Update on the latest in sports:
Overtime pays again for Virginia
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – They don’t make it look easy. The Virginia Cavaliers are the college basketball champs, after beating Texas Tech in overtime, 85-77, in the title game of the NCAA tournament last night. They’re now just the sixth title team to win multiple-overtime games in a tournament, and the first since Arizona accomplished the feat in 1997.
Virginia outscored its opponents by just 45 points overall in the tournament. That’s the third-lowest margin of victory by a championship team since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
Detroit, Miami, Charlotte continue playoff bids
UNDATED (AP) – Three teams trying to keep their NBA playoff hopes alive are in action tonight.
Dwyane Wade plays his final home regular season game when the Miami Heat hosts the Philadelphia 76ers. Unless the Heat can win tonight and again tomorrow at Brooklyn, Miami’s season is over. Even if they win both, they need a lot of help to reach the playoffs.
The Charlotte Hornets have won three straight and visit the Cavaliers, who are tied for the second-worst record in the league.
The other team still hoping to reach the playoffs, the Detroit Pistons, have lost four in a row heading into tonight’s home game against Memphis.
Red Sox get rings
BOSTON (AP) – The Red Sox are set to receive their 2018 World Series rings ahead of their home opener at Fenway Park this afternoon. Boston plans to unveil a championship banner, and ceremonies will include a flyover by four F-16 jets prior to the first pitch. One member of last year’s team who won’t attend is Craig Kimbrel. The All-Star closer and current free agent declined an invitation.
Chris Sale, who is 0-and-2 with an 8.00 ERA so far this season, faces Toronto in Boston’s home opener. His fastball has averaged 90.7 mph over his first two outings, down from 95.4 mph last season.
In other major league action:
– The Reds have lost eight straight since an opening day victory, a skid they’ll try to end against the Marlins. Cincinnati went 30 innings between runs during one stretch, though the offense has scored 10 times over the past two games.
– Jacob deGrom is back on the mound for the first time since striking out a career-best 14 against Miami last week. His Mets take on Minnesota at Citi Field. The NL Cy Young Award winner has 24 strikeouts over 13 innings this season. He is 2-and-0, with an ERA of zero.
– The Astros are on a four-game winning streak, including last night’s 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Yankees last night. As that series continues tonight, Yankees ace Luis Severino is back in New York for more tests on his injured right shoulder.
– The Tigers take a five-game winning streak into a series at home against Cleveland, the AL Central favorite. Detroit’s pitching has been excellent, with its starters posting a 2.02 ERA through 10 games. Veteran right-hander Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball against Indians ace Corey Kluber.
– Ervin Santana is set to make his first start with the White Sox after signing a minor league deal in February. The 36-year-old right-hander made just five starts last year due to complications following offseason hand surgery. He was excellent for Minnesota the two seasons prior to that. Charlie Morton is the scheduled starter for Tampa Bay.
– The Phillies, off to a 7-and-2 start, meet the Nationals again at home tonight. Bryce Harper was 0-for-3 with a walk last night in his third game against his former team, but helped prevent a run with a perfect relay throw as the Phillies won 4-3.
– Chris Davis is still looking for his first hit since September 14th as the Baltimore Orioles host Oakland again tonight. He’s a record-setting 0 for 49 since then, including 28 unsuccessful at-bats this season.
– After ending the Dodgers’ five-game winning streak last night, the St. Louis Cardinals host Los Angeles again tonight. Ross Stripling is on the mound for L-A against Dakota Hudson.
– The Seattle Mariners now have 32 homers over their first 12 games — the most that any team has ever hit at this point in the season. The Mariners send Marco Gonzales to the mound tonight against the Royals. He’s 3-and-0 so far this season.
– After throwing six scoreless innings in his season debut, Max Fried is on the mound tonight for the Atlanta Braves against the Colorado Rockies. The Braves’ 8-6 win last night was their first road victory of the season.
– Zack Greinke gets the start tonight for the Arizona Diamondbacks against Texas and lefty Mike Minor in the opener of a two-game series. Greinke hit two homers and pitched six innings to win 8-5 at San Diego last Wednesday.
– San Diego lefty Joey Lucchesi hopes to continue his early-season success tonight as the Padres continue their trip to San Francisco. He’s thrown 10 1/3 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts and three walks to begin the year.
– The Angels have won four straight, and host the Milwaukee Brewers again tonight in Anaheim. Mike Trout failed to hit a homer last night for the first time since last Tuesday, but made up for it by robbing Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich of a potential homer with a highlight-reel catch.