NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT
Time for the Final Four
ATLANTA (AP) — College basketball fans get ready; it's time for the Final Four in Atlanta this evening. The first of the two national semifinals has top overall seed Louisville playing Wichita State with the second game featuring Michigan and Syracuse.
Louisville advanced with an 85-63 win over Duke last week while Wichita State eliminated Ohio State. Among the Louisville fans will be Kevin Ware, the young man who suffered the severe broken leg in that win over Duke. Louisville coach Rick Pitino says the loss of Ware coming off the bench will hinder the Cards as they try to advance.
Michigan got this far with a win last weekend over Florida while Syracuse stopped Marquette.
The winners will play for the national championship Monday night in the Georgia Dome.
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. Whitford has also been an assistant to Miller at Xavier and also worked 11 seasons at Miami of Ohio.
First weekend of season starts play
UNDATED (AP) — Seven day games are on the agenda in Major League Baseball today.
In American League contests, the Blue Jays are hosting the Red Sox in an AL East game, while Seattle is in Chicago, the Tigers are entertaining the Yankees and the Angels continue their series in Arlington against Texas.
The National League day games have Miami in New York against the Mets, Cincinnati home to Washington and the Cardinals at San Francisco.
In today's inter-league game the Royals are playing the Phillies this evening in one of the eight games taking place under the lights.
Wager card sells for big money
WEST BERLIN, N.J. (AP) — A 1909 Honus (HOH'-nus) Wagner baseball card has been sold for more than $2.1 million at auction. Goldin Auctions says the T206 card, originally released by the American Tobacco Co., went for $2,105,770.50 in an online sale.
While the company 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.
Spurs look for a win
UNDATED (AP) — San Antonio looks to improve its position in the NBA West tonight with a home game against Atlanta. The Spurs, who have lost four of their last eight games, are in the midst of a battle with Oklahoma City for the best mark in the West.
The rest of the light NBA schedule has Indiana at Washington, the Nets home to Charlotte, Miami entertaining Philadelphia, the Pistons at Minnesota, Toronto at Milwaukee and Houston at Denver.
Matinee affairs on ice
UNDATED (AP) — There are three day games in the NHL this afternoon.
In Nashville, the Predators are playing host to the Blackhawks, who need a win to bolster their position atop the Western Conference. At the same time Winnipeg, which is involved in a battle with Washington for supremacy of the Southeast Division, is home to Philadelphia.
The final afternoon game features Edmonton skating at Los Angeles. The Oilers are fighting to stay alive in the race for the final playoff berth in the West.
There are seven more games on tap tonight in the NHL with the Boston at Montreal game leading the way as the Bruins and Canadiens are battling for first-place in the Northeast Division.
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.
AJ Allmendinger will start 10th in his IndyCar debut Sunday. It was announced before that race that he will also drive for Penske at Long Beach before competing in the Indy 500.
Yanks, Serbia tied
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. hopes to take a 2-1 lead over Serbia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals when the Bryan Brothers take the court in doubles play later today. Sam Querrey tied it for the Americans with a 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Viktor Troicki yesterday after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak YOH'-koh-vihch) defeated John Isner (IHZ'-nur) 7-6 (5) 6-2, 7-5.
McIlroy moving up
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Billy Horschel has a one shot lead during the third round of the PGA's Texas Open in San Antonio. He has completed six holes and is 1-under for the day. For the tournament, he is one shot in front of Charley Hoffman, who has completed six holes as well.
Rory McIlroy birdied the first hole of the third round today and is now 6-under for the tournament through seven.
Park on top
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Inbee Park is the third-round leader at the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship. Park is 7-under after carding Friday's best round, a 5-under-par 67 that puts her one ahead of Lizette Salas.