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Last Update on March 27, 2015 05:32 GMT

REDS-INDIANS

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco homered off Danny Salazar to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 13-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Joey Votto drove in three runs with a two-run single and a RBI ground out.

Billy Hamilton doubled and scored and made a diving catch to rob Lonnie Chisenhall in the second inning.

Salazar (1-2) allowed seven runs, six earned, in 3 1-3 innings.

Michael Lorenzen (2-0), who is competing for a spot on the opening day roster, made his first start for the Reds. He allowed four hits in three innings.

Michael Bourn singled to continue his hot spring. Jason Kipnis also singled. Carlos Santana scored Bourn with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

Mesoraco and Hamilton had two hits. Chris Dominguez went 3 for 5.

Veteran Paul Maholm, competing for a role in the Reds' bullpen, pitched three scoreless innings.

REDS TRADES

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- The Reds acquired first baseman Dan Johnson from the Astros on Thursday for a player to be named or cash, one of two trades involving minor leaguers. They also sent infielder Devin Lohman to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash.

Johnson played in 15 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs. He left as a free agent after the season and signed with Houston in December. He'll report to the Reds' minor league camp.

The 35-year-old infielder also has played for Oakland, Tampa Bay, the White Sox and Baltimore. Johnson's big moment came on the final day of the 2011 regular season, when he hit a home run for the Rays with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Yankees, tying a game Tampa Bay eventually won to earn a wild-card playoff spot.

Lohman batted .245 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 108 games at Double-A Pensacola last season.

BENGALS-SIMS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals brought back defensive tackle Pat Sims on Thursday, signing him as an unrestricted free agent from Oakland.

Sims was Cincinnati's third-round pick in 2008 and spent five seasons with the Bengals before leaving as a free agent. He spent the last two seasons with the Raiders, playing in 32 games with a total of 85 tackles. He has seven career sacks and one interception.

He's the second member of the defensive line to reunite with Cincinnati in the offseason. The Bengals also signed defensive end Michael Johnson, who left as a free agent after the 2013 season and played one year with Tampa Bay before being released.

BLUE JACKETS-BOLL SUSPENDED

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games without pay for a check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.

The league determined Boll came in high with his shoulder on a second-period hit on Maroon during the game on Tuesday night in Columbus, a 5-3 victory for the Blue Jackets.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Boll will forfeit $27,419.34. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

NCAA-WEST VIRGINIA-KENTUCKY

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Perfect and pulverizing. Kentucky made West Virginia's press look pathetic.

Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13 and the unbeaten Wildcats, chasing history and a ninth national title, rolled to a 78-39 victory over the Mountaineers on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

The tourney's top seed and an overwhelming favorite to cut down the nets next month in Indianapolis, Kentucky (37-0) advanced to Saturday's regional final to play third-seeded Notre Dame, an 81-70 winner over Wichita State in the other semifinal.

The Fighting Irish may need to call Rudy, consult with Digger Phelps and wake up the echoes from some of those stunning upsets in football and hoops they have pulled off in the past.

NCAA-WICHITA ST-NOTRE DAME

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Notre Dame's march through March is picking up speed.

Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years.

The Irish (32-5) shot 75 percent (18 of 24) in the second half, easily pulling away from the seventh-seeded Shockers (30-5) after Wichita State took its first and only lead on a layup by Darius Carter early in the second half. Pat Connaughton added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame and Jerian Grant had nine points and 11 assists.

Notre Dame will play either unbeaten Kentucky or West Virginia on Saturday night with a Final Four spot on the line.

Fred VanVleet led Wichita State with 25 points but the Shockers simply couldn't keep up with the sharp-shooting Irish.

NCAA-XAVIER-ARIZONA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- T.J. McConnell scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, freshman Stanley Johnson added 12 points, and second-seeded Arizona made a dominant late rally for a 68-60 victory over sixth-seeded Xavier in the West Regional semifinals on Thursday night.

Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Wildcats (34-3) weathered a major scare from the underdog Musketeers (23-14) and clamped down defensively during a game-ending 19-7 run.

Arizona is again on the brink of its first Final Four under coach Sean Miller, who led Xavier for five years until 2009.

Arizona will face top-seeded Wisconsin (34-3) on Saturday at Staples Center in a rematch of last season's West final.

Matt Stainbrook had 17 points and 10 rebounds in his final game for Xavier.

DAYTON-MILLER

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Coach Archie Miller got three more years added to his contract Thursday after leading Dayton to a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

It's the second year in a row that Miller has received an improved deal. After he led the Flyers to their first Sweet 16 appearance in 30 years and an Elite Eight appearance last season, they extended his deal through the 2018-19 season.

