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UNDATED (AP) -- Florida, the No. 1 team in The Associated Press Top-25 men's basketball poll, breezed by 25th-ranked Kentucky 84-65. Patric Young led the attack with 18 points in his final home game. By winning Florida becomes the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in league play. Fellow seniors Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin also reached double figures for the 29-2 Gators, who have won 23 straight and 32 in a row at home. The loss leaves the Wildcats with 22 wins and 9 defeats with an SEC mark of 12-6.
-- Cleanthony Early knocked down three 3-pointers to finish with 20 points as No. 2 and unbeaten Wichita State blitzed Missouri State 67-42 in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals. Tekele Cotton also made three 3-pointers for the 33-0 Shockers, who matched the start by Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979 before they lost to Michigan State in the NCAA title game. The Shockers, who last won the conference tourney in 1987, took control with a 17-0 run in the first half.
-- Third-ranked Arizona was upset by Oregon 64-57 in Eugene. The Ducks got the win by outscoring the Wildcats 35-26 in the second half. Arizona is 28-3 while Oregon is 22-8.
-- Sixth-ranked Villanova got 19 points from Darrun Hilliard in a 77-59 victory over Georgetown, preserving the Wildcats' hopes of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have won six straight and are now 28-3 on the season. Villanova's 16 Big East wins are the most in school history. The 18-point win marked the largest margin of victory for Villanova in a Big East game between the teams.
-- Kansas, the eighth-ranked team in the AP poll, was upset at West Virginia 92-86. Eron Harris scored 28 points and Juwan Staten added 24 for the Mountaineers who withstood 41 points by Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins. West Virginia, which is 17-14, led by as many as 25 points early in the second half before watching Kansas tear into the deficit behind Wiggins. Perry Ellis added 14 points for 23-8 Kansas, which clinched its 10th straight regular-season title a week ago and had little riding on this game.
-- Louisville and Cincinnati have wrapped up American Athletic Conference play tied for first-place. For the 11th-ranked Louisville Cardinals Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points and Russ Smith recorded a career-high 13 assists in a lopsided 81-48 win over No. 19 Connecticut. Harrell added 11 rebounds and several thunderous dunks to help the Cardinals improve to 26-5 and 15-3 in league play. A coin flip will determine the top seed in the conference tournament. The loss leaves the Huskies with a record of 24-7 and 12-6).
-- Cincinnati, ranked No. 15 by the AP, clinched its share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 70-66 win over Rutgers. Sean Kilpatrick scored 24 points for UC in the win.
-- It took overtime but 16th-ranked Iowa State held on to beat Oklahoma State 85-81. Naz Long forced overtime with a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer and Georges Niang had 22 points for Iowa State, which snapped a two-game losing streak and is now 23-7.
-- Joe Jackson scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to lead No. 20 Memphis to a 67-58 victory over No. 18 SMU. Jackson hit his first four shots after intermission as the Tigers, who are 23-8 and 12-6 in American Athletic Conference play, shot 59 percent in the second half while building the lead to as many as 14. With the loss, the Mustangs are also 23-8 and 12-6.
-- Buddy Hield scored 24 points and 23rd-ranked Oklahoma clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament with a 97-67 victory at TCU, the league's first team in 10 years to go through the regular season without winning a conference game. Isaiah Cousins and Cameron Clark had 18 points each for the Sooners who have won five of their last six games.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Carpenter has a new contract to play for the St. Louis Cardinals as the two sides have agreed to a $52 million, six-year deal. The deal includes a team option for a seventh year in 2020 at $18.5 million. Should St. Louis decline the option, the Cards would have to pay Carpenter a $2 million buyout.
Carpenter hit .318 last season while leading the National League in hits, doubles and runs as he played mostly at second base.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Darrell Stuckey and the San Diego Chargers have agreed to a new contract that keeps the safety and special team's standout from hitting the free-agent market. Stuckey, who was the special team's captain last season, tweeted that it was a four-year deal.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars and free agent defensive tackle Red Bryant have reached agreement on a four-year contract. Bryant, who turns 30 next month, spent six years in Seattle, making 121 tackles. He missed one game over the past three seasons, recording 87 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and two interceptions in that time.
UNDATED (AP) -- The St. Louis Blues have padded their lead in the NHL's Central Division with a 2-1 win over the Avalanche in Denver. Ryan Miller stopped 26 shots and David Backes (BAK'-ehs) broke up a scoreless game in the second period with a goal. Patrik Berglund added a pivotal insurance goal early in the third period as the Blues won their fourth straight. In the Central race the first-place Blues now top the idle Chicago Blackhawks by four points and the Avs by five.
In the other day game the Ottawa Senators scored twice in the first period and three times in second enroute to a 5-3 win over the Jets in Winnipeg. The home team spread its goals out scoring one in each period. In the losing effort the Jets outshot the Senators 49-32.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray will miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The 20-year-old Murray, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL draft, has three goals and 17 assists with the Blue Jackets this season. He ranks third among all league rookies in blocked shots with 93.
UNDATED (AP) -- The red-hot L.A. Clippers are home to the Hawks this evening. The Clippers have won six straight and eight of their last 10 to lead the Pacific Division by four games over Golden State. The Spurs are just as hot, having won their last five in a row and eight of 10. Tonight the Spurs are home to the Orlando Magic.
The rest of the schedule has Utah at Philadelphia, Cleveland home to New York, the Bobcats at Memphis and Milwaukee at home to the Wizards.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo has been suspended one game for punching a member of the New Orleans Pelicans in the throat. The incident occurred with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter of Milwaukee's 112-104 loss to the Pelicans on Friday. Mayo was assessed a flagrant four 2 and ejected. He will serve the suspension Saturday night when the Bucks host the Washington Wizards.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Patrick Reed has the lead after three rounds of the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla. He shot a 3-under-69 to finish play 4-under for the tournament after 54 holes. Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) are tied for second at 2-under-par.
Tiger Woods had a great third round with a 6-under-66 to move to within three shots of the lead.
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RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Third-round play is complete in the PGA's Puerto Rico Open and the leader is Chesson Hadley. He'll start Sunday's final round at 16-under-par, one shot in front of Danny Lee.
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