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Survived: No. 1 Kentucky holds off Notre Dame 68-66 (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:53:03 PDT

Kentucky coach John Calipari, right, holds the regional championship trophy after the team's 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland. Kentucky advanced to the Final Four at 38-0. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

With everything at stake, Kentucky didn't panic and played to perfection. The Wildcats made clutch shots, buckled down on fearless Notre Dame and kept their unblemished season intact. Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the unbeaten Wildcats made their last nine shots to survive their toughest test to date, coming back after trailing for much of the second half to defeat the Fighting Irish 68-66 on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final. ''We know our will to win,'' said Aaron Harrison, who hit a crucial 3-pointer.

Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:24:06 PDT

Wisconsin players hold the trophy after beating Arizona 85-78 in a college basketball regional final in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Sam Dekker hit 5 of Wisconsin's 10 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a second straight career high of 27 points, Frank Kaminsky added 29 points and the top-seeded Badgers beat No. 2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history. ''Sam Dekker pretty much just crushed our dreams with that shot,'' Arizona guard T.J. McConnell said. Dekker confirmed the Badgers are more than just ''Frank the Tank.'' The junior followed up his career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds in a semifinal win over North Carolina with timely shooting that bailed out the Badgers. ''Incredible game,'' tweeted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from his seat behind the Badgers' bench, calling Dekker ''cold blooded.'' Wisconsin (35-3) denied the Wildcats (34-4) a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim a year ago when their seeds were reversed.

AP sources: Texas fires coach Barnes after 17 years (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:30:43 PDT

Texas head coach Rick Barnes works his team against Butler during the first half of an NCAA tournament second round college basketball game, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. The decision came after Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and Barnes met Saturday, according to the people who requested anonymity because the school wasn't expected to make a formal announcement before Sunday. The 60-year-old Barnes shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years. Barnes also led Texas within one game of the Final Four in 2005 and 2008.

Lucic scores 2 goals in Bruins' 4-2 win over Rangers (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:54:36 PDT

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after giving up a goal to Boston Bruins right wing Reilly Smith during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

If the Boston Bruins want an example of what's needed in the final few games to make the playoffs, they can simply watch a replay of the first period against the New York Rangers. Milan Lucic scored twice in the first 10 minutes, Carl Soderberg also scored in the first period, and the Bruins spoiled New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's return after a long layoff with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers. The Bruins moved ahead 1-0 less than 2 minutes into the game when a rebound caromed into the net off Lucic's right skate. The Bruins went on to build a 3-0 lead after one.

Warriors beat Bucks 108-95, clinch top seed in West (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:29:31 PDT

MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 28: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 28, 2015 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors achieved two impressive milestones with another double-digit win on the road. Stephen Curry scored 25 points, and the Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference by pulling away in the second half of a 108-95 victory on Saturday night over the Milwaukee Bucks. Klay Thompson added 21 for Golden State, which also set a franchise record with its 60th victory of the season. The Warriors hold a 10-game lead over second-place Memphis in the West with nine games left in the regular season.

Alabama DL Taylor charged with domestic violence a 2nd time (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:08:35 PDT

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide take the field to warm up up before an NCAA college football game against West Virginia Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, signed about six months after Georgia dismissed him following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault, faces a new domestic violence charge, police said. The 21-year-old Taylor was arrested Saturday evening after a woman reported her boyfriend assaulted her, a Tuscaloosa police news release said. Taylor has been charged with domestic violence third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief, police said. Taylor was being held early Sunday at the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $1,000 bond.

UConn steamrolls past Texas 105-54, reaches regional final (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:04:48 PDT

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma stands near the bench during the first half of a women's college basketball regional semifinal game against Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

Geno Auriemma reached another milestone in record fashion. The Hall of Famer became the second coach to achieve 100 victories in the NCAA Tournament as his UConn Huskies pulled off a record rout of Texas, 105-54, on Saturday in the Sweet 16. ''That's lots of wins, 100 wins in the NCAA tournament,'' Auriemma said. ''Some people don't get to play in the NCAA tournament ever or play a couple games.

A-Rod homers in Yankees' 10-2 loss to Orioles (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:50:19 PDT

New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, left, and New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius watch Gregorius's third-inning, ground rule double in an exhibition baseball game in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Alex Rodriguez hit his third homer and raised his batting average to .306, new shortstop Didi Gregorius gave New York a scare and the Yankees lost 10-2 to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. BACK TO THE MINORS Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (knee surgery) allowed four earned runs, five hits - including two homers - and had seven strikeouts in five innings of a minor league game.

Tom Brady posts video of cliff jump (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:51:03 PDT

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks during a news conference after the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz. The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. Brady was named the game’s most valuable player. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Tom Brady really went deep.

Pacers' George still hoping to play this season (Yahoo Sports)

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:48:02 PDT

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 21: Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers warms up before the game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 21, 2015 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George is still hopeful he can make a return to the Indiana Pacers lineup this season.