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CLASS 1A At Peoria (Carver Arena) STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Annawan 48 F
Okawville 59
CLASS 1A At Peoria (Carver Arena) STATE THIRD PLACE
Sterling (Newman Central Catholic) 65 F
Goreville 50
CLASS 2A At Peoria (Carver Arena) STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Winnebago 49 F
Chicago (Orr) 76
CLASS 2A At Peoria (Carver Arena) STATE THIRD PLACE
Pinckneyville   61 F
Bloomington (Central Catholic) 69
CLASS 3A At Pontiac SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Chicago Heights (Marian) 61 F
Kankakee (Sr.) 50
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier with the top-ranked Cavaliers getting preferential seeding in the South Region. The first four games in Dayton, Ohio, will be LIU-Brooklyn against Radford and St. Bonaventure against UCLA on Tuesday night, and North Carolina Central against Texas Southern and Arizona State against Syracuse on Wednesday night. Among the intriguing early matchups is No. 8 seed Creighton and its star, Marcus Foster, against ninth-seeded Kansas State. Foster began his career with the Wildcats. The Final Four is March 31 and April 2 in San Antonio. Southern California, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary’s are the No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament.
IN THE NBA . . . BULLS 129, HAWKS 122
ATLANTA -- Zach LaVine scored 21 points, including four free throws in the final 17 seconds to stop Atlanta's comeback, and the Chicago Bulls beat the injury-depleted Hawks 129-22. Bobby Portis also had 21 points for Chicago. The Hawks, already playing without injured point guard Dennis Schroder, lost Kent Bazemore to a right knee sprain and Jaylen Morris to a left ankle injury in the second quarter. Taurean Prince led Atlanta with a career-high 38 points. Mike Muscala also set a career high with 19 points.
PACERS 99, CELTICS 97
BOSTON -- Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, then committed a dead-ball offensive foul with 1.5 seconds left that gave Boston a shot to win the game at the buzzer, but the Indiana Pacers held on to beat the depleted Celtics 99-97. Myles Turner scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 21 seconds to play, and added 10 rebounds for Indiana, who survived the crazy ending to win for the fifth time in six games. Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, joining absent big man Al Horford, who was home sick, and Jaylen Brown, who is in the concussion protocol.
OVER IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE . . . BLACKHAWKS 3, BRUINS 1
CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 3:16 left in the third period and had an assist to lead Chicago OVER BOSTON 3-1. Kane scored on a screened shot from just inside the left point to put Chicago ahead 2-1 with Boston's Zdeno Chara off for high-sticking Brandon Saad, getting a double-minor for drawing blood. Brent Seabrook added a goal from the right circle on a screened shot with 1:05 remaining as the Blackhawks ended Boston's six-game winning streak and their own two-game slide. Chicago's Artem Anisimov scored his 20th goal, reaching that mark for the third straight season since the Blackhawks acquired him from Columbus. Anton Forsberg made 31 saves, and Jonathan Toews had three assists.
IN MLB SPRING TRAINING ACTION . . . ATHLETICS 7, CUBS 2
Yu Darvish breezed through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. He left after Jed Lowrie doubled and scored on Matt Olson's single AS OAKLAND BEAT THE CUBS 7-2. Kyle Schwarber and Chris Gimenez hit back-to-back home runs off Oakland starter Sean Manea.
CARDINALS 4, NATIONALS 3
Luke Weaver pitched four perfect innings and struck out four in his third start for St. Louis AS THE CARDINALS GET PAST THE NATIONALS 4-3. Jose Martinez had two hits for the Cardinals, driving in a pair with a home run. Anthony Rendon doubled and scored for Washington, while Matt Reynolds homered for the first time. Tanner Roark started for the Nationals, pitching four innings and allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.
WHITE SOX 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
Chicago top prospect Eloy Jimenez had two more hits, giving him two home runs and a triple in his first four at-bats of the spring AS THE WHITE SOX TRIP UP ARIZONA 6-5. Jose Abreu homered for the second time and Yoan Moncada hit his first for the White Sox. Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings. Patrick Corbin allowed three runs on five hits and two walks, going four innings in a start for Arizona.
TIGERS 6, BRAVES 3
TWINS 6, RAYS 5
PIRATES 5, BLUE JAYS 0
REDS 6, MARINERS 5
INDIANS (SS) 3, ROYALS 1
BREWERS 5, INDIANS (SS) 4
BASEBALL
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) – free agent ace Jake Arrieta and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year deal worth $75 million. The 32-year-old righty was among several top free agents who didn’t get a deal for six or seven years in a changing market. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited until the price was right for them. Arrieta won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Chicago Cubs and helped them win the World Series the next season. He was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 30 starts last year.
PRO FOOTBALL
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – Star cornerback Richard Sherman signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, two days after being released by the rival Seattle Seahawks. The deal reportedly is worth up to $39.15 million.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants cut veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday. Rodgers-Cromartie and the team failed to rework his contract, which called for him to make $6.5 million in salary and a cap hit of $8.5 million.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers and Hayward’s agent, David Mulugheta, confirmed the deal Sunday. NFL.com first reported the extension, which includes $20 million guaranteed.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston has been unanimously re-elected as president of the NFL players union, earning his third straight three-year term. Winston, who is scheduled to become a free agent, ran unopposed for the position. The NFLPA Board of Player Representatives announced the result Sunday at the NFLPA’s annual meetings. New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich was elected as the union’s treasurer.
GOLF
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Paul Casey closed with a 6-under 65 and won the Valspar Championship after watching Tiger Woods come up one putt short of a playoff. A highly charged PGA Tour event ended with one player ending a long victory drought, just not the one most fans came to see. Casey ran off three straight birdies early on the back nine to take the lead, and he closed with tough pars to post at 10-under 274. No one caught him, giving Casey his first PGA Tour victory since the 2009 Houston Open. Woods charged up the record crowd with a birdie putt from just inside 45 feet on the 17th hole to get within one shot. He laid well back off the 18th tee and hit his approach from 185 yards to just inside 40 feet. The birdie chance to force a playoff was 2 feet short. Woods closed with a 1-under 70 and tied for second, his highest finish in an official tournament since he tied for second at The Barclays in 2013.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Vijay Singh got up-and-down for birdie with a putter from off the green on the final hole for a one-shot victory in the Toshiba Classic on Sunday. The 55-year-old Hall of Famer edged Tommy Tolles, Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott McCarron to win for the first time as an individual on the PGA Tour Champions. He teamed with Carlos Franco to win last year’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Singh has played a limited schedule on the 50-and-over tour while continuing to compete on the PGA Tour, where he has 34 career victories.
AUTO RACING
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick is at his best when he's mad, so much so that former crew chief Gil Martin used to try to rile him up during races. Harvick was running extra hot when he got to ISM Raceway after penalties for technical violations marred his victory last week at Las Vegas. When he finally cooled off Sunday afternoon, he celebrated his third straight NASCAR Cup victory and record-extending ninth at the mile oval southwest of Phoenix. 
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Sebastien Bourdais won IndyCar’s season-opening race in St. Petersburg on Sunday, a victory handed to him when Alexander Rossi and Robert Wickens crashed racing for the lead. Wickens was heading to a victory in his IndyCar debut until two late cautions gave Rossi a chance to take it away. On a restart with two laps remaining, Rossi tried to dive inside of Wickens entering the first turn. The two cars made contact and Wickens spun off course. Bourdais slid by both cars from third for the victory. It is the 37th career victory for the Frenchman, who ranks sixth on IndyCar’s all-time list. Bourdais trails Al Unser by two wins for fifth on the list.
 

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