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Rozier’s Late Steal Sends (4) Louisville Past (13) UC Irvine

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — In a game where not many points were scored, it was a steal that sealed it.

Terry Rozier picked off Alex Young’s pass as time expired to lift No. 4 Louisville over No. 13 UC Irvine 57-55, in the second round of the Men’s NCAA Tournament Friday.

Cardinals freshman Quentin Snider scored a career-high 16 points and gave Louisville the lead for good with 8.9 seconds left in the game when he sunk both of his free throws.

“I just got up to the line and just shot it,” Snider said. “I knew my team needed these points, so I just knocked them down.”

Louisville (25-8) was able to offset a poor scoring day from Montrezl Harrell because Wayne Blackshear and Rozier stepped up scoring 19 and 12 points a piece.

The Anteaters (21-13) received 12 points and five rebounds from 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye.

Louisville will now take on the five seed, Northern Iowa, Sunday.

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(7) Wichita St. Fends Off (10) Indiana, Sets Up Matchup with Kansas

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(OMAHA, Neb.) — Fred VanVleet tied a career high with 27 points, and Wichita State converted 29 of 34 free throws in route to eliminating No. 10 Indiana 81-76 in the second round of the Men’s NCAA Tournament.

The seventh-seeded Shockers got contributions from all over the board. Freshman Zach Brown scored a career high 11 points, and Ron Baker added 15 while hitting 7 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes.

Wichita State (29-4) now advances to take on in-state rival Kansas, whom they haven’t played since 1993.

“It’s a big thing for the state of Kansas,” said Baker, who is from Kansas. “A lot of houses are going to be divided. Being a player from Kansas, I’m really fortunate to be in this game. These types of games don’t happen a whole lot.”

Indiana (20-14) received 24 points from Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell in the loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAA Men’s Tournament – Second Round – Midwest Region: (2) Kansas 75 (27-8) – (15) New Mexico State 56 (23-11)

(5) West Virginia 68 (24-9) – (12) Buffalo 62 (23-10)

(7) Wichita State 81 (29-4) – (10) Indiana 76 (20-14)

(4) Maryland 65 (28-6) – (13) Valparaiso 62 (28-6)

West Region: (1) Wisconsin 86 (32-3) – (16) Coastal Carolina 72 (24-10)

(8) Oregon 79 (26-9) – (9) Oklahoma State 73 (18-14)

East Region: (2) Virginia 79 (30-3) – (15) Belmont 67 (22-11)

(3) Oklahoma 69 (23-10) – (14) Albany 60 (24-9)

(4) Louisville 57 (25-8) – (13) UC Irvine 55 (21-13)

(5) Northern Iowa 71 (31-3) – (12) Wyoming 56 (23-11)

(7) Michigan State 70 (24-11) – (10) Georgia 63 (21-12)

South Region: (1) Duke 85 (30-4) – (16) Robert Morris 56 (20-15)

(7) Iowa 83 (22-11) – (10) Davidson 52 (24-8)

NBA: Orlando Magic 111 (22-49) – Portland Trail Blazers104 (44-23)

Philadelphia 76ers 97 (17-52) – New York Knicks 81 (14-55)

Cleveland Cavaliers 95 (45-26) – Indiana Pacers 92 (30-28)

Brooklyn Nets 129 (28-39) – Milwaukee Bucks 127 (34-35) – 3 Overtime

Miami Heat 108 (32-36) – Denver Nuggets 91 (26-44)

Chicago Bulls 108 (42-28) – Toronto Raptors 92 (41-48)

Oklahoma City Thunder 123 (39-30) – Atlanta Hawks 115 (53-16)

San Antonio Spurs 101 (43-25) – Boston Celtics 89 (30-38)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 3 (31-29-11) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (20-44-7)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (44-21-17) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (38-21-11)

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Brewers Pick Up Roenicke Option

iStockphoto(PHOENIX) — The Milwaukee Brewers exercised Manager Ron Roenicke’s 2016 option on Thursday afternoon.

Roenicke replaced Ken Macha after the 2010 season and has led the Brewers to a 335-313 record. Milwaukee won the NL Central in his first season, then finished third and dropped to fourth in 2013.

Milwaukee started 20-7 last season and led the division for five months, but lost 22 of its last 31 games and finished third at 82-80. The Brewers announced at the end of the season that Roenicke would return for 2015.

