time, testifying that he was trying to protect the girlfriend he killed and that he became so tormented by memories of the fatal shooting and panic attacks that he once hid helplessly in a closet.

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