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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on March 29, 2015 05:32 GMT


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Shane Luke scored two goals and Providence held off top-seeded Miami of Ohio 7-5 on Saturday night the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA hockey tournament.

The Friars (22-13-3) will play Denver on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four in Boston. Denver beat Boston College 5-2 in the first semifinal.

Providence came from behind twice in the first period to tie it at 2.

Providence took a 6-2 lead with four straight goals in the second period, with Luke, Steven McParland, Brian Pinho and Noel Acciari connecting for the Friars.

The Friars needed that outburst because Miami's Matt Caito, Devin Loe and Sean Kuraly scored in the third with goalie Ryan McKay on the bench in favor of an extra skater.

Trevor Mingoia and Brandon Tanev also scored for Providence.

Cody Murphy and Anthony Louis added goals for Miami (25-14-3).


PHOENIX (AP) -- Ryan Braun extended his torrid stretch with two more hits and two RBIs for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

After an 0-for-12 start this spring, Braun has 10 hits in his last 19 at-bats (.526) and is hitting .323 in Cactus League play.

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who recently missed seven games with back spasms, hit a two-run homer in the second inning. Cleveland scored the go-ahead run on a force play in the eighth.

The Brewers had scored 91 runs in the last 11 games, hitting .353 as a team. But Braun provided all the offense Saturday with an RBI double in the first and a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Cleveland starting pitcher Zach McAllister made a strong bid for a rotation spot, striking out nine in five innings and allowing six hits. McAllister hadn't allowed an earned run in his last nine innings before Braun doubled home Jean Segura.

McAllister was matched by Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta, who continued an impressive spring with six innings of two-run, six-hit ball.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Todd Frazier hit his fourth home run this spring and drove in four runs as the Cincinnati Reds beat a Chicago Cubs split squad 9-5 Saturday.

Frazier hit an RBI single in the first inning off Gonzalez Germen, who was pulled after getting only two outs. Frazier also made two errors at third base.

Brennan Boesch, making a bid to win a spot as the Reds' fourth outfielder, also hit his fourth homer and doubled.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman started and struck out the side in his only inning. Manny Parra and Tony Cingrani had scoreless outings as Cincinnati used eight pitchers.

Cubs second baseman Javier Baez had two hits and made two errors. Dexter Fowler hit his first home run of the spring.

Germen gave up four hits and walked three.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Andrea Hoover scored 26 points and seventh-seeded Dayton continued its improbable run in the NCAA Tournament with an 82-66 win over third-seeded Louisville in the regional semifinals on Saturday.

Amber Deane added 15 points and Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova had 12 and 11 rebounds for the Flyers, who won for the 11th time in the last 12 games.

The Flyers become just the fourth No. 7 seed to advance to a regional final since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1994 and the first since Mississippi in 2007.

Myisha Hines-Allen scored all 14 of her points in the second half to lead Louisville, which finishes its season at 27-7.

Dayton led by a point at the half, but used an 11-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Deane and ran away from the Cardinals after intermission.

The Flyers will face No. 1 UConn, which routed Texas 105-54, on Monday night.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Katwan Singleton, who scored 35 points and had 20 rebounds and 10 assists in two games while leading Defiance to its first state title, is the most outstanding player on the 2015 Associated Press Division II all-tournament team.

Singleton had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 49-45 overtime win over Cleveland Central Catholic in the finale on Saturday.

Joining him on the team are: Teammates Kameron Singleton (20 points, 15 rebounds, in two games) and Wes Detter (the go-ahead 3-pointer and two critical free throws late in regulation in the title game); Central Catholic's Antwon Lillard (39 points, 12 rebounds in two games); and Dayton Dunbar's A.J. Harris (19 points in a semifinal loss).


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Brian Parker scored 17 points and Dererk Pardon flirted with a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks to lead top-ranked Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph to a 63-50 win over defending champion Lima Central Catholic in the Division III title game on Saturday.

Six-foot-10 Carlton Bragg, the Associated Press player of the year in the division, had 12 points as did Simon Texador for the Vikings (23-4), who captured their sixth title.

Second-team all-stater Dantez Walton had 13 points and Josh Dixon 11 for the second-ranked Thunderbirds (26-3), who were seeking their third title.

VASJ broke open a tight game with a 9-0 run in the third quarter and never looked back. It won its seven tournament games by an average of 27.3 points.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Dererk Pardon almost had a triple-double in leading Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph to the championship, earning the most outstanding player on the 2015 Associated Press Division III all-tournament team announced on Saturday.

Pardon, a 6-foot-8 senior headed to Northwestern, scored 28 points and had 22 rebounds and 12 blocks in two games, including 15 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks in the 63-50 win over defending champion Lima Central Catholic in the final.

Joining him on the AP team are: Teammates Brian Parker (26 points in two games) and 6-10 Carlton Bragg (34 points, 11 rebounds); LCC's Dantez Walton (29 points, 18 rebounds in two games); and Myo Baxter-Bell of Dayton Chaminade Julienne (18 points in a semifinal loss).

National Sports News

Last Update on March 29, 2015 22:36 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Michigan State has joined Kentucky and Wisconsin in the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The seventh-seeded Spartans continued their late season run with a 76-70 overtime win over Louisville in the East Regional final.

