ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kentucky and Connecticut each had their final practice of the season as they prepared for the NCAA men’s basketball title game tonight near Dallas. The Wildcats advanced with Saturday’s 74-73 win over Wisconsin after the Huskies ended Florida’s 30-game winning streak, 63-53. The title game appears evenly matched, with both teams shooting around 45 percent for the season and outscoring their opponents by 8 ½ points.
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University has hired North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips as its men’s basketball coach. Phillips led the Bison to an upset of fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament last month and was 134-84 in seven seasons at North Dakota State. Phillips replaces Jim Christian, who left for Boston College after going 49-22 in two seasons with the Bobcats.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The start of the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup race has been postponed until this morning due to rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area yesterday. It’s the third time in seven Sprint Cup Series races this season that rain has hampered the event. Tony Stewart has the pole for the race after a qualifying lap of 195.454 miles per hour.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Matt Jones sank a 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole to win the PGA’s Houston Open. Jones made up a six-shot margin with a 6-under-par 66 while third-round leader Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) shot a 72. The two finished the final round tied at 15-under par at the Golf Club of Houston, with Jones securing a trip to his first Masters.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Lexi Thompson got off to a fast start on Sunday and cruised to a three-stroke victory over Michelle Wie (wee) at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the LPGA season. The 19-year-old Thompson birdied four of the first nine holes in the final round to open a five-shot edge over Wie. She settled for a 4-under 68 that left her 14-under for her first major title and fourth LPGA victory.