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Woods: 'Still too soon' to know if fit for Masters
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM


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WASHINGTON — Tiger Woods is not sure whether his ailing back will allow him to play in the Masters, which is two weeks away.

"For Augusta, it's actually still a little too soon, to be honest with you," Woods said Monday at a news conference to announce that Quicken Loans is the new title sponsor of his golf tournament. "That's kind of the frustrating thing about this."

The Masters is the only major tournament the 38-year-old Woods has never missed. Four of his 14 major championships came at Augusta National, including his first in 1997. He last won the green jacket in 2005.

This year's Masters is April 10-13.

NCAA Women's Tournament Capsules
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 AM

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DURHAM, N.C. — Megan Rogowski scored 22 points and Megan Podkowa added 18 to help DePaul upset Duke 74-65 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Brittany Hrynko added 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6). They earned their third appearance in the round of 16 by hitting 14 3-pointers and forcing second-seeded Duke into 21 turnovers with their high-pressure defense.

DePaul will play the James Madison-Texas A&M winner on Saturday in the Lincoln Regional semifinals.

Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points and seniors Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 11 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke (28-7) led for only 12 seconds and became the first top-4 seed to lose in the tournament.

The Blue Devils — who made four straight appearances in the regional finals — became the first No. 2 seed to lose this early since Xavier lost to Louisville in 2011.

Further NCAA Capsules
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Monday, March 24, 2014 12:00 AM

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SAN DIEGO — Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 18 points each and Arizona looked every bit the No. 1 seed in the West while blowing out Gonzaga 84-61 on Sunday.

After four days of upsets and buzzer beaters, Arizona (32-4) closed out the NCAA tournament's first weekend with a display of domination.

The Wildcats harassed the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (29-7) into 21 turnovers — 15 on steals — that led to 26 points.

Arizona led by 21 in the first half and continued to work over Gonzaga to earn its third trip to the Sweet 16 in four years.

Up next for the Wildcats is a trip up the coast to Anaheim, where they'll meet San Diego State, a team they beat in this same arena early in the season.

Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points and Kevin Pangos added 12 for Gonzaga.

Knights cap off perfect season with 1st State cage title
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Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:08 PM


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COLUMBUS — Crestview head coach Jeremy Best must give one heck of a halftime speech.

For the second time in as many games, the Knights came out of intermission firing on all cylinders. Crestview used an 18-0 run to start the third quarter to turn a three-point halftime margin into a 71-44 rout in Saturday’s Division IV state championship game, defeating Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas.

“That’s a pretty unique run. An 18-0 run is good stuff,” Best acknowledged after the game. “We can be explosive. Once we start getting some turnovers and some run-outs, that’s when we’re pretty good.”

It is the first state championship for the storied Knights boys basketball program.

Unbeaten Wichita State falls to Kentucky, 78-76
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Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:08 PM

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ST. LOUIS — Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall walked slowly through the line for post-game handshakes, congratulating every player from Kentucky on advancing to the Sweet 16.

When he shook hands with John Calipari, the Wildcats’ coach whispered, “Marvelous season.”

Marvelous, indeed. Just not quite perfect.

The top-seeded Shockers were finally beaten by a team stocked with NBA prospects, the end coming when Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer bounced harmlessly off the rim and the buzzer sounded on a 78-76 loss to the Wildcats in the third round of the NCAA tournament.