NBA-SCHEDULE Celtics knock off Pacers UNDATED (AP) -- The Boston Celtics have added another half-game to their lead in the NBA's Atlantic Division. Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and the Celtics won for the fifth time in six games by topping the Pacers, 109-100. Al Horford added 15 points with eight boards and eight assists for the Celts, who top their division by 3 1/2 games over Toronto.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn't available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth. Crosby's teammates had plenty to say about it following the defending Stanley Cup champions' 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Desperate to lock down votes for their health care overhaul, House Republican leaders are seeking to shift more than $2 billion in Medicaid costs from upstate New York counties to the state government -- a proposal Democrats quickly labeled the "Buffalo Bribe" and the "Knickerbocker kickback.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The crown may have been too heavy for Villanova. One title will have to do. Saddled with huge expectations and external pressure to repeat as NCAA champions, the Wildcats wilted down the stretch on Saturday and were knocked out of the tournament 65-62 by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, a team with an even richer March resume.
Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: ___ EAST REGION WISCONSIN 65, VILLANOVA 62 BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court. There would be no game-winning shot, no confetti-filled celebration, no more games. The defending champions -- and No. 1 overall seed -- are done. On Wisconsin.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Don't be fooled by the Mountaineers referring to themselves as "Press" Virginia as a result of their relentless defensive pressure. This team can score. Led by Jevon Carter's 24 points, the Mountaineers outshot the Fighting Irish in an 83-71 win on Saturday to clinch their third Sweet 16 berth since 2010. "They thought of us as defensive players," guard Tarik Phillip said.
NCAA TOURNAMENT Wisconsin ousts Villanova UNDATED (AP) -- There will be a new champion crowned in NCAA men's basketball on April 3. Wisconsin made sure of that by knocking off Villanova. Nigel Hayes hit a tiebreaking layup with 11.4 seconds left as the eighth-seeded Badgers beat the No. 1 overall seed, 65-62.
The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:05 p.m. It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset. It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets. Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62. Fellow No.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Brian Cook's trip to Buffalo to cheer on Princeton's basketball team in the NCAA Tournament was, for him, a journey back to a simpler time, when hailing a ride meant standing on a corner and waving your hands to flag down a taxi. "For a 19-year-old, that's unknown," said Cook, who flew in from Chicago to see his brother play in Princeton's first-round game against Notre Dame.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Ever the perfectionist, Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell needed an important reminder from coach Mike Brey a day after making a few miscues. "He was so (unhappy) about some of the turnovers. And what really got him was the free throw. He never misses important free throws," Brey said Friday. "I was laughing with him and I said, 'Hey, loosen up, man. We're still playing.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- No. 1 seed Villanova (32-3) vs. No. 8 seed Wisconsin (26-9). Second round, East region, Buffalo, New York, 2:40 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The top-seeded Wildcats showed some surprising jitters in their opening-round win over No. 16 Mount St. Mary's, who showed zero fear and took it to the defending national champions in the first half.
Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ WEST REGION NORTHWESTERN 68, VANDERBILT 66 SALT LAKE CITY -- Northwestern got its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, 68-66 over Vanderbilt, after Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Wildcats guard Bryant McIntosh on purpose, sending McIntosh to the free throw line for the go-ahead points with 15 seconds left.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Coach Bob Huggins has spent the past 10 seasons establishing West Virginia's reputation on playing a stifling press defense. The Mountaineers performance on Thursday left Huggins relatively unimpressed despite opening the NCAA Tournament with an 86-80 win over Bucknell on Thursday. "Well, we weren't very good today," Huggins said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The NCAA men's basketball tournament gets fully engaged today, starting at 12:15 p.m. Eastern with a West region contest in Buffalo, New York, where No. 5 seed Notre Dame faces No. 12 seed Princeton. The Fighting Irish are the nation's only team to reach the Elite Eight in each of the past two years, and their six tournament wins over that span are a school record.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Be it basketball or fishing, Bob Huggins has no trouble recalling the fond memories he's had during his previous trips to Buffalo. They're a lot better than any recollection the West Virginia coach has of Brooklyn. A year after the Mountaineers were upset by 14th-ranked Stephen F.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Along with the accolades, attention and autograph seekers, Villanova earned something else with its national championship. A target. In one year, the Wildcats have gone from the team that couldn't get past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament to the one to beat. What a difference a shot makes. From chokers to champions.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- No. 8 seed Wisconsin (25-9) vs. No. 8 Virginia Tech (22-10) First round, East region, Buffalo, New York; 9:40 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: This group of Badgers is tournament tough with 11 NCAA wins and three Sweet 16 appearances over the past three seasons -- more than any other school. Wisconsin has made the national quarterfinals five times in the past six years.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- No. 5 seed Notre Dame (25-9) vs. No. 12 seed Princeton (23-6) First round, West region; Buffalo, New York.; 12:15 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The Fighting Irish are the nation's only team to reach the Elite Eight in each of the past two years, and their six tournament wins over that span are a school record.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- No. 1 Villanova (31-3) vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary's (20-15). First round, East region; Buffalo, New York; 7:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The tournament's top-seeded team, Villanova is trying to become the first school to repeat as national champions since Florida in 2006-07. Led by senior guard Josh Hart and forward Kris Jenkins, the experienced Wildcats lost twice to Butler during the regular season and once at Marquette.