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Pacers stumble again, lose to Cavs PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:20
CLEVELAND — Sitting in the last chair on Indiana’s bench, David West stared straight ahead, unable to look at the court.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock on another disheartening loss, West seemed dazed.
The Pacers’ promising season is unraveling
Dion Waiters scored 19 points, Luol Deng added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers kept their playoff push going with a 90-76 win Sunday over the skidding Pacers, who are losing their grip on the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Tristan Thompson had 16 rebounds as the Cavs snapped a nine-game losing streak against Indiana. Cleveland came in three games behind slumping, idle Atlanta for the conference’s final playoff spot. With seven games left — six against teams with losing records — the Cavs still have a chance.
The Pacers, meanwhile, are falling apart. They lost their fifth straight road game and now lead Miami by one game for the East’s top record and home-court advantage throughout the postseason. Since beating the Heat at home last week, Indiana has lost to Washington and Cleveland.
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Legwand, Red Wings top Lightning PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:17
DETROIT — Desperation fueled the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.
David Legwand had a goal and an assist, and Detroit held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
The Red Wings are trying to stretch their playoff streak to 23 seasons, the longest such active streak in North American professional sports.
“We got to find to find a way to win some games here to get in. We’ve got Washington breathing down our necks and Columbus is right with us here, and Toronto’s in the mix too,” said Gustav Nyquist, who extended his point streak to nine games with his 27th goal. “... Everyone’s going to be playing for their playoff lives here. It’s a good thing we have it in our own hands at least.”
Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots and Joakim Andersson also scored for Detroit, which won 4-2 in Toronto on Saturday night.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 06:18
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UConn upsets Michigan St 60-54, back to Final Four PDF Print E-mail
Written by RACHEL COHEN AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:14
NEW YORK — A veteran guard carried UConn to the Final Four.
Shabazz Napier watched Kemba Walker do it three years ago. It was his turn Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half of a 60-54 upset of fourth-seeded Michigan State. The East Regional’s most outstanding player hit three huge free throws with 30.6 seconds left.
The Huskies (30-8) rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to become the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. They rode the home-court advantage of the thousands of UConn fans who made the short trip.
“It’s kind of unfair,” Napier said with a grin.
He could have transferred when academic sanctions barred the Huskies from the NCAA tournament his junior season. But Napier wanted to pay back the school for the joy of that national title his freshman year, for his struggles as a sophomore.
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York, BC beat UMass-Lowell to reach Frozen Four PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEN POWTAK Associated Press   
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:15
WORCESTER, Mass. — Boston College coach Jerry York sat at the podium and joked that he still didn’t have a regional championship hat. He has another thing, though, a chance at his fifth national title.
Ian McCoshen scored with 8:44 left and top-seeded Boston College beat UMass-Lowell 4-3 on Sunday in the NCAA Northeast Regional final to reach the Frozen Four for the 11th time in 17 years.
And it happened in a place that the Eagles might as well call their path to the Frozen Four — Worcester.
BC has won NCAA titles each of the last three times — 2008, ‘10 and ‘12 — it advanced from Worcester. The Eagles also won a regional in Worcester in York’s first championship with the school, in 2001.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 06:16
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Michigan’s defense comes up short against Kentucky PDF Print E-mail
Written by MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:13
INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan’s Caris LeVert sat at his locker with a stone-cold expression Sunday night.
He couldn’t believe Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison managed to get that 3-point shot just over his left hand. He couldn’t believe the ball actually went in, and, like just about everybody else inside the Wolverines locker room, he couldn’t believe this is how Michigan’s historic season would end — a few inches short.
“I felt like I touched it,” LeVert said after the Wolverines lost the Midwest Regional championship game 75-72 on Harrison’s 3-pointer in the closing seconds. “He hit a tough shot.”
Sunday’s finish was yet another blow for a program that has fallen just short so many times before.
In 1976, they lost the national championship game to Indiana — the last unbeaten team in men’s basketball. In 1993, they lost the title game when Chris Webber mistakenly called a timeout when the Wolverines had none. A year ago, Michigan lost the Big Ten title when Jordan Morgan’s last-second shot rolled off the rim in the regular-season finale. Threw weeks later, Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 in the national championship game.
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