SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to help 14th-seeded Harvard pull the biggest upset in Thursday's flurry of NCAA college tournament games, a 68-62 win over No. 3 New Mexico.
The university where John Adams, Teddy Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy earned degrees was making just its third trip to the tournament — and it had never won — though the Ivy League advanced in 2010 when a Cornell team made the regional semifinals.
The Crimson (20-9) put the clamps down on New Mexico's Tony Snell, holding him to nine points on 4-for-12 shooting after he dominated in the MWC tournament. They banged inside with Lobos big men Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk, whose 22 points provided New Mexico's only consistent offense.
While Louisville, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, demolished North Carolina A&T 79-48, top-ranked Gonzaga narrowly avoided a huge upset of its own in Salt Lake City by edging Southern 64-58. No. 1 seeds improved to 113-0 since the NCAA college tournament field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
At San Jose, California, Brandon Triche scored 20 points, C.J. Fair added 13 and fourth-seeded Syracuse shut down No. 13 seed Montana with their zone defense in a 81-34 victory. It was the most lopsided victory in NCAA tournament history for a team seeded third or lower, breaking a mark set about an hour earlier by VCU against Akron in an 88-42 win.
DENVER (AP) — Corey Brewer sank three free throws with 2.1 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets stretched their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games with a 101-100 thriller over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
Anthony Randolph blocked Damien Wilkins' desperation jumper at the buzzer to secure Denver's 16th straight win at the Pepsi Center — and its most unlikely.
The Nuggets, overlooked in the great 24-game surge by the Miami Heat, trailed by five as the clock ticked below 10 seconds.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose still isn't sure when he'll come back from his knee injury.
The former MVP point guard sounded like a player who just might miss the entire season, though he said he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery. He said Thursday that he's still experiencing some soreness in his surgically repaired left knee and hasn't set a target date for his return. Rose hasn't played since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during last year's playoff opener against Philadelphia, an injury that sent the top-seeded Bulls toward a first-round exit.
He had surgery in May, and his status has been a running soap opera surrounding this team.
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died. He was 80.
Jeff Hodges, chairman of the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, said Hill died at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence after a lengthy illness.
Hill, who attended North Alabama, was the NFL rookie of the year in 1954 after being drafted in the 15th round by the Bears, and became the first winner of the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL's most valuable player in 1955. In nine seasons with the Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, he had 233 receptions for 4,717 yards and 40 touchdowns.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A partial power outage during this year's Super Bowl occurred because a relay device with a design defect malfunctioned, an outside expert confirmed.
Entergy, which supplies electricity to the Superdome, and the stadium's management company hired forensic engineer John Palmer to perform an independent analysis of the Feb. 3 outage. Palmer is president of Palmer Engineering & Forensics in Kaysville, Utah.
Entergy has said it believed the outage was caused by an electrical relay device that it installed specifically to prevent a power failure at the dome. Palmer's report says the primary cause of the disruption was a malfunction or "misoperation" of the relay.
The partial blackout delayed the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers for 34 minutes.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper was released from jail, charged after police say he beat his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home.
Duper, who starred for the Dolphins from 1982 to 1992, spent a night in jail after his arrest Wednesday on one count of felony child abuse. He was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $5,000 bail, police in Jacksonville said.
Authorities say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times and knocked him out twice.
DALLAS (AP) — A federal grand jury in Dallas re-indicted former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd, who already is accused of trying to establish a drug-distribution network.
The new indictment charges Hurd with conspiracy to possess 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with intent to distribute. Hurd was first arrested in December 2011 outside a Chicago-area steakhouse after agents alleged that he accepted cocaine. He was re-arrested last year after authorities said he tried to buy more drugs and failed two drug tests.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to life in prison.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, leaving Los Angeles to look for alternatives at shortstop until he's ready to play.
An MRI indicated that Ramirez has a torn ligament in his thumb, the team said. Dr. Steve Shin, a sports-medicine hand specialist, is scheduled to perform the surgery in Los Angeles. Ramirez was injured Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Ramirez could stat rehab in about three weeks. Dee Gordon and Luis Cruz appear to be the leading candidates to be the opening day shortstop.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The chairman of the Greek soccer club AEK Athens chairman was arrested, with his team accused of not paying $219.5 million in taxes.
Andreas Dimitrelos was in police custody and was to testify before a magistrate Friday.
It was the latest high-profile arrest over taxes in a country reeling from economic problems. The club said the alleged offenses came before Dimitrelos became chairman last year. It said the matter was being settled in a restructuring procedure initiated by AEK under the country's bankruptcy code.
Also this week, midfielder Giorgos Katidis was suspended from AEK after celebrating a goal with a Nazi-style salute. He also received a lifetime ban from the national team.
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. will play its fourth straight home World Cup qualifier against Mexico at Columbus, Ohio, and will host Germany in an exhibition game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the sites of remaining home qualifiers, saying it will host Panama at Seattle on June 11; Honduras at Sandy, Utah, on June 18; Mexico at Columbus on Sept. 10; and Jamaica at Kansas City, Kan., on Oct. 11.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two of the nation's top sprinters were suspended by Florida State officials hours after the athletes were arrested following an early morning poolside shooting incident.
A police report stated that Ronell J. Mance, who won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in the 4x400 relay, and Stephen Newbold, the MVP at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field championships, were arrested moments after Tallahassee police were alerted that the shots were being fired at an off-campus student apartment complex at about 3:30 a.m. There were no injuries reported.
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati was charged after police said she punched her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's Day while he was working out at a gym.
Palm Beach County court records show Capriati was charged by prosecutors Wednesday. She was issued a summons to appear before a judge April 17 on stalking and battery charges, though she has not been arrested.
North Palm Beach police say Ivan Brannan was working out when the 36-year-old Capriati approached him and yelled at him. Brannan told police that he tried to get away by walking to the men's locker room, but Capriati blocked his path and punched him in the chest. Brannan told police he and Capriati broke up in 2012 and that she has harassed and stalked him since then.
West Palm Beach attorney Richard Lubin told the New York Daily News that Capriati is innocent of the charges, which he called "nonsense."