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Last Update on March 29, 2015 05:32 GMT

NCAA-PROVIDENCE-MIAMI (OHIO)

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).

INDIANS-BREWERS

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.

CUBS-REDS

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.

NCAA-DAYTON-LOUISVILLE

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.

DIVISION II ALL-TOURNEY

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).

D3 FINAL

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.

DIVISION III ALL-TOURNEY

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).

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Last Update on March 29, 2015 12:59 GMT

NCAA TOURNAMENT

UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Kentucky remains unbeaten. Just barely.

Andrew Harrison hit two free throws with six seconds left as the Wildcats survived a 68-66 win over third seed Notre Dame to advance to the NCAA men's Final Four. The Irish had one last chance to tie or win it, but Jerian Grant missed a jumper from the corner as time expired.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and five rebounds to lead Kentucky into the national semifinals for the fourth time in five years.

Zach Auguste scored 20, Steve Vasturia 16 and Grant 15 for the Fighting Irish.

The Wildcats are 38-0, tying the NCAA record for wins in a season. They need two more to become the first team to go unbeaten since Indiana in 1976.

Next up for the Wildcats are the Wisconsin Badgers, who are in the national semifinals for the second straight year following an 85-78 triumph over No. 2 Arizona. Frank Kaminsky poured in 29 points and Sam Dekker added 27 to set a career high for the second straight game.

The Badgers denied the Wildcats a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim a year ago.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley scored 17 points each for Arizona.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS-BARNES

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas will begin a search for a new men's basketball coach.

People with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that Rick Barnes will be released after the team's first-round exit in the NCAA tournament.

The 60-year-old Barnes shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years. But the Longhorns have struggled in the postseason in recent years despite rosters full of future NBA players.

Barnes won 402 games at Texas and is 604-314 in 28 seasons overall.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors had two reasons to celebrate on Saturday night. They set a franchise record for victories in a season and clinched homecourt advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

Stephen Curry scored 25 points and the Warriors improved to 60-13 with their ninth straight win, 108-95 at Milwaukee. Klay Thompson scored 17 of his 21 points in the third quarter to help the Warriors pull away after the Bucks got within 57-50.

Also in the NBA:

-- The Atlanta Hawks rested their normal starting lineup in a 115-100 loss to Charlotte. Gerald Henderson scored 20 points on 9 of 10 shooting as the Hornets ended a three-game skid and moved within one game of the final East playoff berth.

-- LaMarcus Aldridge was the star in Portland's 120-114 triumph over Denver, delivering 32 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Aaron Afflalo (af-LAH'-loh) chipped in 19 points on 8 of 11 from the field, helping the Trail Blazers shoot over 56 percent.

-- Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points and Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') added 19 and 12 rebounds as Chicago downed New York 111-80 to move two games behind the Central Division-leading Cavaliers. The Knicks absorbed their team-record 60th loss, and their 14th in 16 games.

-- Trey Burke scored 22 points off the bench and Utah stormed back from a 16-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City 94-89. Russell Westbrook scored 13 of his 37 points in the first quarter for the Thunder, who now lead New Orleans by 2 1/2 games for the final Western Conference playoff berth.

NBA-PACERS-GEORGE

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George is still hopeful he can return to the Indiana Pacers' lineup this season.

The two-time all-star forward said he feels like he has passed all of the tests to play. He's still awaiting clearance from the team's medical staff before he makes his season debut.

George hasn't played in a game since he suffered gruesome broken right leg in a USA Basketball scrimmage last summer.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens were able to clinch Stanley Cup playoff berths on Saturday.

Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists as Nashville dumped Washington 4-3 to reach the postseason for the first time in three years. Mattias Ekholm, Mike Fisher and Forsberg scored during a 3:45 span of the first period to put the Predators in control. Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) added a goal and an assist in the Predators' fourth consecutive win.

Andrew Cogliano scored the game-winner and Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots as the Ducks beat the New York Islanders 3-2 to stay atop the Western Conference, one point ahead of Nashville. Rickard Rakell (rah-KEHL') and Kyle Palmeiri also scored to help the Ducks deal the Isles their seventh consecutive home loss.

The Canadiens beat Florida 3-1 on Max Pacioretty's (pash-uh-RET'-eez) goal 2:59 into overtime. Carey Price stopped 21 shots as the Habs halted a two-game slide and moved one point ahead of the New York Rangers for the Eastern Conference lead.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

-- Mikko Koivu (MEE'-koh KOY'-voo) and Nino Neiderreiter (NEE'-dur-eye-tur) each scored twice in Minnesota's fifth consecutive win, 4-1 against Los Angeles. The Wild moved a point ahead of Chicago for third place in the Central Division, while the Kings stayed just a point ahead of Calgary for third in the Pacific.

