UCLA and Gonzaga prepare for rematch in NCAA Sweet 16

To say that 87-74 loss in December is serving as extra motivation for the Bruins (21-13) as they prepare for a rematch against the second-seeded Bulldogs (34-2) in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Friday might be an understatement.

MLB 2015: Hurry up! Nationals, Cubs, Red Sox on the clock

Throw in the return of Alex Rodriguez from a drug suspension, the possible reinstatement of Pete Rose — imagine the roar he'd get at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati — and fresh ideas pitched by new Commissioner Rob Manfred, and it's a full plate going into opening day.

San Diego city, county join forces on bid to keep NFL

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and county supervisors said Thursday that the two governments would spend up to $500,000 on consultants, attorneys, bankers and other experts. Voters will eventually decide whether to back a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers.

Hernandez throws 6 sharp innings in Mariners' loss to Royals

Hernandez, the ace who led the AL with a 2.14 ERA last season, gave up one run. He struck out four and walked none.

Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity by the court in February, which means she can be compelled to testify or face time behind bars. There had been a question over whether prosecutors would call Jenkins, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez, 25, since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.

Coach K vs. Coach K with Duke and Utah in Sweet 16

When Utah's Larry Krystkowiak sat down on the podium Thursday, he introduced himself before taking questions. Then he was asked why he didn't just say Coach K, as his players refer to him.

Man accused of punching ex-Cardinal after racial slurs

St. Louis County prosecutors have charged 37-year-old James Street of Fenton with felony third-degree assault motivated by discrimination.

Rain helps Cardinals pitcher Wainwright clean up tough outing vs Miami

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright gave up four runs, including a solo homer by Giancarlo Stanton, in 3 2-3 innings Thursday before a rain delay ended his outing in a 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Just another ACC game when Wolfpack meets Cards? Nope

The Wolfpack (22-13), the eighth seed in the East, meets fourth-seeded Louisville (26-8) on Friday night in the Carrier Dome in a matchup of teams somewhat familiar with each other.

Izzo, Kruger's paths cross again in East Regional semifinal

The two coaches whose careers have taken divergent paths reunite in an NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal at Syracuse on Friday night. That's when the third-seeded Sooners (24-10) face the seventh-seeded Spartans (25-11).

Notre Dame uses strong second half to breeze into Elite 8

The Irish (32-5) shot 75 percent (18 of 24) over the final 20 minutes, overwhelming the seventh-seeded Shockers (30-5) with a barrage of 3-pointers, expert cuts to the basket and enough fancy passing to fill an AND1 mixtape.

Columbia College softball swept by Concordia

Columbia lost 11-2 and 6-5 in its two games Wednesday in California.

Missouri baseball beats Arkansas-Pine Bluff to split series

The Tigers scored five first-inning runs on its way to a 9-3 victory.

Columbia College basketball players earn postseason honors

Zach Rockers and Tanner Sutton of the men's team and Corri Hamilton of the women's team were recognized for their contributions this season.

Missouri softball scores 17 in win over Illinois

Missouri jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the top of the third inning thanks to a two-run home run from sophomore Kirsten Mack. Mack now leads the team with eight home runs this season.

Former Mizzou star Max Scherzer strikes out 9 Cardinals in tune-up for opener

Scherzer will be Washington's starting pitcher when it opens the season on April 6 against the New York Mets.

TIM DAHLBERG: Advice for Tiger Woods: Eat grapes and tie a double knot

The golfer's status for the Masters is still unclear. But his fans have plenty of advice for him.

Six teams with 10 or more losses most ever to reach Sweet 16

North Carolina State, Xavier, UCLA, Michigan State, North Carolina and Oklahoma have each lost 10 or more teams.

Kentucky prepared to face "Press Virginia"

The Mountaineers have forced a combined 40 turnovers in their first two tournament games.

Baseball careers often start with winter grunt work

Low-round draft picks don't make much money, so they spend ofseasons working other jobs.