- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014


The Final Four was set Sunday night when Aaron Harrison made a long 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left and Kentucky beat Michigan 75-72 to join Connecticut, Wisconsin and Florida in the national semifinals.

UConn advanced earlier Sunday with a 60-54 victory over Michigan, getting 25 points from Shabazz Napier to earn the trip to Arlington, Texas, next weekend.

Frank Kaminsky scored 28 points to lead the Badgers to victory in a 64-63 overtime thriller against Arizona in Saturday’s late game. Earlier, Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points and top overall seed Florida ended the upset dreams of No. 11 seed Dayton with a 62-52 win.

UConn takes on Florida on Friday night and Kentucky’s freshmen go up against Bo Ryan’s Badgers on Saturday night.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas scheduled a news conference for Monday at Allen Fieldhouse with freshman star Andrew Wiggins and coach Bill Self.

Wiggins has already said he plans to enter the NBA draft, though Kansas would not say what the news will be.

The 6-foot-8 Wiggins led Kansas in scoring at 17.1 points per game and averaged 5.9 rebounds. The Canadian was the Big 12 freshman of the year and a first-team all-conference selection.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Repeating a scene from 13 years ago, several hundred Arizona fans and Tucson police clashed in the streets late Saturday following Arizona’s loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.

Authorities said 15 people were arrested after fans hurled beer bottles and firecrackers at officers, who then used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A year after his gruesome leg injury in the NCAA tournament, Kevin Ware is transferring from Louisville.

Ware became Louisville’s rallying point on the way to the national title after he broke his leg in a win over Duke in the finals of the Midwest Regional last season.

He wasn’t seen with the team over the past several weeks. On Saturday, the day after Louisville’s season ended with a loss to Kentucky, the junior from the Atlanta area announced his decision.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State says guard Tyler Lewis is transferring. Coach Mark Gottfried announced Lewis’ decision Saturday night.



SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers placed left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.

The move, made before Sunday’s game at San Diego, is retroactive to March 23, the day after the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner started and won the Dodgers’ opener against Arizona in Australia. He is eligible to be activated on April 8, the day Los Angeles starts a series at home against Detroit.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mike Trout formalized his six-year, $144.5 million deal on Saturday, committing himself to the Angels through 2020.

The 22-year-old outfielder said it was “hard to turn down” the big numbers offered by the Angels. He became the first player with less than three years of service time to sign a deal worth more than $20 million annually.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was sent back to Boston to have his right hamstring examined, leaving his status for Monday’s opener in doubt.

Victorino strained his hamstring while running the bases in Saturday’s exhibition finale. He accompanied the team to Baltimore over the weekend, but left for Boston on Sunday to receive an MRI.



MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Kurt Busch passed Martinsville master Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 10 laps to go Sunday and held off the eight-time winner to win at Martinsville Speedway for the first time since October 2002.

Johnson, with eight wins in 25 career starts on the 0.526-mile oval, led 11 times for 296 laps. He seemed on his way to another victory when he took the lead from Busch with 17 laps remaining. But Busch stayed close, ducked underneath Johnson seven laps later and Johnson never made a good run at the lead again.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Will Power won the season-opening IndyCar Series race through the streets of St. Petersburg with a dominating run Sunday.

The victory continued a streak he started last season by winning three of the final five races, including the final two.

He passed pole-sitter Takuma Sato for the lead with an outside move headed into the second turn on Lap 31, and the Australian was never really challenged again. Power did have to beat Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves off pit lane during caution stops.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Matt Crafton grabbed the lead for the first time late and held on to win the rain-delayed Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, his fourth career victory and first on the half-mile paper clip.



KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Novak Djokovic won his fourth Key Biscayne title, while Rafael Nadal failed again trying for his first.

Djokovic dominated from the start and closed out the victory by winning a remarkable exchange to beat Nadal 6-3, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Sony Open.

Nadal fell to 0-4 in finals at Key Biscayne, one of just three ATP Masters 1000 events he has yet to win. As for Djokovic, only six-time champion Andre Agassi has won the men’s event more.



After a 24-year wait, the English league title could be on its way back to Liverpool.

Liverpool routed Tottenham 4-0 Sunday and overtook Chelsea to become the new Premier League leader.

The Reds made the most of Chelsea’s 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday and are two points ahead of Jose Mourinho’s side with six games left. Manchester City, which drew 1-1 at fourth-place Arsenal, is two points further back in third and has two games in hand.

CHICAGO (AP) - Former German national team player and coach Berti Vogts was hired by the U.S. national team as a special adviser to American coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

STOCKHOLM (AP) - A Swedish soccer league match was called off during the first half Sunday after a man died following fighting among fans before the game.

The 43-year-old Djurgarden fan was found “seriously injured” about 2:30 p.m. in central Helsingborg in southern Sweden, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

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