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Update on the latest sports

March 23, 2019


Second round tips off

UNDATES (AP) — The first teams will earn their spot in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 on Saturday — and the upstarts are right there near the front of the line.

There are eight double-digit seeds left in the field of 32 entering the second round, three of those coming from outside the power conferences, including No. 12 seed Murray State, which meets Florida State Saturday in the West bracket.

Seventh-seeded Wofford is also in action Saturday. The Terriers meet Kentucky in a Midwest Region game.

In Saturday’s other games, top-seeded Gonzaga meets No. 9 seed Baylor in the West Region.

The Big Ten has an East Region matchup with No. 2 seed Michigan State and 10th-seeded Minnesota. The Spartans won the only meeting in February, and the rematch will cost the Big Ten one of its seven teams still alive in the tournament.

There’s another 2-vs-10 matchup in the West with Michigan against Florida.

Reigning national champion Villanova finds itself in the unusual position of playing for an upset when the sixth-seeded Wildcats face No. 3 seed Purdue in the South Region’s only game of the day. Villanova had been a No. 1 or No. 2 seed for five straight tournaments.

In the East, third-seeded LSU meets sixth-seeded Maryland.

And in the Midwest, there’s an intriguing matchup between fourth-seeded Kansas and fifth-seeded Auburn — two teams that have experienced wild swings in their seasons. Kansas was preseason No. 1 in the AP Top 25 yet dealt with a series of injuries and off-court issues that have left coach Bill Self with a very different roster. Meanwhile, Auburn peaked at No. 7 in December, fell out of the rankings, then made a late-season surge to win the Southeastern Conference Tournament.


NCAA to appeal ruling in antitrust case about compensation

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA and major college conferences will appeal a judge’s ruling that the governing body violates antitrust laws by limiting education-related benefits to athletes.

In a statement released early Saturday, NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said the district court “erred by giving itself authority to micromanage decisions about education-related support” to athletes.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California, ruled this month in the so-called Alston case that football and men’s and women’s basketball players competing at the NCAA’s highest level may receive compensation from schools beyond the athletic scholarship if the benefits are tied to education.

While the judge ruled the NCAA was in violation of antitrust law, the plaintiffs had asked to lift all NCAA caps on compensation.


Sale, Red Sox agree to deal adding $145 million to contract

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Ace left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a new contract that guarantees an additional $145 million from 2020 to 2024.

Sale has been an All-Star the last seven years and would have been eligible for free agency after this season.

He is guaranteed $15 million this year under the second option year of the contract he signed with the Chicago White Sox before the 2013 season. The deal wound up to be worth $59 million over seven years plus award bonuses.

The contract announced Saturday adds $30 million salaries annually from 2020-22 and $27.5 million a year in 2023 and 2024.

Since he was acquired from Chicago in December 2016, Sale is 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA.


Chen produces spectacular free skate to win gold at worlds

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Defending champion Nathan Chen produced a spectacular free skate on Saturday to win the gold medal at the figure skating world championships.

First after the short program, the 19-year-old Chen made no mistakes and landed four quadruple jumps to finish with 323.42 points.

Chen opened with a quad lutz and followed with a quad flip. The U.S. national champion then added two quad toeloops, one in combination, to solidify his lead.

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu also had a strong free skate with four quads but couldn’t erase a 12.53-point deficit and finished second with 300.97.

American Vincent Zhou was third with 281.16 points.

Earlier, defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the free dance to win gold in the ice dance.

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