OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ The NCAA and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association have announced an agreement under which the NCAA will be allowed to share the trademarks ``Sweet Sixteen'' and ``Sweet 16.''

Under the agreement, announced Thursday, the Kentucky association will retain full ownership of the trademarks, which it has used since 1988.

The terms ``Sweet Sixteen'' and ``Sweet 16'' are commonly used to refer to the regional semifinals of the NCAA's men's and women's basketball tournaments.

The agreement allows the NCAA to use the trademarks only in connection with collegiate competition. The Kentucky association still controls use of the trademarks at the interscholastic level.

``This agreement is a win-win for both organizations,'' said Brigid DeVries, executive assistant commissioner for the Kentucky organization. ``It will allow increased protection against illegal use of the term 'Sweet 16.'''