College Sports

Freshmen lead 10th-seeded Oregon to 77-63 upset of Maryland

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Oregon's young players say they feel excited and loose. They play that way, too. Sabrina Ionescu scored 21 points, fellow freshman Ruthy Hebard had 16 and the 10th-seeded Ducks continued their improbable run through the NCAA Tournament with a 77-63 victory over Maryland on Saturday. Oregon (23-13) put five players in double figures on its way to the first regional final in program history. It will play No.

Pulisic becomes heartbeat of US team at age 18

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Christian Pulisic gallops elegantly past defenders like a gazelle, with the enthusiasm of youth and a sense of positioning that belies his inexperience. At age 18, he's getting significant playing time at European power Borussia Dortmund. And he's American. "I just think he's so much further ahead than I was or than any of us were at that age," Landon Donovan said.

Wisconsin in transition as successful seniors depart

Zak Showalter and Ethan Happ walked quietly down the middle of the court, arm in arm, away from Florida's celebration of a last-second victory. This NCAA Tournament loss is going to sting for a while for the Wisconsin Badgers. Decorated four-year careers for Showalter and his fellow seniors ended with an 84-83 loss in overtime to the Gators in the Sweet 16.

2 spots in Final Four to be awarded today...4 regional semis for NCAA women...Knicks' Noah suspended

UNDATED (AP) -- Four teams battle today for a spot in the NCAA Tournament's Final Four. Gonzaga takes on Xavier in the West Regional final in San Jose, California, and Oregon faces Kansas in the Midwest Regional in Kansas City, Missouri. The other half of the Final Four will be determined tomorrow, when North Carolina plays Kentucky in the South Region final and South Carolina battles Florida for the East title.

Ethics panel questions job for UConn football coach's son

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A state ethics office is questioning whether the son of University of Connecticut football coach Randy Edsall should be hired as the team's assistant coach. Emails and letters provided to the Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/2nfJHjZ ) show an advisory board to the Office of State Ethics is questioning whether it was permissible for the elder Edsall to negotiate a job for his son Corey under the state ethics code.

Elite Eight competition set...Noah suspended...Oakland makes bid to keep the Raiders

UNDATED (AP) -- The NCAA regional finals are set. North Carolina will take on Kentucky for the South Region title tomorrow while surprising South Carolina battles Florida in the East final. The No. 7 Gamecocks reached the Elite Eight for the first time with a 70-50 rout of third-seeded Baylor. Florida advanced when Chris Chiozza (chee-AH'-zah) nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime, defeating Wisconsin 84-83. Top seed North Carolina hammered Butler, 92-80. No.

Friday's Sports in Brief

PENN STATE ABUSE SCANDAL HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self has mellowed over the years

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas coach Bill Self has kicked out the signage on scorer's tables, tossed sweat-stained suit jackets and screamed so loudly at players and officials that his face turned beet red. Good thing he's mellowed over the years. These days, Self merely slams clipboards in frustration, yanks to loosen his tie and his face turns a bit scarlet when his temper starts to flare.

Maryland team inspired by 7-year-old with muscular dystrophy

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- As Maryland's players prepared for their Sweet 16 game with Oregon they were thinking of a 7-year-old girl they consider a teammate. Ashlyn Barrett suffers from muscular dystrophy and other serious ailments and could not make it to Connecticut from Annapolis, Maryland, for Saturday's game with Oregon. But the team sent her a message in the pregame warmups by wearing shirts that read "Ashlyn's Army.

Tipping Off: Reaching the Sweet 16 commonplace for UConn

NEW YORK (AP) -- Reaching the Sweet 16 seems to be a rite of spring for Geno Auriemma the UConn Huskies. They've made the regional semifinals in 24 consecutive years. Still, the Hall of Fame coach takes nothing for granted, despite winning 109 consecutive games and four straight national championships.

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Elite Eight-bound: Kentucky tops UCLA 86-75 behind Fox's 39

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- De'Aaron Fox credits some sticky Kentucky defense for the Wildcats' latest berth in a regional final. Coach John Calipari begs to differ. He points at Fox, the freshman guard who outplayed UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball with one of the best scoring nights in Kentucky's vaunted NCAA Tournament history.

Baylor rolls past Louisville 97-63 to reach Elite Eight

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Baylor gave Louisville no shot at an upset this time. Nina Davis scored 21 points to help top-seeded Baylor defeat Louisville 97-63 on Friday and advance to the Elite Eight. The Lady Bears were a No. 1 seed in 2013 when they lost to Louisville in the Sweet 16 in Oklahoma City. This time, Baylor never trailed, and the game was tied for just 13 seconds -- when it was scoreless.

No. 1 seed Notre Dame routs Ohio State 99-76 in Sweet 16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Notre Dame delivered on one promise by coach Muffet McGraw to look different without injured Brianna Turner, shifting from lobbing the ball inside to their star forward to throwing up perimeter shots with success. The strategy certainly suited sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale, who thrived from all over the court to help the top-seeded Irish maintain their dominance against Ohio State.

McCowan's 26 helps Miss St top Washington 75-64

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- It didn't matter that Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan had scored just six points through three quarters. Her teammates told her to take over and she listened. She scored 20 of her career-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs defeated Washington 75-64 on Friday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time. "They said, 'T, you've got to dominate,'" McCowan said.

Baylor AD Rhoades says school has been transparent with NCAA

NEW YORK (AP) -- Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades says the school will continue to be transparent with the NCAA as the association investigates whether any of its rules were broken while former coach Art Briles was running the football program. Rhoades was at Madison Square Garden on Friday night for Baylor's NCAA Tournament men's basketball game against South Carolina.