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Bengals extend coach Lewis’ contract
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Friday, March 14, 2014 8:04 PM

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CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis signed a 1-year contract extension Friday, keeping him on the job through the 2015 season.

Lewis has led the Bengals to three straight playoff berths, a first for the franchise that began play in 1968. But the Bengals are 0-5 in the playoffs under Lewis.

His 90 career victories are the most in Bengals history by 26 over Sam Wyche (64). His record is 90-85-1 in the regular season. Lewis’ 11 seasons are the most for a Bengals head coach.

Men's Tournament Glance
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Friday, March 14, 2014 12:00 AM

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America East Conference

At SEFCU Arena/Albany, N.Y.

Saturday’s Championship Game: Albany (N.Y.) at Stony Brook, 11:30 a.m.

American Athletic Conference

At FedEx Forum/Memphis, Tenn.

Thursday’s Quarterfinal Results: Houston 68, SMU 64; Louisville 92, Rutgers 31; Cincinnati 61, UCF 58; UConn 72, Memphis 53

Today’s Semifinal Games: Houston vs. Louisville, 7 p.m.; Cincinnati vs. UConn, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Championship Game: Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

Atlantic Coast Conference

At Greensboro Coliseum/Greensboro, N.C.

Thursday’s Second Round Results: Florida State 67, Maryland 65; Pittsburgh 84, Wake Forest 55; N.C. State 67, Miami 58; Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, 9:30 p.m.

Today’s Quarterfinal Games: Virginia vs. Florida State, Noon; North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, 2:30 p.m.; Syracuse vs. N.C. State, 7 p.m.; Duke vs. Clemson-Georgia Tech winner, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Semifinal Games: Virginia-Florida State winner vs. North Carolina-Pittsburgh winner, 1 p.m.; Syracuse_N.C. State winner vs. Duke_Clemson-Georgia Tech winner, 3:30 p.m.

Atlantic 10 Conference

At The Barclays Center/Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thursday’s Second Round Results: St. Bonaventure 82, La Salle 72; Dayton 87, Fordham 74; Richmond 76, Duquesne 64; UMass 65, Rhode Island 61

Today’s Quarterfinal Games: Saint Louis vs. St. Bonaventure, Noon; Saint Joseph’s vs. Dayton, 2:30 p.m.; VCU vs. Richmond, 6:30 p.m.; George Washington vs. UMass, 9 p.m.

Saturday’s Semifinal Games: Saint Louis-St. Bonaventure winner vs. Saint Joseph’s-Dayton winner, 1:30 p.m.; VCU_Richmond winner vs. George Washington_UMass winner, 4 p.m.

Big East Conference

At Madison Square Garden/New York

Thursday’s Quarterfinal Results: Seton Hall 64, Villanova 63; Providence 79, St. John’s 74; Creighton 84, DePaul 62; Xavier 68, Marquette 65

Today’s Semifinal Games: Seton Hall vs. Providence, 7 p.m.; Creighton vs. Xavier, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Championship Game: Semifinal winners, 8:30 p.m.

Big Sky Conference

At The Dee Events Center/Ogden, Utah

Thursday’s First Round Results: North Dakota 79, Sacramento State 76; Northern Colorado 62, Northern Arizona 60; Portland State 70, Montana 63

Today’s Semifinal Games: North Dakota vs. Portland St., 6:30 p.m.; Weber State vs. Northern Colorado, 9 p.m.

Saturday’s Championship Game: Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

Women's Tournament Glances
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, March 14, 2014 12:00 AM

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Atlantic Sun Conference

At Alico Arena/Fort Myers, Fla.

Saturday’s Semifinal Games: Mercer at Florida Gulf Coast, 1 p.m.; Stetson vs. South Carolina-Upstate, 3:30 p.m.

Big Sky Conference

At Betty Engelstad Sioux Center/Grand Forks, N.D.

Thursday’s First Round Results: Southern Utah 86, Sacramento State 78; Montana 75, Montana State 66; Idaho State 70, Eastern Washington 65, OT

Today’s Semifinal Games: North Dakota vs. Idaho State, 6 p.m.; Southern Utah vs. Montana, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Championship Game: Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.

Big West Conference

At The Honda Center/Anaheim, Calif.

Today’s Semifinal Games: Cal State Northridge vs. UC Irvine, 3 p.m.; Cal Poly vs. Hawaii, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Championship Game: Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

Browns sign WR Andrew Hawkins to offer sheet
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:44 PM )

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CLEVELAND — The Browns moved a step closer to swiping a player from one of their AFC North rivals.

Cleveland signed Bengals slot receiver Andrew Hawkins to a contract offer sheet on Thursday, a Browns spokesman said. Cincinnati will have five days — until next Tuesday — to match the reported 4-year, $13.6 million deal, which includes a $3.8 million signing bonus, or they’ll lose the speedy and elusive Hawkins.

The Browns are in the market to fill the slot position after releasing troubled wide receiver Davone Bess last week. The Bengals have not said what they intend to do with Hawkins, who caught just 12 passes last season and missed four games with a high ankle sprain.

Auto Racing Glance
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:00 PM

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Site: Bristol, Tenn.

Schedule: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 4:30-6 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 9-10 a.m.; Fox Sports 2, noon-1 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (Fox, 12:30-4:30 p.m.).

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, 0.533 miles).

Race distance: 500 laps, 266.5 miles.

Last year: Kasey Kahne held off Kyle Busch after a bumper-banging battle with Brad Keselowski.

Last week: Keselowski won at Las Vegas, surging ahead on the final lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel. Keselowski also won the Nationwide race for his first weekend sweep.