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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.
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.
AVONDALE, Ariz.—There were 15 lead changes, nine different leaders, but, ultimately, the same result. Kevin Harvick rolled to his third victory in as many weeks in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, March 11, easily holding off Kyle Busch at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., to take the TicketGuardian 500. Final pit stops were critical on the 1-mile dogleg oval.
EDMONTON—The Edmonton Oilers might be the NHL's biggest disappointment in 2017-18, but don't blame Connor McDavid. The center scored twice in less than three minutes of the second period Saturday night, March 10, lifting Edmonton to a 4-1 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild at Rogers Place. McDavid also had an assist.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Ethan Finley scored a pair of goals to give Minnesota United a 2-1 win over Orlando City on Saturday night, March 10, in Orlando. Finley, a Duluth native, put Minnesota ahead for good with 11 minutes left, finishing off a nice series of passes. The winning sequence started with 19-year-old Mason Toye flicking a pass to Miguel Ibarra down the left side. Ibarra in turn hit a perfect cross to Finley, who put it home.