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Last Update on March 26, 2015 05:32 GMT


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, Kevin Love added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 111-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

LeBron James finished with 20 points and Timofey Mozgov added 14 for Cleveland, which won its fourth straight and eighth in its last nine. J.R. Smith had 13 points for Cleveland, which shot 51 percent and was 14 of 34 from 3-point range.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 18 points, while Beno Udrih scored 15. Jeff Green had 11 points for Memphis, which had its three-game losing streak snapped.

The game was not in doubt after a big third quarter from the Cavaliers, extending the lead to as many as 29. The 22-point loss was the biggest of the season at home for Memphis.


GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Anthony DeSclafani struck out nine in six impressive innings, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman fanned two in his one inning of work, and the Reds got five hits off starter Ross Detwiler in a four-run second.

DeSclafani was acquired from Miami in the offseason trade that sent Mat Latos to the Marlins. The right-hander permitted four hits and wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam after issuing two of his three walks.

Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart had run-scoring singles off Detwiler, obtained in an offseason trade with the Nationals. He was scheduled to face the Reds on March 19 but the game was rained out.

The four-run inning marred an otherwise solid outing for Detwiler. Two of Cincinnati's hits were bad-hop singles.

Mitch Moreland had three hits for Texas, including a double.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Joyce hit his first spring homer and Los Angeles Angels starter Nick Tropeano took a step forward in his quest for a rotation spot, leading Los Angeles to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

In his second spring start and third appearances, Tropeano allowed two hits and three runs -- none earned -- in four innings. He's one of several candidates hoping to break camp in the Angels' starting rotation.

Tropeano retired nine of the first 10 batters, allowing only a walk through three innings.

He ran into trouble in the fourth, allowing a leadoff infield single to David Murphy and, after an infield error, walking Ryan Raburn to load the bases with nobody out. After an infield out, he walked Ryan Rollinger to bring in a run and then gave up a sacrifice fly to Brett Hayes, Joyce made a diving catch on in left field. Dustin Hood then drove in another run with an RBI single.

Cleveland right-hander Josh Tomlin allowed nine hits and two runs in four innings in his second Cactus League start.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kentucky coach John Calipari expects West Virginia to press his top-ranked team from start to finish in the Sweet 16.

The Wildcats, who are seeking to become the first school to go unbeaten since Indiana's national title team in 1976, have faced presses all season, but not one quite like they'll see from the Mountaineers (29-5) -- or "Press Virginia" as they've been nicknamed. Calipari knows West Virginia excels at "creating havoc" and forcing teams into turnovers.

West Virginia leads the nation in steals, but those will be tougher to come by against a tall and talented Kentucky squad that has shown few flaws.

Still, the Mountaineers are confident their press can work.

"Why wouldn't it?" West Virginia guard Juwan Staten said.

The matchup will also feature Calipari going up against West Virginia's Bob Huggins, one of his closest coaching friends.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has relied heavily on the toughness instilled with him by his mother while preparing for a Sweet 16 showdown with Wichita State on Thursday night.

Brey's mother Betty died last Saturday, hours before Notre Dame beat Butler in the NCAA Tournament's round of 32. Brey didn't tell his team until afterward. The coach says he didn't want to provide a distraction. Brey spent last Sunday with his family in Florida to celebrate his mother's life before returning to South Bend to prepare the third-seeded Irish (31-5) for the Shockers.

Wichita State crushed in-state rival Kansas in the round of 32. The seventh-seeded Shockers (30-4) say they were careful not to get too high after knocking off the Jayhawks. Guard Ron Baker says beating Kansas was like landing on cloud nine, but added his team can reach cloud 10 with two wins this weekend.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nearly six years after Sean Miller left Xavier for Arizona, the bonds between the schools' coaching staffs still run wide and deep.

That friendship will get a little spice Thursday night when coach Chris Mack's sixth-seeded Musketeers (23-13) attempt to pull off a major upset of his former boss' second-seeded Wildcats (33-3).

When Miller left Cincinnati, he lobbied for his longtime lead assistant to replace him. Mack has maintained Xavier's consistent success with three Sweet 16 trips, while Miller has led his West Coast powerhouse to this round four times in five years.

Although their game plans and coaching styles still have many similarities all these years later, Mack is pretty sure he has a little more fun.

The serious Miller "needs to loosen up," according to his former assistant.

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Last Update on March 26, 2015 14:55 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky continues its push for an unbeaten season and national championship tonight with a Midwest Regional semifinal in Cleveland against West Virginia. In the Mountaineers of coach Bob Huggins, the Wildcats are facing a team that thinks defense first and presses all the time. And for what it's worth, Huggins is 8-2 lifetime against teams coached by his good friend John Calipari, the coach of the Wildcats.

In the other game in Cleveland this evening, Notre Dame goes against Wichita State. The winners will advance to the regional final on Saturday with the winner of that game going to Indianapolis for the Final Four.

In Los Angeles this evening, the West Regional games feature top-seed Wisconsin facing North Carolina and Arizona matching up with Xavier. Once again, the winners will advance to Saturday's regional championship game with the winner of that moving on to Indy.

The East and South regional semifinals are tomorrow night in Syracuse and Houston.


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