Friday, March 27
Reds' home runs sink Salazar and the Indians 13-2
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco homered off Danny Salazar to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 13-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Joey Votto drove in three runs with a two-run single and a RBI ground out.
Billy Hamilton doubled and scored and made a diving catch to rob Lonnie Chisenhall in the second inning.
Salazar (1-2) allowed seven runs, six earned, in 3 1-3 innings.
Michael Lorenzen (2-0), who is competing for a spot on the opening day roster, made his first start for the Reds. He allowed four hits in three innings.
Michael Bourn singled to continue his hot spring. Jason Kipnis also singled. Carlos Santana scored Bourn with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.
Mesoraco and Hamilton had two hits. Chris Dominguez went 3 for 5.
Veteran Paul Maholm, competing for a role in the Reds' bullpen, pitched three scoreless innings.
Reds get Dan Johnson from Astros, send Lohman to Phillies
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Reds acquired first baseman Dan Johnson from the Astros on Thursday for a player to be named or cash, one of two trades involving minor leaguers. They also sent infielder Devin Lohman to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash.
Johnson played in 15 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs. He left as a free agent after the season and signed with Houston in December. He'll report to the Reds' minor league camp.
The 35-year-old infielder also has played for Oakland, Tampa Bay, the White Sox and Baltimore. Johnson's big moment came on the final day of the 2011 regular season, when he hit a home run for the Rays with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Yankees, tying a game Tampa Bay eventually won to earn a wild-card playoff spot.
Lohman batted .245 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 108 games at Double-A Pensacola last season.
Bengals sign defensive tackle Pat Sims as free agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals brought back defensive tackle Pat Sims on Thursday, signing him as an unrestricted free agent from Oakland.
Sims was Cincinnati's third-round pick in 2008 and spent five seasons with the Bengals before leaving as a free agent. He spent the last two seasons with the Raiders, playing in 32 games with a total of 85 tackles. He has seven career sacks and one interception.
He's the second member of the defensive line to reunite with Cincinnati in the offseason. The Bengals also signed defensive end Michael Johnson, who left as a free agent after the 2013 season and played one year with Tampa Bay before being released.
BLUE JACKETS-BOLL SUSPENDED
Blue Jackets' Jared Boll suspended 3 games for high hit
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for three games without pay for a check to the head of Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Maroon.
The league determined Boll came in high with his shoulder on a second-period hit on Maroon during the game on Tuesday night in Columbus, a 5-3 victory for the Blue Jackets.
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Boll will forfeit $27,419.34. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Kentucky overwhelms West Virginia 78-39 in NCAA Sweet 16
CLEVELAND (AP) — Perfect and pulverizing. Kentucky made West Virginia's press look pathetic.
Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Andrew Harrison added 13 and the unbeaten Wildcats, chasing history and a ninth national title, rolled to a 78-39 victory over the Mountaineers on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
The tourney's top seed and an overwhelming favorite to cut down the nets next month in Indianapolis, Kentucky (37-0) advanced to Saturday's regional final to play third-seeded Notre Dame, an 81-70 winner over Wichita State in the other semifinal.
The Fighting Irish may need to call Rudy, consult with Digger Phelps and wake up the echoes from some of those stunning upsets in football and hoops they have pulled off in the past.
NCAA-WICHITA ST-NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame races by Wichita State 81-70 for Elite Eight spot
CLEVELAND (AP) — Notre Dame's march through March is picking up speed.
Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years.
The Irish (32-5) shot 75 percent (18 of 24) in the second half, easily pulling away from the seventh-seeded Shockers (30-5) after Wichita State took its first and only lead on a layup by Darius Carter early in the second half. Pat Connaughton added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame and Jerian Grant had nine points and 11 assists.
Notre Dame will play either unbeaten Kentucky or West Virginia on Saturday night with a Final Four spot on the line.
Fred VanVleet led Wichita State with 25 points but the Shockers simply couldn't keep up with the sharp-shooting Irish.
Arizona outlasts Xavier 68-60 to reach West region finals
LOS ANGELES (AP) — T.J. McConnell scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, freshman Stanley Johnson added 12 points, and second-seeded Arizona made a dominant late rally for a 68-60 victory over sixth-seeded Xavier in the West Regional semifinals on Thursday night.
Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Wildcats (34-3) weathered a major scare from the underdog Musketeers (23-14) and clamped down defensively during a game-ending 19-7 run.
Arizona is again on the brink of its first Final Four under coach Sean Miller, who led Xavier for five years until 2009.
Arizona will face top-seeded Wisconsin (34-3) on Saturday at Staples Center in a rematch of last season's West final.
Matt Stainbrook had 17 points and 10 rebounds in his final game for Xavier.
Dayton gives coach Archie Miller another contract extension
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Coach Archie Miller got three more years added to his contract Thursday after leading Dayton to a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
It's the second year in a row that Miller has received an improved deal. After he led the Flyers to their first Sweet 16 appearance in 30 years and an Elite Eight appearance last season, they extended his deal through the 2018-19 season.
