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MINNEAPOLIS—James Harden buried a 3-pointer inside the final minute, and the visiting Houston Rockets completed a season sweep of the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 129-120 win on Sunday, March 18, at Target Center. The Timberwolves roared back from a 25-point deficit, cutting the margin to 115-110 on a Karl-Anthony Towns dunk with just under four minutes remaining. Houston responded just in time, with Clint Capela corralling an offensive rebound before feeding Trevor Ariza for a corner 3-pointer.
PHOENIX—Having entered the day with a one-shot lead, South Korea's Inbee Park shot a 5-under round of 67 on Sunday, March 18, to win the Bank of Hope Founders Cup by five shots. The victory is Park's first of 2018 and 19th in her LPGA career, moving her into a tie with Sandra Palmer for 28th on the all-time wins list. She finished at 19-under 269.
FONTANTA,Calif.—Martin Truex Jr. dominated at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Sunday, March 18, winning the race going away for his first victory of the season. The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion had to watch rival Kevin Harvick win the previous three races, but Sunday was finally Truex's day as he also drove his Toyota Camry to wins in Stage 1 and Stage 2 for a maximum seven playoff points at the Auto Club 400. He even accomplished something no one had before, by starting on the pole and then sweeping the race.
CHARLOTTE—Barry Brown scored 18 points and Xavier Sneed made key plays down the stretch as ninth-seeded Kansas State ended 16th-seeded UMBC's Cinderella run with a 50-43 win over the Retrievers on Sunday, March 18, in NCAA Tournament South Region second-round action at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. UMBC became the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed when the Retrievers blew past top-ranked Virginia on Friday, March 16. They stayed closed with Kansas State but couldn't knock down enough shots to pull off another upset.
GLENDALE, Ariz.—Marcus Foligno scored the winning goal midway through the third period as the Minnesota Wild beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday, March 17, at Gila River Arena. Nino Niederreiter and Eric Staal also tallied goals for Minnesota. Clayton Keller scored for Arizona. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who lost his previous two starts, made 30 saves for the Wild. The win was the 200th of Dubnyk's career. Antti Raanta recorded 30 saves for Arizona. Raanta returned to action after missing six straight contests due to a lower-body injury.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas—LaMarcus Aldridge scored 39 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help lift the San Antonio Spurs to a tougher-than-the-score-indicates 117-101 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, March 17, at the AT&T Center. Two baskets by Aldridge, a 3-pointer by Danny Green and a jumper by Rudy Gay in the middle of the fourth quarter turned a six-point Spurs lead into a 107-92 advantage with 5:56 to play and gave San Antonio the breathing room it would need for the final stretch.
DALLAS—Junior guard Clayton Custer connected on the game-winning shot with 3.6 seconds left as 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago pulled off its second straight upset, topping No. 3 Tennessee 63-62 on Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1985.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, a No. 16 seed shocked a No. 1. The University of Maryland Baltimore County ousted Virginia 74-54 in round of 64 action Friday, March 16. The Cavaliers entered the tournament as one of the favorites to win it all but were stifled early and often by the America East Conference champions. Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored a game-high 28 points on 9 of 11 shooting as the Retrievers shot 54 percent from the field against the nation's top-ranked scoring defense.
SAN DIEGO—Marshall guard Jon Elmore had 27 points and Ajdin Penava had 16 points and eight rebounds to help the 13th-seeded Thundering Herd get the first NCAA Tournament win in program history with an a 81-75 upset over No. 4 seed Wichita State in a West Regional game at Viejas Arena in San Diego on Friday. C.J. Burks had 13 points and Jannson Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Thundering Herd (25-10), who snapped a 31-year tournament drought by winning the Conference USA postseason tournament to advance to their sixth NCAA Tournament.
EUGENE, Ore.—Kenisha Bell and Destiny Pitts combined for 46 points, and No. 10 seed Minnesota came from behind in the second half to knock off No. 7 seed Green Bay 89-77 Friday in an opening-round game in the women's NCAA Tournament at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. Green Bay led by 10 at halftime but trailed 78-77 with 3:27 to play. The Gophers closed out the game with an 11-0 run to put away the Phoenix.