-- Sidney Crosby scored the game-winner and had two assists as Pittsburgh rallied to beat Arizona 3-2 and move into a second-place tie with the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. The Coyotes led 1-0 until Daniel Winnik, Steve Downie and Crosby scored 4:08 apart in the final period.

-- Boston ruined goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's return to action as Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the Bruins' 4-2 win over the Rangers. The Bruins ended a six-game winless skid as they battle Ottawa for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

-- Tyler Bozak scored three times in the third period before Eric Brewer tallied at 3:17 of overtime to complete Toronto's comeback in a 4-3 triumph against Ottawa. The Senators blew a 3-1 lead in the second half of the third period and fell one point behind the Bruins for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

-- Petr Mrazek handled 23 shots and Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist as Detroit handed Tampa Bay its first shutout loss of the season, 4-0. Joakim Andersson and Justin Abdelkader (AB'-dul-kay-dur) scored 1:54 apart in the second period to put the Red Wings ahead 2-0.

-- San Jose coughed up a pair of one-goal leads before Brent Burns provided the winning margin in San Jose's 3-2 shootout win against Philadelphia. Steve Mason made 42 saves while the Flyers were outshot 44-18.

-- Eric Staal and Justin Faulk scored in the first five minutes of the third period to lift Carolina over New Jersey 3-1. The Hurricanes have back-to-back wins since a 1-4-3 skid.

-- Cam Atkinson followed his hat trick on Friday by scoring an empty-netter and collecting an assist in the Columbus Blue Jackets' sixth consecutive win, 4-2 at St. Louis. Boone Jenner also had a goal and an assist as the Jackets dropped the Blues three points behind the Central Division-leading Predators.

-- Dallas pulled out a 4-3 triumph at Vancouver on John Klingburg's goal at 4:13 of OT. Radim Vrbata's (vur-BAH'-tahz) goal with 1:32 left in regulation allowed the Canucks to move three points ahead of Los Angeles for second in the Pacific Division.

-- Colorado's Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN') provided a goal and two assists in a 5-3 verdict over Buffalo. The Sabres remain six points behind Arizona in the race for the NHL's worst record and the best chance of drafting OHL standout Connor McDavid.

NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

UNDATED (AP) -- No. 1 seeds Connecticut and Maryland have moved into the regional finals in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

The Huskies clobbered Texas 105-54 as Breanna Stewart had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. UConn took control with a 44-9 run in the first half and allowed Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH'-muh) to join Pat Summitt as the only coaches with 100 NCAA Tournament wins.

The Terrapins eliminated an old rival as Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half of a 65-55 triumph over Duke. Laurin Mincy scored all 15 of her points in the first half to help Maryland reach the Elite Eight for the sixth time under coach Brenda Frese (freez).

Also in the NCAA women's tourney:

-- Andrea Hoover scored 26 points and seventh-seeded Dayton provided the day's biggest surprise by trouncing No. 3 Louisville 82-66. Amber Deane added 15 points and Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova had 12 and 11 rebounds as the Flyers earned the right to take on Connecticut.

-- Cierra Burdick hit four late free throws and finished with 22 points as Tennessee topped Gonzaga 73-69 in overtime. Burdick added 15 rebounds and Ariel Massengale scored 16 points for the Lady Vols, who erased a 17-point deficit before earning a meeting with Maryland.

GOLF-TEXAS OPEN

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Jimmy Walker has a four-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth (speeth) through three rounds of the Texas Open. Walker fired a 3-under 69 for a 9-under total as he seeks his fifth title in two PGA seasons.

FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel birdied the final three holes for a 69 to move up to third place at minus-3.

GOLF-CHAMPIONS TOUR

SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) -- Kevin Sutherland has the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour event in Mississippi. Sutherland is 9-under for the tournament following a 5-under 67, two shots clear of Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn) and three in front of Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr. and David Frost.

LPGA-KIA CLASSIC

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Mirim Lee takes the Kia Classic lead into the final round of the LPGA's Kia Classic in California. Lee shot a 6-under 66 to reach 16-under 200 at Aviara, leaving her a stroke ahead of former UCLA player Alison Lee in the final event before the first major of the season next week at Rancho Mirage.

MLB-TRADE

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have acquired reliever Sam Freeman from St. Louis for a player to be named or cash considerations. Freeman was 2-0 with a 2.61 in 44 appearances for the Cardinals last season.

AUTO RACING-INDYCAR

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Will Power will start from the pole for Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Power had a top lap of 106.767 mph to edge Simon Pagenaud (see-MOHN' PA'-zheh-noh) in Saturday's qualifying.

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