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Last Update on March 27, 2015 05:32 GMT


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 28, 2015 03:47 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Second seed Gonzaga and No. 4 Louisville are the latest teams to advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds as the Bulldogs knocked out No. 11 UCLA 74-62 in the Houston Region semifinals. The Bruins trailed just 35-34 early in the first half before Gonzaga went on a 12-0 spurt to regain control.

Kyle Wiltjer had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who will take on either top-ranked Duke or No. 5 Utah on Sunday.

Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points and Louisville kept its title hopes alive by downing North Carolina State 75-65 in Syracuse. Terry Rozier had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinals, who trailed 33-31 at halftime before reserve Anton Gill keyed a late game charge.

Next up for the Cardinals is the winner of the contest between third seed Oklahoma and No. 7 Michigan State.

Kentucky, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Arizona advanced to the Elite Eight by winning last night.


UNDATED (AP) -- Steve Lavin is no longer the head basketball coach at St. John's. The school says the two sides mutually agreed to part ways with one year left on Lavin's contract.

He was the Red Storm's bench boss for five seasons, and the school's 21 wins this season matched the most under Lavin. The Red Storm were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by San Diego State in the first round.

And Donnie Tyndall (TIHN'-dihl) is out after just one season as men's basketball coach at Tennessee. The firing comes as the NCAA investigates his two-year stay at Southern Mississippi, where he coached before coming to Tennessee. Volunteers' athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement that it is "highly likely" Tyndall will face "significant penalties" after the NCAA completes its inquiry.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida guard Michael Frazier has announced he's leaving school early and entering the NBA draft.

He was a two-year starter and one of the top 3-point shooters in the Southeastern Conference. Frazier was second on the team in scoring this season, averaging 12.1 points and 38 percent from behind the arc.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Brooklyn Nets bolstered their NBA playoff hopes by shutting down LeBron James in the second half of their 106-98 triumph against Cleveland.

James finished with 24 points and nine assists for Cleveland, but he hit just two baskets after intermission as the Cavaliers ended a four-game winning streak.

Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez each scored 20 points in the Nets' sixth victory in eight games, keeping them within a half-game of Boston for the NBA's final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

The Cavs' lead in the Central Division was trimmed to 2 1/2 games over Chicago.

Cleveland's loss allowed Atlanta to wrap up home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points as the Hawks downed Miami 99-86. Paul Millsap had 21 points and Al Horford had 15 for the Hawks, who never trailed despite playing without injured guard Jeff Teague (teeg).

In other NBA finals:

-- The Toronto Raptors have clinched their second straight Atlantic Division title by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 94-83 behind a balanced scoring attack. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO'-nuhs) finished with 19 points, Lou Williams had 18 and James Johnson added 17 in the Raptors' first win in three games.

-- Chris Paul scored 25 points and, DeAndre Jordan had a double-double as the Los Angeles Clippers earned their sixth consecutive win, 119-98 at Philadelphia. Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds for the Clippers, who opened the second half on an 8-0 run to go up by 16.

-- The New Orleans Pelicans snapped a four-game losing streak as Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans delivered 25 points and 10 assists in a 102-88 victory over Sacramento. Anthony Davis had 24 points, nine rebounds and six blocks to help the Pelicans pull within three games of Oklahoma City for the final Western Conference playoff berth with 10 games remaining.

-- John Wall scored seven of his game-high 32 points in the second overtime to lift Washington past Charlotte 110-107. Drew Gooden finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds as the Wizards ended a four-game skid.

-- Reggie Jackson had a triple double of 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lift Detroit past Orlando 111-97. Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points and Andre Drummond had 16 and nine rebounds in the Pistons' fourth consecutive win.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery in his right foot next week and will miss the rest of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward had surgery on a broken bone in his right foot in October. He had been healing well, but in late February, had a procedure to replace a screw that was rubbing up against another bone and causing discomfort. However, the pain didn't subside.

The team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the next four to six months.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Former NBA player and broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley has died Friday at age 80.

Hundley averaged 8.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in six seasons with the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, playing in the 1960 and 1961 All-Star games. He later broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974-2009 and was a color analyst for NBA games in CBS.

Hundley also was a broadcaster for four seasons with the Phoenix Suns and four with the Lakers.


UNDATED (AP) -- Minnesota and veteran cornerback Terence Newman have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The move reunites Newman with Vikings' coach Mike Zimmer, who was his defensive coordinator for four seasons in Dallas and two in Cincinnati.


-- Carolina has claimed offensive tackle Jonathan Martin off of waivers from San Francisco. The 6-foot-5, 315 Martin was the primary victim in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito in 2013.


UNDATED (AP) -- Detroit's Justin Verlander left with cramping in his right triceps during the third inning of the Tigers' 4-1 rain-shortened exhibition loss to Toronto. Verlander will be evaluated Saturday but fully expects to make his next scheduled start. He walked off the field soon after he called team trainers to the mound.

In other spring training news;

-- Masahiro (mah-sah-HEE'-roh) Tanaka will start the New York Yankees' opener April 6 against Toronto. Tanaka was an All-Star last year during his first season in the majors, but the Japanese right-hander missed 2 1/2 months while rehabilitating a partially torn ligament in his elbow. CC Sabathia (suh-BA'-thee-uh) will have his streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York end.

-- Seattle Mariners reliever David Rollins has been suspended for 80 games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced the suspension, saying Rollins tested positive for a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not appeal the suspension.

-- Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says agent Scott Boras should steer clear of the Chicago Cubs' plan on how to handle rookie Kris Bryant. The 23-year-old Bryant has hit a major league-leading nine home runs this spring, but the Cubs seem to be leaning toward having him open the season in the minors. Boras has brought up the "integrity" of baseball in lobbying for his client to begin the season in the majors, but the Cubs could gain an extra year until he's eligible for free agency by having Bryant open the year in the minors.


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Joey Logano has captured the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

Logano had a lap of 98.461 mph as he seeks his first career victory at Martinsville. The reigning Daytona 500 champ also will be going for his second win of the year.

Ryan Newman was second in qualifying and will start alongside Logano, just in front of Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

Kevin Harvick qualified 17th as he tries to finish among the top two for the ninth consecutive race.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Jimmy Walker shot a 5-under 67 in the PGA's Texas Open to take a one-stroke lead in his hometown event. Walker overtook first-round leader Charley Hoffman with three straight birdies late in his round.

Walker is 6-under at the midway point, one ahead of Hoffman and Aaron Baddeley (BAD'-eh-lee).


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