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03/31/2012 - 11:33pm
Kansas reaches final with late comeback

Kansas University will chase its second title in five years, as the Jayhawks erased a 13-point deficit Saturday night to claim a late 64-62 victory over Ohio State in the Final Four in New Orleans. The Jayhawks' comeback was the product of an impressively balanced offense, with forward Thomas Robinson leading the way with 19 points, guard Travis Relaford pouring in 15, guard Tyshawn Taylor producing 10 points and nine assists and guard Elijah Johnson scoring 13 and hauling in 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, 7-footer Jeff Withey set a Final Four record by blocking seven shots.

Ohio State dominated the first half, carrying as much as a 13-point lead before closing the first period with a 34-25 advantage. Kansas roared back in the second half, tying the score with just over 14 minutes remaining. From there, it was a back-and-forth game, with Ohio State claiming as much as a six-point lead but ultimately getting outscored by Kansas, 15-7, over the final 5:22. During...

03/31/2012 - 8:26pm
Kentucky rolls to national final

For the first time since 1998, Kentucky is going to the national championship game. The Wildcats got the better of their in-state rivals, Louisville, 69-61, in the first game of Saturday's Final Four in New Orleans and will play the winner of Kansas-Ohio State on Monday night.

Kentucky controlled the game early and jumped out to a 22-12 lead, but the Cardinals stayed close despite shooting 34 percent thanks to 17 offensive rebounds. Down by seven points at the half, Louisville tied the game, 49-49 on a Peyton Siva 3-pointer with 9:12 left in the game, but the Wildcats held the Cardinals without a field goal for more than six minutes.

Louisville made one last run to close within five points with just over a minute to go, but Kentucky's Anthony Davis put an exclamation point on the victory with a one-handed alley-oop slam. Davis, who will almost certainly be the top pick in this summer's NBA draft, scored 18 points and had 14 rebounds and five...

03/31/2012 - 6:10pm
Cherington: Deals possible, not imminent

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington told reporters that his team's Opening Day roster is close to being finalized, with an expectation that it likely will be set by the time the Red Sox leave their spring training home of Fort Myers on Monday for an exhibition game against the Nationals in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. That said, he could not say with certainty that the 25-man roster will be set by then, in part because the Sox continue to explore the trade market as players become available as teams make their final roster decisions.

"As far as the roster goes, we’ll have two or three sort of decisions right here at the end of camp and we’re getting closer to those decisions. Would expect that by the time we leave for D.C., we’d have most, if not all those decisions," Cherington told reporters. "[A trade is] possible. But nothing in the works. ... We’re still talking about the guys we have here at the end of spring, typically...

03/31/2012 - 4:15pm
Red Sox to announce rotation Sunday

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Saturday that he plans on announcing the rest of his starting rotation Sunday, with some of the parties involved still having yet to hear about their roles. Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubront and Aaron Cook are all candidates to fill out the fourth and fifth spots, with Doubront out of options and Cook, who is signed to a minor-league deal, carrying an opt-out clause in his deal for May 1.

The decision will also make a difference in how the Red Sox decide to line up their bullpen, which Valentine described as "a little unsettled."

Valentine also said the 25th spot on the roster will be a position player, but once again ruled out the possibility of carrying a third catcher (such as Ryan Lavarnway). Candidates include utilitymen Pedro Ciriaco and Nate Spears, and outfielder Jason Repko, all of whom are on minor-league deals. Ciriaco and Spears played a different position in each of the first six...

03/31/2012 - 3:30pm
B's beat Isles with big third period
By: DJ Bean

Four goals in the third period were enough give the Bruins two points Saturday, as they picked up a 6-3 win over the Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. With the victory, the Bruins now have points in five straight games (4-0-1). 

David Krejci had a pair of goals for the B's, with Boston also getting goals from Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron. The Islanders got two goals from P.A. Parenteau, as a well as a Kyle Okposo tally. 

Marty Turco made the start for the Bruins, making 19 saves on 22 shots and picking up his second win as a member of the B's. 

The Bruins will stay in the state of New York and face the first-place Rangers Sunday.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


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