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Louisville advances

ATLANTA (AP) — It will be Louisville taking on Michigan in Monday's NCAA title game in Atlanta.

Walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally and the Cardinals earned a berth in Monday's final with a 72-68 win over Wichita State. Henderson drained a pair of three-pointers after Cleanthony (klee-AN'-thuh-nee) Early hit a three to put the Shockers ahead 47-35 with about 13 1/2 minutes left.

Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 21 points, including three free throws in the final 29.9 seconds. Smith drained one of two from the line with 4.9 seconds remaining to put the Cards ahead by four.

Luke Hancock finished with 20 points for Louisville, while Chane (shayn) Behanan added 10 and nine rebounds.

The Shockers lost despite Early's game-highs of 24 points and 10 boards.

The Wolverines escaped with a 61-56 win over Syracuse to move into the title game for the first time since 1989. Tim Hardaway Jr. furnished 13 points, six rebounds and five assists to help help Michigan survive a wild finish.

The Wolverines' lead was just 58-56 when Orange guard Brandon Triche (trihsh) was called for a charge with 19.2 seconds left. After Jon Horford made only one of two free throws with 17.9 seconds remaining, Syracuse brought the ball downcourt before it was swatted away, allowing Jordan Morgan to hit a game-clinching dunk.

Michigan managed to win despite little production from AP Player of the Year Trey Burke, who finished with seven points and five rebounds. Mitch McGary added 10 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high six assists to the victory.

Syracuse forward C.J. Fair led all scorers with 22 points.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-BALL STATE

New coach for Cardinals

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State has hired James Whitford as its new basketball coach. He spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Arizona working under Sean Miller.

Whitford takes over a Ball State team that went 15-15 this season.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Spurs outlast Hawks...Heat win again...Pacers lose

UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have regained sole possession of first place in the NBA's Western Conference.

Tim Duncan scored 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the short-handed Spurs eked out a 99-97 win over Atlanta. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard had 23 points for the Spurs, who played without Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) due to injuries. San Antonio also finished without Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow), who left midway through the second quarter with back spasms.

The outcome gives the West-leading Spurs a half-game lead over Oklahoma City, which has one game in hand.

In other NBA action, Denver tied a team record with its 20th straight home win as Wilson Chandler scored 21 points in a 132-114 rout of Houston. Corey Brewer added 22 points off the bench for the Nuggets, who are a league-best 35-3 at home.

LeBron James scored 27 points and Rashard Lewis added 14 as Miami trounced Philadelphia 106-87. James was 12-for-17 from the field in his return after missing the Heat's three previous games with a strained right hamstring.

John Wall had 37 points, five assists and four rebounds in Washington's ninth straight home win, a 104-85 trouncing of Indiana. The Pacers failed to clinch the Central Division title and fell two games behind New York for the second seed in the East.

Brooklyn was a 105-96 winner over Charlotte behind Deron Williams' 32 points and six assists. Brook Lopez added 19 points and backup Andray Blatche (AHN'-dray blach) had 16 as the Nets moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Milwaukee secured its first playoff berth in three seasons by towning Toronto 100-83. Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis had 22 points and nine assists, and Larry Sanders chipped in 12 points, nine boards and six blocks.

Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and 13 rebounds as Minnesota beat Detroit 107-101 for Rick Adelman's 1,00th victory as an NBA head coach.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Pujols pounds Rangers

UNDATED (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has begun the season by tossing 16 consecutive scoreless innings.

Kershaw followed his complete-game shutout on opening day by allowing just two hits while striking out nine over seven innings of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1-0 win over Pittsburgh. The Dodgers ace protected a one-run lead after Mark Ellis poked an RBI single in the third.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) smacked a pair of homers and had three RBIs as Los Angeles doubled up Texas 8-4. Mark Trumbo also smacked a two-run homer against losing pitcher Matt Harrison, who surrendered five runs and eight hits in five innings.

