Clarke University Football Announcement
Clarke University has scheduled a press conference for Monday afternoon, to introduce its first head football coach. Clarke’s Board of Trustees voted in January 2015 to add football to the institution’s intercollegiate lineup and have since been laying the ground work including the search for a head coach which started at the beginning of the year and attracted close to 200 candidates.
Clarke will offer a scrimmage schedule in the fall of 2018 and will start varsity competition in fall 2019, games will be played at Dalzell Field.
Local Baseball/Volleyball/Lacrosse/Hockey Scores
Men’s College Baseball
Clarke 11, Culver-Stockton 5
Clarke 5, Culver-Stockton 5 (suspended in eighth due to rain — Will be completed Sunday March 26 at 11 a.m. prior scheduled doubleheader)
Missouri Valley College 3, Clarke 1
North Central 3, Loras 0
University of St. Mary 21, Clarke 7
Univ. of Dubuque 14, Northland College 7
Clarke 12, University of St. Mary 9
On a Friday night in which every single on of their playoff competitors picked up wins, the Dubuque Fighting Saints responded in kind with a victory over the top team in the Eastern Conference. Two goals in the opening period powered the way for the Saints, who topped the Chicago Steel 3-1 at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
NCAA South, East finals set…Oakland try again to keep Raiders…DJohnson advances
NEW YORK (AP) – Top seed North Carolina will take on No. 2 Kentucky in the South Regional final of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Joey Berry II finished with a team-high 26 points and Justin Jackson finished with 24 in the Tar Heels’ 92-80 win over Butler. Kentucky got a career-high 39 points from De’Aaron Fox in an 86-75 victory against No. 3 UCLA.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – It will be fourth seed Florida versus No. 7 South Carolina in the NCAA’s East Regional final at New York’s Madison Square Garden. KeVAughn Allen scored 35 points and Chris Chiozza nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 overtime win against Wisconsin. Sindarius Thornwell contributed 24 points as the Gamecocks routed Baylor, 70-50.
AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State has given coach Steve Prohm a contract extension and a raise. The Cyclones announced Friday that Prohm’s deal will now run through 2022, with an annual salary increase from $1.5 million to $2 million.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -Oklahoma State promoted 35-year-old assistant Mike Boynton to head coach less than a week after Brad Underwood left for Illinois. Oklahoma State announced the decision on its website Friday.
UNDATED (AP) – Oakland officials are making a last-minute plea to entice the Raiders to stay in the Bay Area. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has revealed details of investors’ plans for a 55,000-seat stadium at the current Coliseum site and vowed that she and the city are doing all they can to keep the team. Schaaf wrote that the New York hedge fund Fortress Management Group is willing to work on terms for a $600 million contribution to the $1.3 billion, football-only facility.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Dustin Johnson has advanced to the single-elimination knockout stage of Match Play in Austin, Texas. Johnson has led all 46 holes he has played, while Phil Mickelson moved into the knockout stage by leading in 41 of his 42 holes. Bill Haas and Zach Johnson avoided elimination and will be part of Saturday’s play.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is expected to miss the beginning of the season with a sprained right foot suffered last weekend. Martinez hit .307 with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs in 120 games last year, when the Tigers finished second in the AL Central. The injury is an early blow to a Detroit team that was hoping for improved health this season after keeping its roster largely intact.
