>>Sweet 16 Tips Off Tonight
(Undated) — The NCAA Tournament resumes tonight as the Sweet 16 gets started. Four games are on tap, with four more set for tomorrow. Tonight, Loyola-Chicago faces Nevada and Kentucky meets Kansas State in Atlanta, and Texas A&M takes on Michigan and Florida State faces Gonzaga in Los Angeles. Tonight’s winners advance to the Elite Eight on Saturday.
>>Blues Beat Bruins In OT
(St. Louis, MO) — Jaden Schwartz tied the game midway through the third and won it 30 seconds into overtime as the Blues beat the Bruins 2-1 at Scottrade Center. Jake Allen made 21 saves for St. Louis, which has won five-of-six. The Blues are two points out of the second wild card in the West with nine game left. They host Vancouver tomorrow.
>>Blackhawks Host Canucks
(Chicago, IL) — The Blackhawks try to end a four-game losing streak tonight against the Canucks at the United Center. Chicago has been officially eliminated from playoff contention. They have eight games left in the regular season.
>>Cardinals Crush Marlins With Three-Homer Attack
(Jupiter, FL) — The Cardinals raced out to an 8-0 lead in the second inning and cruised to a 13-6 win over the Marlins in Jupiter. Paul DeJong [[ deh-YOUNG ]], Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna all homered for St. Louis. Starter Matt Bowman struck out four over two innings of two-run ball for the win. The Cards host the Braves this afternoon.
>>Cubs, Darvish Top Rangers
(Surprise, AZ) — Yu [[ Yoo ]] Darvish struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball against his former team as the Cubs beat the Rangers 5-1 in Surprise. Darvish surrendered just three hits for his third win of the spring. Kris Bryant belted a three-run homer and Kyle Schwarber added a solo shot for Chicago. The Cubs visit the Giants today.
>>Padres Sink White Sox
(Glendale, AZ) — Reynaldo Lopez gave up three runs in five innings as the White Sox lost to the Padres 4-3 at Camelback Ranch. Matt Skole and Yermin Mercedes each hit solo homers. Chicago continues Cactus League play against the D’backs in Scottsdale tonight.
>>Nuggets Blast Bulls On Road
(Chicago, IL) — Paul Millsap scored a game-high 22 points as seven Nuggets landed in double-figures in a 135-102 rout of the Bulls in Chicago. Cristiano Felicio led Chicago with 16 points, while Bobby Portis had 15 points off the bench. The Bulls have lost three in-a-row to slip to 24-and-47. They host the Bucks tomorrow night.
>>LeBron, Cavaliers Rally Past Raptors
(Cleveland, OH) — LeBron James piled up 35 points and dished out 17 assists with no turnovers as the Cavaliers rallied past the Raptors 132-129 in Cleveland. The Cavs trailed by 15 points at halftime. They have won three straight to get to 42-and-29, which is good for third in the Eastern Conference. Toronto leads the East at 53-and-19, with Boston four-and-a-half games back.
>>Howard Goes Off Hornets Drop Nets
(Brooklyn, NY) — Dwight Howard turned back the clock, racking up 32 points and 30 rebounds as the Hornets dropped the Nets 111-105 in Brooklyn. Howard’s performance was the NBA’s first 30-30 game in eight seasons and just the second in the last 36 years. Howard had never recorded a 30-30 game in his career. The Hornets are six-and-a-half games out of a playoff spot.
>>Serena Loses In First Round At Miami Open
(Miami, FL) — Serena Williams is still rusty as she works her way back into form following last year’s pregnancy. Williams lost to Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2 in the Miami Open on Wednesday for a first-round defeat. Williams has lost in the first round of a tournament just five times in her tennis career. The 23-time major champion gave birth to a baby girl last September.
>>Bidding Continues For Panthers
(Charlotte, NC) — Multiple reports say bids for the Carolina Panthers have reached 2.5-billion-dollars. Owner Jerry Richardson announced he was selling the team in December. ESPN reports a group including Steph Curry and Sean “Diddy” Combs are no longer in the running. The Houston Rockets sold for 2.2-billion last year, a record price for a pro sports team in the U.S.