AP Sports

AP Scorecard
April 4, 2022
April 4, 2022
AP Sports


Update on the latest sports


North Carolina and Kansas meet for the title
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – North Carolina and Kansas meet tonight in New Orleans for the championship game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, with a chance to add to their already-storied legacies. North Carolina will be playing for its seventh national championship. Kansas is looking for No. 4.
North Carolina has an effective inside/outside combo in Armando Bacot and Caleb Love. Kansas will counter with David McCormack and Ochai Agbaji. The outcome could come down to which team can slow the other’s dynamic duo. Love scored 28 points and Bacot finished with 21 rebounds against Duke in the national semifinals. The Jayhawks’ inside/outside tandem had a similar impact in their win over Villanova.
A win would make North Carolina only the second 8 seed to take the tournament. The other: The 1985 Villanova team, which pulled one of the sport’s greatest upsets, over Georgetown.


Toronto visits Tampa Bay
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Toronto Maple Leafs have won four straight games, scoring 24 goals in those contests, heading into tonight’s matchup against the Lightning in Tampa. The defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning had a four-game win streak snapped by the Canadiens last time out.
The Boston Bruins have won six of their past seven games, and are 16-3-1 in the last 20 games. They complete a home-and-home series against the Blue Jackets tonight in Columbus.
The St. Louis Blues return home after earning five of six possible points on its Western Canada road trip. They host the Arizona Coyotes tonight. Arizona has won just two of its last nine games.
The Calgary Flames are now 0-2-1 in their last three games after going 2 1/2 months without losing two in a row. They hope to get back on track in Los Angeles against the Kings.


Iga Swiatek becomes 1st Polish tennis player ranked No. 1
UNDATED (AP) – Iga Swiatek has moved up one spot to the top of the WTA rankings and is the first tennis player from Poland to be No. 1 in the sport.
The 20-year-old Swiatek took over from Ash Barty at the top. Barty announced last month she would be retiring at the age of 25 after more than two years at No. 1.
Swiatek won the 2020 French Open and is currently on a 17-match winning streak that includes titles in Miami and Indian Wells. She defeated former No. 1 Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-0 in the Miami Open final on Saturday.