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HURRICANES-DEVILS Skinner, Aho lead surging Hurricanes to 3-1 win over Devils NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Jeff Skinner scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway with 10:26 left and the surging Carolina Hurricanes stretched their point streak to 10 games with a 3-1 victory Saturday night that eliminated the New Jersey Devils from playoff contention for the fifth straight year.

Rutgers opens spring with QB competition

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Despite playing five quarterbacks last season and having the starter of the last five games returning, Rutgers is entering its spring practice not settled on a No. 1 for this year. While coach Chris Ash acknowledged Giovanni Rescigno as the incumbent, he said the spot would need to be earned.

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 ( ) 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.

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.

SEC, yes the football power, has 3 teams in Elite 8

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The chant "S-E-C" so well known around football across the South is coming to the Elite Eight. The league best known for winning national titles in football has the most teams still alive and playing for a trip to the Final Four. Kentucky and Florida have been joined by upstart South Carolina in the Gamecocks' first ever trip to a regional final.

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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.

Oakland makes last-ditch effort to keep Raiders from Vegas

With the Raiders gazing at Las Vegas and sticking one foot out the door, Oakland is making a last-minute plea to hang on to them. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Friday shared details of investors' plans for the first time for a stadium on the current Coliseum site, and vowed that she and the city are doing all they can to keep the team.

Final 4 court assembled in Arizona's NFL stadium

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Eight days before the competition begins, a shiny new basketball court has been laid in place for the Final Four. Made of sturdy maple harvested in November in northern Michigan, the court was shipped to Idaho Falls, Idaho, for painting and staining. From there it was trucked to Arizona and unloaded Friday.

The Latest: Chiozza's 3 gives SEC an Elite Eight trio

The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday (all times Eastern): 1:15 a.m. The Southeastern Conference had a big Friday night. Chris Chiozza's incredible running 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted Florida past Wisconsin in overtime, and it gave the SEC three teams in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1986. Kentucky beat UCLA in the South Region, while South Carolina beat Baylor in the East.

University of Minnesota to review handling of assault case

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- The University of Minnesota has ordered a review of how it handled allegations of sexual assault involving football players last fall. Board of Regents chairman Dean Johnson announced at the board's meeting in Duluth on Friday that the university's chief auditor will manage the review. "Over the past several months the University of Minnesota endured a difficult period," said Johnson.

The Latest: Freeh says conviction confirms earlier findings

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on the conviction of former Penn State president Graham Spanier (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The former FBI director who conducted a report on Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal says the conviction of a former president "completely confirms" his findings. Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy and a second count of child endangerment.

University of Texas survey: 1 in 7 female students raped

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Nearly 15 percent of female undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin reported being raped in a survey released by officials at the 50,000-student campus Friday. The survey comes at a time when Baylor University and state lawmakers are facing a widespread sexual assault scandal involving football players at the nation's largest Baptist university. The Texas survey data works out to about 1 in 7 undergraduate women in Austin.

Ex-Penn State president convicted over child-sex scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted Friday 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.

Panthers GM not second guessing playing injured Cam Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman isn't second-guessing the team's decision to allow Cam Newton to continue to play last season despite a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder. "Cam is a football player and he wanted to play and the medical people felt it was fine, so we did," Gettleman said Friday.

Panthers sign Jonathan Stewart to 1-year contract extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says the 30-year-old Stewart "is still playing at a very high level." Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns. He averaged 3.

NCAA regional semifinals continue...Avalanche, Senators to play 2 games in Sweden...Brady jerseys back in Foxborough

UNDATED (AP) -- Sweet 16 competition continues tonight with more NCAA regional semifinals. In the East Regional, eighth-seeded Wisconsin plays fourth-seeded Florida, while third-seeded Baylor meets seventh-seeded South Carolina. The South Regional features Butler vs. North Carolina followed by Kentucky vs. UCLA. The South is the only bracket where the top four seeds reached the Sweet 16. RALEIGH, N.C.

Thursday's Sports in Brief

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.

Chizik's Choice: Family over football after 2 years away

Gene Chizik was walking out to practice last August when he noticed the overstuffed cars being unloaded by wide-eyed teenagers and their parents. The freshmen were moving into the dorms at the University of North Carolina. That's when it hit him: His twin daughters would be doing the same thing at Auburn soon and he would not be there. "It was tough," Chizik said.