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Aliyah Boston had 14 boards and two blocks while reigning national champion South Carolina turned in its latest overwhelming defense-and-rebounding-first performance to beat UCLA 59-43 on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Boston, a three-time All-American, had eight points for the Gamecocks, the top overall tournament seed. It marked South Carolina’s 41st consecutive victory, securing the program’s sixth trip to the Elite Eight under coach Dawn Staley. Charisma Osborne scored 14 points to lead the fourth-seeded Bruins, who shot 29%. South Carolina will play Maryland on Monday to earn a Final Four ticket.
NBA Sunday FAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG Dallas 9½ (OFF) at CHARLOTTE at LA LAKERS OFF (OFF) Chicago at TORONTO OFF (OFF) Washington at CLEVELAND 13½ (OFF) Houston at ORLANDO 2 (OFF) Brooklyn at BOSTON 16½…
Diamond Miller scored 14 of her 18 points in the final two quarters as second-seeded Maryland beat depleted Notre Dame 76-59 and reached the Elite Eight of the women's NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years. The Terps will face defending NCAA champion South Carolina on Monday night for the Greenville 1 Regional title and trip to the Final Four in Dallas. Miller and Shyanne Sellers helped Maryland gain control in the third quarter and put away the third-seeded Irish, who were without injured starters Olivia Miles and Dara Mabrey. Sellers also scored 18 points for Maryland. Sonia Citron led the Fighting Irish with 14 points.
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Eeli Tolvanen scored twice, Philipp Grubauer made 14 saves and the Seattle Kraken defeated the Nashville Predators 7-2. Jared McCann had a goal and two assists, while Daniel Sprong, Adam Larsson, Matty Beniers and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for Seattle. The Kraken entered Saturday holding the top spot in the Western Conference’s wild-card race. Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie each had a goal and an assist and Juuse Saros made 32 saves for Nashville, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. The Predators began Saturday five points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the West’s second wild-card berth.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Texas coach Rodney Terry was not more than 20 minutes removed from a resounding win over Xavier in the Sweet 16 when he was asked about the next mammoth task…
New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has a low-grade lat strain. Manager Aaron Boone expressed optimism this wouldn’t be a long-term issue but acknowledged that Severino “most likely” would get placed on the injured list to start the season. The Yankees already won’t have right-hander Frankie Montas or left-hander Carlos Rodón for the start of the season. Rodón has a left forearm strain. Montas is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Garnet Hathaway scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and the NHL-best Boston Bruins wrapped up first place in the Atlantic Division with their sixth straight victory, beating Tampa Bay 2-1. The win was the Bruins’ 56th and moves them one behind the club record, set in 1970-71. It also keeps them on pace to set the NHL record for victories in a regular season with 10 games left. Patrice Bergeron added a power-play goal for the Bruins and Linus Ullmark made 26 saves, raising his record to 36-5-1. Victor Hedman had a shorthanded score for the Lightning and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots.
Carter Hart made 29 saves, Scott Laughton scored and the Philadelphia Flyers won their third straight with an 3-0 shutout of the Detroit Red Wings. Kieffer Bellows also scored and Tyson Foerster had an empty-netter for Philadelphia in a matchup of two of the Eastern Conference’s worst teams. The Red Wings have lost five of six. Detroit was 0 for 7 on the power play.
Former soccer star Robinho has been ordered to hand over his passport while Brazilian judicial authorities determine if he should serve his nine-year sentence for rape in Brazil. He was convicted in Italy in 2017 for his part in the group sexual assault in Milan that took place four years previously when the Brazilian was playing for Serie A team AC Milan. Italy’s top court upheld the sentence in 2022 after which Italian prosecutors issued an international arrest warrant. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries and Italy has asked that the 39-year-old Robinho serve his sentence in his home country. Robinho lives in Santos, outside Sao Paulo.
Retired Formula One champion Nelson Piquet has been ordered to pay $950,000 in “moral damages” for making racist and homophobic comments about Lewis Hamilton. The 70-year-old Brazilian had referred to seven-time champion Hamilton as “neguinho,” a racially offensive term which means “little Black guy,” in 2021. In another interview Piquet used racist and homophobic language. The court in Brasilia issued a fine for “collective moral damages, to be allocated to funds for the promotion of racial equality and against discrimination of the LGBTQIA+ community.” Piquet has the right to appeal the decision.
NASCAR's first road course race of the season at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas feature two former Formula One champions. Kimi Raikkonen won the F1 championship in 2007 and Jenson Button won the title in 2009. Both are among a group of “road course ringers” that also includes Jordan Taylor. Raikkonen raced at Watkins Glen last year but Button is making his NASCAR debut. Both driver say they're ready for the rough and tumble style of racing. William Byron will start from pole position as he chases his third win of the season
March Madness isn’t just about filling out — and later trashing — brackets. There are more ways to bet the field in the NCAA Tournament, an event that will consume basketball fans until the first weekend of April. After a batch of first-round upsets, the favorites got shuffled a bit heading into the second round of the tournament. Houston and Alabama were the top favorites after fellow top seeds Purdue and Kansas lost during the opening weekend.
Boone Jenner scored 40 seconds into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied to beat the New York Islanders 5-4 for their second straight win. Johnny Gaudreau, Liam Foudy, Kent Johnson and Eric Robinson also scored, and Jack Roslovic added two assists for Columbus, which is tied with San Jose for the worst record in the NHL. Michael Hutchinson stopped 34 shots in his first win with the Blue Jackets. Brock Nelson had two goals, Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist, and Zach Parise also scored for the Islanders who moved three points ahead of Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference’s first wild card. Ilya Sorokin stopped 22 shots.