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Steelers Re-sign LB James Harrison

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed James Harrison to a two-year contract, which will address the team’s need of the outside linebacker position.

Harrison’s return to the Steelers puts off retirement a little longer for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

The Steelers talked Harrison out of retirement last season following an injury to starting right outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, and once again Harrison proved to be relevant despite his age and having to play his way back into football shape. Harrison recorded 5.5 sacks in 11 regular-season games last season and emerged as the Steelers’ best pass rusher.

Harrison is third on the Steelers’ all-time sacks list (69.5), and he joins Jones and Arthur Moats as the only outside linebackers on the roster with NFL experience.

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(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Behind Travis Trice’s 23 points, the Michigan State Spartans knocked second-seed Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year, winning 60-54.

Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the past eight seasons under head coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse on Friday.

The Spartans stole a page from last year’s regional semifinal win, limiting the Cavaliers to 29.8 percent shooting. Virginia finished 2-of-17 from 3-point range.

The Cavaliers finished with their second straight 30-win season which is a school record, however they fell earlier than expected in the NCAA tournament despite spending most of the season ranked in the top five in the country.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/22/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAA Men’s Tournament: South Region: (1) Duke 68 (31-4) – (8) San Diego State 49 (27-9)

East Region: (7) Michigan State 60 (25-11) – (2) Virginia 54 (30-4)

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 108 (46-26) – Milwaukee Bucks 90 (34-36)

San Antonio Spurs 114 (44-25) – Atlanta Hawks 95 (53-17)

Oklahoma City Thunder 93 (40-30) – Miami Heat 75 (32-37)

Los Angeles Clippers 107 (46-25) – New Orleans Pelicans 100 (37-33)

Toronto Raptors 106 (42-28) – New York Knicks 89 (14-56)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 2 (39-21-11, 89pts) – St. Louis Blues 1 (45-21-7, 97pts) – Overtime

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Grizzlies Tame Trail Blazers, 97-86

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — The Memphis Grizzlies (49-21) had five-starters score in double-figures as they handed the Portland Trail-Blazers (44-24) their season-high fourth straight loss on Saturday night, 97-86.

Forward Jeff Green led the way for the Grizzlies with 23 points and nine rebounds while guard Mike Conley had 21 points and nine assists. Forward Tony Allen pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds

Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge injured his left hand during the first half. The four-time All-Star underwent X-Rays, which came back negative, but is unsure of when he will return to the court. He finished the game with 16 points in 18 minutes of action.

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard scored a team-high 27 points.

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Pistons Rally to Defeat Bulls, 107-91

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) — Pistons guard Reggie Jackson had 22 points as Detroit (25-44) rallied from 19 points down in the second half to defeat the Chicago Bulls (42-29), 107-91 on Saturday night.

Trailing 72-53 with 6:58 to play in the third quarter, Detroit went on a 54-19 run over the final 19 minutes.

Forward Caron Butler contributed 20 points for the Pistons while center Andre Drummond chipped in 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds.

Bulls forward Pau Gasol scored a team-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds.

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(1) Kentucky Knocks Off Fiesty (8) Cincinnati

iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Top-ranked Kentucky overcame a poor shooting day to knock out No. 8 Cincinnati, 64-51. in the third round of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Saturday.

Kentucky (36-0) converted only 20 of 54 shots from the field in the win.

“I always like it when my team shoots 37, 36, 35 percent and wins in double digits,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “It shows them they don’t have to make shots to win. You can miss them all. No, you can’t miss them all. You can miss most of them, and you can still win games if you defend, you rebound and you play that way, make your free throws, and they did.”

Despite Kentucky being a much taller team than Cincinnati, the Bearcats did not back down, constantly outworking Wildcats players for rebounds, winning the matchup on the glass, 45-38.

Troy Caupan had 13 points while Octavius Ellis added nine and 10 rebounds for Cincinnati (23-11) in the loss.

Kentucky forced 14 Cincinnati turnovers, leading to 16 points.

Aaron Harrison led all Wildcats scorers with 13 points.

Kentucky advances to the Sweet 16 where it will meet the winner of the Maryland-West Virginia game.

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(8) NC State Upsets (1) Villanova

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(PITTSBURGH) — Down by eight with 3:25 remaining, Villanova stormed back and cut NC State’s lead to one with 1.7 seconds to play but couldn’t get any closer as No. 8 NC State upsets the top-ranked Wildcats 71-68 in the third round of the Men’s NCAA Tournament, Saturday.
“We came out today with the feeling that everybody expected us to lose to a 1 seed,” NC State forward Beejay Anya said. “But we believe in ourselves and that we’re good enough to beat anybody in the country, and we went down and did it.”

Darrun Hilliard scored a game-high 27 points and almost single-handedly erased the Wolfpack’s late lead. In the final minute and a half of the game, Hilliard drained three NBA range 3-pointers, the last coming with 1.7 seconds remaining to cut the lead to one.

NC State (22-13) used a balanced attack and a 45-32 rebounding edge to eliminate the Cats.

Four of the Wolfpack’s starters scored in double figures with Trevor Lacey leading the way with 17. Lennard Freeman and Abdul-Malik Abu each had 12 rebounds in the win.

Villanova (33-3) struggled to find its shot all day converting only 31.1 percent from the field.

NC State advances to the Sweet 16 in Syracuse, New York, where it will take on the winner of the Northern Iowa-Louisville game.

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(6) Xavier Ends (14) Georgia State’s Cinderella Run

G. Fiume/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Xavier’s bench outscored Georgia State’s 38-19 to help the No. 6 Musketeers end the No. 14 Panthers’ Cinderella run in the Men’s NCAA Tournament, 75-67 Saturday.

Georgia State (25-10) hung tough for the first 20 minutes, only trailing by four entering halftime, but their inability to rebound proved costly as Xavier (23-13) advances to the Sweet 16 for the third time in six years.

Xavier outrebounded Georgia State 23-12. Five of the X-Men’s rebounds led to 11 second-chance points. The Panthers’ 12 rebounds is the fewest in the game by any team in the last 15 NCAA Tournaments.

Jalen Reynolds scored 21 points and Myles Davis added 17 for the Musketeers in the win.

R.J. Hunter led Georgia State with 20 points in the loss.

Xavier will now take on the No. 2 seed Arizona in Los Angeles, Thursday.

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Celtics Smart Suspended One Game

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON, Ma) — Boston Celtics rookie point guard Marcus Smart has been suspended one game after a dirty shot to the groin of San Antonio’s Matt Bonner, the NBA announced Saturday.

During the fourth quarter of San Antonio’s 101-89 victory, Smart delivered a punch to the family jewels of Bonner and after a review by the referees, he recieved a flagrant 2 penalty — which resulted in an automatic ejection.

Smart claimed after the game that he was trying to work through a screen and that the punch was a freak accident.

Smart will miss Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons.

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Dual Team Stadium Moves Forward In Los Angeles

IStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As Stan Kroenke moves forward with his stadium efforts in the Los Angeles market, another stadium proposal has received the green light.

The stadium would serve as the home for both the Chargers and Raiders, should both teams choose to leave San Diego and Oakland respectively. Both teams are seeking a new venue in their current market and have threatened to move if they do not receive a stadium proposal to their liking.

“We have all been extremely encouraged by the sky-high level of support we have found for the stadium project,” Chargers attorney Mark Fabiani said in a statement regarding the Los Angeles proposal.

The proposal has received over 14,000 petition signatures to place a stadium in Carson. The next step will be to put the ballot up for local election.

Currently the Jets and Giants are only teams in the NFL that share a stadium.

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