Gonzaga 61, West Virginia 58
Kansas 98, Purdue 66
Xavier 73, Arizona 71
Oregon 69, Michigan 68
Spring Training Baseball
Boston 10, Pittsburgh 7
Minnesota 4, Philadelphia 2
Oakland 15, Milwaukee 5
White Sox 4, Cincinnati 2
Cleveland 8, Colorado 3
San Diego 6, Angels 2
Atlanta 2, Detroit 1
Dodgers 10, Texas 2
Seattle 9, San Francisco 2
Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 5
Washington 1, Mets 0
St. Louis 5, Marlins 3
Cubs 5, Arizona 5
Brooklyn 126, Phoenix 98
Toronto 101, Miami 84
Dallas 97, Clippers 95
San Antonio 97, Memphis 90
Portland 110, Knicks 95
Washington 2, Columbus 1 (SO)
Tampa Bay 6, Boston 3
Florida 3, Arizona 1
Carolina 4, Montreal 1
Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1 (SO)
Toronto 4, New Jersey 2
Philadelphia 3, Minnesota 1
St. Louis 4, Vancouver 1
Nashville 3, Calgary 1
Chicago 3, Dallas 2 (SO)
Edmonton 7, Colorado 4
Kings 5, Winnipeg 2
Kansas, Oregon, Gonzaga, Xavier Win…JT3 Out at Georgetown…Owners to Discuss Raiders to Vegas
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – It will be top-seeded Kansas against No. 3 Oregon in the NCAA’s Midwest Regional final tomorrow in Kansas City. Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham dropped in 26 points apiece as top seed Kansas blasted Purdue, 98-66. Tyler Dorsey capped his 20-point night by nailing the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left to lead third seed Oregon past Michigan, 69-68.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Tomorrow’s NCAA West Regional final will have No. 1 Gonzaga against 11th seed Xavier. Jordan Mathews scored 13 points and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute left as the Bulldogs escaped with a 61-58 triumph over No. 4 West Virginia. Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points and Sean O’Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left to send the Musketeers past No. 2 Arizona, 73-71.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Georgetown has fired men’s basketball coach John Thompson III following back-to-back losing seasons in which he went 29-36. The Hoyas ended this season on a six-game losing streak to finish 14-18, the team’s worst winning percentage since 1971-72. Thompson’s record at Georgetown was 278-151 with eight trips to the NCAA Tournament and a berth in the 2007 Final Four.
NEW YORK (AP) – NFL owners will consider several rules changes at the annual meeting next week in Phoenix. Among the agenda items are proposals cutting regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10, eliminating players leaping over the line of scrimmage on kick plays and expanding video challenges and what can be reviewed by officials. The meeting also will include a discussion of the Raiders’ potential relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas.
UNDATED (AP) – The NHL has handed down suspensions to Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Maple Leafs blueliner Roman Polak. Ristolainen got a three-game ban for his blindside hit that led to Penguins forward Jake Guentzel sustaining a concussion in Tuesday’s game. Polak has been suspended two games for boarding Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand during Wednesday’s 4-2 win by Toronto.
Saints Look to Make Up Ground on Chicago
The Dubuque Fighting Saints are in town tonight for a key late season USHL Eastern Conference clash as they host the Chicago Steel. After two losses last weekend and with seven games left in the regular season, the Fighting Saints are in 3rd place trailing the first place Steel by just four points the standings. Muskegon is just one point ahead of the Saints in second place going into the weekend. The puck will drop at 7:35. Tomorrow night, Dubuque visits Cowbell Cup rival Waterloo and will be at Sioux City Sunday afternoon.
Groneau, Pitz to Play in IBCA All-Star Series
A pair of local girls basketball players will don their high school uniforms one last time as they take part in the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Series tomorrow. Hempstead’s Megan Groneau and Western Dubuque’s Morgan Pitz have each been selected to play for the Northeast Iowa girls team. They’ll team up with other outgoing senior stars to take on teams from the other three corners of the state in a series of games that will be played at Dallas Center-Grimes High School near Des Moines. Groneau and Pitz were both All-Region selections this season. Groneau led Hempstead in scoring, rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage this season. Pitz was the Bobcats’ top scorer at 16 points per game despite playing most of the season with a torn knee ligament.
Clarke’s Ernst Named 3rd Team All-American
You can add an All-American honor to the list of career accomplishments for Clarke women’s basketball player Kelsey Ernst. The former Bellevue standout was named a 3rd Team All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, or NAIA, on Thursday. Ernst recently wrapped up her career in 4th place on the Crusaders’ all-time scoring list. She also set school records for games played a field goal percentage. Ernst was a four-year starter for Clarke, and led the team in rebounds each of those four years. Ernst’s third team All-America selection is the highest individual honor for a Clarke player since the school moved to the NAIA. Breland Prochaska is the only other Clarke player to earn All-America recognition, nabbing honorable mention status two years ago.
Hawkeyes Continue WNIT Run with Blowout Win over Colorado
The Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team’s postseason will continue. The Hawkeyes throttled Colorado 82-60 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last night to earn a trip to the quarterfinals of the women’s NIT. Alexa Kastanek led the way with 19 points, while Iowa’s all-time career scoring leader, Ally Disterhoft, added to her total with 15. The Hawks blistered the nets by shooting 49 percent from the field. They also kept Colorado out of the scoring book by forcing 18 turnovers. Iowa will be back at home for a quarterfinal round contest against Washington State on Sunday. That game will tip off at 2:00 PM.
