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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 18:49 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The last two pieces of the Final Four puzzle get put in place today.

First up, Louisville and Michigan State will decide which team represents the East Regional in the national semifinals.

The Spartans have recovered from a mid-season swoon to win 11 of their last 14 for coach Tom Izzo. Senior guard Travis Trice has sparked that run, averaging 18.2 points in those 14 games for 26-11 Michigan State.

The 27-8 Cardinals are looking for their third Final Four berth in four years under coach Rick Pitino. Junior forward Montrezl (mahn-TREHZ') Harrell is averaging 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds as he prepares to enter the NBA draft.

Duke and Gonzaga (gahn-ZA'-guh) meet to determine the South Regional champ.

The 35-2 Bulldogs play in a regional final for the first time in 16 years for coach Mark Few. They take a lot of experience into the showdown with a starting five that includes three seniors who have played more than 130 college games each, and two juniors.

Duke has a freshman-laden line-up that includes starters Jahlil Okafore, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. 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 was the longest-tenured coach in the Big 12. His 402 wins at Texas rank first in school history. He had only one losing season.

But recent postseason struggles had fans complaining the program had grown stagnant. Texas hasn't advanced past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2008.


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) -- The playoff spots are filling up as the NBA regular season schedule winds down.

Memphis is already in 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. The Rockets have also clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into their afternoon game at Washington.

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.


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.


-- Henderson Alvarez has been picked to start the Miami Marlins' opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 6. The 25-year old went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA for Miami last season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Conference leads are up for grabs in the eight-game NHL schedule today and tonight.

The Rangers start the day a point behind Montreal in the Eastern Conference as New York gets ready to host Washington. Cam Talbot will be back in the nets for New York after Henrik Lundqvist returned from a seven-week layoff in a loss to Boston last night. Talbot sparked a Rangers surge into the playoffs in Lundqvist's absence.

Anaheim in a point up on Nashville for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Ducks play 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) -- A Texas showdown is on tap at the Texas Open today. State native Jimmy Walker holds a three-shot lead in the final round over fellow Texan Jordan Spieth (speeth). Walker lives just 35-minutes away from the TPC San Antonio, and will be trying to add the title in the tournament to his win at the Sony Open earlier this year. Dallas-native Spieth scored a playoff win two weeks ago at Innisbrook.


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