NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Cinderella  now wears  a  dress  colored in  Cobalt  blue  and Emerald  green.
Florida  Gulf  Coast ousted San Diego  State, 81-71, becoming the first No. 15
seed  to  advance to  the Sweet  16. The Eagles'  improbable run will continue
thanks  to their  victory Sunday in NCAA South Region third round action. FGCU
moves  on to  face  the  third-seeded Florida  Gators  at  Cowboys Stadium  in
Arlington, Texas Friday night. Bernard Thompson scored 23 points, and Sherwood
Brown  had 17  and pulled  down. eight  rebounds for  the Eagles  (26-10), who
became  just the seventh  No. 15 seed to earn a victory in the NCAA Tournament
on  Friday, with  their 78-68 triumph over No. 2 seed Georgetown. Chase Fieler
donated  11 points and  Brett Comer supplied 10 to go along with 14 assists in
the momentous victory.

Elsewhere in the NCAA Tournament:

South Region - 3rd round
Florida 78, Minnesota 64 (Austin, TX)
Kansas 70, North Carolina 58 (Kansas City, MO)

West Region - 3rd round
Ohio State 78, Iowa State 75 (Dayton, OH)
La Salle 76, Ole Miss 74 (Kansas City, MO)

East Region - 3rd round
Indiana 58, Temple 52 (Dayton, OH)
Miami-Florida 63, Illinois 59 (Austin, TX)

Midwest Region - 3rd round
Duke 66, Creighton 50 (Philadelphia, PA)

National Basketball Association

The  Miami Heat  took another step closer to making history on Sunday, picking
up  their 26th consecutive  win with a 109-77 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats at
American  Airlines  Arena. LeBron  James knocked down  11-of-14 shots from the
field  en route to a game-high 32 points.  The reigning league MVP also had 10
assists  and eight  rebounds. Norris Cole and Chris Bosh each added 15 points,
and  Ray Allen finished  with 14 for the Heat, who were without All-Star guard
Dwyane Wade because of a sore right knee.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Atlanta Hawks 104, Milwaukee Bucks 99
Houston Rockets 96, San Antonio Spurs 95
Chicago Bulls 104, Minnesota Timberwolves 97
Oklahoma City Thunder 103, Portland Trail Blazers 83
Dallas Mavericks 113, Utah Jazz 108
Brooklyn Nets 102, Phoenix Suns 100
Philadelphia 76ers 117, Sacramento Kings 103

National Hockey League

Tyler  Kennedy's  marker with  2:27 remaining in  overtime sent the Pittsburgh
Penguins  to  their  12th  straight  win, courtesy  of  a  2-1  decision  over
Philadelphia  at Consol  Energy Center. Kennedy cranked one home from the left
circle,  beating a  screened Ilya Bryzgalov over his shoulder to the near post
for  the  game winner,  capping a  rally from a  late one-goal deficit. Sidney
Crosby  also scored for the Penguins, who hung tough and did not let their in-
state  rivals play  the role of streak  buster for the second time in a little
more than a year.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

New York Islanders 3, Florida Panthers 0
Washington Capitals 3, New York Rangers 2 (SO)
Winnipeg Jets 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Vancouver Canucks 3, Colorado Avalanche 2
Calgary Flames 3, St. Louis Blues 2
Detroit Red Wings 2, Anaheim Ducks 1

As of 7:45 a.m. (et)


The third round of the NCAA Tournament wrapped up Sunday with eight games.

Cinderella now wears a dress colored in Cobalt blue and Emerald green. Florida
Gulf  Coast ousted  San Diego State, 81-71,  becoming the first No. 15 seed to
advance  to  the Sweet 16. The  Eagles' improbable run will continue thanks to
their victory Sunday in NCAA South Region third round action. FGCU moves on to
face  the  third-seeded Florida Gators  at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Friday night. Bernard Thompson scored 23 points, and Sherwood Brown had 17 and
pulled down eight rebounds for the Eagles (26-10), who became just the seventh
No.  15  seed to earn a  victory in the  NCAA Tournament on Friday, with their
78-68 triumph over No. 2 seed Georgetown.

Also in the South, top-seeded  Kansas utilized a big second half to down No. 8
North Carolina.  Travis Releford  poured  in  a  game-high  22 points,  as the
Jayhawks  secured  their  third straight  Sweet 16  appearance  with  a  70-58
victory.  Jeff  Withey  registered  a  double-double with  16  points  and  16
rebounds,  while Kevin  Young added 10 points and nine boards for the Jayhawks
(31-5),  who knocked  off North Carolina in last year's Midwest Regional final
en  route  to their  runner-up finish in  the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded
Minnesota  battled back  from a  21-point  halftime deficit,  but the  Gophers
weren't able to hold on late, falling to No. 3 Florida, 78-64, in Austin.

Second-seeded Ohio State advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row
with a thrilling 78-75 victory over No. 10 Iowa State in a West Region matchup
from Dayton. Aaron Craft buried the game-winning 3-pointer with five-tenths of
a  second  remaining. The  second contest  from the West  Region took place in
Kansas  City and  Tyrone Garland's  layup  with 2.5  seconds remaining  lifted
13th-seeded La Salle to a 76-74 win over Ole Miss.

East  Region action came from Dayton and Austin and featured a pair of Big Ten
teams.  Top-seeded Indiana  utilized a  late  surge to  down No.  9 Temple  in
Dayton.  Khalif Wyatt outdueled Victor Oladipo, but Indiana had the last laugh
over the Owls, posting a 58-52 decision. Wyatt led all players with 31 points,
but Oladipo hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds to play, the last of his team-high
16 points, to help his top-seeded program advance to the Sweet 16 with a  date
versus  Syracuse  in the  regional semifinals  on Thursday  in Washington, DC.
Illinois nearly gave the Big Ten five teams  in the Sweet 16, but came up just
short against Miami-Florida,  as the second-seeded  ACC power advanced  with a
63-59 victory.

