Travel challenges just part of NCAA Tournament for Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Nadia Fingall took her three-hour economics final Wednesday while stationed in the hotel dining room. Erica McCall and Briana Roberson were set up in different conference rooms for their psychology exams. Brittany McPhee and Karlie Samuelson each had chemistry finals -- biochemistry for McPhee, organic for Samuelson.

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BASEBALL-WBC-US-JAPAN US to meet Puerto Rico in championship game LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The United States and Puerto Rico meet tonight in the title game of the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. team squeaked out a 2-1 win over Japan Tuesday on a rain-drenched field in Los Angeles. Brandon Crawford scored the tie-breaking run when Japanese pitcher Noburhiro Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones' grounder toward third base in the third inning.

Sweet 16 guide: Top NCAA matchups, players and story lines

The NCAA Tournament's first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and big-name programs. Here's a rundown of the top games, players, coaches and interesting story lines for the Sweet 16: ___ TOP GAMES UCLA vs. Kentucky, South Region; Friday, Memphis. Blue bloods in Bluff City.

Calipari, Stoops sign 2-year extensions with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky has signed John Calipari and Mark Stoops to two-year contract extensions, keeping Calipari as its men's basketball coach through 2024 and Stoops with the football program through 2022. Calipari's base salary increases $500,000 to $7.75 million next season and rises to $8 million annually for each year after under the amended deal.

Michigan State: Doctor sexually assaulted teen gymnast

DETROIT (AP) -- A sports doctor at Michigan State University sexually assaulted a teen gymnast during treatments for back pain in 2000, according to a campus investigation that's separate from a criminal probe and a blizzard of lawsuits against him. The conclusion by Michigan State's Office of Institutional Equity could hurt the university as it defends itself against lawsuits by dozens of women and girls who visited Dr.

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GIANTS-BONDS Bonds rejoins Giants as special adviser, calls team family SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds is back with the San Francisco Giants, just as the club had hoped. Bonds, who spent a one-season stint as Miami's hitting coach last year before being fired, will serve as a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer. The home run king was scheduled to help coach at spring training beginning Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Early NCAA Tournament exit caps Lady Vols' up-and-down year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After failing to reach the Sweet 16 for just the second time ever, Tennessee enters the offseason seeking to establish the consistency the Lady Volunteers have lacked the last two years. Tennessee's up-and-down season concluded Monday with a 75-64 loss to Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Louisville, Kentucky.

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OBIT-KRAUSE Jerry Krause, Bulls' GM during 1990s dynasty, dies at 77 CHICAGO (AP) -- Jerry Krause, the Chicago Bulls' general manager during their 1990s dynasty that saw them capture six NBA championships with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way, has died. He was 77. The Bulls confirmed his death on Tuesday.

Trump rips NFL QB Kaepernick during speech in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) -- President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at a campaign-style rally in Louisville, Kentucky. Kaepernick, who played for the San Francisco 49ers but now is a free agent, hasn't yet been signed to another team. Trump told the crowd he read an article reporting that NFL owners don't want to pick Kaepernick up "because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.

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NBA Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Women's Tournament Capsules

Results from the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Monday: ___ BRIDGEPORT REGION STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse on Monday night in a second-round rematch of last year's national championship game.

Louisville holds off Tennessee 75-64 in NCAA second round

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Mariya Moore's awareness of her NCAA Tournament shooting struggles made her especially determined to put them behind her. Extra practice finally paid off with the breakout performance the Louisville junior guard always knew was capable of, ignoring leg cramps to get it done with a big fourth quarter that helped send the Cardinals to the Sweet 16.

No. 2 Stanford trounces K-State 69-48 to reach Sweet 16

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer noticed Kansas State tends to hound an opponent's best shooters, at least in terms of statistics, and surmised that Karlie Samuelson might have a tough night. She also figured Brittany McPhee would get plenty of looks. The Cardinals' unsung star made the most of them, lighting it up from 3-point range and pouring in 21 points to help second-seeded Stanford rout the No.

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Trump going outside Washington for support on health bill

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare," seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill. Top House Republicans unveiled proposed changes in their legislation in hopes of winning support, three days before the big House vote. Trump rallied supporters Monday night in Louisville, Kentucky, alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Tipping Off: On to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament

It's on to the weekend that many consider the defining mark of a season. Reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a season is a success. Two wins from the Final Four and all the weekday games are in prime time. "I just told everybody, just wait," Michigan's John Beilein, one of three coaches taking a Big Ten team to the round of 16, said of the conference's early struggles.