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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
As GU prepares for its Sweet Sixteen test, we look back at 16 posts from former players who took to the Twittersphere last night as the Zags knocked off Ohio State 90-84.
Roland Lamah scored two goals, Maximiliano Urruti added another and FC Dallas beat the 10-man Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 on Sunday.
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.
Left-handed starter Mac Lardner threw a gem and Gonzaga baseball got hot late on offense to beat visiting Pepperdine 7-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The connection Rory McIlroy had with Arnold Palmer was strong even before he delivered a Sunday charge that would have made the King proud.
It really is all about the journey. Soon, Emma Stach will begin a new one, but Saturday was about the one that just ended.
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.
Juan Martin del Potro rallied from three match points down in the third set and beat top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (2) to win the BNP Paribas Open, handing the Swiss superstar his first loss of the year.
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.
Outfielder Steve Stroughter, the most consistent hitter during Spokane’s unremarkable Pacific Coast League affiliation with the Seattle Mariners, has died in Fresno, California. He was 65.
Martin Truex Jr. saw nothing but clean air and green flags down the stretch in his first victory of the new NASCAR Cup season.
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.
Dakota Mathias sank a 3-pointer with 14.2 seconds left, and second-seeded Purdue held off 10th-seeded Butler 76-73 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year.
Tyus Battle had 17 points and Oshae Brissett scored 15, lifting 11th-seeded Syracuse to a 55-53 win over third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday and into the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.