COLLEGE BASKETBALL-CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
It's Selection Sunday
UNDATED (AP) — March Madness intensifies today with the announcement of the NCAA tournament field.
Twenty-seven of the 68 brackets have been filled by conference champions and four more automatic bids are up for grabs today.
Ninth-ranked Miami is facing North Carolina in the ACC final today in Greensboro. Tenth-ranked Ohio State meets No. 22 Wisconsin in the title game of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago. Number 13 Florida and Mississippi are playing for the SEC crown in Nashville. And No. 16 Saint Louis is bumping up against 25th-ranked VCU in the Atlantic 10 title tilt in Brooklyn.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NCAA TOURNAMENT
NCAA field up in the air
UNDATED (AP) — Another round of upsets capped a wild regular season, casting uncertainty over the coveted top seeds for the NCAA tournament. What's more, defending champion Kentucky is facing the very real chance of being left out of the 68-team field.
The selection committee is set to unveil its brackets this evening. A year ago, the process was much clearer, with Kentucky, North Carolina and Syracuse as No. 1s.
Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski is the committee chairman and he considers as many as seven teams in the running for the top of the four regional brackets.
No. 1-ranked Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) will be making its 15th straight NCAA appearance and is expected to land the top seed in the West. Beyond that, it's a bit of a mystery.
Gonzaga was the fifth team to hold the lead spot in the rankings, following Indiana, Duke, Louisville and Michigan.
Heat continue pursuing history
UNDATED (AP) — To say the Heat are hot is an understatement. Miami can tie the second-longest winning streak in NBA history by beating the Raptors this afternoon in Toronto. LeBron James and Company can match the 2007-2008 Houston Rockets with a 22nd straight victory. That is still 11 shy of the league record set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Also today, Orlando is at Milwaukee, the New York Knicks will be looking to end a three-game skid when they play the Clippers in L.A., Golden State plays at Houston, New Orleans visits Minnesota, Oklahoma City is home to Dallas, Atlanta is at Brooklyn and the L.A. Lakers entertain Sacramento.
Good hockey matchup in the Steel City
UNDATED (AP) — Two of the top three teams in the NHL's tight Eastern Conference race are going head to head today in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are tied for the lead with the idle Montreal Canadiens while the visiting Boston Bruins are just one point off the pace.
Later today on the ice, Winnipeg is at Ottawa, Buffalo skates at Washington and Edmonton hosts Nashville.
Lotus serves notice
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Formula One season got under way Sunday in Melbourne, where Kimi Raikkonen's (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehnz) Lotus was first to cross the finish line for the Australian Grand Prix.
The Finn took the lead for good on lap 43 of 58 in a race that had seven different leaders.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second, while pole sitter and three-time reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was third.
PGA-TAMPA BAY CHAMPIONSIP
Too close to call
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — It appears this week's PGA tournament will go down to the wire.
Three golfers were tied for the lead when the final round of the Tampa Bay Championship got under way. Five golfers shared the top spot on the leaderboard just a few holes in.
Boo Weekley is making a charge. He's 7-under on the day through 15 holes and among the co-leaders.
International leaderboard in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) — Ai Miyazato (EYE mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) brings a commanding four-shot lead into today's final round of the LPGA tournament in Phoenix. The Japanese golfer is 19-under-par after 54 holes.
American Stacy Lewis begins the day tied for second-place with Jee Young Lee of South Korea.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-TOSHIBA CLASSIC
Frost holding slim lead
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — David Frost tops Fred Couples by one stroke heading into today's final round of the Champions Tour event in Newport Beach, California. That's right where the stood after Friday's opening round. The two matched 5-under-par 66s yesterday.
Round and round they go
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit is on a short track for the first time this season.
Kyle Busch won the pole for today's race at Bristol Motor Speedway by posting a track-record speed of 129.535 mph.
Busch won yesterday's Nationwide Series race on the half-mile oval.
Kasey Kahne (kayn) had the second fastest car during Friday's qualifying.
WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC
Four left to fight for WBC crown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two-time defending champion Japan plays Puerto Rico in the opener of the World Baseball Classic semifinals tonight in San Francisco.
Undefeated Dominican Republic and the Netherlands meet tomorrow in the City by the Bay.
Title on the line in California
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') and Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) will slug it out in today's ATP final at Indiana Wells.
Nadal topped Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-4, 7-5 in yesterday's semifinals before del Potro took out top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak YOH'-koh-vihch) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
WORLD CUP SKIING
Strong finish to historic season
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Tina Maze (MAH'-zeh) won the season-ending giant slalom race to complete the most statistically dominating year since the World Cup started in 1967.
The Slovenian racer's 11th World Cup victory this season extends her record overall points total to 2,414. Austrian great Hermann Maier set a mark of 2,000 in the 1999-2000 season.