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AP Sports SummaryBrief at 12:03 a.m. EDT

Houston gives top 8 seeds clean sweep to Sweet 16, holding off Aggies 100-95

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Emanuel Sharp started overtime with a 3-pointer that put top-seeded Houston ahead to stay as the Cougars advanced to the Sweet 16 by topping ninth-seeded Texas A&M 100-95. The Aggies forced overtime with a furious rally, outscoring Houston 17-5 in the final two minutes of regulation. Andersson Garcia beat the buzzer with his ninth 3-pointer of the season, and then was mobbed by his teammates. Sharp fouled out after his 3, finishing with 30 points. His teammates outscored Texas A&M 7-1 to start the extra session and close it out. The win by Houston means all eight teams seeded 1 and 2 advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time since the NCAA tourney started seeding in 1979.

Top seed UConn steamrolls into Sweet 16 with 75-58 rout of Northwestern in East Region

NEW YORK (AP) — Donovan Clingan, Tristen Newton and top overall seed UConn overwhelmed an undermanned Northwestern team 75-58 to sail into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Newton had 20 points and 10 assists, while Clingan finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks as the Huskies led wire-to-wire and became the first defending national champions to reach the regional semifinals since Duke in 2016. Connecticut built a 30-point cushion with 13:27 left and matched a program record for wins set by the 2013-14 national title squad with 33. They’ll play Thursday night in the East Region semifinals against No. 5 seed San Diego State or 13th-seeded Yale in Boston, about an 85-mile drive from UConn’s campus.

South Carolina women reach 10th straight Sweet 16, beat North Carolina 88-41 in March Madness

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Freshman MiLaysia Fulwiley had 20 points including four 3-pointers and unbeaten South Carolina powered into its 10th straight Sweet 16 with an 88-41 victory over eighth-seeded North Carolina in the women’s NCAA Tournament. Kamilla Cardoso had 12 points and 10 rebounds in her return from a one-game suspension for the Gamecocks. South Carolina used a 15-0 first-quarter run to take take control and get within four victories of a perfect championship season. The Gamecocks will play either No. 4 seed Indiana or No. 5 seed Oklahoma on Friday. Alyssa Ustby led North Carolina 12 points.

The Warriors have slipped closer to the ‘other end of the standings’ they never thought they’d see

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have slipped into precarious position for the postseason. They’re having a hard time finding their footing in this unfamiliar spot. The Warriors started a five-games-in-eight-days trip with a 114-110 loss to Minnesota. Coach Steve Kerr exercised caution with 10-time All-Star point guard Steph Curry by extending the 36-year-old’s rest period well into the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves had a plus-12 advantage during his absence. The Warriors are 36-34. They are one game ahead of surging Houston for 10th place in the Western Conference and a spot in the play-in tournament.

US beats Mexico 2-0 on goals by Adams and Reyna, wins 3rd straight CONCACAF Nations League

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tyler Adams scored from about 35 yards in his first start in more than a year for club or country, Gio Reyna added a second-half goal and the United States beat Mexico 2-0 for its third straight CONCACAF Nations League title. Adams put the U.S. ahead in the 45th minute when he received a pass from Weston McKennie, took a touch and curled a shot that just eluded the right hand of diving goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Reyna added a 63rd-minute goal following a pair of extra-time assists in Thursday’s semifinal win over Jamaica.

Ohtani to speak to media for 1st time since illegal gambling, theft allegations against interpreter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani plans to speak to the media Monday for the first time since the illegal gambling and theft allegations involving the Los Angeles Dodgers star and his interpreter emerged during the team’s trip to South Korea. The interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, was fired by the Dodgers last week when the team opened the season with two games against the San Diego Padres in Seoul. Manager Dave Roberts says he’s glad Ohtani will “speak to what he knows and give his thoughts” on the situation. Ohtani received a huge cheer as he walked to the plate for the first time at Dodger Stadium on Sunday in the exhibition against his former team, the Los Angeles Angels.

CONCACAF Nations League final twice stopped because of homophobic chants in pro-Mexican crowd

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The U.S.-Mexico CONCACAF Nations League final match was suspended in the late stages for the second straight year because of homophobic chants by pro-Mexican fans. Canadian referee Drew Fischer stopped play in the 88th minute of the United States’ 2-0 victory in Sunday night’s final at AT&T Stadium. Play resumed after a 4 1/2-minute wait, and Fischer halted it again six minutes into stoppage time. Last year’s semifinal at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas was stopped by Salvadoran referee Iván Barton in the eighth minute of a scheduled 12 minutes of stoppage time with the U.S. ahead 3-0.

Reese’s double-double, Johnson’s scoring, lifts LSU over MTSU 83-56 in NCAA Tournament’s 2nd round

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Angel Reese had 20 points and 11 rebounds and third-seeded LSU responded to a nine-point third-quarter deficit with a dominant finish to defeat upstart No. 11 seed Middle Tennessee 83-56 in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Flau’Jae Johnson scored 21 for Tigers and played central role in helping LSU surge to a comfortable second-half lead that spelled the end of the Blue Raiders’ 20-game winning streak. Savannah Wheeler, the Conference USA Player of the Year, scored 21 and Scott scored 15 for Middle Tennessee, which lost for the first time since Dec. 30. Aneesah Morrow scored 19 points and Mikaylah Williams scored 16 for LSU. The Tigers advanced to the Albany 2 Region semifinals.

Malnati with big break and great shot wins Valspar and earns trip to Masters

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Peter Malnati is a PGA Tour winner again and this time is going to the Masters. Malnati shot a 67 to win the Valspar Championship by two shots over hard-luck Cameron Young. It’s Malnati’s first win in more than eight years. He got a huge break when he was able to go from the rough to the fringe on the 16th hole while tied for the lead. That made par a lot easier. And then he followed with a tremendous tee shot on the par-3 17th to 6 feet. The birdie gave him the lead and led to the win.

Pole to checkered flag: Byron dominates NASCAR’s 1st road course race of season, wins at COTA

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — William Bryon started on pole and delivered a dominant drive Sunday to win NASCAR’s first road race of the season at the Circuit of the Americas. The Daytona 500 winner earned his second win of the season and delivered the fourth in six races for Chevrolet. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led 42 of 68 laps and held off hard-charging Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell over the final two laps. Bell shaved nearly three seconds of Byron’s lead to create some late drama before Byron slammed the door over the final corners. Byron earned career win No. 12.

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