BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Jake Seiner, followed by Fred Lief at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT.

Column: Larson finishes 2nd again, takes over points lead

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kyle Larson finished second at Phoenix International Raceway and then headed to the beach for a brief family vacation. There was no lamenting his third consecutive runner-up finish because Larson is the current points leader of NASCAR's top series. His positioning atop the standings is almost as good as a trip to victory lane.

BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Simmi Buttar at 5 p.m. and Jake Seiner at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT.

Weekend Sports In Brief

MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT A scintillating Sunday of games jolted the men's NCAA Tournament to life like a triple shot of espresso. North Carolina, the South Region No. 1 seed, had the most frenetic finish, blowing a 17-point lead and then scoring the game's final 12 points to hold off Arkansas. South Carolina, the No. 7 seed in the East, had the biggest takedown, knocking off No.

Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A big gamble in the desert heat ended a long victory drought for Ryan Newman. When just about everybody else decided to take a tire-changing pit stop in the final few laps on Sunday, Newman figured he'd be going in with them. His crew chief Luke Lambert thought otherwise. It was a decision that earned Newman a victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, ending his 127-race winless streak.

Fresh generation of drivers emerging on NASCAR circuit

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The NASCAR kids keep coming on strong. Five of the highest-starting eight drivers in NASCAR's lineup for its Monster Energy Series race on Sunday are 26 or younger. Ryan Blaney, starting next to pole-sitter and teammate Joey Logano on the front row, is 23. Kyle Larson starts in the second row, and he's all of 24.

Logano tells Busch 'honest mistake' led to incident at Vegas

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The first face-to-face meeting between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano since last week's post-race scuffle in Las Vegas is over. Whether the drivers feel any better about things headed into Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway is an open question. The two were summoned to a 15-minute session Friday with NASCAR officials as everyone involved tried to put the pit road brawl to bed.

Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

BIGSOUTH-UNC ASHEVILLE-RADFORD Fitzgerald's FTs gives UNC Asheville women Big South title LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Bronaza Fitzgerald, a 47 percent free-throw shooter who had missed her other four attempts, made two from the line with five seconds left, giving UNC Asheville a 49-48 victory over top-seeded Radford on Sunday for a second straight Big South Tournament championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Weekend Sports In Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Villanova took the overall top seed on Selection Sunday, with Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga joining the defending national champions on the No. 1 line for the NCAA Tournament. Not many surprises there, though Duke -- left at No. 2 despite a four-win-in-four-night performance in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament -- and Syracuse and Illinois State, who got left out altogether, may have been searching for answers.

Martin Truex Jr. wins at Vegas, Kyle Busch bloodied in brawl

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Martin Truex Jr. finished speaking to reporters after winning the NASCAR Cup race Sunday and retreated into a corner of the media center where a tablet awaited with the video cued up. Truex had to see the Kyle Busch-Joey Logano brawl, too. "I'm sure NASCAR is going to love that one," Truex said.

Column: NASCAR needs some rivalries to spice up the action

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Rivalries are the lifeblood of sports, and NASCAR sorely needs a few to spice up the action. The discourse among drivers has been tame for several years, in part because wives and children have seemed to mellow the competitors. They live inches away from each other in the same motorhome lot every weekend, share the playground, the basketball court and the gym.

Update on the latest in sports:

NBA-SCHEDULE Warriors halt skid UNDATED (AP) -- Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry snapped out of his recent slump. So did the Golden State Warriors. Curry and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson combined for 60 points as the Warriors beat the Knicks, 112-105 in New York. The outcome gives the Warriors their first victory since losing Kevin Durant to a knee injury last week. It also ends Golden State's first two-game skid in 23 months.

Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

HURRICANES-COYOTES Hurricanes beat Coyotes 2-1 to end 4-game slide GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Eddie Lack stopped 24 shots two days after being called out by his coach, and Derek Ryan scored on a strange bounce in the third period Sunday to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Lack was criticized by coach Bill Peters on Friday following a poor performance against Tampa Bay.

Update on the latest in sports:

NBA-SCHEDULE Warriors halt skid UNDATED (AP) -- Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry snapped out of his recent slump. So did the Golden State Warriors. Curry and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson combined for 60 points as the Warriors beat the Knicks, 112-105 in New York. The outcome gives the Warriors their first victory since losing Kevin Durant to a knee injury last week. It also ends Golden State's first two-game skid in 23 months.

Keselowski steals Atlanta win after Harvick caught speeding

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Kevin Harvick was faster than everyone at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Too fast, it turned out. Harvick ruined a dominating performance by speeding on his final pit stop, allowing Brad Keselowski to steal a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup victory Sunday. "I'm just snake-bit here," Harvick said. "But it's my own doing." Harvick won the first two stages under NASCAR's new race format and led a staggering 293 out of 325 laps overall.

Column: Hype, new format didn't equal must-watch Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Daytona 500 was sold out, the grid packed with celebrities, the fan area full of activities including a motorcycle "Ball of Death." Owen "Lightning McQueen" Wilson was on hand, and so was Waka Flocka Flame , Gronk and nearly two dozen women decked out in scantily-clad Monster Energy outfits.

At last, Stewart finds his way to Daytona 500 victory lane

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Stewart needed to retire to win the Daytona 500. From runner-up through DNFs, he failed to win NASCAR's marquee race. Stewart's NASCAR career ended without a win in 17 tries in the Daytona 500. Turns out he just needed to trade the firesuit for street clothes to bring home the checkered flag. Just months into retirement, Stewart finally got to celebrate in victory lane.