Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 3/21/16

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NCAA – Men’s NCAA Tournament – Round 2
Yesterday
#6 Notre Dame 76, #14 Stephen F. Austin 75
#7 Wisconsin 66, #2 Xavier 63
#2 Villanova 87, #7 Iowa 68
#5 Maryland 73, #13 Hawaii 60
#10 Syracuse 75, #15 Middle Tennessee 50
#2 Oklahoma 85, #10 VCU 81
#3 Texas A&M 92, #11 Northern Iowa 88 – 2OT
#1 Oregon 69, #8 Saint Joseph’s 64

Notre Dame 76, Stephen F. Austin 75 – Late tip gives Notre Dame 76-75 win over Stephen F. Austin
Rex Pflueger tapped in a miss with 1.5 seconds left and Notre Dame survived a valiant effort by No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin 76-75 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. With 17.5 seconds left, sixth-seed Notre Dame grabbed an SFA rebound down one and put it in the hands of Demetrius Jackson. The point guard drove to the basket and missed. Zach Auguste followed for the Irish (22-12) but could not convert. The ball slipped off the rim and with one hand Pflueger flipped it in for his only basket of the game. A long heave from Stephen F. Austin (28-6) went wide and Notre Dame celebrated by swarming Pflueger. The Irish advance to play Wisconsin Friday in the East Regional at Philadelphia. Thomas Walkup, the hero of Stephen F. Austin’s first-round upset of West Virginia, scored 21.

Wisconsin 66, Xavier 63
Bronson Koenig has made a memory of a lifetime. The Wisconsin guard came off a last-second screen and buried a game-winning 3-pointer from the corner to give the seventh-seeded Badgers a 66-63 win over Xavier to send them into the Sweet 16 against Notre Dame on Friday.

Texas A&M 92, Northern Iowa 88 – 2 OT
Third seed Texas A&M defeated Northern Iowa with an amazing comeback to win in double overtime, 92-88. Northern Iowa led by 12 with 44 seconds left in regulation before the Aggies went on a 14-2 tear down the stretch. Texas A&M was led by Alex Caruso’s 25. Danuel House missed his first nine shots but finished with 22 — all after halftime for the Aggies, who play Oklahoma next.

Oklahoma 85, VCU 81
Buddy Hield scored 19 of his 36 points in the final eight minutes to help No. 2 seed Oklahoma hold off No. 10 seed VCU 85-81 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

Oregon 69, St. Joseph’s 64
Oregon, top seed in the West, survived a huge scare by Number-11 seed St. Joseph’s, 69-64.  Dillon Brooks refused to let top-seed Oregon and the Pac-12 Conference be eliminated on the first weekend. He poured in 25 to send the Ducks into the Sweet 16 against Duke.

Syracus 75, Middle Tennessee 60
Syracuse is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013. The Orange eliminated 15-seed Middle Tennessee 75-50. Michael Gbinije poured in 23 points, Tyler Lydon added 14 and the Orange. Six of the teams in the Sweet 16 are from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orange will play Gonzaga next.

Maryland 73, Hawaii 60
Maryland advanced to play Kansas in the round of 16. It’s the first trip to the Sweet 16 for Maryland in 13 years. The Terps wore down Hawaii 73-60. The Terps won despite making just 1 of 18 shots from 3-point land. Melo Trimble led the Terps with 24. Maryland plays Kansas next.

Villanova 87, Iowa 68
Villanova secured a trip to Louisville and a spot in Sweet 16 play with a win over Iowa, 87-68.  Villanova shot just over 59 percent from the field and hit 10 of 19 3-pointers. Guard Josh Hart led the attack with 19 points. The result of the game was never in question as the Wildcats led 54-29 at the half. Villanova plays Miami next.

NCAA – Women’s NCAA Tournament – Round 2
Yesterday
#5 Mississippi State 74, #4 Michigan State 72

Mississippi State 74, Michigan State 72 – No. 5 Mississippi St beats No. 4 Michigan State 74-72
Victoria Vivians scored 24 points on Sunday as fifth-seeded Mississippi State topped No 4 seed Michigan State 74-72 in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament. Breanna Richardson added 12 points for the Bulldogs, including a crucial 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining. Branndais Agee led Michigan State with 21 points.