— J.A. Happ pitched into the sixth inning and combined on a two-hitter as Toronto blanked Boston 5-0. Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer and J.P. Arencibia (ar-ehn-SEE'-bee-uh) hit a two-run shot to support Happ. Red Sox starter John Lackey left the game with an injured biceps in his first start since September 2011. Lackey served up Arencibia's homer and came out five pitches later.

— Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run as Detroit whipped the New York Yankees 8-4. Prince Fielder and Andy Dirks each had two RBIs for the Tigers, who've outscored the Bombers 16-7 in the first two games of the series.

— In Chicago, the White Sox edged Seattle and Felix Hernandez 4-3 as Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking two-run home run off Hernandez in the sixth. Hernandez, who signed a big-money, off season contract, went 6 1/3 innings and allowed all four runs.

— Orioles first baseman Chris Davis collected his major league-leading 17th RBI, but he also had an error that set up Justin Morneau's tiebreaking single with two out in the ninth inning of Minnesota's 6-5 win at Baltimore. Morneau was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

— Alex Cobb scattered four hits over 7 1/3 innings to pitch Tampa Bay past Cleveland 6-0. Kelly JOhnson's two-run blast put the Rays ahead 3-0 in the fourth.

— Homers by Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie and Seth Smith powered Oakland past Houston 6-3. Bartolo Colon had three runs and eight hits over six innings, his first start since serving a drug suspension last season.

— The Cubs carried a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth before B.J. and Justin Upton each homered to lift Atlanta past Chicago 6-5. Justin Upton was 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs in helping the Braves erase a 5-1 deficit.

— Carlos Beltran had three RBIs, including a go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning as St. Louis doubled up San Francisco 6-3. Pete Kozma (KAHZ'-mah) had three hits, drove in a run and scored once for the Cardinals.

— Arizona battered Milwaukee 9-2 behind homers by Jason Kubel (KOO'-bul), Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill. Seven Diamondbacks starters had two of the team's 16 hits.

— Jon Garland looked good in his first major league appearance in almost two yeras, allosing two runs in six innings of Colorado's 6-3 victory against San Diego. Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) hit a two-run homer and had four RBIs in the Rockies' fourth straight win.

— John Buck has nine RBIs after driving in four more in the New York Mets' 7-3 win over Miami. David Wright had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run, while Daniel Murphy furnished the tiebreaking triple in the Mets' three-run seventh.

— Washington squandered a 5-1 lead before Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) homered in the eleventh inning to lift the Nationals past Cincinnati 7-6. Nats new closer Rafael Soriano entered the ninth with a 5-3 lead but blew the save on Shin-Soo Choo's solo homer and a run-scoring wild pitch.

— Philadelphia pulled out a 4-3 win over Kansas City on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen's three-run double with two out in the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies had just two hits and trailed 3-1 to start the ninth.

MLB-TRADE

Dodgers and Rockies deal...Hughes activated...Stay classy, Dallas

UNDATED (AP) — The Dodgers have traded pitcher Aaron Harang (huh-RANG') to the Colorado Rockies for former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez and cash. Hernandez has a career average of .264 with 166 home runs, 751 RBI and 1,335 hits during his 14-year career with Oakland, San Diego, Baltimore, Cincinnati and the Rockies. Harang hadn't appeared in a game for the Dodgers this season. He was 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts last season.

In other baseball news, Milwaukee third baseman Aramis (ah-RAH'-mihs) Ramirez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after spraining his left knee in Friday's loss to Arizona. Ramirez sustained a similar injury during spring training and missed two weeks.

The New York Yankees activated pitcher Phil Hughes from the disabled list to start against the Detroit Tigers. To make room on the roster, the Yankees sent right-handed reliever Cody Eppley to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton says his wife had to call for security before his first game against the Texas Rangers because fans of his former team were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family. The All-Star slugger said that security guards stayed near his wife and their children during Friday's game and that there weren't any major incidents.

A 1909 Honus (HOH'-nus) Wagner baseball card has been sold for more than $2.1 million at auction. While the auction house said the price was a record for a baseball card sold at auction, a similar Wagner card in mint condition was purchased for $2.8 million in a private sale in 2007.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Habs fend of B's...Blackhawks win

UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens lead the NHL's Northeast Division by three points after pulling out a one-goal victory against second-place Boston.