Wisconsin is Big Ten’s Last NCAA Tournament Team
The Wisconsin Badgers are the Big Ten’s last hope of getting a team through to the Final Four. Both of the conference’s other representatives in the Sweet Sixteen lost their regional semifinal games last night. Derrick Walton, Junior’s three-point attempt in the closing seconds fell short as Michigan’s improbable run came to an end with a 69-68 loss to Oregon. The Ducks will meet top-seeded Kansas for the right to go to the Final Four on Saturday. The Jayhawks dismantled Purdue 98-66 last night, despite trailing the Boilermakers by nine at one point of the first half.
The only real “Cinderella” team left in the tournament is Xavier. The 11th-seeded Musketeers upended Arizona 73-71 in San Jose. This is the deepest Xavier has made it in the tournament in a decade. They’ll have to upend a #1 seed if they want their season to continue, though. Gonzaga shook off a slow start to improve to 35-1 on the season with a 61-58 win over West Virginia.
The rest of the Elite Eight will be determined by the results of games coming up tonight. In the South Region, top seed North Carolina takes on Butler, while #2 Kentucky meets #3 UCLA. In the East, it’s South Carolina against Baylor in the early game, with Wisconsin matching up against Florida late. That game is scheduled to tip off right around 9:00 tonight. You can watch it on TBS.
Eastern Iowa Basketball All Star Games
Many of the top senior class high school basketball players on the Eastern side of the state gathered at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids last night for the Eastern Iowa All Star Games.
In the boys game; the South defeated the North 111-94. Hempstead’s Connor Duax playing for the North scored 8 points. Abe Kinrade of Maquoketa playing on the South squad tallied 14. The game MVP was Connor McCaffery of Iowa City West for the South who scored 20.
In the girls contest, the North reigned supreme winning 77-63 over the South. Bellevue Marquette Catholic’s Marissa Schroeder was co-MVP scoring 17 to lead the North, teammates Morgan Pitz of Western Dubuque scored 13, Savannah Domeyer of Clayton Ridge had 12, and Megan Gronau of Hempstead scored 6.
Area Scoreboard (3/23)
High School Baseball
- East Dubuque 8, Galena 2
- UW Platteville defeated Simpson twice 14-7 and 10-2
- Clarke 5, William Penn 0 and Clarke 8, William Penn 4 (Clarke now 14-4 and 6-2)
- Illinois Wesleyan 28, Dubuque 2
US takes WBC…No. 1 moves into 2nd round…Early departures in hoops…VCU picks Rhoades
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Marcus Stroman carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Ian Kinsler belted a two-run homer as the United States crushed Puerto Rico, 8-0 to win the World Baseball Classic. Stroman allowed just four balls past the infield and left to a standing ovation following Angel Pagan’s double leading off the seventh. The Toronto Blue Jays hurler silenced a Puerto Rican club that had outscored the opposition 55-26 while winning its first seven games of the tournament.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – World No. 1 Dustin Johnson has cruised into the next round of the Match Play Championship by earning a 5-and-3 victory over Webb Simpson. Second seed Rory McIlroy and No. 5 Jordan Spieth were knocked out yesterday, while Jason Day withdrew to be with his ailing mother. Defending champion Jason Day conceded his match to Pat Perez, although details were unclear why the Australian stopped after a double bogey to fall 3 down before his departure.
UNDATED (AP) – Duke freshman Jayson Tatum, Florida State guard Dwayne Bacon and Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell have announced that they intend to give up their remaining college eligibility to enter the NBA draft. Also planning to leave early are Wake Forest sophomore forward John Collins, Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon and California sophomore forward Ivan Rabb. None of the players has signed with an agent.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Mike Rhoades has been introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at VCU, where he served as an assistant under former coach Shaka Smart. Rhoades returns to Richmond after posting a 47-52 record as head coach at Rice, including a 23-win season this year. He replaces Will Wade, who stepped down on Tuesday to become LSU’s head coach.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR has suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick for violations discovered following Sunday’s Monster Energy race at Phoenix Raceway. Keselowski’s car failed post-race inspection, leading NASCAR to suspend crew chief Paul Wolfe for three races and fine him $65,000 while docking Team Penske 35 driver and owner points. Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers was suspended for one race and fined $25,000, while Stewart-Haas Racing team was docked 10 driver and 10 team owner points for an illegal track bar mount and supports.