Tonight
#9 Indiana at #1 Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Kings at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Minnesota Wild 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 – Shootout

Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 – SO – Coyle’s shootout goal gives Wild 3-2 win over Blackhawks
Charlie Coyle scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. Coyle, Minnesota’s first shooter, beat Chicago’s Scott Darling a night after he and Zach Parise scored in the tiebreaker in a home win over Carolina. Nino Niederreiter had his 18th goal and added an assist, and Eric Haula also scored in regulation as the Wild improved to 4-0 against Chicago this season. Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 shots through overtime and then was perfect in the shootout against Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin. Andrew Shaw scored his 12th goal to end an 11-game drought and linemate Richard Panik connected to end a 14-game streak without a goal to bring the Blackhawks back from a 2-0 deficit. Darling made his third straight start and finished with 32 saves.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers (ss) 7, Washington Nationals 6
Detroit Tigers (ss) 8, Atlanta Braves 2
Chicago Cubs 5, Kansas City Royals 2
Chicago White Sox 6, Oakland A’s 2

Tigers (SS) 7, Nationals 6 – Harper hits 2 homers off Verlander in Nats’ loss to Tigers
Bryce Harper hit his first two home runs this spring, connecting both times off Justin Verlander in the Washington Nationals’ 7-6 loss Sunday to a split squad of Detroit Tigers. Verlander hadn’t allowed a run in three starts of exhibition play until the NL MVP tagged him.

Tigers (SS) 8, Braves 2 – Kinsler, Iglesias get Tigers started fast against Braves
Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias got hits to start a five-run first inning off Bud Norris and a split squad of Detroit Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 Sunday.

Cubs 5, Royals 2 – Lester solid, Soler hits homer in Cubs 5-2 win over Royals
Jon Lester allowed one earned run in five innings as the Chicago Cubs topped Kansas City 5-2 on Sunday. Jorge Soler hit a two-run home run and Dexter Fowler scored twice for the Cubs.

White Sox 6, A’s 2 – Sands hits pair of homers as White Sox beat A’s
Jerry Sands homered twice Sunday to lead the Chicago White Sox past the Oakland Athletics 6-2. Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Sanchez also drove in runs for the White Sox.

Today
Philadelphia vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

MLB – White Sox boss: ‘Complete faith’ in execs after LaRoche flap
The chairman of the Chicago White Sox says he has “complete faith” in his team’s front office in the aftermath of the Adam LaRoche flap.  Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement Sunday saying he’s met with LaRoche, team executives and some players. He said he has “complete faith” in the skills and abilities of club’s leadership group. LaRoche left the team earlier this week after being told by executive Kenny Williams to cut down his 14-year-old son’s clubhouse access. The first baseman said he planned to retire. The situation quickly bubbled up, with many White Sox players backing LaRoche. Star pitcher Chris Sale implied Williams had misled the team. “As with many things in life, much of this was a result of miscommunication and misunderstanding rather than this being a case of anyone not telling the truth,” Reinsdorf said. “I do not believe there is anyone to directly blame in this situation. While there is no doubt this might have been handled differently … this is an internal matter that we have discussed and now resolved,” he said.

NASCAR – Johnson edges Harvick to conclude West Coast swing
Jimmie Johnson pulled away in overtime to beat Kevin Harvick on Sunday for the Southern California native’s record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Fontana. Johnson earned his 77th career victory, passing Dale Earnhardt Sr. for seventh place in NASCAR history. Harvick finished second to Johnson for the ninth consecutive time that the California natives have occupied the top two spots. That’s the final race of a three-race West Coast swing for NASCAR. The next race is the STP 500 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Golf – PGA – Day wins wire-to-wire in Orlando
Jason Day survived going into a sand bunker with his second shot on the par four 18th hole to par the hole and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational by a stroke. Day won wire-to-wire and finished a shot in front of Kevin Chappell, who bogeyed the 18th.  It was another great moment for Palmer, the 86-year-old tournament host who watched it unfold on the 18th green.

Golf – Champions – Austin wins
Woody Austin posted a one shot lead over Jim Carter to win the Champions Tour Conquistadores Classic in Tucson. Austin finished 16-under-par with a final round 65. Bernhard Langer finished third, two shots back.

Golf – LPGA – Kim matches Sorenstam’ 27-under record
Sei Young Kim matched Annika Sorenstam’s LPGA Tour scoring record of 27 under, closing with a 10-under 62 for a five-stroke victory in the JTBC Founders Cup. Sorenstam set the mark in 2001 at nearby Moon Valley, shooting a record 59 in the second round. Kim also matched the tournament record of 62 set Thursday by Mi Hyang Lee.

AHL – American Hockey League
Yesterday
San Antonio Rampage 2, Grand Rapids Griffins 0     (Snaps Griffins 12 game winning streak)
Milwaukee Admirals 2, Chicago Wolves 1

NBADL – NBA Developmental League
Yesterday
Grand Rapids Drive 102, Fort Wayne Mad Antz 97