The new deal lasts through the 2012-22 season. The Flyers won a First Four game on their home court and one more before losing to Oklahoma in this year's tournament.

The Flyers are 90-47 in Miller's four seasons. Under Miller, they've won NCAA Tournament games in consecutive seasons for the first time in 48 years.

NCAA-LOUISVILLE-HINES-ALLEN

UNDATED (AP) -- Louisville forward Myisha Hines-Allen has stepped up her game in the NCAA Tournament and the freshman's performance will be a major factor in whether the Cardinals continue to advance.

She's the Cardinals' second-leading scorer and has been their offensive leader in the postseason, averaging 12.5 points per game. That includes 31 points in early round victories over Brigham Young and South Florida that have propelled third-seeded Louisville (27-6) into its fourth Sweet 16 in five years.

Next up for Hines-Allen and the Cardinals is a matchup with No. 7 seed Dayton in Saturday's Albany regional semifinal. The Flyers upset Kentucky 99-94 in Lexington to advance.

Now Dayton turns its attention to containing Hines-Allen and fellow freshman Mariya Moore, the other half of what has become Louisville's 1-2 scoring punch.

OHIO ST-MILLER INVESTIGATION

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State's compliance office is investigating whether quarterback Braxton Miller broke any NCAA rules when he posed for a picture on social media with health-care and nutritional products.

Miller was pictured on Instagram on Tuesday night with products from AdvoCare.

Miller is a graduate student who started three seasons for the Buckeyes but missed all of the Buckeyes' championship season last year after shoulder surgery. He is expected to play this fall after rehabbing through spring workouts.

Student-athletes are permitted to hold jobs outside of school but they cannot use their status with a college team to sell products.

DAYTON CJ-LCC

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Dantez Walton, a second-team Associated Press All-Ohioan, had 16 points and 14 rebounds and defending champion Lima Central Catholic held on down the stretch to beat Dayton Chaminade Julienne 55-50 in a Division III state semifinal on Thursday night.

The Thunderbirds (26-2) meet top-ranked Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (22-4) in a title-game rematch on Saturday.

Jake Williams added 14 points and 12 rebounds and Josh Dixon 11 points for LCC, which lost second-leading scorer Tre Cobbs to a shoulder injury in the first half.

Myo Baxter-Bell, also a second-teamer, scored 18 points and Alan Vest 12 for the Eagles (22-7), who lost starter Christian Montague to an injury.

Williams' bucket with 3 minutes left put LCC up 48-45 and the Thunderbirds hit 7 of 14 free throws down the stretch.

EASTMOOR-VASJ

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Carlton Bragg scored 22 points and top-ranked Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph dominated inside to beat Columbus Eastmoor Academy, 62-34, in a Division III state semifinal on Thursday.

The Vikings (22-4) -- who start three Division I signees -- go for their sixth state title on Saturday at Value City Arena.

Bragg, the 6-foot-10 AP player of the year in Division IV headed for Kansas, owned the inside along with 6-8 second-team All-Ohioan Dererk Pardon, who is going to Northwestern.

Jalon Lewis scored 12 to lead Eastmoor (17-12), which made a surprise run to its first state tournament with two freshmen starting.

VASJ won the board battle 43-21 and outscored the Warriors 46-16 in the paint.

The Vikings took control with a 15-2 blitz to close the half.

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Last Update on March 27, 2015 05:20 GMT

NCAA TOURNAMENT-SCHEDULE

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Top-seed Kentucky is making it look easy.

The undefeated Wildcats raced out to an 18-2 lead in the first eight and a-half minutes on their way to a 78-39 rout of West Virginia in the Midwest Regional. That makes John Calipari's Wildcats 37-0 as they try to become the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers to finish the regular and tournament season undefeated.

Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13 for the unbeaten Wildcats.

Next up for Kentucky is Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional final on Saturday.

Notre Dame's march through March is picking up speed.

Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years.

LOS ANGELES (AP) ---- Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 and advance to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Zak Showalter came off the bench to score six points in the Badgers' 19-7 comeback run. That sends Wisconsin into the West Regional final Saturday against No. 2 seed Arizona in a rematch of last year's West Final.

In the second West Regional semifinal, Arizona rallied past Xavier 68-60. The Wildcats went on a 19-7 run over the final seven minutes to post the victory. T.J. McConnell scored 13 of his 17 in the second half. Freshman Stanley Johnson added 12.

Arizona coach Sean Miller beat his old school in Xavier and his former assistant in Musketeers coach Chris Mack, who took over the program when Miller left. The Wildcats are 34-3, giving up fewer than 59 points per game.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-FRAZIER

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A person with familiar with the decision says Florida guard Michael Frazier II is leaving school early and entering the NBA draft.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Frazier has not officially announced his decision. The person says Frazier is expected to sign with an agent and go through the draft process without considering a return to school.

