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.

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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. TOP STORIES BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF RALEIGH, N.C.

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.

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.

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The supervisor is Dennis Waszak, 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. TOP STORIES BKC--NCAA-NEXT CINDERELLA? KANSAS CITY, Mo.

On cutting edge of custom skates, is Ovechkin a trendsetter?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin is the first NHL player to lace up custom-painted skates, though in a sport that discourages freedom of expression he may not turn out to be much of a trendsetter. The Washington Capitals superstar celebrated the team's Russian Heritage Night Thursday with skates bearing Moscow's St. Basil's Cathedral, the U.S. Capitol and Russian and American flags.

QB Kizer interested in best spot, not highest draft pick

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is more interested in landing in the right situation than being taken high in the NFL draft. "The number means absolutely nothing. I just want to be put into the right position that's going to allow me to win," Kizer said Thursday after working out for NFL personnel during Notre Dame's pro day.

Brady's Super Bowl jerseys returned to New England Patriots

BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys are back with the New England Patriots. The jerseys worn by Brady during this year's Super Bowl and the 2015 Super Bowl were returned to Gillette Stadium Thursday, the FBI announced. Brady's 2017 jersey went missing from the Patriots' locker room after the team's win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5, touching off an investigation stretching from Boston to the Mexican border.

Update on the latest sports

NCAA TOURNAMENT Musketeers stun Wildcats to join Ducks, Zags, Jayhawks in Elite 8 UNDATED (AP) -- Last night's NCAA regional semifinals consisted of three close games and a blowout. Xavier, Gonzaga and Oregon managed to win their NCAA Tournament games by a combined six points, while Kansas enjoyed a 32-point blowout over Purdue. Xavier pulled off the biggest stunner as the 11th-seeded Musketeers held on to beat No.

Georgetown fires John Thompson III after another losing year

WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Thompson III was fired as Georgetown's basketball coach Thursday after two consecutive losing seasons at the school his father led to a national championship. Thompson said in a statement released by agent David Falk that he was "honored" to have been the Hoyas' coach and proud of what his players have "accomplished on the court and how they are thriving since leaving Georgetown.

Column: Brady's stolen jersey saga proves grime doesn't pay

A friend once explained the sports writing business this way: "We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us." Martin Mauricio Ortega was OK with the first part, but apparently not the second. The one-time Mexican media executive and part-time memorabilia seller is the only suspect named so far in the overheated investigation into who stole Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries. Stroman dominated the tournament's highest-scoring team. Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games after outscoring the opposition 55-26. The U.S.

Tipping Off: Michigan talked Super Bowl on way to Sweet 16

When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, the coach started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four. John Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and said the Wolverines should keep that sort of play -- an outlier, as he called it -- in mind.

BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Dennis Waszak, 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.