In the lone Midwest game  on Sunday, No. 2 seed  Duke downed Creighton, 66-50,
to set up a blockbuster regional semifinal on Friday from Indianapolis against
Michigan State.

UCLA  has fired  men's basketball coach Ben Howland. The official announcement
came  Sunday night, one night after the school denied reports of Howland being
ousted from his position. Howland, who spent the past 10 seasons as head coach
of  the Bruins,  compiled a 233-107 record, with seven NCAA Tournament berths,
including  a string of three Final Fours from 2006-2008. The Bruins went 25-10
this season and won the Pac-12 regular-season crown, but fell to Oregon in the
conference  championship. UCLA was then knocked out in the second round of the
NCAA Tournament by Minnesota.

George  Mason  University is moving  to the  Atlantic 10, according to several
media  reports.  The A-10 has  scheduled a  telephone press conference at 1:45
p.m.  ET on Monday, but didn't disclose that the Patriots would be joining the
league.  A press  release  said  the A-10  would  "make  a major  announcement
regarding  the  league's future." The Atlantic  10 is losing Xavier and Butler
next  season to  the new Big East.  Temple is also leaving the A-10 after this
season  for a newly-named conference that is the former Big East. Charlotte is
moving to Conference USA.


The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired head coach Guy Boucher. Team vice president
and  general manager Steve Yzerman made the announcement early Sunday morning.
Assistants Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix shared the coaching responsibilities
Sunday  for a 3-2  loss at Winnipeg. The Lightning are 13-18-1 this season and
are currently six points out of a playoff spot.  Tampa Bay experienced instant
success   in  Boucher's  first  year  behind  the  bench,  going  46-25-11  in
2010-11  and  reaching  the  Eastern Conference  Finals before  losing  to the
Boston Bruins  by a 1-0  score in Game 7. The Lightning regressed  last season
and missed the playoffs after compiling a 38-36-8 record.

The  Dallas Stars parted ways with another franchise player on Sunday, sending
forward  and captain  Brenden Morrow to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens also
received  a 2013  third-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Joe Morrow
and  a fifth-round selection in 2013. Brenden Morrow, who had to waive his no-
trade clause to facilitate the deal, posted just six goals and 11 points in 29
games  for the Stars  this season, his 13th with the franchise. He departs for
the  Steel City having recorded 243 goals and 528 points in 835 regular-season
games, adding 17 scores and 25 assists over 78 playoff appearances for Dallas.
The 34-year-old served as Stars team captain since 2006.


The Baltimore Ravens and defensive end Elvis Dumervil have agreed in principle
to a five-year deal. The pact is contingent upon his passing a physical, which
is  due to  take place in Baltimore  on Tuesday. Dumervil, 29, was released by
Denver  earlier  this month after his  agent missed a waiver wire deadline for
Dumervil's  contract paperwork  to  be  submitted to  the  NFL.  The snafu  in
paperwork  forced the Broncos to release Dumervil, who had spent his first six
seasons  in Denver  after the  club  drafted him  in the  fourth round  (126th
overall)  back in  2006. Over 16 games last season, Dumervil recorded a career
high  54 tackles  and 11 sacks. The Louisville product recorded an NFL-best 17
sacks  in  2009, and  has 63  1/2 sacks and  16 forced  fumbles over 91 career


The  Miami Heat  took another step closer to making history on Sunday, picking
up  their 26th consecutive  win with a 109-77 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats at
American  Airlines  Arena. LeBron  James knocked down  11-of-14 shots from the
field  en route to  a game-high 32 points. The reigning league MVP also had 10
assists  and eight rebounds. Chris Bosh added 15 points and Ray Allen finished
with 14 for the Heat, who were without All-Star guard Dwyane Wade because of a
sore  right knee.  The result puts the  Heat within seven wins of matching the
1971-72  Los  Angeles Lakers'  all-time record  for consecutive victories. The
Heat play at Orlando Monday night.


Kyle  Busch won Sunday's Auto Club 400 in a very dramatic finish that featured
rivals  Denny Hamlin  and Joey Logano crashing on the final lap while battling
for the lead. Busch put on a dominating performance by leading 125 of 200 laps
at  Auto Club Speedway, but was running third to Logano and Hamlin on the last
lap.  Logano and Hamlin made contact  and crashed in turn 3,  just after Busch
had slipped by on the outside.  He gave Joe Gibbs Racing  and Toyota its first
Sprint  Cup Series  victory at this 2-mile Southern California racetrack. Dale
Earnhardt Jr.  finished second,  followed  by Logano,  Carl Edwards  and  Kurt

Hamlin slammed hard  into the inside retaining  wall, then was  transported by
ambulance  to a  nearby hospital,  but he  was awake  and alert  following the
incident. After the race concluded,  a fight between Tony  Stewart and  Logano
occurred  on pit road. Stewart was furious with Logano for blocking him during
a late-race restart.


A  severe  thunderstorm blew through  Bay Hill Club  & Lodge on Sunday causing
damage to the course  and pushing the finish of the Arnold Palmer Invitational
to Monday.  Defending champion Tiger Woods,  who is seeking to become just the
second  player all-time  to win the same event  eight times was three  strokes
clear of the field when play was halted. Woods, who will ascend to  the top of
the world rankings  for the first time since October 2010 with a victory,  was
1-under par through two holes  of the final round when the horns blew to  stop
play.  The delay was about an hour and half old when officials called play for
the day. The round will resume at 10 a.m. (ET) on Monday.


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