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Posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 2:33 PM


Reynolds hits 1 of 5 homers for Brewers in win

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered for the second straight day, one of five Milwaukee Brewers to connect in a 9-7 victory Wednesday over the Seattle Mariners, who got Robinson Cano back after a five-day absence.

Cano left the team late last week to attend to personal business in the Dominican Republic, and went 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Cano has a hit in nine of 10 spring training games and is batting .556.

Starting pitcher Wily Peralta hit a two-run drive and Logan Schafer, Khris Davis and Juan Francisco also hit solo shots for Milwaukee. Reynolds and Francisco hit theirs back-to-back in the fourth inning against Mariners starter Blake Beavan.

Beavan and Peralta had their struggles on the mound. Beavan allowed seven runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, his longest and least effective outing of spring training. Peralta gave up five runs on eight hits in his fourth spring training start, working six innings.


BYU, Oregon prepare for NCAA tournament rematch

MILWAUKEE (AP) — No. 7 seed Oregon takes on 10th-seeded BYU in the NCAA tournament on Thursday in a rematch of a wild December game won by the Ducks.

Oregon trailed by 10 early in the second half, and then rallied for a 100-96 overtime victory over BYU. Reserve Jason Calliste led the way with a career-high 31 points.

The West Regional matchup of at-large teams comes almost exactly three months after the first game, and no one seems too sure of what still applies from that high-scoring Saturday night.

Oregon forward Mike Moser says Wednesday each team has grown since then, so it probably will be a really different game.

BYU will be without playmaking guard Kyle Collinsworth, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the WCC tournament.


A year later, Aztecs look for better result

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — For those who don't remember San Diego State's last appearance on the March Madness stage, the Aztecs say "Thank You."

It was ugly: An 81-71 loss to upstart Florida Gulf Coast that made "Dunk City" a national sensation and sent San Diego State back to the drawing board — and back there right away.

The Aztecs (29-4) lost four key players off that team, including Jamaal Franklin to the NBA. But the hard work, combined with coach Steve Fisher's innate sense for keeping his program moving forward, helped San Diego State win the Mountain West regular-season title and land back in the tournament again.

The fourth-seeded Aztecs make their fifth straight NCAA appearance Thursday in a West region game against No. 13 New Mexico State (26-9).


No. 5 seed Sooners face experienced Bison

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Contending for a Big 12 regular season title and earning a respectable seed in the NCAA tournament was all supposed to come a year from now for Oklahoma, when it wouldn't rely so heavily on inexperienced players.

Lon Kruger found the right mix to land Oklahoma (23-9) a strong finish in the Big 12 and a No. 5 seed in the West Region of the NCAA tournament. The Sooners will face No. 12 seed North Dakota State (25-6) on Thursday night.

With good reason Kruger was voted the Big 12 coach of the year.

While the Sooners on youthful, the Bison are all about experience. The Bison start three seniors, led by Summit League player of the year Taylor Braun. They also lead the nation in field goal shooting percentage.


Harvard looks for another NCAA upset vs Cincinnati

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — When Tommy Amaker started at Harvard, his goal was to build a basketball program worthy of the school name.

Harvard, the No. 12 seed in the East, gets another chance at bringing attention to its improving program when it faces No. 5 seed Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Between Harvard's first tournament win in school history last year, and a third straight Ivy League title this season, the Crimson (26-4) are getting plenty of time in the spotlight.

Cincinnati (27-6) appears forgotten with the attention being heaped on Harvard. Sean Kilpatrick was one of the top scorers in the country, leading Cincinnati to a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title. Yet, the Bearcats continue to hear how they are the popular choice for the seemingly annual upset pulled by a No. 12 seed.


Spartans ready for life as a favorite

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The trendy pick to win the NCAA tournament: Michigan State.

The unlucky 13th seed that drew the Spartans: Delaware.

Fresh off its selection as President Barack Obama's pick to take the title, Michigan State (26-8) got down to the business of preparing for Thursday's game against Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware (25-9).

Coach Tom Izzo says he has no problem with high expectations; the Spartans are among the favorites even though they're only seeded fourth in the East Region.

For the first time since January, Michigan State is fully healthy, led by junior Branden Dawson, who missed nine games with a broken hand but returned to win Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten tournament.

Delaware's Devon Saddler and Davon Usher each average more than 19 points a game.


Police: Providence players accused of sex assault

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island are investigating an allegation that two Providence College basketball players sexually assaulted another student on campus in November.

Providence police Maj. David Lapatin (lah-PAY'-tin) told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the complaint was filed about two weeks ago by a female student.

Lapatin would not name the players, but a defense lawyer says unsubstantiated sex assault allegations were made against players Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin when they were suspended from play. Bullock's lawyer, Bill Lynch, says the school reviewed them and made no finding of a sex assault.

Bullock and Austin were suspended Nov. 6. A school spokesman would not give details.

Austin now attends the University of Oregon. The AP has left a message with a spokesman there.

The investigation was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.


Radford defeats Oregon State 96-92 in CBI

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Ya Ya Anderson scored 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead Radford past Oregon State 96-92 in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night.

It was the Highlanders' first NCAA Division I postseason win.

Javonte Green and R.J. Price added 20 points each for Radford, (22-12, 10-6 Big South), which built a large early lead thanks to red-hot shooting and held off Oregon State rallies in the second half.

Radford will advance to play Old Dominion on Monday in the quarterfinals of the CBI.

Eric Moreland had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Beavers (16-16). Roberto Nelson scored 26 in his last game for Oregon State, and Hallice Cooke had 23.