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UNDATED (AP) -- Top seed Wisconsin is the first to advance to the Final Four in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The Badgers are in the national semifinals for the second straight year following an 85-78 triumph over No. 2 Arizona. Frank Kaminsky poured in 29 points and Sam Dekker added 27 to set a career high for the second straight game.

The Badgers denied the Wildcats a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim a year ago.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley scored 17 points each for Arizona.

No. 1 overall seed Kentucky has taken the court against third seed Notre Dame in the Midwest regional final at Cleveland. The Wildcats enter the game 37-0 as they try to become the first time in 39 years to post a perfect season in Division I men's hoops. Kentucky doubled up West Virginia in Thursday's action, beating the Mountaineers 78-39.

The Irish have advanced with wins over Northeastern and Butler by a combined seven points.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas will begin a search for a new men's basketball coach.

People with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that Rick Barnes will be released after the team's first-round exit in the NCAA tournament.

The 60-year-old Barnes shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years. But the Longhorns have struggled in the postseason in recent years despite rosters full of future NBA players.

Barnes won 402 games at Texas and is 604-314 in 28 seasons overall.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George is still hopeful he can return to the Indiana Pacers' lineup this season.

The two-time all-star forward said he feels like he has passed all of the tests to play. He's still awaiting clearance from the team's medical staff before he makes his season debut.

George hasn't played in a game since he suffered gruesome broken right leg in a USA Basketball scrimmage last summer.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators were able to clinch Stanley Cup playoff berths this afternoon.

Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists as Nashville dumped Washington 4-3 to reach the postseason for the first time in three years. Mattias Ekholm, Mike Fisher and Forsberg scored during a 3:45 span of the first period to put the Predators in control. Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) added a goal and an assist in the Predators' fourth consecutive win.

Andrew Cogliano scored the game-winner and Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots as the Ducks beat the New York Islanders 3-2 and stay atop the Western Conference, one point ahead of Nashville. Rickard Rakell (rah-KEHL') and Kyle Palmeiri also scored to help the Ducks deal the Isles their seventh consecutive home loss.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

-- Sidney Crosby scored the game-winner and had two assists as Pittsburgh rallied to beat Arizona 3-2 and move into a second-place tie with the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. The Coyotes led 1-0 until Daniel Winnik, Steve Downie and Crosby scored 4:08 apart in the final period.

-- Boston ruined goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's return to action as Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) scored twice in the first 1- minutes of the Bruins' 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. The Bruins ended a six-game winless skid as they battle Ottawa for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

-- Petr Mrazek handled 23 shots and Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist as Detroit handed Tampa Bay its first shutout loss of the season, 4-0. Joakim Andersson and Justin Abdelkader (AB'-dul-kay-dur) scored 1:54 apart in the second period to put the Red Wings ahead 2-0.

San Jose coughed up a pair of one-goal leads before Brent Burns provided the winning margin in San Jose's 3-2 shootout win against Philadelphia. Steve Mason made 42 saves while the Flyers were outshot 44-18.


UNDATED (AP) -- No. 1 seeds Connecticut and Maryland have moved into the regional finals in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

The Huskies clobbered Texas 105-54 as Breanna Stewart had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. UConn took control with a 44-9 run in the first half and allowed Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH'-muh) to join Pat Summitt as the only coaches with 100 NCAA Tournament wins.

The Terrapins eliminated an old rival as Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half of a 65-55 triumph over Duke. Laurin Mincy scored all 15 of her points in the first half to help Maryland reach the Elite Eight for the sixth time under coach Brenda Frese (freez).

Also in the NCAA women's tourney:

-- Andrea Hoover scored 26 points and seventh-seeded Dayton provided the day's biggest surprise by trouncing No. 3 Louisville 82-66. Amber Deane added 15 points and Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova had 12 and 11 rebounds for the Flyers.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Jimmy Walker has a four-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth (speeth) through three rounds of the Texas Open. Walker fired a 3-under 69 for a 9-under total as he seeks his fifth title in two PGA seasons.

FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel birdied the final three holes for a 69 to move up to third place at minus-3.


SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) -- Kevin Sutherland has the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour event in Mississippi. Sutherland is 9-under for the tournament following a 5-under 67, two shots clear of Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn) and three in front of Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr. and David Frost.


CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Lydia Ko and Brittan Lang have moved into the lead during the third round of the LPGA's Kia Classic in California. The world No. 1 and Lang are 11 shots under par after nine and 9 holes, respectively.


SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have acquired reliever Sam Freeman from St. Louis for a player to be named or cash considerations. Freeman was 2-0 with a 2.61 in 44 appearances for the Cardinals last season.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Will Power will start from the pole for Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Power had a top lap of 106.767 mph to edge Simon Pagenaud (see-MOHN' PA'-zheh-noh) in Saturday's qualifying.


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