The new deal lasts through the 2012-22 season. The Flyers won a First Four game on their home court and one more before losing to Oklahoma in this year's tournament.
The Flyers are 90-47 in Miller's four seasons. Under Miller, they've won NCAA Tournament games in consecutive seasons for the first time in 48 years.
Freshman forward Hines-Allen leading the way for Louisville
UNDATED (AP) — Louisville forward Myisha Hines-Allen has stepped up her game in the NCAA Tournament and the freshman's performance will be a major factor in whether the Cardinals continue to advance.
She's the Cardinals' second-leading scorer and has been their offensive leader in the postseason, averaging 12.5 points per game. That includes 31 points in early round victories over Brigham Young and South Florida that have propelled third-seeded Louisville (27-6) into its fourth Sweet 16 in five years.
Next up for Hines-Allen and the Cardinals is a matchup with No. 7 seed Dayton in Saturday's Albany regional semifinal. The Flyers upset Kentucky 99-94 in Lexington to advance.
Now Dayton turns its attention to containing Hines-Allen and fellow freshman Mariya Moore, the other half of what has become Louisville's 1-2 scoring punch.
OHIO ST-MILLER INVESTIGATION
Ohio State looking into picture of Miller on social media
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State's compliance office is investigating whether quarterback Braxton Miller broke any NCAA rules when he posed for a picture on social media with health-care and nutritional products.
Miller was pictured on Instagram on Tuesday night with products from AdvoCare.
Miller is a graduate student who started three seasons for the Buckeyes but missed all of the Buckeyes' championship season last year after shoulder surgery. He is expected to play this fall after rehabbing through spring workouts.
Student-athletes are permitted to hold jobs outside of school but they cannot use their status with a college team to sell products.
Walton, Williams help LCC hold off Dayton CJ in D4, 55-50
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dantez Walton, a second-team Associated Press All-Ohioan, had 16 points and 14 rebounds and defending champion Lima Central Catholic held on down the stretch to beat Dayton Chaminade Julienne 55-50 in a Division III state semifinal on Thursday night.
The Thunderbirds (26-2) meet top-ranked Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (22-4) in a title-game rematch on Saturday.
Jake Williams added 14 points and 12 rebounds and Josh Dixon 11 points for LCC, which lost second-leading scorer Tre Cobbs to a shoulder injury in the first half.
Myo Baxter-Bell, also a second-teamer, scored 18 points and Alan Vest 12 for the Eagles (22-7), who lost starter Christian Montague to an injury.
Williams' bucket with 3 minutes left put LCC up 48-45 and the Thunderbirds hit 7 of 14 free throws down the stretch.
Bragg powers No. 1 VASJ to 62-34 D3 win over Eastmoor
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Carlton Bragg scored 22 points and top-ranked Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph dominated inside to beat Columbus Eastmoor Academy, 62-34, in a Division III state semifinal on Thursday.
The Vikings (22-4) — who start three Division I signees — go for their sixth state title on Saturday at Value City Arena.
Bragg, the 6-foot-10 AP player of the year in Division IV headed for Kansas, owned the inside along with 6-8 second-team All-Ohioan Dererk Pardon, who is going to Northwestern.
Jalon Lewis scored 12 to lead Eastmoor (17-12), which made a surprise run to its first state tournament with two freshmen starting.
VASJ won the board battle 43-21 and outscored the Warriors 46-16 in the paint.
The Vikings took control with a 15-2 blitz to close the half.
No. 1 Tri-Village beats Tusky Catholic 55-47 with hot hands
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Second-team Associated Press all-stater Damion Cook scored 24 points and No. 1-ranked New Madison Tri-Village hit 10 of its 11 field goal tries in the second half to beat Tuscarawas Valley Central Catholic 55-47 in a Division IV state semifinal on Thursday.
The Patriots (29-0) take on Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (25-4) for the title on Saturday.
Ahead 23-16 at the half, they shot 91 percent from the field — the only miss was a layup in traffic with 3:38 left by Colton Linkous, a first-team All-Ohioan who had 15 points. Mason McCabe added 10 for Tri-Village, which shot 66 percent (21 of 32).
First-team all-stater Mitch Herron had 14 points and Austin Dick 10 for the Saints (25-4).
WAYNE TRACE-HARVEST PREP
Dennis' tear leads Harvest Prep past Wayne Trace, 63-53
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — First-team Associated Press All-Ohioan David Dennis Jr. scored 19 points, including eight in a row for Canal Winchester Harvest Prep in the fourth quarter, to lead the Warriors past Haviland Wayne Trace, 63-53, in a Division IV state semifinal on Thursday.
Dana Coffman led Harvest Prep (25-4), seeking its first title in its third trip to the state, with 22 points.
Luke Miller had 22 points and David Sinn 15 for the second-ranked Raiders (25-2), who won their only title in 1991 in five trips to the final four.
Harvest Prep led by 11 points in the first quarter, but it was tied at 42 when Dennis took over. His pull-up jumper with 4:26 left gave the Warriors the lead for good and he followed that with a three-point play.