National Scoreboard (3/23)
Final Charlotte 109 Orlando 102
Final Boston 109 Indiana 100
Final Oklahoma City 122 Philadelphia 97
Final Chicago 117 Detroit 95
Final Washington 104 Atlanta 100
Final Denver 126 Cleveland 113
Final Milwaukee 116 Sacramento 98
Final Utah 108 N-Y Knicks 101
Final Toronto 5 Columbus 2
Final N-Y Islanders 3 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Anaheim 4 Edmonton 3
at Arlington, Texas
Final CS Bakersfield 80 Texas-Arlington 76
at Orlando, Fla.
Final UCF 68 Illinois 58
Eastern Iowa All Star Games Tonight
Many of the top senior class high school basketball players on the Eastern side of the state will gather together at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids tonight for the Eastern Iowa All Star Games. The roster for the North squads includes a number of area preps. In the boys game will be Hempstead’s Connor Duax. Representing the South squad will be Abe Kinrade of Maquoketa.
In the girls game representing the North squad will be Megan Gronau of Hempstead, Morgan Pitz of Western Dubuque, Marissa Schroeder of Bellevue Marquette Catholic, and Savannah Domeyer of Clayton Ridge.
The girls game will tipoff at 6 o’clock with the boys game to follow.
Area Scoreboard (3-22)
- Judson 4, No. 16 Clarke 3
- 16 Clarke 5, Judson 4
College Men’s Volleyball
- Culver Stockton 3, #7 Clarke 1 (21-25, , 25-18, 25-23, 25-20)
College Women’s Lacrosse
- Loras 19, Elmhurst 3
High School Softball
- East Dubuque 7, Pecatonica 6
World Baseball Classic … Sweet 16 … Retroactive disqualifications
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The United States will play Puerto Rico tonight in Los Angeles in the title game of the World Baseball Classic. The matchup was set up by the U.S. team’s 2-1 nail-biter victory Tuesday night over Japan at Dodger Stadium. A daylong downpour, rare in Southern California, couldn’t dampen the resilient U.S. team led by former Major League Baseball manager Jim Leyland . Brandon Crawford scored the tie-breaking run when Japanese pitcher Noburhiro Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones’ grounder toward third base in the third inning.
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (AP) – North Carolina Coach Roy Williams is preaching the value of rebounding as he gets his Tar Heels ready for another run for the men’s NCAAA championship. The tournament is now down to 16 teams remaining, and the Tar Heels will face Butler on Friday night in Memphis, Tennessee. North Carolina (29-7) has been a strong rebounding team throughout the season, leading the nation with a rebounding margin of 13-1. It’s the highest average for a Division I team since Michigan State out-rebounded opponents by more than 15 a game in 2001.
MOSCOW (AP) – Russian officials say three of the country’s athletes have been retroactively disqualified from the 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests. The three women who were disqualified include two hammer throwers and a triple jumper. None of the trio was a medalist. Russian officials didn’t say which substances were involved and the International Olympic Committee had no immediate comment.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Vlad Brodziansky scored 20 points, Kenrich Williams had the first triple-double in TCU history and the Horned Frogs rolled over Richmond 86-68 to win their bracket of the NIT and advance to the Final Four for the first time. Williams had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for TCU (22-15), which was seeded fourth and knocked out top-seeded Iowa in the second round. Desmond Bane added 13 points and Alex Robinson had 12. In another Round Three NIT showdown, Georgia Tech defeated Mississippi 74-66.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Rice coach Mike Rhoades is returning to VCU to become the Rams’ head coach. The 44-year-old Rhoades spent five years as an assistant to Shaka Smart from 2009-14. He replaces Will Wade, who resigned Monday night to take the same position at LSU. Rhoades told Fox 26 TV in Houston the VCU job is a “dream come true.” Virginia Commonwealth University has not officially announced the hire, but scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to introduce its new men’s coach.
National Scoreboard (3/22)
Final OT Toronto 122 Chicago 120
Final Miami 112 Phoenix 97
Final Brooklyn 98 Detroit 96
Final New Orleans 95 Memphis 82
Final Golden State 112 Dallas 87
Final San Antonio 100 Minnesota 93
Final Milwaukee 93 Portland 90
Final L.A. Clippers 133 L.A. Lakers 109
Final Pittsburgh 3 Buffalo 1
Final OT New Jersey 3 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Washington 4 Calgary 2
Final Ottawa 3 Boston 2
Final OT Detroit 2 Montreal 1
Final Arizona 5 Tampa Bay 3
Final Carolina 4 Florida 3
Final Winnipeg 3 Philadelphia 2
Final OT Vancouver 5 Chicago 4
Final Minnesota 3 San Jose 2
Final St. Louis 4 Colorado 2
at University, Miss.
