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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 14:42 GMT

NCAA TOURNAMENT-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Following last night's games in Cleveland and Los Angeles, the NCAA Tournament resumes tonight with contests in Syracuse, New York, and Houston.

In the opening East Regional game in Syracuse, the North Carolina State Wolfpack are facing Louisville while, in the second contest, Oklahoma goes against Michigan State. NC State advanced with wins over LSU and top-seed Villanova while the Cardinals beat UC Irvine and Northern Iowa.

The winners advance to the regional championship game Sunday.

In Houston, the first half of the doubleheader has UCLA playing Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) in a South Regional semifinal with the second game featuring Duke and Utah. The Bruins of UCLA advanced with wins over SMU and UAB while Utah eliminated Stephen F. Austin and Georgetown.

Once again, the winners will play on Sunday for a trip to the Final Four.

In case you missed the results last night, overall No. 1 seed Kentucky destroyed West Virginia in the first Midwest game in Cleveland with Notre Dame beating Wichita State in the other. In the opening game in Los Angeles, Wisconsin beat North Carolina with Arizona dumping Xavier in the second.

The winners of last night's games will play on Saturday for the right to earn a spot in the Final Four in Indianapolis.

NBA-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Three of the four teams deeply involved in the fight for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference of the NBA are in action tonight. At the start of play Boston has the eighth spot by a half game over Indiana, Brooklyn and Charlotte.

A check of tonight's schedule shows the Celtics playing the Knicks in New York while the Nets are home to Cleveland, which has won four straight and eight of 10, and Charlotte is in Washington.

Miami currently has the seventh-seed in the East, by two games over the Celtics, and tonight the Heat are in Atlanta against the East leading Hawks.

The top two teams in the West are squaring off tonight in Memphis as the No. 2 Grizzlies entertain Golden State. The Warriors have won seven straight and nine of their last 10 games.

In the Southwest Division, the Grizzlies stand in first, a game and a half in front of Houston. The Rockets, who have won seven of their last 10, are home to Minnesota tonight.

The rest of the games on a busy night of play feature the Clippers in Philadelphia, the Magic home to the Pistons, the Lakers in Toronto, Sacramento at New Orleans, the Spurs hosting the Mavericks, Utah at Denver and Portland at Phoenix.

NHL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The schedule this evening in the NHL features three games. In Minneapolis, the Wild are playing host to the Calgary Flames in a game that means more to the visiting team than the home. At the start of play, the Flames trail Winnipeg by three points for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

Chicago begins play as the fifth seed in the West with 94 points while tonight's opposition in the Windy City, Columbus, is far from a playoff spot.

The same can be said for the teams playing in the final game of the night as Dallas skates at Edmonton.

NASCAR-STP 500

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Qualifying takes place today for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, Virginia, Speedway. The man to keep an eye on is Kevin Harvick as the defending series champion finished second last week after back to back wins on the circuit. He has four victories and four second-place finishes in his last eight races.

The winner of this race a year ago was Kurt Busch and the winner of last week's race in Fontana, California, was Brad Keselowski.

PGA-TEXAS OPEN

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Second round play is on tap today in the PGA's Texas Open. The man on top at the end of play yesterday was Charley Hoffman after a 5-under-67. He has eight top-10 finishes in nine appearances in San Antonio.

Aaron Baddeley was second after a 68. Max Homa had a 69, and Phil Mickelson and Ryan Palmer shot 70.

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