Joe Robbins/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) — Terry Rozier had 17 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 4 Louisville down No. 8 North Carolina State 75-65 in the East Regional semifinals of the Men’s NCAA Tournament, Friday.

Louisville and NC State traded punches throughout the game. After a Ralston Turner 3-pointer put the Wolfpack down one with 4:35 remaining in the game, the Cardinals went on a 9-0 run. NC State could never recover as Louisville heads to the Elite 8 for the third time in four years.

Montrezl Harrell had 24 points for the Cardinals (27-8) in the win.

Trevor Lacey put up 18 points for NC State (22-14) in the loss.

Louisville advances to take on Michigan State on Sunday.

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G Fiume/Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, Tn.) — After one season on the job, Donnie Tyndall has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers men’s basketball team.

The university fired Tyndall Friday after they learned of his unethical behavior while coach at Southern Mississippi from an NCAA investigation.

“I apologize to my players, assistant coaches, and the entire UT community that past occurrences led to today’s result.,” Tyndall said in a statement. “I have truly loved my time at Tennessee and appreciated the effort of our players and staff.”

The statement acknowledged that Tyndall is “highly likely” to have committed Level I and Level II infractions against NCAA rules. Tyndall will be accused by the NCAA under the new coach control policy, of financial and academic violations, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.

The Volunteers will now be seeking their fourth head coach in four seasons for their men’s basketball team.

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tn.) — Vanderbilt Commodores incumbent starting quarterback Patton Robinette has decided to leave the game of football due to long-term concerns of his health.

Robinette informed head coach Derek Mason of his decision Thursday and his teammates the next morning that he would be leaving the team and would focus his efforts at the school to earn a medical degree.

Last season, Robinette suffered a concussion against Temple and missed the next six weeks of action.

“This has been a very difficult decision to make,” Robinette said in a school release. “This team means the world to me and I love playing football more than anything. It’s been tough coming to a decision that is right for my family and I, and protects my health and future.”

The Vanderbilt football program tweeted this photo of Robinette informing his teammates:

.@probinette4 informs his teammates of decision in weight room meeting this AM. pic.twitter.com/pnUinFaatE

— VandyFootball (@VandyFootball) March 27, 2015

Robinette is the third football player in the past two weeks, at the collegiate and NFL level to leave the game, citing health concerns; he joins Jack Miller of Michigan University and the San Francisco 49ers Chris Borland.

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CARLSBAD, N.M.) — Investigators looking into the radiation leak at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump from last year found that the use of organic kitty litter may have created an incompatible mixture in one of the drums stored at the site.

The radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant led to the contamination of 21 workers. A 2014 report on the leak slammed federal staff and outside contractors who were responsible for running and overseeing WIPP.

According to a new report released this month, the leak can be traced to an incompatible mixture of nitrate salt residues, organic sorbent — in the form of Swheat Scoop kitty litter — and triethanolamine, a neutralization agent.

Internal chemical reactions within the drum caused the contents to breach, and that breach was the source of radioactive contamination at WIPP. Tests indicated that had the drum contained an inorganic sorbent, such as zeolite in place of the Swheat Scoop, the conditions would likely have remained normal and avoided a breach of the drum.

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Boulder County Sheriff’s Office(LONGMONT, Colo.) — The woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting her unborn child from her womb will not face murder charges for the death of the baby, the Boulder County district attorney announced Friday, because the baby never lived outside the womb.

District Attorney Stan Garnett said at a Friday press conference that the cause of the baby’s death was as yet unknown, but test results were pending. Still, because an autopsy and investigation failed to provide evidence that the baby “exhibited signs of life outside of the womb,” murder charges could not be brought.

“A prosecutor can not file murder charges when a baby who is killed has not lived outside the body of the mother,” Garnett explained. “For similar reasons, I can not bring charges of child abuse resulting in death.”

“I understand that many people in the community, and Heaven knows I’ve heard from a lot of them, would like me to have filed homicide charges,” Garnett concluded. “However, that is not possible under Colorado law without proof of a live birth.”

Dynel Lane was accused of luring the victim to a Longmont home, beating her, and cutting the baby out of her. Police later arrested Lane at a hospital after she arrived with the dead child.

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Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) — At least five people were injured in an explosion at a California middle school.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, five patients were taken from Ethan Chase Middle School by ambulance after 18 students were exposed to a loud explosive device and suffered minor injuries. The 13 students not taken by ambulance were either picked up from the school by their parents or were being held by the sheriff’s department until their parents arrived.

The explosion was reported at 11:05 a.m. local time.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion or why the device was on the school’s grounds.

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Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — With the cause of a fire and explosion that destroyed several buildings in Manhattan’s East Village on Thursday still under investigation, officials Friday revealed details that may have led up to the blast.

The explosion reportedly came after the building’s owner and a contractor arrived to investigate the smell of gas, police said.

Three buildings collapsed and a fourth building was seriously damaged, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, and the fire department is still actively fighting the fire. Though the cause appears to be a gas explosion, no final conclusion has been drawn, he added.

Twenty-two people were injured — four critically, De Blasio said Friday.

No fatalities have been reported, but two people remain unaccounted for.

Two of the most seriously injured victims were Michael Hrynenko, a building co-owner, and Dilber Kukic, a general contractor working at the site who helped carry Hrynenko away from the blast, police said. Both were being treated at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s burn unit.

Con Ed inspectors arrived at the building at 2 p.m. Thursday to meet with the contractor to evaluate work being done by a plumber in the basement of one of the buildings, according to police, and the work failed inspection.

After the inspectors left, the owner of the Sushi Park restaurant, located in one of the buildings, notified a building owner, Maria Hrynenko, mother of Michael Hrynenko, of a gas odor, according to police. Michael Hrynenko and Kukic met up at the location, and when they opened the side door of 119 Second Avenue, also known as 45 East 7th Street, there was an explosion, officials said.

Officials said Kukic is answering questions and helping with the investigation.

The Department of Buildings will be inspecting all of the surrounding buildings before they are re-inhabited, the mayor said.

The gas is shut off for the immediate surrounding area and air quality has returned to normal levels in the surrounding area.

“Once the debris is cleared and the fire is fully extinguished then we will do a full investigation and clean-up,” De Blasio said, adding that the full investigation will “take days.”

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Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(NEW YORK) — Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery on his right foot and miss the remainder of the season, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Friday.

Durant will have the procedure early next week and is expected to return to basketball activities in the next four to six months.

The news comes a week after Presti announced that Durant been “removed from basketball activities” and said he could be shut down.

Durant underwent surgery Feb. 23 to attempt to alleviate soreness and discomfort in his right foot that was being caused by a screw inserted in October during a procedure to repair a Jones fracture. After the second procedure, Durant was re-evaluated after a week, then re-evaluated again after another week, at which point coach Scott Brooks updated the player’s timetable to a “week or two.”

Durant had intensified his on-court workouts before being removed from basketball activities last week, even returning to participate in parts of practice, including some 3-on-3. But the soreness that plagued him before the All-Star break and pushed him toward the second surgery was not resolved.

The reigning league MVP, Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 27 games this season.

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