Monday Sports Update – College Basketball Championship Tonight

Michigan, Villanova Set For NCAA Championship

(San Antonio, TX) — The table is set for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Top-seeded Villanova will face third-seeded Michigan tonight at the title game in San Antonio. The Wildcats cruised past Kansas 95-79 in the Final Four on Saturday, while Michigan rallied past Loyola-Chicago 69-57. Our pregame coverage begins this evening at 6:30 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC. Tip-off is at 7:20 p.m. tonight.

Spurs Blast Rockets

(San Antonio, TX) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Spurs knocked off the Rockets 100-83 at the AT&T Center. James Harden finished with 25 points and eight assists for Houston, which saw its 11-game winning streak come to an end. The Rockets were without starting point guard Chris Paul, who sat out a second straight game with a hip injury. Houston still owns the best record in the league at 62-and-15 overall and hosts Washington tomorrow.

Cavs Rally To Beat Mavs

(Cleveland, OH) — The Cavaliers came to life in the fourth quarter for a 98-87 win over the Mavericks at Quicken Loans Arena. Harrison Barnes hit five threes on his way to 30 points in the loss. Dennis Smith Junior’s 14 points made him the only other Mavs players in double figures. Dallas is 23-and-54 on the season and hosts Portland tomorrow.

Thunder Hold Off Pelicans

(New Orleans, LA) — Russell Westbrook went off for another triple-double to help lift the Thunder past the Pelicans 109-104 in New Orleans. Westbrook finished with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists and Paul George scored a team-high 27 in the winning effort. Carmelo Anthony poured in 16 points, while Steven Adams scored 14 with 10 boards for OKC. The Thunder snapped a three-game slide and are fifth in the West at 45-and-33. Anthony Davis scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the Pelicans, who committed 21 turnovers in defeat. New Orleans has dropped four straight and is eighth in the West at 43-and-34.

NBA
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Philadelphia 76ers 119, Charlotte Hornets 102
Chicago Bulls 113, Washington Wizards 94
San Antonio Spurs 100, Houston Rockets 83
Indiana Pacers 111, LA Clippers 104
Cleveland Cavaliers 98, Dallas Mavericks 87
Detroit Pistons 108, Brooklyn Nets 96
Atlanta Hawks 94, Orlando Magic 88
Oklahoma City Thunder 109, New Orleans Pelicans 104
Utah Jazz 121, Minnesota Timberwolves 97
Denver Nuggets 128, Milwaukee Bucks 125 (OT)
Golden State Warriors 117, Phoenix Suns 107
Portland Trail Blazers 113, Memphis Grizzlies 98
Sacramento Kings 84, Los Angeles Lakers 83

Astros Rout Rangers

(Arlington, TX) — Evan Gattis had three hits and three RBI as the Astros roughed up the Rangers 8-2 in Arlington. Mike Minor allowed two runs in four-and-two-thirds frames to suffer the loss for Texas. Joey Gallo homered in the first and Drew Robinson went deep in the eighth for the Rangers’ runs.

MLB National League
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Miami Marlins 6, Chicago Cubs 0
St. Louis Cardinals 5, New York Mets 1
Washington Nationals 6, Cincinnati Reds 5
Los Angeles Dodgers 9, San Francisco Giants 0

MLB American League
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Minnesota Twins 7, Baltimore Orioles 0
Toronto Blue Jays 7, New York Yankees 4
Boston Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Houston Astros 8, Texas Rangers 2
Los Angeles Angels 7, Oakland Athletics 4
Seattle Mariners 5, Cleveland Indians 4
Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals (PPD)

MLB Interleague
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Pittsburgh Pirates 1, Detroit Tigers 0 (G1)
Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Detroit Tigers 6 (G2)

Rangers Visit A’s

(Oakland, CA) — The Rangers hit the road to visit the Oakland A’s today. Bartolo Colon is on the mound for Texas to open the four-game series. The A’s counter with Andrew Triggs. First pitch is at 9:05 p.m.

Astros To Unveil World Series Banner

(Houston, TX) — The Astros unfurl their World Series championship banner tonight at Minute Maid Park. Houston will put the banner on display prior to the season’s home opener against Baltimore. Charlie Morton, who was on the mound for the final out in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium last October, will pitch against the Orioles this evening. The Astros get their World Series rings Tuesday.

NHL
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Philadelphia Flyers 4, Boston Bruins 3 (OT)
Nashville Predators 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
New Jersey Devils 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Washington Capitals 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Anaheim Ducks 4, Colorado Avalanche 3 (OT)

Stars Visit Sharks Tomorrow

(Dallas, TX) — The Stars hope to stay alive in the playoff race as they visit the San Jose Sharks tomorrow. Dallas is five points back for the final Wild Card slot with 88 points. They have just three games let in the regular season, all on the road.

Poulter Wins Houston Open

(Humble, TX) — Ian Poulter beat Beau Hossler on the first playoff hole to win the Houston Open. The 42-year-old Poulter carded a five-under 67 in Sunday’s final round, including a 20-foot birdie on the final hole that forced the playoff. Poulter and Hossler ended 72 holes tied at 19-under-par. Jordan Spieth and Emiliano Grillo shared third place at 16-under.

>>Notre Dame Stuns Mississippi State In Women’s Championship

(Columbus, OH) — Arike Ogunbowale nailed the winning three-pointer with a point-one second left as Notre Dame stunned Mississippi State 61-58 to win the women’s national championship in Columbus. The Fighting Irish trailed by 13 at halftime, but used a strong second half to pull away from the Bulldogs. This win is the second national title for the Notre Dame women’s hoops program.

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