Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sports

Dale Earnhardt Jr. crosses the front straightaway during the opening practice session for the NASCAR auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

BY GREG BEACHAM FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — While Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepared for his 600th NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend, he couldn’t help thinking about his first time. He ...
Oregon forward Dillon Brooks celebrates at the end of a regional semifinal against Michigan in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

BY AARON BEARD RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It’s finally time to award the first spots in the Final Four. And for the four teams chasing those tickets Saturday, it’s another ...
UCLA guard Bryce Alford squats on the court after an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game against Kentucky Friday, March 24, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. Kentucky won 86-75. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

BY TERESA M. WALKER MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — De’Aaron Fox credits some sticky Kentucky defense for the Wildcats’ latest berth in a regional final. Coach John Calipari begs to differ. ...
South Carolina players celebrate after beating Baylor 70-50 in an East Regional semifinal game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 24, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BY TERESA M. WALKER MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The chant “S-E-C” so well known around football across the South is coming to the Elite Eight. The league best known for ...
Members of the Kentucky team celebrate after an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game against UCLA, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

BY EDDIE PELLS Remember when any ol’ team could come from nowhere and make the Final Four? That was so 2016. Though Florida and Wisconsin closed out the Sweet 16 ...
UCLA guard Lonzo Ball passes the ball against Kentucky forward Edrice Adebayo in the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game Friday, March 24, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Star UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball says he’s one and done at UCLA and headed to the next level. The guard said Friday night after his team ...
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is congratulated by guard Leandro Barbosa (19) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BY KYLE HIGHTOWER BOSTON (AP) — Devin Booker is only 20 and already has a place alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and just a few others in NBA history. Booker ...
South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) and Baylor guard Ishmail Wainright (24) scramble for a loose ball in the second half of an East Regional semifinal game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 24, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BY JIM O’CONNELL NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently South Carolina is getting the hang of winning NCAA Tournament games. The Gamecocks, who hadn’t won a tournament game since 1973, got ...
Butler forward Kelan Martin shoots against North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks in the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game Friday, March 24, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

BY CLAY BAILEY MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — North Carolina expects strong offensive performances from junior leaders Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II, but Luke Maye provided an unexpected bonus. Berry ...
Florida guard Chris Chiozza (11) puts up a last second 3-point shot to score the game-winning points against Wisconsin in overtime of an East Regional semifinal game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BY RALPH D. RUSSO NEW YORK (AP) — With 4 seconds left in overtime, Chris Chiozza took off with the ball, hoping to get to the hoop or find an ...
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