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Villanova has its second national championship in three years after a 79-62 victory over Michigan. The Wildcats went 31 years between their first title in 1985 and their second one two years ago in Houston. Coach Jay Wright and Villanova didn't have to wait very long for another one. Donte DiVincenzo had 31 points for the Wildcats, the most scored against the Wolverines this season. Villanova guard Jalen Brunson, the AP Player of the Year, was in foul trouble and finished with nine points. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led michigan with 23 points. Moritz Wagner added 16 points. Villanova won all six games by double digits over this tournament run, joining Michigan State (2000), Duke (2001) and North Carolina (2009) in that rare air.

REDS 1, CUBS 0

CINCINNATI -- Rookie Tyler Mahle pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Raisel Iglesias struck out Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded to end the eighth, and the Reds edged the Cubs 1-0 for their first win of the season. Eugenio Suarez tripled in the fourth and scored on Adam Duvall's groundout for the game's only run. Cincinnati was swept at home by Washington, falling to 0-3 for the first time since 2003. It also trailed in all 27 innings -- the Nationals scored in the first inning each time. Mahle (1-0) earned the victory in only his fifth major league start, outpitching Tyler Chatwood (0-1) in his Cubs debut. Iglesias got four outs for the save. Chicago has been blanked in back-to-back games for the first time since last May 26-27, when the Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-0 and 5-0.

CARDINALS 8, BREWERS 4

MILWAUKEE -- Pitcher Miles Mikolas hit a home run and got the 8-4 win in his return from a three-year stint in Japan, as the Cardinals spoiled the Brewers' home opener. St. Louis shortstop Paul DeJong connected for the second straight game, hitting his third homer this season. Milwaukee had opened the season with a three-game sweep at San Diego. Mikolas (1-0) gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first big league start since Aug. 25, 2014, when he pitched eight innings for Texas in a 2-0 win over Seattle. He also got his first major league hit in the fifth -- a two-run homer off Zach Davies (0-1) that broke a 2-2 tie. Eric Thames, Lorenzo Cain and Manny Pina homered for Milwaukee.

BLUE JAYS 4, WHITE SOX 2

TORONTO -- Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson and Aledmys Diaz connected, powering Toronto to its third straight victory as they beat the white sox 4-2. All six runs in the game came on homers. Welington Castillo went deep twice for the White Sox for his sixth career multihomer game and third straight against Toronto. Castillo hit five home runs against the Blue Jays in 2017, his highest total against any opponent. Martin erased a 2-1 deficit with a two-run drive off Danny Farquhar (1-1) with two out in the seventh. Seung Hwan Oh (1-0) got the win despite allowing Castillo's second homer, a tiebreaking shot in the top of the seventh. Roberto Osuna worked the ninth for his second save.

TIGERS 6, royals 1

PIRATES 5, TWINS 4

INDIANS 6, ANGELS 0

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 PAST 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.

TONY STEWART

UTICA, N.Y. -- The family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart's sprint car has apparently reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the former NASCAR star. According to a notice posted in federal court records on Monday, Judge David Hurd set an April 12 settlement hearing in Utica, New York. Kevin Ward Jr. was killed in August 2014 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after he exited his car following a crashed into the wall lining the dirt track in upstate New York following a bump from Stewart's vehicle. Ward was walking in the direction of Stewart's car when he was struck and killed by the veteran driver. The family claimed Stewart caused the collision by improperly maneuvering toward the victim after the race was placed under caution. A trial had been scheduled to begin May 7.

HOCKEY

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has a broken right ankle that will require surgery and end his season, right before the start of the playoffs. The Wild announced the diagnosis before their 3-0 victory over Edmonton, when Suter’s streak of 242 consecutive regular-season games ended. That’s the third-longest in franchise history. Suter was hurt on Saturday at Dallas when he crashed leg-first into the end wall and needed help off the ice, and according to his teammates he was downcast on the bus afterward. An MRI on Monday confirmed the fear that an operation would be needed to fix the fracture. Suter already set a career high this season with 45 assists, which also beat his own franchise record for defensemen. Almost half of those assists came on a power play. Suter is also second in the NHL with an average ice time per game of 26:46.

NBA

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James believes Alabama’s football program is offside. James contends the Crimson Tide has lifted ”ideas, concepts and format” from a program on ”Uninterrupted,” the digital media platform the three-time NBA champion co-founded with business partner Maverick Carter. Last year, ”Uninterrupted” aired ”The Shop” a forum where James, Golden State forward Draymond Green, retired player Charles Oakley and others have conversations while getting their hair cut in a barber shop. Alabama recently released a trailer on Twitter for ”Shop Talk” that shows Tide coach Nick Saban and former Alabama star wide receiver Julio Jones in a barber-shop setting. The video says the first episode is ”coming soon.” On Monday, ”Uninterrupted” sent a letter to Alabama, citing ”exploitation” and concerns over copyright infringement and intellectual property. In the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press, Josh Tarnow, the head of business and legal affairs for ”Uninterrupted”, tells Alabama he would prefer not getting into a ”battle of legal letters” with the school and asks for a copy of the first ”Shop Talk” episode to be sent for a review. Tarnow hopes the sides can ”address Uninterrupted’s concerns amicably.” A school spokeswoman told the AP that Alabama is ”in the midst of reviewing this matter, which just came to our attention this morning.” Although James is a huge Ohio State fan, he has attended Alabama games in the past. And every year Alabama has won the national championship since 2010, James has captured an NBA title. It happened in 2012 and 2013 when James played in Miami, and again in 2016 when he guided the Cavaliers to a title, the first for any Cleveland major sports team since 1964. Alabama won its fifth title under Saban in January.

HS BASEBALL

ONE GAME TO REPORT FROM HS YESTERDAY AS GARDNER SO. WILMINGTON USED A NINE RUN 3RD INNING TO HANDLE IROQUOIS WEST IN FIVE INNINGS 16-2. ALEXIS RAMEREZ WAS 2-3 TO LEAD THE RAIDER OFFENSE.

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