Frazier is a two-year starter and one of the top 3-point shooters in the Southeastern Conference. He's widely projected as a mid-to-late second-round pick.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-COACHES

UNDATED (AP) -- Four-time NBA All-Star Mark Price has been named the head coach of the Charlotte 49ers. He replaces Alan Major, who left the program after five years amid health problems and a lack of success on the floor. It's the first head coaching job for the 51-year-old Price who spent one season as an assistant on Bobby Cremins' staff at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

Elsewhere:

-- Dayton coach Archie Miller has received a three-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season. The move comes after Miller led the Flyers to their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Dayton is 90-47 in Miller's four seasons.

----Tim Cluess, who has led Iona to 118 wins and two NCAA Tournaments in five seasons, had his contract extended through 2019-20. The Gaels have won at least 20 games and made a postseason appearance in each of Cluess' five seasons. Cluess has a 118-54 record at Iona.

---- The Nevada Board of Regents approved a five-year contract worth $2 million for new Nevada basketball Coach Eric Musselman, a two-time former NBA coach.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Hall of Fame basketball coach Dean Smith passed away last month. On Thursday, the trustee of a trust that bears the late coach's name confirmed that $200 checks were sent out to each of the players who lettered for Smith's Tar Heels teams, about 180 in all.

The letter says Smith directed that following his death, each letterman was to be sent a check with the message "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."

The Hall of Fame coach died Feb. 7 at age 83.

NBA-SCHEDULE

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The only game in the NBA had Milwaukee beating Indiana 111-107. Ersan Ilyasova had a big night for the Bucks with a career-high 34 points and six rebounds. The Pacers fell a half-game back of Boston for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference while the Bucks are the sixth-seed.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh RIH'-nuh) made 28 saves for his 40th win, and the Nashville Predators moved into first place in the Central Division by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.

Mike Ribeiro, Paul Gaustad and Mike Santorelli scored for the Predators, who took a one-point lead over St. Louis. The Blues have played one fewer game.

In other hockey:

-- Anze Kopitar (AHN'-jay KOH'-pih-tar) scored with 4:23 left, defenseman Alec Martinez had two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings won their third straight on their road trip by beating the slumping New York Islanders 3-2.

---- Chris Kreider (KRY'-dur) had two goals and an assist and the New York Rangers clinched a playoff spot with a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, who had their seven-game winning streak end.

-- The Washington Capitals got rare goals from Matt Niskanen, Karl Alzner and Eric Fehr (FAIR), along with 29 saves from Braden Holtby, to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime.

-- Eric Staal had a goal and two assists and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2. The `Canes had been 0-3-3 in their last six home games.

---- Patrick Marleau (MAHR'-loh) scored twice and Antti Niemi made 30 saves to help the San Jose Sharks top the Detroit Red Wings 6-4.

---- Ryan Getzlaf scored 3:09 into overtime to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

---- Brandon Pirri scored twice and the Florida Panthers earned a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who've lost seven in a row.

---- Ondrej Pavelec made 39 saves for his sixth consecutive win, leading the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

---- Colorado jumped on Vancouver with three goals in the second period and beat the Canucks 4-1.

-- Sam Gagner scored 56 seconds into overtime to lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-3 win over Buffalo. That earned cheers from the last-place Sabres' fans hoping to get the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft.

NHL-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for a check to the head of Patrick Maroon of the Anaheim Ducks. The hit came in Tuesday's win over the Ducks. The suspension will cost Boll $27,419.34.

NFL-MOVES

UNDATED (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers have waived offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who was acquired last March in a deal with Miami. Martin had left the Dolphins in October 2013 after accusing teammate Richie Incognito of bullying. An NFL investigation determined Incognito and two other Dolphins offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin.

Martin started seven games at right tackle last season in place of injured Anthony Davis, allowing seven sacks.

In other NFL moves:

-- Pittsburgh has re-signed free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract. The 28-year-old served primarily on special teams for the Steelers in 2014 after coming over from Indianapolis.

-- Miami defensive lineman Derrick Shelby has signed his restricted tender offer and will make $2.4 million this year. Shelby provides depth in a front four upgraded with the recent signing of tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo). Shelby saw significant playing time off the bench last year at both tackle and end and had 21 tackles and three sacks.

---- The Bengals brought back defensive tackle Pat Sims, signing him as an unrestricted free agent from Oakland. Sims was Cincinnati's third-round pick in 2008 and spent five seasons with the Bengals before leaving as a free agent. He spent the last two seasons with the Raiders, playing in 32 games with a total of 85 tackles.

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