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SAN ANTONIO – The Final Four is down to two teams: Villanova will play for its second national championship in three years when the Wildcats face Michigan on Monday night. Villanova advanced to the title game by beating Kansas 95-79 in the Final Four. Michigan topped 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago 69-57. Two years after Jalen Brunson and coach Jay Wright’s Wildcats triumphed in Houston, they’ll be the favorites to do it again in the Lone Star State. Their final obstacle is a Wolverines team currently led by German center Moe Wagner, a nightmare matchup for most opponents. But Villanova is a 3-point shooting machine that tests the depth and defense of every opponent. The Wolverines have scrapped and clawed for most of their victories during March Madness, but that resourcefulness should be fully tested by the No. 1-seeded Wildcats. Michigan is in the title game for the second time under coach John Beilein(bee-line), who has never won a national championship. His 2013 Wolverines lost to Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals in Atlanta.
CARDINALS 5, METS 1
NEW YORK -- Paul DeJong had the first multihomer game of his big league career, Luke Weaver held the Mets to one run in five innings and St. Louis avoided an opening three-game sweep with a 5-1 win over the mets. DeJong went deep in the second inning, making him 3 for 3 with two homers in his career against Steven Matz (0-1). DeJong hit his second solo homer in the eighth against Jacob Rhame. DeJong hit .285 with 25 home runs and 65 RBI as a rookie last year, earning a $26 million, six-year contract. Marcell Ozuna broke out of an 0-for-9 start with three hits, including an RBI double and a run-scoring single. Yadier Molina also homered for the Cardinals. Weaver (1-0) struggled through a 27-pitch first inning but settled in and wound up allowing five hits, four of them singles.
MARLINS 6, CUBS 0
MIAMI -- Dillon Peters threw six scoreless innings, Brian Anderson hit a three-run double to highlight a five-run fifth and Miami split its opening four-game series with Chicago with a 6-0 win on sunday. Peters (1-0) helped a well-worked bullpen out in a big way, rarely getting himself into any trouble. He threw 89 pitches, 56 for strikes, striking out two and walking only one. Jose Quintana (0-1) gave up six hits and six runs in six innings. 
the sox and royals were postponed . . . milwaukee had the day off
NATIONALS 6, REDS 5
PIRATES 1, TIGERS 0, 1ST GAME
PIRATES 8, TIGERS 6, 2ND GAME
TWINS 7, ORIOLES 0
MARINERS 5, INDIANS 4
PACERS 111, CLIPPERS 104
LOS ANGELES -- Victor Oladipo scored 30 points, Myles Turner added 24 and Indiana rallied for its fifth straight victory . . . a 111-104 win over the clippers. Oladipo shot 11 of 17 from the field and had 12 assists for the playoff-bound Pacers, who have won four in a row over the Clippers. Neither team led by more than seven points in the fourth quarter, when the Pacers scored on nearly every possession over the last five minutes. They've won 12 of their last 16. Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 21 points. Lou Williams added 20 and Montrezl Harrell had 19 off the bench. Austin Rivers scored 18 and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 12 rebounds.
BULLS 113, WIZARDS 94
CHICAGO -- Rookie Lauri Markkanen scored 23 points and connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers to lead Chicago over the wizards 113-94. Bobby Portis had 18 points and hit 4 of 5 from long range, and Sean Kilpatrick added 14 points. Chicago shot 52.4 percent overall from the floor and was 18 for 34 on 3s -- matching its season high -- as Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg missed the game with an upper-respiratory infection. Hoiberg returned home before tipoff, leaving associate head coach Jim Boylen to direct Chicago to its second straight win following a seven-game skid. Otto Porter Jr. led the Wizards with 17 points as five-time All-Star John Wall rested. Bradley Beal scored 15 points and reserve Mike Scott added 14.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw has been released from a hospital following a terrifying fall to the floor during Saturday’s game at Sacramento. The team also said Sunday that preliminary tests showed McCaw has no structural damage or problems with his nervous system after the freak injury. McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after a thud to the court following a foul by Sacramento’s Vince Carter in the Warriors’ 112-96 win.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill are among the 13-member class that will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September. The Hall of Fame made the announcement Saturday before the NCAA Final Four semifinals. The inductees also include Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Tina Thompson, coach Lefty Driesell, Charlie Scott, longtime executive Rick Welts, NBA executive Rod Thorn, Katie Smith, the late Ora Mae Washington and Croatian star Dino Radja. Nash and Kidd were two of the greatest point guards of their generation. Nash is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player from Canada and an eight-time All-Star. Kidd earned 10 All-Star selections. Hill won two NCAA titles at Duke and seven NBA All-Star selections. Allen is the most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history and a two-time league champion.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid (jo-elle em-beed)had surgery Saturday to repair a broken bone around his left eye. The team says there is no timetable for Embiid’s return. He is scheduled to have a post-operative examination late next week, and further updates will be provided then. Embiid also suffered a concussion and remains in the NBA’s concussion program.
 
 

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