NCAA-MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Busy day and night on the college hardwood
UNDATED (AP) — Top overall seed Louisville put on a dominating performance in its NCAA opener with a resounding 79-48 win over North Carolina A&T.
Russ Smith scored 23 points and set a Cardinals NCAA tournament record with a career-high eight steals, and Peyton Siva had eight assists.
Louisville finished with a season-high 20 steals as it forced the 20-17 Aggies into 27 turnovers. It was the 11th straight win for the Cardinals who improved to 30-5.
Gonzaga had to scramble to keep from becoming the first No. 1 seed that was knocked off by a 16th seed. The Bulldogs held off an upset bid from Southern 64-58, behind 21 points from Kelly Olynyk. The Jaguars tied the game at 56 on a jumper from Derick Beltran with 3:45 to go. But Southern would only get a pair of free throws from Beltran the rest of the way to squelch any ideas of making NCAA tournament history.
In other second round play;
— Marquette had to rally from a nine-point deficit to edge Davidson 59-58. Vander Blue's layup with one second left capped the Golden Eagle's rally.
— Memphis held on to beat Saint Mary's 54-52. Matthew Dellavedova's 3-pointer from the right wing sailed long as time expired on the Gaels, allowing the Tigers to advance.
— Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway, Jr. each scored 21 points to lead fourth-seed Michigan to a 71-56 win over South Dakota State. The Wolverines won despite having star guard Trey Burke held to six points, the first time he scored in single digits all season.
— Mark Lyons scored 23 points to lead Arizona to an 81-64 rout of Belmont. The Wildcats held a 44-18 edge on the boards, outscored Belmont 36-18 in the paint, blocked five shots and outshot the Bruins from 3-point range.
— Allen Crabbe had 19 points and nine rebounds and reserve Robert Thurman scored all 12 of his points on dunks as12th-seeded California upset fifth-seeded UNLV 64-61. Cal held the Runnin' Rebels without a basket for 11 minutes in the second half.
— Michigan State moved past Valparaiso 65-54. Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Spartans.
— Damyean Dotson scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 17 rebounds to help 12th-seeded Oregon knock off fifth-seeded Oklahoma State 68-55.
— Malcolm Armstead scored 22 points, Cleanthony Early added 21 and ninth-seeded Wichita State defeated eighth-seeded Pittsburgh 73-55. Freshman Steven Adams led Pitt with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
— fourth-seeded Saint Louis had little trouble with New Mexico State 64-44. Dwayne Evans scored 24 points and Cody Ellis added 12 points for the Billikens.
— Butler made its free throws down the stretch to hold off upset-minded Bucknell 68-56. Andrew Smith had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds while Roosevelt Jones added 14 points for Butler.
Blazers sweep Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — Portland got 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 24 from Damian Lillar in a 99-89 win over Chicago that completed a two-game season sweep of the Bulls.
Portland took control in the second quarter when they outscored the Bulls 32-16. The Trail Blazers widened the lead to 28 points in the third quarter and coasted from there.
Joakim Noah paced Chicago with 18 points and Carlos Boozer added 16 and 11 rebounds.
Dodgers take a hit
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his injured right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.
The Dodgers say an MRI indicates that a ligament in Ramirez's thumb was torn.
Ramirez suffered the injury Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco.
Goalie gets a goal
UNDATED (AP) — New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur (mar-TAN' broh-DOOR') picked up his third career goal and made 17 saves in his first game in a month, leading New Jersey to a 4-1 victory over Carolina.
Brodeur was credited with a goal when the Hurricanes Jordan Staal fired a the puck in his own net during a delayed penalty. Since Brodeur was the last Devils player to touch the puck, he earned the goal.
Brodeur had been out since Feb. 21 with a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck. His play helped the Devils snap a three-game losing streak.
In other NHL play;
— Dennis Seidenberg scored with 1:04 left to give Boston a 2-1 win over Ottawa.
— Mike Fisher scored twice in Nashville's 5-2 win over Calgary that snapped the Predators four-game losing streak.
— Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves to pace Florida to a 3-1 win over the Rangers. Brian Campbell stakes Markstrom to a first period lead, and Scottie Upshall made it 2-0 in the second.
— Brian Gionta scored the go-ahead goal 48 seconds into the third period and Brendan Gallagher added two more Montreal beat the Islanders 5-2. It was the Canadiens first win over the Islanders in three tries this season.
— Steve Ott scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout to give Buffalo a 5-4 win over Toronto.
PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
Rose with the top score
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Justin Rose ran off a string of four straight birdies late in the round on the way to a 7-under 65 and the lead after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rose has a two-shot edge over John Huh. Tiger Woods opened with a 3-under-69.
Park with early lead
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Jane Park shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take the lead after the opening round of the Kia Classic.
Park has a one-stroke lead over Caroline Hedwall and Karrie Webb.
Stacy Lewis, playing her first round since taking over the No. 1 spot in the world, was four shots off the lead after a round that she called frustrating. Lewis is trying to win her third straight tournament.
NFL teams continue to tweak rosters
UNDATED (AP) — Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert has signed his franchise tender, two weeks after the team placed the franchise tag on him.
The former first-round pick has locked down the left side of Kansas City's offensive line the past five seasons. Albert will make $9.828 million if he plays under the one-year contract.
The Chiefs have spoken to his representatives about a long-term deal, and it's also possible that Kansas City will trade Albert in the coming weeks.
In other pro football news:
— The New York Giants re-signed free-agent quarterback David Carr. The 2002 No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft has been Eli Manning's backup in four of the last five seasons. He played for San Francisco in 2010.
— The Titans have agreed to a one-year contract with safety Bernard Pollard. He's the second safety Tennessee has added in free agency this offseason. Pollard is a seven-year pro who spent the past two seasons in Baltimore.
Battle receives endorsement
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama President Judy Bonner is recommending former Crimson Tide football player Bill Battle as athletic director.
Bonner says outgoing athletic director Mal Moore strongly endorsed Battle as his successor. Moore is stepping down to become a special assistant to Bonner because of health issues.
Battle played with Moore on Bear Bryant's 1961 national championship team. He spent seven years as Tennessee's football coach starting in 1970.
SKIING-U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mancuso takes opener at US Alpines
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Julia Mancuso raced to her record 16th title in the U.S. Alpine Championships, winning the giant slalom in her hometown.
The Olympic gold medalist beat World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.88 seconds in the opening event in the four-day competition at the 1960 Olympic mountain.
ATHLETICS-FLORIDA STATE SUSPENSIONS
Celebration goes overboard
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has suspended two of the nation's top sprinters after an early morning poolside shooting incident.
Ronell Mance won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and Stephen Newbold was the MVP at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field championships. A probable cause affidavit says Newbold was arrested for discharging a firearm in public and resisting without violence. Mance was arrested for unauthorized use of an ID and resisting without violence. No one was injured in the incident.
Ex-Bears star Hill dies
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died. He was 80.
Jeff Hodges, chairman of the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, says Hill died Thursday at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence after a lengthy illness.
Hill was the NFL rookie of the year in 1954 after being drafted in the 15th round by the Bears, and became the first winner of the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL's most valuable player in 1955. In nine seasons with the Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, he had 233 receptions for 4,717 yards and 40 touchdowns. He averaged 20.2 yards per catch.
The Harlon Hill Trophy has been presented in Florence for the past 27 years on the eve of the Division II championship game.