NC Central fires women's basketball coach Vanessa Taylor

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Central says it will not bring back women's basketball coach Vanessa Taylor. Athletic director Ingrid Wicker McCree on Thursday said Taylor's contract will not be renewed. Taylor was 33-113 in five seasons with the Eagles. They went 8-21 this season and finished 7-9 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Baylor heads to Oklahoma City, site of both cheers and tears

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor left Oklahoma City two weeks ago after a rare loss in the Big 12 Tournament. Two years ago, their season ended after losing an NCAA Elite Eight game in the same building. The Lady Bears, the top seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, are now headed back to the arena less than 300 miles from their Waco campus to play Louisville in an NCAA Sweet 16 rematch Friday night.

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.

Notre Dame shifts gears for Ohio St after losing Turner

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Hoping to keep its national title hopes alive, top-seeded Notre Dame is shifting its style to address the loss of leading scorer and rebounder Brianna Turner to a season-ending knee injury. Coach Muffet McGraw said everyone must step up and play better when the Irish (32-3) face No.

Staley: South Carolina's Gray will play in Sweet 16

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina has dodged what could have been another major blow to its championship hopes as the banged-up Gamecocks have learned that injured guard Allisha Gray will be able to play in the Sweet 16. It was good news for the Gamecocks, as the situation looked anything but positive a few days ago.

Illinois hires Fahey as next women's basketball coach

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois has hired Hall of Famer Nancy Fahey to be its next women's basketball coach. Fahey comes to Illinois after a 31-year tenure at Washington University in St. Louis. She won an NCAA record five Division III national championships, made 10 Final Fours and has 737 career victories. She guided the program to an 81-game winning streak from 1998 to 2001.

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HURRICANES-PANTHERS Skinner nets 2nd with 3:55 left, Hurricanes top Panthers 4-3 SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:55 left, to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday night. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist for Carolina, and Teuvo Teravainen also scored. Cam Ward stopped 33 shots. Keith Yandle, Reilly Smith and Aleksander Barkov scored for the Panthers.

Basketball fans learn to pronounce Quinnipiac

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) -- The first thing folks at Quinnipiac want you to know is how to say the school's name. Despite what you might have heard on television, It's KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak, not kwihn-uh-PEE'-ak. "Quinnipiac doesn't roll off your tongue initially," coach Tricia Fabbri said Tuesday. "But, when you practice it, you get used to it. The more we keep winning, the easier it will be to say.

Pac-12 making statement with 5 teams in the Sweet 16

SEATTLE (AP) -- A year ago was thought to be an anomaly for the Pac-12 Conference, advancing four teams to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament and eventually seeing Washington and Oregon State make the Final Four. Based on what the Pac-12 did in the first week of the NCAAs this year, maybe last year's performance might become the norm.

Mississippi State thriving with father-daughter combo

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer and guard Blair Schaefer established the separation between father-daughter and coach-player nearly a decade ago when Blair was in seventh grade. The coach watched from the stands as his daughter turned the ball over multiple times during an AAU game. She was nearly in tears at halftime.

Oregon State's seniors helped guide the program's rise

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Sydney Wiese joked that when she was first recruited by Oregon State, she didn't even know where Corvallis was. Four years later, Wiese and her fellow seniors are wrapping up a historic run that has seen the Beavers' status rise not only in the Pac-12 but also in the nation. "I think we just saw a vision, bottom line. We saw what this place could be," Gabby Hanson said.

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.

Auriemma, UConn haven't lost consecutive games in 24 years

NEW YORK (AP) -- Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies are on an unbelievable run. No, not the 109 straight wins. Or the four consecutive national championships. Try this: They haven't lost back-to-back games in almost a quarter century. That's 883 straight games without consecutive losses. Think about that for a minute. No current UConn player was even born the last time this program had a losing streak.

Notre Dame loses top scorer Brianna Turner to knee injury

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame junior forward Brianna Turner will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a major blow to the NCAA Tournament hopes of the top-seeded Fighting Irish. Notre Dame said Tuesday that Turner tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Sunday night during a second-round win over Purdue. She leads the team this season with 15.3 points and 7.

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Tuesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: -- INDIANAPOLIS -- College basketball is beginning to look like the NBA. Most college coaches are moving in that direction, with teams hoisting more and more 3-pointers. -- LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Unsavory news has followed Kansas basketball all season. Opinions reverberate all over town, particularly about star freshman Josh Jackson.

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HAWKS-HORNETS Hornets hand Hawks 4th straight loss, 105-90 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Charlotte Hornets handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night. The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter. Frank Kaminsky provided more strong play off the bench for Charlotte with 14 points and five assists.

Oregon and Quinnipiac crash women's Sweet 16 field

NEW YORK (AP) -- Oregon and Quinnipiac are crashing the Sweet 16. The two double-digit seeds joined a field of mostly top seeds in the women's regional semifinals that will be played next weekend. It's no shock that No. 1s UConn, Baylor, South Carolina and Notre Dame made it out of the first weekend. Seeing these two newcomers, though, brings an unexpected buzz to the tournament.

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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.

UCLA routs Texas A&M to advance to Sweet 16

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kari Korver was brought back into UCLA's blowout win in the NCAA Tournament late so she could try to tie a school 3-point record. Instead, she dove for a loose ball and displayed the hustle she's shown throughout her career. It was a nice finishing touch on her final game at Pauley Pavilion, and fans stood on their feet and applauded as she was subbed out.

Long shots: Quinnipiac beats Miami 85-78 for Sweet 16 berth

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- The long shots kept making long shots. And the Sweet 16 is Quinnipiac's reward. Morgan Manz scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, Aryn McClure added 15 and 12th-seeded Quinnipiac stunned fourth-seeded Miami 85-78 in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Monday night. Quinnipiac (29-6) next heads to Stockton, California and plays top-seeded South Carolina on Saturday, now just two games from the Final Four.