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Posted on March 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 22 at 5:33 PM


Hometown feel: Badgers prep for Cook and Oregon

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The NCAA tournament third-round game between seventh-seeded Oregon and second-seeded Wisconsin will have a decidedly hometown feel Saturday night.

Expect the Badgers to have a bevy of backers again at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. It's a virtual home game for Wisconsin since its campus in Madison is barely an 80-mile drive down Interstate 94.

The Ducks have their own local draw with Milwaukee native Elgin Cook. The sophomore forward's father is former NBA All-Star Alvin Robertson, who also played at the Bradley Center while with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1990s.

Cook had a smashing debut in Oregon's second-round win over BYU after scoring 23 points.

Oregon likes to play in transition. Wisconsin held American to 34 percent shooting in its NCAA opener.


Bell leads Zags over Smart, Cowboys, 85-77

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kevin Pangos scored 26 points and Gary Bell Jr. added 17 for eighth-seeded Gonzaga, which beat Marcus Smart and the ninth-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys 85-77 in the West region of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

The Bulldogs, in their 16th straight NCAA tournament, will play top-seeded Arizona on Sunday.

The refs called 61 fouls, and five players fouled out. Pangos made 12 of 14 free throws, most of them in the closing minutes.

Smart had 23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and six steals for Oklahoma State. He is projected to be a high NBA draft pick.


Seattle's Dempsey suspended 2 games by MLS

NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle Sounders midfielder and U.S. national team captain Clint Dempsey has been suspended for two games by Major League Soccer for violent conduct toward Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom in last week's match.

MLS announced the suspension on Friday. The MLS players union appealed, but the suspension was upheld.

Chicago defender Lovel Palmer was also suspended two games for violent conduct toward Portland's Maximiliano Urruti.

Dempsey's action came in the 40th minute of Toronto's 2-1 victory. Dempsey hit Bloom in the stomach/groin area, a blow that was not seen by officials but was captured by television cameras. Dempsey said after the match that he was trying to slap Bloom's hand off his back and did not intend to strike his body.

Dempsey will be eligible to return April 5 when Seattle faces Portland.


Montreal Impact MLS home opener postponed by snow

MONTREAL (AP) — The Seattle Sounders game scheduled for Saturday against the Impact has been postponed until Sunday because of expected snow in Montreal.

The Impact's home-opener is being delayed by a day due to the fear of snow accumulation on the Olympic Stadium roof. The game will be played on Sunday at 4 p.m. EDT.

Due to the instability of the stadium dome, which is in need of replacement or repair, events cannot be held there if more than an inch of snow is forecast. An accumulation of close to 6 inches has been predicted.

The Impact's first three regular season games are scheduled to be played at home, including a match on April 5 against the New York Red Bulls, and on April 12 against the Chicago Fire.

There are also two Toronto Blue Jays preseason baseball games slated for the stadium next week.