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Preview: Manhattan vs. Louisville

(Updated: ADDS TV) Louisville coach Rick Pitino texted Manhattan counterpart Steve Masiello to congratulate him after the Jaspers earned a bid into the NCAA tournament with their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title. Now, the legendary Pitino will square off against his former assistant as the defending national champion battles upstart Manhattan in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Thursday in Orlando, Fla. Masiello served as an assistant under Pitino for six years with the Cardinals.

NFL: Panthers Newton to undergo ankle surgery

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery Wednesday on his sore ankle, the National Football League team announced. The Panthers' team doctor will conduct the surgery to alleviate soreness that Newton has suffered from since the end of the last season. The surgery involves tightening the ankle ligaments which have become stretched. The 24-year-old Newton's rehab is expected to last four months which would make him available in time for the beginning of training camp.

NFL settles lawsuit brought by Super Bowl worker hurt by falling ice, snow at Cowboys stadium

DALLAS - The NFL says it has settled a lawsuit with a worker injured by ice and snow that fell from the roof of the Dallas Cowboys' stadium during the week before the 2011 Super Bowl. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy on Tuesday confirmed the settlement but declined to provide the terms. Other parties also were named in the lawsuit filed by Severin Sampson, including the Cowboys. Sampson contends he suffered a skull fracture and has continuing medical problems. He accused the NFL, Cowboys and the stadium architects of failing to account for falling ice and snow from the roof.

Carolina Panthers - TeamReport

NFL Team Report - Carolina Panthers - INSIDE SLANT Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was released Thursday, ending a run with the franchise that began in 2001. The Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and others showed interest in signing Smith when rumors began to swirl last month that he was on the way out. He quickly signed with the Ravens. Smith confirmed earlier this week that the Panthers would not retain him at age 34. He turns 35 on Saturday.

Virginia 51, Pittsburgh 48

No. 8 Virginia 51, Pittsburgh 48: Joe Harris led a balanced offense with 12 points as the Cavaliers edged the Panthers in the semifinals of the ACC tournament at Greensboro, N.C. Justin Anderson sealed it by blocking James Robinson’s 3-point attempt in the final seconds for top-seeded Virginia (27-6), which will play North Carolina State or Duke in the championship game Sunday. Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill scored 10 points apiece while Akil Mitchell added eight points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Brust scores career high to lead Wisconsin past Minnesota

Brust scores career high to lead Wisconsin past Minnesota INDIANAPOLIS -- Wisconsin senior Ben Brust had a career game on a milestone night for coach Bo Ryan. The Badgers guard scored a career-high 29 points to lead his No. 2 seeded team to an 83-57 victory over Minnesota in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal clash at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

VCU sweeps past Richmond into A-10 semis

VCU sweeps past Richmond into A-10 semis BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University's campuses are located about five miles apart in their state's capital city. The symbolic distance between the two programs on the court at the Barclays Center on Friday night seemed much farther than that.

Preview: Creighton vs. Xavie

Considering what Doug McDermott has accomplished in his last two games, the only question is what the Creighton star can possibly do for an encore. The second-seeded Bluejays take on No. 3 seed Xavier in the Big East semifinals in New York City on Friday, one day after McDermott set a Big East tournament record with 27 first-half points en route to 35 in Creighton's 84-62 victory over DePaul.

Preview: Clippers at Jazz

The Los Angeles Clippers will try to extend their winning streak to a season-long 10 games when they take the road to face the struggling Utah Jazz on Friday night. The streak is the third-longest in club history and more than halfway to the franchise-record of 17 straight wins set last season, the last of which came against the Jazz on Dec 30, 2012. L.A. won all four games against Utah last year and the first two this season, most recently a 102-87 win at Staples Center in Feb. 1.

Preview: Colorado vs. Arizona

Colorado heads into Friday’s semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament against top-seeded Arizona eager to erase the memory of the last meeting, when the Wildcats rolled to an 88-61 win in Boulder on Feb. 22. Of course, fifth-seeded Colorado isn’t the first team to suffer a humiliating loss at the hands of Arizona. Just ask No. 8 seed Utah, which set Pac-12 tournament lows in points scored, field goals (12) and field-goal percentage (25.5) in a 71-39 loss to the Wildcats on Thursday.
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