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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 16:57 GMT

NCAA TOURNAMENT-REGIONAL FINALS

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.

NBA-SCHEDULE

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.

NASCAR-MARTINSVILLE

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano starts from the pole for today's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. He's also coming off a truck series win on the half-mile track. Ryan Newman also starts from the front row.

Kyle Larson has been ruled out of the race after fainting yesterday. He wasn't cleared to get behind the wheel in time to take part today. Regan Smith will take over Larson's ride and start from the back of the field.

NHL-SCHEDULE

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.

GOLF-TEXAS OPEN

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A Texas showdown is on tap at the Texas Open today. State native Jimmy Walker takes a four-shot lead into 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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