- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Andrew Harrison scored 20 points, twin Aaron had 19 and Kentucky ended Wichita State’s pursuit of perfection Sunday when Fred VanVleet’s potential game-winning 3-pointer missed in a 78-76 victory in the NCAA tournament.

Julius Randle had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and James Young also had 13 points for the No. 8 seed Wildcats (26-10), who made a series of clutch free throws in the final minutes to hold off the top-seeded Shockers (35-1) in arguably the most captivating game of a thrilling first weekend.

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AUTO RACING

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Kyle Busch won at Fontana for the second straight year Sunday, holding off Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and his older brother Kurt on a frantic two-lap sprint to the finish.

Kyle Busch capably blocked Larson and outlasted Stewart and Kurt Busch to win a wacky race featuring a track-record 35 lead changes and numerous tire problems. With his 29th career Sprint Cup victory in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Kyle Busch is NASCAR’s fifth winner in five races already this season.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Denny Hamlin missed Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway with a sinus infection that led to vision problems.

Hamlin was ruled out of his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota about 30 minutes before the green flag at the track where he crashed on the final lap of last year’s race.

Hamlin was released from a hospital after the race ended. He will be evaluated again in the next week back home in Charlotte.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Kyle Larson won his first Nationwide Series race Saturday, holding off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish at Fontana.

The 21-year-old Larson became the first California native to win a Nationwide race at the 2-mile oval, surviving a three-man derby in the final laps that had the fans on their feet.

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BASEBALL

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Big Papi is staying put.

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