Carey Price stopped 26 shots and the Canadiens earned their second straight win by downing the Bruins 2-1. P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) assisted on goals by Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN'-yuhk) and Michael Ryder while the Habs were building a 2-0 lead.

Daniel Paille (PY'-ay) scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who ended a three-game winning streak and suffered just their eighth regulation loss of the season.

Also on ice, Ray Emery stopped 20 shots and Bryan Bickell scored the lone goal as Chicago blanked Nashville 1-0, increasing the Blackhawks' lead in the West to five points over Anaheim. Emery posted his second shutout of the season and 13th of his career while Chicago improved to 12-0-1 against the Central Division.

Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist as Los Angeles picked up its fifth win in seven games, beating Edmonton 4-1. Jonathan Quick handled 23 shots to help the Kings move into fourth place in the West.

Daniel Sedin (seh-DEEN') had three assists and Cory Schneider made 36 saves in Vancouver's 5-2 victory against Calgary. Henrik Sedin added an empty-netter and had two assists as the Canucks stretched their lead in the Northwest Division to four points over Minnesota.

Mike Smith picked up his fifth shutout of the year by handling 24 shots in the Coyotes' 4-0 win against Colorado. Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan each had a goal and an assist as Phoenix won its third straight to pull with two points of a Western Conference playoff berth.

The New York Rangers still own the tiebreaker over the New York Islanders for seventh in the East after Henrik Lundqvist stopped a season-high 48 shots in the Blueshirts' 4-1 win at Carolina. Derek Stepan (STEHP'-ahn) and Ryan Callahan scored 31 seconds apart, and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist during the Rangers' three-goal second period.

Matt Martin scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:26 left as the Islanders won for the sixth time in eight games, 4-2 over Tampa Bay. Josh Bailey added a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who have a two-point lead over Winnipeg in the battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

The Devils absorbed their sixth consecutive loss as James Reimer (RY'-mur) made 27 saves to backstop Toronto's 2-1 triumph at New Jersey. Goals by rookie Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak strengthened the Maple Leafs' postseason position and dropped the Devils three points behind the Isles.

Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) registered a hat trick and also had an assist while Washington was building a 4-0 lead in a 4-3 victory at Florida. Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) added a goal and an assist as the Capitals kept their tiebreaker over Winnipeg for the Southeast Division lead.

Evander Kane, Grant Clitsome, Kyle Wellwood and Bryan Little scored during a seven-minute stretch of the second period to lift the Jets past Philadelphia 4-1. Winnipeg ended a five-game skid and halted the Flyers' four-game winning streak.

INDYCAR

Pole determined

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay (ray) has won the pole for tomorrow's IndyCar race in Birmingham, Ala. He grabbed the top starting spot for the race with a lap of 1:07.0871 around the 17-turn, 2.38-mile road course. He beat two-time defending race winner Will Power.

DAVIS CUP

Yanks, Serbia tied

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. will have to rally on Sunday to reach the Davis Cup semifinals.

Serbia has a 2-1 lead over the Americans after doubles partners Bob and Mike Bryan were beaten 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 4-6, 15-13.

PGA-TEXAS OPEN

Horschel is the man to beat

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Billy Horschel has the lead after three rounds of the PGA's Texas Open in San Antonio. He shot a third-round 2-under-70 and stands 10-under-par for the tournament, two shots in front of Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Charley Hoffman.

Rory McIlroy is four shots off the pace after a third-round 7-under-71.

LPGA-KRAFT NABISCO

Park on top

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Inbee Park is the leader through three rounds of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Park fired her second straight 5-under-par 67 on Saturday to get to 12-under in the first LPGA major of the year. She's three shots ahead of Lizette Salas, who opened the round one stroke back before carding a 69.

Six players share third at 6-under.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

AP Awards

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Brittney Griner (GRY'-nur) has been named The Associated Press player of the year for the second straight season. Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw was selected coach of the year. Griner is just the third player to earn the award in consecutive years.



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