Final Georgia Tech 74 Mississippi 66
at Fort Worth, Texas
Final TCU 86 Richmond 68
KDTH Bracket Busters Contest Leader Board
KDTH Bracket Busters Contest leader board going into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament:
Place Listener Score Correct Possible National Champ
1 Doug Wareham 50 38 110 47 Villanova
1 Jon Dienst 50 38 114 48 Villanova
1 Diane Kunnert 50 38 114 48 Villanova
1 Pat Kunnert 50 38 158 49 N. Carolina
5 Rod Bakke 49 38 113 48 Duke
6 Greg Till 48 36 112 46 Duke
6 JC Miller 48 37 104 45 Duke
6 Jeanne Schonhoff 48 38 160 50 Arizona
6 Lois Glover 48 37 164 50 Gonzaga
6 Mark Mier 48 37 132 46 UCLA
6 Vickie Knowles 48 37 144 48 Kentucky
6 Eldon Hefel 48 37 100 45 Duke
6 Jane McPhail 48 37 104 46 Maryland
6 Nick Kunnert 48 37 156 48 Arizona
16 $Dan Chapman 47 37 159 49 Arizona
16 lisa tyler 47 36 83 43 Louisville
16 Nate Tyler 47 36 155 47 Kentucky
16 Ray Orris 47 35 159 47 Arizona
16 Sherry Grutz 47 36 111 46 Duke
***Several other listeners are just a point or two back so this standings board could look much different after the weekend.
Area Scoreboard (3/21)
- The Loras baseball team concluded it’s annual trip to the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational with a sweep of Hope on Monday. 3-2 and 11-5. The Duhawks play their Iowa Conference opener on Friday and Saturday at Simpson
- The Loras softball team concluded it’s trip to Florida with a split, falling in their first game of the day, 5-3 to Wooster before earning an 11-2 win over Washington & Jefferson. The Duhawks play home opener on Saturday against Cornell.
High School Baseball
- Galena 3, East Dubuque 2
Harden’s last-minute lay-up … Celtics-Wizards … Brady’s Jerseys Found
HOUSTON (AP) – James Harden drove the length of the floor for a layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets over the Denver Nuggets 125-124 on Monday night. Harden had 39 points, 11 assists and was three rebounds shy of his 20th triple-double of the season. Houston outlasted Denver in a duel between the second- and third-highest scoring teams in the NBA. Harden likely saved the game for Houston, too, when he batted down an inbounds pass to Mason Plumlee near the basket following his layup.
BOSTON (AP) – Boston increased its slim hold over Washington for second place in the playoff hunt in the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a 110-102 victory over the slumping Wizards. Isaiah Thomas, back after missing two games with an injury, led the Celtics with 25 points in the game, which extended Boston’s lead over Washington in the division to two and a half games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eddie Rosario’s sacrifice fly drove in Carlos Correa with the winning run in the 11th inning, giving Puerto Rico a 4-3 victory over the Netherlands and a spot in the World Baseball Classic championship game. Correa hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and T.J. Rivera added a solo shot in the second. Puerto Rico will play either two-time champion Japan or the United States in the final Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Japan-U.S. semi is tonight.
DETROIT (AP) – Tyler Bozak scored the go-ahead power-play goal with less than two minutes left and the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The win pulled the Leafs (81 points) within one point of the Bruins (82 points) for third place in the Atlantic division. And Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson each scored a power-play goal in the first two periods to propel the Buffalo Sabres over the Detroit Redwings 2-1.
UNDATED (AP) – In the women’s NCAA basketball tournament, Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied a tournament record with nine 3-points to lead undefeated UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse in a second round rematch of last year’s national championship game. In other games, Stanford routed No. 7 seed Kansas State 69-48 to advance to the Cardinal’s 10th straight Sweet 16, and Oregon earned its first Sweet 16 berth by upsetting Duke 74-65.
BOSTON (AP) – Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots’ locker room – but the mystery isn’t over. The NFL said the jersey was found in “possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.
