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Survived: No. 1 Kentucky holds off Notre Dame 68-66 (Yahoo Sports)  

Kentucky coach John Calipari, right, holds the regional championship trophy after the team's 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland. Kentucky advanced to the Final Four at 38-0. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

With everything at stake, Kentucky didn't panic and played to perfection. The Wildcats made clutch shots, buckled down on fearless Notre Dame and kept their unblemished season intact. Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the unbeaten Wildcats made their last nine shots to survive their toughest test to date, coming back after trailing for much of the second half to defeat the Fighting Irish 68-66 on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final. ''We know our will to win,'' said Aaron Harrison, who hit a crucial 3-pointer.


 

Texas confirms split with Rick Barnes after 17 seasons (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this Feb. 2015, file photo, Texas head coach Rick Barnes calls to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in Austin, Texas. Barnes, who shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years, will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Texas confirms that basketball coach Rick Barnes is out after 17 seasons with the Longhorns. The university says in a statement Sunday that Barnes and the school ''mutually agreed'' he would not return despite leading Texas to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Big 12 titles.


 

It's Izzo versus Pitino in showdown to settle East Region (Yahoo Sports)  

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo smiles during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, March 28, 2015. Michigan State plays Louisville in a regional final on Sunday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino are Final Four regulars, and one of them will be back this year even though both of their teams were counted out weeks ago. Seventh-seeded Michigan State and fourth-seeded Louisville meet Sunday to settle the NCAA Tournament's most-busted bracket. The Spartans (26-11), the tournament's lowest remaining seed, lost three of their top leading scorers from last season. ''I think adversity always makes you strong.'' The Cardinals, seeking their third Final Four berth in four years, are led by junior do-everything forward Montrezl Harrell, who is averaging 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds.


 

Gonzaga-Duke Preview (Yahoo Sports)  

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few answer a question after a practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Houston. Gonzaga plays Duke in a regional final on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gonzaga and coach Mark Few have been a constant presence in the NCAA Tournament, even if the loveable Zags rarely get this deep into March Madness. The Bulldogs were a No. 1 seed only two years ago when they got upset in the second round, and who can forget floppy-haired big-scoring Adam Morrison nearly a decade ago - yep, back in 2006, when the trendy pick blew an early 17-point lead in a Sweet 16 loss to UCLA. Now they are a win away from their first Final Four, with omnipresent Duke and Coach K's top-seeded Blue Devils (32-4) up next Sunday in the South Regional final. ''Probably the highest compliment I could pay him is literally everything we've tried to do at Gonzaga, we always ask, 'What did Duke do here?''' Few said.


 

Australia beats NZ to win its 5th Cricket World Cup title (Yahoo Sports)  

Australian captain Michael Clarke holds aloft the trophy with his teammates as they celebrate their seven wicket win over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Michael Clarke raised his bat to acknowledge the massive crowd, and nodded to a fallen teammate he credited for inspiring Australia's run to a fifth World Cup title that culminated with an emphatic win over New Zealand. Clarke scored 74 and shared a 112-run partnership with Steve Smith (56 not out) as the skipper and the likely future captain spearheaded Australia to the winning target of 184 in the 34th over at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Smith hit the winning runs as Australia reached 186-3 for a seven-wicket victory. Australia's left-arm pacemen did the damage early, with Mitchell Starc (2-20), Mitchell Johnson (3-30) and James Faulkner (3-36) combining to dismiss previously unbeaten tournament co-host New Zealand for 183 in 45 overs.


 

Alabama DL Taylor charged with domestic violence a 2nd time (Yahoo Sports)  

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide take the field to warm up up before an NCAA college football game against West Virginia Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, signed about six months after Georgia dismissed him following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault, faces a new domestic violence charge, police said. The 21-year-old Taylor was arrested Saturday evening after a woman reported her boyfriend assaulted her, a Tuscaloosa police news release said. Taylor has been charged with domestic violence third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief, police said. Taylor was being held early Sunday at the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $1,000 bond.


 

Warriors beat Bucks 108-95, clinch top seed in West (Yahoo Sports)  

MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 28: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 28, 2015 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors achieved two impressive milestones with another double-digit win on the road. Stephen Curry scored 25 points, and the Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference by pulling away in the second half of a 108-95 victory on Saturday night over the Milwaukee Bucks. Klay Thompson added 21 for Golden State, which also set a franchise record with its 60th victory of the season. The Warriors hold a 10-game lead over second-place Memphis in the West with nine games left in the regular season.


 

Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona (Yahoo Sports)  

Wisconsin players hold the trophy after beating Arizona 85-78 in a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Sam Dekker hit 5 of Wisconsin's 10 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a second straight career high of 27 points, Frank Kaminsky added 29 points and the top-seeded Badgers beat No. 2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history. ''Sam Dekker pretty much just crushed our dreams with that shot,'' Arizona guard T.J. McConnell said. Dekker confirmed the Badgers are more than just ''Frank the Tank.'' The junior followed up his career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds in a semifinal win over North Carolina with timely shooting that bailed out the Badgers. ''Incredible game,'' tweeted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from his seat behind the Badgers' bench, calling Dekker ''cold blooded.'' Wisconsin (35-3) denied the Wildcats (34-4) a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim a year ago when their seeds were reversed.


 

Lucic scores 2 goals in Bruins' 4-2 win over Rangers (Yahoo Sports)  

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after giving up a goal to Boston Bruins right wing Reilly Smith during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

If the Boston Bruins want an example of what's needed in the final few games to make the playoffs, they can simply watch a replay of the first period against the New York Rangers. Milan Lucic scored twice in the first 10 minutes, Carl Soderberg also scored in the first period, and the Bruins spoiled New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's return after a long layoff with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers. The Bruins moved ahead 1-0 less than 2 minutes into the game when a rebound caromed into the net off Lucic's right skate. The Bruins went on to build a 3-0 lead after one.


 

UConn steamrolls past Texas 105-54, reaches regional final (Yahoo Sports)  

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma stands near the bench during the first half of a women's college basketball regional semifinal game against Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

Geno Auriemma reached another milestone in record fashion. The Hall of Famer became the second coach to achieve 100 victories in the NCAA Tournament as his UConn Huskies pulled off a record rout of Texas, 105-54, on Saturday in the Sweet 16. ''That's lots of wins, 100 wins in the NCAA tournament,'' Auriemma said. ''Some people don't get to play in the NCAA tournament ever or play a couple games.


 

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