A day of upsets
UNDATED (AP) — Friday's NCAA action included victories by a No. 15, No. 13 and No. 12 seed.
Sherwood Brown scored 24 points and Bernard Thompson added 23 as 15th seed Florida Gulf Coast beat No. 2 Georgetown 78-68. The Eagles are just the seventh No. 15 seed to beat a second seed, and the third in the last two tournaments.
FGCU took control with a 21-2 run that gave the Eagles a 52-33 lead with 12:28 to play. The Hoyas got within 72-68 with 52 seconds left before Florida Gulf Coast won in its second season of being eligible for Division I postseason
The No. 12 seeds finished 3-1 in the second round following Mississippi's win over Wisconsin Friday afternoon, just before No 13 seed La Salle played itself into the third round as well.
Ole Miss knocked off fifth seed Wisconsin 57-46, giving the Rebels their first tournament win since 2002. Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss shook out of a shooting slump and scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half.
Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and the La Salle Explorers survived after blowing an 18-point halftime advantage to beat fourth-seeded Kansas State 63-61. Wright scored a game-high 21 points for the Explorers.
Kansas barely avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed to fall to a No. 16 seed as Jeff Withey scored 17 points in the Jayhawks' 64-57 win over Western Kentucky. Ben McLemore and Travis Relaford each had 11 points for the Jayhawks, who trailed 31-30 at halftime and never led by more than 11.
In other action from the NCAA tourney:
— Freshman Yogi Ferrell scored 14 points in the first six minutes as top-seeded Indiana cruised to an 83-62 win over James Madison. Ferrell finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Hoosiers, who led by 33 in the second half.
— No. 2 Ohio State had little trouble with Iona as Sam Thompson had career highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Buckeyes' 95-70 rout of the Gaels. Deshaun Thomas added 24 points to the Buckeyes' ninth consecutive win.
— Second seed Duke opened play with a 73-61 win over Albany. Seth Curry had 26 points and Mason Plumlee added 23 for the 28-5 Blue Devils.
— Another second-seeded team from the ACC is Miami, which scored 14 straight points in the first half and hammered Pacific 78-49. Durand Scott canned five three-pointers and had 21 points for the Hurricanes.
— Erik Murphy had 19 points and No. 3 seed Florida put together a 19-1 spurt in the second half to beat Northwestern State 79-47. Patric Young had 16 points and nine rebounds while helping the Gators hold the Demons to their lowest point total of the season, 34 below their average.
— Andre Hollins poured in 28 points and Austin Hollins added 16 to carry No. 11 Minnesota's offense in an 83-63 stomping of UCLA. Shabazz Muhammad finished with 20 points in what may have been his final game at UCLA and Ben Howland's final one with the program.
— Freshman George Niang matched a season high with 19 points and Melvin Ejim added 17 as No. 10 Iowa State thumped No. 7 Notre Dame 76-58. The Cyclones turned it into a rout by shooting better than 70 percent for much of the second half.
— Seventh seed San Diego got 21 points out of Jamaal Franklin and beat Oklahoma 70-55. James Rahon had 17 points for the Aztecs.
— No. 7 Illinois blew a 16-point halftime lead before outlasting Colorado 57-49. Brandon Paul scored 17 points, including a key three-pointer in the second half and four free throws down the stretch.
— P.J. Hairston scored 23 points and Roy Williams picked up his 700th career coaching victory in North Carolina's 78-71 win against Villanova. James Michael McAdoo added 17 for the eighth-seeded Tar Heels, who blew a 20-point lead before winning.
— Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points and Temple broke with its one-and-done NCAA tournament trend, beating North Carolina State 76-72. The ninth-seeded Owls are 24-9 after winning an NCAA for only the second time in their last six trips.
— Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and to lead Creighton (KRAY'-tuhn) past Cincinnati 67-63. Ethan Wragge added 12 for the Bluejays, who won their NCAA tournament opener for the second straight year.
Heat extend streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat made it 25 straight wins Friday night to pull within eight of the NBA record set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron James contributed 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Heat topped Detroit 103-89 to cut their magic number for clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference to three. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade added 19 points for Miami, which trailed by three at intermission before outscoring the Pistons 52-35 in the second half.
Tony Parker had a strong performance after missing San Antonio's previous eight games with an ankle sprain, scoring 22 points in a 104-97 overtime win against Utah. Parker capped the scoring with a pair of free throws with 17.2 seconds left, shot 8-for-13 from the field and had five assists.
Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard scored five of his 21 points in overtime as the West-leading Spurs stayed 2 ½ games ahead of Oklahoma City.
Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Thunder's 97-89 comeback win at Orlando. Russell Westbrook had 19 points for the Thunder, who trailed by one in the fourth quarter before dealing the Magic their sixth straight loss.
Also in the NBA, Robin Lopez carried New Orleans to a 90-83 victory over visiting Memphis. Lopez had 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and contributed a putback and two free throws in the final 71 seconds.
James Harden scored 20 points and Omer Asik had a double-double in Houston's 116-78 laugher against Cleveland. Asik finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Rockets improved to 4-1 on their homestand.
The Los Angeles Lakers blew an 18-point lead in the second half and lost 103-100 to Washington. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zuh) hit a career-high seven three-pointers and finished with 25 points for the Wizards, one more than teammate John Wall.
