The sports editor is Pete Iacobelli. Please send your best stories of the day for the South Carolina report. If you have any questions about the report, please call the AP at 800-922-1565 or 803-799-5510. Pete Iacobelli can be reached via email at piacobelli at ap.org for messages -- not stories. Reruns of stories are available from http://apexchange.com or from the service desk at 877-836-9477.
Hello! The Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers. The breaking news supervisor is Martha Waggoner. For technical support, please call the AP's Services and Technology Department in Raleigh at 919-881-9974. COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NCAA-BUTLER-NORTH CAROLINA MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Top-seeded North Carolina plays No. 4 seed Butler on Friday night in the South Region semifinal with the Tar Heels trying to get a step closer to a second straight berth in the national championship game.
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State has given coach Steve Prohm a contract extension and a raise. The Cyclones announced Friday that Prohm's deal will now run through 2022, with an annual salary increase from $1.5 million to $2 million. Iowa State also extended women's coach Bill Fennelly through 2022, though the terms of his deal remain unchanged.
Friday, March 24, 2017, 1 p.m. For editorial questions, call the department (800-845-8450, ext. 7636). For technical and service questions, call the AP Global Customer Support at 877-836-9477 or email apcustomersupport @ ap.org. NEW HOUSE HEALTH CARE VOTE: Graphic shows results of House vote on health overhaul bill; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; with all related stories; ETA 6 p.m.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Dennis Felton's coaching connections span the country, from college to the NBA. Cleveland State is counting on them to turn things around. Felton, who guided both Western Kentucky and Georgia to NCAA Tournament appearances, was hired as Cleveland State's coach Friday. He succeeds Gary Waters, who retired after 11 seasons at the school and the Vikings now at the bottom of the Horizon League.
LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA NCAA set to pick title sites, could leave North Carolina out RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The NCAA will start deciding on locations for its upcoming championships next week and has indicated it will leave North Carolina out of that process if the state hasn't changed a law that limits LGBT rights by that time.
SIB HASHIAN OF BOSTON DIES UNDATED (AP) -- Musicians are mourning the loss of former Boston drummer Sib Hashian. Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith remembers Hashian as a "really good guy and fine drummer as well." Lou Gramm says his thoughts and prayers go to Hashian's family. Michael Sweet, singer for Stryper and sometimes singer for Boston, says it was an honor to be a member of the band Hashian helped create.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O'Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region. Xavier (30-13) stayed with the second-seeded Wildcats behind Bluiett's 18 first-half points and tracked down the Wildcats after they tried to pull away in the second half.
Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. -------------------------- NEW & DEVELOPING -------------------------- EGYPT-MUBARAK -- An Egyptian security official says ousted President Hosni Mubarak is back home, free after his release from detention. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo by 7:30 a.m. Adds: BRITAIN-ATTACK, KEYSTONE PIPELINE, EGYPT, DENMARK-WWII PLANE.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Oklahoma City hasn't been too kind to Baylor the last few years in the women's NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bears lost in 2013 to Louisville and in 2015 to Notre Dame. Coach Kim Mulkey doesn't care about the past, focusing on the current team which has run through its first two games of the NCAAs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Purdue coach Matt Painter stopped short of calling Kansas invincible on Thursday night. Not by much. After watching the top-seeded Jayhawks run roughshod over his overmatched Boilermakers in the Midwest Regional semifinals, Painter was asked whether anybody can stop Kansas -- a team that has won its first three NCAA Tournament games by an average of 30 points.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Thanks, Michigan. It was fun while it lasted. So who's going to be the lovable underdog in the NCAA Tournament now? Take your pick: Xavier or South Carolina. The Musketeers are a No. 11 seed after losing their starting point guard to a knee injury in late January and finishing seventh in the Big East. They stomped No.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox have spent the season putting up big numbers and highlight-reel plays to power two blueblood programs. Come Friday night, one of those talented freshman point guards will move their teams within a win of the Final Four, too -- at the expense of the other.
ABOARD AMTRAK REGIONAL 174 (AP) -- Brenda Frese always wants to give her team new experiences. So Maryland's coach decided to have the Terrapins take the train instead of a bus to Connecticut on Thursday for the NCAA Tournament regional. "So many of them had never ridden the train before and it was an opportunity to let them have a new exciting adventure," said Frese aboard the Northeast Regional train to Bridgeport.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Top seed Gonzaga's game in the NCAA Tournament went down to the wire before the top-seeded Bulldogs pulled out a 61-58 thriller against West Virginia on Jordan Mathews' go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute left. The Mountaineers led by three late in the game and had three chances to tie the game following Mathews' final basket.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- In a story March 24 about an NCAA Tournament game between Xavier and Arizona, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Xavier's record was 30-13. It should have been 24-13. A corrected version of the story is below: Xavier knocks off Arizona 73-71 in West Region Xavier, behind Trevon Bluiett's 25 points, upsets Arizona 73-71 in West to reach Elite Eight By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer SAN JOSE, Calif.
Results from the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ WEST REGION XAVIER 73, ARIZONA 71 SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O'Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It took about 10 minutes for Kansas guards Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham to slow down, gain their composure and get everything under control in their Midwest Regional semifinal. When that happened, everything promptly sped up for Purdue. The pace of the game turning in their favor, the high-flying Jayhawks proceeded to wear down the bigger, stronger Boilermakers on Thursday night.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Jevon Carter fired up two potential tying 3-pointers only to see them go off-target and Gonzaga didn't allow West Virginia to get off a third. A defensive stop was a fitting way for this offensively challenged Sweet 16 matchup to end. Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-seeded Gonzaga survived a rough shooting night all around to beat No.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Michigan's loss to Oregon has saved a Las Vegas casino owner $1 million. Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta personally approved a $12,500 bet on Michigan at 80-to-1 odds from Derek Stevens, who owns The D casino. Oregon beat Michigan 69-68 to move on to the Elite Eight.