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Hot finishes don’t mean much to committee
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:07 PM

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The man in charge of the NCAA selection committee insists a win in November is worth the same as a win in March.

Don’t believe him? Check out the seeds slapped beside these conference champions:

—A 4 for Louisville of the American Athletic.

—A 4 for Michigan State of the Big Ten.

—Yet another 4 for UCLA of the Pac-12.

—A 7 for New Mexico of the Mountain West.

NFL Roundup
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:09 PM )

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Before John Elway headed out to the golf course to take advantage of a sunny Sunday in the Rocky Mountains, the Denver Broncos’ general manager made yet another splash in free agency by signing wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a 3-year, $15 million contract.

The Broncos have been the league’s most successful suitors so far, committing nearly $128 million to five players, including three thumpers who will reinforce a defense that was exposed in the Super Bowl: safety T.J. Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib and pass rusher DeMarcus Ware; and two receivers inSanders and Bubba Caldwell.

“They definitely did a great job from a free-agent perspective,” Sanders said. “When I saw them bring in DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward, I was like, ‘They’re stacking up on defense.’ I knew with Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas and Wes Welker and (Bubba) Caldwell, I was like, ‘I would fit with these guys really well.’ When my agent, Steve Weinberg, got the call, we were definitely fist-bumping. We were hoping that the numbers matched and they matched. So yesterday was probably one of the best days of my life.”

A former Pittsburgh Steelers No. 2 receiver, Sanders can play both the slot and the outside in place of Eric Decker, who left Denver for the New York Jets.


NBA Capsules
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Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:09 PM )

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MIAMI — Ray Allen scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter on a milestone day for the veteran, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 24 and the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 113-104 on Sunday to snap their worst skid in three years.

Chris Bosh added 18 points for the Heat, who won for just the second time in their last seven games. They were down 97-92 following a 3-pointer by James Harden midway through the fourth, then finished the game on a 21-7 run.

Allen had 11 points during that late stretch, including a 3-pointer that allowed him to pass Allen Iverson for 21st on the NBA's scoring list. It was also the 750th regular-season win that Allen was a part of in his career.

Harden finished with 30 points for Houston, which got 21 points and 14 rebounds from Dwight Howard. Patrick Beverley added 15 points and Terrence Jones scored 12 for the Rockets, who've dropped three straight.


It’s all about change - sigh!
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:00 PM


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One of the things I have gotten used to — whether I want to or not — is the constant changeover in the coaching ranks in high school sports.

I have been covering sports now since August of 1990 and though I understand that there aren’t many of my old “friends” left from when I started, it’s amazing how many of my new “friends” come and go so quickly.

That not only includes coaches but my colleagues in the business.

Tournament Glances
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:00 AM

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America East Conference

At SEFCU Arena/Albany, N.Y.

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

American Athletic Conference

At FedEx Forum/Memphis, Tenn.

Friday’s Semifinal Results: Louisville 94, Houston 65; UConn 58, Cincinnati 56

Today’s Championship Game: Louisville vs. UConn, 6 p.m.

Atlantic Coast Conference

At Greensboro Coliseum/Greensboro, N.C.

Friday’s Quarterfinal Results: Virginia 64, Florida State 51; Pittsburgh 80, North Carolina 75; N.C. State 66, Syracuse 63; Duke 63, Clemson 62

Today’s Semifinal Games: Virginia vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.; N.C. State vs. Duke, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday’s Championship Game: Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Atlantic 10 Conference

At The Barclays Center/Brooklyn, N.Y.

Friday’s Quarterfinal Results: St. Bonaventure 71, Saint Louis 68; Saint Joseph’s 70, Dayton 67; VCU 71, Richmond 53; George Washington 85, UMass 77

Today’s Semifinal Games: St. Bonaventure vs. Saint Joseph’s, 1:30 p.m.; VCU vs. George Washington, 4 p.m.

Sunday’s Championship Game: Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Big East Conference

At Madison Square Garden/New York

Friday’s Semifinal Results: Providence 80, Seton Hall 74; Creighton 86, Xavier 78

Today’s Championship Game: Providence vs. Creighton, 8:30 p.m.

Big Sky Conference

At The Dee Events Center/Ogden, Utah

Friday’s Semifinal Results: North Dakota 79, Portland State 63; Weber State 66, Northern Colorado 63, OT

Today’s Championship Game: North Dakota vs. Weber State, 8 p.m.