NBA

Bagley, Duke rout Iona 89-67, breeze into second round

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Krzyzewski keeps wringing his hands about his team’s youth. And then Duke and its roster of NBA-bound freshmen get on the floor against a more experienced opponent and the Hall of Fame coach’s fears largely vanish. Having Marvin Bagley III certainly helps. The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year did whatever he wanted against game but ...

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Lipscomb part of group looking to overcome NCAA inexperience

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Andrew Fleming has all of 1 minute of March Madness playing experience in his career, coming late in a lopsided loss at another school. Yet on this Lipscomb team – and for a handful of teams playing opening-round games around the country Friday – he qualifies as a grizzled NCAA Tournament veteran. Cal State Fullerton, College of ...

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Virginia looks to ‘break down door’ to Final 4 minus Hunter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Every now and again Virginia coach Tony Bennett will receive a text message from a former player that simply reads: Keep knocking coach. Bennett keeps a doorknocker in the Cavaliers locker room back in Charlottesville, Virginia, an ongoing symbolic reminder of his team’s goal to ”break down the door” to the Final Four. ”That’s the way to ...

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Cocky Texas Southern guard gets big stage vs. No. 1 Xavier

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett has known Texas Southern’s leading scorer since middle school and even played him five or six times. For his part, Demontrae Jefferson says he might need to see a face to remember Bluiett when asked about their relationship. Don’t take that as bulletin board material. Texas Southern coach Mike Davis said that’s just ...

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Sacramento Kings 123, Miami Heat 119 (OT)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — De’Aaron Fox made another shot at the buzzer to force overtime. Then Zach Randolph took his turn making the big plays for the Kings. It wasn’t pretty at times, not after Sacramento blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, but it was just enough to keep coach Dave Joerger’s club on its mini-roll. Fox made ...

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Kevin Durant leads undermanned Warriors past Lakers 117-106

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr has long known he has an All-Star cast. Golden State’s backups gave him another glimpse Wednesday night. When three of the Warriors‘ four headliners were down injured, the role players rallied together. Kevin Durant scored 26 points and the injury-plagued Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 117-106 while ...

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Russell Westbrook joins exclusive club with 100th triple-double

ATLANTA (AP) — Russell Westbrook darted into the lane time and time again, hitting the shot, drawing a foul or finding an open teammate. At the other end of the court, he lingered under the boards, pulling down one rebound after another — usually against players taller than him. In other words, just another night for Mr. Triple-Double . Westbrook ...

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