Indiana ripped Milwaukee 102-78 behind Tyler Hansbrough's 22 points and 12 rebounds. Paul George added 20 points to the Pacers' third straight win.
Carmelo Anthony poured in 37 points and the New York Knicks clinched a playoff berth with a 99-94 win at Toronto. Kenyon Martin had 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Portland had three players score at least 20 points in a 104-93 victory in Atlanta. Wesley Matthews was high man with 28 points, Damian Lillard scored 22 and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and 13 rebounds.
Brandon Wright had a season-high 23 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 22 as Dallas dumped Boston 107-94. Shawn Marion had 11 points and 13 rebounds in his first game since missing eight straight with a strained left calf.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 20 points and Minnesota ended a nine-game road losing streak by routing Phoenix 117-86.
Pens win again
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have stretched their lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference to three points over Montreal by picking up their 11th straight win.
Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') stopped 33 shots and Brandon Sutter snapped a 2-2 tie early in the third period of the Penguins' 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. Joe Vitale and Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) had second-period goals as the Pens dropped the Isles to 0-3 on their four-game homestand.
In other NHL action, Justin Abdelkader (AB'-dul-kay-dur) notched his first NHL hat trick and Detroit ended Anaheim's club-record 13-game home winning streak by downing the Ducks 5-1. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and two assists as the Red Wings took the opener of back-to-back games between the two teams.
Columbus has extended its team-record point streak to 12 games by whipping Calgary 5-1. Nick Foligno (foh-LEE'-noh) scored twice in a club-record 51 seconds, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots as the Blue Jackets improved to 8-0-4 in their last dozen games.
Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) scored twice and Washington completed a sweep of its back-to-back games in Winnipeg by blasting the Jets 6-1. Mike Ribeiro had two assists in the first period to help the Capitals outscore the Jets 10-1 in the two games.
Orioles don't budge, so champs open on road
UNDATED (AP) — Consider this a rare example of the NFL not getting its way.
Instead of celebrating their Super Bowl title with a game at their home stadium, the Baltimore Ravens will start the 2013 regular season on the road, because Major League Baseball and the Baltimore Orioles wouldn't move their scheduled night game to a day game.
The Ravens and Orioles play at adjacent stadiums and share a parking lot, so they avoid playing at the same time because of traffic problems.
Reed signs with Houston...Browns add depth
HOUSTON (AP) — The NFL champion Ravens have lost another player. Nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed has signed a contract with Houston. No terms were disclosed but the Houston Chronicle reported it was a three-year deal worth $15 million, with $5 million guaranteed.
In other NFL news, the Cleveland Browns have signed free agent tight end Kellen Davis and cornerback Chris Owens to one-year contracts.
Baseball sues Miami facility
MIAMI (AP) — Major League Baseball is suing a now-shuttered South Florida clinic and its operators, accusing it of providing banned performance-enhancing drugs to players. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Coral Gables anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America and its operator, Anthony Bosch.
MLB contends the clinic's operators solicited players to use banned substances knowing that violated their contracts. The lawsuit says baseball has suffered costs to investigate the claims, loss of revenue and injury to its reputation among fans.
Several prominent players have been implicated, including injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriquez. He and most of the others have denied ties to the clinic.
Mets shelve Santana...Twins place starter on DL
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets say they'll open the season without Johan Santana, who hasn't pitched in a spring training game this year and hasn't thrown a bullpen session since March 3. The two-time Cy Young Award winner went 6-9 last season and was shut down in August because of back problems.
The Minnesota Twins have put left-hander Scott Diamond on the 15-day disabled list as he continues his recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow. Diamond is projected as one of the team's top starters this season after going 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA last year.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton will be out for up to two months because of a sprained left elbow. Eaton hit .390 this spring with 23 hits and 10 RBIs in 59 at bats.
And right-hander Casey Kelly of the Padres will have Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm the first week of April. He is expected to miss 12 to 18 months rehabbing after the procedure. Kelly was 2-3 with a 6.21 ERA in six starts last season and was a candidate for this season's starting rotation.
New AD for Crimson Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has a new athletic director. Bill Battle played for Bear Bryant's 1961 national championship team and is a former head football coach at Tennessee. He replaces Mal Moore, who hand-picked his successor.
The 71-year old Battle will make $620,000 annually over four years.
PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
Co-leaders at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bill Haas and Justin Rose are co-leaders at the midway point of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Haas fired a 6-under-par 66 today for a 9-under total that puts him even with Rose, one shot ahead of John Huh. Ken Duke, J.J. Henry and Jimmy Walker are three shots back and one ahead of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay sing) and Mark Wilson.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC
SAUCIER, MISS. (AP) — There's a four-way tie for the lead through 18 holes at the Champions Tour event in Mississippi. Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn) and Roger Chapman topped the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic leaderboard following 3-under 69s, one shot ahead of six others.
Early second round results
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Beatriz Recari is the leader after two rounds of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. Recari shot a bogey-free, 5-under 67 and now sits at minus-8, one stroke ahead of Paula Creamer (KREE'-mur) and Karrie (KAH'-ree) Webb.
NASCAR-AUTO CLUB 400
Hamlin captures pole
FONTANA, CALIF. (AP) — Denny Hamlin will start from the pole for Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Fontana, Calif. Hamlin was the fastest in Friday's qualifying with a top speed of 187.451 mph.
Greg Biffle will join Hamlin on the front row. Sprint Cup points leader Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch will make up Row 2, ahead of Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.