Final regional semifinal games are tonight
UNDATED (AP) — No. 1 overall seed Louisville takes the court tonight, trying to derail the Final Four dreams of Oregon in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
The Cardinals have been dominant in racking up wins over North Carolina A&T and Colorado State by an average of 28.5 points while forcing 47 turnovers. During the current 12-game winning streak, Louisville has held opponents to fewer than 55 points and 38 percent shooting, while forcing an average of 17 turnovers.
Beating those kinds of numbers appears like a tough task for the Ducks, who shot over 50 percent from 3 -point range in their two tournament wins.
The second game of the Indianapolis doubleheader features a match-up of two of the top coaches in the game. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) holds the record for most career wins by a coach and has won four national titles. Michigan State's Tom Izzo has racked up a school record 439 wins while claiming one national championship. The winner moves on to the regional final.
The South Regional semifinals in Arlington, Texas, have top seed Kansas going against Michigan, and Florida taking on tournament darling Florida-Gulf Coast.
Big deal for Verlander
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has agreed to a five-year contract covering 2015-19. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner gets a deal through 2014 that calls for him to earn $20 million in each of the next two seasons. The new contract includes an option for 2020 that could become guaranteed. The pact could be worth $202 million over eight seasons
Big money for Posey
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey has been rewarded for winning the NL MVP award and batting title with a $167 million, nine-year contract. The deal includes a club option for 2022 that could raise the value to $186 million over a decade.
The agreement is the longest for a catcher and the largest in Giants history, surpassing Matt Cain's $127.5 million, six-year contract signed before the start of last season.
The Giants captured their second championship in three years behind the play of the All-Star catcher, who hit .336 with 24 homers and 103 RBIs while playing 148 games for the NL West champions.
KC keeps Tejeda
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada (mee-GEL' tay-HAH'-dah) has made the Kansas City Royals' opening-day roster as a utility infielder. The 38-year-old is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with San Francisco. He spent last season with Baltimore's Triple-A team at Norfolk, batting .259 with no home runs and 18 RBIs in 135 at-bats before his release on June 25.
The 2002 AL MVP with Oakland, Tejada has a .285 career average with 304 homers and 1,282 RBIs.
Report: Deal approaching for Goldschmidt
PHOENIX (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks are close to agreement on a $32 million, five-year contract that would run from 2014-18. The 25-year-old agreed in February to a deal paying $500,000 if he is in the majors this season. As a rookie last year, Goldschmidt hit .286 with 43 doubles, 20 home runs and 82 RBIs.
Wright plays in exhibition
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — David Wright made his first appearance in a big league game since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0 for 3 and playing five innings for New York in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He says he didn't feel any tightness or pain.
Wright was a late scratch from the United States' game against the Dominican Republic on March 14. He received a cortisone shot in his left side a day later.
Bad break in the schedule for Hornets
UNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets are the lucky team to face the Miami Heat after the Heat suffered their first loss after that 27-game winning streak. Tonight in the Crescent City the Hornets are playing host to the Heat, who were beaten by the Bulls in Chicago two nights ago.
In the marquee game of the night the Clippers are playing the Spurs in San Antonio. In the NBA Western Conference the Spurs are tops with 54 wins and 17 defeats while the Clippers are third with 49 wins and 23 setbacks. The Spurs top the Southwest Division while the Clippers lead the Pacific. Oklahoma City resides in second place in the West with a record of 53-19 and tonight the Thunder are at Minnesota.
With Miami suffering that setback the other night the Knicks are the hottest team in the league now with a six game winning streak. They put it on the line with a home game against Charlotte tonight.
The longest losing streak in the league is held by Orlando, eight straight. Tonight the last-place Magic are in Washington for a game with the Wizards.
The rest of the Friday schedule has Boston at home to Atlanta, the 76ers in Cleveland, Toronto playing at Detroit, Memphis playing host to Houston, Brooklyn at Denver and Utah at Portland.
Big showdown in Chicago
UNDATED (AP) — Just four games are on the NHL agenda this evening and one features the top two clubs in the Western Conference squaring off. Chicago enters tonight's home game with Anaheim with 53 points, tops in the West, while the visiting Ducks have 48. This is the third meeting of the season between the division leaders with Anaheim coming out on top in both of the previous outings. As a matter of fact, the Ducks are the only team from the West the Blackhawks have not beaten this season.
With a win the Minnesota Wild can regain a portion of first place in the Northwest Division with idle Vancouver. The Wild enter tonight's game at Dallas with 42 points, two shy of the Canucks.
The remaining games tonight have New Jersey skating at Tampa Bay and Columbus at Calgary.
Romo cashes in
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys have agreed on a six-year contract extension worth $108 million, with about half of it guaranteed.
The deal will lower Romo's salary cap number of $16.8 million for 2013, giving the team more room to sign free agents and draft picks.
The 32-year old Romo gets $55 million guaranteed and could be with Dallas through 2019. Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco got $52 million guaranteed in the six-year, $120.6 million contract he signed with Baltimore earlier this month.
Report: Redskins retain Davis
WASHINGTON (AP) — According to a person familiar with the deal, tight end Fred Davis has agreed to a one-year contract to remain with the Washington Redskins. He was reportedly being pursued by at least two other clubs, the Bills and Jets. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has yet to announce the deal.
He had 24 catches for 325 yards in seven games last year. The 2008 second-round pick has 155 receptions for 1,973 yards and 12 touchdowns in five Redskins seasons.
Wheatcroft leads the pack
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Steve Wheatcroft shot a 5-under-67 to take the early second round clubhouse lead at the PGA's Houston Open. Wheatcroft had to qualify Monday to make it into the field and has made the most of it through two rounds with a 10-under total. That's good for a 3-shot lead over Brian Davis who posted a 70.
Rory McIlroy also shot a 70 and is 1-under for the tournament. That might be good enough for him to make the cut.
McIlroy books another Masters prep
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Rory McIlroy is going to play next week in the Texas Open, wanting one more tournament to try to find his form ahead of the first major of the year. The two-time major champion has only played five tournaments this year, making just two cuts.
He has completed only 10 rounds through Friday of the Houston Open.
McIlroy lost his No. 1 ranking last week to Tiger Woods, who won at Bay Hill. Even so, it gives the Texas Open its biggest name in more than a decade.
Ferrer wins again
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Third seed David Ferrer has reached the final at the Sony Open, rallying from a break down in the third set to beat Tommy Haas 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Ferrer improved to 25-4 this year and leads the tour in victories.