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Oregon beats Kansas 74-60 to punch Final Four ticket

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Oregon lost one of its best players to an injury just before the NCAA Tournament, had to survive two nail-biters to reach the Midwest Regional finals, and then faced a top-seeded Kansas team that had romped to the brink of the Final Four. Of course, the Ducks would rise to the occasion.

Eye-popping: Wall, Wizards blow past LeBron, Cavs 127-115

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James yanked off the tinted googles protecting his injured eye and flung them away. His vision was clear. However, there was one blur that wouldn't go away: John Wall. Washington's faster-than-fast star scored 37 points, Bradley Beal added 27 and the Wizards again showed they'll be a handful in the playoffs by beating James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-115 on Saturday night.

Ovechkin hits 30 goals, Winnik scores as Caps beat Coyotes

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A milestone goal by Alex Ovechkin and a timely score by Daniel Winnik helped the Washington Capitals survive a scare against one of the NHL's worst teams. Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season and Winnik had the game-winner and an empty-netter as the Capitals overcame listless stretches to beat the lowly but pesky Arizona Coyotes 4-1 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Gonzaga beats Xavier 83-59 to reach first Final Four

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The criticism dogged Gonzaga wherever it went, no matter how much it won. The Zags run up their record by beating up on teams in a weak conference, then always seemed to come up short as the calendar went deep into March. Few outside of Spokane believed the program Mark Few helped build from scratch belonged in the national powerhouse conversation.

Jones back with Orioles after winning World Baseball Classic

Adam Jones provided perhaps the best highlight of the World Baseball Classic, when he took a home run away from Manny Machado with a spectacular catch in center field. Now Jones and Machado are just teammates again. "Pretty cool catch, pretty great moment," Jones said. "Sorry it had to be my boy Manny, but it's part of the game, part of that process.

Goggled LeBron playing against Wizards despite eye injury

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James has never looked like this. Briefly sporting googles to protect an eye injury, James is playing against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night after having his right cornea scratched during Friday's win at Charlotte. The Cavs listed him as questionable before announcing about two hours before tip-off that he would face the Wizards.

The Latest: Big wins for West Coast in regional finals

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 11:15 p.m. Two teams from the West Coast will be in the Final Four. The Southeastern Conference hopes to fill the other two spots. Gonzaga trounced Xavier and Oregon upset Kansas in Saturday's regional finals. Sunday's schedule includes a Kentucky-North Carolina matchup in the South Region and an all-SEC showdown between Florida and South Carolina in the East Region.

Clippers clinch playoff berth with 108-95 victory over Jazz

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers lost a 16-point lead in the third quarter and their tempers went with it. Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul were whistled for technical fouls and suddenly, Utah had made a game of it. "My emotions got the best of me for a second," Crawford said. "I had to get it off my chest and settle down going into the fourth quarter.

South Final with Kentucky, North Carolina features most wins

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- No. 2 Kentucky (32-5) vs. No. 1 North Carolina (30-7) South Regional final, 5:05 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: No NCAA Tournament game has ever featured so much history as this regional final. North Carolina and Kentucky have combined for 244 tournament wins with this Kentucky's 56th NCAA berth, ahead of only North Carolina (48) for the most appearances ever. Only North Carolina has earned more No.

Familiar foes South Carolina, Florida meet in East final

NEW YORK (AP) -- There's no need for introductions in the East Regional final. Scouting reports aren't really necessary. Fourth-seeded Florida and seventh-seeded South Carolina, two Southeastern Conference foes, will meet Sunday at Madison Square Garden with the winner advancing to the Final Four. This will be the third meeting between the teams this season with the home team winning both. They are two tough, defensive teams that can get out and run in transition.

Federer wins opening match at Key Biscayne against US teen

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Roger Federer won his opening match Saturday at the Miami Open, returning to the tournament after a two-year absence and beating 19-year-old American qualifier Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (2), 6-3. Federer took the lead with a flawless tiebreaker after both players held easily throughout the first set, and Tiafoe then became more inconsistent with his groundstrokes.

UConn advances to regional final with 86-71 win over UCLA

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- After watching UConn's NCAA Tournament dominance mostly from the bench for three seasons, Saniya Chong finally made her mark. Chong scored 16 points and came up with big plays on both ends of the court, and the top-seeded Huskies beat UCLA 86-71 on Saturday to advance to the Bridgeport Regional final.

Indiana hires Archie Miller as new coach

Fred Glass wanted to hire a proven winner for Indiana's next coach. The athletic director didn't have to wait long -- or travel far to find what he was looking for. On Saturday, less than 24 hours after UCLA coach Steve Alford pulled his name out of the sweepstakes, Glass announced he had hired Archie Miller from Dayton.

NBA bans Joakim Noah 20 games for drug violation

Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks was suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy. He tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements, the league said Saturday. Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and likely was to miss the Knicks' final 10 games this season because of a left knee injury.

Narrow trail is the path to glory at US Alpine Championships

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) -- To the casual skier, Sugarloaf's storied Narrow Gauge Trail doesn't seem so cramped or crazy. But that changes when it's prepared for competition and skiers are reaching highway speeds. Suddenly those trees seem awfully close. "The name says it all. That thing is stinkin' narrow. They don't build trails like that anymore," said Sam Morse, who attended nearby Carrabassett Valley Academy.

Lewis Hamilton takes pole in record pace at F1 Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Lewis Hamilton took pole position with the fastest lap ever at Albert Park and will start the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at the front of the grid. The times kept improving during the three practice sessions and the Mercedes driver's last flying lap in qualifying Saturday was 1 minute, 22.188 seconds.