National Scoreboard (3/21)
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Indiana 107 Utah 100
Final OT Orlando 112 Philadelphia 109
Final Charlotte 105 Atlanta 90
Final Boston 110 Washington 102
Final Houston 125 Denver 124
Final Golden State 111 Oklahoma City 95
Final L.A. Clippers 114 N-Y Knicks 105
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Toronto 4 Boston 2
Final Buffalo 2 Detroit 1
Final Nashville 3 Arizona 1
Final Dallas 1 San Jose 0
Final Edmonton 2 L.A. Kings 0
at Normal, Ill.
Final UCF 63 Illinois St. 62
at Champaign, Ill.
Final Illinois 71 Boise St. 56
at Fort Collins, Colo.
Final CS Bakersfield 81 Colorado St. 63
at Arlington, Texas
Final Texas-Arlington 85 Akron 69
Area Scoreboard (3/20)
- At AJ Spiegel Park: No. 11 Clarke 6, William Penn 5 and Clarke 9, Clarke 5 (Clarke now 20-3, 7-1 Heart.)
- At Auburndale, Florida: The Loras baseball team fell to 4-6 on the year after a 5-3 loss to Knox on Sunday.
- At Veterans Park: Clarke 7, Peru State 6 and Peru State 16, Clarke 8 (5 innings)
- In Clermont, Florida: The Loras softball team made program history with a 2-0 win over St. Scholastica to earn the Duhawks a 9-0 start which marks the best start in Loras softball program history. Loras then fell to Hamilton, 5-4, for it’s first loss of the year.
- Concordia (WI) 17, Loras 1
Gamecocks, Wolverines pull of surprises…Kansas, UNC advance…Ryan ends victory drought
UNDATED (AP) – Seventh seeds South Carolina and Michigan provided the biggest surprises in yesterday’s NCAA Tournament action. Sindarius Thornwell pumped in 24 points and the Gamecocks erased a double-digit deficit in the second half to knock out Duke, 88-81. Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and helped the Wolverines turn a 45-36 deficit into a 73-69 win over Louisville.
UNDATED (AP) – Top seeds North Carolina and Kansas have advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Josh Jackson contributed 14 of his 23 points in the second half as the Jayhawks rolled to a 90-70 romp over Michigan State. Kennedy Meeks finished with 16 points to help the Tar Heels dispose of Arkansas, 72-65.
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Ryan Newman won yesterday’s Monster Engery Cup race at Phoenix by skipping a tire-changing pit stop to take the lead from deep in the pack. He held on for the final two laps to break a 127-race winless streak and force Kyle Larson to settle for his third straight runner-up finish. Newman also halted a 112-race losing skid for Richard Childress Racing.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is still four to five weeks away from playing in a game as he deals with shoulder inflammation. Kipnis received a second opinion on his shoulder and has been cleared to resume a strengthening program in a week. The Indians also say pitcher Cody Anderson will undergo Tommy John surgery that will cause him to miss the entire season.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Marc Leishman rallied to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and earn a spot in the Masters next month. The Australian went ahead by sinking a 50-foot eagle putt on 16 before closing with two tough pars to complete a one-stroke win over Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. Leishman shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday for an 11-under total.
National Scoreboard (3/20)
at Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Final South Carolina 88 Duke 81
at BOK Center
Final Baylor 82 Southern Cal 78
at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Final Kentucky 65 Wichita St. 62
at Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Final North Carolina 72 Arkansas 65
at Golden 1 Center
Final UCLA 79 Cincinnati 67
at BOK Center
Final Kansas 90 Michigan St. 70
at Golden 1 Center
Final Oregon 75 Rhode Island 72
at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Final Michigan 73 Louisville 69
at Richmond, Va.
Final Richmond 87 Oakland 83
at Iowa City, Iowa
Final OT TCU 94 Iowa 92
at Atlanta, Ga.
Final Georgia Tech 71 Belmont 57
Final Dallas 111 Brooklyn 104
Final Philadelphia 105 Boston 99
Final Detroit 112 Phoenix 95
Final Portland 115 Miami 104
Final New Orleans 123 Minnesota 109
Final Toronto 116 Indiana 91
Final San Antonio 118 Sacramento 102
Final Cleveland 125 L.A. Lakers 120
Final Columbus 4 New Jersey 1
Final Pittsburgh 4 Florida 0
Final Winnipeg 5 Minnesota 4
Final Chicago 6 Colorado 3
Final OT Philadelphia 4 Carolina 3
Final Montreal 4 Ottawa 1
Final Calgary 5 L.A. Kings 2