KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — West Virginia held on to beat Oklahoma 72-71 in the Big 12 Tournament when the Sooners’ Christian James, who appeared to knock down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime, was determined to have had his foot on the line.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Desmond Bane hit a corner 3 with 16 seconds left to give TCU a one-point lead as they went on to hold off Oklahoma State in a 73-70 win in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament. The Horned Frogs fought off a late comeback by the Cowboys, who outscored TCU 41-28 in the second half. Oklahoma State tied the game after trailing by as many as 21 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough in the three-point loss.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs began free agency by cutting one of their most popular players in strong safety Eric Berry, who was a dynamic presence when he was healthy but had missed significant time throughout his career. While other teams were touting new additions, the Chiefs announced Berry’s release shortly after the start of the new league year. He would have been guaranteed $7.5 million of salary on Friday.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez will begin the season on the injured list as the two-time All-Star tries to work his way back from shoulder weakness. Martinez will not appear in an exhibition games. He is to throw on flat ground for the next week before moving to a mound. St. Louis has not announced a timetable for Martinez’s strengthening program. The pitcher received a platelet-rich plasma injection two weeks ago, and manager Mike Shildt said treatment improved Martinez’s condition.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade is expected to miss the entire Big 12 Tournament for No. 15 Kansas State because of a foot injury that has lingered for much of the season. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said after Wednesday’s practice at Sprint Center that the 6-foot-10 Wade would spend most of his time this week getting treatment.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers opened the new league year by acquiring the defensive playmaker the team was sorely lacking in edge rusher Dee Ford. His agent says the 49ers are sending a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City for Ford and are giving him a five-year, $87.5 million contract.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to sign Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers to a four-year deal, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Myers was in camp with the Seahawks last season before losing a battle with Sebastian Janikowski. He later signed with the Jets and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, hitting 33 of 36 field-goal attempts.
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that cornerback Pierre Desir has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal to stay with the Colts. The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract with kicker Wil Lutz, who made 28 of 30 field goal attempts and 52 of 53 extra points in 2018. And the Jacksonville Jaguars have released Blake Bortles after officially agreeing to terms with fellow quarterback Nick Foles.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a mild strain of his right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close at the start of the season as Brandon Morrow recovers from elbow surgery. The 33-year-old right-hander felt a hamstring issue on his last pitch on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, his second appearance of spring training. If Strop isn’t available to close, the Cubs’ options include Steve Cishek), Carl Edwards Jr. and Brad Brach.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart headlines six new nominees eligible for induction into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. Stewart joins Neil Bonnett, Sam Ard, Marvin Panch, Jim Paschal and Red Vogt as the new nominees. NASCAR also added three new nominees for the Landmark Award for contribution to the sport: Edsel Ford II of Ford Motor Co., Pocono Raceway founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli and NASCAR President Mike Helton.
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Final (16) Virginia Tech 71 Miami 56
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Final Washington 100 Orlando 90
Final Oklahoma City 108 Brooklyn 96
Final Atlanta 132 Memphis 111
Final Miami 108 Detroit 74
Final Golden State 106 Houston 104
Final Utah 114 Phoenix 97
Final N-Y Mets 2 Houston 1
Final Oakland 12 Chi Cubs 11
Final Cleveland 9 Milwaukee 3
Final Philadelphia 5 N-Y Yankees 5
Final San Diego 9 L-A Angels 3
Final Seattle 8 San Francisco 4
Final Chi White Sox 10 L-A Dodgers 7
Final Minnesota 9 Boston 5
Final Baltimore 6 Toronto 4
Final Kansas City 17 Cleveland 7
Final Miami 4 St. Louis 1
Final Washington 8 Atlanta 4
Final Colorado 5 Arizona 3