“It makes me feel good,” Roenicke said. “It’s uncomfortable, especially when I concentrate so much on what I’m doing with my job — I don’t want to have to answer questions about the personal side of it.”

Roenicke said he has a great working relationship with general manager Doug Melvin.

“I really like where I am. I love the city. I love the management,” he said. “He went out on a limb and gave me this opportunity.”

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Rockets Forward Terrence Jones Out Indefinitely with Collapsed Lung

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The injuries keep piling up for the Houston Rockets front-court as starting forward Terrence Jones will be out of action indefinitely as he recovers from a collapsed lung.

Jones suffered the injury in the first quarter of the team’s win against Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

“He got hit really hard in the ribs,” Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. “They don’t think he cracked a rib, but he’s having a tough time breathing right now.”

Already playing without center Dwight Howard, Jones has been a vital part of the team’s success this season.

The third-year forward was averaging 12.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks this season for the Rockets while averaging 27.5 minutes per contest.

“Guys have to step up, I sure wish Kostas [Papanikolaou] was ready to play, but he’s not ready to play, either,” McHale said. “You just have to deal with it and be ready to go.”

Heading into Friday night, Houston sits third in the Western Conference standings.

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White Sox Agree to Contract Extension with Adam Eaton

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — The Chicago White Sox are doing all they can to lock up their core players, the latest being outfielder Adam Eaton.

The team announced they’ve agreed on a five-year, $23.5 extension with the speedy outfielder.

“We have a kid here who we think is going to be an essential part of our success over the next couple of years and is a rare piece in this game, a top of the order player who plays in the middle of the diamond, plays a premium position and brings you plus offense and the ability to get on base and run,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “It’s an important piece to any successful club and we’re happy that we can work out something that extends his stay in a White Sox uniform to potentially seven years.”

Eaton came over to the White Sox from the Arizona Diamondbacks via trade last offseason.

In 123 games for Chicago last season, Eaton hit .300 with 76 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.

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(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help Michigan State beat Georgia 70-63 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 64.

Travis Trice scored 15 points and Branden Dawson had a strong second half for the Spartans (24-11), who answered a push from the Bulldogs with a poised run to take back control of the game.

Valentine’s free throws were critical as Georgia (21-12) rallied to make it a one-possession game in a finish that at one point had Spartans longtime coach Tom Izzo turning and punching the scorer’s table in fury.

Still, Michigan State did enough to hang on, showing at least glimpses of the experience from playing in 18 straight NCAA Tournaments.

Michigan State will take on (2) Virginia or (15) Belmont in the Round of 32.

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(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56

G Fiume/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) — Frank Mason III scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack, and second-seeded Kansas rolled to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 New Mexico State on Friday, giving the Big 12 its first NCAA Tournament victory in four tries this March.

“It was nice to see the lid come off the basket,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team had twice failed to hit a single 3-pointer in games during the last few weeks of the season.

Perry Ellis added nine points for the Jayhawks in the win.

The Jayhawks will either play No. 7 Wichita State or No. 10 Indiana in the Round of 32.

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Kevin Durant Removed from All Basketball Activities

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have removed All-Star Kevin Durant from all basketball activities and he may be out for the rest of the season, vice president and general manager Sam Presti announced on Friday.

Durant hasn’t played since Feb. 19 and underwent surgery on Feb. 23. He felt continued soreness, according to Presti, which has not allowed him to get back on the court.

His surgery attempted to “address irritation from the screw” that was inserted into his foot to repair the fracture he suffered earlier this season.

Presti said it’s likely Durant will be out for the entire season. Adding, “Essentially, that’s the direction we’re headed right now.”

Durant is scheduled to be a free agent in the summer of 2016.

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Tigers Name David Price Opening Day Starter

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Detroit Tigers named David Price the Opening Day starter over Justin Verlander on Friday.

Verlander had been given the ball seven straight times on Opening Day, but instead, Price will get his fourth straight season opening start.

“Looking at it from a baseball perspective, I felt this was the (right) decision and it wasn’t an easy decision,” Brad Ausmus told the Detroit News. “Justin Verlander has been an outstanding pitcher for a long time. He has done a lot for the Tigers and this organization. But, I have to make a decision based on baseball and what is best for the 2015 Tigers.”

Price came over to Detroit in a trade last season after spending his entire career with the Rays. Price was 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA last season between both teams.

Verlander was 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA last year and had 159 strike outs.

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