BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics have almost caught Cleveland for the top spot in Eastern Conference. Now they're focused on passing the Cavaliers. Thomas scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and Boston beat the Miami Heat 112-108 on Sunday night for its fourth straight victory. The win moved Boston within percentage points of Cleveland for the No. 1 seed in the East.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Morgan William scored a career-high 41 points, and No. 2 seed Mississippi State upset top-seeded Baylor 94-85 in overtime Sunday to reach the Final Four for the first time. William, a 5-foot-5 guard, was chosen Most Outstanding Player of the regional. She set a school record for most points in an NCAA Tournament game. Victoria Vivians scored 24 points and Teaira McCowan added 10 for Mississippi State (33-4).
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Foul trouble stymied Kentucky in the first half. A North Carolina zone caused issues in the closing minutes. Even with those hurdles, North Carolina needed a jumper from Luke Maye with 0.3 seconds left to end the Wildcats' season, eliminating Kentucky 75-73 in the South Region final of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities in central Iowa say Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre Hall and Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant were arrested outside a bar in Cedar Falls. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference with official acts. Dorleant was cited for interference. Police say officers responded to a report of a fight outside the bar Sharkey's Funhouse on Saturday night.
BEIJING (AP) -- At first blush, the plight of former Chinese police official Zhao Liping might not win much sympathy. When a court sentenced Zhao, who'd wielded enormous power over his fellow citizens, to death for murder and corruption, state media hailed the ruling as evidence of equality before the law. Reports called it a milestone in the country's crackdown on misbehaving officials.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A 25-year-old man who had been allowed to stay in the U.S. because he was brought illegally into the country as a child was detained Sunday by immigration agents, activists said. Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez was picked up at his home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, immigration lawyer Stephen Manning said.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-CONSERVATIVES Texas Republican quits hard-line Freedom Caucus WASHINGTON (AP) -- A member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is resigning after the hard line group helped scuttle the Republican health care overhaul. Texas GOP Rep. Ted Poe says in a statement Sunday that "saying no is easy, leading is hard but that is what we were elected to do." Poe was one of the few caucus members who'd declared support for the proposal.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Consider North Carolina the tour guide at this year's Final Four. The Tar Heels will be making their record 20th trip, and most of the players on this year's roster were on hand last season to find out all about the agony of coming oh-so close to winning it all. For the rest of the guests, it's all uncharted territory.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado mosque was vandalized early Sunday when someone threw rocks and a Bible through the windows of the Islamic Center of Fort Collins. Islamic Center president Tawfik Aboellail says video footage from a security camera showed a man in his late 20s or early 30s trying to break into the mosque at about 4 a.m. Sunday. He says the perpetrator did not get inside.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump is planning a trip to Germany to attend a summit on the economic empowerment of women, a senior administration official said Sunday. The first daughter was invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during Merkel's recent White House visit, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss details of the trip by name and requested anonymity.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Golf ball-sized hail and powerful winds are expected to roll through parts of the Southern Plains late Sunday, marking the latest round of turbulent weather across the Midwest and South, forecasters said. The National Weather Service said the storms are forecast in parts of northern Texas and central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Residents of western Arkansas will also be risk, but to a lesser degree.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Forty-six dogs were flown to New York from South Korea after being rescued at a farm where they were to be slaughtered for human consumption, animal advocates said Sunday. The Humane Society International is responsible for saving the dogs that were fed barely enough to survive. The animals arrived at Kennedy International Airport late Saturday and were headed to emergency shelters in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania on Sunday.
Drake announced Sunday that it has hired Furman's Niko Medved as its new coach. Medved, the 2017 Southern Conference coach of the year, spent the past four seasons with the Paladins -- where he led them to the 2017 Southern Conference regular season title. Medved, 43, also spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado State under current Nebraska coach Tim Miles.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Roy Williams went all "Gone With the Wind" when a player asked about his North Carolina Tar Heels making the last shot Sunday to edge Kentucky to the Final Four. And the coincidence that the Tar Heels have been on the other end of similar shots recently, like in the 2016 national championship and a wild December game against the Wildcats. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a .
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said Sunday that Mexican companies expressing interest in working on a border wall in the United States are betraying their country. The archdiocese said in an editorial that Mexican companies have expressed willingness to supply materials or work on the wall proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump. Mexico opposes the wall.
ADVANCE, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a North Carolina state trooper shot and seriously injured a driver during an armed confrontation after the motorist didn't pull over for an attempted traffic stop. Sgt. Michael Baker of the Highway Patrol says in a news release that the shooting occurred Sunday afternoon in Davie County, outside Winston-Salem.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The first NCAA Tournament in which Florida's Mike White has ever coached provided plenty of hope for the future of Gators basketball in the post-Billy Donovan era. After coming up a victory short of the Final Four, though, it was difficult for White to look toward the future when the present was so painful. "Obviously very, very heartbreaking," he said. Not the journey. Just the finish.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Barring an unforeseen obstacle, the Oakland Raiders seem certain to get approval Monday to relocate to Las Vegas . Several team owners have said this week they don't envision a scenario where Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn't get the required 24 votes to move the team.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The final day lasted longer than Dustin Johnson wanted. The outcome was what everyone expected. Johnson, a golfing machine with no discernible weakness and hardly any pulse, won the Dell Technologies Match Play on Sunday for his third straight victory, this one making him the first person to sweep the four World Golf Championships. He had to work the hardest for this title.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service to revisit a decision not to list the blueback herring as a threatened species. In a ruling Saturday, a District of Columbia judge said officials failed to offer a rational connection between the facts and two essential conclusions, and also failed to consider other aspects of the issue. Blueback herring live along the Atlantic coast.