UNDATED (AP) — Seventh seed Connecticut and No. 8 Kentucky have joined Florida and Wisconsin in the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half as UConn downed No. 4 Michigan State 60-54 to win the East Regional at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats captured the Midwest Regional by downing No. 2 Michigan 75-72 on Aaron Harrison’s 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres put together a three-run eighth inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 in the baseball’s North American opener. The Padres trailed 1-0 until Seth Smith led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer and Chris Denorfia hit a two-run single. Hyun-Jin Ryu had to settle for a no-decision after limiting San Diego to three hits in seven scoreless innings.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kurt Busch took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Martinsville, Va., taking the lead with 10 laps remaining after Jimmie Johnson led 296 laps. Busch’s 25th career victory ended a winless streak that had reached 83 starts. Dale Earnhardt Jr. third, followed by Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Will Power won the season-opening IndyCar race in St. Petersburg, Fla. The win is his third straight as he won the last two races last season. Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second, Helio Castroneves (EHL’-ee-oh cas-troh-NEHV’-us) was third and defending IndyCar champion Scott Dixon fourth.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Australia’s Steven Bowditch (BOH’-dich) has captured the Texas Open by becoming the first PGA winner to close with a 76 since Vijay Singh (VEE’-jay sing) 10 years ago. Bowditch finished 8-under for the tournament despite his 4-over 76, one shot ahead of Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays. Bowditch claimed his first PGA victory and a spot in the Masters.