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Gonzaga faces Florida State on Thursday in the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles. The game will tip at approximately 7:07 p.m. (File / SR)

Athletic, deep Florida State upsets Xavier to earn Sweet 16 matchup with Gonzaga

A surprise obstacle is in Gonzaga’s path to the Elite Eight. Florida State staged a late rally to knock off top-seeded Xavier 75-70 on Sunday, setting up Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup against No. 4 Gonzaga (32-4) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tip time is approximately 7:07 and the game will be televised by TBS.
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Chiefs close season by rallying past Portland in shootout

UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Riley McKay scored in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Spokane Chiefs closed out the regular season by rallying for a thrilling 5-4 win Sunday over the Portland Winterhawks at the Moda Center in Portland.

With GU victory, ex-Zag Rem Bakamus gets last laugh on ESPN’s Dan Dakich

Local hacks and national yakkers, all are acquired tastes. Dan Dakich’s shtick on ESPN college basketball broadcasts and his Indianapolis-based radio show goes down with much of his audience like a Vinegar Collins, and he almost seems to prefer it that way. And yet, the man steps up.

Clemson forward Elijah Thomas shoots as Auburn guard Davion Mitchell defends during the first half of a second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game Sunday, March 18, 2018, in San Diego. (Denis Poroy / Associated Press)

Gabe DeVoe, Clemson rout cold-shooting Auburn to reach Sweet 16

Gabe DeVoe scored 22 points and Elijah Thomas had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Clemson, which closed the first half with a 25-4 run that helped it beat cold-shooting Auburn 84-53 on Sunday and advance to the Midwest Region semifinal.
UMBC’s Jairus Lyles hugs Kansas State’s Cartier Diarra in the final moments of a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 18, 2018. (Bob Leverone / Associated Press)

Underdog UMBC falls to Kansas State 50-43

Barry Brown scored 18 points, and Kansas State ended UMBC’s brief, but historic run in the NCAA Tournament with a 50-43 victory on Sunday night.
Nevada guard Hallice Cooke (13) and forward Elijah Foster (12) celebrate at the end end of the second half of a second-round game against Cincinnati, in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, March 18, 2018. Nevada defeated Cincinnati 75-73 after trailing by 22 points with 11 minutes remaining. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

Comeback for the ages: Nevada tops Cincinnati 75-73 to reach Sweet 16

UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Nevada rallied from 22 points down in the final 11 minutes Sunday to stun No. 2 seed Cincinnati 75-73 and earn its second Sweet 16 appearance ever. Josh Hall converted an offensive rebound with 9.1 seconds left to make the tiebreaking basket and give Nevada its only lead.
Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (11) practices a drill during Spring Training. Polanco has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The commissioner's office announced the penalty Sunday. Polanco tested positive for Stanozolol. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)

Spring Training Roundup: Twins SS Jorge Polanco banned 80 games after positive drug test

UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

A big second half by shortstop Jorge Polanco helped push the Minnesota Twins into the playoffs last season. This year, they’ll try to start fast without him. Polanco was suspended 80 games on Sunday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. He became the sixth player to be banned this year under the major league drug program – one more than last year.
Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes celebrates after a hit during the 2017 playoffs. Gomes hit a grand slam in the Indians’ Spring Training win over the Mariners on Sunday. (David Dermer / Associated Press)

Indians blow out Mariners 16-3

UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Yan Gomes hit a grand slam and drove in five runs and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Seattle Mariners 16-3 Sunday in Peoria, Arizona.
Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. hits a big 3-pointer late over Ohio State forward Andre Wesson on Saturday. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Clutch play driving Gonzaga’s hot streak

Space limitations prevent a comprehensive list of the gotta-have-it plays Gonzaga made down the stretch of its first two NCAA Tournament wins. The gist is the Zags keep making them, over and over. It dates back to the steady dose of tests from the second half of the West Coast Conference season that at the time seemed like potential red flags, but turned out to be important trial runs.
Texas A&M’s Tyler Davis, right, blocks a shot by North Carolina’s Luke Maye (32) during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 18, 2018. The Aggies dominated the interior and knocked off the defending national champions 86-65. (Bob Leverone / Associated Press)

Texas A&M stuns reigning champ UNC 86-65 in NCAA 2nd round

T.J. Starks scored 21 points and Texas A&M overpowered North Carolina inside, upsetting the reigning national champions 86-65 Sunday in the NCAA Tournament to mark the second straight year a title holder missed the Sweet 16.
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