Storms destroy church, homes in week of turbulent weather

Storms demolished mobile homes in Arkansas and a church in Louisiana as a menacing weather system threatened several states across the South and Midwest, authorities said. A tornado destroyed four mobile homes and damaged others near Cato, Arkansas, about 15 miles north of Little Rock late Friday night, the National Weather Service confirmed on Saturday.

Fighting for spots in the Final Four...Oregon women upset Maryland...Mickelson reaches Match Play quarterfinals

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. BRIDGEPORT, Conn.

Immigrants find sanctuary in growing Austin church network

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Senior Minister Meg Barnhouse knows she'll need beds, a dresser, chairs and a mirror to make the classroom at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin feel more like a home for a mother and her young daughter who are still deciding whether they will become the latest immigrants seeking sanctuary from deportation by moving into a church. It would be the second time Barnhouse's congregation had offered sanctuary.

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.

Royal Returns: KC's Duffy, Perez back in Cactus League

Danny Duffy stepped off the big stage and back into spring training. Following a stint with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, Duffy allowed three runs over six innings for the Kansas City Royals in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. It was Duffy's first start with the Royals since March 5 because of the international tournament. He allowed three hits and a walk.

A day of dominance and survival at Match Play

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson showed the simple side to the Dell Technologies Match Play. For three straight days in warmth, wind or rain, they built early leads and never let anyone get close to them in advancing out of their groups to the knockout stage. For just about everyone else, it was a matter of surviving.

A lost week for McIlroy at Match Play

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Call it a lost week in Texas in an already unusual year for Rory McIlroy. The four-time major champion from Northern Ireland lost his opening round at the Dell Technologies Match Play, then lost any chance of advancing when Gary Woodland withdrew from the group a day later for what was described as a personal family matter.

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.

The Latest: Dustin Johnson powers way into round of 16

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson sure had an easy time getting to the round of 16 in Match Play. Johnson is the No. 1 seed for the first time and going for his third straight PGA Tour victory. He shot 30 on the front nine and beat PGA champion Jimmy Walker, 5 and 3.

Update on the latest sports

NCAA TOURNAMENT-MEN Oregon ousts Kansas, Gonzaga cruises in reaching Final Four UNDATED (AP) -- Oregon and Gonzaga have moved into the Final Four in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Tyler Dorsey shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range and scored a game-high 27 points as the Ducks eliminated top seed Kansas, 74-60 in the Midwest Regional final at Kansas City.

Debate renewed over economic benefits of Keystone pipeline

DALLAS (AP) -- President Donald Trump is calling his administration's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline a new era for American energy policy. As expected, the State Department reversed a decision by the Obama administration and favored energy development over environmentalists' objections to the pipeline, which will carry thick Canadian crude oil to Nebraska, where it can flow on to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

BASEBALL 2017: Key dates for the upcoming season

It's almost time again. From opening day to a couple of potentially big games in September, here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar: SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals: One of baseball's best rivalries takes on a new look when the World Series champion Cubs kick off their title defense against Dexter Fowler and the Cardinals.

BC-AP Sports Digest

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The Cubs curbed their curse _ who's next to douse a drought?

Now that the Cubs have broken baseball's oldest curse, who's next? From D.C. to Dodger Stadium, a lot of loaded teams are lurking, waiting for that elusive World Series win. New Cardinals leadoff man Dexter Fowler has a clue which club might break through. "I guess Cleveland," he said. Fowler got a close-up look last fall.

Plenty of high-profile players wearing new uniforms

Chris Sale traded socks -- or Sox -- from white to red. Edwin Encarnacion took his big bat to Cleveland. Aroldis Chapman returned to the Bronx. Plenty of All-Stars, Cy Young winners and MVPs are wearing new uniforms this season. The biggest move occurred when the Boston Red Sox acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox.

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: -- Four men's Sweet 16 games: New York: South Carolina-Baylor (7:29 p.m.), Wisconsin-Florida (10 p.m.); Memphis, Tenn.: Butler-North Carolina (7:09 p.m.), Kentucky-UCLA (9:40 p.m.). -- Four women's Sweet 16 games: Oklahoma City: Mississippi State-Washington (7 p.m.), Baylor-Louisville (9:30 p.m.); Lexington, Ky.: Notre Dame-Ohio State (7 p.m.), Texas-Stanford (9:30 p.m.).

Mickelson off to good start at Match Play in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Phil Mickelson is off to a strong start in his bid to get beyond the third round of the Dell Technologies Match Play for the first time in 13 years. Mickelson won the opening three holes in his match against J.B. Holmes. He needs only to halve the match to advance out of group play. Eight other players, including No.