Bryn Forbes opened the overtime with a 3-pointer to snap a 65-all tie, and 27-11 Michigan State never surrendered the lead. Travis Trice paced the Spartans with 17 points, Denzel Valentine added 15 and Forbes wound up with 14 as the Spartans won for the 12th time in their last 15 games.

Wayne Blackshear scored 28 for Louisville which was trying for its third Final Four berth in four years. The Cardinals finish 28-9.

Duke and Gonzaga (gahn-ZA'-guh) are battling for the last piece to the Final Four puzzle in the South Regional championship game.

The 35-2 Bulldogs are playing in a regional final for the first time in 16 years for coach Mark Few. The 32-4 Blue Devils are seeking their 16th Final Four appearance.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas confirms that basketball coach Rick Barnes is out after 17 seasons. The university says in a statement that Barnes and the school "mutually agreed" he would not return despite leading Texas to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big 12 titles.

Barnes claims athletic director Steve Patterson told him a week ago, that he'd be back next season. He says he was "shocked" by what he said were athletic department leaks in recent days that he was being pressured to fire his assistant coaches to save his job. Barnes says some staff members offered to quit, but he refused.

Despite a school best 402 wins and only one losing season, Barnes came under fire for failing to move past the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament since 2008.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Dave Leitao (LAY'-toh) returns as the men's basketball coach at DePaul. He was the Blue Demons coach from 2002-05 and led them to three post-season appearances. Leitao has an overall head coaching mark of 143-129. He replaces Oliver Purnell who resigned this month after leading the Blue Demons to a 54-105 record in his five seasons.

Leitao was an assistant to Frank Haith the past three seasons at Missouri and Tulsa.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama coach Nick Saban has dismissed Jonathan Taylor from the team following the second domestic violence arrest of the defensive lineman's college career.

Saban announced the decision a day after Taylor was arrested when a woman reported she was assaulted by her boyfriend. Taylor signed with the Crimson Tide about six months after his dismissal from Georgia following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault.


UNDATED (AP) -- Washington had a chance to seal an NBA playoff spot but the Rockets wouldn't let them.

James Harden's 24 points paced Houston to a 99-91 win for playoff-bound Houston. A victory would have locked up a post-season spot for the Wizards. John Wall had 25 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds for Washington.

In other NBA finals;

-- Brook Lopez had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets kept up their playoff push by beating the Lakers 107-99 for their third straight victory. Joe Johnson added 18 points for the Nets, who entered play a half-game behind Boston for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn won for the fifth time in six games to give itself a chance at a third straight postseason berth.

Memphis is already in the playoffs but is still in a battle for the Southwest Division title heading into its road game against San Antonio tonight. The Grizzlies are coming off consecutive one-sided losses to Cleveland and Golden State that have seen their division lead shrink to a half-game over Houston.

Cleveland tries to continue to close in on the Central Division title when they host the 76ers today. Cleveland has won eight of its last ten and holds a two game lead over Chicago for the division lead. Both the Cavs and Bulls have clinched playoff spots.

Boston is holding a half-game lead over Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with the Clippers coming to town. Playoff-bound Los Angeles has won six straight.

There are nine games on the schedule today and tonight.


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Denny Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go and went on to end Toyota's 32-race winless streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

The driver for Joe Gibbs Racing held off a five-lap, bumper-to-tail challenge from Brad Keselowski for his 25th career victory and his fifth at the smallest and oldest track in the premier series.

Pole sitter Joey Logano finished third, followed by Matt Kenseth and David Ragan.

The race also ended Kevin Harvick's streak of top-two finishes at eight, three shy of Richard Petty's record. . Harvick finished in eighth place.


UNDATED (AP) -- Zach McAllister and T.J. House have won the two open jobs in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.

Manager Terry Francona told the pitchers on Sunday before House started an exhibition against the Chicago White Sox. The left-handed House and McAllister will follow Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in a rotation the Indians hope can keep them in contention this season.


-- Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick says he won't be ready for opening day because of his injured oblique. He will start the season at Class A Stockton for a brief injury rehabilitation assignment and plans to be activated by the sixth game of the regular season.

-- Henderson Alvarez has been picked to start the Miami Marlins' opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 6. He went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA for Miami last season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin scored twice to boost his league-leading total to 49 goals in Washington's 5-2 win over the Rangers. Jason Chimera added two goals to help the Capitals win for the fourth time in six games.

Kevin Hayes and Derick Brassard scored first-period goals for the Rangers, who lost for the second straight day and have dropped three of four. They have allowed at least four goals in each of their past three losses after going 10 straight games without giving up more than two.

Anaheim in a point up on Nashville for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Ducks are playing at New Jersey a day after wrapping up a playoff spot with a win against the Islanders.

The Predators skate into Calgary a day after beating Washington to secure a post-season berth.

The Islanders will looks to break out of their late season funk when they host Detroit. New York is winless in its last seven home games and is 2-6-2 overall.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Jimmy Walker felt right at home and it paid off in a win in the Texas Open. Playing just a 35-minute ride from his home, Walker closed with a 2-under 70 to beat fellow Texan Jordan Spieth (speeth) by four shots. It's Walker's second win of the season.

Spieth also closed with a 70 to earn a runner-up finish just two weeks after winning at Innisbrook.


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