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Trice leads Michigan State over Virginia again

Trice, Michigan State knock No. 2 seed Virginia out of NCAA Tournament again
Steve Reed, The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Travis Trice scored 23 points, and Michigan State knocked second-seeded Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, 60-54 on Sunday.

Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the last eight seasons under coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse, New York on Friday.

AP Interview: Boston's Olympic chief confident in bid

AP Interview: Despite a wary public, Boston's top Olympic exec confident in future of bid
Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press

BOSTON - It would be one thing to persuade the International Olympic Committee to choose Boston over other powerhouse world cities to host the 2024 Summer Games. But it's quite another to win over a skeptical populace in its own backyard.

"We have to dream big," said Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2024, the group spearheading the city's bid, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

AP Interview: Boston's Olympic chief confident in bid

AP Interview: Despite a wary public, Boston's top Olympic exec confident in future of bid
Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press

BOSTON - It would be one thing to persuade the International Olympic Committee to choose Boston over other powerhouse world cities to host the 2024 Summer Games. But it's quite another to win over a skeptical populace in its own backyard.

"We have to dream big," said Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2024, the group spearheading the city's bid, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Blue Jays' Marco Estrada hurts ankle, scratched from start

Toronto pitcher Marco Estrada scratched from start against Rays after slightly injuring ankle
The Associated Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays after slightly injuring his ankle during fielding practice. Roberto Osuna will pitch in his place.

Manager John Gibbons says he expects Estrada to start Tuesday against Minnesota or Wednesday against Baltimore.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz to launch presidential bid

AP Source: Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz to launch presidential campaign on Monday
Steve Peoples, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday his plans to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican formally to enter the 2016 presidential contest.

Cruz has hinted openly at his intentions to seek the White House for months, and his intention to jump into the race was confirmed by a strategist for the first-term Republican senator, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity so as not to preclude the formal announcement.

NC State's Barber makes profane comment on Obama's bracket

What's wrong with prez? NC State guard Barber caught on TV cursing Obama's tourney bracket
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - N.C. State's Cat Barber used an unexpected Sweet 16 berth to take a cutting remark at President Barack Obama.

Barber was caught by TV cameras saying "What ... (is) wrong with Barack Obama" to his teammates in the locker room.

Obama had picked Villanova to reach the NCAA Tournament championship game. But the Wolfpack busted the president's bracket with a 71-68 win over the Wildcats on Saturday night.

Kentucky stays on unbeaten path, Nova first No. 1-and-done

Kentucky stays unbeaten with win over Cincy, Villanova goes down, Arizona beats Ohio State
The Associated Press

Two down, four to go for the Kentucky Wildcats as they try to become the first unbeaten national champion since Indiana in 1976. Villanova became the first top seed out as it lost to North Carolina State, while UCLA came up with a second win in the tournament, not bad for a team that many said didn't even belong in the field of 68.

The Atlantic Coast Conference continued its so-far perfect tournament run with wins by NC State, North Carolina and Notre Dame.

EAST REGION

NC State in Sweet 16 with 71-68 stunner over No. 1 Villanova

Wolfpack are Back! Eighth-seeded NC State stun No. 1 Villanova 71-68 to advance to Sweet 16
Dan Gelston, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The rims seemed tight. So did Villanova.

The Wildcats missed so many shots — gimme layups, uncontested jumpers, airballed 3s — that it was no surprise the first thing to fall was their Final Four target.

No wonder it came to this: The 'Cats were the first to go from a top seed to No. 1-and-done.

North Carolina State, a program that authored one of the early chapters on March shockers, can add another stunner to the list: The Wolfpack are back in the Sweet 16.

No. 1 Kentucky beats Cincinnati 64-51 to reach Sweet 16

Aaron Harrison and Lyles combine for 24 points, No. 1 Kentucky tops Cincinnati 64-51 in NCAA
Gary B. Graves, The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Saskatoon's Trey Lyles had 11 with 11 rebounds, Aaron Harrison scored 13 points, and top-ranked Kentucky outworked eighth-seeded Cincinnati for a 64-51 victory Saturday to remain undefeated and reach the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.

After Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu revives, rebuilds and rethinks

After Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu's people revive, rebuild and, in some cases, rethink
Nick Perry, The Associated Press

EFATE, Vanuatu - The roof from what was once the home of principal Melizabeth Uhi and her staff is now folded over branches high in the trees that border her school. She's now living with two other staff members in the only classroom that's still habitable. And she's running low on the rice she had before Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu a week ago, upending her life.

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