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Last Update on March 27, 2015 22:43 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The last of the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 games are on tap tonight in Syracuse, New York, and Houston.

In the opening East Regional game in Syracuse, North Carolina State meets Louisville in a match-up of Atlantic Coast Conference teams. The Wolfpack won a regular season meeting between the two last month. followed by Oklahoma and Michigan State. Tom Izzo has the 25-11 Spartans in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year and 13th in 20 seasons at Michigan State. The 24-10 Sooners are limiting opponents to 38.6 percent shooting.

The winners advance to the regional championship game Sunday.

In Houston, UCLA and Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) have a rematch to lead off the South Regional doubleheader. The 34-2 Bulldogs got the best of the regular season meeting in December handing the Bruins their only home defeat of the season. UCLA has won 14 of its last 20.

The second game features 31-4 Duke against Utah, which is 26-8.


UNDATED (AP) -- Steve Lavin is no longer the head basketball coach at St. John's. He was the Red Storm's bench boss for five seasons and the school's 21 wins this season matched the most victories under Lavin. The Red Storm were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by San Diego State in the first round. Lavin had one year left on his contract.

--Donnie Tyndall (TIHN'-dihl) is out after just one season as men's basketball coach at Tennessee. The firing comes as the NCAA investigates his two-year stay at Southern Mississippi, where he coached before coming to Tennessee. Volunteers' athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement that it is "highly likely" Tyndall will face "significant penalties" after the NCAA completes its inquiry.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida guard Michael Frazier has announced he's leaving school early and entering the NBA draft.

He was a two-year starter and one of the top 3-point shooters in the Southeastern Conference. Frazier was second on the team in scoring this season, averaging 12.1 points and 38 percent from behind the arc.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery in his right foot next week and will miss the rest of the season. Durant had surgery on a broken bone in his right foot in October. He had been healing well, but in late February, had a procedure to replace a screw that was rubbing up against another bone and causing discomfort. However, the pain didn't subside.

The team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the next four to six months.


UNDATED (AP) -- Three of the four teams deeply involved in the fight for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference of the NBA are in action tonight. At the start of play Boston has the eighth spot by a half game over Indiana, Brooklyn and Charlotte.

A check of tonight's schedule shows the Celtics playing the Knicks in New York while the Nets are home to Cleveland, which has won four straight and eight of 10, and Charlotte is in Washington.

Miami currently has the seventh-seed in the East, by two games over the Celtics, and tonight the Heat are in Atlanta against the East leading Hawks.

The top two teams in the West are squaring off tonight in Memphis as the No. 2 Grizzlies entertain Golden State. The Warriors have won seven straight and nine of their last 10 games.

In the Southwest Division, the Grizzlies stand in first, a game and a half in front of Houston. The Rockets, who have won seven of their last 10, are home to Minnesota tonight.

The rest of the games on a busy night of play feature the Clippers in Philadelphia, the Magic home to the Pistons, the Lakers in Toronto, Sacramento at New Orleans, the Spurs hosting the Mavericks, Utah at Denver and Portland at Phoenix.


UNDATED (AP) -- Minnesota and veteran cornerback Terence Newman have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The move reunites Newman with Vikings' coach Mike Zimmer, who was his defensive coordinator for four seasons in Dallas and two in Cincinnati.


-- Carolina has claimed offensive tackle Jonathan Martin off of waivers from San Francisco. The 6-foot-5, 315 Martin was the primary victim in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito in 2013.


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Seattle reliever David Rollins has been suspended 80 games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball says he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid.

Rollins will not appeal the suspension. In a statement, he says, "My positive test was the result of a serious error in judgment."

Rollins was in contention to become one of Seattle's left-handed options in the bullpen with a strong performance in spring training.


UNDATED (AP) -- Detroit's Justin Verlander left with cramping in his right triceps during the third inning of the Tigers' 4-1 rain-shortened exhibition loss to Toronto. Verlander will be evaluated Saturday but fully expects to make his next scheduled start. He walked off the field soon after he called team trainers to the mound.

In other spring training news;

-- Masahiro Tanaka will start the New York Yankees' opener April 6 against Toronto. Tanaka was an All-Star last year during his first season in the majors, but the Japanese right-hander missed 2 1/2 months while rehabilitating a partially torn ligament in his elbow. CC Sabathia (suh-BA'-thee-uh) will have his streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York end.


UNDATED (AP) -- The schedule this evening in the NHL features three games. In Minneapolis, the Wild are playing host to the Calgary Flames in a game that means more to the visiting team than the home. At the start of play, the Flames trail Winnipeg by three points for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

Chicago begins play as the fifth seed in the West with 94 points while tonight's opposition in the Windy City, Columbus, is far from a playoff spot.

The same can be said for the teams playing in the final game of the night as Dallas skates at Edmonton.


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Qualifying takes place today for Sunday's STP 500 Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, Virginia, Speedway. The man to keep an eye on is Kevin Harvick as the defending series champion finished second last week after back to back wins on the circuit. He has four victories and four second-place finishes in his last eight races.

The winner of this race a year ago was Kurt Busch and the winner of last week's race in Fontana, California, was Brad Keselowski.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Jimmy Walker shot a 5-under 67 to take the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Texas Open. Walker's 36-hole total of 6-under is one shot better than Aaron Baddeley and Charley Hoffman. Baddeley shot a 71 and Hoffman a 72. Phil Mickelson shot a 72 and trails by four shots.

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