Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risks

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has reported "recent coordinated physical attacks" on the much-protested line, just as it's almost ready to carry oil. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn't give details, but experts say Dakota Access and the rest of the nearly 3 million miles of pipeline that deliver natural gas and petroleum in the U.S. are vulnerable to acts of sabotage.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ WEST REGION NORTHWESTERN 68, VANDERBILT 66 SALT LAKE CITY -- Northwestern got its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, 68-66 over Vanderbilt, after Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Wildcats guard Bryant McIntosh on purpose, sending McIntosh to the free throw line for the go-ahead points with 15 seconds left.

Trump would end subsidies for rural airline service

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump called Thursday for eliminating subsidized air service to rural communities, many of which supported his election last year after he promised to create jobs. Trump's proposal, part of his budget plan, would sever an economic lifeline that enables rural communities to attract and keep businesses and jobs, officials in those communities said.

Mathews helps Zags slowly pull away for 66-46 win over SD St

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- In a tournament made famous by the notion that anything can happen, one thing still has not: In 129 tries, no 16 seed has ever beaten a 1. Oh, but South Dakota State sure did make it interesting for a while Thursday. The Jackrabbits of the Summit League gnawed away at Gonzaga for the better part of 35 minutes before the Zags started looking like the No.

Iowa beats South Dakota 87-75 to open NIT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa viewed the NIT as a chance in part for its youngsters to get their first taste of the postseason. The Hawkeyes survived the first round thanks to standout performances from three of its most promising freshmen. Freshmen Jordan Bohannon scored 19 points with 11 assists, fellow newcomer Tyler Cook scored 18 with eight rebounds and Iowa opened the NIT with an 87-75 win over South Dakota on Wednesday.

No. 1 Gonzaga facing high expectations as program evolved

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There's a different feel around Gonzaga these days as the program has evolved from a little known mid-major to a title contender. The Bulldogs enter the NCAA Tournament with the No. 1 seed in the West and just one loss. They've completed the best regular season in school history with what may be the best team the program has put together.

Charges move forward against Hutterite colony in fatal crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A federal judge in South Dakota has rejected a request to dismiss charges against a Hutterite religious colony accused of negligence in a deadly traffic crash, which could send the case to trial later this year. Judge Charles Kornmann ruled recently the Deerfield Hutterian Brethren Colony near Ipswich had a duty to supervise and control its vehicles, including one used by a 17-year-old member in the Feb.

A quick look at SD St and Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- No. 1 seed Gonzaga (32-1) vs. No. 16 seed South Dakota State (18-16) First round, West region; Salt Lake City; 2 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The big question about Gonzaga all year: How will the Bulldogs fare against the big boys when the time finally arrives? That time is not Thursday, though South Dakota State is a bit scary.

Vikings bolster tackles by signing Riley Reiff, Mike Remmers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have accomplished their most obvious offseason goal, bringing in two new tackles to bolster a lagging offensive line. After finalizing their contract with former Detroit left tackle Riley Reiff on Friday, the Vikings swiftly signed former Carolina right tackle Mike Remmers before he finished his free agent visit to team headquarters.

12th-seeded ULM pulls off Sun Belt Tournament upset

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Nick Coppola scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half and overtime and 12th-seeded Louisiana-Monroe upset No. 5 seed Arkansas State 73-70 on Wednesday in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament. Sam Alabakis added 14 points and Marvin Jean-Pierre 12 for the Warhawks (8-24), who will play No. 4 seed Texas State in a quarterfinal Friday.

South Dakota governor mum on religious adoption protections

South Dakota's Republican governor isn't saying whether he'll sign a measure aimed at protecting faith-based organizations that refuse to place children with gay couples or other arrangements contrary to their religious beliefs. Gov. Dennis Daugaard frustrated the more conservative elements of his party last year by vetoing a bill that would have required students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding with their birth gender.

The Latest: Wildfires prompt Oklahoma emergency declaration

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Latest on wildfires burning across the country's midsection (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in 22 counties due to wildfires. The order issued Tuesday allows state agencies to make emergency purchases needed to deliver necessary resources to local jurisdictions and is the first step toward possibly seeking federal assistance.

S Dakota State in Summit finals with win over S Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Michael Orris scored 20 points and hit a go-ahead jumper with two seconds left, and fourth-seeded South Dakota State beat top-seeded South Dakota 74-71 in Monday night's Summit League Tournament semifinal. South Dakota State (17-16) will face either third-seeded Omaha or No. 7 seed IUPUI in Tuesday's championship game.

Daum, South Dakota State roll to 83-73 win over Denver

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Mike Daum scored 33 points on 9-for-18 shooting and No. 4 seed South Dakota State rolled to an 83-73 win over fifth-seeded Denver in a Summit League Tournament quarterfinal Sunday night. The Jackrabbits will play top seeded, in-state rival South Dakota in the semifinals Monday. Reed Tellinghuisen added 18 points for SDSU (16-16) and Chris Howell scored 10. Daum, who scored a career-high 51 points against Fort Wayne on Feb.

W. Virginia women upset No. 19 Oklahoma in Big 12 Tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Tynice Martin scored 21 points, Teana Muldrow added 19 with eight rebounds and West Virginia beat No. 19 Oklahoma 82-58 in the Big 12 Conference Tournament on Saturday night. Katrina Pardee had 13 points, Lanay Montgomery scored 12 and Chania Ray had 10 assists for No. 6 seed West Virginia (21-10). The Mountaineers will play second-seeded Texas in the semifinals on Sunday.

South Dakota beats Western Illinois 78-69 in overtime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Matt Mooney scored 24 points and Tyler Flack added 19, including the go-ahead 3-point play in overtime, to lead No. 1 seed South Dakota to a 78-69 win over eighth-seeded Western Illinois in the Summit League Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday. Flack got the opening bucket of the extra period and converted the free throw after being fouled to put South Dakota on top for good, 71-68 with 4:27 to play.

Bills targeting transgender bathroom access are floundering

Bills to curtail transgender people's access to public restrooms are pending in about a dozen states, but even in conservative bastions such as Texas and Arkansas they may be doomed by high-powered opposition. The bills have taken on a new significance this week following the decision by President Donald Trump's administration to revoke an Obama-era federal directive instructing public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender.